Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long ago, ale was known as 'liquid bread'. We've used our long history of creating the finest malt blends & added fair-trade bananas to awaken the senses with a seriously fruity, rich, yet surprisingly versatile banana bread beer.

An inspired brew made with our own natural mineral water & fairtrade bananas. Tempting Banoffee aromas & flavors are balanced by the silky richness of a masterful malt blend & the peppery spice of the freshest, ripest hops.

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Reviews: 932 | Ratings: 3,178
Photo of Beer_Right_Back
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Huge artificial banana smell hits you when you open the bottle, but vaporizes as soon as it hits your tongue. What you are left with is a bitter shell of a beer that barely should be drunk in the first place. It is almost as if the brewers forgot that they had to make a beer underneath their flavor additives.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wells Banana Bread, 5.2% ABV. Pours pale orange with three fingers of white head. Nose is banana and malt, taste follows, slightly sweet, faint bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with no dates. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: The one and a half finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a thin foam layer and a lot of lacing in sheets all over the glass. It's a slightly hazy amber color.

Smell: It's a sweet and pleasant smell of malt, milk chocolate and fresh, ripe bananas.

Taste: It's simple and sweet with grains and caramel at the begging, some bananas and then a bit of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's light, refreshing and a bit watery with low carbonation.

Overall: There's a lot of banana on the nose and palate as advertised, which is nice. That said, it's too light in body to stand out and it feels a bit one-dimensional. It's still a good beer though.

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Photo of MonkeyLord
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

The lack of body is odd, good smell and appearance. As it warms the banana flavor takes on an almost laffy taffy after taste. Interesting but flat in the middle.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one looks like banana bread in the glass, this is a pretty beer to look at. Aroma has banana with hints of salt and honey. Flavor is banana sweet white bread along with some flowery hops lurking in the background.

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Photo of defunksta
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass at 40 degrees,

Look:Pours a clear copper color with a light head.
Aroma: Strong malt aromas of ripe banana, sweet biscuit and bread. Maybe some caramel and honey underneath.
Taste: Ripe banana, sweet bread malts, some banana laffy taffy, bubblegum, and honey too. It's just oversweet banana bread like you would expect
Feel: Yes, little carbonation. Very watery. Could do better.

Overall: Quite an interesting take on a beer. It's like a hefeweizen with less yeast, wheat. It has an artificial banana Laffy Taffy quality that is unique. One critique is it could use more carbonation. Not something you'd drink everyday, but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma of ripe banana, banana candy, malt, and a little grain
Taste was real, not artificial with plenty of banana. The base beer itself seemed a little sour and bitter which took away from this being very good

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Photo of KooVee
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75


Look is that of a standard bitter, clarity higher than usual.

Nose is a lot of fun. Beyond any weizen... artificial banana flavour/ banana bread, very strong. Reminds me of local chocolate coated banana candy in my childhood. Not really at all like a hefe. Surprisingly pleasant.

Taste is much drier, even if the banana bread is still there. Hops and malty pale ale body in moderation. All good except the combination of banana bread flavour and hops takes some getting used to.

Overall, an intriguing version of pale ale with associations that actually do not lead where you expect them to go. Hard to say if I want to have another soon or many in a row. The combination of bitter and banana bread leaves a feeling something is missing. It's like an Aventinus with banana to the max, hops up front and the body gone. I think in this case it is not a zero-sum game. The body would need to increase as well. Then this would reach another level.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at a British pub, poured in a pint glass

Clear copper colored liquid with a white foam ring

Aroma is definitely banana bread

Taste is malty , banana bread

Nice beer

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Photo of D1noB
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet banana taste, just enough malt and grain. The banana is up front and fades as it goes.

Taste rating in words: Candy bananas that's all there is to it

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of bready malt, bananas, light floral and toffee hints. Flavor is bready malt, authentic banana, fresh whole grain bread, light grassy hops. Finishes with spot-on banana bread flavor, down to a little vanilla. Nice medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this before. It was one of my introductions to the weird world of off-beat beers and an instant favorite. I haven't seen it for years, and thought it may not be as great as I though so many years ago. The initial taste is, good, with great banana flavor and sturdy malt, but a little attenuated and light; I wanted a bit more flavor depth. But then the finish has that remarkably true, real banana bread flavor that really is pleasant. Not for the banana bread intolerant, but a delightful idea and well made beer that lives up to its name.

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Photo of Fear
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My absolute favorite beer. I'm so happy I took a chance on this randomly at my local grocery store. It can be expensive and hard to find at bars, but whenever I come across it, I will always choose this beer.

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Photo of jbone09
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally I thought this was just a novelty brew, but that would be a disservice to this fine beverage. It's got a strong copper hue, with a swell of distinct banana aroma. Pours a nice foam head, about two fingers. Taste is pleasant to say the least; strong banana, nut, bread flavors. I like to compare it to a meal in a glass. A refreshingly original beer—top marks.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright copper color, small white head. Terrific aroma of bananas....but that's about it. Flavor has a hint of banana. My wife hates beer but wanted to try this, she actually drank 4oz of it. I'll leave it in the store next time.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I quite enjoy this beer. Always enjoy having it on a night with alot of different offerings, as it brings a different taste to the table. Very innovative and creative brew. Cheers!

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Photo of emerge077
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this many moons ago, pre-beer reviews, on a poor recommendation. Never thought i'd see it again.

Pale clear beer. Saturated golden tone, deep brassy color, occasional rising bubbles. Thin layer of foam and skim.
Aroma is spot on banana bread, caramelized sugars, ripe bananas, sweet cakey banana bread. Hard to tell if it's artificial or not at first, but the taste confirms it. Tastes like a pale lager with artificial banana bubble gum flavoring. Dull crackery malt aftertaste. Light bodied, thin feel and carbonation, super bland and hollow. Finishes fairly dry, thankfullly. If this was sickly sweet it would be another story. A flavored novelty beer, nothing more.

Thanks to Dustin for the can!

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - amber in color, two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. a little bit of lacing
Smell - wheat, biscuits, and sweetness, mainly from the banana
Taste - surprisingly balanced. some banana flavor, but not overly sweet. refreshing and very tasty
Feel - light bodied, medium carbonation, low ABV
Overall - saw this many times already and finally decided to give it a try. was expecting it to taste like a hefe, but was pleasantly surprised by how different it actually tasted. an interesting brew that I would drink again

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've seen this beer many times, and am a little surprised that it has taken this long to try it and review it. The beer itself is an amber honey color with a small white head. The aroma has banana and malt. The banana is legitimate....just like a banana bread. The taste is where this beer breaks down...it is a little thin, although the banana taste continues as a dominant theme. Medium full in body. Not sure if this is a gimmick beer or not, but it is probably better than I expected.

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium dark amber with nice foam. Aroma has nice notes of banana with a taste of the bread. It could use a little more of all of the above, but still a good tasting beer for the year round season. I was a lil under-whelmed, but I may have been over excited to taste grandmas banana bread...hahahaha I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, but clear, murky amber with a finger of white head on top. Fair head retention with good lacing left behind. Aroma is banana right from opening the can. Tree nuts, and biscuit and bready malts fill out the remainder of the aroma. It legitimately smells of banana nut bread. Flavor profile is banana, tree nuts, and bread malts from the start. As the banana and tree nuts fade, the malts add biscuit and nutted malts to the harmony. It starts like some heavily flavored soda pop, but finishes like a beer. Mouth feel is crisp from the opening, but then forms a more effervescent feel as it sits on the tongue. It has a medium thickness. Overall, a flavorful and unique beer that holds true to what the name suggests. Well constructed.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear orange colour, quarter finger white head, ok lacing, good carbonation.

S: Banana.

T: Banana, malty.

F: Very light unfortunately, no body. Overly carbonated too.

O: If this one had thick body and less carbonation, it could be a world-class beer. Now it's just an ok beer.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: brilliant copper under a 1" white to cream colored foam collar with fair retention

S: aromas of bananas and "natural" banana aromas and flavors which give the banana more intensity

T: While more malt comes forward as it warms, the banana still dominates. The sweetness is above average and the hop bitterness and flavor are low

F: body and carbonation are medium

O; a big banana beer that could use more malt character or less banana to better evoke banana bread

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Photo of OzmanBey
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Normally I think fruit and beer don't mix but this one is excellent, it taste just like Banana bread without overdoing the banana, has a nice thick body that fills the stomach, and excellent beer to drink after a nice meal or with breakfast.

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Photo of matcris
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber/burnt orange, with a finger of white foamy head that sticks. The aroma is big banana bread, duh, and holiday type spices. The flavor, same deal. Smells great, taste is a little less intense. Feel is light body, average carbonation, and a bit oily. Not bad. I'd love to taste an imperial version, where they could step up the feel. Nice lacing down the glass.

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Photo of Jtee
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle served almost straight from the fridge at 11 degrees Celsius into a tulip. Best before date: 25.04.2018.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant deep amber/light copper with 3cm of puffy, off-white head that fades into a partial film in less than 2 minutes. Good lacing and decent overall head.

Smell: Moderate strength and balancing towards sweet. Fruity, floral, and earthy hops. Faint pale malts and toffee with quite a bit of banana.

Taste: Follows the aroma seamlessly with moderate strength and good balance. The front is fruity (mostly banana) and hoppy (earthy and floral) which switches over to soft, sweet malts and a lingering hop bitterness. The finish is medium in length, of moderate intensity, and well-balanced.

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Prickly and mouth-coating with no apparent alcohol.

Overall: A solid, quite refreshing, and easy-drinking fruit beer. Somewhat complex in nature with the special ingredient adding a layer instead of it being overpowering. Nice harmony between all the ingredients. I might revisit the brew every now and then because of its value.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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