Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,315
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 313
Gots: 150 | FT: 26
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: badbeer on 06-30-2008

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Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for tossing me this one. Enjoyed side by side with Bell's Oarsman Ale. The pour is nearly identical - a murky, straw-yellow color; this one is perhaps a bit more clear, but still has a large haze to it. The head is pretty voluptuous, cumulonimbus-like as it rises up and gathers at about two full fingers. It doesn't last forever, but it looks nice while it's there.

A nice amount of light grains, hay, must, lemon zest and and indigenous amount of white grape skins come clashing together to form a very soft, relaxed, yet well-stated aromatic profile. This one is a bit more complex and robust than Oarsman, and it has a bit stronger of a tartness to it which I am absolutely digging. The tart in the aroma is of the lemon-y and lactic persuasion. Refreshing and effervescent.

Again, the flavor follows through with what the nose has paved the way for. The initial taste is a nice lemon zesty and white wine, nearly vinous tartness; a pleasingly perfect amount of sourness and lactic acid. Other flavors that follow include green apple skins, white grapes, a touch of grains and some grassy, spent, musty hops with basically no bitterness left. Very nice, crispy clean finish with a thin and wet mouth feel.

Very nice and refreshing with lovely complexity for a beer that's so light. So easy to drink, the bottle was gone in seconds it seemed, and I could easily crush a six pack of this without even thinking about it. A very nice summer beer to have by your side. Not exactly a traditional Berliner, what with the white grapes and barrel fermenting and all, but it's so damn delicious. ISO a case of this, every time the weather gets warm.

Photo of weatherdog
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle date coded 1558, which I believe means 155th day of 2008 making this beer about 18 months old.

I poured it into elongated pilsner glass trying to make the most of the high carbonation. It pours a nice golden color with a pillowy white head.

Aroma is pretty neutral with only the tartness and sourness showing itself.

The high carbonation makes it prickly on the tongue and then shoves the tartness right up front and center. I'm getting hints of wine character from the use of two types of grapes used but not as much as I expected. I have had this beer previously, probably 10 months ago and recall it having much more fruit character. I can tell the bugs have been working hard on this one. It ends with a hard dry sourness typical of these types of beers.

This beer is very drinkable and the mouthfeel is peppy and lively.

This was my first example of the style besides DFH Festina Peche and I really love this beer. I have a lot of it was only made once and my wife is in love with it so I had to buy plenty of it when I could find it. A really solid beer and a style I want to explore deeper.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a pale golden yellow with good clarity and a fizzy, bubbly inch of white head. Lots of active carbonation here. Aromas kick off with light crisp wheat malt tones upfront alongside a vinous, grape skin aroma. Somewhat tart as well with a yeasty kick on the backbone. Not bad.

First sip brings a light crisp wheat malt upfront that quickly transitions into a mouth puckering tartness. As it flows down notes of vinous grape are present. Yeasty accents on the finish as the sour/tart flavor runs the whole way through. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is light and arid with steady, fast moving carbonation. It does almost seem champagne like as it goes down. I could see this being nice and refreshing on a beach on a hot day. Overall, I haven't had many Berliner Weiss beers before, but I do enjoy this one, with its solid tart/sour kick.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bubble and frothy pour, bright straw golden color. A long dusty pulling presence of wood in the nose, vinous on top of that with some dry cracker maltiness. Tartness explodes from the first sip and nearly every sip after, dry pull from the barrel aging and well attenuated sugars make this brew bone dry. Blue cheese? Lemony tartness, clean graininess has a nice cracker tone even though it is so damn dry.

Obviously not you typical Berliner Weiss, grapes with barrel aging. Once in a while I run into a beer that wows me ... this is one of them.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More a neglected style than a lost art but hats off to the few brewers who attempt this one. Bottle thanks to jctribe25 pours a hazy light straw body that is alive with active carbonation. Tall vanilla head is creamy and long lasting.

Aroma of fresh lemons, subtle wheat, and white grapes.

Light bodied on the palate with a teasing, effervescent carbonation.

Sour and tart taste, mostly lemon, with hints of green apple and white grapes. Soft wheat and dry white nuances add complexity.

Very well executed. One of the most drinkable styles out there, in my opinion.

Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow with a white head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is somewhat sour, but also reminds me a bit of a white wine, had some lemon, as well as some bread notes. Seems to have a touch of oak in both the smell and taste, however, I don't know if this beer actually saw any oak. In addtion to the aforementioned oak, it also has tastes of lemons, grapes without the skin, and sour dough bread. Light body with medium carbonation. An easily drinkable beer that is great for the summer. Gets better as it warms a touch, but still cool.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow/straw color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of tart wheat, some lemon notes and surprisingly, some cherries. The flavor is cherries, wheat, lemons and oranges. The beer is fairly tart and very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of standardcherry
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost clear yellow pour. The fluffy white head is the only thing that distinguishes it from a common lager.
S: Clean acidity, tiny bits of wheat. Some grassiness and a bit of corn. Smells almost like a soured American lager.
T: Now this is better. Very bright taste, first thing I caught was grapes and apples. Fruity, wheat, tart. Not overpowering tartness, just right refreshing, light sourness. A dry, lemony finish.
M: Light bodied, a bit overcarbonated I think but it's extremely crisp and refreshing. I could drink this all day.
O: Not my favorite berliner, but it's a great one. Could drink this one all day, every day.

Photo of deebo
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass this recently purchased BW is super heady (brilliant white) with big time lacing and a stubborn head-surprising quality for a sour. Light pale straw in color and completely clear with lots of tiny bubbles.

A bit grainy in aroma with plenty of fruitiness and hints of white wine from the Riesling grapes. Weak sour notes.

The grainy, bready character of this beer is a bit stronger than the lactic sour notes which although unexpected for the style makes it a lot easier for a non-sour fan to enjoy. The white wine character is here as well given it's grape taste and high carbonation but with the malt character this is definitely a beer.

Light bodied and highly carbonated. Not overly drying in the finish. No alcohol character at all. Easy to drink.

The sourness in this beer is subdued and not overpowering making this is a refreshing easy to drink Berliner Weiss. The fruitiness adds a nice touch to this beer. Although different then most beers of this style with its subdued sourness and stronger fruity character I really like it for it's drinkability and mix of malt, yeast, sour and fruit. Purists of the style likely to be disappointed.

Photo of ehammond1
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, pschul4!

Fairly clear straw and yellow. Moderately-sized, somewhat persistent, large-bubbled white head. Leaves irregular sheets of white stick. Pretty.

Aroma of lemon and grain (wheat) along with a bit of lactic sour character, but not much. Very appropriate for the style. Not an incredibly expressive aroma, but everything is very nice and exceptionally appropriate.

Where the aroma might lack just a bit of expression, the flavor is wonderful. Initial lactic sour character, wheat, lemon, and biscuit combine marvelously well together. Perhaps a touch of a white wine or green grape character emerges as well, as the beer warms. Very, very nice.

Highly carbonated. Dry. Near medium bodied. Very appropriate. Crushable.

An incredible American-brewed berliner. I am in love.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging around.

Smell: A fruity and slightly tart aroma of wheat, yeast, and wine like fruit esters. Lots of wheat upfront with hints of grains, yeast, cracker, biscuit, and straw. Bright fruit esters with hints of white grape juice, pear, and apple along with a little citrus lemon zest and orange. Slight hint of banana as well. Moderately tart and sweet with a little funk. A pretty solid fruity wheat aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very fruity wheat driven taste with tart notes of fruit, funky yeast, and white wine like qualities. Wheat and pale malts with notes of grains, funky yeast, straw, biscuit, and crackers. Big white wine like fruity esters with notes of white grapes, pear, and apple. Also some banana, citrus lemon zest and a little orange. Taste is fairly tart and moderately sweet. Slightly acidic. Pretty good for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very crisp, smooth, and somewhat prickly. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good fruity wheat beer. Has many white wine characteristics but enough wheat and grain to make it a beer.

Photo of ajchocholousek
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, 2+ finger fluffy, foamy bright white head. Beautifully bright and brilliant golden straw color that has amazing clarity. Nose brings a nice acetic, lemony brightness mixed with a grainy, yet sweet, delicate malt body. Body is prickly and effervescent, mouth feel is very light and delicate with a beautifully dry finish. Taste: absolutely amazing. Perfectly balanced for BW. Firm sourness leads the way to lemongrass and lemon peel, and a bit of marmalade sweetness shows up just before it dries out and leaves you wanting more. The grain is there to support, yet stay out of the way, and it lends a nice crackery bit to the body. It's everything a good Berliner Weisse should be. Thumbs wayy up.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to atone315 for hooking these up. Delicious.

Pours an extremely mild yellow appearance, but with amazing clarity. Take the water from Lake Tahoe and a Budweiser (an impressive looking beer, taste aside), mix them in equal parts, and you might get something with the delicate appearance you have here. The head is bright white.

The aroma is tart lemons, white grape and green apple in a lesser way, just how you want it from a sour mash berlinner weisse. Not massively puckering like say, Tartare, this is more traditional and pretty nice.

The taste follows in the same vein, mild wheat underbody, lemon and apple tartness (no apple 'flavor'). Very refreshing, great mouthfeel. I had high expectations and this still exceeded them. Gotta love these super flavorful but extremely light as air beers. Does a bright and light funkiness make sense? Finishes slightly acidic, dry and tart. White grape and oak hints make out for a complex, yet inviting experience. I'm guessing the alcohol to be around the 3% range.

I think I liked this one more than even Hottenroth. Wow. Call it one of the greatest beers for summer ever made.

Photo of brow1901
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fun beer I picked up in WI last weekend.

A- The color is only slightly darker than a glass of white wine or champagne. No haze or cloudiness in the beer. The bubbles in the head really remind me of champagne or soda. They are larger than most of the ones in other beers and you can hear them pop and fizz.

S- The smell of this beer is really hard to nail down. No hops, hardly any malt. Some fruit scents, maybe grapes or cranberries. Somehow you can smell the tartness.

T- The taste is tart and a bit sour. But it's not overpowering, it's actually refreshing for the taste buds in my opinion. The taste reminds me of a mix of wine and beer. It reminds me of sparkling wine because it leaves the mouth really dry. The only thing I don't like is the fact that it dosen't have a fruit to support the tartness. But that really isn't the style I suppose.

M- The mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, very light and very dry.

D- This beer is surprisingly drinkable, I was kinda scared to try it but I wound up really enjoying it. I wish I would have bought the four pack instead of a single.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this gem from the ever-generous maximum12.

Pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a one-finger bright white head that dissipates very quickly into a thin ring around the glass.

Smells good. A big hit of sour apple to go along with what tastes to me like a young scuppernong aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's a lot of sour apple and scuppernong up front, followed by a very tart lemon sourness. The sourness eases up a bit as the beer warms, though it's still intense throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness and a lively carbonation that helps the sourness go over a bit easier on my tastebuds.

Drinkability is good. It's hard for my to rate this part because this is the first of the style that I've had. I don't really have the hankering for another one, but I had no problem drinking this one.

Overall this is an interesting beer. It definitely lives up to the "champagne of the north" moniker. Thanks again to maximum12 for hooking me up with this, and if you see this around be sure to give it a shot.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Off yellow with a beautiful full white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles all over the place.

Smell - lots of tropical fruits. nice tartness at the end as well.

Taste - like the smell i get a bunch of tropical fruit and a subtle tartness, nothing too overbearing.

Mouthfeel - nicely carbonated, as I saw with the bubbles. leaves smoothly with not a lot of tart lingering.

Overall - really glad I got this in a trade as an extra. fun beer and quite delicious

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tumbler)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy yellow body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a thick snow white head of foam that last for a good while.

S- This beer has pleasant musty wet barrel aroma with a soft cheese rind note to it. There is some honeycomb and lemon zest aromas in the finish and a zinfandel wine note that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The bright tart fruity flavor is full but doesn't make your jaw lock shut and has a nice flavor of white grapes that follow. There is a slight musty taste that leads to a bright citrusy tart finish that has grapefruit zing and some pine hop hints to it. There is a soft white wine flavor that lingers just a moment after each sip.

M- The light crisp mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat and a nice soft astringent pucker.

D- This is a very nice Berliner Weiss, the tartness was not to strong no to weak and there was a good complexity to the flavor with some wild notes in there aswell as fruit and the bit of hops really complimented the other flavors.

Photo of Bingja18
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good especially for the summer. I do wish the ABV was a little higher but other than that I really enjoy this beer, one of my favorites.

Photo of weonfire
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Light golden - approaching straw, translucent, very light-pencil thickness white head, dissipates quickly but leaves a small layer for entirety, nice carbonation rising.

S - grape, wheat, carmel

T - tart grape, wheat, lemon. Finish is a sharp tart grape.

M - high carbonation, nice body and frothiness after some warmth, close to a champagne- but doesn't leave that bubbly feeling in the tummy.

O - Need to start with the nose. I don't want to present the wrong idea. It isn't bad - just isn't there. Very faint grape/wheat with a touch of carmel. Has the mouth and taste of a champagne. Crisp tartness - very pleasant. One note- this MUST be drunk moderately warm. 60 degrees? Too cold and you're going to miss all the flavor. Certainly a celebration beer. I did wish it was a bit more sour tho.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus- Unplugged Berliner Weisse

Thanks to UncleJedi for this 1!

A- Bright yello, clear, with a huge foamy white head.
S- Slight sour lemony whiskey mix.
T- Light sweet lemons meet sour/ tart cherry, apple, and grape.
M- Lightly sweet up front, good crisp fruity tartness throughout the body. Finishes off crisp with a touch of lemony sourness.

Overall- Unique, but good. probably could only drink a couple of these but worth picking up!
(Thanks Jed!)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy head sticks around a long time, atop a pale yellow color that exhibits just a touch of haze.

Aroma is mild lemon, white grapes, slightly funked-up yeast, straw/hay. Not an overwhelming scent, but a nice one.

Flavor is excellent. Astringent white grape, like champagne, with the tartness of lemon. Quenching and sour, with a dry finish. Spritzy mouthfeel that leads to a pucker.

Definitely one of Germany's most exotic styles, and this one by New Glarus is a fantastic interpretation. As close to fine champagne as beer will get. Track it down before it's gone forever--New Glarus' Unplugged beers are brewed once with no promise they'll ever be brewed again. Too bad, as I'd love to see this one year round.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to natasharai for lugging this and many other fine brews all the way to Alaska.

Pours like a good berliner should, nearly totally clear with a soft white hue and light yellow highlights. A nice fizzy white head actually retains pretty well for the style and leaves ok lacing.

Nose has the requisite lactic tartness, light peach, green apple, and a small wheat yeast note.

Wow. Pretty darn close to dead on for the style. A nice wheat beer base is evident. The lactic tartness is a tiny bit strong for the style, but you won't hear any complaints from me in that regard. Some slight grape in there as well, white grape. Nice crisp finish without being too dry, and the nice tartness lingers a bit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is damn fine, ever so slightly too viscous for the style, IMO, but not bad at all. Carbonation is ideal.

Drinkability is where this one shines, as any good berliner weiss should. Would love to have a regular supply of these to session on a summer day.

Overall, a very good representation of the style, and one i would love to have again. Easily one of the best american made (or anywhere made for that batter) berliners out there. Excellent.

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden-straw colored with a brief beige head, then a more durable collar and skimming.
The nose is full of lemon-lime juice filtered through concrete and old banana peels. On the periphery, there are some smoky barrel notes, and tracers of the Pinot Gris and Riesling grapes, but had this all not been provided to me before hand, it would not have stood out, as their contributions are all very subtle.
It enters the mouth and detonates with a vinegary, lemon-lime-grapefruit juice tartness. Wheat flavors are sucked through in the riptide, and fill in behind with a gentle doughy sweetness. It stays tart the duration, bolstered with some faint oaky tannins, limestone, and white vinousness, with the more peppery, almost anise-like Riesling notes making most of the statement, and also bringing a late hint of peach. The barrel and grape additions are role-players, and this could pass for a straight-up, unadulterated Berliner any day. It concludes with a banana phantom, lingering lime rind, dry hay bales, and pepper.
Appropriately bubbly and appetizing. It's light bodied, the tartness sticks for a second then is washed away. It's as drinkable a version as I've come across, credit that to a utter harmony of tartness, dexterous maltiness, and concluding dryness.
This may be the most impressive Unplugged to date. The barreling was done tactfully and delicately (which has not been the case in some earlier entries in the series), and the base beer is absolutely spot-on.
This blows me away, but I guess it's no surprise that New Glarus would pull out another wheated trump card.

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is a funky yeast, yet not off-putting. A yellow body with lots of white head. A little tart, an understated lemoness, a little mineral, a light mouthfeel, and easy drinking. Some sweet fruit in secondary.Not too many of this syle about and worth a try.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light straw color, with a 1 1/2 finger head that drops almost immediately to thin covering.

S: Funk, a bit of lemon, and winelike aroma.

T: Funk hits a bit, but drops off quickly. Sour, lemon tart, grape sweetness, and just a small hint of the barrel. A little different than I'm used to, but very interesting just the same. Very little, if any hop bitterness. Seems like a good intro beer for wine lovers. As it warms just a bit more of the barrel aging comes into play, giving it a very soft caramel sweetness underneath.

M: Tart sweetness, followed by a dry finish. Quite refreshing really.

D: I could drink a few of these at a time, and I probably will, to get more acquainted with this style.

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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,315 ratings.