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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:
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Photo of Nezzy
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Seen this beer a lot and figured why not give it a go. I was forewarned that you really need to love banana for it and that is no lie.

Appearance: orange with some red but more of a dark burnt orange with a decent amount of lacing and little to no head.

Smell: holy hell banana off the bat. It's a very sweet smell and has a bit of vanilla coming through.

Taste: well its banana bread alright, you can even tell that it's toasted. The aftertaste is the slight issue as you get really strong cinnamon and nutmeg which with the smell of the banana makes it a bit powerful.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty smooth, light and not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Here comes the problem. It's an absolutely gimmick beer much like Pumking is. Yes it succeeds in tasting like banana bread but after a while it gets to be too much and I love banana bread. This is a one time kind of beer that I don't think I'd have again, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was told that people "love/hate" this beer, so I wanted to try it out. Pours a rusty orange color into the glass, with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Lots of carbonation noticed on the sides of the glass. The smell was like a freshly peeled banana, and gets your attention. The taste was a bit of a let down. It had more of a spiced winter warmer flavor, and not much banana. A unique beer to try once, but not something I want to have a lot of or have often. I am on the fence with the love/hate idea.

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Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BBD of 11/30/07

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of white head. Zero lacing or head retention

S: Bananas of course & yeasty esters

T: Banana & some herbal hops up front. Dryness, lemony hops, & a little iron as this warms. I also detect a faint hint of sulphur also. Finishes with some grainynesss, bananas, dates, dryness & a touch of salt

MF: Thinnish with low carbonation

Drank average, nothing special here. Banana freaks may like this, was looking for a lot more breadyness to go with it. Makes me wish for some Bombardier on cask

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Photo of StoutBulldog
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Since I loved my mom's banana bread, I had to give this beer and try and see what it was like.

A -- Came in a funky bottle that sort of made it stand out on the store shelf. Pours a nice, clear, honey color with a little head; moderate carbonation

S -- All I can smell is banana (which could be good or could be bad depending on your preference)

T -- Strong taste of banana when you first sip; taste dissipates somewhat and the lingering taste is somewhat bitter;

M -- A bit watery although the carbonation lends itself well enough

D -- Easy to drink one but I don't know if I would have more than one;

Again, I wanted to try this because I love banana bread. I don't know if I would buy this over some other beers again but that doesn't mean it wasn't worth trying. Definitely fun and worth giving a shot.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Clear, copper orange with no head retention.

S - Bananas! Estery with a little bit of hops in the background.

T - Dried banana chips followed quickly by bitterness. Not particularly balanced.

M - Very light, too much so, the banana flavor doesn't match with the mouthfeel.

Overall it needed to be richer and sweeter, the banana is there but easily overcome by the ESB nature of the beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.09oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a darkish amber with a short lived frothy head that left behind a bubbly film the whole beer through. Fairly good retention of that film though. Patches of soapy spots of lace remained.
S: Dominant notes of synthetic banana. Smells a lot like banana pudding cups or banana taffy or candy or something. Underneath the fruity sweetness there are subtle notes of spices. Not picking up much bread. Slight roasted maltiness.
T: Not as much banana as the nose, but a bit more toasted bready flavor. The banana flavors taste a lot more real, like overly ripened bananas. Notes of honey in the finish. This beer has some sweetness to it, but the flavors were not as rich as I thought they'd be.
M: Prickly carbonation over a thin body and slick sugary mouthfeel.
D: If there was like an "imperial" or "extra" version of this where it was thicker and more flavorful I think it would be better. Overall it doesn't really taste bad, but there is something missing. Try it one then move on.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a bourbon colored brown with perfect clarity, a very minimal head, which dissipated quickly and no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is of bourbon, bananas and bread.

The flavor is reminiscent of bananas, and bread with a slight pop of sour from a citrus note.

The mouthfeel was lively despite the lack of any head when poured, and very thin.

Drinkability is poor. Not much to like about this strange brew. Lacks richness one would expect to see from anything with bananas in it and it's lack of body and octane left me with no reason to every open another one.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber with a smallish head.

S - Nose is slightly skunky with some grass. Not much banana aroma.

T - OK there's some banana now, but it's really fighting to show up. Some nuttiness, light caramel and a crisp hopping.

M - Solid medium body but with a bit too much carbonation.

D - Definitely a solid, tasty brew that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again, but seems to miss on the banana somewhat

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and some very light lacing. Aroma of banana notes is quite strong with light sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by banana flavours with some sweet notes. Body is a bit light with medium carbonation. Interesting at first but the aroma gets to be a bit too much after a while.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey-colored and lots of carbonation, but not much of a head (though some nice, white lacing). Label says "Malt beverage brewed with bananas and banana flavor added." The smell and taste of the beer remind me not of banana bread or even mashed bananas but rather banana-flavored salt water taffy (but not nearly as sweet). A bit too watery for my taste. I was expecting something with a little more heft.

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Photo of Kamaphant
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - golden colour, good head to start but gone too quickly

s - definate banana smell with a hint of of yeasty/hops aroma

t - could taste the banana, quite sweat and yeasty taste, started ok but then grew a bit sickly.

m - found it was too carbonated, very gassy although the banana taste does give it that little bit of extra something???

d - would be very difficult to drink more than two in my opinion, found it a bit sickly and sticky after a while but overall not too bad, would definately try again

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Photo of Kranders
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this and compared along side an actual slice of banana bread. Poured a nice golden color with a thin head. The aroma is pretty much banana, and that's it. And sort of a fake banana smell, kind of like the runts candy banana. Same in the taste. A little malty, but just tons of banana that's not as fake as the candy, but not as real as an actual banana. Kind of thin, with nothing that really lasts. More of an interesting occasion beer than anything else.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fair amount of head and moderate carbonation.
Amber color.

S - Banana Bread mingled with moderate spice and hops. I cannot detect anything else.

T - Interesting- in a good way. Although this isn't a wheat beer, the taste resembles the typical banana flavored wheat beer (Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse or Weihenstephaner hefe.) The banana taste is much more prevalent though. Very pleasant, but slightly bitter.

M - Dry, clean, and light.

D - This is an extremely drinkable beer for what it's worth.

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Photo of hardysf
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty sure the brewery hit what it was shooting for. Wife loves it. Strong smell of banana upon popping the bottle top. Nice head, extremely clear.

Taste was immediately of banana, and aftertaste was bicuity. Pretty spot on for a bready beer with banana flavor. Not my cup of tea though. Again, wife loved it.

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Photo of Contra
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seeing a bottle of "Banana Bread Beer", I had to try it. I love the banana-like flavor of Tripels, so this might be worth a try, I figured. It's about what expected, although, oddly enough, the banana bread flavor is much more accurate than I thought it would be. Otherwise, it has a copper ale feel to it, and it does that quite well.

It's certainly worth trying, and it's not bad at all. Still, I'd rather have a slice of banana bread (preferably with some cream cheese on top) and a beer on the side (preferably not at the same time, but who knows). If you like banana bread, then definitely try it out. But I wouldn't get more than a bottle.

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Photo of mlockman
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

definitely tastes like banana bread! that being said, it didn't blow me away. definitely a novelty beer that's worth a try, but I don't see myself purchasing it again.

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Photo of PainterChi
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: medium amber, 1 finger fizzy head 3/5
S: banana, yeast, fruitcake 3.5/5
T: banana, cream, roll cake, malt, light hop presence 3/5
M: smooth, light body, light carbonation, slightly warm 2.75/5
O: was't too bad for a novelty beer but one bottle was enough, dull, too thin 3/5

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Photo of juju7
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with a one finger head that laced very well. Reeks of candy bananas, but I guess that was to be expected. There do seem to be some hop aroma and a touch of malt at the back but it's all about the bananas. A little awkward on the palate. Starts off sweet and bananary but has some malt beer body bringing up the rear throwing it off. Then those banana lolly notes hang around for a while. Probably would've been better as a sweet banana beer, light in body in the vein of some fruit lambics. Not horrible but once is more than enough for me. Kind of tastes like "what was the point?"

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Photo of nlmartin
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a fizzy amber with one finger creamy white head. The head has poor retention. No lacing remains behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing banana smell. A bit more on the spice would have been nice.

Taste: The beer delivers a pretty good banana flavor. No complaints about the banana. The beer has a bad mineral flavor that pretty much kills anything else off.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The carbonation is disagreeable. The long lasting mineral water flavor also detracts from my enjoyment. The beer is ok to drink one time. I will not repeat this particular beer again.

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Photo of KajII
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a clear medium copper amber with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head which receded to a thin film with a medium collar and produced somewhat fair sheets of lacing.

The aroma was exactly like the name implies "Banana Bread" with a light bread malt, a sweet doughy yeast and a large dose of bananas.

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a light hint of bananas throughout with a slight bitter banana taste at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration proceeding the swallow and was all about the mild banana bread taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery very mildly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this beer taste some what like described, a mild bitter banana bread. Although it was a bit weaker and much lighter in flavor than the aroma suggested…

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" head which eventually disipated to a trace. Quite attractive clear amber color. Yes the smell in particular is very banana bread, the flavor less so, plus there's a nutty bitterness which a bit overwhelms the banana.

Look this is drinkable, they didn't do a bad job. But I have two philosophical questions for you? 1) Why brew beer with actual bananas when there are already beers with stronger banana flavors simply from the yeast and natural process used?, and 2) Why brew beer with actual bananas if in fine print at the bottom of the label it says "banana flavor added" (meaning they cheated to get to this level of banana-ness)? Clearly simply adding bananas to the brew doesn't get the job done. What you have here is apparently the wine cooler version of banana-like beer.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - pours a transparent amber with a very small head that immediately recedes to nothing. No lacing.

S - As expected, banana and bread, some caramel malt notes, but the banana is overwhelming.

T - Not quite as banana as I expected, the hops balance this quite well. Only other flavor is a little nutty-ness, perhaps it was on purpose!

M - The carbonation mixed with the alcohol warming doesn't seem to feel so great.

D - Medium drinkability, I guess if it were the only thing amongst buds and millers, I might go to it first, but won't search it out.

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Photo of Secret
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally at a liquor store. The scent of banana is there, for sure, but the taste is nonexistent. Additionally, like some others have mentioned, there's something about the aftertaste that's unpleasant. It's kind of thin and one-note, in my opinion. I bought six different beers on the trip which I tried this out, and I had to make a serious effort for the three additional bottles not to be the last ones in the fridge. It's not the worst beer ever, but I definitely wouldn't purchase it again. I was expecting something deeper, spicier, and richer to back up the banana flavoring, and it just wasn't there. The one good thing I can give it, is that it smelled of real, ripe bananas, and not artificial flavoring. (Artificial banana is THE WORST.)

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Photo of EricMichael
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

appearance - Golden amber with a finger of off white head the faded rapidly. Minimal lacing. Carbonation appeared to cling to the side of the glass reminicent of a soda.

smell - Smells like dried banana chips. Very light hop.

taste & mouthfeel - Tastes like a banana nut bread, but lacking a deeper complexity. Lighter than I'd hope for a beer. Banana balanced nicely with hop in the background creating a smoothness.

overall - Enjoyable, something different. Doubt that I'd search for it again as it's not what I want out of a beer.

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Photo of heebes
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from LCBO summer seasonal.

Clear bottle...pours into a mug a pale golden with a good size banana coloured head. Nose is banana esters and malty. Taste is rather subdued and weak. Subtle hints of a hefe in the esters present, certainly a banana taste and more malt in the flavour. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall a dissapointment, weak on flavour and gimmicky, not to be revisited. Shame since I really enjoyed Wells Dbl Choc Stout.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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