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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2002

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on cask at the Lamb on Conduit St. in London.

This ale poured a clear, honey-gold color with thin, whitish foam. The smell was slightly malty with a light hint of hops (bitter), but overall the smell was minimal. The taste was slightly sweetly malty with a hint of honey flavor. There was a light bitter hoppiness in the finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low carbonation. Overall this was an OK ale, but somewhat disappointing.

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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 bditty187
2.13/5  rDev -32.8%
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 Hefe
3.89/5  rDev +22.7%
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 BenConnery
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden colour on pouring, a little white head atop the pint glass.
The honey is not strong in the aroma but hints of it are there.
Beer is light in the mouth with some subtle honey hints and a very smooth feel. Quite an easy drinking beer and most enjoyable but the honey flavours are not what I expected. Perhaps a stronger honey could be used? Or more of it?

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Photo of nixhecks
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murkey golden honey color with a large white head that left good lacing and retained well. I was a little bummed because I just got home to sit down and have a beer and I noticed the "best before" date is 7/2003. Oh well, I will give it a try, smells okay at least for now. The smell is very floral with the hop additions, also there is an underlying essence of soft honey sweetness and a tinny-metallic aroma (maybe that is from the age - dunno). The taste is very mellow and soft to start with, however it quickly transformed into a tart, bitter bite finishing off with a bit of sweet malt and what could have been honey. Even so it was not very balanced, the flavor changes were too extreme. I would have to say that there is a chance that being a month and a half past expiration may have effected this ale's quality. However, it was stored in a refrigerator in a dark area for most of its life, so this might just have a weird taste. Not bad, but can't recommend.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps English bees make very mild honey, but I didn't get a clear impression that there was any honey in here after the initial aroma. It poured with a coppery golden body and a creamy off-white head. The aroma was malt and a touch of honey sweetness. The taste, to me, seemed like what an American lager tries to be, a subdued sweetness and mild hops. Is this the ale that thinks it's a lager??? Mouthfeel was thinner than I would have thought from the creamy head, with a medium carbonation. The finish was mild hops and lemon.

A good introductory beer, for macrodrinkers. For those who like Young's other offerings, like the Luxury Double Chocolate Stout, or the Oatmeal Stout, or the Old Nick Barleywine, Waggledance is not quite up to the standards set by those beers, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Darkale
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
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 StevieW
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. bottle. Now that American Beer Month is over, I can branch out a little. I guess I was expecting more from this one. Pours a shiny, clear, golden yellow color with a beige head. Faded fast to a tight dusting atop the brew. Some faint honey and old beer malt smells on the nose. Not much. Taste is sweet and some honey as expected, but it goes beyond subtle to almost not there. Had to swirl the glass several times to get some smells and tastes stirred up. Lots of meadow, mown hay smells, along with a lingering sweetness to finish. Drinkable and ever so slightly refreshing. I think I have had enough honey beers for a while.

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Photo of Loki
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a British Pint bottle at Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC.

Poured a golden honey yellow, with a small white head that left no lacing. Crystal clear and looks fairly thin.

Aromas of, well not honey, but slight malt and some other fruits, but not honey.

Tastes of, wait a minute. Where the hell is the honey? Is this a honey ale b/c its a honey color? Because there is no honey in the nose or on the palette. Slightly watery mild malt with faint hops some light fruit, but definitely no honey here. Mouthfeel is light and nothing more than average. I was disappointed by this beer, especially since I hold Young's other offerings in such high regard. I don't see myself having another.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
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 LarryKemp
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy golden with a fair sized white head. The head lasted throughout the pint. As the beer warmed from refer temperature, the beer cleared. The aroma was primarily of malt and maybe a little honey. The taste was mild but quite a mixture of honey and honey sweetness along with malt and a bit of hop bitterness. This combination made the sweetness not overpowering. I particularly enjoyed tasting the honey but not being blown away by it. The mouthfeel was medium with a little sweet slickness. The beer was quite drinkable but I don't think I could drink more than one at any sitting. I finished this beer while eating popcorn and the combination was terrific. Salt and sweet.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a .5L bottle poured into a Young's pint glass. This brew poured the color of honey with about 1.5 fingers of foam, which dies down pretty quick, but leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. There is a light bit of honey to the smell. The taste is sweet honey with not too many hops to be detected. This beer's mouthfeel is a little light, but it has a good drinkability and is a good session beer.

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Photo of koolkat
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is supposed to be a honey beer, but the honey flavors just dont come out in force. I wasexpecting something with a bit more honey flavor maybe more of a braggot. The beer pours a nice deep golden color with a nice head. The only hint of honey is in the aftertaste with a slight possible honey flavor that is totally overshadowed by the maltiness of this beer. Nothing too hoppy about it, the beer achieves a good balance, with the line falling a bit more to the malt side, as I like it. It comes off as a traditional english ale, and if you like the style you shouldnt be dissappointed.

Overall a good beer and given the choice I would definately get it again, but dont go looking to this for a very strong honey beer flavor, it is rather subtle.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.08/5  rDev +28.7%
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 kbub6f
3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a day in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

A big, dense white head collapses crusty. There's some decent lacing. The beer is a slightly cloudy orange/gold.

The smell is dull, hard to pin. There's some citrus, maybe a little spice? And it's a little dusty. The front is sweet/sourish. Some British butterscotch in the middle, already hinting at a hoppy, bitter finish. The aftertaste is nice and fresh, not at all sweet or cloying. Overall, it's pretty good, if a little nondescript.

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Photo of kwill
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
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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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 Morris729
4/5  rDev +26.2%
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 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 BeerAngel
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear pale golden color with a massive cream-colored head that dissipates into a lumpy froth. The distinctive smell of honey (obviously), lightly sweetened malts, and a hint of hops make up a nice blend for mouth-watering aromas. The taste does not repeat the domination of honey, yet it is more a blend of earthy malts, tart hops, and honey way in the background. It is nicely balanced. This is would make a nice summer beer IMO as it has a light body and finishes lightly crisp and with a faint bitter. This is not an awesome brew, but I could drink this again when the Texas heat comes out. Cheers!

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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 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 yen157
3.76/5  rDev +18.6%
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 Mark
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
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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Young's Waggledance Honey Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.17 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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