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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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379 Ratings

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 44
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Kevuas
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer! Batch E!005. The label points out the hybrid nature of this brew and all. In the end what matter is what's in the glass. This is a wonderful creation. Big head and good lacing. Mild nose with American wheat, Belgian wit and yeast. Citrus notes and a mild spiciness.

Taste is much the same with layer upon layer of complexity. Vanilla, orange, wheat malt, curacao. A very mild alcohol kick in the finish, so well integrated that you just forget about it. It is a great mix. I may come back and add to the list. Feel is light medium and mildly carbonated in a light velvety way.

Drinkability is soo nice. The abv never calls attention to itself. This is a quenching beer that is easy to quaff in hot and cold weather.

Thanks to Dr Dogbeer!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a HUGE foamy white head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty pattern of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is bright; lemon, pepper and classic wheat malt fragrances. Visible effervescent, the first pour is almost champagne-like with lighter-medium body. Full flavored, the taste matches the nose and is complemented nicely by the textures. Tangy and slightly tart; on the dry side while the brightness lingers appropriately. Very refreshing and a really nice drinker. The 8% ABV is well integrated in the swallow, yet warms slightly on the way down. Highly recommended.

Photo of NEhophead
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Batch #: E!008.

Pours a cloudy, golden-highlighted light copper in color. Creamy, pillowy half-inch white head that slowly recedes to an intact sheet, leaving a ring of lacing around the rim. Pin-sized, spotted lacing with not much strength.

Semi-sweet Belgian, candied sugar with notes of vanilla. Not quite tart, citrus and light tropical fruit esters: pear, lime, apricot, and melon. Farmhouse must with a touch of skunkiness.

Citrus and mild tropical fruit up front that give a rounded sweetness rather than a sharp tart quality. Light vanilla notes really add a nice, mild sweetness and depth to this wheat-based ale. The wheat base is not artificial or grainy as a result of the smooth, barely noticeable alcohol character. Notes of lightly buttered biscuit, Belgian sugar, and pear fill the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a very nice balance of smoothness from the alcohol presence, creaminess from the sugar, dryness from the wheat, and crispness from the mild tropical fruit.

A very flavorful Pale Wheat Ale, which is certainly saying something positive for this offering. Flavorful, balanced, and very drinkable as I would have guessed the alcohol by volume to be well under 6%.

Photo of Risser09
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter - fridge temp - 2008 batch E!008

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a 1.5" tall off-white head. Great retention is shown, along with plenty of spidery lace. Bubbles vary in size from large to scintilla. Lots of carbonation flourishes to the surface of the beer.

Smell: Very hoppy at first with a fresh floral attribute. I can smell the wheat and pale malts combined to exact some sweetness. There is a bit of a rustic funkiness.

Taste: Cereal grains pop up first, and mix with a fruitiness of peach and orange. I guess there is a wheat component, although not assertive. The 8% alcohol isn't obvious at all.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, carbonated, medium-bodied and a slight bit of funky yeast. Some spice. I can't distinguish the amount of alcohol.

Drinkability: Very good. The beer isn't as complex as it puts on, but it is quenching and easy to drink. Very nice.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of dfillius
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch E!008

A: 4 fingers of immaculate white pillowy head with great retention. Cloudy gold liquid.
S: So many levels to the smell. Citrus, clove and banana aroma, similar to a hefeweizen. White grape juice smell makes an appearance, as does a ghostly alcohol, and a light buttery breadiness. Citrus hops at the end too!
T: Delicate and fruity, like a white wine almost. A chardonnay with the tang and fruitiness. The wild yeast must bring that tang.
M: Smooth and light and bright. Very much a weisse beer/hefe weizen. Definite dry finish.
D: High drinkability due to easy drinking and light body. Alcohol sneaks up definitely. This one is better than half the wines I've had. (Why did I think that last sentence was important when I was taking notes?)

Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth because he does what I tell him. This has been sitting in the fridge waiting for the right time to be popped. Tonight is it! Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Batch E!012

Appearance- Pours a very pale yellow with a slight bit of haze and a HUGE 3 plus finger bright white head, even with a gentle pour. The cap remains strong the entire beer as does the thick white collar. Loads and loads of lacing is left behind leaving crazy thick patterns of fluff.
Smell- Quite grainy and malty the wheat is somewhat honey like and slightly earthy. It has that sort of grainy like sweetness that is in some New Glarus brews from there use of corn. Somewhat musty and spicy with slight candied orange like scent from the hops. It's not fruity, just fresh and nice. The yeast is a bit more prominent than I was expecting as well.
Taste- Starts with a rather spicy bang that is smooth and has tinges of something that reminds me of vanilla. Slightly sweet it's a mix of a sort of earthy wheat that is raw and grainy and a doughy sort of malt that adds a bit of smooth caramel. The yeast is somewhat wit like as is the entire beer after the first sip. Some orange peel, candied ginger and even some coriander. The wit idea is quickly forgotten though as the hops are nice and citrusy. Not bitter really, just tart and lemony. The beer really is confusing.
Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy and full the carbonation is very aggressive, yet smooth. The beer isn't exactly dry but it's close.
Drinkability- This brew is a serious change of pace. I really liked it from the first sip and the last sip was pretty damned good too. I'm not sure what else to say about it really! Just plain good stuff, thanks Adam!

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice rocky pure white head that quickly dissipated into a sparse cap but left beautiful lacing. The aroma is fruity, a blend of pineapple and green apple, some peppery spice, and a light juicy hop. The taste is subtle but nice. Some tropical fruitness followed by what seems to be yeasty phenols, some wheat malt characteristics. The feel is moderate, almost light, with fizzy carbonation, which makes this damn drinkable. The 8%abv nowhere to be found. This is a beer that is not meant to fit a style. It clearly has some european influence, which I guess makes it a cross between a BPA and an American wheat. Very unique.

Photo of antilogic
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brew co itself. Ithaca Brew Co has come a long way since I went to school at Cornell...

Pours hazy golden with a white head. Lingers but doesn't lace.

Taste has some citrus (orange, pinnaple, and maybe some white grape) and a hint of spice, with wheat and a fair amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, and refreshing.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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)

Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow, with a massive puffy head. Lots of champagne bubbles floating up. Very clear; appropriate for style. Leaves a frothy lace.

Typical wheat aroma, only a mild spice. Slight fruit of lemon, orange peel, even green apple. The malts are very estery and crystalline.

The taste is sour apple with a wheaty base. Franco-Belgian, sweet and spicy alike. Pineapple. Minor leafy hop. Pale malts mix with the wheat "twang." Sour at the end, like sour apples.

The mouth experiences a frothy thickness on the tongue. Bubbly yet creamy. It's sweet and quite drinkable. A hint of sourness, but lots of tree fruits to balance it out.

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given my normal antipathy toward Ithaca, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

Pours a clear yellow with a thin head and slight lacing. The aroma is persimmony, with the familiar sting of Pilsener malt with maybe a little floral hops in there somewhere. The flavor is sweet, pineapply, with a hint of white grape. It has a wheaty finish with a thin but refreshing mouthfeel.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ppours a hazy, pale yellow color, with a nice white head. In the aroma, corriander, orange peel, and nice wheat notes. In the taste, corriander, orange peel dryness, earthy, and a cinnamon like end. A small, spicey bite with a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a dry corriander and cinnamon like aftertaste. Quite dry, and nice spices, not to shabby.

Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle -- Bottle #963, released April 2007. Purchased in Buffalo area, July 2007. Consumed November 15, 2008 after about 15 months in the cellar. . . .

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip, the body is clear, honey-golden in color with a 1-finger white head. Some splotches of lace stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet and wheat -- ripe apples with a hint of spice. Also some underlying earthy funkiness, presumably from the Belgian yeast.

T: Clean and crisp -- there's definitely a wheaty twangy-ness to it on top of the fruity malt. Also a hint of spice -- maybe white pepper? -- and a slightly herbal bite to it. Finishes nice and dry, however, with no real evidence of the 8% ABV.

M: Light, but not thin or watery at all. Creamy and with good carbonation.

D: Very good.

Photo of tayner
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, batch E!005

golden yellow, white frothy head, good lacing, lots of active carbonation

smell is a bit of bready belgian yeast, spicy hops, and abit of husky wheat

upfront I get sweet american hops, then a bready belgian yeast, overall flavors are a bit muted but well balanced... like a blend of belgian american wheat

perfect carbonation for mouthfeel, maybe a bit dry, but midpalate is creamy

drinkable for a wheat beer since wheats are not my favorite style. having it meshed with an american ale (which I would swear had some belgian yeast in it as well) made it drinkable. would pair well with a garlic and olive oil pasta pretty nicely.

Photo of hero27
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Batch# E!005 (did they have an error in their Excel spreadsheet or what..?) anyways...onto the beer..

Part of a ridiculous BIF package from IBUnit63..thanks again!

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with an amazingly fluffy head of foam..looks great.
mellow aroma of grassy wheat, pale malts, coriander, and assorted spices.
The flavor definitely has a Belgian-flair with the addition of European yeast..zesty, herbal hops mix with the gritty toasted malt well..the spiciness plays a big role, yet is relatively restrained overall. yeah, this certainly tastes like a belgian wheat to me..good stuff.
Mouthfeel is light & refreshing, and the wheat texture adds another element to the enjoyment. Carbonation is just about perfect.

You may not think an American-made/Belgian-inspired wheat beer would be too incredibly unique..but this brew is really well made & hits the mark amazingly well.
A winner from Ithaca Brewing Company

Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Batch E!005

Thanks goes out to Lum and BeerTruth for both sending me a bottle of this, thanks a lot guys! This big wheat beer fills my snifter with a hazy bright golden liquid. Carbonation bursts to the surface from a few areas along the glass. A clean white head of two fingers grew on the pour and became creamy as it settled to a thin cap and thick collar. Each drink leaves behind thick drink lines and patchy lacing.

The aroma is somewhat subtle and I really enjoy it for that reason. Notes of dusty yeast take this brew over and lead the way along with faint hints of sour milk (from the wheat) and dried pineapple. There's also a lot of spice complexity in the nose with white pepper, ginger and clove in that order of intensity. Citrus comes through ghost-like in the background as well. The aroma on this beer is deep and seemingly never ending.

A big wheat twang right upfront lays down the rich foundation for this beer. The dried pineapple and spiciness come across mid-palate. The same spices flash across the tongue that showed themselves in the nose. Wheat brings a touch of sourness that adds depth to the overall character of the beer. Candied orange peel and sugared grapefruit bring up the rear and even add a quick flash of bitterness. The flavor of this beer changes and is ever evolving as this beer opens up.

The mouthfeel on this beer is right where it should be. The moderate body leans toward the heavier side with a velvety smooth carbonation. There seems to be a little residue left from the wheat that, when combined with the dry finish, tweaks the tongue slightly.

This beer goes down incredibly easy considering the abv. As a matter of fact this 750 was gone before I had the chance to finish writing this review.

The spices and esters are kept in check enough to make this one excellent wheat beer. The complexity is huge and the flavors are stacked on top of each other perfectly. Thanks for the bottles Paul and Adam!

Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold with one inch head of white fluff. A slow retreat revealed some stringy lacework and a solid skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with ripe fruit, light bubblegum and cloves, yeast-dusted dough, and a hint of lemon.
A blend of peaches, bannana, mangoe, apricot, and yeasty esters.
Some faint pineapple skins and sugared orange segments round out the nose.

On the light side of medium bodied and creamy. A very rounded, soft mouthfeel indeed.

Tropical fruit, light malt, and clovey overtones start the palate. Peach fuzz, pineapple skins, and dried apricots mingle with twist of lemon zest, fresh cut hay, and peppery spice.

Finishes with soft fruit overtones, light malt, and yeasty goodness.

Very much Belgian in character, with light notes of Brett starting to come forward.
With cellaring the brett should step forward, but the fresh and fruity character will fade.

This one is damn tasty and way under the radar peeps!

Photo of Jmamay22
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca- White Gold (Excelsior)

Thanks to charlesw(Charles) for this big bottle!

A- Bright, somewhat cloudy, yellow with a huge frothy white head.
S- Big sweet fruits like grape, lemon, orange rind, and nectarine. Fresh cut grass hops.
T- Sweet lemony malt up front with dried fruits in the center. Hints or orange, lemon, and peach. Cut grass/ earthy hops and hay/ straw come through in the end.
M- Sweet and fruity in the first half slowly changing into a drier finish. Slight alc. and malty lacing in the end.

Overall- A huge (25ozer?) bottle that got sucked down quickly. Easily drinkable, light but tasty! Enjoyed this 1!(Thanks Charles!)

White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.