Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 1,353
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 309
Gots: 151 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 378 | Hads: 1,353
Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking brew. A big two finger head formed on a fairly vigorous pour, despite its "tightness" and active carbonation its not going to sstick around for long, fitting the style. The brew is clear and yellow straw in colour. This sheets of lace form on the side of the glass then slide back down.

Interesting aromas here, clean wheaty malts, some tart funk, lemon and white grape.

Pretty straightforward brew, the bready and wheaty malts show up first with a hint of lemon. Some tart funk from the lactobacillus appears and is contrasted with the presence of the grapes. A slight woodiness from the barrels appears at the finish.

A spritzy, champagne-like feel thanks to the light body and active carbonation. Nicely balanced, the grapes do a great job in cutting into the tartness, and the qualities picked up from the barrel are subtle and allow the other qualities to shine.

Insanely drinkable on this warm summer's day. This would be a great beer for the wine enthusiast, as well as to showcase the variety of flavours possible in beer. Also highly recommended for those interested in trying some tart brews, although the grapes really balance the tartness quite nicely. I would love to see this brew every summer, as it is such a pleasant, somewhat crisp and highly refreshing drink. Get it while you can. (1,319 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Merica_FYA
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,661 characters)

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of weatherdog
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamato3000
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Afroman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of mverity
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of mylesj
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of fenlop54
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Prospero
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
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