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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,082 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 291
Gots: 138 | FT: 15
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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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into New Glarus bier stein.

Appearance: slightly hazy pale yellow bodied beer, it almost looks like cream soda in the beer glass. The beer has a massive frothy white head thats drops fast to no head.

Smell: White grapes, green apples skins, hint of dusty funk. Really big cheesey smell just like bleu cheese. Fruity and malty sweetness. Not getting much oak barrel in the nose of this beer.

Taste: Mild lemon tartness. Slightly fruity with hints of white grapes / sweet white wine / champaign notes. Slightly vinious; grainy and wheat malts. A hint of oak and earthiness. The slight fink note from the nose doesnt translate into the flavor profile of this beer. As the beer warms the cheesey notes from the nose start to develop.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation on the high end of moderate. Really clean and crisp beer with a dry finish. It has a feel similiar to champaign. Super drinkablility with this brew.

Overall: This is a great Berlinner Weiss that Dan Brewed here. Bravo Dan! I get the feeling that you are going to have a banner year in Wisconsin craft beer this year. Dan never dissapoints when he has brewed a german beer style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 04:42:14 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a few of these across the border, jazzed to see another original from New Glarus. One of those breweries I'd buy about anything from, they've earned it. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is the color of dead spring cattails with the spring sun bouncing off them, while I'm fishing. Carbonation is on the high side of the road. Lemon spritz in the nose mingled with white wine, grassy fields just off the lake, tart. Nice.

New Glarus Berliner Weiss hits lighter than a 13" pike. Tart lemon is the primary ingredient here, leaving a vague pucker on the tongue. Underripe green apples, dried grass, wheat germ. Acidic, with belch-inducing carbonation. Light, light, light. I can see the appeal on one of the 96 degree days that will inevitably arrive. Cue another belch. Another.

Glancing at the reviews, I guess I'm in the minority. This is pretty good, but nothing I'd go out of the way for. Good grilling beer? Softball beer? Fishing beer? Certainly refreshing, but not up to the high standards of New Glarus IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 03:08:29 | More by maximum12
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SCZ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-25-2013 00:06:34 | More by SCZ
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Larrygto

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-24-2013 17:50:51 | More by Larrygto
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-24-2013 02:08:55 | More by derkfromwi
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz from the recent re-release into a tulip.

A: Pours a mellow, glowing gold with a spongy white head. Really awesome retention and lacing form.

S: Aroma brings light lactic acid, bright and mildly sweet wheat, a hint of grape must, more fresh grain.

T: Mild lactic tartness, wheat bread, ever-so-slight grape skin, pleasant wash of cereal grain.

M: Light-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: A very nice Berliner. Not picking up much from the grapes but still very tasty.

EDIT: After a couple months of aging this beer just gets better. A bit more acidity pushes this thing over the edge.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:18:56 | More by Etan
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-23-2013 23:13:30 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-23-2013 03:29:05 | More by iL0VEbeer
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MIA4IPA

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-22-2013 13:48:55 | More by MIA4IPA
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-22-2013 03:35:15 | More by hilgart1
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-22-2013 03:10:24 | More by JimGlonke
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archi348

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-22-2013 02:31:28 | More by archi348
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-22-2013 02:31:11 | More by oldp0rt
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-22-2013 00:52:38 | More by mikeincharleston
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-21-2013 21:05:00 | More by Dactrius
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-21-2013 14:49:44 | More by Gotti311
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stealth

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-21-2013 05:17:20 | More by stealth
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Mike

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-21-2013 00:41:11 | More by Mike
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-20-2013 11:56:38 | More by cnbrown313
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for tossing me this one. Enjoyed side by side with Bell's Oarsman Ale. The pour is nearly identical - a murky, straw-yellow color; this one is perhaps a bit more clear, but still has a large haze to it. The head is pretty voluptuous, cumulonimbus-like as it rises up and gathers at about two full fingers. It doesn't last forever, but it looks nice while it's there.

A nice amount of light grains, hay, must, lemon zest and and indigenous amount of white grape skins come clashing together to form a very soft, relaxed, yet well-stated aromatic profile. This one is a bit more complex and robust than Oarsman, and it has a bit stronger of a tartness to it which I am absolutely digging. The tart in the aroma is of the lemon-y and lactic persuasion. Refreshing and effervescent.

Again, the flavor follows through with what the nose has paved the way for. The initial taste is a nice lemon zesty and white wine, nearly vinous tartness; a pleasingly perfect amount of sourness and lactic acid. Other flavors that follow include green apple skins, white grapes, a touch of grains and some grassy, spent, musty hops with basically no bitterness left. Very nice, crispy clean finish with a thin and wet mouth feel.

Very nice and refreshing with lovely complexity for a beer that's so light. So easy to drink, the bottle was gone in seconds it seemed, and I could easily crush a six pack of this without even thinking about it. A very nice summer beer to have by your side. Not exactly a traditional Berliner, what with the white grapes and barrel fermenting and all, but it's so damn delicious. ISO a case of this, every time the weather gets warm.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 02:31:48 | More by tectactoe
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With the 20th Anniversary of New Glarus Brewery taking place in 2013, they have been bringing back some of the past favorites as part of their celebration. First came Edel Pils and now it’s time for some Berliner Weiss. Berliner Weiss last debuted about 4 years ago and I never got a chance to try it as I was just entering the craft beer world so I’m very excited to try this one.

It pours a pale yellow color with a frothy white head. The aroma is a combination of wheat, yeast, and tart fruits. It certainly has a Belgian style feel going for it. Overall it’s very inviting with hints of banana as well.

It take a little while to get used to the tartness of the beer although it’s no where near as tart as a sour/wild ale. The texture is smooth and creamy with a balanced mixture of wheat and yeast. This is definitely something different from New Glarus’ other offerings. I can’t say I've had anything else quite like it.

A unique tasty brew from New Glarus is always a hit! I’m glad to see them bring back older brews so I have something to try I haven’t had before. I’m always a fan of them bringing beer back they said didn't sell well before so a new group a beer lovers can try it for themselves. I hear that next up on their list is a new 20th Anniversary Strong Ale due out in late May 2013. I’m getting thirsty thinking about it already.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:47:21 | More by Lemke10
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours nice golden color. Frothy 2 finger head that's settles down rather quickly, decent lacing

S: defiantly getting some grassy notes upfront followed by lemon and finishes with the yeast.

T: you can really taste the grape in this one. It gives it a champagne feel that works great with the lemony yeast characters.

M: lots of carbonation and nice and light. This really adds the the champaign feel of the beer.

O: great beer, very drinkable. I will defiantly be picking more of this up for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:13:17 | More by Fcolle2
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-18-2013 20:17:39 | More by tourdot
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brian4beer

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-18-2013 17:50:40 | More by brian4beer
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-18-2013 16:24:08 | More by doucmehu
Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
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