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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,404 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 335
Gots: 184 | 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

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Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Ratings: 1,404 | Reviews: 436
Photo of GPHarris
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was a bright copper.
s - baked apples and apple juice. no hiding what this beer is.
t - crisp apples with some sweet juiciness in there.
m - medium thickness.
o - very close to a cider and another very enjoyable fruit beer from new glarus.

Photo of amphion1065
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of duffcalifornia - thanks Paul! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, rich caramel brown. Almost perfectly translucent, this looks quite similar to a darker cider. Unfortunately there was little to no head on this beer.

The smell is very sweet, and not just with fruit aromas. Apples are there, as are some cherries. But there's also a caramel, molasses-like aroma in the mix. This smell a lot like a bag of candy. Very malty, and very pleasant.

Unlike other New Glarus fruit beers I've had, the fruit in this case is rather muted. There is definitely a tart apple flavor, but it's really in the background. In the forefront is a very lush caramel quality that borders on cloying sweetness. This is actually fairly similar to a liquefied caramel apple.

The mouthfeel is great, and actually quite reminiscent of cider. Lively and effervescent, with a very nice medium body, this is very easy to drink.

I have to imagine that the apple qualities of this beer have faded over the past several months. At this point, it is still a very tasty and sweet drink, albeit one that's a tier below other New Glarus offerings of the style.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light brown with a reddish huge. Barely any foam whatsoever.

Smells like a red apple.

Taste kind of like beer mixed with apple juice. I'm assuming this is spot on what they intended since I've never had anything remotely like this before. A little tartness throughout with a very smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel is kind of light, but with a 4.0% ABV that is expected. Not quite as dry as most ciders. Definitely has the apple flavor but is firmly in beer territory.

I love everything from New Glarus. I'm fortunate to have loving relatives in Wisconsin, but would love to have more regular access to their offerings. Very solid lighter beer and very unique.

Photo of brew3crew
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In line at founders for CBS

A-golden yellow with no head whatsoever

S-nice sour apple. Wow blows me away. Almost

T-so good. Like a very good apple cider. With alcohol.

M-medium body and smooth

O-wow. So good. " liquid McDonald's apple pie"

Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to BYOFB for a solid brew.

The color is an amber-hues dark gold with perfect clarity but thick enough that it's opaque rather than translucent. A white head begins at about one finger high and recedes to a foam that remains. A bit of lacing is spattered here and there.
The smell is fresh apples with what seem to be mulling spices added, almost like a cider but with a bready malt character that accentuates the impression of apple pie.
The taste follows suit, with fresh apple juice joined by a light spicing tone. The bready malts kick in enough to prove it's a beer rather than a cider without doubt, and a nice caramel flavor pulls through as well.
The feel is nice and crisp without relying on heavy carbonation and without clamping on the tongue and biting down. The body is actually medium, which is nice since so many fruit beers are made as weaker beers. It retains a nice, smooth flow into the finish.
Another very nice beer in the Unplugged series.

Photo of Klym
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new glarus glass. Thank you to gripitandsipit for this excellent brew!

Even given my excellent experiences with new glarus I wondered how they would end up capturing apple in a beer. To get to the point, they didn't disappoint. This is straight up the most excellent applesauce you've had in your life.. in a beer. Spicy apples in the nose, spicy apples in an ephemeral taste. This is delicious, and might even trump the cranbic. I'm very happy I got to try this and would recommend it to anyone within a many-mile radius of it.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a transparent shade of orange with a one finger offwhite head that sticks around for awhile. Looks gorgeous

S- the intense aroma of apples comes to the forefront and absolutely assaults my nose. If you're looking for subtle apple, you're not going to get it here

T- tastes like apple juice. And you know what? That's pretty awesome in beer form. Not nearly as biting or abrasive as apple juice can be

M- it's actually pretty thin...but given the low ABV, it's expected

O- this is awesome. I love it, and wish I had better access to New Glarus

Photo of mocktm
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Birchstick for this brew as part of the Phishy BIF, pumped to try out my first New Glarus beer, an unorthodox one at that.

Copper in color with a modest white head. Nothing impressive, like fermented apple juice.

The nose isn't as lively as I envisioned, definite apple with some background spice and a bit of breadiness. Apple pie is probably the best way to put it, although it doesn't overwhelm your senses with its sweetness.

First sip kicks this beer into gear, prominent red delicious apples, caramel and copious amounts of cinnamon. The apple pie hinted at in the nose is in full swing here, almost to the point where I don't even know if I can consider this a beer, it really is more like a cider. As it warms up, the malts become more prevalent, but still, more cider than beer if you ask me.

Medium bodied, very sweet and slightly syrupy. Drinks rather easy, but probably best enjoyed slowly.

Really interesting brew, a bit of a novelty, but definitely something unique and neat to try.

Photo of mobius387
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter glass

Appearance: copper colored, slightly opaque with a small cream head

Aroma: apples and more apples! also some soft sweet caramel underneath. this beer smells of fall

Palate: the carbonation pops off the tongue, but the flavor hits the mouth everywhere. feels light

Taste: tastes like it smells but not quite as strong. its a little on the sweeter side than i thought, but not too sweet that its distracting. the apple flavor is a little over the top, and i can really only drink one of these at a time because it starts to taste like apple juice. but in small sips and spread out its very nice,

Overall: this is another great brew by NG in their line of fruity beer goodness. good flavor, great smell, and a great looking beer. if you are a fan of fruity beers, this is a must! even if you are not (and im not a huge fan), this is a great beer to drink.

redone for 2012, tasted less like apple juice and more like a beer. increased the review.

Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an unusual brew this was... In a good way too...

Clear pour with an ample head.. Smelling like apple juice all the way with perhaps the slightest of booze... Dead on apples here...

Sweet apple juice like flavors dominate here... This one could hurt you its so subtle in its delivery... No booze detected at all here... Straight apple flavors all the way... Not overbearing alothough I'm not sure I could down a sixer without needing a break...

A terrific little brew here...

Photo of Retail1LO
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best, most refreshing beers I've ever had. The light ABV is incredibly refreshing. Had a bottle of this from an extra in a trade. Pours a cider-like, amber color. A thin, whispy head that dissipates quickly. This wreaks of apples in a good way. Wow. The taste is PURE apples and some spice. Almost like a sparkling apple cider, but you know this is a beer when you drink it. The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. You can't wait for the next face full of this stuff. Can't wait to have more.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at The Great Taste of the Midwest 2011. 10 oz pour into a tasting glass.

A- Poured a golden bronze color, clear body, well carbonated, ½ finger head, nice lacing, looks basically like carbonated apple juice.
S- Big fresh apple cider aroma, sweet, really refreshing aroma, pretty one dimensional overall.
T- Taste is basically the same as the nose, huge fresh apple taste, slight malt, some spice, really refreshing especially during a hot day, this was actually a perfect palate cleanser during the festival.
M- Light mouth feel, well carbonated, fizzy, sweet, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- Pretty one dimensional tasting beer, but overall really tasty, I love New Glarus fruit/vegetable beers and this one does not disappoint.

Photo of Nashvillain
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp, very good looking copper into the glass. Very thin ring of head lines the outside, tons of bubbles swirl vibrantly around and cling to the sides.

Smell is apple juice, but not fake and syrupy, more like the Welch's juice I had as a kid. Refreshing.

Taste is a carbonated version of a warm apple pie. Not over-assertive, just an amazing liquid version of southern goodness. I could definitely mistake this for a robust cider. What I like most about this beer is that I can taste it in my saliva afterwards, a light coating of apple lines my mouth for a few seconds after a sip. As the beer warms a faint spiciness comes out, reminiscent of a good Wassail.

I can't say I would want to drink this beer more than once a month, but on a cool fall day this sucker would be completely phenomenal. Spot on.

Photo of mattkooler
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep copper hue with a nice initial head that dissipates quickly. Nice carbonated bubbles float to the top of the beer for quite a while

S- Amazing smell as soon as I poured the beer, I smelled pure apple.

T- The taste is a great mix of beer and apple. There is just enough malt and hop profile in the back to keep the beer balanced, however, the overriding taste is apples.

M- Extremely crisp and nicely carbonated. Very appropriate for this beer.

O- I've had this one before, and I enjoy it immensely every time. This is a great beer to change up my drinking routine and get me out of a rut. Tastes of pure apple with nice carbonation and amazing crispness.

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

A: Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that reduces to a ring of foam around the top. Bits of foamy lace on the sides.

S: Apple pie, nice sweet apples and cinnamon. A bit of cider as well.

T: Nice apple flavor with some light caramel and some nice spice. A bit of cinnamon and some light malt. Not overly complex, but tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very easy drinking. Thought the aroma was better than the flavor profile, and wish it tasted like it smelled. But it was still good and a beer I would gladly drink again.

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Crystal clear pale brass.

Smell: Apple pie filling, not much else other than that.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet, semi-syrupy sugary mouthfeel. Sweet apple flavor, just like the aroma ... apple pie filling. Hint of cherries and cinnamon from the fermentation. Some cookie dough maltiness within reveals that this is actually a beer. Very sweet finish.

Overall: Awesome to see beers this far down the spectrum of sweetness and even being away from most qualities of beer. You'd think this was a cider though after a few sips some malt comes through.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. A fruit beer from New Glarus? Yes please.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the apple pie. I get all of the notes I expect, with some cinnamon, apple and bready notes. The flavor also doesn’t disappoint. I get cinnamon, apple and crust notes. This beer tastes like an apple pie. Awesome. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There are lots of breweries out there, but I don’t think anyone does fruit beers better than our friends from Wisconsin.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: an uneventful pour with a quickly dissolving head. A color that not surprisingly resembles apple juice. A golden copper hue.
S: very pleasant and abundant apple aromas. Sweet and tart with what appears to be a hint of cinnamon. Nice.
T: Let this one age a bit...trust me. The first couple of offerings we a tad mild, however I let one sit about 2 months and the profile really opened up! A nice balance between beer and fruit...perhaps a bit too fruity, but the booze and spice cut it a bit so as to not be too fruity.
M: medium carbonation with a dry finish. Light and not filling.
O: not a bad effort from one of the best breweries around. I will caution you however too let it age a bit before drinking. The scent and flavor really represent themsleves in much truer fashion.

Photo of boralyl
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funhog for this one.

A - Poured into a tulip glass the Apple Ale produces about a 1/2" of white head that fizzes away fairly quickly. The beer is clear with visible carbonation and looks like apple juice.

S - A mixture of tart and sweet apples make up the aroma. Reminds me of Macintosh and Granny Smith. There is also a little malty sweetness and possibly cinnamon.

M - Light in body with medium carbonation.

T - Sweet, fresh apples up front followed by some maltiness. Sour and sweet apple flavors dance across your tongue and compete with one another all the way through the finish.

Yet another amazing fruit beer by New Glarus. They make some of the best fruit beer out there between this, the Cranbic Ale, the Raspberry Tart, and the Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to TATURBO for this one! This beer poured out as a lightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that doesn't do much but form a ring around the glass. Not much lacing here. The smell of the beer had a pretty good aroma of apple to it. It starts to smell better as it warms up. The taste is like a blend of cider and apple juice with a good amount of spices in there too. The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied and had a good carbonation to it. Overall I can't say that it was my favorite Apple flavored beer, as much as I love these beers, I think it was a little too tart at times. I would drink this again for sure.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appley-tan and great looking, clear and sparkling. Head and lacing are kind of sparse, but damn the stuff is still pretty in a glass.

Smells like an apple orchard from the days of my youth that I'm not even sure I was ever at, but I remember it vividly and can't wait to get back.

Taste is so typical of New Glarus' astounding line of fruit beers. Fresh apple juice meets cider and beer in this crystal clear bit of sunday morning freshness. Love it.

Sweet and incredibly easy to drink, this is truly the beer you want when the classy chicks show up to the party. There ain't a person in the world that couldn't like this one, and they'll all be talking about it afterwords.

New Glarus just plain rock all the time, and I'm about ready to declare that an irrefutable fact.

Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My crazy, sexy, cool cellar continues to yield forgotten treasures. Once I have reduced the backlog, I will not allow that kind of thing to happen again. In the meantime, here goes ...

From the label: "Apple Ale sings with the fresh crisp taste of Wisconsin Apples. Our Brewmaster begins with a brown ale base employing Wisconsin famed wheat and a blend of Cortland, Macintosh and Jonathan apples. Our apple growing friends squeeze them especially for this brew."; "Expect this Ale to pour a beautiful copper color. The fresh bouquet will rise to meet you even before the glass touches your lips. So be sure to sip slowly and enjoy the fruits of a Wisconsin Harvest."; "Vielen Dank!"; "[undersigned] Daniel & Deborah Carey".

I employed a very gentle pour, resulting in mere wisps in terms of head. Color was a slightly hazy light-brown with amber highlights. It did, indeed, resemble freshly squeezed apple juice. Nose was very much driven by the apple juice employed in its production. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the taste was of lightly spiced apple juice. If I had the proper equipment, I might consider heating this in a double boiler as a sort of mulled cider-type of drink. Finish was a pleasant admixture of apple and spice, the latter most likely cinnamon. Very tasty cold and would be welcomed as a hot drink also.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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