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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,307 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,307
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 325
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 trxxpaxxs
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark amber, verging on light brown. There is a very small white head (almost non-existent).

S: Smells like fermented apples and malt.

T: Tastes like it smells. The apple flavors shine throughout with some malt in the background. It has an almost cider quality to it.

M: Nice carbonation and the flavors don't overpower. There is a lingering sweet apple essence in the finish.

D: It's a decent beer, but I wouldn't want to drink another bottle immediately after. However, I'm sure it would make for a nice dessert beverage.

O: I'm not overly impressed with this offering from New Glarus, but I'm glad to have tried it.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to seeswo for hooking this up for me and my BIF target!

a - popped the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. beer actually looked like apple juice. i just to be an apple juice nut when i was little and this actually has captured the look. pretty cool. thin head that vanished within a minute.

s - more like fresh squeezed apples than juice. malty, but more fruity than anything. unique, but could use some more sweetness to really catch the vibe.

t - wow. this hits it on the head. apple juice with some alcohol.

m - a bit fizzy, a bit wine cooler like, but this is actually something i've learned goes with the style and also goes with NG beers. beyond that, medium to light bodied and on the highly carbonated side.

o - overall, new glarus continues to impress. their takes on vedgie beers are pretty awesome and they do it second to none. for a fan of apples, vedgie beers, and things different, this is another must try.

cosmicevan, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp reddish brown. A touch of white head. The pour is not impressive. Smells heavily of apple but in a very bland boring way. The taste is considerably better. Lots of apple and a touch of light malts. The apple flavour is top notch. Solid well carbonated mouthfeel. Overall very tasty but more like a cider than anything else!

Urbancaver, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of 7ways
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering transparent amber, and very reflective. Quite a loud head that recedes quickly.

Smells of nothing but apple cider. Fresh, not like hard cider.

Oh. Oh my, that is delicious. It's hard to tell that you are drinking beer, but it's easy to tell that this is no hard cider either. Any trace of flavors from the yeast or malt are blended in perfectly. Maybe a little caramel. The aftertaste is sweet Jonah gold and tart Granny Smith, skins included. If I close my eyes and wish really hard, it tastes like apple pie including a doughy, sugary crust.

Medium mouthfeel, round but gentle.

I'm pleased that it's not full of "apple pie spices", cinnamon, whatever. Just clean, juicy apple. Bravo.

7ways, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my bruery tulip, copper in color with no head. Aroma of apple cider, almost an apple pie aroma. Taste follows the nose, sweet, tart apples with some malts in the back. Smooth and hides alcohol well. Tasty and different, a great change of pace, very good, if not great!

jcartamdg, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Kshock
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks chris! Have been really wanting to get this beer.

A- deep clear brown color with little lacing and almost no head after pouring. Great color.

S- smells Mildly of apples and some malt sweetness. The nose is very mild but enjoyable.

T- great apple sweetness, with a slight hint of sour apples. The malt is fairly mild but enough to balance the apples into a great clean finish.

M- I've noticed that almost every NG beer I drink has a great soft texture. This one is certainly one of those, great soft mouth feel.

O- really loved this beer, wish I had cases for the hot SD summer.

Kshock, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like apple juice, with an small white head that didn't leave ton of stick on the sides.

S - Doesn't smell like beer, but smells inviting. Candied apples, apples, cinnamon, apple pie, vanilla, all good stuff.

T - Tastes quite sweet and good and a lot like apple juice, although sweeter with a bit more spice and apple pie taste. Easy to get down.

M - A little syrupy, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - It's good, and it's really great for what it is. Doesn't taste like a beer, but the ladies will love it, and I don't mind.

AgentZero, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to gratefulbeerhead for this one!

A- Pours a apple juice color...the person I was drinking with said the same thing. Two finger white head shows good retention. Nice streaks of light lace left on the glass while drinking.

S- Apple cider times ten. Big time juicy red apples with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar. The brown ale base blends together with this all too well leaving a light toasted aroma.

T- Apple cider once again when I drink this one! Light toasted flavors in the front die to a wonderful apple crisp mixed with cider flavor. I don't know how else to describe it but apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and light almost crusty flavor. Alcohol is nowhere to be found even when I try to find it in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but good for the style. Apple pie/cider left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly apple cider with no alcohol to be found. Flavors were well blended and dead on to the style it said it was going to be. No off flavors at all in the beer. No alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer delivered on what it said it was going to be. Actually I found this beer to be better than most ciders who wish to taste somewhere close to this style. The apples in this just blew my tastebuds out of the water. Very fine job New Glarus...I really enjoyed this beer!

alleykatking, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle thanks to beerwolf77

Poured into a goblet glass

A- Huge fluffy 2 finger white head sits on top of a golden copper body. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass

S- Smells like a cider. Tons of sweet apple and spice. Maybe some brown sugar or cinnamon. The malts from the brown ale definitely come through as well and blend really nicely.

T- Wow. Just like the aroma. Super creamy malts with a nice hint of apple and spice. Absolutely delicious.

M- Nice thick cream ale style body with moderate carbonation and a nice wet finish.

Best fruit beer I've had hands down.


Arenbeer, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Awesome head for the style! Very white! Orange and red hued head. Head dissipates quickly.

S - Brew is very nicely blended. Super apple scent! Awesome! One of the best scents I've smelt in a fruit brew.

T - Holy apple pie. Tastes just like the scent. Awesome breakdown. Super sweet.

M - Perfect Mouthfeel. Very light bodied with awesome definition. Not a sugar bomb at all.

O - Slightly all over the board, but still solid and a great brew to a great trade! Super brew. Very glad I got to try this one.

chugalug06, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of adman08
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear amber color with a hint of copper and a moderate amount of fluffy white head.
S-Aroma of vinegar with a bit of vanilla and sweet apples.
T-Lots of apple flavor with a bit of vanilla. The apple flavor is a combination of both sweet and tart apples.
M-Somewhat creamy feeling. Very sweet, not tart/dry. Decent carbonation.
Overall, outstanding. It's really impressive that they could get this kind of flavor from apple juice since apples don't have a very strong flavor compared to most fruits. The vanilla flavor I noticed reminds me of some barrel aged beers I've had. Another New Glarus fruit beer that you could just sit and sip all day.

adman08, May 31, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
A. Reddish brown color. Indeed, as many have said before me, it looks exactly like foamy apple juice with a bit of a head on it. Not cider, juice. It has a certain clarity to it. But super bubbly like a spritzer.

S. Smells like apple pie, notes of cinnamon and tart gooseberry.

T. This is interesting. I expected from some of the tart notes in the nose to taste some green apples but I was dead wrong about that. The taste comes across as only red apple varieties. The malt functions as a sort of "pie crust" for the apple pie filling within. Very sweet, can get cloying if you go too fast. Definitely a dessert-minded offering. I had hoped for some more pucker or tartness than this, however.

M. Very carbonated and light. The tingly bubbles do a good job of keeping the flavor refreshing and crisp on my tongue. Body is just perfect, keeping it thin helps to deal with the apple pie sweetness. Not oily at all. I'm super impressed because normally sweet dessert beers end up syrupy, greasy, and/or texturally annoying to my palate. This one is perfect for what I want in a dessert beer mouthfeel.

Overall, I think that this is pretty much liquid apple pie. I have never tried one of those "apple pie liquor" shots that seems to be trendy these days, but I suspect that they may taste much the same as this brew. But that would be a job for another website. It is worth emphasizing that this is NOT a sour, so don't go in to this brew expecting lacto. Expect delicious apple pie instead.

WastingFreetime, May 26, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a crystal clear apple juice color (obviously) with a very small 1/2 off-white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace stick around the glass on the drink down. Smells deliciously of fresh apples, apple sauce, and apple juice. Apples are the only smell from this beer and to be honest it doesn't even smell the slightest bit alcoholic. Taste is of all of the apple products in the smell along with some spice flavors that remind me of apple pie. Carbonation level is fairly high which makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a delicious fruit beer that is up there with the Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red. Liquid apple pie in a low ABV, easy drinking, very tasty brew!

UCLABrewN84, May 25, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into allagash tulip.

This beer is all about apples. If those aren't your thing, steer clear. It pours like apple juice, although there's a nice white head on top. Nose is again- all apples- fresh and sweet red apples. The taste is... wait for it... apple-y with a big tidal wave of fuji and red delicious. Faint cinnamon and spice rounds out the profile. Light bodied-, well-carbed, refreshing.

If you like apples- you'll prob. like this beer. It's more apple-flavored-beverage than beer, but damn, is it tasty. Reccomended.


ShogoKawada, May 22, 2011
Photo of locthebloke
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A.) - Pours clear and red-amber with a thin head that dissipates quickly. A few patches of white lacing are left to linger.

B.) - Apples, of course, and cinnamon are prominent with a tinge of something buttery. It smells like dessert.

C.) - Fresh, tart apples with a chase of cinnamon and maple. Pleasant pie crust-y malt lingers on the tongue to finish. Not a trace of hops in this one.

M.) - Light body with lower carbonation. Very mild and easy to savor.

O.) - If you really want your beer to taste like beer, this might not be one for you. Sweet and easy, it one goes down like juice or cider. Would be a great session beer for fall or summer--I'd want this by my lawn chair or my campfire. As it is, I'm not sure anyone is doing fruit beer as well as New Glarus. Another winner, but I would love to try it if it had a little more kick. Up the apple tartness and the carbonation.

locthebloke, May 20, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an amber-tawny hue, and is capped with a scant filmy head; it looks like apple juice.

S - It smells like apple juice, straight-up. I have nothing else to report here.

T - The brew really tastes like carbonated apple juice, and not even like cider. There is a huge amount of apple flavor, some residual sweetness, no hint of yeast, malt, hops, or alcohol. I guess it is similar to an apple juice version of Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red.

M - The feel is very soft and silky, refreshing, with a long pert finish.

O - This is quite a delicious fruit beer, though I must says that of all of the beers I have ever had, this is probably the most un-beery.

ktrillionaire, May 19, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a white fizzy head. Faint white ring forms as the beer settles. Aroma is straight apple pie filing and caramel apples. Very sweet and fruity beer. Again with the apple pie and caramel dipped apple. Doesn't really remind me of a cider as it lacks the acidic/tart character. Almost no hops at all. Moderate to low carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Sweet and sticky finish.

muttyd, May 17, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the hookup, this was quite a treat.

A: Deep amber color, like that of cider but has the crystal clear qualities of apple juice. Really aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger fluffy white head that disappears very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Apples, floral notes and a touch of honey.

T: Really sweet-tart apple flavor mixed with some cinnamon, apple spice. You can definitely tell there are a mix of apple types used in this beer. I was concerned this would taste like Woodchuck hard cider but nope - it tasted like apple beer!

M: Light body, heavy (but not too much) carbonation. The tartness of the apples puckers me up.

O: This is an excellent take on a fruit beer. I am eternally grateful to beerwolf77 for the extra as New Glarus is not sold near me. Which is too bad because this is a beer I would love to have a lot of. I had to try really hard not to drink it really fast.

suspect, May 16, 2011
Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up for review is a 120z bottle of New Glarus Appel Ale. Poured into a pint glass at room temperature. Tan color with a beige head. Has lots of fresh apples over a nicely balanced brown ale. Nice cider flavors as well. Clean, crisp body. Another great fruit beer from Danny.

rye726, May 09, 2011
Photo of dimenhetfield
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Arrived just in time for a small little get together from burnheartsMKE, thanks man!! This has to be one of the best tasting fruit beers I've had in a long time. Took me right back to childhood memories of smelling apple pie at grandma's house for Thanksgiving. I will search this out again for sure.

dimenhetfield, May 06, 2011
Photo of AlexFields
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Light in color, looks like a cider maybe.

SMELL: Apples and sugar. Not super strong on the nose, but promisiing.

TASTE: Delicious. An even mix of sweet apples and those sweet maple sugar candies you can get at Cracker Barrel. The sweetness is similar to the other New Glarus fruit beers, but without any of the tartness. This beer is extremely sweet and extremely good.

MOUTHFEEL: Maybe slightly low in carbonation but it kindof works for this beer. In any case the taste is so good that carbonation isn't on my mind as I'm drinking this.

OVERALL: Another incredible fruit beer from New Glarus. Incredibly tasty and infinitely drinkable, I could probably knock out six in an hour if I didn't stop myself, and I'm usually a slow drinker.


AlexFields, May 04, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this tasty extra!

Pours a clear, golden medley of orange, red and brown. Beautiful color. A thin collar of white foam leaves a few patches of lacing.

Sweet, malty, aroma with a touch of cinnamon and apple pie. Somewhat juicy. Little bit of apple tartness.

The taste is a blend of juicy, slightly tart, apples and sweet malts. A hint of cinnamon and pie crust. This really tastes like liquid apple pie. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty with light tartness throughout. Good carbonation. Sweet.

Overall, this is a great apple beer! NG always does a great job of showcasing the fruit in their beers and this is no exception. I'd love to have a six pack of this in the fall. Better than the majority of ciders out there. Worth seeking out.

sisuspeed, May 01, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a somewhat murky amber color with a thin head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma smells a lot like apple pie. I get cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg to it along with a lot of sweet, crisp apples. Very cool and good flavor to it. The apple is very nice.

The taste starts out with a big crisp apple flavor to it. I get good amount of sweetness to it, a lot like apple pie filling. The cinnamon and other spices are a little more muted in the taste, but they are there. Very cool taste, definitely has some things in common with apple cider and apple pie.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty cool beer, they really got the apple flavor to come out pretty nicely. It was a little on the sweet side, but was still pretty drinkable. Interesting beer, as well as a pretty good one too.

billab914, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 04/25/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured the color of apple juice(light brown mahoghany w/ subtle red highlights) w/ only a skim coat white head that left substantial lacing. Aromas of sweet apple, sour apple, and breadiness. The taste was a little more complex, of sweet apple initially, followed by sour apple, and finishing w/ cinnamon/spices and breadiness. The mouthfeel was thin and clean. Very easy to drink as the sweetness never became cloying as I feared it would.

Overall, pleasure to sample and for what it is it is very good. New Glarus hands down makes the best fruit beers in the US, they really have it down. At 4% ABV and reminding me too much of apple juice, not really my cup of tea., but not a bad brew.

mikeyv35, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of djmichaelk
2.05/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle courtesy of shellac01 (thanks, Mike!), into a snifter.

A - Pours a clear amber, with a slight head. Little lacing and not much in the way of retention.

S - Unsurprisingly, apples are the dominant note. Bits of caramel and sugar, cotton candy, and lots of granny smith apple. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing nose when it's cold, although it gets a little muddled as it warms.

T - Ohhh no. This is weird -- I didn't really get any of this in the nose, but it's a butter bomb. The diacetyl dominates the flavor, making it very unpleasant. I get the apple to start, then the butter and salt take over. Difficult to get past a few sips.

M - Somewhat slick and oily. Full, decent carbonation otherwise.

O - Man, this is disappointing. I really wanted to enjoy this, but the diacetyl makes it impossible. As much as I don't want to, this is going down the drain. I'm guessing I just got a bad bottle or batch, so I'll have to acquire another and revisit this review. But for now this is it, dammit.

djmichaelk, Apr 26, 2011
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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