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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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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website

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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Photo of Padron4KM
2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Padron4KM, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of whynot44
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber color with a decent white head that doesn't stay around long, although it does manage a bit of lacing.

The aroma is very mild, bread and a trace of dry hay.

The taste is mildly wheat with a carbonic tang and some vague citrus and grassy notes. Strangely, it tastes almost more like a mainline lager than most wheat beer.

Light bodied, very drinkable, fairly crisp and refreshing.

whynot44, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date. This one is a clear, golden color that is topped by a 11/2 finger white head. The aroma is lightly hopped and like sweet tea and sugared molasses. I detect some aromas that are similar to a macro brew. Nothing real special here. The taste is also lightly hopped, and, has a good blend of sweetness from the ale fermentation. I also detect a small peppery taste too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly dry finish.

abcsofbeer, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2001.

Apperance : wheat beer golden color, clear, white foam head not persistent
Smell : wheat, hops, coriander ?
Taste and mouthfeel : spicy, no bitterness
Drinkability : a good refreshing beer in the syle American pale wheat beer

thierrynantes, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of trevorwideman
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into an Erdinger Weiss glass.

Pours a pale yellow with a very slight haze. One finger of head, good retention due to the almost violent carbonation that pierces the brew. Fair amount of wet lace. Aroma is lightly floral with a hint of apple and banana, lots of bready, yeasty aroma, and a light vanilla aroma as well. Light hop spiciness as well. Subtle but enjoyable.

Taste is less remarkable. A bit wheaty with some peppery zest at first, light apple juice sweetness and a floral note. Lemon sourness with a VERY light bitterness in the finish. Watered down and very nearly flavourless. It's so subtle that it comes off as boring. Very watery in the mouth as well, extremely light body. Not much in the way of dryness in the finish, but is is a little sour. Carbonation is a lot lower than expected, contributing to the overall watery impression. Sessionable in spades I'm sure, but it's just too uninteresting to make me want another.

trevorwideman, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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

belgbeerdrinker, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of aussielars
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

aussielars, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden orange colour with a large fluffy head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Sweetish wheat malt aroma, vauge spice.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell.
M - Mouthfeel was OK but a little watery. Medium carbonation.
D - Drinkable beer but many tastier wheat beers for the same price or even less.

brendan13, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this many times before both in bottle and on draft. Time for the long overdue review.
This pours a clear amber brew with minimal carbonation and a fairly thin head. Ths smell was of hops and a hint of wet hair!
The taste was much better, not very complex, but a decent lightly hopped ale. Very palatable. Mouthfeel good making this a drinkable beer for a session.

JohnfromDublin, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of tjd25
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

tjd25, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

jdhilt, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of redmosquito
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a good head. Interesting aroma, yeasty with some oak, and a whiskey like scent. Flavor follows suit with a little sweet wheat flavor with that oak whiskey flavor in the background. The beer finishes quickly without the wheat after taste I’d expect. This is a great summer beer and a good beer overall. Where do they get that whiskey flavor?

redmosquito, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a medium hue yellow body, fairly high levels of carbonation, whispy head which retains for a time

Very clear considering its a wheat beer

Smell is limited, but its yeasty and malty, dry, a little fruit but very minimal, reminds me of an extract brewed czech pilsner i made

Taste is dry and full of malt, doesnt go down easily and is a little dull, it really doesnt make u want another, over carbonated

Overall, really disappointing, this is another example of the theory that only the germans can make a good wheat

cypressbob, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of chilidog
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess, this is one to try if you've had the other two Carlow offerings. It pours a hazy gold with a average head that faded to a thin film. Lace was in spots but through-out the drink. The aroma is citric as is the taste. A slight mello wheat malt along with alittle banana sweetness adds to it. Nothing over-the-top here, just a drinkable wheat beer if only to say you've had all three.

chilidog, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of Winter
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Winter, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of Billolick
2.42/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Billolick, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, yet dull yelow hue, thin, vanishing head. Wheaty aroma. Off the cuff, crisp wheaty flavorings, a large, overpowering metallic feel, becomes offensive. Rather light bodied, reserved tartiness, sweet/sour palate. Lemony and quite sour, does have a malty backbone, with some biscuity notes in the body. Certainly not an award winner, borderline passing for the style.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of Brent
2.48/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Brent, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of budgood1
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

after pouring out a bright golden colour with a large rocky head, there was a wee bit o' yeast to work up from the bottom of the bottle from this irish (celtic) wheat. it added a slight haze, such as a hefe should look like. there were heavy rings of lace left on the glass. a rather muted aroma of spice and yeast, with hints of lemony clover and grass. none of the cloves and bananas i drool over. the taste is rather bland and boring...some wheat malt and ghostly spiciness. it's rather refreshing and easily drinkable, but just uninspiring.

budgood1, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

IrishRedRock, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of canadianbarman
3.93/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--500 ml brown, wide bottle, freshness date stamped on cap.
--Poured a slightly cloudy, gold straw like in color. Started out with a good head that thinned to a slight head. Some minor lacing.
--Had a sweet, citrus like smell.
This beer had an expected sweeter taste to it. It did have a lightly bitter aftertaste that I wasn't expecting. It was a nice beer that I would drink again.

canadianbarman, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy yellow body is topped by a decent white head and good lacing. The nose is citrusy with some malt showing through. The lemony flavor is joined by a slight grain flavor but this is small. The feel is light and crisp in the finish. Average drinkability.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

UnionMade, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A large white creamy head that contained fine-small sized bubbles.The body was carbonated and slight hazy with a golden hue.The nose was slightly fruity, malty and banana.The flavor was lightly hopped with a smooth and tingly mouthfeel.There was virtually no lacing on the sides of my glass.

hotstuff, Sep 01, 2003
Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer from Carlow Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.