Wells Banana Bread Beer

Katie was nice enough to pick up a few new beers for me at the store. She picked up this one and some other English one that I’ve never seen. She really does have an affinity for British beers, for what reason, I have no idea. Anyways, I’ve had this beer years ago, before I even had the blog. So, back to the brew. The one problem that I generally see with any “flavored” beers is that they end up being artificial tasting. For me, I’m especially sensitive to banana. I love bananas, but I always hated banana laffy taffy as a kid because it didn’t taste anything like a banana, or at least the bananas that I’ve ever had. So, I’m interested to see if I enjoy this beer.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This unique brew combines all the traditional qualities and style of a Charles Wells beer with the subtle flavour of banana. Wells Banana Bread Beer is a popular beer in the Wells and Young’s range of ales. The beer has achieved a number of accolades including winner of “Beer of the Festival” award at CAMRA’s London Drinker Festival in March 2002. Available as a draught seasonal cask beer, Wells Banana Bread Beer can be found on the bar and, in its popular bottle format, in all leading supermarkets.”

Random: I have one beer left in my fridge at home and I think I’m going to end up cellaring it for a little bit. I think I’m making a beer run soon.

This one poured with a two finger, off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. As soon as I poured it, Katie wanted to smell it. She said that it smelled just like banana bread. Or maybe she just said yum? Either way, she took a sip after that. She voiced her approval by taking the couple of ounces still left in the bottle and drinking it while I did my review. Hmm…this was odd. Katie doesn’t generally like beer, so this must be fruity or something. Once I got my glass back, I stuck my nose in and she was right. The nose was straight out banana bread and not an artificial smell either. I was hoping that the taste would be as good as the nose. After the first sip, I was sold. This does, in fact, taste exactly like banana bread with a little hint of hop on the end. I really couldn’t pick up any other notes on it because I was so focused on the banana bread aspect of it. The body was light to medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long finish with, yes, you guessed it, banana bread. Although I really enjoyed this brew, I couldn’t see pounding them all night. It was a bit gimmicky, but it really did deliver. It is definitely worth a try if you haven’t had it before, or if you have a fiancee who really likes banana bread.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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