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White Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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DoubleJ

California

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 02:48:00 | More by DoubleJ
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ckimchi

California

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 20:51:19 | More by ckimchi
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Andy1618

California

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 07:56:52 | More by Andy1618
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illidurit

California

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 07:52:57 | More by illidurit
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Floydster

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2008 01:56:58 | More by Floydster
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 05:58:04 | More by barleywinefiend
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bulletrain76

California

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2008 07:06:52 | More by bulletrain76
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MiScusi

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 18:37:06 | More by MiScusi
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vurt

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 06:43:53 | More by vurt
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White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.