Turkey Burglar
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #445
Ranked #27,436
3.82 | pDev: 9.16%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear pale golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes visibly to a ring around the glass and leaves some patches and slender legs bits of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates patches of lacing, some of which cling to the sides of the glass. For much of the beer there’s an irregular thin island of foam covering much of the liquid.

The aromas include some light wheat and just a bit of lemony tartness.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the wheat and tartness most noticeable. In the background there’s lemon with just a touch of sweetness and what seems like just a bit of tropical fruit.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and softly prickly with the very light carbonation. The finish begins as the flavors all begin to fade leaving a slightly astringent feeling on the roof of the mouth.

Overall this is an easy drinking beer that I’d be happy to have again when in the mood for a Berliner Weisse. It would make a good summer refresher.

May 25, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is straw, transparent, head presents quickly with a bright white color and dissipates to thin ring along the glass sides.

Smell is has some light toast, hint of lacto fermentation off notes, tart

Taste looses some of the lacto off notes beyond the sourness - flavor is tart, crisp, some light malt, hint of toast or wheat. Lingering wheat and lacto like flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp, tart, a little to sharp/tart at first but with some warmth it softens.

Overall a good berliner weisse that starts quite tart/crisp with tartness overtaking the more subtle lacto flavors that develop.

Mar 19, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 2/12/18, poured into a pint glass

A- A fairly clear incredibly light golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Tart, lemons, wheat, coriander, touch of lactose.

T- Sour, lemons, touch of wheat, some coriander.

M- Smooth, light body, crisp.

O- A really nice Berliner, very light and crushable. Great flavors for being under 4%.

Mar 03, 2018
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Jul 15, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Aug 17, 2013
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the brewery - served in weisse glass

Pale, clear golden pour with a capping of white head, dissolving quickly. Yeasty, tart nose with the right amount of lemony sourness and cheesy funk. Lemon peel tartness up on the front with a dash of pepper. Cracked wheat, straw, wet hay and cheese rind funk. Yeast spiciness with lingering lactic tartness. Refreshing and crisp on the tongue, light bodied with higher carbonation.

A solid, quaffable Berliner from a brewery I need to revisit asap.

Jul 31, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty standard kind of Berliner-Weisse. Has all the prerequisite characteristics. Tart and sour stuff is going on. Wheat action is definitely there. Feel is good. I think that I have to keep in mind that this is well-made. It doesn't blow me away with some crazy flavors, but this is accurate to style, and a very difficult type of beer to make. Love me some low abv brews.

Jun 14, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

May 20, 2013
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jun 26, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jun 17, 2012
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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..

May 26, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

May 11, 2012
Turkey Burglar from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 48 ratings