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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

354 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-23-2007)
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-21-2013 20:39:23 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

01-09-2012 01:18:00 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 19:33:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-24-2012 04:57:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-12-2012 08:23:45 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released Apr 07
Bottle #849

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lighter gold with a hint or orange a tight fluffy,sticky white head atop leaving a sheet of lace as it settled slowly.The Belgo-American influences in this brew really show thru in the nose,a Belgian yeasty slightly smokey and tropical fruity notes really show thru upfront and then a real noticable floral and sharp American hop profile comes thru and really stands out very nice with equal billing to both.Wow complex to the hilt its sharp and spicey at one point and soft and fruity next,one thing is for sure the hops ring thru in a nice lingering finish.The Belgian yeast component upfront with its slight smokiness and spice just overpower or even come close to that everything just melds nicely,very well done.With more of the Excelsior brews coming in soo according to the rep at my local Consumers I will jump to get them for sure I am really looking forward to the Old Habit.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 22:08:09 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 01:20:27 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

White Gold! Texas Tea...sweetener! It pours a hazy golden straw topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, orange zest, tart lemon zest, coriander, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of blood orange peel, black pepper, coriander, lightly tart mandarin oranges, wheat, and grass. Things don't quite meld together as well as one would hope. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a pretty solid brew, very similar to Bell's Oarsman on some mild steroids.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 23:49:44 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 22:44:20 | More by JAHMUR
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:51:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-22-2013 05:55:02 | More by RblWthACoz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is courtesy of PEBKAC, cheers Adam!

Batch E!008 pours an effervescent apricot/orange with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: A riot of orchard fruit, apple blossom, grainy notes

T: Pears, honey, a hint of dry apple cider & a bit of musty grain up front. A kiss of warming cider, then earthy apple skins, dry apricot, pears & honey as this warms,plus a touch of white grape. More white grape & some dirt in the finish along with semi puckery dry notes, cream of wheat ( detractor ), almost pulled a 4.5

MF Medium bodied, effervescent, grainy & warming

Drinks pretty nice, but the ABV & complexity of this do hinder me a bit. Loved the Franco-Belgian flair of this! Makes me think tripel

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 04:43:20 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-07-2014 23:00:12 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are some verbose reviews of this beer, beer is amber with a nice thick head, carbonation is high and there is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer smells wheaty and spicy with some fruits and mild hop character.

Beer is thin in body and highly carbonated. Its mildly sweet up front but nice on the finish. Not dry at all. This is how you make an American wheat ale, everyone pay attention. Drinkability high, mild fruit flavors in the midpalate, mild sweetness, wet finish, no aftertaste, easy drinking every day beer, if it were available to me on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 20:51:44 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me on Mothers day -purchased at Capone's poured into tulip chilled.

The beer has a murky golden appearance with thick floaties of yeast particulate and substantial thick band of rocky cream capping. A thick ring of lace sticks. The smell starts tart with a light tropical aroma with subtle tangy mango and dry citrus rind w/ light grape-like odor and tart berry. The tangy feel is gently sour and has a warmth. The moderate bitterness seems at odds with the yeast and relatively highly carbonated body w/ mild sweetness and light spice. The tanginess of the yeast with some juicy tartness is also shadowed by the alcohol presence.

The feel which is astringent at times leads to the tangy acidic citrus combination of bretty funk and American hop accents. The fruity yeast is countered by an almost lime-like character from the bitter hops with mild pineapple/grapefruit flavors and mellow lemon tinge w/ yeast complexity present but the hops have mild grassy flavors that are somewhat fighting for the spotlight and there is a rind like flavor w/ funky dry yeastiness in the finish. The malt which is obivously doing its part for the beer is not over the top bitter, but it doesn't really contribute much to the flavor either. Overall I find this beer to be interesting and has nice brett and hop flavors, but the combination of yeasts and hops are leaving an unbalanced experience and the only real detracting thing is the alcohol becomes noticeable as you continue to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 13:55:26 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for a good day to crack this monster, and after a loooong day of work, and getting my new Droid X tomorrow, perfect time.

A: A huge fluffy head rises up and fades semi quickly, but at 3 fingers it'll still take a while. The beer is a slightly hazy golden orange nectar colored.

N: Interesting, somewhat sweet, with almost a honey or nectar like aroma, sweet malts, lots of wheat to the point where the wheat itself is adding sweetness. Then some earthy bitter hops add a ESB style hoppy bitter aroma that is grassy, earthy and light. Then some yeasty aromas, even a touch of dry wild yeast slightly.

T: Sweet malts start, some fruits as well, apple, a little peach even, lots of wheat as well. Enough malts to make it sweet enough, but not overpowering. A very light booze warmth too. Some light dry wild yeast flavors, but not funky, just a saison like farmhouse. Some light pale hops too, little mild grassy and slightly earthy.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter, not a lot, with touch of lingering spicy earthy grassy mild hops. Mostly dry on the finish, pretty dry in fact. A dry saison farmhouse finish that has a slight wheat finish as well, and some lingering stickiness like it was a memory left in the wake of the dryness. A little bit of the lingering fruit as well, but not a lot. There's also a touch of a booze lingering.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 02:01:00 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #144

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity zest and slight coriander aroma. The taste is good. It has a dry earthy flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity with a wheat malt edge. It's crisp and refreshing; a nice spring brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting brew and a welcome change from the regular lineup. Keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 23:29:09 | More by WesWes
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oline73

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:47:36 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

06-23-2013 16:46:27 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E! 005; Sampled July 2008
A regular pour produces two-fingers of frothy, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazed, pale honey color that shows an orange tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has quite a lot of fermentation character to it; lightly musty, an earthy spice note, light notes of distinct candied orange zest, a spicy ginger & pepper, some fruity esters of pear, plum and aromatic apple as well as a lightly herbal flower nectar note. The grain aromatics come through pretty well to with notes of grassy wheat, honey like malt and saltine cracker aromatics. This is quite aromatic and I like how the honey like sweetness offsets the spicy note.

Quite spicy tasting up front with a peppery bite that is coupled with earthy, musty phenolics and some ginger notes that are accentuated by a honey-like malt sweetness that just barely kisses the palate. Quite grain like with notes of wheat and pale malt; cracker notes, a touch of dough-like breadiness, and some biscuit flavors are each noticeable. Somehow the malt has a slight candied note to it, without really being sweet; sort of caramel like, though very much in the background, I wonder if this is a touch of oxidation that is bringing this out. The finish has a certain bite to it that is a combination of a hop bitterness, a sort of herbal note, some spicy higher alcohols and a spicy floral type thing. Pretty quaffable, though it is not light bodied, instead there is a light-medium fullness to his that just sticks to the palate.

There is not much in the way of distinctly Brettanomyces derived flavors here, though they could be influencing the musty, earthy aspects of this beer (though this could just as likely be from a characterful Saccharomyces strain). This is a tasty beer though that is a pleasure to drink. The aroma comes off a bit more intriguingly than the taste, but only just.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 01:54:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-12-2014 15:44:36 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:40:18 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

Pours a dark golden orange/yellow ripe banana color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger off-white, slightly yellowish frothy head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves a few chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with a prominent crisp, light fruit character along with some earthy and citrus hops, honey, bready yeast, sugar and peppery spice. Hints of apple and pear add to the sweetness of the honey, sugar and citrus notes. There is a lot going on here and it smells like a hybrid of a few different styles.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with tight tickling carbonation up front that lingers over the creamy, yet sweet body into a long dry finish. There is a nice hoppy and spicy presence up front with hints of citrus fruit and earthy pine which is excellently balanced by a sweet crisp fruit character, slight alcohol heat and bready yeast. Hints of apple, pear, grape and banana along with some zesty peppery spice and coriander. Very complex and flavorful with a long dry finish that leave e craving another sip. The alcohol is very faintly evident but at 8% the ABV is excellently masked, making this beer dangerously drinkable. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 06:47:18 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 14:08:29 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle, Batch E!008, poured into a snifter.

This was a tasty, mildly interesting beer that doesn't really fit nicely into a particular style. The trappist yeast lends a distinctly Belgian sweetness to the flavor and the wild yeasts provide a layer of mustiness, though not outright funk. On top of that there is a strong citric sweetness like an APA. Appearance is a cloudy, straw golden yellow with a retentive bubbly white head with minimal lacing. Body is thick and creamy smooth, with mild carbonation that leaves a sloppy wet and musty finish. Aroma is dominated by the earthy and musty notes much more so than the flavor is with little presence of the yeast or fruitiness. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, but kind of sloppy and not very well balanced. Now to find a fresh bottle...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:17:18 | More by yourefragile
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.