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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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2002

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 104
Reviews by kwill:
Photo of kwill
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and almost clear with a nice white head that stayed with the beer longer than most. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass can be seen several minutes after pouring. The smell almost reminds me of an American macro with a strong sweet smell and a touch of hops.

The flavor and mouthfeel are just what you would expect from the appearance and smell. A moderate honey sweet flavor that leaves a sweet hoppy aftertaste. The carbonation still stood strong to the last drink.

A decent beer and one that is fairly easy to drink. If you are looking for a refreshing and flavorful beer then this is a pretty good choice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

honey is very present in both smell and taste.A good light beer to drink in the summer,also would go well with something sweet to eat.I am a huge fan of the ultra-traditional Youngs brewery,have enjoyed all the fine ales I have tried,the Double Chocolate stout is one of my favorites.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.89/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
1.94/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with the Ram Brewery emblem right below the neck. “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear deep golden hued brew, ok lacing the head retention seems lacking a bit.

Smell: Confusing aroma sweet grain with and odd jolting twang that baffles the nostrils.

Taste: Rough crispness with a thin maltiness, carbonation seems ok but the mouth feel is shot with an odd drying effect. Diacetyl flails around in a deaf and blind berserker rage with musty and buttery flavours. Malt and hops are nearly stomped out of the flavour threshold because of this. Honey? If there was any would not be able to taste it any way. I go no further.

Notes: The name is lame enough, but as a Beer Advocate it is my duty to try it. Sadly this brew falls with its faults to a less than decent brew and perhaps further but I have been punished enough, this borders on undrinkable. Did we do something wrong in the US for Young’s to export this brew to us? I like or love the rest of their lineup … if they were to kill this beer it would be not sweat off my back.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +19.3%
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

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Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with moderate head that left good lacing. The aroma had evident hops with a slight malt finish, but is light overall. The taste had a nice hop bitterness with decent malt, but more is needed to balance. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, yet short-lived. This is a refreshing and light beer, but could use a little more flavor. Overall, an above average beer but not outstanding.

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Photo of MikePreece
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
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 rastaman
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much honey flavour, a bit thin and sweet and no complexity, just easy (but not interesting) to drink, and quite expensive for what you get.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a dark yellow with a small white head that doesn't last. The smell has some malt sweetness to it,but it's not all that strong. The taste has some malt sweetness to it,but ends in a bland watery aftertaste. The m/f is light,weak, and watery. I have to say that I was very disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of beerinabottle
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of Reverand
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden amber in color but after that the ale falls flat. Aroma, taste and my expectations were extinguished. I love all the others brews from Youngs but Waggledance certainly should be a wall flower. The taste was so bland and the honey was not even evident.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden-amber in color (like honey) with a white head that holds well and leaves some excellent lace. The aroma displays the Young's yeast character with some honey and sweet maltiness. This beer is filtered, and I'm guessing that some - if not all - of the honey used is added post filtration.The body is medium-light with a very fine & moderate carbonation level. The flavor is lightly malty with just a touch of honey (although some does emerge in the aftertaste), and very well balanced between sweetness at the front of the mouth, and dry bitterness in the finish. Quite smooth and round. Much more interesting and enjoyable than I was expecting! Another winner from Young's. This is a great summer beer, but also has enough character to be enjoyed all year 'round.

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Photo of PatrickCairns
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bditty187
2.13/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Vaguely hazy, golden hue, the undersized white head faded very quickly, a skimpy collar developed... it didn’t hold long. It looks dead in my pint glass. The nose is muddled; grainy, sweet, indistinct honey rawness… odd. Not inviting. Awful tasting, just awful! There is an unpleasant rawness to it; coarse, grainy with hints of honey, isolated sweetness… towards the finish a dry flowery note develops… there is something odd and unpleasant about this ale. It fell apart as it warmed, little flavoring, uninteresting with only a stinging rawness. Medium body. Solid carbonation. Acceptable mouthfeel. Almost undrinkable and certainly not worth trying; shame on Young’s for even producing “Waggledance.” If you liked this one you need to try Empyrean Ales’ Chaco Canyon Honey Gold or 4th Street Brewery’s SueBee Honey Ale… they both blow this abomination out of the water.

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Photo of BKotch
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear, golden color. Good head that makes a nice lacey pattern down the glass. But expectation exceeds results once the brew hits the tongue. The body is a bit thin and the flavor follows suit. No honey, no sweetness that I could discern. If the "best by" date didn't say November, '02, I'd say this beer had passed its time.

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Photo of Beertracker
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Stubbie1
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of beer_bottle
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of frontalot
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of avylover
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours out golden with a slight haze to it. The Head is white, frothy, and all but stationary. Aroma is slightly spicy yet also reminiscent of US mass produced lagers. Taste is average at best, and lacking in the department. Not a whole lot here really. There is some watery taste at first, then a splash of honey kicks in followed by a good dry hop bitterness and slight hop flavor, ending on a diacetyl note, which is welcomed in this case.Metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but sort of cloys up in the finish. Drinkable, but not something i'm wanting another of.

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Photo of Darkale
3.87/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper-orange clear body, full off-white creamy head. Aroma is wonderful: sweet and fruity and mild. Marvelous mouthfeel. It's creamy with just a shade of bitterness. I love the mix of sweetness and bitterness in this beer.

My only problem is that it was too mild. Stronger carbonation might have helped, or perhaps a deeper sense of malt? I liked the first taste, but by the end of the beer I found myself gulping, and wondering where the rest of the taste was.

Dangerously drinkable. You could easily have several of these. But, my word, it does not appear that many users of this site would want to. I'm not usually so far from the mainstream with my reviews. I would not call this a fabulous beer, but it's a good one.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear pale golden hue with a big white head on the pour that disappears immediately with no lace at all.
Aroma of pale malt, sticky sweet, sugary and big honey notes.
Flavor of some bscuit and plae malt are mauled by the sweet molasses and honey notes.
Mouthfeel was plate coating, puckering sweetness and a lsightly tnagy and psicy hop finish. Tad bit too sweet.
Drinkability was just OK, one of these was enough.

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Photo of hoffman
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

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