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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,636
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 73
Gots: 401 | FT: 3
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Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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 sauron681
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a very thick rocky head. Good carbonation the entire glass, very minimal lacing.

Aroma is of very strong banana and not much else. Starts sweet, with almost a banana syrup flavor, and finishes dry and bitter.

Tastes very much like banana, and like banana bread, yet sweet like banana milk. Overall this is very clean and light.

Banana, banana, banana, and more banana. This is a good once in a great while brew, dont drink it everyday

Photo of funkengruven
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was an interesting find, Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is exactly what they were going for, banana bread. smells just like a home made banana bread, or like a banana muffin one would have for breakfast, Really nice. Taste is pretty good too. Aroma is of bananas, a slight hop bitterness and a nice spicy malt. Mouthfeel is not quite as full as I would have expected, as I expected something a little sweeter and more pronounced, however this does quite well as it still carries the flavor of beer while bringing forward the banana aromas.

Overall, A pleasant surprise. Worth a try.

Photo of matthewtmeloney
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of tapman
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours an orange copper color with a tan 1 finger head. Lacing remains throughout the brew. Resembles a fine amber ale.

Smell is very much like that of banana bread with a little bit of hoppiness to remind you its still a beer. Banana is fresh and not syrupy smelling which is very much appreciated. Bread like malts which hold up to the name banana bread since they are really bready like an English ale. After reading the label we find out about the crystal malts, a staple of English ales.

The English Golding hops really compliment the banana very well as they are both generally sweet, but that fibrous sweet; banana and Golding hops both have a bland, earthy sweetness prefered by many who otherwise don't care for sweet things. Bananas and malts also go together well.

Mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing. The picture on the bottle shows a dark beer with a large creamy head. This brew is short of an amber ale in color and thin as a lager. For once might recommend nitrous oxide for this brew since its more of a dessert beer. If we're talking about banana bread here, then it should be thicker, like bread.

If I found this in a pub I could drink it all night. Its a sweet beer that's not overly sweet. I'm not really for or against fruit beers, I just appreciate when they are done well, and this one tastes like really bananas not natural/artificial banana flavoring. Not bad at all.

Photo of olimpia84
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the bottle into a Weizen glass (at the time it was the only clean glassware I had!). Presentation is very nice with a golden and yelllow label with an image of a banana on it and the name of the brewery. Definitely caught my attention while doing my beer shopping.

A: semi-opaque elegant amber color with a two finger head and slight lacing.

S: banana fruit, banana bread, banana pudding, and some sweet honey notes and malts. Yup, this is a banana beer.

T: starts off with the advertised banana bread flavor, but said flavor fades pretty quick in the palate to give room for peppery hops and a slight bitter finish. I was a tad disappointed as I was expecting a stronger banana taste and a sweeter finish.

M: light to medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: this is a solid fruit beer, although I wish the banana taste was a little more pronounced. The beer does a good job in introducing the banana on the nose but falls short when it comes to replicating that characteristic in the taste.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours brownish amber with just a small amount of cream colored head, dissipating quickly.

The nose has a lot of banana notes resembling a runt candy. Candy and sweet smelling.

The taste resembles banana bread pretty nicely. Sweet and quite rich. That runt taste is a bit much but still tasty.

The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I wanted it to be with those rich flavors.

Overall, tastes like banana bread but is pretty intensely flavored. The mouthfeel could use some work too.

Photo of DuffManOhYeah
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers to drink not only because my friends are always more interested in me while I drink it, but also because I love bananas. With that said, I hope to not make my review too biased. If you like bananas, this is worth a try.

A- Not much to say here. Average beer yellow color with an average head. Nothing special

S- Smells like, oh you guessed it, bananas. Like a monkey's cage the morning-after. This could be a turn-off for some, but it entices me.

T- Tastes like an average, cheap American lager as you drink but leaves a distinct after taste of bananas that is delicious

M- Carbonated and a bit thin. I wish it had more of a "bread" feel to it, but it is nicer than most beers

D- This beer is highly drinkable because it leaves such a pleasant after taste that always calls you back for more. Overall, it is nothing earth-shattering but is a very enjoyable, and different, beer to try

Photo of archyquaffer
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of taez555
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beers pours a very clear orange, almost yellowish, body with a fluffy white head.

Nose smells like a mixture of banana bread with a nice German wheat. Bready, banana, spices, wheat, fresh cut grain, fruits(not just banana), touches of apple and pear even. The banana smell has almost that fake syrupy banana smell. Very distinct, and definitely lives up to it's name.

Taste is light bodied with a nice large amount of cheweyness and ample bitterness and carbonation. Tons of fresh crushed malt with layers of yeasty banana esters. Layers of fruit, apples, pear juice, banana, light citrus peel with a dirty earthy leaf hop taste that compliments the malt and fruit nicely. A mild granite stone taste shines through. Bitterness is surprising high and balances well, but is firm and in your face throughout every sip. Ends with a mild lingering bitterness and banana aftertaste.

This is really a fascinating beer. Really a fantastic english bitter, with just the right amount of banana and malty bread qualities to give it, yes... a banana bread taste, but at the same time it's not overpowering or detracting. Honestly, it's just a really nice english bitter.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle with a BBD of 3/31/09, into a Pilsner style glass.

A: Not sure what a banana bread beer is supposed to look like, but it looks a brown color. Little to no head that doesn't last or cling. Medium carbonation

S: Basically just like buttered banana bread. Scents of butter, bready yeast, banana and a faint hint of caramel/sugar.

T: Surprise, surprise like buttered banana bread. Strong banana taste, with the bready yeast undertone. Also a slight bitter hops taste at the end.

M: Light bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Smooth swallow without a heavy oil feeling.

D: Easily drank the entire bottle writing this review!

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear extremelely light amber golden color with ample carbonation bubbles and a finger of frothy white head that dissipates rapidly, leaves spotty lacing
S: smells precisely like banana bread, pure and simple
T: tastes exactly like liquid banana bread with a slight nutty aftertaste
M: medium carbonation, drinks slightly thick, leaves a bit of an odd tart or even off feeling on the palate
O: it is what it says it is, spot on for the flavor but average the rest of the way

Photo of micmillon18
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle. Freshness date reads August 31st, 2011. I've had this one before and enjoyed it. Lets see how it rates...

A - The beer is a clear amber color and for the sake of this article, I want to say that it almost resembles overly ripe banana. The head quickly dissappears and whats left sits around the rim of the glass with some lacing.

S - Lots of banana. What else would you expect?

T - It tastes like bananas! Surprise! In all seriousness though, its actually pretty tasty. Sometimes brewers seem to overly emphasize the flavors in their fruit beers. Wells has done a good job on this one, as the banana doesn't over power the pallet. It finishes with a hoppy bitterness which is a nice touch.

M - Carbonation is in check. Light in body.

D - Hefe lovers might enjoy this more than others, due to the banana-like flavors that are often found in such beers. Very drinkable and tasty. Would definitely have another.

Photo of edbeered
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, this pours a clear amber color, with a scant white head and a small amount of white lacing on the glass. the smell is slightly of vanilla and malt. The taste is of a typical English Pale Ale, with added banana and vanilla. That is to say, it is malty, with a flavor of bread and caramel, with a crisp hoppy background. The banana flavor doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer, but actually compliments it. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. If you like bananas, this is an interesting variation of an English Pale Ale. Recommended!

Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dirty penny copper russet with reddish orange and golden highlights, a dense creamy craterous ivory cap and some patchy lace. looks like a quality bitter. a little lacking with the lace but decent foam retention, with a thin 1/8in disk present until the very end.

S- when i cracked the bottle, bananas flew out. as i stick my nose into the beer the banana aroma isn't so bold, but it's still there. plenty of caramel and toasty malt, some toffee, and earthy british hops. smells more like fresh bananas than actual banana bread but still quite enticing.

T- taste is more on point, and with a significant amount of bitterness. at first earthy and british, then transforming into a sharp saaz-like hop bite. instead of sweet rich banana bread, its more like a whole grain bread infused with bananas. rather dry at the end with a lingering banana sweetness, banana peel, and even caramelized plantain. much more hoppy than i expected, the bitterness compliments the banana nicely. bready and toasty with a little bit of caramel, clean bitterness and banana peel last long into the finish.

MF- a bit thin but that's ok for this one, i think if it were any more viscous it would feel too much like a dessert and lower the drinkability rating. under medium body with delicate (yet ample) carbonation. crisp and refreshing, the fruitiness adds to that effect.

D- a solid session bitter beneath it all. unlike most fruit beers for me, the banana doesn't seem to lose its appeal. instead of fruit with a beer back, it is more like beer with a light fruitiness making it a good choice for those not-so-into fruit beers. not to mention that banana is a common flavor associate anyway.

Photo of sophisticated
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It is an interesting drink! The bottle is interesting. It's pint sized, and I enjoy the picture of the banana peel around a glass of beer. The bottle is also very informative, as it explains that beer was historically called "liquid bread," so you add bananas and BOOM!= liquid banana bread. I also learn that this is a product of England, with fine malts, and fair trade bananas.

Appearance: Lovely amber, heavy on the reddish. A large thick off-white head that already looks like banana bread to me. The head dissipates quickly, with little lacing.

Smell: Bananas, not as overpowering as I thought it would be. A little nutty and malty.

Taste: Bananas! Also some hops. The aftertaste is bitter but burps (SORRY! TMI!) are WAY banana-y.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, light carbonation

Drinkability: It's definitely a novelty. But I'm glad I got to try it! If you're oddly craving beer and bananas at the same time, I would recommend this!

Photo of misternebbie
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mystery bottle that ended up in my refrigerator.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head that leaves light lacing.

Smells of slight pale malts and large amounts of brown bananas. Also present are slight hints of breadiness.

Tastes very similar to how it tastes. Slightly sweet pale malts up front are joined quickly by moderate amounts of breadiness. Midway through the banana flavors take over, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this beer is exactly as billed, although I’m not sure I could drink more than one in a sitting. It was interesting to have the banana influence without the spices (as in most weizens) though, and worth a shot.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a clear copper with ok carbonation. The head is small off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is good spicy and banana, just like the bread.

The taste is good as well. Lots of spice that works well with the banana. Kind of sweet at first but the hots evens out in the finish, Surprisingly the beer works well.

The mouthfeel is less then medium body with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good as it is, I can't see my self drinking a lot of this but as a novalty is is pretty good. Prosit MK

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An average pour delivered a finger of almost white head. The body is a yellow-orange color. A couple minutes and the head has dissolved to a frothy ring. A little bit of lacing noted throughout consumption.

Banana bread. Wow. I smell strong banana taffy style banana odors, lightly roasted nuts and light bready malt. It all comes together to smell like a delicious home made banana bread.

The front end tastes strongly of bananas with a hint of roasted nuts. It comes together again in the middle to taste like banana bread and ends on a slightly bitter bready note with clove to see it through.

Medium bodied, this beer travels well over the tongue, leaving nothing behind. It has a dry finish.

Photo of vmspicex
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful coppery color with a cream colored (think eggnog) head.

S - Overwhelmingly banana bread (in a very good way.) The yeasty and spicy scent is even stronger than I expected.

T/M - The banana wasn't overpowering the taste of a perfectly good beer, much to my delight. It's present enough to enjoy a little spicy fruity goodness but not nearly as strong as the aroma. Medium bodied but on the lighter end of medium. All the flavor components work together well.

O - Worth a try but not an outstanding discovery. I'd probably drink it again happily if it was an option in a slim pickings shop!

Photo of jamesn80
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a light brown color with not much foam. It smells and tastes just like banana bread, as you would expect. I can also taste slight notes of caramel and maple syrup. It tastes sweet, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is a little too watery. I wish it could be fuller. It is an overall good beer that I will definitely try again.

Photo of sstates
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice Amber color. Almost like cream soda

S: Banana bread and malty smell upfront. Very sweet smelling as well.

T: Tastes just like banana bread and beer. But the tastes are almost separate. Was much better than expected.

M: Clean, mildly carbonated.

O: I don't know if I could drink a lot of this, but I really liked drinking this beer. Very easy to drink and not too sweet for a fuit beer.

Photo of cagocubs
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always passed this beer over when I've seen it on the shelf. Had the opportunity to have it from tap so I bit.

A: Pours a goldish yellow with a thin white head that receded quickly to a splotched cap.

S: Banana, bready, and buttery. Exactly what you would expect out of a beer called banana bread beer.

T: It's exactly what you'd think. It has strong banana flavor and bready flavors. Almost tastes like a flavored alcohol. Slight fake taste, but it was enjoyable.

M: Real easy to drink. Good coating and aftertaste.

Photo of DannyS
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

A - very clear dark amber with thin, rapidly disappearing head.

S - standard hops and yeast combined with a moderate aroma of banana. Other fruits also detected on the nose.

T - Little bitterness, nice and malty. The banana flavor is nicely present, and is backed up well by the flavors of the ale.

M - light and fizzy, but a bit watery.

D - Easy to finish this one; maybe even have another. Very drinkable.

Overall - A nice treat, but not a regular standby. If I'm feeling like something fruity, I might go for it.

Photo of gcpxavier
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 2,636 ratings.