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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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: brilliant copper under a 1" white to cream colored foam collar with fair retention

S: aromas of bananas and "natural" banana aromas and flavors which give the banana more intensity

T: While more malt comes forward as it warms, the banana still dominates. The sweetness is above average and the hop bitterness and flavor are low

F: body and carbonation are medium

O; a big banana beer that could use more malt character or less banana to better evoke banana bread

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Photo of OzmanBey
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Normally I think fruit and beer don't mix but this one is excellent, it taste just like Banana bread without overdoing the banana, has a nice thick body that fills the stomach, and excellent beer to drink after a nice meal or with breakfast.

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Photo of matcris
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber/burnt orange, with a finger of white foamy head that sticks. The aroma is big banana bread, duh, and holiday type spices. The flavor, same deal. Smells great, taste is a little less intense. Feel is light body, average carbonation, and a bit oily. Not bad. I'd love to taste an imperial version, where they could step up the feel. Nice lacing down the glass.

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Photo of greevon
4.34/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jtee
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle served almost straight from the fridge at 11 degrees Celsius into a tulip. Best before date: 25.04.2018.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant deep amber/light copper with 3cm of puffy, off-white head that fades into a partial film in less than 2 minutes. Good lacing and decent overall head.

Smell: Moderate strength and balancing towards sweet. Fruity, floral, and earthy hops. Faint pale malts and toffee with quite a bit of banana.

Taste: Follows the aroma seamlessly with moderate strength and good balance. The front is fruity (mostly banana) and hoppy (earthy and floral) which switches over to soft, sweet malts and a lingering hop bitterness. The finish is medium in length, of moderate intensity, and well-balanced.

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Prickly and mouth-coating with no apparent alcohol.

Overall: A solid, quite refreshing, and easy-drinking fruit beer. Somewhat complex in nature with the special ingredient adding a layer instead of it being overpowering. Nice harmony between all the ingredients. I might revisit the brew every now and then because of its value.

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Photo of anthony-s
4.49/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PMarcy78
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briandschorr
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So, after having this beer I really do want some banana bread. The color is a nice gold married to amber. The head dissipates a little quickly for me and there is some minor lacing. The nose is a subtle nod to bananas and the taste was quite good. The mild bitterness is spot on. There is a pleasant blend of banana and caramel and the mouthfeel is "just right" for me. I'm heading back to the store to get some more to try to cook with this beer. Overall, a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VoxRationis
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 16.9 oz bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information evident.
A: Pours a slightly orange, medium amber color with no more than a quarter inch, off white head. No significant lacing.
S: Aromas of toast/biscuit and banana.
T: Flavors of caramel and banana, nicely balanced with mild peppery bitterness. Slight (pleasant) banana aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied; only mild carbonation.
O: I did not expect to like this, as many "fruit" beers emphasize the fruit far too much. I have to acknowledge I was surprised by how modest the banana flavor was and how well integrated with the whole. Very solidly constructed.

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Photo of donnelly51106
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdclark81
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer, but the head dissipated rather quickly. Decent amount of banana on the smell. You can also taste a good bit of the banana. It's a low alcohol content, which normally means session beer, but because of the strong banana taste, I'm not sure I could drink more than one at a time. Very good beer, but in moderation.

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Photo of TPZEM
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber color; nearly brown it is so dark. Smells like bananas and wheat, true to it's nature. Comes complete with an over-the-top three finger thick head that froths at the top. Lots of lacing with this one; the bubbles seem to stick around forever. Tastes a little thin, but tastes just like Banana bread with lots of wheat and barley goodness with a slight underscore of bananas and hops. Overall a great tasting alternative beer, but not something that I would drink routinely. Definitely something to pick up to give the in-laws or your boys a try. Keeping it stocked in the fridge year-round though? Not a chance. Still, a great beer that I am glad I finally had the pleasure to try!

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours banana yellow.....just kidding. Light amber.


S - Who would have thought. Smells just like bananas. and also the carpet I just spilled the beer all over.
T - Bananas and Malt. That's about it.
F - Smooth novelty beer.
O - We are simple men. We like Bananas. We Like Beer. We like Banana Bread Beer

Average Joe Approved

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beers pours well with a nice head. Smells like banana bread. Okay, that's fine so far. The taste: banana bread but the feel is flat and thin. This could use some better yeast and sizzle. The beer is flat tasting and thin. More sizzle would really help. I would not buy or drink this again.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yet somewhat hazy orange/brown body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves some light clingy somewhat foamy lacing; the aroma has banana bread (wow, never would have thought that something like this wouldve been pulled off, but Wells pulled this one off right on the spot); the flavor is sweet, in fact somewhat bready sweet, banana aftertaste; its fairly easy on the palate; overall, well, though fairly hard to review to style due to the vague yet somewhat broad range of flavors, and since this is my first "banana bread" beer - well I like this one and would have it again.

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Photo of HopOnTheCraftBeerTrain
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got a can from a craft beer store in Maryland, did not see a date. Poured into an English Imperial Pint Glass

Look: Poured a dark, golden color that was rather opaque. Got a good amount of head that was rather bubbly and disappeared fairly quickly. Almost looked like yeast doing its magic in bread.

Smell: Big banana bread smell right off the bat, however there is also a cheap smell that is a little too much like a really cheap macro brew, although it could be more of a metallic smell due to the can. No real hop smell, but of malt and ale aromas.

Taste: Better than I expected. I thought it was going to be a total novelty beer, but there is a pleasant, fruity taste on the palate. However, I was disappointed it was not as much of a banana flavor as I hoped for once the head dissipated. Slightly unpleasant taste that I cannot pinpoint, though no metallic taste at least.

Feel: Pretty standard and smooth, there is not anything crazy when this sticks out. I do notice that the finish kind of leaves a somewhat sticky, chalky finish on my lips which I am not a huge fan of.

Overall: I did not know completely what to expect with this beer, but I walk somewhat surprised in a good way. The smell was pretty nice, although the taste does feel like a slightly letdown after the pleasant aroma. However, this is not a beer I'd probably buy again considering the price point was quite high.

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Photo of Darandos
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of NickFry9
4.73/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Beergery
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle ageing in the fridge for a few months, so may have been a bit past its peak. Pours a hazy amber tone with a strong white head of foam. The froth dissipates relatively quickly leaving some sticky lacing, but reappears with swirling later. Unfortunately, I don't detect the fabled bananas and bread in the bouquet, which I find are dominated by the traditional ale aromas - cereal, bread and dough in an earthy sort of way. In the mouth, however, a light taste of bananas is detectable, though it does not last too long before it is subsumed under the malty ale flavours. Overall, it tastes lightly sweet, with an average level of carbonation. Mouthfeel, however, is rather thin and a bit watery, hence a bit of a let down at the end.

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Photo of kelseyr713
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cebeci88
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTest
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 3,132 ratings