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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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
nickd717 (4071) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle from City Beer Store in SF. Hazy straw color with a white head. Aroma is yeast, wheat, lemon, and funk. Flavor is more of the same, fairly tart with a citrusy finish. Lively palate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8894) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 12, 2009
This bubbly yellow beer poured into a bolleke with an attractive short white head and a sour yeasty aroma. The flavor is indeed sour wheat with a strong lemon finish. Goes down easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
750 ml bottle from Enniskillen’s cellar, paid for by my sweat! Nose of light, tart, horseblanket, and some wheaty yeast. Cloudy gold with a large white head. Flavor is tart with light corriander, cloves, and citrus and a peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
750ml bottle. pours hazy yellow with white head. nose is lemony and white grape. nice brett and lemon flavors that are very smooth and easy drinking. very smooth with a bit grassy hop finish. excellant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
750ml bottle from southbay.....pours a semi-transparent golden orange with a fluffy white head.....aroma of citrus and lemon rinds with mild brett.....crisp refreshing, lightly tart with citrus and lemon zest. lively with a dry finish. quite refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2009 bottled 1/12/09 had the tightest cork in it opening with a big pop. poured a straw golden color with hefty visible carbonation and a little frothy white head. aroma has nice funky yeast, white grape skin, medium acid, and a bit of lemon zest. mouth feel is crisp and refreshing. flavor has a soft underlying wheat base, light sourness, grape skins, wild yeast, grassy hops, and again nice oily lemon hits. really well balanced levels of wheat, sour, brett, and citrus that come off interestingly soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottled on 1/12/2009. The beer pours to a really hazy pale straw body with a nice dense white head and ridiculous lacing. The aroma is tart wheat and lemons with a lightly funky yeast and very unique complex lemons. The flavor is really complex and superb. Lemons meets tart wheat. It’s funky but not overly so. Such subtlety in this beer. The palate is crisp and carbonated but not too vibrant. A perfect summer beer. I wish I’d have bough more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Thanks to Blake for bringing the 750, bottled on my B-day, 2009. Poured cloudy medium golden with a well-formed cap of white head. The aroma picked up sour lemon zest, earthy spices, and dry Brett funkage over a soft bready base.. balance was spot-on, and I could sit here and smell it all day. The flavor was also on point with pale malts supporting zesty, bright, funky, and ultimately refreshing character of lemon rind, fragrant floral, and funky Brett around.. refreshing as well on the long finish with ample acidity and excellent flavors. Lighter-bodied, crisp, and funky on the palate with a long finish.. this was absolutely delightful!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Pale gold with a frothy white head. Slightly sour and lemony aromas. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is wheat and citrus/lemon; mildly sour. Good stuff. Finishes just a bit papery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Bottled January 2009; Sampled April 2009
A fairly soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is a pale gold color that shows a lightly hazed, straw-gold color with a white sheen to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy grain up front, this is followed by a light tartness and the finish has a sweet, lemon verbena not that is soft but distinct. Crushed whole grain cracker notes form a solid wheat signature in the aroma, though I was expecting this to smell more sour and / or funky. The herbal character is nice with its lemon focused finish.

The beer is tart, though not aggressively so, but it is enough sourness to be quite refreshing. Pretty much bone dry, but there is a perception of lemon zest towards the finish that seems to add a suggestion of sweetness. The carbonation adds quite a bit of fizzy effervescence to this brew as it dances across the tongue and it also adds a pepper-like spiciness to the finish. The beer is also quite light bodied; it is really quite refreshing, even if a little gassy at times. The grain does not play as big a role in the flavor as it does in the aroma, but there are still some flavors of hay, some saltine cracker notes in the finish and a bit of an earthy grain note.

A bit more simplistic than I was expecting, the Brettanomyces character is really quite muted at this time; this would have been a welcome boost to the complexity of this brew and perhaps this will develop a bit more with time. If the yeast character was a bit more interesting I would almost call this a great example of a Saison (though it does lean a bit more towards a clean Berliner Weiss); it is light and refreshing and the lactic character adds a nice touch but is not overwhelming.

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