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Brewed by Badger (Hall & Woodhouse)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Blandford Forum, England

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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
The light, refreshing character of our award-winning golden ale is distinguished by its subtle elderflower aroma, reminiscent of a summerís evening. Champion is particularly rewarding when served chilled. On a balmy evening in Stanpit Marsh, a cool breeze blows and a calm encompasses the vast reserve. Amongst the wild horses, you may see Golden Champion, a headstrong but loyal stallion who enjoys the warm days grazing in th fields. The subtle elderflower aromas of this delicately floral brew are reminiscent of a summerís evening. This divine all-rounder is a great companion for smoky, chargrilled chicken and peppery rocket salad.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (2074) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
Pretty decent hoppy golden ale, thankfully unaffected by being in a clear glass bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BalkanMac (36) - Belgrade, - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle in Bow, London. Lovely golden colour, like a rich lager or light bitter. Thinnish head. Herby nose, bit of floral. Lovely floral flavour, bit of hop bitterness and caramel/orange sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martin243 (689) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2013
500ml bottle served cold. Gold, white head, elderflower aroma as promised. Floral notes. Elderflower bubblegum and digestive biscuit flavour. This is another blast from the past for me, but Iím sure it used to have more flavour. A bit over-carbonated as well. You can never go back!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maolucci (7) - Pavia, ITALY - AUG 16, 2013 does not count
Great aroma. Elderflower, but also an orange hint. Refreshing, tasty and very drinkable. Great summer ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle. This is a great golden ale with lots of depth and character. One of the the great British beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5044) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle @ Home. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, flowers, herbs. Flavor is malt, herbs, little pepper, flowery hops. Medium body, soft carbonation. 050813

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MOLA_DK (262) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours crystal clear, light amber with a big white head. Very spicy aroma. Medium body, spicy flavour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo (853) - PORTUGAL - JUL 16, 2013
50cl bottle from Auchan (Luxembourg). Golden yellow in colour with a nice lacing. Floral and citrus aroma. Medium carbonation. A nice balance between bitter and sweet. A nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (633) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2013
Gorgeous golden pour with an off white head. A nice floral aroma and a very crisp taste. What more could you ask for?

3.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bahumat (76) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
Aroma: Hops, powerfully aromatic. Judging by aroma alone I expected this beer to be incredibly overhopped; the hops are VERY strong in the scent, and unpleasantly bitter to the nose, I find. Appearance: Beautiful deep golden colour almost verging on a red ale, but not quite. Head is very thin and dissipates swiftly to ring the glass. Taste: The nose warns of a high hopped beer, but the tongue greets this like an old friend. Sweet, citrus notes, the hops prove to be gentle and very forgiving. Woody notes, gently floral and citrus, and a pleasantly astringent aftertaste that leaves the tongue dry and ready for another sip. Despite the aroma suggesting this should be a bitter beer, it is not at all; the beer lends itself more in flavour to a fruity weisbeir than to a typical golden ale. Palate: Thin, fizzy at first, finishing with a long, back-of-the-tongue dryness that makes the mouth water pleasantly. The body is light to medium. Overall: This beer deserves to be called "Champion" in its class. The balance is fantastic, and it is the sort of session beer that after one bottle, youíd be ready to crack open and enjoy a second and third. The grapefruit tones up front are mild and sweet, and the long, dry finish just keeps inviting the mouth back for another sip, and another, another.


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