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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

82 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.08%
Wants: 45
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: RidiculedDisplay on 02-22-2009

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 164
Photo of paytoplay
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinker. Light, not a lot of mid or finish. Ok nose with slight funk and very slight sour. Maybe a beer to intro people to this style. But ver light and not complex. Though with 3-6 months of bottle conditioning age I could see a bit more happening. There are others in this style I'd rather pick up. (305 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml poured to Jackie-O's tulip.

Pours a very clear straw yellow with a beautiful head that lights atop. The head is absolutely pure white and very inviting. Not much lacing is left behind despite the everlasting 1/2" foam cap.

Smell is a wheat and fresh squeezed lemons. Not much too it, but nicely done.

Taste is just like the smell. Extremely simple and exactly what you'd expect when buying this bottle. Light tartness from both the Brett and lemon zest that coats the big wheat characteristic.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Light and crisp, perfect for a summer day. This is the perfect pairing for post season baseball.

Very nice offering, but I would like a little more flavor profile on this one. (705 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to whoever brought this one to the last RB tasting.

a - Pours a murky bright light yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, citrus, spices, oranges, wheat, and light funk. Very nice nose, like it a lot.

t - Tastes of funk/brett, lightly sour fruits, wheat, bready malts, light citrus, earthy notes. Very nice again.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation, though the body is a bit watery.

o - Overall the body is a bit thin and watery, and it doesn't look great, but the nose and taste are very good. Would certainly have it again. (615 characters)

Photo of PhunkLover
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good effort. Not crisp like a berliner should be, but a worthy effort. Lemon Verbena comes through strong, very juicy. A bit flabby and messy, but still purty good. I should be a good beer advocate and make sure this review is two hundred and fifty characters. Did I make it this time? Thanks Dakine! (317 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado in San Francisco.

Pours a cloudy, but very light lemon yellow colour. Head is minimal, but fine and filmy where it appears. Minimal lace as well. Looks very light in the body, and looks still when tilted.

Clean, and oddly hoppy nose, with a slight wheaty acidity. Some acidity, a pleasant roundness and a bit of assy funk. Mostly, the characters derive from the wheat, with a very slight sweet citrus overtone. Very nice.

Taste is lemony, with citrus dominant and a very light bodied wheat backbone. Funky finish, like orange citrus candy, and an echo of celery: fresh and bright. Feel is very thin, which works, but it's still very thin.

It's a nice beer. Easy to drink, but with plenty of interest. The wild elements give it its edge. (759 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Huhzenbendah at a recent tasting. Thanks Matt. Beer is yellow and completely cloudy with a thin white head of tiny bubbles that disappears nearly immediately. No lacing apparently low carbonation.

Aroma has a mild funk, some oakiness to it, mild lactic acid, some citrus and some grain, smells good.

Beer is thin and watery with a nice wheat finish to it. Some oak in the late palate, overall a nice little wild ale. Nothing too aggressive about it just a solid simple palate, mild lactic acid, overall I'd have it again. (540 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade, and then I found it in Phoenix as well. Addition of lemon verbena, as well as lactobacillus and brettanomyces. A dry wheat ale, a wheat and lemony aroma. The mouthfeel is certainly not thin, but it is not a creamy wheat taste from a normal wheat ale. That part disapointed my drinking buddy. I got some brett, some herbal lemony flavour, and it was most drinkable to me. It is unique. Light colour with substantive bubbly white head. (452 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berliner Weisse? Hard to say what this is... it was very clean, with a lemony lactic tartness. Dull pastel yellow, very little foam. Dusty wheat and lemon in the nose. Moderate puckering tartness, just very clean and maybe somewhat one dimensional. Brisk and zesty carbonation, with a quenching feel to it. Dry finish.

I expected maybe more complexity for a $13 750mL of wild ale billed with Brett and Lacto. For the money i'd rather get a couple 1809's or a Bruery Hottenroth. (479 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 07/18/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Clear, light golden with no active carbonation. The head is a very fine thin skin of foam.

Aroma of bubblegum.

Mild wheat tang with subtle bubblegum flavor. Conservative levels of funk and a citric sourness. Soft, powdery (talc and floral) character to finish. No bitterness in evidence.

Soft mouthfeel.

Not at all a difficult drinker, but in the absence of any assertive flavors, the experience is a little lacking. (470 characters)

Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay Chalice

Pours hazy straw yellow. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Thin white head fluffs up and goes away quickly leaving being very little lacing.

On the nose I'm greeted with tart lemon and brett funk with some faint caramelized sugar tucked away. Smells pleasant and inviting.

Initial taste is mellow lemon zest; bites the side of your tongue like a sour should, but doesn't bite very hard. The funkiness is more noticeable on the finish and is paired with some noticeable oxidation. The sweetness that was there on the nose doesn't really show in the taste...and that's too bad. It would add a nice layer.

This feels medium/light bodied with very good carbonation. Coats the mouth while still being refreshing and not too syrupy.

Overall I enjoyed this and would recommend it as a good introduction to sours for anyone. All the components you look for in a sour are there without anything really standing out. I will seek this out again and will enjoy it. Cheers! (1,007 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy yellow, solid white head, good retention.

S: Lactic acid, lemon.

T: Big on the lactic acid though not overbearing. Notes of fermented yellow/green apples, lemons, and a hint of strawberry I always get with this beer.

M: Full-bodied for the style, brisk/fizzy carbonation, but not too much, dry, clean, definite acidity.

D: A very nice Berliner from Telegraph, a beer to compare with the Bruery's for the best I've had in Southern California. Not the greatest drinkability as it is heavy in a way at times, but a refreshing, interesting beverage nonetheless. (603 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was light golden, but not quite pale. Looked a bit like lemonade or pineapple, or maybe a mix. About ½ inches of head. Minimal lacing on the top that dissipated very quickly. No film on the sides.

Smelled a lot of different flavors, including pears, apples, cloves and a touch of puke. If not puke, then sour beer.

Tasted very sour and tarty from the get-go and right away I noticed a lot of carbonation. I also got the pears, which I smelled so heavily before. The cloves try to make a late run of it, but it wasn’t too strong. Overall pretty tarty.

Medium body. Oily texture. Fizzy (high) carbonation. Astringent finish.

This was my first ever sour beer. At least that was what I’d call it. It has its moments, but I’m sure others must be better. Maybe I’ll go back to this after I try a few others. (880 characters)

Photo of ncmussell
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle thanks to Ghettofabulous. Pours a pale yellow with some fizzy head that dissipates relatively quickly. Cloudy in appearance. Nice nose of citrus hay and grass. Taste is lightly tart and just sour enough. Nice notes of citrus, Brett, little grassiness. Not really that inky but a real refreshing tartness. Well done for the style. This is great for a nice hot day as it is quite refreshing. Big fan of Berliners just wish more people would do them! (461 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label:
"This intensely sour 'wild ale' recalls the earliest rustic beers crafted centuries ago before brewers had an understanding of controlled fermentation. Brewed with the addition of lemon verbena, as well as lactobacillus and brettonomyces, Telegraph Reserve Wheat is an all-together different beast from modern beer. Not for the faint of heart, this special brew is available in extremely limited quantities."

Picked up a bottle of this today at SouthBayDrugs.

Very pale yellow with an inch of egg shell white foam, good retention. Some lacing. Cloudiness with the yeast pour. Decent look for a Berliner weiss type beer.

Grassy, lemon, wheat, lacto, little brett. Pale malt sweetness in the background. Sour orange, and a bit of an herbal aroma. White pepper too. A little more funk and yeastiness with the yeast pour. Good aroma.

Light and tart with an herbal lemon flavor in the finish. Maybe a little tart nectarine and orange but very subtle. Not too complex but I'm sure some time in the bottle would be good for this beer.

Medium-high carbonation, slightly tart and refreshing. Excellent for a summer beer. (1,134 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Big foam, clear yellow straw

SMELL: Lemon oil, tart, fresh crackers, wild herbs, faintly musty.

TASTE: Deep smoothness, even tartness, dry grain, yeast, mild funk, dry finish.

Lacto & Brett ... both are very tame here though add just enough to bring some tartness and funk to the palate. The subtle approach works as it ends up extremely drinkable. (400 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this. Bottled 1/12/09...

Appears a fizzy, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap & collar. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon up front, tart wheat, and a touch of berries.
Taste is of the mentioned lemon zest, obvious wheat, along with tropical fuit and banana being detected.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, with with acidic citrus tickling the tongue on the finish. (445 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, bottled on Jan 27, 2009, poured into a tulip. Sent in a trade by...someone, can't remember who, thanks though!

Pours a pale hazed straw golden color with a quickly dissipating large fizzy bone white head. Head settles into a thick ring and thin film of tiny bubbles with light streaks of lacing. Aroma is mildly lactic and sour, with strong notes of banana, wheat, citrus rind, lemon, florals and light pepper. Body is very light and fluffy with extremely active, sharp carbonation which nicely complements the lactic and lemon sourness. Flavor is much less of a typical wheat beer than the nose would have suggested. Lemon zest dominates the flavor, with some hints of the sweet malt and yeast. Very berlinner weissy (well, a very sweet one) and highly drinkable and refreshing, but the overly effervescent body combined with oppressive lemon and lactic flavors obliterate most of the wheat presence. I enjoyed this a lot more than my score suggests since this was very unique, but the balance and composition misses the mark for me. (1,050 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Lindemans flute glass. Bottled on January 27, 2009 (making this sample about 6.5 months old).

Liquid is a heavily carbonated very pale color somewhere between chartreuse yellow and pear. A small tower of snow white foam rests on top, with decent retention, continually fed by the rapidly escaping bubbles. Nice rocky lacing. Brilliant crystalline clarity.

Aroma is sour cherry, lime zest, crab apples, and a hint of rice wine vinegar.

Crisp clean entry on the palate, like biting into an apple. Very tart, just short of puckering with a very slight yeastiness. White grape skins and mild malt in the finish. Lemon verbena is certainly there as well, though the Brett. is too subtle in my opinion.

Effervesence is powerful, leaving a tingling sensation suggesting more body that is really there (this is quite a light brew).

Not particularly complex (sort of a dumbed down, almost lager-like, lambic ale), but very refreshing and well balanced none the less.

Low ABV makes this great for languid Summer weekend days... (1,062 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light frosted golden clouded color. Nice layer and lacing.

Funk, orange, lemon lime.

Light funk. Sweet citrus, very entry-level sour. Great little beer here.

Lots of carbonation, perhaps a bit too much. Acidity is nice and mellow.

I liked this beer, at the expense of complexity it'll just about satisfy a sour craving, without being too heavy or barnyard. (360 characters)

Photo of ebin6
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden orange color with a large, fast moving head...had to have been gone within a minute. Carbonation streams present on the side of tulip glass

S - Floral with high level of citrus. One of the better noses I've had in a while

T - Fairly complex; the citrus present in the nose is there, although not at the level I was anticipating. This beer almost feels like a mash-up of sour/lambic, hefewiezen, and saison

M - Somewhat of a let down upon repeated sips. Even mouth swirls do not elicit much action in the cheeks or tongue. Acceptable for a hefe or saison, but not from a beer that touts itself as "intensely sour"

D - Insanely drinkable. Drinks more like a saison than a sour/lambic. Small compensation for the mouthfeel, in my opinion, but is definitely an upside. I could have had another 750ml; it was that drinkable. (842 characters)

Photo of ejyoung
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with about 1.5 fingers of creamy white head. Head falls quickly and leaves no trace. Very light color.

Lemony tartness is big on the nose along with some brett and straw.

Taste starts with tart lemon. Wheat is noticeable as well. It's not sour, but the tartness is nice. Some brett funk is evident as well.

Nice bubbly mouthfeel. It's definitely light bodied, but I think it woks with this beer. Very refreshing and enjoyable on a hot summer day. Reminded me of a less complex Veritas 008 overall. (526 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light gold in color with a nice inch or more of frothy head. Smell is wheat, yeast and some lemon zest. Taste is more of the lemon flavor as well as some clove. This is perfect for a hot, humid spring day. There's just a hint of bitterness and some sort of citrus in the middle of each sip. Very refreshing. Very full and creamy on the mouthfeel. This is a real easy beer to drink. Quite the fact that it is gone too fast. This is a really good beer and the first that I've had from Telegraph Brewing. (515 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours pale golden with a decent but quickly receding white head. Smell is sour and funky with tart fruits. Flavor is sour and slightly funky with good lemon acidity. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long-ish tart and bitter finish. (287 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD (thanks!).

Bottle labled bottled on 1/12/09. Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wheat, cereal, and lighter citrus. Tastes of citrus, wheatiness, cereal, and lighter spices. Lighter tart finish. (288 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into wine glass.

A: Pours a light yellow/golden with a big bright white fizzy head that quickly faded away into nothingness leaving no lacing.
S: Light notes of funk, green apple, sweet fruits and berries and a touch of wheat.
T: Lightly tart notes of sour green apples, clean wheat, lemon zest, apricots and minerals. The finish is sweet and the aftertaste is lightly sour. No vinegar but there’s a good dose of acid.
M: Lightish body, really active carbonation that is quick and tingly. The mouthfeel has a few gritty dry tannins, and I get a weird film in the aftertaste that coasts my mouth.
O: Really drinkable and light. The flavors and acidity are mild and go down refreshingly enough. This would be a good intro sour. (745 characters)

Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.