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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,115 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,115
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 317
Gots: 151 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004)
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

poured a light clear golden yellow with a little bit of a foam around the brim. as soon as the bottlecap pried open my face was hit by a curtain of apples. i've had plenty of cider in my days, and i have to say the only one that ever tasted like real apples was harpoon's - but this is just out of this world. you can tell they used a few different kinds of apples for sure. the taste was not as sweet as i expected, which is great! i think maybe they use their base recipe for spotted cow on this one. same mouthfeel with the fizziness and crisp. this is a great experiment by them, and i am glad i have 3 more to save for the summer months.

03-18-2012 10:07:10 | More by facundoCNB
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

I just ran out of this one and I'm not too happy knowing that I'll problably never taste it again.

Note: I'm reviewing this as a hardcider and not a beer because as a beer this one is sort of iffy (There's no nuanses, no malts, no hops, nothing but apples), but as a hard cider it's one of the best I've ever had. In fact if it was just a touch more sour, I would consider it the perfect hard cider.

Toasted golden color with a nonexistant head. Looks like cider.

Smells like apples.

Tastes like the neighborhood kid is chucking apples at your mouth, pelting you over and over again until you fall, face first and land in a pile of more apples. Then the bully comes over and stomps on your head and your nose and your mouth and eyeballs grind into the apples until your whole world is all apples, apples, and more apples.

Mouthfeel: see above...should be tarter. Too sweet.

Drinkability: Despite the sweetness, i love apples, and I love the taste. Like I said, I'm a bit tore up that I won;t be getting any more of this stuff.

10-11-2005 03:30:01 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

Included as an extra from Preismj, much appreciated... this will be my first New Glarus brew. I've been putting them off for longer than I've wanted to. Finally time to try something! This one's got a mild clarity to it - a mixture of bronze and gold. A decently sized light grey-tinted head rests on top, not much lacing left behind.

Jesus Christ, you'd have thought I threw an apple pie in a blender and tossed it in your glass from the aroma - huuuge apple presence. Sweet, sweet apples; pure, raw, savory, mildly tart. Very reminiscent of apple pie filling. Tons of cinnamon, but moderated enough as to not overpower. Some bread and buttery notes from the malt which really give that baked apple pie crust feel to it.

I start picking up some mild port-like and vinous aromas underneath it all - an interesting little guy. Not sure why these are there, but they certainly aren't off-putting. Overall, the aroma is fantastic; very sweet and delectable with a very light tartness and a nice amount of spices. Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce. All day.

I take a taste. Is it apple cider? Not quite. Is it apple juice? Not quite. It takes the good qualities from both and forms them into it's own mold. This is an apple BEER, dammit, and it actually tastes like one. No mistaking this for cider or juice or some bullshit like that. Crushed, juicy apple flavors abound - sweet, with a very light sour tinge on the back end; complete with light cinnamon spices and a solid breadiness, just like the aroma had indicated.

There's a mild astringent spike about halfway through, but it doesn't harm much of anything at all. No port/vinous notes in the flavor at all, which is probably a good thing - I don't want anything to distract from this apple pie orgy in my face right now. There is a very mild alcohol character, which was surprising for being only 4% ABV, but it's far from deal-breaking. Brown sugar, apple, and cinnamon in the finish. Crisp and almost dry with a thin body and medium-heavy carbonation.

Fantastic. Fruit beer done right. Sweet without being too sweet - one of the hardest things to accomplish. I didn't want this one to end - needless to say, I'll be getting my hands on some more New Glarus stuff, pronto. Those guys know what they're doing up there in ol' Wisconsin.

03-22-2013 16:41:21 | More by tectactoe
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

This the last bottle of a pack I purchased when I was in Madison eight months ago.
A: This is a bright and clear pale golden beer with a white head that settles to a thin cap and leave some lacing on the glass.
S: You can smell the apple even before you pour it even if your quick about it. The sweet and tart apple aroma is a lot like the apple Jolly Rancher but not artificial. There is a little bit of fruity esters as well.
T: It's balance of juicy, sweet and tart where apples flavor dominate but there is some ale character in there with a slight maltiness. There is a bittersweet medium apple flavor with a very slight hops bitterness no hops flavor.
M: Medium bodied with a moderately light carbonation.
O: There are many ciders that lack the depth and intensity of apple aroma and flavor as found in this beer. The age may have slight softened the beer but it still an outstanding ale.

07-30-2012 00:56:18 | More by MadScientist
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

07-19-2012 21:58:46 | More by mykd
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-06-2012 21:37:57 | More by ricksrealm
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Smells of shortbread and apple taffy. Clear, pale copper color with a solid yet thin white lacing. Big smack of apple character starts off with a puckering juice flavor and then moves toward more of a sweet, mealy apple tone. Clean with a first big step toward sweet from the apple flavor, then some breadiness reminds the taste buds that this is indeed a beer. Hops are hidden with no real bitterness that's noticeable. After the apple flavor tones down more, a baked apple and mild caramel maltiness round the palate out. Finishes semisweet with a faint breath of apple and grain.

Such an amazing beer, a complete contrast to where the more hyped beers are going, yet still extreme in its own way. Easily a stepping stone beer and without a doubt a non-beer drinker's conversion key.

09-20-2010 19:37:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

One of my few remaining bottles of this pours into my glass a copper orange color with superb clarity and a quarter inch of light fizzy bubbly head on top. Aromas start with big crisp fresh apples. Somewhat spicy and reminiscent of a fresh apple cider on a cool autumn evening. Mild malty background.

First sip brings sweet apple cider flavors rushing across the palate that are quite vibrant. Mellow maltiness as it flows down. A tasty cider beer that's sweet overall with big apple juice flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with good carbonation....again along the lines of a carbonated apple cider. Overall, a darn tasty apple ale that is straightforward and hits the spot when you need something different. I hope they brew this one again.

08-20-2009 01:58:46 | More by orbitalr0x
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-19-2014 22:50:51 | More by DaftPatrick
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-03-2013 02:39:01 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-14-2014 04:55:46 | More by Jared14
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a clear amber brown with bubbly tan head that settles pretty quickly into a medium tan collar. Aroma is of warm apple cider: brown sugar, cinnamon, some faint clove. Taste is wonderfully the same; apple, sweet caramel and some spice. Fairly carbonated and medium body. Another amazing beer from New Glarus!

04-19-2014 22:37:02 | More by mverity
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-29-2014 05:03:30 | More by 77apm
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Crystal clear pale brass.

Smell: Apple pie filling, not much else other than that.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet, semi-syrupy sugary mouthfeel. Sweet apple flavor, just like the aroma ... apple pie filling. Hint of cherries and cinnamon from the fermentation. Some cookie dough maltiness within reveals that this is actually a beer. Very sweet finish.

Overall: Awesome to see beers this far down the spectrum of sweetness and even being away from most qualities of beer. You'd think this was a cider though after a few sips some malt comes through.

08-08-2011 01:57:09 | More by Jason
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Twelve ounce bottle designated part of the "Unplugged" series, compliments of dancinwillie. Thanks Sean! Pours a clear golden amber body with a small white head which quickly diminishes to a cap. Some wispy island chain lace graces the tulip glass.

Aroma is mostly apple, fresh McIntosh and Granny Smith, as tantalizing as walking around in an orchard's cellar in late October. A hint of juicy caramel underneath.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, with ample carbonation.

Taste is tart and sweet. McIntosh apples, again, in all their fruity, tasty glory. Early summer green apple notes are present but this is more red apple sweet than tart. Hints of caramel add some dimension. Nothing artificial or cloying. Label says this has a brown ale base, but nothing in taste or appearance bears this out, for what it's worth.

This is more like a cider than a beer, but it is very well done. I could definitely have more than one if these were available outside Wisconsin. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

01-30-2009 16:16:20 | More by merlin48
Photo of badbeer


4.5/5  rDev +9%

Bottle courtesy of ThomasHardy.

Poured a dark golden amber color with a nice white head that retained quite well. Smell is like smelling a crisp apple. Nice and tart, perhaps like smelling apple juice with slightly overripe apples; almost like stepping into an apple orchard. Taste is like biting into a mixture of different apples and moves into the taste of the apple skins, without the astringent tastes of actually biting apple skins. Light-medium carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Excellent drinkability, I'd be drinking plenty of this if it were still produced. This bottle was three years old and still held up remarkabley well, I can only imagine it was more powerful when it was fresh.

02-24-2007 03:30:43 | More by badbeer
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. A fruit beer from New Glarus? Yes please.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the apple pie. I get all of the notes I expect, with some cinnamon, apple and bready notes. The flavor also doesn’t disappoint. I get cinnamon, apple and crust notes. This beer tastes like an apple pie. Awesome. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There are lots of breweries out there, but I don’t think anyone does fruit beers better than our friends from Wisconsin.

08-04-2011 01:07:08 | More by Mora2000
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

05-06-2014 17:37:46 | More by fenlop54
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-21-2011 14:21:14 | More by strangebrew52
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Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-22-2013 06:42:50 | More by jaminjohnson
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-23-2013 04:34:18 | More by deebo
Photo of kingcrowing


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours the color of apple juice, very clear with a light amber color but no head. Nose is sweet and appley, like fermented apple juice.

Taste is all apple, very sweet, a little too sweet. The apple is way over the top. Again, it's not bad but it's like fermented apple juice.

12-12-2010 05:04:58 | More by kingcrowing
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-14-2011 14:34:01 | More by bpfrush
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

Clear goldenrod, slight amber, with a small white head and not a ton of visible carbonation. It actually really closely resembles apple juice, with just a touch of active bubbly.

Incredible aroma of candied caramel apples. This is authentic, juicy, sweet, and fresh smelling. The aroma of rich apple orchards come leaping out of the glass, along with a touch of burnt sugar caramel and toffee aroma. I really like this!

The flavor follows similarly to the aroma, as the authentic, juicy apple flavor is dominant, with just a touch of bitterness, and some sweet candy toffee elements as well.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

A really nice apple beer. I wish it was just a touch more bitter and a bit less sweet, but I'd only be nitpicking. I love this stuff!

01-06-2012 14:38:22 | More by ehammond1
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very fruity aroma dominated by apples. Apple juices with some light spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and even a touch of clove. Sweet malts with some hints of caramel and biscuit. Also a light hint of honey. Literally smells like apple cider with real apples. Interesting and good.

Taste: A sweet and fairly tart juicy taste of apples. Big apple presence that tastes like fresh squeezed apple juice. Some spicing blends in with notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Soft bready malts with some caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Towards the finish there is a slight tart cherry like taste. Sweetness is balanced. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: An interesting and pretty tasty take on a fruit beer. Its like fresh apple juice but has just enough malt presence to make it a beer.

12-04-2012 07:15:15 | More by MattyG85
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