The Honey Thief
Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Bitter - English
Ranked #213
Ranked #39,384
3.44 | pDev: 14.24%
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
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vinicole from England

3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with a very slight haze. Thin head. Small bubble effervescence.
Hedgerow hop and barley malt to the nose.
Earthy. Some fruit and a mild sweetness. English hops.
Medium body. Very little honey detected.

Apr 09, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2015. Picked up ages ago as part of the Sainsbury's 2013 Beer Hunt and stashed in a cupboard. Described as a golden ale infused with honey and whole hops; Cascade and Nelson Sauvin are the varieties used.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden hue with tons of floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a moderate head of creamy white foam that lasts for a moment or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of sweet honey, mild floral notes, earthy yeast, vague stewed leaves and husks. Uncomplicated but quite pleasant.

T: Tastes of light, grainy malt with a faintly sweet character and a dry finish. Notes of husky grain, subtle honey, delicate floral hints, earthy yeast, stewed leaves and a touch of cardboard in the background. Little bitterness to speak of; a lingering yeasty quality upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard, earthy yeast, faint grain and a twinge of honey.

O: OK if not outstanding, but probably past its best. Looks alright though rather yeasty. The aroma and flavour are lightly tinged with honey but dominated by earthy yeast, grain and stewed leaves. Body is OK. Nicely balanced and goes down easily enough, but doesn't really command your attention. Not this brewery's best effort.

Mar 07, 2015
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dcmchew from Romania

3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden pour, small but fluffy "soapy" clear white head.
Smell of sweet honeyed malt, flowers, English hop (earthy, tobacco), gooseberries, faint white grape, grass.
Honey up front in the taste, but also simple malt sweetness. Bit of straw. Hops bring different notes here, at first some hints of white grape and faint lychee from the nice Nelson Sauvin, some nice citrusy notes, like light orange, bit of grapefruit, but the finish is way too "English", with dried leaves and grass, hints of tobacco, pretty earthy too. There's even some metal in there. Finishes crisp and dry, mildly bitter.
Aftertaste has just a bit of honey sweetness and Nelson Sauvin goodness, dominated by English hop profile again. Medium body and carbonation.
A refreshing ale that doesn't exaggerate with the honey too much, has some nice notes, but doesn't quite pull it of entirely. Mixed feelings.

Feb 05, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from Aldi:
Clear & light golden with hints of amber & a 1cm tall head with good retention. The head is white & creamy with a little lacing on the sides.

Sweet with honey, lemon & citrus plus a few subdued hops & straw. There is some spice & a few fruits too.

Light, almost grassy hops &e straw with a honey sweetness. There was good citrus & lemon backed up by some good fruits as well as a pleasantly bitter taste that stops the beer from seeming overly sweet.

Medium & smooth with a creamy feel and medium to high carbonation. This one has quite a nice mouthfeel and the balance is pretty good as well.

I was scared this would be overly sweet or sickening but the honey thankfully wasn't as strong as I'd feared. Pleasantly sweet but the bitterness towards the end and in the aftertaste helped to balance things out and keep things interesting. An enjoyable beer.

Jun 23, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's early on New Years Eve (2013) and I fancy a light semi-sweet beer: let's hope this 500ml bottle does the trick as I carry out a live tasting before the guest arrive for a party I didn't want at my house this evening.

500ml Bottle: BBD Mar 15. Poured slowly into a Duvel glass, just because I can.

Clear golden body with an uneven pure white foaming head.

The aroma is very lemon/citrus (which I'm not a fan of), however there is also trace of sweetness. OK, the honey might be playing a part in the smell, a definite honey whiff if I'm being honest.

The taste leads with those citrus notes, however the honey sweetness and light malts take over mid-sip before giving way again to the citrusy hops which leave a lingering dry finish.

I've lost count of the 'Honey beers' I've had (mostly UK or Belgian): but this isn't as sweet or as bad as a lot of them. The honey influence is subtle, but strong enough to prevent the citrus flavours taking over completely, which a real bonus in my eyes.

Still no guests and the wife is leaving me alone, so I might be able to sneak in another new beer before I'm required to be pleasant!

Dec 31, 2013
The Honey Thief from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 12 ratings