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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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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 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)

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

From batch E!035

Appearance:
Very hazy golden yellow with an unending, overflowing eggshell head. Sudsy lacing is left behind while drinking. A complete fog resides throughout ample settling time while the very few large particles floating are able to sink to the bottom.

Smell:
Heavenly smelling, one that you could sniff for hours. As summer is nearly ending, this is the perfect beer-farewell with its pungent aromas of citrus rind and spice. There is also an earthy funkiness that could be described as imitating wet corrugated cardboard. Sweetness balances out the citrus, alcohol, and funk quite well; no separate characteristic is overpowering the others.

Taste:
Golden wheat sugars fortified by a hearty, wild yeast zing and lasting bitterness. The carbonation and alcohol pack a punch and drive the beer's bitterness deep down into my palate's membrane. Citrus rind bitterness is one of ithaca's specialties (also very prevalent in their alphalpha IPA) and it makes for an exceptionally refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel:
This is a dry, bubbly summer wheat beverage. A complex mouthful that is bitter, sour, and sweet leaves me desiring more after each sip... and fast. This beer is definitely a well harmonized mix between an APW and wild ale.

Overall:
My initial hesitance was completely unfounded with this rewarding beverage. There is a tremendous amount of diversity with this beer that can't be reproduced by many. Tasting this beer was in part inspired by mention in months BA mag, but I would have felt compelled to write just as praising a review whenever I got around to tasting it.

Great beer from IBC, worth the money. (1,640 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!035

A-Cloudy yellow, extremly carbonated but no lacing is left.

S-Lemons, citrus and some sourness.

T-Light and lemony. Some tartness from the wild yeast. There seems like some bitterness is there but not much.

M-Light and VERY carbonated.

O-Yet another great beer from IBC. Wasn't expecting the mild tartness but it was a pleasent suprise and twist on the American Pale Wheat Ale (393 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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. (978 characters)

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

American brewing inginuity at its best, this beer crosses American Pale Ales with Belgian Strong Pale Ales, Wild Ales, and Witbiers. With age, this one has shown to dliver a range of flavor spreads.

Pouring a billowing and airy pour that violently separates the golden elixer from the froath. The ale carries a lightly hazed straw hue, but becomes significantly more hazed with subsequent pours. The airy white head reduces to a creamy and intermitten film before holding true for the duration of the session.

Very flowery and with musty fruit aromas to start, but then more acidic elements of lime, chardonay, and crabapples come into the fray. Mangos, appricots, papayas, and a host of tropical fruit scents pull away from the must and acids for a richer aroma that brings attention to bready wheat and soft barley character. Perfume, honeysuckle, and light medicinal notes penetrate the fruits for roundness, complexity, and challenge.

Soft bready-sweet malts give a light doughy flavor with understated powdered sugar sweetness in order to allow the hops, esters, and phenols to take command of taste. A plethera of fruit flavors alternate- beginning with lime, grapefruit, and oranges and then turning more tropical with pineapple, appricot, papayas, mangos, and a musty pawpaw character. Lightly dusty and musty, the 'wild' character gives glimpses of brine flavors which give a salty, peppery flavor with light bitterness and modest savory notes. An extremely variant beer that delivers wave after wave of flavors with each sip.

Zesty and spritzy early with the erupting carbonation impacting on the mouth with textures of peppery bite, prickle, and expansive warmth. After the carbonic bite settles a bit, the wheaty character offers a smoother and somewhat creamier mouthfeel before the late acidic, smooth bitterness, lightly astringent, and powdery dryness all conclude with clean and winey finish.

Overall, this is a beer designed to appease lovers of white sparkling wines. The fruits, acids, tanins, and pepper character play in a more wine-like proportion than of beer. But this is a beer, and a wonderfully crafted one at that. Only the medicial phenolic character offer a distracting flavor and aroma that I can't ignore. (2,243 characters)

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

On-tap at Barcade in Williamsburg. Having tried my first Ithaca beer (Flower Power) earlier in the week, and being amazingly impressed by it, I was keen to try others.

Pours a hazed golden colour, bright and lively. Head is fine and white although small. Chaotic, but rather refined lacing. Fine light body. Looks really good.

Nose is crisp, but round. Some sharp, leafy aromas, a little citrus and a touch of pepper. Although the yeast profile is subtle, I do get a whiff of some of those round Belgian esters that suggest a traditional witbier yeast might have been used. Not bad.

Taste is smooth, but laced with pepper and phenols. Vanilla wafer characters come through, with a good dollop of earthy bitterness. Hint of booze and astringency. Some faint esters of coconut and a hint of wood. Deel is smooth, but light. Not bad.

Pretty decent all up. Smooth and drinkable, but with plenty of character. Not on par with the awesomeness of Flower Power, but another very solid brew from Ithaca. (998 characters)

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)

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