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Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,459
Reviews:
912
Ratings:
3,098
pDev:
18.41%
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Photo of liquorpig
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steveh
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I would normally never look at this beer, but my wife had heard it makes a great half n' half with Young's Double Chocolate Stout, so I picked up a 4 pack for her to try. But I'll give it the once-over on its own for the sake of a review.

Actually made with bananas, according to the label. Hmm. Wish I knew the base beer in order to make a true assessment.

L -- Pours a clear copper color into my Imperial Pint nonic. Thin, off-white head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

S -- Light banana esters, considering the use of the fruit. Not much more.

T -- Banana and vanilla characters up front, some light citrus notes in the middle, some mellow hop earthiness and bittering in the finish and aftertaste. The vanilla and banana combo encores in the aftertaste as well.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to syrupy with a light-medium body.

O -- Probably not a beer I'd reach for consistently, but it's surprisingly drinkable. Probably a little heavier with banana than a Bavarian Hefeweizen, but not so overpowering that you think you're drinking a smoothie and not a beer. I imagine I'll have to try a swallow of my wife's half n' half when mixed, I can see the chocolate stout mixing well with the flavors.

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Photo of KnappStout
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of everyhumanist
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SkylerShores
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deniro
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice light amber color. Lots of carbonation. Upon opening bottle and you can smell a sweet hint of banana and some malt. Fist sip you catch the bananas right off the bat. Not overwhelming or too sweet like some flavored beers. Actually really nice taste. Even a little peppery hint aftertaste which is nice. Not as "bread" tasting as I expected/hoped for. but it's definitely worth a try. I would definitely get it again.

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

Photo of kevinobryan
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A subtle banana taste, very nice. Has a good bread smell and taste...a bit yeasty (imagine that). Love the color. It's the perfect amber color, as in the semi-precious stone. Minimal head. Surprisingly very drinkable. Didn't have a lot of good expectations going into this one, but was pleasantly surprised. I will drink it again.

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Photo of Nolster
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.69/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of halfmead
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brew_ski
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chasegator
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Dark golden color with relatively no head. Was expecting more of a brown ale look.
Smell- Bananas is dominant in the nose but not overwhelming. Hints of bread, and light malt.
Taste- same as nose. Bananas, after taste of bread and light malt.
Feel- light and crisp. Very drinkable
Overall- Great beer for what it is. Seasonal brew that lives up to its name. Light, crisp and drinkable. Definitely worth a try if you are a fan of banana bread.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jerid
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's admit it. This is not a beer to write home about. But it is a bit of a classic seasonal. It's been a few years, so I grabbed it again on a whim. Pours a copper to amber hue. Sandy head rises a finger or so high and quickly retreats. Smells of, well, a not too fragrant slice of banana bread, subtle spices of clove, cinnamon, and nut. Flavor is a smooth ESB like base that sways gently in the direction of banana bread. Like an homage. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side. Low carbonation. Overall, it is what it is. A smooth, approachable, allusion to banana bread.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured orangish brown with minimal head retention

Smell is BANANAS BANANAS BANANAS with a light bread aroma

Taste follows the nose with a bright crisp banana flavor followed by a light bread after taste

Mouthfeel is crisp,light, and bitter

Overall it was pretty good, probably wont buy another but definitely something to try!

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Photo of Raislak
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has great taste but after taste is off

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Photo of xDelinquent
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a custom glass, color is copper, transparent, head is off white fine to medium bubbles with some lacing.

Smell is banana, light toast, bread, biscuit.

Taste is banana flavoring, not much breadiness. A bit sharp in the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is sharp, crisp, bitter.

Overall, a beer i could not finish, but still interesting to taste.

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Photo of Usernames
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 3,098 ratings
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