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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 42
Gots: 131 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002)
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-25-2014 03:01:29 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of XmnwildX12


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

12-13-2013 05:26:05 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Zorro


3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber colored beer that is bordering on gold in color. Decent white head but nothing special.

Well this certainly is loaded with fruity esters! Sweet with a circus peanut candy aroma and a little bit of bread. Spice is there but not real distinct but nuts are fairly strong. The usual fruity British ale aromas are also present.

The taste begins sweet and nutty with a pretty strong banana and nuts flavor. Kind of tastes like banana bread but a little too much esters in this, they should have used a more neutral yeast strain. Finishes a little dry and woody.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well this is a try one time kind of beer. Too many esters here, should have based this off a Bock or wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 01:48:48 | More by Zorro
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.98/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a trace of lace. Chrystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Strong banana nose. Starts as a malty/hop mix but then the banana flavor kicks in, a strange soapy banana aftertaste. $4.09 for a 19.25oz bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or. The bottle ABV is 5.2%.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 22:52:17 | More by jdhilt
Photo of woodychandler


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am away from The CANQuest (TM) for a short time, bottle be back to it in quick order, I assure you.

From the bottle: "Long ago, ale was known as 'Liquid Bread'. We've used our long history of creating the finest malt blends & added fairtrade bananas to awaken the senses with a seriously fruity, rich, yet surprisingly versatile banana bread beer."; "An inspired brew made with our natural mineral water & fairtrade bananas. tempting Banoffee [?] aromas & flavours are balanced by the silky richness of a masterful malt blend & the peppery spice of the freshest, ripest hops."

Recipe for Banana Bread: Take two large milk jugs and one fur-lined mixing bowl. Manipulate all until mixing bowl is well-greased. Insert banana. Remove banana. Repeat until banana is soft and mixing bowl is filled with fresh cream. CAVEAT: If bread begins to rise, leave town IMMEDIATELY, leaving no forwarding address.

What a buncha monkey business ... Banana Bread Beer, indeed! I remember the first time I made banana bread - it was in Home Ec (Foods 1), just before the Thanksgiving break. It was astounding! We had it with our dinner, slathered with butter and I can taste it even today. Thank you, Mrs. Minnich, for a project that projects itself into my latest passion.

The beer peeled out of the bottle at a speed unrivaled by any CANned beer. It really took me by surprise, so I got yellow and ran away until it had a chance to settle. The head was a puffy, pillow-y two-plus fingers of thick, yellow-white head that held in until a big exhalation of CO2, when it fell all at once. By Gar, I can smell bananas everywhere! Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Now, if you thought BUPGOO! was wrong in being marketed to the kiddies, this is so far afield that I cannot believe that it exists. I am going to see if my current beau (she from "Cabaret" - 'If You Could See Her') approves. She does! Oh, my darling monkey. Wait, I see a monkey with a bomb! It's Inspector Clouseau yelling about "A minkey with a bimb!" or somesuch. These Brits ... it's so hard to tell what they're on about at times. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, so maybe he was saying something about it being thin. Why can't the British speak English? It's so confounding! Now, it's "Planet of the Apes" - Get your hands off of my banana beer, you damn dirty ape! It's irresistible to the simian set, apparently. Have you ever seen Woody Allen in "Bananas"? He sports a Che/Fidel beard that lends itself to my nickname. Taste was as advertised - bananas with a hint of caramel. Finish was very banana and if I liked bananas, that would be a good thing. The hops monkey on my back nodded in agreement.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:34:42 | More by woodychandler
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear dark golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready malts along with sweet banana - actually the smell reminds me quite a bit of actual banana bread.

T: Taste just like banana bread - there is a bready malt body with some light hints of nuts and sweet banana. The taste is pretty well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and the finish is dry.

O: Very enjoyable, quite interesting that the beer has the flavor and smell of banana bread so accurate. I liked this beer but it is not a sessionable one for me - I could see myself really enjoying this in the fall.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 02:04:44 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly interesting beer that is done quite subtly. No screaming banana flavors here, but instead some light fresh banana integrated with a malty/bready body. Not bad. Pours a light amber with an okay initial head that fades just a tad quickly. The smell is of banana and bubblegum. The banana smells natural- not artificial. The taste is a little more subtle but the bananas are still there along with a yeasty breadiness and a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is dry and smooth. All in all, quite nice if not my every day cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 02:37:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-08-2014 03:45:58 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

08-29-2012 01:39:33 | More by duceswild
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United Kingdom (Wales)

2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beige head. No retention really. Color is a hazed amber.

Aroma/Taste (pretty much the same here): Banana flavored runts. Very artificial with bready malts. It is pretty much what the name says, but it tastes like fake bananas.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and cloying. Lighter bodied with an okay amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, not really something I'd want to buy or drink. There are other beers out there that provide a better banana flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:14:30 | More by mothman
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

08-04-2012 02:57:40 | More by ejimhof
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2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Wells Banana Bread Beer is a light looking lagerish beer with a hazed yellow color to it and a short lived burst of white bubbles on top, no stick. Smell is what is advertised, banana and a whole lot of it. Some cereal scent after all the hoopla, small amount of grain. Taste is less artificial than expected, i was expecting this to be a sweet sugar bomb, while it's more of a lightly sweet banana infused pale ale without the hops, if that makes sense. Feel is very light with a low amount of bubbled activity, kinda dead on the mouth. I drank it and that's that, not something I would go for again. A bottle of this would be ideal to split with a group of 5 people or so, with a banana infused dessert, or just simply dump the bottle into your next banana inspired dish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 17:48:39 | More by BARFLYB
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This definitely tilts more towards beer than banana in appearance. There's no yellow encasement here - just a clear, resplendent, lightly bubbled, golden ale on full display. (But one that still nonetheless looks on theme if you ask me.) Although it can't claim to possess any head, it is moderately endowed in peel after peel of white lacing.

This smells unexpectedly redolent of a Belgian tripel. The common thread being the banana. Some yeasts lend flamboyantly fruity notes, commonly the essence of bananas. While I assume the inclusion of actual bananas is responsible here for that component, this ale's yeast does impart a lot of other fruity esters, all of which work in perfect tandem.

Another thing about this beer to surprise me was that it doesn't taste like the antibiotic medicine I took as a child. Nor like those banana pop-sickles. It isn't artificial in the least and the enduring "beer-y" elements relegate the fruit element to second fiddle. All in all, this strikes me as just another easily quaffed, thoughtfully balanced English ale.

If anything I suppose it tastes like dried banana chips; the beer's malts supply a dry and sugar-dense base. What they don't provide is much body - by far and away the most prominent feature on the palate are the sharp water minerals that stick out like sore thumbs. While a dab of hops is perceptible too, the minerals are spectacularly discernible.

When you get down to brass tacks, this beer is essentially the same old English pale ale seen time again on the shelves here in North America: a rather plain and heavy beer that's thin in the malt department but chalk-full of minerals. This one, however, is laced with that delightful banana aura and is in turn that much more pleasurable.

Glancing over other reviews it seems that Wells Banana Bread is a fairly divisive beer. I'm not entirely sure why. I found it to be a fairly conventional, commonplace English ale, albeit with some banana flavour. It should be straightforward enough: Do you like beer? Do you like banana? Chances are you already know whether this interests you.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:09:18 | More by biegaman
Photo of John_M


3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm still kicking myself for ordering a glass of this at Max's the other day. Told myself I needed to be less stodgy, don't always have to order IPA's and Belgiums. Sigh...

The beer pours a light amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, well, the beer smells like banana bread. A rather sweet and malty banana bread if truth be known. However, as soon as I tasted this beer I knew I'd been had. The banana aroma is a complete gimmick, and the beer itself is very light, thin, watery and simple. Finish is practically non-existent. I could tell the abv. was pretty low, but even so I would not describe this beer as very drinkable.

This beer isn't poison, but it's nothing special either. Very unimpressive.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 15:47:54 | More by John_M
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-01-2011 02:39:19 | More by brandoman63
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

12-10-2011 03:31:27 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: bright sunset orange color with a small off white head.

S: Huge fresh banana bread aroma, with some light toasted notes.

T: Leaves a fresh banana residue coating on tongue. Hops are bitter floral and balanced well with flavor. There is some spicy alcohol in the finish. Good banana flavor, spicy hopping. Not terribly complex just bananas.

M: Creamy mouthful, big spicy banana bread flavor.

D: Moderate overall but good for what it is, a banana beer. novelty wears off pretty quick and becomes a rather a boring drink after one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 00:57:32 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Bighuge


2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Deep golden body. Bordering on copper. Very clear. Thin off white head. Sporadic lace. Smells like a banana flavored popsicle. Oh, I used to really like those. Flavor has "imitation" written all over it. Very artificial tasting. Confectionary like. Banana extract comes to mind. Looks like they used real bananas, but it tastes like imitation. Not a lot of other beer traits to talk about. Maybe a little caramel malt. To me, this is not that good. I've only had one other banana bread beer and it was much better (Town Hall).

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 05:36:59 | More by Bighuge
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-27-2014 00:26:05 | More by Latarnik
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New Mexico

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

Big white to off white head settles into a pretty nice lacing with some bubbles of carbonation hanging on above a clear bright copper colored banana bread beer.

Aroma is all banana pudding to banana cream pie, i think I'm going to have to seek out one or the other now.

A light dry banana cream pie taste with a slight maltiness coming through.

A dry to almost too dry an aftertaste but I like it.

I don't know if I could drink a lot of these but with the right dessert this would probably fit the bill just right.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 22:20:17 | More by LXIXME
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber/dark copper color with a quarter of an inch of dense, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is faint; mild clove spice and even fainter banana. The flavor is mild, sweet up front with a little caramel, followed by some mild banana and spice. The mouthfeel is a little thin but the carbonation is just right.

Overall, this is a good beer. The banana is rich and impacts the flavors in a positive way. The body and flavor could be better, but considering there aren't many beers with this flavor profile out there I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:37:03 | More by tdm168
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -13.8%

05-09-2013 05:41:19 | More by Kelp
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-29-2013 18:20:58 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 20:56:41 | More by glid02
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

01-06-2013 05:51:17 | More by sendbeer
Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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