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

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 19
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 BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

BlackHaddock, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

bark, Dec 29, 2007
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!

marquis, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Cresant, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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

belgbeerdrinker, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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

cypressbob, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

GreenCard, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

haz77, Sep 16, 2006
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!

DaveFL1976, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

goodbyesoberday, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of joecast
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

joecast, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of ohitsbrad
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

ohitsbrad, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Sigmund, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Mark, the owner of the White Horse in London, England gave this to me from his cellar when I left his pub. At the time he gave it to me, it seemed like he thought it was from the moon. It was special to him, that's for sure.

Devastatingly attractive. Dried herb in color.

Orange hits the nose first followed by cotton candy, coriander, allspice, peach, doughy yeast and a suggestion of cellar mustiness. Brilliant nose.

Obviously aged and incredibly smooth on the palate but the cellaring destroyed the hop presense. The flavor is faint, light in body but still delicious providing a light fruitiness throughout.

This beer was such a damn tease!

Crosling, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of dansteino
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer at Cooter Brown's.

Last one.

Appearance: Good. Head dissipated a little too quick.

Smell and Taste: Started off really mild but opened up as the beer warmed. Smell is of caramel and ripe fruit. Taste is rich with some balancing bitterness at the end. I expected a little more bitterness for an IPA.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Nice carbonation.

dansteino, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of zerk
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

zerk, Jan 26, 2004
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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
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