Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer
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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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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used this to make a French toast recipe with but also enjoyed sipping on it while cooking. There are definite notes of fresh baked banana bread in the bouquet. Interesting initial first taste; the banana flavors are definite but also fairly subtle and not overwhelming and as the palate adapts they become even more understated. In fact the banana came out much more after cooking in the dish than in the actual drinking.
Not sure I would drink this all the time but as a novelty and change of pace its fun and a good time.

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

A: poured into a pint glass to a light orange with a small white head that fades quickly
S: smells of bananas, a bit of spice and some biscuity malt aroma
T: bananas and bready malt sweetness and what tastes like a hint of some spice. swallow is more banana and bready malt flavor
M: medium in the mouth with soft but moderate carbonation. odd finish
O: this is one of the more interesting beers that I've found. It's quite the oddity but I have to say that it was worth satisftying my curiosity. There are some pretty bad fruit beers out there and I don't feel that this is one of them.

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2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rather clear dark amber color with nice clarity. Not much of a head here, a rather wimpy looking one finger cream color that fades quick. At least it leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: It definitely features banana in the aroma, but it seems rather artificial in a way. If I had to compare it to anything, it would be Banana Runts. Not very bready, it's mostly banana and sweetness...just like I remembered!

T: General maltiness comes through more strongly on the flavor, while the banana profile pops up on the midpalate and lingers moderately. Slight earthy hops appear on the finish. All in all, it's just a bit too artificial tasting for its own good ("banana flavor added" on the bottle says it all), though it isn't out and out bad.

M: Fairly tingly, not just from the carbonation, but the general texture as well. The aftertaste is rather sweet, as well. It does the job for what the beer is trying to accomplish, and that's it.

O: It is what it is, banana beer. There's a definite appeal here, though I can't say I really enjoy this. Personally, I'd much rather have a hefeweizen with a more natural banana ester character over this one any day.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 3,133 ratings