Brewed by Molson Coors UK (MolsonCoors)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Bottle conditioned; occasionally on cask.
Production moved from White Shield brewery to William Worthington’s brewery in December 2010. Prodiuction moved to the main Coors brewery in Burton in 2012 to keep up with increasing demand.
Ingredients: Halcyon barley, from the northern part of Norfolk; Sugar; Northdown and Challenger hops - including a hop extract; and a two-strain yeast supplied by Bass.
"It has a clean, fresh flavour and full bodied, balanced bitterness." Michael Jackson.
An iconic India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed to the same recipe as 1830. Aromatic hops, toasted cereal notes and hints of smoke and spice kindle White Shield’s embracing nose, enhanced by fragrant fruity characters and an intricate top-note of freshly baked bread. With time to condition, William Worthington’s unique dual yeast works up a sharp sparkle, crafting a full luxurious mouth-feel that combines with warming hints of alcoholic liqueur and White Shield’s ever so subtle peppery character, to create an exquisite bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle conditioned
Cloudy amber color; compact head, lively bottle. Basic but quite nice hoppy aroma. Some malt, pretty strong hopping, strong flavor, some resins. Good example.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle. Effervescent amber with a huge rocky head. Aroma is hoppy with some fruit and restrained malt. Taste - I was expecting a lot, and I’ve not been disappointed - is great; very well balanced malts and hops, with some lovely fruit and spices. This is a great IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jerohen (2167) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2005
Bottled (BB 09-06-2006). Clear copper/bronze coloured, big head. Hoppy aroma, bitter flavour. Typical ESB, not really my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1137) - SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2005
Lovely pale bronze colour, good steady bead, resulting in a long lasting typical bottle conditioned fluffy head. Fresh malt on the nose, along with zesty fruity hops. Palate is packed with well balanced malt and spicy hops, this mix delights the taste buds well after the final gulp. A very well balanced brew, good strength. Nice to see it again. Vic Wines Kelso, 4 for £5.99.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17146) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Cask gravity at Notts BF 05. Slightly hazy but I had been waiting 3 days to get my hands on this, so I didn’t mind that it wasn’t quite ready yet. Hazy orange colour, no head. Good hoppy, fruity nose. Good citrus fruits and some sweet strawberry which carry on to a zesty finish. Grapes in the fruit mix as well. 500ml bottle from Morrisons in Margate as part of the UK Mass White Shield Tasting. http://www.ratebeer.com/forums/worthington-white a clear copper amber colour with a lasting persistant near beige head. Very little sediment in the bottle if any. Aroma is some yeast, some minerality and some hops. Some dusty earthiness. It’s surprisingly hoppy. You know what I still like this. It’s a grower. It’s a tasty hoppy beer. Mmmm, yes I really am liking this and the earthyness of the hops. Some toffee malts develop. Touch too carbonated. 7 48316 3.8/5.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Nottm BF. An orange/copper coloured beer with a sharp citrus hop aroma featuring some grapefruit notes. The taste is nicely mellow with clean thick alcohol notes. I noted some grapes (admittedly after Ian pointed them out). A well brewed quite sharp beer which if anything is over bitter. Score 3.3
Subsequent rating scored 3.5. Average becomes 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Pours amber with no head, light bubbling. Mild aroma of malt and yeast. No idea on how old this bottle is, but I have my suspicions due to bottling by King & Barnes (closed in 2000?). A bit flat. Flavor is good, malty citrus sweet. Very mildly bitter. Nothing offensive, but nothing outstanding either. As with the other K&B beer I’ve rated, this one would have done better with a touch more carbonation. Drinking deeper results in more hop bittering. Not bad. Only marking is on rear label, B04AFL. My local store has a stash of K&B beers for some odd reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2005
The classic East India pale ale that helped make Burton-upon-Trent famous. This beer, along with Bass, Allsopp and Flowers, were the beginnings of a part of history it seems still remains shrouded in mystery. Tasted from the bottle and poured into an English pint glass, cool and not cold. Hazy and glazed looking, dark gold body with a high amount of fine carbonation raising up a huge fluffy white head, that persisted for the length and left gluggy webs of lace down the sides. Yeasty, toffee and sweet apple nose, tangy with a hint of melonous fruity esters. Sugary sweet, vanilla, sticky toffee and toasted malt in the mouth, a little overpowering, but thankfully it remained from becoming cloying. Lightly spicy and bready, medium bodied and soft in carbonation, the hops took a little while to kick in in the back, raspy, grassy and fruity mix, almost tangy before a malty and fruity swallow that was quite bitter and fresh. Not bad, a little too sweet for my liking but still a decent thirst quencher even with brewing being controlled by the Molson-Coors conglomerate. Easy drinking. (50cL, 15/04/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
A nice suprise from tesco as i was recoommended. Aroma is particularly full, nice alround, but could only handle one or two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2005
Small head with lacing on the glass. Cloudy old-gold appearance and a pleasantly musty honey aroma. Malt and caramel in the taste and a long bitter finish. A warm day here in England, so I cooled this a bit more than I would normally do. Very satisfying after a day’s work.

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