Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle: Pasteurised.

A pale golden potion with delicate red hues, WychCraft has a heady burst of fresh citrus aroma derived from three infusions of Styrian golding hops. A sprig of gentle warming malty flavour finishes with a dry biscuit note and a counterpoise of bitterness.
WychCraft’s innovative new recipe includes adding three infusions of Styrian Goldings hops to the copper, to create a highly aromatic brew, bursting with succulent citrus and lime hop character. A light base of delicately flavoured English Fuggles hops, and the use of a lager malt, help retain the signature hop character and create a wonderfully aromatic and fragrant summertime beer. Beguiling to the end.

Hops: Fuggles and Styrians
Malts: Lager and Caramalt.

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JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2007
Golden coloured brew, white head. Aroma is quite fruity. Orange marmalade, soft spice and a fresh cut grass character underneath. Biscuity malts. Lovely aroma, really. Sweet and aromatic. Flavour of orange peel, berries and pears. Minerally bitterness on the back. Nicely refreshing, especially after following a few barleywines.

Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Another good beer from Wychwood, but not nearly their best, this one is good, drinkable, but not exciting or unusually satisfying. It is golden/light amber with a small but dense off-white head that steadily dissipates to a lasting but very thin head and weak lacing. The aroma is mild, malty, yeasty bread with hints of apple and pine. The taste is similar, with a definite hoppy bitterness that mellows and blends nicely with the rest over time, a definite bread flavour, mild sweetness. It has a pretty strong hop character for an English bitter. It’s light, crisp, easy to drink and quite nice, but not outstanding.

OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
500 ml bottle, best before 21Aug08. Golden amber colour with a mostly lasting fizzy and creamy off-white head. Grassy, orange, floral, and pithy aroma. Toasty malts with a citrus pithy, perfumy, and lightly metallic bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, juicy but bordering on watery. Pretty good for Wychwood but nothing mindblowing.

bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2007
This is an easy to drink ale with a healthy bite of hops and an underlying base of malt. The slight watery taste at first left me wondering what it was going to finish like, but then waiting for it to warm up let the floral elements out.

MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - NOV 3, 2007
Nice dark bitter flavors. Very similar to Wychwood’s Hobgoblin beer, IMO, which I also like. Nice contrast to the sweeter more complex beers I’ve been drinking lately. Very drinkable.

Buddahchild (28) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Straw-yellow in color. Aromas of citrus, light floral hops, and hay. Med-light bodied with dry bitter hop flavors, little yeasty with slight lemon zest.

BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle purchased at the Wet Grocer in Gunnison, CO. Pours hazy dark yellow with a large, creamy, off-white head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (flowers), average yeast (dough) with notes of apple and pear. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

Englander (21) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2007
Minimal head, with light hop aroma. Has a hint of citrus and is quite bitter. Too many bubbles which make it hard to drink.

Ernest (7790) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of diacetyl and soap. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Just another very characterless ale from Wychwood.

bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
500 ml brown bottle from Bottle Barn. Floral aroma. Takes awhile to find out it’s citrus. Hazy orange amber color with a white head that left lace tatters. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The flavor starts with citrus peel and bready notes. It finishes fairly dry, with a bit of malt and a good dose of bitter in a floral, arguably citrus, way. Just another very excellent ale from Wychwood. Perhaps a bit more complex than most of theirs, but aren’t they all just great?

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