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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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123 Ratings

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2002)
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Photo of SheepNutz


3.63/5  rDev +15.6%

I had this in a .5L bottle poured into a Young's pint glass. This brew poured the color of honey with about 1.5 fingers of foam, which dies down pretty quick, but leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. There is a light bit of honey to the smell. The taste is sweet honey with not too many hops to be detected. This beer's mouthfeel is a little light, but it has a good drinkability and is a good session beer.

05-21-2003 10:29:00 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of koolkat

United Kingdom (England)

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%

This is supposed to be a honey beer, but the honey flavors just dont come out in force. I wasexpecting something with a bit more honey flavor maybe more of a braggot. The beer pours a nice deep golden color with a nice head. The only hint of honey is in the aftertaste with a slight possible honey flavor that is totally overshadowed by the maltiness of this beer. Nothing too hoppy about it, the beer achieves a good balance, with the line falling a bit more to the malt side, as I like it. It comes off as a traditional english ale, and if you like the style you shouldnt be dissappointed.

Overall a good beer and given the choice I would definately get it again, but dont go looking to this for a very strong honey beer flavor, it is rather subtle.

05-17-2003 19:09:08 | More by koolkat
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.08/5  rDev +29.9%

No matter what the style, Young's consistently brews an exceptional quality Ale! This pours out a deep golden color (Young's labels it "Light" coloured) with a fine, but lasting head and thin lace. The sweet malt, honey and mild hop aroma requires some concentration. Fuggles IPA hops dominate while the Goldings provide the finishing touches both in flavor and aromatics. A hint of alcohol peeks through maze of wonderful flavors.

04-14-2003 18:30:49 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a day in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

A big, dense white head collapses crusty. There's some decent lacing. The beer is a slightly cloudy orange/gold.

The smell is dull, hard to pin. There's some citrus, maybe a little spice? And it's a little dusty. The front is sweet/sourish. Some British butterscotch in the middle, already hinting at a hoppy, bitter finish. The aftertaste is nice and fresh, not at all sweet or cloying. Overall, it's pretty good, if a little nondescript.

03-31-2003 11:11:54 | More by kbub6f
Photo of kwill


3.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours golden and almost clear with a nice white head that stayed with the beer longer than most. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass can be seen several minutes after pouring. The smell almost reminds me of an American macro with a strong sweet smell and a touch of hops.

The flavor and mouthfeel are just what you would expect from the appearance and smell. A moderate honey sweet flavor that leaves a sweet hoppy aftertaste. The carbonation still stood strong to the last drink.

A decent beer and one that is fairly easy to drink. If you are looking for a refreshing and flavorful beer then this is a pretty good choice.

02-25-2003 17:21:59 | More by kwill
Photo of RBorsato


2.63/5  rDev -16.2%

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

02-10-2003 12:39:20 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Morris729


4/5  rDev +27.4%

Pours a lovely hazy golden color with a tall creamy white head that coats the sides of the glass as it dissipates. Nose is very floral with notes of fresh raw honey and sweet malts. Sweet malts come through up front in the taste with sweet honey and a bit of fruit rounding out the middle. Some bitter hops express themselves in the end balancing out the sweetness very nicely and leaving a dry finish. Medium-bodied with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, the honey is more apparent in the aroma than the taste and is very natural in all respects with no artificial notes that plague some beers of this type. I am a bit surprised at the low rating for this beer as I really enjoyed it.

02-08-2003 01:55:12 | More by Morris729
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +20.4%

honey is very present in both smell and taste.A good light beer to drink in the summer,also would go well with something sweet to eat.I am a huge fan of the ultra-traditional Youngs brewery,have enjoyed all the fine ales I have tried,the Double Chocolate stout is one of my favorites.

02-01-2003 17:53:16 | More by oberon
Photo of BeerAngel


3.65/5  rDev +16.2%

Pours a very clear pale golden color with a massive cream-colored head that dissipates into a lumpy froth. The distinctive smell of honey (obviously), lightly sweetened malts, and a hint of hops make up a nice blend for mouth-watering aromas. The taste does not repeat the domination of honey, yet it is more a blend of earthy malts, tart hops, and honey way in the background. It is nicely balanced. This is would make a nice summer beer IMO as it has a light body and finishes lightly crisp and with a faint bitter. This is not an awesome brew, but I could drink this again when the Texas heat comes out. Cheers!

02-01-2003 17:00:21 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.65/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

12-25-2002 16:43:32 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Dogbrick


2.58/5  rDev -17.8%

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!

11-14-2002 07:30:02 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +21%

This beer was golden in color, but with no real head to speak of. Malt and honey were the main aromas. The malt flavor, along with that of toasted grains, tied in perfectly with the honey in this beer. The honey was more apparent in the smell than the taste. Moderately carbonated, this beer had a pleasant, smooth mouthfeel. Also, the honey flavor was so much more natural in this than more commercial honey beers such as Honey Brown or Michelob Honey Lager.

09-27-2002 17:02:20 | More by yen157
Photo of Mark


4.1/5  rDev +30.6%

I finally was able to try this when my Long's store started carrying it. I was quite surprised by many of the mediocre reviews posted because I liked this beer just fine. Color was a deep golden and a nice white head left good lace. Nice creamy mouthfeel and a refreshing drinkability. While I personally did not notice lots of honey, I didn't care either. This beer was a very pleasant surprise. A decent quaffable offering from the masters at Young's.

09-25-2002 20:09:28 | More by Mark
Photo of Pegasus


2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

09-10-2002 19:04:58 | More by Pegasus
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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Clear, golden-amber in color (like honey) with a white head that holds well and leaves some excellent lace. The aroma displays the Young's yeast character with some honey and sweet maltiness. This beer is filtered, and I'm guessing that some - if not all - of the honey used is added post filtration.The body is medium-light with a very fine & moderate carbonation level. The flavor is lightly malty with just a touch of honey (although some does emerge in the aftertaste), and very well balanced between sweetness at the front of the mouth, and dry bitterness in the finish. Quite smooth and round. Much more interesting and enjoyable than I was expecting! Another winner from Young's. This is a great summer beer, but also has enough character to be enjoyed all year 'round.

09-10-2002 17:29:32 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of ryanocerus


3.53/5  rDev +12.4%

Clear copper with moderate head that left good lacing. The aroma had evident hops with a slight malt finish, but is light overall. The taste had a nice hop bitterness with decent malt, but more is needed to balance. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, yet short-lived. This is a refreshing and light beer, but could use a little more flavor. Overall, an above average beer but not outstanding.

09-10-2002 07:56:58 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of Suds


2.45/5  rDev -22%

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.

08-18-2002 12:45:38 | More by Suds
Photo of IrishRedRock


2.53/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

06-18-2002 13:28:39 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.17/5  rDev -30.9%

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.

06-01-2002 21:50:09 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Jason


1.9/5  rDev -39.5%

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.

05-30-2002 18:09:07 | More by Jason
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.55/5  rDev -18.8%

Not much honey flavour, a bit thin and sweet and no complexity, just easy (but not interesting) to drink, and quite expensive for what you get.

05-14-2002 18:07:28 | More by rastaman
Photo of Reverand


2.65/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

04-07-2002 04:35:03 | More by Reverand
Photo of BKotch


3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

Nice clear, golden color. Good head that makes a nice lacey pattern down the glass. But expectation exceeds results once the brew hits the tongue. The body is a bit thin and the flavor follows suit. No honey, no sweetness that I could discern. If the "best by" date didn't say November, '02, I'd say this beer had passed its time.

02-09-2002 12:58:29 | More by BKotch
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Young's Waggledance Honey Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.