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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 292
Gots: 137 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

scotv, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging around.

Smell: A fruity and slightly tart aroma of wheat, yeast, and wine like fruit esters. Lots of wheat upfront with hints of grains, yeast, cracker, biscuit, and straw. Bright fruit esters with hints of white grape juice, pear, and apple along with a little citrus lemon zest and orange. Slight hint of banana as well. Moderately tart and sweet with a little funk. A pretty solid fruity wheat aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very fruity wheat driven taste with tart notes of fruit, funky yeast, and white wine like qualities. Wheat and pale malts with notes of grains, funky yeast, straw, biscuit, and crackers. Big white wine like fruity esters with notes of white grapes, pear, and apple. Also some banana, citrus lemon zest and a little orange. Taste is fairly tart and moderately sweet. Slightly acidic. Pretty good for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very crisp, smooth, and somewhat prickly. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good fruity wheat beer. Has many white wine characteristics but enough wheat and grain to make it a beer.

MattyG85, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of callmeishmALE
5/5  rDev +19.6%

callmeishmALE, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of davey101
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 (Thumbprint) batch. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to Yamar68 for this one!

A - Pours a hazy light yellow/amber body. Three fingers of fluffy white foam initially that simmers down into a super thin capping and some patchy edging. Moderate lacing and a swirl creates a new layer of foam.

S - Fruity with notes of lemon, pear and green grapes. Some lactic acid followed by a lot of crackery malts. It almost finishes like a fruited adjunct lager in terms of how the tart fruitiness goes up against a cereal graininess. Not overly exciting but very standard for the style.

T - Tart lemons and pear with a huge wave of wheat and crackers. This is almost lemon-meringue like. Some lactic acid and a dry wine-like finish. Extremely refreshing and satisfying. Mouth feel is crisp yet full and creamy.

O - Nothing ground breaking, and honestly I've had home brews that were better, but this is still a really solid berliner. I would love to have regular access to this as it would probably never leave my fridge during the summer.

davey101, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

jtladner, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of deebo
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass this recently purchased BW is super heady (brilliant white) with big time lacing and a stubborn head-surprising quality for a sour. Light pale straw in color and completely clear with lots of tiny bubbles.

A bit grainy in aroma with plenty of fruitiness and hints of white wine from the Riesling grapes. Weak sour notes.

The grainy, bready character of this beer is a bit stronger than the lactic sour notes which although unexpected for the style makes it a lot easier for a non-sour fan to enjoy. The white wine character is here as well given it's grape taste and high carbonation but with the malt character this is definitely a beer.

Light bodied and highly carbonated. Not overly drying in the finish. No alcohol character at all. Easy to drink.

The sourness in this beer is subdued and not overpowering making this is a refreshing easy to drink Berliner Weiss. The fruitiness adds a nice touch to this beer. Although different then most beers of this style with its subdued sourness and stronger fruity character I really like it for it's drinkability and mix of malt, yeast, sour and fruit. Purists of the style likely to be disappointed.

deebo, Jun 03, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pale straw yellow with no haze. 2 finger very white & fluffy head. Great lacing.

S- Sweetness from cereal grains. Sour notes of grapes, but not overpowering. A hint of lemon zest it there as well.

T- well balanced sour grapes and lemons offset by sweet grain flavors. A little tartness mixed in as well. Very tasty and easy to drink.

M- light mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation makes this go down easy for a sour. The finish was longer than I expected, with a pleasant lemony taste lingering on the back end.

O- I have never been a huge fan of sours, but this one might just convince me otherwise. Really a well done brew and possibly my favorite Thumbprint yet.

mecummins, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Lare453, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

theminutemen, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ejeffer11, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

kiki3drt292, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

canadianghetto, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

kspongeworthy, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Circleo12, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

BGsWo22, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

pjm1782, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

maxcoinage, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bauermj, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Zachtheporter, May 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

oline73, May 30, 2013
Photo of smogfood
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is my first experience with a Berliner Weiss and if this is a true example of the style it may be my last. Wow! This is some sour, sour stuff. It is clearly a well crafted beer with it's fine carbonation, beautiful light body, champagne like mouthfeel, and dryness, but I cant get past the sour taste enough to really enjoy the complexities of this beer. Dan Carey is a great brewer and I am a big fan of many of his creations, but I don't think I'll be going for this one again. Although, I might.

smogfood, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bahnfire, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

mendvicdog, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

duceswild, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Petcha, May 30, 2013
Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.