Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer | Carlow Brewing Company

Curim Gold Celtic Wheat BeerCurim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by canadianbarman on 08-08-2002

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of katan
3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
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 -0.3%
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 -8.2%
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 +12.9%
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 -9.8%
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 +24%
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 +9.8%
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 +5.7%
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 -0.3%
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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Photo of bort11
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a pub glass. Near inch of white head, quick to recede and settle to a grayish tint. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Smell is mild husky grain. Hint of lemon grass. Taste is grainy with a citrus hops. Very mild.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Crisp carbonation. However $8 for a four pack is prohibitive from getting more.

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Photo of Tone
2.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. One inch head of a off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of of pale malt, slight lemon aroma, yeast cleanliness, and some small hints of wheat. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale, if not rather poorly. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then a hint of lemon, the wheat is almost unnoticeable, and a slight hop bitterness is present in the finish. Overall, more like a lager than a pale wheat ale, at least in flavor. Not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden straw with an average size, off white head. small patches of sticky lace left behind.

Wheat is barley perceptable in the aroma. I had to double check the lable to make sure.

Flavor is light wheat, bread and spicy hops.
Finish is light and dry.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun-splashed wheat field gold with faded lemon peel borders. The large, polished ivory colored crown is the beer's best feature with respect to appearance. The foam has a considerable amount of character and is starting to leave some lovely looking lace.

There isn't much good to say about the aroma and there isn't much bad either. It's fairly low on power and smells... uh... clean. Just a little untoasted wheatiness and a bit of fruitiness from the hops. Challenger, Mt. Hood and Cascade if you're keeping score.

Curim Gold is an especially grainy version of an Irish pale wheat ale. It's better than pale lagers from the Big 3, but it tastes similar in some respects. Never mind the fact that it's wheat-based and uses ale yeast. When the brewery says 'lightly hopped', they mean it. Any more lightly hopped and it'd be a gruit.

The flavor profile is astoundingly simple: watery grain with a hint of citrus peel. That's it. Carlow Brewing thinks CGCWB has notes of 'peach, banana and plum'. That's laughable, bordering on delusional. As is the 'best by' date of 1-31-10. This stuff will be undrinkable dreck long before then. If you have to drink it, drink it cold.

The mouthfeel is pretty close to watery, but then 4.3% pale wheat ales aren't known for their chewiness. Since the carbonation finds some sort of happy medium, I'll go with an average score.

Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer is a decent alternative to almost any American light lager that you'd care to name. However, it's probably more expensive and is much less widely available. Never seen it? You're not missing anything, believe me.

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Photo of whynot44
3.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber color with a decent white head that doesn't stay around long, although it does manage a bit of lacing.

The aroma is very mild, bread and a trace of dry hay.

The taste is mildly wheat with a carbonic tang and some vague citrus and grassy notes. Strangely, it tastes almost more like a mainline lager than most wheat beer.

Light bodied, very drinkable, fairly crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date. This one is a clear, golden color that is topped by a 11/2 finger white head. The aroma is lightly hopped and like sweet tea and sugared molasses. I detect some aromas that are similar to a macro brew. Nothing real special here. The taste is also lightly hopped, and, has a good blend of sweetness from the ale fermentation. I also detect a small peppery taste too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2001.

Apperance : wheat beer golden color, clear, white foam head not persistent
Smell : wheat, hops, coriander ?
Taste and mouthfeel : spicy, no bitterness
Drinkability : a good refreshing beer in the syle American pale wheat beer

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into an Erdinger Weiss glass.

Pours a pale yellow with a very slight haze. One finger of head, good retention due to the almost violent carbonation that pierces the brew. Fair amount of wet lace. Aroma is lightly floral with a hint of apple and banana, lots of bready, yeasty aroma, and a light vanilla aroma as well. Light hop spiciness as well. Subtle but enjoyable.

Taste is less remarkable. A bit wheaty with some peppery zest at first, light apple juice sweetness and a floral note. Lemon sourness with a VERY light bitterness in the finish. Watered down and very nearly flavourless. It's so subtle that it comes off as boring. Very watery in the mouth as well, extremely light body. Not much in the way of dryness in the finish, but is is a little sour. Carbonation is a lot lower than expected, contributing to the overall watery impression. Sessionable in spades I'm sure, but it's just too uninteresting to make me want another.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: amber color, little carbonation, moderate head settling to thin veil
s: light hoppy & malty aroma
t: malty upfront with sour finish and bearly noticeable wheat presence
m: light body & carbonation, not much going on
d: rather ordinary ale and not a good wheat beer interpretation

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Photo of aussielars
2.51/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice big fluffy and slow-disappearing head. Hazy golden amber in colour. Good effervescence as is typical of this style.

I detect the sweetness of the malt and the tartness that is characteristic of wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is light and not on the same planet as a Schneider, for example.

This beer is very easy to drink. But so is Corona. If I had to pick a wheat beer in which to put a wedge of lemon into, this would be the one.

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Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden orange colour with a large fluffy head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Sweetish wheat malt aroma, vauge spice.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell.
M - Mouthfeel was OK but a little watery. Medium carbonation.
D - Drinkable beer but many tastier wheat beers for the same price or even less.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this many times before both in bottle and on draft. Time for the long overdue review.
This pours a clear amber brew with minimal carbonation and a fairly thin head. Ths smell was of hops and a hint of wet hair!
The taste was much better, not very complex, but a decent lightly hopped ale. Very palatable. Mouthfeel good making this a drinkable beer for a session.

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Photo of tjd25
2.87/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quickly fading dense head on a transparent pale orange color body. The smell is of dry straw with some malty (o'fest) notes and hints of pine and honey. The taste isn't really noticeably wheaty. I found more similarities with the dry character of a German pilsner. Some watery caramel notes aren't really enjoyable. Some seltzer water notes bring some freshness and a sweet and lightly fruity character. Also, surprizingly, hints of wood.The mouthfeel is a bit more consistent than the appearance might make you believe, but it's still nothing really interesting. It leaves an aftertaste in the mouth, mostly a harsh yet not overpronounced bitterness. If all this is due to the "celtic" character, I'd rather just have a wheat beer. An ale that tastes like a lager.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger off-white head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Nose is wheat/whiskey. Light-medium carbonation. Starts sweet and crisp finishes fairly smooth without any noticeable yeast - different for a wheat. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a good head. Interesting aroma, yeasty with some oak, and a whiskey like scent. Flavor follows suit with a little sweet wheat flavor with that oak whiskey flavor in the background. The beer finishes quickly without the wheat after taste I’d expect. This is a great summer beer and a good beer overall. Where do they get that whiskey flavor?

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Photo of cypressbob
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a medium hue yellow body, fairly high levels of carbonation, whispy head which retains for a time

Very clear considering its a wheat beer

Smell is limited, but its yeasty and malty, dry, a little fruit but very minimal, reminds me of an extract brewed czech pilsner i made

Taste is dry and full of malt, doesnt go down easily and is a little dull, it really doesnt make u want another, over carbonated

Overall, really disappointing, this is another example of the theory that only the germans can make a good wheat

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Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 10.2% out of 100 with 128 ratings
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