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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

380 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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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 Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (895 characters)

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. (386 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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 (536 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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? (1,347 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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 :) (865 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (1,643 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (914 characters)

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!! (985 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (736 characters)

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with several fingers of billowous and poofy brite-white head. A think fizzy retention solidly flares up into a good looking cascade of foamy lacing, which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a mmmm...nice green fruity tartness to it, like maybe Granny Smith apples or green grapes. This is nicely integrated into malty sweet wheat character and a bit of dusty yeast that is mixed in, adding maybe just a touch more sourness to this.

The taste is similar, with the tartness being even stronger, courtesty of the crisp fruity accents of apples, grapes, and lemon zest that just puckers the tongue a bit. A solid base of wheat helps pull things back a bit, while yeasty esters lend this some extra souring and and an almost vinous feel to the taste at times. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lighter crispness and softer prickly carbonated feel that nicely compliments the tartness of the profile. That same yeasty vinous component that I picked up in the taste adds a touch of thickness to the body.

Nice. Berliners are definitely an acquired taste, but this one does a great job of keeping things tart and not souring. Crisp, fruity, and very quaffable, this is definitley one of the better ones that I've had. (1,312 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 TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, yeast, lemon, some berries and a touch of hops, but there's a note of metallicness in there.

T: The taste is tart up front with flavors of lemon & raspberries. There's a decent hops presence that follows. The malt character is thin but on-target for the style. The after-taste is tangy and a little sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is good beer if you're into sour beers, not sure I could drink to many of them in a row though. (878 characters)

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 russpowell
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle is courtesy of joe1510, prost Joe!

Pours a semi-hazed & effervescent honey with 1 finger of beige head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, lemons & mown hay

T: Lactic & lemony sourness & a touch of grassyness. A strange lemon sweet tart flavor that really works for me, as this warms & a hint of honey dryness. Finishes with much tartness, lemon head sourness, dry white wine & some green apple

MF: Light bodied, spritzy & true to style

Superb thirst quencher, super drinkability & a damn good take on the style (535 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a proper NG pokal, a golden color with hardly any haze at all, topped with an unexpectedly long-lasting cap of bubbly white head; Champagne-like carbonation blipping up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma promised some tartness, notes of lemon and toasted wheat. The flavor reflected the nose, lemony with a nice tang to it, sour white grapes, toasted wheat, crackery malts, and some hay-like funk underneath. This is pretty much what berliners are all about! Body was light to light-medium, very easily drinkable, and smooth enough in the mouthfeel that even if you don't like sour beers I'd venture to say you'd be able to handle this one. Very nice overall, and a good example of the style. (705 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with (red) foiled-over branded pry-off cap and standard classy New Glarus label art acquired in a trade with the gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky-high given the brewery, which I think is the most unique brewery out there and undoubtedly one of the best. I'm a big fan of the style when it's done right (reviewed as a Berliner Weiss because it clearly identifies as such). No ABV is listed on the bottle. Thumbprint series.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness for the style. Has a soft complexion. Sticky even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a clear (translucent & transparent) yellow of nice vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Good clarity. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks like a light, refreshing Berliner weisse.

Overall, I'd say it's certainly within style conventions and looks good but not great; there's nothing unique or special about it. I don't notice any obvious flaws.

Sm: Tart lemon, lemon peel, full wheat, clean barley, pilsner malts, cidery white wine, a kiss of green orchard apple, cilantro, clove, champagne (either from the combination of white wine with carbonation [and maybe crystal malts] or from champagne yeast - but I doubt champagne yeast was used given the style), pear, light crackery malts, and a faint sourness - though the sourness doesn't seem to be purely lactobacillus-derived; there's a hint of some other yeast in there too, but it isn't the funkiness of brettanomyces nor the spontaneous and deep lambic yeast. I don't find any true bacterial or wild lambic yeast notes; true spontaneous fermentation is not suspected. Has complementary but minimally present floral hop notes. Champagne is dominant.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength, but not strictly to style conventions. I'd like more tartness and sourness from it.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Plenty of pear and green apple, along with white wine notes (probably from the Riesling grapes mentioned on the label), champagne, crystal malt, wheat, and clean barley. It does have a touch of grain in the second act, breaking from the full wheat body for a brief moment - which is distracting. Lemon peel with a light citrusy tartness. About as lightly sour as a beer can be; it seems to be mostly from lactobacillus. No funky brettanomyces or truly wild lambic yeast comes through. I'm not finding the cilantro from the aroma, but clove is present. Lactic. The white wine dimension is an atypical characteristic for a beer of this style, but works shockingly well - leave it to New Glarus to come up with great new approaches to traditional styles.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's got a fair bit of complexity for a Berliner weisse, and nice subtlety as well - but no so much of either that it's able to compete with the best beers in the style (Tartare comes to mind). Well balanced apart from the grain slip abovementioned. I quite like it.

No alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Lightly acidic. Dry and perfectly coarse. Somewhat cidery. Well-carbonated, with a nice spritzy feel imparted by the crystal malt. Good body and thickness. Has a nice refreshing presence on the palate. Quenching and approachable. Complements the flavour profile very well, but I wouldn't say it seems custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not biting, harsh, gushed, oily, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. New Glarus brings some interesting things to the style - especially the white wine/champagne notes, but seems to have left a couple of the fundamentals behind. More tartness and sourness as well as more lemon would be lovely, and would definitely elevate the brew. It'd be sinful to add any fruity syrups to this fine Berliner weisse. A great beer for a Summer's day, and one I'd love to have again but that I wouldn't go out of my way to track down. There's no doubt as to its obvious quality and I wish it was available in 6 packs nearby. Hides its ABV well (whatever it is). I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners, but if we're being fair New Glarus does do even better beers than this one that are more easily begotten. In any case, I'm glad to have tried it.

Thanks again to Duff27 for the bottle!

Low B+ (4,656 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my recent WI run. Served in a pint glass.

A - Three fingers of egg-white foam - decent retention, but a strange absence of lacing. Hazy pale straw-yellow color.

S - Very sharp, tart flavor. Lots of wheat, with some lemon and green grape, as well as funky yeast. The smell is incredibly potent, but I'm not sure this is a smell I really enjoy that much.

T - I like the taste much better. Puckering sourness, with lots of green grape and lemon flavors. Very vinous - lots of white wine flavor to this one. Slight sour aftertaste, but thankfully not overwhelming.

M - Light-bodied, with lots of carbonation tingle to it. Very refreshing, with a dry finish. Leaves a bit of the candy feel afterward like most sour brews. It feels very appropriate for the style.

D - I find that the carbonation and sourness would make this grow tiresome after a while. I'll finish my bottle, but I'm not really interested in opening another one.

While I'm very glad I've gotten to try all these New Glarus takes on German styles, I'm getting the sense that they're not really my thing. I guess I better not move to Germany any time soon. (1,140 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 05/27/13 notes. Huge thanks to MaltyLareau for sending me out several bottles of this; sounds good and always interested in a new New Glarus beer. 12 oz. bottle poured into my New Glarus champagne flute.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy pale yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy bright white head and high carbonation evident. Glass has lots of lacing on it and a lot of retention; looks great, what you'd expect it to look like.

s - Smells of funk, feet, sour grapes and sour light fruits, white wine, yeast, earthy notes, and light barnyard notes. Not overly funky or sour, but both are there and compliment each other nicely.

t - Tastes of sour grapes, sour citrus and fruits, light funk, yeast, spice, floral notes, earthy malts, oak, and white wine. Taste has a little more of the sour grapes and is not as funky as the nose, but I like it on par with the nose.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation; very nice mouthfeel and what you'd expect. Crisp and refreshing.

o - Overall a very nice, easy drinking berliner. Not overly sour or funky, but has notes of both, and is very easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing but considering it is not hard to trade for and they sell it for about $11/4 pack, well worth the investment to me. A good summer beer, glad to have another few bottles of it. (1,311 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 mothman
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into St. Sebastian Tulip

Pours 2 and 1/2 fingers of slight yellow hazed white head. Not the best retention, but leaves some thin lace. Color is a slight hazed pale yellow.

Aroma: Very tart and funky. Sweet, tart cherries, grapes, some wheat underneath all the tartness, vinegar. My mouth is really watering.

Taste: Big grape taste, sour dried cherries, a somewhat funky taste. I like this beer, but it isn't as complex as I would prefer (Russian River Sours).

Mouthfeel: Sour and mouth puckering. I can tell this one soured up a bit since it was released. It reminds me a little of the Beatification I had recently.

Overall, I like this beer a lot, but it is a lot sourer than I expected. I will stick to one of these for the night and move onto another beer after this one. (789 characters)

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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.