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WychCraft | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2005

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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 379
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with notes of lemon citrus and hints of bready malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are notes of diacetyl and slightly less lemony flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and goes down easily. It is rather flavorful for the style.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 500ml custom bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a slightly darker than straw yellow, crystal clear. good deal of carbonation is visible. On top sits 2 fingers of bright white head which gradually dissipates into a soapy foam.

Smell - Slightly skunky. Not a good sign. Otherwise some light grains.

Taste - Thanfully the skunk smell was contained. Getting some solid malts and grains, very light spice and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, high carbonation, crisp finish.

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Photo of nukem5
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a great straw color golden with an off white creamy head of foam which leaves a trail of foam just clinging to the sides of glass.

S: Aroma is very faint with just a trace of hops and malt , really smells almost like nothing really had to concentrate to get anything at all.

T: the styrian goldings are about all I can taste aside from a mild biscuity flavor.

M: Light and crisp with an almost watered down feel to it.

O: Overall a drinkable beer but lighter than I anticipated.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.50 CDN

Appearance - Pale golden color. 1.5 fingers of fluffy head. Cap looks sparkling. Significant bubbles rising to top of beer after pour. Transparent.

Smell – Light malts, grainy smell to it. Hint of spiciness and citrus.

Taste- Nice mild flavor slightly heavier on malts but as hops presence is nearly non-existent that’s no surprise. Dry, sweet hints at end of taste.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and crisp, light on the palate, but wet and not too thin. Refreshing. Definitely a beer of some but not heavy substance.

Overall – A good, mild thirst quencher, however I would considered one of their other offerings if you’re looking for something with even more substance.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was a little nervous about trying this beer. I figured this company was more devoted to weird names and fancy bottles then making a quality beer. I was wrong.

Pours a very dark colour for a blond beer. Very cloudy (similar to a wheat beer).

Smell is very faint.

Goes down smooth with a little bit of aftertaste.

I was glad to try this beer, and will be having again in the near future.

Well worth a try.


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Photo of Graphirus
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light yellow beer with a foamy head that doesn't last very long. Some lacing is present.

S - Very nice smell with some citrus and hops

T - Taste pretty much matches the smell. There is come citrus and hops. Very light aftertaste bitterness.

M - In the mouth feels light. Texture is watery-creamy, low carbonation.

O - A nice rendition of the style although to my taste it needs more carbonation and more flavour touches...

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Photo of Jdbateman83
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very light hops, citrus, almost no after taste. Put this one in the freezing for 20 minutes, just started to ice up, took it out, poured and drank. Excellent super cold, very easy drinking. I would compare it to an ale version of a flavorful cold lager.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light golden color. Smell consists of bread, mild hop, and a touch of citrus. Taste is more of the same, with the bread flavor quite pronounced and the hops adding a bit of citrus flavor, namely lemon. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but this is to be expected for the style, while the carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum. The beer finishes dry and somewhat sticky. Overall, this is pretty standard. While the low ABV and simple flavors, it could make for a good session beer for someone looking for a dry and bready light brew.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy; golden; medium frothy head; very long lasting with good lacing

Aroma: Quick hit of earthy hops; malty undertones; light apple

Taste: Crisp; juicy malt on start with good hop and citrus bite; smooth in the mid; finishes with semi-sweet nutty bitterness; extremely well balanced

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of scratch69
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Slightly hazy golden color with a finger and a half worth of head. Light amounts of lacing.

Smell- Pale malt aroma with some floral hops.

Taste- Sweet biscuity malt at the start that turns into a herbal hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy. An average amount of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A good, easy drinking beer. However, there is nothing that makes it stand out either.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a subdued but fairly tasty citrus hop presence.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 1/4/13

A slightly hazy darker shade of yellow with plenty of tiny bubbles throughout that feed a tight thick film not quite a pinky deep, retains well and leaves a couple partial rings

S lots of soft caramels, herbal and slightly floral hops, some cereal and cream corn perhaps

T hops have a little spice to them and some fruity notes with some sweet malt, mimics the nose fairly well other then that

M a little slick after the fact with more body then one would expect from a small beer, good carbonation with the pin-prick bubbles creaming it up nicely, spicy finish lingers

O I didn't mind this one and its making me think of Spring, not a bad version of the style

I'm trying to rate to style and if I was leaning more towards personal preference today it would score lower because I'd get board. That being said they made what they were attempting to make fairly well.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours c,ear and golden with a small creamy white head, reduces quickly leaving a small layer with some lace.

S- clean and grainy, with just a hint if herbal hop

T- grainy malt withi some herbal hop, similar to the smell. Earthy notes, finishes clean and dry with a herbal hop linger

M- light body, medium carbonation, smooth finish

O- easy drinking English ale, more flavor than some others that ice tried if the same style.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle to half-pint

A- Somewhere in te middle of golden and orange. Couple of fingers of white, foamy head, not very persistent but for a thin layer, nice lacing. Some carbonation bubbles are visible

S- Sweet biscuity and caramel malts, a slight hint of mustyness. A refreshing background with an herbal and maybe some slight fruity hints

T- Sweet upfront with that biscuity feel (sweet and slightly grainy) as the smell suggested, some notes of caramel and honey on the back of things. Finish is decently refreshing with a delicate grassy feel, a touch of gentle bitterness, maybe a bit of lemon on the tongue

M- Thin mouthfeel, fine carbonation as typical with english beer. Very easy and smooth

O- A beer that is meant to be highly drinkable and refreshing, and it succeeds at that. But it has no character, nothing really interesting. Still a pleasant drink though

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Photo of jjanega08
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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A= Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a thin finger of head that falls fast to a layer on top of the glass and leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S= Smells a little skunky to be honest with a little grassy hops still left. Some biscuity malt and a little bit of a cat litter smell.

T= The taste is better than the smell. The skunkiness isn't in the flavor as much and the grassy hops come through more. Again there is a buiscuity maltyness and a kitty litter finish.

M= Nicly carbonated.

O= This isn't a bad beer and actually is quite nice for an everyday drinker. The skunk is a little troublesome as well as a touch of the kitty litter that I have no explaination for. Anyways it tastes pretty good and while I prolly won't but it again I didn't think it was a bad beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this so much on the shelves that I eventually given way to drinking it.

Pours a golden coloured body with decent enough 5mm thick white bubbled head.

Big aromas, plenty of hops and a bit of a hint of horse manure(in a good way, honest)

Huge hops taste that fire up from the malty start like a drag racer hitting a slightly sour full on bitter finish within, say 2 seconds.

Nice drinking in MF and carbonation.

A good solid flavoursome easily available beer, what's not to like.

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Photo of mick303
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leaves about one finger of foam that disappears slowly, with good lacing. Beer is a nice medium gold, with quite mild carbonation. 4

The aroma is of heavy on malt. Some freshness too. A bit of a grainy sweetness. Fairly one-dimensional. 3

Taste is initially sweet, a sort of almond cookie flavour. Hops bring a slight bitterness on the tongue. A lot of breadiness and some soft spice flavour. Finish is dry with a bit of nougut. 3.5

Mouthfeel is very malty, liquified biscuit almost. Very smooth and slightly creamy. 4

This is not a bad medium ale. It is easy drinking and refreshing. Flavour intensity could be stronger but otherwise its not a bad brew. 3.5

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Photo of decimator
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV marked as 4.5%.

A - Poured a golden yellow with a thin head. Minimal lacing.

S - Grains, citrus, grass.

T - Some sweetness, plenty of citrus, hint of banana, bitter finish has some slight metallic notes.

M - Medium body, average carbonation, tangy, sharp finish.

O - Doesn't come across as a Pale Ale. There's Lager vibe to this one. Pretty average beer overall.

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Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always enjoy the Wychwood labels....lots of detail. The beer, however, is a bit too one-dimensional. Hazy and golden in color, the beer has a slim white head. The aroma is grainy and grassy. Some subtle fruit notes are also present in the taste...a little apple and pear. The beer is balanced, with a sharp hop taste. The body is refreshingly light, with a moderate carbonation. It's a good beer, but it is also a very average light pale ale.

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Photo of SebD
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a clear golden/yellow color to it. It has an off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy and bready malts with some grassy hops and light lemon.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant grainy taste with some bready notes, grassy hops and light lemon spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lager-y dark gold with fast-fleeing white head. Sour pissy grain and skunky hops. Sharp cracker and melon hops with a burst of lemon rind hops at the end.
Lemon balm end and bitter linger. Light, crisp, a bit oily.

In spite of appearances, this actually ends well. Musty citrus hops put me in the mind of Citra. (Lager malt and Styrian, it turns out.) Aggressively refreshing, if there is such a thing.

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Photo of beergod1
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the usual high quality that I have come to expect from Wychwood brews, not bad none the less. Pours a peach color with a white medium fluffy head and citrus and grapefruit aromas, a little mild on the nose. A hint of sweetness in the flavor with some malt flavors coming through. Nice taste with a strong finish. Drinkable, with the signature English hops.

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Photo of NForr
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foggy yellow blond. Looks a bit like a wheat beer. Sweet smells - banana, English malt. Some hops. Great aromas.

Light banana flavor, bit fruity. Bitter aftertaste that leaves a sourness at the back of my tongue. Not as much flavor as the aromas would lead you to think. Kind of bland. Bottle says thrice hopped for flavor, but I'm not feeling that.

That being said, this would be great on a hot summer day, and I'm quite enjoying it with my sweet potato curry

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

Pours a cloudy hay colour with about a finger and a half worth of foam, that slowly works its way down to a half finger. Smells of grains, citrus and a bit of grassy hops. Taste is primarily bready, with a bit of acid coming in with the lemon. Finishes dry and hoppy. Very light bodied, medium carbonated, smooth drinking ale.

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Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy straw colour with about 1/2 finger width of bubbly head that quickly fades. Tiny bubbles are present.

Smell - Grains, slightly bready, sweetness like orange juice, hint of lemon.

Taste - Slightly lemony and sweet from the malts, otherwise not much else happening on the palate. Leaves some hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Pleasant smoothness.

Overall - An easy drinking English pale ale. I was expecting a little more flavour when the bottle said "thrice hopped". Not much to it, but I see this as a summer refresher.

Overall -

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