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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 304
Gots: 126 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: badbeer on 06-30-2008

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After all the hype, I am finally sitting down to my first bottle. I can't I have had a Berliner that impressed me before, so New Glarus is up for a challenge.

Poured into a goblet, the beer was a straw color with an intense bubbly white head. As the bubbles receded, lacing streaked down the sides of the glass. The aroma was a little on the mild side, with notes of lemon and wheat. On the initial taste, one gets bright lemon, lemon rind, biscuit, and some muted earthy tones. The beer finishes dry and sticks to the roof of the mouth in a manner that makes you want to scrape the taste off with your tongue. It reminds me a little of eating a granny smith apple. The carbonation was fairly intense, so the flavor does not last exceptionally long. Carbonation brushes away the lemony notes fairly quickly. The is not my favorite edition of the Unplugged series, but I would drink it again.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of briiguy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of lucas1801
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of juliusseizure
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of confer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a really great example of the style.
Pours a very pale straw color with a bright white head.
Smell is tart and sweet at the same time.
The taste is right on for the style, a bit of wheat crispness and a nice tart finish that really lingers.
Light and refreshing. Too bad this is a one off and also that I'm not around WI to get NG beers.

Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of davey101
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of deebo
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.44/5  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.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.