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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

121 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
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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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-07-2014 13:55:32 | More by SocalKicks
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-08-2012 22:31:30 | More by nmann08
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-18-2013 22:36:38 | More by DaveHack
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-15-2011 05:39:13 | More by avaldivia
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-24-2014 13:41:35 | More by InspectorBob
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GrumpyJunglist

California

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

750ml bottle poured into a The Bruery tulip.

Batch 78.

A: Poured a very pale light yellow, with some haze to it. Has some very fine bubbles that kind of remind me of champagne. The head is really frizzy/bubbly. The head color was a nice bright white, with about 2 fingers worth from the pour.

S: A lot of malty wheatness with a bit of zesty lemon behind it. Definitely has the scent of a good ole wheat beer.

T: The aroma and taste have no real correlation. It was very light, with some major notes of lemon lime, has some real acidic characters all around actually.

M: Nicely carbonated, the after taste is very acidic but at the same time kind of refreshing.

O: A pretty straight forward basic sour. For the cost of it, very much worth it. Wonder if age really does do anything to this though.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 06:59:00 | More by GrumpyJunglist
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-15-2011 09:13:19 | More by ithinkimasofa
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-17-2013 13:50:29 | More by drgonzo2k2
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moonknight31

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-19-2013 17:03:21 | More by moonknight31
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weazal

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Sour, bready lemon.

T: Overriding sourness, but strangely slick with a complete lack of puckering - which I find impressive! Perhaps the easiest sour beer I've had yet. Sweet, tangy lemon from beginning though mid until a grassy-ness tries to fight through, only to be overpowered by the tang. Finishes clean with only slight lingering flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 09:02:19 | More by weazal
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:47:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 15:50:00 | More by kbutler1
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-25-2011 20:41:20 | More by JAHMUR
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azureoval

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-10-2012 23:54:50 | More by azureoval
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-03-2012 23:31:08 | More by PthPndr
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TicoCali

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-02-2012 01:31:57 | More by TicoCali
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 00:15:29 | More by Huhzubendah
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-29-2011 19:05:41 | More by nanobrew
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henskejk

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-09-2014 20:32:38 | More by henskejk
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mroberts1204

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-02-2012 03:19:43 | More by mroberts1204
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beerme411

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-14-2013 19:32:02 | More by beerme411
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bulletrain76

California

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

75cl bottle. Lightly hazy yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is super complex, with spice, citrus, funk, sweet bread, wheat, and doughy yeast. The flavor is not as sour as the aroma suggests, with a light tartness that plays with some sweet, doughy malt to give off a lemon pastry impression. Bready with some light spice as well. Medium bodied with some spritzy bubbles. While this isn't as sour as I was expecting, it's a damn pleasant and drinkable wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 04:26:25 | More by bulletrain76
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a hazy golden color. There is about a finger of white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell - Woah, very funky. First smell I get is the lactic (old milk), tart lemons, and some slight sweet wheat aromas.

Taste - Quite tart - an interesting combination of lactic and lemon citrus flavor. There is a definite wheat profile, along with some earthy funk. The warmer this gets the more the flavors become more pronounced.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, and finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - Easy to drink for a "wild ale" and it is my first wheat wild ale. To be perfectly honest it is not as enjoyable as some of the other American Wild Ale's I have had but it was good to try (though for this price range I'd rather buy a Jolly Pumpkin La Roja).

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:42:40 | More by SpdKilz
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beagle75

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip.

A: Rich, translucent golden color with 1.5 fingers of bright white head that diminishes quickly. No lacing remains on the glass. This beer is a few shades darker in color that most wheat beers.

S: Slight wheat and hay, moderate lactic sour smell.

T: Wheat throughout, with initial tartness that gives way to funky brettanomyces and slight bitterness. After a while a trace of phenolics begin to build to the point of being noticed, but they stops short of taking over.

M: Effervescent and highly carbonated, this beer is balanced by the kind of substantial texture that I expect in a wheat beer of quality.

D: Easy to drink, considering it is brewed with wild strains of yeast and bacteria. Note that this beer is not aged in wine barrels, unlike many of the more high-profile american wild ales. It reminds me of RR Sanctification, with wheat added. The rich wheat backbone is very well represented here and it makes me want to try a traditional (non-sour) wheat beer by this brewery. There is a lot here to like, get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 21:48:11 | More by beagle75
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 20:12:37 | More by hopdog
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.