Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4/5 rDev +1.3%
750ml bottle poured into a The Bruery tulip.
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
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
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
Bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.
A: Clear pale amber body with a few weird worm-like chunks. One finger of frothy white foam. Mediocre retention, no lace. I'm not going to lie, it's kind of gross looking - are those sea monkeys?
S: This is going to sound a bit weird, but it smells just like a Dairy Queen. I can't say with any certainty exactly what that entails (does the tangy wheat malt remind me of cheap cones? does the fruitiness recall the artificial cherry flavor of Dilly Bar coating?), but it's a remarkably vivid scent memory for me. More objectively, I get lemon, wheat, vanilla, and just a touch of lactic tartness. It's weird, but rather enjoyable.
T: Tart, lemony, and vegetal. Strange herbal notes on top f the wheat and sourness. Cherry syrup on the finish (it WAS Dilly Bars!). Bizarre, but ok.
M: Light + lively; nicely soft. Pleasant.
O: This was anything but popular with the tasting group, and I think my weak praise for it (rooted more in nostalgia than actual admiration) is as damning as a straight-up negative review. I enjoyed experiencing this beer, but I'll not be looking for a second date.
08-13-2011 15:30:54 | More by woosterbill
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
Light frosted golden clouded color. Nice layer and lacing.
Funk, orange, lemon lime.
Light funk. Sweet citrus, very entry-level sour. Great little beer here.
Lots of carbonation, perhaps a bit too much. Acidity is nice and mellow.
I liked this beer, at the expense of complexity it'll just about satisfy a sour craving, without being too heavy or barnyard.
07-23-2011 19:54:50 | More by ptykozoon
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
more of a berliner and i will review it as such, poured into a pint glass.
bright golden color with a huge amount of cloudiness to it. Barely can see through this to the other side but ample carbonation did continue to stream up throughout the session. Little head of white on top settles down quickly
crisp, clean, tart aroma quickly fills the air. Hints of apples, light touches of citrus, a light bready note all combine to form this crisp, clean profile Wonderful tart green apples blending with hints of light orange peel and lemon. Herbal grasses fill the profile mid palate and give it that depth but flowery notes keep it light and airy. Super quick, clean and dry finish leaves a tart flavor on the tongue that will not go away. So light and refreshing
07-08-2011 01:37:40 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours a hazy straw color with about 1.5 fingers of creamy white head. Head falls quickly and leaves no trace. Very light color.
Lemony tartness is big on the nose along with some brett and straw.
Taste starts with tart lemon. Wheat is noticeable as well. It's not sour, but the tartness is nice. Some brett funk is evident as well.
Nice bubbly mouthfeel. It's definitely light bodied, but I think it woks with this beer. Very refreshing and enjoyable on a hot summer day. Reminded me of a less complex Veritas 008 overall.
07-04-2011 02:58:33 | More by ejyoung
3.83/5 rDev -3%
750 ml bottle thanks to Ghettofabulous. Pours a pale yellow with some fizzy head that dissipates relatively quickly. Cloudy in appearance. Nice nose of citrus hay and grass. Taste is lightly tart and just sour enough. Nice notes of citrus, Brett, little grassiness. Not really that inky but a real refreshing tartness. Well done for the style. This is great for a nice hot day as it is quite refreshing. Big fan of Berliners just wish more people would do them!
07-03-2011 23:33:56 | More by ncmussell
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
Telegraph Reserve Wheat
A: The hue is bright straw yellow with radioactive glow. The entire glass emits this impressive radiance. As a side note, the entire goblet has a nice lacing.
S: There is some lemon Zest with a great Brett funkiness. However, this is different in character, it is very mild with a sort of expansive crayon funkiness.
T: There is a very mild tartness that is crisp and dries immediately. At its heart, it's like a “wild ale for beginners” with almost no lingering. The tart and funk is light and drying that adds a light cranberry juice dryness
M The mouthfeel is crisp and drying like a tame lambic with some nice granny smith apple peel dryness
D: very drinkable in hot weather, but perhaps my American wild Ale bias is showing here. Let’s interject some blatantly sexist badinage to enter the fray: this beer seems like it would be great for girls, particularly those of the Blue Moon/Hef persuasion.
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07-02-2011 07:41:57 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.