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Turkey Burglar - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Turkey Burglar
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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stakem on 05-11-2012)
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-19-2012 15:15:15 | More by VikeMan
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

Thanks to robieobie1 for the hook-up. Turkey Burglar looks pretty standard as far as Berliner Weissbiers go - somewhat translucent yellow with some darker, sunburst orange colors crowding the edges. The foamy white head builds up to about a half-inch during the pour but is literally gone within seconds; completely vanishing, not even lasting as a ring around the top of the beer.

Grains are heavy in the first whiff, and the second, and so on... Staying pretty true to the style, there's a light tartness that comes hand-in-hand with a mild fruity aspect, full of mild apple skins and light lemon zest. Even for a Berliner Weiss, the aroma is pretty subdued and quiet, void of pretty much anything else aside from the grains and fruit. Relaxed and laid-back, but maybe just a bit boring.

Turkey Burglar feels pretty thin and light on the mouth with lots of carbonation; a pretty nice feel overall for the style. A very solid tartness snaps the tongue each time you take a sip, along with the dense flavor of green apple skins; very zesty and lively, also with a bit of grape and lemon. This beautiful tartness and fruity element, however, is quickly washed away by an onslaught of big-time graininess, and the grains introduce a really weird flavor.

I've tried to put my finger on it, but I just can't pinpoint it. It's kind of a strange, stale, musty, almost cooked vegetable, dirty grain-like flavor. So strange and so nebulous, I really don't know how to accurately convey what I was tasting. It wasn't so bad or awful that it made this undrinkable, but it's not what I was expecting to follow the initial apple-y tartness of the first sip. Unfortunately that flavor lingers in the aftertaste and just has me scratching my head.

Well, this one started off alright, but some unidentifiable flavor kind of came and stole the show, and not exactly in a good way. Turkey Burglar was still drinkable, but in the absence of that strange flavor, I can't help but think this beer would be great. Instead it's hindered by the weirdness and loses ground on most of the other Berliners out there.

05-20-2013 11:21:39 | More by tectactoe
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-16-2013 19:08:34 | More by Kegatron
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

A pint at Al's. With Joe.

A: The weissbier is pale, a straw-like color very light and very clear. A bright white head comes along for the ride.

S: The nose has wheat tartness, very focused and concentrated but not as tart as the first sip was. The lightness of the ale stands out - nothing too heavy despite the rich aromas.

T: Mild citrus (but fruit and zest), ample wheat and sharp citric tartness, all in one glass. A dry powdery finish focuses the wheat, coaxing out the tartness with ease. That tartness, though, is subdued, restrained with just a hint of what it could be. A good sipper, not too heavy. I wouldn't mind some more tartness though.

M: Very light what a tartness that sneaks in and implants itself. I like this plain version, nothing to get in the way of the wheat.

06-17-2012 19:33:52 | More by akorsak
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

A - A slight one finger's worth of slightly off white colored head to start... Minimal retention leaves only a very splotchy lacing and thin collar... The color is a slightly vibrant and hazed light to medium orange... A moderate bit of moderate paced medium sized carbonation...

S - Orange zest... Tang mix... Cracked wheat... Peaches... A very light tart component...

T - Orange zest... Wheat... Some tart peach notes... A very light acidic component... Solid overall, but I wish there was just a tad more of a tart bite to this to get it to that next level...

M - On the heavier side of light bodied.. Lots of fizzy prickly carbonation... Even and consistent... A bit crisp... Not too shabby...

D - A solid Berliner Weissbier, especially for a relatively new brewery... At 3.6% ABV this is packed with character and flavor... While a notch below the true best in class for the style, this is a very nice beer that I'm sure I'll enjoy on many occasions in the future..

05-26-2012 21:58:58 | More by philbe311
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-26-2013 21:46:00 | More by mdillon86
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-13-2014 02:47:07 | More by DrBier
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-20-2013 23:15:27 | More by salthemonster
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StormKing47

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

02-07-2013 13:47:50 | More by StormKing47
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-05-2013 01:55:03 | More by ShanePB
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-03-2013 06:32:21 | More by JMUbrewz
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SourinQns

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-06-2013 02:29:40 | More by SourinQns
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-13-2013 15:32:13 | More by bigfnjoe
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Benish

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-10-2013 20:13:06 | More by Benish
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some hints of light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of slightly sour/tart wheat.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sour/tart wheat. There are some light subtle notes of citrus/lemon.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Refreshing and enjoyable. Easy to drink.

08-17-2013 03:21:08 | More by dbrauneis
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-01-2013 01:10:56 | More by DaveHack
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-18-2013 13:17:31 | More by InspectorBob
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drebrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-19-2013 23:26:44 | More by drebrew
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-22-2013 16:27:11 | More by brez8791
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. This one is the sour cherry version.

A - Pours pale yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small strings of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of wheat, light funk, dulled fruit and quite a bit of sulfur. I get very little tartness out of the nose while the sulfur only grows as it sits in the glass. Little to no cherry aroma can be detected.

T - Starts off with plenty of chewy wheat slowly giving way to some mild tartness fading quickly leaving hints of citric fruit and some sulfuric funk. Finish is chewy with some of the funk mixed in, not lingering on the palate for very long. I get no tart cherries at all really.

M - Crisp, chewy feel with moderate carbonation. With the low level of tartness the wheat takes over and never really fades away.

O - Not too bad. I heard the sulfur was only in a few of the early kegs. Clean this one up and add a little more tartness and I think this one will be a winner.

06-26-2012 03:46:30 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

On draft served in a nonic. The brew appears a pale yellow that is clouded with a quick dissolving head. Some spotty lace stick to the glass and a violent swirl releases some bubbles to the surface. Overall this is a typical looking take on the style.

The nose opens up with a hint of sulfur and some earthy quality. There are notes of chessy funk, grass, mild fruit, grainy sweetness and yogurt all mixed in here. No single attribute jumps out here, it all intertwines. As it gets warmer, more sulfur comes out but there is enough of other character present to keep the experience flowing.

The taste opens with a hint of sulfur just like the aroma leads on. Some spiciness comes forward almost like clove and mixes with some grass, yogurt, mild cheese and fruit faintly like pear/apple. A mild funky aftertaste lingers with a mild tartness when warmer. The tartness seemingly comes from wheat inclusion and not necessarily bacterial or sharp like some.

This is light and crisp with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall it has some nice things going on. A bit more tartness would have been welcomed but for a first attempt, I give it thumbs up and hope to see this brewed again. This brew is advertised as having sour cherries added, to me that was almost nonexistent but was intersting enough for me to want to try it again.

05-11-2012 18:15:05 | More by stakem
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-07-2013 02:03:44 | More by AlexFields
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pour is a lightly hazed pale straw yellow with tight bubbly white head. Nose is huge, tons of mineral aromas, lightly salty, strong lemon backbone. Taste is lightly tart, carbonation is a hint low on a creamy body. Taste is more lemon and candied sugar forward. Light mineral with a bit of cellar funk brett. Really nice balance, refreshing yet has some depth. A touch sweet and body is a bit big for a berlinerweis.

07-15-2014 15:31:14 | More by cpetrone84
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runner_pe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-04-2013 13:02:54 | More by runner_pe
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

08-11-2013 02:19:31 | More by GeoffreyM
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Turkey Burglar from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.