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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 351
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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door for their Ithaca night, in a wide mouthed glass.

Hazy haystack yellow with some white gold intertwined, I wish I had my pinky ring to compare. A decent sized bubbly vanilla white froth on top before depleating, aww shucks. No lacing and it's impossible to see through.

White gold went through alot of odor changes in a short amount of time. Cold, there is a barley/wheat mix going on. In the middle the hops come into play giving earth. Close to room temp at the end lemon and oranges burst with zest.

This is a great APWA. It has so much going for it. Malted barley and a big dosing of wheat up front that does not stick around. Some hops giving some leafy, earth like taste mixing nice with the wheat. In the middle citrus with lemons and oranges. After some time some bready yeast with some barnyard attributes. Kinda Berliner Weisse like.

A medium bodied beer with a good amount of carb coming from the tap. WG comes off crisp in the beginning before it warms and dies down. I would say the wheat and lemon stay with me the longest, but none of the flavors over welcome their stsy.

This stuff is the tits. I had this before on tap about a year ago to the date of this writing and I like it even more now. I'm not sure if that's due to the keg being a bit older and the yeast kicking in a bit,(supposodly their is some wild yeast in this) but I would kill to have this on tap at my house in the springtime.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 04:15:56 | More by BARFLYB
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chaz410

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle brought over by a good friend.
Pours a cloudy light amber, nearly yellow.
Smells of Lemon zest, citrus hops, wheat dryness iwht slight belgian funk and a little bit of sour notes.
Thast is sweet from wheat malt. Citrusy lemon zest notes ring out along with some tart sweetness and some sweet apple hints in the backbone accompaning caramel malts,
Very smooth body in mouthfeel and easy to drink overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:27:23 | More by chaz410
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!012. Poured into a Moinette goblet.

Eventually, after the crazy foam dies down in the bottle and some air gets in there, what comes out and into the glass is a supremely creamy head that's firm and just completely gorgeous. The hazy faded-peach color is also quite beautiful. Can't imagine a beer of this type looking much better.

Nose is completely Belgian in character. Straw/hay earthiness; farmy/funky yeast; citrus fruit; hints of tartness. Pervading mineral vibe.

Fairly strong mineral taste, like sucking on a penny; lemony tartness abounds; crisp green apple; pear; peach; earthy yeast, nearly dirty but not quite inhaling-in-the-horse-stall level; wheat offers a gentleness of flavor and texture; 8% alcohol offers up a slight warmth, just enough to feel it and add a certain spicy flair. Tart and mineral flavors are dominant, but balanced just enough to impress rather than overwhelm.

Gentle caress from very small and polite bubbles; crisp and dry yet creamy and round, which seems impossible, but it's true. Wonderful mouth.

I'm not sure "American Pale Wheat Ale" does this beer justice. "Saison/Farmhouse" is probably closer to what White Gold evokes. A delicate yet fairly complex beer, one I'm totally glad I picked up on a whim at Wegmans in Syracuse, NY.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:18:41 | More by Metalmonk
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jampics2

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 19:28:34 | More by jampics2
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 16:58:05 | More by mikereaser
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant hazy gold color with great carboantion and a big pillowy head. Nose is dry, wheat, hops, with yeast, honey, light floral and citrus notes. Taste is wheat, honey, light citrus, small dose of hops and some good ol belgian yest. Mouthfell is crisp, clean and refreshing. Drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 02:45:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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Nascartailgatefa

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 01:49:38 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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TheKingsOfHop

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 00:48:27 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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selecter70

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 18:12:14 | More by selecter70
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle share with psycohops. Poured into a pair of nonic pint glasses. The ale appears a hazed golden yellow color with a good inch or so of pillowy white head. Aromas and flavors are of lemon and orange peel, spicy yeast, a bit tart, toasted wheat, grassy. Crisp and bubbly with just about moderate carbonation. Decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:24:37 | More by ClockworkOrange
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mcallister

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 23:01:21 | More by mcallister
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asabreed

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.6 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Nice design for the series.

Appearance: Peach-colored sparkly body with lots of bubbles, and a good soapy an frothy white head with spotty rings and clumps of stickiness and retention.

Smell: As it warms, which is when this should really be consumed, it ends up smelling like a Belgian golden infused with vanilla and tropical fruit esters, mostly tropical and pineapple-esque. A bit of funk and softness and creaminess is also there. More Belgian than anything, but I like how it uses the American hop varieties, which adds good citrus and estery aromas.

Taste: This is certainly a weird experiment in some ways, yet it also makes sense I think. There's a bit of mild earthy funk from the wild yeast. But mostly it's like a hopped-up and hyper-estery Belgian golden, with tropical flavors of mango, pineapple, and creamy coconut-esque vanilla. The softness of the wheat seems to give it some depth and nuance, as this is a very balanced and soft beer, yet it remains extremely flavorful. I wouldn't call it, as they do, a bone dry finish, as some sweetness still remains. But the hops do a nice job adding some of the bitterness to quell and possibility of too much sweetness involved.

Mouthfeel: Good and medium to heavy-bodied and very creamy with a weird and awesome crispness.

Drinkability: A bit pricey at around $10, but I liked the experimentation and all they tried to do with this. It's a different beer, which melds many types of flavors well, into a flavorful and crisp and good for the end of summer brew as the cold moves in. Looking forward to more in the series as I can find them.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:19:52 | More by asabreed
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided from charlesw as an extra! Batch E!012

A - The first pour reveals hazy light golden beer with a large white head that dissipates quickly. A layer of sediment sits at the bottom of the bottle, and a layer around the cap. The next pour should be nice.

S - Coriander, pepper, orange peel, and other citrus.

T - Starts off simple, but once it warms up and you have a few sips, you start to enjoy the depth of it. Sweet with a good amount of spice and pepper. Lemony cloves finish the sip with a little tartness as well.

M/D - A nice level of carbonation with a taste that keeps you going back for more. My first 7oz pour is already gone...

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:32:14 | More by xpimptastikx
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:30:05 | More by ppoitras
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 03:18:51 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 05:25:42 | More by supercolter
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!008, an extra courtesy of jleblanc - many thanks! TEN and Old Habit are two my favorites, and so I'm stoked to try this one. Poured into a footed pilsner glass to augment the appearance of this one.

Appearance: Pours a hazed sunset orange, light hazy yellow to darker, hazier orange nearer the top, which is capped by a good two-fingers of foamy, white head that more "melts" than fades. This speaks largely to the consistency of the head - it's incredibly fine-bubbled, dense, almost like the cap on a root beer float. Once it does begin to recede - more due to the receding volume of liquid than the natural fading of the head - it leaves loads of sticky, sudsy lacing, full in places, stringy in others. This one looks incredibly well-carbonated, as well, full of incredibly fast streams of average-sized carbonation.

The lacing actually bears further mention. So I keep bottles. I save them. Bottles of rare beers, of beers I've tried that are particularly good, of beers that aren't distributed regularly in Virginia, of beers that I'm proud to have tried. One of these beers was the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. The KRE smelled so good, so amazingly incredibly, so decadent, so opulent that I didn't wash it out before putting it on my display shelf. I would occasionally walk by and indulge my olfactory, and would invite guests and relations to do likewise. One day, a good three or four months after I'd emptied the bottle of its contents (largely), someone made the mistake of looking inside.

That's what the lacing on this beer looks like. A massive, sticky, clumpy, hairy mold, voluminous and chunky. Anyway, back to the review.

Aroma: Allspice and coriander, faint nutmeg, sprinkled on top of a freshly glazed, honey-baked array of citrus and tropical fruits, all the way from lemon (faint) to coconut (faint) and everything in between (stronger), including banana, kiwi, guava, and mangos. It's all very nice, if a little on the "bouquet" side of things.

Taste: Very interesting. Graham cracker malts and soft, powdery wheat, relatively dry but with an accompanying honey-like sweetness that provides the foundation for an array of estery, spicy, yeasty, and faintly medicinal notes. Candied oranges, lemon, mangos, kiwi, and a few other faintly tropical fruit notes meld with definite coriander, allspice, anise, and cloves, nothing too spicy, but more mellow and blended. A mild underlying bitterness adds an interesting touch, and a faint, spicy alcohol permeates the background and keeps this beer from a slightly higher score. Also of interest, the alcohol actually fades in this one as it warms, contrary to the typical course of things.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but slightly fluffy, a little thick on the "malt" side of things, with subtle, understated effervescence providing a solid backbone, if not anything too impressive.

Drinkability: A unique brew. At 8.0% abv, it's certainly no traditional pale wheat ale. This one defies classification really, with a motley crew of yeast strains, intercontinental malts and hops, and a soupcon of imagination to boot. Very glad I got to try this one - not sure what I was expecting really, but I could see myself trying this one again, should it make itself available. At 8.0%, I'm still able to type after finishing off the bottle (always a plus), though it is somewhat hefty. I liken this somewhat to a softer, more bitter version of the Southhampton Grand Cru - both had those intensely spicy Belgian notes going on, though this one seems to be a little more sticky, syrupy, sugary sweet. Either way, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 04:38:45 | More by CrellMoset
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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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PEBKAC

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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...

Serving type: growler

07-11-2009 05:20:52 | More by PEBKAC
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cap. batch# E!008

tasted in late april/early may 2009. poured into shaped pint glass.

golden honey color. gem clear pours at first, but with the yeast swirled in later, it's very hazy and full of chunks and floaters, although they do quickly settle at the bottom of the glass. fluffy, 2-finger head forms even w/o the yeast swirled in. eventually this fades to just wisps and ring. continuous curtain of lace.

aroma: fruity esters of apple, pear and a hint of banana. hints of lemon, citrus zest, floral herbs, touch of spice, hay, bready malts and yeastiness, all matched with a nice noticeable yet "clean" brett-like funk.

taste: starts out with similar fruitiness, then quickly dries out with crisp yet mild acidity, bitterness and leathery/woody brett character. more dried citrus peel and spice, all with underlying bread and malt.

light to medium body, quite smooth with just touch of astringency in the finish, drying things out. refreshing, tingly, moderate carbonation.

quite interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 15:38:44 | More by tai4ji2x
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MrMonkey

New Hampshire

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

Pours a bright gold with three+ fingers of creamy, frothy white head that fades slowly leaving some thick chucks of lace behind.

Smell is orange zest, Belgian yeast, a hint of green apple, white pepper, clove, and melon.

Taste begins with some citrus and yeast up front, along with some peppery spice. There's some clove lingering in the back throughout. Sour apple comes in mid-palette, along with some overripe melon and peach flavors. Finishes rather crisp and dry.

Medium-bodied and well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Wheat beers are not always my favorite, but this was quite tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 21:24:10 | More by MrMonkey
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vrazionale

Vermont

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

750mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads, "Batch# E!008."

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden brown, the color of golden raisins. Nice lingering frothy head that has a mixture of dense, tiny bubbles and large bubbles.

S - Lemon, grass, hay, wild yeast funk, sage, honey, a touch of wildflower. Nice understated complexity here that develops as the brew warms.

T - I'm not getting a ton of wheat malt flavors here, but a surprising amount of hops, considering that the nose didn't have the more traditional hop aromas. I taste honey, grass, and a touch of citrus. I was hoping for more funkiness, because I could smell the wild yeasts on the nose. The finish is all hops and honey notes, making for an interesting and unique combination. Tastes good, but it doesn't blow me away.

M - Has a lingering mouthfeel that isn't unpleasant, but hard to describe. I keep coming back to the honey thing, but it's kind of like the feeling in your mouth after you eat honey straight up - where you can still taste the sweetness, but there is something bitter going on as well.

D - In some ways, it just feels like this beer is trying to be too many things at once, with the wheat malt, the hops, and the different types of yeast. They blend together to make an enjoyable warm weather brew, but one that might be improved with a little more focus. I would probably pair this beer with a creamy, buttery blue cheese and some fresh fruit, like a pear, a peach, or some strawberries.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 02:29:41 | More by vrazionale
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!012; Thanks Lum!

The chilled Champagne-style bottle is decrowned with a hiss and when poured into my gold-rimmed goblet, Ithaca's White Gold glows pale golden in color. A grainy-bubbled bright white cap of foam dresses the drink, retaining as if it were a semisolid substance and affixing a fine sticky film of puffy lacing onto the sides of the Maredsous glass. The first few gentle pours from the bottle are quite clear; the closing ones are hazed a bit, but the brew is still quite bright and golden in color.

The smell is fermentedly fruity with a note of mushy, musky melons, a pitchforkful of damp hay, and a crisp, spicy splash of acidy citrus. The aroma is sweeter, fresher, and grassier as the drink warms.

The taste is zippy zinginess incarnate and is laced with steely Brett-funk and tangy wheat, all zapped clean by a super dry finish. As the encounter continues and the twang recedes a bit, green melon and a mild, honeylike note of lightly-toasted grainy sweetness gain prominence; the finish remains bleached-bony and Mojave dry.

The drink is crisp and quaffable with a firm medium body and spot-on Belgianesque carbonation. White Gold is my latest encounter with a representative brew from Ithaca's outstanding Excelsior! series, and this particular member of the family is every bit as impressive, damned tasty, and satisfying as the rest.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 20:30:55 | More by cvstrickland
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Kevuas

New York

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 740 mL bottle on a hunch that something called "white cold" would be in-line with some of the beer styles that I like. And I was not wrong! I've been wrong in the past, but this time I got lucky :) I'm a big fan of GOOD wheat beers (I can't stand weak ones) so it's a love/hate for me where wheats are concerned. And a pleasant bonus is the ABV in this beer

The beer pours a nice golden hue with a small head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing and a nice cloudy wheat opaque-ness.

Not many bad things to say about this beer, and it's definitely a high-quality wheat. Above average in terms of taste and drinkability, with no empty aftertaste that some wheats can cause. I was very satisfied with the mouthfeel and flavor- not too strong not too light.

I would rank this up there with some of my other favorites, Franciscaner and Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:44:20 | More by Kevuas
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Batch # E008 w/cream colored foil wrapping. Poured into 16oz. Stella glass

A lightly hazy orange-hued gold color, tons of fine bubbles and obvious lively yeasty beasties! A 2" thick and foamy, pure white head, wonderful retention with some slightly lacy run-off.

The aroma is very nice, deep red fruits like; strawberries, mandarin orange and kiwi's, slight honey-dew mellon with a balance of hearty wheat and dry summer wheat fields. The three varieties of of yeast really makes this a solid aroma. spicey, soft heat and slightly fruity.

A light wheat malt brew with hot cinnemon and ginger crispness is the first impression. The wonderfully complex yeast(S) gives many authentic Belgian Brews a run for the money in complexity. The yeast has a robust, wild flavor with lots of earthiness and succulant fruits. The depth of the yeast and hops is really bold, the light wheat malt adds just the right balance. This is one of my favorite yeast flavor's without being from an Abbey. The American, English and wild yeast adds up to IMPRESSIVE. A crisp, zippy feel and slightly dry. you can taste the wild variety in the finish most. Heat is well hidden but effective. The buzz is rather intense so don't let this one fool you!

Serving type: bottle

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