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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Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Timid and safe, yet solidly brewed. Mainly ale-like qualities in the pale malts, light hopping, bready, lightly fruity tones. Little in the way of honey other than a light confectionate sugar and clove qualities...more like honeysuckle. Sweetness begins to resemble flowery and perfumy notes. The body, mouthfeel, and cleanliness are all moderate with a lightly oily finish. If it were not for the word, 'honey' on the lable, then I would probably not have recognized it.

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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 oberon
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +26.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
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 Jason
1.94/5  rDev -38.8%
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 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 Gagnonsux
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is pale orange, with an almost pinkish tint. Carbonation is good. Head is large and a little fluffy. The aroma is of lightly sweet malts with a grainy aroma in the mix. Honey is barely detectable behind the other aromas. This really smells a lot like a lager. The taste seems closer to a clean euro lager than an EPA. A generic light malt sweetness is joined by grain flavor. Weak hops barely make a dent. The honey makes a cameo appearance in the finish. Not a bad beer or really a good one either. This is pretty much hot afternoon fodder.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%
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 GClarkage
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004. Purchased at Belltramo's Wines and Spirits in Menlo Park, CA. Had an expiration date of 12/04. Was lazy and didn't wash my imperial pint glass, so I poured it into a nice Weisen glass. The head was HUGE! Had to wait for it to go down before I could fit the whole bottle into the glass. Had very good lacing as there was still plenty on the glass at the time it was finished. Very nice deep golden color. Smelled of maybe a bit of malt, honey and a few hops. A little medicinal also. Tasted decent. Nothing special though. A bit of honey as expected. Very little hop taste there. A bit dry towards the end. Think I am just getting a cold (flu) so my taster may be a tad off. Wasn't a bad brew. I don't think it's as bad as it's ratings. Worth a try. Would really like to try on tap if it exists.

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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 WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
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 Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
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 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 jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Why did I have this notion that this was going to be a sweet beer?? Nice head and lace but the nose is only faintly honey. The brewer says "honey is added to the boil so there are no honey essences". Clearly a golden ale with hops and not much more. The finish is hoppy.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.74/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This has a very nice looking bottle. Unfortunately, looking at it unopened is about the greatest pleasure I got from this one.

Pours fizzily; an orange-copper body with a frothy almost-trying-to-be-creamy head, fed by masses of soft-drink like carbonation.

Pretty awful nose. A very intense smell of urine and fermented cidery apple juice. Not very pleasant at all.

The palate is slightly better in that it tastes of very little. Watery and weak. It's better than the off-smelling nose at least.

Very weak. What a joke. I've had better stuff from Young's. I just hope I had an off bottle or something.

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Photo of wl0307
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer at home with a BBE date of 28/11/05. This is the first time I try this honey beer in its bottle version, while in the past I occasionally had this beer handpumped at Young's pubs. Sometimes it was served too warm (I mean "not cool enough") and I rarely found it appealing at all. Let's see how this bottled verison goes:

Appearance: served in a pint-size transparent jug, it comes in dark-orange or dark-amber colour, with a quite foamy but fast retreating beerhead and abundant carbonation.
Smell: a little grassy and apple-candyish note comes out first, combined with an undercurrent of honeyish note, which is not too strong and I welcome that; the nose is somehow akin to some malty German lagers I've tried?!
Taste & Aftertaste: contrary to my anticipation, at first the honey flavour is not so explicit; instead the fizzy mouthfeel brings with it a sweetish but tangy sting; the finish sees the round, honeyish savour and flowery hoppyness at work...the two intertwine to construct an interestingly dry but warm aftertaste in the throat.
Mouthfeel: overall, no particular element is strong enough to overpower one another--lightly malty, lightly hoppy and lightly honeyish. The finish is quite good, though, as it's quite dry and one would tend to go for more especially on a hot summer afternoon.
Drinkability: I personally think this beer tastes more honeyish sweet in cask version, but the bottled one is better in that I could control the temperature to the cool-enough point for a relaxing savour in the backyard.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.64/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold with an ivory head, good carbonation, and lots of lace. And it goes downhill from here.... Aroma not very pleasant; a strange cooked-corn lagerish smell similar to the mega-brews. A non-descript malt flavor (again mega-brew-ish); not very sweet and NO HONEY character at all. Light bodied with light creaminess.

My least favourite Young's product.

Label states "Ale brewed and flavoured with honey" & "Fuggles and Goldings hops" -- I did not smell or taste either... false advertising ? ;-)

(16.9 oz bottle for $2.69)

Best before: 03/03 Tasted: 01/26/03

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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 Suds
2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden, dark-straw color with a small white head. Honey is plainly evident in the aroma. Taste is puzzling, though. The beer is dry. The label remarks about goldings and fuggles, but they're barely evident. More fun to smell than to drink. To be honest, I'm really not a big fan of the style, and won't go out of my way for this one again.

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Photo of mynie
2.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty, golden with a nice head.

Slight metallic smell with hints of grain, a hint of very icky hops. I can't smell any honey.

Doesn't taste as bad as it smells. Bitter and Sour malt upfront, very dry in the back with just a hint of hops. Still no honey. What the hell?

Thin body that's unevenly fizzy. Goes down smooth enough, though.

This is really not a good beer. Seems like Youngs is rather hit (Chocolate Stout and Ram Rod) or miss (Dirty Dicks and this).

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

This one didn't really light a fire under any part of my body. Young's brews have all fallen a little flat for me with the notable exception of the Double Chocolate Stout. Pours an appropriate honey color with a medium off-white head. Very little honey in the aroma. Honey is understated in the flavor as well, but honestly there is probably a fine line between too little and too much honey, and I would rather lean the 'too little' way. Unfortunatley there really wasn't much hops or malt to back up the lack of honey flavor in this brew. Cool name though!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Another classic 1pt 0.9fl.oz Young’s embossed bottle. The orange and brown label states “Young’s Waggledance Honey Ale” with a Gold & Orange Young’s Ram Logo being circled by a busy bee on the neck label. I love the bottles that Young’s use, they really do beg to be saved and popped on the shelf after use. The reverse label has a ‘nicked’ Best Before date of August 2003. Oops, guess I left this one in the Fridge too long. Listed as 5.0% ABV on the front label.

Appearance: Lovely golden color, absolutely perfectly clear, with not a single blemish. Good levels of dissolved carbonation, some nice lacing on the glass walls. A nice off-white head, that lasts and lasts, looks great and gives an excellent appearance to this bottled beer once in the glass.

Nose: Toasted malts and a light sweetness mixed with a smell of Brewers Yeast tablets. I detect honey but it is certainly subliminal.

Taste: Toasted malts with a soft honeyed sweetness in the latter third. It leaves a feeling in the mouth akin to that experienced after eating a full packet of Honey flavored Lockets, a UK boiled cough lozenge that has a soft honey center. It’s not bad, just, well, rather different. I don’t remember it being this obscure when I first drank this in the late 1980’s.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average body, which can feel a tad thin and at times, even watery after a few mouthfuls. The honey residue left in the mouth leaves a cloying feeling after the soft and sweet ending.

Drinkability: It’s 5%ABV, but is considered to be somewhat of a premium beer in the UK market, on Cask at least. Its one saving grace is the fact that it is not overtly sweet or cloying. Somewhat of a specialist beer mi thinks, a couple of Pints would be more than enough for me.

Overall: I am old fuck, its official. I originally drank this beer back in the late 1980’s, when it was brewed by Ward’s of Sheffield. After Ward’s closed, it moved further North to Vaux of Sunderland. After they closed it moved South to Young’s. Is there a pattern emerging here? Anyone who is superstitious may well worry. Is this a Jinxed beer? I hope Young’s don’t befall the same fate as the last two brewers of this Beer!! Too much hype and not enough beer I think.

An adopted part of Young’s portfolio, this is not really a “Young’s” beer at all to be honest, and it shows. OK, but very average.

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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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