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

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | 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

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004

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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
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of juju7
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PartyBear
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 500ml bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A - Clear bronze in colour. Pours with a massive head but this has poor retention. Mild carbonation.

S - Strong hops, with an earthy quality. There is also a sweeter element from the malts lingering behind the hops.

T - Very clear hoppy bitterness that lasts throughout. Grainy. Also, subtle sweet malts slipping past the hops.

M - Medium bodied, lively and carbonic. Clinging bitterness at the back of the palete.

D - A good example of an English IPA. Very hoppy in the taste but not overpowering, which is common in IPA. Probably the best beer in the Worthington range.

Photo of Cs1987
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark amber, 2 fingers of head with good retention.

Smell - Strong, with a great mix of chocolate and grassy hops.

Taste - Lots of malt and hops, almost like an Imperial Stout (just a little weaker). Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Texture and carbonation both pretty much average.

Drinkability - About what I'd expect for an IPA.

Overall - A great example of a very enjoyable beer style.

Photo of deanhead
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 6/25/2009

Grainy, Paprikish peppery, aroma.

Taste is earthy, and astringent. Distinctive edge to this beer. Umami like, Slight sherry like taste, with papery notes. slightly oxidized.
Hints of starchy plantain.

Medium bodied with a clean dry finish. Leaves a lingering bitterness with essence of Guava.
Warming on the palate. The alcohol does seem to shine through despite it being under 6%.

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Lukie
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2008 (V&B shop Nantes).
Appearance : deep amber color, with a wonderfull white head ( lacing), funy little bubbles.
Smell : yeast ?
Taste ans mouthfeel : malty palate, bitter, roasted
Drinkability : a good beer in the style India Pale Ale

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New style label on my brown 500ml bottle, best before 28th May 2009, drank Feb 2008.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, I tried to get as much beer in out the bottle without having any sediment, I failed and some got in.

The beer is a lovelly deep terracotta orange with a good formed white head. The aforementioned sediment sank to the glass base and the body of the beer was almost crystal clear.

Weak aroma for me, hops and malt some fruitiness, but not much else.

Dry and full of hops flavours, this is a true English IPA. It is both crisp and tart in the mouth and the 5.6% alcohol sits well, this is a fine beer.

I really enjoyed this, one of the better English bottled beers I've had. White Shield has been an English institution well before Coors took over its care, I am pleased to report it is still as good as I remember it being back in the 70's and 80's which is when I last had any.

Photo of bark
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep amber. The beer is bottle conditioned, but the liquid stays clear. The large white head is firm, it leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is mildly bitter with some notes of margarine and yeast. There are some sweet notes too.

The taste is bitter, as an IPA is supposed to be. There are some mildly sour roasted flavours too. Peaces, misc fruits and roses(!). The aftertaste is medium strong/long with a mild fruityness. The beer is full bodied with lots of fine flavours. The aftertaste is a bit short with a genuine bitterness.

The carbonation is rather strong; the liquid is on the light side.

A very pleasant example of the English IPA style.

Photo of marquis
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Cresant
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 500 mL brown bottle into a Samuel Adams shaped pint glass. Best by 18-4-09. Bottle and label were different than the one pictured.Created a giant puffy beige head. Sporadic lacing blots the sides of the glass. Clumps of dark yeast settle on the bottom. The clear, light honey/copper colored body is minimally hazy.

Smell is citrus and sweet maltiness. Honey aroma and a tangy nasal bite. Sour grain.

Taste was mineral-like. Flinty and resinous. Spicy with citrus pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium in body. Medium to light carbonation.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: cloudy bronze color with lots of carbonation around edges, medium head becomes thin veil that leaves little lacing
s: sweet malts and hints of yeast
t: malty taste quickly taken over by bitter hops and a dry finish
m: lots of carbonation early on but the dry finish makes for a smooth finish, medium body
d: nice packaging, but carbonation overpowers whatever else is going on in this beer & i won't be looking for this one again

Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a dirty amber body, off white head with good retention, lots of patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, crisp fresh hops, piney aromas like alot of american hops have, some smokey malt in the background, fresh wort.

Taste, crisp english hops, biscuity malt in the background, lasting alcoholic hops on the finish with a moderate level of bitterness

A tasty english ipa, well worth the try

Photo of GreenCard
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light copper, faintly hazy, nice head of off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: chocolate cake, canned pears, malt, almond

Flavor: fairly dry malt backbone with a raspy, quick-hitting hop bitterness; tree bark and a vegetal hop flavor; finishes dry with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, minerally, slight astringency

Other comments: Finally trying the legendary White Shield. It's a nice, hearty, bitter, crisp IPA. Definitely would like to try maturing one for "up to 3 years" as the label suggests.

Photo of haz77
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear, golden body with an off-white, big-bubbled head that sticks to the side of the glass. An attractive beer, but I would have given the appearance a 4.5 if the head was a bit more consistant and less chunky.
Smell is Fuggles, some fruity fusels, and maybe a bit of yeast. Not bad, but not fantastic.
Taste is a bit sweet on the start, and then once it gets to the back of your tongue, the bittering hops even things out. A bit of a strange taste at the end, similar to when I ferment my homebrew a few degrees higher than I would have liked. All in all, it's pretty well rounded, and more akin to the traditional IPA rather than the US's take on it.
Mouthfeel is really nice. A bit creamy, with quite a bit of carbonation. Probably about the right amount of carbonation for this beer.
All in all, try a bottle!

Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of joecast
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle best before 25 05 2006

pours forming a huge frothy white head. very stable. golden with a nice orange tinge. bottle conditioned so its fairly hazy. light carbonation.

strong hoppy aroma. very nice. sweet and floral being the main contributors. some lemon rind keeps things edgy. nice.

taste is pretty well balanced. like a toned down version of the aroma. less edgy hops, and a bit more malt presence. full malt hits first with a fair level of bitterness in the finish.

mouthfeel is smooth and filling.
man, you could do worse than have this as a standard everyday beer. high enough on taste, but easy on abv. though at $9 each, the bank account would take a beating.

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 December 2005, Best Before Apr 06

Mostly clear dark orange colour with a large dense whipped cream white head. Looks impressive in the glass, the head rises well above the rim and holds its form remarkably well. Large clumps of foam adorn the glass. Aroma is a little fruity (peach, orange?) with hints of honey and pine. But I also get some vanilla and icecream aromas. Flavour doesn't seem to be quite as strong as the aroma, but is fairly bitter, hoppy and tastes of vanilla and cream. The head is creamy over the lips but the mouthfeel is fairly light.

Photo of Sigmund
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. This bottle conditioned "original" IPA has a slightly hazy deep golden colour and a fluffy head. The hops are what it’s all about in the aroma and flavour - lovely citrussy aroma with hints of oak and leather, flavour has a distinct resin-like bitterness with notes of grapefruit on a subdued background of dusty malty sweetness. Interesting beer.

Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.