Reserve Wheat Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-03-2010 03:31:32 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
12-20-2011 01:57:48 | More by raffy313
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-29-2009 04:26:25 | More by bulletrain76
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-31-2010 03:21:00 | More by Douglas14
4.65/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
09-30-2011 01:27:32 | More by phichifiji00
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
10-20-2011 05:32:09 | More by tony223366
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
07-23-2011 19:54:50 | More by ptykozoon
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
07-04-2011 02:58:33 | More by ejyoung
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-02-2011 07:41:57 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
07-26-2010 23:47:56 | More by wedgie9
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-10-2012 04:42:22 | More by 01001111
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-19-2011 02:07:00 | More by 321jeff
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
02-14-2011 00:43:39 | More by dbmernin83
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
10-01-2011 22:04:01 | More by DearthVader
Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
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