Named after the cruise liner company that operated the Titanic, White Star is a light and crisp golden ale that goes down very smoothly and is dangerously moreish.
Golden ales are somewhat of a style in decline, with a lot of breweries shunning it for fancier, more innovative styles like milkshape IPAs and funky sours. But White Star is a perfect example of why it needs to be revived. Smooth and light with a touch of hops and flavour, leading onto a crisp finish that is refreshing enough to rival any lager.
A traditional beer to pay homage to a company that once ferried hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, and one that i'm sure would have passed muster even on the Titanic itself.
The aroma is very clean and light, with little to really make an impact on the nose, although there is a slight fruity sweetness to it. The pour is a wonderful golden colour, a crisp white head forming which sticks around for a few sips and makes it look fantastic in the glass.
The flavour is malty, with a sweet bready flavour too almost like a brioche. There's a lot of hop flavour which brings some bitterness that counters the sweetness nicely, and although there's no massive fruit hits there is a freshness to it that has a slight citrus flavour.
The texture is light and it has a really clean flavour - no haziness to fill your mouth and boost the volume, but plenty other flavours to get stuck into. It has a slight sweetness on the finish which also balances the bitterness from the added Summit hops into the aftertaste.
Fresh and bright are two words that spring to mind, with the vibrant blue of the wheen making Titanic's stock label design really stand out. We've covered the Titanic standard label design at length in our reviews of Cherry Dark and Cappuccino Stout, and while it makes the brewery easily recognisable on the shelves, it doesn't make for great blog content.
Grab a case of this from Titanic's shop online, £17.50 for 8 bottles makes it £2.18 per bottle which is incredibly cheap considering how good it is.