Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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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 jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 hockeyfighter19
3.6/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Dewsby
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of HRamz3
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Clear rusty brown hue.

Off-white head; decent lace.

Crazy strong banana smell; hint of cream soda.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Just like the nose, the flavor is banana & cream soda heavy. Nice but one is more than enough.

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3.04/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Blakaeris
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber-orange with virtually no head.

Aroma is Banana bread, caramel malt, and mineral.

Taste is initially grainy, sweet caramel malt with a pleasant fruit aspect composed of banana and citrus fruit. Then surprisingly robust herbal hop brings a balancing bitterness. Finishes with a lingering metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall I thought this was quite tasty. Fruit beers can be dicey but I enjoyed the sweet and then bitter flavors of this one. Certainly worth a try if you are looking for a change of pace.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a 1 3/4 finger head with a clear amber color. The lacing is very good.

The smell is of strong banana. Plain and simple. I can smell it in the other room even.

Banana is of course prevalent. Underneath is some very faint pale malts. There isn't enough malting nor is there enough hops to balance. It gets to be a little seltzery combined with banana. I want to like a better backbone for this beer. The banana is decent actually.

The beer is somewhat seltzery on the palate.

This beer is alright if you like banana, but the beer underneath the banana could be better. The drinkability is better than this, but I have to take a little off somewhere.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a good head that is gone in 60 seconds LOL. Good dark golden color.

S- Excellent! Lots of banana and bubble gum

T- Excellent. Not much bubble gum LOL.

M- Pretty good.

O- This beer relies heavily on the banana undertones. Works for me!

Food Pairing

This wonderful flavored beer went well with... bacon and eggs!


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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber-brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied light tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells like bananas and I was expecting some clove but that never came. Instead there was a sweet malt aroma and a nice almost nutty aroma at the end.
T: Nice malt backbone and then a big banana flavor that wasn't disgusting like a banana flavored candy, but more banana-y than a hefeweisen.
M: Smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable and would definitely recommend.

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Photo of sliverX
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poored an amber/light brown, transparent, little white bubbles no real head established itself.
smell was all bright sweet banana a bit of alcohol pokes through
taste is very similar to the smell with mostly banana slightly bitter after taste
light and bubbly in the mouth causes a bit of salavation
was drinkable but not something I'd make a point about or rush out and tell everyone to try

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Miami66
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 3,115 ratings