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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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875 Ratings

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: badbeer on 06-30-2008)
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a light straw with a barely discernable cloud. White pillowy head is immense and leaves a nice lace. Bubbles rise to the top actively as the head settles quite quickly.

Aroma is fresh lemon and tart green apples. So strong I can make it out from five feet away! Deeper whiffs bring the faint aroma of light pale malts and slightly sour yeast.

Flavor is SOUR, wow. Like a sour candied lemon. Like biting into the apples that come back to haunt you later. Fresh flavors of citrus and sour candy..like the warheads candies you almost can't stand. Buttery flavors on the finish smooth out the sweetness but this one is true to the style and sour. There is a fruity grape like wine flavor prevalent as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and the active carbonation cuts the sweetness slightly. Crispy enough to leave a film on my teeth.

An excellent example of a Berliner Weiss, damn near perfect, just not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 23:27:40 | More by wheatyweiss
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking brew. A big two finger head formed on a fairly vigorous pour, despite its "tightness" and active carbonation its not going to sstick around for long, fitting the style. The brew is clear and yellow straw in colour. This sheets of lace form on the side of the glass then slide back down.

Interesting aromas here, clean wheaty malts, some tart funk, lemon and white grape.

Pretty straightforward brew, the bready and wheaty malts show up first with a hint of lemon. Some tart funk from the lactobacillus appears and is contrasted with the presence of the grapes. A slight woodiness from the barrels appears at the finish.

A spritzy, champagne-like feel thanks to the light body and active carbonation. Nicely balanced, the grapes do a great job in cutting into the tartness, and the qualities picked up from the barrel are subtle and allow the other qualities to shine.

Insanely drinkable on this warm summer's day. This would be a great beer for the wine enthusiast, as well as to showcase the variety of flavours possible in beer. Also highly recommended for those interested in trying some tart brews, although the grapes really balance the tartness quite nicely. I would love to see this brew every summer, as it is such a pleasant, somewhat crisp and highly refreshing drink. Get it while you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 22:47:39 | More by demcorhip
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow sun (to quote Eddie Vedder). Hazy. Thin dirty white head. Dissipates to a thin collar and the lace is sporadic. Nice aroma of lime, grape juice, barrel funk and lemon rind. Starts with a definite tart presence, but it gets washed away rather quickly with a front of sweet lemon drops and grapes. The Reisling character appears throughout with a soft sweetness. But tart, crisp wheat character presides and is the main player. I'm no expert on this style, but this is pretty damn good. It's refreshing and intricate.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 03:55:19 | More by Bighuge
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with excellent clarity and two finger snow white head and good lacing. Nose- faint wheat malt and noticeable white grapes. Taste- grapes and oak initially white a dry tart finish. The grain from the wheat malt is strong in the finish. Citrus and sprtizy on the palate as well. Not overly complex but refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 02:22:01 | More by oakbluff
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3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a finger-and-a-half thick, pale, tan tinged, cream colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is dirty straw gold color as it sits on my desk but shows a hazy, orange tinged, pale gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy grain at first, but then picks up lightly tart grape notes and perhaps a touch of spicy oak. Fleeting wisps of sweet grape notes, golden raisins, hints of apricots and ripe melons add to the overall fruity aromatics, but are very subtle and hard to pick out. A substantial grassy grain note and aromas of freshly crushed wheat seem to be the larges contributor to the aroma, though the beer is a touch too cold right now.

Quite tart tasting up front, in fact from the aroma I was not expecting this to be as tart as it is. This finishes with a faint sweetness that reminds me of grapes, but is still quite tart in balance throughout the flavor profile. Fairly full bodied for the style; both barrel tannins and residual unfermentables seem to contribute to the body, which still maintains an easy quaffability for this beer. A touch of woodiness combines with a soft grain character to provide some background flavor notes. The influence of the grapes on the flavor are fairly substantial as well, the tartness really gets wrapped up in the other grape nuances, especially as this beer warms up; a bit of mineral character, definite tart grape flavors, sour melon and a distinctive wine-like flavor of Riesling (more so than any Pinot Grigio, which I have only had fairly bland examples of). As it warms up it becomes less tart and has a bit fuller of a mouthfeel to it.

An interesting beer, with the grape influence I would not really characterize this as a Berliner Weiss & I really wonder what the alcohol is on this as it at least drinks a little bigger than your typical example of the style. This is by no means a big beer though, but I do wish a bit more wild complexity and funkiness came through rather than the grape flavors which are quite expressive. I must admit though that the flavors that the grapes contribute are quite nice, it is just I was expecting a reasonable facsimile of a Berliner Weiss given the name of this beer, and this has definitely moved in another, albeit derivative, direction. Still I'll happily consume & share my other bottles of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:03:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw-colored with very dense, half inch foam.

The aroma is grapy and the beer comes across with a champagne-like tartness. Indeed, the label indicates it was fermented with grapes, so German purity laws are not followed. I suppose this means it is not a true Berliner Weiss? Maybe more of a fruit beer? It's my first stab at beers made in this style. Even if it deviates from the standard some, I have no basis of knowing.

Initially, I felt this was a good thirst-quencher and gulped it down. The alcohol content, though not listed, seems to be relatively low. I drank two bottles, but the tartness became cloying to me on the second bottle. I've had New Glarus' take on sour brown ale and was pleased, but I feel this one could use a little more than sourness to keep it interesting. Despite using two kinds of grapes, wheat malt, and 5 kinds of yeast (according to the label), it ultimately seems one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 14:05:09 | More by pweis909
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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light straw color, with a 1 1/2 finger head that drops almost immediately to thin covering.

S: Funk, a bit of lemon, and winelike aroma.

T: Funk hits a bit, but drops off quickly. Sour, lemon tart, grape sweetness, and just a small hint of the barrel. A little different than I'm used to, but very interesting just the same. Very little, if any hop bitterness. Seems like a good intro beer for wine lovers. As it warms just a bit more of the barrel aging comes into play, giving it a very soft caramel sweetness underneath.

M: Tart sweetness, followed by a dry finish. Quite refreshing really.

D: I could drink a few of these at a time, and I probably will, to get more acquainted with this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 02:30:20 | More by dancinwillie
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams uber beer glass.

Pours a straw color with a small white head. Looks like I just poured a Budweiser.

Smells yeasty & fruity. Citrus fruit, lemon, lime.

Has tart puckering lemon & funkiness to it. Tart white grape juice.

Light bodied & refreshing.

Not my favorite style, but I could enjoy these all day long on nice summer day while BBQing with friends & family.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 21:28:17 | More by bbothen
Photo of cokes


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden-straw colored with a brief beige head, then a more durable collar and skimming.
The nose is full of lemon-lime juice filtered through concrete and old banana peels. On the periphery, there are some smoky barrel notes, and tracers of the Pinot Gris and Riesling grapes, but had this all not been provided to me before hand, it would not have stood out, as their contributions are all very subtle.
It enters the mouth and detonates with a vinegary, lemon-lime-grapefruit juice tartness. Wheat flavors are sucked through in the riptide, and fill in behind with a gentle doughy sweetness. It stays tart the duration, bolstered with some faint oaky tannins, limestone, and white vinousness, with the more peppery, almost anise-like Riesling notes making most of the statement, and also bringing a late hint of peach. The barrel and grape additions are role-players, and this could pass for a straight-up, unadulterated Berliner any day. It concludes with a banana phantom, lingering lime rind, dry hay bales, and pepper.
Appropriately bubbly and appetizing. It's light bodied, the tartness sticks for a second then is washed away. It's as drinkable a version as I've come across, credit that to a utter harmony of tartness, dexterous maltiness, and concluding dryness.
This may be the most impressive Unplugged to date. The barreling was done tactfully and delicately (which has not been the case in some earlier entries in the series), and the base beer is absolutely spot-on.
This blows me away, but I guess it's no surprise that New Glarus would pull out another wheated trump card.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 07:54:33 | More by cokes
Photo of Slynger


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clear, golden hay with champagne-like bubbles rising. Jumping up is a large cap of very fine white.

Soft, light wheat smells quite tart and champagne-like with hints of funk.

Barest hint of that reisling grape sweetness before green apples and white grapes tartly twist in and take over. Mellow wheat base with light funk come along for the ride. Light-medium body with lots of fuzzily zipping effervescence.

Haven't had many of this style, but this must be one of the best. It's crazy, it's tart, but it's damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:45:53 | More by Slynger
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Steves Liquor in Madison.

A: poured yellow two fingers of head that were gone after a few sips

S: Slight smell of lemon nothing to overpowering

T:first sip was reminded me of a Lemonhead and made me pucker. I was caught off guard this was the most lemon I have ever tasted in a beer. Midway through the lemon was still overpowering.

M: lots of carbination and the lemon taste sticks around.

D:I could probably only handle one or two but I really enjoyed it. This was a pleasant surpise.
New Glarus can really work wonders with fruit.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 02:04:37 | More by mawacki
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 22:34:40 | More by emerge077
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4'S across the board for this rare bier. I purchased this in a six-pack this past weekend in New Glarus at the brewery. Nice place to go.

A: pours a lemony-yellow color with a slight haze to it. Decent sized head that is gone in a few minutes but leaves a little coverage.
S: at first, very sour and tart. After it had a chance to breathe in the glass, a nice aroma of fruits (lemons, grapes). The aroma really dies down after 5-6 minutes.
T: Very lemony and tart. The first thing that came to mind was those sour candy balls you used to get as a kid. A little too much for me, but overall good. The taste follows the smell.
M: Decent carbonation that was continuous. The taste lingers in the mouth for a bit, giving it a tart coating.
D: Not bad. I could have 1-2 of these before the tartness would defeat me.
Because it is a rare bier, please go out and find one of these and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 22:08:41 | More by nocheinsbitte
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow with a white head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is somewhat sour, but also reminds me a bit of a white wine, had some lemon, as well as some bread notes. Seems to have a touch of oak in both the smell and taste, however, I don't know if this beer actually saw any oak. In addtion to the aforementioned oak, it also has tastes of lemons, grapes without the skin, and sour dough bread. Light body with medium carbonation. An easily drinkable beer that is great for the summer. Gets better as it warms a touch, but still cool.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 00:27:43 | More by badbeer
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