Golden Champion | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Golden ChampionGolden Champion

Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2002

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spike
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 500ml clear glass bottle.
L: Pale amber colour. Two-finger, foaming, white head recedes to a decent cap leaving layers of lacing. Many streams of bubbles.
S: Floral, with something vegetably in the background (not an unpleasant vegetable smell, more like crisp, raw, shredded, green cabbage).
T: Light honey, sweet, hint of elderflower (as stated accurately on the label). Plus a spicy, slightly metallic finish (not altogether pleasant).
F: Light body, some carbonation, low level of bitterness.
O: Light on hops, light on malt, definitely floral. Looks lovely. But has a couple of unexpected flavours and smells that unsettle. Badger Brewery continues to disappoint.

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Photo of stcules
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Orange - bronze. One finger of foam, decent.
A lively fruitiness in the smell, lightly spiced. Tea notes. A bit of orange-tangerine.
Similar note in the taste, a bit more fruity and flora. And a bit more sweet.
Some tea and light citrus in the aftertaste, on a malty base.
Light and refreshning, but not a masterpiece.

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

From bottle, pours a clear golden colour with a finger of white head that disapates quite quickly. Aroma floral, earthy, grassy. Taste orange, lemon, citrus, bready, biscuit. It's okay.

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Photo of Martine
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Now this is a delicious ale.Nice mellow caramel/toffee aroma, taste is similar with dry hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy,with a light lingering dry finish. I could drink this one for a while.

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Photo of AlexW693
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tonyf55
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Drummermean
3.6/5  rDev 0%

Photo of crabman111
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sam-B
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stephenlee
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mick_cooper
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of leitmotif
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of mdavidson
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Keegan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of the_danish_swede
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DirkNachbar
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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Golden Champion from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
3.6 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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