Worthington's White Shield | Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery

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3.73/5
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Worthington's White ShieldWorthington's White Shield
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004

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#28,098
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
260
pDev:
12.87%
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Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I hope I feel like sacking jerusalem after having this...

eyes...
golden brown with a furious torrent of bubble action, the head is massive to start, cuts itself in half in a minute but then maintains, a beautiful cascade of perfectly cloned microbubbles on the sides with a mushroom of marshmellow in the middle floating like some sort of quasi-island, clear on this pour throughout in terms of clarity, pretty nice lookin' lot

nose...
musty green hops, some tangy yeast, slight bits of lemon, an almost sea breeze quality to it, pretty straight forward and such

taste etc...
musty dry brit hops, almost has a dusty stale taste (but not unpleasant), when taking a nice swig with the fresh head this is much more appealing, it gives it more mouthfeel that way, the hops are not very bitter, the malts are the right sweetness... but nothing really is satisfying me here to any great length. this is not crap or anything, it is just pretty standard fare, the carbonation is very good though, it seems to really fit the bill for a nice pint at the bar.

verdict?
no wonder the french killed the order... this beer is OK, nothing special, nothing bad, I wouldn't turn it down on tap but I certainly will not be launching 3 journeys into enemy lands for it...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Strange that the label indicates that the license for this brew in Canada is held by the Six Pints Specialty Brew Company, of Toronto, Ontario, which is in all actuality the so-called craft brewing arm of MolsonCoors.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and slightly creamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky and sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, edgy apple and pear skin fruitiness, a mild hard water flintiness, and tame earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is gritty, somewhat sour grainy and bready malt, overripe drupe fruit, a touch of tart lemon and orange citrus, more flinty, stoney notes, and weak leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather pervasive in its tightly rendered frothiness, with the odd fizzy flareup, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and so-so in the ways of the smoothness, as either the hard water or the not so hard hops takes an unshowered dip in this pool. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the waning bready malt flailing, while those recent interlopers from the mouthfeel start to run rampant (but in a respectful English manner, right?)

While this may lay claim to original IPA sin, which very well could be true, it matters little, when so many others have passed them on by in the time since. Yeah, the hoppiness here is more acrid and disjointed, instead of integrated and tantalizingly bitter, so I'm hardly emboldened to seek this out on cask, or any other format, really.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.93/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worthington’s White Shield has an extremely thick, off-white head with a frothiness that is more pronounced than pretty much any other beer in existence, a hazy, golden appearance, and very heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of a most rich, sweet, fruity, bready, mildly citrusy, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. Taste is of creamy, sweet, sugary, wedding cake, light fruit, white bread, bread crust, nougat, light vanilla, barley malt, and pleasant, perfectly-placed hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat slick, and Worhtington’s White Shield finishes semi-dry, refreshing, eminently drinkable, and near perfect. This is a tour-DE-force from Molson-Coors, and one of this world’s truly great beers. The worst that one can say about this beer is that it is outstanding in almost every way! This is an absolute must!

RJT

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Photo of agleas1
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can you say about the original IPA. This is what all brewers should be striving for...a hop bomb can be fun for a minute but over time, balance will take the day! Thank goodness this classic beer has survived. So great to see it over here in the States!

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Photo of Lukie
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep musty orange with a firm head that dissipitated to a nice layer on top. Appealing to say the least.

Smells of orange, citrus lemon, mandarin, typical hoppy fruit aromas.

Taste is fantastic. A perfect taste of English IPA as you can get. Full fruity hop characters, nice and juicy, with a nice malt backing, honey flavours, almost tarty finish. Superb.

It is well carbonated, and not too heavy. I could drink this all night with ease, with a beautiful balance of hop and malt.

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Photo of acevenom
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours deep, hazy copper with a thick, creamy off-white head that retreats very slowly and retains well throughout consumption. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in this beer. Some lacing is left behind on the glass during consumption. There are aromas of brown bread and toffee. I also detect some floral and citrus notes along with the English yeast. The first sip brings that brown bread and toffee, but the toffee notes aren't too sweet. I get the citrus and some nice back end hop bitterness that isn't too bitter and the English yeast comes through pretty well. It has that unmistakable Burton ale flavor with a good mineral quality. The long lasting head actually adds a bit of creaminess that I'm just not used to when I take a sip of this beer. The flavors are wonderfully well-balanced. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and smooth. This is a highly drinkable beer. This is an excellent beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of Offa
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a wonderful English IPA, bottle conditioned, bright and complex.

Pale copper, it has a huge pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin rocky top, rich frothy lace.

Aroma is spicy herbs, caramelised barely, mineral, dough, wood (cedary).

Taste is light and lively but slightly oily feel, strong hop character - woody (cedar, eucalyptus), herbal, mightly medicinal and almost minty, all with gently dominant and engaging zesty bitterness balanced with light sweetness of caremlised bread crust underneath, light mineral and sulphur. The character and feel are complex, engaging, bright.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GerryPendry
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear amber, most of the thick, creamy head dissipates quickly but a little lingers throughout. Bready/fruity (orange?) aroma is mirrored by the taste, which is perfectly offset by an earthy, slightly spicy and herbal hop bitterness. Nice medium mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish. An excellent Britsh IPA, I'm glad Coors is leaving this alone. Will be appreciated by those who know a classsic IPA doesn't have to hit you over head with a hop hammer. The two beers are certainly different, but White Shield reminds me of what Bass was like a few decades ago when I discovered British ales. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ChaseBacon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of OompaMentor
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant dark amber with a frothy, sudsy 3” cream colored persistent, clingy foam collar.
S: Biscuit and earthy hops, earthy aromas
T: Biscuit, nuts, crisp and dry, fruit, earthy hop finish
F: Very creamy, medium body, medium low carbonation.
O: A very good, refreshing IPA.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. The label features a stylised white shield with a red sword in the centre. Described as bottle conditioned, and the winner of CAMRA's Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2006.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A deep coppery-amber hue with good carbonation and fine visible sediment. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam with good retention; this subsides after a while. Aroma of sweet malt with yeast esters, stewed hops, a whiff of alcohol and the faintest hint of citrus.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, yeasty character and a bitter finish. Notes of yeast esters, stewed hops, subtle burnt grain, a hint of alcohol and a whisper of aromatic citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter malt.

A decent brew, but no champion in my books. It looks great and has a good body, but the aroma is lack-lustre and the flavour just isn't as hoppy or aromatic as I expected. This IPA's reputation preceeds it, and I was hoping for more. Oh well. Worth sampling, but not world-class.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BGDrock
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: fizzy like a soft drink on the pour, big suds the colour of almond flesh; hazy, date coloured body

Aroma: butterscotch, toffee, banana, all malty sweetness; going back to have a sniff after a few minutes drinking, it seems like the aroma is almost gone - what happened? feels flat

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediately feels like a letdown - where has all the warm, rich malt aromas gone? this taste of bread, grain, and is faintly metallic, leading to a not great dry and tinny finish; it is clean, nicely carbonated, and the sharp finish could make it a sessionable beer; it's just lacking depth which may have been magnified after getting excited about the initial scent; it does get better after warming up closer to room temp, bringing forth some sweet malt flavour, but not enough to make it great

Overall: definitely needs to be served at a less cool temperature to have a chance, but it's really not that interesting - not bad, and better than your mass produced beers

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the National Brewery Centre in historic Burton-on-Trent on cask.

Appearance: light amber with golden hues, creamy white head, good clarity

Aroma: earthy and a hint of floral hops, phenolic bandaid/plastic whiffs

Taste: nice earthy, floral English ale taste, firm bitter finish, borders between bready and biscuity malt character, long finish

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, smooth creamy texture

Overall Impression: Definitely the ale to drink in Burton. A nice depth of malt flavor that tiptoes between bready and biscuity with firm hop bitterness that lasts into the finish. A fine ale to enjoy on a sunny afternoon or a rainy, cold night.

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Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle enjoyed in Offaly Ireland. Not a hop bomb but if this how old ales tasted the old days we're not too bad

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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 260 ratings