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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Bottle: Filtered.
Included in Sainsburyís Great Gritish Beer Hunt 2013
A warm Golden ale craft brewed with a blend of choice malts and hops to which we add a prepared infusion of honey and whole cone hops. The delicate sweet honey notes balance beautifully with the lemon and gooseberry aromas of our Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops.


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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CJGrip (19) - Greater London, - SEP 20, 2013
Light crisp, golden in colour. Tastes fairly hoppy with the hint of honey. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Bottled 10/09/14. A blonde beer with a white head and lace. No honey at first but it does kick in after a while and becomes a bit harsh. The beer behind is lightly hoppy. Certainly not a Cascade/Nelson hop bomb. It has a mark of Williams quality but the honey is not my thing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2687) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - golden amber with a nice head. Nose - honey and cereal. Taste - honey nut cornflakes. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly good finish. Overall - not as sweet as the nose suggested it would be. Quite pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (965) - SCOTLAND - JUN 23, 2014
500ml Bottle from Aldi:
Sweet with honey, lemon & citrus plus a few subdued hops & straw. There is some spice & a few fruits too.
Clear & light golden with hints of amber & a 1cm tall head with good retention. The head is white & creamy with a little lacing on the sides.
Light, almost grassy hops &e straw with a honey sweetness. There was good citrus & lemon backed up by some good fruits as well as a pleasantly bitter taste that stops the beer from seeming overly sweet.
Medium & smooth with a creamy feel and medium to high carbonation. This one has quite a nice mouthfeel and the balance is pretty good as well.

I was scared this would be overly sweet or sickening but the honey thankfully wasnít as strong as Iíd feared. Pleasantly sweet but the bitterness towards the end and in the aftertaste helped to balance things out and keep things interesting. An enjoyable beer.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrJamesMcEwan (48) - SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear, pale golden, with a thick white head that quickly thins. Light bodied, high carbonation, very fine bubbles. Aroma is ok, straw, lemon & watermelon. Taste is of hops, medium bitter, lemon & gooseberries. Very little honey. Finish is pepper, bitter & dry. Close to a larger.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (1953) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys, Watford. Poured a hazy yellow, with a halo of white head. Aroma of honey, peaches and grain. Initial flavours of straw, apricot and brown sugar. Finish was hay, grass and honeycomb.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (2364) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburyís Heaton, Newcastle. This is a very pale golden beer with honey, toffee and malty flavours, woody notes and a sweet floral and sugary finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle - Yellowy Gold in colour. Malty; honey, caramel, biscuity malts. Fruity; lemon citrus. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Sweet honey malty balanced by lemon citrus hops. Sweet-bitter, but a bit medicinal (lemon & honey throat pastilles). OK. Drinkable.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joe19612 (1861) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a light yellow colour with a mid size white head, aroma is very fruity and hippy, the taste is bitter with fruit with a short dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (10481) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Bottled 500ml from Sainsburyís in Banbury. Gold with white head. The clue is in the title I suppose, but yes, this had a sweet, honeyed aroma and flavour. There is a hint of citrus and a light kiwi fruit note, which for me is the signature of the Nelson Sauvin hop. The dominating note is the sweetness though, so my mark doesnít get too high, but itís drinkable and fine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Itís early on New Years Eve (2013) and I fancy a light semi-sweet beer: letís hope this 500ml bottle does the trick as I carry out a live tasting before the guest arrive for a party I didnít want at my house this evening. 500ml Bottle: BBD Mar 15. Poured slowly into a Duvel glass, just because I can. Clear golden body with an uneven pure white foaming head. The aroma is very lemon/citrus (which Iím not a fan of), however there is also trace of sweetness. OK, the honey might be playing a part in the smell, a definite honey whiff if Iím being honest. The taste leads with those citrus notes, however the honey sweetness and light malts take over mid-sip before giving way again to the citrusy hops which leave a lingering dry finish. Iíve lost count of the íHoney beersí Iíve had (mostly UK or Belgian): but this isnít as sweet or as bad as a lot of them. The honey influence is subtle, but strong enough to prevent the citrus flavours taking over completely, which a real bonus in my eyes. Still no guests and the wife is leaving me alone, so I might be able to sneak in another new beer before Iím required to be pleasant!


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