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Golden Champion - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2002

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 53
Photo of tonyf55
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 500ml clear bottle into a Badger pint glass.

Appearance (4): Golden yellow with a high clarity and many active carbonation bubbles. Pure white 1-finger head settles to a 1/2 finger pretty quickly. Remaining head lasts. Lacing is present and gentle.

Aroma (4.75): Huge hit of floral aroma with elderflower being the dominant scent. Lemon rind, light hay, and a subtle earthiness also play along - making the beer smell like a summer meadow.

Taste (4): Initial sweetness is light but quickly opens up to the flavor of a juicy mandarin orange with a bit of lemon zest. Sweet orange flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Strikes a great balance with light to medium carbonation washing over the pallet is a relatively light body. Coupled with the fruity citrus flavours, this beer gives a real 'juicy' flavour on the pallet - like biting into a slightly carbonated mandarin orange.

Overall (4.5): A beer that does a masterful job of blending a fantastic floral aroma with a juicy, fruity flavour. This beer is versatile - easy drinking enough for your friend who not a big beer person, but interesting enough to satisfy even the staunches beer-geek.

Photo of mick_cooper
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly unique, fruity taste - light and golden. Very refreshing.

Photo of leitmotif
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got this one a while ago. Forgot about it in the fridge.

Poured into a pint glass. I guess i knew after i finished the pouring routine that this won't be some special something. Light copper appearance. 1mm lacing with no retention. It vanished right away.

Smells of fresh earth and some dust. The good part doesn't come together. I would like to smell flowers and that little hint of tangerine in the front, not covered by mud and vacuum bag.

The taste fortunately doesn't follow the nose all the way. Elderflower present, malty with some bitter sweet hop finish. Nice but nothing to die for.
The mouth feel is fuzzy. It doesn't make me a bit curios about finishing the beer.

It's not a Champion. Not even golden.

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a pale copper with a finger width of white bubbly head.

Smell- Straw, floral notes, citrus, grassy

Taste- Light grass and citrus flavours are predominate followed by floral notes and buttery malts. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation and a slight fluffiness.

Overall- A pleasant EPA by Badger. I enjoyed the citrus and floral notes to this brew. The aromas could be more pronounced but otherwise very drinkable and worth a try.

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corn silk blonde with stiff pitted snow white foam. Lots of fresh lemon zest on the nose with cream cracker crumbs and sweet nectar underneath.
Bread crust and unripe peach with sweet floral and tangerine ending.
Lychee ending and slightly spicy linger. Round, chewy, light verging towards medium.

Not sure I know the taste of elderflower very well, but there is definitely a perfumed thing here layered with fruity sugar and EKG spice. It might all be a bit too fragrant to make a true summer drinker, but it's far more complex than the average blonde.

Quite rightly regarded as Badger's best.

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml clear (sigh) bottle.

This beer pours a clear pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, honeycombed white head, which leaves a nice round webbed pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells fairly fruity, with some orange rind, slight generic tropical notes, and soft under-ripe melon, a bit of oily, bready malt, and a distractingly skunky, weedy hoppiness. The taste is bready, softly biscuity, buttery malt, a mild orchard fruitiness, some ethereal spice notes, and a nice even leafy, woody hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tame, the body medium-light in weight, and decidedly smooth. It finishes rather off-dry, the bready malt facing the culmination of a slowly burgeoning pepper spiciness, together with the faithful earthy, leafy hops.

Wow, another clear-bottle Jekyll and Hyde deal - skanky Heineken on the nose, and then, presto - a surprisingly tasty ale, once through the rabbit hole. I quite like the peppery spice notes of this offering, which would indeed complement the label's gustatory suggestions. A very drinkable pale ale, nicely sweet and balanced; just have a look-see at the opening act - it could use some work.

Photo of cervezango
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is nice, honey type suger mouth feel and taste, a little tangy also a bit of menthol in the after taste, that cool methol feel is nice, very refreshing for an ale. hazy gold ale with half finger o' head and lotsa lace , smells like apple ,hops a little grass.

its not all fun and games, as it warms up in your mouth you a get a ncie little hops bite, but still this beer would be great for after a long hike on a hot day or the fourth of july or somthing(except for that its an ENGLISH pale ale). ive had one other beer from this brwery and it was ok, "the hopping hare" which was decent, but this is real nice, would be a great begginers beer but is also as complex as you like.

a very happy beer, sunny beer.

wow its all ready gone...

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before April 12, no year indicated.

Clear orange, with a white head. Bubbles don't last too long, and leave a thick film and some lacing. Sweet and fruity on the nose, a bit floral and some melon. Taste has some bitterness, more honey-like sweetness and some fruit notes - perhaps some juicier citrus. A bit bready, and some moderately harsh bitterness. Decent flavour, perhaps a bit old, but toned down bitterness could make this nicer. More definitely suited to warmer days.

Photo of BGDrock
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: nice golden (duh) colour, with a slight rosiness; good, surprisingly thick head

Aroma: lightly fruity, and you really do get a hint of tangerine as suggested on the bottle; a hint of hops turns up after a few sniffs

Taste & Mouthfeel: first thing that sticks out is a sort of creaminess in texture; not as sweet as expected (which is good) and not too hoppy either; the fruitiness becomes more apparent with time

Overall: would say it is well balanced, but there isn't that back and forth between malty and hoppy, it just hovers in the middle. An excellent beer with great mouthfeel

Photo of mintjellie
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden colour with a somewhat retentive off-white head that laces spottily. It's aroma shows pungently floral and peppery top notes with an underlying bready base note. Upfront baked biscuit flavour, followed by fruity pear, spice, and floral notes midpalate. Finishes with hay, honey, and mild lingering bitterness. Light-bodied with low carbonation, it goes down quite smoothly. A tasty golden ale that strikes a good balance between sweetness, spice, and delicate bitterness. A fine summer ale with an aroma reminiscent of the season itself.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has been in my fridge for a while, and with it being the last day of summer I figured it'd be a good one to go out on.

Pours golden with a tinge of orange topped by a thin head and lots of lacing. Looks good.

Aroma of light pine and earth with hints of citrus.

Taste is bready and biscuity with a hint of grain, ginger, honey, apple with a pleasing floral bitterness in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Not a particularly great fit for a cold September night, but this would have gone down really easily in the earlier part of the summer for sure.

Photo of BBP
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Surprisingly enough, golden, with a decent head and decent retention. Slight lacing.

S- Slightly sweet in a honey like way with grassy hops and grainy malt. Very slight apple-like fruitiness.

T- The tastes is very balanced. There's a fruity sweetness that seems to be balanced by the hops. Some biscuit malt also rounds it out. There's not a lot to elaborate on. It's pretty straightforward, but it is done pretty well.

M- Medium full to heavy for the style. It's quite carbonated, but not in an aggressive way.

O- A very decent beer. Not lacking in flavor for 5%, but not intense either. I could see myself drinking this as a go to beer if it weren't priced like an import.

Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale golden copper colour, with a finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing, with little visible body carbonation.

S - Scent is a bit fruity with some citrus notes and orange peel with a caramel backbone.

T - Earthy fruity notes, with the citrus peel and leafy hops coming through. A sweeter caramel malt comes through on the finish.

M - Could use a bit of a carbonation lift, but not to be interpreted as flat.

O - A tasty summer ale, and fitting for the marketing they present. Summer in a bottle indeed. Refreshing and light, but full of flavour. I quite enjoyed this one.

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Say what you will about the British people, but their ales are certainly good looking. Golden Badger has a honey colour, perfect clarity and shimmering golden luster - a look that's as British as the Union Jack. Its bubbles work at island speed - Britain's an island too, you know - and don't amount to much head. No matter, my mouth began salivating at first sight.

The beer first struck me as slightly distinct, although I couldn't quite put my finger on why. My first inclination was wildflower honey. Then I almost mistook it for ginger ale, which I still insist it does greatly resemble. And then I read the label - elderflower. That makes sense. I'm starting to get where the bottle neck's statement "summer in a glass" is coming from.

The carbonation has an extra spring in its step which really accentuates the water minerals; its level of refreshment is on level with that of cold, sparkling mineral-water. The effervescence not only quenches, but it rams the hop oils right into the palate, making such an impression that zestful, lightly fruity and acidic notes linger as oppose to the malt.

What little flavour can be described won't entirely account for why this pint is disappearing so fast. Its taste is fairly average for an English pale ale, except where as bready, biscuity malt usually dominates, here it takes a back seat to drying, garden notes of elderflower and a ginger-like zest. A honey-like sweetness resounds too, as do lemon-y and floral hops.

Golden Champion is yet another in a rich English pedigree of mild yet gratifying ales, perfectly suited to either slow afternoons or long evenings at the pub. It is distinguished, however, by a delightful elderflower taste and sparkling effervescence; I eagerly guzzled the whole thing, right down to the very last drop, and I'd do it again if only I had another.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single picked up at the LCBO. Though it looks like your standard English pale ale, there's a badger on the front, so its okay in my book.

Poured into a nonic. Nice amber-copper colour, thin white head, decent retention. As far as English pales go, this one looks pretty good.

Nose is caramel, sweet malt, bread, a bit of hops.

Creamy, sweet, malty, nice hop finish. Flavorful pale, enjoyable on a summer's evening. Nothing strange or out of place.

Higher carbonation than I'm used to for English pales, thin bodied, but a good quaffer.

Solid English pale, above average for the style. Well worth a pick up. Badger badger badger badger.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, lemon juice and zest, honey, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, lemon juice and zest and a bit of tangerine. There is also a honey sweetness and some breads/grains. It finishes with a tart slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - The beer definitely has an interesting taste. At first I really enjoyed it, but the flavour started to get old as I progressed through the beer. It's still a beer that I'm happy I tried and it has a taste that works well with the warmer weather.

Photo of Mit
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicee golden colour with very minimal head.

Has the spicey hoppy smell from the english hops. Very slight malty smell.

Hoppy notes...very slight malt flavours. Nice clean finish very balanced.

Pretty solid...slightly watery at end of glass.

Decent english pale. Def buy this again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light zesty fruit with a semi-sweet malt base. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some zesty fruit ester with semi-sweet malt backbone and subtle floral undertones. Body is about average as well as carbonation. Not bad though not something I am likely to buy again.

Photo of bryehn
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour with an amber-copper tone to it. A small tan head laces the glass and remains as a thread-like ring.

Smells like wheat, over-brewed chamomile tea, black pepper and honey. Alcohol smell after warming.

Crisp, iced tea-like taste with an unripened cherry tone. Nice, light honey biscuit malt background.

Crispy and creamy. A dry more than a bitter, with a butterscotch resin on the tongue. Mostly watery and easy-drinking.

Nice, fresh-smelling English ale. Could drink any time with anything. Above average grain and honey tones.

Photo of
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear amber with a persistent, rocky white head that leaves nice lacing. Lots of fine bubles.

Smell - Caramel, honey and grass with floral notes.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, but creamy texture; strong carbonation.

Taste - Sweet malt upfront, delicate fruit, followed by floral notes and a mildly bitter finish and the lingering taste of honey. Much more delicate than the aroma initially suggests.

Very flavourful and refreshing at the same time.

Photo of paxkey
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle describes this as summer in a glass..

lots of carbonation. pale yellow with offwhite head. looks pretty average in the glass

interesting floral sweetness in the nose.

starts off nice and bitter with moderate carbonation and finishes medium dry with a crackery finish. lots going on in the aftertaste with the hops mingling with the malt to give an interesting vanilla flavor.

takes an overplayed style and makes it quite drinkable. nice beer.

Photo of kwjd
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange colour with thick head. A sheet of lacing over some of the glass. Smells of earthy and floral hops with lots of bready malt. Flavour has a mild bitterness, fairly balanced pale ale. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall a pretty solid pale ale.

Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - semi-clear amber colour with a white one finger head with sticky lacing

S - pale malt ith some grassy hops

T - pale malt with some decent bitterness but not much else

M - medium body with little carbonation - dry and bitter on the back end

O - an ok offering however with so many other superior pale ales around one I will not be picking up again. Not much interesting about this beer.

Photo of peensteen
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden colour, 1 finger sticky white head with some lace left behind. Smell is of bready malt, hoppy, big floral notes come forward, elderflower, sweet in the nose and at times traces of butter. Taste is bready with chewy malt, floral, nice bitterness throughout, sweet at points and mildly hoppy. Fell is quite nice, touches of cream, understated mild carbonation, decent weight and fairly smooth. Pretty enjoyable, not bad for the style, quite pleasant and refreshing.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. The bottle is unusual - this ale normally comes in brown glass. The rear label mentions that it contains elderflower, and describes it as the perfect light ale for summer.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden hue with decent carbonation. Yields a large head of frothy, off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Sweet aroma with hints of elderflower, malt and a distinctive whiff of butter.

The taste is fairly sweet, with no bitterness. A strong buttery note dominates, accompanied by notes of light malt, elderflower, caramel and hints of stewed leaves and solvent. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly oily, with an astringency that leaves the palate dry. Faintly sweet aftertaste.

As with every other Badger ale I've reviewed, this one is affected by a strong buttery character that is presumably due to diacetyl. The flavour is quite light with an interesting hint of elderflower, but I thought it was too sweet. The butteriness mixed more effectively with the blend of flavours in this ale than in other beers from this brewery, but it still comes across as an overpowering flaw. Overall - drinkable, but not brilliant. There are better beers out there.

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Golden Champion from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.