Wells Banana Bread Beer | Wells & Young's Ltd

Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer
BA SCORE
40.2%
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3.53 w/ 3,087 ratings
Wells Banana Bread BeerWells Banana Bread Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,603
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
3,087
Liked:
1,241
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
18.41%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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106
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, best before 11/14/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep copper/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big ripe banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop notes; with good strength. Taste of ripe banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light caramel, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop flavors; with a good malt/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit beer. Good balance and solid robustness of banana, dark/bready malt, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A bit one dimensional, but it accomplishes what it advertises. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beige head. No retention really. Color is a hazed amber.

Aroma/Taste (pretty much the same here): Banana flavored runts. Very artificial with bready malts. It is pretty much what the name says, but it tastes like fake bananas.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and cloying. Lighter bodied with an okay amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, not really something I'd want to buy or drink. There are other beers out there that provide a better banana flavor.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the name suggests, Wells Banana Bread Beer smells and tastes of bananas and nuts. And it's a touch sweet and bready, very much like banana bread.

It pours a crystal-clear golden amber body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam that holds very well but leaves only spotty lace. Odd. Perhaps it has something to do with oils from the banana? Or perhaps they use real nuts?

The green banana appears initially in the nose, but the nutty and bready malt soon follows.

The flavor starts with green banana,, some soft berry-like fruit, and a touch of spice. Once across the palate that spiciness (hops?) widens a bit. Grassy hops flutter to and fro nicely. The spiciness fades at the swallow, and the nuttiness rises as it finishes dry and lingeringly nutty.

As for drinkability, it's certainly a well-made beer, and it's balanced and very, very interesting. One could mull over this one for a while. But it's certainly not a night at the pub quaffer, I think just one would do fine. Worth trying though. Unlike any other beer in the world!

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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 dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear dark golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready malts along with sweet banana - actually the smell reminds me quite a bit of actual banana bread.

T: Taste just like banana bread - there is a bready malt body with some light hints of nuts and sweet banana. The taste is pretty well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and the finish is dry.

O: Very enjoyable, quite interesting that the beer has the flavor and smell of banana bread so accurate. I liked this beer but it is not a sessionable one for me - I could see myself really enjoying this in the fall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, spices, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bananas, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, I was expecting worse but was pleasantly surprised to find that this beer wasn't too bad

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, someone had to do it. Definitely a big banana aroma. Pleasant beery taste and nice carbonated mouthfeel. Thin body, not much malt or sugar, surprisingly. Touch of hops provides a slight bitter aftertaste. Whatever they put in this, it does taste like muffins or carrot cake.

I"m not sure I need another one, but it does make you think. Maybe it needs hazelnuts. Or just a lot of malt and some burnt sugar.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of vfgccp
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass

A - Nut brown, not much a head.

S - Great notes of banana bread; caramel, bananas, nutmeg, trace of cinnamon. It's not overpowering though. Malt, touch of booze.

T - Malt, soft warm alcohol, almonds, sweet spices (allspice, nutmeg). Banana's foster rolls up through the middle of the profile and lingers in the aftertaste. Like the smell it's not overpowering, a touch more than a punch in the face, which I appreciated.

M - Light effervescence.

D - Very drinkable. For a novelty beer the flavors aren't over the top so it doesn't overwork your palate.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BBD of 11/30/07

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of white head. Zero lacing or head retention

S: Bananas of course & yeasty esters

T: Banana & some herbal hops up front. Dryness, lemony hops, & a little iron as this warms. I also detect a faint hint of sulphur also. Finishes with some grainynesss, bananas, dates, dryness & a touch of salt

MF: Thinnish with low carbonation

Drank average, nothing special here. Banana freaks may like this, was looking for a lot more breadyness to go with it. Makes me wish for some Bombardier on cask

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color and very clear. A very impressive head with thick lace left on the side of the glass.

The smell is as advertised--lots of banana and mild spice--just like banana bread.

The taste is unusual, almost fake, not as much banana here. The hop is distracting to the smell. Surprisingly dry flavor. Full bodied with a generous amount of carbonation.

This is almost like two different beers--the smell is a sweet banana bread experiment; the taste is closer to a sweet pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

($4.11 @ Green's on Buford Hwy in Atlanta, GA)

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber body with a full, foamy white head.

Smell: Banana-laden aroma more reminiscient of a taffy than a banana bread. Faint spiciness in the background.

Taste: Biscuit malt flavor with a brief, mild caramel sweetness. The banana addition, though strong in the aroma, eases up in the taste to allow the mildly bready malts to step forward. Hint of graininess. Spicy hop finish with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: These novelty beers are pretty hit or miss, usually miss, but this isn't half bad! I'd honestly try this one again sometime.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 40.2% out of 100 with 3,087 ratings
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