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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,125 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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%

Grfilwett, May 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pellinore1, May 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

pk18, May 08, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle from 2013 Thumbprint series, poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass and quaffed today, 5/7/2013.

Aroma: Yeasty spices that I describe as very earthy, a little bit of clove and banana like a hefeweizen mixed with tart grape sweetness. Smells thick and thin the same time. Smelling this, I feel refreshed already. (4.25)

Colour: Pours a hazy straw colour with a massive head that fills up the rest of my pilsner glass, which is no mean feat as that's a full 3 fingers' worth. It very, very slowly recedes into a thick film that I hesitate to even call a film because this film is what a lot of other beers' heads look like. It's very impressive. The lacing is thick, bubbly and soapy. I don't know if its the glass but its definitely an awesome looking beer overall. (5)

Flavour: Full of tart sweetness up front. Not a dark fruit tartness but rather a sweet, light grape tartness. There is a little bit of biscuit and sweet grape in the back here. For the most part it's a light flavoured and tart beer that isn't too bitter or too sweet. Nicely balanced and a very, very refreshing brew to drink on a 79 degree evening in Wisconsin. (4)

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with the best carbonation I've had in a beer. It fizzles all over my tongue leaving a nice sweet and tart aftertaste. Finish is incredibly refreshing. Supremely quaffable. I opened up a second one while writing this review- never done that before. (4.5)

Overall: Very refreshing, great summer beer. It's not full of flavour like an DIPA or imperial stout is, but it has an incredibly refreshing, hydrating quality to it. The tartness and sweetness of this beer makes this feel like an actual beer rather than just a watered down hefeweizen. It's more of a champagne than a beer, and I'm looking forward to trying out more beers of this style. (4.25)

Stevedore, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

BrownAleMale, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Synergy87, May 07, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +12%

Opening this "Champagne of the North" is accompanied by a BURST of carbonation that explodes as the cap comes off.

Pours a MASSIVE, dense, white head that collapses nicely whilst clinging to the edges of the glass. Soft, sweet aroma is a wonderful mix of yeasty earthiness and grape skins(?). A very interesting aroma that has a nose similar to egg salad for a flash of a second; just a very earthy, yeasty aroma (I assume from the grapes and barrel). Lovely, pale straw color with good turbidity.

Starts off bright and TART, building into an excellent maltiness with flavors of biscuit and grape. This maltiness climbs further, and then cascades down with the tart sourness and sweet Riesling poking its head through from time to time. The finish is subdued malt; biscuit dominates with a touch of fruitiness behind it.

This, this is WONDERFUL! The PERFECT bier for summer! It is crisp, tart, refreshing, fruity, and malty! And it is SILKY smooth across the tongue!
It is all the fun of a hefeweizen and a white wine, rolled into one!
If you are a fan of wine, you will LOVE this!

TheSSG, May 05, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Soft pastel yellow, with a touch of haze. soft white head with tiny little bubbles that pop up from time to time from the lazer etched wisconsin on the botom of the new glarus pilsner glass.

S: Lemon grass with a sour vinager wave. no hops detected.

T: Wheat and doughy malt vibe sit background to the lingering lemonhead sourness. Not overpowering to drive off the newbie sour beer drinker, but apperant enough to keep the veteran interested.

M: crisp, refreshing and perfect for a warm summer day.

O: Complex flavor that doesn't get borring, refreshing, and not to pricey (in WI). If you like sours you won't be disapointed.

guityler83, May 05, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +7.4%

Incredibly excited to try this beer, picked up a couple 4-packs with high expectations.

Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass, the beer is a very pale golden color with a nice white head, good lacing, and steady carbonation.

The smell isn't incredibly appealing, sort of a funky vinous smell.

The taste makes up for all the smell lacks. Beginning with a pleasant white wine-ish flavor, the taste quickly transitions into a medium tartness that stays on the tongue as a nice, lingering wheat flavor emerges. Absolutely fantastic.

Overall, Dan Carey killed this beer. Based on my very limited experience with other Berliner Weisses, this is not only the best I've had, but the one that seems to best meet the style. Definitely seek this out, I'm picking up a case.

thebigredone, May 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

smurfbeer, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

atone315, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Bowers-Brew, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Loogs, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Gonzoillini, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

THECPJ, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

nmann08, Jun 04, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to Deuane for cleaning out his basement and letting me try a bottle. It actually has held up with the age.

A - Poured with a glowing, yet dull, golden body...there were visible carbonation bubbles racing to the top...the head was thin and white and actually didn't retain that well...some patchy lacing was left

S - Tart fruitiness all around mixed with a little sour, but a good sour...grapes, apples, pears, lemon...there is a balancing wheat backbone

T - The fruit and tartness do not go away, and it's lovely...all of the tart fruit from the nose can be picked out on the palate...the grapes standing out above the rest, with the lemon providing just a hint of sourness...the yeast and wheat backbone shines in the middle and balances things out...the funk has subsided, but there is a pronounced woodiness that has taken over...there is a slight tartness that sneaks back in the finish to give just enough of a pucker

M - Medium bodied...nicely tart, little sour, a woody flavor has developed

O - This was a nice treat seeing as the age on the bottle was unknown...the grapes did a great job adding and keeping their characteristics

thain709, Apr 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Haven't felt compelled to do a review in quite some time but this beer brought me out of retirement. Absolute perfection in a glass. Berliner's aren't a glamorous style but this one is the best of the lot. Super fluffy head and great lacing as far as looks go. Tart, refreshing, lemony, crisp and clean. Just really delightful. The only downside is that it's ten bucks a four pack but I guess that's not too bad. I only mention it because I'm going to drink the shit out of it this weekend and the entire case will be gone. You won't find a better berliner.

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to black13 for the bottle! A personal whale of mine that didn't last a single hour in my house when I got home. Split into a pair of New Glarus flutes and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Pale gold in the glass with a quickly receded white head. Just a few bubbles remain on top and no lacing shows up on the glass. Everything points to a well done Berliner so far. 4/5

S: From the label description comes a reference to champagne, pinot grigio, and reisling grapes. Well this smells about as winey as they come on the nose. Green grapes, green apples, and green mellon (honey dew) dominates here. No way this can be described as a traditional berliner weisse, or even beer at this point, but wow is this interesting. 4.5/5

T: If I was told this was champagne I'd be sold. Heavy on the tart grapes with a good dose of acid. Cucumber and pear compliments the sparkling beverage. As dry as they come. 4.5/5

M: Prickly and tongue bruising. Paired with some fatty cheese, this would scrub the palate and keep it fresh. 4.5/5

O: Can't grade this on a typical metric for the style. That aside, it's really remarkable and very unique. At over three years old it shows no signs of its age and is shining brilliantly. Another Dan Carey success. 4.5/5

hopsbreath, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

zenwatts, Jan 19, 2012
Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.