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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer - Carlow Brewing Company

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Carlow Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: canadianbarman on 08-08-2002

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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 93
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3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into english pint.
Pours very slightly hazy greenish-orange-golden beer. One finger off-white head, moderate retention. Smell is sweet - of citrus, lollipop, treacle, some more fruity esters and wheat. Taste is not very prominent - chalky, citrusy, generally malty, not bitter, bubble gum in an aftertaste, dry palate. I wasn't be able to find any historical significance in the brew. Neither it was similar to any wheat beer I had drunk before.

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3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Curim Gold looks pretty much true to its name. There is some cloudiness that dulls the tone - such is fully expected from wheat beers, even filtered ones - but overall this is a bright and sheeny ale that appears just the thing to cure my thirst.

On the brewery's website they first liken this recipe to the filtered weissbiers (Kristalweizen) of Germany, but then go on to explain that this is a revival of a traditional Celtic ale known as "Cuirimi" which has purportedly been brewed in Ireland since the first century AD. Hmm. News to me.

Let's nevermind all that for now. The fact of the matter is that light wheat ales now tend to be bit-part players in a brewer's portfolio: something entry level that is on the plain side and hence likely to appeal to the majority of consumers (including those that don't typically drink beer).

The resulting ale is often lager-like in that it's simple, smooth, and serviceable, something better when served a few degrees colder than normal. The better ones, however, like Curim, have a little more flavour to offer. This has wholesome, hearty notes of cereal grains and, to my delight, hops!

Indeed, what a pleasant surprise. Now, when I say 'hops' I don't mean 'bitterness'. On the contrary, this one is pure 'bright and breezy', showcasing gentle notes of flower buds, grass clippings, and peachy fruitiness fruit with only the very minimal amount of pungency.

Sometimes it's the jockey and other times it's simply the horse - light wheat ales are not thoroughbreds, no matter who's behind them. But I feel that Carlow put together a real winner here. While I seriously doubt Curim is anything remotely like the traditional style they claim to be reviving, it's still a stylish piece of work and mightily enjoyable.

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3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean golden pour, low white head, leaving just a few spots and a very thin lace.
Nice fruity smell, with green/yellow grape, apple juice, very mild orange zest, gooseberries, faint apricot. Touch of wheat.
Fresh bread dough and crisp lemon zest in the initial sip, developing into a sweeter citrus characteristic and some light orchard fruit notes. Nice grainy malts with rich fluffy wheat. The hops are a bit off in the finish, bit spicy, yes, but with a dry leafy bitterness that lingers a bit too much in the finish and pushes away all the fruitiness.
Medium body, prickly fizz, a bit buttery, fitting an American-style wheat.
Starts very promising but loses its appeal rather fast, so just ok, i guess.

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3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer from Carlow Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.