Monday, October 8, 2012

Wells Banana Bread Beer

Welcome, I was in my local grocery store and I saw this on the shelf and was really wondering if I should try this and review it. I was standing there for a little while until my younger brother showed up and saw what I was looking at and said I should get it. So I bought it. This is Wells Banana Bread Beer, 5.2% ABV. This is brewed in Bedford England by Wells and Young. They've been brewing beer 1876. Some of the beers from them are either under the name Wells or the name Young. Wells Banana Bread Beer is found only in the 1 pint 0.9 US fluid ounce bottle and was around $4.00. Not to bad for a beer this size. This Banana beer pours a light copper, dark red color with a two finger white fluffy head that dissipates kind of quickly. There is a good about of tight bubbles throughout the head coming off the carbonation from the bottom of the glass. I could see light though this, but I wasn't seeing much else through the glass, not a cloudy beer, just a dark colored brew. The aroma on this Banana Bread Beer hits you as soon you pour this into a glass. Well of course you going to get fresh ripe bananas. That scent of banana is a bit strong, but otherwise pleasant. There is a malty breaded scent that had a nutty scent around it. After taking in the full on aroma of this I began to think of fresh banana bread. The aroma of this is very inviting. Putting this beer to your lips and taking a drink you immediately get fresh sweet bananas, followed by a sweet nutty malted bread flavor that seams to coat your tongue nicely without a lot of tingling carbonated bubbles. This nice beer has a medium mouthfeel. This Banana Bread beer definitely tastes like good fresh baked banana bread. The finish on the Wells Banana Bread beer is creamy, nutty, rich, and with of course ripe bananas, but does finish smooth, sweet, and creamy. But the overall flavor of this beer is a bit fuller then some, so I wouldn't say this is sessionable, but you could drink a pint of this. Anymore of it and the flavor would being to over powering, and you'd want to move on to something with a not so full flavor. Overall I would give this a solid A. Very well crafted beer. It's exactly like banana bread with out having to much of one flavor, or being way to sweet. Everyone (three) in my family loved it. You could have this with a big hearty pastrami sandwich with rye bread. I think it would pair nicely. My father and I think so. I'm going to try that sometime. I would definitely have this again. You should too! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly.                 

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