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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

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Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy coppery orange with almost no head to speak of.

The nose was very much like a fresh loaf of banana nut bread, with maybe the banana being a bit artificial.

The flavor had a big sweet banana flavor with some nice bready malts giving it a banana bread like quality, much like the nose the banana flavoring comes off a bit artificial and overly sweet, but its pretty close. There is a trace amount of hops bringing this sweet desert beer closer to balance, but still definitely on the sweeter and maltier side.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery with very mild carbonation.

Not to bad for a fruit beer, almost like a heavier and sweeter hefe. Such a specialized flavor I can't see drinking it often, but worth a try.

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Photo of samoblue
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the finewine.com store in Gaithersburg, MD on 2/8/09, poured into an imperial pint glass on 2/11/09.

A - pours a deep whiskey color. small amount of head that disappears quickly.

S - i can definitely smell banana essence. not much else, though.

T - i think i initially poured it a little cold; couldn't taste much of anything. as the beer warmed i could taste a banana essence, but i've had belgians that tasted as much like banana without even trying. beyond that, though, this beer doesn't have much going on.

M - thin. some moderate carbonation on the tongue.

D - went down fairly easy, but i'm not sure why you would want more than one of these.

i wanted this to be a lot bigger than it was. the label makes reference to beer as "liquid bread," and posits that banana bread beer is then a logical conclusion. i'll buy that, but then why not take it further? i'd love to see a heartier, thicker, stronger version.

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Photo of philbe311
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light copper color with a slight orange hue... Crisp white head quickly recedes... A minimal amount of sluggish carbonation evenly dispersed throughout the glass... Coats the glass well...

S - A surprisingly pleasant aroma... Baked banana chips... Perhaps a hint of pumpkin spice... Clove... Sweet bread... Butter... Not overwhelming and oddly inviting...

T - Banana... Crust... Clove... Pumpkin... A minimal layer of weak hops is present as well...

M - Thin... Medium bodied... Minimal carbonation dances on the tongue... Oily... Slightly bitter... Crisp...

D - An interesting concept and well executed... However, this is not a brew that I'd turn to on a regular basis... More of a novelty, but one that I'm happy I tried...

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Photo of wl0307
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml clear bottle (why has the brewery changed the bottle from brown to clear anyway???), filtered and pasteurised. BB 31/07/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark amber hue with good clarity and constant flows of moderate carbonation; the beige frothy head settles to a thin cap to last.
S: banana oil (the sharp edge of the scent), overripe bananas and buttery bread, "almost" like a banana-cake that the cask-conditioned version was reminiscent of. Also a touch of melted caramel lingers in the background, along with a little plastic edge which maybe rings a bell of banana-flavouring.
T: slightly spicy (a bit like dried green olives) and weird-herbally bitter on top of a much more restrained taste of banana-flavouring, grainy malts, and medium-bodied biscuity malts; a long but again, weird, sour undertones of fruitiness almost like mango-skins or apricots lingers. In the aftertaste, the bitterness stays at a low level but sufficient to provide some hints of hops.
M&D: slightly fizzy on the texture, medium- to thin-bodied for a 5.2%abv. ale, and the filtered+pasteurised version is way less enjoyable as the cask-conditioned version. I guess, without a slightly richer and fresher body as the cask version demonstrated, the more artificial and thin side of this beer has simply woken up to rock the boat.

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Photo of sirsteve42
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich whiskey color with little head. Automatically small the deliscious banana. Tastes very smooth with a great aftertaste. It is as you swallow that you realize why its banana bread not just banana. After reading some reviews I was worried it would be too sweet but it is just the right amount of sweetness. I would definetely recommend this beer for women or men who are not ashamed to admit they like sweet and fruity beers.

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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 joepais
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife bought this for me LOL
Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass produced a finger worth of white head that turned into a thin lace on top of an amber brown body.

The aromas of banana and, bread wow what a concept. It did smell good I will give it that.

It tastes like banana too, so if you like that you will enjoy it. The mouthfeel is light and crisp.

The beer is very unique, I will say that much. It was worth trying but I don't think I could drink more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of MaduroMike
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a pewter mug,

A - Light brown/ deep amber, minimal head (crappy pour) light tan, little retention, little lacing. Almost looks flat.

S - Most obviously bananas, spices, a little nutty, bready. Almost smells like banana bread made from runts.

T - Strong bready taste with a decent amount of bananas and spices. Lightly sweet, hints of brown sugar. While banana is prevalent it is not overpowering like some fruit beers.

M - Crisp, lightly carbonated, refreshing.

All in all it tastes exactly how it is named.


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Photo of HappyBivouac
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

marked 31/05/09 on the bottle.

a- clear brown colored, similar in hue to the crust of a good banana bread. A little bit of a creamy beige head. The appearance honestly does suggest "banana bread"

s- bready malts, spices, and banana extract sweetness in the nose. the banana smells like real banana mixed in with a bit of banana candy flavor. Still not that bad.

t- this is more like the real thing. bananas, spices, thick bready malts, brown sugar and vanilla. Brown sugar sweetness lingers, then gives way to an overly watery finish. I find myself liking the flavor and wanting more of it than what this offers.

m- bland, thin and watery. carbonation feels fake and boring.

d- Well its sweet and fairly tasty, but it has several boring characteristics. This all makes it an easily drinkable beer, but I feel there is no way to get around the issue of cost with this one. I love banana bread, but I am never going to drop $5 for a bottle of this stuff again. It's just not what something like this should cost, period. It was good for a try, but that's it.

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Photo of mdagnew
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a deep amber colour... slightly off white head poured quite loose and frothy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... only the faintest trace of carbonation... some decent lacing...

Aroma - Not surprisingly banana to the fore, sweet graininess, some vegetal off notes probably from the clear glass bottle, some nuttiness, caramel malts, honey sweetness, bready..

Taste is a pretty spot on representation of banana bread... lots of very sweet (maybe overripe) mashed up banana with lots of breadiness, caramel, again some sickly grainy notes come through, some light nutmeg spiciness, light oaky notes, metallic traces...

Feel - Quite smooth with a little oiliness... medium body... way too sweet to be very drinkable..

Overall - An interesting brew with a few too many off notes and a bit on the sickly sweet side... worth a try once...

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

L: Pours a nice amber-brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied light tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells like bananas and I was expecting some clove but that never came. Instead there was a sweet malt aroma and a nice almost nutty aroma at the end.
T: Nice malt backbone and then a big banana flavor that wasn't disgusting like a banana flavored candy, but more banana-y than a hefeweisen.
M: Smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable and would definitely recommend.

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Photo of sliverX
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poored an amber/light brown, transparent, little white bubbles no real head established itself.
smell was all bright sweet banana a bit of alcohol pokes through
taste is very similar to the smell with mostly banana slightly bitter after taste
light and bubbly in the mouth causes a bit of salavation
was drinkable but not something I'd make a point about or rush out and tell everyone to try

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/12/08. Bottle, best by 3/31/09. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet banana. Flavor is really like biting into a piece of banana bread, perhaps a little sweeter (like banana laffy taffy). Not as good as I remember from my early beer days, but still a tasty treat.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of theghost3
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I finally got my hands on some of this, and it did live up to my expectations. Pours a transparent amber with a medium white head. A little lacing.

The smell is great--it has the precise aroma of banana bread. The taste is strong of banana, caramel, nuts, yeast & malts. Not very hoppy. Mouthfeel is rather light and a bit too carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, but the prevalent banana may wear thin after a few of them.

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Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a decent head that dissipates somewhat quickly, some lacing remains. Smell is nice...it actually smells like banana bread out of the oven, definite bread undertones suggest malt presence. Taste is good, banana presence is there, some maltiness, hop tartness on the finish..defintely not over the top. Moutheffel is light, smooth and has a nice slightly tart finish. Very easy to drink...probably a better brew in warm weather...but still ok in late December.

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Photo of gciccarelli
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Dark amber brown with 1 finger white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S - Bananas, nuts, malts, hops. Literally does smell like banana bread!

T - Very, very bland. Very watered down, with banana extract. Slight sweetness. Not very impressed. It's not disgusting, but it's just not what one would expect when being presented as "liquid bread".

M - Very light and very highly carbonated. It is too carbonated for such little flavor IMO.

D - It is highly drinkable...except for the taste.

Disappointing from what the expectations were based on the description on the bottle. The incredible smell is just a tease...the flavor is lacking. More of a soda than a beer...

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.22/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes (last year's batch... hopefully it's much better this year)

A - poured clear amber brown with a fizzy 1.5" head that quickly disappeared and left no lace.

S - just like banana bread with a touch of malty sweetness, nuts, chocolate, and hops. This was a huge plus!

T - quite different from the smell. Tasted like watery beer with fake banana bread extract. Strange aftertaste that was somewhat sour. Ugh... had to force myself to continue the review and not dump the thing...

M - watery, medium carbonation, very light

D - ugh if it wasn't for that abysmal taste it would get higher markings

Overall - This seemed like a failed attempt at making a holiday beer. Fake syrupy taste like the candy with the yellow bananas... I think they're called Runts. Not worth the money. Not worth a try.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A distinctive, shouldered 500 ml bottle poured into a stange glass yields a clear light amber body that twinkles golden when held to the light. Atop the drink is a finger-thick cap of grainy white foam fed by an intermittent stream of active carbonation. A fine abstract-art display of wispy lacing marked with a scad of freckles decorates the glass.

The smell is rich and bready with toasty caramel malts and spice, top-loaded with mellow freckled banana. The aroma definitely smells like banana bread.

The taste is sweet and banana-laden with notes of sticky caramel and zippy spice. The banana element itself is rich, soft and mellow, more like cooked monkeyfruit than fresh with a pudding-like stickiness and a refreshing linger in the aftertaste. Despite the fruity flavor and the malty sweetness, the drink never approaches the tedious syrupiness one might expect from a beer that claims to taste like a dessert bread. Instead, the drink presents itself as quite soda pop-like and refreshing.

The drink is light-bodied with zesty carbonation and fluffy feel. Very surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours darker gold with a frothy white head. Aroma of...banana bread. Nuts, ripe bananas, and liquor in the nose and in the taste. KInd of grainy, and the banana taste seems a little sickeningly sweet towards the end. Overall, much better than I expected.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very transparent, light caramel color, with a hint of amber. Pours with a small head that dissipates quickly, leaving a collar around the glass for the first few sips. Almost no lacing.

Smell: By far the most appealing part of the beer is the aroma. They have the smell of banana bread down exactly. The smell is very sweet, with some caramel and raisin mixed in. If anything, I would have expected a little bit more nuttiness.

Taste: The front has a very dead-on banana taste, but I feel like that may be due to the added banana flavoring, as the taste quickly fades. What's left is a light ale. The caramel malt and light hops are almost muted behind the banana taste. I expected more, especially after the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Either the malt or the bananas leave a slightly oily residue on the tongue.

Drinkability: Given that I would have thought this was a heartier beer, it proves to be surprisingly drinkable. Far more versatile than I would have envisioned upon seeing the bottle.

Overall, I picked this one up as something different and fun to try. It wasn't by any means bad, but definitely not something I would introduce to the regular rotation. For the price ($4.99 for a 500 ml bottle), the value just isn't there.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours from it's big bottle into my big pint glass a dark "old-penny" hue. Clear, with a three finger rocky head that swells over the glass. The white head leaves some crusty and pretty lace on the glass. Looks decent enough.

S - This smells exactly like banana flavored Laffy Taffy and mashed brown bananas. Banana baby food. (I have a secret passion for baby food... so this is a good thing for me).

T - This tastes like a weakish British Mild ale quaffed whilst chewing on a big hunk of Banana Laffy Taffy and feeding you infant child a heaping spoonful of mashed brown bananas. Tiny and metallic on the finish, and slighlty dry too. Not as good as it smells.

M - Thin, wimpy, bitter, and metallic. This is not as bad as I'm making it sound, by in my mind banana bread is thick and chewy and a banana bread ale should follow suit. A good deal of carbonation and a very dry finish also confuse the palate. IMO this would have been better suited to the flavors if is were thick, rich, mildly carbonated, malty, and less dry.

D - A nice novelty, and not a bad ale by any means, its just not all that great honestly. I could drink a few once in a while to switch it up a bit and surprise the palate.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It is an interesting drink! The bottle is interesting. It's pint sized, and I enjoy the picture of the banana peel around a glass of beer. The bottle is also very informative, as it explains that beer was historically called "liquid bread," so you add bananas and BOOM!= liquid banana bread. I also learn that this is a product of England, with fine malts, and fair trade bananas.

Appearance: Lovely amber, heavy on the reddish. A large thick off-white head that already looks like banana bread to me. The head dissipates quickly, with little lacing.

Smell: Bananas, not as overpowering as I thought it would be. A little nutty and malty.

Taste: Bananas! Also some hops. The aftertaste is bitter but burps (SORRY! TMI!) are WAY banana-y.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, light carbonation

Drinkability: It's definitely a novelty. But I'm glad I got to try it! If you're oddly craving beer and bananas at the same time, I would recommend this!

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Photo of weeare138
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent amber with a small, white head that slowly fades into a mild collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious banana, heavy caramel, biscuit, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas. Heavy caramel leads the way with a touch of banana that seems to be hidden in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, heavy of crystal malt, slightly astringent due to sweet grain.
Hmmm...an interesting concept that I can give them credit for trying. I'd rather just stick to having a slice of banana bread with a nice, robust porter, or milk stout.

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Photo of promethias405
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this peculiar shaped bottle into a pint glass. The brew poured a nice amber brown color with a quickly dissipating head, leaving almost nothing except a trim of lace. The first smell, surprisingly, gave me a caramel malty nose with a hint of raisins and banana. Maybe its this damn cold. Then the second smell, after swirling it in my glass a bit. Whoa. This truly defines the expression 'hence the name.' A robust banana flavor enveloped my nose, and reminded my exactly that of banana bread. I'm happy to note that the powerful aroma of banana bread didn't influence the taste. Strong presence of bananas upon first sip, but not dominating the decently balanced caramel malty sweet bitterness. The mouthful gave me a light to medium body with a crisp fruity aftertaste. Refreshing as I quickly quaffed my glass. Overall, this would be a great brew to enjoy as an after dinner treat. A unique beverage, indeed. I would probably buy this again, and would be opposed to giving Wells Banana Bread Beer a good recommendation.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer pours a brilliant clear amber color with a 1/4" head. The head quickly fades away and lacing with this beer is very minimal.

Smell: Bananas, almost like a freshly peeled banana. I can picture homemade banana ice cream. There is a slight hint of maltiness. This ale has a very inviting aroma.

Taste: Bananas and malt, malt and bananas-which is it? This beer has a sugary sweet flavor and does remind me of banana nut bread. Almost like an after dinner cordial.

Mouthfeel: I would consider this to be a light to medium bodied ale. Extremely smooth. The carbonation is nice, the beer fills the entire mouth and leaves it feeling thinly coated.

Drinkability: This is a beer that I would never be able to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. But on that note, I could see myself drinking it day after day. I think this would serve as more of a summer time beer, I just hope I will be able to find it come June and July.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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