Young's Waggledance Honey Ale | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's Waggledance Honey AleYoung's Waggledance Honey Ale

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 134
Photo of josanguapo
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. No trace of the honey. Neutral on aroma but very drinkable and with a plesant but not memorable taste

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Photo of Dentist666
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint.
Pours slightly hazy orange/golden with 2-finger golden head,
Smell - floral hops, honey, english caramel malts.
Taste - honey, caramel malts, herbal hops, metallic hues.
Light body, medium carbonation, smooth.
Tad disappointing.

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Photo of stevoj
2.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Flat, dry finish on subdued taste. Nice aroma, and looks great, but not much else. Slightly sweetand some hop bitterness, but there’s better to be had....

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.91/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from 500ml clear bottle into pint mug.

L) Light copper colour, clear, a few bubbles rising up, thin bubbly head.

S) Light English hops odour, definite whiff of honey cosmetics in the background.

T) A light Englsih blonde ale flavour, pleasant bit of hop bitterness and a nicely rounded honey flavour at the back, quite subtle.

F) Nice light body and carbonation. Easy drinker, no bitter aftertaste.

O) Nice easy drinking ale and the honey taste gives it a different aspect. Recommended.

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Photo of MikePreece
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I have to say I am not like you guys. I might go through all that nose and aroma BS with wine but when I'm out for a beer I certainly don't bother with it. I actually like the fact that the honey isn't overdone with this beer. There is just enough sweetness to soften the sharpness of the hops. I see many of you are prepared to rate a beer based on a mouthful or two. In that case you'd be happy with strong honey or strong hops. I will sometimes say "Mmmm. That's good!" to the barman on my first taste but that's not what's going to get me asking for that particular guest ale to make a reappearance. This is my absolute favourite, by the way. It's a session beer par excellence. The honey taste builds and lingers but never overpowers. Those that don't rate it please give it another go. Rate it after the third pint of an evening.

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Photo of FLima
3.22/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice golden color with a thin head with medium retention and leaving some laces. Light aroma of honey and pale malt with hints of English hops. Taste followd nose, but is less subtle. Flavor of pale malt with a mild spicy yeast and English earthy hops. Hints of honey and flowers. Dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste. Light body with perfect carbonation. A mellow English Pale Ale, not overly sweet being very mild on the honey proposition. Not really packed with flavors, but pleasant with good drinkability.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another honey beer waiting to disappoint me, this time it's Well's Waggle Dance, you know - that thing bees do to direct other bees in the hive to pollen so they can create their sweet sweet honey for us humans to steal, that thing.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Hazy amber body with white soap bubble lace on top.

S: The aroma is typical English Pale Ale territory; toasted malt base, bread yeast, floral and earthy hops. Where's the honey? It's there but it's a faint wisp in the background, certainly not enough to get anyone excited about having a honey ale that's for sure.

T: Flavour profile begins with a (tiny) hint of honey, follows thorough with toasted malt, bread yeast and ends with those floral/earthy hops. If this was rated as just a Pale Ale it would be average at best, however as its main claim to fame is "honey ale" it does fail spectacularly on delivering that promise. Metallic note mid-palate does it no favours either. All this being said though there is an after-taste of lingering honey once you've had a few sips.

M: Mid to light bodied with light carbonation.

D: This brew is definitely underdone, as was their Banana Bread Beer, if you're going to get people excited with a promise of sweet sweet honey which we stole from the bees you better deliver it dammit! Overall a disappointing ale which I will begrudgingly finish and never buy again.

Food match: Light meats like chicken or pork would compliment this, along with a salad or peas, mash potato and white sauce.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Pint glass.

A: First of all, nice transparent bottle. Nice bottle art. Pours a dark yellow (honey like) clear color forming a big bubbled light yellow color. Low retention and some lacings left

S: Sweet honey in the nose. Metallic too. Sweet malts and some floral hops. Honey is not overwhelming. A bit of alcohol in the very end

T: Follows the nose, sweet honey and caramel malts upfront. Metallic. Flowery hops and yeasts. Mild hoppy bitter end

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Good smooth mouthfeel. Sweet upfront and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Easy drinking beer. Despite of its sweetness, a pleasant session beer

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Photo of SmashPants
3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: clear bottle (that came over from England - hope there's no light strike!). Standard label. Not a brilliant package, can rely on the brewery name at least.

Appearance: amber in colour, with a decent but far too fluffy white head that disappears almost immediately.

Aroma: a combination of light aromas - honey is certainly there, but also floral and spices. I do like that the honey is not overdone.

Taste: similar to the aroma, honey with some floral and spices (cloves and grassy hops). Not brilliantly combined, but not offensive either.

Aftertaste: dissipates rather quickly, to be left with an almost tannin-style film on the palate.

Mouth feel: fairly light body and low-to-medium carbonation. Certainly goes down easily - perhaps a bit too much so.

Overall: a reasonably well made honey-based brew. If this was around AU$60-70 a case for 24x330mL, it would be worth it. But for $90 a case of 12x500mL, no mother-lovin' way.

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Photo of monique
4.47/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled or straight from the tap, if you're lucky, this beer reminds me of what's good about drinking beer outside on a spring day. It's clean crisp flavor is a welcomed taste from the dark & heavy beers one tends to drink in the cold weather. And because of it's taste, it goes well with the lighter spring foods but is bold enought to hold up with summer's bar-b-ques.

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Photo of seanyfo
2.06/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

50cl bottle poured into standard UK Pint sleeve.

BBE 17 Feb 2012

A- Amber body with slight hue. 2 finger body reduces quickly to a crown, lacing is average.

S- White doughy bread, faint hint of honey, a pils like musty quality.

T- Minimal. No real honey like quality. A whimper of hop bitterness in the semi dry tea like finish.

M- High carbonation, almost uncomfortable. Medium body.

D- Palate and aroma are just poor. No positives to mention really. Just dont bother!

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Photo of dgilks
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden amber colour with a small, smooth, creamy white head. Fair head retention.

Lightly fruity aroma with a touch of honey. Lightly sweet.

Crisp malt with a hint of sulphur. Fruity but kinda dull on the whole.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and fine.

There's nothing wrong with this beer, there's just nothing right about it either. Okay.

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Photo of rarbring
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The ale is a clear light amber, has an off-white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is weakly of apples, pears and nuts.

The taste has some bread notes initially, lemon/lime and som concluding nettles bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, rather refreshing texture, a small body and dry finish.

I had expected more sweetness, but this was on the positive side more refreshing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rather old bottle has surfaced as I continue to empty out the contents of my basement. This was an early favorite of mine when I first got immersed in quality beer.

From the bottle: "Waggledance is brewed directly from the finest barley malt and, uniquely, a specially selected blend of pure honey to form a light coloured, golden ale with a smooth, rounded character. The sweetness of the honey is perfectly balanced by Fuggles and Goldings hops. Waggledance is the term used for a behavioural trait of bees. When finding a nearby nectar source they dance in a figure of eight to alert fellow bees. Settle back and enjoy this fine example of the craft of the bee and the brewmaster."

I employed a very gentle pour so as not to stir up any sediment. As a result, I only got thin tan wisps for head, but the color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very sweet, almost sugary in its intensity. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the taste of honey was immediately evident on the tongue. That said, it was not as sweet as I had remembered/imagined. perhaps having dried over time. It was very pleasant and finished semi-sweet with the honey flavor continuing to linger well after the swallow.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.36/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Handpump pint at a bar in the international departures area of Heathrow. For better or worse, the last beer of my European vacation.

A: Clear gold body with a striking pile of chunky white foam forming a pyramid of sorts above the rim of the glass. Very lively bubble-bursting as it slowly recedes. THe glass is something short of beer-clean, as there are tons of bubbles clinging to the sides, but that's not the beer's fault - on its own merits, it looks lovely.

S: This is my first cask ale since returning from Belgium, and boy does it smell weak. Not bd, mind you, just really watery. If I really shove my nose in and inhale deeply, I get some nice sweet malt and a touch of delicate floral hops. Not bad.

T: Thin and watery, but nicely flavored with bready malt, grassy hops, and some honey sweetness on the finish. Enjoyable and refreshing, but a bit weak.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated cask body. Too thin.

O: As forgiving as I've been to this beer so far, I just can't bring myself to score it above average overall - it was just too weak and watery to earn a higher mark. I must give it credit, though, for being entirely free of noticeable flaws such as are enumerated at length in so many of its other reviews. I was shocked to see this beer's low overall scores, as I found it a thoroughly drinkable (if entirely boring) EPA. Not a great ale to go out on, but at least it wasn't Old Speckled Hen.


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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into Bay Brewery pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a four finger head which is thin and unappealing. No cream. Light bronze colour.

Sm: Barley. Very light strength scent. It's difficult to detect individual notes with me broken nose.

T: Honey - but not in a mead kind of way. Creamy honey-tinged finish. Quite hoppy. Balanced and well built, but the style isn't clearly defined. Bittering hops in particular are so atypically handled they're almost absent.

Mf: Lick-your-lips delightful. Smooth and wet in a refreshing manner. Nice.

Dr: Expensive by Irish standards but certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic.

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Photo of joecast
2.02/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

thin head though medium-high carbonation. light golden color.

interesting aroma. not quite honey, more like lemon and onion. not nice.

taste is slightly less offensive. not the spice of the aroma but nothing i would want to taste in another beer. a bit of malt sort of breadiness but its hidden behind this coating of something i cant quite place.

honey beer + clear bottle + shipping over a few thousand miles does not equal an enjoyable end product. well im assuming here as ive never had this beer before so have no 'good' example to compare it to. either way this is not a beer i would try again.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.09/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This beer now goes under the Wells name.

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a domed two fingers of off-white head over a clear, deep honey coloured body. Left some sticky lace on its descent.

Smell - 2.5
A bland, husky aroma is perked up with a little grassy hops and lemon zest. Still bland though.

Taste - 3.0
Pleasant enough, but a little boring. Pale malt and honey sweetness mostly, but balanced with a dry, grassy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Very smooth drinking, light to moderate carbonation is quite fine.

Drinkability - 3.5
An easy drinking blonde ale, although a little alcoholic for sessionability.

An ale for (bland) lager drinkers, easy drinking but lacking the kind of complexity I look for in an English ale.

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Photo of fullsweep
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL poured into a glass.

Slight disclaimer: although this is brewed by Wells and Young, my bottle was labeled as "Wells Waggle Dance Brewed with Honey." Perhaps this is simply an English alias?

Poured a clear light amber color, small head that dissipated relatively quickly.

Smell was okay, not overpowering, kinda mellow.

Taste was mellow and sweet, much milder and sweeter than most English pales I've tried. It was nice, but lacked a richness I've had in several other English pale ales.

Mouthfeel was on the refreshing side. Again, not bad, but not great, just ok.

I'd drink it again, but not necessarily my first choice. For a beer that's easy to get in the supermarket, and relatively inexpensive (1.33 pounds), it's worth a second shot.

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Photo of Lukie
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden colour with thin lacing. The lacing didn't stick at all, and the beer didn't seem super fresh.

Lot's of flowery aroma, with sweet honey and buscuity malts.

The taste was heavy malt, with caramel, honey and bready tones. There was very little bitterness.

It was alright for an after work drink, but I couldn't see myself drinking too many of these when there are better offerings.

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Photo of JDV
1.6/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This bottle is well past "best by" date, so perhaps not the most accurate rating coming up...Medium orange colored pour with a medium white head. Smell is malt, rust and metal. Taste is quite smooth and bland. Light honey and metallic flavors still, and this beer is surely not fresh. Still, I can tell this wouldn't be an offensive beer, but rather a simple one.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An ever-present beer in our local Co-operative store. The beer pours a light amber colour with a white head that disappears to suds.

The nose is dominated of malts, honey and toffee with a slight hint of zesty fruitiness.

The initial taste is dominated by malts and honey which make way for a burst of hoppiness in the after taste. These are pleasant but not too overpowering, but at the same time feel you leaving unsatisfied.

The beer is light bodied and refreshing, ideal for a hot day. However I found it a bit too bland in the taste department. Was a promising beer, but ultimately failed to entice my taste buds.

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Photo of jda007
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to get this at the Young's Brewery. Made with honey, it has an excellent aroma. The taste does not suit the aroma - it is quite dry with an almost nutty flavor on the palate. It has a reddish hue with a light head that doesn't last. It has a crisp taste and is much hoppier than say the Young's Special or the Bitter. Not quite what I was expecting. An interesting experiment and I did find the name to be quite amusing. (named after the "dance" bees perform when informing others where to find pollen)

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 500ml clear bottle with the funky new label design will be one of the last reviews of this beer from its traditional home in London. I know this is from the original brewery because the label says so and the best by date is 14 June 2007. Brewing stopped a short time ago and moved to Bedford.

This Waggle Dance was consummed on Saturday 16th Dec 2006.

Clear, bright and light copper in colour, with a good white foam head, which stayed the duration of the pint.

The aroma was of coffee and toffee, no honey stuck to my nose.

Funny taste, not unpleasant, but strange, sweetish, but with a hoppy bitterness that leaves a dry taste in your mouth.

I have had it in cask before and enjoyed it more, my wife drinks it on draught, she tried this bottle and prefers the draught version.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.48/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I detected a slight honey aroma, but nothing like promised. Poured to a red-orange color with about a one-finger white/cream head that didn’t last long. The start of the bottle left a very metallic aftertaste, but as I got to mid-bottle, I noticed more honey flavor with a milder finish. The only thing unique about this beer is it’s name, and considering it’s named after a bee movement, I’m in no hurry to try this again any time soon.

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Young's Waggledance Honey Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.17 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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