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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 380
Hads: 1,376
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 306
Gots: 156 | FT: 25
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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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours vigorously and violently after being a small gusher when opened, it is obvious that this beer was bottle conditioned. In the glass the beer is a light and bright yellowish-gold in hue with a big, frothy head. The head lasts forever and laces very well. The body of the beer is slightly hazy, which just adds to the glow of the beer in the glass.

S- Grainy and dry wheat scents hit the nose first and provide an enticing impression. After the initial graininess, there is just a touch of tart that mixes in as well. At the back end of the sniff, the riesling grapes pronounce themselves in a delicate fruity scent reminiscent of the dry rieslings of France and Germany.

T- This beer hits the tongue and largely follows the same flavor arc that its scent did. The beginning is light and dry with a good dose of wheat malt flavor. The tartness ramps up a little in the middle of the drink, but never gets very strong, just enough to know that it is there. The light tart note morphs into the grape fruitiness from the scent and here the riesling component is even more evident than in the scent. The grape flavors are light and dry and intermingle with just a touch of oak dryness before dancing off the tongue and down your throat.

M- The entire time this beer is on the palate it is light in weight and fairly high in carbonation. Despite the relatively thin nature of the beer and light body, the beer drinks very smoothly. As with most all Berliners, the alcohol is nowhere to be found and it is a very quenching drink.

Overall, this is a subtle, delicious, and brilliantly brewed beer. The addition of the riesling grapes mentioned on the label are tremendous and, in my opinion, make this a multi-season beer in a way that others of the style aren't. This is just another beer that proves that the fine people of New Glarus a beer geniuses. (1,856 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 10 ounce nonic glass.

Fizzy with the pour and that carries into the glass, as the carbonation comes in an onslaught and creates a sudsy head that settles into a plateau. It persists for sometime before settling, leaving lace streaking down the glass. As for the body, it's a beautiful golden color and shows remarkable clarity, further demonstrating the intensity of the carbonation. 5

Touches of sweet wheated malt, lemon, acidity and tartness, and a light floral aroma. 4

Very little difference from nose to my tongue, although it's probably less tart and acidic than the nose hinted. It starts as a swirl of sweet malt and wheat and tart lemon before the tartness asserts itself more mid-palate, aided on by a champagne-like carbonation that tingles the tongue. The finish is dry with a touch of breadiness that resembles the finish on a pilsner. All the while it's refreshing and clean, perhaps at the expense of tasting or feeling like something more exciting and in-your-face (and I'm fine with this). T- 4 M- 4.25

This comes in a little less tart than some of my favorites, but the drinkability and clean feel are A-1. (1,160 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tart, slight sour, and wheaty. Straightforward and simple.

Taste: Same as above. Light, simple, and sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, light tart notes,

Overall: Love it. Wish Wisconsin was closer to Massachusetts. (516 characters)

Photo of Juicer
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-poured slowly into a correct wheat beer glass. I got a nice huge fluffy head in the bulbous top of the glass with tiny bubbles exploding from the bottom of the glass. Very impressive display.
Smell-not the greatest, kind of like a garden hose.
Taste-very crisp, slightly tart, with a lot of lime character.
Mouthfeel-very effervescent and refreshing.
Overall-very enjoyable beer. Great for my yard work break. Thanks to my son for hooking me up. Very crushable, I wish I had a couple more. (505 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nvrthswayagain (Reddit) for this one, 2014 vintage.

Erupts immediately on popping the cap, all over, I was able to catch much of it. Pours with a huge fizzy bubble fluffy like head that almost goes over the top of the glass, 4+ fingers, and fades semi quickly with whispy lacing all over, hazy golden lemony color.

Nose brings tons of bready yeast, doughy grain, yeasty funk, mild meaty dough straw malts, some lemony funk, little acidic note, zest, cereal grains.

Taste brings nice sourness, lemony funk, tart acidic notes, quite sour even for Beliner, mild doughy cracker straw malts, yeasty bready funk flavor, lemon grass, lemony tartness, little sour apple and sour malt, weird sour bread too, eh, and carbonation is in the way. Finish is dry and tart, lingering doughy yeast funk, mild tart lemon and sour bread, meh.

Mouth is light bod, way too much carbonation, little acidic flemmy note.

Overall guess I sat on this a bit too long, but still OK. Not too enjoyable though with too many things getting in the way. (1,036 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date that I can find.

A: A clear pale straw pour. tall, frothy and fizzy white head. Great head retention and an enormous amount of snowy lacing.

S: Mild tartness and a little grassiness. Kinda...wheaty?

T: Wheaty again with a mild citric tartness and slight funkiness floating above it.

M: Light bodied, smooth.

O: Nice berliner. One of the very best. A soft, mild wheaty malt with a light tartness that gives it a nice refreshing touch. Simple and super drinkable. Perfect example of the style in my opinion. (520 characters)

Photo of samuelp23
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Clean white foamy head; very clear
S: Nice pilsner/lager maltiness; some sweeter caramel notes come out it warms; wooded chardonnay-like qualities
T: Lemon; Biscuits; Sour forward but still well-balanced; no residual sugars
F: Lots of effervescence; very dry
O: A mix between a pilsner, hefeweizen and a sour. Very good. (323 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a golden, clear yellow. This looks effervescent, almost champagne like, with the ever rushing bubbles. There's a long lasting foamy head, and a ton of lacing. Looks stunning, honestly.

This smells like wheat, some mild lacto, lemon, and sourdough.

This is less sour than I thought, probably about a 3/10. But that's ok, as the tartness that is there is perfectly balanced. This has to be one of the most cleanly fermented sours I've ever had, it's perfect. There's some significant wheat character, and a really nice champagne like feel, that could be the grapes used here. There's some slight bready sourdough like flavors as well.

This is so crisp, so clean tasting, and just so light, mouthfeel-wise. It's really, really drinkable, with a higher level of carbonation.

This is truly amazing, and just a nearly perfectly made beer. (887 characters)

Photo of Tbud
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I snagged a few 4 packs of this while I was up in Wisconsin last weekend. This beer is fantastic. So well balanced, with the perfect amount of tart and carbonation. I am going to share this beer with my friends who are into the lambic and gose styles of beer. I agree, if this was in cans, I could put down a case on a hot summer day. (339 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass

A- pours a bright pale crystal clear straw color with a massive foamy and creamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving plenty of thick lacing behind

S- toasted wheat & lemon peel, earthy yeast, yogurt, white grape, must & hay

T- light and fruity up front with notes of white grape skin & lemon zest, slightly acidic with some light milky lacto, crisp toasted wheat on the finish

M- light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy and bubbly mouthfeel that converts to a creamy, dry & tart finish

O- incredibly drinkable with just enough tartness to leave you wanting more (632 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded straw yellow with an amazing fluffy head. Streams of effervescent bubbles rise to the top. Great head size, retention and lacing. The best I've seen in the style.

The smell is of lemon zest, tart yeast and wheat tang.

The taste is of tart-to-sour lemon and yeast, wheat tang, some grainy (nutty?) malt. Finishes with a white grape skin dryness.

Very crisp, very refreshing. Tart, yet balanced. Effervescent without being fizzy. An enjoyable brew, to say the least. A work of art! A white grape character adds an enjoyable unique character. A Chardonnay/Champagne of beer! (588 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light brilliant gold, much like many lagers. Has a thick whit creamy head and much carbonation. A sweet, lemony malty smell. A very unique tasting weiss that is much sour due to the big lemongrass taste. I was expecting more yeasty maltiness, which I would have enjoyed more. A very crisp feel. Overall a very unique weiss that is just not my cup of tea. (373 characters)

Photo of ajchocholousek
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a UK stout glass. Bottled on April 16th, 2014
Look = 4.5 Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw/yellow color with 3 fingers of frothy, crisp white head. Head retention is great as you drink. Lace is dense and sticky. Carbonation is active throughout the entire drinking time. Really impressive.
Smell = 3.5 Not overpowering but it’s present is felt. Tart. Lemony tart, a hint of wheat. Kind of funky smell. A little like bacteria.
Taste = 4.0 Lemony tart. Some bitterness but not hoppy bitterness, rather tart bitterness. Slight aftertaste lingers.
Feel = 4.0 Light bodied with high carbonation. Champaign-like almost, fits the style.
Drinkability = 4.0 Crisp and refreshing. Tartness is perfect for the style. Low ABV, you could drink this repeatedly on a hot summer’s day.
Overall = 3.95 Terrific true to style Berliner Weiss. Another solid style from New Glarus. (900 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is reminiscent of apples and fresh cut lemons. Pours a tantalizing straw color. Thick head retention, as per the foam that gushes out from the opening. This is a wonderfully balanced berliner weiss with an emphasis on a restrained tartness and refreshing citrus and apple tone. Some banana and sugar on the back end, with a yeasty undercurrent. A superb beer. (369 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Rated this as a 4 on Untappd and am doing so here, as well. Had this last night from a stemmed Southern Tier glass (Tulip?).

This tasted great and was very crisp and refreshing. Nice color! I got a hint of fruitiness (Apple? Banana?) in the first few sips I took. There wasn't much lacing in this one but the bottom of the glass I drank from did show a little sediment/yeast at the bottom. Not a big deal. I poured out those last few drops.

Solid 4-star beer from New Glarus. Definitely would drink this again in the future. (526 characters)

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4/5  rDev -2.9%

First proper review, well hot dog! Thanks to @jdhende for this delicious bottle.

12 oz. pour into tulip.

A: Big ol' heap of dense foam like meringue. Good amount of lace. Carbonation is clear and in full force. Cloudy straw.
S: Tons of Lemon. Small amount of must & saline.
T: Small touch of honey but immediately goes into citrus. Tart up front but no residual acid. Aftertaste is practically non-existent, but a lil' yeast.
M: First sip is effervescent as hell. Last sip has a tiny amount of creaminess. Body is pretty light.
O: I wish this came in cans because I would drink a case of this on all of the patios. I love me a Berliner Weiss and this has none of the usual barnyard/extra-super-tang that makes me feel like I'm getting an ulcer halfway through drinking one. Keep doing what you do, NG. (816 characters)

Photo of RogueOz
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz pour into tulip.

Fluffy white head 1inch on non-aggressive pour, with long retention and moderate lacing. Hazy lemon yellow.

Mild to Moderate tartness initially, with citrus and light funk. Inviting.

The taste confirms the smell, tartness/sour giving way to the light citrus and funk receding to the back of the palate. Lingering.

Light and mildly sharp initially, dry.

A refreshing light abv offering. Perfect spring/summer offering. (447 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got from a co-worker who went to the brewery and brought a case back.

A - Bright yellow that is very cloudy from the Belgian yeast. Tons of white head with light lacing.

S - Belgian tartness with lemony scents and some light graininess.

T - Upfront Belgian tartness with that tart, lemony, and grainy/wheat. It is slightly sour but there is some sweetness.

M - light mouth-feel with very high (over-carbed) carbonation. The high carbonation and low abv make it very light on the palate and a crisp finish.

Overall, a solid example of the style but not my favorite style overall. The last example I had was more tart and less flavorful than this beer and I like this beers flavor profile more. I suggest you opt for something else but if you like lemons then this is a good beer but not for my palate.

Glass- Tulip (821 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 5/12/14

Really tasty beer. The head keeps growing and growing after pouring. Developed a one inch cone above my glass after a minute or so. Kind of cool. Nice yeasty sourness. I know that sounds gross, but it’s really good. Little bread like taste as well. (273 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, fluffy white head with tons of sticky lacing clinging to the glass and impressive retention. Brew is a lively, hazy pale lemon yellow.

Extremely tart and musty aroma. Smells of light citrus, funk, hay, candi sugar, banana, and earth. Light, delicate, but not subtle. Inviting.

Flavor is lighter and more restrained than the aroma. Some musty funkiness right up front, mingling with light, creamy wheat. Citric acid - lemons and lemongrass, and a hint of peel - follows, with sharp tartness, washing over your palate.

Light, bright, sharp, refreshing. Fair amount of sting, but it's welcome in this presentation. Very lively. Extremely short finish for the bulk of the flavor, although there is a lighter lingering stickiness.

This is an excellent, excellent beer. It's exactly what you want on a warm Summer day. It strikes me as a very low ABV wheat-based tart Saison. (887 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Didn't see any dates on bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale lemon yellow with gigantic foamy white head that remained for an eternity. It took me a few minutes to get the whole bottle to fit into the glass. Very heavy lacing.

S: Lemon zest and grapefruit. Fresh cut hay. Sparkling white grape juice.

T: Tart citrus. Lemon and orange peel. Light cracker malts. Just a touch of funk.

M: Light and crisp with a dry finish. Tons of carbonation.

O: Interesting brew. This is not one of my normal styles, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. (591 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (474 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle as an extra in trade. Big thanks for this one. Pours very light yellow, perfectly clear, with a massive white fluffy head on top that goes on forever. Aroma of wheaty funk as expected, some interesting clove and coriander spice, lemon peel, hay, barnyard. Flavor is a twinge of sour lemons on top of some cracked wheat and a bit of zesty spice. A very crisp finish and without the dirty wheat that I usually find unpleasant at the end of the sip for this style. Some definite white wine notes that were picked up even before reading on the label that reislings were used. Extremely light bodied and almost spritzy carbonation. Really more of a sour golden ale than a wheaty Berliner. Lucky for me, that is more to my tasting. Good stuff as usual from New Glarus. If we really want to call this a Berliner, I don't think there is anything close to this. Yum. (864 characters)

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

Recently purchased this (Thumbprint Series) 4-Pack after reading an excellent review by one of local beer guys in town

Cracked open and poured into a goblet glass. Wow - this is a bubbly brew! Tall, pillowy-white, head formed immediately after pouring into the glass. Almost meringue-like in look and consistency.

Beautiful light, slightly cloudy, yellow.

Smell: A little bit of wheat, soured fruit and wet wood.

Taste: Tartness hits you right up front, and reminded me of light colored grapes, bit of lemon, and nice sour notes on the back end and finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Light and highly carbonated.

This is a brew that will be best enjoyed in the heat. It's light, and a very nice offering from the Wizards of Brew at New Glarus. The only thing I would poke at a bit is the over-the-top carbonation - and I had to wait longer to enjoy the beer! (860 characters)

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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
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