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
Photo of monique
4.47/5  rDev +41.5%
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 Mark
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally was able to try this when my Long's store started carrying it. I was quite surprised by many of the mediocre reviews posted because I liked this beer just fine. Color was a deep golden and a nice white head left good lace. Nice creamy mouthfeel and a refreshing drinkability. While I personally did not notice lots of honey, I didn't care either. This beer was a very pleasant surprise. A decent quaffable offering from the masters at Young's.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +29.1%
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 BeerResearcher
4.08/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No matter what the style, Young's consistently brews an exceptional quality Ale! This pours out a deep golden color (Young's labels it "Light" coloured) with a fine, but lasting head and thin lace. The sweet malt, honey and mild hop aroma requires some concentration. Fuggles IPA hops dominate while the Goldings provide the finishing touches both in flavor and aromatics. A hint of alcohol peeks through maze of wonderful flavors.

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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 Higravity
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually don't bother wth Young's but I was in the store and wanted something for befroe dinner and this seemed like it would do. Nice orangish body with a large white chunky head that hung out for a while and yeild tons of lace. Smells of sweet honey and a touch of hops backing it up. A nice smooth taste of a sweet ale with the honey really poping through the bready yeast and the hops barely exsistant. Great body with nice carbonation and very drinkable.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy golden color with a tall creamy white head that coats the sides of the glass as it dissipates. Nose is very floral with notes of fresh raw honey and sweet malts. Sweet malts come through up front in the taste with sweet honey and a bit of fruit rounding out the middle. Some bitter hops express themselves in the end balancing out the sweetness very nicely and leaving a dry finish. Medium-bodied with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, the honey is more apparent in the aroma than the taste and is very natural in all respects with no artificial notes that plague some beers of this type. I am a bit surprised at the low rating for this beer as I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Stopper
3.96/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 500ml bottle bought this in England last summer at a Young's pub in Chiswick, and it traveled back in my suitcase and has been in my fridge for a long time. I warmed it with my hands in the bottle for a while before opening.

It pours nicely into my imperial pint glass, with almost enough head to fill it. The body is a relatively clear, slightly yellowed amber, and the head is a bit watery with a mixed bead. A wonderful sweetness jumps out from the aroma, not really identifiable as honey, but some combination of a slightly toasted malt and a non-hop floweriness. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with a slight carbonation tingle. The flavor quickly brings the same toasty malt flavor that was in the nose, and this becomes more pronounced after swallowing, and is joined by slight hop flavor as a particularly drying finish arrives.

This is a nice refreshing bitter, with a pleasantly understated honey character and a distinctly refreshing dry finish.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.91/5  rDev +23.7%
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 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 Hefe
3.89/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 10/15/13

Appearance: Amber-gold with a thick white head, that eventually yields some nice lacing.

Smell: Some light malt, a touch of honey, and a gentle hoppy/floral tone.

Taste: Lightly fruity, with just a little honey, malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a little weight.

Drinkability: Smoth as all get out, just rolls down the palate.

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Photo of beerinabottle
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%

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 DypsoBubble
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a cat pee hop aroma too it and is light and tasty. Just reeks of summer. I was impressed when I did not expect to be.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a frothy white head. The aroma is sweet with a musty scent. The taste is dry with a light sweetness . It is a light tasting beer. It is quite refreshing and carries a slight honey flavor most likely acheived through the use of honey malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a light bodied beer with good carbonation. It is a good drinker; another winner from Young's.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask Draught @ Spread Eagle Pub: The beer pulled a somewhat lighter amber color. There was a slight head, but probably a reflection of how it was pulled. There was little carbonation, also. The aroma was that of honey and malts. I was suprised at the lack of sweetness to it. There was no real bitterness also,, it tended to finish a hair sour. Also was very smooth!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy honey gold with an orangish tint and a moderate amount of lazy carbonation. The cream-colored head is nicely firm and is substantial. It becomes somewhat rocky as it falls and leaves small clumps and chunks of lace on the glass. Waggledance resembles nothing so much as an IPA.

The aroma is unmistakably of honey. Since I like honey, I like it. There's also a pale malt component, but no hops that I could detect. Interestingly enough, honey doesn't make an appearance on the palate until the finish. It's good beer, I just wish that the honey flavor was present throughout the mouthful and was a bit stronger. The finish is also pretty intensely dry and acidic.

Prior to the honey-laden back end, this is a decent, although not a spectacular, English pale ale. A gentle wave of sweetish malt rolls over the tongue, supported by a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but could be bigger. I'd give this one a full, sticky body, make it more sweet and less bitter-dry and give it a stronger honey (maybe even a lemon-honey) flavor.

A glance at some of the other reviews tells me that Waggledance is a 'like it' or 'hate it' kind of beer. Not too many love it. Put me firmly in the 'like it' camp. It could be improved in a number of ways, but it's pretty good as is.

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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 jda007
3.79/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Scheity
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost immediately, it reminded me of Magic Hat No. 9. Not for the pure taste, but for the approach.

The beer itself, before the flavoring, doesn't involve a whole lot. A dry ale, tabula rasa or tofu sort of idea, where you let the flavoring do the work. And it's an inventive flavor -- sweet, but not cloying. That being said, it'd be a good session beer for a while. Magic Hat used to be one of my favorite sessions until the once-subtle apricot tastes overwhelms.

It pours out without much of a head into a golden color and possesses a nose that hints at the sweetness and bit of noble hops that come later. It's not a beer to dive into, really, but for just sitting around, especially during the spring or summertime on some porch somewhere, it's a solid choice.

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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 yen157
3.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was golden in color, but with no real head to speak of. Malt and honey were the main aromas. The malt flavor, along with that of toasted grains, tied in perfectly with the honey in this beer. The honey was more apparent in the smell than the taste. Moderately carbonated, this beer had a pleasant, smooth mouthfeel. Also, the honey flavor was so much more natural in this than more commercial honey beers such as Honey Brown or Michelob Honey Lager.

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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 Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is perfume and mild malt and crackers smell.

Taste is really perfumed; I can taste clover in this. There are mild tart and bitter accents to this brew. Mostly this brew is mild Perfume and bitterness in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, bites the tongue a bit.

An OK brew, but Young’s can brew better.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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Young's Waggledance Honey Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 136 ratings