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Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

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Reviews: 864 | Ratings: 2,952
Photo of DmanGTR
2.22/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes (last year's batch... hopefully it's much better this year)

A - poured clear amber brown with a fizzy 1.5" head that quickly disappeared and left no lace.

S - just like banana bread with a touch of malty sweetness, nuts, chocolate, and hops. This was a huge plus!

T - quite different from the smell. Tasted like watery beer with fake banana bread extract. Strange aftertaste that was somewhat sour. Ugh... had to force myself to continue the review and not dump the thing...

M - watery, medium carbonation, very light

D - ugh if it wasn't for that abysmal taste it would get higher markings

Overall - This seemed like a failed attempt at making a holiday beer. Fake syrupy taste like the candy with the yellow bananas... I think they're called Runts. Not worth the money. Not worth a try.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A distinctive, shouldered 500 ml bottle poured into a stange glass yields a clear light amber body that twinkles golden when held to the light. Atop the drink is a finger-thick cap of grainy white foam fed by an intermittent stream of active carbonation. A fine abstract-art display of wispy lacing marked with a scad of freckles decorates the glass.

The smell is rich and bready with toasty caramel malts and spice, top-loaded with mellow freckled banana. The aroma definitely smells like banana bread.

The taste is sweet and banana-laden with notes of sticky caramel and zippy spice. The banana element itself is rich, soft and mellow, more like cooked monkeyfruit than fresh with a pudding-like stickiness and a refreshing linger in the aftertaste. Despite the fruity flavor and the malty sweetness, the drink never approaches the tedious syrupiness one might expect from a beer that claims to taste like a dessert bread. Instead, the drink presents itself as quite soda pop-like and refreshing.

The drink is light-bodied with zesty carbonation and fluffy feel. Very surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours darker gold with a frothy white head. Aroma of...banana bread. Nuts, ripe bananas, and liquor in the nose and in the taste. KInd of grainy, and the banana taste seems a little sickeningly sweet towards the end. Overall, much better than I expected.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very transparent, light caramel color, with a hint of amber. Pours with a small head that dissipates quickly, leaving a collar around the glass for the first few sips. Almost no lacing.

Smell: By far the most appealing part of the beer is the aroma. They have the smell of banana bread down exactly. The smell is very sweet, with some caramel and raisin mixed in. If anything, I would have expected a little bit more nuttiness.

Taste: The front has a very dead-on banana taste, but I feel like that may be due to the added banana flavoring, as the taste quickly fades. What's left is a light ale. The caramel malt and light hops are almost muted behind the banana taste. I expected more, especially after the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Either the malt or the bananas leave a slightly oily residue on the tongue.

Drinkability: Given that I would have thought this was a heartier beer, it proves to be surprisingly drinkable. Far more versatile than I would have envisioned upon seeing the bottle.

Overall, I picked this one up as something different and fun to try. It wasn't by any means bad, but definitely not something I would introduce to the regular rotation. For the price ($4.99 for a 500 ml bottle), the value just isn't there.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours from it's big bottle into my big pint glass a dark "old-penny" hue. Clear, with a three finger rocky head that swells over the glass. The white head leaves some crusty and pretty lace on the glass. Looks decent enough.

S - This smells exactly like banana flavored Laffy Taffy and mashed brown bananas. Banana baby food. (I have a secret passion for baby food... so this is a good thing for me).

T - This tastes like a weakish British Mild ale quaffed whilst chewing on a big hunk of Banana Laffy Taffy and feeding you infant child a heaping spoonful of mashed brown bananas. Tiny and metallic on the finish, and slighlty dry too. Not as good as it smells.

M - Thin, wimpy, bitter, and metallic. This is not as bad as I'm making it sound, by in my mind banana bread is thick and chewy and a banana bread ale should follow suit. A good deal of carbonation and a very dry finish also confuse the palate. IMO this would have been better suited to the flavors if is were thick, rich, mildly carbonated, malty, and less dry.

D - A nice novelty, and not a bad ale by any means, its just not all that great honestly. I could drink a few once in a while to switch it up a bit and surprise the palate.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of weeare138
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent amber with a small, white head that slowly fades into a mild collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious banana, heavy caramel, biscuit, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas. Heavy caramel leads the way with a touch of banana that seems to be hidden in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, heavy of crystal malt, slightly astringent due to sweet grain.
Hmmm...an interesting concept that I can give them credit for trying. I'd rather just stick to having a slice of banana bread with a nice, robust porter, or milk stout.

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Photo of promethias405
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this peculiar shaped bottle into a pint glass. The brew poured a nice amber brown color with a quickly dissipating head, leaving almost nothing except a trim of lace. The first smell, surprisingly, gave me a caramel malty nose with a hint of raisins and banana. Maybe its this damn cold. Then the second smell, after swirling it in my glass a bit. Whoa. This truly defines the expression 'hence the name.' A robust banana flavor enveloped my nose, and reminded my exactly that of banana bread. I'm happy to note that the powerful aroma of banana bread didn't influence the taste. Strong presence of bananas upon first sip, but not dominating the decently balanced caramel malty sweet bitterness. The mouthful gave me a light to medium body with a crisp fruity aftertaste. Refreshing as I quickly quaffed my glass. Overall, this would be a great brew to enjoy as an after dinner treat. A unique beverage, indeed. I would probably buy this again, and would be opposed to giving Wells Banana Bread Beer a good recommendation.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer pours a brilliant clear amber color with a 1/4" head. The head quickly fades away and lacing with this beer is very minimal.

Smell: Bananas, almost like a freshly peeled banana. I can picture homemade banana ice cream. There is a slight hint of maltiness. This ale has a very inviting aroma.

Taste: Bananas and malt, malt and bananas-which is it? This beer has a sugary sweet flavor and does remind me of banana nut bread. Almost like an after dinner cordial.

Mouthfeel: I would consider this to be a light to medium bodied ale. Extremely smooth. The carbonation is nice, the beer fills the entire mouth and leaves it feeling thinly coated.

Drinkability: This is a beer that I would never be able to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. But on that note, I could see myself drinking it day after day. I think this would serve as more of a summer time beer, I just hope I will be able to find it come June and July.

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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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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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