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WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2005)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a bigger then average foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt base with unrefined grain and some light dry hops is not that impressive. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt with unrefined grain and overcooked vegetables and some dry hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. The malt bill wasn't the most interesting and the hops profile not as deep as advertised.

Phyl21ca, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to liamt07 for sending my a bottle of this one in a recent trade. Cheers fellow BA!

Blonde beer but has a copper color to my eyes. Clear. Little carbonation. Nice white foamy head. The aroma is fresh hay, grass and a little bit of citrus there. Not bad. Get some caramel too. I like the aroma and this is, to my nose, what an english pale ale should smell. The taste is floral. It is well balanced and easy to drink. A true english pale ale IMO. I would drink this all night. Very drinkable and thirst quenching.

Simple but well balanced and good enough for a day-to-day beer. I like this.

ZorPrime, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of TerryW
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold coloured beer with a bit of haziness. Moderate head that quickly settles to a thin film, but still manages to surrender some steady splotchy lace.

Nose is hops and grain with a hint of citrus. Decent enough, but nothing too special. Same tastewise. This beer skates at the edge of being interesting, but never quite breaks through. I'm liking the graininess of it, but needs something more. Better than your average macro, but that's it.

TerryW, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle, with a whitch design raised picture in the glass shoulder. Best before 31 Dec 2010, drank and reviewd 09 Nov 2010. Poured slowly into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

Pale golden body, full foaming head of white bubbles sat on top. The head produced some good lacing as the beer sank down the tankard.

The smell was of citrusy hops and grain silo's.

The mouthfeel was crisp, sharp and refreshing, the taste a pleasant hoppy flavour, with a grapefruit semi-bitter aftertaste.

Not a bad beer, just above average when compared to other English Pale Ales.

BlackHaddock, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber/orange colour with a small fizzy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, honey, oranges, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - Mouthfeel comes across very nice on this beer. There is a nice balance of creamy and a lightness from the carbonation. There is a light hop presence combined with a sweet orange and honey flavour. There are also lots of underlying bread/grain notes and a nice grassiness. The beer finishes with mildly bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - Alright, there is nothing spectacular here.. but it still is a highly drinkable and somewhat flavorful beer. Probably not something I'd seek out again, but I'm happy I tried it.

spinrsx, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL into a pint glass.

A: Perfectly clear, dull golden yellow. Thin white head. Some bubbles.

S: Flat, but slightly floral. Slight pennyish scent.

T: Pretty tasty. The label Wychcraft has been "thrice hopped for flavour," but I find it overwhelmingly malty. The taste is smooth, full, and bitter only at the end. Some carbonation makes the beer a little punchier than it would be otherwise. The aftertaste is drying with a hoppiness that becomes less pleasant over time.

M: Unremarkable. Boring malt smoothness, some enjoyable carbonation, and an attempt at dryness towards the end.

D: A solid offering from Wychwood. Not particularly recommended, but a drinkable (and overall enjoyable) beer.

AgentMunky, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, a beer called WychCraft seemed a suitable choice on this Halloween afternoon.

Pours a murky orange with a hint of caramel, maybe a finger of head on what was quite an aggressive pour. A few small wisps of lace on the glass.

Nose has a grassy, almost mown hay hop profile, a hint of lemon, biscuity caramel malt, just a faint hint of sweetness.

Mown hay, grass, lemon, a hint of oranges and apples, dry minerally bitterness in the finish. Just the faintest sweetness from a caramel malt, hint of that English yeast. Nice level of carbonation. Nothing too exciting here, pretty one dimensional but it has a passsable bitterness and enough 'uumph' to at least make it a pleasant pint and, if in a pub with this available, I certainly wouldn't snub my nose at it.

ritzkiss, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Between yellow and golden body. Nice one and a half finger, soapy head in my Hobgoblin glass. Carbonation appears to be towards the heavier end of mild. Good lookin' EPA.

S - Biscuity malts complimented with much stronger hops. Grassy and citrusy hops seem appropriate.

T - Really mild. Dominated by what seems like noble hops giving it a sort of skunky taste. Really grainy/oat flavour and a bit of honey. Too sweet and hopped wrong for my tastebuds Finishes bitter but not too extreme.

M - Thin body. Light. Carbonation seems ok.

D - A good EPA but the hops seem inapropriate. ABV is nice for the style but I couldn't have more than one bottle b/c of the hop profile.

tbeckett, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There's nothing evil, gloomy or sorcerous looking about Wychcraft and, having already drank some, I can happily say it won't turn you into a frog or anything. Actually, the beer is a fairly bright coloured, albeit hazed, tone of orange and, while plain as dry bread, isn't the least bit hard on the eyes. With a little head, I might even had called it pretty.

The aroma has a fragrant and floral bouquet and with notes of roses, eucalyptus, hibiscus and all other kinds of garden delights, it can be said that this Wychwood offering smells most bewitching. Pardon the bad pun, but the engrossing floral qualities of this aroma are honestly so terribly pleasing; I feel I'm in one of England's great gardens.

I chuckled after first reading that this was 'thrice hopped for flavour'. My mind raced with ways I could articulate my disappointment at such an expectantly preposterous claim. But (unsurprisingly given the aroma) I was mistaken. The mouthfeel finishes with a sharp and clipping bitterness, one perfectly in harmony with the water's obtuse minerals.

And I must also admit to rather enjoying the taste. Flavours of honeyed oats, oven-fresh bread and field-fresh grain combine for a flavour that registers as being very organic and, given the cleanliness and confidence of it, undiluted. It certainly won't 'wow' anyone, but it's nothing I wouldn't mind sipping on over the course of a slow afternoon.

Wychwood's Wychcraft is neither trick nor treat: it is wholly consistent with this brewery's fair quality but underwhelming style. That being said, I reckon it's one of their stronger offerings and, while it's not the type of beer to cast spells over people, it is a solid, highly serviceable blond ale that fares better than most exported English milds.

biegaman, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a light blond color with reddish hues. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of citrus hops with a touch of caramel maltiness. Quite nice...

Taste: Has a mild hop bitterness up front that tastes strongly of citrus. Towards the back, it is balanced by a pleasing maltiness. All it all, very balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: About as perfect as could be asked for.

Drinkability: A very tasty and highly sessionable pale ale. I could definitely see myself having this one again.

wahhmaster, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dry hop, slight spice, hint of citrus, hint of yeast, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hop, slight citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, slight wheat, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Tone, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of case4816
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into pint glass a very pale yellow colour. Very clear with lots of visible carbonation. Head was very creamy but dissipated fairly quickly; nice lacing afterwards.

S- Very yeasty and citricy. There are also lots of malty smells. The citrus smell is very powerful, like lime and lemon slice are sitting right on the surface of the beer, but I imagine this is due to the hops. Besides the citrus there is also a hint of some very earthy hops.

T- Very malty at first, but that quickly blends into some very flavourful hops. Some earthy hops come out first, followed by a big hit of some piney hops, and then finished off with some smooth citrus hops. The beer is then finished off with a wonderful smoothness and a bit of malt/ yeast flavours. Some nice bitterness at the end that lasted for quite a while.

D- One of the best brews from Wychwood in my opinion. Very smooth and some nice hops. Not as hoppy as I'd like it, but it's pretty good for the price.

case4816, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of korguy123
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into DFH Signature Glass.
Part of the LCBO's fall release, another one they could have lived without IMO...

Thrice Hopped for flavor??? I thought that was a Miller thing...
Anyway all jokes aside here we go!

A- Slight hazy blonde beer, quarter inch white head that is gone in seconds, Carbonation is there but not eye catching. Lacing is sheeting around glass.

S- I can really smell the triple hopping! No not really, smells of faint grassy tones, subtle biscuity tones, faint yeast. The nose is almost a pilsner over a pale ale.

T- Every Wychwood beer I've had has a bit of a metallic taste to it. I know it's not skunked, or bad bottling. There is something in there that gives it that taste and I can't figure it out. Herbal tones to the point where I feel I'm drinking ground grass and flower pedals from my backyard. Other than that it's quite bland, not much going on and the thrice hopped is nowhere to be found.

M- Medium body, the little bit of carbonation is giving it a creamy feel to it.

D- It's very drinkable in the sense that it's quite bland. Wouldn't want another though.

korguy123, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of BBP
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear pale amber with more of an intense carbonation, and a frothy head which eventually becomes a semi-thick film. Laces superbly.

S- Hop scents with a slight bit of citrus trickling through. A bit of malt sweetness as well. The combination actually makes it smell a bit skunky at first, but once you break it down you realize that it's the combination of aromas. Slightly faint.

T- Some hop bitterness right off the bat, not extremely bitter, but noticably bitter, and it holds for a little bit. Malts have a caramel fruity lean on them, and you can notice hints of breadiness. There's a bit of a corn aftertaste in this one, and I may be biased against it, after having one of the worst corn tasting beers of my life recently, but considering that it tastes pretty decent. Come to think of it, I've always despised corn taste, but this beer isn't too bad. It has a nice clean crisp taste to it. A good balanced beer, with all ingredients playing a part.

M- Light body, which feels a bit fuller due to the high carbonation. I think if they toned down the carbonation it would easily be nicer on the mouth.

D- Pretty easy to drink, and a good all around beer for the most part. Sadly nothing really stands out and makes me remember it, and I don't expect to buy it again, but I'm satisfied drinking it now, and don't feel ripped off. Not a bad choice, but there are many better ones.

BBP, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Mit
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a-Pours a nice golden clear with minimal head.

s-bready smells with a slight bitter edge.

t-fairly mild tasting. Hops are mostly in the background for sure. Some mild malt flavours.

m-Fairly light in keeping with the ABV

d-Pretty drinkable. I like the Wychwood beers but I would def pick up Fiddlers Elbow or Hobgoblin over this one.

Mit, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to pint glass. Best before date of 6/30/11??? wow.

Slightly hazy medium yellow colour w ith a slight amber glow and one finger of thin white head that disappeared almost instantly.

The nose offered a light hop bitterness up front with a sl ight clove scent and some earthy notes in the background. A very light nose for a "thrice hopped" blonde beer. Then again, Miller Lite is "triple hops brewed."

The palate is very grainy w ith a slight hop bitterness and a grassy/earthy aftertaste. Nothing special in the palate but a decent enough session beer.

Light body, moderately carbonated.

A descent session beer but I couldn't see myself reaching for one of these over a pale ale on a hot summer day.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

JohnnyBarman, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of strangemusic
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale ale with a suitably, ahem, pale gold complexion, good carbonation and a clean white head.

The smell is clean and outdoorsy, with honey and bread notes, but very muted. Pretty meh. It tastes a lot better than it smells, though! The flavour is not as hoppy as anticipated from the copy on the bottle, but there's a nice lemony zing to the beer, along with grassy flavours, dry biscuit and spice and a little butter.

The body is light but the mouthfeel makes up for it, crisp and tart are the buzzwords. It is astringent, even a little soapy, in the finish, and the lack of a real malt backbone makes this one "pucker" a little too much to be really drinkable: it's refreshing but it needs better balance.

strangemusic, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a nice looking pale ale. It's actually pale! A clear, golden blond color with a rich foam head that leaves a small amount of lacing behind.

The smell is of mown grass, grain husk and moderate diacetyl and DMS. I haven't found any of the fruit that others have mentioned.

The taste is hoppier than anticipated but it's a bit of an odd beer. It's neither malty enough nor fruity enough and the mix just comes across as a grassy, hoppy, diactyl filled mixture to my taste buds. Not a big fan.

Mouthfeel is good though.. light and crisp with excellent carbonation. Drinkability, given the poor nose and taste, is hard to rate highly.

Ralphus, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Sammy, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- always a good look from these guys. i mean the packaging AND the beer. dense and very creamy off white head with a hint of yellow to it. body is a lovely murky unfiltered dirty peach flesh color with golden highlights along the bottom and side of my imperial pint glass. foam settles down to a dense disk, eventually breaking up into patterns like lichens on a tree or tasty looking pond scum floating on the surface. very nice drippy lace as well and some well defined sippin' rings.

S- very english and fruity, smells like the beach to me which means it smells like st peter's english ale or ruddles county. big caramel and toffee creamy buttery sweetness balanced with just the right amount of lemony orange apricot fruity tartness.some grassy, vanilla, and richly earthy notes weave their way around a very fresh grainy cereal base. granola. meuslix. wonderful.

T- less sweet and much drier in the flavor than aroma. full grainy flavors are typed here in capital letters, underlined by a delicate caligraphic swirl of citrus, grassy, earthy, and politely bitter hops. mild toffee flavors linger in the back with some notes of roasted grain or coffee. hop flavor becomes prominent in the finish as the grains begin to fade, leaving minute traces of sweetness on my drying cheeks. somewhat tart, yeasty aftertaste with a hint of grain.

MF- even with the pretty face, sweety fruity aroma, and complex flavor, the feel might be the gem of this brew. soft almost nitro carbonation lies within this ultra plush memory foam of a beer.

D- low alcohol and great all around. i love this brewery. wychcraft is a great session ale perfect for the end of summer.

hustlesworth, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with an inch of creamy foam.

S - Nose is fruity and hoppy with citrus, herbal, floral and leafy notes. Husky graininess.

T/M - Quite dry and bready. Almost pilsner-like quality to the hoppiness and light but very smoothy body underneath a prickly carbonation. Flavour seems to "dilute" later on. Maybe this is a factor of dryness and a bit of a light mouthfeel.

D - Interesting take on the pale ale. Good sessio or summer brew.

allergictomacros, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of shamus
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a disappointment! I really like Hobgoblin and Wychwood but this is a sweet and sour disappointment, particularly after enjoying some Dieu du Ciel selections this evening. I'll try my best to review this through the cloud of prejudice that envelops me after the initial sip.
Smells of a rubber ring soaked in a blended whiskey and then poured down the drain only to be bottled by Garden Gnomes who have tapped into the plumbing.
The taste is a bit better than all that. It's okay but has rancid ester aftertaste.
I don't like it. That all being said it's not Corona so it is n fact drinkable.

shamus, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

CanuckRover, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - very clear like a highly clarified lager

S- sweet whitebread and adjunt malts

T - spicy peppered roasted corn. Aftertaste of corn syrup and hay

M - loose sugary malty not good or bad

D - ok. But the corn flavors make me think it's more like an American adjunct lager. If you watch the average ratings of wychwood it seems like the are going farther and farther down. This is the 2nd of their beers I've had in a few years and the second time I've been disappointed. Has fame hurt them or are there cost cuts involved here.

jeranbrews, Sep 12, 2010
WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.