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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Reviews: 855
Hads: 2,896
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 34.29%
Wants: 98
Gots: 641 | FT: 1
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Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer | 5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice amber brown with a head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Smells exactly how it sounds: banana bread and British ale. Tastes like banana bread (duh). The banana hits you up front and the finish is somewhat lacking. I find the banana to taste a lot like those yellow banana popsicles you grow up eating as a kid. I wish it was thicker or creamier but then you might lose some accessability. Decent unique brew. Would have again.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong smell of banana bread on the nose that was slighty more subdued on the palate. It definitely has a lingering mouthfeel that emphasizes the banana bread experience.

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Photo of Jonathan33373
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Goes down smooth, and has a nice hint of banana flavor throughout. The taste is robust and refreshing. This beer kicks into gear right away and I would recommend it to anyone and would purchase it again for myself. It has a slight bitter taste so most chicks wouldn't dig it, however I don't mind this flavor one bit at all! It comes in a 500 ml bottle so it won't leave me too much more room to rate any other beers tonight but thats ok with me. This is a nice beer. I have a British heritage however, so I have a slightly biased opinion ;)

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Photo of Kiwi_Bird
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

I picked this one up at my grocery store. It was expensive but am glad I didn't let the price keep me from picking it up. This beer was much more pleasant than most people (dis)credited it for. This beer was not bitter at all despite other comments I've read about this one. I did experience the banana flavor both in the taste and aroma of this brew. It has a very smooth, well balanced, satisfyingly sweet taste and best of all it didn't leave me feeling woozy or tipsy, at least not yet. Although I've had even better fruit beers in Montana, this is certainly of the better ones you could savor. The current BA Score of this beer at the time of my review is 79, a pity as this is much better than others on here which are highly overrated. As far as the aftertaste goes, no issues as of yet. Would I buy this English brew again? Yes indeed. It's a winner.

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Photo of TheBroadSword
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Jumping Jesus. This is Top 5 for me. This beer goes great with grape Jolly Ranchers and a Newport cigarette. I can drink 4-packs of this delicious brew all day, every day. And I do. Bravo Wells, Bravo.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Wells Banana Bread Beer had a decent amount of foam. Wells Banana Bread Beer had medium carbonation. Wells Banana Bread Beer had a smooth taste with medium taste of wheat. There was a vague banana aftertaste within Wells Banana Bread Beer. People who enjoy a smooth banana aftertaste beer will enjoy Wells Banana Bread Beer.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Nov'12 on tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I mixed it w/some Young's Chocolate Stout (an old friend) & was a bit disappointed as I thought it would be a marriage made in heaven. Reality it was interesting but nothing to write home about...hence this entry.

I guess I'll leave the blending to the brewers.

07/18/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I like this beer. May be sweet for some, but I don't mind that one bit. Clever & well made. Worthwhile. Maybe not 2 in a row, but I'll have another before I leave.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bananas in the nose might suggest a tradition hefe, but there's enough malt and sugar underneath to say otherwise; it's more like a banana Popsicle. The taste is lightly toasted malt with ripe bananas and just a hint of light caramel in the finish. Good carbonation give the body a nice structure to enjoy drinking. If you like a banana-taste profile and want more malt and body than a hefeweizen typically provides, this could be an option.

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Photo of Nolo
4/5  rDev +14.3%

I had this twice when i went to Buffalo NY thanks to a friend who brought it from Michigan. Since I live in Puerto Rico there is no way im getting this beer again. I remember the beer being really good but i kinda forgot how it really tasted so im trying to get my hands on it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

Serving style : 11.2 oz glass bottle poured for appearance and such

Appearance (3) : Rich, bready looking 2 finger head. Copper, amber hues with low transparency. Good.

Smell (2.5) : Exactly like a banana "runt" (you know the candy we ate as kids?). A little malt. Little else.

Taste (3.25) : A little harsh off the bat with some sour malts, but then the banana flavor comes in ever so slightly and tricks your tongue into believing it's a banana (or a banana runt). The rest of the flavors are mixed in so well but they blend excellent. Smooth and tasty. I'm getting faint monkey bread. Some sour mash. Banana. Cracked barley notes trail off (I'm stretching here).

Mouthfeel (3) : Sharp carbonation with a wet feel. Smooth however a bit one-dimensional. Ends minimalistic and average - but easy drinking.

Overall (2.93) : I would call this a wheat lager with banana notes. The nose is the strongest part of this "banana" beer. It doesn't taste like banana bread, and it doesn't feel like a craft so to speak. It's a notch above the macros and it's pretty decent, but if they marketed it under a wheat beer with banana notes and put it in 12-pack cases I'd be more excited about it (and probably by hype I'd give it a 3.5 or more). If you're expecting banana bread, just buy a loaf instead (or get your mama to make you one). It's probably as close as any brewer has come to it, but it's a far cry from a delicious treat.

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4/5  rDev +14.3%

I love this stuff. A very fresh, easy to drink dessert beer. Pours a beautiful caramel / honey. I'll keep it simple because there are so many reviews. If you want a simple refreshing brew for a low price, grab a bottle. It's delicious. Enjoy.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, best before 11/14/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep copper/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big ripe banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop notes; with good strength. Taste of ripe banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop flavors; with a good malt/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit beer. Good balance and solid robustness of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A bit one dimensional, but it accomplishes what it advertises. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Act25
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of many fruit beers, and never of "flavored" beers (or coffees). However, when done right, pumpkin beers and light summery beers like Cartons, are really great changes of pace, esp when paired with the right time of day and the right food.

A: golden yellowish tan, plenty of carbonation, off-white head. But not much lacing or body.
S: smells exactly like banana bread. Sweet banana, spices, nuts over an ENGLISH ALE - bready malt base.

T: Good balance of banana bread, coffee, spice, and a great breakfast beer.
Some nutty and lots of English creamy malt, cracker like, underneath.

M: The body is medium with a suitable creamy, bready, moist finish, tempered by hops just enough.

D: I was not expecting much, and I enjoyed it. I would drink this early in the day or at dessert, with sweet food, and I'd turn my friends on to it as a change of pace. Well made.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would like to start out by saying this beer should be enjoyed at room temperature, or at least that's where I got the best flavor profile from it. The appearance was dark amber with a slightly yellow white head. The smell was full of bananas and nutmeg. The taste was great with the wheat from the beer and the banana flavor mixing to make a warm banana bread flavor for the beer. The mouthfeel was also very nice, just thick enough without becoming overwhelming. Really nice twist.

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Photo of firefightn24
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Currently drinking a glass of this as I'm sitting here typing. I had this beer years ago, but decided to pick up another bottle since I see it all the time. The beer looks really good in the glass, a nice amber color with a small amount of head on top. The smell is great in my opinion, and the banana stands out easily. As far as the taste is concerned, I feel like something is missing. The subtle banana flavoring is great, but it I just feel like there's something that could stand out more, that just isn't. Overall, I think it's a good beer that readily available.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This actually did taste just like a bread version of banana bread. Whether that is a good thing or not though, I don't know. I found it fairly enjoyable, odd, but enjoyable. This is what they would classify as a desert beer, although not as sweet as you would think by the name.

Overall pretty tasty, definitely different. Not something someone would drink all the time, but for a once and while treat, why not?

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about a one inch creamy white head that settles down to a continuous 1/8 inch froth that coats the sides. The beer is an orange-amber with moderate carbonation.

Plenty of banana bread aroma, with spice, including some coriander. The flavor is even more like banana bread, and I sense a strong base of biscuity malt, wheat malt, and plenty of yeast funk. The banana flavor doesn't come across as contrived and is far from overbearing. Maybe a little apple in there somewhere. Fairly light in body with a crisp finish that includes a little bit of lingering spice and perhaps a little herbal hop bitterness.

A pretty unique brew and worth trying. This four pack of 11.2 ounce bottles was a bit pricy for my budget at over 10 bucks...but, oh well!

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.59/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: Bottle
Appearance: Pretty dark amber short pale head. 4.0
Smell: 5.0 Nailed it. Banana Bread. If you wanted to smell something else why would you buy this?
Taste: 4.5 Again Banana Bread that fade out and back in.
Mouthfeel: 4 Outstanding. Crisp.

Linear, simple, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of stufff
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells of Banana Bread. Wells really knows how to get smell down. Feels thick in my mouth and tastes sort of tangy and spicy with a definite aftertaste of banana. Every burp tastes like banana bread. Excellent beer to drink with comfort food like a grilled cheese sandwich. Lower APV than in most beer I'd consume, can drink a couple of these with lunch and not get a buzz.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trying the wells and young banana bread beer at the Pie Factory in Florance, AL. The beer poured a clear copper with virtually no head and no lacing. The scent is definitely banana bread. The taste has a lighter malt base with banana and hints of spice (clove).The m outhfeel is lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall the beer hits the mark as far as taste. ..but one is enough for me.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a good head that is gone in 60 seconds LOL. Good dark golden color.

S- Excellent! Lots of banana and bubble gum

T- Excellent. Not much bubble gum LOL.

M- Pretty good.

O- This beer relies heavily on the banana undertones. Works for me!

Food Pairing

This wonderful flavored beer went well with... bacon and eggs!


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Photo of JPowell712
4.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is very refreshing and it taste just like the label... BANANAS!!!! This for me is one of my all time favorites to enjoy in the summer months. Gives you that tropical feel like your in the islands! Anyway it is a light, easy to drink beer that is not overly sweet, but leaves you with a great beer/banana taste that lingers. If you like banana or fruity beers, add this to your list!

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Photo of Aegelis
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Seems distinct between the banana bread and beer flavour. At first, banana bread in all its rich sweetness, then turns to straight up beer with a bite at the finish. If you're a fan of both without seeking fusion, by all means give it a go to judge for yourself. For me it's a nice change of pace, but not something I'd list as a regular item on my brew menu, especially for the price. For the price of six others, I only get four, but such is the way for the adventurous taster.

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Photo of tronester
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/orange with a medium off-white head. Aromas of banana scented sunscreen, but not in a bad way, actually pleasant, ha. Taste begins with a little nuttiness, then some sweetbread, followed by banana candy flavor, and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is average. Overall an ok beer, but the banana flavoring is a bit too artificial tasting to me. I'd rather just have a banana forward hefeweizen if I want a beer that tastes like bananas.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very thin and watery looking brew. Light metallic bronze color with thin head. Smells decent. Banana runts for sure. The taste follows the nose, sweet banana like the candy banana runts. There just isn't much to this one. It's thin and lacking complexity, but it is easy to drink.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.