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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4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a nice clear dark amber color, with an off white head and light lacing.

The beer smells like banana-flavored candy.

The taste is just an explosion of banana sweetness. There's s faint malt/hop presence in the finish but this is all banana, and faint caramel which is awesome.

Mouthfeel is medium, tangy, sweet.

Overall, just a delicious fun beer. Why does it have an avg score of 79? Do beer snobs really have other banana beers to compare this to?

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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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3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
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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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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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 3,126 ratings