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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

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 08-08-2002)
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Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.08/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not that impressive. Little aroma and flavour, slightly spicy, slightly fruity (bit of citrus and banana), very easy to drink, not overly interesting, and thin bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 14:37:05 | More by rastaman
Photo of kojevergas


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
Photo of UnionMade


2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer is a dull straw yellow, mostly clear, topped with a lasting dense white foam. Decent lacing, cobwebbing the glass nicely.
Aroma is somewhat wheaty, with a touch of lemony fruitiness. Perhaps a bit of banana if you try hard enough, but mostly a bland wheat flavor. The lemon is probably recommended for this one.
The flavor starts with a mild wheat maltiness, a bit bare, with nothing else really going on. Pretty much identical to your average american wheat ale. Some mild lemony flavor comes through in the middle. I'm not sure if I'm imagining the banana flavor. Definitely weak up front an in the middle, with a bit of pleasant wheaty dryness in the finish. A bit of breadiness in the finish, lingering into the quickly evaporating aftertaste.
Really bland and dull, with nothing to the flavor. A vapid and glassy eyed brew. Definitely not worth the import price. I want to finish it quickly so I could move on to something more interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2003 06:11:14 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Knapp85


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
Photo of Dogbrick


2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Another grocery store beer. Slightly sweet wheaty flavor but fairly plain-jane overall. Really lacking the characteristics that make for a good wheat.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 08:29:48 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Billolick

New York

2.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff is very weak and not worth wasting your time on, there are too many decent/good/great wheats out there!
Light straw, abit cloudy, very minimal yeast/wheat/malt flavor, abit sour, fairly high carbonation. Minimal redeaming qualities, to report on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 12:33:15 | More by Billolick
Photo of Brent


2.48/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bland and boring. All other description is simply an enlargement on those terms, but here goes: Poured a hazy golden with minimal head. Not much aroma of any kind, perhaps a bit of muted malt. Flavor was slightly tart without any yeast phenols at all. Malt was slightly crackery, fading to a spritzy nothingness at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 14:06:22 | More by Brent
Photo of aussielars


2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice big fluffy and slow-disappearing head. Hazy golden amber in colour. Good effervescence as is typical of this style.

I detect the sweetness of the malt and the tartness that is characteristic of wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is light and not on the same planet as a Schneider, for example.

This beer is very easy to drink. But so is Corona. If I had to pick a wheat beer in which to put a wedge of lemon into, this would be the one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 11:54:27 | More by aussielars
Photo of RoyalT


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
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


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

a: amber color, little carbonation, moderate head settling to thin veil
s: light hoppy & malty aroma
t: malty upfront with sour finish and bearly noticeable wheat presence
m: light body & carbonation, not much going on
d: rather ordinary ale and not a good wheat beer interpretation

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 08:14:40 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of DoubleJ


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

What's this, an Irish wheat beer? Who knew I would see such a beer stateside. On to the beer:

The entire 330 ml bottle pours into my Widmer Hefeweizen glass entirely. Big puffy white head sitting on top a color that's a touch darker than pale fool's gold. It looks like caramel coloring was added....it's like looking at ginger ale with head. Average head retention. It smell a little like cider. Apples. A kick of dry cardboard.

Curim Gold feels and tastes empty initially, though some flavor beings to pull through as you let it soak in your mouth. It is a little bit fruity, with a touch of a shredded wheat base. I would like more flavor please. As for mouthfeel, it is very light with a somewhat fuzzy feel inside.

The idea of a Celtic wheat ale is intriguing, but the final result makes me think they should stick with their stouts and red ales. Speaking of stout, when will my local store I bought this from carry this brewery's stout (O'Hara's)?

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 07:24:20 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of KonigObHops


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
Photo of John

New York

2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, light straw color. Fresh cut, grassy, wheat and citrus rind aroma. Tart, lemony, nearly sour flavor. Very light bodied, like a thin American wheat. I can see this as a potential thirst quencher, but not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2002 05:48:32 | More by John
Photo of Padron4KM


2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden straw with an average size, off white head. small patches of sticky lace left behind.

Wheat is barley perceptable in the aroma. I had to double check the lable to make sure.

Flavor is light wheat, bread and spicy hops.
Finish is light and dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 06:55:36 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of sirwilliamspub


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
Photo of IrishRedRock


2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Filtered wheat beer? Surely you jest. Somewhat hazy golden color, but its not hazy due to any yeast or sediment, which is rather disappointing. This obviously takes away from the appearance and aroma. No spicy yeast in the nose, just a bit of light citrus. Bubbly, but zero carbonation is detectable upon sipping this. Wheat flavor is present, as is a sour tangerine-like flavor that is not very pleasant. This brewery does better with their other beers. This one is kind of bland and boring.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 06:34:17 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of inebrius


2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nose of lemon-honey tea. A nice looking golden wheat frothy headed brew that wears a coating bittersweet aftertaste that kind of spoils what is supposed to be a refreshing brew and I couldn't see myself drinking any more than the one I'm choking down now. Carlow makes a decent beer. Unfortunately this ain't one of 'em.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 09:44:05 | More by inebrius
Photo of Tone


2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. One inch head of a off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of of pale malt, slight lemon aroma, yeast cleanliness, and some small hints of wheat. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale, if not rather poorly. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then a hint of lemon, the wheat is almost unnoticeable, and a slight hop bitterness is present in the finish. Overall, more like a lager than a pale wheat ale, at least in flavor. Not worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 04:06:31 | More by Tone
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into glass tumbler.

Golden-clear with a very thin head and no lacing. Alcohol is pretty moderate and grainy.

Orange, grapefruit, and honey in the smell and granola and a mild hop structure. Almost non-existant malt body with a dry, round finish and moderate combination.

Weak, but well-balanced. Really not much more to say about this. Wasn't a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 20:36:01 | More by TLove
Photo of SWEET34


2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time. O'hara's Irish Red and Stout are great beers so I thought this would be more of the same. Turns out it is not, at all.

Poured from glass into a pint the color isn't quite what I was expecting being a wheat beer. This beer was alot more golden in color and reminded me more of a light lager. The head which wasn't impressive to begin with dissoves rather quickly.

Not much to say about smell because there were only faint sents of wheat. Surprisingly to me the beer didn't taste like much of anything. Kind of flat no real flavors that jump out. Just a really bland no taste beer I thought. It was however easy to drink only because it didn't taste like you were even drinking anything to begin with. Pass on this one try the Irish red or the stout much better beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 14:38:07 | More by SWEET34
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I prefer my weizens, American, German, or in this case, Irish, with the hefe included. The filtering really changes the aroma, the texture, the entire tone and flavor of the style. This one is rather sad and lackluster. Pale yellow color, the usual suspects of citrus in the aroma, but very little of it. Overall, a very flat and uncharacterful beer, that tasted immensely better when I added a jolt of Orange/Mango soda!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 17:53:19 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun-splashed wheat field gold with faded lemon peel borders. The large, polished ivory colored crown is the beer's best feature with respect to appearance. The foam has a considerable amount of character and is starting to leave some lovely looking lace.

There isn't much good to say about the aroma and there isn't much bad either. It's fairly low on power and smells... uh... clean. Just a little untoasted wheatiness and a bit of fruitiness from the hops. Challenger, Mt. Hood and Cascade if you're keeping score.

Curim Gold is an especially grainy version of an Irish pale wheat ale. It's better than pale lagers from the Big 3, but it tastes similar in some respects. Never mind the fact that it's wheat-based and uses ale yeast. When the brewery says 'lightly hopped', they mean it. Any more lightly hopped and it'd be a gruit.

The flavor profile is astoundingly simple: watery grain with a hint of citrus peel. That's it. Carlow Brewing thinks CGCWB has notes of 'peach, banana and plum'. That's laughable, bordering on delusional. As is the 'best by' date of 1-31-10. This stuff will be undrinkable dreck long before then. If you have to drink it, drink it cold.

The mouthfeel is pretty close to watery, but then 4.3% pale wheat ales aren't known for their chewiness. Since the carbonation finds some sort of happy medium, I'll go with an average score.

Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer is a decent alternative to almost any American light lager that you'd care to name. However, it's probably more expensive and is much less widely available. Never seen it? You're not missing anything, believe me.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 13:32:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Winter


2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep golden in color with a white short-lived head. Very fruity aroma. Mouthfeel is soft and lighter in body with a touch of crispness as it rolls over your tongue. Fruitiness dominates the palate. Flavors of peaches, pears and bananas on the forefront. Wheat taste is there, but buried behind the overwhelming fruitiness of the beer. Somewhat of a mineral water quality to the finish. Glad I only picked up a single, as this one wasn't that great.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 21:30:40 | More by Winter
Photo of tjd25


2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quickly fading dense head on a transparent pale orange color body. The smell is of dry straw with some malty (o'fest) notes and hints of pine and honey. The taste isn't really noticeably wheaty. I found more similarities with the dry character of a German pilsner. Some watery caramel notes aren't really enjoyable. Some seltzer water notes bring some freshness and a sweet and lightly fruity character. Also, surprizingly, hints of wood.The mouthfeel is a bit more consistent than the appearance might make you believe, but it's still nothing really interesting. It leaves an aftertaste in the mouth, mostly a harsh yet not overpronounced bitterness. If all this is due to the "celtic" character, I'd rather just have a wheat beer. An ale that tastes like a lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 21:35:50 | More by tjd25
Photo of Zorro


2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a small white head that disappears.

Smells lightly malty with a slight fruitiness, no hop detected. Near no smell from this beer, not a strength.

Starts out a little sweet with some soda cracker malt flavor. A bit seltzer like with a slight caramel flavor. Just not much taste here.

Mouthfeel is light.

Just really not much beer here, pretty close to seltzer water, not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 01:43:32 | More by Zorro
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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer from Carlow Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.