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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 285
Gots: 138 | 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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Photo of Popkas


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a light golden color with a fairly thin head that is well retained with some nice lacing. The smell is of lemon, honey and a bit of grape. The taste very much follows the nose except the grape is stronger than the honey. Really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:56:52 | More by Popkas
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for breaking this one out. Served in a tulip. Poured a pale, golden yellow with a half inch, bright white head; clarity is a bit hazy. Head dissipates into a skim that coalesces around the edges. Nose is light and lemony, with the merest suggestion of breadiness. Taste follows nose, but a little less bready - clean, lemony and white grapes. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a champagne-like effervescence and a clean finish. A really nice beer - flavorful and refreshing. I just wish more brewers would market this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 00:25:55 | More by Jwale73
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Dyan's place the other night.

The beer pours a light gold color with surprisingly good head retetion and lacing. The beer displays some light tartness on the nose, mostly consisting of lemon and lime and some light spice. Flavors replicate the nose in this light, easy drinking, refreshing beer. That being said, there's plenty of flavor in this beer, and drinkability was very good.

Interesting take on the style by New Glarus. Definitely enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 15:14:33 | More by John_M
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Purchased At: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour is a crystal clear golden straw color with three fingers of thick soapy head. The head recedes quickly into just a thin layer of cream after just a minute. The beer is quite effervescent; there were two streams of bubbles climbing to the top at first. Now it's just one, but it's like a geyser. There are also a few thin streaks of lace on the side of my snifter.

Smell: The first thing I picked up in the nose was some sourness from the lactobacillus. The rest is all fruit, wheat malt and a little honey. A nice blend of grapes and lemon rein in the fruit.

Taste: The palate starts out with, and stays with, a small amount of sourness and tartness from the bacteria and the grapes. The wheat malt doesn't bring in a lot of flavor throughout the tasting, except for perhaps near the end when the acidity is starting to bend downwards a bit. No hop flavor is present, just a little bit of bittering is brought in. It's a very pleasant combination of flavors. I wish I had gotten a four pack instead of just a single bottle.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, with a thin to medium body. Every sip gives the tongue just a little shutter from the tartness, but it's very pleasant.

Drinkability: Another winner from New Glarus. A great aroma, nice palate, and easy to drink on a weeknight.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 03:00:55 | More by Ek0nomik
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow pour into a wine glass

Scents of doughy yeast and white grapes with the bubbliness of champagne evident on the snout

Immediate tartness grips the jaw from the start. White wine, touch of vinegar, green apple, and yeast round out the profile

Light bodied and highly carbonated

Quite easy and enjoyable on the palate despite the tart, though I feel this beer is starting to decline slightly. Still a solid brew

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 23:08:07 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight bannanas, slight corinander. The taste is malty, yeasty, sour, with some bannana/corinander notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 20:03:51 | More by Wasatch
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a recent trade from Brian23456! Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with two fingers of frothy white head that does lace the glass a little as it settled to just a rim and film of bubbles on top.

S: Smells like tart fruits, green apple, yeast, straw, light honey

T: i wasn't familiar with this style beer at all - but this is like a tart/slightly sour version of a hefeweizen to me. There's a tart fruitiness, lemony-citrus, sour green apple, yeast, wheat type flavors

M: Pretty highly carbonated but not a lot of carbonation bite.

D: I'm really liking the flavor here, especially because I've never really been into sours. This tastes to me almost like a training/gateway beer for the person trying to make the jump to sours. I could see this getting cloying over time, but I'd say drinkability is above average.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 00:51:08 | More by dukedevil0
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this has a light wheat color with a very white bubbly head that settled into a thin cap but the very active carbonation was visibly present for the entire brew. The aroma is very sweet with white grapes, some hints of banana, light clove, and sweet tarts. Man the tart flavor just blows up in your mouth. This is fresh and bubbly just like a glass of champagne. This is a nice brew. I was very lucky to get it in a mixed unplugged pack from my bro for Christmas. Excellent find, but too bad retired brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:33:05 | More by WJVII
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3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz red foiled bottle.

Pours a pale yellow color with a slight hint of gold and a foamy and active white head. Reminds me of a Euro lager.

Smell is fruity, spicy, and funky. Does not remind me of the other traditional Berlinner Weisse's I've had other than a light sour lemon scent, it is more like a sour lager.

The beer itself is a bit too light, and I know this style is but this is ultra-light. There is a bit of lemon sour above some lifeless wheat notes. It is just not as refined as it could be.

The Unplugged series is hit or miss, while this one isn't too bad it isn't a stalwart of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 02:51:31 | More by crossovert
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to natasharai for lugging this and many other fine brews all the way to Alaska.

Pours like a good berliner should, nearly totally clear with a soft white hue and light yellow highlights. A nice fizzy white head actually retains pretty well for the style and leaves ok lacing.

Nose has the requisite lactic tartness, light peach, green apple, and a small wheat yeast note.

Wow. Pretty darn close to dead on for the style. A nice wheat beer base is evident. The lactic tartness is a tiny bit strong for the style, but you won't hear any complaints from me in that regard. Some slight grape in there as well, white grape. Nice crisp finish without being too dry, and the nice tartness lingers a bit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is damn fine, ever so slightly too viscous for the style, IMO, but not bad at all. Carbonation is ideal.

Drinkability is where this one shines, as any good berliner weiss should. Would love to have a regular supply of these to session on a summer day.

Overall, a very good representation of the style, and one i would love to have again. Easily one of the best american made (or anywhere made for that batter) berliners out there. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 07:14:31 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice clear golden yellow with a finger and a half of nice eggshell white head.

S - Nice berliner weiss aroma of sour apples, some pale wheat, and a hint of honey.

T - First sip delivers a nice load of tart crisp apple flavors. Not exceptionally puckering like some other Berliner Weissbiers I've had but extremely refreshing and delicious. Some white grapes hidden in here too. I just have to take off some points here because it's not quite sour enough for the style.

M - Nice carbonation with a good effervescence to accompany the tart flavor. Not quite as much bite as other Berliner weisses that I've had, which makes it more drinkable.

D - An extremely drinkable and refreshing beer. Definitely my favorite for the style. Will have to trek back up to WI and pray that I can find some more of this gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:32:24 | More by fropones
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of nflmvp--thanks!

A: Pours a pale, hazy golden wheat with a few fluffy fingers of huge cream head. Has some nice, consistent, medium carbonation. Some sticky, very foamy lacing, though it's a bit inconsistent. About two fingers of head sticks around rather persistently. Once the head disappears, there's some clouds of foam left on the top, which looks almost like you might have whipped it up or squeezed some orange or lemon juice into it.

S: Smells sour, like lemons and granny smith apples, as well as some horse hair and saddle leather funk. Hay and sweet grass. Some pretty strong white grapefruit notes are present as well. White grapes are there, though very subtly and predominated by citrus, vinegar (I'm getting several varieties--red and white, and apple cider) sour notes, and funk. A heavy sour candy smell as it warms. A little sugary and sweet when agitated. Grows quite faint as it warms, at least relative to the taste, but sour notes and a bit of funk remain. A bit mouthwatering.

T: Far sweeter than the smell would have you believe. Sharp tart flavor jumps out of the front of this one, with very high acidity--but it's tempered by a heavier apple and orange juice note. Tons of citrus of varied types: lemons, limes, oranges, and even some lemon balm. The apple juice blends quite well with the up-front acidity. Sweet and sour all at once, and very well blended. I'm even getting oregano and dill out of it. Some hay notes in the aftertaste, as well as light, refreshing grape juice. Lucky for me, as it warms the sour taste becomes more prominent, as I'd far rather be tasting that than the fruit notes in this mix. Red wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar become quite strong as it warms, and the sour candy notes fade. There's also an earthy, musty, leathery funk as it warms.

M: very light, almost giving the impression of sparkling cider. The bubbles certainly don't overwhelm, and the aftertaste is light grape juice. I wonder how it would be with slightly higher carbonation, though--I'd prefer the sour taste to pop a bit more and it to be a little less like fruit juice and flat vinegar. This is particularly true as it warms and the carbonation (which was decent in the beginning) is just about cut in half.

D: A very sour sparkling apple cider at first, and as it warms a vinegary mix with hints of vinegar. Sour, but not enough to turn your stomach. Once again, New Glarus shows its talent with infusing fruit into beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 20:51:34 | More by afausser
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp,crisp, crisp,pours deep yellow clear with a slight wild champagne type carbonation almost fizzy,when it settles there remains a little head with light lacing,taste is a tad sour grape,grabs at the back of the tongue,highly drinkable on a hot summer day,refreshing with a slight wine like aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 02:24:33 | More by jjhbrfdds
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4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer..Pours hazy with a head that dissipates rapidly. Slight funky aroma, with the flavor of a welch's light white grape juice with very little alcohol. This is one of the few session beer that I'll finish in a few minutes only to get another. It's that tasty.


Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:52:23 | More by Pullen
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle via trade as an extra thanks to KRAMER17801.

Pours a mostly clear golden-yellow color with a two-finger mildly fizzy white head. Aroma is wheaty and funky with some citric tartness. Very tart flavor with wheat, yeasty funk, lemon, and white grapes. Maybe some lacto in there. Fairly light-bodied and acidic on the palate. Refreshing and drinkable. Overall a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 17:34:12 | More by nickd717
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Glarus flute.

A: pale straw color, little to no white head

S: tart white grapes on the front, very wine like aroma, can't really find any thing else on the nose. No hops, and the grains are hidden beneath the fruit

T: this one starts highly fizzy as it dazzles on the tongue, once it settles, the tart grapes from the nose come through. Finishes with a hint of sweetness. This is pretty sour, but not overwhelmingly so

MF: sharp on the tongue with effervescent carbonation, thin body

D: this is another tart and refreshing delight from New Glarus. I prefer their other fruit beers, but this one is certainly interesting, just a little one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:35:17 | More by homebrew311
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger of white fluffy head that dissolves into a crackled thin head that rests atop the glass. The aroma is musty grain, sour white grapes and lemon dominate. The flavor is very white wine like with more sour white grapes, tart lemon. Its light bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation and finishes slightly dry. Very aromatic beer, makes it very enjoyable to quaff but its also hard to restrain yourself from drinking it quickly.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 04:00:11 | More by DiabolikDUB
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is labeled as retired but there's still plenty of it around. Lucky me.

Poured into my glass the beer is a slightly cloudy golden pale yellow. The stark white head reaches a solid two inches before receding to leave absolutely no lace.

The aroma is a full on sour funk. I love it. Lemon, sour grapes, wet straw and a touch of wheat that seems to bring on a sweetness.

The flavor is just as funky as the nose. Sour lemons and grapes. Acidic and tart but not too overpowering. This is a style I can really enjoy.

Light crisp body. Light carbonation.

Overall a great beer. I really dig the sour funky combo. I'm sad this is retired. I'm glad I bought a handful to keep in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 01:47:26 | More by beerwolf77
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to imperialking for this one! Jeff was kind enough to knock this want off my list and do so as an extra. Incredible generosity.

A: The pour is a hazy, light yellow-golden color. There isn't much in terms of a head, and there are some nice, small carbonation bubbles.

S: The smell is the signature lactic tartness paired with a bit of wheat. A bit of lemon, but not too much else.

T: The first taste sensation is a great tartness. The wheat flavor is not all that present, but this doesn't really upset me. There is a bit of a vinous character to this one that I like.

M: The beer is highly carbonated and has a dryness to it that is great for this style of beer.

D: As usual for a berliner weiss, amazing drinkability. This is a beer that I would love to have a bunch of to drink during the warm months (which we have plenty of in Southern California). A great beer that I'm glad I was able to try.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 01:42:12 | More by womencantsail
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle date coded 1558, which I believe means 155th day of 2008 making this beer about 18 months old.

I poured it into elongated pilsner glass trying to make the most of the high carbonation. It pours a nice golden color with a pillowy white head.

Aroma is pretty neutral with only the tartness and sourness showing itself.

The high carbonation makes it prickly on the tongue and then shoves the tartness right up front and center. I'm getting hints of wine character from the use of two types of grapes used but not as much as I expected. I have had this beer previously, probably 10 months ago and recall it having much more fruit character. I can tell the bugs have been working hard on this one. It ends with a hard dry sourness typical of these types of beers.

This beer is very drinkable and the mouthfeel is peppy and lively.

This was my first example of the style besides DFH Festina Peche and I really love this beer. I have a lot of it was only made once and my wife is in love with it so I had to buy plenty of it when I could find it. A really solid beer and a style I want to explore deeper.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 04:15:03 | More by weatherdog
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Unplugged Berliner Wiess poured a cloudy amber with a nice white head. The smell was faint of lemon. The taste was super tart full of lemon. Mouthfeel was a bit thick. Drinkability was nice. Overall I enjoyed this beer a great deal. Wish that the style was easier to find.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 02:12:54 | More by nickynick
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came as an extra in a trade with imperialking. I couldn't be happier, as I've had only one other New Glarus beer and it was really good.

A: Poured a bright golden/yellow color and apparent with heavy carbonation. A thick bright white foam tops by tulip glass and fades to a single layer within minutes.
S: Soft lemon zest/peel. Notes of hay/dust/earth mixed with light floral/grass aromas. Just the right amount of fragrance here. Not jumping from the glass, but there if you want to find it.
T: Deliciously tart. The cirtus/lemon continues to taste and becomes more orange-like as I dive in. Noticing a little bit of green apple, too.
M: Very light and refreshing. Full flavored and not so light that it just washes down without you noticing.
D: Another great New Glarus beer. I could have a couple of these and be off to a great night. I'll have to seek out more.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 05:19:16 | More by d0ggnate
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pale straw color. Very hazy with a white head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell was a bit citrusy sour and somewhat winey. The label says this contains Pinot Grigio grapes and it certainly has an aroma that's slightly wine-like. Bit of bready malt too.

Taste is really complex and interesting. Not like anything else I've had. I'm not sure it really matches up to a classic Berliner Weisse. I've had beers with a strong amount of lactobassilus character, and I wouldn't characterize this as having much of that classic character. The flavor is tart, winey and very bready/biscuity all at the same time. Absolutely minimal hop character. Very refreshing beer!

Mouthfeel is extremely light, thin and refreshing. This is a beer for a hot summer day. Overall, a nice beer. It's a very interesting combination -- probably not classic for style but really enjoyable nonetheless,

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:38:28 | More by mklinger
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden sand with a thin beige head.

Nose has tart citrus, wheaty malts, tropical fruits and honey.

Taste has a nice sour lacto presence up front and through the finish. Also some sweet fruits and candy malts.

Crisp, clean and refreshing body is well carbonated. The perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:09:19 | More by rye726
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a nice smooth silky white head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving a small amount of lacing on my glass. The beer is a cloudy golden yellow color.

Smell: Tangy wheat, tart fruit similar to raspberries. funky wheat and yeasty character.

Taste: Tangy wheat, slightly tart, a slight sour berry bite, sweet white grape, and a tasty musty flavor toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, tingly tart, small sour pucker, leaves mouth clean.

Overall: Great drinkability, nice tangy and tart bite, delicious character throughout. Great beer! Not just sour but funky and sweet too.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 05:20:01 | More by natasharai
Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
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