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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
878
Ratings:
2,996
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
34.47%
 
 
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104
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689
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Photo of HarrySTruman
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer really did have an unusual flavor of banana nut bread. The beer really had a crisp and small flavor profile that was more malt forward than hoppy, but the fruit portion was unusually perfect when compared to banana bread. I wouldn't be able to drink more than one of these in a session, but for an after dinner drink, or a drink to break away from the norm, this one really hit the spot. I was surprised that I did like this, as I didn't think it would be up my alley. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, nor would I say it was a great beer or worth buying if I ever found it in bottles, but it was an enjoyable beer to sip on at a bar with some friends.

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Photo of drewd0g
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, 1 finger head. Smells like nuts and bananas (Success!) Tastes like banana bread Lots of nuttiness and banana flavor The banana fruit flavor comes across really big, it's like drinking banana pudding or banana nut bread something like that. I like it when a beer that's supposed to be flavored like something tastes just like it! medium body mouthfeel with pretty good drinkability. I like this beer, glad i tried it. Althow i think they should make a porter/stout version of this one, kind of like youngs double chocolate but youngs dbl banana

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Photo of HiAIPA
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much head on the unique bottle pour, this intrigued me and I was expecting a Belgien type but this was more of an ale with banana flavoring. Very unique and good, big banana aroma with an acidic mouthfeel and banana notes. This is a beer to have one of, but not a session beer. Good though if you are into that flavor profile. If this were served at the EBF folks would rave about it I think...it is extreme.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper/amber color with low carbonation, a fingers width head and fair lacing.

S - Malts are sweet, nutty, banana bread for sure...faint hop spice.

T - They have definitely achieved the banana bread flavor with this one. Well built for the fruit beer variety with a good balance of malt and hop flavors.

M - Medium bodied with some carbonation at the end.

D - Very easy to drink, well balanced and tasty for the fruit beer option. A nice desert beer.

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Photo of mpmckenn
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Simple, light brown.

S-Bananas (surprise) but not too overwhelming.

T-Very pleasant, bananas up front, some malts on the back end with a sweet banana aftertaste.

M-Thin, but not too thin. I'd say it's about what i would have expected from this beer. Mild carbonation.

O-A nice change of pace, no matter what it is that you are used to drinking. More than one (they come in 16.9 oz bottles) would be too much sweetness in one night for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I had.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown, same color as banana bread. Clear, not hazy, decent head retention.

S- Strong banana smell, with a bit of hops and spices

T- Strongly banana flavored at first, followed by a mild hoppiness. Not as much of a spice flavor as I was hoping.

M- A very nice mouthfeel. Full and well carbonated.

O- A good beer, one worth trying, but I don't know if I'll get it again.

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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 pandashaver
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 mL bottle ('cuz this beer ain't cheap, so I went small on the first try)

Pours a clear amber, on the lighter yellow side, with a 1/2 in. white head.

Initial smell contained no banana, just some malty bread...however, banana aroma became detectable as it warmed. My recommendation: wait 15 minutes (or more) after removing from fridge before pouring. After all, the English like their beer "cool."

Tastes of a slightly spiced ale, with a syrupy banana flavor (that doesn't taste "fake"). Definitely sweet, but not sickeningly so. Also, bready - the name fits!

This beer is fairly thick and filling, very creamy on the palate and I would absolutely give mouthfeel a 5 save for two things: aggressive fizz and some wateriness in the aftertaste.

Not a very drinkable beer...unless you've had nothing to eat all day and want to get drunk on several of these. Otherwise, I would never want more than one of this dessert-like beer.

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Photo of EricMichael
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

appearance - Golden amber with a finger of off white head the faded rapidly. Minimal lacing. Carbonation appeared to cling to the side of the glass reminicent of a soda.

smell - Smells like dried banana chips. Very light hop.

taste & mouthfeel - Tastes like a banana nut bread, but lacking a deeper complexity. Lighter than I'd hope for a beer. Banana balanced nicely with hop in the background creating a smoothness.

overall - Enjoyable, something different. Doubt that I'd search for it again as it's not what I want out of a beer.

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Photo of machalel
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Perfectly clear burnt toffee, with a medium white head. The head disappears almost straight away, and leaves next to no lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Strong bananas (obviously), but also toffee, treacle, brown sugar, and grape juice (?). I didn't pick up much "breadiness", however.

Taste: Much more bread and biscuit flavours are present in the taste than the aroma, with the bananas taking second place. Some caramel is present, and the same surprising grape juice (?) apparent in the aftertaste. Not overly fruity, it has some mineral tastes and a stronger than expected bitterness, which detracts from enjoying it. I actually thought that it needed to be a little sweeter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body with medium carbonation. A little bit thin, it hides its ABV quite well, and would be very quaffable if the bitterness was toned down slightly.

Overall: This is a fairly straightforward beer. It is very definitely "banana bread" based, but fortunately, it never strays close to being gimmicky, and holds up as a reasonable beer on its own. Now if only they released a Banana Bread Stout...!

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was a very good beer. the pour was perfect and the head was great! the color is almost a caramel/oak color and the smell is that of bananas, caramel, sugar, and nuts. the mouthfeel is nice and smooth, this beer will leave you wanting more. the first sip is full of banana flavor. i would reccomend this beer to anyone that wanted something different.

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Photo of gbarbee
4.82/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light, blonde, and clear.
Smell: Clean, crisp with a hint of banana.
Taste: Light taste, easy on the palate. Slight hint of banana without the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and light
Drinkability: Nice beer that has a hint of banana bread. Very easy to drink and goes down smooth.

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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 anakar
4.89/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe because it's the first time I've tried anything like it, this beer felt fresh and refreshing (which are two different things)
The banana flavor was superb, both felt and unintruding to the beer. Superb

App - It poured a clear golden-brown color, kinda like a brown ale, but very clear. Practically no head, but what was there left some nice lacing

Smell - 5, and an easy 5. The fresh smell of banana and beer makes you wanna chug the thing down in a gulp and ask for seconds. Clear and clean, fresh bread smell behind the fruit

Taste - Keeping with the smell, you feel the banana immedietly, but the taste of fresh bread and solid english brown ale comes with it. Great initial, main and aftertaste to this one

Feel - Smooth, not a lot of carb. Again this one keeps with the traditional English Brown. You can have quite a few and not feel heavy.

Overall - If you see this in the supermarket, don't buy just one to sample, buy at least 2 because you're gonna want another.

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Photo of Chessmaster
4.49/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper-orange color with a decent head

T: Backbone of caramel and toasty malt with a faint and pleasant aftertaste of banana

S: Primarily smells of banana

M: Medium mouthfeel

O: A pleasant and very drinkable beer

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours virtually without a head. Appears golden copper and translucent, almost like an IPA. Smells like banana bread for sure but with a slightly artificial and bright scent. The flavor of banana Runts comes to mind. Tastes almost exactly as it smells. Mouth feel is effervescent but not overly carbonated and not smooth. Overall I am glad I tried it but it's one of those beers you would probably try once, maybe twice. A decent job though at pursuing an offbeat and unorthodox flavor so some credit is due to the brew master there.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass goblet.

A - Pours a 1.5 finger fluffy white marshmallowy head that dissapates rather quickly. Leftover head does leaves some lacing though. Beer is a dark copper color, like an old penny, with some big bubbles that stick to the bottom of the glass. Efferevencence seems to stick around till the end for the most part.

S - Straight up banana bread in the nose. No mistaking that smell. Smell isnt over powering though, but is without a doubt noticable. Smell is accompanied with a faint generic "malt liquor" smell.

T - I was expecting this to taste like it smells, but it was a little fainter than I expected. You do get some banana bread flavor, but it seems like a very watered down banana flavor. You seem to get more malt liquor taste than banana flavor sadly.

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is surprisingly good. Very very soft. Beer is light to medium bodied, so it has a very pillowy like feel on the tongue.

D - Drinkability on this beer is extremely high. I dont think anyone would have a problem with this beer. Even malt liquor fans would be able to slug this right down. But all in all this beer is pretty refreshing.

Final thoughts: Would recommend it, but personally would probably not buy again.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Light Amber, WHite head fades to a light brown lasting head
S- toasty malt, banana,
T/F- like a fake banana extract, light body, thin even
O- Was not impressed, taste was okm lack anything powerful, can say ive had but would not again.

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Photo of ThirdCoast
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 1 pint 3.25 fl oz bottle.

A: No head, small amount of bubbles, a nice amber color.

S: Bananas, a hint of "barley wine" aroma. Very nice.

T: Slight hint of the banana, tart, bitter aftertaste. Doughy, but we will leave that for the mouthfeel.

M: Dough, a heavy yet light feel. Fills the mouth and leaves the mouth a bit numb.

D: I would have this beer again, but it might not be my first. Could have more of a Banana taste.

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Photo of gromis
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Banana. Period. Has a distinctive banana smell on the pour, but not overpowering (you actually have to put your nose to the glass, not like you can smell it from a foot away or anything). Has a distinctive banana taste and finish that is pleasant. It's not overpowering banana. This is one of the few specialty beers that I could have a few of at one sitting, but it is a little thin.

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Photo of JamesHenjum
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark gold in color with a small white head.

S: Pretty much Banana bread and beer. But the beer is pretty bready. Very mellow smell. Not too strong.

T: Tastes exactly like banana bread. Almost no hop spice, but a decent amount of malts. Not too bad. The problem here is I just don't want banana in my beer. Not the beers fault at all. (Girlfriend bought it)

M: Light to medium body with low carbonation. Nice crisp finish.

O: Its is a good beer, but not for me. If you like banana bread however, you should love it.

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Photo of kyleelton
2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was given to me by a friend who heard I liked craft beer. She just picked a bunch of stuff from the craft beer section and this ended up in the bunch. In her defense the other stuff included some Dogfish head stuff, a Dead Guy from Rogue and some other good stuff. Anyway, I'd heard this was bad, and it was. Not as bad as I was expecting, but still, not good. I don't think it was the execution of the beer, but the concept. I hate pretty much anything banana flavored, except bananas themselves, and banana bread. I rank this somewhere between banana flavored candy and real banana bread. Mostly I couldn't handle the smell. Smelled like a banana peel that had been left in a hot car all day. It tasted okish, but the smell was always there. There's that.

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Photo of case4816
2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Crystal clear with an orange caramel colour. Tonnes of visible carbonation. Poured very little head that settled to a thin layer.

S- Not as impressive as expected. Smells of a typical lager/pilsner; malty and a bit yeast-y. The unique thing here is the smell of Bananas; but the scent is more like banana liqueor than real bananas.

T- Taste is reminicent of the smell; not very exciting at all. Malts taste fairly nice, very small hint of yeast, and some unexpected bitterness from the middle through the finish which was a nice surprise. The banana flavour, however, still tastes like it's from a liqueor; very sweet and cheap, unfortunatly.

D- I really wish this beer tasted more like real banana's. I love the idea of the beer, I just don't think it was excicuted very well.

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Photo of Hendy011
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears - Deep, inviting brown color. Little bit of a head.

Smells - Sweet, fruity, nice banana smell, but not overpowering.

Tastes - Hint of banana with a malty aftertaste.

Feels - A little lighter than the color would suggest. Not overly carbonated.

Overall - A good beer, especially for a fruit beer. Would recommend to try and will probably get again.

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Photo of Scriba
1.86/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ok, I have to admit: My expectations are very low on this one.

It pours an amber liquid with an almost white head. The head is initially two fingers high, but it quickly collapses into a thin ring.

The smell is defiantly banana. Synthetic banana. There is also some smell of malt, well hidden behind the banana.

The taste is that of... banana. It overwhelms everything else. I guess there is some malt in the background, but it's hard to recognise. The aftertaste is also disturbing. I guess the hops are supposed to balance the sweetness of the banana, but instead it makes it even worse. The bitterness of the hops turns the banana flavour into that of green - unripe - bananas. Not good at all.

Drinkable? I didn't even manage to drink half of the bottle.

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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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