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

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Young's Waggledance Honey AleYoung's Waggledance Honey Ale

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101 Reviews

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 130
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2002

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Photo of JDV
1.6/5  rDev -49.5%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.74/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

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Photo of Luigi
1.89/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Hazy orange color with a decent off white color. Smells odd. Aroma is over powered but a sweet grains smell. Body is meduim bodied with light carbonation. Taste is again over powered with a odd sweet grain flavor. Diacetyl! Very overpowering. Makes the beer taste odd. I can't really taste any hops or malts because of it. I really was dissapointed by the beer. I like almost all the beer Young's make, but this one sucked!

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Photo of Jason
1.94/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with the Ram Brewery emblem right below the neck. “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear deep golden hued brew, ok lacing the head retention seems lacking a bit.

Smell: Confusing aroma sweet grain with and odd jolting twang that baffles the nostrils.

Taste: Rough crispness with a thin maltiness, carbonation seems ok but the mouth feel is shot with an odd drying effect. Diacetyl flails around in a deaf and blind berserker rage with musty and buttery flavours. Malt and hops are nearly stomped out of the flavour threshold because of this. Honey? If there was any would not be able to taste it any way. I go no further.

Notes: The name is lame enough, but as a Beer Advocate it is my duty to try it. Sadly this brew falls with its faults to a less than decent brew and perhaps further but I have been punished enough, this borders on undrinkable. Did we do something wrong in the US for Young’s to export this brew to us? I like or love the rest of their lineup … if they were to kill this beer it would be not sweat off my back.

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Photo of Ahhdball
1.95/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

What the hell? Is this a joke? I'm trying to figure out which is worse, the name or the beer. Are the gentlemen at Young's laughing at us?
Light gold color with absolutely no head to speak of. If I smelled anything it may have been wheat or some other grain. Taste was bitter and sour, a few licks of hops and sugar present but I didn't taste any honey. Mouthfeel was sticky and pungent to the tongue. No, I won't have this again.

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Photo of joecast
2.02/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of seanyfo
2.06/5  rDev -35%
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!

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Photo of bditty187
2.13/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Vaguely hazy, golden hue, the undersized white head faded very quickly, a skimpy collar developed... it didn’t hold long. It looks dead in my pint glass. The nose is muddled; grainy, sweet, indistinct honey rawness… odd. Not inviting. Awful tasting, just awful! There is an unpleasant rawness to it; coarse, grainy with hints of honey, isolated sweetness… towards the finish a dry flowery note develops… there is something odd and unpleasant about this ale. It fell apart as it warmed, little flavoring, uninteresting with only a stinging rawness. Medium body. Solid carbonation. Acceptable mouthfeel. Almost undrinkable and certainly not worth trying; shame on Young’s for even producing “Waggledance.” If you liked this one you need to try Empyrean Ales’ Chaco Canyon Honey Gold or 4th Street Brewery’s SueBee Honey Ale… they both blow this abomination out of the water.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.19/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gold-amber body topped by smallish white head. Inhaled so deep I got foam in my nose and still didn't really smell anything. Nothing really strong in taste either. I don't taste honey. I don't taste much of anything. I read Jason's review before tasting (but after buying), and I would disagree about it being undrinkable. It fairly tasteless save for a slight sweetness. The great Young's Brewery, a favorite of mine, ships it's first new beer to America in years, and it is...a Budweiser wanna-be.

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Photo of necoadam
2.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Waggledance? It tastes just as terrible as it sounds. Pours out a hazy light amber color with lacing around the glass all the way until the end. Smell consisted of some malts that were very distant and some honey, there's some other smell in there but I really don't know what on earth it is. Taste is just all over the place. i think this isn't balanced. It's quite thin overall, some malts kick in, then some honey and some dryness that gets a little harsh afterwards. If this was balanced then perhaps this would be a kick ass brew, but as it stands, it's quite bad. But hey, who am I to judge, pick up a bottle and see if you like it.

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Photo of klewis
2.39/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.48/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of Suds
2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden, dark-straw color with a small white head. Honey is plainly evident in the aroma. Taste is puzzling, though. The beer is dry. The label remarks about goldings and fuggles, but they're barely evident. More fun to smell than to drink. To be honest, I'm really not a big fan of the style, and won't go out of my way for this one again.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to say I agree with Jason. My high expectations of this Young's brew were certainly let down. I dont taste any honey at all in this beer, or really anything else for that matter. Highly disappointing, and a ridiculous name that made me question my manhood.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: dark gold to amber color, good clarity, thin layer of bubbly white foam, poor head retention

Aroma: bready/yeasty, dark honey, "vomity" hop scent

Flavor: dry malt profile with a bit of grain tannin harshness, hint of honey flavors (though not the sweetness of honey), slight tang, finishes dry with an aftertaste of hop greenery bitterness and some residual fermented honey, gummy-bear flavord burps (weird!)

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, mild carbonation, rough texture

Other comments: Not as harsh as the cask version I tried before (see review below), but that same odd bitterness is still there, though more subdued. Comparing the two, my initial feeling is confirmed: this beer is not very good!

*For laughs, I mixed some mead into the last half of it... much better!

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Photo of doktorhops
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one didn't really light a fire under any part of my body. Young's brews have all fallen a little flat for me with the notable exception of the Double Chocolate Stout. Pours an appropriate honey color with a medium off-white head. Very little honey in the aroma. Honey is understated in the flavor as well, but honestly there is probably a fine line between too little and too much honey, and I would rather lean the 'too little' way. Unfortunatley there really wasn't much hops or malt to back up the lack of honey flavor in this brew. Cool name though!

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Photo of mynie
2.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty, golden with a nice head.

Slight metallic smell with hints of grain, a hint of very icky hops. I can't smell any honey.

Doesn't taste as bad as it smells. Bitter and Sour malt upfront, very dry in the back with just a hint of hops. Still no honey. What the hell?

Thin body that's unevenly fizzy. Goes down smooth enough, though.

This is really not a good beer. Seems like Youngs is rather hit (Chocolate Stout and Ram Rod) or miss (Dirty Dicks and this).

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Photo of RBorsato
2.64/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold with an ivory head, good carbonation, and lots of lace. And it goes downhill from here.... Aroma not very pleasant; a strange cooked-corn lagerish smell similar to the mega-brews. A non-descript malt flavor (again mega-brew-ish); not very sweet and NO HONEY character at all. Light bodied with light creaminess.

My least favourite Young's product.

Label states "Ale brewed and flavoured with honey" & "Fuggles and Goldings hops" -- I did not smell or taste either... false advertising ? ;-)

(16.9 oz bottle for $2.69)

Best before: 03/03 Tasted: 01/26/03

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Photo of filabrazilia
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear honey golden witha thick cream head. Decent lace.

There's not much aroma to this beer save for a faint sweetness that is kind of like honey.

This is an exceptionally dry beer; there's a wine like quality to it. It's fruity and dry like some cheap wine. Don't get me wrong, it's not awful, it's just not what I thought it would bee.

It's thin dry and not very nice on the mouth.

I had high expectations for this beer. I thought the honey would give this ale a nice dimension of sweetness. Instead, it was very dry and a tad disappointing.

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Photo of Reverand
2.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden amber in color but after that the ale falls flat. Aroma, taste and my expectations were extinguished. I love all the others brews from Youngs but Waggledance certainly should be a wall flower. The taste was so bland and the honey was not even evident.

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Photo of jmz62565
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Why did I have this notion that this was going to be a sweet beer?? Nice head and lace but the nose is only faintly honey. The brewer says "honey is added to the boil so there are no honey essences". Clearly a golden ale with hops and not much more. The finish is hoppy.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden amber in color, resembling honey, with a small off-white head, fairly good lace, moderate carbonation. The aroma is quite pleasant, very strong raw honey notes, almost to the point of being overpowering, as well as malts. Taste begins with sweet malt and honey notes, which are quickly and absolutely overpowered by excessive bitterness and an odd metallic flavor. Finish is intolerably dry and bitter.

I am surprised that this beer is not better, as several of Young's products, e.g. Oatmeal Stout, Double Chocolate Stout, are excellent.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Young's Waggledance Honey Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
74 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.