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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
alsofhampden.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stakem on 05-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
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2
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3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yergermeister
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of xnicknj
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Turkey Burglar from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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