Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

437 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 437
Hads: 1,491
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 339
Gots: 197 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Photo of inkman15
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pleasantly surprised by this last night.

A: Deep amber and brown with a small white head that stuck around and left nice lacing as I drank it
S: So many apples paired with a soft malty caramel/brown sugar sweetness.
T: Follows the nose with an abundance of tart apples and sugar. Toasted malts are detectable behind it, but this beer really lets the apple flavors shine. It never gets cloying - rides that line very well.
M: Surprisingly full bodied for a 4% beer. Much creamier and fuller than a cider. Leaves a tiny bit of bitterness to finish
O: An absolutely fantastic beer that showcases its star ingredient (apple) in a way that doesn't come off artificial or overly sweet. One of the best I've had in a long time. (726 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Awesome label (predominantly red with writing in gold, updated from the picture here)- looks awesome. Gold-orange body, orange-tinted white semi-foamy head.

S & T: Apples all the way. Crisp, fresh, real, sweet, non-tart, probably golden, apples. Barely any 'beer' characteristics to note- and good riddance, this is great. Still, its likeness to apple juice might turn some people off.

F: Not much carbonation, making it even more similar to juice.

O: Incredible likeness to apple juice; sweet, but not too much, some of that almost smokey quality, not much carbonation, and not much beer characteristic. Which is good for me, apple-added beers are usually trying to be something they can't be. Better to lean (heavily) on the fruit side. (744 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute
Bottled 2013

This beer pours amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves little lacing.

It smells like apple pie filling, sweet and decadent, but you can still tell it's a beer and not a cider.

It tastes just like it smells. It is loaded with apple flavor, and once again it has the essence of beer rather than cider.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a refreshing beer that goes great with my apple pie after a Fourth of July cookout. I would love to have this again. (558 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was super excited to try one of the oft heralded New Glarus fruit beers. This beer is the color of apple juice. It smells like... apple juice. And the taste? Sparkling apple juice. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This beer tastes like really good, fresh, well made sparkling apple juice. It is not a complex beer, but is is more satisfying in execution that most fruit beers I have had. Likely would not be my choice again, but this would be an awesome gateway beer for cider lovers. (490 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a clear reddish amber, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells unmistakeably like fresh juicy apples, it's incredible. It doesn't smell like cider, though- it smells like juicy apple beer.

This is fairly one note, of course. The apple flavor is super strong, and super authentic, but there's not a whole lot else going on. There's some minimal, almost negligible tartness, and some caramel, and a slight bready backbone, but it's 95% apple all the way. This is incredibly delicious, but I wish there a bit more beer character to it.

This is light bodied, with a fairly crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate to high level of carbonation.

This was another great New Glarus beer, but I just wish it had a bit more complexity. Absolutely delicious, though. (811 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015-06-10
12oz bottle split between a pair of Georgetown samplers. 2964 12:28 is the bottle code.

Pours clear amber with a small head. Smell is apples and beer. Mostly apple juice.

Taste is delicious apple juice. But not beer.A little twist of tartness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly effervescent. Overall, good if you like apple juice, not going to satisfy a beer craving, though. (381 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first New Glarus fruit beer--this poured a light amber color with a fairly large head that quickly vanished. There are aromas of apples--somewhat sweet, somewhat dry, but quite pronounced and inviting, although not much else. Aside from some slight malt flavors, the taste consists of a pounding of fresh apples. There's not a ton of complexity, but this is very, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and just a touch sticky, but it goes down very easily. Overall, this didn't quite live up to my expectations, but if I lived in Wisconsin I'd probably find this one sometimes on warm summer days. (610 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a thin, bubbly off-white head. A non overbearring Apple smell that is inviting. Taste, a very pleasant balance for an apple ale. I have never liked an apple based beer before this. The is a decimate candy apple taste that is nicely balanced by malt. A very explosive tasty apple that is not overbearing. Tonigh is good enough in which I could drink more than one. Overall a great effort by New Glarus that produces the best fruit beers around. (475 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Apple Ale has a thin, white head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, no bubbles and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, sweet & sour apple aroma, caramel, and candied malt. Taste is of those elements with citrus and cream cheese. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and New Glarus Apple Ale finishes tart and drinkable.

RJT (345 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired the four pack of this stuff from my mom on a recent Wisconsin trip. Excited to finally have it, and I'm expecting greatness based on my experience with New Glarus' other fruit beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a coppery orange body with a finger or so of off-white head, and excellent clarity. Minimal lacing, but it looks very nice.

S - A beautiful, intoxicating aroma. The sweetened malt melds wonderfully with the crisp sweet juicy authentic apple aroma. Smells more like a nice juice blend than it does a beer, almost.

T - The taste is very much cider like, this is the closest I've seen it in a beer before, that is for sure. The crisp, sweet, juicy, apples shine nicely. A slight sour / earthy / wood sort of presence is there, but it is mostly all apple juice.

M - The is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied, and ridiculously easy-drinking.

Overall, definitely the closest thing that I've come to experiencing a cider in beer form, that's for sure, and it is definitely the best use of apples in a beer that I've had so far, aside from New Glarus' other beer projects that involve apples. Move over Angry Orchard, because this stuff is the real deal.

New Glarus Apple Ale -----4/5. (1,289 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark golden yellow with a slightly rusty red-amber hue and a very thin layer of off-white foam.

An explosion of freshly picked apples, some acidic tartness, and some earthy funk. Very much like very good hard apple cider.

This beer also explodes with heavy apple flavor, which in this case is a good thing. Slightly sour, earthy, grassy notes are also present, but the apple really stands out the most.

Light-bodied, medium-high prickly carbonation, oh so much sour apple tart goodness.

Overall, a very solid brew, one that really made a good impression on me. Definitely a beer I'll be buying more of in the near future. (638 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet from a 12 oz bottle.

Color looks just like apple juice, but with a small frothy head with decent retention and even some lacing. Smell is all about the apples. Smells like apple cider. The taste is more apples - not apple juice, definitely more like cider with definite fermentation flavors. Body is medium with plenty of carbonation. Overall, I have a hard time distinguishing this from a cider - maybe a bit of malt flavor in the background and the lacing confirm that it is indeed an ale. Very enjoyable drink. (541 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured form a bottle into a pint

A. Pours a golden/amber transparent beer with a 1 finger cream head. Head retention is about a minute and a half. Small ring of lacing around the glass.

S. Apple is the highlight here as expected. More sour apple than sweet. Some malt coming out.

T. Very nice. Some good apple flavor upfront. A nice balance of sweetness and just a little tart. More of an apple cider flavor than fresh apple. Leaves a sweetness on the lips like candy.

M. Light carbonation but otherwise a very smooth drinking ale. Body is a 4 out of 10. Finishes pretty clean. Fits the style very well.

O. A nice take on an apple ale. Very easy to drink. Great on a hot summer day. Not too acidic or sweet that you can only have one. Would have no problem drinking again. (799 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep amber. Medium white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Smells like apple juice, but a little less sweet. A little bit of an earthy aroma.

Taste - Unsweetened apple flavor. Earthy maybe isn't the right descriptor anymore. Slightly acidic. Then the sweet apple juice kicks in. Finishes like apple juice.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's pretty good, but apple just isn't an interesting enough fruit for me. (504 characters)

Photo of Lucular
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite apple beer.Thumbprint Apple Ale is to Redd's Apple Ale what Serendipity or Strawberry Rhubarb is to Straw-ber-rita. I'm consistently amazing at what New Glarus is able to accomplish in their fruited beers! (224 characters)

Photo of Ryanster8
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color, strong fresh apple smell and taste. Would not describe this as a beer but rather a carbonated apple juice. Very refreshing and slightly on the dry side which is nice because it's not overly sweet like apple juice or cider typically is. (255 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: light brown hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: the smell of apples is incredibly strong, but it doesn't seem overly cidery, which is interesting. There is a little beer aroma under it, which is nice, but the story here is all apples all the time.

Taste: apples are what is advertised, and apples are what you get. There's a sweetish, malty brown ale underneath, but the apples take over everything. Quite good if that's what you're into.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good fizziness. It works.

Overall: this is a sweet and appley beer. I like it a lot, but it's a bit on the sweet side to just quaff all day. (764 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass

Appearance: Pours a copper orange, brown color with not much head at all, but does settle to a thin ring. Body is clear with a few light amount of sediment.

Smell: Apple, apple juice, apple cider, red apple skin, light sweetness. One dimensional, but really nice.

Taste: Medium sweetness right away, followed by apple juice, cider-like spices, and finally a light bready/pie crust character to remind you that this is in fact a beer. Definitely a sweet beer but not even approaching cloying, and there's a very light tartness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium carbonation. Finishes semi sweet. Super drinkable.

Overall: Another excellent fruit beer from New Glarus. So much clean, crisp fruit character and incredibly easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance. (855 characters)

Photo of Bshaw22
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Great dessert beer. Really joyed this after a nice rich meal. Don't normally love beers this sweet but I would recommend this for certain situations. (151 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Sourish apple juice, authentic, swear i can taste the peel shavings. Flavor leaves a sour, creamy feel. This one left me a lot on the fence and a few days after, i still can't quite seem to make up my mind if i l would try it again or not. Interesting for sure. (298 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -3.1%

A: medium amber with slight haze; 2-3 fingers of ivory foam

S: apple and spice - lots of apple juice and apple pie aromas

T: fruity and sweet - honestly tasted like organic apple juice - hints of spice you'd probably associate with an apple-based dishes during the fall and winter, like clove or nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice...

M: light, fresh, and brisk; clean-finishing, modest carbonation, touch of tartness

O: I'm not sure what to make of a beer that tastes this much like apple juice - if that's what you're looking for, you might want to go as high as a 4.5, but for me, as a stand-alone product, for which I had no expectations, it was a good-tasting, easy-drinking ale that went real easy on the abv, but not necessarily what I'm inclined toward in an ale. (769 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

From notes on 11/30/13

Pours light copper with little head. Smells like apple cider. Very fruity aroma. Interesting flavor. Lots of apple flavor. Very tart. At the same time, lots of malt flavor. If you can imagine a nice amber beer with tart apples, blended oddly very nice, because it sounds horrible, but is actually great, this would be it. This is definitely not a cider. This is a must try if you want something different. (429 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours apple juice/apple cider colored with a thin wispy head. Not much lacing.

The smell is of apple cider with a hint of cinnamon.

The taste of apple is sweet with some sour. A touch of caramel, bread and a hint of cinnamon mix in.

While it is sweet, there is a touch of sour and a hint of spicing. Reminds me of baked apples.

A beer with strong cider character. (372 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Appearance - Poured a finger of off-white lite tan foam which disappeared in about a minute. Bode is a slightly hazy amber. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Huge nose of apple juice, and just a whiff of minerals.

Taste - There's very good apple flavor here, it's definitely sweet but not overly sweet like some carbonated apple juices are. The apple flavor seems very natural and authentic, not artificially flavored. I'm trying to find more "ale-like" nuances here but I can't find any. There may be a touch of breadiness long into the finish, but it is not easy to find.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, very juice with some lighter but crisp carb, it's somewhat smooth but has some carb prickle that builds up air in the esophagus quickly, very much like soda pop would. Some of the carb has edges all the way down, but I don't find this enjoyable or desirable.

Overall - So there is excellent apple flavor here. But If there is a brown ale base used here it has been overcome by the apples. If you like apples, you're going to love this, as the apples are bold and natural flavored. I'm glad to have tried and rated this but I will not seek it out again. (1,163 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Brilliant deep copper writer a lingering, frothy cream head. Aroma is dominated by red apple flesh and green apple skin. Slightly floral, and I don't know if it's just suggestive, but I get a little cinnamon. Flavor is the best apple product I've ever had. I'm not a huge apple fan, but that lingering apple flavor is balanced nicely between sweet red and a sour note reminiscent of an oud bruin. Pleasantly surprised with the complexity. Wish I had bought more. (462 characters)

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.