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Young's Waggledance Honey Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd

Young's Waggledance Honey AleYoung's Waggledance Honey Ale

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120 Ratings

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.11%

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of FLima


3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice golden color with a thin head with medium retention and leaving some laces. Light aroma of honey and pale malt with hints of English hops. Taste followd nose, but is less subtle. Flavor of pale malt with a mild spicy yeast and English earthy hops. Hints of honey and flowers. Dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste. Light body with perfect carbonation. A mellow English Pale Ale, not overly sweet being very mild on the honey proposition. Not really packed with flavors, but pleasant with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 16:17:51 | More by FLima
Photo of doktorhops


2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another honey beer waiting to disappoint me, this time it's Well's Waggle Dance, you know - that thing bees do to direct other bees in the hive to pollen so they can create their sweet sweet honey for us humans to steal, that thing.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Hazy amber body with white soap bubble lace on top.

S: The aroma is typical English Pale Ale territory; toasted malt base, bread yeast, floral and earthy hops. Where's the honey? It's there but it's a faint wisp in the background, certainly not enough to get anyone excited about having a honey ale that's for sure.

T: Flavour profile begins with a (tiny) hint of honey, follows thorough with toasted malt, bread yeast and ends with those floral/earthy hops. If this was rated as just a Pale Ale it would be average at best, however as its main claim to fame is "honey ale" it does fail spectacularly on delivering that promise. Metallic note mid-palate does it no favours either. All this being said though there is an after-taste of lingering honey once you've had a few sips.

M: Mid to light bodied with light carbonation.

D: This brew is definitely underdone, as was their Banana Bread Beer, if you're going to get people excited with a promise of sweet sweet honey which we stole from the bees you better deliver it dammit! Overall a disappointing ale which I will begrudgingly finish and never buy again.

Food match: Light meats like chicken or pork would compliment this, along with a salad or peas, mash potato and white sauce.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 03:53:23 | More by doktorhops
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Pint glass.

A: First of all, nice transparent bottle. Nice bottle art. Pours a dark yellow (honey like) clear color forming a big bubbled light yellow color. Low retention and some lacings left

S: Sweet honey in the nose. Metallic too. Sweet malts and some floral hops. Honey is not overwhelming. A bit of alcohol in the very end

T: Follows the nose, sweet honey and caramel malts upfront. Metallic. Flowery hops and yeasts. Mild hoppy bitter end

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Good smooth mouthfeel. Sweet upfront and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Easy drinking beer. Despite of its sweetness, a pleasant session beer

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 12:48:41 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: clear bottle (that came over from England - hope there's no light strike!). Standard label. Not a brilliant package, can rely on the brewery name at least.

Appearance: amber in colour, with a decent but far too fluffy white head that disappears almost immediately.

Aroma: a combination of light aromas - honey is certainly there, but also floral and spices. I do like that the honey is not overdone.

Taste: similar to the aroma, honey with some floral and spices (cloves and grassy hops). Not brilliantly combined, but not offensive either.

Aftertaste: dissipates rather quickly, to be left with an almost tannin-style film on the palate.

Mouth feel: fairly light body and low-to-medium carbonation. Certainly goes down easily - perhaps a bit too much so.

Overall: a reasonably well made honey-based brew. If this was around AU$60-70 a case for 24x330mL, it would be worth it. But for $90 a case of 12x500mL, no mother-lovin' way.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 01:58:24 | More by SmashPants
Photo of monique

4.48/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled or straight from the tap, if you're lucky, this beer reminds me of what's good about drinking beer outside on a spring day. It's clean crisp flavor is a welcomed taste from the dark & heavy beers one tends to drink in the cold weather. And because of it's taste, it goes well with the lighter spring foods but is bold enought to hold up with summer's bar-b-ques.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 19:05:23 | More by monique
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.05/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

50cl bottle poured into standard UK Pint sleeve.

BBE 17 Feb 2012

A- Amber body with slight hue. 2 finger body reduces quickly to a crown, lacing is average.

S- White doughy bread, faint hint of honey, a pils like musty quality.

T- Minimal. No real honey like quality. A whimper of hop bitterness in the semi dry tea like finish.

M- High carbonation, almost uncomfortable. Medium body.

D- Palate and aroma are just poor. No positives to mention really. Just dont bother!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:17:40 | More by seanyfo
Photo of dgilks


3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden amber colour with a small, smooth, creamy white head. Fair head retention.

Lightly fruity aroma with a touch of honey. Lightly sweet.

Crisp malt with a hint of sulphur. Fruity but kinda dull on the whole.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and fine.

There's nothing wrong with this beer, there's just nothing right about it either. Okay.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 06:53:26 | More by dgilks
Photo of rarbring


3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The ale is a clear light amber, has an off-white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is weakly of apples, pears and nuts.

The taste has some bread notes initially, lemon/lime and som concluding nettles bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, rather refreshing texture, a small body and dry finish.

I had expected more sweetness, but this was on the positive side more refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 16:13:01 | More by rarbring
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4.08/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rather old bottle has surfaced as I continue to empty out the contents of my basement. This was an early favorite of mine when I first got immersed in quality beer.

From the bottle: "Waggledance is brewed directly from the finest barley malt and, uniquely, a specially selected blend of pure honey to form a light coloured, golden ale with a smooth, rounded character. The sweetness of the honey is perfectly balanced by Fuggles and Goldings hops. Waggledance is the term used for a behavioural trait of bees. When finding a nearby nectar source they dance in a figure of eight to alert fellow bees. Settle back and enjoy this fine example of the craft of the bee and the brewmaster."

I employed a very gentle pour so as not to stir up any sediment. As a result, I only got thin tan wisps for head, but the color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very sweet, almost sugary in its intensity. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the taste of honey was immediately evident on the tongue. That said, it was not as sweet as I had remembered/imagined. perhaps having dried over time. It was very pleasant and finished semi-sweet with the honey flavor continuing to linger well after the swallow.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 22:27:14 | More by woodychandler
Photo of woosterbill


3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Handpump pint at a bar in the international departures area of Heathrow. For better or worse, the last beer of my European vacation.

A: Clear gold body with a striking pile of chunky white foam forming a pyramid of sorts above the rim of the glass. Very lively bubble-bursting as it slowly recedes. THe glass is something short of beer-clean, as there are tons of bubbles clinging to the sides, but that's not the beer's fault - on its own merits, it looks lovely.

S: This is my first cask ale since returning from Belgium, and boy does it smell weak. Not bd, mind you, just really watery. If I really shove my nose in and inhale deeply, I get some nice sweet malt and a touch of delicate floral hops. Not bad.

T: Thin and watery, but nicely flavored with bready malt, grassy hops, and some honey sweetness on the finish. Enjoyable and refreshing, but a bit weak.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated cask body. Too thin.

O: As forgiving as I've been to this beer so far, I just can't bring myself to score it above average overall - it was just too weak and watery to earn a higher mark. I must give it credit, though, for being entirely free of noticeable flaws such as are enumerated at length in so many of its other reviews. I was shocked to see this beer's low overall scores, as I found it a thoroughly drinkable (if entirely boring) EPA. Not a great ale to go out on, but at least it wasn't Old Speckled Hen.


Serving type: cask

06-28-2011 00:44:58 | More by woosterbill
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3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into Bay Brewery pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a four finger head which is thin and unappealing. No cream. Light bronze colour.

Sm: Barley. Very light strength scent. It's difficult to detect individual notes with me broken nose.

T: Honey - but not in a mead kind of way. Creamy honey-tinged finish. Quite hoppy. Balanced and well built, but the style isn't clearly defined. Bittering hops in particular are so atypically handled they're almost absent.

Mf: Lick-your-lips delightful. Smooth and wet in a refreshing manner. Nice.

Dr: Expensive by Irish standards but certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:29:34 | More by kojevergas
Photo of joecast


2.03/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

thin head though medium-high carbonation. light golden color.

interesting aroma. not quite honey, more like lemon and onion. not nice.

taste is slightly less offensive. not the spice of the aroma but nothing i would want to taste in another beer. a bit of malt sort of breadiness but its hidden behind this coating of something i cant quite place.

honey beer + clear bottle + shipping over a few thousand miles does not equal an enjoyable end product. well im assuming here as ive never had this beer before so have no 'good' example to compare it to. either way this is not a beer i would try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 09:16:13 | More by joecast
Photo of LittleCreature


3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This beer now goes under the Wells name.

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a domed two fingers of off-white head over a clear, deep honey coloured body. Left some sticky lace on its descent.

Smell - 2.5
A bland, husky aroma is perked up with a little grassy hops and lemon zest. Still bland though.

Taste - 3.0
Pleasant enough, but a little boring. Pale malt and honey sweetness mostly, but balanced with a dry, grassy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Very smooth drinking, light to moderate carbonation is quite fine.

Drinkability - 3.5
An easy drinking blonde ale, although a little alcoholic for sessionability.

An ale for (bland) lager drinkers, easy drinking but lacking the kind of complexity I look for in an English ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 09:54:49 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL poured into a glass.

Slight disclaimer: although this is brewed by Wells and Young, my bottle was labeled as "Wells Waggle Dance Brewed with Honey." Perhaps this is simply an English alias?

Poured a clear light amber color, small head that dissipated relatively quickly.

Smell was okay, not overpowering, kinda mellow.

Taste was mellow and sweet, much milder and sweeter than most English pales I've tried. It was nice, but lacked a richness I've had in several other English pale ales.

Mouthfeel was on the refreshing side. Again, not bad, but not great, just ok.

I'd drink it again, but not necessarily my first choice. For a beer that's easy to get in the supermarket, and relatively inexpensive (1.33 pounds), it's worth a second shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 00:07:43 | More by fullsweep
Photo of Lukie


3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden colour with thin lacing. The lacing didn't stick at all, and the beer didn't seem super fresh.

Lot's of flowery aroma, with sweet honey and buscuity malts.

The taste was heavy malt, with caramel, honey and bready tones. There was very little bitterness.

It was alright for an after work drink, but I couldn't see myself drinking too many of these when there are better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 07:11:04 | More by Lukie
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1.6/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This bottle is well past "best by" date, so perhaps not the most accurate rating coming up...Medium orange colored pour with a medium white head. Smell is malt, rust and metal. Taste is quite smooth and bland. Light honey and metallic flavors still, and this beer is surely not fresh. Still, I can tell this wouldn't be an offensive beer, but rather a simple one.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 18:32:50 | More by JDV
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An ever-present beer in our local Co-operative store. The beer pours a light amber colour with a white head that disappears to suds.

The nose is dominated of malts, honey and toffee with a slight hint of zesty fruitiness.

The initial taste is dominated by malts and honey which make way for a burst of hoppiness in the after taste. These are pleasant but not too overpowering, but at the same time feel you leaving unsatisfied.

The beer is light bodied and refreshing, ideal for a hot day. However I found it a bit too bland in the taste department. Was a promising beer, but ultimately failed to entice my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 17:02:50 | More by kmacphail
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to get this at the Young's Brewery. Made with honey, it has an excellent aroma. The taste does not suit the aroma - it is quite dry with an almost nutty flavor on the palate. It has a reddish hue with a light head that doesn't last. It has a crisp taste and is much hoppier than say the Young's Special or the Bitter. Not quite what I was expecting. An interesting experiment and I did find the name to be quite amusing. (named after the "dance" bees perform when informing others where to find pollen)

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2007 05:06:29 | More by jda007
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 500ml clear bottle with the funky new label design will be one of the last reviews of this beer from its traditional home in London. I know this is from the original brewery because the label says so and the best by date is 14 June 2007. Brewing stopped a short time ago and moved to Bedford.

This Waggle Dance was consummed on Saturday 16th Dec 2006.

Clear, bright and light copper in colour, with a good white foam head, which stayed the duration of the pint.

The aroma was of coffee and toffee, no honey stuck to my nose.

Funny taste, not unpleasant, but strange, sweetish, but with a hoppy bitterness that leaves a dry taste in your mouth.

I have had it in cask before and enjoyed it more, my wife drinks it on draught, she tried this bottle and prefers the draught version.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 22:26:09 | More by BlackHaddock
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2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I detected a slight honey aroma, but nothing like promised. Poured to a red-orange color with about a one-finger white/cream head that didn’t last long. The start of the bottle left a very metallic aftertaste, but as I got to mid-bottle, I noticed more honey flavor with a milder finish. The only thing unique about this beer is it’s name, and considering it’s named after a bee movement, I’m in no hurry to try this again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 18:03:11 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orangey honey colored with an off-white head. Nothing jumps out in the nose, but perhaps a slight sweetness. This tastes like it could be a fruity nut brown rather than the honey beer it's suppose to be. The honey flavor is very subtle. There's a brief wave of the taste over the tongue approximately once every other sip. It was a sharp and bitter in the mouth at first and the sour aftertaste lingered. Not terrible, but not terribly good.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 00:34:17 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of klewis


2.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Fittingly, this brew looks like honey in color and pours with a fairly large foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is predominantly malty and obnoxiously sweet smelling.

T: Plenty of honey and hops flavors in the taste. Unfortunately, the tastes of sweet and bitter are not mixing well here.

M: Light and watery in body with a moderate carbonation.

D: I'll choke the rest of this bottle down, but I'll definitely pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 23:45:18 | More by klewis
Photo of Globetrotter


2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found in a Moscow supermarket, this dark brown half liter bottle has a quasi-hourglass shape and a bee etched on the shoulders. The label is brown and orange, with a bee flying towards some flowers. Honey is an ingredient - duh. Best before 10/23/06, I opened it on 4/22/06.

Pours a clear cinnamon pinkish gold under a one finger pale gold head with lots of body. Medium retention with a bit of stickiness generates a few lace strings. There's not much at all in the nose, maybe just a hint of floral hops. Very (almost painfully) well-carbonated and fairly light in the mouth. There's so much carbonation here that the taste buds have a hard time discerning much of anything. There's a touch of sour malt, and a bit of dry floral bitter from the hops. Nothing lasts long, leaving just some dryness in the aftertaste. The honey doesn't merge until well after the beer and settled, warmed and released its carbonation. The last few sips were much better than what preceded them, but that won't save this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 14:51:02 | More by Globetrotter
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2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a dark yellow with a small white head that doesn't last. The smell has some malt sweetness to it,but it's not all that strong. The taste has some malt sweetness to it,but ends in a bland watery aftertaste. The m/f is light,weak, and watery. I have to say that I was very disappointed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 05:15:35 | More by jmz62565
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1.73/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This has a very nice looking bottle. Unfortunately, looking at it unopened is about the greatest pleasure I got from this one.

Pours fizzily; an orange-copper body with a frothy almost-trying-to-be-creamy head, fed by masses of soft-drink like carbonation.

Pretty awful nose. A very intense smell of urine and fermented cidery apple juice. Not very pleasant at all.

The palate is slightly better in that it tastes of very little. Watery and weak. It's better than the off-smelling nose at least.

Very weak. What a joke. I've had better stuff from Young's. I just hope I had an off bottle or something.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 00:12:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Young's Waggledance Honey Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.