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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

357 Ratings

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Ratings: 357
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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Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 16:27:16 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 01:58:37 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  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!)

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:07:04 | More by NJpadreFan
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South Carolina

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

750ml bottle that I acquired via a trade a few months back. I had been waiting it try this one and decided on it last night with dinner. Served at cellar temp into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.

The pour was very nice, with a very bright golden yellow coming forward right away. Lots of haze in here and a fair amount of sediment as well. A huge, billowing head of white foam that reached a height of three inches then formed over the top and took what seemed like forever to settle down, but when it eventually did it left behind tons of lace in its wake. Rich side glass contribution and a good amount of carbonation as well, very solid looking here for sure.

The aroma was very nice, light, with a predominance of hoppy tones in it. Light grain and yeast as well as some touches of grass and light fruit aromas, but mostly wheat in here. The flavor was more of the same, very good, with a tight, crisp and clean profile that was very easy to drink. Nice carbonation kept the overall feel very light and airy and kept the alcohol well hidden in the profile. Started with a roll of light grain, some lemon zest and a touch of grass then morphed it into a nice light peach flavor that came across well blended and served up well with the profile.

Overall very nice with a light dry finish and an easy drinking for an 8% beer. This was not my favorite of the series, but I truly cannot say a bad thing about it. The light citrus hop taste was a nice added touch to it and really brought the whole thing together. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 10:55:13 | More by mikesgroove
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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is very crisp, but heavier, solvent like.

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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:48:06 | More by ccrida
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was at the brewery in April of 2007 and bought a few bottles and greedily drank them. From what I remember they had a nice hop bite. Picked this bottle up a little bit after at Half Time. Cellared since then.
750 bottle number 1469. One of the other bottles I drank was in the 170s.

A: Slightly cloudy golden color. Holding my Urthel weird glass up to the light reveals tons of delicious yeast at the bottom. Poured with a finger of white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Very tight nose on this beer. Hints of fruit and citrus. Some hints of the yeast. Little bit bready. Little bit musty as well.

T: The hops really toned down from the last time I had this. In their place is a nice fruity ale. Starts off with a nice subtle tartness. Citrus is in there somewhere but it is hard to pin down. The wheat is muted after a year as well.

M: Very nice. A little on the dry side towards the back but still nice. It walks a nice line between refreshing and satisfying if that makes sense.

D: More bottles! Seriously wish I had more. Good thing they are still making this. Glad I laid this one down. Don't know how much longer it will improve but time definitely changed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:35:31 | More by aerozeppl
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Delaney's in New Haven, CT. Served in a snifter.

A hazy straw/gold color with a one finger bone white head. A good amount of carbonation and a small amount of sticky lacing.

Spicy clove and white pepper, bubble gum, lemon, orange peel, and biscuity yeast.

Pepper and clove up front with the yeast and citrus flavors coming in to balance it all out. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Well-balanced is this beers middle name.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Body is a little heavier than it looks.

Drinks very well. Smooth and fulfilling all the way. This guy is a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 13:12:28 | More by ColForbinBC
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a ton of carbonation and a huge white foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is somewhat pungent with a hint of clove,banana,wheat,and lemon. The taste is full of hop crispness with cloves,banana,wheat,and lemon. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well.especially for a high alcohol brew. A damn good beer,not the best, but something that should be tried if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 21:42:04 | More by jmz62565
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly complex beer and well worth seeking out. It is a bit of a cross between a Belgian pale/trippel and an American pale, encompassing the best of both. The beer pours a fairly hazy golden color with a fizzy somewhat creamy head that retains. The aroma is quite pungent and contains all the usual suspects: honey, clove, florals, orange zest, lemon citrus, spices, some Belgian yeastiness as well.

The taste is in line with the aroma but add some mustiness, a bit more apple, perhaps some ginger buried deep within, the typical Belgian like candied sugars and yeastiness, and perhaps a little oakiness that plays off well with the spices. There is a bit of peppery spice in the finish. The other spices are in the clove and coriander family. As the beer settles, the spices recede a bit and the orangey citrus becomes more pronounced along with more wheatiness.

The beer is quite carbonated and very complex. This is the type of beer that is a pleasure to review because it changes in subtle ways with each drink. The beer does have a high ABV which does leave a bit of a throaty aftertaste. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 17:14:18 | More by albern
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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from the 25 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Pours a golden honey yellow, with a very thin white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Looks super carbonated.

Fruity and yeasty aroma. Citrus in there too.

Very unique taste here. Starts like a typical Belgian, but the yeast begins mixing it up with some orange zest and spice flavors. This makes it interesting, because it seems to lighten it up.

The mouthfeel separates it from the crowd. Surprisingly full for a lighter colored brew. The carbonation is there from beginning to end, and the finish seals the deal.

This beer finishes like nothing I've had before. It almost seems as if someone has taken a decent Belgian, and combined it with a glass of champagne. If it tasted more like Orange Juice, it would remind me of Christmas morning. Very dry finish also does well to disguise the 8% abv. This is a very well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:13:47 | More by MisterDeeds
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 into Ommegang chalice...

Very nice natural honey color. Thin in width yet dense, soap bubble head with oderate staying power. Sparse visible carbonation at first glance.

Mild spice profile with yeast and wheat electricity. Slight vanilla and oak tones with a little bit of coriander. More mellow than expected; with warmth mild citrus zest, even a little melon, emerge.

Moderate yeasty tones with a nice, heavy wheat electricity. Stewed malt taste is comforting with spice and zest notes. Potent yet subtle.

Even-keeled, full-flavor yet comforting mouthfeel. All working in tandem/balance. No aftertaste...deep, spiced, almost herbal finish.

This gets better and better with warmth. Maybe it doesn't blow the doors off with overabundance of ingredients but this is very comforting, well-rounded and enjoyable while being quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 10:41:41 | More by IBUnit63
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice opaque golden color. There is a good amount of carbonation with a thick white head, that has good retention.
Smell has a strong wheat smell to it. A big smell of biscuit and wheat that is followed by a very subdued lemon citrus smell.
Taste is much stronger than the smell of this beer. Great wheat tastes to this from beginning to end. A good natural lemon bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is very good on this beer. There is a good thickness which makes the beer very smooth, despite the nice sharp bite to the lemon wheat taste.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. Very smooth and balanced wheat beer that is incredibly refreshing on a warm day. Also, has enough taste that it never gets boring. I would recommend to anyone during a nice day.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 01:39:26 | More by BDIMike
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass, nice one inch head. Nice gold color with a little cloudiness. The wild yeast hasn't had time yet to do their thing, this beer would definitely evolve with a little aging. That being said this is very drinkable now with a very dry finish. Overall very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 19:32:48 | More by GREGER
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 03:52:43 | More by Sammy
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy gold color, plenty of sediment here, a good size bright white head slowly recedes. Aroma is some nice lemon and orange citrus, perfumy floral aroma, spicey and yeasty, wheat is evident as well in the aroma but is fairly subdued. Taste shows a nice mixture of soft and sweet nutty wheat along with some good citrus notes. Honey sweetness as well. Spicy and crisp towards the finish with a dry grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, soft feel up front followed by a good tingle of spiciness on the tongue, a little alcohol warmth in the drying hoppy finish. A good beer for sure would love a little more body but overall a refreshing yet potent wheat. Thanks to Adam for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 23:31:39 | More by hoppymeal
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4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

The label says Batch E!005 and it pours from the 750ml beige(?) foil(?) caped bottle a hazy straw gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam and what looks like a lot of carbonation. It turns from hazy to cloudy with subsequent pours and that's what I was looking for.

The smell is nice and spicy! Loads of cloves and pepper along with a god lemony nose. Judging from the smell, I think this one is going to be good.

The taste is very peppery up front with the clove and lemon I mentioned in the nose. Yum. I like how the lemon works so well with the spices..no over powering from either direction, just a real harmony going on here and that makes it oh so drinkable...8%abv????..you gotta be kidding me! Very very well hidden!

The more I sip, the more I notice the fine yeasty wheat flavour that kicks this brew up a few notches in complexity. And, despite how bubbly it looks in the glass, the carbonation is at a respectable light to medium light level and again, that works for me. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel for the style for me. This is truly a fine drinking experience and I'm further impressed with Ithaca Brewing's craftmanship. Btw, head retention is awesome and there's a lot of sticky lacing. I just thought you needed to know that. ;^)

Bottom line: This is about as close to perfection in the style that I'm probably ever going find so...let the scores fall where they may. Wonderful drop!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 23:12:18 | More by Bitterbill
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from my BA bro, the one and only BeerTruth.

Bottle number 1551.

A: Pours a golden straw yellow color with a nice big fluffy head. The head quickly recedes but does leave behind some patches of lacing. The last pour yielded the yeasty floaties, Yum!

S:: Ah nice Belgian aromas. Nice spices like black pepper and clove with hints of Belgian yeast. Tons of fresh citrus with mostly lemon rind but a hint of lime as well.

T: Ahh right from the start, very Belgian and very nice. Tons of nice bready yeast flavors with a big spicy character. Fresh cracked pepper and clove can be noted right from the start. The lemon comes on next and semms to linger a bit before a bit of bananna comes in. The spices come back in the finish and linger and linger.

M: Light in body with ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, wish I had passed on the Hopslam before I started this one.

Overall: A wonderful example of the style and one that Ithaca should be proud of. It is part of their Exclesior series, and let me say it is for good reason!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 20:28:06 | More by tpd975
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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A deep orange cloud engulfs the glass. Pours with a think whit ehead with excellent lacing.

S - Orange Peel, banana, and clove take over the nose. A slight peppery smell is also there. Candy sugar also present.

T - Tastes the same as it smells. Lots of orange flavors and finishes with that beautiful sweetness. Citrusy and gorgeous. Possibly some grapefruit. Ends sharply and dissipates with a dry sweetness.

M - Full, thick, rich, and creamy. That's the perfect way to describe it.

D - Excellent. Simply could have this one all night.

A great brew from Ithaca. Definitely a surprise at how good this one is. Really hides the 8% ABV. Fantastic. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 01:03:56 | More by ziggy13
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #784.

Served in the Sam Adams pint. Decent bright white head. About 1/2 inch tall. Slightly cloudy, bright yellowish-gold in color. Active carbonation. The smell is sweet and fresh. Slight wheat aroma, orange peels. The taste is really flavorful. Strong orange peel and bittersweet lemon and hop fusion. Quenching, smooth, and well balanced. I liked this one quite a bit.

Finally something a little higher class from Ithaca. Keep these beers coming.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 20:33:20 | More by Rudgers73
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North Carolina

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

Bottle# 1508

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a fluffy head that drops quickly to a film but does leave a surprisingly interesting pattern of lace on the chalice

Smell: Spicy and yeasty, with lemon, white pepper, and clove elements

Taste: From the first, it tastes like an American wheat, but after a few seconds, it blossoms into a spicy concoction of yeasty and peppery wit-like element; after the swallow, the flavors are dry and spicy, with lemony hops as well as a lot of pepper, clove and coriander in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very interesting combination of flavors and it works reasonably well, even though it is not my cup of tea, so to speak

Thanks, BeerTruth, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 00:27:56 | More by brentk56
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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 22:46:34 | More by number1bum
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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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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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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bottle #466 released April 2007. Poured into a weizen glass, the beer forms an enormous 4 finger head. Color is part honey part sparkling apple juice. Really fluffy white head leaves lots of lacing.

S: Overripe apple, sweet malt, booziness, honey.

T: Smooth wheat flavors but more apple than banana. Floral hoppiness, a bit tangy. Nice warm and sweet finish.

M: Stellar carbonation and lots of wheat make this extremely smooth and drinkable. Cool brew, thanks to BeerTruth for sending it to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 22:28:24 | More by illidurit
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.