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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 293
Gots: 136 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: badbeer on 06-30-2008)
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

11-14-2011 23:42:55 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of kkrez


5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-14-2011 22:53:46 | More by kkrez
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 18:04:07 | More by Desaparecido
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bubble and frothy pour, bright straw golden color. A long dusty pulling presence of wood in the nose, vinous on top of that with some dry cracker maltiness. Tartness explodes from the first sip and nearly every sip after, dry pull from the barrel aging and well attenuated sugars make this brew bone dry. Blue cheese? Lemony tartness, clean graininess has a nice cracker tone even though it is so damn dry.

Obviously not you typical Berliner Weiss, grapes with barrel aging. Once in a while I run into a beer that wows me ... this is one of them.

08-02-2011 03:22:05 | More by Jason
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.22/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours just a touch hazy, but mostly a golden straw yellow color all the way through. Some light bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass, but there is not enough to help with head retention. A 2 cm white head exists initially, then fades

Smell: The aroma is fairly grassy and sweet. Grass and wheat are the primary contributors to the aroma, with some citrus zest, white grape, and other light fruits on the edge.

Taste: Wow, surprisingly tart up front. After letting my palate adjust, I get some light wheat flavors, and lots of lemony citrus and white grapes. After the tartness fades a bit, some grass comes through as well. The finish is still tart, but a little less than it was up front.

Mouthfeel: Even with a low ABV, the body actually holds up reasonably well. There are enough unfermentables to keep this drinking bigger bodied than it is. The carbonation is medium, mostly creamy but with a crispness as well. Slightly acidic.

Overall: This was definitely a fun experiment - my first venture into Berliners. The tartness really won me over; this is something I could drink for a while.

07-20-2011 04:48:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

A big thanks to macdeko for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my Bell’s tulip with a tangerine color. About a finger of tiny bubbled head is achieved with an average pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Tart citrus fruits such as lemon and granny smith apple skins, with a hint of oranges and cherries. Wheat, grains, and a hint of malt.

Taste – Wow, much more fruity than I expected! Definitely get the granny smith apples up front with a nice puckering from the lemon also. Nice tart funk that leads to wheat and an ever so slight malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, great carbonation, finishes decently dry.

Overall – Damn, trying not to quaff this. A very good beer and one that I wish I could get my hands on again. Very glad I was able to try this and if they ever make it again (doubtful) I will pick up many for sure. I’m not sure how old this is but from the looks of it a couple years old. Hot damn I’m enjoying this.

06-08-2011 02:23:53 | More by SpdKilz
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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%

From a bottle, pours light gold with a large eggshell head. Not as spritzy as some examples of this style. Nose is quite grainy with a touch of lightly sweet stone fruit. Quite tart in the mouth, oddly sweet in the middle, with a bit of yeast in the finish. Very sour. Kind of sulfuric at times, quite a bit of wet stone and mineral in there as well. The mineral aspect of this is not entirely pleasant, and it's a touch too sour for me. Flavor profile is just kind of off, but I'm naturally comparing it to Southampton's, which just destroys this. A decent, but not great example of this style.

04-08-2011 01:43:56 | More by JAXSON
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

This beer looks the part of tart. It is just a shade darker then Lemon and hazy as all get out. Only a thin collar is left around the edge. Aroma took some deep nosing for me to really get into. A faint vinegar and funky grape aroma. However the Flavors really hit hard in the Green Granny Smith Apple department, refined lemon tartness that finishes with a dry grape note. Superb. Daniel makes so many beers that need to be brewed regularly, Please. I'd buy cases of this in 750s. Enigma too.

03-15-2011 02:59:47 | More by ChadQuest
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a light hazy blonde. The head is pretty with big bubbles but goes away and leaves a champagne like carbonation. Aromas are lightly funky and fruity. The grapes add to the flavor of this very nicely and the overall flavor is dry with a nice sourness.

02-21-2011 20:00:27 | More by BieresDesMoines
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

Much thanks to FrankenBrew for this one. 12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a creamy, off-white head. Fades slow to a nice coating.

Nose is classroom chalkboard, lemons and grainy malt. Mild sourness pervades the brew and even smells a bit like old tomato skins. Yum!

Taste is nicely tart, light and airy. Refreshing is an understatement. Mildly sour, but mostly tart unmalted grains. Creamy mouthfeel and carbonation is insanely fine. I could easily drink a whole 12-pack of this at a summer party - right up there with the best of the style. My full-bottle serving was gone before I could even write a proper review. Muy delicioso!

02-05-2011 23:10:47 | More by twiggamortis420
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a lighter golden color with a coastered white head. Nice lace already. Wheat bread aroma with a light toast. Some sourness in the nose as well. The flavor is light and refreshing, starts with a sweet tart apple flavor with an underlying wheat flavor. Light mouthfeel. Some lemon notes as well. Very nice.

01-29-2011 21:50:01 | More by kbutler1
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3.28/5  rDev -21.5%

From notes:

Pours a milky golden yellowish brown color with a two finger frothy white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a thin ring that leaves minimal spots of lacing.

Slightly funky aroma with subtle barnyard notes as well as some oak, lemon zest, clove, banana, citrus peel and bread.

Slightly tart/funky, earthy flavor with a good bit of citrus sweetness for balance. Hints of grapefruit, lemon peel and pepper/clove spice. Medium bodies with soft carbonation and a dry finish. There is very subtle earthy oak and a tartness providing balance to the sweeter flavors. Refrshing and easy to drink but a bit bland for my liking.

01-19-2011 02:12:47 | More by corby112
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Body pours a brilliant gold with a finger of white, fluffy head that doesn't linger for too long. Interesting lacing, thick and slow at first but then it spreads like a wildfire.

A crisp and fruity nose with notes of green apples, pears an just a touch of funk.

More of the funk comes out in the flavor. A nice mouthpickering tart that doesn't overdo it. Sour fruits that follow the initial shock up front.

Dry finish. Refreshing. Light body and very bubbly.

Easily my favorite from the Unplugged series so far.

11-29-2010 00:45:11 | More by nerdrocker101
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to paulv for the bottle.

Pours a hazy light peach with a thin white head on top. Some lacing left behind.

Sweet malts and lightly soured wheat on the nose. Faint citrus and some subtle milk aroma as well. Sweet with grassy hay.

On the tongue there is a nice lactic bite with white grapes and soured wheat. Malty, sweet and tart. I'm really liking the Riesling grapes in this one. Little bit oak and vanilla. Great flavor.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Some good lactic sourness at this point and still has plenty of spritzy carbonation, but not overdone. Malty, yet still light.

Drinkability is very good. This is one tasty beer. With a little more than 2 years of age the sourness has developed quite nicely and the beer itself could probably still go for another year or two. The nose could be a little stronger, but the overall experience is still very enjoyable. Definitely worth seeking out if you like berliners.

10-31-2010 23:08:46 | More by sisuspeed
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing cloudy light gold body under a thin, creamy white head. Some bubbles, a little lacing. Lots of sweet, mealy wheat and lactic sour-funk on the nose. Very standard Berliner smells.

Tastes oh so sour and refreshing with a slight metallic tinge. The sourness has a lot of lactic pucker intermingling with the more creamy wheat sweetness and a distinctly lemon tinge. Small metallic presence in the background. Clean, watery finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with tickling, tongue-curling fine carbonation. Medium-bodied. Very drinkable when cold, very refreshing when warm. Overall a stand-up Berliner Weiss!

What I wouldn't give right now for some Waldmeister Sirup...

10-31-2010 23:04:01 | More by abuliarose
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow with a bit of an orange tint. Light white head and a tad bit of lacing. Nose brings some very light fruits as well as a bit of lactic sourness. Taste is light lemon and peach with some slight sourness and a bit of grain. Slightly tart feel with good carbonation and a light body. Drinks really really well and certainly doesn't need any syrup.

10-29-2010 03:11:08 | More by Thorpe429
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow/straw color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of tart wheat, some lemon notes and surprisingly, some cherries. The flavor is cherries, wheat, lemons and oranges. The beer is fairly tart and very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

10-18-2010 19:54:02 | More by Mora2000
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4.22/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a fairly clear light golden yellow color. A finger's worth of white head forms up and then fizzes away to only rising bubbles of carbonation quite fast. A swirl revives the head that dissolves again just as fast.

The aroma of this brew is filled with a scent of lemony citrus upfront. Very minimal barnyard like earthy tones overtop of a grainy base that has a bit of fruitiness like pear or apple skins. Some lactic notes become more readily noticeable after this brew warms up.

The taste of this brew has a combination of pear/apple skin fruity flavors overtop of a mildly grainy base. All throughout the profile is suggestions of slightly souring lemony flavor that has a very minor puckering quality that comes across a bit salty and leave the mouth with a crisp drying finish. Just like in the nose, this brew needs to reach nearly room temperature for the more lactic notes to come forward in the flavor.

This is a light bodied brew with a high level of carbonation. Even as the glass nears being empty, there are still rapidly rising bubbles of carbonation breaking the surface of this brew. It is quite drinkable and would be something to return to time and time again during the summer. My only gripe about this beer is that the mild fruity skin notes of apple and pear really stand out in the flavor of this brew and I would have liked them to be a bit more subtle. Other than that, overall it was pretty darn good.

10-11-2010 03:19:17 | More by stakem
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a hazy gold color with a suprisingly thick rim of white head. Great retention.

The aroma is sour with a slight vinegar edge. There is a good level of grainy malt and a subtle, yeasty fruitiness. Strong fragrance level.

The flavor is sour, a little bit of vinegar, but otherwise quite clean. It's sweet and simple with a touch of sour lemon.

The mouthfeel is a little bigger than other berliner's I've tried. It's also a little less fizzy than I'd like. This really hit the spot on a hot brewday, but I wouldn't have had another one due to the acidic feeling I got in my throat.

08-15-2010 16:03:30 | More by jeffthecheff
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West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a thin, fizzy white head. Aroma is wheat, sour, yeast, grape, straw, and tart. Flavor is sweet malt, wheat, acidic, sour, apples, tart lemons, and straw. Mouthfeel is fairly light, dry, acidic, and refreshingly complex. Good beer, puckering.

07-26-2010 03:09:13 | More by mtstatebeer
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3.2/5  rDev -23.4%

A - Pours a pale golden hue, slightly hazy, with a big head that subsides to a persistent encircling ring of foam clinging onto the edge of the glass.

S - I hate to be simplistic about this, but it smells like a New Glarus fruit beer. It is tart, it has discernible wheat, and it only varies from the others in that it smells like white grapes rather than cherries or raspberries. I would have not a gripe in the world about that, if this wasn't being called a Berliner Weiss. Come to think of it, I loved Unplugged Cherry Stout and that wasn't a Stout at all, so I rescind my complaint.

T - My initial impression is that it tastes good, but it is a fruit beer, not a Berliner at all. It is quite a bit like all the other NG fruit beers, except it uses white grapes and is lighter in body than usual. As the glass drains, the flavor and aroma are decent, but not particularly good.

M - The feel is a bit too cidery, but lively nonetheless.

D - This is not one of the better NGs. I'd probably rather drink Totally Naked.

07-21-2010 23:39:58 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks to EnronCFO for this bottle!
Appears Hazy dull goldish yellow. Nice large white head really sticks around for the long haul! some lacing.

Smells tart, lemon zest, sour wheat, some malt sweetness.

Tastes pretty good. Tartness is situated up front and it falls away with time to dryness on the back end. I get apples, some acidity, white grape juice.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Active carbonation and light body.

Overall nicely drinkable brew. Not exactly like the German Berliner Weisses that I have had but a nice twist that I enjoyed.

07-13-2010 00:36:59 | More by ThirstyBird
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a very murky yellow colour with a thin white head. Nice enough retention and lacing. It has this lemon tangy/tart smell that I can't quite put my finger on. The flavour has the same. Quite unique, but probably fitting for the style. Love the carbonation on this beer, makes for an excellent drinker.

07-12-2010 19:50:16 | More by kwjd
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West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

Notes from 6-29-10 - poured into a Brewer's Art goblet - 12 FL OZ. capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin, white head that stays until the end. Some lacing is evident, but it stays close to the head.

Smell: Yeast, wheat, and fruit, especially white grapes and lemon. Unfortunately, the aroma seems faint to me.

Taste: A yeasty sourness and wheat. Also, there is an abundant fruity presence (apple, apricot, white grapes, and lemon). The sourness dissipates in the dry, champagne-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Initially tart and sour on the palate with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. A complex beer, but also a genuine thirst quencher. Nice and crisp.

Comments: This is the first beer of this style I have had the opportunity to try and I am really impressed with the style. It definitely deserves the title Napoleon bestowed upon it! It is nice to see a respected brewery like New Glarus having a try at it.

07-07-2010 22:49:12 | More by MarvinSnyder
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2.33/5  rDev -44.3%

Yikes, this brew scared the hell out of me.

Starts out hazy golden with a short head and very small lacing. Has a sweet, tart aroma. Very thick in the mouth.

Taste- lemon, very sour, like sucking on super sour candy. A very predominant wine aftertaste, rieseling like.
Very very long linger in the mouth, tasted it long after the session. Light hints of malt and floral as well.

High on the sour, fruity, linger, aspects. This was my first time trying a berliner weiss, I hope it was true to the style, until im able to try another brewers interpretation of this very distinctive and strange beer. It was definetly an experience.

06-30-2010 04:34:55 | More by sauron681
Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
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