Worthington's Red Shield - Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
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2.74/5 rDev -22.8%
500 ml bottle served in a lager glass. Best by date is stamped on the back label - consumed about 1 week past this.
Pours with a tall, durable bone-colored head over a highly carbonated amber body.
The aroma is poor and suggests a bad bottle. No other signs of this excepting a less objectionable carryover of the off-notes to the flavor. The flavor is, nonetheless, OK. It's mild, as expected, with light biscuity malts, subtle fruity notes, and a touch of spicy hops.
O: even projecting a prime version, there's no compelling reason to seek this out.
03-25-2014 00:12:23 | More by chinchill
2.81/5 rDev -20.8%
Had this at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent on cask, so I was expecting absolute greatness. I was sorely disappointed in this ale.
Appearance: pale gold, white creamy head, good clarity
Aroma: plastic phenols and soft pale malt aromas
Taste: soft maltiness with a short finish and not a lot of flavor
Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, smooth, little carbonation
Overall Impression: A weak and watery blonde ale. Soft maltiness with just enough hops to balance. Lacking in depth and flavor.
06-24-2013 19:35:35 | More by dwren89
3.15/5 rDev -11.3%
A: bottle conditioned but poured a clear darker amber color with good CO2 and tiny bubbles
S: mild nose, light roasted malt
T: well-balanced traditional English malt that dominates over hops
M: very drinkable, light in taste but refreshing and very sessionable
05-05-2013 03:07:45 | More by wisrarebeer
United Kingdom (England)
3.18/5 rDev -10.4%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2014. Picked up recently from a B&M store. A classic ale from Burton-on-Trent.
Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber colour with good carbonation and visible sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating. Aroma of light malt with hints of earthy, fruity yeast esters, mild caramel, grass and stewed hops. A faint whiff of apples in the background.
Tastes of grainy malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, a subtle fruitiness, faint caramel, grass/hay and stewed hops. Not much in the way of hop aroma. Pretty dry, with a mild, musty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast and a hint of stewed hops.
Exceptionally average - a well-balanced pale ale but it lacks character. The yeast gives it some depth, but the malt and stewed hop flavour combo is bland. Where are the aromatic hops to give it an edge? I suppose this is traditional in the sense of being unchallenging. Oh well; drinkable enough but instantly forgettable. No need to seek it out.
01-21-2013 23:58:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.24/5 rDev -8.7%
Bottle from Home Bargains (£1.00 for 500ml):
Mild amber with a thick & foamy white head that holds very well.
Biscuit malts & sweetness with a fruity aroma & some citrus and a few light, grassy hops as well. Lively but not all that pronounced.
Biscuit malts again feature, as do some of the fruits from the nose and a lot of citrus and grassy hops again, much like the smell really with no one flavour more noticeable than the rest really. There is some light caramel and a few sweet malts to round things off.
Very lively carbonation although not gassy, and with a medium body and a crisp taste with plenty of bite to it and a dry finish.
A fairly average beer on the whole with strong carbonation and a nice, crisp taste but it was lacking any strong flavours and it was a bit one dimensional. An easy enough beer to drink but certainly not one that is worth seeking out on its own.
11-19-2013 09:34:04 | More by flyingpig
3.31/5 rDev -6.8%
Live review. 500ml bottle with a date a couple weeks away. Poured into an Imperial nonic glass. Mostly clear light-amber color with a thick white frothy head and a ton of bubbles making their way upward in the beer. Head quickly dissipates to a thin crown leaving behind small spots of lacing.
Aroma is fairly well balanced. Sweet pale malts, particularly biscuit, grain, and a touch of honey combine with earthy and spicy hops and some fruity esters and bread dough from the yeast.
Interesting flavor combination. Spicy and a hint of lemon along with a noticeable honey flavor. Biscuity malts and a very dry, earthy finish.
Light bodied and very highly carbonated. The carbonation combines with the infamously hard Burton water in a very unpleasant way. Very sharp, and the carbonation reminds me of an AAL.
Overall, this is disappointing. There's a horrible mouthfeel that's way too carbonated. Admittedly, I had high expectations; White Shield is a truly phenomenal beer. Refreshing and balanced, but terribly average in every other way.
06-30-2014 18:27:30 | More by Phocion
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
Clear golden straw color with white bubbly head that's stays. Tastes of sweet cereal notes, floral notes, minor diacetyl and fruit, vague honey with a dry ending. Light bodied with medium carbonation. What I'd expect from an English pale but surprisingly more drinkable.
08-30-2013 22:02:08 | More by JRed
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
Starts off with a very large head, but the bubbles subside completely leaving no lace on the glass. The color is dirty gold and the liquid is clear.
This smells oaky with a semi-sweet caramel malt. Mild alcohol nose.
Fairly mild English Bitter flavor. Good, soft malt start, a bit fruity. Hop bitterness shows up quickly but stays in the background. The aftertaste is balanced well with a touch of lemon rind. The body is thin and the carbonation is high. This might be the weakest aspect of this brew.
09-14-2012 23:33:33 | More by smcolw
3.48/5 rDev -2%
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with notes if fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the fruity yeast is a little stronger and there is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You can definitely taste the Burton-upon-Trent water profile in this beer; it definitely tastes like a Bass Pale Ale.
12-22-2013 23:18:53 | More by metter98
3.49/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, honey, citrus and some hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, citrus and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there a better choices within the style.
03-30-2014 01:51:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, earthy with a hint of citrus. Flavor is very attenuated biscuit malt with light grassy hops and light wheat. Flavors are nice, but quite bland. Light bodied, but pleasant carbonation. A bit of a disappointment after the White Shield, which was flavorful.
03-12-2013 02:29:08 | More by LiquidAmber
Worthington's Red Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
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