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The Honey Thief

Rating: 3.8

A new Williams Brothers beer for me now, this one being my 21st such beer from the brewery and one of the highlights (hopefully) from ten beers I picked up in Aldi recently as part of their summer beer festival promotion featuring countless Scottish brewery’s. This wasn’t the Williams Brothers beer I planned on picking up when I visited the store, I was actually looking for their Hipsway lager but instead found this and decided to give it ago based on past experience with the brewery. An interesting coincidence however is that Hipsway is named after a Glasgow band of the same name and The Honey Thief is a song of theirs so I assume that’s how this one got it’s name. Initially released in 2013 as part of Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt for that year, this was one of two Williams Brothers beer to feature in the competition along with Hipsway. The Honey Thief was actually one of the twelve finalists in a competition that was won by  B Bock* from Batemans brewery so all the signs point to this one being a fairly decent offering, let’s see if it actually is though.

The Honey Thief

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a very clear and light looking golden colour with hints of amber but the head is about a centimetre tall, maybe just a slight bit taller and the retention of this one is excellent. The head itself is white and very creamy looking, leaving a nice ring of lacing on the glass as well.
Aroma (7/10): Fairly sweet on the nose initially with the honey mentioned on the label, this comes through alongside some lemon and citrus notes with a  few subdued hops and some straw featuring. The beer is easy on the nose but not quite weak or watered down, the balance here seems about right with some spice and a few fruits making an appearance as well.
Taste (7/10): This one starts with some light, almost grassy hops and some straw with the honey sweetness from the nose following soon after. There was some good citrus and lemon flavours backed up by some good fruits as well as a pleasantly bitter taste that stops the beer from seeming overly sweet.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and seemingly very smooth with an almost creamy feel to the beer that features medium to high carbonation levels and a nice tang of the tongue from the citrus. This one has quite a nice mouthfeel and the balance is pretty good as well.

Overall (16/20): Good stuff from Williams Brothers here, I had a niggling fear that the beer might be overly sweet or sickening but the honey thankfully wasn’t as strong as is sometimes the case with this type of beer. The beer had some pleasant sweetness throughout but the bitterness towards the end and in the aftertaste helped to balance things out and keep things interesting. Smooth and with a good body, this one was very easy to drink and the zesty citrus gave the beer a nice edge.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Golden Ale
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Wishaw)
Price: £1.49

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  1. July 8, 2014 at 09:13

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