Turkey Burglar
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Sour - Berliner Weisse
3.82 | pDev: 9.16%
Oct 24, 2018
May 11, 2012
Very Good
Notes: None
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4.12 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Oct 24, 2018
3.98 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Jul 03, 2018
3.81 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jun 10, 2018
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drtth from Pennsylvania

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
3.85 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Apr 03, 2018
3.5 by oline73 from Maryland on Mar 30, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by larryi86 from Delaware

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
3.25 by reizorc from Pennsylvania on Apr 13, 2016
3.79 by yergermeister from Pennsylvania on Feb 27, 2015
5 by TroyG2352 from Pennsylvania on Aug 26, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

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
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2014
3.75 by Benish from Wisconsin on Nov 10, 2013
4 by drebrew from New York on Oct 20, 2013
3.75 by JMUbrewz from Virginia on Sep 03, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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
3.25 by GeoffreyM from Pennsylvania on Aug 11, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by xnicknj from Pennsylvania

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
4 by salthemonster from Pennsylvania on Jul 21, 2013
3.5 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2013
3.25 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Jul 07, 2013
4 by Invictus from Pennsylvania on Jun 17, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

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
3.5 by bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania on Jun 13, 2013
3.75 by baybum from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2013
3.75 by Jspriest from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2013
3.75 by mdillon86 from Pennsylvania on May 26, 2013
4 by Slatetank from Pennsylvania on May 20, 2013
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3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by tectactoe from Michigan

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
3.75 by InspectorBob from New Jersey on May 18, 2013
3.75 by SourinQns from New York on May 06, 2013
3.75 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania on May 05, 2013
3.5 by yourefragile from District of Columbia on May 04, 2013
4.5 by runner_pe from Pennsylvania on May 04, 2013
3.75 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2013
3.5 by Tucquan from Pennsylvania on Apr 30, 2013
3 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Mar 26, 2013
4.25 by StormKing47 from Pennsylvania on Feb 07, 2013
4.25 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania on Feb 05, 2013
Turkey Burglar from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 48 ratings