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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

123 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
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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TicoCali

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-02-2012 01:31:57 | More by TicoCali
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BucannonXC5

California

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
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-23-2011 23:43:05 | More by Blanco
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-22-2011 20:45:03 | More by gcare02
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raffy313

Texas

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
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floraday

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-19-2011 22:15:50 | More by floraday
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itsfreeasinbeer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.6%

12-14-2011 02:30:31 | More by itsfreeasinbeer
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MikeRMII

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-06-2011 04:20:10 | More by MikeRMII
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-14-2011 22:02:25 | More by Neffbeer
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-14-2011 18:14:00 | More by Jspriest
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

10-23-2011 15:50:00 | More by kbutler1
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tony223366

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

10-20-2011 05:32:09 | More by tony223366
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DovaliHops

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

10-14-2011 06:27:40 | More by DovaliHops
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BeerOnTheWall

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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!

10-13-2011 01:31:44 | More by BeerOnTheWall
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DearthVader

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

10-01-2011 22:04:01 | More by DearthVader
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phichifiji00

California

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

09-30-2011 01:27:32 | More by phichifiji00
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

09-20-2011 00:54:58 | More by Jason
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mrand01

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 750 mL in to a Corsendonk tulip. Batch 78.

A: Golden straw color with a very thin head. Pretty cloudy.

S: Lemon, citrus, a mild amount of funkiness from the yeast.

T: Lemon & wheat, just like the label says. A moderate amount of sourness, very refreshing.

M: Light and slightly sticky, head is very smooth.

O: Very good summer brew. Happy I opened this before the impending fall season.

09-17-2011 23:13:50 | More by mrand01
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bashiba

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured a bright hazy orange, lots of sediment with a big white head, some nice lacing and long lasting.

The smell is light and slightly lemony and sour with a hint of wheat.

The taste is very nice, has a nice wheat malt backbone with zippy lemon and citrus flavors, has a nice medium sourness. Very light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel has very nice carbonation and a light slightly dry finish.

This is a great wheat beer, the sourness is a very nice complement.

09-15-2011 01:50:42 | More by bashiba
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GrumpyJunglist

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-21-2011 20:16:50 | More by scottfrie
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.