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White Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vurt on 05-25-2008)
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2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a flute glass. Beer pours a lightly cloudy (swirled up a bit of yeast) golden yellow with two fingers of fluffy foamy head. Head dissipated quickly to nothing, leaving no lacing or any remnant of head. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass though.

Nose is lemony, coriander, and pale malts. Not much yeast influence on the nose, which is a bit strange.

Taking a sip, light citrus peel bitterness, sweeter lemon, light floral note as well. A bit of coriander comes through as it sits on the tongue. Light biscuit and grain malt sweetness mid tongue, finishing clean with no aftertaste.

Light bodied and very carbonated, though not offensively so. Very refreshing, but not very flavorful or complex with the use of the yeast.

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3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a very pale yellow color with lots of haze and a massive white head.

S: Not a very appealing nose to this beer. Corn, sour wheat, and lemon juice are apparent right away. Some mild bread and spice notes, but not very witbier-esque.

T: A little improvement on the tongue, but not much. More sourness, mostly in the form of lemons, some lightly tart wheat, a very mild spice character and notes of sweet bread.

M: The body is light with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I really like their Reserve Wheat Ale, so I was hoping this would be good. Unfortunately, not the case.

womencantsail, Oct 02, 2010
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3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: bottle (Batch #70)

a - The beer was a pale cloudy yellow with a bright white, big bubbled head that dissipated quickly and left absolutely zero lacing.

s - The aroma had a very strong apple note up-front (Gala, not tart) with a little bit of the orange hidden behind. Not as yeasty as I was expecting. Unfortunately, the quickly dissipating head took away some of the more interesting apple notes while drinking.

t - The spices are strong at the front, prominently allspice. There's a really subtle note of citrus from the orange, but it's very mild, and I only noticed it over the length of the bottle. The ending is reasonably dry and reminded me of a chardonnay. It's a pretty nice flavor, but it's very light.

m - While the head was virtually non-existent, the tiny bubbles in the beer made for a pretty nice mouthfeel. I could have done with maybe a touch more carbonation, but it gave the beer more of a champagne like feel.

o - This is a really mild beer that I would use in the same way as a white wine, pairing it with an opening sheep's mlk cheese/crackers or if trying to win over a champagne fan. I thought it was a little watery and would have liked a bit more punch from something and a more lingering head, but it was still a pleasant beverage.

cookedw, May 30, 2011
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3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire (aka cage) cap over a cork acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; this brewery has turned out some surprisingly good brews. Label art is simple. Batch No. 121. "Unfiltered. Bottle conditioned. Ale brewed with spices and chamomile."

Reviewed cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Decent thickness. Little creaminess. Not much froth. No lacing as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a cloudy yellow of average vibrance. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style. No overt flaws are obvious, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Lemon peel, floral hop character, chamomile (when I look for it after prompting from the label; I doubt I'd notice it otherwise), coriander/cilantro, pilsner malts, wheat, and citrus zest. Maybe some clove from the yeast. No alcohol is detectable. I don't detect any off notes. A pleasant appealing aroma of above average to mild strength. Pretty typical of the style.

T: Light tartness. The lemon peel is wonderfully complemented by the spicy coriander/cilantro and clove. The subtle spiciness is really lovely here; I'd almost say it seems like some rye malt might have been used. Citrusy zest. Floral hop character suits the flavour profile nicely. The body is built from wheat malt primarily with some clean pilsner malts and crystal malts filling it out. Some apple. A bit of clove. Overall, it's a nicely balanced witbier, but the chamomile doesn't come through as much as I'd hoped. A bit grainy. Some limited subtlety is at play here. Could be more complex. No alcohol comes through. Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity and depth are above average.

Mf: Biting and overcarbonated, but also zesty and wet. Not quite refreshing. Surprisingly coarse for the style. Its presence on the palate is too assertive; it should be lighter and more approachable. Not oily or harsh. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't come off custom-tailored to it - nor is the bottle conditioning evident (how is the carbonation this rampant if it was bottle conditioned?). Full bodied. Too thick.

Dr: Drinkable but ultimately not worth its pricetag. A nice little witbier from Telegraph, but I see no reason to pick it up again with better witbiers out there at a better or comparable price. I appreciate the attempt, but it didn't come out fantastic. Still, it's a nice if overly aggressive brew in the style, and I'm glad I got to try it. I could drink another, but I wouldn't go out of my way to.

C+

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Photo of jegross2
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Telegraph White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company.
Score: 77

2011 vintage bomber bottle shared, poured in a wine goblet.

Aroma: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger and a half of bubbly head that settles into a very thin layer. 2.5/5

Smell: White grape sweetness, a little tannic-acid and pinot grigio white wine. Apples and some banana-wheat yeastiness -- reminds me a lot of Ephemere from Unibroue. 3.5/5

Taste: Spiced banana bread upfront. A little tart white wine grape on the mid-palate. Sweet-and-sour. Crisp, acidic grape sweetness finish 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high-medium carbonation. Very fizzy mouthfeel. Finish is sweet/sour. 3/5

Overall: A very non-offensive beer that is nothing special.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers may enjoy the fizzy flavors, while more experienced beer drinkers can find more complex brews within the style.

Pairings: Salad.

Cost: $8.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

jegross2, Dec 28, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a thick and bubbly white head that recedes to heavy lace. Nose of yeast and candy sugar with some wheat and tart fruits. On the front of the palate, the candy sugar, wheat and tart fruits come through with peach and green apple on the middle and wheat dominates the finish. The body is fairly light with above average carbonation and a pretty short finish. This beer is quite nice and super drinkable.

wedgie9, Jul 27, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Hazy opaque white peach color with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is very tropical, almost like fruit punch. Lots of banana especially. Flavor is a big step down from the aroma. Mostly banana pith with some pear and wheat notes. Also some earthiness in the finish, could be yeast but there's a little bitterness too, which makes me think it's a hop note. Mouthfeel is a little thin and unfulfilling. Drinkable but falls way short of the better Belgian examples.

illidurit, Mar 19, 2009
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White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.