Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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.


Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

BEER STATS
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#40,657
Reviews:
913
Ratings:
3,101
pDev:
18.41%
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Photo of MrJuengling
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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 dandy14
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwilcox767
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HellsRanger
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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 +13.6%
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 archero
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tstromer
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Coltron23
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rex_4539
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
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 BigMFDaddy
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cynewulf
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adipilla8708
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Maudrey
4.8/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of dcoxrn
1.94/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of PDawes
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.62/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +21.8%
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 -2.5%
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 greevon
4.34/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jtee
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of anthony-s
4.49/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PMarcy78
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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