Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer
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Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer

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

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

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to imstillthegman for this beer, via Scrabble Bif

A - this fruit beer pours a delightful golden brown, it wells up a thin tan head that dissipates rapidly to a rimming lace, looks a bit fizzy without being frothy

S - well, unsurprisingly, it smells like banana bread, but not overly spiced and/or fruited like many fruit beers, overall it is a hoppy beer with a decent background malt profile, with an additional alcohol twang

T - the hop/malt balance is quite good, with the banana breadiness quite subtle, yet poignant, a well balanced overall soft flavor, quite nice

M&D - one of the better fruit beers i have ever had, not overpowering, not underflavored, a great beer, if you can get this, definitely try it

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Photo of taez555
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beers pours a very clear orange, almost yellowish, body with a fluffy white head.

Nose smells like a mixture of banana bread with a nice German wheat. Bready, banana, spices, wheat, fresh cut grain, fruits(not just banana), touches of apple and pear even. The banana smell has almost that fake syrupy banana smell. Very distinct, and definitely lives up to it's name.

Taste is light bodied with a nice large amount of cheweyness and ample bitterness and carbonation. Tons of fresh crushed malt with layers of yeasty banana esters. Layers of fruit, apples, pear juice, banana, light citrus peel with a dirty earthy leaf hop taste that compliments the malt and fruit nicely. A mild granite stone taste shines through. Bitterness is surprising high and balances well, but is firm and in your face throughout every sip. Ends with a mild lingering bitterness and banana aftertaste.

This is really a fascinating beer. Really a fantastic english bitter, with just the right amount of banana and malty bread qualities to give it, yes... a banana bread taste, but at the same time it's not overpowering or detracting. Honestly, it's just a really nice english bitter.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper colored with a cream colored head. fairly bubbly.

S-smells like grains and bananas. the banana scent is strong

T-unfortunately the taste is very watery though there is a lot of banana. it reminds me of a banana popsicle. there's a lot of room for improvement. the after-taste is just a tad grainy but it isn't too great. overall i think its a great beer for a hot summer day but not if you want a good night of tastings

M-heavy carbonation with a dry finish

D-drinkability depends on situation. a night out with the guys: not for me. summertime at the pool: i'll have this all afternoon!

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly good. Definitely worse beers...

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a clear copper with ok carbonation. The head is small off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is good spicy and banana, just like the bread.

The taste is good as well. Lots of spice that works well with the banana. Kind of sweet at first but the hots evens out in the finish, Surprisingly the beer works well.

The mouthfeel is less then medium body with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good as it is, I can't see my self drinking a lot of this but as a novalty is is pretty good. Prosit MK

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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pristine golden amber without the slightest hint of haze. Copius amounts of bubbles flood the entire body of the glass. Head is flimsy but present, simple off white color.

S: Smells of banana runts, crystal malt, wheat dough and faint hops.

T: Begins with familiar banana essence at the beginning of the process. The banana is crisp and defined; not overly sweet, cloying or even bland…just sort of there. From here a distinct English ale flavor moves in, bringing with it limestone, calcium and evident English hops. There’s a boring malt undercurrent which helps balance the banana flavor. Finishes with lingering banana and hops around the sides of the tongue.

M: Thin and hard.

D: Well, this beer could have been done a lot better. I’d like to see another brewery take a shot at it…give it a bit more body, a lot more “bready” tastes and a lot more complexity.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 3,132 ratings