White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

388 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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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Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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)

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

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Part of Ithaca's new Excelsior! series of bold, hand-bottled, bottle-conditioned beers. Brewed as a Belgo-American Ale with domestic barley, French wheat malts, Saaz and Santiam hops and a Trappist ale yeast. This is bottle #78 from the April 2007 release.

This beer is cloudy and dirty blonde in color, with a fantastic pure white foam head that laces and sticks to the end. Hints of sugar, peppery alcohol and peach in the nose. Tight carbonation creams up on the palate, with a medium body beneath and some gritty grain tannins. Malts are bit one-dimensional, with a biscuity edge and lots of husky tannins. What stands out the most is the sweetness and the alcohol base, showing spicy and more peppery notes. There's some peach-like fruitiness going on, as well as a light leafy back, while hops come to play with herbal and floral characters here and there. Tannic and dry in the finish.

White Gold definitely defies today's style guidelines, which isn't a bad thing. It's basically a Belgian Tripel meets an American Wheat--it's good, but it could be great if it finished a bit cleaner and offered a bit more depth of malt.

Photo of prototypic
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

White Gold pours a light gold, almost straw color. It’s very hazy. Backlighting brightens things up a bit and gives it more of a true gold look. An incredible, foamy white head tops it. Carbonation looks very active as it stands about four fingers tall. It’s extremely slow to recede. Never completely dissipates. Lacing was very, very thick and sticky. Thick waves cling to the glass as it descends. Looks really good!

The nose is quite good. It’s very earthy, grainy, and musky up front. Wild yeast is easily noted, although it’s not really funky. Light lemon is apparent. Belgian yeast also has a notable presence. It definitely spices things up quite a bit. Pepper seems like the most notable scent. Some grassy notes emerge. Smells like it might be attributable to hops. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended pretty well.

The flavor is impressive. It is earthy and grainy up front. There’s a little malt sweetness there, but earthy notes predominate. It’s definitely musky. Wild yeast doesn’t add a funky flavor, but it’s definitely musky. It’s a nice complement to the grainy notes and tastes good. I like it. Lemon and white grapes round out its fruity side. Belgian yeast is very tasty and brings a really nice spicy flavor to the mix. Pepper and light clove are noted. Grassy, earthy hop notes emerge late and are a nice touch. Alcohol doesn’t seem to be much of a factor. It’s masked well. Finishes earthy, grainy, musky, and spicy.

White Gold has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel rather soft. For a bigger beer, it goes down easily. This one won’t last long.

White Gold is a nice addition to the Excelsior Series. It’s a tasty beer that definitely has more depth and character than you might expect. I wouldn’t fewer bubbles, but that’s my only small complaint. Good stuff. Definitely recommended.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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

A: Pours a pale yellow with a decent head. Head retention is minimal and minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Wheat, earthy, some citrus.

T: Clean and dry. Refreshing yet some body. Subtle hop flavor but mostly dominated by wheat flavor.

M: Light, yet has a bit of body.

O: Good brew for summer.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just read my review of the beer on draft, which I had down the street at my local. I'm still surprised to hear that it was referred to as a sour but it is a very interesting beer that I'm not sure how i'd classify it.

American Pale Wheat Ale would work a little better if it was American Pale Wheat Strong Ale. Almost like a wheaty Duvel. I like this beer a lot. Very pale colored beer and head. Very frothy head...all like Duvel. Flavor is also very belgiany (maybe from the wheat more than the yeast) but this beer is very good. I'll get it again.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a bright yellow gold color that is crisp and clear looking. Quite bubbly with thin lacing and little to no carbonation.

S - Sweet and sour white grapes, big time aroma. Reminds me more of a Pinot Grigio, vinegar, and sour apples. Smell is very crisp.

T - Very tart, sour, large amounts of sweet and sour white grapes, pears, vinegarized cider, light crackery malt. The flavor has little to no malt taste with dominating white sweet and sour grape, apple, and pear flavoring. This is the Pinot Grigio of beers (if that's even a fair comparison) Has some overripe pineapple and light herbelness with a fresh floral finish. Leaves a pungent, very ripe and tart, white wine aftertaste. The The aftertaste leaves a dry finish that makes your mouth pucker and water simultaneously.

M - Finishes semi-dry, light body, crisp and champagne-like carbonation finish.

D - An easy (5), need I say more? Of the Ithaca brews I've had, this one ranks among the best they've ever brewed.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch E!008...Been looking to purchase this beer for a long time and finally bought it! Was super excited to try this. 750 ml bottle poured into my La Chouffe chalice

A-Beautiful, perfect appearance. Just what one would expect for a brew influenced by the witbier. Very cloudy, nearly opaque straw yellow body. Pours with a healthy 2-3 finger foamy white head that eventually fades to about 1 finger and has perfect retention leaving plenty of lacing behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the cloudiness is dynamic with minimal yeast sediment and the cloudiness whirling throughout the brew.

S- The nose is somewhat mild and generates more wheaty,grainy characteristics than anything else. There is a slight mustiness and earthiness to this wheat and a hint of phenols as well...but the spiciness is well hidden in the background underneath all of this.

T- Flavor is much like the aroma. Upfront is pretty mild and offers a slight peppery presence but the main character is a bready flavor that offers some earthy characters. Some soft hops come through for the finish as well as the slightest hint of phenols-but the bready yeast comes through more.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a light, somewhat thin, but pretty smooth, yeasty body.

D-This is a pretty good brew that is easy to drink. It drinks like a typical, sessionable wheat beer-so the ABV is very sneaky. This has a much milder, less exciting character than many of this style but is still a pretty good beer-actually-I split this with my mom and she loved it. Its a great, classic wheat beer that doesn't get wild or crazy in anyway except for ABV.

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a 3” pure white foam cap that slowly descends to a 1” thick rocky foam that produces ledges of lace.
S: citrus, lemony, funky Belgian yeast, wheat, almost a hint of rye.
T: Very lemony with some light baguette in the background and finishes with a shot of hop. Very refined, after the little hop on the finish, there are long lingering lemony biscuity flavors. Develops more flavor as it warms. Yeast driven but an excellent balance between the yeast, the fruit, the malt and the grains. Finishes bone dry.
F: Very creamy, soft carbonation, rich texture. Medium body.
O: With this beer the brewer gives a lesson in how to handle yeast.

Photo of harrymel
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.09/5  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.

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

Cellar temp bottle poured into a weizen glass. the beer pours mostly bright clear gold in color with some chunky white particles at the end of the pour. Thin tightly packed, creamy bleached white head foams up and remains as a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is citrusy lemon and wheat breadiness but also a bit of grassy hops.
First sip reveals a surprisingly light and refreshing body for an 8% abv brew. Flavor is sweet malt with some twangy wheat and light citrus notes. A little bit of general fruitiness.
No hint of ABV and the hops have disappeared as well.
A very drinkable and refreshing beer for a warm June day!

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca- White Gold (Excelsior)

Thanks to charlesw(Charles) for this big bottle!

A- Bright, somewhat cloudy, yellow with a huge frothy white head.
S- Big sweet fruits like grape, lemon, orange rind, and nectarine. Fresh cut grass hops.
T- Sweet lemony malt up front with dried fruits in the center. Hints or orange, lemon, and peach. Cut grass/ earthy hops and hay/ straw come through in the end.
M- Sweet and fruity in the first half slowly changing into a drier finish. Slight alc. and malty lacing in the end.

Overall- A huge (25ozer?) bottle that got sucked down quickly. Easily drinkable, light but tasty! Enjoyed this 1!(Thanks Charles!)

Photo of DIM
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a hazy, bright golden color. It started foaming over as soon as I pried off the cap, so the pour was about half foam.

Lots of prickly Brett character in the nose; hay and cracked pepper with a touch of funk. Kind of a one dimensional Brett showcase on the palate as well. Heavy horse blanket, clove, and pepper all but overwhelmed the light pear flavor. I couldn't find any hop or wheat characteristics. The mouthfeel was light and airy while at the same time stinging the tongue in a a good way. I liked this well enough overall, but I'm glad I split this one.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow body with lots of fairly large floaties. Big, fluffy white head with lots of retention and some lacing. A great looking beer.

Lots of fruits and some biscuity yeast in the nose. A little bit of grassy hops.

Lots of fruits in this beer. Very sweet mandarin orange, apricot. Lots of wheat twang. A little boozy. Some biscuity malt. Taste like a strong belgian pale as much as an American Pale Wheat Ale.

A slighty boozy, creamy mouthfeel. Just average drinkability. Decent beer.

Photo of mcallister
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical belgian white light pissy colored with clouds hazing things and a raspy fluffy white head. The low score is for the nasty chunks of odd colors in this beer. Normally these things don't bug me but these are pretty nasty.

Yeasty with very grassy hops. Lemongrass, orange peel, a bit of licorice and other odd phenols.

Good beer nothing overly exciting. Pretty drinkable. Not overly complex with more lemongrass and a decent hop character. Moderate carbonation very grassy and earthy with some pitted fruits.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, E!012. Thanks to whichever BA brought this to the September tasting in Austin.

Cloudy goldenrod body with a creme-colored head. Fat bubbles quickly settle to a thin veil of foam. The aroma is quite simple given all that's gone into this beer--light wheat from the malts and a kiss of floral hops. A touch of funky earth and tartness suggests wild yeast, but Ithaca can do better (e.g., LeBleu, Brute, Old Habit Batch E!017).

The flavor takes the tartness up a notch, with a juicy, funky blast of orange peel and dry Brett. Wheat gets kicked aside, but manages to add a tasty balance of bread crust to the mix. White Gold finishes with a bone dry crispness--body is thin and well-carbonated. Overall, a unique beer to say the least, but probably not something I'd want to have again. Worth a try...

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of crisp slightly creamy slightly rocky pure white head... Awesome retention that lasts througout... Bursting at the seams with swirling moderate-to-quick paced carbonation... The color is lemony golden yellow... An ever so slight haziness... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Sweet lemon... Grassy... Wheat... Some moderate yeasty notes... A bit musky... A very muted spice component... Perhaps even a bit of bubblegum...

T - Sweet candied lemon... A touch of vinegar... Pear... Apples from a canned fruit salad... Some wheat notes... A slight touch of spiciness... A slight hopiness rises on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Sticky... A surprising bit of tartness... Slightly creamy to start... Not much in the way of carbonation...

D - Starts of strong in terms of appearance and smell, but quickly works its way back to average... The taste is a bit of a muttled mess with some nice things going on but no clarity... The mouthfeel is also a bit odd as well... Overall the sum doesn't equal the parts... An interesting offering, but not one I would either recommend or seek out again...

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle share with psycohops. Poured into a pair of nonic pint glasses. The ale appears a hazed golden yellow color with a good inch or so of pillowy white head. Aromas and flavors are of lemon and orange peel, spicy yeast, a bit tart, toasted wheat, grassy. Crisp and bubbly with just about moderate carbonation. Decent stuff.

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