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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer - Carlow Brewing Company

Curim Gold Celtic Wheat BeerCurim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.4%


Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 08-08-2002)
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear, bright golden color. Smells of tropical and ripe, dark fruits. Not much else. Malty and fruity with a surprising hoppy finish. Crisp carbonation with a little tartness. Light to medium body. Nothing special, but an interesting beer. I’ve never had anything quite like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:17:36 | More by kvnstfrd
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sirwilliamspub

Slovenia

2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle at Sir William´s pub, Ljubljana.
The aroma is slightly fruity & sweet. Looks like a pale ale, with a small head and no lace. The taste is sweet, slightly spicy and with light citric background. The carbonation is very soft.
This beer is a real disappointment for all wheat beer lovers especially for a beer from a brewery with such delightful products as their stout and the Irish Red are.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 12:41:09 | More by sirwilliamspub
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I't mostly golden with a little bit of brassy color. The head is light and foamy a bit like frothed milk.

Aroma: Grainy, lemon peel, light breadiness, twinge of grassy notes. Minor citrus notes.

Taste: A little bit sweet in the front on the lines of biscuitiness and a light buttery texture. Light grassy and grain, twinges of lemon and traces of rye.

Notes: It's decent good for a warm day. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:21:27 | More by horshack7
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Everydayoff

Thailand

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a mug by freshness date.

A:
Clear bright gold color with some hint of copper hue, the pour produces thick white billowy head with good retention. The head gradually dissipates to thin foamy long-lasting layer and yields some lacing patches, medium carbonation.

S:
Fruity aroma mainly dominates; peach, plum, banana, apple, along with honey, some bread malt and bitter hop.

T:
The aforementioned fruits in its aroma still play on front row with a mixture of slight bitterness from hop and pinch of tartness, sourness in the aftertaste.

M:
The body is light to medium, smooth mouthfeel with good crispness from proper carbonation, dry finish.

O:
Pretty good brew, stable and balance, I didn’t disappoint giving it a try, worthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 10:48:34 | More by Everydayoff
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle pours a mostly clear, light gold color. Incredibly large-bubbled white head...makes it quite interesting looking.

Nose is raw wheat, sweet grains and cake batter. Maybe a touch or two of green grape fruit.

The fruitiness really creeps in nicely but it is still crisp and light. Minerals come out to play a bit more as it warms. Earthy wheat, unbleached flour and a kiss of hops on the finish. Nice. Really tasty and refreshing, it is a unique take on a wheat beer. Nice full body for a brew with such a low ABV. I’d buy this again for sure if it was available in the states.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:09:17 | More by twiggamortis420
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased by my dad on a recent trip to Ireland. Thanks pop! Best before date of late October 2012 (so pasteurized, I'm assuming?).

Pours a transparent golden hue with two fingers of bright white froth, lots of bubbles in the body, and some dots of lace on the pint glass. After a while the head subsides to a thin cap and the lacing completely disappears.

Smell is toasted grain, biscuit, whole wheat cracker, white bread dough, slight metallic note, honey, and wet hay. Malt-forward but on target for an APWA.

Taste is similar to the nose with grainy, biscuity, and toasty malts, big smack of juicy and citric lemon zest gives way to a drying wheat cracker finish and fleeting aftertaste. A flavourful and refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel is lighter than medium bodied with a punchy, lemony tang and malty-dry finish. Clean, simple palate.

Overall, this above average wheat ale is a very accurate take on the style, and it packs more flavour than I expected. Just a solid summer quencher IMHO. Worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 05:36:10 | More by cratez
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Eramen

Ireland

2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange and bright, pouring with a two finger head. It leaves a nice spotty lacing over the glass.

S - Wheat, cereals, floral/plants and a healthy earthy smell akin to moist peat.

T - Wheat, earthiness, a hint of fruit, with a touch of hops. Not too much to savour here.

MF - Much too watery and lacking body leaving me dissatisfied. Medium-high carbonation.

O - Not great, but then again I've never been a fan of this style so you may still want to try it yourself. It certainly doesn't measure up to the other beers that this excellent brewer produces.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 22:35:52 | More by Eramen
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is a nice, deep orange in color but lacked ay sort of head.

Smell – The light fruitiness and vegetable aroma isn’t strong but certainly noticeable. It has an earthy character to it with some light citrus notes.

Taste – The earthy vegetation is a bit harsh at the taste and there is really very little fruity sweetness. I don’t get any wheat whatsoever.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and lacks any significant carbonation.

Drinkability – It sounds worse than it is. This isn’t a bad beer, although I wouldn’t want to drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 20:24:55 | More by RoyalT
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ordered this at the Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown Pa. I had already tried the Celtic Stout and the Irish Red from this brewery and figured this would be good as well. I was wrong... This beer was a severe letdown to me. I don't know what I was expecting but it was what I got. The smell and appearance were brutally average if that. It was a clear orange color with very little head. The taste and mouthfeel were even worse. It was this flat tasteless beer. I really couldn't make out much of the ingredients other than the typical Wheat, and Malts.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:56:56 | More by Knapp85
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a few weeks ago at Beer Crazy in Des Moines, forgot I had it until now. Poured into a hefe glass

A: Nice active carbonation feeds a large 3 finger just off white head that sits on a golden, almost clear body. There is a slight haze, and a few microscopic particles floating around. It leaves a very nice lacing.

S: A nice, fresh baked bread smell dominates, though isn't overly strong, but a slight off aroma lurks in the background. Perhaps a little fruity? I could almost excuse it if this were a hefe, or if the aroma was more banana clove, but neither of those things are true. The aroma just isn't full enough. A little hoppiness would help.

T: Also thin. As the bottle says, it's fruity, but not refreshingly crisp. Not crisp at all. One of the beers that there isn't much or anything wrong with, just not enough right with to really like.

M: Way, way off. I want much more crisp, refreshing bite than this has to offer. It almost tastes under carbonated.

D: I suppose it's drinkable, and considering the low abv and mild taste, would make a great session beer if it were a little colder, but I don't think that should be needed to make it a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:29:07 | More by mdwalsh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great starting head that leaves plentiful spotty lace. A near perfect dome forms in the foam. Mild haze as to be expected. Dark gold color

The smell reminds me of a cream ale. There seems to be some lactose aroma. I also note some raw pale grains.

This is not very wheaty. Again, it seems closer to a cream ale. The body is decent with a lower level of carbonation than most wheat ales. This is more malty with a strong apricot element. It even seems to have a sweetness similar to schnapps.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 21:20:58 | More by smcolw
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that fades to a thin layer, but leaves clinging lace. The aroma is wheaty and grainy with notes of fruit and spicy hops.

This beer is grainy upfront with a grassy backbone. There are enough spicy, leafy hops in the finish, just enough to prevent it from being bland. This beer is crisp, light-bodied and slightly dry.

Not super flavorful, but refreshing enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:28:06 | More by EPICAC
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a fairly thin head leaving patchy lacing along the glass.

S - Toasted grain, biscuit, slightly sweet wheat and malt.

T - There's definitely some wheat touches towards the beginning, before tumbling into a slightly odd sweetness which seems to last throughout most of the beer. Hints of grain and bread are present, but a near caramel and honey sweet flavor threw me off. Attempts to finish clean but an almost steely "macro" hint keeps flashing through.

M - Lighter body, some dryness, higher carbonation.

D - Light abv and pretty smooth feel, but not very tasty.

Eh, this was okay...it had some tendencies which reminded me of macro wheat beers which was a turn off.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:31:06 | More by xnicknj
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kojevergas

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude, Galway, Ireland, on September 17th, 2010. Pours a clear orange-gold colour with a three finger head that dies to next-to-nothing in a minute and a half. The head is of mild thickness but little cream.

Smell: A nasty scent of foul citrus. There's something wrong here. A bit of a hoppy smell comes through, but barely. I'm hesitant to try this beer.

Taste: A lopsided body with a lackluster finish. All of the flavor hits the tongue towards the back. Complete lack of balance. The note that is there isn't horrible, kind of an off piney/citrus taste, like a recently spoiled orange bled into wheat.

Mouthfeel: Unbalanced and wet until the finish. There is a bit of nice crispness at the end of each sip, which I'd like to see extended into the remainder of the beer.

As a wheat beer, this fails. I like the idea of a wheat beer hybridized with a crisp hint of fruit, but it just isn't working as it is. Steer clear of this one if you're after a good wheat beer. I won't be having another.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 19:31:44 | More by kojevergas
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chaz01

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from beer of the month club poured into a 16 ounce pint glass.

A: Clear golden color, average white head recedes quickly.

S: A little lemony zest mixed with some grassy wheat notes. BOMC review suggest this has a hint of tequila, and I can definitely pick this up after another whiff.

T: A bit lemony tart flavors dominates the flavor along with some butterscotch. Not much in hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied and not a lot of carbonation and with a little bit of a lemony tart aftertaste/finish.

D: Somewhat light and refreshing beer, easy to drink. Nice for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:29:11 | More by chaz01
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 7/17/2010 -poured into a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Weizen glass - 11.2 Fl. oz./ 330ml -capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a rich gold with a thick, white head. Some lacing is apparent.

Smell: Sweet bready malt, grain, butterscotch, butter toffee, and honey.

Taste: Butterscotch, toffee, a very mild banana flavor, bready malt, honey, with a hint of pepper. This beer leaves a crisp, fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. A very light body and somewhat watery on the palate.

Drinkability: Drinkable and somewhat refreshing, but not a standout for me.

Comments: A Beer of the Month selection. Overall an average beer with a unique Celtic character reminiscent of the Williams Brothers Brewery line.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 23:33:26 | More by MarvinSnyder
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a Weizen glass. Golden bronze in color. Thick 2 finger head.

S - Lots of wheat with some sour banana coming through. Apple cider, and some bubblegum yeast. Big flavors in the nose department.

T - Sweet strange yeast, apple cider, sour wheat, peach tea, butterscotch, buttery towards the end.

M - Thin, flat, low carbonation, watered down.

This is different. I loved the smell of this beer. I also loved the flavors, but something left me wanting more after every drink, like something was missing. It was creamy but very thin, if that makes any sense. Almost like drinking juice. It's worth trying if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 00:46:48 | More by StaveHooks
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mdfb79

New York

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a clear golden color with 2 inches fluffy white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, yeast, sweet fruity malts, and grain.

t - Tastes of grain, bready malts, and yeast. Little bit metalic.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - Ok but not a great beer. Wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 02:43:52 | More by mdfb79
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yesyouam

New York

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Curim Gold is a clear golden ale with a thin, dense white head that leaves very nice lacing. The faint aroma is fruity, tart and grainy with a sweet hint of honey. It's medium-light bodied and pretty scratchy in the mouth. The finish is quick and the tongue is left pretty ragged. It's not sweet, nor dry. It's a tart and fruity affair-- lemony and light, but not stingy on flavor. A fruit tea aftertaste lingers. This is actually quite refreshing. It's a bummer about the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 14:42:45 | More by yesyouam
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden amber and a small white head with little retention.
Aroma of wheat and barley.
Taste of wheat and a slight sweetness of fruit and then ends with some bitterness.
Very light body with slight carbonation, very thin.
Not an impressive wheat beer, the Irish do much better with their stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 11:37:19 | More by dtivp
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hiikeeba

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up a hazy golden amber with a rocky white head

S - Some sweet malt, but dominated by the "imported" smell.

T - Defintely imported. Tastes old. Slightly sweet with no hops.

M - A little thin and watery

D - Once you get past that import taste, it's okay. A nice session beer. But it's a lot to get over.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 20:12:10 | More by hiikeeba
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy golden color with a thick white head

S - wheat malt with distinct fruity esters not common to a typical wheat which tend to be clovey and/or banana-like but more like an Irish ale

T - wheat malt and fruity esters are prominent with the earthy English-like hop flavor on the finish

M - smooth, medium-light body with high carbonation

D - This is a unique beer to be sure. It's not really an American-style wheat at all, but something distinctly Irish due to the yeast: an interesting taste to be sure. I'd try it again, but not sure I'd seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 23:27:53 | More by scoobybrew
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KonigObHops

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I received this beer as a part of a Beer of the Month Club.

The appearance of the beer is very hazy like a wheat beer should be. The color is between copper and orange.

In terms of the aroma, you can certainly smell the wheat, but the smell of orange zest is much more powerful.

The initial taste is carmely and a bit bitter. In the middle, the taste does not change that much at all, but the bitterness becomes more intense almost to the point of tasting like vinegar. You can taste a hint of the orange zest in the middle. The bitterness lingers on the tongue with a hint of clove as the beer finishes.

The beer is crisp, but not as crisp or as dry as you would expect from a wheat beer. Therefore, it is a bit disappointing in this regard.

Overall, this beer was disappointing, and I cannot reccomend it as a good example of a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 02:10:26 | More by KonigObHops
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matjack85

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Glen Ellyn Binny's was selling single bottles of this stuff for $1.99 each, so I picked one up. Never heard of this beer or brewery before so I don't know what to expect. 330ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed gold color and made a 1 finger white head that lasted awhile. The lacing was pretty decent.

A pleasant mix of wheat, malt, and ripe bananas make up the smell.

This beer needs a booster shot. There's lots of stuff in here, just not enough of it. I could pick out wheat, malt, bananas, and cloves up front, then the finish is the only place I could detect any hops. It's not bad, it just feels diluted.

Fairly light body with only moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink with no alcohol taste as all.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:24:12 | More by matjack85
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yellow with an orange hue, and a thin, white head that fades a bit, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is slightly spicey, bready euro malts, with a touch of cinnamon. Some buttery notes as well. Apple and a faint hint of banana.
Taste is slightly spicey malts with some hints of ginger. Malts become buttery towards the finish. Some faint apple and peach notes.
Mouthfeel is watery and fairly flat. Wet on the finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Unimpressive and fairly bland beer, but easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:26:36 | More by Parrotbeak
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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer from Carlow Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.