Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Reserve Wheat AleReserve Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RidiculedDisplay on 02-22-2009

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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 82
Photo of raffy313
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this 750ML C&C'ed bottle in the MLB Playoffs 2011 BIF from landrewg. Thanks a ton, Andy! Poured into a regular pint glass.

A clear, yellow/straw color, typical of Berliners. White 1 finger head that dissipates to nothing rather quickly and leaves behind very little, to no lacing.

A nice lemony aroma with slight tartness. Some slight hefe-like wheat aromas are also present. Rather awesome nose, actually.

Flavors are similar to the aromas, with the tartness hitting the tongue almost immediately. Definate lemon zest flavors, with just a hint of bready wheat.

Somewhat light body with just the right amount of medium carbonation. Very drinkable, very refreshing... wish I had this back in the hot summer.

Ahhhh... I love this style, and I really like this beer. "Bottled on" date says "78", and have no idea how fresh/old this beer is, but I drank it over 2 months after I received it and it's still tastes fresh. Would love to try a bottle(or two) of this fresh next summer.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a really splendid beer. A very nice easy-drinker for a sour ale.

A nice combination of tartness and funkiness. Along with some sourness as well. Citrus tastes and the bottle says lemon of some sort was added. I believe that impacts head retention.

I prefer this beer when it was colder. It lost some of its great funkiness as it warmed.

All in all, I would especially like to have this in warmer weather with brunch. I'm thinking, and its just a hunch, that it would go well with goat cheese.

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido Ca
Batch#136

Appearance is a hazy gold, minor head almost looks flat after a minute. This with an aggressive pour

Herbal tea-like fragrance resembles a lemon herbal tea, grainy and quite pleasant

taste is slightly lemon-sour, not overpowering at all. In fact, this is coming off as a real weak gose... but it is not labeled as gose. I catch wheat on the aftertaste and that lingers a bit. It's not bad in of itself, but the flat watery mouthfeel just kills the experience for me. Very little bubbly has made it through this "bottle conditioning" and flat + gose "ish" is a particularly odd combination.

For me it comes across more like something wrong happened with the lemonade as opposed to something is unique and enjoyable about this beer.

I hope that this is just a bad bottle and may try again someday as I am generally a fan of this flavor profile.

Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Lightly hazy yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is super complex, with spice, citrus, funk, sweet bread, wheat, and doughy yeast. The flavor is not as sour as the aroma suggests, with a light tartness that plays with some sweet, doughy malt to give off a lemon pastry impression. Bready with some light spice as well. Medium bodied with some spritzy bubbles. While this isn't as sour as I was expecting, it's a damn pleasant and drinkable wheat beer.

Photo of Douglas14
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of phichifiji00
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of 01001111
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw, hazy white grape juice.

S: Grassy lemonade.

T: A pleasant, subtly tart, crisp, American hefeweizen with a slight lemonade finish. There's a good balance between the tart funk, the slightly sweet wheat, the yeast, and the hints of lemon.

M: Crisp and thin (though not watery).

O: A very well balanced brew; definitely one worth revisiting.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.83/5  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.

Photo of tony223366
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ejyoung
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of wedgie9
3.88/5  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.

Photo of 321jeff
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of DearthVader
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of paytoplay
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinker. Light, not a lot of mid or finish. Ok nose with slight funk and very slight sour. Maybe a beer to intro people to this style. But ver light and not complex. Though with 3-6 months of bottle conditioning age I could see a bit more happening. There are others in this style I'd rather pick up.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, by far, my favorite Telegraph beer out of the ones I've tried. The style is basically consensus between all of us drinking it at Beachwood BBQ - Gabe in particular thinks it's a Berliner Weissbier, and I'm inclined to agree.

On tap at Beachwood. From notes:

Appearance: Very thin head, very spotty lacing that is fairly weak in staying power. The body is a hazy pear/peach color, appropriate for a wheat beer.

Smell: "Pear city," as my notes say. Lots of pear in the aroma, followed by cork wood, apricot, and belgian yeast. A hint of peach in there, too. Really a fairly fantastic smelling beer, if for no other reason the pears.

Taste: Apricot on the front end, followed by pears, straw, and sourness on the back end. Surprisingly drinkable, and surprisingly addicting. A bit cider-like.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, and juicy. Very slightly dry.

Drinkability: Intensely drinkable. A great beer.

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into New Belgium globe

A: Poured a nice crisp golden with about 2 fingers head

S: Smelled tart and kinda lemony and definitely full of Brett

T: This was a really pleasant beer for a warm day. Seemed more of a wild ale than I was expecting though I was happy about that. Nice lactic acid tones throughout and very well balanced

M: Light mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: More of a wild than I expected and would certainly encourage fans of the wild ales to give this one a try. I would love to have more access to it and will be picking up a case for the summer next chance I get.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I came to this from Craig at City Beer in SF. I asked for a couple of his recommendations to send home to the East coast, and this was a great choice.

I have not heard of Telegraph, but they made a great brew! Tonight for dinner, I made a grilled chicken with spinach/lemon pesto. The wheat ale made a great pair for the dinner.

Appearance - hazy in color, looks "wheaty," yet appropriate.

Smell: lemony.

Taste: a little sour, then sweet. you can really taste the brets...

Mouthfeel: not too dry, but very good.

Drinkability: love it. If I could, would buy it again.

It was bottled on Jan 12, 2009 - I don't think it would make a good aged or cellared beer.

Cheers!

Photo of dgfair
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like the after taste of a war head. Very bitter. Easy drink. Low alc level. No complaints but not blown away either, 4/5 is a fair assessment. Almost tastes like champagne. If I want to continue my night can't go for 9% so it's a very solid option at one mile house

Photo of weazal
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ebin6
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden orange color with a large, fast moving head...had to have been gone within a minute. Carbonation streams present on the side of tulip glass

S - Floral with high level of citrus. One of the better noses I've had in a while

T - Fairly complex; the citrus present in the nose is there, although not at the level I was anticipating. This beer almost feels like a mash-up of sour/lambic, hefewiezen, and saison

M - Somewhat of a let down upon repeated sips. Even mouth swirls do not elicit much action in the cheeks or tongue. Acceptable for a hefe or saison, but not from a beer that touts itself as "intensely sour"

D - Insanely drinkable. Drinks more like a saison than a sour/lambic. Small compensation for the mouthfeel, in my opinion, but is definitely an upside. I could have had another 750ml; it was that drinkable.

Photo of abrethanson
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sppearance - pours a lemony yellow with a beautiful 2 finger head and leaves a nice lacing around the glass. I take a step back and it reminds me of egg yoke and whites. Looks tart.

Smell - citrus with distinct lemon scent permeating from the glass. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, acidic, and light.

Taste - Just like it looks and smells. A whole lot of lemon citrus and tart. Very much like a Berliner Weissbier. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. The lemon peel bitterness comes through in the end with a little yeast. Not a strong aftertaste.

Overall - An outstanding summer beer to beat the heat. Citrus refreshment and not much else more. More Tart than sour and not as complex but enjoyable non the less.

Photo of mrand01
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.