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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Reviews: 841
Hads: 2,806
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 96
Gots: 565 | FT: 1
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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 WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trying the wells and young banana bread beer at the Pie Factory in Florance, AL. The beer poured a clear copper with virtually no head and no lacing. The scent is definitely banana bread. The taste has a lighter malt base with banana and hints of spice (clove).The m outhfeel is lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall the beer hits the mark as far as taste. ..but one is enough for me. (395 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden/amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, banana, hops, and slight vanilla. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness noticeable. Tastes of strong banana (just like banana flavored smarties), pale malt, yeast, slight grain, and slight spice (clove). Overall, good aroma and body. (483 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear orange colored beer; not much of a head. What’s there falls fast; minimal lacing remains.

Aroma is all sweet bananas and toasty malt. Not bad, vaguely artificial however.

Taste follows the nose; simple sweet banana flavor with light maltiness, again the slightly fake fruit taste. More like extract than fresh bananas.

Medium-thin body, medium carbonation. Slight creaminess but overall a bit lacking in the mouthfeel department.

I wanted to like this beer; I certainly like bananas. It just wound up as a disappointment to me. Flavor is so-so at best and lacks that comforting hominess one associates with banana bread. Mouthfeel seems off and the whole thing just doesn’t gel all that nicely. (711 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass

A - Nut brown, not much a head.

S - Great notes of banana bread; caramel, bananas, nutmeg, trace of cinnamon. It's not overpowering though. Malt, touch of booze.

T - Malt, soft warm alcohol, almonds, sweet spices (allspice, nutmeg). Banana's foster rolls up through the middle of the profile and lingers in the aftertaste. Like the smell it's not overpowering, a touch more than a punch in the face, which I appreciated.

M - Light effervescence.

D - Very drinkable. For a novelty beer the flavors aren't over the top so it doesn't overwork your palate. (588 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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. (538 characters)

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, deep orange body, rather like an IPA. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with moderate retention. Looks rather good.

Smell: smells kind of like malty bananas. The banana aroma walks the line between smelling like fresh bananas and smelling like artificial banana flavoring. The bottle says both "brewed with bananas" and "banana flavor added", so maybe this is exactly what is going on.

Taste: this beer has a very biscuity, bready kind of flavor going on. Banana flavor is more natural but the intensity is quite toned down from the aroma. It's not my favorite beer ever, but it is a great example of truth in advertising: this tastes just like banana bread.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with an OK level of carbonation. I think a little bit more body would be great here; the creaminess would complement the banana very well.

Drinkability: pretty darn drinkable. I think the novelty of the flavor and the bit of sweetness would start to wear pretty thin on me, though, after a couple of pints. This is a very middle-of-the-road beer; definitely worth trying but not something I'd want too often. (1,172 characters)

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

Clear, copper-amber with an off-white head, ring of retention leaves a bit of lace.

Definitely some banana in the aroma... it seems real, and somewhat over-ripe. Light breadyness; bit of caramel.

Some underlying banana bread in the flavour, but it's very british (earthy & buttery). Light caramel sweetness, modest bitterness.

Moderate body has a hint of residual sweetness.

Overall it's interesting, but I'd certainly prefer a German Wheat. (445 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a white head that leaves some lacings.

S: Obivous ripe bananas, and maybe a faint malty tone.

S: At first there is sweet ripe bananas, then it's a bit funky, and after that there is unbalanced bitter hops. You can also trace some pepper mint.

M: Turns a bit more bitter but it's not very positive.

D: I'm kind of confused - is this a candy-shot or is this beer? I won't buy it again, but it was an interesting experience never the less. (456 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium Brown body with low retention tan head.

S - Of course this beer smells like banana. It's more like banana laffy taffy (fake banana) but it still smells good. Slightly nutty/grainy smell as well.

T - The taste of banana is not as trong as the smell of it in this one. It does taste a bit nutty, slightly sweet and slightly bitter.

M - This one is more on the carbonated side and not terribly smooth. Same mouthfeel as any other traditional ale.

D - Pretty easy to drink but nothing standing out enough to make me want two. This beer is good but doesn't have anything unique about it aside from that mild banana smell and taste.

Notes - This one is worth trying. It's different and a good unique flavor experience. (728 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: poured brown with orange highlights that had a half finger of hea that left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: I definitely get the banana bread with cinnamon and various grain notes.

T: I cannot deny the banana flavor but the bready notes aren't there like he nose and I actually get more malts as well. It kinda tasate like banana candy.

M: light body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet. And grainy finish.

D: this beer drinks exceptionally good for a fruit beer and is not too sweet. I really use to drink this brew on a daily as a session beer years ago beer I became a beer advocate and I can tell how my palate has evolved because this beer was the shit to me. (693 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of ripe bananas. Taste is also dominated by bananas, some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a unique and good quality brew. (259 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. Pours a golden amber color with a white head. The aroma features a good amount of banana. The taste has a little bit less banana flavor but it is still evident. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew tha is definitely worth a try. (309 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
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). (526 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear golden/orange color. Poured a wispy white head that dissipated immediately to a skim that was thicker on the edges. Laced inconsistently in thin rings.

S: Nailed the banana bread; sweet, overripe bananas. A light earthy spice (maybe?).

T: Bananas and sweet malt. No noticeable hop character. Somehow the beer is not cloying. Does seem taste is artificial.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth with a little CO2 on the back.

O: Surprisingly drinkable. Not terribly balanced. Not a big fan of artificial flavors either. (554 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into pint glass April,3 2011

A clear copper with a very short lived finger of head that leaves no lace

S smells like bruised banana and adjunct lager with some bread crust

T what I smell with a little spice I can't quite place

M thin but well carbonated and a long length but I'm not loving the aftertaste

O not one for me, I don't mind banana flavors in the right beer but not like this

pretty basic and tastes very synthetic, it's not that it tastes bad but it doesn't taste like beer to me. pretty average and I'm not sure what market they're trying to target with this one (604 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle no. 23/03/11-A-L0083-04:04. Sampled on September 7, 2010. The pour is copper-amber with a lot of fluffy tan head that slowly pops downward although it remains about a quarter inch thick. The aroma bursts with banana flavorings, tropical fruits, and a malt character. The taste had a solid bitterness with banana flavorings mixed in. It lives up to its name. (384 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Copper/amber color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Strong banana bread aroma. Not much else.

Taste: Banana with a decent malt backbone and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Banana and malt.

Verdict: An interesting gimmick that's drinkable. Nothing to phone home about though. (284 characters)

Photo of bark
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The low off white foam disappears quickly; the colour of the liquid is copper.

A note of banana candy dominates the flavour. There is also a touch of malt.

The taste is also dominated by banana candy. However, it is not as sweet as one could have expected. Apart from the green bananas, the taste is quote discreet and simple. There is a note of tobacco leaves and some anonymous malt. The aftertaste is a bit sour with a long flavour of green bananas.

The carbonation is a bit stronger than the average ale, it is in fact a bit sharp on the tongue.

I want to quote my SO: “If you want to get drunk on banana sweets, then it might be OK. “. I, for myself, wonder if “banana beers” is some kind of strange English tradition. (735 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.44/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like bananas and I like banana bread, so I thought why not? The answer is it's a gross flavor in a beer if it's overdone.

The beer looked ok, orange color with decent head. But the smell was overpowering banana candy. I never liked banana candy as a kid so maybe that's why this was so putrid. The taste was the same, I actually had to pour out the last half of the glass.

Some banana-like flavor in hefewiezens and other beers is actually pretty good. And one of my favorite smells is the fresh baked bread aroma in some Belgian and German beers. But this was awful. (576 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had tried this at a beerfest a year or so ago and remember liking it. I must have been a few in, because this isnt nearly as good as I recalled. Purchased at Julio's.

A - Poured into a pint glass. It is a light copper pour with a half finger white head that quickly faded leaving a slight halo around the glass.

S - Not bad, sweet banana extract type aromas and thats pretty much it.

T - Similar to the nose this is mostly the banana extract type flavour with maybe a hint of nutty flavor at the end that resembles walnut. Some slight bitterness as well

M - Medium carbonation with this results in a somewhat crisp mouthfeel.

D - Not digging this as much as I did before. Smell and taste is a bit too artificial for me, resulting in an almost fake tasting brew. Just didnt do it for me. (794 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a slightly lower than average amount of carbonation and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for maybe 2 minutes... if that.

Smell – Bananas, malts, caramel, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and of course most of the taste is made up of bananas. it actually reminded me a little bit of how a banana Popsicle tastes. There are also some malt flavours and some caramel. The beer finishes with a banana sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Well.. it tasted kind of like banana bread I guess.. It's definitely worth trying this beer just for novelty. I'm not sure I could drink more than 1 in a sitting though. I don't think I'd buy it again. (788 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aromas is of scrumptious banana bread fresh from the oven. Hints of lightly toasted malts add a little but the banana is definitely the star here.

The taste is less banany but still quite the main focus. You get more of a beer taste with some toasted caramel malts and tiny English hop hint is prevalent in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some high carbonation and a soft tickle in the finish. Banana bread goes down smoothly with a lingering banana finish.

Overall this is an extremely drinkable "flavored" beer. I couldn't drink it all night because of it's uniqueness but is one of my favorites for a "dessert" substitution. If you combine half this beer with Young's Double Chocolate stout, you will be in for a real treat! You can thank me later... (775 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man I have been waiting for an individual to try ever since I found a big bottle case.

Poured into my tulip tasting glass.

A - Clear yellowish in color with little to no head.
S - Best part of this ale was the smell. Fresh baked bread banana bread on the nose. Very inviting.
T - Not as much banana taste as expected. Mostly dominated by a bread malt flavor but the bitter bite was pretty harsh.
M - Kind of harsh to drink. Could it be the ABV because at this low I really didn't expect the bite.
D - It's a good thing I didn't pick up a case because I really don't seem to like it. Good novelty beer though! (610 characters)

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.