Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Reserve Wheat AleReserve Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
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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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 82
Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido Ca
Batch#136

Appearance is a hazy gold, minor head almost looks flat after a minute. This with an aggressive pour

Herbal tea-like fragrance resembles a lemon herbal tea, grainy and quite pleasant

taste is slightly lemon-sour, not overpowering at all. In fact, this is coming off as a real weak gose... but it is not labeled as gose. I catch wheat on the aftertaste and that lingers a bit. It's not bad in of itself, but the flat watery mouthfeel just kills the experience for me. Very little bubbly has made it through this "bottle conditioning" and flat + gose "ish" is a particularly odd combination.

For me it comes across more like something wrong happened with the lemonade as opposed to something is unique and enjoyable about this beer.

I hope that this is just a bad bottle and may try again someday as I am generally a fan of this flavor profile.

Photo of TheBrewBrotha
2.35/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was falsely advertised as an "intensely sour wild ale" but the beer isn't sour at all! I mean, not one bit of tart was tasted. The pour is nice without foam and the beer is still a smooth one. If you're looking for a sour, skip this brew. But, if you're looking for a day time or summer beer then this one is a go.

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like the after taste of a war head. Very bitter. Easy drink. Low alc level. No complaints but not blown away either, 4/5 is a fair assessment. Almost tastes like champagne. If I want to continue my night can't go for 9% so it's a very solid option at one mile house

Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has heavy wheat flavors with tart qualities of lemon and kumquat. Lots of unsweetened Sprite and Mountain Dew come through. A medium mouthfeel.

A really wonderful berliner weisse.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Murky gold, not much lacing. Smell yeast and wheat. Taste lemon, wheat, bubble gum. Medium body, clean, very tart finish. Tart!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%

Batch No. 136.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with wheat, grain, lemon, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, grain, and lemon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and tasty, but the sourness is pretty subdued compared to the "intensely sour" claim on the label.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a pale yellow with some fine particulate stuck in suspension. A fluffy white head sits atop with patchy fingers of lace sticking to the glass. Pretty solid head retention for the style.

The smell is lemony with some wheat and footy grain quality. An earthy brett scent is present focusing the aromatics more towards earthy and somewhat barnyard-like. More sniffs reveal a bit more fruited quality and a bit of spice.

The taste includes a solid amount of wheat along with fruity lemon. Some suggestions of pear mingle with a faint clove-like spice. As more sips are taken, more brett comes forward somewhat like cobwebs, earth and barnyard qualities.

This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Fairly refreshing with an interesting funk inclusion of brett. This was a good beer, it just misses the berliner style a little with its focus on funk. For an american wild, its solid for a berliner, i was happy with just one pour.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to starrdogg, thanks Matt.

First off, the bottle says this is wild ale, and to me, that is definitely true over calling it a Berliner Weiss, it has a lot of yeast notes of Brett and lacto that are not too sour but are there all the same.

The beer pours a color and look of a Berliner, with a straw hazy look no head after it dies and little lacing. The smell is quite tart, and has a heavy Brett character with a nice rustic farmhouse malt. The taste follows, though the tartness is cut down and has more of a citrus feel than a sour feel. Overall nice feel too, not super carbonated, probably should have more than it does.

Overall a nice beer, great for summer.

Photo of bump8628
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Three fingers of soft, porous head that falls to a thick coating without leaving lacing, over pale gold body, hazy but transparent.

Aroma is tart lemon, with a little sweetness like Italian ice, plus a peppery, phenolic spice character. Lemon character gets richer & more pronounced, nice. Get a little musty & papery quality, not bad.

Biting lemon acidity up front, turns a little grassy or earthy, kind of like bitter greens, with a complex herbal character. Maybe a little woody, with a very dry, tart finish.

Sharply acidic at first, rounds & smooths out a little bit midway but remains pretty biting. Mellows after a bit.

This is a formidable beer but with some complexity,

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Batch #89. Reviewed live.

No best before date.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over time. The label doesn't clarify that this is a Berliner Weisse. Berliner Weisse is one style I've never really understood (why in German culture is it verboten to put fresh fruit in beer, but it's somehow okay to put candy syrup in beer?).

A: Pours a half finger of no real head at all - not even a floater. How does a 5% beer have such wretched retention? Colour is a cloudy nontransparent (but not opaque) yellow. Lots of bubbles indicate adequate carbonation. No yeast particles are visible. Generally appealing.

Sm: Bretts hit me first, along with lemon, lemon peel, and wild yeast/bacteria. Bretts are certainly dominant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Clean, alive, and inviting.

T: Bretts are dominant here as well, with lemon citrus esters and lemon peel on the climax, lending it a clean citrusy counterbalance. It's a very clean beer for a wildly fermented ale. No wheat comes through, surprisingly. Heavy lactic tones are present throughout. Not at all a Berliner Weissbier, this is almost certainly a wild ale. I don't know how it got miscategorized, but I'll submit an update. It's quite enjoyable and pleasant. Well balanced and built.

No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A biteen thin. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavours by not intruding.

Dr: Very drinkable, though the ABV is low. I'd try it again on draught, but it's not unique or special. Fans of the style (wild ale, not Berliner Weisse) should try it. Lots of bretts and lactic notes make it worthwhile. Give her a spin.

B-

Photo of mdfb79
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of abrethanson
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sppearance - pours a lemony yellow with a beautiful 2 finger head and leaves a nice lacing around the glass. I take a step back and it reminds me of egg yoke and whites. Looks tart.

Smell - citrus with distinct lemon scent permeating from the glass. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, acidic, and light.

Taste - Just like it looks and smells. A whole lot of lemon citrus and tart. Very much like a Berliner Weissbier. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. The lemon peel bitterness comes through in the end with a little yeast. Not a strong aftertaste.

Overall - An outstanding summer beer to beat the heat. Citrus refreshment and not much else more. More Tart than sour and not as complex but enjoyable non the less.

Photo of 01001111
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of raffy313
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a tannish white fluffy head. Slight sourness in the nose with some fruit like pear. Light mouthfeel. Light sourness balanced out with a little sweetness. Pretty subtle. Easy drinking. Not overly complex by any means. For 5.7%, the alcohol is absolutley unnoticeable.

Photo of tony223366
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, bright straw color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is nice lemon zest with some tart aromas. A bit of wheat in the nose as well...as well as cider-like scents. Taste is initially pleasantly tart with flavors of lemon and spices. Lots of lemon with just a bit of bread and wheat. Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this was an awesome beer that I was not expecting to be as great as it was. To me, this is more like a berliner weissbier than a wild ale. Highly drinkable.

Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Photo of DearthVader
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of phichifiji00
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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