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Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some artificial banana aromas. Taste is much the same with a watery flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer and not a good example of a fruit beer in my opinion.

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

From notes

Pours pale amber half finger head filmy lace

Aromas muted, English hops, merest hint of banana

Taste is of banana lollies... Sweet from start but harsh bitterness at odds. Unbalanced. This improves as it warms

Mouthfeel balanced as English ale, with light carbonation

Overall not really a great attempt... Due to unbalance of bitterness and sweetness

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

A - This beer poured a light brown color that produced a white foamy head that had decent retention and left no lacing

S - The aromas that were produced by this beer were overwhelmingly bananas

T - The taste of this beer can be summed up in two words: banana runt. A little bit of breadiness and malts, but not much

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Again a very underwhelming fruit beer, I wish brewers would incorporate fruit into the beer better, instead being a fruit centered "beer"

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Photo of blackearth
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Purchased from Otto's Wine Cask in Brown Deer, WI. Pours a dark golden body with a white head of foam that falls. Aromas of bold, fruity esters and big banana smell too. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a nice malt flavor to compliment the banana flavors. This is pretty good at first, but the novelty wears off about half way through. Too much banana flavor leaves me wanting to switch to a beer that tastes like a beer.

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Photo of peabody
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a really clear ice tea color with very little suds.
Smell is banana oil and very strong syrup. Lots of sugars help make this a banana smelling brew.
Mabey a vanilla aroma in there too?
Wow, the sugar is gone from here! Watery mix of slight banana flavor and syrup. Very refreshing but not what the smell made me think of. Some hop bitterness is in there with mabey a bit of yeast that tickles the nose.
Mouthfeel is very very clean but bland as hell.
Drinkability is NO GO. Don't care for this bland mix of water and nothing.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a one finger head. The smell is of straight bananas....b..a..n...a....n...a...s. It is probably one of the most over powering banana smells i have been around. The taste is what you would expect and that is bananas. There is really no malt or bread notes to balance out the flavor. The mouthfeel is good there is not a lot of carbonation. To drink alot of these you would have to really want it. In small does this would be a good beer however, you couldn't take in big doses.

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Photo of mocktm
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A banana bread beer?? Really?? Curiosity might have gotten the better of me on this one. I've seen this brew on the shelf on countless occasions and could never bring myself to get it...until today.

Pours a golden light brown with modest head that settles into a thin white film. Looks pleasant enough.

Nose is as advertised...Pure banana bread. Banana, nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and just a mild amount of clove is detectable. Pretty delicious smelling actually.

If only it tasted as spectacular as it smelled. This beer left me feeling cold, underwhelmed and completely disappointed. Not nearly as flavorful as I had hoped and I actually think a standard Bavarion Heffe delivers a better and more refreshing, yet subtle banana flavor. Don't get me wrong, you definitely know this is a beer from the mild hop bitterness, but the flavors just don't blend as well as I'd like them to.

The mouthfeel is where this beer fails me the most. Very light bodied and unmemorable with a slight amount of carbonation. I was expecting and anticipating a far more stout like consistency, which would better fit the dessert profile, but was met with watery swill. Definitely drinkable, but very cheap tasting.

Overall, this beer proved to fall into the "buy it once for novelty" category. Try it if you must, but don't set expectations too high. There are far better dessert beers out there.

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Photo of matjack85
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, clear, amber color with a good 3-finger frothy white head that leaves a bit of lacing down the sides as you drink it.

Nice banana bread smell along with some malt and spices. Unfortunately, the banana flavor gets lost in the taste as this beer is dominated by bready malts and some bitter hops. Bananas are in there, but I wish there were more of them.

Weak, watery mouthfeel with a mineral water like flavor. The finish is sort of blah with some noticeable alcohol.

Wonderful aroma - disappointing taste.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the banana syrup with a little bit of malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get some banana and toffee malt, as well as a little bit of brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. It definitely tastes like bananas, but after a while the beer gets a little hard to drink.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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