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Golden Champion - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2002)
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Reviews by gulden:
Photo of gulden
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

gulden, Dec 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of stephenlee
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

stephenlee, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

jazzyjeff13, May 14, 2011
Photo of BGDrock
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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

BGDrock, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Keegan
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Keegan, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

djcreepshow, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagerish sort of appearance, floral nose, soft and floral, light fruity palate (tropical fruit/melon), bit of a honeyed flavour,, sweetish, not that complex, but enjoyable.

rastaman, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  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.

mintjellie, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another off-the-beaten track at Smokeless Joe's.A crowning retained head of 3/8" Wheaty creamy and fruity,berry. Wonder aroma synthesising all of the above. Understated hops, really slightly sweet apple. I could easily have this again. Most pleasant drinking.

Sammy, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of mick_cooper
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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

mick_cooper, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Ciocanelu, May 09, 2013
Photo of Stocean1
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Stocean1, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a lasting creamy head.
Nose shows some light summer fruits, I would have guessed gooseberry and elderflower if I hadn't read the label. Quite tangy. Unfortunately there's also some grainy malt.
Some of the elderflower transfers through as a flavour late in the piece, but before that there's more weak, slightly grainy malt. Absolutely no bitterness.
Good moderately high carbonation suits the flavours well and dries out the finish a little.

CrazyDavros, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of paxkey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

paxkey, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tall 500ml brown bottle, best before May 09, drank Aug 08.

Poured into one of my Veltins Pilsner glasses (three times). Amber, a light amber really, with a good head of foam. The body was clear and a few bubbles could be seen rising up to the head which stayed for the whole drink.

Sweet aroma, an English Country Garden Smell, but without the Rose's. Apples and Pears mixed with a floral hint is the best I can come up with.

No where near as hoppy as an American Pale Ale, this has a pleasnt understanded hoppiness and a sweetness that is always hanging around (a little too sweet for me).

No depth to the body, but it is supposed to be light bodied, so no real complaints.

This is the 10th beer from this brewery I've reviewed on this site and most have been bordering on poor. This is better, but isn't a world beater by any standard.

BlackHaddock, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Drummermean
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Drummermean, Friday at 10:29 PM
Photo of foles
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in supermarket in London - poured a nice copper typical ale colour. Head was good and settled into a fine little whisk to allow easy drinking. Mild carbonation was present - probably different to the cask version. Smell was hoppy & bitter with floral notes. Mouthfeel was fresh, if not a little bready and malty - and the aftertaste also gave off medium hop bitterness. For me it is not really a summery beer, but ok nonetheless. It is well rounded in the sense that the smell, mouthfeel and taste are all very similar.

foles, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of eric5bellies
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a Golden colour with a white head that reduces very quickly.

S - Very nice orange aromas and a little hop

T - Fruity up front with a sticky bitterness at the finish, but very refreshing.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Quite a sweet beer but very sessionable on a hot day.

eric5bellies, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Antilochus
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a beer-loving coworker. 5.00% abv, 50cl. Into a stamped stein.

Soft billowy white head, decent lace, under a mellowed amber body. Moderate retention, cloud and collar pretty quick.

Smells fantastic. Big floral hop aromas, delicately sweet but with loads of fruit to back it up, subtle malt presence, very sublime nose. Ale yeast, herbs. Sourdough bread.

Palate is remarkably hard to describe. Apple, flowers, grapes, malt really comes out here, finishes on spice. A bit of exciting sourness to keep it crisp. Very well balanced, leaning towards the sweet side. Feel is soft and fluffy, very easy drinking. Would recommend. Surprise winner here. A bit too sweet to be perfect.

Antilochus, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

vinicole, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -17.1%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 500mL brown bottle into a small shaker glass. Date was present but smudged. Purchased at Tesco near Little Venice, London, UK. The body was golden honey color and clear. One finger of rocky head arose and left light lacing.

Smell was herbal and green. Interesting and unique.

Taste was reflective of the aroma. Herbal. Coniferous. Some tart apple. Sweet with a short bittering finish.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and amply carbonated.

Cresant, Aug 20, 2007
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Golden Champion from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.