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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,160 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 294
Gots: 136 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: badbeer on 06-30-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Sammy, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, lemon, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and lemon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, May 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.3%

acurtis, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow with a bit of an orange tint. Light white head and a tad bit of lacing. Nose brings some very light fruits as well as a bit of lactic sourness. Taste is light lemon and peach with some slight sourness and a bit of grain. Slightly tart feel with good carbonation and a light body. Drinks really really well and certainly doesn't need any syrup.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

nmann08, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Texasfan549, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium gold amber with a short white head with very small bubbles.

Nose is fresh and lightly citrus and full of green apple with undertones of the pinot grigio and reisling grapes used in the brewing. Champagne character to nose, flavors and mouthfeel, which is also elegant with tight small bubbles. A very "expensive" and rich mouthfeel.

Flavors follow nose with a real citrus champagne character with pinot grigio and reisling flavors. Tastes more like a tart and citric champagne than a beer in that it is elegant and refined but with big character and flavor. Apples, lemons, white wine flavors are all layered, complex and most appealing. Tart, refreshing and with a big quality about it. Creative and leaves one wanting more and more.

Citric, green apple and white wine finish. Candidly, I have never been a big fan of New Glarus brews; this one, however, is just wonderful.

GRG1313, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenstraw; the head sits like a meringue on top of the liquid and leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Tangy wheat and lemon, with a vinous edge

Taste: Tangy wheat and lemon flavors, up front, with the riesling adding a subtle edge of vinous sweetness that blends with the tartness; edgy, through the finish, with sweet lemon cream undertones

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really a nice stab at the style; I almost left Wisconsin without a bottle and I am glad I didn't

brentk56, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly sour and balanced, the taste of wheat and acidity collide in a taste that's super clean, super tart and super refreshing.

Only slightly hazy, the ale kicks off with a straw-like appearance and a low-lying sheet of foam to cover the ale. Its lacing is sticky and intricate as a quilted pattern emerges on the glass.

Its aromas tart and grainy with lemons, limes and orange peels. Its malty influence is part grain and part bread as its acidity sings a winey tone. Lightly musty, an attic-like character emerges and so does a whiff of sea air and straw.

Its taste is much more lively as the light cracker malts introduce and then fleet immediately. Just into its taste, the beer quickly hands over an acidic tone of green apples, lemons, limes, under-ripened berries, white grapes and juniper. Its finish is slightly earthy with aged woods, vinous undertones and a clean and crisp tart taste.

But here comes the texture- despite its complex flavor, the beer is remarkably light as the souring agents really cut through the sweetness and allows the beer to dry masterfully. Only a slight warmth and savory salt undertow gives a mild heft to the beer's body.

Ultimately New Glarus' Berliner Weiss would fit right at home in northern Germany. Its briny, salty and citrusy taste begs for more than just sauerbraten; where's the mussels?

BEERchitect, Nov 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a fizzy white head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of tart note is dominating. Taste is also dominated by tart note with some light sour peak. Full body with average carbonation. I thought this was very refreshing and tart but not in an extreme manner which means I would like to have this has a session beer more regularly.

Phyl21ca, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling lemony gold with nearly colorless edges. The cloud white cap persists because of its tight-bubbled texture and because a never-ending stream of bubbles is leaping off the bottom of the glass. A lack of lace is a minor negative.

Berliner Weiss doesn't smell like a Berliner weissbier, it smells like an all-malt lager, with lots of fresh grain and musky hops. Where's the tartness and where are the Pinot Grigio and Reisling grapes? The nose is enjoyable, but the score takes a small hit for failing to follow style guidelines.

The flavor profile gets things back on track, at least where style is concerned. The almost complete absence of sugars and the (presumably) low ABV make this Unplugged offering a wonderful hot weather thirst quencher. It's a bit too expensive for that purpose and it's no longer being brewed, so... never mind.

There's plenty of tart tanginess and the beer is as dry as a summer day is long. I can taste the grain (a good thing), but the grapes are still in the background. In the end, one more facet to the flavor profile is needed. A twist of lemoniness would be nice. Adding flavored syrups, as they do in Germany, just seems wrong somehow.

The mouthfeel is definitely the beer's best feature. Since the ABV is probably somewhere south of 5.0%, it's all the more impressive for being full, smooth and creamilicious. Ideal carbonation tends to do that.

Berliner Weiss isn't the best beer of this style that I've ever had. Brauerei Weihenstephan 1809 holds that honor. It's still a decent effort, but that old Dan Carey magic isn't there this time around, like it is with most of the Unplugged beers.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks goes out to the kind BA that sent me this one in a trade recently. I had been dying to try it, and I have to admit, I may have found a new favorite beer! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/09/2008.

The pour was wonderful. Rich notes of hazy golden yellow and a fizzy white head that reached a height of around an inch and then it faded down nicely into a small white crown.

The aroma and just about everything about this beer as perfect I tell you, just simply perfect. Rich and delicate, and light and sublime. Notes of lemon zest, rich hoppy notes, light ruits, peach, banana, just an absolute explosion of aroma and flavor. I really cannot begin to sum up how good this actually was. Smooth, subtle, perfectly drinkable, I was really in heaven here. I could have kept going all night with this one, it was just that good.

Absolutley my favorite beer of the last few weeks and one of the best of any style I have ever had. I would just absolutley love to get ahold of this one again any day.

mikesgroove, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to imperialking for this one! Jeff was kind enough to knock this want off my list and do so as an extra. Incredible generosity.

A: The pour is a hazy, light yellow-golden color. There isn't much in terms of a head, and there are some nice, small carbonation bubbles.

S: The smell is the signature lactic tartness paired with a bit of wheat. A bit of lemon, but not too much else.

T: The first taste sensation is a great tartness. The wheat flavor is not all that present, but this doesn't really upset me. There is a bit of a vinous character to this one that I like.

M: The beer is highly carbonated and has a dryness to it that is great for this style of beer.

D: As usual for a berliner weiss, amazing drinkability. This is a beer that I would love to have a bunch of to drink during the warm months (which we have plenty of in Southern California). A great beer that I'm glad I was able to try.

womencantsail, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-colored body with a creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Initial scent of cream of wheat with some late arriving notes of lemons, honey, sweet-scented grapes, and even some encouraging light lactic wafts.

Taste: Fluffed white wheat with a middle amount of honey sweetness. Spritz of lemon juice. Lightly tart, lightly acidic, but more than lightly pleasant mouthfuls of white wine. Hint of crisp apple fruitiness. Mild flourish of lactic acid, less than most other Berliner Weisses. Very minimal hop presence. Finishes dry with a delicate, lasting tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that was tasty. Certainly not a straight-up, textbook representative of the style, what with the inclusion of white wine grapes, but that's why it's properly housed in the Unplugged series. Come on, other breweries, let's see some Berliner Weiss out there. They don't even have to be packed with grapes! Really!!

ChainGangGuy, Jun 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

SocalKicks, May 13, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle received in a trade with Dyan earlier this Summer.

Appearance: Hazy blond with a small, quick-to-disappear head. Signature Berliner Weiss appearance.

Smell: Raw wheat and whole grains, lactic sourness, musty white grapes and a hint of white vinegar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart, fruity and dry up-front. Bready and wheaty mid-palate, tart white grapes, lemons and mellow lactic sourness. Sharp effervescence and a light body make for one ridiculously refreshing beer. Dry and crisp finish with a mild lingering sourness. This is an exceptionally good American take on this under-the-radar style. Awesome.

largadeer, Sep 14, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a wedding snifter.

I remember thoroughly enjoying this stuff at Barrington Brew Fest 2013, so I was pleased to get another shot at it at tonight's tasting. It pours a mostly clear sunrise straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest backed by a mildly-sweet twinge of cracked wheat. I think I get some coriander in there, but it might just be a figment of my imagination. The taste brings in more of the same, the sourness really shining through without becoming o'erwhelming. The body is a rather hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn solid Berliner, one that makes me wish we had easier access to New Glarus down here. Good times.

TMoney2591, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow with an outer glow of orange. Two fingers of bright white foam rise and settle after five minutes. Served in a Duvel tulip to maximize aroma, also it was the closest thing to the Berliner Weisse goblet pictured here: germanbeerguide.co.uk/berliner.html

Musty, barny aroma of wheat and mild white grape essence. Flinty wet stone on the second bottle.

Spritzy, dry, and tart. Notes of apple and white grape at first, and a substantial wheat presence in the aftertaste. Almost a wild lambic notion at first, but it passes quickly. Very light and full of flavor from the grapes. Especially quenching in the summer heat after a bike commute.

Exceptional for the style, traditional roots with that signature creative twist of the Unplugged series.
This may soon be the #1 Berliner Weissbier on BA...

EDIT: 12/5/08 #1 Woohoo...only took a couple months :)

emerge077, Jul 07, 2008
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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.