Worthington's White Shield - Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
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4.94/5 rDev +32.8%
Worthington’s White Shield has an extremely thick, off-white head with a frothiness that is more pronounced than pretty much any other beer in existence, a hazy, golden appearance, and very heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of a most rich, sweet, fruity, bready, mildly citrusy, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. Taste is of creamy, sweet, sugary, wedding cake, light fruit, white bread, bread crust, nougat, light vanilla, barley malt, and pleasant, perfectly-placed hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat slick, and Worhtington’s White Shield finishes semi-dry, refreshing, eminently drinkable, and near perfect. This is a tour-DE-force from Molson-Coors, and one of this world’s truly great beers. The worst that one can say about this beer is that it is outstanding in almost every way! This is an absolute must!
10-26-2013 14:00:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.9/5 rDev +31.7%
500ml bottle with a BB date of 07 March, 2014 poured into my Surly nonic. Huge, frothy/rocky light beige head with amazing retention and eventually thick, chunky lacing when it finally starts to dissipate. Mildly hazy orange-brown body hiding somewhere underneath that behemoth head. Minimal amount of sediment still at the bottom of the bottle, but I was careful to avoid getting much into the glass.
It's amazing that I can actually smell anything through this head, but there is a healthy amount of spicy/floral hoppiness combining with caramel and bready malt notes. Spices, mildly nutty, toffee, and doughy yeast with a slight indistinguishable fruity aroma.
Wow. This thing tastes completely phenomenal. Perfect balance of sweet caramel and toffee along with a dry, earthy hoppiness. The Burton salts are definitely noticeable as well, which in my opinion is a good thing.
Medium bodied and low-medium carbonation that is actually a little higher than I was expecting for this beer. Very soft and velvety mouthfeel.
Overall... holy hell, this is a wonderful beer. Keep in mind I have an extreme Anglo bias, but nonetheless this is probably the best bottled English beer I've tried. This is exactly what it's style should be and immensely drinkable. Is it big and bold like most of the higher-ranking beers on this site? No, but it is just as, if not more complex and arguably tastes even better. I'll be buying more of these without hesitation. The only downsides are its fairly limited availability and that it's a little high in ABV to be considered a session ale. But it's still an amazing beer.
12-30-2012 23:12:17 | More by Phocion
4.89/5 rDev +31.5%
This is a wonderful English IPA, bottle conditioned, bright and complex.
Pale copper, it has a huge pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin rocky top, rich frothy lace.
Aroma is spicy herbs, caramelised barely, mineral, dough, wood (cedary).
Taste is light and lively but slightly oily feel, strong hop character - woody (cedar, eucalyptus), herbal, mightly medicinal and almost minty, all with gently dominant and engaging zesty bitterness balanced with light sweetness of caremlised bread crust underneath, light mineral and sulphur. The character and feel are complex, engaging, bright.
02-13-2014 05:51:36 | More by Offa
4.78/5 rDev +28.5%
What can you say about the original IPA. This is what all brewers should be striving for...a hop bomb can be fun for a minute but over time, balance will take the day! Thank goodness this classic beer has survived. So great to see it over here in the States!
07-19-2012 13:04:30 | More by agleas1
4.72/5 rDev +26.9%
Deep musty orange with a firm head that dissipitated to a nice layer on top. Appealing to say the least.
Smells of orange, citrus lemon, mandarin, typical hoppy fruit aromas.
Taste is fantastic. A perfect taste of English IPA as you can get. Full fruity hop characters, nice and juicy, with a nice malt backing, honey flavours, almost tarty finish. Superb.
It is well carbonated, and not too heavy. I could drink this all night with ease, with a beautiful balance of hop and malt.
04-09-2008 05:45:02 | More by Lukie
4.59/5 rDev +23.4%
Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours deep, hazy copper with a thick, creamy off-white head that retreats very slowly and retains well throughout consumption. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in this beer. Some lacing is left behind on the glass during consumption. There are aromas of brown bread and toffee. I also detect some floral and citrus notes along with the English yeast. The first sip brings that brown bread and toffee, but the toffee notes aren't too sweet. I get the citrus and some nice back end hop bitterness that isn't too bitter and the English yeast comes through pretty well. It has that unmistakable Burton ale flavor with a good mineral quality. The long lasting head actually adds a bit of creaminess that I'm just not used to when I take a sip of this beer. The flavors are wonderfully well-balanced. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and smooth. This is a highly drinkable beer. This is an excellent beer that I would recommend.
06-02-2013 18:34:38 | More by acevenom
United Kingdom (England)
4.47/5 rDev +20.2%
As a cask ale drinker it takes a mighty fine bottle to please me.
Initial experience was not good;there was simply too much head and that meant that I couldn't pour the whole bottle into a pint glass in one go.Fortunately the second pour didn't disturb much sediment much so it wasn't spoiled.
A pleasant aroma came from the glass; not very pronounced but more than I'm used to with my cask ales.The taste was quite complex and rounded; there was more hop bitterness than hop flavour.But a nicely balanced brew nevertheless.
Mouthfeel was everything it should have been.Keeping some of the beer in my mouth for a few seconds led to a flavour explosion.
Drinkability is always a problem with beer of this strength;it's vastly too strong to be a session beer (I'm afraid our American friends just don't understand this expression) but it does slip down nicely.
A rare example of an original IPA and well worth drinking, even if it was from a bottle and only 500ml instead of a pint!
12-02-2007 17:55:20 | More by marquis
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
500 ml bottle poured into a nonic.
5.6% ABV, "for best results, allow to settle for 12 hours and serve at 11-13°C. Best before 27 SEPT 13 printed on label.
A - Gorgeous crystal clear amber in color, bubbles float lazily to the well-formed ivory head that lowers slowly to a loose, frothy pile while dotting the pint in lace.
S - Persistent earthy hop tones emerge softly with floral aspects following closely. Nutty and toffee-like malt balances with some amber notes as White Shield finishes out with just a little touch of sulfur.
T - Malted barley provides flavors of toast with just a thin pattern of melted caramel and a lightly floral hop finish with a touch of faint fruity esters.
M - Robust and incredibly smooth, this delicious English IPA has an exceptional body that features malt with a prominent but more mild hop bitterness along the back end.
O - This beer transports me to England; sitting in a pub drinking pint after pint of this well-balanced IPA and chatting it up. A perfect session IPA if ever there was one, the moderate hops carefully balance the malt side for a beer that's one hell of an easy drinker.
06-24-2012 17:51:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.38/5 rDev +17.7%
A: clear, light copper color, poured with a rocky, creamy, big head, tan-off-white colored head
S: mild nose, light biscuity malt with good earthy hop finish
T: a classic British IPA, well-rounded, full-bodied, and well-balanced with surprisingly bitter hop finish for a British IPA
M: well-balanced and refreshing
05-05-2013 03:12:22 | More by wisrarebeer
4.35/5 rDev +16.9%
From the 25 fl. oz. bottle stamped 06 Mar 14-06. Sampled on November 19, 2012.
The pour is a cloudy, murky looking copper-amber with a moderate head.
The aroma has a pleasant malt beginning with a more laid back hop tone. Some IPA's can be so floral or so piney but this one is more mellow.
The body is about medium with a nice creaminess.
The taste starts sweet and ends a little more hoppy than the aroma might lead one to believe. The hop bitterness is moderate and lingers for a moment.
Their description says they are using the same recipe since 1830 when IPA's were transported to the Far East. To me, this is the way a British IPA should be. The hops do not cause me to pucker up but they keep the overall sweet malty flavor alive. I bet the British Colonies in Burma loved this one.
11-18-2012 21:07:17 | More by puboflyons
United Kingdom (England)
4.35/5 rDev +16.9%
Revisiting this legendary beer that perhaps will no longer be produced, since now the Bass Museum has been closed by the owner Coors... BB 31/03/10, served cool in a large tulip wine glass.
A: pours a very clear, dark reddish amber to light copper hue (almost all yeast sediments are left in sound sleep at the bottom of the bottle), topped with a thick beige soufflé from with decent retention, on top of abundant but fine carbonation.
S: orange cream, vanilla/coconut, marmalade, ripe fragrant apples, a touch of overripe bananas and guavas, and plenty of barley candy... almost like a barley wine, given that sticky-ish maltiness and yeast esters... A swirl brings out an earthy as well as grassy edge of hops, but Fuggles-like hop fragrance continues to dominate, added with a touch of plum jam. The body must be thick, judging by the nose only.
T: the foretaste is slightly banana-oil like, guava, apples, fragrant hops and caramely malts... then biscuity flavour of pale malt makes its most remarkable performance in complementing the hop depth just brilliantly. Consistently a mildly sour fruity/citric edge is manifest, as is a mineral-like salty edge as of yeasts, constituting two crucial elements in the overall balance. The finish has lingering and pervasive aroma of pale malts as well as lovely nuttiness, while the bitter level stays moderate throughout the drink.
M&D: overall, a very fragrant, hoppy and deliciously malty IPA this is, or one can even argue this is like a fulsome Premium Bitter or even English Strong Ale due to the colour, the overall balance, and the pronounced estery fragrance. The mouthfeel is soft given the right level of carbonation, the body is medium-plus, and the overall flavour is inviting one's palate for more! I would really hate to see this ale gone with the closing of Bass Museum. If this is how Coors treats a historical site and a two-centuries-heritage (this beer), then what can stop it from doing anything much worse to more fragile breweries and customers??
Tasting Date: 30/09/2005
My first bottle of this beer with a new bottle-design and label. I remember the last bottle I had two years ago still looked the same as the photo we have here on the BA website, but the new package is, if anything, more modern and inviting in a sense of re-inventing itself for wider and younger audience. At least I like it.
BB date: 26/02/06.
4.5 A: slightly hazy orangey-copperish colour, coming with a rocky but fluffy, off-white foamy head, only slo...wly settling to a tight, thin neck and leaving very tight lace along the way... nice, gentle carbonation detected.
4.5 S: a flow of semi-sweetish pale-malts upfront... with slightly sweet walnutty, a sweetish zesty note between orange and lemon; after swirling, an underlying peachy, fruit perfumy and estery scent is forced out, with rounded, explicit citrusy-floral hoppy aroma sustaining well in the background. Extremely enticing~~
4.5 T: a mouthful of smooth, biscuity pale-malts upfront, against a fat, oily, floral hoppy backdrop underlined by slightly sweet dried-citrus peel (tangerine?) flavour and an intensifying floral bitterness... As the bitterness tunes up, a rounded, warmish alcoholic mouthfeel gradually develops on the palate. Finished not particularly bitter as I'd expect from an IPA, but it goes deep and leaves a dryish and slightly stimulating mouthfeel deep down the sides of the tongue... Satisfying indeed.
4.5 M&4 D: overall, very rounded and smooth, and the body is well-balanced but thick enough on texture to buttress the med.-full flavour. A moderate IPA it is, but a rich one by English standards. Very enjoyable beer worth seeking out.
07-19-2008 19:55:47 | More by wl0307
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
A - Pours and clear orange-hued copper, with an inch of frothy off-white head. The initial carbonation is the high side of medium, which keeps a thick bubbly cap in place. Big patches of lace are left behind as it's drunk.
S - Floral hops (with a little grassiness in there too), soft fruitiness, lemon zest, caramel, yeast.
T - Initial biscuit malt turns to citrus and fruitiness in the middle, before the oily/floral bitterness kicks in. Finishes very dry with a blend of caramel/bubblegum/yeast. Long, rounded, bitter aftertaste.
M - The carbonation is nowhere near as lively as it looks. In fact, it's very soft and gently caresses the tongue throughout. Smooth, creamy and medium-full bodied. Outstanding.
D - Very drinkable. Strong in every area, with the mouthfeel being particularly enjoyable. Highly recommend.
09-16-2006 13:45:44 | More by haz77
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
This bottle conditioned beer is now brewed by Bass, at the Museum Brewing Company in Burton Upon Trent.
Pours a cloudy copper with a huge pillowy white head that takes quite some time to settle. It leaves behind some nice lace on the glass, but I became impatient waiting for the head to dissipate. Aroma is a mixture of bread and caramel with some nice spicey hops. Begins sweet, with caramel and malt flavors dominating, then becomes bitter with herbal and spicey hops. The sweet/bitter balance is quite good. Has a medium body with low to medium carbonation. Very quaffable. Quite a nice brew.
01-26-2004 19:05:04 | More by zerk
4.29/5 rDev +15.3%
A: pale-ish amber, mostly clear with the slightest haze (dry-hop?) - voluminous, frothy head...excellent structure, settles mousse-y...open-area bubble stand, good retention - cap all the way down, splotches of lace
S: some hops on the nose (EKG?), a bit floral but more so leafy - sweetish malt...dried-out caramel chews - fairly typical English ale aromas, aside from the added hop character
T: interesting mellow-peppery, bay-leaf herbal flavor to the hops (yeast-derived flavors mixed in here as well?) - incredibly hoppy by English (export, bottle) standards - bitter orange peel and an almost tonic water note - there's some toasted pale malt flavor underneath, but it's surprisingly overwhelmed by the fairly aggressive, long-lasting hop bitterness and some of the carbonation
M: clean, vaguely thinnish body...not quite enough roundness - frothy-soft and more delicate as it warms - drops off clean, not heavy, but certainly not weak
O: by the last few sips, I was convinced that this is easily the best English IPA (from the home country) that I've tried - quite possibly the most hop-bitter British ale I've had (and I hesitate saying that with Old Engine Oil coming to mind...) - it could use a little more malt (grain) biscuit/sweetness, or less hops (dare I say!) - but this was a fantastic experience - can't wait to revisit this one!
01-24-2013 07:49:36 | More by Bouleboubier
4.25/5 rDev +14.2%
There's something refined about a real EIPA compared to some of the in your face AIPA's that are turning up lately. This is a great example of the style, obviously not as hop dominant as an AIPA but that's the point some seem to miss. The balance is excellent, soft piney hop notes are in line with the solid caramel malt hints. Alcohol is not particularly evident, carbonation is spot on. Grippy bitterness finishes it off brilliantly. This is how it's done.
12-12-2009 08:54:30 | More by juju7
4.23/5 rDev +13.7%
A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a puffy, thick white head. Little chunks of yeast gather at the bottom of the glass.
S: Aromas of tea, cedar, black pepper, lemon rind, leather, minerals, and heather fill the nose.
T: Notes of lemon rind, black pepper, heather, leather, moist earth, cedar, tea, minerals, caramel, biscuit, and tobacco fill the mouth. Slight yeasty notes are present on the backtaste. The finish is breadier than expected with robust yeast, caramel, and biscuit flavors underscored by tea, pepper, lemon, and leather.
M: Medium in body and dry. Carbonation is gentler than expected.
O: A fine English IPA, and one of the more authentic examples of the style on the market.
08-28-2012 15:35:50 | More by mrfrancis
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
A- explosively foamy but I ain't bitchin. Slightly hazed orange amber body with golden highlights. Amazing looking head. There's just a big ecru doughnut of foam floating up top and the surface becomes hoppily wrinkly as it sets. Lace is everywhere all sticky and drippy. One of the most beautiful IPAs I've ever seen.
S- bright English hops shine through the caramel and toffee malts but this one stays perfectly balanced. Nice mineral water aromas as well. Fresh grains, cookie sweetness with a hint of spice.
T- slightly heavier with hops than other real English IPAs but that's not a bad thing. A somewhat lighter set of malts contribute to this and give it a nice crispness. Hops are earthy and pungent and fresh with alpha acids. Earthy mushroomy almost Brie rind yeast flavor with tea, tobacco, aromatic wood and leather. Finishes hoppy and balanced with a twist of lemon and some spice.
MF- nice grain husk feel and a beautiful dryness. Medium bodied with perfectly smooth 'real ale' type carbonation.
D- hoopier than other English IPAs I've had and drier to boot. Not terribly complex but flavorful and tasty enough to win me over. I could session the hell out of this one.
01-07-2013 05:45:11 | More by hustlesworth
Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.