Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Reviews: 835
Hads: 2,784
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 91
Gots: 544 | FT: 2
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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 DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Enjoy (447 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
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! (391 characters)

Photo of Aegelis
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of scottwood
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initial aroma and flavor is banana runts. After some time it mellows out to a reasonable banana presence, but the bread part is a bit lacking. Would be nice if this had a bit more of a malt backbone to stand up to the banana -- a bit of roastiness and nuttiness would probably complement it nicely. Still, it's pretty drinkable once the artificial-seeming aroma fades. A decent beer for when you're in the mood for something unusual. (433 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- A clear amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Banana bread, faint hops, some cloves and wheat. Really what you would hope banana bread beer would smell like.

T- Doesn't live up to the nose, sweet malts, some bready malts, faint earth hops, very muted compared to what I was hoping it would be.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- If this tasted like it smells this would be a great beer, but I feel it is average at best. It is drinkable and fairly enjoyable but could be much better. (532 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light red-amber. Good clarity. A halo of suds doesn't look impressive.

Buttery notes, banana, toffee, treacle, malt sweetness, and Wonder Bread. Minimal hop bitterness.

The bitterness is here now, mild and a little spicy. Banana is very mild, semi-lost, nutty, and a little caramelized. Toffee notes and pale malts bring out treacle notes. Still more generic white bread flavors after fermentation. Metallic finish.

Feels okay. A little thin-bodied. Carbonation has a slight burp, but not a critical error.

I get the 'banana bread' thing, but the flavors are weak. Okay, if not close to average. (599 characters)

Photo of Drk93TT
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Purchased in Canton at Holiday Market

A: pours a faint orange with a carbonated head that dissipates fast and leaves zero lacing. Active carbonation and holds a small ring of head thru the experience. Nothing spectacular.

S: Best part of this beer is the smell. Fresh baked bread, crystal malt, and of course B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

T: Thin candied malts... bud light esq funk to it.. artificial banana mostly, but tastes much much better a bit warmer. Out of the fridge its crisp and tart. Light and very carbonated. Not too bad.. but dissapointing to me. Wish it had more body and fullness. Its just too... thin and simply... lacking.

M: Not much here, comes and goes. Thin and crisp.

Overall wish this beer had more depth and flavor. Too crisp and clean! But its worth picking up to try.. definitely a good beer, just wish it was an outstanding beer ! (851 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow golden with a kind of dark red hue to it. Lacing is awesome.

S: Banana definitely. Some candy and light malt as well.

T: Banana bread, wheat, nutts, butter, honey, and spice. An awesome taste in my opinion.

M: Lighter side of medium with a nice creamy feel. Goes down so smooth.

O: Though the beer has not-so-good ratings; I like it a lot. It's a solid brew that is good for just relaxing and enjoying a nice flavor. (434 characters)

Photo of AnthonyBeerdain
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a bottle into a Tulip. Bottled on 24-Jun-2013.

Banana reminiscent of Laffy taffy and Circus Peanuts! (the chewy candy, not the actual nut.) Hint of caramel malt. Low diacetyl detected. No alcohol. No hops.

High clarity, dark golden, leaning towards amber. Moderate head quickly reduces to a lacing around the edge of the glass.

When the beer first enters your maw nothing specific jumps out. Move it around a bit and you're first greeted with a subdued banana flavor, followed by a hop bitterness, then more banana and a solid dose of pale malt, breadiness and biscuitiness, followed by a finish of more hop bitterness. As the beer warms more of the malt profile shines through, rounding the beer out a bit and making it more balanced.

Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall Impression
This beer's had a good rep in the beer world, and there aren't many banana beers out there. For what it is I think it's a well-made, pretty well-balanced beer. Overall the banana-ness tastes and smells a bit artificial to me. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you're expecting a fresh banana experience you'll be a bit disappointed. Not overly sweet, so you could definitely drink more than one of them without palate fatigue. (1,292 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, a good amount of carbonation is visible. Thin off-white head, some webs of lacing.

S: Banana bread. Banana, wheat, nuttiness. Warming and mouth-watering, if a little weak.

T: Banana bread. Buttery wheaty banana bread, even encompasses some walnut notes. Overall sweet, but nowhere near cloying. No spicy hops like the label advertises, but I'm happy about their absence.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to thin body, but perfectly matched with the flavors- so easy drinking. I don't understand people who say they could (only) down 2 of these without a problem- I'm in danger of finishing my entire 4-pack.

O: It would be easy to fall short or go overboard with a liquid recreation of banana bread, but this one hits that in-between perfectly. Not a beer for Reinheitsgebot-followers, but for beer or baking enthusiasts, this is highly recommended. (866 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/22/14 and had this one once before back in 2012 I believe. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a very small off-white head that settles down to around the top of the beer along the glass. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. When first opened you can smell the bananas with malt. Very pleasant. The taste would be expected as with the smell, bananas and yeast/malt, hense the name. A different beer that is tasty and not bitter as well as a good aftertaste. (602 characters)

Photo of WRXDreamer
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Poured from bottle into lager glass. No real head or lace (could be my poor pour). Nice colour.

S-Faint banana and toffee smell, nothing overpowering or fake scent.

T-Was expecting a mouth full of banana bread taste, got subtle banana taste with a pepper/sweet aftertaste. Found the taste of banana bread to grow the more I drank.

M-Good feel, slightly creamy, nice carb.

O-Slightly let down by the sublte-ness of the flavour. A dessert beer for sure, not sure what else you would have with it. Glad I got to try it, but not sure if I would drink again. (567 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass

Appearance - light amber, crystal clear, one finger head recedes to foamy cap, sticky lacing

Smell - Bread crust, fairly strong banana but not cloying or negative in any way. A bit sweet with spices like cinamon and clove, clean.

MF/Taste - creamy, medium body, tingly and light carb. Flavor, like the smell, is almost a dead ringer for banana bread...impressive. Toasty bread, banana, a bit nutty. Very slight bitter twang on the back end, finished fairly dry.

Overall - This beer exceeded my expectations in a big way. The fruity banana flavor is not cloying at all, and the toasty malts are in perfect harmony. I wouldn't go for this all the time, but I thought it was pretty enjoyable. (720 characters)

Photo of NRo
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light honey-color, very thin head

Smell: Very banana-y, fresh

Taste: more banana flavor than I expected, which is a good thing. Doesn't go well with food unless the food is sweet and light.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, the bananas really come out when it sits on your tongue

Overall: It's a decent beer, but very good for a flavored beer. You can actually taste the bananas, but not in an overwhelming way. (422 characters)

Photo of Big-Frog
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay listen, this is a beer for a specific purpose. You've heard of Dessert Wines? This is a dessert complimenting beer. It smells very much as advertised. It tastes they way you would imagine. It goes well with any ice-cream, tart, fruit, or pie dessert dish. This is not your "during the game, or social outing" beer. But if you utilize this beer with a dessert dish, you won't be disappointed. (396 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured out a cream soda like color. Light brown. A thin layer of white head with no retention or lacing.

S: Overpowering smell of bananas and bubble gum.

T: Slighty bitter bananas and bubble gum.

M: Medium light body and carbonation. Slightly creamy but also was smooth and clean.

O: Didn’t knock my socks off by any means. I was hoping it would be more malty to really harness the sweetness of banana bread. (417 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml bottle to a nonic pint glass.

Copper in color with a small one to two finger head which breaks rather quickly leaving a very thin cap and some lacing. The first smell one gets is, unsurprisingly, sweet ripe bananas. There really isn't much more that be picked up because the banana smell is so strong. The first taste you get is the sweet banana as well, but then it is followed by the malt and hops that one would expect to get from a British bitter. This beer had medium carbonation and a thin or light feel. I would have expected it to be heavier, but was surprised at how light it was. My biggest issue with this beer is an associative one...the smell and initial taste remind me of Mr Freezee ice pops (for Americans think Otter pops). Once I got past that, I did enjoy the beer. (799 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says 20/08/14.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Bready malt with a hint of toffee and, sure enough, banana bread. Small hint of oxidation.

T- Gotta hand it to 'em: it really tastes like banana bread. Sweet, fruitcakey banana bread with some malt and a slight tinge of alcohol in the back. It's also not too sweet and overbearing. Balanced isn't the word since it's pretty one-dimensional but it's easy to drink...that is if you like banana bread like I do. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Not something I would drink all the time, but it's neat to revisit every once in a while (got this particular bottle for free) just to remember that there is a beer out there that tastes exactly like banana bread. (1,055 characters)

Photo of BeerGod27
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer smells exactly like banana bread. Unfortunately the taste doesn't match the intensity of the smell. Most of the flavors are only slightly detectable. A little malty and the banana taste isn't very noticeable until the aftertaste. Still, this is a crisp and very drinkable beer. (287 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Was really excited to give this a try as I love the smell and taste of bananas. Read the label and noticed that this is the same company that produces the Double Chocolate Stout. Hmmmm. I was disappointed in that one. Would the same apply here? Meaning would I be let down by the promise of flavor? Popped a bottle in the fridge and poured it into a beer glass. Nice 2 finger head that has some nice lacing as the head dissipates. I noticed the foam keeps throughout and never totally disappears. The color is a nice flat blondish orange. Clear looking. Has a faint smell of bananas that is artificial. I wish the smell was more pure. The taste has a very faint sweetness to it and the fake banana flavor comes through at the finish and lingers a bit. The beer itself has no body and is quite thin and watery. What happened to the "liquid bread" they were talking about? This is an easy beer to drink and I could probably have 2 bottles easily but I was disappointed in the overall taste. When I drink a flavored beer I want it to taste like what it is advertised. Towards the end I added some Dekuyper Creme de Banana just for kicks and the taste elevated to a new level. Granted it was still fake, the sweetness and the banana "flavor" was enhanced. I think this is a nice beer for women. (My wife liked the taste). I liked it ok, just wished it was more true and flavorful. (1,376 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yeah this is an Outstanding Beer, have you ever tasted any other like it? Strong Banana Nut smell, and upfront taste. Great dessert beer for special occasions. Something different and fun. Every day...nope. I wouldn't drink a Guinness every day either. I bought it just for fun and that is what I got. (301 characters)

Photo of Deanosaurus
4.74/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer at a bar called Myngle in Lee's Summit, MO. First thing I noted was that the bottle was large (1-pint) and nicely shaped. The extra beer gave me a real chance to experience the texture and taste individually. I like a beer I can chew, so this flavorful liquid is right up my alley.

- Appearance (4.5/5)
It had a nice copper tone to it that wasn't too vibrant. It looked warm, even in the blue lighting under the bar adjacent to our table.

- Smell (4.75/5)
Bananas. Literally. You may as well have opened a banana right in front of my face and torn it to shreds. And it was a real aroma too, not a fabricated scent like they put in candy. Which leads into...

- Taste (4.75/5)
The taste was the most accurate to the smell I have ever experienced. You know how when you smell coffee it smells robust and amazing, and then a majority of them taste bitter or sour? Sometimes beer can be like that too. (Don't get me wrong I LOVE that. It's the reason I am such a huge fan of IPAs) But this beer was the exact opposite. It hits initially with the alcohol and taste that a fermented liquid should carry then quickly melts back into a savor banana (and bread) flavor.

- Mouthfeel (4.75/5)
The most interesting thing I have to say about this beer is the mouth feel. As previously stated, I like a beer I can chew. When you consider bread you typically think of a chewy soft substance and this beer had it. It is key to not that the beer is called "Wells Banana BREAD Beer", not "Wells Banana Beer". I worried when I ordered it that it would be all banana and no bread. This was not the case. The yeast they chose for fermenting naturally fills in that flavor for you and they did a great job and balancing the warming sensation of bread with the banana flavoring to make an equal and robust experience.

- Overall (4.75/5)
Great experience all around. The only thing that would make it better is if it were served with a warm slice of its namesake. (1,957 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly but left behind some lacing on the glass. The nose has notes of both banana and malt. The flavor profile certainly includes a banana bread taste along with a very light maltiness. The finish has a slight sweetness from the bananas.

Overall this is an interesting novelty that delivers on its promise of banana bread flavor. However, it is a bit too thin to be considered a high-quality beer.

PS: Following a recipe on the internet, I mixed a second bottle of this offering with some Young's Double Chocolate Stout (probably my favorite sweet stout). The resulting blend was tasty, but both the banana and chocolate flavors were too muted to make for a delicious desert concoction. As a beer, it tasted like a thin stout. Interesting, but not worth repeating. (834 characters)

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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