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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 305
Gots: 126 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: badbeer on 06-30-2008

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Ratings: 1,245 | Reviews: 366
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Sender1 for the hookup. Inaugural use of the Deschutes teku.

Appearance: Very slight haze on a pale gold. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and loose. Drops to a super thin wispy cap. Slightly larger collar of small bubbles. Some slight spots and splotches of lacing. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: A nice soft lemon juice and rind. Some white wine and grape skin. Very light floral element mixed with a very soft funk. Wheat, a bit of damp grass. Generic fruit, maybe some pear. Really hits like a light champagne with a solid yeasty component.

Taste: Very light tartness up front. Citric bite quickly gives way to soft wheat and yeast. A bit floral and fruity. Mealy pear, apple, even some tropical elements. Peach. Grass and damp earth, but it's mellow. Solid fruity esters push it close to a white wine spritzer. Grape skin and something like a faint wood flavor. Pale malt sweetness. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light with a moderate to high carbonation. Dry on the finish, but clean.

Overall: So fresh and so clean clean.

Very mellow, but complex enough to be interesting. Not intense in any way. So very refreshing and drinkable. I think I need more.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Purp1eOne
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Yellow/Amber color with a decent head

S - Smell of champagne is what first comes to me with a hint of lemon

T - A bit of tart first jumps out and then basically a champagne beer hits

M - This beer a has a bit tartness to it at first but then smooths out and goes down good with a good bit of carbonation.

O - Overall this is not the beer I will drink again. Not a big champagne fan but I wanted to give it a try. This is a decent beer but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

3/5  rDev -28.1%

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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.

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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%

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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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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
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