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Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

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

Bannana bread huh? Sure, why not. Expecting a novelty of a beer without any real meat or potatoes, I ended up with a well-brewed beer... with fruit. The base beer is a classy English Pale Ale with a biscuity, cracker-like maltiness (not so much bread), a crisp caramel flavor, light on esters, and crystal clean. Well attenuated and properly done. The bannana character does just what it should; it gives an extra flavor without overpowering. If anything the bannana notes remind me of the Gobstoppers bananna flavor- not exactly real, but not artificial either. The fruit character hits hardest in the nose, while residing a bit in the flavor and whispers away into the finish, allowing the true beer character to shine. Very nicely done. I will certainly revisit this beer, but it'll likely be one then moving on to something else.

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Photo of iceball585
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber color, semi-transparent, thin white lacy cover that disolved to a tiny ring around the glass

S- Bananas, sugary, sweet, pale malt, slightly nutty

T- Bananas bread, syrup, creamy, candy, light malts

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, slightly fizzy, very sweet

D- Interesting but not worth buying again

The name really describes the flavor. It definitely tastes like banana bread but the flavor is slightly too artifical for my tastes.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a 1 3/4 finger head with a clear amber color. The lacing is very good.

The smell is of strong banana. Plain and simple. I can smell it in the other room even.

Banana is of course prevalent. Underneath is some very faint pale malts. There isn't enough malting nor is there enough hops to balance. It gets to be a little seltzery combined with banana. I want to like a better backbone for this beer. The banana is decent actually.

The beer is somewhat seltzery on the palate.

This beer is alright if you like banana, but the beer underneath the banana could be better. The drinkability is better than this, but I have to take a little off somewhere.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good beer if you like the taste of bananas

A- Looks like an english pale ale with a transparent dark amber/copper color and a decent head that leaves minimal lacing.

S- Smell is of banana bread. Enticing

T- Taste is heavy on the banana with a backbone of bready malts and a very slight pinch of hops

M- Feels lighter than what I would have expected, but refreshing

D- Drinks good, but too much banana for me.

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Photo of ShrLSU
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light brown in color with no head. Very slight lacing.

S: Pretty much the scent of banana bread. I smell bready yeast, some banana of course, a little caramel sweetness and a touch of nuttiness.

T: Just like bread. Banana flavors are strong with some bready yeast and a slight nut taste. Some bitterness in the end.

M: Very light bodied with little carbonation. Very smooth to drink but somewhat oily on the finish..

D: Eh it's something different but by no means a staple.

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Photo of sstackho
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased for $5 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold, with lots of bubbles but little head. I just finished off the rest of my toddler's banana after putting him to bed. Will that make this judgment better or worse? It's a decent malt aroma, but sadly I'm not getting any banana. And this IS a banana beer, after all. After the first sip, I'm having trouble figuring out what banana tastes I have are coming from the beer vs the banana I just ate. Pretty sure that little burp right that was from the real banana. I suppose this means that I can make any beer a banana beer by eating a banana before it, and I won't have to pay $5 for the privilege! Subsequent tastes are getting better as the flavours become more distinguishable. Banana flavours - more direct and less subtle than a hefeweizen. I gave my wife a blind tasting, and she noted heavy banana flavours - perhaps because she doesn't much care for the fruit. A fun beer.

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Photo of Keith238
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Second time that I've had this brew because the first time, I wasn't sure where I stood.. Overall.... not bad. Not a session beer by any means but one that is truly good for dessert! Appearance is nothing unusual and the smell is just what you would expect, a glass of banana bread. Taste is the same, a loaf of liquid banana bread. Personally, I prefer mine solid. The mouthfeel is nice with nothing clouding the palate. The drinkability is average as I couldn't really drink more than half of the 19.25oz bottle that it came in. Worth a try but it's not on my "must have" list.

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Photo of GoreStorm
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poored from a bottle into a pint.

the appearance is nice, sort of a mid caramel color going on. my girlfriend commented that i just looked like iced tea. there is some mild beading going on. a moderate fluffy, rocky head. the head faded very quickly, it would have been a very attractive beer had it maintained this head.

smells like what the label says, nice sweet banana bread.

the banana flavor is shockingly underwhelming. while i found it good, i was expecting a banana bomb, it was not. it wasn't too much more bananaish than some german hefs. you get the initial banana flavor, a mild grain flavor, and a mild banana after taste that lingers.

kind of just a creamy and smooth mouth feel

while i consider this good, because of it's sweetness and odd flavor, it's a bit of a novelty, and while i would definitely buy it again if it tickled my fancy, it's definitely not something to drink a lot of or session on.

worth checking out though.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle with a BBD of 3/31/09, into a Pilsner style glass.

A: Not sure what a banana bread beer is supposed to look like, but it looks a brown color. Little to no head that doesn't last or cling. Medium carbonation

S: Basically just like buttered banana bread. Scents of butter, bready yeast, banana and a faint hint of caramel/sugar.

T: Surprise, surprise like buttered banana bread. Strong banana taste, with the bready yeast undertone. Also a slight bitter hops taste at the end.

M: Light bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Smooth swallow without a heavy oil feeling.

D: Easily drank the entire bottle writing this review!

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

08/03/08- Purchased at a random liquor store in Akron, OH.

Presentation- 500ml bottle...did not look for a freshness code. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a smaller 1/4 inch head and quickly disappearing at that. Not really any lace remnents.

Smell- Mild malty nose with a lighter banana nose.

Taste- Pretty much banana, light caramel malt and some grainy action going on...that's about it.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level with a sugary banana aftertaste.

Drinkability- Novelty beer that really wasn't half bad. Banana isn't too overpowering and not too sweet. Enjoyable, but not an every day beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to buy this beer because I LOVE bananas. When they called it a banana beer, they meant it.

Aroma is strong, and banana scent dominates. It pours a nice golden amber with a decent but not persistent head. Flavor is rich and very banana-y so it is rather like drinking a liquid banana - very distinctive. There is a fair amount of hop flavor and a touch of malt and yeast. Texture is smooth and pleasant, but just a little zingy.

Caution: Keep away from monkeys. :D

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Photo of tab021
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: gold/clear with a white thicker head

S: Banana bread. like it says. Its really quite blunt

T: It tastes like banana bread extract or syrup. its really not beer-y at all but i suppose it tastes like it says it will

M: smooth and light

D: I'm not sure how to rate this one overall. Its not really like a beer at all. But it is good... hmmm It kinda gets sweet after a bit so it might be hard to do this over and over again. maybe buy a bottle to split for something different. Good, but not really beer like...

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It smells like a English pale brewed with hefe yeast. The banana/clove aspect is in full swing. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with the hefe banana esters. I guess there is real bananas in here as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, but a bit of a concept beer. I like the results, but not enough to buy another.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.29/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I figured if I like Kristalweizens that this banana bread brew would be right up my alley. Poured into a short pils glass it forms a manageable off white head. Light copper body.

Comes through as advertised. Banana bread is the theme here and its bready and rich at times. You could tell me this is a juice product and not a beer and I'd fully believe you. There is no discernable hop or malt bill that sticks out. Almost extract like flavoring. Not for me.

It was just borderline ok and not worthy of another purchase at 5 skins a bottle.

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Photo of ph2001
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very transparent amber color. tons of carbonation and head that maintains well. very strong banana scent to it.

the banana flavor is not as strong as it smells. it is nice and sweet, more subtle than expected. the sweetness kind of dances around the light ale flavors. intresting, but nothing spectacular. worth a try if you like the fruity sweeter styles.

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Photo of generallee
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of ripe banana and bready malts fills your nose as you pour this beautiful golden amber brew. It forms a modest off white head with lots of little bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. The flavor is full of over ripe bananas with nuty and sweet bready malts. It's light to medium bodied, well carbonated and it has a slick almost oily texture. An excellent brew.

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Photo of hyland24
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass. Minimal white head that dissipated quickly. Clear gold color with no visible carbonation. The smell was ridiculously strong candied banana similar to a banana Laffy Taffy. The taste was pure banana bread. Sweet and bready with hints of malt. Flavor similar to an exaggerated hefe wiesen with sweeter and more pronounced banana flavors. Delicious, sweet and creamy with a clean finish leaving behind copious amounts of banana sweetness. Overall a very good beer but too sweet to pound. My only issue is that I felt the banana flavors tasted artificial and overly sweet at times, but definitely a good beer and worth seeking out and trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of Avryle
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- I don't know how to rate this as far as looks go. It wasn't as dark as I'd expected- more of a light honey-orange color. Small off white head.

S- Nose is like banana candy, and everyone knows banana candy is like Elvis impersonators- All of them look the same but none actually look like Elvis...

T- Tastes like banana candy, be it Laffy Taffy, Runts, etc., though finishes with a spicy and malty dryness. Not banana bread.

M- Very dry mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

D- Ummm... does anyone like bananas? I think the house plant may... A little too fake-banana to finish the 3/4 bottle that was my share.

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Photo of aerozeppl
1.85/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I hate banana. Damn it.

A: Reddish golden color. Sort of different. Almost no head and no lacing.

S: Banana runts! Artificial banana is ok. God am I really going to drink this?

T: Damn. Too much banana. Finishes with something else but my brain has shut down at this point.

M: Who cares?

D: I knew this was going to be bad and it was. I really hate banana. Damn it.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by Hyland24. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Amber/orange color. The pour produced minimal head and a spotty film with minimal lacing. Decent carbonation.

S - Big aroma of Banana Now & Later candy with some maltiness thrown in.

T - Malty banana sweetness throughout the entire bottle.

MF&D - Medium/Thin bodied. Crisp and refreshing. I actually liked this beer, but I would have to say I due to the candy like sweetness, I probably would not drink more than 2 at a sitting.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Banana Bread but I did not love this beer as much as I do the real thing of course but it was a good effort. It was ok though. Poured with a nice cream head that fades slowly leaving a trace of lace. Had a clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Strong banana nose. Starts as a malty/hop mix but then the banana flavor kicks in, a strange soapy banana aftertaste.

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Photo of Lukie
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a golden honey, decent lacing that stuck to the glass quite well. Good quality fresh English Ale!

The smell is heavy on candy banana. It smells like those cheap candy lolly bananas you can buy. Completely turned me off the beer. There was some slight buscuity malts in the back, but were overpowered by the sugar banana candy smell.

Sweet banana taste is quickly pushed aside for buiscuty malts and a citrus hop finish. It is not as bananary (is that a word) as the smell insinuates, but it is passable.

It had a decent body, and was drinkable to say the least. As it warmed, the bitterness from the hops were more present, and the banana flavour more but left the scene. I couldn't drink more then one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of fruity and different beers but you really get a wide range of quality in such brews. This one is a middle-of-the-road imho.

Pours light orange with a short foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is immediately banana, unsure if it smells fake or not though. It was a bit overwhelming as the bottle opened. Tastes like a standard British ale with, of course, the banana. At first, again, way overpowering and not well balanced. But, as I let it sit, the banana aromas dissipated a bit allowing for the actual drinking of the beer. After half the glass, things started to meld a little better.

So overall, pretty light and fruity, balance will be helped by sitting, but in general an OK fruit beer.

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Photo of taez555
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beers pours a very clear orange, almost yellowish, body with a fluffy white head.

Nose smells like a mixture of banana bread with a nice German wheat. Bready, banana, spices, wheat, fresh cut grain, fruits(not just banana), touches of apple and pear even. The banana smell has almost that fake syrupy banana smell. Very distinct, and definitely lives up to it's name.

Taste is light bodied with a nice large amount of cheweyness and ample bitterness and carbonation. Tons of fresh crushed malt with layers of yeasty banana esters. Layers of fruit, apples, pear juice, banana, light citrus peel with a dirty earthy leaf hop taste that compliments the malt and fruit nicely. A mild granite stone taste shines through. Bitterness is surprising high and balances well, but is firm and in your face throughout every sip. Ends with a mild lingering bitterness and banana aftertaste.

This is really a fascinating beer. Really a fantastic english bitter, with just the right amount of banana and malty bread qualities to give it, yes... a banana bread taste, but at the same time it's not overpowering or detracting. Honestly, it's just a really nice english bitter.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was almost precisely what I thought it would be. Poured into my pint glass from a 1Pint 3,25oz bottle a very copper orange colour with a white, soapy head that didn't remain in place for too long. Somewhat average appearance for an ale hailing from the U.K.
The smell, however, was utterly terrific. I am a huge fan of banana bread anyway, and this was precisley what I had hoped it would be, as far as smell goes, anyway. Rather assertive banana, and what I perceive to be just a tiny bit of spice. Earthy tones of English hops hide in the background. Absolutey fantastic!
Taste was quite good, but not quite as banana bread-like as the smell. In fact, the whole banana theme is rather muted in the taste, with toasted malts and those lovey English Challenger hops being the dominant flavours. There *is* a noticeable banana presence throughout the drink, but the malt and hops flavours dominate the taste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but honestly, probably exactly where it should be for the style. I found this very drinkable and certainly a delightful treat, but I think I would tire of it were I to drink it too frequently, even given how much I enjoy banana bread itself.
A smashing brew from U.K. that I am elated to have finally tried. Will certainly buy it again!

P.S. This would be terrific in the Autumn, perhaps with a warm bit of fresh banana bread!

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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