Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a pale yellow with some fine particulate stuck in suspension. A fluffy white head sits atop with patchy fingers of lace sticking to the glass. Pretty solid head retention for the style.
The smell is lemony with some wheat and footy grain quality. An earthy brett scent is present focusing the aromatics more towards earthy and somewhat barnyard-like. More sniffs reveal a bit more fruited quality and a bit of spice.
The taste includes a solid amount of wheat along with fruity lemon. Some suggestions of pear mingle with a faint clove-like spice. As more sips are taken, more brett comes forward somewhat like cobwebs, earth and barnyard qualities.
This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Fairly refreshing with an interesting funk inclusion of brett. This was a good beer, it just misses the berliner style a little with its focus on funk. For an american wild, its solid for a berliner, i was happy with just one pour.
09-24-2012 13:44:50 | More by stakem
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
06-29-2010 15:29:32 | More by Georgiabeer
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
On-tap at 1300 Bar in Glendale, CA. On to the beer:
Pee yellow in color, leaving some pleasant lacing in the glass. It's mildly sour, like sour lemons and citrus peel thrown in. A sour witier? Well, that's what it tastes like, and I like it a lot. Creamy tasting oats give the beer a sweet note, plus some coriander thrown in, then it steers into sour lemon territory. It features a very easy mouthfeel, while light, doesn't pelt your palate with huge carbonation bubbles. Call it "laid back" carbonation. All this helps create a very easy drinking beer.
Despite the style its under per BA, TRW is not overly sour, but more of a witbier spiked with some sour character. It worked out great with me.
05-25-2010 17:25:08 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
06-10-2011 13:51:25 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-13-2010 00:15:29 | More by Huhzubendah
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle courtesy bulletrain76. Pours a slightly hazy light gold color, much darker than a typical German Berliner Weisse. Lactic lemon zesty aroma with candied citrus and some sort of unidentifiable spiciness. Hard to stop smelling this one. Flavor is wheaty with lemon meringue, slight banana pith, coriander(?), and a wheat malt finish. Solid tartness. Nice robust flavor and body.
06-28-2009 18:57:42 | More by illidurit
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
A: Bright straw yellow with a dissipating head.
S: Sweet and sour wheat with some floral notes and a mild lactic bite.
T: It's a very well done Berliner Weissbier for my taste, but it's certainly on the mild end of the sour spectrum for this style. The tartness is restrained, which I really appreciate because it brings out more of the spicy wheat flavors. There are also notes of lemon and coriander.
M: Good, mild tartness. Admittedly, it probably goes downhill with age. So, drink it fresh.
D: Very drinkable, very refreshing. Compared to the German versions I've tried, this beer is more accessible. It's almost like they blended a small amount of an APA or another mild style into it. The Berliner Weissbier tang is there, but there was little actual pucker in my mouth. I hope that more American breweries take up this style if they can achieve results like this. Then again, I wonder how much my reaction is from just being able to have this beer very fresh, while the German beers suffer from the time lag of importing. In any event, I hope that people try this beer and realize that it's a style that has the potential for returning to popularity among American palates.
03-18-2009 06:43:33 | More by popery
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
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
03-28-2011 03:27:36 | More by FosterJM
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
750ml bottle acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD (thanks!).
Bottle labled bottled on 1/12/09. Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wheat, cereal, and lighter citrus. Tastes of citrus, wheatiness, cereal, and lighter spices. Lighter tart finish.
04-26-2009 20:12:37 | More by hopdog
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
3.1/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
05-31-2011 23:38:34 | More by ktrillionaire
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-11-2011 13:54:53 | More by Brew33
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
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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).
04-16-2010 23:42:40 | More by SpdKilz
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
750ml bottle at 58 degrees.
Pours clear, light gold with a two-plus inch head of hissing white froth. After a quick drop, the porous foam dissapated to a partial skim coat on the surface along with a few streaks of lacing.
Aromatics lead off with tart lemon with hints of cut grass, wet hay, pineapple skin, and light malt. Quite earthy and slightly musty with plenty of zesty lemon.
Light bodied with a crisp, quenching mouthfeel.
Tart lemon, grapefruit, and a wheat twang start the palate. Hints of spice and mild funk follow through.
Finishes with a lingering tartness, lemon oil, and earth-rubbed citrus.
Tasty enough and certainly dry and quenching. The tartness stays fairly level throughout and never builds to what I would consider "sour". More funk and sourness would be welcome on this end.
06-08-2009 23:27:31 | More by brewandbbq
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
Consumed 07/18/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.
Clear, light golden with no active carbonation. The head is a very fine thin skin of foam.
Aroma of bubblegum.
Mild wheat tang with subtle bubblegum flavor. Conservative levels of funk and a citric sourness. Soft, powdery (talc and floral) character to finish. No bitterness in evidence.
Not at all a difficult drinker, but in the absence of any assertive flavors, the experience is a little lacking.
08-01-2009 02:38:37 | More by charlzm
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.