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

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Reviews: 896 | Ratings: 3,059
Photo of Weston19
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Dark copper with low carbonation. Keeps about a 1/3 pinky sized head throughout the whole time. The beer is clear.

S: Banana purée, little bit grainy, and as it warms up there is a note of caramel

T: Banana, malt, bready, light hops, a little piney, and some vanilla as it warms up.

M: slightly dry finish, smooth, light alcohol flavor.

O: I thought this was a decent beer. If you drink it cold it might not have much to offer but the moment it starts warming up you can definitely get more flavors from the beer. I would have it again.

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Photo of PBelt71
4.79/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer of all time, but I don't drink it as often as I would like, so when I do, it is a real treat. The appearance, smell and taste are incredible. It is a perfect blend of beer, banana and spices, and has perfect carbonation. Highly recommended! Give it a try.

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a golden brown color, with 2 fingers of off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some nice lacing

S: Smells of banana taffy, with malty smells of caramel and toffee, with a bit of walnut smell as well

T: Lots of banana, with the caramel and toffee malt as well. Also some of the walnut is in there. Very little hop bitterness, but this does taste very much like it smells, and very much like banana bread

M: Rather watery, with very little carbonation. Not much exciting as far as mouthfeel.

D: Not heavy at all, and not overly sweet, I could drink a few of these, but thats about it.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It is very much like liquid banana bread, and very interesting. Its not amazing, but it is enjoybale on occasion

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Photo of ZBerkeleyan
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass, creating a thick foamy head and nice lacing. The beer had a golden hue with lively carbonation visible.

The smell here was no surprise: bananas and malts, mostly. Smelled tasty but other than that not very interesting or complex.

The taste was similar to the nose. A bread-y and banana-y taste (no surprise, due to the name) dominated. As the beer warmed, it improved, with more caramel flavors becoming apparent.

The mouthfeel was thin and light, and very easy to drink.

Overall, a fun and approachable beer. The banana taste is bold and clear, and this dominance might be enough to turn off drinkers who like to play with layers of complexity as they drink. Still, though, this is probably worth a try if the concept of a banana bread beer is enough to get you interested.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured orangish brown with minimal head retention

Smell is BANANAS BANANAS BANANAS with a light bread aroma

Taste follows the nose with a bright crisp banana flavor followed by a light bread after taste

Mouthfeel is crisp,light, and bitter

Overall it was pretty good, probably wont buy another but definitely something to try!

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

Pours a light copper color into my delirium tremens snifter. Ni head or lacing even after an aggressive pour.

Smells of over ripe bananas but not overbearing.

Tastes like over ripe bananas. It has just the right amount of sweetness/Banana taste. It leaves you wanting another sip.

Medium to light bodied with some light carbonantion. Again it is well balanced.

I am quite surprised at how much I am enjoying this brew. It is a nice change from the highly malted/hopped craft beers i usually drink.

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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.


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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 Dakin
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden amber/orange with carbonation and the perfect amount of head with sticky lacing.

Smell: Warm smell of fresh banana bread.

Taste: Citrusy in the front with slight banana and a very small touch of bitterness on the finish. Gets smoother as you go along.

Feel: Medium slighty bitter mouth feel.

Overall: Decent beer. Better than I was expecting. Comparable to a pumpkin type ale but much smoother without the spices and bitter end. Would buy again for a special occasion. 6/10.

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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 Chasegator
4.21/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Dark golden color with relatively no head. Was expecting more of a brown ale look.
Smell- Bananas is dominant in the nose but not overwhelming. Hints of bread, and light malt.
Taste- same as nose. Bananas, after taste of bread and light malt.
Feel- light and crisp. Very drinkable
Overall- Great beer for what it is. Seasonal brew that lives up to its name. Light, crisp and drinkable. Definitely worth a try if you are a fan of banana bread.

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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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Wells Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Ltd
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