White Gold | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

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

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Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth because he does what I tell him. This has been sitting in the fridge waiting for the right time to be popped. Tonight is it! Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Batch E!012

Appearance- Pours a very pale yellow with a slight bit of haze and a HUGE 3 plus finger bright white head, even with a gentle pour. The cap remains strong the entire beer as does the thick white collar. Loads and loads of lacing is left behind leaving crazy thick patterns of fluff.
Smell- Quite grainy and malty the wheat is somewhat honey like and slightly earthy. It has that sort of grainy like sweetness that is in some New Glarus brews from there use of corn. Somewhat musty and spicy with slight candied orange like scent from the hops. It's not fruity, just fresh and nice. The yeast is a bit more prominent than I was expecting as well.
Taste- Starts with a rather spicy bang that is smooth and has tinges of something that reminds me of vanilla. Slightly sweet it's a mix of a sort of earthy wheat that is raw and grainy and a doughy sort of malt that adds a bit of smooth caramel. The yeast is somewhat wit like as is the entire beer after the first sip. Some orange peel, candied ginger and even some coriander. The wit idea is quickly forgotten though as the hops are nice and citrusy. Not bitter really, just tart and lemony. The beer really is confusing.
Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy and full the carbonation is very aggressive, yet smooth. The beer isn't exactly dry but it's close.
Drinkability- This brew is a serious change of pace. I really liked it from the first sip and the last sip was pretty damned good too. I'm not sure what else to say about it really! Just plain good stuff, thanks Adam!

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Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice rocky pure white head that quickly dissipated into a sparse cap but left beautiful lacing. The aroma is fruity, a blend of pineapple and green apple, some peppery spice, and a light juicy hop. The taste is subtle but nice. Some tropical fruitness followed by what seems to be yeasty phenols, some wheat malt characteristics. The feel is moderate, almost light, with fizzy carbonation, which makes this damn drinkable. The 8%abv nowhere to be found. This is a beer that is not meant to fit a style. It clearly has some european influence, which I guess makes it a cross between a BPA and an American wheat. Very unique.

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Photo of antilogic
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brew co itself. Ithaca Brew Co has come a long way since I went to school at Cornell...

Pours hazy golden with a white head. Lingers but doesn't lace.

Taste has some citrus (orange, pinnaple, and maybe some white grape) and a hint of spice, with wheat and a fair amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, and refreshing.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/18/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, thick, foamy, creamy white head. Aroma of orange, melon, lots of citrusy goodness. Flavor is quite similar, lots of citrus fruits and a spicy tang in the finish. Very flavorful and tasty. Nice beer.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow, with a massive puffy head. Lots of champagne bubbles floating up. Very clear; appropriate for style. Leaves a frothy lace.

Typical wheat aroma, only a mild spice. Slight fruit of lemon, orange peel, even green apple. The malts are very estery and crystalline.

The taste is sour apple with a wheaty base. Franco-Belgian, sweet and spicy alike. Pineapple. Minor leafy hop. Pale malts mix with the wheat "twang." Sour at the end, like sour apples.

The mouth experiences a frothy thickness on the tongue. Bubbly yet creamy. It's sweet and quite drinkable. A hint of sourness, but lots of tree fruits to balance it out.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given my normal antipathy toward Ithaca, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

Pours a clear yellow with a thin head and slight lacing. The aroma is persimmony, with the familiar sting of Pilsener malt with maybe a little floral hops in there somewhere. The flavor is sweet, pineapply, with a hint of white grape. It has a wheaty finish with a thin but refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ppours a hazy, pale yellow color, with a nice white head. In the aroma, corriander, orange peel, and nice wheat notes. In the taste, corriander, orange peel dryness, earthy, and a cinnamon like end. A small, spicey bite with a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a dry corriander and cinnamon like aftertaste. Quite dry, and nice spices, not to shabby.

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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle -- Bottle #963, released April 2007. Purchased in Buffalo area, July 2007. Consumed November 15, 2008 after about 15 months in the cellar. . . .

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip, the body is clear, honey-golden in color with a 1-finger white head. Some splotches of lace stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet and wheat -- ripe apples with a hint of spice. Also some underlying earthy funkiness, presumably from the Belgian yeast.

T: Clean and crisp -- there's definitely a wheaty twangy-ness to it on top of the fruity malt. Also a hint of spice -- maybe white pepper? -- and a slightly herbal bite to it. Finishes nice and dry, however, with no real evidence of the 8% ABV.

M: Light, but not thin or watery at all. Creamy and with good carbonation.

D: Very good.

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Photo of tayner
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, batch E!005

golden yellow, white frothy head, good lacing, lots of active carbonation

smell is a bit of bready belgian yeast, spicy hops, and abit of husky wheat

upfront I get sweet american hops, then a bready belgian yeast, overall flavors are a bit muted but well balanced... like a blend of belgian american wheat

perfect carbonation for mouthfeel, maybe a bit dry, but midpalate is creamy

drinkable for a wheat beer since wheats are not my favorite style. having it meshed with an american ale (which I would swear had some belgian yeast in it as well) made it drinkable. would pair well with a garlic and olive oil pasta pretty nicely.

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Photo of hero27
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Batch# E!005 (did they have an error in their Excel spreadsheet or what..?) anyways...onto the beer..

Part of a ridiculous BIF package from IBUnit63..thanks again!

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with an amazingly fluffy head of foam..looks great.
mellow aroma of grassy wheat, pale malts, coriander, and assorted spices.
The flavor definitely has a Belgian-flair with the addition of European yeast..zesty, herbal hops mix with the gritty toasted malt well..the spiciness plays a big role, yet is relatively restrained overall. yeah, this certainly tastes like a belgian wheat to me..good stuff.
Mouthfeel is light & refreshing, and the wheat texture adds another element to the enjoyment. Carbonation is just about perfect.

You may not think an American-made/Belgian-inspired wheat beer would be too incredibly unique..but this brew is really well made & hits the mark amazingly well.
A winner from Ithaca Brewing Company

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Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Batch E!005

Thanks goes out to Lum and BeerTruth for both sending me a bottle of this, thanks a lot guys! This big wheat beer fills my snifter with a hazy bright golden liquid. Carbonation bursts to the surface from a few areas along the glass. A clean white head of two fingers grew on the pour and became creamy as it settled to a thin cap and thick collar. Each drink leaves behind thick drink lines and patchy lacing.

The aroma is somewhat subtle and I really enjoy it for that reason. Notes of dusty yeast take this brew over and lead the way along with faint hints of sour milk (from the wheat) and dried pineapple. There's also a lot of spice complexity in the nose with white pepper, ginger and clove in that order of intensity. Citrus comes through ghost-like in the background as well. The aroma on this beer is deep and seemingly never ending.

A big wheat twang right upfront lays down the rich foundation for this beer. The dried pineapple and spiciness come across mid-palate. The same spices flash across the tongue that showed themselves in the nose. Wheat brings a touch of sourness that adds depth to the overall character of the beer. Candied orange peel and sugared grapefruit bring up the rear and even add a quick flash of bitterness. The flavor of this beer changes and is ever evolving as this beer opens up.

The mouthfeel on this beer is right where it should be. The moderate body leans toward the heavier side with a velvety smooth carbonation. There seems to be a little residue left from the wheat that, when combined with the dry finish, tweaks the tongue slightly.

This beer goes down incredibly easy considering the abv. As a matter of fact this 750 was gone before I had the chance to finish writing this review.

The spices and esters are kept in check enough to make this one excellent wheat beer. The complexity is huge and the flavors are stacked on top of each other perfectly. Thanks for the bottles Paul and Adam!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold with one inch head of white fluff. A slow retreat revealed some stringy lacework and a solid skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with ripe fruit, light bubblegum and cloves, yeast-dusted dough, and a hint of lemon.
A blend of peaches, bannana, mangoe, apricot, and yeasty esters.
Some faint pineapple skins and sugared orange segments round out the nose.

On the light side of medium bodied and creamy. A very rounded, soft mouthfeel indeed.

Tropical fruit, light malt, and clovey overtones start the palate. Peach fuzz, pineapple skins, and dried apricots mingle with twist of lemon zest, fresh cut hay, and peppery spice.

Finishes with soft fruit overtones, light malt, and yeasty goodness.

Very much Belgian in character, with light notes of Brett starting to come forward.
With cellaring the brett should step forward, but the fresh and fruity character will fade.

This one is damn tasty and way under the radar peeps!

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Gold pours a clear honey colored yellow with a half inch ecru colored head. Plenty of lively bubbles can be seen running to the top of the liquid.

Smells lightly of must, orange, coriander, lemon, wheat, and candied sugars.

Light and effervescent tasting. Lemon and spice come through more emphatically than in the nose. Midway through there is a growing candied sugar sweetness. Pulling everything together is a grainy wheat presence.

Feel is well carbonated giving a light and airy quality. Dangerously quaffable. More of a Belgian than American beer. A good beer that I won't be purchasing again due to the price tag.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow body with lots of fairly large floaties. Big, fluffy white head with lots of retention and some lacing. A great looking beer.

Lots of fruits and some biscuity yeast in the nose. A little bit of grassy hops.

Lots of fruits in this beer. Very sweet mandarin orange, apricot. Lots of wheat twang. A little boozy. Some biscuity malt. Taste like a strong belgian pale as much as an American Pale Wheat Ale.

A slighty boozy, creamy mouthfeel. Just average drinkability. Decent beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca- White Gold (Excelsior)

Thanks to charlesw(Charles) for this big bottle!

A- Bright, somewhat cloudy, yellow with a huge frothy white head.
S- Big sweet fruits like grape, lemon, orange rind, and nectarine. Fresh cut grass hops.
T- Sweet lemony malt up front with dried fruits in the center. Hints or orange, lemon, and peach. Cut grass/ earthy hops and hay/ straw come through in the end.
M- Sweet and fruity in the first half slowly changing into a drier finish. Slight alc. and malty lacing in the end.

Overall- A huge (25ozer?) bottle that got sucked down quickly. Easily drinkable, light but tasty! Enjoyed this 1!(Thanks Charles!)

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I acquired via a trade a few months back. I had been waiting it try this one and decided on it last night with dinner. Served at cellar temp into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.

The pour was very nice, with a very bright golden yellow coming forward right away. Lots of haze in here and a fair amount of sediment as well. A huge, billowing head of white foam that reached a height of three inches then formed over the top and took what seemed like forever to settle down, but when it eventually did it left behind tons of lace in its wake. Rich side glass contribution and a good amount of carbonation as well, very solid looking here for sure.

The aroma was very nice, light, with a predominance of hoppy tones in it. Light grain and yeast as well as some touches of grass and light fruit aromas, but mostly wheat in here. The flavor was more of the same, very good, with a tight, crisp and clean profile that was very easy to drink. Nice carbonation kept the overall feel very light and airy and kept the alcohol well hidden in the profile. Started with a roll of light grain, some lemon zest and a touch of grass then morphed it into a nice light peach flavor that came across well blended and served up well with the profile.

Overall very nice with a light dry finish and an easy drinking for an 8% beer. This was not my favorite of the series, but I truly cannot say a bad thing about it. The light citrus hop taste was a nice added touch to it and really brought the whole thing together. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a stem glass, White Gold is a hazy yellow with a tight, creamy white head

Smell is wheaty, slight citrus, like an unspiced wheat.

Taste is more like a double wit, the same amount of refreshment as a single, but with an extra dose of booze, which stands out to me. Too strong and lacking any compensating complexity, a bit a of a disappointment.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, but heavier, solvent like.

Drinkability is average this is just another strong wheat beer. All the aspects of a nicer thirst quencher, but the overt strength really presents a challenge. I totally forgot there was any brett, it's a total non-factor at this point (no idea of the age, I just bought it in Boston). I had higher hopes, in spite of not caring for TEN, but this was another overpriced, under-producing brew from Excelsior. I'm always a big supporter of any brewer's reserve style beers, but a little QA goes a long way as far as not putting out the first recipe you think of! Not cheap and not to good, 1 and done thank you very much...

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was at the brewery in April of 2007 and bought a few bottles and greedily drank them. From what I remember they had a nice hop bite. Picked this bottle up a little bit after at Half Time. Cellared since then.
750 bottle number 1469. One of the other bottles I drank was in the 170s.

A: Slightly cloudy golden color. Holding my Urthel weird glass up to the light reveals tons of delicious yeast at the bottom. Poured with a finger of white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Very tight nose on this beer. Hints of fruit and citrus. Some hints of the yeast. Little bit bready. Little bit musty as well.

T: The hops really toned down from the last time I had this. In their place is a nice fruity ale. Starts off with a nice subtle tartness. Citrus is in there somewhere but it is hard to pin down. The wheat is muted after a year as well.

M: Very nice. A little on the dry side towards the back but still nice. It walks a nice line between refreshing and satisfying if that makes sense.

D: More bottles! Seriously wish I had more. Good thing they are still making this. Glad I laid this one down. Don't know how much longer it will improve but time definitely changed this beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Delaney's in New Haven, CT. Served in a snifter.

A hazy straw/gold color with a one finger bone white head. A good amount of carbonation and a small amount of sticky lacing.

Spicy clove and white pepper, bubble gum, lemon, orange peel, and biscuity yeast.

Pepper and clove up front with the yeast and citrus flavors coming in to balance it all out. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Well-balanced is this beers middle name.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Body is a little heavier than it looks.

Drinks very well. Smooth and fulfilling all the way. This guy is a winner.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a ton of carbonation and a huge white foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is somewhat pungent with a hint of clove,banana,wheat,and lemon. The taste is full of hop crispness with cloves,banana,wheat,and lemon. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well.especially for a high alcohol brew. A damn good beer,not the best, but something that should be tried if you can find it.

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Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly complex beer and well worth seeking out. It is a bit of a cross between a Belgian pale/trippel and an American pale, encompassing the best of both. The beer pours a fairly hazy golden color with a fizzy somewhat creamy head that retains. The aroma is quite pungent and contains all the usual suspects: honey, clove, florals, orange zest, lemon citrus, spices, some Belgian yeastiness as well.

The taste is in line with the aroma but add some mustiness, a bit more apple, perhaps some ginger buried deep within, the typical Belgian like candied sugars and yeastiness, and perhaps a little oakiness that plays off well with the spices. There is a bit of peppery spice in the finish. The other spices are in the clove and coriander family. As the beer settles, the spices recede a bit and the orangey citrus becomes more pronounced along with more wheatiness.

The beer is quite carbonated and very complex. This is the type of beer that is a pleasure to review because it changes in subtle ways with each drink. The beer does have a high ABV which does leave a bit of a throaty aftertaste. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E! 005; Sampled July 2008
A regular pour produces two-fingers of frothy, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazed, pale honey color that shows an orange tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has quite a lot of fermentation character to it; lightly musty, an earthy spice note, light notes of distinct candied orange zest, a spicy ginger & pepper, some fruity esters of pear, plum and aromatic apple as well as a lightly herbal flower nectar note. The grain aromatics come through pretty well to with notes of grassy wheat, honey like malt and saltine cracker aromatics. This is quite aromatic and I like how the honey like sweetness offsets the spicy note.

Quite spicy tasting up front with a peppery bite that is coupled with earthy, musty phenolics and some ginger notes that are accentuated by a honey-like malt sweetness that just barely kisses the palate. Quite grain like with notes of wheat and pale malt; cracker notes, a touch of dough-like breadiness, and some biscuit flavors are each noticeable. Somehow the malt has a slight candied note to it, without really being sweet; sort of caramel like, though very much in the background, I wonder if this is a touch of oxidation that is bringing this out. The finish has a certain bite to it that is a combination of a hop bitterness, a sort of herbal note, some spicy higher alcohols and a spicy floral type thing. Pretty quaffable, though it is not light bodied, instead there is a light-medium fullness to his that just sticks to the palate.

There is not much in the way of distinctly Brettanomyces derived flavors here, though they could be influencing the musty, earthy aspects of this beer (though this could just as likely be from a characterful Saccharomyces strain). This is a tasty beer though that is a pleasure to drink. The aroma comes off a bit more intriguingly than the taste, but only just.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from the 25 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Pours a golden honey yellow, with a very thin white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Looks super carbonated.

Fruity and yeasty aroma. Citrus in there too.

Very unique taste here. Starts like a typical Belgian, but the yeast begins mixing it up with some orange zest and spice flavors. This makes it interesting, because it seems to lighten it up.

The mouthfeel separates it from the crowd. Surprisingly full for a lighter colored brew. The carbonation is there from beginning to end, and the finish seals the deal.

This beer finishes like nothing I've had before. It almost seems as if someone has taken a decent Belgian, and combined it with a glass of champagne. If it tasted more like Orange Juice, it would remind me of Christmas morning. Very dry finish also does well to disguise the 8% abv. This is a very well made beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 into Ommegang chalice...

Very nice natural honey color. Thin in width yet dense, soap bubble head with oderate staying power. Sparse visible carbonation at first glance.

Mild spice profile with yeast and wheat electricity. Slight vanilla and oak tones with a little bit of coriander. More mellow than expected; with warmth mild citrus zest, even a little melon, emerge.

Moderate yeasty tones with a nice, heavy wheat electricity. Stewed malt taste is comforting with spice and zest notes. Potent yet subtle.

Even-keeled, full-flavor yet comforting mouthfeel. All working in tandem/balance. No aftertaste...deep, spiced, almost herbal finish.

This gets better and better with warmth. Maybe it doesn't blow the doors off with overabundance of ingredients but this is very comforting, well-rounded and enjoyable while being quite easy to drink.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice opaque golden color. There is a good amount of carbonation with a thick white head, that has good retention.
Smell has a strong wheat smell to it. A big smell of biscuit and wheat that is followed by a very subdued lemon citrus smell.
Taste is much stronger than the smell of this beer. Great wheat tastes to this from beginning to end. A good natural lemon bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is very good on this beer. There is a good thickness which makes the beer very smooth, despite the nice sharp bite to the lemon wheat taste.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. Very smooth and balanced wheat beer that is incredibly refreshing on a warm day. Also, has enough taste that it never gets boring. I would recommend to anyone during a nice day.

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White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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