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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 392
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 46
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-23-2007

A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Continental and U.S. grown hops, and fermented with Belgian, English and Wild yeasts.
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Reviews: 191 | Hads: 392
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still sitting on the dock of the bay. Bottle shared with Paul.

The beer appears hazy and yellow with a substantial white head. The aroma brings citrus, hay, yeast. Nice flavor and well balanced. A hint of brett funk, but only a subtle glimpse of wild yeast. Plenty of citrus flavor. Wheat malt makes for a smooth feel. Hops are present throughout, with lasting presence in the finish. An enjoyable beer, I would have this again. (429 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Whoa, it's a gusher! Settles out to a bright gold color and a rocky, fizzy white head.

S - Starts out with a saison-like yeast and multi-grain bread aroma, but once stirred, an explosion of citrus and lemongrass hops come out, as well as the smell of white grape juice.

T - For a split second, a clean malt taste emerges, but it is quickly pummeled by a sour grape juice flavor, much like an oxidized white wine left out in the open overnight. Past that, an herbal hoppiness.

M - The one redeeming quality about this beer is the dry finish and light palate.

O - If you can get past the odd souring white wine flavor, it is not too bad. I would suggest using a different blend of 'wild' yeast, as the current ones aren't cutting it. (739 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Marcus for picking me up this bottle.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: tart, wheat, sour, citrus,

taste: sour, apples, tart, citrus

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: wow what a great beer. So glad I got to try it. Everything in the Excelsior series has been top notch.

Cheers,
The CPJ (379 characters)

Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, batch E!031

Pours a cloudy, golden body with 3 fingers of egg white head falls to a cap that lingers throughout consumption. Nose is mostly grass and other earth tones, as well as tart citrus (lemon). Lots of tart lemon, grass, wheat malt, Belgian yeast, even a little funk to this offering. Big and bold for a Pale Wheat Ale, and also fairly dry. Lighter bodied and a nice dose of carbonation gives a solid mouthfeel. An overall refreshing offering from Ithaca. (477 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a full bodied dull golden in color with a two finger bright white head. This has got to be the thickest wheat beer I've ever seen. Imagine a gold imperial stout in appearance. The aromas are earthy, grassy, lemon, and feature a tart yeasty aspect which is quite interesting. The flavors took me by surprise. It's moderately tart and you can pick up the different yeasts. It's very grassy and again features a lemon like tartness. It drinks kind of dry and is full in body. The viscosity makes this wheat a little harder to get through than most. Drinking a glass makes you feel like you just consumed a loaf of bread. It's definitely an interesting beer and I'm glad it had so much complexity for the style. I'd recommend trying this one, but probably sharing it with a friend. (793 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Incredibly active beer. Bubbly, with a frothy white head that grows and will not dissipate. Almost annoying as far as head retention.

S: Lemon, pepper, grassy hops. Also a bit musty.

T: Interesting play of wheat malt and yeasty spice. Lemon translates from the nose, approaching tart but never really gets there. The finish is extremely dry, bitter sharpness, almost harsh.

M: Light, high carbonation

O: Interesting beer, good play on American and Belgian aspects. Unfortunately, the finish is disappointing. (517 characters)

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

750mL bottle split. Batch: E!031

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden-orange color with a big finger and a half of frothy white head. The head hangs around forever leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of lemon and citrus aromas and some wheat. There is also some spices and a touch of sourness.

T - Starts off with some lemon peel and tart flavor with some background wheat flavor. Through the middle, some spices and some stronger grain flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of lemon and wheat flavors with some light spices that linger.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Does not feel at all empty and the lemon flavor is nice a bit sweet and tart. Finish is a bit tart.

D - Super drinkable. At 8% abv, there is very little evidence of it. The flavors are nicely balanced and fairly rich and complex without feeling heavy. (828 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!025 shared by translucent

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Wheat and spice. Orange peel. Lemon zest and spice.

Taste: Wheat, lemon citrus and some zest, spices, cloves, very light amount of earthy hops, and some Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Clean, smooth, and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a tad dry.

Overall, a really easy drinking beer. I would like to have this around for the summer months. (474 characters)

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a very attractive hazy gold with an ivory head. Smell is of tangy sourdough bread. Taste opens with an orangey-citrus punch and finishes with sour cherry/lemon and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is good; it's pleasantly carbonated. Overall, a very nice beer. It's big and assertive and not very subtle, but it's not trying to be. A good summer time beer. (357 characters)

Photo of ejeffer11
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle purchsed about 2 months ago at westmere beverage in albany.

beer is lively with a fast rising head that just about overflows the glass. pale straw appearance with a good waft of citrus/lemon. Mild sourness comes through with the first sip. Not overpoweringly tart, but extremely pleasant with the contrast of a wheat beer with the belgian influence. moutfeel is highly carbonated and the melding of the flavors work well together. Extremely refreshing and effervescent. People often ask about good intros to sours, and even though this is not identified as such, would certainly be a good one to cut your teeth on. I find it similar to some of the jolly pumpkins I have tried. An all around great summer beer and one I will revisit very soon. (755 characters)

Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Spaten weizen glass.

Beer pours a hazy golden color with a towering almost three fingers of voluminous white head. Great retention and lacing for a Wheat Ale.

Smell was a first quite hoppy, but after a deeper inhale, I also picked up some really pleasing lemon notes as well as some grassy malts.

The taste is full of malt and grain at first, but that yields to some herbal, floral notes as well as some spiciness and Belgian yeasts flavors. Also, there's a faint, but noticeable lemon taste throughout each sip.

Carbonation was rampant. Almost too much, but it settled down and this light bodied beer was full of flavor and character.

I really liked what White Gold had going on. It's a light and refreshing beer that is still full of flavor and well constructed. Nice warm weather beer. (833 characters)

Photo of b3shine
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml to frosty pint glass. The beer looks good for its type. Pale orange and lively. Smells good too, with notes of citrus and sour. Tastes good; it'll make your face pucker up, but in a good way. Tastes like there's some apricot somewhere in the mix too. Mouthfeel is active and carbonated. Overall, a good beer that I'd probably drink more regularly if it wasn't $15/bottle. (378 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer and the “Excelsior” beer line up. Also listed on the label is its abv (8%) and bottle number (E!015).

Appearance: The body has a glowing, deep yellow/orange color with a light haze and some fine yeast sediment. It built up a tall billowy head of foam that has great retention and makes for a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma hit me (in a good way) right from the pop of the cork. Pouring it into the glass I get loads of tangy wheat and yeast with tart green apple and pear like fruity notes. Hop note are there but very faint.

Taste/Palate: There are plenty of wonderful wheaty and yeasty notes within its solid medium to full body. It starts with a good base of wheaty maltiness with a just a slight touch citrusy lemon like tartness. From there it adds notes of white wine like grapes, a touch of dry alcohol, tart green apples, pear and some funky/sour dough like yeast. The finish has a dry hop spice character with a touch of citrus hops as well. It feels well carbonated and lively making it very drinkable.

Notes: Ithaca is bringing there A game with this wonderfully complex and very satisfying Belgian influenced Ale. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes American, Belgian, or German wheat ales. (1,383 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy golden color with a white fluffy head. Fresh, light, refreshing aroma with notes of grass, lemon, and a bit of spice. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Lemony, slightly sweet, mild bitterness. Summertime beer. Semi-dry feeling. The belgium notes come in but its pretty mild. Nice. (338 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,529 characters)

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

Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall globe on 6/10/11.

Pours a hazy straw honey color with a large bubbling head of carbonated white foam. Dissipates quick to leave no lacing on the glass at all.

Smells of lemon zest, and yeast, very pleasant on a hot humid night like tonight. There is the slightest of sour aroma at the end but not very much. I expected a little more funk from the description on the bottle but I dig the smell its really quite refreshing

Taste is of a zesty lemon with a nice wheat backbone and citrus sour flavors. Its all so different and most delicious. This is for sure one for those hot days when you need something to quench your thirst. Well done I really enjoy the taste.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate in weight. The citrus, sour, and tingling carbonation all dance across the palate refreshing every taste bud. Just the right amount of bitter dryness to make me want to keep sipping.

Overall this is a one hell of a good American Pale Wheat. The use of the belgium yeasts with the carbonation and the citrus and sour flavors make this the perfect summer drink. Good job Ithaca. (1,111 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body was a darker golden with some cloudiness to it...the head was white and bubbly and fell to a spotty cap...there was some retention in the form of a bubbly ring...decent lacing was left

S - Lemon, yeast, Belgian spices...and when you inhale deep enough you can pick up some hops and a bit of sour funkiness

T - The beer starts off with some pale wheat malts...it's grainy up front and transitions into the yeast strain...with this yeast strain you can pick up some Belgian spice undertones...right in the middle is lemon rind and a slight sourness...there is a surprising piney hop finish

M - Medium bodied...moderate carbonation...the hops linger along with big notes of lemon rind

O - I was able to try this at Al's but I'm confused on the style...the only American part I found in this beer was the bright citrus tones and piney hops...there's a lot of Belgian yeast and spices along with the funk...but I found this to be rather enjoyable when first served...the Belgian notes came out as the beer warmed (1,024 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!025.
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Light spices and light hops.
T: Spices, flavorful hops, citrus, wheat, leading to a sweet finish.
M: Well carbonated, light bodied, crisp finish.
O: Wow, I wish this weren't so high in alcohol! It is dangerously drinkable, and the only reason I wouldn't buy it in bulk because of the high price tag and quick, yet unnoticeable, buzz from the high ABV. (469 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrating obtaining a clerkship for a judge this summer! 750 ml. bottle from Batch #E!031 into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden color that really shines when the light hits it. Big, fluffy, white head forms about 2.75 fingers thick. Really nice retention on this guy.

S - Lemon, wheat, citrus like acidity, slightly musty. You can get the Belgian yeast spice undetone as well. Earthy and grassy and the sliiightest bit of funk under there. Themore I smell it, the more the lemon acidity seems to be the main attraction.

T - Surprisingly, wheat and breadiness come right out front mixed with strong lemon acidity. Yeasty spice, herbal and dry keeping with the earthy elements. There's some other fruit besides lemon; peach and apricot being the most prominent. Can't shake the somewhat muted wild yeast funk that's there. I personally think it is nicely integrated into the beer.

M - Slightly heavier than a light body. Crisp and dry with obvious Belgian and wild yeast influences.

O - Interesting beer for sure. I enjoyed it as it seemed to be a cross of several different styles. I think if the flavors were a little more integrated, it would be that much better of a beer. (1,206 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of bmwfan1987, thanks Curt! Pours a very clear light gold color with a bubbly, whitish head. Ok retention and nice lace.

Nose is pretty crazy...light fruits with some definite hoppiness and grainy malt. Little edge of bready yeast and mowed grass.

Taste has a nice blend of refreshing wheat and hop flavors mixed with a tart, mild sourness that works perfectly on the palate. Would make for an awesome summertime quencher. Farmhouse-ish, but still maintains a certain bright cleanliness, if that makes any sense. Really nice brew that I would love to have again sometime. I was not sure what to think of this beer upon reading the label, but damn...this was one delicious bottle. A really nice beer Ithaca has here. I am loving the Excelsior series. (774 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased for $10. Batch number E!025. I’m interpreting that to mean Excelsior (E!) January 25th, but I could be wrong. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance – Bright gold body with a very slight haze. White head with good retention. Leaves sheets of lace as it recedes to a thin suds.

Smell – Lemon acidity, wheat, apricots, and vineger. There is also a moderate yeasty spice, but the lemon really commands your attention.

Taste – The acidity is much more integrated into the beer than the smell would make you think. Things open with medicinal phenols, soft bready wheat, and yeasty spice. The sour lemon notes cuts through the spice and drives things home into a wheat and spice filled finish. Bitterness cuts through the acidity, is moderate and herbal. Very dry finish. This beer is a very unique creation. The wheat malts create a nice backdrop for the fruitiness, acidity, herbal bitterness, and spice to make their stand. There is a musty funk that lingers throughout, but is not a prominent player. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel – The Belgian yeast makes its stand in the mouthfeel. Medium body with soft, light, and full carbonation.

Drinkability – If I could describe this beer in one sentence, I would say, White Gold is a blend of a Belgian saison, a witbier, and a German Berliner weiss. A truly unique beer that has a lot going on. Ithaca describes it as a Rustic Pale Wheat Ale and I have to agree. (1,442 characters)

Photo of mmercede
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a frothy head settling to 1/4". Modest lacing around the glass. Very nice.

S: berliner weis like citrus notes. grapefruit, lime, orange, tangerine...Not much detectable funk. Very clean.

T: Great Citrus notes with a medium sweetness. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon, lime. Citrus zest and lactic notes throughout. A nice wheaty body with refreshing grain flavors. I think the flavor could be a bit dryer. I wonder what some age would do.

M: Medium body with delicate carbonation. Perfect for the style in my opinion.

O: A great beer with sour characteristics which are very well balanced. A great deal at $10 a 750ml. This was my second bottle and I will definitely get some more. (753 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

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

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

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

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

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

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