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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 Fatduck
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery malt color with a white frothy head. It smells wonderfully banana filled but the malt and the banana tastes dont meld that well.

Picked this up to sample because my gf wants a banana beer, and this convinced me to make mine a hefeweizen.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 1pt .09 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a lovely amber with an ample, fluffy white head. Head fades quickly to a thin cover, leaving spotty lacing.

S- A bit of banana, and then overpowered by an unpleasant and somewhat off putting metallic odor.

T- On the front, this tastes pleasantly like bananas and bread (go figure), but halfway across the tongue, it goes bad and finishes with a strong copper tasting hit. This beer has probably seen better days.

M- Medium/thin.

D- Not good. This metallic taste is overwhelming and ruining this one for me. Really only getting this one down by gulping it...

Future outlook: I bought this as a pseudo-novelty lark with essentially no expectations. It struck out, and I can't imagine going back for more of this.

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

Shapely 500ml. brown bottle foiled labels and a freshness date of: 31/o3/09 A, stamped on the neck. It pours a copper-amber with perfect clarity and a finger of off-white foam that gone, in no time. Carbonation looking very mild.

The smell is kind of like the little banana candies that Runt's makes. Banana bread with some caramel malt backing comes through on subsequent sniffs. The aroma if fully sweet and fruity.

The taste however starts off very sweet and chock-a-block with bananas, then a smooth caramel malt takes over and balances the finish with the hops. A very interesting flavor for a beer. If you like bananas or banana flavoring, this beer is for you.

Light to medium in body with a very mild carbonation and the 5.2% ABV being virtually undetectable, this stuff goes down as easily as Gatorade. Overall a good beer and I don't even like banana bread.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear orange amber with a thin off white head. The aroma is obviously of banana bread. Its incredibly sweet, almost smells like bubble gum. Tastes like bananas but has an odd metallic flavor. I would have expected more of a wheat and bread flavor to it. Feel is kinda thin. Not a great fruit beer.

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Photo of matty
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head that stays at about a half inch.Aroma is banana.Taste is banana and biscuit.I was expecting this to be more sweeter but there is just a subtle hint of sweetness.This is definetly something worth trying.Something that should be tried at least once!!

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Photo of tgncc
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is strange; a little like a soda (?!?!), it has an orange/ginger ale sort of color. Weak head, no lacing. Cool smell, bananas dominate, along with grainy malts. It smell faintly like a hefeweizen, but also like an English pale ale. The mouthfeel was surprisingly watery. The flavor was mainly caramelized malts, not much in the way of hops. the flavor was a bit weak. A little sting on the tongue is from the carbonation. The finish is gone from the palate in a flash. I'm glad I tried this, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of masshlx
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st review. Saw this today, had to give it a shot. Pours with very little head or lacing. Smells faintly of banana, not overwhelming the smell but actually enhancing it. Has a nice smooth taste to it, malts up front, with a nice hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is real good. I could drink this all day, wish I had bought more. If you can find it, try it out.

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Photo of edbeered
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle, best before 3/31/2009. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a half inch white head that went away very quickly. Lacing is average. It smells like a combination of overripe bananas and banana nut bread. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but there's also a nice slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste that lingers around a while. It does taste mostly like banana nut bread. Mouthfeel/body is light, with average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but I don't think I could drink more than a bottle of this at a time. But it is smooth and it's not hard to drink at all. If you like bananas then you should like this beer.

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Photo of LennyV
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color into my delirium tremens snifter. Ni head or lacing even after an aggressive pour.

Smells of over ripe bananas but not overbearing.

Tastes like over ripe bananas. It has just the right amount of sweetness/Banana taste. It leaves you wanting another sip.

Medium to light bodied with some light carbonantion. Again it is well balanced.

I am quite surprised at how much I am enjoying this brew. It is a nice change from the highly malted/hopped craft beers i usually drink.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a couple of pint glasses. This warm brown beer pours a good foam and keeps a good lacing. The smell that greats the nose is wonderful banana nut smell. The initial taste is that of a caramel coffee flavoring. It fades to a great tasting banana nut flavor making a great tasting beer.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light brown color with no head

S: Smelled like a ripe banana or banana chips.

T: Tasted like a banana, with little else going on. It's what I bought it for though

M: Average, nothing to talk about really

D: I wouldn't want more than a half of one, but my wife liked it!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have this bottle at Gullifty's in Rosemont, PA.
Appearance: The body was a light brown transparent color with a thick eggshell head, lots of lace and good retention.
Smell: Surprisingly a lot like banana bread, no noticeable spices.
Taste: Nice, like the fruit, not the bread, a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Gullifty's in Villanova.

Whole idea is that, since beer is considered "liquid bread," just add bananas to it and you would have liquid banana bread.

A: Poured into a small pilsner glass. Pours a light golden, amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and decent lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet bananas; reminded me of banana chips.

T: Tasted like un-ripe bananas with a hint of malts. Banana taste calmed down when I got used to it, some of the malts started to come out, but not too much.

M: A little on the thin side and light bodied. Ok mouthfeel overall.

D: Ok drinkability overall; a decent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Not too bad of a taste, but could have used a bit more malt presence.

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Photo of kenito799
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Medium brown brew witha small tannish head, no lacing.

Yes it's all about that intense banana experience...LOTS of banana aroma, not artificial smelling, just very pronounced.

Crisp and light on th etoungue, the mildly bitter and dry brew clahses somwhat with the intense baked banana flavor and aroma. The banana becomes less intrusive as you drink, and the brew is fairly nice with food. A richer heavier ale might have conveyed this flavor more successfully.

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Photo of JRed
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent light brown hue with white head that clings. Powerful banana bread aroma sifts through the air upon first pour, You might think you are back at Grandma's house for dessert and a few laughs. A light bodied beer that tastes of veggies and banana flavors to finish the drink, along with the stale banana aftertaste that accompanies the real fruit. There's slight carbonation, not too powerful, and drinkability is fine here due to its lightness. A good summer beer when getting bored with wheats and looking for something new.

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Photo of kasper
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a semi-translucent copper. Minimal off-white head. Legs of lacing.

S: Smells just like banana bread. Bananas, nuts & alcohol.

T: Clean crisp malts followed by somewhat artificial nutty banana taste. Let down compared to smell.

M Light. Almost too light. Medium carbonation adds crispness.

D: Seemingly artificial flavor of this brew would be hard to stomach in large doses.

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Photo of peabody
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a really clear ice tea color with very little suds.
Smell is banana oil and very strong syrup. Lots of sugars help make this a banana smelling brew.
Mabey a vanilla aroma in there too?
Wow, the sugar is gone from here! Watery mix of slight banana flavor and syrup. Very refreshing but not what the smell made me think of. Some hop bitterness is in there with mabey a bit of yeast that tickles the nose.
Mouthfeel is very very clean but bland as hell.
Drinkability is NO GO. Don't care for this bland mix of water and nothing.

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Photo of Gump
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweet candy banana aroma. Like dried banana chips. Simply lovely.
Clean pour, good carbonation, light foamy top.

Light airy body, faint but distinct banana bread flavor, empty mouthfeel and dry finish.

This is a well crafted beer that lacks malt body. It leaves a little empty (like a michelob Ultra). But the banana is truly present.

The banana is up front in the aroma and lingers in the pale aftertaste.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice clear light brown color with very little head that disaperd quickley. this smelled like the kitchen while my mom bakes banana bread. this was sweet in the begining and malty at the end with a great banana flavor all the way through. this is a beer that i would love with sunday breakfast, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, a cinniman rool, some oj and one of theese beers. the purfict start to football day!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out a bomber this brew poured with a huge three finger tan head on top of a dark gold liquid. Decent retention and after a minute the cap grew rocky, moderate lacing. The aroma was at first a burst of bananas with caramel malt behind that, distinctly sweet. The flavors were odd. Well, it is to be said, they nailed the banana bread flavor. But that's what makes it weird. Kind of like KeKe key lime liquor. Bready malt, sweet malt, bananas and even a hint of nuts. Medium body and an ok mouthfeel but it could use some refining. An unique offering and if you like banana bread you cannot miss it but I cannot stress enough how unusual the flavor and bouquet are.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Small frothy head and no lacing.

Very very heavy smell of artificial banana sweetner, not much else.

Taste is not much different than the smell, kind of a tart. Mouthfeel is very watery.

Could drink one of these, once per year.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Caramel brown, almost no foam.

S: Strong banana smell from far away.

T: Fresh banana flavor throughout, but it doesn't overpower the beer flavor. It has a bit of peppery spice in the back of the throat.

M: Way too much carbonation.

D: I wouldn't drink more than one in a row, but I would drink this any time I go out.

I actually had this beer while eating a peanut butter sandwich, and the pairing was heavenly!

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Photo of fastricky
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I loved this beer! Had read the reviews here and expected this to be something you'd have a few sips of and get sick of rather quickly, but not the case. I found the banana flavor to be there for sure, but melded quite well with the ale and not sweet. Just added a nice full, mellow taste and body that was very appealing. Mouthfeel was outstanding. OK, I wouldn't order a 2nd one, but I did fully enjoy the entire large bottle. Had it shipped to me here in the states by a sort of a beer pen-pal in the UK, I'm disappointed I probably won't have this again as you can't find it anywhere that I've seen.

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