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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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387 Reviews

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 1,406
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 311
Gots: 160 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: badbeer on 06-30-2008

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Reviews: 387 | Hads: 1,406
Photo of dmgeng
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of kkleu357
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerDazed
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into two snifters
TONS of head and beautifull lacing.
Excellent carbonation.
Color is light golden straw.
Nose is wonderful Berliner true to style.
Taste is good but not too dynamic.
Mouthfeel is standard for the style but nothing special same as the taste. Like a basic juice.
Overall a very well made beer. Do not reccomend though unless you are a fan of this style.

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Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think I have had this with my cousin down in FL but that was months ago and he sent me up this bottle. Thanks Sonny!

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to a stange cylinder glass with a slightly hazy, extremely pale yellow body. A massive head forms to about four fingers with great retention. Thick pillows of lace at the top with a blanket coating most of the glass below that.

S- Lactic acid tartness with a somewhat lemon juice feel, white grapes and apple fruits and crusty fresh cracked grains. A slight funky straw.

T- Tart, lactic acid and cracked wheat form a flavorful base. Notes of lemons, crusty wheat bread, slight banana esters, vinous grapes, light funk, acetic and yeast spice.

MF- Extremely highly carbonation in a light overall body. The texture is beyond foamy but also a bit creamy, like a pillow on the palate. Finishes dry and tart.

Tart and refreshing are probably the key words for this brew. The body is light but it is extremely fluffy and the high carbonation lets the fruity, acidic flavors shine.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a New Glarus flute.

A: Pours a nice, cloudy pale gold with a huge white head that retains well.

S: Floral notes, lemon zest, typical wheat beer aroma, some tartness towards the end.

T: Delicious! Sour, white grape, green apple, lemon character. Smooth wheat in the finish.

M: Dry and light in body.

O: A perfect, warm weather refresher. The taste is quite complex for such a light-bodied beer, but it works magnificently.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Syndicate hooked me up with this gem tonight as I was walking out of the Summer Funkfest tasting.... Thanks a bunch Darrel!!

Poured into my Funkfest goblet... pale hazy straw colored brew.. nice white head with good lacing.

Nose is a proper Berliner... floral and lemony... hints of wheat.. smells nicely acidic.

Flavor is fantastic... big clean lactic/lemon wedge acidity combines with a light wheat malt essence.. long and lingering lemon on the finish.

Light body with spritzy high carbonation ... the residual maltiness weighs it down slightly IMHO... but I am nitpicking.

This is amazingly drinkable... I could sup this one all day or at least until my gut broke down or the cavities drove me away.

Thanks again Darrel... I appreciate it!!


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Photo of john_galt
1.44/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It is a sour, very carbonated, very pale beer. It is sold in 4 packs as a special, premium beer.

For me Hacker Pschorr is how a weiss beer should be. I've tried many, many weiss beers, it's one of the great things in summer. I couldn't drink this.

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Photo of tempest
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle from a friend, and I'm very grateful. This is among the best berliner weiss ales, domestic or import, I've tried. The aroma has a tart orange and raspberry character with hints of vanilla and cream. The flavor expands with grainy oak barrel touches that join the vanilla with sharp, acidic white grapes. This is a subtle, but crisp beer with an impressive depth of flavor and a wonderfully balanced sour tang to the light, bready sweetness. Find this beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge head even in a wheat glass. Cloudy yellow and very white cap. Lots of lacing and rocky settling.
Quite tart in aroma and definitely more than most. It's almost striking, and moves towards a little funk (lactic and Brett). Some wheat sharpness and a prickliness that is fun.
Smoother and less sharp in the taste. Nice fruit flavor and smooth wheat taste. Sourness is toned down here too.
Light and dry.
Wow, this is quite nice. Complex, esp. in the aroma, but the flavor are very good too. And, an easy drinker. Perfect for humidity.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle I to my crooked tree snifter.
appearance is a hazy pale yellow with a beautiful snow white fluffy 3 finger head.
aroma is lemon, tart, straw.
taste follows the nose. Lemon and straw slightly tart.
reminds me of westbrook gose minus the yogurt finish.
Mouthful is medium and flavor lingers perfectly.
I love this beer. Well done as usual new glarus.

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Photo of foobula
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is very clear, orangish-yellow, transparent. Bright white sparkly head. Nose is predominantly sour, hints of grape & grain. Taste follow through on the nose. Predominanatly sour, puckering. Some grapey bitterness, like an unripened green grape right off the vine. A bit of a boring grainy flavor underneath. Mouthfeel is light. Decent carbonation even after aging for a year. I see why some might call it champagne with the carbonation and the grape in the mix. Overall not high on my list of styles, but I have enjoyed this beer and might get a couple of 4 packs if it sees the light of day in the future.

PS: Bottlecap shows dark spots (mold?) under the seal, however not in a spot that it would infect the beer. Allegedly being 3% ABV, it's not a good candidate for extended aging anyway.

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Photo of N_Schleret
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a huge head, sudsy lacing.
S: Lemony yeast, tartness.
T: Slight yeast and lemon, very mild flavor.
M: Light body, medium carbonation, and very smooth.
O: This one is very easy to drink, perfect for the summer months.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious summer beer. A little less lemon than other weissbeers, with more of a grassy saison profile. NG BW is built for endurance drinking. On a hot day, I could drink this forever. I did find this to be a pip behind Weiss Trash Culture, but this is still a terrific all day hot day beer. Glad more is a short ride away.

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Photo of robear
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Thumbprint release. Rumor has it this beer has been recalled due to carbonation issues resulting in a few exploded bottles. My 4-pack was the last left on an unrefrigerated shelf at a local Pick 'n Save. Stuck it in the fridge when I got home. Will post if anything blows up.

Appearance: Must pour extremely slowly into proper glassware- tall Weissebier glass with plenty of room for foam. Don't hurry the pour. Pillowy pure white head, varying bubbles from fine to medium. Solid four inches of foam before it settles to two inches approx. 2-3 minutes after pour. Beer itself is golden straw, a touch of yellow haze. Constant bubbles very rapid throughout session. Beautiful to look at. Lacing is fantastic. Head retains solid finger of foam through sesson.

Smell: Wheat, lemon, sourdough bread, yeast. Tart. Refreshing on the nose- a little very, very fresh lagering aroma like you might catch walking through the NG brewery. Yum.

Taste: Lemon tart. Lemon Girl Scout cookies. Slightly creamy, maybe from the wheat. NG pretty much nails a perfect summer style. I could see this standing up well to a syrup, maybe boysenberry (or better yet, barrel-aged with actual boysenberries before bottle conditioning). IF you don't like tart beers, hate shandys, hate anything lemon-y, then have a friend nearby who does. Taste it, it's worth the eduction style-wise, and let your friend finish it.

Mouthfeel: New Glarus knows how to brew a weissbier. The wheat serves two purposes- balance the tartness (as there is very little hop presence in this beer) and create a very milky, creamy mouthfeel. You wouldn't expect it by just looking at this beer, but it keeps your mouth happy. A touch sticky at the end, which just invites another sip. A bit of puckering as you roll it around.

Overall: One of the best Berliner's in the World and possibly THE best brewed in the States. It's a shame that this one won't be available to purchase unless you hit up a shop within a few days. Worth trading for, even if you're risking an exploding bottle in transit. DEFINITELY not infected- the recall is in NO WAY quality-related. This beer is slightly wild and benefits from it.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm gonna keep this short. I don't know what an original Berliner Weiss was supposed to taste like, but this is fantastic.

Tart, smooth, refreshing. Drink this!!! It's seasonal so get your fill. I love this brewery!
A- light gold. Almost clear. Huge head!
S- nothing crazy to speak of. Yeasty. Lemony. Seems perfect to style
T- tart,bitter, then refreshing. I could easily drink a 4 ok on a warm night.
O- great beer! I'll drink it all summer!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with about three fingers of vibrant bubbly head which continued to regenerate itself. Pale straw yellow color. Highly above average active carbonation.

Smell: Lemon grass, sage, and straw jump out on the front. The body is filled with peppercorns and sweet bready yeast. There is a linger tartness that is kept in great balance yet adds an extra level to this aroma.

Taste: Bready yeast and malt front greets the drinker. This beer really opens up a few seconds in, hitting with accents of straw, sweet grapes, lemons, lime, and some funky tartness. That tartness really continues to grow into the finish. The finish is light airy citrus fruits with a touch of doughy yeast.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and a well done lightness but no doubt packs a punch with the tartness and bright fruits. Yeast characteristics are a welcome balancing point.

Overall: Another homerun from New Glarus. Their execution of difficult styles is elite in every way and rarely rivaled. This beer has great balance of yeast, malt, tartness, and bright fruits. There is sort of a Chardonnay feeling to this brew. A lovely change of pace for the drinker who gets stuck in traditional styles.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked stave tulip. Quick review.

Appearance- Cloudy golden. Light lacing. No real head.

Smell- Wheat. Thats it.

Taste- Lemon, pears, white grapes, wheat. Mild tartness.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated and easy to drink. Tart, not sour. Refreshing.

Overall- One of the most flavorful Berliner Weiss I've had. Real nice.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cyclone8 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold color, with a one-finger white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Light lactic tartness, lemony, and a bit of grainy wheat and mild funk.

T: Lactic tartness, lemony citric, wheat with only very mild husk character. Lemon rind tartness in the hang with mild fruity sweetness.

M: Light bubbly body, no alcohol presence to speak of. Very easy to drink.

O: A nice berliner for sure. Not overly sour at all, but still tart enough, with just a bit of funk, to suffice. I don't know that it's spectacular enough to really hunt down, but if this were available on the shelves around me it would be nearly a constant fixture in the refrigerator.

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Photo of d5001986
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into teku glass.

A: Pours clear straw yellow with large white head.

S: Pretty faint overall. Tartness, grass and grain.

T: Also pretty mild. Tastes good, mainly it's sour apple. There is slight yeasty, graininess as well. Wish it packed a bit more punch.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

O: A very easy drinker. Wish it had a bit more intensity, but overall a positive drinking experience.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pale straw yellow color. about a finger of a white head that fades slowly and leaves a sticky lacing on the sides. just a slight haze to it but still able to see through.

Smell: lacto bacteria. faint green apple skins. some wheat. fairly dull and not as fruity as I'd like

Taste: opens up with lacto tartness that opens up into a juicy green apple bite. backend is full of wheat.

Mouthfeel: light, refreshing with a tart twang at the end. I think the carbonation is a little low too

Overall: I think this beer has mellowed just a bit since its been bottled. the smell is a little on the weak end and the taste isn't quite as tart and fruity as i'd like. Glad I got to try it and I wish i got to it sooner but still a good berliner.

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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.