Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 1310   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Bottled, Pasteurised.
This dark golden coloured ale hugs the palate with great intensity. Its malty aroma is complemented by the gentle nose of Banana. Its flavour unfolds with a sensual sparkle and a smart crispness, which balances its aroma perfectly. Tropically fruity; its ripe banana flavour, emphasised by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas and finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.
2005 Recipe changed from 5.5% to 5.2%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Light umber to copper color with an off-white head that fizzes away to a few small bubbles adrift at the edge of the glass and a small isle in the middle. Certainly a banana aroma. Over-ripe bananas with a just a hint of bread dough. While I’m not real big on the aroma, it is what it is, if it smelled like an IPA or an ESB I would be upset. Light malt quickly followed by, you guessed it, bananas. The finish returns back to a mild caramel flan and lightly toasted bread flavor. Seems a touch watery and thin at times, but there again perhaps I shouldn’t expect more from a banana brew. A touch more malt and I might embrace this one a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (4679) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2006
Pours a golden colour with no head and very little carbonation; the immeidate impact is the aroma, which reminds me of the banana flavour ice lollies that used to be available in my childhood - I don’t think they’d ever been within 100 miles of a real banana though, and apparently this beer has; the taste is far drier than I expected and very palatable, although there is much sweetness on the follow through. Certainly different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle: What a bizarre beer! I thought this would be terrible, and while it’s not great it certainly isn’t bad.
Clear brown amber with a fast dissapearing yellowish head. In the nose... Wow!! Tonnes of fake banana in here and some gentle clove notes with a heady alcohol hit. Really, it smells like a bag of those lolly bananas in a little white paper bag that I used to buy as a child. Underneath this, and very difficult to pin down, were some woody malts and classic pasteurised death. In the mouth the bananas continue their triumphant reign. They somehow seem more real here, although there’s no getting away from the lolly aspect. There’s also some pleasant juicy malt notes, however, all is killed by pasteurisation. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Not as bad as I would have thought. Gentle brown color, smells like hurrrr bananas. I chugged this one quickly so I wouldn’t have to taste much lol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2006
568ml bottle from Asda. Chestnut colour wth thin off white head. Banana and yeast aroma. Bit bubblegummy. This doesn’t really develop in the mouth. Too bananery and tastes of kids sweets. Some hop on end. Bit empty and boiled sweet in mouth. Not as good as cask and not something I would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2006
From a bottle. This was certainly interesting. The dark copper body was topped with a white colored head. The aroma was strong banana with some caramel. The banana smell continued through drinking the beer. The taste was banana peels with some iced tea. There was also a hint of cinnamon. The banana got more and more subtle as I drank it. This was not a pleasure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
I’m drinking this beer as I write this lol. The aroma is extremely strong, yet sweet, the scent of banana hits you immediately as you open the bottle. It’s appearance is a golden brown, with a small head when poured into a glass. In my opinion it is too fizzy to drink from the bottle, it’s much easier to drink wen left in the fridge open for an hour or so, but thats my opinion. The flavour is strong, and after a while can become sickly, but still enjoyable for a once in a while drink -- I cant see myself drinking bottle after bottle of this. Either way, I highly rec. this drink to anyone who wishes to try new ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Wells Banana Bread Beer English pint bottle Recent bottling, sliced into 11/06 Medium pour in an English pint. Poured a mystifying clear yellowish brown with an average fizzy mostly diminishing off white head. Smelt strongly of candied bananas as I was pouring. On closer inspection, smells of strong sweet banana candy, spices and a bready maltiness. Genius! Taste was upfront moderate sweet ripe bananas and spices, followed by a strong bitter malt breadiness and spices that slowly die down on an average length finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery, fizzy and awkward moderate astringency towards the end. Overall, the label states it plainly, this beer is all about banana bread. The smell is wonderful, but the taste feels tamed and short with some crisp bitter bite at the end (crisp and bitter does not belong with banana and bread), as well as a fairly light body. Just a fun novelty beer overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2006
The name of this beer is completely apt. Big banana influence in the nose. I can taste the bananas, the bread the nuts. The banana influence is a bit overwhelming, but there is a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Pours a peachy pale color clear, white head caramel and apricot in aroma, sweet cotton candy in flavor, smooth thin body, drinkable...oh ya, like Gewn Stefani said, this shh is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S

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