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: 559   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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LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - APR 6, 2009
Bona questa, una ottima IPA che però qui risulta premium bitter forse manca una manata di luppolo più convinta, però a me è piaciuta decisamente anche se l’aroma promette qualcosina di più.

Nordcore (1698) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2009
Apperance; light brown a bitt hazy and foamy head. Aroma and flavor is fruits and som yeast, some bitter taste.

LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2009
This is a quite delicious beer. An India Pale Ale, which this site does not directly acknowledge (premium bitter, fine, fine). I would imagine that many Americans would not like this because there are no American hops in it. Thick, creamy, bitter and sweet. It’s good to be spared the American hops, though I do like them. I do feel, however, that it will not be appreciated by our American cousins because it is not an unsubtle interpretation of an old British style of beer. American beer can be rather delightful, but its drinkers can be ignorant.

DruncanVeasey (8401) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 Bottle. What a strange old/young beer this is. Pours deep murky orange misting with sediment, however hard you try. Collared, slick and lacy all the way. Pretty outrageous yeast, hop and solvent aroma, chucking fresh cut green apples, sultanas, nutmeg, pine needles, burning plastic and nail polish remover into the blender. A dramatic entrance immediately reminiscent of the cask P2. Mouth wades in with apple strudel spiciness, pine, sneaking gooseberry, nuthusk, custard, dry roasted and too much phenolic alcohol harshness. For now. I’ve got a feeling that some time under the stairs could mellow this into a more integrated beer, with an Orval-like pungency of flavours. Nothing like an IPA in the contemporary, US-influenced, sledgehammer of citrus kind of way, but still some pretty concentrated, resinous hop flavours on show. Not to mention that apple custard yeastiness. Never drank a beer like this before.

EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark amber colour with tight white head. Superb fruity aroma - a complex mixture of mandarin, plum, peach and more. Beautifully balanced mixture of hop, malt and spice on the tongue with an excellent dry/hop/bitter finish. Exactly the right amount of carbonation gives this a top-notch palate. Compared to the ghastly, asthma-inducing, sulphur dioxide laden monstrosity of the 80’s this re-make wins hands down and is a wonderful beer.

Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
Aroma of hops and malt. Dark amber colour with a large off white head. Slight aroma of hops and malt.

thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle. Copper colour, big yellowish head. Sweet and fruity and grassy hops aroma. Good bitterness blending with caramel malts, a touch of metal adds a bit of harshness, though. Well-carbonated. Quite nice, yet still room for improvement.

Bullit (4801) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Rerate during Worthington White Shield UK Online Mass Tasting. Initially fairly hoppy and bitter, followed by caramel malts. Score stands.

Copper colour, small off-white head. Aroma has grassy hops and fruits. Flavour has sweet malts and fresh hops. Ends bitter dry. Ok beer.

Todeon (327) - SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle. A bit golden color. Aroma is bitter with some grass and spice. Taste is dry with lots of bitter and grassy notes.

downender (9003) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle from Sainsburys. Deep amber in colour with a foamy, off white head and moderate carbonation. Malty aroma, with some red fruit and dusty hops. Flavour started sweet, with caramel, orange, grassy hops and a hint of spice. There was a long, bitter finish to this very enjoyable beer. Great stuff.

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