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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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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 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)

Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a hint of amber. There is a two finger fluffy white head that fades to a layer as I drink the beer.

Smell: There is a ton of spice from the yeast. Some sweet fruity notes, perhaps some banana. There is also a sour, acidic note at the end.

Taste: There is a strong flavor from the pale wheat malt right off the bat. From there I'm picking up a lot of spice from the yeast, and a fair amount of sourness. I like the sourness with the other flavors. There is also a fruity mildly sweet hint of banana. The finish is bitter and very crisp. Not a huge fan of the aftertaste, it's bitter, but not in a great way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit chewy. The carbonation is fairly delicate and on the mild side of medium. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I like this beer, but the aftertaste kind of bugs me. I'm really glad I got to try it, and I thought it was quite interesting. (966 characters)

Photo of baakabak
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Part of Ithaca's new Excelsior! series of bold, hand-bottled, bottle-conditioned beers. Brewed as a Belgo-American Ale with domestic barley, French wheat malts, Saaz and Santiam hops and a Trappist ale yeast. This is bottle #78 from the April 2007 release.

This beer is cloudy and dirty blonde in color, with a fantastic pure white foam head that laces and sticks to the end. Hints of sugar, peppery alcohol and peach in the nose. Tight carbonation creams up on the palate, with a medium body beneath and some gritty grain tannins. Malts are bit one-dimensional, with a biscuity edge and lots of husky tannins. What stands out the most is the sweetness and the alcohol base, showing spicy and more peppery notes. There's some peach-like fruitiness going on, as well as a light leafy back, while hops come to play with herbal and floral characters here and there. Tannic and dry in the finish.

White Gold definitely defies today's style guidelines, which isn't a bad thing. It's basically a Belgian Tripel meets an American Wheat--it's good, but it could be great if it finished a bit cleaner and offered a bit more depth of malt. (1,166 characters)

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy amber in color. Pours with half inch head good lacing. Nondescript smell. Strong taste of citrus which lasts throughout. Aftertaste is not bitter. Average drinkability. Slightly on the heavy side for the beer type. Suprisingly high abc of eight percent (266 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of crisp slightly creamy slightly rocky pure white head... Awesome retention that lasts througout... Bursting at the seams with swirling moderate-to-quick paced carbonation... The color is lemony golden yellow... An ever so slight haziness... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Sweet lemon... Grassy... Wheat... Some moderate yeasty notes... A bit musky... A very muted spice component... Perhaps even a bit of bubblegum...

T - Sweet candied lemon... A touch of vinegar... Pear... Apples from a canned fruit salad... Some wheat notes... A slight touch of spiciness... A slight hopiness rises on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Sticky... A surprising bit of tartness... Slightly creamy to start... Not much in the way of carbonation...

D - Starts of strong in terms of appearance and smell, but quickly works its way back to average... The taste is a bit of a muttled mess with some nice things going on but no clarity... The mouthfeel is also a bit odd as well... Overall the sum doesn't equal the parts... An interesting offering, but not one I would either recommend or seek out again... (1,143 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # E!012

A: pours a slightly hazy, yellowish-orange color
S: mild nose, a bit of hops and some funk
T: very refreshing, a smattering of malt some hops and funk and yeast to balance it out, decent beer, some Belgian traits are there but somewhat mild and very easy drinking, doesn't taste at all like an 8 % beer
M: very clean, mild
D: very drinkable, especially for a warm summer day
(low 80s in Milwaukee today) (418 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch E!008...Been looking to purchase this beer for a long time and finally bought it! Was super excited to try this. 750 ml bottle poured into my La Chouffe chalice

A-Beautiful, perfect appearance. Just what one would expect for a brew influenced by the witbier. Very cloudy, nearly opaque straw yellow body. Pours with a healthy 2-3 finger foamy white head that eventually fades to about 1 finger and has perfect retention leaving plenty of lacing behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the cloudiness is dynamic with minimal yeast sediment and the cloudiness whirling throughout the brew.

S- The nose is somewhat mild and generates more wheaty,grainy characteristics than anything else. There is a slight mustiness and earthiness to this wheat and a hint of phenols as well...but the spiciness is well hidden in the background underneath all of this.

T- Flavor is much like the aroma. Upfront is pretty mild and offers a slight peppery presence but the main character is a bready flavor that offers some earthy characters. Some soft hops come through for the finish as well as the slightest hint of phenols-but the bready yeast comes through more.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a light, somewhat thin, but pretty smooth, yeasty body.

D-This is a pretty good brew that is easy to drink. It drinks like a typical, sessionable wheat beer-so the ABV is very sneaky. This has a much milder, less exciting character than many of this style but is still a pretty good beer-actually-I split this with my mom and she loved it. Its a great, classic wheat beer that doesn't get wild or crazy in anyway except for ABV. (1,643 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, E!012. Thanks to whichever BA brought this to the September tasting in Austin.

Cloudy goldenrod body with a creme-colored head. Fat bubbles quickly settle to a thin veil of foam. The aroma is quite simple given all that's gone into this beer--light wheat from the malts and a kiss of floral hops. A touch of funky earth and tartness suggests wild yeast, but Ithaca can do better (e.g., LeBleu, Brute, Old Habit Batch E!017).

The flavor takes the tartness up a notch, with a juicy, funky blast of orange peel and dry Brett. Wheat gets kicked aside, but manages to add a tasty balance of bread crust to the mix. White Gold finishes with a bone dry crispness--body is thin and well-carbonated. Overall, a unique beer to say the least, but probably not something I'd want to have again. Worth a try... (813 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour from Tony - thanks, man!

Huge head (as in this was creeping out of the bottle). Cloudy, nice looking beer.

Smell is really nice - tart wheat, clean yeast, and some fruity esters. Citrus and wild scents dominate.

Taste is good but a little underwhelming. Granny Smith apples, sweet and tart Belgian yeast esters, a touch of horseblanket, hops, mango, and coconut all make appearances. I love how this combines all these flavors, but it falls just a hair short of top grades.

Nice amount of body and GREAT carb on this one. Overall, it was nice, but I felt like it was just missing something (or maybe I was). A nice offering, but I'll take others from Ithaca over this any day. (690 characters)

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third Ithaca I have had that comes in the large champaign bottles. I have had Brute, Ten, and this one is White Gold. Here is my review:

A: Initially, this one pours a nice, clear golden yellow. But once you get to the yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle, it makes the beer cloudy and opaque as it creates a lava lamp effect once poured. Head was a bright, white color and was quite large. It does dissipate rather quickly and leaves nice soapy lacing on the glass. One of the most unique looking beers I have seen I a while.

S: Smells very tart and fruity. Some green apple and maybe lemon. Some grain in the aroma as well.

T: The tartness carries over in the taste. Sour fruits like green apple, lemon, and maybe some honeydew in there as well. A slight vinegar component as well. I do not get much wheat in the taste. Pretty good overall though. Just a little lacking in complexity and character.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Almost champaign like.

D: Drinks very easily. Not something I could drink very often, but an enjoyable brew overall. Nothing harsh or off-putting about the beer at all.

Of the three Ithaca Excelsior! beers I have had, this one is my least favorite. It seemed a little lacking in complexity, but still is a very enjoyable beer. Definetly worth checking out, but if you have a choice, go with either Ten or Brute as they are superior brews overall. (1,439 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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 (1,894 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/18/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, thick, foamy, creamy white head. Aroma of orange, melon, lots of citrusy goodness. Flavor is quite similar, lots of citrus fruits and a spicy tang in the finish. Very flavorful and tasty. Nice beer.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) (281 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from somewhere, either purchased in Syracuse by myself or generously provided by charlew. I forget... I do know that it is Batch E!008.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the effervescent clear golden brew. Head sno-cones above the rim over time, finally calming down to leave chunky bits of lacing. Aroma is sedate, of wheat, spices and citrus. Taste is an intensification of what the nose hinted at. Mouthfeel is a bit too prickly for my taste, and drinkability is pretty good. A good representative of the style, a bit too much carbonation for me. (601 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to brendanbeer for sending me this want

This beer pours a hazy golden orange color fluff bleach white foam. The aromatics are a slight funky notes that are combined with citrus notes. The flavors are significantly more mild than the aromas had let on. The flavors are more sweet wheat flavors than the funk. I can almost not taste the tart. The mouthfeel is light but chewy and goes down epically smooth. Though there's not much to the content of this beer. I enjoy it, it's tasty, but there's nothing overly special about it. (577 characters)

Photo of busterthecat
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle split. Batch: E!031

A- Pours a bright golden hue. A nice bright white head forms and stays around for a while. Good head retention through session.

S- An initial light dish soap aroma that does disperse. Berries, citrus, hay, wheat and sweetness do come through. A slight zesty tang.

T- Taste is similar to aroma. Lots of citrus and hay. Citrus has a lemon and soft orange makeup. Taste is quick and light. Lots of rind.

M- Medium bodied but very light on palate for abv. Zest on palate. Decently drying. A mild tartness that does linger.

O- A good and interesting take on an a wheat ale. Pretty easy to drink. The citrus does become a tad overbearing and takes on a strong rind character. Would have liked the wild aspect of this beer to come out more. (773 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass. It poured a hazy orange color with an active, bubbly white head to it. The head settled down but left some pretty good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of wheat to it with a touch of sour and tart flavors coming through. A bit of the Belgian yeasty spice comes through as well.

The taste also shows just a bit of that sour, tart, wheat flavor to it. The yeasty spice comes out a little more in the taste compared to the aroma. It finishes with a little acidic sharpness mixed with more of the tart wheat flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average. Drinkability is pretty decent, it was a very interesting and unique beer. I liked the little bit of sour flavor to it, it gave the wheat a little something extra and different. It was pretty smooth overall and also pretty flavorful. A pretty good beer overall. (912 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Gold pours a clear honey colored yellow with a half inch ecru colored head. Plenty of lively bubbles can be seen running to the top of the liquid.

Smells lightly of must, orange, coriander, lemon, wheat, and candied sugars.

Light and effervescent tasting. Lemon and spice come through more emphatically than in the nose. Midway through there is a growing candied sugar sweetness. Pulling everything together is a grainy wheat presence.

Feel is well carbonated giving a light and airy quality. Dangerously quaffable. More of a Belgian than American beer. A good beer that I won't be purchasing again due to the price tag. (629 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (571 characters)

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