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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 380
Hads: 1,373
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 307
Gots: 155 | 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 coriswrasse
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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!!

4/4.5/4.25/4/4.25 (773 characters)

Photo of john_galt
1.44/5  rDev -65%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of foobula
3.79/5  rDev -8%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of N_Schleret
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of robear
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (2,167 characters)

Photo of Bshaw22
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (444 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of d5001986
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says 1093 so it's a little over a year old.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains very well before slowly fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Smells like your classic Berliner with a semi-tart wheat aroma that makes the tongue salivate.

T- Mildly tart flavor brings notes of peach, melon and apple but all very low-key. Wheat is also mild and the tartness makes the palate crave more sips.

M- Slightly dry with a restrained tartness. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A nice refreshing Berliner with subtle flavors and a well-controlled tartness. The only thing that might make it better is a bit more carbonation. Would be interested in trying a fresher bottle. (875 characters)

Photo of pknyc
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle date: 06/27/2013. Opened 03/08/2014.

A: Pours a rocky white head with fine bubbles that leave very nice lacing. The head has a fine retention. The beer is a straw color with just a dash of cloudiness.

S: A clean lacto sourness. The Riesling grapes come through and are a very nice addition and compliment the Berliner Weisse. Some wheat graininess is present. Smells refreshing.

T: There is a lighter sourness than I had expected. It is effervescent and very refreshing. The grapes come through.

M: Light with nice carbonation. I get some slight oily slick coating as well. I'm not sure if that is because of the age of the bottle.

O: Very nice and would definitely have again. I think it could use a little more of a sour bite. (740 characters)

Photo of BoJengs
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Code date 1093- 4/19/2013. Consumed 3/3/2014 after about 10 1/2 months in cellar.

A- clean, crisp, light colored. Leaves nice lacing on glass

S- tart and dry

T- perfectly balanced berliner. Very tart but still extremely drinkable.

M- dances in mouth, party with tastebuds.

O- had this beer fresh and it was tremendous. I. Layed a few away and i am sad to say this was my last bottle. It was still very delicious after a yr. i am hoping new glarus brings this one back soon. (478 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is transparent pale straw with a fairly tight egg white head. Nose is lemon, lacto, nice grain behind and grassy through the back. Taste is less lacto, stronger lemon note. Tart finish, grain and yeast less prevalent. Assertive carbonation and light silky body. Solid feel (277 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a CS snifter. Thanks to DenverBeerDrinker for the awesome extra!

A- Cloudy mix of say half lemonade and half light pilsner. Medium lacing with no legs. Little carbonation in the glass.

S- Lemon zest, lemon peel. Kinda bland, but there is some citrus that makes this better than OK (2.5).

M- Pretty thin and standard for a Berliner Weiss. I forgot which BW I had the other day, but it was a bit more sour and a bit more in the nose.

T- I am getting a farmhouse saison with a bit of sour. Probably 70:30 farmhouse:sour.

O- A very enjoyable beer. This beer would be sessionable for me. (615 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No freshness date or ABV visible. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright straw yellow color with 1+ finger of a white soapy had that dissipates to a thin ring. Body is lightly hazy with a general unfiltered look to it. Some light visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Wheat, sweet white grape, cereal grain, apple, light spicy yeast character. Has a bit of a champagne like aroma.

Taste: Light sourness upfront followed white grape, orchard fruits like green apple and pear, wheat and a light grain character. Sourness is low and is balanced by some light residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp but with a slightly creamy soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Incredibly refreshing and zero alcohol detectable.

Overall: Another great beer from New Glarus. Incredibly tasty and refreshing. If this were more easily available, it would be the perfect beer to have on had at all times during the summer. Worth seeking out for fans of the style and also a great intro beer to those new to sours. (1,090 characters)

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

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear straw hue with a good fat almost two finger white head that faded to leave thick side lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of well...applesauce, skins, pear, light lemon/wheat and nice tartness.

T - Taste is quite tart with very, very nice apple skin and flesh. Faint lemons, bit of wheat, tangy, lightly vinous and lacto. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, crisp, super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a delicious berliner. Tastes like they berlinered up their Apple ale. They have either used Riesling grapes in this, or, barrels, because there is that unmistakeable taste. Well done. (705 characters)

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