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White Ale | Telegraph Brewing Company

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White AleWhite Ale

Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by vurt on 05-25-2008

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of jsoneff
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely awesome wheat beer, very very similar to St. bernardus wit, which is in my opinion as good as it gets. Ridiculously well balanced.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler of this from the brewery. Pours a hazy beige with a thin white head. Slight wheaty smell, with tart citrus, orange, and some peppery spice. Nice floral touch as well. The flavor is really tart with a spicy finish. A hint of orange sweetness, but finishes rather dry, with peppery spice lingering. Clean and light mouthfeel with ample spritzy carbonation. Very tart for a wit, almost goes into mild sour territory, which works really well with the spice. The light body, effervescence, and citrus tang all make this extremely drinkable. The growler was gone before i knew it, but at a modest strength, it doesn't knock you over the head. Definitely the tastiest of the style that I've had to date. A little different and unique compared to the mass of mediocre Hoegaarden clones being pumper out these days, but an intriguing and incredibly tasty example.

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Photo of Iamleoromo
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of BierJager89
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale clean but opaque golden with a large foamy white head.

S: Orange peel, grapefruit, citrus peel, and tripelesque spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg) in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, some tropical fruit even. Citrus peel and tripelesque spices.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very easy to drink.

O: Definitely recommended. A very typical, but easy drinking and tasty white ale/witbier/whatever.

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Photo of riotontheroad
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of caseyoharaa
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of irthesteve
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the brewery.
I believe this brew is mislabeled. It is cinsidered a light belgian style white by the brewers. Poured a nice cloudy but pale with a decent white head. Nose was spicy, fruity with a smell of yeast that was surpsingly good. Taste is hops, some nice fruits, perhaps citrus and others. taste good. Mouthfeel was nice and easily drinkable at 4.5ABV. One of my fav brews here so far.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, Batch 74,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a firm frothy white head, solid retention and lace.

S: Nice mix of citrus peels and honeysuckle flower.

T: Fairly citrusy especially in the mid-palate. The coriander and peppery spice come in at the back end. Good complexity and in balance.

M: Smooth, light-bodied, creamy and refreshing.

O: This is a really good witbier, and I'm glad I finally got around to trying it. Another winner from Telegraph.

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Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light straw gold color with an airy white head. Smelled mainly like unmalted wheat. The taste was wheaty like a standard wit but also seemed to have a Belgian yeast characteristic along with that. It finished pretty dry and a bit earthy. Really light, carbonated generously gave it a prickly feeling on the tongue. Pretty good and I would have this again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some slightly fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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Photo of ckimchi
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Union Ale in downtown Santa Barbara

Average for the style. Pours out to minimal head that doesn't stick around for long. Color is orange-ish, like Great White.

Nice smell of coriander and orange. A little tart too.

Lots of spices up front. Very tart but not sour. Bitter orange peel dominates most of the flavor with a little pepper and coriander bite. Very clean taste that pairs well with heavy food.

A bit thin, nothing fantastic but it fits the flavor profile well and I feel like its just part of what the beer is.

A good clean beer. Crisp and refreshing that is a good representation of the style. Plus its a local brewery!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Catch....isn't it nice to get this brewery in Orange County, let alone within walking distance of Angels Stadium? On to the beer:

There's a little head retention to be had in his semi-cloudy, pee yellow colored beer. That's not a problem though, because the nose is great. It's a lovely mix of lemon, coriandor, and orange. The taste, while light, is refreshing for someone who's had a hard day driving around. Some lemon, a little orange, bitterness is seltzery, though the body is crisp and light. The malt bill is very light, which allows those flavors to come thorugh. Refreshing, yes.

What we have here is a light, easy going witbier. Ok, so that sounds textbook in the style. I'd say it edged out Pacific Beach's white ale for best witbier of the day.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vurt
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Lucky Baldwin's on the first night of their Telegraph "festival" (6 Telegraph beers on tap). Served in the festival glassware-- a Telegraph-branded 16 oz. tumbler. (It's not like I need another beer glass; it's more like I can't turn down a good looking beer glass...)

A hazy, pale-yellow colored beer with an apricot-orange tinge, topped by a fluffy white head which dissipates into a thin skin and a persistent collar.

A good combination of fruit, spice, and grain. Peppery hops with notes of nectarines and Bartlett pears. There's also some toffee and an earthy funk similar to the potato-skin character in the nose of Telegraph's California Ale.

Grainy and nutty (sunflower seeds?) at first, followed by zesty banana and citrus. Finishes with light cloves, Wheat Thins, and orange peel. Very quenching and more-ish.

Light-bodied and refreshing. Significant carbonation clears the palate at each swallow, yet the spicy/grainy character lingers and urges the next sip.

Low in alcohol, light in body, but long on flavor. A tasty witbier which just might become my go-to summer beer when the months turn hot.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into my Zatec fluted glass. Got about a finger of head that died quicker than a 75 year old grandma playing Pacman. Smells of clove, coriander and citrus peel. Rather highly carbonated, and tastes about like it smells. Citrusy, Belgian Yeast and clove are prevalent. Definitely refreshing and a tasty afternoon/food beer. Good to see decent craft brews coming from the LA area.

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Photo of dansushi
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RLM15
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle opens with an explosive bang. served in a tumbler glass. Batch 74, slightly overcharged... too much priming sugar I heard, but it tasted fine.

Adequately murky pastel golden orange, with racing champagne carbonation. Lasting white foam on top, not much lacing worth mentioning.

Coriander in the aroma, vague citrus. Fairly mellow and not especially pungent.

Soft mellow feel, somewhat gaseous, chalky aftertaste, phenolic clove and coriander spice. Dusty wafer candy, flowery sweetness, dry finish. Medium bodied, again with a supple feel. Overall enjoyable if you like witbiers, fairly fine tuned and a touch rustic.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
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