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Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Reserve Wheat AleReserve Wheat Ale

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very good

82 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 169
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 27 | 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: 169
Photo of dbmernin83
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours golden with a thick two finger head.
apple and cirus tartness on the nose, with some light wheat
definite citrus sour with a soothing wheat finish. tartness lasts through the wheat long after the sip.
champagne tight carbonation, and light and crisp body
quite a refreshing beer that would taste great while eating fresh fruit on a porch on a warm late-spring afternoon.

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Photo of Brew33
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received via trade with Azureoval. Thanks Josh.

I've had their Gypsy Ale and enjoyed it so I figured I'd give this beer a try and I was impressed. Cloudy yellow beer with a dense, 2 finger head. The aroma is really great. Slight funk, Lemon tartness, sour, and some light wheat beer notes. The flavor is really very good too. Tart, lactic, lemony, with a dry, raw wheat finish. Tons of wheat in the aftertaste as well almost to a fault. It's a little harsh in the finish. The mouthfeel was excellent. Slightly creamy, tight carbonation. The drinkability should be a 5 but the corn husk, raw wheat aftertaste dings it and the taste a little bit.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. I'd definitely drink it again. If I had regular access to it I'd probably drink quite a bit of it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

January 2009. Exceedingly pale sunflower yellow with multiple uprushing bubble streams and a massive crown of eggshell colored cream. Large divots appear in the increasingly rocky foam, while a smattering of lace sticks to the glass.

The nose is wonderful and reflects the ingredients: lemon verbena (a flowering plant), Lactobacillus (a bacteria) and Brettanomyces (a yeast). The result is a tangy, lemony, barnyard-like scent that is reminscent of a summer saison. It's pure pleasure to sniff. Especially if you're a fan of the style.

Reserve Wheat Ale is good beer that doesn't quite make it all the way to great beer. It's restrained for an American wild ale, with the funk-o-meter stopping well short of the red line. Those who are ambivalent about 'bug beer' will probably still be ambivalent after tasting it.

The biggest negative is a lack of malty guts. This has to be the lightest wild ale that I've ever had, which was predictable given the ABV. On the other hand, it's refreshing and quenching and perfect for a picnic lunch. Untoasted wheat, slightly bitter grasses and lemon peel is the sum total of the flavor profile. Along with the surprisingly clean, mild funkiness of the organisms, of course.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light and is properly carbonated. All in all, it fits the rest of the beer's attributes pretty well. This is the weakest of the scores, for whatever that's worth.

Telegraph Reserve Wheat Ale probably hit the brewery's target in the middle of the bull's eye. It's good warm weather beer and is the wild ale equivalent of a simple saison or a crisp pilsner. Oh, and this particular vintage is showing no signs of age whatsoever.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jan '09.

Pours a very bright straw color with a huge head that sticks around for a while. It's got an awesome lactic aroma. Very crisp smelling. If you told me this were a Berliner I'd believe it. The flavor only solidifies the previous statement. Super clean lactic flavor with a kiss of brett. I love the wheat in this beer. Awesome. Incredibly drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: Huge 4 finger head fades at a decent rate over hazy murky banana wheat colored beer.

N: Nose of banana, wheat, light malts, a little lemon zest and orange peel, Belgian wit like aromas, light spices, light sweet malts, a touch of booze, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Lighter taste, with some wheat, light malts, citrus, lemon zest and orange peel again, little sour tangy fruit flavor, some banana, more Belgian wit like flavors too, a little bitterness, some spices. Slightly fruity and juicy but still dry.

M: Mouth is lighter with good carbonation.

F: Finishes spicy with a slight acidic and lingering sour tangy fruit, more lemonade like flavor, very dry, little funky dry yeasty taste too, but very little coming from that heavy dryness. Some fruit flavors so light its hard to detect.

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ebin6
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.97/5  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).

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Photo of Krevee
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 04/14/10
Bottled on 02/15/10
Poured from 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip
Reviewed from notes

A - Pours a light hazy gold/yellow with about 1/2 inch head to it.

S - Citrus lemon flavor with hints of sweetness along with wheat.

T - Flavor follows the aroma and has a a very tart flavor profile. Has hints of wheat throughout. The sourness mostly has a lemon quality to it.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Has adequate carbonation and is crisp and dry in the finish. Very smooth on the end as well.

D - Its a great beer for the warmer season and definitely a beer I could put down several glasses of. Really enjoyed it, and would be great to sit and enjoy.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.94/5  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.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a really splendid beer. A very nice easy-drinker for a sour ale.

A nice combination of tartness and funkiness. Along with some sourness as well. Citrus tastes and the bottle says lemon of some sort was added. I believe that impacts head retention.

I prefer this beer when it was colder. It lost some of its great funkiness as it warmed.

All in all, I would especially like to have this in warmer weather with brunch. I'm thinking, and its just a hunch, that it would go well with goat cheese.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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...

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Photo of charlzm
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy yellow/light gold color with a nice white foam.

S: A tart lemon scent to go along with the slightly sweet wheat aroma. Not terribly "complex".

T: Mostly tart (lots of lemon), there is a bit of sweetness from the wheat in there at some points. Although the primary taste sensation is tartness, it's not as sour as I would like.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, and crisp.

D: Very drinkable, although not the most interesting or complex sour ale, it's still nice to drink.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle at 58 degrees.

Pours clear, light gold with a two-plus inch head of hissing white froth. After a quick drop, the porous foam dissapated to a partial skim coat on the surface along with a few streaks of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with tart lemon with hints of cut grass, wet hay, pineapple skin, and light malt. Quite earthy and slightly musty with plenty of zesty lemon.

Light bodied with a crisp, quenching mouthfeel.

Tart lemon, grapefruit, and a wheat twang start the palate. Hints of spice and mild funk follow through.

Finishes with a lingering tartness, lemon oil, and earth-rubbed citrus.

Tasty enough and certainly dry and quenching. The tartness stays fairly level throughout and never builds to what I would consider "sour". More funk and sourness would be welcome on this end.

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