I’ve been a fan of Worthington White Shield for some time now, even more so after a visit to the brewery and meeting Steve Wellington during Twissup does Burton Upon Trent.
White Shield is one of those iconic beers that just about every beer drinker has heard of if not tried. It’s one of, if no the oldest beer in Britain, It’s gone through many changes over the years and is now part of the Molson Coors portfolio, say what you will about Molson Coors but without them it is quite possible we would no longer be able to drink White Shield. You can read more about the history of White Shield here.
White Shield comes in two forms, bottle conditioned 500ml bottles and traditional cask ale, Until the recent trip to Burton I had never tasted it on cask and had to make do with bottles.
The labelling on the bottles is great, as soon as you see the big bold white shield wih the red sword it immediately catches your eye and makes you want to pick the bottle up.
It pours a lovely light copper colour with a nice medium to thick head, although if you don’t let the beer rest before opening or don’t chill it you might well end up with more head than you bargained for.
The aromas are floral and hoppy, light dry and grassy with just a hint of malty and sweetness.
The body is velvety smooth and lightly carbonated, the taste is first malty with sweet caramel and toffee hints followed by a classic bitter taste from the hops, this is followed by a lasting bitter finish that has hints of spice.
During the Burton Twissup we got to try White Shield on cask, with and without the infamous sparkler and to be completely honest, without the sparkler the head was still full, the beer still lightly carbonated and still tasted absolutely fantastic. I know sparklers take a lot of stick and I can see why, when the beer is in this sort of condition there really is no need for it.
You can visit the White Shield website here or buy bottles from most Sainsbury and Waitrose shops (unless you live near me where the beer selections are really poor)