Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-22-2012 00:21:12 | More by Dreadnaught33
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
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
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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,
03-15-2012 23:16:07 | More by OneDropSoup
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
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
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
02-26-2012 08:46:40 | More by kojevergas
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
01-27-2012 02:11:31 | More by mdfb79
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
01-23-2012 03:28:34 | More by abrethanson
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
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-31-2011 07:54:42 | More by BucannonXC5
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
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
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