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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer

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2,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 2012
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of matthewtmeloney


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is great for a flavored beer. Sweet hints of banana blended surprisingly good while still maintaining a classic malty beer taste. Could use a bit more carbonation. If you like sweet beers and bananas, I highly recommend giving this beer a try!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 23:25:08 | More by matthewtmeloney
Photo of Broman


3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nothing special. Virtually no head overtop of a copper orange beer.

Smell- Slight banana, some yeast, no other very apparent aromas.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, little carbonation. Some sweet banana flavors are presented. Seems to go flat rather quickly on the palet.

Taste- Sweet banana up front. This lingers and gradually tapers off.

Overall- Try it, not bad, not amazing, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 05:36:53 | More by Broman
Photo of dar482

New York

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a wonderful light copper/amber with a big foamy head.

The aroma is great. Sweet bread, big Belgian yeast, banana, light citrus.

The flavor is a bit funny. It has some sweet banana, then a funky yeast, breadiness, and crystal malt. The body is lighter than a “bread” beer. The mix of banana and breadiness reminds me a lot of the Weinhenstephaner Dunkel, but obviously not there.

I ended up making banana bread with most of the beer, which was great. I wouldn’t normally drink it because of its confusing flavor. The aroma is nice at least.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:09:34 | More by dar482
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date on the bottle says 02/07/13 (thinkin' this`ll be ok at 5.2)

Into a pint glass:

A: clear yet somewhat hazy orange/brown body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves some light clingy somewhat foamy lacing

S: banana bread (wow, never would have thought that something like this would`ve been pulled off, but Well`s pulled this one off right on the spot)

T: sweet, in fact somewhat bready sweet, banana aftertaste

M: medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is spot on

O: though fairly hard to review to style due to the vague yet somewhat broad range of flavors, and since this is my first "banana bread" beer - well I like this one and would have it again

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:34:42 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of RaphaelSC


2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber colour, that resemble other british red ale.

Smells pretty good, even with some artificial sensation that it left after sometime

The taste, is very refreshing, some hops could be felt, with the banana flavour emerging in the end.

With a good carbonation, and a smooth flavour this beer has a good drinkability, but in the end feels like a common beer with a different smell.

I don't intend to repeat this beers for its not feel special to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 05:46:50 | More by RaphaelSC
Photo of Jonny


2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured straight from the 11.2 oz'er.

The pour on this beer was quite pleasing. I'd say a very clear, deep amber/honey color.

Scent on the other hand,was a bit artificial. Banana Taffy anyone?

Taste was similar to the scent, but add a hint of bitterness from the hops.

Mouth feel is average for a "malt" beverage. Easy carbonation and slightly creamy. Long stale/dry finish.

Overall? Well, the fruit/vegetable beer style in general tends to be a little "different" in my opinion, but certainly worth a go round. Can't say I'll be picking this one up again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:05:07 | More by Jonny
Photo of KarlMcGowan


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wells Banana Bread Beer ( 5.2% ABV )

Glassware - I've drank this beer many times and personally I like it served in a pint glass despite it's lack of head.

Appearance - A warm medium orange, amber colour but no head to speak of.

Smell - This beers aroma just flows into the room when poured. The scent of overripe Bananas is pervasive. However there is a somewhat artificial tone to the aroma, rather like a Banana bubblegum or milkshake.

Taste - Mild and savoury with sweet fruit notes and just a little hint of spice from the hops. First time drinkers are always surprised at how savoury the Banana Bread Beers taste is compared to the sweetness of it's aroma.

Mouthfeel - Silky and smooth and easy to drink. Very low level of carbonation.

Overall - A mellow, easy going beer that's a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:05:52 | More by KarlMcGowan
Photo of rdilauro


3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, this one has always intrigued me. Today was the first time I tried this beer.

The pour, ok, lets talk banana bread. It had a thick consistency, a balance between the banana and the flour mix. The banana given it more of a goldish amber color.

Just putting my nose into the glass and my senses started to come alive. I was moved into a nice warm kitchen, with fresh banana bread coming out of the oven!

That was what the effects of the aroma of this beer had on me. Then, at the first sip, I was again transported to an earlier time having my first taste of freshly baked banana bread.

It was warm, it filled my entire mouth, it was so round and soft, the ripe taste of bananas come flowing through. Also some hints of cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg.

The finish, ...Ah, all I wished was that I had some butter to put on this banana bread!

A VERY FUN beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:32:41 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Jparker37


3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1pt 0.9oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Light amber with golden hues, perfect clarity. Medium sized white head holds a cap of foam. Left some patchy lacing.

S - Definitive banana but also underlying green apple. Banana runts and brown sugar.

T - Mild toasty malt early. Small on sweetness. Banana and clove phenol midway. Has a carbonation bite and some earthy hop bitterness leaving me with a dry mouthfeel.

M - Medium-light body, medium carbonation, dry.

O - Good looking brew not necessarily the color of banana bread. Smell is alright but artificial at times. Not really imitating a slice of banana bread. I do appreciate that the beer has beer quality but I think it could work better with a smoother/chewier feel and a touch more sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:09:02 | More by Jparker37
Photo of Damian


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 US fl.oz bottle
Served in a pint glass
Best before 14/09/13
Thanks to my dad for this single

The beer poured a crystal clear, dark amber color and was topped by a bubbly, light tan, one-plus finger tall crown. The head fell rather quickly and dissipated to a lasting ring. Drips of streaky lacing clung to the glass.

Bananas came through strong in the nose. The banana notes were akin to something halfway between banana bread and banana taffy. Sweet and spicy. Perhaps a bit artificial. The banana got stronger as the beer warmed. Some caramel malt sweetness appeared as well.

Banana notes were more subtle in the flavor profile which, all in all, seemed more "beer like" than the nose. Crystal malts appeared up front. Spices came through in the center, along with subtle hints of banana. The finish was surprisingly hoppy and bitter. Crisp and dry. The hops were spicy and earthy.

The mouthfeel was disappointing. Thin and quite watery with a fizzy, large bubbled effervescence.

Wells Banana Bread Beer comes across as a bit kitchy and falls short in terms of overall appeal. I love bananas and beer, but the melding of both in this offering did not work well.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 10:58:17 | More by Damian
Photo of weonfire


3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Translucent, golden/brown, white creamy white, 1" fluffy head, patchy lacing

S - Plenty O Banana, Carmel, honey, wheat, biscuit.

T - Initial: Banana, carmel, honey, brown sugar. finish: a touch bitter hop(2/10), pepper, spices.

M - Medium frothy, medium body, viscosity is med/high

O - Immediately I thought, Wow this is really surprising good. But the more is sipped, the more i realized this has the nose of a Laffy Taffee and tastes a bit artificial. In their defense the taste isn't too overly ripe/too sweet banana. Almost a touch bitter- which is very nice. Spices, pepper and sweetness are really balanced. But, the artificialness is something I couldn't get over or this would have gotten higher ratings.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:48:53 | More by weonfire
Photo of xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into pint glass, light copper/orange color with a 1 finger white head.

S: smells like fresh peeled banana dipped in beer....

T: A nice bread/biscuit malt front with a smooth banana back

M: Medium bodied with a strong amount of carbonation.

O: A really nice beer but more of a rare occasion buy when your feeling frisky not something I would stock up on for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 03:37:37 | More by xShoWTeKx
Photo of Cylinsier


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear copper brown. White lacing for a head.

Smells like banana bread. Go figure.

Tastes like bananas, buttered bread, and a mild nuttiness.

Medium to light body with tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A reasonably decent and drinkable ale, reminiscent of other English and Scotch styles, with the added gimmick of surprisingly analogous banana bread flavors. Worth a try, might even have it again, but it isn't spectacular, just pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 02:24:55 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Jacurdy60


2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Beautiful amber color that kind of pales out towards the bottom. Almost no head with poor retention. No lacing

S-Too much like artificial banana flavoring. There is a faint smell of freshly baked banana nut bread but it is overpowered by the artificial banana smell

T-Watered-down banana shake. The esters in the nose do not follow through into the taste, unfortunately.

MF-Crisp, carbonated and drinkable.

O-Very, very average beer. I was kind of disappointed because the idea is unique. The artificial smell and taste is entirely too overpowering. That being said, I'd still try this beer because it is a neat idea, however only buy one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 01:43:38 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of Hendry


4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Month of March head cold led to laying off tasting any beer until sense & smell returned. I had days to think about which beer I wanted to taste first, and the Charles Wells Banana Bread beer was calling my name.

Ratings and reviews can have the ability of influencing a first impression: low ratings & poor reviews build low expectations, which is why this intruiging beer was somewhat of a pleasant surprize.

Multiple reviewers have been likening the aroma to banana laffy taffy dropped into a beer, but that sells this product short I feel. I'd like to note that bananas have never been a fruit that I have enjoyed by itself, though I have always enjoyed banana flavored foods (pudding,bread, candy,sugary bubble gum from childhood days). The folks at Charles Wells claim to use "freetrade bananas" in their recipe, and fresh bananas are what I smell along with the typical malty attributes when taking in the aroma. I find the banana aroma is evenly balanced with the maltiness of this British import: those claiming the banana aroma/flavor is underdone would likely to be the first to complain if it were stepped up a notch.

Looks like a garden variety British Ale, and it pours like a typical creamy British Ale as well. Carbonation seemed pretty slight to me, and it delivered a malty caramel banana flavor across my palate along with Bavarian soft pretzel dough and just a hint of alcohol detected. I was not blown away by the melding of flavors but it was not unpleasant either.At no point did it taste like an artifically sweetened banana flavor by my account, and I think they did a good job with that aspect of the brew.

I can't imagine too many folks reaching for a second Banana Bread Beer after finishing the first one, but I would like to raise an interesting point at this stage in the review: one other reviewer made the observation that they enjoyed this beer as an in between when switching beer flavors from one to another. The concept is an interesting one because the finest multi course meals I have eaten in my life utilized sorbet to cleanse the palate between courses.

I mention the sorbet/palate cleanser concept because I followed the Banana Bread Beer with a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (my third bottle of the six pack), and found myself completely blown away with the flavor of the sculpin IPA, whereas the first two samples of that same six pack struck me as merely average. Could it be that the Banana Bread Beer sets the palate up for a new beer flavor? Based on my experience, I say it does.Worth a try just for the uniqueness alone.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:00:24 | More by Hendry
Photo of Labeorphile


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured strong into pint glass, but still almost no head and what is there quickly disappears. Small streams of bubbles from underneath through a very clear copper beer.

Nose is almost exclusively banana, as expected, with some nuttiness and bread behind it. I know they use real bananas, but it smells a bit artificial, like a banana flavored ice cream pop.

Flavor is much better than I expected. Initial flavor at least, but it quickly fades and leaves a less appealing aftertaste behind. Better than most fruit beers. Some intriguing pepperiness on the lips.

Mouth feel is really thin, which makes it more drinkable, bit less enjoyable. Would have been better a little heartier and south a more lingering flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:07:01 | More by Labeorphile
Photo of JamesMN


3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark amber with great clarity. Very thin off-white head.

Aroma: Almost similar to a pumpkin ale at first. Some light spices and a clear candied banana character.

Taste: Close to the aroma but without the sweetness. Starts with a little hop bite and then bready malt with a flavor almost dead on of banana bread. However that flavor disappears quickly and leaves a very mundane Cream Ale type taste behind. Finishes slightly bitter and watery. Definitely delivers on the name though.

Mouthfeel: Just above thin in body with a tad too much carbonation. Easy drinking but I don't think it'd be sessionable because the flavor could become repetitive.

Final Thoughts: Well's Banana Bread Beer delivers on it's promise but nothing more. It's a decent gimmick beer. Would I drink it again? No, I'm not seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:55:12 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Joshtoman

4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I own a bar in wisconsin, we specialize in micros and imports. Been doing it as a profession for 7yrs. I am not a beer expert but i know what i like. I like this beer! I drink a lot of jameson. When i want to ease off of drinking or have a relaxed drinking engagement this beer is a go to. Very drinkable and smooth. Not filling can have 3 or 4 in a row and its not overwhelming. Like a pilsner with a banana boost! Not sweet banana flavor its more savory. We do joke and say who put the banana laffy taffy in my beer! Hint of that flavor. It is a must try! Not steering you wrong to the expert and the green horns enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 04:19:17 | More by Joshtoman
Photo of gcpxavier


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This very unexpected beer, have a good taste and a very good color. The taste and smell obviously remember us a banana beer. Despite it's very unusual, the beer is very good in overall. It has a poor neck but a correct carbonation and the mouthfeel surprising you at all. If you could, I recommend you to drink it even for a new experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 01:10:19 | More by gcpxavier
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of banana, yeast and bready malt. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of banana, bready, caramel malt, earthy hops and brown sugar. Finish is sweet in the beginning then becomes dry. Delicious brew.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2013 00:49:42 | More by mikeg67
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium copper body topped by thin, poorly retained, pale beige head. Huge banana aroma with subtle cake batter and brown sugar nuances. One dimensional banana and toasted nut flavour profile with a very mild bitterness in the finish. A little bit of butterscotch that feels appropriate for this beer. Simple but pleasant. Light-bodied with low carbonation. Feels a bit on the thin side. Slight diacetyl slickness. If you like the taste and aroma of bananas then you'll probably like the scent and flavour of this beer, however, it could be much better with a more substantial mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:29:57 | More by mintjellie
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I drank this frozen like a slushy. Solid amber in color.

Smell: Banana and clove. Very musky.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again...banana and clove. A bit like a hefeweizen really. Crisp mouthfeel even when frozen.

Overall Drinkability: Quite good as a slushy.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 01:21:48 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of mattsdenney


3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber brown, thin head, no retention. Nice looking color. Smells of ripe bananas, fresh walnuts, bready malts, and sugary sweetness. I hope this isn't too overly sweet. Actually pretty well balanced. Not sickly sweet but definitely leaning that direction. Nice banana flavor. Not much hop bitterness to speak of but definitely heavy on the malty, caramel, bready side. Mouthfeel is thin, light, and slick. Nice consistency and I like the low level of carbonation. Overall a tasty beer that lives up to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:41:25 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of xnicknj


2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

bottle poured into large tulip

Semi-clear burnt golden yellow color with a thin crop of beige head. Fades into some bubbled film with little lacing left behind.

Plenty of banana scents...actually that's pretty much it. Hints of breadiness and toasted grain with fruit sweetness.

Sweet bananas up front with bready, grainy notes. Mild backbone with an artificial sweetness and a touch of caramel. Finishes with a sticky smack of banana bread.

Thinner medium body, decent carbonation, watery and sticky on the tongue. Basically a watered down, faux-sweet banana bread profile with some borderline-adjunct tendencies. Not terrible, but I wouldn't recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:47:57 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Awesome amber color without much head. Smell is pure banana bread injected into your beer.
(My partner wishes his car perpetually smelled like this beer.) Notes of vanilla, banana, bubblegum, and the initial sweetness is followed by an equal amount of bitterness. More banana than bread. Maybe a hint more carbonation than necessary. It tastes as if they took your favorite beer and infused it with banana shaped and flavored candy. We expected this to be darker and denser but overall not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:39:52 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 2,012 ratings.