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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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BA SCORE
73
okay

126 Ratings
THE BROS
48
awful

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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 lacqueredmouse
1.73/5  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.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of hoffman
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of young's they seem to pump out some good quality stuff. This brew caought my attention at the store 1. for being in a young's bottle and 2. for the nice yellow/ gold color and honey bee labeling.

I poured this one into a pint glass from a english pint bottle. Poured a hazy gold color with light prothy bubbling head that rose and died quickly. Nose is simple, slighty sweet and somwhat pungent with a bit of off kilter something not offensive a pretty decent waft from this one. The taste is not my cup of tea malty, doguhy, maybe even some uttery diacetyl, not sure, but I know it is not what I expect from young's. A really flat mouthfeel was not at all expected from this one either but it ads insult to the brew. I want to try this one again to give it a fair shot but this bottle was not good.

hoffman, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Scheity
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost immediately, it reminded me of Magic Hat No. 9. Not for the pure taste, but for the approach.

The beer itself, before the flavoring, doesn't involve a whole lot. A dry ale, tabula rasa or tofu sort of idea, where you let the flavoring do the work. And it's an inventive flavor -- sweet, but not cloying. That being said, it'd be a good session beer for a while. Magic Hat used to be one of my favorite sessions until the once-subtle apricot tastes overwhelms.

It pours out without much of a head into a golden color and possesses a nose that hints at the sweetness and bit of noble hops that come later. It's not a beer to dive into, really, but for just sitting around, especially during the spring or summertime on some porch somewhere, it's a solid choice.

Scheity, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Timid and safe, yet solidly brewed. Mainly ale-like qualities in the pale malts, light hopping, bready, lightly fruity tones. Little in the way of honey other than a light confectionate sugar and clove qualities...more like honeysuckle. Sweetness begins to resemble flowery and perfumy notes. The body, mouthfeel, and cleanliness are all moderate with a lightly oily finish. If it were not for the word, 'honey' on the lable, then I would probably not have recognized it.

BEERchitect, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange in the wider part of the tumbler, but much lighter in the narrower section. Big off white head that falls to a table and plenty of stickage too. Rather tame smell of mild malts, but not much else. Nothing to indicate honey is involved. Taste is smooth, pale malts and, yes, there is a sweetness throughout. Not a thing off putting, just lacks any magic. Mouthfeel is slick, medium, and satsifying. This is a nice quaff, while nothing incredibly special, it is a well-made, tasty beer.

pentathlete, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of Higravity
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually don't bother wth Young's but I was in the store and wanted something for befroe dinner and this seemed like it would do. Nice orangish body with a large white chunky head that hung out for a while and yeild tons of lace. Smells of sweet honey and a touch of hops backing it up. A nice smooth taste of a sweet ale with the honey really poping through the bready yeast and the hops barely exsistant. Great body with nice carbonation and very drinkable.

Higravity, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best thing this beer has going for it is the scent. It is spot-on. Like sticking your nose in a fresh jar of honey. Excellent.

The beer is the color of honey, and since this is a honey ale, it succeeds in this area as well.

The taste and mouthfeel are light, pleasant, and ultimately forgettable. There is not as much honey flavor in the taste as you might expect, which is kind of strange. Slightly carbonated mouthfeel.

I cant see anyone getting too excited about this beer. Maybe if you think JW Dundee's Original Honey Brown is the best beer you've ever tasted, then Young's Waggledance will probably blow you away. Otherwise, its probably only worth trying out of curiosity, which is why I got it.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy golden color, barely translucent, with a foamy white head. The head died down quickly, leaving impressive lacing. Swirling around the glass left me with the impression of being more watery than I had hoped.
The aroma was mostly honey, with some sweet malts and hops, but both of those were very mild.
The taste was that of a sweet ale, but nothing terribly interesting or complex. Yes, mostly honey, mild hops and sweet malts, but by no means a complex beer.
It was refreshing and very drinkable, something more akin to a summer day than a winter snowstorm. Nice effort on Young's part.

sinistrsam, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of maddamish
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy honey brown when poured. Nice foamy head that quickly dissipated. Laced nicely.

Smell: Honey and hop notes are present here. The honey is readily present and the hops are strong but not overbearing.

Taste: A little watery and one noted. Yes, there is a honey presence here but that is about it. I was hoping for something a little more complex and was disappointed.

Drinkability/Notes: This is a brew that you can enjoy on a summers day but it left me kind of wanting. The beer really was a bit watery. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad offering but do not expect anything complex here.

maddamish, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice gold/orange color. White head on top slowly fades to a thin lace. Aroma of grass flowers and malt, a slight hint of honey is present. Taste is smooth with a slight dry grassy feel up front with a sweet middle and a slight dry but slightly sweet finish. A bit fizzy in the mouth and a bit watery in the middle. Kind of a bland brew that doesn’t do much for me. Overall, average at best

Stubbie1, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of beersarang
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden with hints of brown. White head is fluffy but recedes quickly.
Some bubbles float up.

Not much in the aroma department. Soft malts with a little honey sweetness. A dash of floral hops. Too weak.

Rounded malt presence, a bit one dimensional. Good dosage of bitterness seems out of balance given the presence of honey. Little or no hop presence, very blended. Hops show their floral character during burps. Finishes a bit sweet on the exhale thanks to the honey, but overall honey is not the dominant player in this beer.

Good smooth mouthfeel with very light carbonation overall.

Not spectacular by any means, I get the feeling England produces a lot of beer like this.

beersarang, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of packetknife
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange-yellow color with a thinning frothy white head. Mead on the nose, that is to say it smells a lot more like honey than it tastes. Some hoppiness on the nose too but my first impression was mead mixed with water (on the nose). Decent malts on the tongue, some light hop, and the expected honey. However, it tasted almost like mead was mixed in at some point to a light cream ale. Felt good on the tongue, good carbonation and crisp.

packetknife, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is pale orange, with an almost pinkish tint. Carbonation is good. Head is large and a little fluffy. The aroma is of lightly sweet malts with a grainy aroma in the mix. Honey is barely detectable behind the other aromas. This really smells a lot like a lager. The taste seems closer to a clean euro lager than an EPA. A generic light malt sweetness is joined by grain flavor. Weak hops barely make a dent. The honey makes a cameo appearance in the finish. Not a bad beer or really a good one either. This is pretty much hot afternoon fodder.

Gagnonsux, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - Thin head, beautiful amber body, very little carbonation visible.
s - Huge sticky, one dimensional honey aroma. Thats it, just honey.
t - The initial flavor is primarily malty and not so much honey, however the after taste is very strong on a sort of artificial honey flavor. Very weak bitterness.
m - Very surprised at the moderate carbonation, when none was really visable.
d - This is a really easy drinking beer, but the honey flavor builds as you drink, and makes it less drinkable.

Naerhu, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a deep yellow, clear beer with a three finger head. OK for an English pale ale.

Aroma was sweet, with definite rich honey notes. There was a load of medium malts underneath, but it was not incredibly well balanced.

Taste was malty, a little bitter, and floral. There was a honey aftertaste. No doubt a load of it was used in this brew.

Mouthfeel was weak and didn't match the flavor. Drinkability is not good, and I would not have this again.

connecticutpoet, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of wl0307
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer at home with a BBE date of 28/11/05. This is the first time I try this honey beer in its bottle version, while in the past I occasionally had this beer handpumped at Young's pubs. Sometimes it was served too warm (I mean "not cool enough") and I rarely found it appealing at all. Let's see how this bottled verison goes:

Appearance: served in a pint-size transparent jug, it comes in dark-orange or dark-amber colour, with a quite foamy but fast retreating beerhead and abundant carbonation.
Smell: a little grassy and apple-candyish note comes out first, combined with an undercurrent of honeyish note, which is not too strong and I welcome that; the nose is somehow akin to some malty German lagers I've tried?!
Taste & Aftertaste: contrary to my anticipation, at first the honey flavour is not so explicit; instead the fizzy mouthfeel brings with it a sweetish but tangy sting; the finish sees the round, honeyish savour and flowery hoppyness at work...the two intertwine to construct an interestingly dry but warm aftertaste in the throat.
Mouthfeel: overall, no particular element is strong enough to overpower one another--lightly malty, lightly hoppy and lightly honeyish. The finish is quite good, though, as it's quite dry and one would tend to go for more especially on a hot summer afternoon.
Drinkability: I personally think this beer tastes more honeyish sweet in cask version, but the bottled one is better in that I could control the temperature to the cool-enough point for a relaxing savour in the backyard.

wl0307, May 05, 2005
Photo of Luigi
1.85/5  rDev -41.3%
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!

Luigi, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Rich golden color, and just slighly hazy. Good head initially, not so good retention. OK beer lace, too.

Smell - Malty sweet. There is something in there that makes me think "lager," but this is plainly not the case. I do not detect much in the way of hop aroma.

Taste - The taste is also malty, but hop bitterness comes through. There is a honey flavor as well, and maybe even a grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel - The body is light, probably due to the honey. This throws me a bit - I was expecting something a little bigger.

Drinkability - This is easy to drink, but not super appealing. I would have another.

Comments - This beer is worth a try. In my opinion, honey is somewhat of a suspect addition to most beers, and this one is no different. Good but not great. Great name, though.

mgdeth, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint bottle, in a German glass.

Appearance: Golden amber color, slight bit of haze, with a decent frothy head.

Aroma: Slightly grainy, very perfumy scent.

Flavor: Sweet malty flavor up front, with an odd candy-like flavor. Yeast character is fairly fruity (pear-like). Slight hop flavor at the end (though bitterness is fairly low), which is drier than expected, and very quick with little aftertaste.

Body: Light, well-attenuated.

It's been a couple years since I had a bottle of this, and again I find it a disappointing, very ordinary beer.

allengarvin, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of mynie
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
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).

mynie, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004. Purchased at Belltramo's Wines and Spirits in Menlo Park, CA. Had an expiration date of 12/04. Was lazy and didn't wash my imperial pint glass, so I poured it into a nice Weisen glass. The head was HUGE! Had to wait for it to go down before I could fit the whole bottle into the glass. Had very good lacing as there was still plenty on the glass at the time it was finished. Very nice deep golden color. Smelled of maybe a bit of malt, honey and a few hops. A little medicinal also. Tasted decent. Nothing special though. A bit of honey as expected. Very little hop taste there. A bit dry towards the end. Think I am just getting a cold (flu) so my taster may be a tad off. Wasn't a bad brew. I don't think it's as bad as it's ratings. Worth a try. Would really like to try on tap if it exists.

GClarkage, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
2.6/5  rDev -17.5%
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!

GreenCard, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

filabrazilia, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 bottle, best before dating. Pours a nice clear, orangy honey shade of amber. Floral nose, off white head, tiny bubbles and some lacing. Medium bodied, smooth, soft mouthfeel. Notes of honey (suprise) but fairly delicate and not overpowering. I'm suprised by the low ratings for this tasty brew. I find it smooth and pleasing, if a bit thin in the flavor. Could use some more oomph, but still a nice summer quaffer

Billolick, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A golden amber beer that poured crystal clear. The off-white head rose up coarse and fizzy, only gaining size when I really roughened up the pour. No lace left behind.

Smell: The smell right after the pour was very light and sweet, but not really honey sweet. As the beer sat, the aroma gained some depth and the smells of roasted malt, cherries, and light citrus came through. At this point, I thought I could detect some honey on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very thin bodied and harsh in the mouth. Nothing impressive here.

Taste: Very little flavor upfront. Then some light malt and a hops bitterness kicked in, combined with hints of fruit. A sweetness gained strength on the finish, as well as an off-tasting bitterness. A little sour on the aftertaste.

Quaffer, Jul 12, 2004
Young's Waggledance Honey Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.