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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

122 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 76
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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foxyaardvark27

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-16-2014 04:42:26 | More by foxyaardvark27
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rallison

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle from San Roque Liquor in Santa Barbara.

Cloudy pale golden pour with a fizzy white head that dissipates.

Lemon sourness in the aroma.

Soft, wheat character presents a distinctly citrusy sourness. Some lactic sourness. Pretty clean. Grassy (probably from the wheat). Minimal funkiness (with Brett added, this may develop later). Somewhat floral. Nice.

Low to medium carbonation with a nice, dry finish. Refreshing.

Drinkability is very good. Perfect for a hot day.

Recommended. Not as sour or as complex as some, but still very nice.

A couple comparisons:

If you want something more complex and floral, try the 1809. If you want something with way more lactic sourness, try the Bruery Hottenroth.

03-18-2009 04:18:15 | More by rallison
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-08-2012 04:04:57 | More by WeisGuy
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DaveHS

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

A-Pours hazy straw yellow with well over 2 inches of fluffy eggshell white head. Reduces very slowly, leaving minimal soapy lacing.

S-Orval-esque brett funkiness,pale malt, zested lemon, white pepper.

T/M-Very bright lemony flavor that masks most of the earthiness of the wheat till the backpalate. Is this a Berliner Weisse? Has the slick yeastiness of a Berliner, but with the Brett funk of a wild ale. Easy drinking and light, with prickly carbonation.

O-A solid beer. Worth revisiting.

05-07-2011 02:50:10 | More by DaveHS
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arash1000

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-21-2013 15:03:43 | More by arash1000
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

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
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

06-28-2010 03:26:11 | More by jlindros
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-02-2012 17:11:18 | More by nathanjohnson
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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%

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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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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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-10-2014 07:42:04 | More by zestar
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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%

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.

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

Arizona

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

05-12-2009 03:47:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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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
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.