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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

368 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-23-2007)
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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

There are some verbose reviews of this beer, beer is amber with a nice thick head, carbonation is high and there is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer smells wheaty and spicy with some fruits and mild hop character.

Beer is thin in body and highly carbonated. Its mildly sweet up front but nice on the finish. Not dry at all. This is how you make an American wheat ale, everyone pay attention. Drinkability high, mild fruit flavors in the midpalate, mild sweetness, wet finish, no aftertaste, easy drinking every day beer, if it were available to me on a regular basis.

drabmuh, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

I've been waiting for a good day to crack this monster, and after a loooong day of work, and getting my new Droid X tomorrow, perfect time.

A: A huge fluffy head rises up and fades semi quickly, but at 3 fingers it'll still take a while. The beer is a slightly hazy golden orange nectar colored.

N: Interesting, somewhat sweet, with almost a honey or nectar like aroma, sweet malts, lots of wheat to the point where the wheat itself is adding sweetness. Then some earthy bitter hops add a ESB style hoppy bitter aroma that is grassy, earthy and light. Then some yeasty aromas, even a touch of dry wild yeast slightly.

T: Sweet malts start, some fruits as well, apple, a little peach even, lots of wheat as well. Enough malts to make it sweet enough, but not overpowering. A very light booze warmth too. Some light dry wild yeast flavors, but not funky, just a saison like farmhouse. Some light pale hops too, little mild grassy and slightly earthy.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter, not a lot, with touch of lingering spicy earthy grassy mild hops. Mostly dry on the finish, pretty dry in fact. A dry saison farmhouse finish that has a slight wheat finish as well, and some lingering stickiness like it was a memory left in the wake of the dryness. A little bit of the lingering fruit as well, but not a lot. There's also a touch of a booze lingering.

jlindros, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a hint of amber. There is a two finger fluffy white head that fades to a layer as I drink the beer.

Smell: There is a ton of spice from the yeast. Some sweet fruity notes, perhaps some banana. There is also a sour, acidic note at the end.

Taste: There is a strong flavor from the pale wheat malt right off the bat. From there I'm picking up a lot of spice from the yeast, and a fair amount of sourness. I like the sourness with the other flavors. There is also a fruity mildly sweet hint of banana. The finish is bitter and very crisp. Not a huge fan of the aftertaste, it's bitter, but not in a great way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit chewy. The carbonation is fairly delicate and on the mild side of medium. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I like this beer, but the aftertaste kind of bugs me. I'm really glad I got to try it, and I thought it was quite interesting.

oline73, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Bottle #144

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity zest and slight coriander aroma. The taste is good. It has a dry earthy flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity with a wheat malt edge. It's crisp and refreshing; a nice spring brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting brew and a welcome change from the regular lineup. Keep up the good work.

WesWes, May 12, 2007
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2%

mdfb79, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Batch E! 005; Sampled July 2008
A regular pour produces two-fingers of frothy, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazed, pale honey color that shows an orange tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has quite a lot of fermentation character to it; lightly musty, an earthy spice note, light notes of distinct candied orange zest, a spicy ginger & pepper, some fruity esters of pear, plum and aromatic apple as well as a lightly herbal flower nectar note. The grain aromatics come through pretty well to with notes of grassy wheat, honey like malt and saltine cracker aromatics. This is quite aromatic and I like how the honey like sweetness offsets the spicy note.

Quite spicy tasting up front with a peppery bite that is coupled with earthy, musty phenolics and some ginger notes that are accentuated by a honey-like malt sweetness that just barely kisses the palate. Quite grain like with notes of wheat and pale malt; cracker notes, a touch of dough-like breadiness, and some biscuit flavors are each noticeable. Somehow the malt has a slight candied note to it, without really being sweet; sort of caramel like, though very much in the background, I wonder if this is a touch of oxidation that is bringing this out. The finish has a certain bite to it that is a combination of a hop bitterness, a sort of herbal note, some spicy higher alcohols and a spicy floral type thing. Pretty quaffable, though it is not light bodied, instead there is a light-medium fullness to his that just sticks to the palate.

There is not much in the way of distinctly Brettanomyces derived flavors here, though they could be influencing the musty, earthy aspects of this beer (though this could just as likely be from a characterful Saccharomyces strain). This is a tasty beer though that is a pleasure to drink. The aroma comes off a bit more intriguingly than the taste, but only just.

Gueuzedude, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%

750ml brown glass bottle with classy descriptive label and papered-over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired via a friend and served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado, at me annual Christmas tasting. Batch# E!043. 8% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Gushes upon opening.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours almost entirely foam/head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Decent consistency. Fluffy. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a hazy yellow-orange. Translucent. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a bit hazy for a pale wheat.

Sm: Wheat, farmhouse character (mainly yeast), clove, pale malt, pilsner malt, floral hop character, citrus zest, A bit starchy. Some biscuity Belgian yeast character.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Perfumey, soft, and airy.

T: Clove, pale malts, wheat, farmhouse yeast character, pale malts, pilsner malts, and floral hop character. Vague citrus zest. A biteen starchy. Biscuity Belgian character. Great balance. Build is cohesive - nearly gestalt. It's got a hint of sourness, which lends it some nuance. Very intricate for the style.

Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: "Bone-dry finish?" Sure. Smooth. Great presence on the palate. Perfect carbonation. Complements the flavour profile well. Nicely soft.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Hides its ABV incredibly. I'd definitely buy it again. More great work from Ithaca. I'd recommend it to friends. Well worth trying. Really solid. I could easily kill more than one bottle in a night.

High B

kojevergas, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2%

InspectorBob, May 22, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

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!

corby112, May 12, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

weeare138, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

25 oz bottle, Batch E!008, poured into a snifter.

This was a tasty, mildly interesting beer that doesn't really fit nicely into a particular style. The trappist yeast lends a distinctly Belgian sweetness to the flavor and the wild yeasts provide a layer of mustiness, though not outright funk. On top of that there is a strong citric sweetness like an APA. Appearance is a cloudy, straw golden yellow with a retentive bubbly white head with minimal lacing. Body is thick and creamy smooth, with mild carbonation that leaves a sloppy wet and musty finish. Aroma is dominated by the earthy and musty notes much more so than the flavor is with little presence of the yeast or fruitiness. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, but kind of sloppy and not very well balanced. Now to find a fresh bottle...

yourefragile, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured a brilliant hazy gold color with great carboantion and a big pillowy head. Nose is dry, wheat, hops, with yeast, honey, light floral and citrus notes. Taste is wheat, honey, light citrus, small dose of hops and some good ol belgian yest. Mouthfell is crisp, clean and refreshing. Drinkability is very good.

barleywinefiend, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

akorsak, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

duceswild, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

mothman, May 19, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.5%

ejimhof, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.43/5  rDev +13%

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.

BARFLYB, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

superspak, May 21, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

ppoitras, Aug 16, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.