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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,311 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 327
Gots: 176 | FT: 15
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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Photo of rawfish
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark gold, very clear but a small fizzy white head reaches about a finger and fades. Really in distinguishable from sparkling cider.

A smack of crisp green apple tartness that begins to show more apple sweetness and malt depth as it warms. Malts are light maybe like oatmeal with a touch of cinnamon or all spice intermingling with the dominant apple aroma.

Apple juice is the dominant flavor and I get notes of all spice and cinnamon before any malt. Malts are mealy, cereal grains with some cookie dough sweetness to it. No hop flavors and the apple and dusting of autumn spices linger to the finish.

Nice supportive body, quite a bit more substantial than cider. Carbonation is crisp and agitates the delicate spice flavors.

Quite a delicious beer, much more substantial and full then a hard cider. Malt adds a warm sweetness and bready flavor, coupled with the light spice notes this tastes like a delicate apple tart

rawfish, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hugonaut13, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tired 17 Nov 2008.

Note this was the unplugged version.

Poured in 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Small off white head, quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Color of apple juice. Smells like malted apples, apple soda. Tastes very much like a sparkling apple cider with a moderate malt background. Very fresh clean apple taste, not like a beer that's had fake apple flavor poured in it. Medium body. Low alcohol.

Very good combination of apples and beer with the apples predominating.

htomsirveaux, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of brother_kenneth
4.75/5  rDev +15%

brother_kenneth, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -3.1%

bauermj, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of memphischas
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Strong apple juice better than any cider

memphischas, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of shehateme
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

shehateme, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of DovaliHops
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color...almost pilsner or BMC like...medium white head. Scent is WOW...a fresh orchard of red apples...red and fuji apple aromas. Not the typical green apple aroma I get from most Belgian beers. Very unique. Hints of cinnamon. This smells better than any apple cider or sparkling cider I have ever had...and the fact that it's a beer absolutely blows my mind. Taste is initially sweet red apple...which somehow changes to a VERY mildly tart green apple. I know I read reviews of this beer tasting like a green jolly rancher...and they are absolutely right. That is my favorite jolly rancher, and now, it's in beer form. This is weird, because this is not a beer that I would drink on the regular, but for the style being a "fruit beer"....this is the best I've ever had. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and sparkling cider-like. Drinkability is extremely high. Overall, this beer is tasty...I don't care who you are, if you are a fan of apples, you will love this beer. The fresh-apple flavor is like nothing I have ever experienced... other than fresh-squeezed apple juice of course.

DovaliHops, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of vkv822
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin bubbly white head that leaves a thin white film and ring around the glass.

The aroma is of sweet, crisp apple. There are some cinnamon, graham cracker notes in the backing. Really quite nice.

The taste follows the nose quite well with crisp, sweet apple juice and a very pleasant bready, graham cracker finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and bubbly and works quite well with the beer.

I really enjoy this beer, and really wish this was distributed outside Wisconsin as this would make a wonderful autumn beer. Incredibly drinkable.

vkv822, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

derkfromwi, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Soneast, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -27.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

claytong, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz from the recent release into a snifter.

A: Pours at a golden-amber with a small white head.

S: Smells of sweet apples, juicy, mild spiced esters.

T: Taste brings cidery apple, with some bready notes and sweet wheat in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very much like Dan's other fruit beers, sweet and clean. This one is somewhat cider-like but with palpable notes of malted wheat.

Etan, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -3.1%

monitorpop, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and clear copper color with a lot of carbonation rising from the bottom, yet resulting in a rather thin head.

It smells like candied apples- caramel and red apples. It's very sweet.

The flavor is heavy on the apples, again the red kind. It almost tastes like carbonated apple juice but for the bready malt. Very low in bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp, leaving behind a sweet aftertaste.

High on the drinkability if you like apples. I'm tempted to chug these.

Vonerichs, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

BDeibs, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Norseman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Norseman, May 24, 2014
Photo of leftoverburrito
4/5  rDev -3.1%

leftoverburrito, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz red foil laden bottle into a flute glass

Effervescent yellow with a white collar. Surface is continually barraged by an army of aggressive bubblage.

Smells like the holidays. Cinnamon doused apple pie, both sweet and tart.

Oh, the things New Glarus does with fruit. Beautiful interplay of sweet and tart apples. Pie crust and cinnamon also showcased. Highly enjoyable and scary how the smell and tastes of this beer play into memories of childhood and holiday time with family.

Light, crisp and extremely refreshing. More juicy than dry. Drinks more like juice than a cider like Wood Charles.

This is the epitome of drinkability. So fresh, so accessible and low in alcohol, and so pleasant to drink on a rainy fall afternoon. Thank you, New Glarus.

BarrytheBear, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ralerwen
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

ralerwen, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a burnt gold/orange. Head is white and creamy, but quickly dissipates to no cap with a small bubbly collar. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Apples in all forms. Juice, skin, and flesh. Loaded with sugary apple sweetness. A touch of something more tart, but it's closer to a granny smith than it is to cranberry or tart cherry. A tiny hint of tannins. Straight up apple with a tiny malt backbone that can't really distinguish itself. Boil it down and make a pie!

Taste: More of the same. Apple pie filling without all the spices. Cider, fresh pressed juice. Apple skin and flesh. Juicy, seriously juicy. A touch of something akin to cinnamon, but it's minor. Vague backing sweet maltiness. Very light and easy. Sweet sweet apple juice.

Mouthfeel: Almost feels syrupy, but ends up with a medium body and crazy levels of smooth. Minimal carbonation.Wet and clean.

Overall: New Glarus makes fruit beer like your grandma makes cookies.

It's apples in a bottle with booze. A bit too sweet overall and lacking that tart edge I like with other New Glarus fruit offerings. Solid nonetheless.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

tykechandler, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ldhughes3, May 07, 2014
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.