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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.

Added by erosier on 05-10-2008

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Reviews by Thads324:
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3.45/5  rDev +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 Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jefftuck47
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
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 beerich
4.97/5  rDev +48.4%
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 slasich
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of puboflyons
2.81/5  rDev -16.1%
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 scottg
3.31/5  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.

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Photo of d_brommer_nh
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
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 plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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 erosier
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of raythealeman
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of cleeze
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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

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Photo of ppoitras
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
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 CTaleMan
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykradas
4.99/5  rDev +49%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily my favorite summer time beer, very refreshing and crisp. Usual whitbier flavor with a very nice orange zest after taste.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of pisano
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of abrodsky
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jlindros
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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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Penny Weiz Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
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