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WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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 biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

10-28-2010 19:27:32 | More by biegaman
Photo of wahhmaster


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

10-25-2010 00:17:58 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of Tone


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

10-12-2010 13:17:49 | More by Tone
Photo of case4816

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

10-12-2010 03:12:17 | More by case4816
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

10-05-2010 03:49:26 | More by korguy123
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

10-02-2010 21:57:29 | More by BBP
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

09-30-2010 23:22:48 | More by Mit
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

09-24-2010 22:34:55 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

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!

09-24-2010 06:09:18 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

09-24-2010 03:00:45 | More by strangemusic
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

09-22-2010 21:45:52 | More by Ralphus
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-22-2010 19:36:51 | More by Sammy
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4.65/5  rDev +29.5%

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.

09-21-2010 21:51:19 | More by hustlesworth
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

09-21-2010 02:31:13 | More by allergictomacros
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

09-18-2010 03:47:01 | More by shamus
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

09-17-2010 21:23:37 | More by CanuckRover
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2.93/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

09-12-2010 06:59:14 | More by jeranbrews
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a pale golden orange colour with thin white head and spotty lacing. Smells of citrus and floral hops with bready malt. Flavour has a small amount of bitterness with some sweetness. Nice smooth carbonation level. A nice English ale, but nothing too special.

09-12-2010 04:23:47 | More by kwjd
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3.23/5  rDev -10%

Appearance: Pours to a slightly hazy golden brown with a two fingered, frothy white head. Some lacing.

Smell: Smells predominantly of citrus hops with some yeast, a hint of alcohol actually as well.

Taste: Fairly mild blend of flavors, nothing really coming to the forefront here. Some butter and sweet malt with mild citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down well and nothing is really bad here, however the flavor is pretty dull.

09-07-2010 04:07:27 | More by darkmartin
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2.38/5  rDev -33.7%

A beer that screams 'meh' to me. Muted gold color with a seemingly decent head that quickly collapses down to a sporadically chunky coating that somehow manages to leave pretty decent lacing.

Smells... chaotic, but not powerful enough to achieve chaos. Smells mildly disorderly. I get lame hops and somehow alcohol considering the low abv. Doesn't smell good enough to dig further. Somewhat redeemed in taste. Peppery hops, fair malt balance. Something odd that fits between alcohol and medicinal. Feels decent enough, but nothing to write home about.

Enough drinkability to finish off a 500ml bottle. Wouldn't spend money on another bottle, although I have a strange feeling this would be pretty decent on tap. Not sure why.

09-05-2010 02:37:56 | More by deadliest
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Pale gold in colour topped by a small white head that shrank down to a thin film.

S. Biscuity malt, freshly cut grass and slightly lemony.

T. Citrussy, sweetish malt with a nice crisp hop presence.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

D. Quite a good beer from Wychwood but I have to say it is my least favourite of their beers.

07-04-2010 11:18:11 | More by AEK
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

App: half finger fizzy white head with a nice bright yellow carbonated body.

Smell: A strong floral hops smell up front, some nice toast malts, a little bread aroma with some orange smell. A very well balanced smell.

Taste: Same as the smell. Bitter aftertaste is present.

Mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is good, light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Definetly a session beer. Sure can down a few pint.

Highly recommended! Nice complexity and lots of flavour and character to the brew.

06-24-2010 06:59:31 | More by lamergod
Photo of bump8628


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Hazed gold with a big-bubbled, loose head of foam.

Crisp citrus and earth hoppiness with a nice backing of subtle breadiness makes this an almost evenly balanced ale. Some apricot and pear fruitiness from the yeast also contributes to the flavor profile.

An all around decent pale ale, but not one I'll pick up again due to price and freshness issues I've encountered from lower strength English ales here in the states.

06-16-2010 18:18:28 | More by bump8628
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange.

Smell: Hoppy, lightly spicy.

Taste: Light and very refreshing. Barely citrusy. Definitely has an aromatic, "cooling" taste. Nice malty character and finishes with just a tad bit of bitterness.

Drinkability: This one goes down very easily. That aromatic "cooling" taste would be really nice on a hot, summer day. I could drink this one for a long time.

05-31-2010 19:55:51 | More by ScottyC
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-02-2010 13:09:42 | More by tone77
WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.