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

BA SCORE
85
very good
257 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
257
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of emincems
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GerryPendry
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

 620 characters

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

 284 characters

Photo of coopdog1000
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsander
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Charmaine
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

 195 characters

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of canucklehead
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

 689 characters

Photo of Mlkluther
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Igormatos
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ludachris
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

 1,167 characters

Photo of ZachT
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

 1,600 characters

Photo of BogAl
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Wer34truh
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KStark
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Stillyman11
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Wajohnst
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Worthington's White Shield from Museum Brewing Company / White Shield Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.