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White Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.14%
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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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

eulerthegrape, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

moonknight31, May 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

tommyguz, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

GRG1313, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

t0rin0, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

bh123, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

TheMarkE, Jan 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

pepelemofo, Dec 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

zackcamp, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

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
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

SocalKicks, Aug 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Beer21, May 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

StoicBeast, May 03, 2012
Photo of nataku00
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

nataku00, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of raulazzer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

raulazzer, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of jegross2
3.3/5  rDev -7%

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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4/5  rDev +12.7%

caseyoharaa, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

beerme411, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +7%

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 Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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 cookedw
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

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
Photo of brotherloco
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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 plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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
Photo of womencantsail
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

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
White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.