Thursday, March 12, 2009

Curim Gold Celtic Wheat


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (742) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
I never try to have unreasonable expectations for a beer. But if the bottle or the brewer’s website describes the beer as tasting a certain way or being brewed in a certain style and the beer is not, it really puts me off. For example, the Carlow Brewing Company’s website describes Curim Gold Celtic Wheat as having a “refreshing light fruity beer with hints of peach, banana and plum.” However, the beer has exactly zero fruit flavor and drinks more like a European pilsner – how disappointing.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

For a so-called wheat beer, Curim Gold pours to a complexion and head resembling a generic lager. The body is crystal clear and lives up to its namesake with a shade of medium gold with plenty of carbonation. The head is bright white, foamy and lasted for quite a while before dissolving and left some lacing on the glass, too. The aroma was surprisingly grainy and watery – much more reminiscent of a lager than any kind of wheat beer. There was the slightest trace of a sweet scent, though.

TASTE

I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this beer since it was described as being crisp, hoppy and fruity and yet it’s a wheat beer. I wondered if this was perhaps an Irish take on the Belgian White style. If only.

Curim Gold Celtic Wheat is crisp, to be sure, but it had next to nothing else going for it. There was no fruit taste at all, not even a general sweet or citrusy flavor. Not that the taste was off-putting, but there isn’t much to enjoy about it.

FINISH

One of the reasons I’ve never liked pilsners and pale lagers is because they often have a hard mouthfeel and that was exactly what Curim Gold felt like. It tingled as soon as it hit my lips, stomped on my tongue and kicked my throat on the way down. But it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.

BODY

At only 4.3% ABV, Curim Gold is definitely a light beer. This is one of the only compliments I can pay it.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is by far one of the strangest and most disappoint beers I’ve ever drank. Curim Gold Celtic Wheat drinks like an American macrobrewery’s low-end pilsner or lager. It’s crisp and light, but I wouldn’t call it “refreshing” at all. It was as if someone had swapped my Irish wheat beer with one of those European green bottle pilsners.

Grade: 4/10