Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer | Carlow Brewing Company

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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat BeerCurim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company
Ireland
carlowbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by canadianbarman on 08-08-2002

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128
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Avg:
3.18
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
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Photo of xnicknj
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a fairly thin head leaving patchy lacing along the glass.

S - Toasted grain, biscuit, slightly sweet wheat and malt.

T - There's definitely some wheat touches towards the beginning, before tumbling into a slightly odd sweetness which seems to last throughout most of the beer. Hints of grain and bread are present, but a near caramel and honey sweet flavor threw me off. Attempts to finish clean but an almost steely "macro" hint keeps flashing through.

M - Lighter body, some dryness, higher carbonation.

D - Light abv and pretty smooth feel, but not very tasty.

Eh, this was okay...it had some tendencies which reminded me of macro wheat beers which was a turn off.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.26/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude, Galway, Ireland, on September 17th, 2010. Pours a clear orange-gold colour with a three finger head that dies to next-to-nothing in a minute and a half. The head is of mild thickness but little cream.

Smell: A nasty scent of foul citrus. There's something wrong here. A bit of a hoppy smell comes through, but barely. I'm hesitant to try this beer.

Taste: A lopsided body with a lackluster finish. All of the flavor hits the tongue towards the back. Complete lack of balance. The note that is there isn't horrible, kind of an off piney/citrus taste, like a recently spoiled orange bled into wheat.

Mouthfeel: Unbalanced and wet until the finish. There is a bit of nice crispness at the end of each sip, which I'd like to see extended into the remainder of the beer.

As a wheat beer, this fails. I like the idea of a wheat beer hybridized with a crisp hint of fruit, but it just isn't working as it is. Steer clear of this one if you're after a good wheat beer. I won't be having another.

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Photo of chaz01
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from beer of the month club poured into a 16 ounce pint glass.

A: Clear golden color, average white head recedes quickly.

S: A little lemony zest mixed with some grassy wheat notes. BOMC review suggest this has a hint of tequila, and I can definitely pick this up after another whiff.

T: A bit lemony tart flavors dominates the flavor along with some butterscotch. Not much in hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied and not a lot of carbonation and with a little bit of a lemony tart aftertaste/finish.

D: Somewhat light and refreshing beer, easy to drink. Nice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 7/17/2010 -poured into a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Weizen glass - 11.2 Fl. oz./ 330ml -capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a rich gold with a thick, white head. Some lacing is apparent.

Smell: Sweet bready malt, grain, butterscotch, butter toffee, and honey.

Taste: Butterscotch, toffee, a very mild banana flavor, bready malt, honey, with a hint of pepper. This beer leaves a crisp, fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. A very light body and somewhat watery on the palate.

Drinkability: Drinkable and somewhat refreshing, but not a standout for me.

Comments: A Beer of the Month selection. Overall an average beer with a unique Celtic character reminiscent of the Williams Brothers Brewery line.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a Weizen glass. Golden bronze in color. Thick 2 finger head.

S - Lots of wheat with some sour banana coming through. Apple cider, and some bubblegum yeast. Big flavors in the nose department.

T - Sweet strange yeast, apple cider, sour wheat, peach tea, butterscotch, buttery towards the end.

M - Thin, flat, low carbonation, watered down.

This is different. I loved the smell of this beer. I also loved the flavors, but something left me wanting more after every drink, like something was missing. It was creamy but very thin, if that makes any sense. Almost like drinking juice. It's worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a clear golden color with 2 inches fluffy white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, yeast, sweet fruity malts, and grain.

t - Tastes of grain, bready malts, and yeast. Little bit metalic.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - Ok but not a great beer. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Curim Gold is a clear golden ale with a thin, dense white head that leaves very nice lacing. The faint aroma is fruity, tart and grainy with a sweet hint of honey. It's medium-light bodied and pretty scratchy in the mouth. The finish is quick and the tongue is left pretty ragged. It's not sweet, nor dry. It's a tart and fruity affair-- lemony and light, but not stingy on flavor. A fruit tea aftertaste lingers. This is actually quite refreshing. It's a bummer about the mouthfeel.

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Photo of dtivp
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden amber and a small white head with little retention.
Aroma of wheat and barley.
Taste of wheat and a slight sweetness of fruit and then ends with some bitterness.
Very light body with slight carbonation, very thin.
Not an impressive wheat beer, the Irish do much better with their stouts.

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

A - Pours up a hazy golden amber with a rocky white head

S - Some sweet malt, but dominated by the "imported" smell.

T - Defintely imported. Tastes old. Slightly sweet with no hops.

M - A little thin and watery

D - Once you get past that import taste, it's okay. A nice session beer. But it's a lot to get over.

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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 added....it'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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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer from Carlow Brewing Company
3.18 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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