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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Saaz and Santiam hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast. Enjoy the glowing opaque appearance, amomas of spice and herbs, zesy mouthfeel, and dry finish.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Rated while drinking: Pours a caramel cider hazy color with a fluffy white head. There is some insane lacing going on in this glass. True to it’s name sake, so far this beer looks like ’white gold’. Heavy wheat aroma followed by a snap of yeast, backed by some banana and clove elements. Incredible fresh wheat in the mouth, followed by flavor notes of spices and more Trappist yeast at the end. Quite Belgian-like! Crisp and smooth on the palate... very drinkable for this type of beer. Another great beer from Ithaca. These Excelsiors are superb and Ithaca should be extremely proud!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
750 ml bottle #412. Pale orange-gold beer with a thick white head. Aroma is quite spicy with lots of wheaty aroma as well. Clove and light lemony citrus. A bit of black pepper. Warming brings up loads of herbal hoppiness. Some lean fruitiness, spice and grass. Flavour is nicely done. White peper, wheaty spice and light yeasty phenolics. Citrus and herbs. There is some light zesty/fruity hops that come up on the back. Floral flavours also pick up as the beer starts to warm. Nice and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Golden yellow with a bright white head. Surprisingly clear considering the amount of sediment in the bottle, if you stir up the yeast, it turns very cloudy. Aroma is musty and estery, with notes of pear and coriander. Earthy mustiness in the flavor, along with bubblegum and clove and a slight lemony tartness. Dry hoppiness in the mildly peppery finish. A nice summertime brew, I was surprised to see this weighs in at 8% ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8958) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2007
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Bottle labeled Release Apr 01, bottle # 1803. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of herbs (very herbal), spices, parsley leaves, and citrus. Tastes of herbs, citrus, and spices.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Poured a hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of coriander, orange peel, honey, citrus fruits, vanilla, and an odd scent reminiscent of curry. Taste of citrus fruits, toffee malts, coriander, white pepper, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4485) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Bottle # 1803. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a smaller bubbly white head that left light lacing. Aroma of various herbs and spices, some citrus, earthy, wheat, grains, cheerios. Flavor of citrus, cereal grains, earthy hops, various herbs and spices...hard to pinpoint and tingly carbonation...some lingering hop bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McGarnigle (556) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle #737. This is a wine bottle, but it has a cap under the wrapper, not a cork. Slightly fruit aroma; pours a cloudy yellow. Medium body with a decent amount of fizz. The flavor hits all parts of the tongue: citrusy and herbal with a dry finish. I couldn’t really feel the 8% ABV until after drinking the whole bottle. Better than Partly Sunny, but not worth $8-9 for this Imperial Witbier. Maybe one of the other Excelsior! brews will justify the line.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2007
[477-20070728] 1pt9.4floz (Bottle 923, w/ ducttape, jerc). Citrus peel hops and wheat aroma with a little boozy garbage. Hazy, light orange yellow body with a quick bubbly white head. More lemon peel in the flavour with wheaty booze and some spices. Medium-full body. Nice wheat but there is something wanting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Bottle #923. Hazy pastel yellow with a moderate fluffy white head. Mild aroma of yeast and lemon that on occasion becomes quite sharp and touches on grapefruit. Light notes of alcohol. (6+) Flavour is fairly mild, tart lemon notes and muted hints of grapefruit astringency. Light bitterness throughout with the many of the hallmarks of a wit, and quite mild. Alcohol is very restrained but starts to come out more as the glass warms, which detracts from an already subtle flavour, and at times gives the impression of alcohol for the sake of alcohol. That said, it is rather pleasant, albeit underwhelming. Part of me wants to rate it higher, but I can not justify it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
BCTC 2007. Very cloudy yellow body with a medium white head. Lots of wheat and doughy yeast. Full bodied with a lively carbonation. Fruity flavours surprisingly kept in back with only a little banana here and there. Overall impression of drinking a very good but not-so-fruity banana cake. The out of nowhere comes a gentle sourness/tartness. Hops remain mostly discreet. Both very tasty and very refreshing. Current ratebeer style is Belgian Strong but to me this really is a Witbier. A superior double-Witbier that is. 3.6 carats white gold.


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