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Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Reserve Wheat AleReserve Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 37
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RidiculedDisplay on 02-22-2009)
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itsfreeasinbeer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.6%

12-14-2011 02:30:31 | More by itsfreeasinbeer
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MiScusi

California

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured from a 750 into my Ommegang Witte tumbler.

A- light golden, almost pale, but still on the golden side. Tons of bubbles streaming up. Very airy wispy head settles there for a bit and then creates an ocean foam over the top.

S- first I notice you can actually smell the wheat, like a wit almost. Then you get that mild tartness as well. There might be the slightest hint of banana or something fruity in there.

T- surprisingly there's a bit of belgian yeast taste. Course there's a little acid giving it some tartness which is not puckering, and tastes of light lemon juice, but there's also some yeast phenols in there contributing quite a bit to the taste.

M- very light and effervescent.

D- I can drink a whole bottle of this easily and still want more. I have no idea what the ABV is on this beer but I would love to put this back all afternoon during a hot summer day.

04-28-2009 01:22:41 | More by MiScusi
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phichifiji00

California

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw color, pours a thick white head that slowly fades, moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Sour, Lemon, Sightly funky.

Taste: Sour, Lemon, Lime, a hint of wheat, and some grassy/earthy notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, tart, good carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer. Extremely refreshing, sour but not overly so, very drinkable.

09-30-2011 01:27:32 | More by phichifiji00
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-22-2011 20:45:03 | More by gcare02
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floraday

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-19-2011 22:15:50 | More by floraday
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MikeRMII

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-06-2011 04:20:10 | More by MikeRMII
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wentsul

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-05-2013 23:36:33 | More by wentsul
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dojii54


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-22-2012 01:51:33 | More by dojii54
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raffy313

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

Received this 750ML C&C'ed bottle in the MLB Playoffs 2011 BIF from landrewg. Thanks a ton, Andy! Poured into a regular pint glass.

A clear, yellow/straw color, typical of Berliners. White 1 finger head that dissipates to nothing rather quickly and leaves behind very little, to no lacing.

A nice lemony aroma with slight tartness. Some slight hefe-like wheat aromas are also present. Rather awesome nose, actually.

Flavors are similar to the aromas, with the tartness hitting the tongue almost immediately. Definate lemon zest flavors, with just a hint of bready wheat.

Somewhat light body with just the right amount of medium carbonation. Very drinkable, very refreshing... wish I had this back in the hot summer.

Ahhhh... I love this style, and I really like this beer. "Bottled on" date says "78", and have no idea how fresh/old this beer is, but I drank it over 2 months after I received it and it's still tastes fresh. Would love to try a bottle(or two) of this fresh next summer.

12-20-2011 01:57:48 | More by raffy313
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DoubleJ

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

On-tap at 1300 Bar in Glendale, CA. On to the beer:

Pee yellow in color, leaving some pleasant lacing in the glass. It's mildly sour, like sour lemons and citrus peel thrown in. A sour witier? Well, that's what it tastes like, and I like it a lot. Creamy tasting oats give the beer a sweet note, plus some coriander thrown in, then it steers into sour lemon territory. It features a very easy mouthfeel, while light, doesn't pelt your palate with huge carbonation bubbles. Call it "laid back" carbonation. All this helps create a very easy drinking beer.

Despite the style its under per BA, TRW is not overly sour, but more of a witbier spiked with some sour character. It worked out great with me.

05-25-2010 17:25:08 | More by DoubleJ
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DuqTroops

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

I came to this from Craig at City Beer in SF. I asked for a couple of his recommendations to send home to the East coast, and this was a great choice.

I have not heard of Telegraph, but they made a great brew! Tonight for dinner, I made a grilled chicken with spinach/lemon pesto. The wheat ale made a great pair for the dinner.

Appearance - hazy in color, looks "wheaty," yet appropriate.

Smell: lemony.

Taste: a little sour, then sweet. you can really taste the brets...

Mouthfeel: not too dry, but very good.

Drinkability: love it. If I could, would buy it again.

It was bottled on Jan 12, 2009 - I don't think it would make a good aged or cellared beer.

Cheers!

03-01-2009 01:26:20 | More by DuqTroops
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01001111

California

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

A: Golden straw, hazy white grape juice.

S: Grassy lemonade.

T: A pleasant, subtly tart, crisp, American hefeweizen with a slight lemonade finish. There's a good balance between the tart funk, the slightly sweet wheat, the yeast, and the hints of lemon.

M: Crisp and thin (though not watery).

O: A very well balanced brew; definitely one worth revisiting.

01-10-2012 04:42:22 | More by 01001111
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Batch 67.

Appearance: Pours out a hay-hued body, cloudy with some fine particles, and capped by a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Light scent of modestly tangy wheat malt with notes of lemon, florals, and just a hint of teensy hint of sourish funk.

Taste: A fast flash of sweetness over a soft wheat character with faint, faint graininess. Sparsely lactic. A cheery lemon tartness, though not astringently so. A little bit puckering on the cleansing, minerally finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A joy to drink! As the daytime highs have jumped from 40's-50's one day to over 80 degrees the next, this was just the refreshing, easy-to-drink tipple I needed.

03-15-2012 16:53:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

I love the idea of a sour wheat- I think the lactic notes of a Berliner Weiss work very well, so why not Brett notes as well. Pours a hazy golden with a good, but loose head and lots of carbonation. The Brett is certainly active in this bottle. Smells lemony, lactic, and herbal. The taste is a very nice blend of lemon, herbs, and sharp, quick lactic notes, followed by a long salty minerality and the barest bit of barnyard. Very nice. Perhaps a little overcarbonated, but lemony and refreshing in the mouth. Overall, I think this works quite well. It retains the refreshing nature of a wheat beer but adds some funky complexity.

06-29-2010 15:29:32 | More by Georgiabeer
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mrand01

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 750 mL in to a Corsendonk tulip. Batch 78.

A: Golden straw color with a very thin head. Pretty cloudy.

S: Lemon, citrus, a mild amount of funkiness from the yeast.

T: Lemon & wheat, just like the label says. A moderate amount of sourness, very refreshing.

M: Light and slightly sticky, head is very smooth.

O: Very good summer brew. Happy I opened this before the impending fall season.

09-17-2011 23:13:50 | More by mrand01
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popery

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Bright straw yellow with a dissipating head.

S: Sweet and sour wheat with some floral notes and a mild lactic bite.

T: It's a very well done Berliner Weissbier for my taste, but it's certainly on the mild end of the sour spectrum for this style. The tartness is restrained, which I really appreciate because it brings out more of the spicy wheat flavors. There are also notes of lemon and coriander.

M: Good, mild tartness. Admittedly, it probably goes downhill with age. So, drink it fresh.

D: Very drinkable, very refreshing. Compared to the German versions I've tried, this beer is more accessible. It's almost like they blended a small amount of an APA or another mild style into it. The Berliner Weissbier tang is there, but there was little actual pucker in my mouth. I hope that more American breweries take up this style if they can achieve results like this. Then again, I wonder how much my reaction is from just being able to have this beer very fresh, while the German beers suffer from the time lag of importing. In any event, I hope that people try this beer and realize that it's a style that has the potential for returning to popularity among American palates.

03-18-2009 06:43:33 | More by popery
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Ssomnoremac

California

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

On-tap at Bottle Room at Whittier

Pale gold, tight head. Not overly carbonated. It seemed just right to me.

Smelled like a sour: citrus and brett

I was really impressed by Telegraph with this one. It's Wheaty and Sour -- Needless to say: it's light. Very refreshing, drinkable.

02-18-2011 06:34:30 | More by Ssomnoremac
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-20-2013 19:09:30 | More by ste5venla
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jodan

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-24-2013 06:21:30 | More by jodan
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tony223366

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

From my beer journal. Reviewed on October 9, 2011.

A: Slightly Cloudy, straw yellow beer. Nice looking carbonation. Big foamy white head. Looks great and sticks around.

S: Nice tartness and lemon. Hint of wheat.

T: Tart up front. Hint of brett, but only just a little bit. Big lemon flavor and finishes tart. Nice dry finish.

M: Light body with nice carbonation.

O: Refreshing, but not a lot to it. Tasty beer. Perfect for a summer bbq.

10-20-2011 05:32:09 | More by tony223366
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-14-2011 18:14:00 | More by Jspriest
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-13-2012 02:26:25 | More by THECPJ
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%

750ml bottle poured into New Belgium globe

A: Poured a nice crisp golden with about 2 fingers head

S: Smelled tart and kinda lemony and definitely full of Brett

T: This was a really pleasant beer for a warm day. Seemed more of a wild ale than I was expecting though I was happy about that. Nice lactic acid tones throughout and very well balanced

M: Light mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: More of a wild than I expected and would certainly encourage fans of the wild ales to give this one a try. I would love to have more access to it and will be picking up a case for the summer next chance I get.

03-20-2012 23:50:41 | More by TheBeerologist
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

more of a berliner and i will review it as such, poured into a pint glass.

bright golden color with a huge amount of cloudiness to it. Barely can see through this to the other side but ample carbonation did continue to stream up throughout the session. Little head of white on top settles down quickly

crisp, clean, tart aroma quickly fills the air. Hints of apples, light touches of citrus, a light bready note all combine to form this crisp, clean profile Wonderful tart green apples blending with hints of light orange peel and lemon. Herbal grasses fill the profile mid palate and give it that depth but flowery notes keep it light and airy. Super quick, clean and dry finish leaves a tart flavor on the tongue that will not go away. So light and refreshing

07-08-2011 01:37:40 | More by mikesgroove
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Corked and caged 750ml poured into a tulip. Surprisingly clear with just a slight haze to the straw gold body. Mild carbonation produces a thin mat of white head. Subtle and soft lactic sourness hits the nose and palate first. Lemon juice, grass, and a background note of earth and herb (from the lemon verbena?). A smooth vein of musky funk runs through the beer and adds a nice complexity. Another wave of tartness hits the back of the palate on the swallow. Really nice and refreshing, but still plenty complex. Certainly inspired by Berliner Weiss, but this beer brings a little something else. Well done.

06-01-2012 21:01:07 | More by bump8628
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Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.