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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer - Carlow Brewing Company

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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat BeerCurim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer

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93 Reviews
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Knapp85
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a fizzy, clear golden-yellow color with a fizzy, bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, grains and light caramel.

T - It tasted of grains, some wheat and a light spiciness. It really tasted like a German Pilsener.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied ale.

D - This just didn't taste right for a wheat ale. As I said earlier it really tasted like a pilsener.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.26/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

31.01.10 freshness date on the neck:

Pours bright golden with a big fluffy head that descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat grain with some honey sweetness. A mild, earthy, citric hop presence is there - in a lemony way.

The taste is of a musty, somewhat anisette-like earthy spicing with honey sweetness that weaves in and out. Wheat bread and lemon zest make up the overall character. Sweetness is balanced by a spiced, hoppy, finish.

It is light-bodied, but not watery. Very crisp and refreshingly dry.

It has a fair amount of complexity to it for a light wheat pale. Had a second with lightly breaded chicken and it went very well. Could see this going well with fish (esp. lightly breaded), also.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong wheat and citrus. The flavor is corn, wheat and some lemon citrus. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing wrong with this beer, but there is not much going on either. Not one to seek out.

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Photo of Billolick
2.45/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
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)?

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Photo of dcmchew
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a rather clear golden, nice head with surprisingly good lace.

S: Wheat malt, twinge of acid, pleasant but not substantial.

T: Wheat and some pilsner type bready malt predominately. There's a note of lemon as it warms up. Not offensive, but rather bland.

M: Soft carbonation, smooth, light-bodied for sure, could be refreshing.

D: Just a middle of the road APWA, nothing special about it for me, but you could do worse. Not much to say about it really.

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Photo of Zorro
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger off-white head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Nose is wheat/whiskey. Light-medium carbonation. Starts sweet and crisp finishes fairly smooth without any noticeable yeast - different for a wheat. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of Tone
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden blond color with a two-finger head into my pint glass. Two-finger head that fades down.

Aroma is full of sweet wheat malt with not much else in the nose. Kind of lackluster.

Taste is grainy, sweet and has some clove. Not much else. Nothing that shouldn't be there.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat/clove. Again, not much to actually detect here.

Feels like they half-assed it here. I've had better things from this brewery and this isn't one of their better offerings.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell is bread, wheat and yeast. Good. A very intriguing and delicate flavour. The first impression in the taste is unripe, green, but not acid (green apple?). The body is in the average.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.36/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bright golden color with a very nice grainy aroma. Grainy flavors dominate but it is very smooth. Mouthfeel is nice and light for a wheat but not too light. A great session beer for a warm summer day.

A great suprise since I had never before had or seen a wheat beer from Ireland. I will definitely pick up some bottles to try.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap during a recent trip. I really didn’t know what to expect….an Irish Wheat? All in all, it’s not a bad wheat beer. Pale, yellow, fuzzy color with a soft, stable head. Citrus and ester aroma. Soft and full mouthfeel. Very slight fruitiness, and a little on the sweet side. Granded that it isn’t a good as a lot of other wheat beers, but it sure did hit the spot.

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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer from Carlow Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.