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WychCraft - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. 500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass yields 1 and 1/2 fingers of head. Head is foamy looking and unremarkable. Recedes within a few minutes to a light dusting, with lacing that dies quickly. Body is a translucent dark straw color, with a few bubbles seen rising to the top when held up to light.

S. I get an earthy/gardeny hop smell. Also a good breadiness and hint of citrus zest.

T. The taste is certainly that of a gardeny/floral hops with light citrus. The grain flavor is the finisher, just a tinge of bitter on the end.

M. Light bodied. Smooth, refreshing and light enough that one can drink several if one so desires. The bitterness at the end becomes slightly more apparent as the beer warms, but this adds, it doesn't detract.

O. A nice light beer, nothing special but a good show.

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

I poured a bomber into a glass mug...

The pours a hazy, brownish-golden color with a white two finger head that dissipated into a thin filmy layer, leaving behind web-like lacing. The smell is mostly sweet, nutty malt with fig and a hint of lemon. The taste consists of bitter lemon that is smoothed over by some floral and biscuit flavors. The aftertaste is citrusy and slightly bitter. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and a moderately dry finish. I thought this would be better, especially at $4.69 a bottle, but it's still a solid session beer with delicate flavor.

Photo of NATOuk
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A straw liquid, not quite clear but with a touch of translucency. thin white head which forms a white ring around the glass as well as a very thin layer across the surface of the liquid.

Light malts, some grassy, earthy notes as well as a touch of citrus fruits on the nose.

Very subtle sweetness to start with but in the middle there's a strong bitterness which comes through and holds on until the finish where there's a light bitterness on the back of the mouth.

Medium body and medium to medium-light carbonation. Feels slightly denser in the mouth.

Not a bad beer overall, the smell is lovely but I feel the taste is missing something at the start. Decent session beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No best before date.

A - light amber, clear with a super-fluffy and lumpy head that just coats the whole glass

S - sour mash smell that really reminds me of the supermarket lemon juice extract with with some grassy hops

T - very light hop profile that resolves into a subtle and slightly bitter profile with just a hint of toasty malt

M - almost no carbonation, very light

D - very drinkable, but lacks a bit of character beyond the enduring sour malt

Decent beer; a little subtle for my tastes, but a reasonable blonde.

Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is a lot like a traditional English ESB brew. The malts are there and are nicely balanced with the hops. Even thought this beer is triple hopped I wasn't able to taste it. The color was on the amber side which was nice. I would like to revisit this brew sometime.

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 9InchNails
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy cloudy golden body that doesn't seem too bubbly. Nice frothy head that doesn't go anywhere. Lacing up and down the glass from the head.

I smell grape, some citrus and maltiness. Nothing extraordinary.

Citrus and malt. Like a lemon mixing with a biscuit. Weird taste but it's alright. There is no noticeable bitterness until the very end and even then its barely noticeable.

Not much carbonation at all. The body is light to almost approaching medium. Feels okay.

Drink ability is quite easy drinking like water. I could have another one. Not a lot of alcohol in this one, maybe of that like in a light beer.

Photo of Ochsenblut
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The orange-hued golden ale sits underneath a lumpy white one finger head that dissipates to sticky lacing.

The potent smell of fresh bread and grassy hops is very inviting. Citrus fruits come in slightly.

Subtle biscuit sweetness turns to a rough graininess. Citrusy hops cut through the doughy sweetness and transition to a mellow grassy bitterness. The malt profile is substantial and makes for a full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and a gentle slickness to the beer are all par for the course. The grassy hops aftertaste lingers pleasantly.

Wychcraft is a study in balance. Hence I would study it all night.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a nice bottle.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy orange copper with a nice white head that is about 1.5 inches tall.

S - Nice English style bready biscuit malt comes up in front and quick. This is then followed by some nice orange and lemon peel hop aroma. Quite grassy notes.

T & M - Flavor starts off nice and biscuity with some great fresh baked bread notes. The grain profile is awesome in this beer. Then there is a nice English hop kick with some citrus and some dry bitter notes. The balance in the beer is impeccable. Very good English Pale Ale. Body is nice and light with great carbonation and a nice balance of grain malt and grassy hop.

D - Beer is delicious and has some lower ABV to boast. Very good brew.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a centimetre of moussy white head that steadily reduced to a thin layer over a hazy gold to light orange body.

Smell - 4.0
Pleasant aroma of sweet biscuits, oranges, lemons and honey. Despite how this sounds, this is not a sweet beer.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity English malt up front, moving onto lemony hops, a little fruity yeast character and a dry finish that reminds of water crackers. More bitter than most English blondes, yet it also has a definite, refreshing tartness and bone dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated, just about right for style.

Drinkability - 4.0
Definitely a good beer for summer sessions, though there are better blond ales out there.

A very good blonde ale and somewhat underrated on this site, in my opinion.

Photo of flyingpig
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden orange with a nice foamy, white head that fades to a thin lace after a minute or two. Leaves some lacing on the glass too.

Smells of light malts with a faint lemon aroma & traces of grain.

The taste is a nice orange & lemon combination with some lemon too. Finishes with a light bitter flavour.

Light bodied & smooth with good carbonation. This one is crisp & refreshing.

Very pleasant & drinkable, this one could be a real session beer that you could enjoy.

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

Poured from a bottle, the beer presents with a standard yellow/gold color, with bits of amber in deep. The beer poured with a airy, thick, foamy head that disappeared within less than a minute of pouring. Very scant aromas of malt and citrus (?maybe). The beer tastes like a blend of a pale and a blonde. Heavy on the malt, with a stale tinge to the taste. The staleness persists in the finish, and the beer leaves a sour aftertaste. Easy to drink, but there are better things out there to enjoy.

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 Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of TerryW
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of case4816
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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