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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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Moderate, creamy off-white head adorns a golden orange body. The head retention is decent, the lacing thin, and glass-coating.

Aroma: Moderate ripe banana esters dominate the aroma. The bread notes a very subtle, with a little caramel.

Taste: Opens with a strong note of ripe banana, this carries throughout the taste. Although the banana notes are omnipresent, they do not dominate the taste, there is also a strong English hop presence throughout, as well as a backdrop of toasted malt. There is a slight toasted malt character which may verge on nuttiness, or perhaps I simply expect it because I like banana bread. Finishes with a restrained hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, a touch thin, with a bit of rough carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A not unpleasant example, it could be bette, especially, as others have noted, the base beer was a Hefeweizen or a Weizen Dopplebock. Still, its an interesting beer, and one not likely to be seen often.

Presentation Packaged in a custom 19.25 ounce (an imperial pint!) brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of skullforest
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Appearance was very clear, slighty redish amber, very light small head very little lacing. Overall not interesting look.

S: Powerfull banana was present as soon as bottle was open, carmalized sugar, light vanilla. Very unusual but interesting.

T: Banana and carmel, vanilla, slightly tart secondary taste.

M: crisp clean, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: Fun just buying the beer for the name, and exciting to have something different, but sadly not something I may buy again for personal use. Maybe I would think differently about it if it was a hot summer day, sitting by the camper, or right after I mowed the yard, but not feeling it mid December. Its light and crisp like a session beer, but not sure if I could hang with that flavor for knocking back a few.

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1/5  rDev -71.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of TerryW
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bananas, eh? I love a good Hefeweizen and the banana and spice that you get hen you drink up a good one. My initial thought was the marketing or tech guys might have decided to try an end run about the work of brewing a decent beer by just adding - what else - bananas!

First impression on opening the bottle is skunkiness, unfortunately. Damned clear glass bottles. The scent of bananas does manage to waft up out of the glass as I pour, but it's hard up against that skunk.

I gotta say though, that the beer looks awesome. Substantial head, nicely formed, that settles to a heavy film that gives up sheets of lace. Clear copper brew with just ebough active carbonation. Quite handsome.

The banana is there on the nose again before drinking, but there is nothing subtle about it, and its missing all the spice and nuance of a good hefewiezen. It might be an unfair comparison, but it's what immediately leaps to mind. Breadiness and fruit to taste. Not overpowering and, frankly, better than some other banana-based beers I've had. It benefits from coming across as being generally well-made.

Taking guidance from other reviews, I waited 'til this warmed up some, and that helped it along. Pleasant evenhanded banana flavour, good malty caramel backbone, hoppy finish.

Passable, but still a novelty beer to my mind, or an attempt to cheat another, more interesting, style.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass, creating a thick foamy head and nice lacing. The beer had a golden hue with lively carbonation visible.

The smell here was no surprise: bananas and malts, mostly. Smelled tasty but other than that not very interesting or complex.

The taste was similar to the nose. A bread-y and banana-y taste (no surprise, due to the name) dominated. As the beer warmed, it improved, with more caramel flavors becoming apparent.

The mouthfeel was thin and light, and very easy to drink.

Overall, a fun and approachable beer. The banana taste is bold and clear, and this dominance might be enough to turn off drinkers who like to play with layers of complexity as they drink. Still, though, this is probably worth a try if the concept of a banana bread beer is enough to get you interested.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours looking like a typical beer. It has a light amber color, with about a two finger head. The lacing is patchy and quite sparse.

Smell: I don't get much banana aroma at all in this beer, surprisingly. I was expecting a lot of fruity aromas. There's some in there, but not much. Really quit pleasant.

Taste: Tastes a little bit better than it smells. To be honest, it grew on me the longer I drank it. Some of my first few sips had a really weird sharp bitterness on the finish, but I didn't get it after I was halfway through until the end. The banana isn't overwhelming at all in this beer, and it fits in nicely. I see a lot of people complaining about this tasting artificial ... I don't think it tastes terribly artificial, but I can certainly tell it's there. Some of the aroma has that tangy, odd, banana sourness that I seem to only get from things like banana Taffy... real bananas don't get it. The nice bit of hops and spiciness in this beer came out a little bit more as the beer warmed, and only made me enjoy it more and more. I had initially planned on giving this beer about a 3.5 rating based on the first few slurps ... well, now you can see just how much I bumped it up. The mouthfeel is also nice on this beer ... a slight carbonation, and a fairly creamy texture.

A solid banana beer. The banana isn't overwhelming, and I wish I had bought another one.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears - Deep, inviting brown color. Little bit of a head.

Smells - Sweet, fruity, nice banana smell, but not overpowering.

Tastes - Hint of banana with a malty aftertaste.

Feels - A little lighter than the color would suggest. Not overly carbonated.

Overall - A good beer, especially for a fruit beer. Would recommend to try and will probably get again.

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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 3,120 ratings