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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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Reviews: 888 | Ratings: 3,025
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a very faint white head.

S - Smells of a nice, standard bitter with some essence of banana.

T - Sort of mildly malty, just a little bit hoppy, with banana goodness. Mildly Bitter banana peel taste in the finish.

M - Thin bodied, consistency of water with just a little more viscosity. Not entirely impressive on its own but goes well with the rest of the qualities of the beer.

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Photo of ascrivens
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- nice color in the glass. Excited to try this beer!

S- Smells strongly of very ripe banana's and a hit of the bready-ness promised by the label.

T- Very bananaish in flavour. Tastes not impressive. The smell and look indicate a better ale than this. Seemed at times to be too chemically, and too sweet, sort of like the banana medicine I used to get as a kid. Not a good quality in a beer

D- This particular beverage may have suffered from the hype I put on it, but i was not impressed and wont be buying another. I failed to find much by way of redeeming qualities.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear nondescript amber liquid, fizzes upon pour, leaves no head.

S = Bananas, fresh muffins. Not much complexity, just straightforward banana smell.

T = Bananas with light grains and counterbalancing bitterness to match the sweet fruit. Not bad at all, but a little too one note and simple.

M = Stinging carbonation feel, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is okay for a novelty, and I could see using it in a mixed drink or in cooking, but not really a beer that makes you want to drink much of it.

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Photo of thehand
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Smith pint glass. Appearance is clear medium orange color, not much head, lightly carbonated. Smells strongly of bananas. Taste has a little banana flavor, not as much as I expected from the smell, and the breadiness is there too. Light prickly carbonation. Finish is pretty crisp, some light earthy hoppiness. Medium-light bodied. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish amber color with a light 1 finger head that dissipates very quickly and leaves only small amounts of lacing.

Mildly sweet aroma of banana, wheat and maybe a bit of cloves.

Just as the name says, the taste showcases the banana nut bread along with notes of caramel, some honey and spice. Liquid banana bread...well this is definitely interesting.

Mouthfeel is a little watery with medium carbonation. When you serve this cold, it is actually a bit difficult to detect the banana presence. But as it warms, the banana definitely becomes much more pronounced. Just don't let it get too warm because it did get a little out of hand towards the end. This was worth a try and I can appreciate it as a specialty beer but I don't think I would be drinking too many of these. I don't know anybody who'd be buying a whole case of this but for a one time treat, this was an interesting thing to try.

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Photo of BigBoochDaddy
2.57/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

The color is a golden/orange/amber. There was a small head that quickly vanished. Decent banana aroma. Tastes somewhat like banana bread, but overall I found it to be pretty weak. There was a little too much carbonation for my liking. More than 1 pint of this beer would be too much. I guess it's worth trying for the novelty, but not as good as I expected it to be.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber-orange with virtually no head.

Aroma is Banana bread, caramel malt, and mineral.

Taste is initially grainy, sweet caramel malt with a pleasant fruit aspect composed of banana and citrus fruit. Then surprisingly robust herbal hop brings a balancing bitterness. Finishes with a lingering metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall I thought this was quite tasty. Fruit beers can be dicey but I enjoyed the sweet and then bitter flavors of this one. Certainly worth a try if you are looking for a change of pace.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/17/2007 (19.25oz bottle, BB 30/11/07):

Pours a golden brown color, fizzy, with a big white lasting foamy head. Very strong ripe banana aroma, a little hops, but mostly bananas. Banana malty taste, banana aftertaste. Bottled water taste. Not much else. Interesting, but this will be my last.

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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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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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