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Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 US fl.oz bottle
Served in a pint glass
Best before 14/09/13
Thanks to my dad for this single

The beer poured a crystal clear, dark amber color and was topped by a bubbly, light tan, one-plus finger tall crown. The head fell rather quickly and dissipated to a lasting ring. Drips of streaky lacing clung to the glass.

Bananas came through strong in the nose. The banana notes were akin to something halfway between banana bread and banana taffy. Sweet and spicy. Perhaps a bit artificial. The banana got stronger as the beer warmed. Some caramel malt sweetness appeared as well.

Banana notes were more subtle in the flavor profile which, all in all, seemed more "beer like" than the nose. Crystal malts appeared up front. Spices came through in the center, along with subtle hints of banana. The finish was surprisingly hoppy and bitter. Crisp and dry. The hops were spicy and earthy.

The mouthfeel was disappointing. Thin and quite watery with a fizzy, large bubbled effervescence.

Wells Banana Bread Beer comes across as a bit kitchy and falls short in terms of overall appeal. I love bananas and beer, but the melding of both in this offering did not work well.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Translucent, golden/brown, white creamy white, 1" fluffy head, patchy lacing

S - Plenty O Banana, Carmel, honey, wheat, biscuit.

T - Initial: Banana, carmel, honey, brown sugar. finish: a touch bitter hop(2/10), pepper, spices.

M - Medium frothy, medium body, viscosity is med/high

O - Immediately I thought, Wow this is really surprising good. But the more is sipped, the more i realized this has the nose of a Laffy Taffee and tastes a bit artificial. In their defense the taste isn't too overly ripe/too sweet banana. Almost a touch bitter- which is very nice. Spices, pepper and sweetness are really balanced. But, the artificialness is something I couldn't get over or this would have gotten higher ratings.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into pint glass, light copper/orange color with a 1 finger white head.

S: smells like fresh peeled banana dipped in beer....

T: A nice bread/biscuit malt front with a smooth banana back

M: Medium bodied with a strong amount of carbonation.

O: A really nice beer but more of a rare occasion buy when your feeling frisky not something I would stock up on for any occasion.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear copper brown. White lacing for a head.

Smells like banana bread. Go figure.

Tastes like bananas, buttered bread, and a mild nuttiness.

Medium to light body with tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A reasonably decent and drinkable ale, reminiscent of other English and Scotch styles, with the added gimmick of surprisingly analogous banana bread flavors. Worth a try, might even have it again, but it isn't spectacular, just pretty good.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 3,104 ratings
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