White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 391
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 45
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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Photo of lovindahops
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pull a white gold out of the cellar.

A- floaties galore in this hazy dark orange of a brew. Marshmallow frosting head of foam with lacing all of the edges.

S- massive bready yeast with zest and herbal spices. Lemon and almost a grains of paradise scent.

T- good Belgian taste with spicy, fruity hops. Musty and somewhat dry on the finish

M- good creamy flavor with strong carbonation

O- an enjoyable cross between a Belgian style and wheat ale. Glad I have another one down stairs (499 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gibby, thanks again!

From notes...

Pours a bright hazy gold color with a pretty nice bright white head.

Aromas are dusty and floral with some light Belgian yeast notes.

Taste is soft, with creamy sweetness up front. Beer then settles into some yeasty flavors and lemon zest. Finish is crisp, doughy, with a sugary and slightly bitter bite. Comes off to me as being while tasty, also kind of simple.

Mouthfeel is as mentioned soft also nicely carbonated.

Overall, a pretty nice refreshing and easy drinking beer. However, I was hoping for better when I read the description on the bottle. (612 characters)

Photo of matthiasbrau
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sapsucker's, Huntington, NY. From notes 11/28/2012.

a: Pours a hazy gold color, almost two fingers of foam, lace all the way down as I slowly sip this heavenly elixir...

s: bright, lively, lemon-orange aroma

t: hop bitterness up front, orange peel, lemon, slight grain

m: medium mouthfeel, dry finish, lingering bitterness

o: excellent beer,interesting and complex. This is miles better than the bottle I tried a few months ago - can't remember the batch number - but which I suspect was a bit dated and mistreated by the retailer. This is worth seeking out if you are a fan of witbiers and grand crus. Not sure why IBC is releasing it so late in the year; this would be the perfect beer to crack open at dinner as another perfect summer day slips into memory. I've picked up and cellared two bottles of this current batch (#E!043) but I make no guarantees that they will be left untouched all winter!

Postscript 12/8/2012: Back at Sapsuckers once again, I'm happy to note that the IWG is still on tap and as tasty as 10 days ago. (1,046 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a translucent amber color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. Aromas of bread, orange peel, lemon, and bitterness. Hard to pick up on too much since the smell is pretty faint. Taste is of orange peel, lemon, apple, bread and some hop bitterness. Bitter orange and lemon peel finish. Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Good alcohol presence. This is a style I'm luke warm on, but this is a solid Wheat. Overall, worth having again for certain. (471 characters)

Photo of alexkeil
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch # E!040
Pours a deep golden color with fluffy white head that persists around the edges. A bit hazy around the edges but somewhat clear for a wheat beer.
The aroma is wheat and pilsner malt, noble hops, and a slight meringue like sweetness.
The flavor is wheat malt and peppery alcohol, with leafy hops. Slightly hot but better as it warms. Highly carbonated and slightly prickly from the alcohol.
If it wasn't for the noticeable alcohol this would be alot like a belgian triple with wheat. An enjoyable beer only slightly overpriced. (543 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, batch E!015(says copyright 2008 on the bottle). Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2-3 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, lemon, apricot, earth, tart apple, herbal, wheat, bread, hay, and funk. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grape, lemon, apricot, apple, herbal, coriander, earth, funk, grass, and hay. Lingering notes of grape, lemon, apricot, grass, hay, and herbal on the finish for a while. A lot of malty flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial wheat ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. This has held up well for the age. Really enjoyable stuff. (997 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thecpj. Cheers!

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a dense, creamy white head that settles to a solid cap, leaving soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp aromas of wheat, toasted malt, orange and lemon peel hops, and earthy Brettanomyces. Nice and floral, reminds me a bit of a highly-hopped Saison with Brett.
T - Surprisingly tart, with a juicy lemon peel and orange character that is follows by more earthy, fairly funky, Brettanomyces, toasted grain, and a long-lasing bitterness. A pretty neat beer, "rustic" was a nice word to describe it.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body , solid carbonation, and a pleasantly dry finish.
O - A nice blend of numerous beer styles, and it's always nice when Ithaca does a Brett beer. (757 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and loads of lacing. Aroma consists of Brett and light sour notes with light dry floral ester. Taste is a complex mix between some nice wheat malt with loads of floral notes and some sour and light funky yeast from the Brett yeast strain. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This really hits a bunch of stuff I like in beers, i.e. wheat malt, dry hoppy notes and Brett. I would love to have access tot his on a regular basis. (553 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

E!035

A: Very obviously highly carbonated with a gigantic glass filling fluffy off-white head. This will take a few pours to get a glassful. Foam starts creeping out of the bottle as well. Frothy, whipped head sits on a peachy/orangey golden with plenty of haze & steady clouds of small bubbles that quickly rise to the head, bounce off, & cascade back down. Head turns rocky with greate retention and gobs of amazing lace. Gorgeous. Second half of bottle is cloudy but still glowing golden.

S: Slightly tart lemon on the surface with some sweeter stone fruit deeper down and touches of juicy orange/tangerine and a fair bit of tropical fruit mix that is focused on pineapple. Fruity citrus blends into rind & herbal & softly spicey hop character. Earthy yeast with a hint of funk and more tartness. Just noticeable dry & grainy malt with touches of biscuit, toasty grain, and a kiss of candi pils sweetness.

T: Like the nose, but less fruity and more robust, burly, and earthy / funky. Opens with lemon tartness, citrus rind, & a hint of juicier fruit (apricot / pineapple / & white grape skin) and a hint of pils malt sweetness. A touch of dry & toasty biscuit appears as the softer notes fade, and then gives way as well when lemon, ring, & tartness return with strength. Fairly firm bitterness is present as spicy, herbal, & earthy hop character joins the fray. Mild phenolics as well. Earthy note gets a bit funky &peppery in the finish with a hint of barnyard. Gets more orangey and spicy as it warms.

M: This might actually be medium body, but with the plentiful and active carbonation, and the tart and slightly acidic bit, it seems lighter. It appears to have some residual sugars and opens juicy. Then the bit of pucker come in and leads to a rustic drying finish – bite, effervescence, & acid/tartness forward – and earthy spice at the back. Quenching and cleansing.

D: Eclectic blend of style components is what this one is, but it all blends super well and is very appealing. Franco-Belgian-American-wit-wild-triple-saison-BPA-APA-APWA. . . . WTF, this is just nice stuff. (2,094 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1119th Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
750 Ml
2011

Batch E!031

Thanks to Cpabeer and Stormking47 for the gift.

App- A very vibrant orange with a ton of yellow mixed in. A slow forming 1 finger white head left quickly with no cling or lace but left a 1/8" ring of bubbles.

Smell- A good mix of a lot of things. Yeasty, floral, citrus, funk, barn, hay and its a APWA. Go fiqure!

Taste- I really enjoyed this beer. I liked the layering of different flavors from the wheat to the funk and hay notes and then to a little bit of apple juice and to the different wild yeast notes. Was very different and very tasty.

Mouth- A thin medium body and a medium carbonation with residual apple juice and funk with some good yeast notes.

Drink- Many things going on in this glass and I really enjoyed it. Yeasty, funky, fruity and floral. I would love another bottle. (864 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice huge white head poured out which settled to a thin layer on top. Slightly hazy gold, orange, and yellowish body. Some lacing and lots of carbonation streaming up the glass. Some floaties swirling around as well.

Mild farmhouse like funk sits behind lemon, yeast esters, oranges, citrus zest, and a touch of fresh doughy bread.

Tastes a lot like a slightly sour orange juice. A little of the wild yeast flavors come through at the middle and carry through the finish. Slightly chalky mouthfeel, tart, some lemon rind/light floral flavors, carbonation glides across the palate, and drys out quite a lot in the finish.

This is an easy drinking beer...especially at 8%, not tasting/feeling like it is over 5%. I would love the wild yeast to play a bigger part here. I wish it were to over take this beer. This would be an amazing base beer to a huge sour overhaul. All in all I find this to be very enjoyable and have plenty of really good qualities. A unique take on a wheat beer and is not like any Belgian-American beer in the same style category.

[88/100] (1,067 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - from the Party Source in Syracuse, enjoyed during the Super Bowl

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow/amber colour with a massive size foamy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, green grapes, clove/coriander, yeast, floral

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons and wheat mixed with a lot of yeast flavour. There is also quite a bit of floral/peppery notes and some green grapes and a woodiness. As the beer warmed up I could pick up on some hops. It ended with a floral/yeasty dry aftertaste.

Overall - A quality beer that is well worth its price. Ithaca makes some fantastic beers and I'm happy I gave this one a try. The alcohol was well hidden and 750ml was the perfect amount for me. (875 characters)

Photo of Corkpuller
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The current release of White Gold (E!40) should not be confused with the prior beers of the same name. The new bottling is a compete departure from the prior releases. It is fermented clean with traditional ale yeasts and lacks the Brett infection of prior years. It also seems to have been fermented at cooler temperatures as the esters are much more reserved. Additionally it is quite hoppy. White Gold still has it's characteristic balance and texture, but that is the end of the commonalities.

Unsuspecting fans of the old White Gold are in for a surprise and maybe a bit of disappointment. Still a tasty beer, but very very different. (640 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I bought this I wasn't paying attention that it was going to be a sour ale. The beer poured out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a large fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer had lots of wild yeast sour notes on the nose. I wasn't able to even get much besides that from the beer. The taste of it was also quite sour and really killed off any of the soft wheat flavors that might have been in there before the wild yeast was tossed in. The mouthfeel was a little like champagne, very bubbly and fizzed up inside the mouth. Overall this beer wasn't all that impressive to me. Had I read the label more or something I may not have even bought it. (661 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch E!022

This beer was a treat, a nice deviation from what US brewers are doing these days, and I welcome it.

The beer is a lovely grain color with a strong finger or two of white foam and spotty lace. The smells are grainy (in the farmy way, fresh and sweet), grass, yeasty, and there is the slightest indication of tartness. I get a hint of pear on the nose.

The flavor follows through and offers a nice bite behind my jaw of tartness, but this is short lived. Quickly a nice, sweet wheaty tone comes through and again the pear flavor is present for me. As the beer warms, I get really nice white wine notes (particularly reminds me of naked Chardonnay). A sincerely lovely beer.

Thin bodied with lower carbonation and a semi dry finish. I would offer this beer to many wine enthusiasts I know and expect that there would be a significant appreciation for the beer. A wonderful, insghtful and innovative beer for the US. (930 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light urine body, big bubbles.

Strong wheat character, light wine nature. Little bit of bubblegum. Quick bursts, flies out before I knew it.

Opens a light tartness, some low bittering, grainy flavors, finish oxidized hops. The wheat is easily identifiable. The light acetic character complicates things but still easily seen. Like a Berliner Weiss.

Light body, great carbonation, sticky hops.

This beer is surprisingly great. (431 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this is amazing. Hazy golden with a white head that fades to a collar. Yes, I smell wheat, and I spy esters and phenols, but what blows me away is how much this reminds me of pineapple upside-down cake. To me, nose is straight pineapple upside-down cake sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with preserved lemons. If pineapple upside-down cake could drink dry with a hint of wet rock minerality, a touch of lemony goodness, and a hint of earthy funk, then this is what it would taste like. Medium body that translates light and fluffy with near perfect carbonation that leaves a pleasant prickly sensation and dry dry finish. Awesome. (681 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A growler filled at Al's of Hampden. Last glass.

A: The wheat beer is a pale color, watered down apple juice concentrate. Still clear, there is a bit of haziness about the beer.

S: The aromas are powerful. Wheat beer base, jingo-istic hop addition and a mild funkiness. The strong hops, herbal and floral, quickly transition into the funk, hard to differentiate where one ends and the other begins.

T: The hoppiness is stand-out, bold with flowers and herbs driving a thick flavor. The Belgian yeast adds a fruitness that amplifies the hops. The funky flavors are mild, a tinge of citrus and dust near the end of each sip. The Belgian IPA aspect is a mouthful, the funkiness a treat.

M: Plenty of Belgian IPA, a mixture of yeast sweetness, and big hops. The funk that exists does so only near the end of each sip, a pleasant departure. The hoppiness feels heavy, making sharing a must. (889 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at BBF. One of my favorite beers of the night.

A - Pours a deep yellow basically golden hue with a huge, rocky white fluffy head that sticks around to leave lots of sudsy lacing.

S - Mmmm, this is delicious. Very aromatic with lots of lemon, wheat, tartness, some light funk. No banana at all, which is a good thing as its a departure from the norm.

T - Oh my goodness. First taste I get is pineapple...of all things! This is spectactular. Tart and sweet, great wheat notes throughout. Nicely lemon like with good Brett notes as well.

M - Great mouthfeel, very sour but clean. Lower carbonation means this is creamy, crisp finish and refreshing. Delicious.

O - Wow, I know Ithaca makes good beer but my goodness this was a treat. Would love to get my hand on a bottle of this! (795 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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! (1,274 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since a review, really don't feel like studying so here we go!

Pours a hazy orange color with a massive white head and beautiful lacing.

Smells like brett funk, wheat, bread, herbal hops, and a tinge of alcohol.

Taste opens with a bread and wheat flavor moving into a tart/brett like flavor. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side for something like this, but good creamy carbonation help it a lot.

Overall, a nice beer. I think of fantome when I drink this, but its not near the quality/complexity that it has. A nice mellow night beer, good with Opeth's Heritage album. (609 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!031, 750ml, poured into widemouth Orval glass.

Pours with a very short, and short-lasting head over a cloudy golden body w/out much carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Smells like Spring. Aromas are tart and lemony, accompanied by white grape skins and a healthy amount of wheat malt. Extremely inviting - it just pulls you right in.

Flavor is like no other beer in this category... quite tart, yet with a balanced sweetness - much like a well done lemon meringue pie. Fresh citrusy hops, and maybe a touch of minty herbal quality. Mouthfeel starts juicy and ends plenty dry - leaving this as an incredibly drinkable beer. Moderate carbonation - probably a little high for the style. Would never expect this to be 8% ABV. Tartness only becomes puckering if you take a large mouthfill.

Overall, this is a really well crafted beer, and as I mentioned, like absolutely nothing else in this category that I've tried... I'd almost consider this an American Wild Ale, and try to match it up against some of those great ones. (1,030 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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 (769 characters)

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

As much as I like the banana-cloviness of a good wheat beer, I enjoyed this stab at the style because it was *not* a banana-clovey wheat beer. The amount of horse-stall funk in the bottle may turn away some wheat fans, but it's not overpowering. After all, who doesn't like a little manure in his beer? Nice color, light aroma and light body; easy to drink and has a sharp bite with a bubbly edge. Despite the high (for a wheat beer) ABV, this doesn't generate much heat or wobble. It went well with a giant bowl of popcorn and a re-viewing of "Dog Day Afternoon." (564 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks gillian!

Pours a hazed dark golden color with an absolutely out of control head, which foams out of the bottle and all over the place. Clouds of film and lacing are eventually left on the glass, along with suds left on my friend's kitchen counter.

Wild years and funk in the nose, lemon peel with zest. Hints of spice and tartness, some touches of coriander and orange.

Light hops and spice up front with floral notes. Citrus peel with lemon and orange. Juicy and flavorful, resting on top of a soft, but well balanced wheat and straw malt base. Tart and funky towards the middle, but not sour. Finishes dry with some lingering citrus and slight warmth.

Light medium body, high carbonation, dry and bubbly on the tongue. Drinks nice and easy despite the higher ABV, which is masked incredibly well. Too bad the bottle gushed all over the place. (891 characters)

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