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Reserve Wheat Ale | Telegraph Brewing Company

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3.94/5
Very Good
182 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States
telegraphbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RidiculedDisplay on 02-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,898
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
182
pDev:
10.41%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade, and then I found it in Phoenix as well. Addition of lemon verbena, as well as lactobacillus and brettanomyces. A dry wheat ale, a wheat and lemony aroma. The mouthfeel is certainly not thin, but it is not a creamy wheat taste from a normal wheat ale. That part disapointed my drinking buddy. I got some brett, some herbal lemony flavour, and it was most drinkable to me. It is unique. Light colour with substantive bubbly white head.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%

Batch No. 136.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with wheat, grain, lemon, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, grain, and lemon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and tasty, but the sourness is pretty subdued compared to the "intensely sour" claim on the label.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They sure don't make wheat beer like they used to. ...Or do they? Behind the historical regard for Norther German wheat ale the creative prowess of Telegraph Brewing Company, what's old is now new again.

Pale, lemony yellow and cast with a fine matte haze, their Reserve Wheat Ale strikes the senses with the tangy, tart scent of dry French cider and racy champagne. With hints of citrus, weathered woods and a vinous spice tingling the nose, the wheat malt rolls onto the tongue with a light breadiness, sweetness and roundness to suggest lemon meringue and fresh sourdough.

The middle palate is quickly awash in the beer's brisk acidity and as the malt sweetness begins to loosen its grip. Crabapple, lemon and a hint of lime come first while a taste of oak aged chardonnay trail closely behind. White pepper and oak and faint leather trail into a playful sourness that's laced with verbena, sassafras and a light suggestion of mint.

Low in bitterness, this "champagne of the north" bounces off of the tongue with the beer's excitable carbonation, keeping the session light, airy and highly refreshing. Its clean and crisp sourness allows for one final echo of wheat to return in a brief retro olfactory action along with an earthen after palate of burlap.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Batch #89. Reviewed live.

No best before date.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over time. The label doesn't clarify that this is a Berliner Weisse. Berliner Weisse is one style I've never really understood (why in German culture is it verboten to put fresh fruit in beer, but it's somehow okay to put candy syrup in beer?).

A: Pours a half finger of no real head at all - not even a floater. How does a 5% beer have such wretched retention? Colour is a cloudy nontransparent (but not opaque) yellow. Lots of bubbles indicate adequate carbonation. No yeast particles are visible. Generally appealing.

Sm: Bretts hit me first, along with lemon, lemon peel, and wild yeast/bacteria. Bretts are certainly dominant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Clean, alive, and inviting.

T: Bretts are dominant here as well, with lemon citrus esters and lemon peel on the climax, lending it a clean citrusy counterbalance. It's a very clean beer for a wildly fermented ale. No wheat comes through, surprisingly. Heavy lactic tones are present throughout. Not at all a Berliner Weissbier, this is almost certainly a wild ale. I don't know how it got miscategorized, but I'll submit an update. It's quite enjoyable and pleasant. Well balanced and built.

No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A biteen thin. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavours by not intruding.

Dr: Very drinkable, though the ABV is low. I'd try it again on draught, but it's not unique or special. Fans of the style (wild ale, not Berliner Weisse) should try it. Lots of bretts and lactic notes make it worthwhile. Give her a spin.

B-

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berliner Weisse? Hard to say what this is... it was very clean, with a lemony lactic tartness. Dull pastel yellow, very little foam. Dusty wheat and lemon in the nose. Moderate puckering tartness, just very clean and maybe somewhat one dimensional. Brisk and zesty carbonation, with a quenching feel to it. Dry finish.

I expected maybe more complexity for a $13 750mL of wild ale billed with Brett and Lacto. For the money i'd rather get a couple 1809's or a Bruery Hottenroth.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar a hazy honey color with a very modest head; not much retention or lacing

Smell: A little lactic, with lemon verbena tones and a hint of funk

Taste: Lactic lemon verbena flavors forward, though not particularly tart; some earthy funk through the middle and, surprisingly, some sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low carbonation

Overall: A bit under-carbonated but otherwise rather enjoyable

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a hazed bright straw yellow.

This beer starts out with some lemon acidity flavors and a bit of sourness. It is more funky than sour, however. Notes of brett and grass/hay show with the funkiness. It has wheat flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was an easy drinking sour/wheat. Nothing crazy, but enjoyable. I would like to see more of these done as they are not overly soured.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: Huge 4 finger head fades at a decent rate over hazy murky banana wheat colored beer.

N: Nose of banana, wheat, light malts, a little lemon zest and orange peel, Belgian wit like aromas, light spices, light sweet malts, a touch of booze, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Lighter taste, with some wheat, light malts, citrus, lemon zest and orange peel again, little sour tangy fruit flavor, some banana, more Belgian wit like flavors too, a little bitterness, some spices. Slightly fruity and juicy but still dry.

M: Mouth is lighter with good carbonation.

F: Finishes spicy with a slight acidic and lingering sour tangy fruit, more lemonade like flavor, very dry, little funky dry yeasty taste too, but very little coming from that heavy dryness. Some fruit flavors so light its hard to detect.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 67.

Appearance: Pours out a hay-hued body, cloudy with some fine particles, and capped by a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Light scent of modestly tangy wheat malt with notes of lemon, florals, and just a hint of teensy hint of sourish funk.

Taste: A fast flash of sweetness over a soft wheat character with faint, faint graininess. Sparsely lactic. A cheery lemon tartness, though not astringently so. A little bit puckering on the cleansing, minerally finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A joy to drink! As the daytime highs have jumped from 40's-50's one day to over 80 degrees the next, this was just the refreshing, easy-to-drink tipple I needed.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

January 2009. Exceedingly pale sunflower yellow with multiple uprushing bubble streams and a massive crown of eggshell colored cream. Large divots appear in the increasingly rocky foam, while a smattering of lace sticks to the glass.

The nose is wonderful and reflects the ingredients: lemon verbena (a flowering plant), Lactobacillus (a bacteria) and Brettanomyces (a yeast). The result is a tangy, lemony, barnyard-like scent that is reminscent of a summer saison. It's pure pleasure to sniff. Especially if you're a fan of the style.

Reserve Wheat Ale is good beer that doesn't quite make it all the way to great beer. It's restrained for an American wild ale, with the funk-o-meter stopping well short of the red line. Those who are ambivalent about 'bug beer' will probably still be ambivalent after tasting it.

The biggest negative is a lack of malty guts. This has to be the lightest wild ale that I've ever had, which was predictable given the ABV. On the other hand, it's refreshing and quenching and perfect for a picnic lunch. Untoasted wheat, slightly bitter grasses and lemon peel is the sum total of the flavor profile. Along with the surprisingly clean, mild funkiness of the organisms, of course.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light and is properly carbonated. All in all, it fits the rest of the beer's attributes pretty well. This is the weakest of the scores, for whatever that's worth.

Telegraph Reserve Wheat Ale probably hit the brewery's target in the middle of the bull's eye. It's good warm weather beer and is the wild ale equivalent of a simple saison or a crisp pilsner. Oh, and this particular vintage is showing no signs of age whatsoever.

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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Big foam, clear yellow straw

SMELL: Lemon oil, tart, fresh crackers, wild herbs, faintly musty.

TASTE: Deep smoothness, even tartness, dry grain, yeast, mild funk, dry finish.

Lacto & Brett ... both are very tame here though add just enough to bring some tartness and funk to the palate. The subtle approach works as it ends up extremely drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to whoever brought this one to the last RB tasting.

a - Pours a murky bright light yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, citrus, spices, oranges, wheat, and light funk. Very nice nose, like it a lot.

t - Tastes of funk/brett, lightly sour fruits, wheat, bready malts, light citrus, earthy notes. Very nice again.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation, though the body is a bit watery.

o - Overall the body is a bit thin and watery, and it doesn't look great, but the nose and taste are very good. Would certainly have it again.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

more of a berliner and i will review it as such, poured into a pint glass.

bright golden color with a huge amount of cloudiness to it. Barely can see through this to the other side but ample carbonation did continue to stream up throughout the session. Little head of white on top settles down quickly

crisp, clean, tart aroma quickly fills the air. Hints of apples, light touches of citrus, a light bready note all combine to form this crisp, clean profile Wonderful tart green apples blending with hints of light orange peel and lemon. Herbal grasses fill the profile mid palate and give it that depth but flowery notes keep it light and airy. Super quick, clean and dry finish leaves a tart flavor on the tongue that will not go away. So light and refreshing

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

A: The pour is a hazy yellow/light gold color with a nice white foam.

S: A tart lemon scent to go along with the slightly sweet wheat aroma. Not terribly "complex".

T: Mostly tart (lots of lemon), there is a bit of sweetness from the wheat in there at some points. Although the primary taste sensation is tartness, it's not as sour as I would like.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, and crisp.

D: Very drinkable, although not the most interesting or complex sour ale, it's still nice to drink.

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Reserve Wheat Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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