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Wells Banana Bread Beer - Detailed Review
Wouldn't you love to try, at least just for the sake of trying, a beer that smells like a banana cream pie with a drizzle of caramel? Never in my life had I dreamed of coming across such a beverage. Thanks to my desire for a first taste of Scotch eggs, my worse half and I decided to have dinner at a local English pub last night. We liked the place quite a bit. Bangers and fish'n chips seemed to be popular items. The television was showing a Premier League match. And yes, the Union Jack flags were part of the wall decorations. The fact that Johnny Cash's Walk the Line was blaring from the jukebox, however, somewhat jeopardized the "British-ness" of the pub. Anyway, since we were going to have a Scotch appetizer, we thought we might as well "brit up" our palates with an imported beer from the UK. That was when I spotted Wells Banana Bread Beer on the beverage menu. As someone who's always eager to experience whimsical foods, I knew it undoubtedly had to be my drink of the night.
Wells Banana Bread Beer - In A Nutshell
Wells and Young's, UK
Alcohol By Volume
Between medium and light
Malty with a dry finish
"Beer of the Festival" award, CAMRA's London Drinker Festival, March 2002
Calories (12 oz bottle)
My Take on Wells Banana Bread Beer
It certainly fulfills what the label promises. At the very first sip, the beer hits me with its pronounced banoffee nose without being overwhelming. This unique brew delivers not the scent of plain banana but the more complex aroma of banana pastry with luxurious caramel and warm spices. Its dark golden brown color reminds me of a caramel as well, while its body is just a tad above thin and contains little carbonation. Its head or the foam on top is flimsy, off-white, and pretty quick to dissipate. At first, it tastes delicately malty and fresh, which I love. The faintly astringent aftertaste, however, is what I find a bit off-putting for my personal liking. Overall, I'd say it's a good beer. If you, like myself, have an adventurous palate that constantly yearns for playful combinations of flavors, Wells Banana Bread Beer could be something to add to your "favorite funky beers of all time" list. On the other hand, if you tend to prefer brews with a fuller body and more "serious" taste, chances are you might hate this fruity beer. But still, try it anyway! It doesn't taste as silly as it sounds.
Would you try this beer?
Wells Banana Bread Beer - Where to Buy in the U.S.
- Large liquor stores - You will unlikely find this banana bread beer in a mainstream supermarket or grocery store. A liquor store with a wide array of imported alcoholic beverages is your best bet.
- English pubs - Most of these pubs in the U.S. offer at least a few British beers. If you have one in your neighborhood, be sure to stop by and see if they have Wells Banana Bread Beer on their menu.
- European grocery stores that sell liquor - It's not as promising as the two options above, but still, it's absolutely worth checking out.
- Online - Yes, you can purchase anything online! More often than not, you will have to order at least a pack of four, though.