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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
89
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 40
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  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 kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2009; Sampled April 2009
A fairly soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is a pale gold color that shows a lightly hazed, straw-gold color with a white sheen to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy grain up front, this is followed by a light tartness and the finish has a sweet, lemon verbena not that is soft but distinct. Crushed whole grain cracker notes form a solid wheat signature in the aroma, though I was expecting this to smell more sour and / or funky. The herbal character is nice with its lemon focused finish.

The beer is tart, though not aggressively so, but it is enough sourness to be quite refreshing. Pretty much bone dry, but there is a perception of lemon zest towards the finish that seems to add a suggestion of sweetness. The carbonation adds quite a bit of fizzy effervescence to this brew as it dances across the tongue and it also adds a pepper-like spiciness to the finish. The beer is also quite light bodied; it is really quite refreshing, even if a little gassy at times. The grain does not play as big a role in the flavor as it does in the aroma, but there are still some flavors of hay, some saltine cracker notes in the finish and a bit of an earthy grain note.

A bit more simplistic than I was expecting, the Brettanomyces character is really quite muted at this time; this would have been a welcome boost to the complexity of this brew and perhaps this will develop a bit more with time. If the yeast character was a bit more interesting I would almost call this a great example of a Saison (though it does lean a bit more towards a clean Berliner Weiss); it is light and refreshing and the lactic character adds a nice touch but is not overwhelming.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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 weeare138
3.83/5  rDev -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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a hazed bright straw yellow.

This beer starts out with some lemon acidity flavors and a bit of sourness. It is more funky than sour, however. Notes of brett and grass/hay show with the funkiness. It has wheat flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was an easy drinking sour/wheat. Nothing crazy, but enjoyable. I would like to see more of these done as they are not overly soured.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow. Definitely expected the haze, this being a wheat beer. The beer smells of oak and yeast, with notes of French wine, or vin jaune barrels. The beer isn't terribly complex, but it is so very easy to drink. I wish it was a bit more sour, but then again I am a sourhead. Overall, a wonderful surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of illidurit
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bulletrain76. Pours a slightly hazy light gold color, much darker than a typical German Berliner Weisse. Lactic lemon zesty aroma with candied citrus and some sort of unidentifiable spiciness. Hard to stop smelling this one. Flavor is wheaty with lemon meringue, slight banana pith, coriander(?), and a wheat malt finish. Solid tartness. Nice robust flavor and body.

Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: Clear pale amber body with a few weird worm-like chunks. One finger of frothy white foam. Mediocre retention, no lace. I'm not going to lie, it's kind of gross looking - are those sea monkeys?

S: This is going to sound a bit weird, but it smells just like a Dairy Queen. I can't say with any certainty exactly what that entails (does the tangy wheat malt remind me of cheap cones? does the fruitiness recall the artificial cherry flavor of Dilly Bar coating?), but it's a remarkably vivid scent memory for me. More objectively, I get lemon, wheat, vanilla, and just a touch of lactic tartness. It's weird, but rather enjoyable.

T: Tart, lemony, and vegetal. Strange herbal notes on top f the wheat and sourness. Cherry syrup on the finish (it WAS Dilly Bars!). Bizarre, but ok.

M: Light + lively; nicely soft. Pleasant.

O: This was anything but popular with the tasting group, and I think my weak praise for it (rooted more in nostalgia than actual admiration) is as damning as a straight-up negative review. I enjoyed experiencing this beer, but I'll not be looking for a second date.

Cheers!

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

346th review on BA
bottle to wine glass
750 ML bottle, 2/15/10 bottle date

App- "It looks yellow dad" This is what my 4 1/2 year old says to me and she is correct. Light yellow with a nice two finger head.

Smell- Funky with a lemony note. A somewhat white wine note with a little acidity.

Taste- Slightly delicate with a hint of funk and citrus. Not overbearing at all. You still get the wheat profile to the beer which is nice and that they didnt try to overrun the flavors while trying to "sour" the beer.

Mouth- Thin bodied as expected and a nice high carbonation level with a nice crispness and acidity.

Drink- A good way to end the day with a flavorful and low abv beer. I could put back a few bottles of this pretty quickly.

Photo of hopdog
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.