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: 550   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (577) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle, 500ml, bottle conditioned. Medium head. Hoppy. quite fruity aroma. Clear amber appearance. A bitter, malty, slightly fruity taste. Medium carbonation. Nice, but not amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Worthington White Shield pours to a beautiful, bright golden, pale color, with a nice white head, and a good carbonation. One caveat, be very careful when you pour this beer, you do not want to roust the yeast in the bottle. If you do, your beer will become cloudy and this will effect the flavor profile as well. Spent yeast is not what you want to taste in this beer, so give it a slow and gentle pour, and leave a slight bit of beer in the bottle if you have to. The nose is wonderful, really nice hop aromatic flood the nose, and this is coupled with a nice bit of pale malt aroma as well. The palate is very firm. Good pale and crystal malt flavors, slightly sweet, biscuit like, and grainy. Nice fruity estery flavors are present as well. This beer has good body and is slick on the tongue. This beer finishes with more great pale malt character up front, then dries out with a nice, bitter, hop bite. This is an outstanding bottled pale ale. This beer is the perfect foil to good,(yes good!) British fare such as beef Wellington, or Toad in the hole. I would also pair this with a boiled dinner of ham, potato, and cabbage, or fish and chips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9667) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 Very old bottle - meaning the original, real thing... Foxy-chestnut beer, clear (!); small, just off-white head, very dense. Quite nutty, walnut oil, but not much else. Beautifully aged, delicate brandy taste, with winelike madeirisation; a woody, oak-like finish. Very well bodied, oily MF. More nutty, not over-oxydised aftertaste. Nice, malty, chewy beer, just a little too light to my taste - but the real thing.
And than now, the cask version, as per Mark Dorber Amberish-orange beer with a better than usual B.C."H.". 4/5 Cookie malts, very fresh hops, but dosed, hint at caramel, whiff of ureum. 7/10 Very "beery" ale: combination of malts, caramel- and cookie- , fresh noble UK-hops, bit citrussy, and most important, in top-shape, complex. Grapey retronasal ending quite dry. 8/10 Light to medium bodied, slight slickness, sticky aftermath 4/5 Exceptionally good-tasting White Shield, better than I’ve ever had it. 15/20

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 1. Bottle 07/03/2005 Golden amber coloured and hoppy with a slightly creamy lasting pleasant malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Fat Cat, Sheffield 15/03/2008 Floral hop aroma. Golden amber coloured hoppy and floral with hints of bitterness and dryness in a crisp and creamy malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Cloudy orange-amber with a large and fluffly, but short lasting head. In the glass the aroma is strong on piney hops and stone-fruit, but it’s relatively restrained on tasting, and with some woody notes in the aftertaste. The flavour is quite bitter, as you’d expect and hope, and is well spread throughout to provide taste sensations all over the tongue. Medium bodied, and with a great carbonation level that is refreshing and not overly gassy. A good solid beer this one, easy to consume and enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a pleasing stong bitter hoppy flavor strait away. I dont remember it being such a good IPA. Its still one of the best around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
2 December 2005, Bottled Best Before Apr 06: Mostly clear dark orange colour with a large dense whipped cream white head. Looks impressive in the glass, the head rises well above the rim and holds its form remarkably well. Large clumps of foam adorn the glass. Aroma is a little fruity (peach, orange?) with hints of honey and pine. But I also get some vanilla, icecream, off-cream and soapy aromas. Flavour doesn’t seem to be quite as strong as the aroma, but is fairly bitter, hoppy and tastes of vanilla, cream and soap. The head is creamy over the lips but the mouthfeel is fairly light. I’m not quite sure why I’m getting the sour milk/off cream and soapy flavours. I was a little suspect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19824) - 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 (2067) - 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 (2212) - 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.

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