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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 392
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 46
Gots: 44 | 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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Reviews: 191 | Hads: 392
Photo of claspada
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is quite dusty and grassy, with some orange rind, lemon and wheat. Reminds me of a Biere de Garde or a lighter Bret yeasted (is that a word) beer.

The taste is initially overwhelmingly tart. Was not expecting that but I guess I should have been from the nose. It fades into a lemon/lime/grapefruit bitterness; I am honestly not enjoying these combinations. The finish is bready and slightly funky/yeasty, maybe a touch peppery. As is warms it turns into more of a soapy whit, a style that has never grown much on me.

Overall the flavors are kind of muddled in my opinion and leave a lot to be desired. I appreciate the creativity in the approach but it fell short. (677 characters)

Photo of PeterParker
2.59/5  rDev -35.1%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
2.64/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours auburn, not head, clear, no carb rising. Not a good sign...something could be amiss.

Aroma of wheat, grapes.

Taste has wheat, light hops, spices

Mouthfeel is flat, lifeless.

Overall, I'm going to guess that I got a bad bottle [at least I hope so]. I'd try another just to see if this one was an anomoly. (314 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a stem glass, White Gold is a hazy yellow with a tight, creamy white head

Smell is wheaty, slight citrus, like an unspiced wheat.

Taste is more like a double wit, the same amount of refreshment as a single, but with an extra dose of booze, which stands out to me. Too strong and lacking any compensating complexity, a bit a of a disappointment.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, but heavier, solvent like.

Drinkability is average this is just another strong wheat beer. All the aspects of a nicer thirst quencher, but the overt strength really presents a challenge. I totally forgot there was any brett, it's a total non-factor at this point (no idea of the age, I just bought it in Boston). I had higher hopes, in spite of not caring for TEN, but this was another overpriced, under-producing brew from Excelsior. I'm always a big supporter of any brewer's reserve style beers, but a little QA goes a long way as far as not putting out the first recipe you think of! Not cheap and not to good, 1 and done thank you very much... (1,050 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I bought this I wasn't paying attention that it was going to be a sour ale. The beer poured out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a large fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer had lots of wild yeast sour notes on the nose. I wasn't able to even get much besides that from the beer. The taste of it was also quite sour and really killed off any of the soft wheat flavors that might have been in there before the wild yeast was tossed in. The mouthfeel was a little like champagne, very bubbly and fizzed up inside the mouth. Overall this beer wasn't all that impressive to me. Had I read the label more or something I may not have even bought it. (661 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for breaking this open. Bottle # 1803...
Appears a hazy, light yellow with a small, white head that quickly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh wheat, straw, and yeast, along with some citrus and herbs.
Taste echoes the aromas with an herbal, spiced citrus flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yesty, citrusy, with a dry finish. (413 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical belgian white light pissy colored with clouds hazing things and a raspy fluffy white head. The low score is for the nasty chunks of odd colors in this beer. Normally these things don't bug me but these are pretty nasty.

Yeasty with very grassy hops. Lemongrass, orange peel, a bit of licorice and other odd phenols.

Good beer nothing overly exciting. Pretty drinkable. Not overly complex with more lemongrass and a decent hop character. Moderate carbonation very grassy and earthy with some pitted fruits. (529 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 8/7/09

A - pours a clear golden orange with a big 3 finger foam that stuck around for a long time

S - fruity citrus aroma, wheat and some funk

T - bready wheat taste up front with dried fruit coming through along with a bit of funk

M/D - very light & crisp, very drinkable but the flavor is lacking a little, i was definitely expecting more (375 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Whoa, it's a gusher! Settles out to a bright gold color and a rocky, fizzy white head.

S - Starts out with a saison-like yeast and multi-grain bread aroma, but once stirred, an explosion of citrus and lemongrass hops come out, as well as the smell of white grape juice.

T - For a split second, a clean malt taste emerges, but it is quickly pummeled by a sour grape juice flavor, much like an oxidized white wine left out in the open overnight. Past that, an herbal hoppiness.

M - The one redeeming quality about this beer is the dry finish and light palate.

O - If you can get past the odd souring white wine flavor, it is not too bad. I would suggest using a different blend of 'wild' yeast, as the current ones aren't cutting it. (739 characters)

Photo of alexkeil
3.35/5  rDev -16%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch E!022. Purchased 12/10 directly from the brewery.

Poured from 750ml bottle to a Duvel tulip. Shortly after I poured, the beer foamed out of the bottle for probably 5 minutes!

A: Poured a very nice looking yellow-gold color with huge head that did not want to disappear. Reminded me slightly of the head of a Duvel pour. The appearance was probably one of the highlights of this beer.

S: Huge bouquet of wheat/sweet citrus/alcohol

T: Wheaty goodness followed by a lot of sweet and ending with a hint of alcohol.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with high carbonation. At least from the first pour. The second pour was so full of sediment that it was impossible not to chew the yeast.

D: Too sweet for my tastes and I had to drainpour the last 1/3 of the bottle due to the extreme sediment. To separate the first 2/3 of the bottle and second 1/3 of the bottle would be best but unfortunately, they were all in the same bottle. So close to being excellent but missed on so many points. (983 characters)

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. bottle poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Golden straw with a hazy cloudiness only allowing you to see steady carbonation rising to the top of a quickly fading white head.

S: Wild yeast, honey, granny smith apples, fresh chopped pears, with a floral aroma completing the complexities of this Belgian.

T: Slight funk with notes of honey and bitter hops on the back of the palate. Other than that the smell really led us to believe that we were about to drink a complex beer, but unfortunately was overall disappointing and rather bland.

M: Highly carbonated, smooth, refreshing, and light bodied.

D: Very easy to drink, but not diverse enough to keep our attention. Overall an okay beer, although we probably won't search it out again.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop (785 characters)

Photo of selecter70
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited i grab this one up the other day, expecting some much more than it ended up being. This pale wheat with Franco-Belgian leanings & some nice brett-funk s=certainly looked the part. It poured a lovely cloudy pale yellow with good bubbles & a 1" white fluffy head, but little lacing. The aroma was nice, complex in its lemon, orange peel, white pepper & grassy herbal notes. The taste was crisp, medium bodied but meh in flavor. There were light notes of grainy yeast, sour hop edges & farm malts, but only if really paying attention. Overall, kinda bland for something so promising. I wouldn't turn it down, but I probably wouldn't seek it out again. (662 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle #1626 - Apr 07)

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted wheat crackers, sour lemons, and spicy hops.

Taste: Pale wheat flavor with a light sweetness. Hint of lemon zest. The taste of the Saaz really shines out, though there's only a mild bitterness throughout. Noticeable Belgian yeastiness. Finishes bready and dry. The alcohol really begins to creep in as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's fine for a beer of intertwined styles. (530 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased at a Wegmans in Elmira, NY. *sigh*

A- Pours a hazy gold/yellow with a huge creamy white head. Ridiculous lacing, and what appears to be TONS of carbonation.
S- Hmmm. Muddled fruity notes with a touch of farm. Slight citrus.
T- Fruity estery flavors from the start. Fairly sweet with lemons and citrus. Reminds me of a triple without the spicyness. Just a touch of tartness.
M- Medium body, prickly carbonation.
D- Meh. Something about the taste doesn't sit quite right with me. And the high abv starts to assert itself quickly.

Overall - White Gold confuses me. It's like a non-spicy triple, and I really don't get much or any of the wild yeasts the bottle claims. With that being said, it's still a good brew. Appearance is great, solid flavors (770 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #E!005, poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but contains Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts, some spice and touches of hops and citrus.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of Belgian yeast & wheat. Some sweet flavors of citrus and spices follow along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a little bit of balance. There's a slight alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a fairly good beer overall, but whether I'm looking for a Belgian-style, American-style or a wheat beer that's a combination thereof, there are definitely others that I would pick first. (1,017 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Incredibly active beer. Bubbly, with a frothy white head that grows and will not dissipate. Almost annoying as far as head retention.

S: Lemon, pepper, grassy hops. Also a bit musty.

T: Interesting play of wheat malt and yeasty spice. Lemon translates from the nose, approaching tart but never really gets there. The finish is extremely dry, bitter sharpness, almost harsh.

M: Light, high carbonation

O: Interesting beer, good play on American and Belgian aspects. Unfortunately, the finish is disappointing. (517 characters)

Photo of PBoegel
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch # E! 31 (not entirely sure where that puts it in terms of freshness, but I'll draw some rough conclusions below).

Probably off, no definitely off to have this beer in the American Pale Wheat style, they are definitely gunning for a sour beer with the potential to develop deeper or more pronounced sourness with time.

Appearance is hazy, wit beer look, slightly orange-yellow glowing hue, the head is fizzy white and dense to start but breaks with some moderate lacing on the glass wall.

Aroma seemed a bit muted, but my honker was not 100% on last night. Some sour cherry, granny smith apple, hay, mint, black tea, and traces of tart citrus. A bit of crisp tangy wheat surfaces after a few sniffs and sips.

The flavor profile was very contrasting, tangy and zesty hops, some tart wheat and citrus upfront, then a deep lasting finish that was very tart with lemon, granny smith apple and goat cheese.

I liked more the mouthfeel and what this beer was trying to do than the aroma and flavor characteristics. It has an intense flourish of both crispy bitterness and tangy sour. It finishes very dry and palate cleansing. The sour lingers a bit long.

I don't know how well this beer would develop over time as the hop character fades, I think it would drift into a deeply sour realm with little else, I like the initial balance effort and think this beer would probably be its best extremely fresh, my guess is this bottle is probably a few months old, not exactly a terribly old beer, but the hops and malt would play better I suspect. (1,546 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this bottle. From the bottle it is described as a strong pale wheat ale. Released April 2007 and it is bottle #497.

Poured an orange hued brown. Kind of looks like a dirty hefe in appearance. Thick white head that evaporatedto a thnner veneer. layered lace forms rings round the inside of the glass. Nose is mstly malty with some slight sweet tones coming from the wheat.

Flavor is surprisingly simple and slowly dominated by the alcohol. The Malts and wheat come out as sweet at first. Little bit of clove and jusr a slight hint of banana. Lots of pepper spices quickly followed by a slam to the tongue by the alcohol. Some green hops. Lighter body than I expected. Nice high ABV beer for the summer.

A tad undrinable thanks to the alcohol. This beer should be due for some aging in my opinion to mellow out the bite to it. A touch out of balance thanks to the alcohol. (903 characters)

Photo of supercolter
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a good but quite odd brew.
Appearance was thick for an APWA, with a decent head and slight lacing. Smell and taste are pretty similar. Very spicy- almost holidayesc I taste a lot of black licorice like the spice Anise. There is peppery and lemony flavor/smell coming through as well. This mixes with some sweet malt, cookie flavor.
Mouthfeel is decent, nice carbonation and medium in body.
Drinkability is good but slightly hampered by the overabundance of licorice flavor. (482 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow body with lots of fairly large floaties. Big, fluffy white head with lots of retention and some lacing. A great looking beer.

Lots of fruits and some biscuity yeast in the nose. A little bit of grassy hops.

Lots of fruits in this beer. Very sweet mandarin orange, apricot. Lots of wheat twang. A little boozy. Some biscuity malt. Taste like a strong belgian pale as much as an American Pale Wheat Ale.

A slighty boozy, creamy mouthfeel. Just average drinkability. Decent beer. (493 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This uses trappist yeast and so there is a good argument to make it a Belgian style. The taste correlates more closely to an American pale. There is a bit fo sourness offset more by yeast than malting. It looks like an American pale wheat and the aroma is interesting because of the inclusion of brett, and Saaz hops. A good Summer beer.
Had again 2.5 years later on tap and found it astringent wheat. (401 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from New Beer. Ommegang anniversary glass.

A cascade of brass finally settles with a couple dollops of eggshell head over a deep gold, slightly hazed body. Decanting not being my best skill, I drop more sediment into the bottle then I should of. Today's color is now peach. :P

The smell could use some work. Dusty & grassy, with some orange rind, lemon & Witbier strength alcohol & wheat.

Initial nectarine tartness. Fading, it gives into rindy grapefruit & bittergreens. Finish is bready & yeasty, maybe a touch peppery. Grassy peach, & big on yeast now that I fumbled on the pour. As is warms it turns into more of a soapy whit, a style that has never grown much on me.

Carbonation is alright. I sense a little menthol after a few pours. Dustier then I would of liked. Not too much trouble on the growler. By the glass, I could see coming back for another after running through a sampler.

Slightly better in the bottle, but what's left are old bottles... (970 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from BeerTruth. Thanks buddy. Bottle #495.

Pours a hazy light golden color. A few bubbles rising to the top and a fizzy couple fingers of off-white head. Head recedes to a thin lace, doesn't leave much of any stick.

Smell is quite interesting. I get some light citrus notes, wheat, some sweet malt or maybe honey, and then Belgian yeasty aromas.

Taste is a bit of a diversion from the smell. Much drier, more bitter, with little sweetness. Rather than a sweet citrus flavor there is more like a tart lemon flavor. Ample noble hop bitterness, too, and some spice and yeast. Gets a touch sweeter when it warms, but remains mostly dry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drying, with appropriate carbonation.

This was an interesting brew for sure. It had some dry white wine-like characteristics it seemed to me, given the very low level of sweetness and the higher level of bitterness. Different for sure, and worth a try. (933 characters)

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White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.