Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
03-31-2009 23:48:09 | More by djaeon
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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...
08-15-2009 19:59:59 | More by augustgarage
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
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-01-2012 21:01:07 | More by bump8628
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-06-2010 21:48:11 | More by beagle75
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
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-31-2011 07:54:42 | More by BucannonXC5
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
05-27-2009 17:46:13 | More by FtownThrowDown
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-22-2012 00:21:12 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.65/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
04-28-2009 01:22:41 | More by MiScusi
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
03-18-2009 04:18:15 | More by rallison
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
03-10-2009 00:15:20 | More by seaoflament
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-07-2011 02:50:10 | More by DaveHS
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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,
03-15-2012 23:16:07 | More by OneDropSoup
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.