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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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Lukie
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden colour with thin lacing. The lacing didn't stick at all, and the beer didn't seem super fresh.

Lot's of flowery aroma, with sweet honey and buscuity malts.

The taste was heavy malt, with caramel, honey and bready tones. There was very little bitterness.

It was alright for an after work drink, but I couldn't see myself drinking too many of these when there are better offerings.

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Photo of JDV
1.6/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This bottle is well past "best by" date, so perhaps not the most accurate rating coming up...Medium orange colored pour with a medium white head. Smell is malt, rust and metal. Taste is quite smooth and bland. Light honey and metallic flavors still, and this beer is surely not fresh. Still, I can tell this wouldn't be an offensive beer, but rather a simple one.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An ever-present beer in our local Co-operative store. The beer pours a light amber colour with a white head that disappears to suds.

The nose is dominated of malts, honey and toffee with a slight hint of zesty fruitiness.

The initial taste is dominated by malts and honey which make way for a burst of hoppiness in the after taste. These are pleasant but not too overpowering, but at the same time feel you leaving unsatisfied.

The beer is light bodied and refreshing, ideal for a hot day. However I found it a bit too bland in the taste department. Was a promising beer, but ultimately failed to entice my taste buds.

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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 BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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 kimcgolf
2.48/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I detected a slight honey aroma, but nothing like promised. Poured to a red-orange color with about a one-finger white/cream head that didn’t last long. The start of the bottle left a very metallic aftertaste, but as I got to mid-bottle, I noticed more honey flavor with a milder finish. The only thing unique about this beer is it’s name, and considering it’s named after a bee movement, I’m in no hurry to try this again any time soon.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -24.4%
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 -9.5%
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 -15.2%
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 -44.9%
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 +2.8%
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 +19.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +12.7%
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 +26.6%
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 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 sinistrsam
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -0.3%
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 -6.6%
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 doesn’t do much for me. Overall, average at best

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Photo of beersarang
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +4.1%
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 +7.6%
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 +3.2%
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 -3.2%
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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Young's Waggledance Honey Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 136 ratings