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: 554   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14868) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (10045) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexen84 (31) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2008
Very nice bitter, lots of character and body. Smooth mouthfeel. Looks excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2008
Great head,mild carb bronze colour,aroma citrus salt air fresh,Flavour a slight creaminess,good citric bitter,nutty(walnut like)very pleasant,finish bitter and dry,nice drink this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madquacker (1133) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2008
Poured a powerful solid lasting white head. Nice level of carbonation and orange copper colour. Ale flavours predominate. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle. At Bishop´s Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Gothenburg. Amber color with a big off-white head. Aroma: Citrus fruits, toffee, butter, yeast and sweet malt. Flavor: Sweet, bready and fruity at first then more bitter with citrus, grass, mineral and alcohol notes. Lively carbonation. Unfurtunately my bottle must have been shaken or something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6668) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Bottle (50 cl) at Bishops Arms, Avenyn, Göteborg, Sweden. Shady amber with a rich white head. Fruity malt aroma with butterscotch, along with earthy and herbal hops. Medium bodied with soft mothfeel. Very good balance with a subtle malt sweetness followed by a firm gentle bitterness. Very tasty and refreshing.

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