WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2005

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Reviews by Osiris9588:
Photo of Osiris9588
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with an orange hue. Two-finger white head is kinda fluffy, recedes into a pillowy cap, then into a one inch disc, leaving some decent lacing.

The aroma is dominated by orange and berry accompanied by bready yeast and malt. The flavor is big on biscuit, along with orange, some phenolic cherry cough syrup, lemon peel, slight berry notes, slighy spice, and hops on the end.

The mouth is light, but shows pretty good complexity, though the grainy, metallic finish is a bit much. Rather drinkable--solid, but nothing spectacular.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Thrice hopped" per label,poured a nice medium clear golden with a well formed but quick to vanish bone white head.Muted aromas toasty malt and a little caramel biscuit with a hint of "green" hop,more subtle but very pleasant flavors lightly sweet and biscuity up front with a nice drying herbal lingering finish and I mean it lingers I noticed a little medicinal quality as well.I lighter EPA with good flavor packed into it its a quaffer no doubt,I recommend it.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited for a new Wychwood release to the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic glass. Honey-golden, solid foamy head, flecks of lacing. Looks pretty good.

Nose is honey, pale malt, grassy hops. A bit of corn mash to it as well.

Not a bad beer, nothing special, but certainly enjoyable to drink. Pale malts, leafy and floral hops, apple, dry white wine, and a that same corn flavor. Hard to nail this down - it's certainly on the fringe of the pale ale category. Finishes dry.

Good, smooth carbonation, decent body.

Worth a pickup for the bottle design alone (as most Wychwood brews are). A little off in a few places, but certainly drinkable - smooth, decent taste, low ABV. Probably will pick up a few for Hallowe'en partying later next month!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A slightly hazy golden hue with visible particles. Good carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for several minutes. Smells of light malt with a hint of hops. Notes of grain, alcohol and a whiff of citrus.

Tastes of light malt with an attenuated dry bitter finish. Mild sweetness accompanied by floral and citrus notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly astringent. A dry hoppy aftertaste lingers on the palate.

A decent blonde ale; would be refreshing on a hot day. The aromatic hop flavours are nice but could be a bit more prominent. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: pale straw; very clear and clean; heads clears out fast

Aroma: lightly grassy, and the sweetness of stone fruint

Taste & Mouthfeel: hops hit first, and at just the right level; oranges come to mind; good carbonation, not too much; flavour is lasting and has great balance

Overall: could drink a lot of these! Is a great summer beer, refreshing and interesting

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orangish-brown body whit a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. On top is a mousy off-white head that last and last.

S- This beer has a light citrus hops note but it is pretty clean with a faint pale malt only coming though after it warms quite a bit.

T- The light green hop bite has an orange rind flavor to it followed by a light honey malt and biscuit malt flavor. The taste of pale malt has some nice depth to it and comes through after the hops. The malt flavor has a light sulfur note to it. There is a smooth hop green flavor that finishes the beer.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel

D- Although this beer has some dry crisp lager qualities there are some nice malt flavors with some depth and a good hop profile.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500m bottle. Not once, not twice, but Thrice Hopped (for flavour). Sure sounds better than "Triple Hopped"...

This beer pours a faintly cloudy, glassy, pale golden amber (blonde, perhaps?) hue, with one finger of thick foamy off-white head, which leaves some rain forest canopy lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet, honeyed pastry malt, a bit of citrus, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready malt, with a soft oleo spread, understated citrus rind, a nice mild floral honey character, and more earthy, somewhat piney hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body just a tad on the light side of medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes with a falteringly sweet graininess, some edgy hops filling the savoury breach.

Blonde, EPA, who really knows. At any rate this ale is quite enjoyable, and equally drinkable. A (baby) step up for hoppiness cause - 'cause it's Wyyyychcraft, wicked Wyyychcraft'...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

you gotta love the embossed Witches on broomsticks all around the bottle!

a hazed-out amber with light blonde hues. clumpy and rocky formed head, creamy color, slow dissipation and mildly sticky lace. a very nice look.

Herbal and earthy hops, wheat and white pepper upfront. A faint but sweet light malt. The Styrian golding hops are very aromatic and inviting. I love the simple, hearty and grainy aroma.

A light golden malt is crisp with wheat and dried herbs, along with an earthy and simple hop flavor that really shines through. Crisp and clean, mildly sweet malt makes for great balance and has very good complexity from the hearty, earthy, herbal and dry Golding hops. Tons of complexity from very simple ingredients gets bonus points from me.

I must be under a spell, 'cause i love this brew.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, lcbo. Pours yellow with lots of white foam, leaving some lace dots down the glass. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth drinking, middling body. Understated bitterness, nicely malted and balanced. A fine session ale.Average blond overall. Very drinkable, hopped by Fuggles and Styrians.
Had again a year later and felt the same about it.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a straw lager. Very pale gold. Loads of visible carbonation. Medium white head settles quickly to a thin film. Spotty lacings.

I'm getting a helping of diacetyl on the nose. That said, there is also some vague citrus aroma, sweet orange, with just a bit of fruity malt in there.

Carbonation seems to get in the way a bit. It's almost club soda like up front, hard to get much taste off it. Once you get past that there's a noticeable lager character to the flavour, sort of grainy as opposed to the usual fruit and caramel. Hopping leaves a bit to be desired. Bittering, but I'm getting almost no citrus flavours off it. Moderate sulfur throughout. Aftertaste leaves a nice hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel threw things off for me. Carbonation seems out of whack.

Not my favourite from them.

Photo of barleypopmaker
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is not overpowering as some American Pale Ales are, the aroma is more even. In this beer you get some of the citrus aroma as well as a floral hop aroma. It is almost like orange blossoms. There is a very unique malt aroma in that it is like a sweet toffee and bready combination, sort of like the crust of the bread. There is also a masked fruitiness that lies under the main aromas, most commonly this is from an English variety of ale yeast. In this case the level is low.
The beer pours a nice orange and goldish color with just a little bit of haze. There was a rocky head that dissipated fairly fast as well as some particulates floating in the beer. I was not aware that this was a bottle conditioned beer, but it may also be some hop sediment if the beer was dry hopped.
The flavor of this beer is quite nice. There is a soft caramel malt flavor as well as some malty sweetness and crusty break like notes, but overall fairly balanced. The hop flavor is like bitter orange, and has a moderate amount of bite to it. The bitterness is not bracing or overpowering, but it is noticeable. There is also a generic fruity quality to it as well (By generic I mean it tastes like a combination of fruits and not one specific fruit in general). This particular bottle of beer seems to be a bit oxidized, and this is common with imported beers (oxidized is not skunky, skunkiness is caused by the beer coming in excessive contact with light which causes a chemical reaction with the hops in the beer). The oxidation in this beer is a paper-like feeling and flavor on the tongue. This beer is not excessively oxidized, but just slightly and I thought it was worth mentioning.
Mouthfeel is in the lower end of the medium range and has no noticeable astringency. It has a nice feel to it.
Overall, I really like this beer and could drink it all night long. The bitterness and sweetness balance out very nice and the flavors work well together. The use of the citrusy hops is uncommon in an English style Pale Ale, but the meld between the malt and hops are very much signature English Pale Ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

" Thrice hopped & golden ", does miller lite know they're doing this???

Pours a very hazy amber with some dark floaties, plus a pinky of pearl colored head. This clears a bit over time. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Fruits of the orchard, plus some leafy hops

T: Orchard fruits to include persimmons, pears & peaches, plus some herbal hop bitterness. Woody & herbal hops intertwine with pears, figs & apples as this warms, Finishes a touch dry, fruitty with some oaky dryness

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, I will see if I can find some of this fresh next year (pre-Halloween) & see if the hops can fight their way into the flavor picture

Photo of dgallina
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stylish 500ml curved brown bottle without obvious freshness dating.

Pours transparent gold with an inch of foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly to a film and very good lace. In the nose, the beer is dominated by herbal bitter hop notes and mild toasted malts. Strongly hopped flavor for an English pale ale. Light malts lead the way, and are quickly followed by bitter herbal hops. The finish is medium-dry with touches of toasted malt and vaguely unpleasant skunked notes. Body is very low in carbonation; creamy and easy-drinking but a bit thin and unsatisfying. Much fresher and better than the worst Wychwood beers (I'm looking at you Scarecrow). Not a standard-setter by any means, however.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear deep golden, tall soapy white head retained well with random gobs of lacing
S - strong hop aromas of leafs and dry herbs, light metallic, raw honey, with a mustiness lingering
T - bready malt with gentle herbal hops, mild honey bready malt, and a light earthy hop linger
M - very light and smooth body with a nice mix of bready and hop dry
O - all of the flavours and gentle but distinct and the combination adds up to a unique EPA that is very drinkable

Photo of bashiba
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a superb golden orange color, crystal clear with a huge sticky head.

Has a light buttery smell with just a touch of floral hops and minerals.

The flavor is very mild and subdued with a light grainy body with a bit of diacytl butteryness and minerals. Finishes with just a touch of light floral hops. Very even all the way through.

The mouthfeel is light and slick with a very oily finish.

Good English Pale, but nothing special.

Photo of heebes
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with three fingers of white foamy head. Nose is lemon grass, light fruit, floral, dry hops, candy, grainy malt. Taste is bitter amber hops, lots of grain and bready malt, pinesol. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Dry in the finish.
Overall, a decent smelling English pale but the flavour is unbalanced. Unimpressive.

Photo of Mandrake
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper-yellow, with a good sized off-white head which lasts quite well, though it leaves little lacing. Smell is alright, some hops apparent, though a great deal of caramel and diacetyl shows as well. Some dry breadiness as well. Taste is along the same lines, quite malty and with the "thrice hopped" tagline not particularly evident. Still, a bit of the Goldings do come through alongside the crackers and caramel. Butter in the finish. Mouthfeel is substantial and well carbonated, and drinkability is very good. Not a bad beer at all, and the brewery's best offering as far as I've seen. Still, nothing overly special.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lcbo Fall 2010 release.

This one pours a honey gold with some light haze. Atop this sits a sudsy off white head of decent retention.

Light malt aromas are the field for numerous subtle hints of spice, pepper and cinnamon come to mind though extremely faint. Minimal lemony hoppiness with floral hints.

Pale malt provides a mild honey sweetness with a pine nuttiness cloaked therein. Some hopping provides a light resinous zing in the finish which grows in bitterness providing a fairly clean end.
High livens a medium light body.

An average beer of no great offence.

Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours c,ear and golden with a small creamy white head, reduces quickly leaving a small layer with some lace.

S- clean and grainy, with just a hint if herbal hop

T- grainy malt withi some herbal hop, similar to the smell. Earthy notes, finishes clean and dry with a herbal hop linger

M- light body, medium carbonation, smooth finish

O- easy drinking English ale, more flavor than some others that ice tried if the same style.

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of malts, a touch of hops. Taste is crisp, malts, hops, a bit of caramel, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 3, 2014.

A beer I have had several times but somehow failed to review. The pour is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a modest white fizzy head that fades a bit but never disappears entirely.

The aroma is incredibly sweet and malty. It has that rather unique British sweetness to it that reminds me of sweet sugar, scones (biscuit), caramel, toffee, and a vague hop note.

Light to medium body. Easy drinking.

The taste is also jolly sweet (I say) with an overwhelming caramel and toffee note. Mild to low bitterness. Smooth to the end. Bangers and mash please.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thrice hopped and golden.

A: Poured a deep golden-orange color, clear, with no head or lacing.

S: citrus and oranges, and a subtle floral hopping.

T: The initial flavor was a dry british malting with some zesty citrus hopping. The palate was bready with a nice sweet spicy hop tang on the finish and fade. Ends dry.

M: is medium body with a nice fresh graininess.

D: A good drinkability factor, nice grain palate balanced nicely with the aggressive hopping. Good example by style.

Photo of Stocean1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger head into a pint glass with fine white bubbles perched upon a light straw body with an orange hue. Little retention or lacing as it deflated to a thin collar of foam.

Sweet malt with plenty of hops coming through. Grassy with some citrus.

The taste is sweet malt with plenty of earthy and grassy hops. Orange peel and grapefruit notes. Some medincial hops on the back end.

Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. Dry and slightly bitter.

A decent brew that was more complex than its first impression. Nevertheless, I have yet to fall in love with anything from this brewery.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber/brass pour with brilliant clarity. Head doesn't last but leaves alright lacing.
Interestingly enough, the first aroma that hit me was ripe banana... English hops dominate though with their earthy, grassy and slightly spicy notes. Underneath is some sweet toffee malts. Quite basic, but hits the mark well.
Sweet malty flavour and resiny hops, before a reasonably long-lived hoppy bitter bite.
Mouthfeel is a bit watery.
Overall quite a well made English pale, but needs more malt and body to support the hoppy bitterness.

Photo of Graphirus
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light yellow beer with a foamy head that doesn't last very long. Some lacing is present.

S - Very nice smell with some citrus and hops

T - Taste pretty much matches the smell. There is come citrus and hops. Very light aftertaste bitterness.

M - In the mouth feels light. Texture is watery-creamy, low carbonation.

O - A nice rendition of the style although to my taste it needs more carbonation and more flavour touches...

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WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.