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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2002

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orangey honey colored with an off-white head. Nothing jumps out in the nose, but perhaps a slight sweetness. This tastes like it could be a fruity nut brown rather than the honey beer it's suppose to be. The honey flavor is very subtle. There's a brief wave of the taste over the tongue approximately once every other sip. It was a sharp and bitter in the mouth at first and the sour aftertaste lingered. Not terrible, but not terribly good.

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Photo of klewis
2.39/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Fittingly, this brew looks like honey in color and pours with a fairly large foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is predominantly malty and obnoxiously sweet smelling.

T: Plenty of honey and hops flavors in the taste. Unfortunately, the tastes of sweet and bitter are not mixing well here.

M: Light and watery in body with a moderate carbonation.

D: I'll choke the rest of this bottle down, but I'll definitely pass next time.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found in a Moscow supermarket, this dark brown half liter bottle has a quasi-hourglass shape and a bee etched on the shoulders. The label is brown and orange, with a bee flying towards some flowers. Honey is an ingredient - duh. Best before 10/23/06, I opened it on 4/22/06.

Pours a clear cinnamon pinkish gold under a one finger pale gold head with lots of body. Medium retention with a bit of stickiness generates a few lace strings. There's not much at all in the nose, maybe just a hint of floral hops. Very (almost painfully) well-carbonated and fairly light in the mouth. There's so much carbonation here that the taste buds have a hard time discerning much of anything. There's a touch of sour malt, and a bit of dry floral bitter from the hops. Nothing lasts long, leaving just some dryness in the aftertaste. The honey doesn't merge until well after the beer and settled, warmed and released its carbonation. The last few sips were much better than what preceded them, but that won't save this beer.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
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 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 hoffman
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Scheity
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
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 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 pentathlete
3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange in the wider part of the tumbler, but much lighter in the narrower section. Big off white head that falls to a table and plenty of stickage too. Rather tame smell of mild malts, but not much else. Nothing to indicate honey is involved. Taste is smooth, pale malts and, yes, there is a sweetness throughout. Not a thing off putting, just lacks any magic. Mouthfeel is slick, medium, and satsifying. This is a nice quaff, while nothing incredibly special, it is a well-made, tasty beer.

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Photo of Higravity
4/5  rDev +26.2%
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 chOAKbarrell
3.89/5  rDev +22.7%
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 sinistrsam
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy golden color, barely translucent, with a foamy white head. The head died down quickly, leaving impressive lacing. Swirling around the glass left me with the impression of being more watery than I had hoped.
The aroma was mostly honey, with some sweet malts and hops, but both of those were very mild.
The taste was that of a sweet ale, but nothing terribly interesting or complex. Yes, mostly honey, mild hops and sweet malts, but by no means a complex beer.
It was refreshing and very drinkable, something more akin to a summer day than a winter snowstorm. Nice effort on Young's part.

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Photo of maddamish
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy honey brown when poured. Nice foamy head that quickly dissipated. Laced nicely.

Smell: Honey and hop notes are present here. The honey is readily present and the hops are strong but not overbearing.

Taste: A little watery and one noted. Yes, there is a honey presence here but that is about it. I was hoping for something a little more complex and was disappointed.

Drinkability/Notes: This is a brew that you can enjoy on a summers day but it left me kind of wanting. The beer really was a bit watery. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad offering but do not expect anything complex here.

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Photo of Stubbie1
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
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 doesnÂ’t do much for me. Overall, average at best

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Photo of beersarang
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden with hints of brown. White head is fluffy but recedes quickly.
Some bubbles float up.

Not much in the aroma department. Soft malts with a little honey sweetness. A dash of floral hops. Too weak.

Rounded malt presence, a bit one dimensional. Good dosage of bitterness seems out of balance given the presence of honey. Little or no hop presence, very blended. Hops show their floral character during burps. Finishes a bit sweet on the exhale thanks to the honey, but overall honey is not the dominant player in this beer.

Good smooth mouthfeel with very light carbonation overall.

Not spectacular by any means, I get the feeling England produces a lot of beer like this.

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Photo of packetknife
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange-yellow color with a thinning frothy white head. Mead on the nose, that is to say it smells a lot more like honey than it tastes. Some hoppiness on the nose too but my first impression was mead mixed with water (on the nose). Decent malts on the tongue, some light hop, and the expected honey. However, it tasted almost like mead was mixed in at some point to a light cream ale. Felt good on the tongue, good carbonation and crisp.

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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 Naerhu
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - Thin head, beautiful amber body, very little carbonation visible.
s - Huge sticky, one dimensional honey aroma. Thats it, just honey.
t - The initial flavor is primarily malty and not so much honey, however the after taste is very strong on a sort of artificial honey flavor. Very weak bitterness.
m - Very surprised at the moderate carbonation, when none was really visable.
d - This is a really easy drinking beer, but the honey flavor builds as you drink, and makes it less drinkable.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a deep yellow, clear beer with a three finger head. OK for an English pale ale.

Aroma was sweet, with definite rich honey notes. There was a load of medium malts underneath, but it was not incredibly well balanced.

Taste was malty, a little bitter, and floral. There was a honey aftertaste. No doubt a load of it was used in this brew.

Mouthfeel was weak and didn't match the flavor. Drinkability is not good, and I would not have this again.

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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 Luigi
1.89/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Hazy orange color with a decent off white color. Smells odd. Aroma is over powered but a sweet grains smell. Body is meduim bodied with light carbonation. Taste is again over powered with a odd sweet grain flavor. Diacetyl! Very overpowering. Makes the beer taste odd. I can't really taste any hops or malts because of it. I really was dissapointed by the beer. I like almost all the beer Young's make, but this one sucked!

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

Appearance - Rich golden color, and just slighly hazy. Good head initially, not so good retention. OK beer lace, too.

Smell - Malty sweet. There is something in there that makes me think "lager," but this is plainly not the case. I do not detect much in the way of hop aroma.

Taste - The taste is also malty, but hop bitterness comes through. There is a honey flavor as well, and maybe even a grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel - The body is light, probably due to the honey. This throws me a bit - I was expecting something a little bigger.

Drinkability - This is easy to drink, but not super appealing. I would have another.

Comments - This beer is worth a try. In my opinion, honey is somewhat of a suspect addition to most beers, and this one is no different. Good but not great. Great name, though.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint bottle, in a German glass.

Appearance: Golden amber color, slight bit of haze, with a decent frothy head.

Aroma: Slightly grainy, very perfumy scent.

Flavor: Sweet malty flavor up front, with an odd candy-like flavor. Yeast character is fairly fruity (pear-like). Slight hop flavor at the end (though bitterness is fairly low), which is drier than expected, and very quick with little aftertaste.

Body: Light, well-attenuated.

It's been a couple years since I had a bottle of this, and again I find it a disappointing, very ordinary beer.

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