Thumbprint Berliner Weiss | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by badbeer on 06-30-2008

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#2,515
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1,475
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
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Photo of leantom
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat odd, but I think that's what they were going for. Here goes:

A: Slightly cloudy yellow (mostly clear). Pours a decent head that readily dissipates, leaving little lacing. Very little carbonation in the beer.

S: Lemony and very tart/sour. Can detect hay and very peppery scents. Almost like a mild Gose. Good, but not really my cup of tea.

T: Follows the nose. Astringent, sour lemon - very tart. Also fair helpings of hay and wheat with a dash of pepper.

F: Great. Very crispy and refreshing.

O: A good beer, but it's better if you like the style (it's not for everyone).

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevindp9
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- slightly cloudy golden liquid with a bubbly 1 finger head and nice lacing

Aroma- rhubarb, under ripe blackberries and strawberries, green grapes, faint hay

Taste- tart apples, strawberries, grapes, a mild soft hay-like note underlying everything

Feel- light bodied w/medium carbonation and dry finish

Overall- really nice beer with an insanely complex nose and slightly less complex flavor

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a cool beer, apparently varying slightly each time around. i was lucky enough to be able to drink the 2016 and the 2017 vintages side by side, the former featuring riesling grapes along, with the latter showcasing both riesling and chardonnay grapes, amazing to be able to have them next to each other, two totally different beers that probably should have their own listings here. its pretty incredible that they are so flavorful and interesting and dynamic at such a low abv, perfect session beers. the 2016 was a little sweeter from the grape, but also quite a bit more sour at this point, possibly getting more and more acidic in the bottle over time, but maybe just a little different to start with. i liked the 2017 a little more i think, with a nice piquant white grape character that didnt really seem to have the sweetness of the riesling alone, more well rounded there, but still super fragrant and interesting. the lacto side of this is really clean, the wheat is full of flavor in both vintages, and the body isnt all that light for what this is, not watered down to me at all, even sturdy for the style, brilliantly done. the white grape character is awesome, especially in the 2017 one, floral and summery, refreshing even, almost a beer wine hybrid but something totally original. i get light farmhouse funk to both of these as well, really pretty interesting, high terroir, awesome stuff. carbonated like soda both of them too. it was a pleasure to get to compare them, and i would be curious about other white grape varietals in future editions! all of these thumbprint series beers have been killer! these were some of the better berliner types i have had this year!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/8/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, corn, and white bread; with light oak, pepper, Lacto/Brett funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, corn, and white bread; with light oak, pepper, Lacto/Brett funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, corn, white bread, pepper, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3%. Overall this a very nice fruited Berliner weisse. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/spicy/drying finish, never overly lactic. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Kind of unique with the added Riesling grapes, but it doesn't overpower the Lacto profile. Solid pale/wheat malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a fairly clear, light golden color. Nice carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. The head is white, one finger, frothy, but not long lasting.
The nose is light, slightly tart, fruity.
The taste is like the nose - light, slightly tart, fruity.
Crisp feeling, but actually decent body for the ABV.
Delicious, easy drinking beer. Pleasure to drink it.

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Photo of wshinevar
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pure white head, rises to over one finger, looks airy and whipped up but the retention is probably as good as it gets for this style of beer, lacing starts off broad but has no stick. Bright golden hued liquid with just the barest visible haze to it, random fat bubbles swirl upwards slowly. Bracing nose of wheat, rye and crackers, lemony and grassy, has a vinous to vinegary bite, Granny Smith apples, not a multitude of elements but they all work in harmony and flow in the same direction. Light-bodied, crisp and borderline acidic, electric presence across the palate. More earthy, herbaceous funk here, however, that lemon citrus washes off most anything in its path. The tartness does not make it all that dry and that green apple, pear and white grape fruit gives it snappy juiciness. The carbonation prickles well and it never tires. There is some corn syrup like sweetness at the finish and a gentle clove like note. The wheat component not as pronounced here, more of a supporting role. You taste it all long after you have swallowed. Immaculate presentation.

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Photo of kitch
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention and left some lacing. Lots of nice upward streaming bubbles.

Aroma: Lemon, wheat and citrus zest. Lightly tart and lightly funky.

Taste: Tart, lemon, lemon zest, white grapes and green apple with hints of wheat on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: A nice, easy drinking Berliner Weisse with especially nice mouthfeel. A great thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of ffshore545
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A mostly clear blonde-straw haze with a creamy head of 1 finger. It recedes within a couple minutes to a mossy layer on top.

Lots of grain aromas - wheat, barley, cracker; with some watermelon rind and slight citric acid.

Flavor is not as sour or as acidic as the aroma would suggest, and that's great because it's not ripping your face off with a sour gummi worm flavor like many Berliners do. It's actually very refreshing. Notes of watermelon, lemon, grain, corn, and a slight sweet tart finish.

Feel is crispy, light, and airy. Slightly dry finish. I love the feel on this.

Overall, a refreshing Berliner that's not face twisting, but rather enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Foggy pale gold with a large white foam settling to a thin off-white blanket and a thick collar.

Smell is white grape, yellow corn, crisp faint wheat, grass and lemon with a slight hint of lactic funk in the background.

Taste is tangy and tart, with sweet corn, light wheat, lemon, and yellow apple.

Light and bouncy with a soft light froth and semi-wet finish.

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Photo of BEER88
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZombPumpkin
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LT630
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2pux
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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