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: 552   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5717) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle best before 29/03/13, and CAMRA loves this one. Nose with great malt and citric hops, caramel, dusty, earth and toffee, touch of apple juice. Beautiful gradient amber with a soapy beige head. Full-bodied and crisp, hard water and water-sucking dryness. Taste is strong, firm bitterness on toasted grains and faint nuts, heavy caramel. Touch of numbing from the otherwise well-integrated booze, subdued fruitiness. Still a good one, though it’s a little to ’hard’ to enjoy more than a few sips at a time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (7389) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Cask at GBBF 2011. Amber colour with a white head. Fruity and hoppy nose. Malty and fruity flavour, and a bit citrus in the background. One of the best I got at GBBF this time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slash_1_uk (22) - annesley, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2011
From bottle pours a cloudy light brown with thin white head smells of citrus fruit and hops, taste of sweet melon to start then a warming hoppy long lasting finish, a great bottled ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2011
amber/brown orange colour, rather clear liquid. pours a light tanned head that keeps its form pretty well with a creamy foamy texture. aromascape feels pretty standard and withdrawn with malt, bread, hops with slight citrus, herbs and earthy tones. there is one very nice aroma, something like licorice or something sweet salty, and i like this very much. but i wish there was more here to experience. taste surprises; a rather full crispy bitterness and a very nice balance with the gentle sweetness. the sourness is very well done to complement this combo, with a soft, light tingle. the body is quite light but has an interesting soft matt texture to it which makes it feel more full. carbonation is in good balance, with a light sizzle. a good standard IPA(ish..?) beer with pleasing character. a warm, gentle experience, but I wish I could just find that extra kick in it somewhere.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2422) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2011
500ml bottle. Pale amber, white head. Quite subdued aromas, malt, faintly hoppy, spicy notes from the yeast, some citrus. Dry, medium body and bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty taste, quite fruity, hops, yeast, citrus, wheat, rather spicy., caramel. Very smooth and creamy, the bitterness lingers in the finish. (2011-12-12)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3581) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2012 Golden with a small, white head.Fruity with malty tones. Malt, fruit and hops. Medium body with a nice, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
superflyguy (437) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2011
decent enough, but not great. good deep copper colour, no head though. smell of sweet malt and some deep red fruits. there was a slight ashy/smokiness too which felt a bit strange. tastes very similar witha sparky carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2479) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Bottle from Wholefoods. Pours lovely copper crystal clear red with a big cream bubbly head that fizzes and dissipates. Nose is subtle. Caramel, minerally, yeast. Taste is prickly hop, bit of ale fruit, caramel, touch of hop bitterness. Very crisp and clean taste, almost lager like quality to it. Like a light, crisp and refreshing bitter. Finish is just a bit of lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle from Morrissons. Virtually no visible yeast present in bottle. An attractive orange colour with a lively white head. Noticeable mineral flavours without Burton ’snatch’ aroma that might have been expected. Restrained malt and hops with some toffee lingering in there. Pleasant but bloody dull and massively over hyped IMO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2011
Tasted on the UK mass tasting night (for the first time in many years). Pouyrs a lovely amber-coppery colour, with a lively white head, that retains well throughout. Small amount of sediment caught int he neck to give it a crystal clear appearance. Initially has metallic hints and some soapy lemon. Lovely effervesence on the tongue, good body and some alcoholic warmth. Chalky mouthfeel, has malty notes towards the end and a good long finish.

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