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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

330 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%


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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 05:34:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from somewhere, either purchased in Syracuse by myself or generously provided by charlew. I forget... I do know that it is Batch E!008.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the effervescent clear golden brew. Head sno-cones above the rim over time, finally calming down to leave chunky bits of lacing. Aroma is sedate, of wheat, spices and citrus. Taste is an intensification of what the nose hinted at. Mouthfeel is a bit too prickly for my taste, and drinkability is pretty good. A good representative of the style, a bit too much carbonation for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:30:05 | More by ppoitras
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for breaking this open. Bottle # 1803...
Appears a hazy, light yellow with a small, white head that quickly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh wheat, straw, and yeast, along with some citrus and herbs.
Taste echoes the aromas with an herbal, spiced citrus flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yesty, citrusy, with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 14:08:29 | More by weeare138
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Belgo-American ale. Batch E!022.

A: Poured a hazy lemonade color with light orange hues and an outright explosive carbonation factor that literally looked like a torrential tropical storm inside the glass. Large bran flake like yeast matter race up and down inside the glass in the strong circulating current. The wild yeast was evident upon the pour yielding a quickly evolving snow white rocky head that rose with authority into a towering structure. All the time I was marveling at the beers coloring and head in my glass, unbeknownst to me the bottle was spewing foam like an erupting volcanoe at a steady and fast rate forcing me to run for backup glasses to catch the runoff and do some containment and reclamation effort. The lacing provided an incredible coverage on the glass of large patches of foam after the slow retreat of the head. After more then 5 minutes the effervesce eventually settles down a bit revealing a thick haziness and coloring that was similar to orange juice. An absolute picture perfect example in the glass worthy of any beer mag cover. Perfect regards from me here.

S: Finally into the smell. A little less exciting here then the appearance, which was by itself a hard act to follow. Soft wheat and lemon peels first appear. Soft herbal notes and light hints of whole tangerines mix well together. Decent, albeit a bit light in strength considering the effervesce which I thought would bring more to the surface.

T: The flavor brings forth soft wheat and lemon peels much like the nose. Bready with citrus and soft grapefruit notes deliver a wet feel. Citric oranges, with some sage delivers some earthy and musky notes. The finish finds a some acidity and wet citric hops and lemonade quench that leaves with a bright zing and tart bite. Overall the flavor was incredibly smooth and very easy.

M: After the initial outpour of effervesce the palate appeared soft and luscious with a good fullness to it, almost like orange juice, that was slightly tart, smooth and viscose. A smooth, tart lemonade like quality graces the tongue on the swallow.

D: No way this is 8.0%abv is my first though, feeling more at home like a 5% session. Exceptionally smooth tart summer time quencher with session like attributes that I could easily drink all day if not for the alcohol. A fairly high abv with an incredibly smoothness of a 5% session and one I could drink more of and more often.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 22:37:04 | More by beerthulhu
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 02:44:10 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 13:55:26 | More by Slatetank
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 20:55:54 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:18:17 | More by superspak
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ccrida

Oregon

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a stem glass, White Gold is a hazy yellow with a tight, creamy white head

Smell is wheaty, slight citrus, like an unspiced wheat.

Taste is more like a double wit, the same amount of refreshment as a single, but with an extra dose of booze, which stands out to me. Too strong and lacking any compensating complexity, a bit a of a disappointment.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, but heavier, solvent like.

Drinkability is average this is just another strong wheat beer. All the aspects of a nicer thirst quencher, but the overt strength really presents a challenge. I totally forgot there was any brett, it's a total non-factor at this point (no idea of the age, I just bought it in Boston). I had higher hopes, in spite of not caring for TEN, but this was another overpriced, under-producing brew from Excelsior. I'm always a big supporter of any brewer's reserve style beers, but a little QA goes a long way as far as not putting out the first recipe you think of! Not cheap and not to good, 1 and done thank you very much...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:48:06 | More by ccrida
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ppours a hazy, pale yellow color, with a nice white head. In the aroma, corriander, orange peel, and nice wheat notes. In the taste, corriander, orange peel dryness, earthy, and a cinnamon like end. A small, spicey bite with a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a dry corriander and cinnamon like aftertaste. Quite dry, and nice spices, not to shabby.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:43:59 | More by OWSLEY069
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

The label says Batch E!005 and it pours from the 750ml beige(?) foil(?) caped bottle a hazy straw gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam and what looks like a lot of carbonation. It turns from hazy to cloudy with subsequent pours and that's what I was looking for.

The smell is nice and spicy! Loads of cloves and pepper along with a god lemony nose. Judging from the smell, I think this one is going to be good.

The taste is very peppery up front with the clove and lemon I mentioned in the nose. Yum. I like how the lemon works so well with the spices..no over powering from either direction, just a real harmony going on here and that makes it oh so drinkable...8%abv????..you gotta be kidding me! Very very well hidden!

The more I sip, the more I notice the fine yeasty wheat flavour that kicks this brew up a few notches in complexity. And, despite how bubbly it looks in the glass, the carbonation is at a respectable light to medium light level and again, that works for me. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel for the style for me. This is truly a fine drinking experience and I'm further impressed with Ithaca Brewing's craftmanship. Btw, head retention is awesome and there's a lot of sticky lacing. I just thought you needed to know that. ;^)

Bottom line: This is about as close to perfection in the style that I'm probably ever going find so...let the scores fall where they may. Wonderful drop!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 23:12:18 | More by Bitterbill
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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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, Batch E!043. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with at least a couple inch frothy off-white head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like bready/wheat malt, lemon peel, floral hops, apples, and some grassiness. It tastes like bready/wheat malt, lemon peel, apricots, grass/hay and some light clove and peppery spice. I like the tartness in this brew, I didn't really expect that so it was a nice surprise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. I think this is good , I'd certainly like to try White Gold again in the future. $9.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:47:56 | More by bluejacket74
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FosterJM

California

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:12:09 | More by FosterJM
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tpd975

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from my BA bro, the one and only BeerTruth.

Bottle number 1551.

A: Pours a golden straw yellow color with a nice big fluffy head. The head quickly recedes but does leave behind some patches of lacing. The last pour yielded the yeasty floaties, Yum!

S:: Ah nice Belgian aromas. Nice spices like black pepper and clove with hints of Belgian yeast. Tons of fresh citrus with mostly lemon rind but a hint of lime as well.

T: Ahh right from the start, very Belgian and very nice. Tons of nice bready yeast flavors with a big spicy character. Fresh cracked pepper and clove can be noted right from the start. The lemon comes on next and semms to linger a bit before a bit of bananna comes in. The spices come back in the finish and linger and linger.

M: Light in body with ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, wish I had passed on the Hopslam before I started this one.

Overall: A wonderful example of the style and one that Ithaca should be proud of. It is part of their Exclesior series, and let me say it is for good reason!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 20:28:06 | More by tpd975
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:26:39 | More by spinrsx
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/18/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, thick, foamy, creamy white head. Aroma of orange, melon, lots of citrusy goodness. Flavor is quite similar, lots of citrus fruits and a spicy tang in the finish. Very flavorful and tasty. Nice beer.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:51:38 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this bottle to our last get together

A - foam exploded out of this one as soon as it was opened, it took quite a while to settle down; poured a hazy yellow with a big, frothy, white head that had great retention

S - very peppery and spicy

T - peppery, spicy, herbal hops, husky, lemon, straw

M - medium bodied, crisp, faint warming alcohol

This is one of the more complex and flavorful wheat ales I've ever had. The use of three different yeasts really imparts some tremendous spice. There is a noticeable hop character that is very complementary. I really very glad I got to try this one. If I could get Ithaca in NC, I would definitely get another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 10:51:13 | More by tdm168
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Gmann

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice rocky pure white head that quickly dissipated into a sparse cap but left beautiful lacing. The aroma is fruity, a blend of pineapple and green apple, some peppery spice, and a light juicy hop. The taste is subtle but nice. Some tropical fruitness followed by what seems to be yeasty phenols, some wheat malt characteristics. The feel is moderate, almost light, with fizzy carbonation, which makes this damn drinkable. The 8%abv nowhere to be found. This is a beer that is not meant to fit a style. It clearly has some european influence, which I guess makes it a cross between a BPA and an American wheat. Very unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 06:06:20 | More by Gmann
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 14:53:14 | More by rudzud
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mynie

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pretty into a Westvketeren chalice, rocky white head atop thick, dense gold wheatness.

Smells sweet, sour, and spicy. Trifecta of Belgianyness, right there. Basically, combine the heavy yeast of something like a Duvel along with medium-strength American hefe and toss in some wild yeast sourness and this is what you get.

Tastes delightful. Refreshing. It's like a really good saison only also a really good wheat and then there's some wild ale sour backing everything up in the back end.

Adventurous and magnificently crafted.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 05:37:57 | More by mynie
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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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ngeunit1

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:21:08 | More by ngeunit1
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!012. Poured into a Moinette goblet.

Eventually, after the crazy foam dies down in the bottle and some air gets in there, what comes out and into the glass is a supremely creamy head that's firm and just completely gorgeous. The hazy faded-peach color is also quite beautiful. Can't imagine a beer of this type looking much better.

Nose is completely Belgian in character. Straw/hay earthiness; farmy/funky yeast; citrus fruit; hints of tartness. Pervading mineral vibe.

Fairly strong mineral taste, like sucking on a penny; lemony tartness abounds; crisp green apple; pear; peach; earthy yeast, nearly dirty but not quite inhaling-in-the-horse-stall level; wheat offers a gentleness of flavor and texture; 8% alcohol offers up a slight warmth, just enough to feel it and add a certain spicy flair. Tart and mineral flavors are dominant, but balanced just enough to impress rather than overwhelm.

Gentle caress from very small and polite bubbles; crisp and dry yet creamy and round, which seems impossible, but it's true. Wonderful mouth.

I'm not sure "American Pale Wheat Ale" does this beer justice. "Saison/Farmhouse" is probably closer to what White Gold evokes. A delicate yet fairly complex beer, one I'm totally glad I picked up on a whim at Wegmans in Syracuse, NY.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:18:41 | More by Metalmonk
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.