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:
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Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,064
Reviews:
897
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
732
For Trade:
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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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Photo of kelseyr713
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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Photo of mistahmojoryan
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

Photo of Momon
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

I would normally never look at this beer, but my wife had heard it makes a great half n' half with Young's Double Chocolate Stout, so I picked up a 4 pack for her to try. But I'll give it the once-over on its own for the sake of a review.

Actually made with bananas, according to the label. Hmm. Wish I knew the base beer in order to make a true assessment.

L -- Pours a clear copper color into my Imperial Pint nonic. Thin, off-white head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

S -- Light banana esters, considering the use of the fruit. Not much more.

T -- Banana and vanilla characters up front, some light citrus notes in the middle, some mellow hop earthiness and bittering in the finish and aftertaste. The vanilla and banana combo encores in the aftertaste as well.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to syrupy with a light-medium body.

O -- Probably not a beer I'd reach for consistently, but it's surprisingly drinkable. Probably a little heavier with banana than a Bavarian Hefeweizen, but not so overpowering that you think you're drinking a smoothie and not a beer. I imagine I'll have to try a swallow of my wife's half n' half when mixed, I can see the chocolate stout mixing well with the flavors.

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Photo of KnappStout
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of everyhumanist
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SkylerShores
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deniro
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice light amber color. Lots of carbonation. Upon opening bottle and you can smell a sweet hint of banana and some malt. Fist sip you catch the bananas right off the bat. Not overwhelming or too sweet like some flavored beers. Actually really nice taste. Even a little peppery hint aftertaste which is nice. Not as "bread" tasting as I expected/hoped for. but it's definitely worth a try. I would definitely get it again.

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

Photo of kevinobryan
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A subtle banana taste, very nice. Has a good bread smell and taste...a bit yeasty (imagine that). Love the color. It's the perfect amber color, as in the semi-precious stone. Minimal head. Surprisingly very drinkable. Didn't have a lot of good expectations going into this one, but was pleasantly surprised. I will drink it again.

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Photo of Nolster
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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