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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,337 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 326
Gots: 175 | FT: 12
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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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear bright copper gold with no head just a few bubbles

smells of candy apple booze with some bready malt

taste - the nose gave me the impression this would be overly sweet and cloying - BUT that is not the case - a perfect balance of sweet and tart apple - a good amount of grains in the aftertaste which reminds me this is a beer and not a cider

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation - has a nice crisp and smooth feel

overall - the best apple beer i have had and could throw back a few of these in a session if it was sold in my area

Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: i've been wanted to try this for a while now.

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: apples, cider, sweet and tart

taste: cider, apples, sour, sweet, tart,

mouthfeel: little carbonation, medium body,

overall: enjoyed this beer dont' think I would be able to drink alot of it at one sitting due to how sweet it was. More carbonation would of helped. But glad I finally got to try this.


Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my secret Santas for this!

A- Body is a completely transparent copper hue that pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head fades to a solid 1/2 finger and bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S-Nose resembles a white wine. Soft, a hint of astringency, the nose is crisp, and also cider-like. Of course the dominant tone is apple.

T- Taste is similar to the nose-but the dominant character is crisp apple. More ciderlike-with a hint of white wine. The finish is all apple and is mildly dry.

M- Soft carbonation and a light but full ciderlike body.

D- This is a good beer overall. Pretty much what it advertises to be-apple. Because its made with six separate apple varieties nothing in particular stands out.

Photo of richkrull
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a transparent copper/amber color with a little bit of white head on it. Smell is nice and fruity. The apples really come through. Taste is the same, heavy on the apples with a little bit of malt. Light mouthfeel, this is a smooth, easy drinking beer. Overall another great fruit beer from NG. This is a really good beer.

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

Poured into a cigar city snifter on 4/2/11

Pours a pretty golden cider color with a nice bubbly head that leaves quickly leaving no lacing.

Smells of apples, surprise! Not much else happening.

Taste is crisp, sweet, and smooth, with tons of... Yep apples.

Mouthfeel has a nice crisp at the start from the carbonation and then it moves very smoothly the rest of the way down. Not much after taste.

Drinkability is good but this comes off less then a beer and more of a cider. I could drink a couple more but won't seek it out.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into my Duvel.

A - Very light straw golden color. Almost no head produced but what was there was pure white. No lacing left.

S - Smells like apple cider. Bit of tartness in there.

T - Very much like a cider to me. Tart green apple flavor as well. Taste some nutmeg and cinnamon. Reminds me of an apple pie spice my wife uses when baking. Very sweet at the finish.

M - Lightly carbonated. Thin but crisp mouthfeel.

D - It's a bit sweet for me to be too drinkable. Would make a fine drink to get someone started into the craft world.

Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another New Glarus fruit beer I had to stock up on for my wife; unfortunately, this one did not begin to approach the complexity or quality of either Wisconsin Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart.

Poureed a clear golden color with aromas of light malt, crisp apples and apple juice. Light bodied and crisp, light malt and apple juice.

Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, light copper, gold with a small white head. Pretty much the color of apple cider. Hardly any lacing.

S: Apple juice with more tart apples than sweet apples. Kind of a weaker nose than I thought it would have, but still smells good.

T: Tart apples with a bit of a carmel malt backbone base. Hint of cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Really good, I was a little afraid this was going to taste like a hard cider, not at all. It still has some basic beer characteristics.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation that feels good and active.

O: Goes down fast, its very tasty and refreshing. I couldn't have a lot but definitely good stuff here. A great fruit beer.

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

An extra from younger35. Thanks man. Poured into a shaker

Pours an apple juice amber color. Very clear. Poured hard to get a decent head. Turned into a ring with no lacing.

Aroma of apple juice. Almost cider-ish

Wow. Lots of apple flavor. NG really knows how to make good fruit beers. Pretty much tastes like apple juice with a bit of malt. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is not too thick but sweet. Good carb.

Overall an interesting beer. Pretty tasty. I might have to get more of this to keep around to show people what a beer can be.

Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man this brewery does fruit beer well.
Lovely aroma which is strong on apple, but also holds a characteristic from Enigma, so I'm guessing it's the yeast. It's a fruity quality and it's pleasant too.
Not much of a head. Looks a lot like apple juice with less evidence of bubbles.
The complexity of the apples really shows in the flavor. You can get the sense of the different apples used with tart and sweet flavors and just general apple goodness. Nothing is out of balance or excessive. Really nice.
Moderately light feel and low carbonation. Drinks really easily. This beer is dangerously easy to drink, so it's good it has such a low abv. As my buddy said, this goes good in any season and does well warm or cold.
With all this it is distinctive from a cider. Subtler, less strong and more complex (in general).
Thanks Bry.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour is a clear amber and bronze color with a finger of head. The head dissipates quickly, but the beer is quite effervescent.

Smell: The nose is loaded with apples, both sweet and tart. The malt aroma is negligible.

Taste: The tasting starts out with slightly sweet and tart apples coming through. The brown malt base doesn't shine through on this at all, except for perhaps contributing some sweetness to the beer. It's very clean and crisp, and the tasting is apples all the way through with some white grapes coming out in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation as it hits the tongue, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Another enjoyable beer from New Glarus. I was surprised with how much apple flavor came out in this. The name of this beer doesn't disappoint; it's exactly what it's called.

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

What would you expect? It looks just like sparkling apple juice. Highly, lively, carbonated with bubbles galore and very little white head that fades very quickly.

Again smell is of sweet apples with a hint of citrus zest. Seems you can smell the carbonation as well. Bright and in your face aromas cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg. very nice.

I must admit I like it. Very apple-y and with a nice mid body and palate. Sweet through the finish with apple rind like mouthfeel and flavor in the middle. Again caramel and cinnamon add to the flavor profile. Great balance and way to drinkable.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear dark amber color, with very small head. The smell is very sweet, and full of apples. The taste was also sweet, and full of apple flavors. A nice amount of carbonation, and a nice flavor, not much like a beer however. Overall if you like apples, this is very enjoyable, like a less sweet hard cider.

Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Extra from duffcalifornia.
Reddish golden pour. Thin layer of white head. Quite a bit of bubbles permeating.

Aroma, large amounts of apple, cinnamon and very light malt, caramel.

Aroma had me worried this was going to taste like hard cider, glad I was wrong. Tart apple at first, quickly over-riden by some nice malt and a bunch of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Caramel, finishes with more semi-sweet spice. Doesn't linger real long.

It is on the thinner side, but goes down very easy because of this. Carbonation is active and keeps the stickiness and sweetness down. Apple drinks tend to give me gut rot, but I could easily down a bunch of this stuff.

Kind of like a light pumpkin ale, made with apples instead.

Photo of dgfair
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If it looks like apple juice and smells like apple juice, it must be...wait...this is beer!

12 oz bottle into Corsendonk tulip.

The beer pours a beautiful golden apple juice color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer that sticks around for quite some time. The smell is of freshly squeezed apple juice with a little bit of a cinnamon raisin bread smell in the back. It definitely could pass as a piece of toast with apple jam spread on it. Very nice. Taste is a pure shot of fresh apple upfront with a very nice sweetness that turns tart as it lingers, followed by a hint of spice...maybe nutmeg. After that, the taste lingers with a bready finish not unlike pie crust. The mouth is slightly prickly with carbonation, but balanced by a smooth slickness. The finish is dry and pleasant. Overall, I can suck this down very quickly and at the low alcohol I could definitely have a few. Very nice beer. Disclaimer: I love apples.

Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from leszczynski23 so thanks to him for the opportunity. No bottled on date, poured into a DFH snifter.

A - Clear orange, gold color with one finger white head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Smell is very good. Apples....obiviously. With some brown sugar cinnamon, buscuity maltiness. Smells like a freshly cooked apple pie!

T - Again a lot of apples and light toasted malts. Some brown sugar toward the end. Finishes with a tart cinnamon flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and it's very drinkable because it tastes fantastic.

My first beer from New Glarus, very good stuff.

Photo of Onenote81
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4-pack of this received from BeerFMAndy awhile ago! Thanks, dude! Reviewed from notes.

The pour yields a dark copper color that resembles fresh cider. Who'd have thought? Small head; light lace. The nose is rich with fresh-crushed apples, honeysuckle, damp wood, and faint earthy tones.

Good crisp body that is sharp and clean. Fresh apples all over the flavor. Mild sour notes, but this is much sweeter than expected. Honey-kissed bread noted as well. Slight dry note on the finish, but it is fleeting. This may very well be the most drinkable fruit beer I have ever had. I think I like this better than their RT or BR. I loved this. Thanks again, Andy.

Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as the target beer in Math Trade 3 BIF from fear025. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a briliantly clear (read a newspaper thru it clear), lightly fizzy, dark golden color with hints of amber. A thin cap of bubbles lingers very briefly and falls to a thin white ring on the perimeter of the glass.

S - Sweet, sugar and brown sugar base...hint of vinegar, very appley/cidery, a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Not really getting anything beery out of this - no malt, no hops. I like what I'm smelling, but if this was just poured into my glass without any description, I'd be hard pressed to call this beer - definitely seems more cidery.

T - Sugary sweet, a hint of artificial sweetener flavor, tons of apple juice, brown sugar. Very much as I'd predict out of the aroma. I can't call this anything but cider, but I have to admit it is a good tasting beverage.

M - Thin, almost watery consistency with a light, spritzy sort of carbonation. Very light, almost delicate feeling. Lingering sweetness that coats the lips a bit.

D - Light, crisp, refreshing. Seems perfect for a warm late summer/fall day...like the last one of the year before the cold sets in for good. Almost dessert like in a way too. Goes down like water...at only 4% it is extremely sessionable. Not sure how to really put this into a style for comparison to other "peer level" beers - haven't really had anything quite like it that the brewer is calling a beer. That being said, it is an excellent low alcohol, easy drinking, gateway potential, fruity beer.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: not a whole lot going on here, with very thin, minimal head, and not much for lacing left over either. basically really looks like a dark apple juice.
S: pretty nice apple aromas, nothing overpowering. again reminds me of apple juice, but a little bit stronger. its maybe even a little bit sweeter than i would expect though.
T: holy apple. i gotta say as much as it reminds me of apple juice STILL, i love it. the flavor is super thick and concentrated, if you love apples, youll love this. im a little torn because it almost crosses the line of juice and beer.
M: the carbonation is prickly enough to bring this beer alive, although after about half a glass, it does start to get pretty thick and heavy. the absolute rock bottom ABV just makes this so tasty.
D: im loving it for this one glass, but its not something i could repeat again real soon. as a first beer of the night, or just a treat here or there, this is a sure hit, because the flavor just rocks.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my LA tumbler. Thanks to portia99 for this nice extra

A - Dark amber with a ton of bubbles running up the side and on top

S - pale malts with a hint of apples

T - Sweet NG fruit flavor mingles with a candy apple flavor. pretty dry finish

M - medium to light body with a lot of carbonation

D - Easy drinking. I cold put away a ton of these. That being said I enjoy some of their cherry flavored concoctions more.

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.