White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

386 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 45
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-23-2007

A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Continental and U.S. grown hops, and fermented with Belgian, English and Wild yeasts.
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Ratings: 386 | Reviews: 190
Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a 3” pure white foam cap that slowly descends to a 1” thick rocky foam that produces ledges of lace.
S: citrus, lemony, funky Belgian yeast, wheat, almost a hint of rye.
T: Very lemony with some light baguette in the background and finishes with a shot of hop. Very refined, after the little hop on the finish, there are long lingering lemony biscuity flavors. Develops more flavor as it warms. Yeast driven but an excellent balance between the yeast, the fruit, the malt and the grains. Finishes bone dry.
F: Very creamy, soft carbonation, rich texture. Medium body.
O: With this beer the brewer gives a lesson in how to handle yeast.

Photo of DIM
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a hazy, bright golden color. It started foaming over as soon as I pried off the cap, so the pour was about half foam.

Lots of prickly Brett character in the nose; hay and cracked pepper with a touch of funk. Kind of a one dimensional Brett showcase on the palate as well. Heavy horse blanket, clove, and pepper all but overwhelmed the light pear flavor. I couldn't find any hop or wheat characteristics. The mouthfeel was light and airy while at the same time stinging the tongue in a a good way. I liked this well enough overall, but I'm glad I split this one.

Photo of brianmandell
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!047

I've had this a number of times and each batch is a little different. Pour is a hazy gold though it gets much more hazy as you get towards the bottom of the bottle. This beer has the characteristics of a brett fermented beer and it has developed nicely at approximately 9 mo to 1 yr of age. It has a bright yeasty fruitiness (apple and white grape with a touch of citrus) with some white pepper and a touch of tartness. There is a barnyard funkiness that keeps things interesting. There is a bit of sweetness and alcohol presence that moderates some of the refreshing aspects. Pleasantly effervescent. Overall, an enjoyable and nicely executed beer with brett yeast that develops with a little bit of age.

Photo of baakabak
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Massive rocky white head that seems to linger for a dog's age. Pale straw body

Scent is damp hay, vinegar, lemon, and pine tar.

Taste is sour lemon and pale grains. Big Brett. Finishes very dry and a bit astringent.

Highly carbonated and very lively on the tongue.

For an $11 bomber there's not too much to be dissappointed over.
Though it lacks a bit of depth, it's very enjoyable and I'd certainly pick one up again.

Photo of PeterParker
2.59/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Volcanic eruption upon opening.

Pours... absolute foam. Can't see any beer. The entire glass is foam. I've never seen anything like this. After a few minutes I can see a fraction of light golden opacity. The color is good, but it's just a glass of foam.

Smells of Belgian yeast, wheat, bubblegum, actually kind of smells skunky.

Nothing impressing me, weaker tasting wheat beer. Slightly more Belgian but nothing special. Salty aftertaste, like prosciutto. A bit funky and skunky.

Ridiculous amount of carbonation, thin and overly bubbly.

Not a really good wheat beer. Would pass on this in the future without a doubt.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer as part of a night of beer tasting. 750ml bottle E!047 batch. Claims to be a Belgian American Ale. Using French and American Malts, US Hops but with the kicker being Belgian, English and wild Yeast. This is ever so appearant when poured into a glass. Inches of foam appear unlike any American beer I have had. It paralells Duvel or a Belgian Quad with the amount of foam that lingers after the pour. Way more foam than actual liquid; which is something I happen to admire in a beer. The liquid hangs there as hazy unfiltered golden color. Herbal and fruit but definite unfiltered wheat characteristics.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, Batch E!043. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with at least a couple inch frothy off-white head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like bready/wheat malt, lemon peel, floral hops, apples, and some grassiness. It tastes like bready/wheat malt, lemon peel, apricots, grass/hay and some light clove and peppery spice. I like the tartness in this brew, I didn't really expect that so it was a nice surprise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. I think this is good , I'd certainly like to try White Gold again in the future. $9.99 a bottle.

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown glass bottle with classy descriptive label and papered-over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired via a friend and served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado, at me annual Christmas tasting. Batch# E!043. 8% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Gushes upon opening.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours almost entirely foam/head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Decent consistency. Fluffy. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a hazy yellow-orange. Translucent. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a bit hazy for a pale wheat.

Sm: Wheat, farmhouse character (mainly yeast), clove, pale malt, pilsner malt, floral hop character, citrus zest, A bit starchy. Some biscuity Belgian yeast character.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Perfumey, soft, and airy.

T: Clove, pale malts, wheat, farmhouse yeast character, pale malts, pilsner malts, and floral hop character. Vague citrus zest. A biteen starchy. Biscuity Belgian character. Great balance. Build is cohesive - nearly gestalt. It's got a hint of sourness, which lends it some nuance. Very intricate for the style.

Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: "Bone-dry finish?" Sure. Smooth. Great presence on the palate. Perfect carbonation. Complements the flavour profile well. Nicely soft.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Hides its ABV incredibly. I'd definitely buy it again. More great work from Ithaca. I'd recommend it to friends. Well worth trying. Really solid. I could easily kill more than one bottle in a night.

High B

Photo of facundoCNB
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of froth white head which gave off extreme amounts of lacing. head dissipation was very slow and even. the smell? well, as funky as brett gets really.. this is one of the most brett forward beers i've smelled.. funky wet hay for sure, manure even, dare i say it.. jasmine flowers, smells pretty damn awesome honestly. very tart in flavor, citrusy lemon peel, with a peppery kick, a skunky barnyard taste that refuses to leave the palate.. the grain bill is hard to figure out as most of the flavors come from the yeast.. there is a very bready characteristic to this. some coriander perhaps.
a medium body beer with a decent amount of carbonation. this is a fantastic beer, and i am honestly shocked at the rating on it.. it's not even a 4? really... this is almost a 5 in my book, and this is coming from a dude who's had a LOT of beers.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ithaca Beer Company.

Pours a hazy, bright golden yellow. Visible carbonation, with some sediment floating towards the bottom. Large amount of head, 2-3 inches or so. Stays around for a while.

Nice, fresh clean aroma of apple, orange, honey, floral notes.

The taste is similar- lots of green apple, pear, wheat, flowers, honey sweetness, mild black pepper, some funk.

Light, crisp mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. Alcohol is not present.

One of Ithaca's better new offerings. Loved it.

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch E!043

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Huge foamy, sticky, meringue head. Color of golden straw with bright citrus aromas, peach and lemon that give way to more rustic scents of herbs and grass. Wow, first impression is lots of flavors rolling around the mouth. Very full mouthfeel. Biscuity with a slight lemony spritz. Some peach and apricot, stone fruit flavors abound on the mid-palate and linger on the finish as well. Finishes surprising clean for such a full bodied beer. Not super refreshing but very different and interesting. Drank this at about 55 degrees rather than out of the fridge which seems a better drinking temp for most ales IMHO and I think this one benefits from being slightly warm or cool rather than cold.

Second glass - flavors seemed to integrate a lot more. Man, really enjoying this now. Have to disagree with the bros here, it finishes pretty clean, but more like a fine wine where the stone fruit flavors persist for looong time, but in a good way. It also plenty complex. Seems to get better with each sip. Of course so does everything else :). This is like if wheat beer and Riesling had a baby. Viva la differencia!

Third glass - all the wheat sediment is here obviously. Very, very cloudy and much more spicy. All black pepper and lemon now. Very much Belgian wheat now. Probably the least interesting glass of the bottle, which is for the best since I would have cried when I finished it otherwise.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, I forgot the batch number but it was the most recent, so late 2012-2013ish. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Lots of bread, wheat and a really nice fruitiness, which is light, lemon/peach and refreshing.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of light, bready wheat malt and peach, lemon fruitiness. Mild spice.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry.

O- A very tasty beer, easy to drink but with delicious, complex flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a weizen glass, hazy gold beer with a head as-big-as-ya-want-it of white bubbly mousse foam

S: wheat, lemon, banana; subtle suggestions of herbal flowers and fresh air over grainy meadows

T: tart, fresh, refreshing; lots of wheat and lemon, supported by yeastiness and hops that bring to mind flowery meadows and fields of grain

M: light, crisp, and tingly - mouth puckering for but an instant, then a comforting wash of clean finish

O: what a great beer - well-executed pale wheat ale, like a crisp hefeweizen with a kick.

Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale yellow with a decent head. Head retention is minimal and minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Wheat, earthy, some citrus.

T: Clean and dry. Refreshing yet some body. Subtle hop flavor but mostly dominated by wheat flavor.

M: Light, yet has a bit of body.

O: Good brew for summer.

Photo of utopiajane
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours perfectly. Straw color, lemon yellow, sun kissed gold with a white head of foam that fell fast to a thick cap. Great lace. It had a bouquet that filled the nose. Traditional Belgian nose. Yeasty, barnyard, horse blanket, musty, pepper, and ripe fruit. Apples and white grapes with a touch of lemon, & caramel malt. What was missing, if you want to think that it was missing, was bubblegum and banana. No alcohol on the palate either. This drank well. it was dry, crisp and the ripe fruit washed over the palate juicy and a little tart. It drank like dry white wine. Earthy and bright. The malt stood up in the glass and was not weak. The beer had a fine balance. Prickly carbonation so it wasn’t soft but the mouthfeel was pretty good. It’s traditional Belgian. Refreshing and lively.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Murky yellow . Lots of head! Bottle was screaming with carbonation.

S- Sour, musty, barnyard filled with horses. Acidic with floral hops.

T- Key words to describe this:
Earthy, grassy, with tart fruitiness and light sour notes. Finish is clean, pretty dry. But it doesn't completely dry your mouth. Floral hop taste is detected, but not real bitter. As it warms, this floral/spicy hop presence is more pronounced. Slight alcohol warmth is detected on the tongue.

M- Real easy to drink. Silky smooth.

Overall, this does taste like a Belgian beer and a refreshing wheat beer mixed together! This is a little too sour to be what I want on a hot day, but real good regardless!

Photo of prototypic
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

White Gold pours a light gold, almost straw color. It’s very hazy. Backlighting brightens things up a bit and gives it more of a true gold look. An incredible, foamy white head tops it. Carbonation looks very active as it stands about four fingers tall. It’s extremely slow to recede. Never completely dissipates. Lacing was very, very thick and sticky. Thick waves cling to the glass as it descends. Looks really good!

The nose is quite good. It’s very earthy, grainy, and musky up front. Wild yeast is easily noted, although it’s not really funky. Light lemon is apparent. Belgian yeast also has a notable presence. It definitely spices things up quite a bit. Pepper seems like the most notable scent. Some grassy notes emerge. Smells like it might be attributable to hops. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended pretty well.

The flavor is impressive. It is earthy and grainy up front. There’s a little malt sweetness there, but earthy notes predominate. It’s definitely musky. Wild yeast doesn’t add a funky flavor, but it’s definitely musky. It’s a nice complement to the grainy notes and tastes good. I like it. Lemon and white grapes round out its fruity side. Belgian yeast is very tasty and brings a really nice spicy flavor to the mix. Pepper and light clove are noted. Grassy, earthy hop notes emerge late and are a nice touch. Alcohol doesn’t seem to be much of a factor. It’s masked well. Finishes earthy, grainy, musky, and spicy.

White Gold has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel rather soft. For a bigger beer, it goes down easily. This one won’t last long.

White Gold is a nice addition to the Excelsior Series. It’s a tasty beer that definitely has more depth and character than you might expect. I wouldn’t fewer bubbles, but that’s my only small complaint. Good stuff. Definitely recommended.

Photo of tdm168
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this bottle to our last get together

A - foam exploded out of this one as soon as it was opened, it took quite a while to settle down; poured a hazy yellow with a big, frothy, white head that had great retention

S - very peppery and spicy

T - peppery, spicy, herbal hops, husky, lemon, straw

M - medium bodied, crisp, faint warming alcohol

This is one of the more complex and flavorful wheat ales I've ever had. The use of three different yeasts really imparts some tremendous spice. There is a noticeable hop character that is very complementary. I really very glad I got to try this one. If I could get Ithaca in NC, I would definitely get another bottle of this.

Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge huge huge bubbly head. Kind of fun, but a little excessive. My first pour was very clear with a golden hue, my second was hazy straw-colored. Smells of tart fruit, like plums and cherries, and a hint of malty musk. Begins with a bright snap on the front of your tongue, smooths out in the middle, and then bounces to a almost sour tang on the finish.

A bright beer with a certain funk that is intriguing. Zippy and smooth at the same time, which is a nice surprise.

Photo of lovindahops
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pull a white gold out of the cellar.

A- floaties galore in this hazy dark orange of a brew. Marshmallow frosting head of foam with lacing all of the edges.

S- massive bready yeast with zest and herbal spices. Lemon and almost a grains of paradise scent.

T- good Belgian taste with spicy, fruity hops. Musty and somewhat dry on the finish

M- good creamy flavor with strong carbonation

O- an enjoyable cross between a Belgian style and wheat ale. Glad I have another one down stairs

Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gibby, thanks again!

From notes...

Pours a bright hazy gold color with a pretty nice bright white head.

Aromas are dusty and floral with some light Belgian yeast notes.

Taste is soft, with creamy sweetness up front. Beer then settles into some yeasty flavors and lemon zest. Finish is crisp, doughy, with a sugary and slightly bitter bite. Comes off to me as being while tasty, also kind of simple.

Mouthfeel is as mentioned soft also nicely carbonated.

Overall, a pretty nice refreshing and easy drinking beer. However, I was hoping for better when I read the description on the bottle.

Photo of matthiasbrau
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sapsucker's, Huntington, NY. From notes 11/28/2012.

a: Pours a hazy gold color, almost two fingers of foam, lace all the way down as I slowly sip this heavenly elixir...

s: bright, lively, lemon-orange aroma

t: hop bitterness up front, orange peel, lemon, slight grain

m: medium mouthfeel, dry finish, lingering bitterness

o: excellent beer,interesting and complex. This is miles better than the bottle I tried a few months ago - can't remember the batch number - but which I suspect was a bit dated and mistreated by the retailer. This is worth seeking out if you are a fan of witbiers and grand crus. Not sure why IBC is releasing it so late in the year; this would be the perfect beer to crack open at dinner as another perfect summer day slips into memory. I've picked up and cellared two bottles of this current batch (#E!043) but I make no guarantees that they will be left untouched all winter!

Postscript 12/8/2012: Back at Sapsuckers once again, I'm happy to note that the IWG is still on tap and as tasty as 10 days ago.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a translucent amber color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. Aromas of bread, orange peel, lemon, and bitterness. Hard to pick up on too much since the smell is pretty faint. Taste is of orange peel, lemon, apple, bread and some hop bitterness. Bitter orange and lemon peel finish. Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Good alcohol presence. This is a style I'm luke warm on, but this is a solid Wheat. Overall, worth having again for certain.

Photo of alexkeil
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch # E!040
Pours a deep golden color with fluffy white head that persists around the edges. A bit hazy around the edges but somewhat clear for a wheat beer.
The aroma is wheat and pilsner malt, noble hops, and a slight meringue like sweetness.
The flavor is wheat malt and peppery alcohol, with leafy hops. Slightly hot but better as it warms. Highly carbonated and slightly prickly from the alcohol.
If it wasn't for the noticeable alcohol this would be alot like a belgian triple with wheat. An enjoyable beer only slightly overpriced.

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, batch E!015(says copyright 2008 on the bottle). Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2-3 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, lemon, apricot, earth, tart apple, herbal, wheat, bread, hay, and funk. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grape, lemon, apricot, apple, herbal, coriander, earth, funk, grass, and hay. Lingering notes of grape, lemon, apricot, grass, hay, and herbal on the finish for a while. A lot of malty flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial wheat ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. This has held up well for the age. Really enjoyable stuff.

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White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.