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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

82 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.08%
Wants: 45
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RidiculedDisplay on 02-22-2009

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 164
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! (1,161 characters)

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. (735 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (745 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (288 characters)

Photo of Brew33
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Soft mouthfeel.

Not at all a difficult drinker, but in the absence of any assertive flavors, the experience is a little lacking. (470 characters)

Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours very light yellow with a highly carbonated head. Poured into a pint glass and about a quarter of it was head. It dissipates pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Smells pretty light with some mild floral notes. And a hint of sourness.

T: I didn't really pay to much attention to the label when I bought this. I saw "wheat ale" and was expecting more of a hef style. So it was a bit of a surprise when tasting it, but not really a bad surprise. There's definitely some sourness there, but not enough to make you pucker. I'm also tasting a little lemon/lime flavor, but not too much.

M: Feels decent in the mouth. Only slightly tart, and a lot of carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable. I usually take a little more time when drinking a beer, but I find myself taking bigger mouth-fulls of this one, so it's going down pretty easy and fast. (847 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (465 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (808 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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). (859 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was light golden, but not quite pale. Looked a bit like lemonade or pineapple, or maybe a mix. About ½ inches of head. Minimal lacing on the top that dissipated very quickly. No film on the sides.

Smelled a lot of different flavors, including pears, apples, cloves and a touch of puke. If not puke, then sour beer.

Tasted very sour and tarty from the get-go and right away I noticed a lot of carbonation. I also got the pears, which I smelled so heavily before. The cloves try to make a late run of it, but it wasn’t too strong. Overall pretty tarty.

Medium body. Oily texture. Fizzy (high) carbonation. Astringent finish.

This was my first ever sour beer. At least that was what I’d call it. It has its moments, but I’m sure others must be better. Maybe I’ll go back to this after I try a few others. (880 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml poured into a tulip. Surprisingly clear with just a slight haze to the straw gold body. Mild carbonation produces a thin mat of white head. Subtle and soft lactic sourness hits the nose and palate first. Lemon juice, grass, and a background note of earth and herb (from the lemon verbena?). A smooth vein of musky funk runs through the beer and adds a nice complexity. Another wave of tartness hits the back of the palate on the swallow. Really nice and refreshing, but still plenty complex. Certainly inspired by Berliner Weiss, but this beer brings a little something else. Well done. (609 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Lindemans flute glass. Bottled on January 27, 2009 (making this sample about 6.5 months old).

Liquid is a heavily carbonated very pale color somewhere between chartreuse yellow and pear. A small tower of snow white foam rests on top, with decent retention, continually fed by the rapidly escaping bubbles. Nice rocky lacing. Brilliant crystalline clarity.

Aroma is sour cherry, lime zest, crab apples, and a hint of rice wine vinegar.

Crisp clean entry on the palate, like biting into an apple. Very tart, just short of puckering with a very slight yeastiness. White grape skins and mild malt in the finish. Lemon verbena is certainly there as well, though the Brett. is too subtle in my opinion.

Effervesence is powerful, leaving a tingling sensation suggesting more body that is really there (this is quite a light brew).

Not particularly complex (sort of a dumbed down, almost lager-like, lambic ale), but very refreshing and well balanced none the less.

Low ABV makes this great for languid Summer weekend days... (1,062 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gives you an easy two fingers on the pout but the head is so loose and openly knit that you can watch it sizzle down to nothing in a few seconds, slightly cream white color, hardly any lacing to speak of. Translucent haze in the glass, copper orange hued liquid, more bright yellow at the rims, any bubbles are widely dispersed and on the sluggish side. The nose is crisp but not piercing, clear emphasis on the lemon citrus and leafy green matter, the wheat is on the unprocessed side, more grain than bread, while there is a minerally or quinine element it remains clean and not intentionally “dirty,” light clove as in uncooked or unused, the fruit scents are mainly green apple, pear and peach pit, texturally it is soaks in unevenly which actually helps you notice it more. In the mouth it’s light-bodied, more tart than overtly sour, with a puckering acidic character. The carbonation provides a light prickle at best, mild fizziness through the finish. Here the metallic earthiness is more assertive and puts tang in the lemon to lighter orange citrus flavoring. The raw grains are hard to parse out, same for the pre-powdered spices. While you get the same green apple, apricot to peach pit/skin fruit there’s something which reaches for tropical, like star fruit or persimmon. Its unwillingness to go full bore in any one regard both its strength and weakness. (1,377 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (565 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.94/5  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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to starrdogg, thanks Matt.

First off, the bottle says this is wild ale, and to me, that is definitely true over calling it a Berliner Weiss, it has a lot of yeast notes of Brett and lacto that are not too sour but are there all the same.

The beer pours a color and look of a Berliner, with a straw hazy look no head after it dies and little lacing. The smell is quite tart, and has a heavy Brett character with a nice rustic farmhouse malt. The taste follows, though the tartness is cut down and has more of a citrus feel than a sour feel. Overall nice feel too, not super carbonated, probably should have more than it does.

Overall a nice beer, great for summer. (683 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light gold in color with a nice inch or more of frothy head. Smell is wheat, yeast and some lemon zest. Taste is more of the lemon flavor as well as some clove. This is perfect for a hot, humid spring day. There's just a hint of bitterness and some sort of citrus in the middle of each sip. Very refreshing. Very full and creamy on the mouthfeel. This is a real easy beer to drink. Quite the fact that it is gone too fast. This is a really good beer and the first that I've had from Telegraph Brewing. (515 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 into my Ommegang Witte tumbler.

A- light golden, almost pale, but still on the golden side. Tons of bubbles streaming up. Very airy wispy head settles there for a bit and then creates an ocean foam over the top.

S- first I notice you can actually smell the wheat, like a wit almost. Then you get that mild tartness as well. There might be the slightest hint of banana or something fruity in there.

T- surprisingly there's a bit of belgian yeast taste. Course there's a little acid giving it some tartness which is not puckering, and tastes of light lemon juice, but there's also some yeast phenols in there contributing quite a bit to the taste.

M- very light and effervescent.

D- I can drink a whole bottle of this easily and still want more. I have no idea what the ABV is on this beer but I would love to put this back all afternoon during a hot summer day. (883 characters)

Photo of rallison
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label:
"This intensely sour 'wild ale' recalls the earliest rustic beers crafted centuries ago before brewers had an understanding of controlled fermentation. Brewed with the addition of lemon verbena, as well as lactobacillus and brettonomyces, Telegraph Reserve Wheat is an all-together different beast from modern beer. Not for the faint of heart, this special brew is available in extremely limited quantities."

Picked up a bottle of this today at SouthBayDrugs.

Very pale yellow with an inch of egg shell white foam, good retention. Some lacing. Cloudiness with the yeast pour. Decent look for a Berliner weiss type beer.

Grassy, lemon, wheat, lacto, little brett. Pale malt sweetness in the background. Sour orange, and a bit of an herbal aroma. White pepper too. A little more funk and yeastiness with the yeast pour. Good aroma.

Light and tart with an herbal lemon flavor in the finish. Maybe a little tart nectarine and orange but very subtle. Not too complex but I'm sure some time in the bottle would be good for this beer.

Medium-high carbonation, slightly tart and refreshing. Excellent for a summer beer. (1,134 characters)

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. (492 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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, (712 characters)

Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.