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Worthington's White Shield - Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery

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Worthington's White ShieldWorthington's White Shield

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very good

108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 245
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 22
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004

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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 245
Reviews by EmperorBevis:
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barley sugar brown candied body with a few white bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose of treacle and yeasty treats.

As always welcome on the tongue starting with malted wheat straying very quickly and fleetingly with a sweet note before being driven into bitterness with yeasty tangs and hoppy bites .

Easy drinking pale ale with nice flowing mouthfeel ever so slightly over carbonated and still a good port in a storm and benchmark beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Strange that the label indicates that the license for this brew in Canada is held by the Six Pints Specialty Brew Company, of Toronto, Ontario, which is in all actuality the so-called craft brewing arm of MolsonCoors.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and slightly creamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky and sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, edgy apple and pear skin fruitiness, a mild hard water flintiness, and tame earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is gritty, somewhat sour grainy and bready malt, overripe drupe fruit, a touch of tart lemon and orange citrus, more flinty, stoney notes, and weak leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather pervasive in its tightly rendered frothiness, with the odd fizzy flareup, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and so-so in the ways of the smoothness, as either the hard water or the not so hard hops takes an unshowered dip in this pool. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the waning bready malt flailing, while those recent interlopers from the mouthfeel start to run rampant (but in a respectful English manner, right?)

While this may lay claim to original IPA sin, which very well could be true, it matters little, when so many others have passed them on by in the time since. Yeah, the hoppiness here is more acrid and disjointed, instead of integrated and tantalizingly bitter, so I'm hardly emboldened to seek this out on cask, or any other format, really.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GerryPendry
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear amber, most of the thick, creamy head dissipates quickly but a little lingers throughout. Bready/fruity (orange?) aroma is mirrored by the taste, which is perfectly offset by an earthy, slightly spicy and herbal hop bitterness. Nice medium mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish. An excellent Britsh IPA, I'm glad Coors is leaving this alone. Will be appreciated by those who know a classsic IPA doesn't have to hit you over head with a hop hammer. The two beers are certainly different, but White Shield reminds me of what Bass was like a few decades ago when I discovered British ales. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant dark amber with a frothy, sudsy 3” cream colored persistent, clingy foam collar.
S: Biscuit and earthy hops, earthy aromas
T: Biscuit, nuts, crisp and dry, fruit, earthy hop finish
F: Very creamy, medium body, medium low carbonation.
O: A very good, refreshing IPA.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Moosebaby
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. The label features a stylised white shield with a red sword in the centre. Described as bottle conditioned, and the winner of CAMRA's Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2006.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A deep coppery-amber hue with good carbonation and fine visible sediment. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam with good retention; this subsides after a while. Aroma of sweet malt with yeast esters, stewed hops, a whiff of alcohol and the faintest hint of citrus.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, yeasty character and a bitter finish. Notes of yeast esters, stewed hops, subtle burnt grain, a hint of alcohol and a whisper of aromatic citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter malt.

A decent brew, but no champion in my books. It looks great and has a good body, but the aroma is lack-lustre and the flavour just isn't as hoppy or aromatic as I expected. This IPA's reputation preceeds it, and I was hoping for more. Oh well. Worth sampling, but not world-class.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BGDrock
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: fizzy like a soft drink on the pour, big suds the colour of almond flesh; hazy, date coloured body

Aroma: butterscotch, toffee, banana, all malty sweetness; going back to have a sniff after a few minutes drinking, it seems like the aroma is almost gone - what happened? feels flat

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediately feels like a letdown - where has all the warm, rich malt aromas gone? this taste of bread, grain, and is faintly metallic, leading to a not great dry and tinny finish; it is clean, nicely carbonated, and the sharp finish could make it a sessionable beer; it's just lacking depth which may have been magnified after getting excited about the initial scent; it does get better after warming up closer to room temp, bringing forth some sweet malt flavour, but not enough to make it great

Overall: definitely needs to be served at a less cool temperature to have a chance, but it's really not that interesting - not bad, and better than your mass produced beers

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the National Brewery Centre in historic Burton-on-Trent on cask.

Appearance: light amber with golden hues, creamy white head, good clarity

Aroma: earthy and a hint of floral hops, phenolic bandaid/plastic whiffs

Taste: nice earthy, floral English ale taste, firm bitter finish, borders between bready and biscuity malt character, long finish

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth creamy texture

Overall Impression: Definitely the ale to drink in Burton. A nice depth of malt flavor that tiptoes between bready and biscuity with firm hop bitterness that lasts into the finish. A fine ale to enjoy on a sunny afternoon or a rainy, cold night.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle enjoyed in Offaly Ireland. Not a hop bomb but if this how old ales tasted the old days we're not too bad

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Worthington's White Shield
16.9 oz. brown bottle, dated "Best Before End 06 MAR 14 066"; sampled on 15 JULY 2014
$3.99 @ Wine Legend, Cherry Hill, NJ (and past BEST BY date)

Appearance: Hazy deep amber body beneath a very full, big-bubbled head of frothy off-white. Streams of average-sized bubbles can be seen racing towards the surface. It's unfiltered, or at least partially-unfiltered, and sediment can be seen in the bottom of the bottle. The head retention is quite good and small mountains and hills of lace rise up along the side of the glass beneath a sky of tiny spots and craggy streaks of clouds.

Aroma: Grassy, leafy, floral, and spicy hops. Tangerine and apple. Mineralish and darkly caramelish malt lies beneath.

Taste: Solidly bitter. Darkish-caramel malt that's perhaps more like burnt sugar than caramel. Grassy, and spicy. These flavors pass very quickly, and don't fade, but lead into fruitiness. The tangerine found in the nose comes through, but where is it coming from, hops or yeast? Apple remains as well, and there's also a bit of papaya, and maybe some melon. The hop flavors and bitterness return at the swallow, accompanied by residual malt notes, and it all comes back together. This is one of those beers where the lingering finish is where you really taste the beer. Dry, spicy, grassy, floral, malty, fruity, mineralish, and even a touch woody and leafy.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Quite crisp at first until it's gassed-off a bit.

Overall: Agressive, full-flavored English IPA. Rich and satisfying. It's just 5.6% abv but there's so much character here that it seems like it could be from a beer that's much stronger. Impressive. For fans of English ales this one has to be in the top ten or so to try.

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overly heady on first pour, topping up the glass it settled out into a good firm head. Amber, clear with a little haze. Definitely acceptable.

Aroma, intriguing. Difficult to describe. Mine smells fractionally past it but there's a lot of strength beyond that. It's backed up by the taste, if I was pushed I'd say there's some subtle citrus and vanilla on the palate but there's some much more complex backing to it. Beery hoppy backing. Malt is there but limited, as I I retaste I am picking up sherry characters indicating oxidation.

Despite tasting like it's a little old it's holding up very well. Definitely worth a sample depending on the bottle you get.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.