Before I start flinging my opinion let us see what Wells and Youngs have to say about their own beer…
“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.”
Now on to what I have to say about this BANANA bread beer, emphasis of course on the BANANA! I’ll try to be subjective and not freak out over the fact that there is a beer with banana, well banana bread but does that really even matter because banana bread still has bananas.
Did I mention I’m a monkey? …. BANANA + BEER = well I’m not quite sure but I think you get a Nobel Peace prize for something like this.
The beer poured a nice amber color and smelled just like it should, fresh banana bread. It gave off a strong malty taste, a sweet bitterness. Not like I just bit into a banana taste, but a mild smooth banana bread taste, emphasis on the bread. If you inhale a deep breath after a sip/gulp you can really get that banana-y goodness.
I’m really not sure what this beer would pair well with but I would chalk it up as a dessert beer, although not sweet like other desert beers that are overly fruity because this one had that bread/malty aspect to it.
I really likes this beer (Shocker) but it was more of a novelty beer and I’m not sure this would be a beer you’d want to tilt back a twelve pack of for the whole night. No, this is more of a sweet tooth filler. Some people have an after dinner mint, well this is for those who need an after dinner sweet beer but don’t want the feeling like they just blew the ginger bread man’s lolipop.
Overall I give this beer a 4 out of 5 bananas (hehe that’s funny because it’s a banana beer, yeah I know you get it but it stills bares mentioning…..monkey damnit!) for a fruity beer, because it gives fruity beers a manly kick where others are more like a champagne of sorts.
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