Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer | Carlow Brewing Company

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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat BeerCurim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy golden color with a thick white head

S - wheat malt with distinct fruity esters not common to a typical wheat which tend to be clovey and/or banana-like but more like an Irish ale

T - wheat malt and fruity esters are prominent with the earthy English-like hop flavor on the finish

M - smooth, medium-light body with high carbonation

D - This is a unique beer to be sure. It's not really an American-style wheat at all, but something distinctly Irish due to the yeast: an interesting taste to be sure. I'd try it again, but not sure I'd seek it out.

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I received this beer as a part of a Beer of the Month Club.

The appearance of the beer is very hazy like a wheat beer should be. The color is between copper and orange.

In terms of the aroma, you can certainly smell the wheat, but the smell of orange zest is much more powerful.

The initial taste is carmely and a bit bitter. In the middle, the taste does not change that much at all, but the bitterness becomes more intense almost to the point of tasting like vinegar. You can taste a hint of the orange zest in the middle. The bitterness lingers on the tongue with a hint of clove as the beer finishes.

The beer is crisp, but not as crisp or as dry as you would expect from a wheat beer. Therefore, it is a bit disappointing in this regard.

Overall, this beer was disappointing, and I cannot reccomend it as a good example of a wheat beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Glen Ellyn Binny's was selling single bottles of this stuff for $1.99 each, so I picked one up. Never heard of this beer or brewery before so I don't know what to expect. 330ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed gold color and made a 1 finger white head that lasted awhile. The lacing was pretty decent.

A pleasant mix of wheat, malt, and ripe bananas make up the smell.

This beer needs a booster shot. There's lots of stuff in here, just not enough of it. I could pick out wheat, malt, bananas, and cloves up front, then the finish is the only place I could detect any hops. It's not bad, it just feels diluted.

Fairly light body with only moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink with no alcohol taste as all.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yellow with an orange hue, and a thin, white head that fades a bit, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is slightly spicey, bready euro malts, with a touch of cinnamon. Some buttery notes as well. Apple and a faint hint of banana.
Taste is slightly spicey malts with some hints of ginger. Malts become buttery towards the finish. Some faint apple and peach notes.
Mouthfeel is watery and fairly flat. Wet on the finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Unimpressive and fairly bland beer, but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had off the tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A-- Has an orangish color with some cloudiness. Some head and little lacing.
S-- Malty scent. I was expecting more wheat.
T-- Has kind of a sour wheat taste. Some vegetable, celery flavor. Malty. Kind of acidic aftertaste. Feels more like a basic lager than a wheat. Meh.

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Photo of JamesS
4.92/5  rDev +54.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great golden dark straw color with a nice haze; fantastic initial head, nice lingering head, excellent lacing, and a nice amount of carbonation. Excellent scent, deep sweet maltiness with wheat tones and a nice banana and clove tone to it. Excellent flavor, very refreshing; wonderful wheat malt flavor with a nice clove and slightly bitter ending. Goes down great, with just a slight heavy burst of bubbles. Excellent beer (although I don't consider it an American wheat; very much a German/Euro style).

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong wheat and citrus. The flavor is corn, wheat and some lemon citrus. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing wrong with this beer, but there is not much going on either. Not one to seek out.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color with a white head.

Not much aroma, a little grassy maybe, but the head continues to last as a ring around the surface.

Nice soft hops with a good, wheaty flavor. Not real impressive though, pretty run-of-the-mill. I've had many better home brewed wheats.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden blond color with a two-finger head into my pint glass. Two-finger head that fades down.

Aroma is full of sweet wheat malt with not much else in the nose. Kind of lackluster.

Taste is grainy, sweet and has some clove. Not much else. Nothing that shouldn't be there.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat/clove. Again, not much to actually detect here.

Feels like they half-assed it here. I've had better things from this brewery and this isn't one of their better offerings.

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Photo of Rayek
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold, with mild carbonation. A dense eggshell cap has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Quite light. A raw barley and dry wheat aroma make up most of the nose. There's a little lemon along to provide balance.

T: Again, quite light. Seems almost APL like initially. The wheat seems to add lightness rather than much flavor. But it is there with a mild unleavened bread taste. Bitterness is low, but balancing. It has a lemon twist to it. There's a little bit of acidity toward the end.

M: The light body is dry and has about the right amount of fizz.

D: This isn't a great wheat beer, but it does go down easy. The light body and low ABV make it a decent session beer.

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Photo of mempath
4.27/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an expected golden cloudy color, but doesn't seem too opaque. nice head, good lacing.

nose is a very fresh, lively sense of yeast and, yes, wheat. crisp. dead of winter, sure, but i bet this will be a treat in the spring and summer. and fall. actually, getting a sense of light CARAMEL. impressive.

taste is both lighter than what the nose suggests, but more complex. easy entry that leads to a (good) sourness.mouthfeel of much carbonation still allows alot of bready character to flow in. very crisp.

a true pub session brew. not particularly irish, but i could weave a knot with this an Guinness all night. maybe tonight if i can get myself out and get some Guinness...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a rather clear golden, nice head with surprisingly good lace.

S: Wheat malt, twinge of acid, pleasant but not substantial.

T: Wheat and some pilsner type bready malt predominately. There's a note of lemon as it warms up. Not offensive, but rather bland.

M: Soft carbonation, smooth, light-bodied for sure, could be refreshing.

D: Just a middle of the road APWA, nothing special about it for me, but you could do worse. Not much to say about it really.

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Photo of SWEET34
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time. O'hara's Irish Red and Stout are great beers so I thought this would be more of the same. Turns out it is not, at all.

Poured from glass into a pint the color isn't quite what I was expecting being a wheat beer. This beer was alot more golden in color and reminded me more of a light lager. The head which wasn't impressive to begin with dissoves rather quickly.

Not much to say about smell because there were only faint sents of wheat. Surprisingly to me the beer didn't taste like much of anything. Kind of flat no real flavors that jump out. Just a really bland no taste beer I thought. It was however easy to drink only because it didn't taste like you were even drinking anything to begin with. Pass on this one try the Irish red or the stout much better beers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What's this, an Irish wheat beer? Who knew I would see such a beer stateside. On to the beer:

The entire 330 ml bottle pours into my Widmer Hefeweizen glass entirely. Big puffy white head sitting on top a color that's a touch darker than pale fool's gold. It looks like caramel coloring was's like looking at ginger ale with head. Average head retention. It smell a little like cider. Apples. A kick of dry cardboard.

Curim Gold feels and tastes empty initially, though some flavor beings to pull through as you let it soak in your mouth. It is a little bit fruity, with a touch of a shredded wheat base. I would like more flavor please. As for mouthfeel, it is very light with a somewhat fuzzy feel inside.

The idea of a Celtic wheat ale is intriguing, but the final result makes me think they should stick with their stouts and red ales. Speaking of stout, when will my local store I bought this from carry this brewery's stout (O'Hara's)?

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Photo of TLove
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into glass tumbler.

Golden-clear with a very thin head and no lacing. Alcohol is pretty moderate and grainy.

Orange, grapefruit, and honey in the smell and granola and a mild hop structure. Almost non-existant malt body with a dry, round finish and moderate combination.

Weak, but well-balanced. Really not much more to say about this. Wasn't a big fan.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was no where near as good as I was hoping. The appearance was great. It had nice golden body that was full of little white bubbles. It had two fingers of head that disappeared relatively quickly. It was a very smooth head though. It has a bread and spice like aroma. It has an adjunct like sweetness cereal like taste. Mildly hoppy. A lot of fizz to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of katan
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark golden color - strong head formation, off white in color. Very well retained. Very clear.

S - Bready and grainy, with a light wheat note combined with a husk astringency. Some yeast notes are present.

T - Starts off with a balanced bready wheat and 2-row malt note - bitterness is pronounced. Mid-stream the grainy note continues. Finishes with the edge grainy note noticed on the smell. Leaves behind a similar aftertaste.

M - Light body on the beer is balanced by a pretty potent carbonation bite. Sits on the tongue with a bitter cling.

D - Very easy to drink - ABV is easy to handle - sessionable. Surprisingly not as much as a summer beer to me - the bready aspects of it could almost be warming.

Not bad at all.

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Photo of BierFan
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Clear golden body with a nice sized off-white head. Decent head retention. Smells more like a pale Euro lager than a wheat ale. Slick and sweet mouthfeel. Seems a little too bland. I really don't know what to make of this beer. It really seems like they just added some wheat malt to a pale lager. Very underwhelming. At least it has high drinkability.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up when my beerstop started carrying it.

Pours a beautiful golden with 3 fingers of solid off-white head. Retention is poor, lacing is minor.

Smells of alcohol and weak grains.

Taste is very sharp and dry. Light wheat blends with cereal grain, mild hop bitterness with some citrus spice.

Mouthfeel is, again, sharp and dry. This could be refreshing if the taste wasn't so weak. Light bodied with way to much carbonation.

Drinkability is low. I finished the beer but I won't drink it again and even with proper pairing I don't think I could enjoy this.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

31.01.10 freshness date on the neck:

Pours bright golden with a big fluffy head that descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat grain with some honey sweetness. A mild, earthy, citric hop presence is there - in a lemony way.

The taste is of a musty, somewhat anisette-like earthy spicing with honey sweetness that weaves in and out. Wheat bread and lemon zest make up the overall character. Sweetness is balanced by a spiced, hoppy, finish.

It is light-bodied, but not watery. Very crisp and refreshingly dry.

It has a fair amount of complexity to it for a light wheat pale. Had a second with lightly breaded chicken and it went very well. Could see this going well with fish (esp. lightly breaded), also.

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Photo of Zorro
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a small white head that disappears.

Smells lightly malty with a slight fruitiness, no hop detected. Near no smell from this beer, not a strength.

Starts out a little sweet with some soda cracker malt flavor. A bit seltzer like with a slight caramel flavor. Just not much taste here.

Mouthfeel is light.

Just really not much beer here, pretty close to seltzer water, not recommended.

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Photo of numinorian
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A a light straw color with an appetizing white foamy head and good sticky lace.

S Good notes of wheat and fruit. a very approachable and straight forward type so far.

T Crisp and clean with slight fruit accents. A good wheat flavor, finishing fairly dry.

MF A good crisp summertime drink. Smooth and full.

Drinkability is very good. A great beer to relax with and drink all night.

This beer is such a solid wheat that it's hard to just walk past it. Easy going and fairly low in alchahol makes this beer great with a nice pasta or fish meal, but also great to drink by itself as you sit on the couch and watch TV on a week night.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Straw-amber in color, with white head and decent lace.

Smell- Dry cereal grain, wheat, slight fruity sweetness.

Taste- Fairly dry crispness, lots of cereal grain, wheat, some hoppy bitterness brings about a decent balance. Clean and fairly refreshing.

Mouthfeel- light-medium body, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability- Refreshing, maybe a decent session beer if not for the pretty strong dryness. I'm glad I tried it, but doubt I'll pick it up again.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored beer with a slow fading head.Aroma has a faint lemony zest.Taste is lemons and caramel.Overall pretty good although it's nothing that's going to blow you away.I think this deserves to be tried at least once.This is probably something that I would buy again in the future!!

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Photo of zeff80
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a fizzy, clear golden-yellow color with a fizzy, bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, grains and light caramel.

T - It tasted of grains, some wheat and a light spiciness. It really tasted like a German Pilsener.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied ale.

D - This just didn't taste right for a wheat ale. As I said earlier it really tasted like a pilsener.

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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer from Carlow Brewing Company
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