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: 557   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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CH-303 (2252) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Appearance: Light brown, almost too much head... Aroma: Honey and fruity. Taste: Fruity, malty and bitter aftertaste. Info: 500ml bottle, 15/9-2005, 13/300, 8/500

fonefan (49414) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2008
Cask gravity @ Reading Beer Festival 2008.
Clear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light to light moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat. (020508)

MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2008
Bottle (500ml). Poured copper with a fizzy, off-white head which settled into a small rocky head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was of earthy hops with sweet biscuity malts, butterscotch, salted mixed nuts, toffee and some marmalade. Flavor was a firm hop bitterness (earthy) with dry biscuity malts, salted nuts, marmalade, butterscotch (mild), aniseed with some dirt and resin in the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, a dry resiny mouthfeel, watery texture and a great finish. Very sessionable.

Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2008
Tea colored amber with a thick rocky head that dissipated into something a bit thinner and tamer. Toffee and herbal almost nutty hop nose. Apple, caramel, nuts, herbs, fresh hop, more toffee, and a touch of raison. Bright brassy mouthfeel with a nice semi sweet tannic finish that turns into white bread. All and all, a good brit IPA

buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 4, 2008
This beer totally weirded me out. I bought it, thinking it was an IPA (which the bottle clearly states it as being such)..took it home, opened it up, took a sip...not an IPA. Not much of a hoppy taste, but a pleasent copper bitterness. As it warmed up, I grew more fond of it. Now, after looking it up here, I see that it’s listed as an ESB which makes sense..just wish they would change the wording on their bottle. Very misleading. Speaking of the label...nice design job; but I felt a little put off by the cheesy "beer expert lesson" in the description which informs the drinker that the precious few drops should not be poured ito the bottle (even though there was no trace of brewer’s yeast in my batch.) Oh well...I’d drink it again.

bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
275 ml bottle. Purchased in 2004 at the Museum Brewery in Burton on Trent. BBE 29/8/2005. But it’s bottle conditioned, so it will be great. Amber color with a few small chunks and a multifinger beige head. Aroma is malt backed by floral hop. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is malt, with floral hop, but I swear there’s a celery note. It is so smooth. It is so mellow. Finishes with a tendency towards astringency, but not getting that far. It is just incredibly well balanced. There is a hint of caramel, and I hypothesize that in a few more years it would have been approaching something like Gales Prize Old Ale. I’ll never know.

albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2008
Cask at the Brewery Tap, Coors Visitor Centre, Burton upon Trent. I preferred the sweet scent of this amber beer to its flavour, which has an enjoyable long dry finish, but which bears little of the sweetness of the aroma. It is dominated by hop bitterness which could use a bit more balance. That said, it’s better than most beers out there, and I would welcome an opportunity to sample it in bottle conditioned form.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2008
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a slightly hazy amber golden with a creamy, off-white head leaving some lacework. Unusual aroma of exotic fruit and fruit bubblegum. Medium body with sweet, exotic fruit accents and some caramel and licorice. The finish is dry. Very different but quite lovely. 120208

Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle 50cl. Amber colored slightly hazy body with large dense head. Sweet nose. Creamy flavour with sweet malt and bitterness in the aftertaste.

gnoff (10428) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 First rating
(50 cl bottle at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Göteborg)
Pours with a beautiful sound! Shady dark orange color, big fluffy tan head. Fruity and sweet scent. Sweet and spicy taste. A bit spicy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Bottle on May 16, 2009
Clear golden color, white head. Fruity, hoppy, butterscotch scent. Hoppy, fruity, metallic, caramelly taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

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