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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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447 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 1,553
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 348
Gots: 208 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Reviews: 447 | Hads: 1,553
Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle received in a trade with mikesgroove, think a four pack of these run about ten dollars, poured into my Duvel tulip glass on Tuesday, reviewed from notes, color is a light golden yellow, actually a bit cloudy, 3/4 inch bubbly head that did not last long, small amount of lacing and retention, green apples but not quite granny smith because they did not smell too sour, mild citrus, sugar, and white wine, starts off with a variety of apples, flavors from both red and green ones come through, sweet with sugared candy in the middle, finishes with more apples, not much else going on flavor wise, would have been even better is some tartiness showed up, still not a bad fruit beer, sweet, sugary, and light mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, high level of carbonation, taste did not last long and what did was a little sweetness, more along the lines of Lindemands in this case, could have drank a whole lot of this stuff, alcohol is not even there and supposedly this stuff is below four percent, went down very easy, quite sweet without overdoing it, inviting and light, not the best of the Unplugged series but still a good beer overall, would drink again, worth trying

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a standard pint glass to review.

Half inch white head that is quite fizzy. Head dissipates quickly and there is very minimal retention. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Transparent lighter copper in color. Almost no lacing.

Smell is of sweet, freshly cut Macintosh apples. Smells more like a cider than a beer to me.

Taste is as suggested from the nose.

Light and crisp. Well carbonated. Quite drinkable.

A nice offering from New Glarus whose best offerings incorporate fruit in the brewing process such as this one.

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Photo of illidurit
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours golden orange with a frothy white head. Big bruised apple aroma with sweet dough. Smells like fresh apple pie. Huge ice cider apple barrage, really robust fresh pressed apples. Almost tastes more like apples than apples do. Pretty delicious.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MasterSki for the hookup on this one.

Pours a clear gold with some caramel hues into a pint glass. 1 pinky of white head fades quickly and leaves only the slightest bit of lacing spots. Smells primarily of green apples, but also a bit of brown sugar and some malt. Tastes of tart green apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, lightly toasted malts, and a touch of citrus. Medium in body with nice fizzy carbonation. Tart and fruity with a bit of a sour pucker. Quite easy drinking, almost cider-like with the amount of apple presence, but the sugars and pie crust-like malts help remind you that it is beer. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at PPRBSG09. I had been hoping to try this beer for a long time, and it didn't disappoint! Pours a clear light orange with a small head. Aroma of sour apple, cheese, and apple vinegar. Flavor of fresh apples, sweet apple cider, apple vinegar, and some sour apple notes. Very nice!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Masterski for this beer.

A light golden, very translucent body that has a good amount of carbonation bubbles moving around in there. About a finger of bone-white head that doesn't last very long, but does leave a thin head on top of my beer.

As soon as I take one sniff of this beer I realize it is not exactly what I expected. Instead of all apple, I smell apple pie. Apple, some slight tartness, cinnamon and a big dose of sugar. A little different, but it smells very good.

The first flavor that comes to me is green apple. I say green apple, because along with the apple flavor comes a good bit of tartness, which is both tasty and refreshing. After that comes a sugary sweetness that is paired with cinnamon to create a cinnamon sugar, pie-filling type of flavor. I swear I can even taste pie crust in there when a slight maltiness comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is moderate for both carbonation and body. Perhaps just a bit puckering also.

This beer is something a good bit different than what I've had before. It strikes me as a mix between a fruit beer and a spiced beer. Although I typically don't like either of those styles, here the mix certainly works.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Clear light copper color with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Champagne-like appearance

S--Sour apples and caramel

T&M--I thought it was going to be a little too tart for my tastebuds based on the nose, but it wasn't bad. Tastes like apple juice mixed 50/50 with a cheap champagne. Light bodied.

D--Not really something that interests me overall, it tasted O.K. but I don't want any more.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a see through amber with orange hue. A nice, ample white head is present.

Smells ike apple juice, some pear... all around orchardy goodness.

Tastes just like Simply Apple apple juice. Nice and refreshingly tart! God, is this amazing.

I could drink a dozen of these. The alcohol is nowhere to be found... apple concentrate beer equals an incredible, unique drinking experience.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle topped with red foil. sampled june 16/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. a nice blend of different apples - a little granny smith, a little red delicious, and some other types too. light alcohol. cracker and white bread. bit of butterscotch and caramel. bit earthy.

taste is great. wow, there's apples in that beer. or is it beer in those apples? there's a touch of sweetness, but it never comes across as sugary or artificial - just a nice ripe apple sweetness. a touch of slightly tart and sour apple. cracker and white bread. touch of grain. almost no bitterness at all, just the slight sour+tart character. really nice.

mouthfeel is good. pretty light body. medium-light carbonation.

drinkability is great. nice balance. great apple blend. nice beer-apple mix. good stuff!

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, believe brdc hooked me up at DLD but I could be wrong!

Pours a crystal clear light amber, some orange highlighting, thick white head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass and a thin layer, some nice chunks of lace stick to the glass. Smell is real neat, like apple juice, caramel, lightly sugary, toasty/biscuity, treacle, pears, cider, very malty, quite sweet, but really interesting maltiness, and real nice apple aroma, definitely unique. Taste is similar, lots of apple juice character, very fresh, lightly tart, great maltiness, caramel and honey, toast and biscuit, very rich and full, very fresh and juicy, this stuff is great! Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, real nice tartness. Insanely drinkable, I could drink a lot of this stuff!

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Photo of nsmartell
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice copper/orange color with a fat off-white head that fizzled like crazy and stuck around for a while.

Smell: Apple cider/juice wraps it all up. I keep trying to find the beer smells, but all I get is the cider/juice.

Taste: Very tart and sweet, but in a good way. Tastes good, just not like beer. If that is what Dan was going for, bravo!

Mouthfeel: Very crisp dry in the finish. Would be really nice on a cool day.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a little more simple than I thought it would be, but very refreshing.

A- Pours a golden color, not unlike apple juice. Very slight head that quickly recedes to nothing.

S- Smells exclusively like apples and cinnamon. A blend of apples, both tart and sweet with a slight hint of cinnamon at the end.

T- It tastes like a cider more than a beer. Not overly sweet or tart, but a mellow apple flavor with a slight yeasty bready flavor.

M- Surprisingly crisp

D- Like juice

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Photo of shadow1961
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New Glarus Unplugged Apple Ale pours a thin head over a clear amber brew. Carbonation is steady, the nose ripe, slightly funky apple. Flavor is more apple with notes of funky English Ale yeast a little tart but also sweet. Mouthfeel starts a little crisp, trending a little syrupy with more apple in the aftertaste. Except for a touch of yeast funk, this is pretty indistinguishable from a sweet hard cider. Not bad for what it is- a nice dessert beer, or alternatively, a component in a cocktail. Nevertheless, a little disappointing since New Glarus's Unplugged series has been pretty spectacular in my opinion.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/amber color and a lighter golden along the edges. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells strongly of apples and only very slightly of cider. Fits the style a Fruit/Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes strongly of apples, not so much a cider flavor, but actual apples. This is a first for me, and I quite enjoy the fact that a good apple flavored beer is out there. Can't pick out very many other flavors besides the apple, though.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again thanks to GbVDave for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a golden caramel copper with just a slight off white head that receded into just a thin line around the inside of the glass. As the beer disappears from my glass, no lacing is present. As somewhat of a cider aficionado, I definitely expected a slight haze from the apples but to my surprise it poured completely crystal clear. The aroma is fresh off the tree golden golden delicious apples coated in sweet caramel eaten off a stick at the fairgrounds. The flavor is exactly the same. It completely reminds me of a fresh artisanal caramel apple. It's completely amazing how they bottled that flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and just finishes a little to sweet. New Glarus, in my opinion makes the best fruit beers. There is nothing better then a fruit beer from New Glarus. Amazing.

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Photo of bort11
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mikesgroove strikes again! Thanks dude

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams shaped pint glass. Fizzy white head quickly recedes to a thin ring. Color is like, well, apple juice. I have a two year old, and we are very familiar with apple juice.

Smell is fresh cut red apples. Taste is also very much like apple juice with a hint of caramel malt in the finish. It is not overly sweet, but it comes close.

Mouthfeel is thick and sugary. Only a mild carbonation. I know it's supposed to be beer, but all of my senses say it's a cider

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Photo of prototypic
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottle. This was a very nice treat, Brady.

Apple Ale pours a crystal clear copper color. For some reason I was expecting some haze. Perhaps apple cider has clouded my vision. A foamy white head rises and falls quickly. It reached a finger or so deep, but active carbonation consumed it quickly. Lacing was sparse.

One whiff is all it takes to be immersed in an apple wonderland. If you're a fan of apples at all, you'll be into this beer in a big way. It smells sweet and is very reminiscent of apple cider. It has a nice sweet aroma. There's a hint of light caramel malt sweetness, but that's about the only other scent I'm picking up. Apple dominates the nose. It smells delicious, but is a little limited in its range.

The flavor doesn't differ materially from the nose. This is tasty stuff. An avalanche of apple sweetness takes over the palate and doesn't give much way. It's not an overly sweet apple flavor. It is very reminiscent of a nice cider. But, not in the alcohol infused cider beverage sense. I mean real apple cider. This is good stuff. There's a little bit of caramel malt that's noted. But, not much else. Once again, it's range is limited in terms of depth. But, I really like the flavor quite a bit. Easily one of the best fruit/vegetable beers I've encountered.

It has a nice body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but is smooth and easy drinking. Impressive in terms of feel. Drinkability is okay, but a little limited. I like the flavor and it certainly goes down fast and easy, but I can easily see it growing a little tiresome if more than a single bottle were ahead of me. Not bad all the same.

Apple Ale's a hell of a nice surprise. I tend to be hard on fruit/vegetable beer, but this is a rare exception that's a good, solid beer. Yeah, it's not exactly deep or complicated and it doesn't have a wealth of beer-like qualities. But, Apple Ale is a very nice change of pace beer that has a hell of a unique, enjoyable flavor. Take it for what it is and enjoy it. Oh, and if you like apples, you simply must find a few bottles.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four of this some time ago to fill out trades, & held onto a bottle more out of morbid curiosity than anything else. I'll admit to not being a huge fan of fruit beers, most of which remind me far too much of my old Bartles & James days. Well, what the hell, I love apples, so let's give this New Glarus thing a whirl, shall we?

Pretty beer, completely filtered & clear amber. Nose is applish. Nice. Without the medicinal or over-sugared qualities that taint so many fruit beers.

Tastes really frickin' good! Somehow, New Glarus has actually made this taste like a crisp fall day when you're out being pulled through orchards by a tractor, stopping every so often to sink your teeth into a Pink Lady. Really. This tastes like apples. A bit shocking. Little to zero yeast, hops, or alcohol presence, as if one had stuck a straw into an apple & start sucking like a world champion.

Apple Ale is crisp & dry, & easy to sip. If Mike's Hard made an apple drink like this, I'd be a fan.

This is a fantastic brew, all the better for being an unexpected star in a constellation of mediocre or downright sugary annoying messes of fruit beers. I'd suggest this to anyone who likes beer, fruit, or water.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice thin amber colored body. The head is about a 1/4 inch tall and fades away quickly. For a fruit beer it looks decent.

S - Apple cider aroma with a malty hint.

T - Pungent apple flavor with a hint of spice and hops. I've never had a better apple brew.

M - The feel has a coarse texture that helps to bring out the pungent taste. Very nice!

~ One and I'm probably done. That's usually all I can do when it comes to the fruit line.

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Photo of naproxen
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The drinkability on this baby is exceptional indeed, I enjoyed two without remorse before putting up this review (last night...not this morning, but now that I think about it what a perfect breakfast beer when coffee stouts aint your thang)

Poured into a run of the mill pint glass with an overall crisp, clearp, light amber coloring and not too impressive of a head. The aroma of this is top notch, it is bursting with fresh from the orchard apples and I almost think I could be about to drink some Mott's.

The taste...I expected it to be as apple juice sweet as its nose implicated but this is not entirely the case. yes, it is on the sweet side, but there is a smooth malty backbone to it that won't let you forget too long that it is indeed a beer you are enjoying. It is mildly spiced with hints of cinnamon, but overall just tastes like an apple malt beverage.

Regardless, for a fruit beer, top notch. I would love to have easy access to this for hot summer mornings :-)

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Photo of sholland119
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the Secret Bunny from HogWildLiquor. Thanks!

A-Pours a clear copper amber with a little bit of white head and some lacing.

S-Apple cider, apple juice. No beer aromas...

T-Nice blend of tart and sweet apple flavors. Again, where's the beer?

M-Crisp and nicely dry in the finish. Light.

D-Yeah, about 8 oz. of this will do it for me. Glad I got to try it, but not really my thing.


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Photo of chiapete
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A small off white head forms on the pour , but fades rather quickly .no lace left on glass.

color was clear copper .

Aroma was sweet , fruit , lots of apple .

taste was lots of apple almost like apple cider , very sweet , almost a little to sweet , no bitterness left.
the apple hit right away and stayed through entire drink.

smooth and easy to drink , i don't know if I could drink more than a couple , just because of the sweetness.

a good beer for beer drinker beginners .

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Apple ale, huh? Sounds tasty... Let's see!
It pours amber, genuine amber, with a fast-dissolving head, leaving some nice lacing. To smell? Yep. Apple cider. Exactly. There's a hint of wine-iness there too. To taste? Yep. Apple cider through and through, with a good deal of sweet red pears. I can't imagine that this beer has too high of an alcohol content, and unfortunately, I can't seem to find any info on this. Clearly, NG was going for apples, and they nailed it. I kinda wish it had something else to it, though....But I do give them credit for the bullseye on the apple motif. A good amount of carbonation, though not in a palate-shredding way. Drinkability? HIGH. This is DEADLY in drinkability, due to its exact likeness of a sparkling apple cider.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body the color of strong iced tea with a slight red hue to it. There is a spongy white head that is gone after the first sip. The gentle carbonation of big bubbles glides through to the surface.

S- This beer has a fruity pectin aroma with an apple quality and a unsweetened candy jolly rancher note but it is pretty natural apple over all.

T- The fruity taste of pears and tart apples is crisp and has a soft malt flavor to support it. There is a light toasted note to the malt followed by a fruity finish that is a bit more jolly rancher than cider but is a pleasant combination of the two.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry texture and a very slight apple astringency in the finish.

D- This beer has a big apple flavor without being sugary candy or chemical tasting. The apple flavors have some nice bright fresh fruit flavors and a soft bit of support from the malt. This beer is easy to drink and the best example of apple beer I have tried.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DIPA, one of BA's finest traders and one hell of a brewer, for the hookup on this beer.

A - Poured into a North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin nonic pint glass. Excellent clarity, light orange color, with a thin, white head that doesn't retain well. Negligible lacing. Steady thin stream of carbonation rising up.

S - Freshly sliced red apples overwhelm the nose. Delicious and inviting aroma. Slight toasted malt appeared later.

T - More apple coming through in the flavor. In fact, this is apple-dominant according to my taste buds. Medium-dry finish uncovers a slight toasty malt character that was otherwise hard to find beneath the apple. Moderate level of bitterness but I'm having trouble picking up specific hop flavor.

M - Medium-bodied, moderate-high level of carbonation.

D - Wow, what a refreshing brew. The flavor and aroma of fresh apples is unmistakable. With a background toasty malt character, I'm reminded that this is indeed a beer. Aside from the beer being a bit sweet-tasting, drinkability is spectacular. No trouble finishing up this entire bottle. Delicious.

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.