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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

354 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Continental and U.S. grown hops, and fermented with Belgian, English and Wild yeasts.

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-23-2007)
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-03-2012 17:36:52 | More by tedho21
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-22-2013 22:46:47 | More by PEIhop
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-23-2013 13:45:32 | More by Eriktheipaman
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-27-2013 18:52:30 | More by trxxpaxxs
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essjay

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-18-2013 01:38:18 | More by essjay
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jclaydev

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-11-2012 23:12:26 | More by jclaydev
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Big, big thanks to Geist for pulling this out the other night at a tasting. I've wanted to try this one for awhile never but had never gotten around to acquiring one. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a nice mildly-hazed golden-straw color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Didn't really last long enough in my glass to appreciate how long the collar would last.

Nose carries great complexity with underlying notes of bready, biscuity malt and wheat combining to serve as a great base for notes of lemon, stone fruits, and plenty of citrus zest. A bit of spice in there as well. Flavor hits the same levels with the hops and yeast out front, though more so the hops. Good malt backing -- it's there providing depth and body but not too much flavor. The hops shine and fruit abounds. Really, really solid. Light, crisp body and a nice soothing bitterness throughout.

In short, each sip makes me want another even more. Well done, Ithaca, well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:39:32 | More by Thorpe429
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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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BigPlay1824

New York

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

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice yellow color with a light golden hue, pours a very generous amount of head that is pure white and very fluffy, head lingers for an incredibly long amount of time, pours nicely hazed with a solid amount of carbonation bubbles, leaves a ton of white lacing on the glass which makes it look like its covered in soap suds
S: great scent, nice bright wheat scent, baking bread and caramelized sugar, very nice scent
T: slight clove taste, roasted banana peals? very bright and refreshing, lemons?
M: intense carbonation tingle in the beginning and fizzy through and through, backs off with a bit of brightening briskness on the palate
O: really enjoy this brew, smooth, complex, nicely drinkable and yet feels very classy, loved it

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:21:09 | More by BigPlay1824
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of froth white head which gave off extreme amounts of lacing. head dissipation was very slow and even. the smell? well, as funky as brett gets really.. this is one of the most brett forward beers i've smelled.. funky wet hay for sure, manure even, dare i say it.. jasmine flowers, smells pretty damn awesome honestly. very tart in flavor, citrusy lemon peel, with a peppery kick, a skunky barnyard taste that refuses to leave the palate.. the grain bill is hard to figure out as most of the flavors come from the yeast.. there is a very bready characteristic to this. some coriander perhaps.
a medium body beer with a decent amount of carbonation. this is a fantastic beer, and i am honestly shocked at the rating on it.. it's not even a 4? really... this is almost a 5 in my book, and this is coming from a dude who's had a LOT of beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:54:53 | More by facundoCNB
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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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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 19:31:37 | More by twiggamortis420
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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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craytonic

District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Pour is a hazy straw-gold with a nice white head, good lacing.

Aroma: Wow this is going to be good. Light wheat and malt sents with a light lemon zest, other spices as well - possibly cloves and coriander

Taste: Delicious, light zestiness to it with a nice earth element, maybe some wildflower honey also. Very crsip, refereshing. Good belgian yeastiness without being overpowering for the style.

Mouthfeel: SOmehow has a good body to it while remaining light and crisp, ABV a bit high at 8%

Drinkability: I was sad to see this one go, will need more. Best for this style I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:06:40 | More by craytonic
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tayner

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:22:48 | More by tayner
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

750ml bottle

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

05-17-2009 20:18:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Thickfreakness

New York

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

Picked this up at the Ithaca brewery last month.

A- Beautiful golden orange pour with a huge three finger puffy white head that leaves a ton of lacing as is slowly fades away! Really nice carbonation and I love the floaties in this one!

S- Sour Lemon, kumquats, crazy wild yeastiness, pale wheat, a touch of banana, and cloves. Has some wild grassiness, wet hay... but mostly dominated by the lemony citrus bomb and the wild yeast.

T- Holy pucker!!! Nice spicey and sour punch! The banana and clove in the yeast hang back and let the wet hay and horse shit breathe a little bit. Lemongrass, kumquat, lemon rind, orange zest, and white grape juice. Very clean and refreshing.

M- WOW! Really intense lemon and sour yeast! Not like a beer with lemon added, but just the way that citrus can be used as a palate cleanser. A touch of manure on the tongue, but it cleans up nicely with the bready wheat and citrus pop! So many different spices flow over the tongue after each sip... this is sooo cool!

O- I can't wait to try a bottle of this after a couple years in my cellar! This is not a style that I would usually rate this high, but this is fabulous! So damn much going on here. I will most certainly be grabbing a few more of these and spacing out the tasting times!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 03:32:13 | More by Thickfreakness
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ejeffer11

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:56:56 | More by ejeffer11
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ziggy13

Pennsylvania

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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oberon

North Carolina

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

Released Apr 07
Bottle #849

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pours a bright yellow gold color that is crisp and clear looking. Quite bubbly with thin lacing and little to no carbonation.

S - Sweet and sour white grapes, big time aroma. Reminds me more of a Pinot Grigio, vinegar, and sour apples. Smell is very crisp.

T - Very tart, sour, large amounts of sweet and sour white grapes, pears, vinegarized cider, light crackery malt. The flavor has little to no malt taste with dominating white sweet and sour grape, apple, and pear flavoring. This is the Pinot Grigio of beers (if that's even a fair comparison) Has some overripe pineapple and light herbelness with a fresh floral finish. Leaves a pungent, very ripe and tart, white wine aftertaste. The The aftertaste leaves a dry finish that makes your mouth pucker and water simultaneously.

M - Finishes semi-dry, light body, crisp and champagne-like carbonation finish.

D - An easy (5), need I say more? Of the Ithaca brews I've had, this one ranks among the best they've ever brewed.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 04:51:53 | More by jzeilinger
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 23:36:09 | More by brewandbbq
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed in a hurry-- typed up from notes.

Pours a bright orangey hinted color with a 3 finger white frothy head. Smells of lemon peels, oranges, and slight apple notes.

Huge carbonation level.

Some spicy and sweet wheat notes amongst the aforementioned fruits. A crisp finish is refreshing and delicious.

The body is light and airy. I could finish this 750 ML bottle by myself with great ease!

This is really a great pale what ale. I would be happy to grab a 12 pack of this and stock my fridge-- sadly, it isn't available in small bottles, and even more sadly, it isn't available within 900 miles of where I live.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 05:47:36 | More by AleWatcher
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.