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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 Evil_Pidde
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.02/5  rDev -42.3%
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%.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Banana Bread but I did not love this beer as much as I do the real thing of course but it was a good effort. It was ok though. Poured with a nice cream head that fades slowly leaving a trace of lace. Had a 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.

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Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a one finger off-white foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is dominated by ripe banana with a decent malt backbone and slight hops. Bready yeast along with the ripe banana notes make this smell exactly like banana bread.

Surpisingly hop forward with a some nice floral characetr. The flavor is again dominated by a sugary sweet banana flavor. Slightly bready medium body which is pretty crisp and clean with some biscuit nutty malt. Kind of a silly gimmick but actually succeeds in tasting like banana bread.

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Photo of wl0307
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml clear bottle (why has the brewery changed the bottle from brown to clear anyway???), filtered and pasteurised. BB 31/07/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark amber hue with good clarity and constant flows of moderate carbonation; the beige frothy head settles to a thin cap to last.
S: banana oil (the sharp edge of the scent), overripe bananas and buttery bread, "almost" like a banana-cake that the cask-conditioned version was reminiscent of. Also a touch of melted caramel lingers in the background, along with a little plastic edge which maybe rings a bell of banana-flavouring.
T: slightly spicy (a bit like dried green olives) and weird-herbally bitter on top of a much more restrained taste of banana-flavouring, grainy malts, and medium-bodied biscuity malts; a long but again, weird, sour undertones of fruitiness almost like mango-skins or apricots lingers. In the aftertaste, the bitterness stays at a low level but sufficient to provide some hints of hops.
M&D: slightly fizzy on the texture, medium- to thin-bodied for a 5.2%abv. ale, and the filtered+pasteurised version is way less enjoyable as the cask-conditioned version. I guess, without a slightly richer and fresher body as the cask version demonstrated, the more artificial and thin side of this beer has simply woken up to rock the boat.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ksak for sharing this bottle from Al's of Hampden.

A: The beer is an autumnal yellow/brown combination that hasn't list its translucence. Not much head on pour or thereafter.

S: The label doesn't lie. This is as close to banana nut bread as I've ever come in a liquid. The banana is intense, freshly pureed, but very nice. A big score on the nose, even if it is sweetened up artificially.

T: The ale is fairly one dimensional, with the banana acting as star of the show. The sweetness doesn't linger for long though. Before it passes on, a grainy graham element mixes with the fruit to create a banana cream pie flavor. After the fruit passes, things fall apart quickly.

M: The upfront dose of banana works for as long as it lasts. The creaminess pairs well with banana.

D: An interesting ale. Banana as a sole ingredient (and not a yeast by-product)? Paint me surprised.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of rudzud
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seethru dark golden body with minimal head but it was a little rocky and it kept up with the beer. A light banana and yeast smell, nothing else. The taste is banana bread and that is it. I could see how other people might not like it that much, but I love banana bread so I thought this was great. A mediumish body that went down extra smooth - liquified banana bread. A little pricey, but I will have another one.

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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 sweemzander
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear orange/brown amber color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Well, the beer's name says it all: tons and tons of creamy banana with some doughy, bread-like yeast notes.

(T)- Pretty much like the smell was. Lots of creamy banana with some yeasty dough undertones. Finishes in some mildly bitter characters.

(M)- Mellow carbonation level. A decent balance too, though primarily banana and yeast, but certainly unique.

(D)- A very strange beer, though fun and enjoyable, I really just see this as a novelty beer one would try once just to see what it is like.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
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).

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Photo of bark
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of Brad007
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a copper color. Aroma is not what I was hoping. I wanted to smell some banana with bread complements. Instead I got a big whiff of artificial Laffy Taffy banana. Not enamored with the nose at all. The flavor was a little less intense but I don't get a banana bread flavor as much as I get a fake banana flavor. Subtle, creamy feel to the body. My hunch that this would be fake-flavored was why I had advoided this beer even though I love banana bread.

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