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 AustinWadkins
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +25.4%
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 +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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 -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Collinc7238
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueNotes
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Clear rusty brown hue.

Off-white head; decent lace.

Crazy strong banana smell; hint of cream soda.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Just like the nose, the flavor is banana & cream soda heavy. Nice but one is more than enough.

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.69/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got a can in fresh Market, heredia Costa Rica, 330ml, Abv 5.2%. The can says they used Fairtrade bananas and banana flavor.
Amber color, fizzy, white thin head that dissipates quickly, Banana aromas from the get-go It is not particularly natural but I like it (it reminds me banana bubble gum). Very aromatic brew. Sweet, malty and the banana backbone is present to the end, nice balance with the level of bitterness.
I writing this as I drink, and I love it!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wells Banana Bread Beer brewed by Wells & Young's Ltd, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice small white head. Thin lacing to this brew. The smell is rich with Banana Bread , grains and malts. The look and smell of this brew is really inviting. Now for the taste, is bold with flavors. You pick up banana, grains and malts. There are some nice hop notes in the taste of this brew. It does put you in the mind set of banana bread. This is a very different brews, but I like it. There is a lot going on in this brew, it also has a real good balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Wells Banana Bread Beer , banana, bold , clean, smooth , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Wells Banana Bread Beer a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this again. Wells & Young's Ltd, did a real nice job with this one. If you are a fan of banana bread look this one up.

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Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

when i was a kid i thought it was crazy how much this actually tastes like banana bread, and how cool it was the could use bananas in a beer without it getting all mushy textured and brown, but now that i know a bit more about brewing, i am quite sure there is no banana in here at all. it is likely a product of the yeast, more german than english here, soft of like a hefe strain can create a banana complexion, this is like that, only a little more supercharged, maybe some natural flavors or something too, but no whole fruit for certain. the grain aspect is as cool as the fruit one here, sweet and baked and sticky and not quite as heavy (from the can) as i remember it being (from the goofy bottle) back in the day. still, pretty round and sturdy base, just sweet enough, molasses notes, caramelized sugar, bagels, yummy! i dont mind the residual sweetness here, because it is what it promises to be. it was funn to compare this to the distant memory of it, i think its better than it gets credit for, certainly different, and perhaps a neat gateway beer to craft for those who have not yet found what they like. seems a short leap to an esb, hefe, or dunkelweiss from here...

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Photo of Tigerbrau
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drew966
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WCKDVBZ
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of jamesroses
2.47/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle

Appearance: clear orange/amber with low carbonation. Weak head that dissipates ultra fast.

Aroma: bananas, yes, but not so natural to me.

Taste: banana syrup, like those they prescribe to treat excessive coughing.

Mouthfeel: bland, medium to low body.

Overall: I didn't like it, tastes chemical and almost no malts.

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Photo of Dakin
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden amber/orange with carbonation and the perfect amount of head with sticky lacing.

Smell: Warm smell of fresh banana bread.

Taste: Citrusy in the front with slight banana and a very small touch of bitterness on the finish. Gets smoother as you go along.

Feel: Medium slighty bitter mouth feel.

Overall: Decent beer. Better than I was expecting. Comparable to a pumpkin type ale but much smoother without the spices and bitter end. Would buy again for a special occasion. 6/10.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can.
Lives up to its name ... This is like drinking a lager and eating banana bread but without the baking or chewing. Of course, actual banana bread can be much better than here; still, an impressive execution of the concept

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Photo of abluepig
4.51/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden orange with a dense creamy head of about one finger high. Some splotches of lace.
Smell is pungent banana vanilla yeast and bread. Some spicy hop notes also.
Taste banana bread with all the flavors. Nuts spice banana yeast bread dough beer mineral water.
Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and bitter sweet.
Overall a tasty special beer that I would buy again on special occasions.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 98green
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Took forever to get around to this one. Bottle to snifter. Look is dark gold, totally clear. I thought it would be hazy with yeast. Smell is as advertised, banana for sure, plus that spice bouquet, clove and cinnamon. Taste brings the dark bread element in a brilliant way, no idea how they do it. More banana in the taste too. Feel is knocked down a couple ticks for the thin feel. I expected a thicker mouthfeel. Overall they nailed the banana bread, and this is a fun beer. Not world changing but very solid

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3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.51 out of 5 based on 3,079 ratings.
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