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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

128 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 39
Gots: 19 | 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 woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ptykozoon, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

mikesgroove, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of ejyoung
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ejyoung, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ncmussell
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

ncmussell, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Narrative: “Well hey hey hey fellas!” Chip Merken piped out loudly while deftly handling his pitchfork. “Ah can it Chip, we can’t take it on harvest day.” Harvest day was hard and long, with an oppressive sun. Chip was always a crisp jolly individual who could somehow out-harvest the others, and outsow his colleagues at planting time. “Toot doot dee do da dee dee daaa” he whistled some antiquated tune to himself, smiling in between breaths. “COME ON, DAMNIT CHIP!” One co-worker threw his rake down in anger. “Here we are trying to harvest some damn wheat and instead we have you all up in our heads with your old show tunes and knock knock jokes, don’t none of that make this any sooner!” Chip’s smile slowly faded and he looked down at his glistening pitchfork, “don’t let them get sore at you old Chip, don’t let what happened before ever happen again,” the darkness in his heart burned. “Well sure fellas! I will go get the reaper, I GUESS!” The reaper indeed young Chip, the reaper indeed.

SubpoenaDeuces, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a hazed bright straw yellow.

This beer starts out with some lemon acidity flavors and a bit of sourness. It is more funky than sour, however. Notes of brett and grass/hay show with the funkiness. It has wheat flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was an easy drinking sour/wheat. Nothing crazy, but enjoyable. I would like to see more of these done as they are not overly soured.

mothman, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Blaine for sharing this unusual brew.

A - It pours a straw-yellow hue, hazy, and is capped with a good sized white frothy head.

S - The nose is quite lemon-y, but also is reminiscent of household cleaners and bug spray. Needless to say after that last descriptor, I am way south of fond of it.

T - The taste is light years better than the intolerable nose. It is, again, lemon-centric and earthy; offering notes of lemon zest, verbena and fresh-squeezed lemon. The brew has a refreshing taste. Too bad it comes with the attached aroma.

M - The feel is light and frothy, with a lot of soft effervescence. Not hugely enhancing, but it works.

O - I would not like any more of this, due entirely to the disgusting nature of the nose.

ktrillionaire, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado in San Francisco.

Pours a cloudy, but very light lemon yellow colour. Head is minimal, but fine and filmy where it appears. Minimal lace as well. Looks very light in the body, and looks still when tilted.

Clean, and oddly hoppy nose, with a slight wheaty acidity. Some acidity, a pleasant roundness and a bit of assy funk. Mostly, the characters derive from the wheat, with a very slight sweet citrus overtone. Very nice.

Taste is lemony, with citrus dominant and a very light bodied wheat backbone. Funky finish, like orange citrus candy, and an echo of celery: fresh and bright. Feel is very thin, which works, but it's still very thin.

It's a nice beer. Easy to drink, but with plenty of interest. The wild elements give it its edge.

lacqueredmouse, May 16, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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
Photo of PhunkLover
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good effort. Not crisp like a berliner should be, but a worthy effort. Lemon Verbena comes through strong, very juicy. A bit flabby and messy, but still purty good. I should be a good beer advocate and make sure this review is two hundred and fifty characters. Did I make it this time? Thanks Dakine!

PhunkLover, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (bottled 2/15/10) poured into Jolly Pumpkin snifter/tulip.

Loud pop of the cork, and the beer pours a thin, pale, straw yellow color with a little bit of fizzy white head on top. The foam quickly dissipates into not much more than a little wisp around the side of the glass.

The smell has a nice funky sourness to it. I get a very nice basement smelling mildew note that is balanced by a tinge of sour/sweet lemon peel. A little bit of a bready wheat note that really brings the whole thing home. A great delicate aroma that still has plenty of complexity.

The taste is slightly sour on the front, followed quickly by a strong presence of wheat. There is a slight note of citrus sourness, but nothing really shining through there. Mostly just a very light wheat beer with a solid sour backbone distinguishing it from a regular wheat offering. Definitely a mild American wild. Has some of the same delicacies and complexities of a Berliner Weisse.

The mouthfeel is quite foamy, which somewhat distracts from the complexity. The finish is oily almost in a citrus pith way...like I just chewed on an orange or lemon peel.

Overall, I enjoy the beer. It would be a very nice wild ale to quaff in the summertime. Not overly complex, but still interesting enough to warrant another go. I like the take on the American wild style that stays away from the puckeringly sour route that some like to take.

dgfair, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

346th review on BA
bottle to wine glass
750 ML bottle, 2/15/10 bottle date

App- "It looks yellow dad" This is what my 4 1/2 year old says to me and she is correct. Light yellow with a nice two finger head.

Smell- Funky with a lemony note. A somewhat white wine note with a little acidity.

Taste- Slightly delicate with a hint of funk and citrus. Not overbearing at all. You still get the wheat profile to the beer which is nice and that they didnt try to overrun the flavors while trying to "sour" the beer.

Mouth- Thin bodied as expected and a nice high carbonation level with a nice crispness and acidity.

Drink- A good way to end the day with a flavorful and low abv beer. I could put back a few bottles of this pretty quickly.

FosterJM, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Huhzenbendah at a recent tasting. Thanks Matt. Beer is yellow and completely cloudy with a thin white head of tiny bubbles that disappears nearly immediately. No lacing apparently low carbonation.

Aroma has a mild funk, some oakiness to it, mild lactic acid, some citrus and some grain, smells good.

Beer is thin and watery with a nice wheat finish to it. Some oak in the late palate, overall a nice little wild ale. Nothing too aggressive about it just a solid simple palate, mild lactic acid, overall I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of 321jeff
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a McKenzie "shorty" wine glass. Bottled in February 2010, so just about a year old.

Pours a deep hazy golden with two fingers of fluffy and almost shiny white head that quickly fades to a thin layer but that layer lasts for the duration.

Aroma is funky with some wine and oak. As it warms and opens up a bit the wheat becomes more evident with some bready notes. I was expecting more lemon, it's there but pretty light.

Taste starts off with some citrusy sweetness before moving on to a lemon tartness and a dry, grainy finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, which is to be expected and a little grainy. It's highly drinkable and at 5% it won't be a problem to finish this bottle. It's an interesting take on a wild, it's the first ever wheat sour I've had and I'm glad I've got another bottle.

321jeff, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Ssomnoremac
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Bottle Room at Whittier

Pale gold, tight head. Not overly carbonated. It seemed just right to me.

Smelled like a sour: citrus and brett

I was really impressed by Telegraph with this one. It's Wheaty and Sour -- Needless to say: it's light. Very refreshing, drinkable.

Ssomnoremac, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

dbmernin83, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Brew33
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Brew33, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Douglas14
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Douglas14, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

wedgie9, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

yourefragile, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.