White Gold | Ithaca Beer Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
402 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Continental and U.S. grown hops, and fermented with Belgian, English and Wild yeasts.

Added by BeerTruth on 04-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
402
Reviews:
194
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.88%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
46
For Trade:
2
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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer and the “Excelsior” beer line up. Also listed on the label is its abv (8%) and bottle number (E!015).

Appearance: The body has a glowing, deep yellow/orange color with a light haze and some fine yeast sediment. It built up a tall billowy head of foam that has great retention and makes for a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma hit me (in a good way) right from the pop of the cork. Pouring it into the glass I get loads of tangy wheat and yeast with tart green apple and pear like fruity notes. Hop note are there but very faint.

Taste/Palate: There are plenty of wonderful wheaty and yeasty notes within its solid medium to full body. It starts with a good base of wheaty maltiness with a just a slight touch citrusy lemon like tartness. From there it adds notes of white wine like grapes, a touch of dry alcohol, tart green apples, pear and some funky/sour dough like yeast. The finish has a dry hop spice character with a touch of citrus hops as well. It feels well carbonated and lively making it very drinkable.

Notes: Ithaca is bringing there A game with this wonderfully complex and very satisfying Belgian influenced Ale. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes American, Belgian, or German wheat ales.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and loads of lacing. Aroma consists of Brett and light sour notes with light dry floral ester. Taste is a complex mix between some nice wheat malt with loads of floral notes and some sour and light funky yeast from the Brett yeast strain. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This really hits a bunch of stuff I like in beers, i.e. wheat malt, dry hoppy notes and Brett. I would love to have access tot his on a regular basis.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!031, 750ml, poured into widemouth Orval glass.

Pours with a very short, and short-lasting head over a cloudy golden body w/out much carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Smells like Spring. Aromas are tart and lemony, accompanied by white grape skins and a healthy amount of wheat malt. Extremely inviting - it just pulls you right in.

Flavor is like no other beer in this category... quite tart, yet with a balanced sweetness - much like a well done lemon meringue pie. Fresh citrusy hops, and maybe a touch of minty herbal quality. Mouthfeel starts juicy and ends plenty dry - leaving this as an incredibly drinkable beer. Moderate carbonation - probably a little high for the style. Would never expect this to be 8% ABV. Tartness only becomes puckering if you take a large mouthfill.

Overall, this is a really well crafted beer, and as I mentioned, like absolutely nothing else in this category that I've tried... I'd almost consider this an American Wild Ale, and try to match it up against some of those great ones.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light urine body, big bubbles.

Strong wheat character, light wine nature. Little bit of bubblegum. Quick bursts, flies out before I knew it.

Opens a light tartness, some low bittering, grainy flavors, finish oxidized hops. The wheat is easily identifiable. The light acetic character complicates things but still easily seen. Like a Berliner Weiss.

Light body, great carbonation, sticky hops.

This beer is surprisingly great.

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Photo of jumpincrackbass
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jascott2112
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of wonothesane42
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of essjay
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jclaydev
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a 3” pure white foam cap that slowly descends to a 1” thick rocky foam that produces ledges of lace.
S: citrus, lemony, funky Belgian yeast, wheat, almost a hint of rye.
T: Very lemony with some light baguette in the background and finishes with a shot of hop. Very refined, after the little hop on the finish, there are long lingering lemony biscuity flavors. Develops more flavor as it warms. Yeast driven but an excellent balance between the yeast, the fruit, the malt and the grains. Finishes bone dry.
F: Very creamy, soft carbonation, rich texture. Medium body.
O: With this beer the brewer gives a lesson in how to handle yeast.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to Geist for pulling this out the other night at a tasting. I've wanted to try this one for awhile never but had never gotten around to acquiring one. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a nice mildly-hazed golden-straw color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Didn't really last long enough in my glass to appreciate how long the collar would last.

Nose carries great complexity with underlying notes of bready, biscuity malt and wheat combining to serve as a great base for notes of lemon, stone fruits, and plenty of citrus zest. A bit of spice in there as well. Flavor hits the same levels with the hops and yeast out front, though more so the hops. Good malt backing -- it's there providing depth and body but not too much flavor. The hops shine and fruit abounds. Really, really solid. Light, crisp body and a nice soothing bitterness throughout.

In short, each sip makes me want another even more. Well done, Ithaca, well done.

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Photo of Kevuas
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 740 mL bottle on a hunch that something called "white cold" would be in-line with some of the beer styles that I like. And I was not wrong! I've been wrong in the past, but this time I got lucky :) I'm a big fan of GOOD wheat beers (I can't stand weak ones) so it's a love/hate for me where wheats are concerned. And a pleasant bonus is the ABV in this beer

The beer pours a nice golden hue with a small head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing and a nice cloudy wheat opaque-ness.

Not many bad things to say about this beer, and it's definitely a high-quality wheat. Above average in terms of taste and drinkability, with no empty aftertaste that some wheats can cause. I was very satisfied with the mouthfeel and flavor- not too strong not too light.

I would rank this up there with some of my other favorites, Franciscaner and Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice yellow color with a light golden hue, pours a very generous amount of head that is pure white and very fluffy, head lingers for an incredibly long amount of time, pours nicely hazed with a solid amount of carbonation bubbles, leaves a ton of white lacing on the glass which makes it look like its covered in soap suds
S: great scent, nice bright wheat scent, baking bread and caramelized sugar, very nice scent
T: slight clove taste, roasted banana peals? very bright and refreshing, lemons?
M: intense carbonation tingle in the beginning and fizzy through and through, backs off with a bit of brightening briskness on the palate
O: really enjoy this brew, smooth, complex, nicely drinkable and yet feels very classy, loved it

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of froth white head which gave off extreme amounts of lacing. head dissipation was very slow and even. the smell? well, as funky as brett gets really.. this is one of the most brett forward beers i've smelled.. funky wet hay for sure, manure even, dare i say it.. jasmine flowers, smells pretty damn awesome honestly. very tart in flavor, citrusy lemon peel, with a peppery kick, a skunky barnyard taste that refuses to leave the palate.. the grain bill is hard to figure out as most of the flavors come from the yeast.. there is a very bready characteristic to this. some coriander perhaps.
a medium body beer with a decent amount of carbonation. this is a fantastic beer, and i am honestly shocked at the rating on it.. it's not even a 4? really... this is almost a 5 in my book, and this is coming from a dude who's had a LOT of beers.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cap. batch# E!008

tasted in late april/early may 2009. poured into shaped pint glass.

golden honey color. gem clear pours at first, but with the yeast swirled in later, it's very hazy and full of chunks and floaters, although they do quickly settle at the bottom of the glass. fluffy, 2-finger head forms even w/o the yeast swirled in. eventually this fades to just wisps and ring. continuous curtain of lace.

aroma: fruity esters of apple, pear and a hint of banana. hints of lemon, citrus zest, floral herbs, touch of spice, hay, bready malts and yeastiness, all matched with a nice noticeable yet "clean" brett-like funk.

taste: starts out with similar fruitiness, then quickly dries out with crisp yet mild acidity, bitterness and leathery/woody brett character. more dried citrus peel and spice, all with underlying bread and malt.

light to medium body, quite smooth with just touch of astringency in the finish, drying things out. refreshing, tingly, moderate carbonation.

quite interesting.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door for their Ithaca night, in a wide mouthed glass.

Hazy haystack yellow with some white gold intertwined, I wish I had my pinky ring to compare. A decent sized bubbly vanilla white froth on top before depleating, aww shucks. No lacing and it's impossible to see through.

White gold went through alot of odor changes in a short amount of time. Cold, there is a barley/wheat mix going on. In the middle the hops come into play giving earth. Close to room temp at the end lemon and oranges burst with zest.

This is a great APWA. It has so much going for it. Malted barley and a big dosing of wheat up front that does not stick around. Some hops giving some leafy, earth like taste mixing nice with the wheat. In the middle citrus with lemons and oranges. After some time some bready yeast with some barnyard attributes. Kinda Berliner Weisse like.

A medium bodied beer with a good amount of carb coming from the tap. WG comes off crisp in the beginning before it warms and dies down. I would say the wheat and lemon stay with me the longest, but none of the flavors over welcome their stsy.

This stuff is the tits. I had this before on tap about a year ago to the date of this writing and I like it even more now. I'm not sure if that's due to the keg being a bit older and the yeast kicking in a bit,(supposodly their is some wild yeast in this) but I would kill to have this on tap at my house in the springtime.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of bmwfan1987, thanks Curt! Pours a very clear light gold color with a bubbly, whitish head. Ok retention and nice lace.

Nose is pretty crazy...light fruits with some definite hoppiness and grainy malt. Little edge of bready yeast and mowed grass.

Taste has a nice blend of refreshing wheat and hop flavors mixed with a tart, mild sourness that works perfectly on the palate. Would make for an awesome summertime quencher. Farmhouse-ish, but still maintains a certain bright cleanliness, if that makes any sense. Really nice brew that I would love to have again sometime. I was not sure what to think of this beer upon reading the label, but damn...this was one delicious bottle. A really nice beer Ithaca has here. I am loving the Excelsior series.

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Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour is a hazy straw-gold with a nice white head, good lacing.

Aroma: Wow this is going to be good. Light wheat and malt sents with a light lemon zest, other spices as well - possibly cloves and coriander

Taste: Delicious, light zestiness to it with a nice earth element, maybe some wildflower honey also. Very crsip, refereshing. Good belgian yeastiness without being overpowering for the style.

Mouthfeel: SOmehow has a good body to it while remaining light and crisp, ABV a bit high at 8%

Drinkability: I was sad to see this one go, will need more. Best for this style I have ever had.

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Photo of Johnct
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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