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Thumbprint Apple Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Reviews: 453 | Ratings: 1,597
Photo of majorbase2
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, dark orange color with a small head that recedes quickly. Surprisingly intimidating appearance for what turns out to be such a soft beer.

Aroma is sweet, sugary and dominated by apple. Nothing too notable here.

Taste is tart and very sweet. Strong presence of red and green apples, with some sweet honey and light cinnamon notes. A bit of a bite from the sugar. Absolutely no presence of alcohol.

Fairly easy drinker, although it is a bit acidic and sticky when it goes down. I could easily down a four pack of one of these on a hot summer day. Would like to have seen more alcohol in this one. I think a little bite would've been a nice touch to the beer, although I could see it distracting from the masterfully captured apple flavors.

Overall, another homerun fruit beer by NG. Surprised to see it in 12 oz format.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time reviewing a fruit beer. Poured into a snifter.

Pour is a darker reddish copper, nice opacity. Nice fizzy head reminiscent of a sour or champagne, but not as noisy.

Very subtle Apple smell, definitely not over powering. More cooked apples than fresh. Getting some honey and caramel as well.

Taste is pretty impressive. Definitely getting apples in any form you can imagine. Apple pie, apple cobbler, fresh toast, slight cinnamon and brown sugar. Slight tartness in the back end with a burnt toast after taste.

Overall pretty impressive. Flavors are spot on as the name implies.

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Photo of bwood06
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass

A - Beer pours a 2 finger high off white colored head that has a bit of a reddish orange tint to it and is creamy in appearance. Head dissipates rather slowly to a thin wispy layer. Beer itself is on the hazy side of cloudy with massive carbonation rising quickly towards the surface of the glass. 4.5/5

S - The aroma is a combination of sweet and tart apples (granny smith, golden delicious, and honeycrisp). There is a bit of a lemon undertone as well as a light maltiness to it. Very juicy and smelling of fresh cut apples. 4.25/5

T - The taste follows the aroma perfectly. Combination of sweet and tart apples (granny smith, golden delicious, and honeycrisp). Also present are hints of cinnamon and honey with a bit of lemon as well. Very light malty undertone to the flavor provides a base for the apples to build off of. There is a bit of caramel that interplays with the apples right off the bat that provides an interesting sweetness in addition to the apples and honey. Lingering sweetness on the swallow. 4.25/5

M - Light and crisp during the first part of the sip leads into a slightly more medium bodied middle that brings out a slight creaminess and stickiness. Carbonation comes across as more of a tickle than a burn. Slightly drying on the back end that lingers for quite some time. 4/5

O - This beer is like drinking a combination of apple juice and apple cider as well as eating applesauce all at the same time. Excellent apple flavors throughout with a balance of sweet and tart apples. This is every bit as good as any apple cider on the market, and it's not even a cider. 4.25/5

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/21/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big balanced sweet/tart apples, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light cinnamon/spice, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, apples, and light earthy hop/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big balanced sweet/tart apples, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light cinnamon/spice, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness and light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet/tart apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light cinnamon/spice, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, apples, and light earthy hop/spice notes; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from the apple acidity as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/acidic, and slightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a fantastic fruit beer. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, apples, and light earthy hop/spice flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel color with no real head to speak of. Aromas of apple, caramel, both rich and sweet. Very cider-like. Flavors are smooth apple forward, tart and sweet, with highlights of vanilla and cinnamon. Smooth and rich in mouth, the beer has an apple-pie like aftertaste. Lingering rich apple notes through the smooth and light finish.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Amber gold, hazy, fizzy head disappears instantly. Apple cider aroma and taste. Not too sweet and not too bitter, almost no hint of alcohol. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Could drink this with breakfast and think I'm getting my vitamins.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out looking like MIller High Life. Lots of champagne bubbles. Amazing clarity. Aroma was just so much apple and nothing else really.

Taste stays out of cider territory, just a great delivery vessel for apple. Green apple probably. Sweet, but like an apple, not overly sweet or sugary. Fractional tartness. Wouldn't have more than one in a day, but its a real good morning warm weather choice.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge and a film floating on top

S- the aroma is pure apple; like fresh apple juice. Hints of underlying sweet malt gives notes of brown sugar, but overall an apple showcase

T- sweet and malty up front and quickly gives way to fresh apple juice and red apple skin. Some earthy brown malts at the mid-palate, sweet finish with more apple on the linger

M- medium body with medium spritz carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy sticky finish

O- a very good apple ale that explodes with authentic apple flavor and aroma

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Photo of confer
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as fruit beers go this is very good. The smell of apple is amazing as it is poured. The taste is like a German Apfelwein, not too sweet or tart.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in a nonic pint.

Appearance : Mmmm. A lovely cider color, 70% opaque. The head is 2 fingers to start, creamy and frothy. It leaves hilly lace on the sides, eventually receding to a stout-like creaminess.

Smell : Apples. Oh my, apples. Freshly picked, baked in a pie with cinnamon and flaky crust. It finishes with a tartness rivaling apple cider. No discernible hops or malt, but the apple aroma is absolutely spot on.

Taste : Absolutely beyond amazing. Just. Speechless. OMG. This is the best fruit-infused ale I've ever had. Ever. No lie, wiping tears from my eyes. Tart punch, fresh strawberry, baked apples, dried apples, cider, cinnamon stick, spices. The perfect balance of not being overly sweet and appropriately fusing fruit and a brown ale style together! It ends candied, tart, sweet, sour, puckered, punched. Desert island/death row beer.

Feel : Creamy and frothy, medium to full bodied. Delectable. Properly carbonated. Ends tart, puckered, and crisp. Semi-dry.

Overall : New Glarus needs to bring beers further west. This beer was beyond fantastic. My NEW FAVORITE beer. And that has taken ages to accomplish over Hoegaarden, a beer I thought I simply could not retire to second place. Was not expecting this. Floored.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle looks considerably different then the one pictured here on BA, looks to be just an updated label though.

A strong pour gets me a fluffy inch of oatmeal colored head. Retention was solid but fades in about two minutes. Body looks just like freshly produced apple cider. Nose smells just like apple pie in a glass. Sweet and malty with a bit of moist bready notes. With first sip you quickly see why they didn't make this one a one off. The fermentation of the apples really comes through in a nice way in the flavor. Sweet and astringent with more bite then cider. Just the right amount of dryness to the body as well. This is way to easy to drink. I really wish I had regular access to this one. Just wonderful and I don't think there is anything out there like it.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Not a lover of fruit beers but a great lover of New Glarus so I decided to try. Wow. I am glad I did. Luscious sumptuous beer. Tastes like drinking apple pie. Would not want more than one at a time but it is extremely enjoyable by itself. I got a four pack. Saving the other three for a camping trip to drink by the river each afternoon. Wonder how some cheese might pair. Only in New Glarus coils this beer be made.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel colour. Nose is loaded with fresh cut apples and hints of bready caramel. Flavour is surprisingly sweet, almost like a carbonated apple juice, but with enough bready malt backbone to remind you its beer. Apple flavour are fresh and authentic, much like a cider. If someone told me this was a cider, I would believe them. Really enjoyed this treat.

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Photo of CoryJones
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great combination fruity taste with the body that you would expect out of any beer drink, although I do not drink many fruit beers, this is one that I can see myself having several at a given setting.

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A cloudy amber color, poured with about a finger of foam that quickly receded to a thin line around the edges of the glass. Possessed some very light lacing.

Nose: Smells very strongly of apple, with a few lingering notes of caramel.

Scent: Once again the apple is featured, with hints of malt sweetness complementing the fruitiness rather nicely. No noticeable hop bitterness.

Feel: Satisfyingly slick, with the carbonation lending a pleasant zing to the end of each drink.

Overall: A wonderful beer seemingly intended to showcase the apples used to make it, which it does quite well. There's a bit of alcoholic heat that would make it just perfect for a chilly day, yet it's also light enough to be a welcome refreshment in sweltering heat. None of New Glarus's fruity beers have let me down yet, and this is certainly no exception.

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Photo of smbslt
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pour a clear copper, with a fine creamy head. Lacing would unjustly imply there were breaks in the coverage. Plenty of fine carbonation.
Smell - Apples of course but also candy sugar.
Taste - Again apple sweetness any malt is overwhelmed. Tart finish may be complimenting some hops but it is a stretch.
Feel - Substantial - a bit too viscous. Certainly no mistaking it for a cider
Overall - Good but should be have some beer markers and not just a not a cider.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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