Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company
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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
04-25-2012 13:33:34 | More by thain709
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.
04-15-2012 23:19:27 | More by antoines15
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
03-31-2012 05:25:52 | More by hopsbreath
Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,112 ratings.