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

Worthington's White ShieldWorthington's White Shield
BA SCORE
3.73/5
259 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,263
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
259
pDev:
12.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found on tap in our Cardiff hotel.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and possibly other books to come.)

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Photo of TGS
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bottle, pours a clear amber with a beige head. Aroma caramel, citrus fruits, malt, floral notes. Taste caramel, malt, citrus, earthy, biscuit. Very nice.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from ramstein Britshop.Towering fluffy head on amber body. Tastes like a typical English ale, nice mellow bitterness with a lingering aftertaste. A decent British offering

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Photo of poskok
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sporklift87
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 5_02_2009.

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Photo of Zippo999
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fr0wn3r
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wretchedabyss
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Dennis-King
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have drank this beer over many years. As a home brewer for many years I would buy a 2 bottles of white shield to capture the yeast, it is bottle conditioned, to use in my brewing. Unfortunately they don't use the primary yeast these days so don't bother. It is still a damned fine beer full of character. It has been said this is the only surviving original IPA. but don't expect a hop monster. The definition of an IPA is a lot different now.

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Photo of emincems
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 coopdog1000
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsander
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Charmaine
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected more from this beer with the accolades/approval of CAMRA on the bottle but still found it enjoyable. Tasted better the next day. May not have been completely settled on the first pour.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of canucklehead
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but the hops in this one are definitely overpowered by earth and malt qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Igormatos
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ludachris
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

There's a slight haze to its copper amber hued body. A low level of carbonation is visible when the glass is held to the light. Two fingers of rocky cream coloured head leaves sheets of lace as it recedes.

Underwhelming at first. Quite malt forward with sweet apple, tart apple skin and some caramel sweetness coming through most prominently. A touch of lemon plays off its subtle tartness. A little leafy and a little earthy.

Its level of bitterness takes me by surprise. It comes across as more of a raw grainy, metallic bitterness as opposed to a hop driven one. The more I think metallic the more pronounced it becomes. As it nears the finish it turns more leafy with a bit of pine.

The body sits between light and medium. Its low level of carbonation and streak of creaminess makes it more palatable. The finish is quick and dry.

As much as I do enjoy English IPA's, this wasn't for me. I found its hop character underwhelming and almost off putting. With the best before date April 16th, I don't think freshness is an issue. Perhaps I set the bar in my mind too high with the CAMRA award on the label. I wouldn't pick this up again but to each their own.

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Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 259 ratings
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