Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Only available bottle conditioned.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells and Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: English Lager malt with Styrian hops.
Champion is an unpasteurised, living beer, matured in the bottle for a fuller, more complex, multi-dimensional, fresher taste. With no artificial carbonation, the only fizz is the natural effervescence created by fermentation.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2005
Pale orangey golden body with a tightly beaded white head. Citrus hops predominantly on the nose along with some chalky yeast. Aroma follows through to the taste, grapefruit, floral characters and lemon. Thin in body with a lasting soft carbonation. Not my favourite style but still drinkable. Could sell the bottle conditioning.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2005
Bottle. Citrus nose that carries into the initial flavour. No head. As with many Youngs beers, over carbed - I think I need to hunt some down on tap to try them without this annoying distraction. The flavour on this one supports it well though, with a strong citrussy hop finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2005
bottle from of licence, nice strong head, lots if citrus on the palate with a good dry and bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2005
50 cl bottle. Little yeast in bottom. Golden colour with a fizzy head. Aroma of citrus and fresh fruit. Great flavour of hops. Nice mouthfeel. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2005
citrussy hops in this beer makes it bitter and grapefruit tasting. not bad, just average and lager-like. nice session beer thought.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2005
Having had a pint of Carlsberg at the Rugby, I hastened home because I knew I had a bottle of good, London-brewed Young’s Champion in the fridge for the evening. To my surprise this turned out to be virtually indistinguishable from the Carlsberg. Began to think I was stuck in one of those ’recurring nightmare’ scenarios beloved of science-fiction scriptwriters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (18237) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
500ml bottle from Asda. Hazy paleish gold with thin white head. Grapefruit and some hop aromas. Did I think this was a lager? Well it has some over carbonation and maybe a bit of cardboard, but otherwise it is pretty much a golden bitter. OK in mouth apart from too many bubbles with grapefruit sllightly yeasty finish. Fine

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2005
500 ml bottle courtesy of my sister-in-law’s boyfriend... much thanks! Hazy yellow/gold beer with a thin white head. Spicy aroma, bready malts and a touch of orange citrus and light apple/berry fruit as well. Flavour is well balanced, light body, bready/crackery malts flavour, light bitterness, and a fresh yeasty finish. Fruity and softly spicy. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Bottle. Pretty boring, but nice and clean , with some citrusy sort of hops and a lightly sweet mouthfeel. Very easy to drink, but not something i would seek out again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2005
Small white head on a golden body. Some fruit and hoppy in the taste. Not too strong, I could well spend the evening sipping that one. Not a remarkable ale, but decent ant a good session beer.

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