Penny Weiz Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Penny Weiz AlePenny Weiz Ale

Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Great band... er I mean beer, but probably not a great beer. Most of the beers from this brewery are so-so, and I can't verify the date due to it being smudged. Also not my fav style.

Pours a large 2 finger fizzy bubbly head that fades fairly quickly, touches of lacing, somehow crystal clear golden tan color with stream of bubbles floating up.

Nose is mixed with good and meh, a nice wheat base, grassy grainy floral wheat, touches of citrus and floral spices like coriander, but then a weird peanut butter thing, nutty, with a little orange marmalade, and little cracker, so a weird peanutbutter and jelly sandwich in the middle for some weird reason.

Taste is worse unfortunately, thin and watery wheat thing, like a few pieces of wheat and oats steeped in water for a few minutes, touches of orange candy marmalade again, faint spices, again a mild nutty flavor, peanutbutter candy thing, and a little yeasty flavor. Similar to their other beers, a little under attentuated when thrown in the bottle and the yeast just went too far. Finish is thin and watery again, a mild weird bitterness, bit more nutty with mild wheat, and little orange thing.

Mouth is thin and watery, decent carb at best, not even creamy.

Overall just bad. Thing, watery, lacking much character, weird nutty peanutbutter thing, candy thing, too much yeast, etc.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of Beeraphernalia
4.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For an orange wit bier...I've never had a better one. Freakin' delicious. Everything that comes out of this brewery is FANTASTIC!!!! I've tried a lot of this variety and absolutely nothing beats the Penny Weiz. I'd take it over anything else. Try one. It's yummy!!!! Now available in 4 packs, usually just $6.99!!!!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap in a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, light yellow coloring that is hazy and watery at the same time. Looks like piss, honestly. The haze makes it almost opaque, and there is a froth riding along the top of this brew. The beer's aromas are light in force, but persistent. Lemon zest nose is sharp, and sugary sweet. The beer is light in mouth, and the tart flavors and carbonation make it fairly sharp. The beer's flavors are lemony sweet and lemon zest, almost like 7up was poured into a Hef. The flavors are sharp and oversweet, and the aftertaste is a tartness and effervescence that lingers quite a while, puckering the mouth a bit. The finish drags a little while, and leaves a sugar syrupy sweet taste in the mouth. Not my favorite in this particular style.

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Photo of chefelf
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and bright yellow with not much head. It has a very mild, almost lemony, flavor. I was expecting a Belgian yeast taste but none to speak of. It's a very light and refreshing beer, particularly for summer time.

Very different and worth trying. You'll just need a friend or two since it only comes in growlers.

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Photo of Thads324
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of DNICE555
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flatbread Pizza in Canton with The Larse and Christopher Multasante

Nice head and lacing that fizzles down quickly.

Heavy citrus scent with some tart grapefruit and pineapple

Sweet and tart a the same time. Very interesting take on the style.

Heavily carbonated with quite a zing to it.

A nice summer beer. Not my favorite style but certainly a decent representation. Much different than anything I've ever had from olde burnside.

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Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler into Duvel tulip (predictably, I didn't drink it all in one sitting).

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a 1/3 inch fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing (nor does the beer). Color is a pale, hazy yellow orange. I've had this beer many times, and its look ranges from hazy, translucent yellow orange to a solid yellow that looks like orange juice. Beer looks like it should be refreshing.

Smell: Very nice citrus blast, orange peel and tangerine. Some grapefruit.

Taste: At the beginning of each sip, all I can detect is high carbonation with a watery feel, but then a big, thick citrus hit comes (mainly orange peel), and transitions smoothly into a pronouncedly bready malt finish. The character of the citrus taste is difficult to describe... it feels "earthy" somehow, very fresh and strong. That thick character to the taste rides perfectly into the airy, grain finish. Satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Feels overcarbonated, watery, and juicy at first. Like the taste, the feel smooths out and gets kind of thick. Ultimately, a perfect vehicle for the flavor.

Drinkability: I wouldn't be shocked to find out that there isn't even alcohol in this beer. That, the mouthfeel, and the refreshing taste make this a very drinkable witbier.

Penny Weiz is definitely not the most complex beer around. There's a few different notes to the citrus flavor, but mainly it just delivers a big orange zest/tangerine hit, followed by a smooth bready finish. However, both are really enjoyable, and that strange character to the feel/taste is so unique and pleasant that I'm never bored by Penny Weiz. Not to mention that $7~/64oz growlers of this is a great deal.

Like Ten Penny, a solid, quality beer from my hometown's brewery.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a very cloudy straw, light and milky looking with a fair white head and decent lacing bunched up here and there. The aroma is a spicey nutmeg and lemon. The taste crisply mimics the aroma with a clear citrus bite with a full wheat and mild pumpkin spice. This has a very fine carbonation with a substantial mouthfeel for such a refreshing summer brew. Nice job.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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...

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Photo of LennyV
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold into my ommnegang glass. Nice 3 finger head which disappears quickly. No lacing.

Smells of strong citrus, lemon and pinapple.

Tatses of bitter citrus a little orange then some quick sweetness them some tartness.

Carbonation is a bit fizzy. These growlers must be bottle conditioned, because I have never had a growler with so much carbonation. This brew has a light body.

This is a nice summer bbq drinker. It is quite refreshing and I was surprised at how pleasing the taste is

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of cleeze
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64-ounce growler into an Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy, bright yellow color with a semi brownish-orange center column. The carbonation bubbles were great, and rushed to meet the rocky two-finger head of white foam.

S: Smells a little spicy, but mostly of sweet citrus fruits and a hint of banana and pear. The hop notes here are mostly citrus, but the sweet, malty smell is what I pick up most.

T: The taste is straight up tangy grapefruit., leading me to believe the hops played a bigger part than expected. Not bitter, just citric, slightly acidic and with a big helping of grapefruit. Some dry orange and grainy malts help balance out the rest of the flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light and refreshing. Acidity is not that noticeable in the mouthfeel.

D: A great session beer for the summer, or for any light drinker or fan of weizens and witbiers. At 5% ABV and with a clean, distinct citrus flavor, this witbier has found a home in my heart for the style.

Gotta support local brewers and give it up to Olde Burnside for thinking outside the robust, malty Scottish brewing these guys have become locally famous for. A nice addition to the family of ales, and one that should enjoy some good success.

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Photo of scottg
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of beerich
4.97/5  rDev +40.8%
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...

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Photo of erosier
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Penny Weiz Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
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