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Penny Weiz Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 26.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Penny Weiz" is our special version of a Belgian Witbier, incorporating 50% wheat and 50% barley. Based on an original homebrew recipe from Paul "Zok" Zocco (of Zok's Homebrewing Supplies), our Head Brewer, Joe Lushing collaborated with Paul to create a wonderfully refreshing, thirst-quenching brew especially for spring and summer enjoyment. To put a subtle spicy note to the beer, a "wee" bit of heather and sweet orange peel were added to the mix in keeping with our brewery's Scottish roots. "Penny Weiz" is a 5% ABV beer and is available in the spring and summer months in our familiar, recyclable, half-gallon growler bottle.

(Beer added by: erosier on 05-10-2008)
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
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4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just found my notes recently from last summer's Northwest Connecticut Brewfest. Poured a cloudy yellow, with a finger of white, less-than stellar retention, and modest lacing. Possessed a pronounced orange nose, with some lemon and tea leaves as well. The taste was a refreshingly nice blend of orange, lemon, and caramel malt, with a semi-sweet finish. Light-bodied, and lightly-carbonated. Refreshing brew where the feel goes together nicely with the flavor profile.

donniecuffs, Aug 03, 2010
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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Janeinma, Jun 02, 2013
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1/5  rDev -69.9%

jefftuck47, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint from the beer's growler - 64 oz. No bottling or freshness date, only a "must be refridgerated" on the label. I think this is due to the fact that they don't use preservatives.

Pours a classic witbier look: an off white, slightly yellowish color with a nice cloudiness. One finger white head forms and then falls, leaving brief lacing that returns to the beer. Tons of carbonation keep a whispy head alive.

Smells of fruit. I get a grapefruit, orange, and maybe even a pineapple. There is a "Sunny D"/orange peel quality to it. Very sweet.

At first sip there is a big malt note. After that the taste kicks in and the citrus comes out. The sweet orange kicks in, then yields to the bread malt. In the aftertaste, after a big chug, there is even a slight spicy note to it. There is a real feeling that there is straight up orange juice here, you can detect the acidity from time to time.

The mouthfeel is great, this beer isn't really wet or dry, just neutral, and the carbonation keeps this one refreshing. A little watery, as well.

You can certainly knock a few back without blinking an eye. Like the reviewer below me said, I would be surprised if this really had alcohol in it. Heck, I would be surprised if this was beer! What a great summer beverage, a little plain and one sided, but drinkable, nonetheless.

EDIT: Olde Burnside's website indicates this beer to be 5% ABV

BranfordBound, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of beerich
4.97/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Penny Weiz is quite a change from Olde Burnsides normal style of beers.
This witbier with a hint of orange peel will be a great addition to their beer line-up.
Pours a golden yellow color with the aroma of citrus and a mild taste of orange.
This is a keeper - Good Job guys...

beerich, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of puboflyons
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a smudge marking that begins with 2014. Sampled on June 25, 2014.

The look is about right for the style with its foggy, cloudy pale yellow color and tremendous white fizzy head that dissolves quickly. But that was its best characteristic as far as I am concerned.

The aroma is yeasty and really lemon-like to the point that any pale malts and hops are buried.

Thin, watery, unexciting body.

The taste is more akin to a fruit beer with the amount of lemon I pick up. The toasted mats and finish are weak. There is also this sort of vegetable oil thing in the mix. When I see other people review beers like these higher than me I have to wonder if I got a tainted or outdated bottle.

puboflyons, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of scottg
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy light honey color with a two finger white head with good retention, light lacing, and lots of little bubbles rising to the top. Very fruity and floral aromas, sweet orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango. Tropical fruit tasting, passion fruit, mango, apricot with a little bitter lemon rind. Highly carbonated, light body, this beer has a selter water mouthfeel.
A different type of witbier, worth a try if you like something different but not a very good representation of the style.

scottg, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of d_brommer_nh
3/5  rDev -9.6%

d_brommer_nh, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

metter98, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -9.6%

civicm87, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color, very hazy, with a good amount of head, doesn't leave any lacing though which is odd.

Smell is very citrusy, picking up a good amount of orange as well.

Taste is light and crisp yet soft on the palate, quite citrusy with hints of orange, goes down quickly and easily, nothing too complex but so far the best I've had from Olde Burnside.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Pour Judgment, Newport, RI.

Poured a cloudy dark straw hue with a thin white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a notes of orange (think Tang) with a touch of wheat spice.

The flavor was likewise orangey with a thin wheat malt.

The mouthfeel was light for the style.

Overall a tasty wheat ale. Nothing spectacular.

plaid75, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of erosier
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orange-yellow amber color with a tall but fluffy white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing down the glass.
S: The aroma is mainly orange. Lots of orange in the nose.
T: The taste is of sweet wheat and barley. There is alot of orange but not as much as the nose let on.
M: Very light and refreshing mouthfeel.
D: Very good which is nice beacause it comes in a growler.

erosier, May 10, 2008
Photo of raythealeman
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

raythealeman, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of cleeze
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a great cloudy orange tint to it, with a slight brownish/darker center to it. It poured a thick and sticky head with great sticky lacing. Already looks like a great hefe.

smell was a little more citrus then I was expecting. I was expecting more bannana. and my girlfriend is giving me shit for spending to much time with beeer. But I also picked up on some pear as well. Overall it had a fruity aroma to it.

Taste was amazing. Very smooth with subtle fruit flavors. Great blend with the malts

I could drink this puppy all day/night and I might or atleast til this growler is empty... cheers

cleeze, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Screw-top growler purchased from Domaney's in Great Barrington, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear dark golden brew. Head fades slowly, with lasting lace. Aroma is earthy and lightly sweet. Taste is tart upfront, continues with the citrus character in the middle, and closes with some earthy hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but nothing to get me to buy another. I keep trying to like something from Olde Burnside, but it just doesn't seem to be working out...

ppoitras, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

crobinso, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of pisano
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

pisano, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of abrodsky
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

abrodsky, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +13%

dbrauneis, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. I bought it at The Friendly Greek's Bottle Shop, but it had shrank from a big azzz jug down to a 12-fl. oz. bottle when I did so. Hee hee.

From the bottle: "Located at the historic Burnside Ice Co."

Ah yes, Ye Olde Burnside B.C., which puts me in mind of the Civil War Army Captain (?)/Major (?) whose facial hair and inverted surname gave rise to the term "Sideburns". The Norm D. had a Food Service Officer at one point whose surname was Burnside. Onward!

I used a penny to prise off the cap and then I began my pour until the pseudo-cascade began to die down, forming two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 5). Nose smelled kind of musty, definitely yeast-driven. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery. The taste was spicy, but it seemed muted. I was definitely a Wit, but one lacking the kind of Ooomph! that would make it memorable. The finish was dry, spicy and pleasant, but not anything to which I would return.

woodychandler, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of wisegreensoul
3/5  rDev -9.6%

wisegreensoul, May 01, 2014
Photo of Thads324
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in willy
a : pours a bright yellow with a big white head, quickly dissipates with almost no lacing.

S : smells like a lot of orange, almost like fanta. There is a bit of grass and wheat towards the back.

T : watery with a lot of orange up front. A little wheat malt and biscuit (very little biscuit). Finishes with an almost peppery feeling.

M : light bodied and easy going with a peppery finish. Very clean finish.

A pretty basic wheat beer. No real belgian yeast flavor so I don't really see the wit aspect, but an ok summer beer for sessioning

Thads324, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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Penny Weiz Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.