Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Seasonal - December.
NOTE: Only ratings for the cask version of Christmas Ale should be posted here. The pasteurised, bottled version is marketed as John Youngs Christmas Ale and has a separate listing (and is a different beer to Christmas Pudding Ale).
Young’s brand taken over by Charles Wells in 2011.
If you were looking for a great English ale to accompany the season’s festivities - look no further than Young’s Christmas Ale. Brewed using the finest ingredients this flavourful Christmas Ale is perfect for all your celebrations.
A splendid accompaniment to a traditional Christmas celebration or fireside gathering.

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EdKing (2586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Cask at The Ship, Wandsworth. Surprised to order a Christmas ale and for it to be a pale golden bitter. Golden pale ale, with a white head. Nose is citrousy, floral, little spicy, barley grain.Taste is citrous, barley cereal grain, floral, little spice kick, biscuit malt. No surprises here.

Cimbasso (892) - - DEC 10, 2014
Sampled on draught at the Flask in Hampstead. Copper colour with a white head. Good malty aromas. Pleasant taste of malt with hints of honey and berries. There is a good floral bitterness. A nice beer, but not particularly Christmassy.

berkshirejohn (6501) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Cask at the Waterfront, Battersea at a stated ABV of 4.5% and labelled as "Jo Jolly". A mid-amber colour, sweet biscuity malt taste, with a touch of honey; and some gentle leafy hops. Pleasant enough, but not particularly Christmasy.

MissPxx (991) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Very mild aroma. Slightly cloudy golden amber. Surprisingly honey tasting. Sweet with pleasant aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Leighton (21258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Cask at The White Horse (EC2A), London. Labeled as ’Young’s White Horse Christmas Ale’ at 4.8% ABV. Pours copper-brown with a fine, creamy head. Toasty malts, some bread, berries, mild bitter leaves. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Moderately dry to finish, with toasty bread, crunchy leaves, modest dry caramel, more berries. Decent.

Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Cask at the Alexandra, Wimbledon, 14th Dec 2010. Branded as "The Alex Christmas Ale" and labelled as 4.8%. Light brown/coppery colour with a little magnolia head. Malty standard best bitter. Solid and unspectacular. Drinkable enough.

kwik-lime (1939) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2010
Biscuity, somewhat dry with a hint of fruit. Decent balance, nice enough session beer but nothing special.

imdownthepub (14555) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2008
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Brown amber with sudsy head. Blimey this was a bit rough, old tired and Spooned to death. It was a mish mash of vegetable, boiled sprouts and line cleaner / detergent type notes. Yuk.

DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2007
Counting house. Aroma is biscuity malts, fruity and grassy hops, some citrus/orange peel character adding depth. Taste is similar, full and noit really for session drinking, but a very nice pint all the same. No sign of spice apart from the orange peel character?

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2007
Cask conditioned @ FILO Hastings. I think this is my first cask youngs beer from Bedford. No acidic twang as in the FILO beers which confirmed my suspicion it was the house character and not the condition of the beers. Malty with nuts and toffee and sulphur on the nose. Lacks distinct flavours of bottle partly due to the sulphur overiding these and mellowing it out. On the whole and fairly pleasant and quite drinkable beer,.

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