Wells Banana Bread Beer was something I purchased on a whim. Sure, The Brew Club is focusing on English Ales (as we do each April) but bananas and beer isn’t a combination I often think of. Do you? So, I bought it for the novelty, but Wells & Young also make some pretty good beers. If anybody can pull it off, they can!
Quoting from the label here, I’ve learned that this is “An inspired brew made with our own natural mineral water and fairtrade bananas. Tempting banoffee aromas & flavours are balanced by the silky richness of a masterful malt blend & the peppery spice of the freshest, ripest hops.”
Who writes this stuff? What the hell is banoffee? Banoffee?
Well, as you can see, banoffee or not, this sounds like a beer worth investigating – and so that’s what I’m going to do!
The 5.2% ABV Wells Banana Bread Beer pours a very nice and clear amber color which creates an almost pure-white foamy head. There’s some lacing left by the head and there’s some residual froth on the surface of the beer for the duration. Its a good looking beer.
The aroma is different. As soon as I pried off the cap, I got a whiff of ripe bananas which I’ve never experienced from a beer bottle before! Upon closer inspection, sure enough banana was the major player, but it was not over the top. Maybe that what the banoffee does! In addition to the banana thing, the beer smelled bready. (I guess you can’t be surprised, right?)
The taste is pretty much the same. Bready malt backed up by a nice banana flavor. It really does taste like banana bread. Have you tried banana bread? If you have, you know what this beer tastes like! I’d agree with the quoted text from the neck of the bottle that the banana and bready malt flavors are nicely complimented by a touch of peppery hops in the finish.
Overall, Wells Banana Bread Beer is very drinkable. Its not overly carbonated and it’s got a very creamy feel to it, and at 5.2% ABV if you’re into a sweet, fruity kind of mood you could probably have a few of these. It does what it says and does it well.
In spite of the banoffee goodness, the novelty wears off quickly with this beer. “Yea bananas!” grows a little old before I finish the glass . Its a cool idea, and Wells pulls it off quite well (ha!), but I just don’t think I’ll be getting another one of these. (I’m going to hang on to the bottle though!)
Ever try the Wells Banana Bread Beer? What did you think of it? More importantly, do you know what banoffee is?