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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2002

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Photo of GreenCard
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: dark gold to amber color, good clarity, thin layer of bubbly white foam, poor head retention

Aroma: bready/yeasty, dark honey, "vomity" hop scent

Flavor: dry malt profile with a bit of grain tannin harshness, hint of honey flavors (though not the sweetness of honey), slight tang, finishes dry with an aftertaste of hop greenery bitterness and some residual fermented honey, gummy-bear flavord burps (weird!)

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, mild carbonation, rough texture

Other comments: Not as harsh as the cask version I tried before (see review below), but that same odd bitterness is still there, though more subdued. Comparing the two, my initial feeling is confirmed: this beer is not very good!

*For laughs, I mixed some mead into the last half of it... much better!

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Photo of filabrazilia
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear honey golden witha thick cream head. Decent lace.

There's not much aroma to this beer save for a faint sweetness that is kind of like honey.

This is an exceptionally dry beer; there's a wine like quality to it. It's fruity and dry like some cheap wine. Don't get me wrong, it's not awful, it's just not what I thought it would bee.

It's thin dry and not very nice on the mouth.

I had high expectations for this beer. I thought the honey would give this ale a nice dimension of sweetness. Instead, it was very dry and a tad disappointing.

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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 Quaffer
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A golden amber beer that poured crystal clear. The off-white head rose up coarse and fizzy, only gaining size when I really roughened up the pour. No lace left behind.

Smell: The smell right after the pour was very light and sweet, but not really honey sweet. As the beer sat, the aroma gained some depth and the smells of roasted malt, cherries, and light citrus came through. At this point, I thought I could detect some honey on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very thin bodied and harsh in the mouth. Nothing impressive here.

Taste: Very little flavor upfront. Then some light malt and a hops bitterness kicked in, combined with hints of fruit. A sweetness gained strength on the finish, as well as an off-tasting bitterness. A little sour on the aftertaste.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body. Slight head with fair retention

Smell, limited, some malt sweetness, not much else

Taste, very watery, little sweetness and a little bitterness on the finish, slight biscuit finish also

Not much trace of honey in this one, fullers has a much better attempt, still, i like the name

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.52/5  rDev +11%
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 avylover
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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 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 brewdlyhooked13
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer for too long, it happens. "Enjoy by Feb '03"...oops.

Appearance - a honey colored brew with a creamy tan head of about a finger. A wisp of sediment reaching down a bit like a funnel cloud.

Aroma - weak, slightly stale smelling malt. some vague sweetness.

Taste - English malt base, tasty, a touch of hops. The honey I don't taste, but the sweetness is there. A little bite of hoppiness well after the swallow, a delayed effect. Not bad for a beer 15 months past its 'Best By' date.

Mouthfeel - softly carbonated, smooth, well done.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer and was impressed how well it held up this far past its peak. It deserves another tasting with a fresher bottle, methinks.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a honey colored beer, with a small, bubbly, cream colored head. Lots of little bubbles cling to the side. Light malt scent. As for the taste, it is a light brew, sweet malt up front, touch of honey in the aftertaste. Slight hop presence. I suspect the reason some of the other BAs feel so negatively about this beer is that it doesnt have any real intense flavors. But i do think they may have achieved what they were going for, a delicate brew with a touch of honey.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i recently went on a tear with English / Scottish brew -- Young's, Samuel Smith's, Fuller's, Black Douglas, etc... the first few were great but this brew is lacking in taste, character and honey... This poured a clear light amber, with a quickly dissapting heat that left minimal lacing down the glass. There was a slight (and I mean slight) aroma of honey, sweet malt and herbal hops. The taste was very bland and I was left wanting more --- between the name, the label, the heavy glass, etc.... I was sucked in and I wanted to really like this brew but it turned out to be boring in a word. No real prominent charateristics to speak of and no real sedate, soft pleasant notes either. Just kind of there... for the price you can grab another nice Young's single (ie. stout, Ram Rod) and be satiated.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the second time I've tried this beer. I can't remember all of the details of my first sampling, but I remember not liking the beer at all. This second bottle seems like an entirely different -- and much better -- beer. A crystal clear, deep golden-colored beer with a "one-finger," lasting head. The aroma has a distict honey tone, which I recall searching for and not finding the first time I tried it.

The beer has a light crystal malt flavor and a light-to-moderate bitterness (as far as English beers go). There's something funny in the mouthfeel I don't like, but can't describe adequately. Although this bottle is not obviously oxidized, it doesn't seem fresh, either.

This is a decent beer, but nothing to write home about. I would guess that -- like any beer -- it would be much better if sampled when fresh. (My bottle says best before Sept. '04 and I'm reviewing it in Apr. '04, so it's not outdated, but it did have a boat ride "across the pond.")

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Photo of Stopper
3.96/5  rDev +24.9%
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 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 ColForbin
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a white head. Nose is malty with a hint of honey - not much in the way of hops. Tastes like a basic British pale ale with malty floral sweetness. Strong honey aftertaste. Very light mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Would be a good drink on a warm spring day, but not much to write home about.

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Photo of Ahhdball
1.95/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

What the hell? Is this a joke? I'm trying to figure out which is worse, the name or the beer. Are the gentlemen at Young's laughing at us?
Light gold color with absolutely no head to speak of. If I smelled anything it may have been wheat or some other grain. Taste was bitter and sour, a few licks of hops and sugar present but I didn't taste any honey. Mouthfeel was sticky and pungent to the tongue. No, I won't have this again.

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Photo of necoadam
2.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Waggledance? It tastes just as terrible as it sounds. Pours out a hazy light amber color with lacing around the glass all the way until the end. Smell consisted of some malts that were very distant and some honey, there's some other smell in there but I really don't know what on earth it is. Taste is just all over the place. i think this isn't balanced. It's quite thin overall, some malts kick in, then some honey and some dryness that gets a little harsh afterwards. If this was balanced then perhaps this would be a kick ass brew, but as it stands, it's quite bad. But hey, who am I to judge, pick up a bottle and see if you like it.

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Photo of mschofield
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thick honey gold, topped with a generous creamy off white head that deflates to a floating mushroom cap. Leaves blocks of lace here and there.
Sweet aroma, honey and fruit.
The taste, is again quite sweet and can get cloyingly so. Apricot, apple, grassy, slightly acrid/bitter. I noticed the honey in the aftertaste more than up front. A tropical fruit undertone.
Light to medium bodied, a bit too sweet to be enjoyable for too long.

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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 BeerManDan
2.92/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a light golden color with very little foam to none. The smell of honey was evident along with a hint of malt. The taste of honey and malts were there, but, not impressed with it. The finish was sort of flat and lack luster, just nothing outstanding. Maybe the term used for this ale is, boring!

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