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White Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: vurt on 05-25-2008

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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 77
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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+ (2,870 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (1,280 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a mountainous, pillowy 3 finger head. Great retention, leaving a thick layer of suds across the surface. Lacing along the glass is thick, and clings to the sides with great ease.

Smell - Tart citrus, like lemon with touches of tangerine, along with clove and some milkiness that I pick up with a lot of witbiers. Wheat. Touches of floral character.

Taste - Lots of citrus bite. Lemon and tangerine. Clove finds its niche by mid-taste, along with some mild funk. Mild banana. Wheat hits near the finish before a balanced finish of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, with a crisp finish.

Overall - I like the mouthfeel with this one. A lot of witbiers suffer from what I think is a watery edge. This has a solid feel. I don't know that it's worth the price, but this is a quality wit. (883 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Light yellow, a hint tan, with a 1/2-finger head that settles very quickly, though plenty of nice carbonation
S: Plenty of wheat, coriander, and a hint of citrus. Retains a bit of something I'd describe as unfermented wort
T: Light, with wheat up front, coriander, grass and just a hint if citrus juice
M: Light-bodied with pleasant carbonation
O: Worth a try, no flaws just could use a bit more complexity (447 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Batch # 147

Appearance - Pours a pale straw with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - wheat, orange peel, coriander, apples, belgian yeast (banana, clove), spicy hops, bready malts.

Taste - Starts off with the wheat, orange peel, and coriander then goes into the apple. The belgian yeast is lost and the hops are barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering sweetness from the apple and the malts.

Overall - A so-so wit. Some modifications need to be made to makes this a standout. (557 characters)

Photo of nataku00
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light straw gold color with an airy white head. Smelled mainly like unmalted wheat. The taste was wheaty like a standard wit but also seemed to have a Belgian yeast characteristic along with that. It finished pretty dry and a bit earthy. Really light, carbonated generously gave it a prickly feeling on the tongue. Pretty good and I would have this again. (355 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale clean but opaque golden with a large foamy white head.

S: Orange peel, grapefruit, citrus peel, and tripelesque spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg) in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, some tropical fruit even. Citrus peel and tripelesque spices.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very easy to drink.

O: Definitely recommended. A very typical, but easy drinking and tasty white ale/witbier/whatever. (411 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler of this from the brewery. Pours a hazy beige with a thin white head. Slight wheaty smell, with tart citrus, orange, and some peppery spice. Nice floral touch as well. The flavor is really tart with a spicy finish. A hint of orange sweetness, but finishes rather dry, with peppery spice lingering. Clean and light mouthfeel with ample spritzy carbonation. Very tart for a wit, almost goes into mild sour territory, which works really well with the spice. The light body, effervescence, and citrus tang all make this extremely drinkable. The growler was gone before i knew it, but at a modest strength, it doesn't knock you over the head. Definitely the tastiest of the style that I've had to date. A little different and unique compared to the mass of mediocre Hoegaarden clones being pumper out these days, but an intriguing and incredibly tasty example. (874 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into my Zatec fluted glass. Got about a finger of head that died quicker than a 75 year old grandma playing Pacman. Smells of clove, coriander and citrus peel. Rather highly carbonated, and tastes about like it smells. Citrusy, Belgian Yeast and clove are prevalent. Definitely refreshing and a tasty afternoon/food beer. Good to see decent craft brews coming from the LA area. (397 characters)

Photo of vurt
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Lucky Baldwin's on the first night of their Telegraph "festival" (6 Telegraph beers on tap). Served in the festival glassware-- a Telegraph-branded 16 oz. tumbler. (It's not like I need another beer glass; it's more like I can't turn down a good looking beer glass...)

Appearance:
A hazy, pale-yellow colored beer with an apricot-orange tinge, topped by a fluffy white head which dissipates into a thin skin and a persistent collar.

Smell:
A good combination of fruit, spice, and grain. Peppery hops with notes of nectarines and Bartlett pears. There's also some toffee and an earthy funk similar to the potato-skin character in the nose of Telegraph's California Ale.

Taste:
Grainy and nutty (sunflower seeds?) at first, followed by zesty banana and citrus. Finishes with light cloves, Wheat Thins, and orange peel. Very quenching and more-ish.

Mouthfeel:
Light-bodied and refreshing. Significant carbonation clears the palate at each swallow, yet the spicy/grainy character lingers and urges the next sip.

Drinkability:
Low in alcohol, light in body, but long on flavor. A tasty witbier which just might become my go-to summer beer when the months turn hot. (1,182 characters)

Photo of cookedw
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of Andy1618
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale hazy gold with plenty of head... which dies quickly.

S - Strong fruit aromas and coriander, with a little bit of orange sourness.

T - Very spicy. Citrus and wheat dominate, with a strong coriander/pepper backbone. A little bit of floral quality from the chamomile.

M - Very bubbly, but pretty watery. Flavor fades quickly but spiciness lingers.

D - Overall pretty tasty and refreshing... a good brew, but there are better witbiers out there for a lower price. (472 characters)

Photo of ckimchi
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Union Ale in downtown Santa Barbara

Appearance:
Average for the style. Pours out to minimal head that doesn't stick around for long. Color is orange-ish, like Great White.

Smell:
Nice smell of coriander and orange. A little tart too.

Taste:
Lots of spices up front. Very tart but not sour. Bitter orange peel dominates most of the flavor with a little pepper and coriander bite. Very clean taste that pairs well with heavy food.

Mouthfeel:
A bit thin, nothing fantastic but it fits the flavor profile well and I feel like its just part of what the beer is.

Overall:
A good clean beer. Crisp and refreshing that is a good representation of the style. Plus its a local brewery! (690 characters)

White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.