RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
In short: A very wild (somewhat bretty) dry and tart wheaty brew. Tasty, original and refreshing.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed fresh soon after purchase. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Cloudy yellow body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is lemony and wild. Stop. Taste is wild with moderate brett presence. Stop. Malts have dry wheat/straw character. Stop. Fruity flavours of lemon zest and some orange peels. Stop. Nice fluffy body. Stop. Very dry and Tart. Stop. This is what I was hoping the Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam to be. Stop. Nice Telegraph. Stop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Tap at City Beer. I think my problem with this beer is it is so refreshing that it overloads my palate. Color is very bright yellow with mid-to-low haze and a staunch head. Nose is highly floury and sour. Flavor is lemon concentrate, sour wheat and more flour. Rather thin but in this flavor that makes it almost sharpened. Finish is very quick and roundly, fruitily sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
(DC Local Gathering, 75cl bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) Large white head that mostly dissipates atop lightly hazed lemon yellow body. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, funk, light cream. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some funk, fruitiness. Not as tart as most Berliner Weisses -- pleasant enough, but no pucker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Considered a berliner weisse here on Ratebeer. Interesting. The cloudy pale yellow pour is topped by an evanescent white foam. Its pale malts+ wheat combine into a dryish biscuitiness while tea-like herbal, and zesty lemon suggest upcoming refreshment skills. Its brett character, while not so subtle, remains soft-edged, drying the palate in which little residual sugars remain despite the tasty, crisp pale malts. Rather detached mouthfeel where the fat, foaming and biting bubbles enhance the thinness perception and perhaps diminishes its a priori immense drinkability. The sourness comprises both citric and lactic components, both of which are shows up get a little peaky in the finish. Perhaps not the most refined nor tight/cohesive, but intriguing, inviting and highly original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (527) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Poured from 750mi, courtesy of SamGamgee. Light in color, pale yellow. Nose of lemon with crisp, light lemon taste. Not too sour, actually a very decent wheat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Liquid Sunshine VII Tasting Kirkland, WA
Aroma: Sour aroma with some spices and fruit like qualities.
Appearance: Light Yellow in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Strong lemon and verbena flavoring with a light malt backing.
Palate: Dry Lemon finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: Was sour but like it was off. The Lemon and Verbena where subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Thanks BVC! Hazy pale yellow, some clove spice, but mostly lightly soured wheat. Juicy sourness, refreshing and lively lemonadey. Quenching.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
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 isnt as sour as I was expecting, its a damn pleasant and drinkable wheat beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2009
22. Thanks, BVC! Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with dense, creamy white foam. Webby lace aplenty. Nice big lemon-y and verbena-y nose. Fizzy, watery light body. Tangy lemon notes, but overall a very mild mid-palate. Not sharp or crisp enough to be really refreshing and nowhere near complex. Slightly tart and tangy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2324) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle courtesy SamGamgee. Pours a slightly hazy light gold color, much darker than a typical German Berliner Weisse. Lactic lemon zesty aroma with candied citrus and some sort of unidentifiable spiciness. Hard to stop smelling this one. Flavor is wheaty with lemon meringue, slight banana pith, coriander(?), and a wheat malt finish. Solid tartness. Nice robust flavor and body.

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