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White Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

63 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +13%

t0rin0, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some slightly fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

acurtis, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

GRG1313, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
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
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

SocalKicks, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle opens with an explosive bang. served in a tumbler glass. Batch 74, slightly overcharged... too much priming sugar I heard, but it tasted fine.

Adequately murky pastel golden orange, with racing champagne carbonation. Lasting white foam on top, not much lacing worth mentioning.

Coriander in the aroma, vague citrus. Fairly mellow and not especially pungent.

Soft mellow feel, somewhat gaseous, chalky aftertaste, phenolic clove and coriander spice. Dusty wafer candy, flowery sweetness, dry finish. Medium bodied, again with a supple feel. Overall enjoyable if you like witbiers, fairly fine tuned and a touch rustic.

emerge077, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
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+

kojevergas, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, Batch 74,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a firm frothy white head, solid retention and lace.

S: Nice mix of citrus peels and honeysuckle flower.

T: Fairly citrusy especially in the mid-palate. The coriander and peppery spice come in at the back end. Good complexity and in balance.

M: Smooth, light-bodied, creamy and refreshing.

O: This is a really good witbier, and I'm glad I finally got around to trying it. Another winner from Telegraph.

Halcyondays, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the brewery.
I believe this brew is mislabeled. It is cinsidered a light belgian style white by the brewers. Poured a nice cloudy but pale with a decent white head. Nose was spicy, fruity with a smell of yeast that was surpsingly good. Taste is hops, some nice fruits, perhaps citrus and others. taste good. Mouthfeel was nice and easily drinkable at 4.5ABV. One of my fav brews here so far.

barleywinefiend, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Catch....isn't it nice to get this brewery in Orange County, let alone within walking distance of Angels Stadium? On to the beer:

There's a little head retention to be had in his semi-cloudy, pee yellow colored beer. That's not a problem though, because the nose is great. It's a lovely mix of lemon, coriandor, and orange. The taste, while light, is refreshing for someone who's had a hard day driving around. Some lemon, a little orange, bitterness is seltzery, though the body is crisp and light. The malt bill is very light, which allows those flavors to come thorugh. Refreshing, yes.

What we have here is a light, easy going witbier. Ok, so that sounds textbook in the style. I'd say it edged out Pacific Beach's white ale for best witbier of the day.

DoubleJ, May 06, 2010
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at TAPS, Petaluma, CA.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured light esters, coriander and citrus.

The taste was likewise eatery with the traditional spices. The flavor was a bit thin however.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a serviceable wit.

plaid75, Oct 12, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of illidurit
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
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

LoveStout, Dec 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

tommyguz, May 10, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Floydster
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Naja's Place for five dollars a couple nights ago, reviewed from notes, nice to see this brewery popping up in my neck of the woods

A-Golden pale yellow color, orange tinted, very cloudy, one inch soapy white head which goes away fast, not much retention, small pillow left but no lacing
S-Nectarines, pears, apricot, earthiness, wheat, coriander, various spices, grains, orange peel, other citrus, and mild hops
T-Lots of spice up front mixed with lemons and oranges, grains and wheat in the middle, finish is a little funky but peeled oranges stick out the most to me, especially later on, could have used some more intense hops to battle the spices, wheat was not very chewy either, that could have added to its complexity, but it all helped feel lighter and make it that much easier to drink
M-Thin to medium body, tons of carbonation, sweet, chewy, and spicy mouthfeel, taste does not linger
D-Goes down very easy, crispness makes it easy to drink along with the light flavor and low ABV, would make a nice session beer for the hotter months

Decent beer for summer but now that it is over, I would not see myself going back to this one, it was a nice beer to have in between some stronger ones tasted that evening but nothing to get excited about, worth trying once

Floydster, Sep 14, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

vermilcj, May 25, 2014
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Smarty_Pints, Jun 18, 2014
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
Photo of brotherloco
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says Batch No. 50, but I can't find any date info on their website.

Got a really big pop of the cork on this one. Decent appearance, what I expect for this style. Smells of belgian yeast and lemon citrus, a hint of the sourness to come as well. Flavor is immediately tart and lemony. Tilts towards a sour although not really complex. Crisp feel and finish.

Good carbonation, delivers the "zesty mouthfeel" they promise on the bottle. Decent and drinkable, but doesn't blow me away.

brotherloco, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

NJBeer265, Jun 17, 2014
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White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.