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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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Ratings: 3,097 |  Reviews: 912
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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Photo of Miami66
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of VaporDome
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Domingo
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a fan of the banana flavors in hefeweisen and after having enjoyed Mongozo, this seemed like a logical choice.
My local store just started carrying this and it appears as though the bottle has been re-worked a little. Since there's no date anywhere to be found, I'll assume it's fairly fresh.
Pours golden amber color with a decent head that dissipates pretty quickly.
The smell is really sweet and definitely has a strong banana presence. It reminds me a lot of the Mongozo I tried in Amsterdam, but it's warmer and has a little vanilla mixed in.
Taste starts like a British bitter, then the banana flavors come out a little once it rolls to the back of your tongue. The finish is very bready and yes, there's even a little bit of a golding-esque hop finish. It's not as sweet as I expected, but the banana essence is definitely there. It's more in the smell than the flavor, as the taste reminds me more of fresh bread. There's also a little bit of spice mixed in. I'm not sure if it's from the fruit or if it was added, but it almost reminds me a little bit of a pumpkin ale.
It's pretty drinkable, but a little thicker than I like. I had no issues polishing off the .75L bottle and I could potentially drink another, but I'm not sure I'll hunt this out again.
Pretty good, and it might make a nice in-between beer when you're at a pub and looking to mix things up. Not great, but not bad either.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mmorris15
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abex44
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This actually did taste just like a bread version of banana bread. Whether that is a good thing or not though, I don't know. I found it fairly enjoyable, odd, but enjoyable. This is what they would classify as a desert beer, although not as sweet as you would think by the name.

Overall pretty tasty, definitely different. Not something someone would drink all the time, but for a once and while treat, why not?

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of ruzzal
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KStark
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of anon
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Nolen12
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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 match1112
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark amber with a thin ring of foam , not much carb, kinda flat.

s: picked up points for smell. strong bananna, bready yeast, some spice and a little alochol back there to remind you that this is a beer.

t: like liquid bananna bread. kinda weird having that in liquid form.

m: thin and flat. reminded me of a wheatwine.

o: worth it. not what i expected, but better.

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Photo of JC333
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of browniewithnuts
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This rates out higher than I intended because I really enjoyed the aroma, which was a sweet candy scent that reminded me of a banana popsicle. Other than that, the pour was a medium golden color with thin white head that dissipated quickly to little lacing. Body was thin and dry, and the flavor, while slight banana, was nowhere near what the nose was. What there was tended to be more uncooked banana dough, and not bread. Finish was a bit stale and dry, and did not give the sweet banana finish that I experience from banana bread.

Cute idea, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of t8dd
3/5  rDev -15%

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 3,097 ratings
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