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

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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004)
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Photo of mrfrancis
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Lee45102
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of DeadGuyRyan
1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

Photo of snowboard101
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of phiberoptik
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with ruby hues. A big, frothy white head that sticks around for several minutes followed by some nice lacing.

I had some preconceived notions of what I expected to smell and I didnt get any of them. I get spent grain, faint whiffs of macro beer, hints of grassy hops.

Taste is bitter, grapefruit pith, lacking any fresh hop flavor. finish is metallic bitter.

Light to medium bodied with fair carbonation.

Maybe I am an ignorant American, or maybe the Molson Coors Brewing Company ruined this beer but when I drink an IPA I want it to take and smell like hops and malt. This doesn't.

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White Shield after sampling Red Shield last night. This English IPA pours a very, very light bodied polished bronze in color with a two finger off white head and loads of carbonation. The nose is decently balanced. There are English hops with slight caramel malt character and a defined, somewhat different bitterness. The flavors present what the nose initially offered. It features light English hops and a good amount of caramel malt with slight minerality. It's ok. This beer won't wow you by any means but it is true to the style and well made for what it is.

Photo of agleas1
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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!

Photo of 6string
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jakesingleton
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber-tangerine with loose but steady eggshell froth that sheets in spots. Flinty grain with just a hint of orange oil, cedar and, as Roger Protz points out, sulphur- muted and underwhelming.
Big orange marmalade and mango upfront, a bit of biscuity pale malt smoothness, some salty (Burton water) caramel leading to orange Swedish fish, resin and mostly peppery hops.
Cinnamon hard candy (is there such a thing?) finish and tingly orange peel bitter linger. Medium, sticky, oily, fizzy, creamy.

Been after this one for a long time, and it's also not cheap, so I'm a little disappointed that this probably doesn't rank in the top 3 English IPAs. Doesn't quite compare to Meantime or Bengal Lancer - just a bit too thin and underhopped. Having said that, lots of fruit and hops build up - 40 IBUs, and Northdown for spice aroma, which is a choice I haven't experienced before.

I wonder if this has suffered at the hands of Molson Coors.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of tbeckett
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this about 4 years ago in London and remember it being quite nice. Bottles now available at the LCBO. This one is best before 8 days from now.

A - Copper pour and bright with good carbonation. Nice thick and creamy two finger off white head. Great lace rings and a full finger retention.

S - Earthy, floral, bready.

T - Some diacetyl, bready, earthy, floral, honey, metallic.

M - Good carbonation, nice medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - What a shame. This should be much fresher to be good. It's just malt really. There is barely any English hop profile to speak of, and what's there is too light and not assertive or balanced. Too bad.

Photo of Brabander
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from my beerbuddy Craig (Zimbo) in Scotland. Thanks for this one Craig!

Poured in my Syruise glass this beer looks very nice, fluid like tea with a very nice head of white foam.

The smell is rather neutral, nothing really to smell. The taste has some bitterness in it in the aftertaste. Not bad!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of danieelol
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a light copper colour, orangey marmalade when held up to the light. Amazing lacing, loads of patterns all over the glass. Decent head too. 4.5

S: no hops at all. What there is is a funky malty smell, sort of like a biere de gardes or something. There is another strong pleasant smell, something like milk, but I can't really put my finger on what it is, plus some barely detectable roast. Later on I can kind of pull out some citric hops in the taste. 3.5

T: In the mouth I get more of that milky, yeasty taste. The hops are present only really as a bittering agent; maybe they provide a vague amount of barely detectable citrus and pine. 3.5

M: Decently thick with well moderated carbonation, I would like to think it has the body to stand up to their aging recommendations of 3 years. 4.5

O: Gotta admit, not a big fan of this one as it really disappointed me with the IPA moniker (even though it is English). I just didn't like the dominant malt profile (or that funky malt smell in the nose). Apart from that, it's a decent beer (objectively speaking) but not one I'd probably ever buy again. I will say I prefer it to something like Coopers Vintage, which for me it tastes similar to. 2.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Worthington's White Shield Fine Burton Ale, best before Jan 10, 1986, 275ml bottle.

Holding up the bottle to the light, I see some sediment on the bottom of the bottle but..

It pours, after a pretty big hiss, a deep red brown, 2+ finger head of foam, (wow!) waiting for the head to calm down so I can check on any lacing. Very very slowly, the foam is shrinking. Looks like lots of sticky lacing. In appearance alone, I reckon this garners a perfect 5.

The smell is the usual suspect for these old, long seen since fresh, UK brews. All malt, tons of caramel and an overall nose of a fine Port. It has me entranced and I reckon a score of 4.5 is not out of order.

First sip of this +25 year old brew....the caramel dominates and reminds me of chewing on a Milky Way bar. The Port smell didn't take a hold in the taste at all; the caramel seems to be the one and only at this stage and though nice, I fear this one has seen much better days; I'd bet a decade ago, this would have left me in awe. Oh well, I wouldn't rate it less than a 3.0

Mouth feel was just fine and drinkability was amazing, considering. A worthy experiment in its own right so I have no regrets.

Photo of cichief
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at the Prince Albert near Notting Hill station,London.

A- Pours a nice amber color, with a nice white head.

S- Nice and malty, just a bit of wood and dried fruit.

T- malty sweet, with a nice dry hop finish.

M- Smooth, almost creamy, medium body.

D- Very nice, one of my favorites from a bottle.

Photo of Trizzle
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The very cloudy amber body isn't much to look at but the very anisotropic and full head with red-hot lace is very inviting.

Warm prickly nose of roasted malt, alcohol and heavy handed English hops. Like a winter warmer rather than an IPA.

Sweet dark maple syrup malts kick off, more prickling alcohol through the middle with hints of bubble gum esters. The finish is dry, roasted dark malts.

A touch acidic and astringent, and a thin mouth feel.

Could have 2. Not 3.

Photo of Zimbo
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always liked this beer but that's as far as it goes. Sure, I've always appreciated it, it comes from an incredible pedigree and it is iconic for what it represents (ie as one of the very last sole surviving bottle conditioned British beers before CAMRA took off) but in the end it is as exciting as Paul McCartney and Wings.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber approaching copper with an amazing large lasting head.
Nose is light and refreshing at first with soft earthy, resinous and spicy hops. Not a huge amount of malt but whats there shows cookie-dough and almost bready characters.
Flavours close follow the aromas but with more malt noticeable and a powerful hoppy bitterness, quite lengthy.
Carbonation is too high, a distraction from the malt.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours an inch of dense cream coloured head over a slightly hazy copper-orange body. Excellent head retention, but very little lace.

Smell - 4.0
My nose is slightly blocked, so I am making comment on what little I can smell. Biscuity malt, marmalade, spicy hops with a suggestion of aniseed.

Taste - 4.0
Biscuity malt base is overrun by, substantial hoppy bitterness and earthy, spicy, metallic and fruity (marmalade) hop flavour. Alcohol is very noticeable in the peppery, aniseed finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability - 3.5
Big alcohol character lessens drinkability.

OVERALL 4.05
A very good English IPA that has fallen somewhat short of my high expectations. It seems bigger and more alcoholic than the 5.6% suggests.

Photo of Hanger
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a schooner glass

A - highly carbonated, bottle bubbled over.
pored a gold - light orange colour with 30 mm of cream coloured head which dropped away to fine lacing. some sediment in head, lots in beer

S - not strong but some hops and slightly sweet

T - bitter hops with malty undertones

M - starts bitter but becomes smoother

D - good - enjoyable tastes and easy to drink, will definately drink again

Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.