White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

388 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 45
Gots: 43 | 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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Ratings: 388 | Reviews: 191
Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Corkpuller
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of ejeffer11
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy amber in color. Pours with half inch head good lacing. Nondescript smell. Strong taste of citrus which lasts throughout. Aftertaste is not bitter. Average drinkability. Slightly on the heavy side for the beer type. Suprisingly high abc of eight percent

Photo of mindspin315
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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]

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from the 25 oz. bottle into a chalice.

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

Fruity and yeasty aroma. Citrus in there too.

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

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

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

Photo of antilogic
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brew co itself. Ithaca Brew Co has come a long way since I went to school at Cornell...

Pours hazy golden with a white head. Lingers but doesn't lace.

Taste has some citrus (orange, pinnaple, and maybe some white grape) and a hint of spice, with wheat and a fair amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, and refreshing.

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch E!043

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Huge foamy, sticky, meringue head. Color of golden straw with bright citrus aromas, peach and lemon that give way to more rustic scents of herbs and grass. Wow, first impression is lots of flavors rolling around the mouth. Very full mouthfeel. Biscuity with a slight lemony spritz. Some peach and apricot, stone fruit flavors abound on the mid-palate and linger on the finish as well. Finishes surprising clean for such a full bodied beer. Not super refreshing but very different and interesting. Drank this at about 55 degrees rather than out of the fridge which seems a better drinking temp for most ales IMHO and I think this one benefits from being slightly warm or cool rather than cold.

Second glass - flavors seemed to integrate a lot more. Man, really enjoying this now. Have to disagree with the bros here, it finishes pretty clean, but more like a fine wine where the stone fruit flavors persist for looong time, but in a good way. It also plenty complex. Seems to get better with each sip. Of course so does everything else :). This is like if wheat beer and Riesling had a baby. Viva la differencia!

Third glass - all the wheat sediment is here obviously. Very, very cloudy and much more spicy. All black pepper and lemon now. Very much Belgian wheat now. Probably the least interesting glass of the bottle, which is for the best since I would have cried when I finished it otherwise.

Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge huge huge bubbly head. Kind of fun, but a little excessive. My first pour was very clear with a golden hue, my second was hazy straw-colored. Smells of tart fruit, like plums and cherries, and a hint of malty musk. Begins with a bright snap on the front of your tongue, smooths out in the middle, and then bounces to a almost sour tang on the finish.

A bright beer with a certain funk that is intriguing. Zippy and smooth at the same time, which is a nice surprise.

Photo of PeterParker
2.59/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Volcanic eruption upon opening.

Pours... absolute foam. Can't see any beer. The entire glass is foam. I've never seen anything like this. After a few minutes I can see a fraction of light golden opacity. The color is good, but it's just a glass of foam.

Smells of Belgian yeast, wheat, bubblegum, actually kind of smells skunky.

Nothing impressing me, weaker tasting wheat beer. Slightly more Belgian but nothing special. Salty aftertaste, like prosciutto. A bit funky and skunky.

Ridiculous amount of carbonation, thin and overly bubbly.

Not a really good wheat beer. Would pass on this in the future without a doubt.

Photo of alexkeil
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, pale gold in color with a frothy, 1 inch white head. Retention is fantastic and a nice layer of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Smells like a traditional Biere de Mars.. a heavy dose of wheat and Belgian yeast with some light lemon notes. Reminds me of freshly baked bread.. very intriguing.

T: Starts off with a mix of wheat and yeasty characteristics, followed by a surprising tartness.. thinking lemon, grapes, sweet vinegar, cracked pepper, and some maltiness. It's almost like a fine white wine. A surprisingly successful mix on my pallet.

M: Medium-bodied with hefty amounts of carbonation. It has a crisp finish like a champagne.

D: At 8% abv, this is extremely drinkable. It's not noticeable at all. I really enjoy this offering from Ithaca.

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. bottle poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Golden straw with a hazy cloudiness only allowing you to see steady carbonation rising to the top of a quickly fading white head.

S: Wild yeast, honey, granny smith apples, fresh chopped pears, with a floral aroma completing the complexities of this Belgian.

T: Slight funk with notes of honey and bitter hops on the back of the palate. Other than that the smell really led us to believe that we were about to drink a complex beer, but unfortunately was overall disappointing and rather bland.

M: Highly carbonated, smooth, refreshing, and light bodied.

D: Very easy to drink, but not diverse enough to keep our attention. Overall an okay beer, although we probably won't search it out again.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Photo of mjforres
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into two Perfect Pint glasses. This bottle was labeled batch E!025.

A - a hazy gold color with thick, fluffy head that dissipated slowly.

S - not an overpowering nose but definite notes of green apple and citrus.

T - light and crisp, the green apple and citrus come through. It is a little sour and lightly bittered.

M - very refreshing, nicely carbonated, well balanced.

D - this is very food friendly and inviting of another glass. We were drinking it while snow fell outside and both of us thought it was more of a summer beer than winter.

Photo of mmercede
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Kevuas
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of ziggy13
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Photo of baakabak
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Massive rocky white head that seems to linger for a dog's age. Pale straw body

Scent is damp hay, vinegar, lemon, and pine tar.

Taste is sour lemon and pale grains. Big Brett. Finishes very dry and a bit astringent.

Highly carbonated and very lively on the tongue.

For an $11 bomber there's not too much to be dissappointed over.
Though it lacks a bit of depth, it's very enjoyable and I'd certainly pick one up again.

Photo of matthiasbrau
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of GREGER
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mvivenzio89
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Beer. New beer drinker and this is what opened my eyes.

White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.