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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,151 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 297
Gots: 134 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: badbeer on 06-30-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

peterlada, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jhillwastaken, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: earlier

Looks like a Berliner with light yellow color, three ever growing fingers of bone white suds from the continuous column of bubbles from the most inferior aspect of the glass. Smells like lemons, white grape skins, some funk, a little metal, some grain and lacto sharpness. Soon as the head dies down a hair I'm gonna taste it...Nice lightly crisp ale with some pear, some lemon (sweetened) a grain and rice mix, some light tartness and a bit of almost sweetness on the finish. Looks light, but feels heavier than I had anticipated, nice razor carb and a wet finish. I like this beer, I would drink all day from the can on the lakes.

harrymel, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

rdooley, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

prender1482, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

CarolinaKev, Jul 11, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
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

brentk56, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

imyourhero21, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

MNBeer1017, Jul 11, 2013
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volta, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

sgttibbs, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

BColton1, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

tclang, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Rosquin, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
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josephwa, Jul 08, 2013
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oldvines, Jul 08, 2013
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KWMiles, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

einman, Jul 08, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being new to the craft brew scene I had no idea what a berliner Weiss was, but figured it’s from New Glarus and worth a shot.

A – Light yellow with a finger of head that dissipates to a slight fizz on the top of the beer
A – I don’t like the smell of malt, just want to get that out there. I am over powered by the smell of malt and green apples. Not horrible but not in my wheel house.
T – Wow, didn’t expect that. While I smelled apples in the aroma I was taken aback by the puckering apple tartness. Very refreshing taste.
MF– Light bodied that leaved the mouth salivating. Quite a bit of carbonation that leaves your tongue tingling.
D – This would be a great beer for drinking on a hot day but one (maybe two) would be quite enough.

Cubieblu, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

maDUECEgunner, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Danmullens1, Jul 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JJWIGHT, Jul 06, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing both vintages (2008 and 2013) of New Glarus' Unplugged/Thumbprint Berliner Weiss. New Glarus is a Wisconsin brewery that no longer distributes its beer outside of Wisconsin. I reviewed the 2008 vintage of this beer last year. The 2008 vintage used a mix of Pinot Grigio and Riesling grapes, while the new release only used Riesling grapes.

Score: 91 (2008), 85 (2013)

2008 and 2013 vintage bottles served side-by-side in Perennial snifter/tulip hybrid glasses and enjoyed on 05/07/13.

Appearance: The older vintage pours a hazy amber color with a slightly yellowish hue in the light that is substantially different than the lighter white wine golden straw color of the new vintage. Both beers pour a thin layer of white head, with the older head having a darker tinge. Both vintages have above average lacing, with the fresher one having substantial better retention. Both have good retention. 4/5 (2008), 3.5/5 (2013)

Smell: The 2008 vintage aroma is red wine sweetness, apples juice and light vanilla. The 2008 vintage smells like charossets without the nuts. A little fruity oxidation too in a good way. The newer vintage smells of grainy apples, white grapes and cheap white wine (like those single serving bottles they serve on airplanes). The newer vintage has a faint lager-like quality to the nose with hint of banana too. 4/5 (2008), 3.5/4 (2013)

Taste: The 2008 vintage is much more vinous than I remember it being a year prior. The 2008 vintage tastes less like apple cider this time around, and instead tastes like charossets without the nuts plus a light earthiness and fruitiness. The 2008 vintage has a mild, but pleasant tartness. Finishes with charrossets and fruity positive oxidation. By contrast, the 2013 vintage primarily tastes of tart apples, cereal grain, cheap and tannic white wine and wheat. The 2013 vintage tastes a lot like a better Hottenroth, with more tartness and better carbonation. The 2013 does not taste bad, but it tastes very average side-by-side with the 2008 vintage. The 2013 vintage gains a little more tartness as it opens up, but this unfortunately the accenuates grainy finish, which I am not a fan of. 4.25/5 (2008), 3.25/5 (2013)

Mouthfeel: The 2008 vintage is heavier in body (just shy of medium bodied) and has minimal carbonation, less tartness and a mellow dryness. The newer vintage is lighter in body ad has more carbonation and tartness. The 2013 is pretty effervescent out of the gate and less dry on the finish. 3.25/5 (2008), 3.75/5 (2013)

Overall: I much preferred the older vintage, which is drinking nicely. The new vintage was too grainy and the cheap white wine quality was off-putting to me.

Cost: $10 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles.

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ORIGINAL REVIEW:

Reviewing the currently retired Unplugged Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company out of Wisconsin. A big thanks to Mike for sharing this bottle with me!
Score: 91

2008 bottle with bottle code "1558 10:36." Served in a snifter/tulip hybrid glass and enjoyed on 08/23/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a nice and transparent golden honey color with a thin film of head on top. Average lacing, but excellent lacing/cling. 4.5/5

Smell: Apple juice, white grapes and a fruity acidity. Peaches, Pinot Grigio, and a light "wheatiness." 4.25/5

Taste: Apple juice backbone with a little lemon and white grapes flavor overlaying. Slight tart acidity with an apple aftertaste. As the beer warms up, a faint funkiness comes out in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with slightly dry aftertaste. Moderately acidic and slightly tart. 4/5

Overall: Light, refreshing and flavorful! This beer has aged gracefully like a nice mild gueze.

Recommendation: Seek this one out if you get the chance; it's one of New Glarus' better Unplugged series beers

Pairings: Potato latkes with apple sauce.

Cost: $10.99 for a four pack.

jegross2, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

MarkyMOD, Jul 05, 2013
Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.