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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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 brettanomyces. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2009
750ml bottle acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD (thanks!). Bottle labled bottled on 1/12/09. Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wheat, cereal, and lighter citrus. Tastes of citrus, wheatiness, cereal, and lighter spices. Lighter tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
750mL, courtesy of juiceisloose. Faint head topping a fairly common pale wheat, hazed body. The biggesst drawback in the nose was quite a bit of sulphur. Otherwise tart and acidic, a lot of crisp wheat, some pepper. Smooth tart wheat flavor, melded very well, some spiciness later in the palate, with pepper evident as well. Nice smooth carbonation, acidic and drying without being prickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2009
750 ml bottle courtesy WeeHeavySD. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small, foamy white head that settles to a thin film around the rim. The aroma shows notes of fresh tart citrus, crisp wheat and grains, and some lactic sourness also. The flavor follows suit with the tart citrus and crisp wheat. Some yeast, lactic sourness, and spices come through as well. Not overly sour, but just refreshing and tart. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a crisp, dry finish that leaves you wanting more. This would be a great beer on a hot day. Really refreshing stuff, and a solid berliner weiss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2009
750ml bottle, courtesy juiceisloose. Pretty fresh. Pours a lightly hazy golden straw color. A small head of off white foam leaves scant, skinny lines of lacing behind. The nose shows fairly classic Berliner Weiss character, light lactic sourness and tart citrus essences showing atop a fresh, crisp, wheat and cereal grain bill. It just flat out smells refreshing. Flavors follow suit, light and grainy, very clean tasting, with moderate citric tartness and yeasty, lactic sourness. Easy going and refreshing as hell, the moderate palate dries out on the finish, causing the mouth to beg for sip after sip. I suspect this will only get better and more tart over time. Awesome summertime option.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
750ml C+C bottled on Jan. 12, 2009. A very pleasant and drinkable, if not overly sour Berliner. Sweeter wheat aroma, just the smallest hint of lacto and no brett on the nose. Some old milk, lemongrass, peaches and cream. Balanced sweet and tart aroma. Pours a brilliant pale gold with an very bright, and quickly receding white head. The flavor is incredibly refreshing, albeit not that complex. Wheat, lemon, lacto, milk, moist cereal. Not too tart, a bit of citrus zest. Maybe some banana with a touch of spice. Creamy body with zesty carbonation. The lacto really comes through on the finish. Not too complex at all, but lacking any flaws. Delicious and insanely drinkable. If this were around my area, I’d drink the hell out of this in the summer. Thanks Jonathan!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4501) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 23, 2009
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this 750. Pours a hazy golden with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of wheat, cereal grains, light tartness and floral notes. Flavor of a nice crisp tartness, wheat, lemon, citrus and cereal grains. Nice crisp tartness and very floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
750ml bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours a very clear medium golden color with a small fizzy white head. Nose of grass, wheat, citrus and kind flavor was kind of salty-sweet. I’m still getting used to this style, quite nice and refreshing overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
Special thanks to JuiceIsLoose for the taste. Hazy yellow. Aroma is sour lemons and funky yeast. Flavors follow. Tart, light and refreshing. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2009
750mL bottle, no date. Clear pale straw with a two finger frothy white head, good retention. Lots of pale wheat up front with some grassy hop notes behind. There is a little bit of banana and saltine in there as well. The flavor does have some lemon sourness, but not near as sour as a lot of Berliners that I’ve had. Semi-dry with bitterness at a 2. Light body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good Berliner--not too sour, so more than sourheads would enjoy this. I do like the New Glarus better than this, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9258) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle… mgumby10’s & hopscotch’s WtFFfFDotF Throwdown … Cloudy straw-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma puts forth modest notes of warm bread, clove, CornNuts and only a rumor of banana. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Light pale grain sweetness and mild lemon tartness. Crisp, tangy finish.

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