Bubbler | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Lucular on 03-31-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by scaliasux:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contrary to popular belief, the upper midwest does indeed enjoy a favorable and warm summer- one which demands the taste for lightness, fruitiness and zestiness in the beer that's offered. The brewing hands of New Glarus provides a German-style wheat beer for just the occasion.

Its glowing cylinder of gold carries a boistrous white cap that's fueled by racing streams of carbonation below. Its scent is sweet with fruit and pastry, and then spicy with clove and citrus. Flavors of fresh baking bread, fruit sweetness, honeysuckle and vanilla greet the tongue before the breadth of fruit and spice arrive.

Then the ale explodes with flavor one its bubbly effervescence hits the middle palate. Banana, apple, lemon, pear and papaya all take a candied breadiness with the sugar cookie maltiness holding firm. Both fruit and malt balances with a spicy rebuttal from white pepper, vanilla, paradise seed, coriander and a surprisingly strong juicy fruit bubblegum presence.

Trailing with a spice-forward finish, the bubbles pop off the tongue with a zesty carbonic bite and a pleasant scrubbing effect. Herbal, minty and soft, the vanilla and peppermint character is charming while its bubblegum taste extends past the banana, clove and wheaten sweetness. Soft and spicy with banana bread ultimately frames the beer's flavor profile.

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Photo of Jason
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Poured clear until I did the swirl of the bottle and decanted the rest, proper hefe haze with a lacing that won't give up. Phenolic and dough aroma of cloves, yeast, banana taffy, bandaids, bread, and browned apple. So smooth with a crispness that rises up quick and makes this beer really pop. Banana wafer cookies, mild clove, bubble gum, peppercorn, bread crust, nutty yeast, and ripe fruit on the palate. Not a surprise that New Glarus nailed it with this brew.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a foamy white head that, as with many American Hefes, fades fairly fast. Spotty lacing.
The aroma is banana, clove and wheat.
The taste follows, plenty of banana and clove, some crackery wheat and a great finishing snap.
Mouthfeel is really good - medium, creamy and bubbly.
A very refreshing, crisp beer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge initial aroma of bubblegum and banana that settles back to include wheat and light clove. The taste is more subdued and wheat heavy, although the yeast does come through as well. Highly carbonated with a crisp, dry finish that has too much of a wheaty aftertaste to be as clean as desired. Solid overall.

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Photo of deebo
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Easy drinking, well made hefe. I am a fan. All the classic aromas and tastes of a goodGerman. Great summer beer. Clove banana and wheat with a nice strong effervescence. A slammer

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger white head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A yeasty and bready aroma with a scent of yeast, spice, and dried fruit. Hefeweizen yeast with some hints of clove. Malt hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Fruit hints of dried banana along with some bubblegum. Also some hints of earthy hops. A very solid wheat aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty and bready Hefe style taste with notes of yeast, spice, and fruit. Hefeweizen yeast with some notes of clove spice. Malt along with notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Dried fruit notes of banana along with some bubblegum. Light presence of earthy and floral hops. A very good wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and fairly drying.

Overall: A very good Hefeweizen. Good bready malt and banana flavor. Up there with Dancing Man.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mgwagman
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased after coming back from Peninsula State Park coming back home. Smell is predominately banana with bread in the background. Nicely carbonated, refreshing. Taste is overall banana, with some bread, mild clove, and there is a sweet aftertaste almost like a gumball hinting at the end. Would be an excellent beer with lighter food or something sweet. Will try it with oranges and lemons next to see what comes out. Overall one of the better New Glarus 12 oz's that I have had. There frombroise type beers are really the best I have ever had.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacrza1
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: May 5, 2018... OCCASION: having experienced our first Gender Reveal, I take a time out from Cinco de Mayo to refresh with a suitable warm-weather companion... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen... pours--my goodness, the bubbles!--seriously, this is two-thirds head though I tilted with care... that head is snow white, thick and frosty... its body is sallow gold, slightly veiled and with sparse bubbles... rich bubblegum and banana, lemongrass, and light yeasty esters... singular in its suggestion--a straight-up German hefe, though it looks a bit filtered... sips thinly, with a malty backbone that allows for swift repetitions... flatter than expected, though I know this came fresh, courtesy of Jarrett's travels--thanks, friend!...clove is prominent, taking the bubblegum's challenge and holding its own... the banana is there too... this checks off all marks on the quintessential hefeweizen wish list... can't ask for much more than this from the style, though it doesn't have a spiciness that separates it from others I have had... refreshing, crisp with wheat, and finishes cleanly...

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Photo of cuttlery
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spinozone
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Biased review insofar as I'm a hefehead, but I really adore Bubbler. Last year I made one of the hardest decisions of my life after commissioning a friend to help me blind-test it against Dancing Man. 10/10 would recommend with banana bread. By far my favorite branding of any brew, period--I feel all warm and foamy inside.

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Photo of avisong
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this has nearly all the flavor of the much stronger Dancing Man Wheat is a neat, sessionable package. It has the creamy, doughy banana foundation with light spice and a hint of orange. Very very drinkable. I wish I had more.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold with mutiple fingers of whippy pearl colored head. Average hed retention & lacing

S: Juicy fruit, a little breadyness

T: A little peppery yeast to go with the nose up front, plus dryness. Dryness, breadyness & green banana peels as this warms. Finishes dry, a liitle fruitty, & a little grassyness, plus more green banana peel

MF: Light/medium yeasty body, subtle carbonation

A nice, easy-drinking Hefe. Well done New Glarus!

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Photo of robgage
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mribbens
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kimber234
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I prefer this beer to Dancing Man, however since Dancing Man was not as fresh based upon release date calendar on NG website, age could have changed the flavors. I'm bummed that it will only be released in June and July as it stands now. We'll see. It is refreshing, great favors similar to Paulaner, Konig, or Hacker-Pschorr, but lighter. We loved it for WI vacation in July, and hopefully it will be available in August for our next trip! I was very apprehensive about trying it based upon the label and feared it would be to Bubble Gummy...plus Husband would say "what's this?". He liked it a lot too and had no problem with the pink and orange label!

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Bubbler from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 210 ratings