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
Ratings:
3,075
Reviews:
904
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
745
For Trade:
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Photo of VoxRationis
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 16.9 oz bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information evident.
A: Pours a slightly orange, medium amber color with no more than a quarter inch, off white head. No significant lacing.
S: Aromas of toast/biscuit and banana.
T: Flavors of caramel and banana, nicely balanced with mild peppery bitterness. Slight (pleasant) banana aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied; only mild carbonation.
O: I did not expect to like this, as many "fruit" beers emphasize the fruit far too much. I have to acknowledge I was surprised by how modest the banana flavor was and how well integrated with the whole. Very solidly constructed.

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Photo of donnelly51106
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cdclark81
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer, but the head dissipated rather quickly. Decent amount of banana on the smell. You can also taste a good bit of the banana. It's a low alcohol content, which normally means session beer, but because of the strong banana taste, I'm not sure I could drink more than one at a time. Very good beer, but in moderation.

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Photo of TPZEM
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber color; nearly brown it is so dark. Smells like bananas and wheat, true to it's nature. Comes complete with an over-the-top three finger thick head that froths at the top. Lots of lacing with this one; the bubbles seem to stick around forever. Tastes a little thin, but tastes just like Banana bread with lots of wheat and barley goodness with a slight underscore of bananas and hops. Overall a great tasting alternative beer, but not something that I would drink routinely. Definitely something to pick up to give the in-laws or your boys a try. Keeping it stocked in the fridge year-round though? Not a chance. Still, a great beer that I am glad I finally had the pleasure to try!

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours banana yellow.....just kidding. Light amber.

JUST LITERALLY SPILLED ALMOST THE ENTIRE BOTTLE.

S - Who would have thought. Smells just like bananas. and also the carpet I just spilled the beer all over.
T - Bananas and Malt. That's about it.
F - Smooth novelty beer.
O - We are simple men. We like Bananas. We Like Beer. We like Banana Bread Beer

Average Joe Approved

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beers pours well with a nice head. Smells like banana bread. Okay, that's fine so far. The taste: banana bread but the feel is flat and thin. This could use some better yeast and sizzle. The beer is flat tasting and thin. More sizzle would really help. I would not buy or drink this again.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yet somewhat hazy orange/brown body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves some light clingy somewhat foamy lacing; the aroma has banana bread (wow, never would have thought that something like this wouldve been pulled off, but Wells pulled this one off right on the spot); the flavor is sweet, in fact somewhat bready sweet, banana aftertaste; its fairly easy on the palate; overall, well, though fairly hard to review to style due to the vague yet somewhat broad range of flavors, and since this is my first "banana bread" beer - well I like this one and would have it again.

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Photo of HopOnTheCraftBeerTrain
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got a can from a craft beer store in Maryland, did not see a date. Poured into an English Imperial Pint Glass

Look: Poured a dark, golden color that was rather opaque. Got a good amount of head that was rather bubbly and disappeared fairly quickly. Almost looked like yeast doing its magic in bread.

Smell: Big banana bread smell right off the bat, however there is also a cheap smell that is a little too much like a really cheap macro brew, although it could be more of a metallic smell due to the can. No real hop smell, but of malt and ale aromas.

Taste: Better than I expected. I thought it was going to be a total novelty beer, but there is a pleasant, fruity taste on the palate. However, I was disappointed it was not as much of a banana flavor as I hoped for once the head dissipated. Slightly unpleasant taste that I cannot pinpoint, though no metallic taste at least.

Feel: Pretty standard and smooth, there is not anything crazy when this sticks out. I do notice that the finish kind of leaves a somewhat sticky, chalky finish on my lips which I am not a huge fan of.

Overall: I did not know completely what to expect with this beer, but I walk somewhat surprised in a good way. The smell was pretty nice, although the taste does feel like a slightly letdown after the pleasant aroma. However, this is not a beer I'd probably buy again considering the price point was quite high.

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Photo of Darandos
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of NickFry9
4.73/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Beergery
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle ageing in the fridge for a few months, so may have been a bit past its peak. Pours a hazy amber tone with a strong white head of foam. The froth dissipates relatively quickly leaving some sticky lacing, but reappears with swirling later. Unfortunately, I don't detect the fabled bananas and bread in the bouquet, which I find are dominated by the traditional ale aromas - cereal, bread and dough in an earthy sort of way. In the mouth, however, a light taste of bananas is detectable, though it does not last too long before it is subsumed under the malty ale flavours. Overall, it tastes lightly sweet, with an average level of carbonation. Mouthfeel, however, is rather thin and a bit watery, hence a bit of a let down at the end.

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3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cebeci88
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTest
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle dated 20/09/17. Assuming that's a best by. 20 oz. nonic pint.

A: pours a dark copper with 1 finger off-white head and loads of carbonation. Fair lacing.

S: Smells like banana Laffy Taffy. Banana esters loud and clear!

T: surprisingly un-banana, given how strong the smell was on the nose. Arrives very English; bready, toasty, banana, even a little nutty. Mid palate is dark, toasted wheat bread, and overripe or artificial banana. Turning to a mild floral English hop bitterness, with a mild lingering medicinal quality and banana.

M: medium bodied with very active carbonation. Actually, overcarbonated, bites a little. Very clean, not slick, with some lingering medicinal hop.

O: everything I love about English ale, plus bananas. Bready, toasty, fruity, with a subdued but noticeable hoppiness. Not sweet, which is a pleasant surprise. Weird to score. I would, much to my surprise, drink this again.

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3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmphillips88
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nost
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macamah
2.27/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Bravo06
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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