WychCraft | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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3.59 w/ 380 ratings

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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Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of shamus
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a disappointment! I really like Hobgoblin and Wychwood but this is a sweet and sour disappointment, particularly after enjoying some Dieu du Ciel selections this evening. I'll try my best to review this through the cloud of prejudice that envelops me after the initial sip.
Smells of a rubber ring soaked in a blended whiskey and then poured down the drain only to be bottled by Garden Gnomes who have tapped into the plumbing.
The taste is a bit better than all that. It's okay but has rancid ester aftertaste.
I don't like it. That all being said it's not Corona so it is n fact drinkable.

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Photo of CanuckRover
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a straw lager. Very pale gold. Loads of visible carbonation. Medium white head settles quickly to a thin film. Spotty lacings.

I'm getting a helping of diacetyl on the nose. That said, there is also some vague citrus aroma, sweet orange, with just a bit of fruity malt in there.

Carbonation seems to get in the way a bit. It's almost club soda like up front, hard to get much taste off it. Once you get past that there's a noticeable lager character to the flavour, sort of grainy as opposed to the usual fruit and caramel. Hopping leaves a bit to be desired. Bittering, but I'm getting almost no citrus flavours off it. Moderate sulfur throughout. Aftertaste leaves a nice hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel threw things off for me. Carbonation seems out of whack.

Not my favourite from them.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - very clear like a highly clarified lager

S- sweet whitebread and adjunt malts

T - spicy peppered roasted corn. Aftertaste of corn syrup and hay

M - loose sugary malty not good or bad

D - ok. But the corn flavors make me think it's more like an American adjunct lager. If you watch the average ratings of wychwood it seems like the are going farther and farther down. This is the 2nd of their beers I've had in a few years and the second time I've been disappointed. Has fame hurt them or are there cost cuts involved here.

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Photo of kwjd
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden orange colour with thin white head and spotty lacing. Smells of citrus and floral hops with bready malt. Flavour has a small amount of bitterness with some sweetness. Nice smooth carbonation level. A nice English ale, but nothing too special.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a slightly hazy golden brown with a two fingered, frothy white head. Some lacing.

Smell: Smells predominantly of citrus hops with some yeast, a hint of alcohol actually as well.

Taste: Fairly mild blend of flavors, nothing really coming to the forefront here. Some butter and sweet malt with mild citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down well and nothing is really bad here, however the flavor is pretty dull.

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Photo of deadliest
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A beer that screams 'meh' to me. Muted gold color with a seemingly decent head that quickly collapses down to a sporadically chunky coating that somehow manages to leave pretty decent lacing.

Smells... chaotic, but not powerful enough to achieve chaos. Smells mildly disorderly. I get lame hops and somehow alcohol considering the low abv. Doesn't smell good enough to dig further. Somewhat redeemed in taste. Peppery hops, fair malt balance. Something odd that fits between alcohol and medicinal. Feels decent enough, but nothing to write home about.

Enough drinkability to finish off a 500ml bottle. Wouldn't spend money on another bottle, although I have a strange feeling this would be pretty decent on tap. Not sure why.

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Photo of AEK
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Pale gold in colour topped by a small white head that shrank down to a thin film.

S. Biscuity malt, freshly cut grass and slightly lemony.

T. Citrussy, sweetish malt with a nice crisp hop presence.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

D. Quite a good beer from Wychwood but I have to say it is my least favourite of their beers.

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Photo of lamergod
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: half finger fizzy white head with a nice bright yellow carbonated body.

Smell: A strong floral hops smell up front, some nice toast malts, a little bread aroma with some orange smell. A very well balanced smell.

Taste: Same as the smell. Bitter aftertaste is present.

Mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is good, light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Definetly a session beer. Sure can down a few pint.

Highly recommended! Nice complexity and lots of flavour and character to the brew.

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Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed gold with a big-bubbled, loose head of foam.

Crisp citrus and earth hoppiness with a nice backing of subtle breadiness makes this an almost evenly balanced ale. Some apricot and pear fruitiness from the yeast also contributes to the flavor profile.

An all around decent pale ale, but not one I'll pick up again due to price and freshness issues I've encountered from lower strength English ales here in the states.

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Photo of ScottyC
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange.

Smell: Hoppy, lightly spicy.

Taste: Light and very refreshing. Barely citrusy. Definitely has an aromatic, "cooling" taste. Nice malty character and finishes with just a tad bit of bitterness.

Drinkability: This one goes down very easily. That aromatic "cooling" taste would be really nice on a hot, summer day. I could drink this one for a long time.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of malts, a touch of hops. Taste is crisp, malts, hops, a bit of caramel, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, orange golden hue with a one-finger, white head of soapy foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of bready malts and sweet caramel. There was an earthy, herbal hop presence.

T - It tasted of mild spicy hops with earthy tones. It had a sweet caramel malt backbone with a touch of vanilla.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a pretty fine English ale. Very tasty and complex.

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Photo of jackthewelshman
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this as a 500ml bottle, I poured it into a glass similar to a standard pub pint. A head formed of about inch and a half to two, before reducing a bit, but then it retained fairly well. The colour of the beer was golden brown.

It smells quite fruity, but its hard to smell much else. Maybe a bit like the smell of outdoors in a woods in it as well.

The beer does not over power you with too many complex tastes, it eases you in with a distinct taste but one that isn't too strong. It is a very hoppy beer which I like, just like traditional English ale. It tastes fruity and slightly spicy. It also leaves a nice taste in your mouth afterwards.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with a little too much carbonisation, but is still very nice.

A really nice beer to have from time to time, however I wouldn't drink it every day, just as it is a nice beer different from the norm. A great English Ale.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16.9oz brown raised-letter pop top with nice label; no freshness date to be found

Appearance: Hazy dark orange beer, a nice creamy white head that shows good retention. A tiny bit of sediment in suspension.

Smell: Very English...I'm not getting a ton of the citrus aromas noted on the bottle, rather this has a lot of earthy and herbal hop notes, maybe just a HINT of citrus, and some mild, sweet, earthy toastiness.

Taste: A little bit more citrusy than the aromas suggest; slightly tart, fairly dry, a bit earthy, actually fairly bitter, especially for an English Pale Ale. Not a bad flavor profile overall, but it's a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium

Drinkability: Not too bad, I don't really want another though

Conclusion: Meh. This was alright. Not as good as their Hobgoblin by any means. It's got the bitterness of an American Pale Ale with an English yeast character, but I'm not sure the hop variety was really situated to this beer. Probably not one I'll revisit, especially for about 5 bucks a pop.

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Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice light copper/dark yellow color with some very nice head and decent lacing throughout. Very nice scent, mostly English hops (Fuggles I'm guessing, from the jerky aroma) with a nice malt backing. Good taste, a very nice bitter brew with jerky/egg hops and a nice malt body to sweeten it out. Goes down smooth and easy. Probably one of my favorite English standard pale ales.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My pour produced two fingers' worth of a yellowish-white head that had good retention. Nose was mildly citrusy with an underlying yeasty pungency. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a combination with a mild hops bite combined with a mild banana-esterish flavor on the tongue. The finish was slightly biscuity, along with a hoppy bitterness. I would have to say that while this was an interesting beer, I just felt as though there were too many flavors involved with none getting to really shine. I have had better from Wychwood, so I am giving this a low drinkability rating.

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Photo of colts9016
4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A very healthy 1 finger white head that is foamy and frothy with great retention. The color of the beer is amber with orange hues. There is effervescence in the beer and the clarity of the beer is hazy. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A moderate yeasty malt caramel aroma. There is a mild to moderate fruity esters some floral and a little wood.

Taste: Fruity ester, pine, and floral are on the medium side. The malt is slightly caramel, and yeasty.

Overall: The mouth feel is a low carbonation, smooth, and creamy. The body of the beer medium and the finish is medium. This is a wonderful example of an English Pale Ale. Wychcraft has very nice flavors and is easy to drink. I really like this beer.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wychwood Wychcraft pours a spritzy peach colored brew under a disk of sticky foam. The nose is funky English yeast with floral and butterscotch notes. The flavor is mild light malts, the butterscotch notes again, and a bit of citrus and herbal hops off the back, notes of meadow. Mouthfeel starts round-ish, goes crisp, then dry. It's my understanding that the English Blonde style is sort of a flavor ghetto, kind of like our American Wheat or our Macro Lagers. This one seems a cut above, that it's got a little extra going for it, still pretty light, but with a a little something extra. A solid session brew, and like all Wychwoods pints, a sexy presentation.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

" Thrice hopped & golden ", does miller lite know they're doing this???

Pours a very hazy amber with some dark floaties, plus a pinky of pearl colored head. This clears a bit over time. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Fruits of the orchard, plus some leafy hops

T: Orchard fruits to include persimmons, pears & peaches, plus some herbal hop bitterness. Woody & herbal hops intertwine with pears, figs & apples as this warms, Finishes a touch dry, fruitty with some oaky dryness

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, I will see if I can find some of this fresh next year (pre-Halloween) & see if the hops can fight their way into the flavor picture

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the pint-sized bottle shown into a Stone Pint glass.

This beer looks really good on the pour... a nice cloudy tan color that throws up two fingers of extremely sticky off-white head that provides some beautiful lacing as you drink.

The nose of this beer is interesting, you can't smell a whole lot, but it's almost as if it's muted. There is a little fruitiness present, but it's mostly faint in nature.

This beer is not overpowering in any way, which helps its case to be a great session beer. It tastes earthy, maybe a little spicy with a mild, fruity and spicy English hop character that gives the beer a nice flavor without destroying your palate, begging you to have another pint.

The mouthfeel is nice as well, smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation to make the beer dance around in your mouth as you enjoy it.

I really did like this beer, it is the definition of sessionable at 4.5% abv and with a solid flavor that won't fill you up. This was my first English Pale Ale experience, and I feel as if I chose a good one.

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Photo of EPseja
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BA yelterdow for the hookup. Served from a unqiue Wychwood 500ml bottle in my SABL glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Golden yellow in color with orange highlights. Creamy, frothy 1-inch head with decent retention and modest lacing.

S - Lovely, honey-buttered biscuity English malts under a blanket of crispy Styrian Goldings hops. I wish I knew that from the smell alone, but I had to read the label for the exact hop variety. Inviting.

T - Lightly sweet with honeyed tones and a bright citrusy-floral hop bouquet. Refreshing middle as the malts yield to the fothcoming hops. Dries out only slightly just before the swallow. Aftertaste is bitter, but certainly not offputting. Excellent balance.

M - The perfect puff of volume in the mouth turns this modestly viscous beer into a velvet throw for the tongue. Swallow is slick and satisfying. Fantastic.

D - Low ABV and high taste. This is one seriously excellent and supremely drinkable beer. I could easily put away 2L of this beer without blinking. Its great balance has officially turned me way on to English Pale Ales.

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Photo of elniko
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass. No date makings that I could discern.

A: Glowing rich amber with nice frothy head and lacing. A very nice looking brew.

S: Has that distinctive English pale ale nose. Almost musty tones with some graininess mixed in. As it warmed some light fruit tones become apparent as well. The smell is the only thing that I did not find to be outstanding in this brew.

T & M: Medium bodied and perfectly balanced. It is almost refreshing to have an EPA actually made in England by a fine brewery. Finish is quite crisp. I pick up some apple notes as well.

D: Damn, I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer as I bought on a whim. I will definitely be picking up again if I can find it in the Metroplex.

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Photo of ScarletLady
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Loved the name and the packaging so I thought I'd give it a try. Poured a hazy amber color that poured with a small off white head that broke apart really fast with no lace.

I detected malt in the nose first then a hint of hops. Tasted just ok with a hint of clove and bananna. Thinner than what I like and highly carbonated. It had a sour finish. It was just ok, but I am not planning on getting it again.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is not overpowering as some American Pale Ales are, the aroma is more even. In this beer you get some of the citrus aroma as well as a floral hop aroma. It is almost like orange blossoms. There is a very unique malt aroma in that it is like a sweet toffee and bready combination, sort of like the crust of the bread. There is also a masked fruitiness that lies under the main aromas, most commonly this is from an English variety of ale yeast. In this case the level is low.
The beer pours a nice orange and goldish color with just a little bit of haze. There was a rocky head that dissipated fairly fast as well as some particulates floating in the beer. I was not aware that this was a bottle conditioned beer, but it may also be some hop sediment if the beer was dry hopped.
The flavor of this beer is quite nice. There is a soft caramel malt flavor as well as some malty sweetness and crusty break like notes, but overall fairly balanced. The hop flavor is like bitter orange, and has a moderate amount of bite to it. The bitterness is not bracing or overpowering, but it is noticeable. There is also a generic fruity quality to it as well (By generic I mean it tastes like a combination of fruits and not one specific fruit in general). This particular bottle of beer seems to be a bit oxidized, and this is common with imported beers (oxidized is not skunky, skunkiness is caused by the beer coming in excessive contact with light which causes a chemical reaction with the hops in the beer). The oxidation in this beer is a paper-like feeling and flavor on the tongue. This beer is not excessively oxidized, but just slightly and I thought it was worth mentioning.
Mouthfeel is in the lower end of the medium range and has no noticeable astringency. It has a nice feel to it.
Overall, I really like this beer and could drink it all night long. The bitterness and sweetness balance out very nice and the flavors work well together. The use of the citrusy hops is uncommon in an English style Pale Ale, but the meld between the malt and hops are very much signature English Pale Ale.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

you gotta love the embossed Witches on broomsticks all around the bottle!

a hazed-out amber with light blonde hues. clumpy and rocky formed head, creamy color, slow dissipation and mildly sticky lace. a very nice look.

Herbal and earthy hops, wheat and white pepper upfront. A faint but sweet light malt. The Styrian golding hops are very aromatic and inviting. I love the simple, hearty and grainy aroma.

A light golden malt is crisp with wheat and dried herbs, along with an earthy and simple hop flavor that really shines through. Crisp and clean, mildly sweet malt makes for great balance and has very good complexity from the hearty, earthy, herbal and dry Golding hops. Tons of complexity from very simple ingredients gets bonus points from me.

I must be under a spell, 'cause i love this brew.

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WychCraft from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 40.3% out of 100 with 380 ratings
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