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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

125 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 36
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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Photo of beagle75
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

beagle75, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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).

SpdKilz, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Neffbeer, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev +1.5%

foxyaardvark27, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of rallison
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rallison, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Blanco, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

WeisGuy, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DaveHS, May 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

arash1000, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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,

OneDropSoup, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

jlindros, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +1.5%

nathanjohnson, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SocalKicks, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

nmann08, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

DaveHack, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

avaldivia, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.5%

InspectorBob, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

GrumpyJunglist, Sep 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

moonknight31, May 19, 2013
Photo of weazal
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

weazal, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, May 12, 2009
Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

kbutler1, Oct 23, 2011
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.