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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:
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Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
888
Ratings:
3,026
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
34.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 888 | Ratings: 3,026
Photo of twaddlac
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impressive considering it is not a yeasty beer.

A- Jaundice yellow with a slight head and little lace. Very clear, was expecting a cloudy beer for the yeast. Highly carbonated. Not creamy head but foamy.

S- Exactly like banana nut bread, despite being mislead by the title. A bitter smell on top of bananas and walnuts. Graham crackers, brown sugar, and a little yeast with nutmeg and cinnamon.

T- Aftertaste of the nutty flavor and an upsetting artificial banana flavor. The aftertaste leaves you dry with the spices and banana flavors lingering.

M- Very light mouth feel. Leaves much to be desired in this category the least desirable characteristic.

D- You can enjoy this beer from start to finish. Interesting and different but could not drink more than one of these in a session. It is a nice experience best shared in groups.

Collaboratively evaluated by twaddlac and Jae27

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Photo of DaveUK
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Light brown and clear, the head quickly fades to virtually nothing.

Aroma - Vivid and pungent banana backed up with pears and sharp apples. Hints of alcohol and malt also present.

Taste - Bananas, roasted malt and more bananas. Disappointingly the banana taste vanishes quite quickly leaving a vaguely malty, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Abit thin with very little retained carbonation.

Overall - Intriguing idea, the banana taste actually goes quite well with the malt. Unfortunately, the thats where this beers ends. An average beer singled out for its unique taste. Not much body or depth, and even the bananas dont hang around much beyond the first taste.

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Photo of montecristo2
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Banana bread delivers exactly what it says. Banana bread in a glass.

My wife really likes this one- I find it to be TOO much banana. It does have those yeasty banana notes and aroma, but after I start drinking, I still taste only banana and maybe some tartness in the aftertaste.

I would offer it to friends who really want banana in their beer. Otherwise, stick to belgian styles with that banana/clove aroma if you just want to smell it.

Cheers!

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Photo of Nezzy
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Seen this beer a lot and figured why not give it a go. I was forewarned that you really need to love banana for it and that is no lie.

Appearance: orange with some red but more of a dark burnt orange with a decent amount of lacing and little to no head.

Smell: holy hell banana off the bat. It's a very sweet smell and has a bit of vanilla coming through.

Taste: well its banana bread alright, you can even tell that it's toasted. The aftertaste is the slight issue as you get really strong cinnamon and nutmeg which with the smell of the banana makes it a bit powerful.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty smooth, light and not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Here comes the problem. It's an absolutely gimmick beer much like Pumking is. Yes it succeeds in tasting like banana bread but after a while it gets to be too much and I love banana bread. This is a one time kind of beer that I don't think I'd have again, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

A-Medium dark amber with a tan head and very pretty lacing. Very clear.

S-The nose is heavy on the banana. Just like a banana popsicle mixed with beer. I loved this part.

T- Not what I was expecting. The banana did not make the beer sweet, like one might expect. There is just a small banana taste in front, and a hopsy finish.

MF- Kinda creamy, but not too much so. Prety standard ale, really.

D- Meh. Not hard to drink, but I don't feel like I want to pop another one any time soon.

Overall, this is a nice novelty brew, but it's not even the best beer I've had with bananas in it (I'm a huge fan of dunkels)

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Photo of KarlMcGowan
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wells Banana Bread Beer ( 5.2% ABV )

Glassware - I've drank this beer many times and personally I like it served in a pint glass despite it's lack of head.

Appearance - A warm medium orange, amber colour but no head to speak of.

Smell - This beers aroma just flows into the room when poured. The scent of overripe Bananas is pervasive. However there is a somewhat artificial tone to the aroma, rather like a Banana bubblegum or milkshake.

Taste - Mild and savoury with sweet fruit notes and just a little hint of spice from the hops. First time drinkers are always surprised at how savoury the Banana Bread Beers taste is compared to the sweetness of it's aroma.

Mouthfeel - Silky and smooth and easy to drink. Very low level of carbonation.

Overall - A mellow, easy going beer that's a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited when I had the chance to sample this beer. Banana is by far my favorite fruit. As for the beer, the color was a golden hue when poured from its bottle. Of course, the aroma was banana, but that didn't hide the caramel malt in there as well. The flavor was decent with the banana, light hops and malt. What I was suprised to find was how light bodied this beer was. It finished limp in your mouth. I think I was looking for a fuller bodied beer with a sweeter finish.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fair amount of head and moderate carbonation.
Amber color.

S - Banana Bread mingled with moderate spice and hops. I cannot detect anything else.

T - Interesting- in a good way. Although this isn't a wheat beer, the taste resembles the typical banana flavored wheat beer (Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse or Weihenstephaner hefe.) The banana taste is much more prevalent though. Very pleasant, but slightly bitter.

M - Dry, clean, and light.

D - This is an extremely drinkable beer for what it's worth.

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Photo of Bucknutty24
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Pours a dark copper color with a thin white head. A decent amount of carbination.

s: Banana,Banana,Banana and a smalll amount of bread.

t: At the tip of the tongue the banana doesn't hit.After that it's all Banana. As close as you could get to actual banana bread.

m: it was light to medium mouth feel.

o: This is definatly a try one time only brew for me.It was pretty crazy with bananas probably too much. If you love bananas this is for you.

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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 h0wdy
4.74/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look isn't that dark, but that isn't the most important part of a beer in my books.
The smell is amazing! It smells like a banana and what else can you ask for for a Banana Bread Beer?
The taste is wonderful, I believe that because it first gives you a taste of beer and then is followed by a taste of bananas. This is an excellent effect in a beverage.
The feeling is a nice carbonated one. As a once upon a time soda drinker I can respect that.

Overall: you're missing out if you haven't tried this at least once in your life.

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