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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 siege06nd
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bertram, you are a generous fella!

A. Very pale straw color. About a finger of eggshell white head that dissolves to a quarter finger ring but sticks around for the full session. Light-moderate lacing.

S. Apple skin, pear, white grape, some barnyard funk, grain, biscuit, mild hop. Very good.

T. Starts with big lemon, grape, and sour apple notes up front until shifting into a slightly hoppy and grainy finish with sour notes riding throughout. A little one note but nonetheless very good.

M. Slight nit that this is overcarbed. Very bubbly finish that covers a little of the flavor in the finish.

O. A very nice Berliner. As stated, carb is a bit high which makes this a little less easy drinking and masks some of the complexity a bit. But it does have a nice sour pucker to go along with the grainy wheat notes. Thumbs up. (833 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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a pale, cloudy straw yellow, with 1 finger of white head and modest carbonation.

Smell: Pineapple, cherries, citrus, sparkling champagne, mild funk.

Taste: Splash of pineapple gives way to some cherry sweetness with a bit of an oak barrel element in the backdrop. Dry white whine grapes in the middle with some lemon juice fade out and almost reset the palate. The finish is VERY dry. Definitely not a one-dimensional beer by any means. Very unique for the style.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation and a light bodied beer make for some easy drinking.

Overall: This is as complex a Berliner Weisse as you'll find. This, along with every other New Glarus beer I try lately, is nothing short of outstanding. (731 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very light, slightly hazy, straw color with a fizzy, large, bone white head that slowly fizzed away into a bubbly collar. Patchy lace was left down the glass.
S: Crackery wheat, dry and slightly musty smelling. Very faint white wine and gritty barrel notes as well.
T: Wheat is creamy and crackery and slightly drying with barrel tannins and slight spice coming through in the finish. The aftertaste is slightly vinous and minerally.
M: Creamy mouthfeel, medium body with sharp carbonation. Lightly tart.
O: A refreshing example of the style. Creamier and more vinous than others I've tried. Would be excellent with a splash of syrup. Very very good. (661 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.24.13

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow with a fizzy off-white head that is gone fast.

S - Subtle tart lemon and wheat.

T - Tart lemon, sweet wheat.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A very nice Berliner. Tart, then some sweet wheat. Crisp and refreshing. (285 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to richardflyr for the excellent extra! enjoyed from a New Glarus flute.

a - brew poured a transparent straw, almost even neon yellow with a thin fizzy head.

s - nose is soft cheesy eggs...in a good way...highlighted with some lemon juice.

t - taste is like the nose, but a bit more rounded on the edges. really nice berliner. lemon over honey with a hint of sour eggs. very well balanced.

m - fizzy, just like you want a berliner to be.

o - while snow may be falling outside my window, this beer is a crisp refreshing reminder of how much i love the warm weather. a soft, easy drinking berliner (what berliners aren't?) with everything in the right place. extremely well done. i hope this one continues and i hope to have a case in my fridge for when the snow clears. (784 characters)

Photo of tomciu
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing with a little funk that was just right. A great summertime beer. Honey and citrusy notes. Great color. Head was a nice color and held well for the style. Some lacing but just right for the style. Aroma was a little weak. Mouthfeel was crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. (299 characters)

Photo of NCalement
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Golden pour with a very active white head that holds throughout. Lots of bubbles on this one. Looks spot on for the style.

S- Lemon grass and metallic. Lots of good soft funk. Not to potent but great for the style. Small amount of honey, wheat and lime at the end.

T- Well this is the best tasting Berliner Weiss I've ever had. So crisp and refreshing. Lots of lemon grass and sweet funk. It's not the most complex beer but I feel this style isn't very complex in itself. I get lime, honey, sour patch kids, salt, and mineral water. I love this taste.

M- Perfect for the style. Light. refreshing, crisp and clean. Its races though your mouth and leaves a pleasant trail.

O- The best Berliner Weiss I've ever had. Love the style love this beer. (787 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. thanks to BA' SpdKilz for this beer!

Pours a pale yellow with a big white head. Appropriate for the style. The smell is abundantly tart...oh wow! this is gonna be a real treat. The taste is much more tart than a lot of other beers of this style and even would border on sour! Finishes nice and crisp and the tartness doesnt linger at all. Exceptionally easy to drink. ABV is most likely <5%, and is undetectable. Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall one of the best tart berliner weiss beers in existence. Id drink it all day... (566 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from fellow BA Ri0 (thanks!). The pour is pale gold and very clear with a nice fluffy head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace (not surprising, given the style). The nose is very mild with hints of fruit (apples and pears) and a slight floweriness.

The beer has a light body and a very pleasant, balanced flavor. Very sharp and acidic up front with strong sour fruit flavors, but softens and becomes slightly sweet and grainy towards mid-palate. The overall flavor is very pleasant and satisfying. There is no diacetyl at all. The finish is slightly dry with lingering fruit notes. Very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is definitely sour, but I did not find it to be overpoweringly sour. It strikes a nice chord with the sour lactic flavors one expects in this style and the soft bready flavors of the wheat. (836 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 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 LambicPentameter
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA Beeryurt for tossing this bottle in on a recent trade. It's always a pleasure to get hands on a NG beer, especially one I've not had before. Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible dating for bottling or freshness. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a sunny yellow body with a slight haze wafting through the otherwise translucent liquid. A pinstripe of a shadow rests just below a towering pillowy three-finger ivory head. Large bubbles slowly begin to burst, leaving a swiss cheese of foam. Eventually, the head settles with thick drifts, like snow around the sides of the glass, with a little portion in the center where only a film rests, revealing the golden liquid underneath. Just an outstanding looking beer--like drinking a liquid lemon meringue pie.

Smell - Light and faint, with components of light wheat and crisp grains. A bit of lemon zest and herbal grassiness also seems to poke through. However, it's not an aroma with a great amount of depth. Light and fresh and to the point.

Taste - Really picks up where the fleeting smell left off and kicks it up a notch or two. The lemon zest has now become fresh lemon juice that has been tamed by some water, like lemonade without sugar. It's fresh and bright and so tasty. A pleasant tartness hits and provides that satisfying twinge of sourness on the tongue. In some ways, it reminds me of a carbonated pinot grigio.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and fully carbonated, with a mostly dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, a wonderfull beer and one that I may have to make a point of acquiring for next summer. There really is nothing beer than tipping back a nice, tart and refreshing BW in warm weather. (1,723 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/10/13, big thanks MasterSki and Sean9689

A cloudy bright straw yellow with tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, large dense foam has great retention slowly falling to an island just caking my glass with thick lace right to the bottom

S lots of sweet desert wine, musty yeast, lemon honey tea, more sweet vinous notes, green apple, and wheat

T more of the same really but with a little less sweet vinous notes and more lemon, I get some hay I didn't smell, interesting to say the least

M tart and makes your mouth pucker but far from turning my mouth inside out, on the edge between foam and cream, very well carbonated and a little prickly, sweet lemon honey with some cereal on the finish

O very drinkable and well rounded, I haven't had many from the style so my personal preference is playing a pretty big part here and I like what I'm drinking

I'd really like to know what the Alc% is for this one so I'll need to do a little research I suppose. I don't feel the booze affect so if they jammed all this flavor in a session brew I'm even more impressed (1,102 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a DFH shaped pint glass
07/13

A - Pale golden color with some haziness. Hefty white head with strong staying power. Sparkling lacing generously coats the glass.

S - Chalky wheat, earthy dusty hay, but in a clean way, lactic tartness with lemons, dry yeasty bread, floral,

T - Moderate tartness upfront, acidic lemon twang, with a soft dry wheat background, white pepper, dry woodiness, vinous white grapes, hints of dried bananas,

M - Soft light body, moderate lush carbonation lifts it up quite a bit. tart and dry finish.

Very well done! Hits all the marks with flying colors. Great lactic aroma with plenty of tartness on the palate. This one has enough acidity to burn he teeth a bit. Worth seeking out. (736 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another thank you to Steasy66 for this treat!

Appearance. Pours a yellow straw-gold with a little bit of haze and topped with over a finger of white head that leaves some decent lace.

Smell. Dry yeast funk, a little bit of grainy light malt and a little bit of sweet wheat, and maybe a touch of lemon underneath. Not the best smelling Berliner.

Taste. Okay, back on track. Nice lemony sourness, a little bit of sweet wheat and just a touch of graininess, maybe a trace of that yeast I smell but thankfully very little.

Mouthfeel. Light(ish) body, medium-strong carbonation. Pretty good feeling for the style.

Overall. Not sure whats going on with the smell, but a good enough tasting (and looking) beer. (708 characters)

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

A: Poured a cloudy light yellow color with a nice white cap, good head retention, light lacving

S: Some white grapes, red apples, smells tart with light funky must, wheat and light citrus. Pretty nice so far....

T: Immediately I get some lemons and white grapes with a nice sting, acidic, not booze. A little bit of green apples and some light funk. The finsih is nice, clean and dry

M: Lighter on body, crisp, well carbonated

D: Nice xample of the style. Clean, refreshing, dry and firing on all cylinders (510 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost clear yellow pour. The fluffy white head is the only thing that distinguishes it from a common lager.
S: Clean acidity, tiny bits of wheat. Some grassiness and a bit of corn. Smells almost like a soured American lager.
T: Now this is better. Very bright taste, first thing I caught was grapes and apples. Fruity, wheat, tart. Not overpowering tartness, just right refreshing, light sourness. A dry, lemony finish.
M: Light bodied, a bit overcarbonated I think but it's extremely crisp and refreshing. I could drink this all day.
O: Not my favorite berliner, but it's a great one. Could drink this one all day, every day. (634 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Westbrook snifter. Enjoyed on 7/20/13.

A: Pours a semi-clear yellow with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to an airy cap that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Lemony with a lot of white grape. Solid oak profile with a sweet wheat in the back. A nice sour mash going on in this guy.

T: Very smooth flavors, slightly tart with a nice fresh, white grape taste to it. Sweet wheat with a sour mash. Slightly lemony as well.

M: Light bodied with a bubbly, medium high carbonation. Nice lingering tartness.

O: Deliciously refreshing and drinkable. Very balanced with a nice, subtle fruitiness. Definitely enjoyed more of this guy. (687 characters)

Photo of Rope
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-
Nice pale color like a weiss should be, fluffy head that dissipates quick.

Smell-
Fruity (apple), slight spice, and a slight sauerkraut smell.

Taste-
Sour apple, ending with a malty butter that transitions greatly.

Mouthfeel-
Light and carbonated, great for summer.

Overall-
Oh the New Glarus one shots... good and then gone. (341 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jbaker67 for the bottle! No mentiond of ABV. Poured into a Tallgrass cervoise glass straight from the fridge. Really excited about this one.

Appearance: A gentle pour revealed a thick and fluffy white head. I'm used to the head on a Berliner Weiss to fizz away within a minute into nothing but this one stuck around for a couple and then left a nice cap while I drank it. An improvement in the style, I'd say. Left some really nice thin clumps of lacing on the glass as well. Beautiful, very light straw body.

Smell: Acidic lemon, bit of mustiness, some lactic tartness, grape skin and cereal grain malts.

Taste: A wave of acidic lemon hits you right off the bat. Prepare to pucker. Riding the end is some lactic tangyness. Tart white grapes. Lingering wheatiness. No sign of the barrel.

Mouthfeel: Light refreshing body. Very fizzy. Finishes dry.

Overall: An outstanding interpretation of the style. Beautiful looking beer with an awesome tart punch. The grapes added a nice layer of complexity to the nose and taste. The label mentioned barrel fermentation but I got no barrel notes whatsoever. Overall, a great summer beer that is highly recommended. (1,171 characters)

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

Split this one at a tasting with Huzuhbendah courtesy of the ever awesome BeerFMAndy. Andy is the man!!!

Served in a Crooked Stave tulip.

A: Poured a soft peach color with a good bit of visible carbonation and a nice soft white head that was but a mere bubble formation.

S: Hmmmm... the nose was definitely more yeasty than sour but still good. Think bread dough.

T: You'd need a taste bud version of an electron microscope to detect any sourness on this, but it was still fresh, tasty, but nothing to write home about.

M: Nothing wrong here: It was fluffy and well carbonation and about right for this style.

O: I guess I was a bit underwhelmed by this compared to most peeps here. Still, it was a good drinker, just not the Berliner I thought it was going to be. (770 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thank you Brandon.

The beer is light golden and transparent with a thin, pure white head. The aroma offers grain, pilsner malt, fruity esters. The flavor is ok. Cereal grains with a hint of sourdough bread. A bit underwhelming. Zesty carbonation with fruity hop notes. This was ok, but I don't see myself returning to this beer again. (360 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 Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden yellow, very pale. A bit of haze, but pretty clear. Nice white head. Retains better than most berliners. Thin collar and some surface wisps.

Smell - Grainy and a bit of acidity. Hay and straw grain aroma. Not a terribly sharp acidity.

Taste - Bright tartness up front, not really sour though. Grain and gritty. That same hay and straw flavor and a lactic tang builds throughout.

Mouthfeel - It's almost watery. Very drinkable. Maintains just enough body until the very end when it drops off.

Overall - Solid base berliner. Something I could drink a lot of. (618 characters)

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