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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:
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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 Gump
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweet candy banana aroma. Like dried banana chips. Simply lovely.
Clean pour, good carbonation, light foamy top.

Light airy body, faint but distinct banana bread flavor, empty mouthfeel and dry finish.

This is a well crafted beer that lacks malt body. It leaves a little empty (like a michelob Ultra). But the banana is truly present.

The banana is up front in the aroma and lingers in the pale aftertaste.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dirty penny copper russet with reddish orange and golden highlights, a dense creamy craterous ivory cap and some patchy lace. looks like a quality bitter. a little lacking with the lace but decent foam retention, with a thin 1/8in disk present until the very end.

S- when i cracked the bottle, bananas flew out. as i stick my nose into the beer the banana aroma isn't so bold, but it's still there. plenty of caramel and toasty malt, some toffee, and earthy british hops. smells more like fresh bananas than actual banana bread but still quite enticing.

T- taste is more on point, and with a significant amount of bitterness. at first earthy and british, then transforming into a sharp saaz-like hop bite. instead of sweet rich banana bread, its more like a whole grain bread infused with bananas. rather dry at the end with a lingering banana sweetness, banana peel, and even caramelized plantain. much more hoppy than i expected, the bitterness compliments the banana nicely. bready and toasty with a little bit of caramel, clean bitterness and banana peel last long into the finish.

MF- a bit thin but that's ok for this one, i think if it were any more viscous it would feel too much like a dessert and lower the drinkability rating. under medium body with delicate (yet ample) carbonation. crisp and refreshing, the fruitiness adds to that effect.

D- a solid session bitter beneath it all. unlike most fruit beers for me, the banana doesn't seem to lose its appeal. instead of fruit with a beer back, it is more like beer with a light fruitiness making it a good choice for those not-so-into fruit beers. not to mention that banana is a common flavor associate anyway.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice clear light brown color with very little head that disaperd quickley. this smelled like the kitchen while my mom bakes banana bread. this was sweet in the begining and malty at the end with a great banana flavor all the way through. this is a beer that i would love with sunday breakfast, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, a cinniman rool, some oj and one of theese beers. the purfict start to football day!

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

Out a bomber this brew poured with a huge three finger tan head on top of a dark gold liquid. Decent retention and after a minute the cap grew rocky, moderate lacing. The aroma was at first a burst of bananas with caramel malt behind that, distinctly sweet. The flavors were odd. Well, it is to be said, they nailed the banana bread flavor. But that's what makes it weird. Kind of like KeKe key lime liquor. Bready malt, sweet malt, bananas and even a hint of nuts. Medium body and an ok mouthfeel but it could use some refining. An unique offering and if you like banana bread you cannot miss it but I cannot stress enough how unusual the flavor and bouquet are.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Small frothy head and no lacing.

Very very heavy smell of artificial banana sweetner, not much else.

Taste is not much different than the smell, kind of a tart. Mouthfeel is very watery.

Could drink one of these, once per year.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Caramel brown, almost no foam.

S: Strong banana smell from far away.

T: Fresh banana flavor throughout, but it doesn't overpower the beer flavor. It has a bit of peppery spice in the back of the throat.

M: Way too much carbonation.

D: I wouldn't drink more than one in a row, but I would drink this any time I go out.

I actually had this beer while eating a peanut butter sandwich, and the pairing was heavenly!

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

Wow. I loved this beer! Had read the reviews here and expected this to be something you'd have a few sips of and get sick of rather quickly, but not the case. I found the banana flavor to be there for sure, but melded quite well with the ale and not sweet. Just added a nice full, mellow taste and body that was very appealing. Mouthfeel was outstanding. OK, I wouldn't order a 2nd one, but I did fully enjoy the entire large bottle. Had it shipped to me here in the states by a sort of a beer pen-pal in the UK, I'm disappointed I probably won't have this again as you can't find it anywhere that I've seen.

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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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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.51 out of 5 based on 3,026 ratings.
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