Thumbprint Berliner Weiss
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
4.18 | pDev: 8.85%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Napoleon hailed this tart beer style "the Champagne of the North." A lively and elegant masterpiece this Berliner Weiss is a kaleidoscope of fresh flavor.
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale yellow body, clear, with a short white head, quick to fade to nothing. Tiny faint lacing present on the edges.

S - Expected pungent acidity, surprisingly restrained notes of grains and lactic. Does not tip toward yogurt, though.

T - This is where the beer really shines, with pleasant lemon and floral elements coasting over the strong malt and acid at its core.

M - Like the nose, the beer is sharp but sufficiently subtle to keep the beer brisk without being punishing.

O - A 2017 that has held up well. I was not sure what I would find when I poured, and it delivered a delicious take on the style. Another solid New Glarus offering.

Apr 10, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2017; drank 8/7/17 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy bright white head; decent lace.

Dandelion & faint lemon notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Dandelion & mild lemon flavors up front; a mild, pleasant tartness on the finish.

Simple but effective take on the style. I'd have another...and have one in the cellar just for such an occasion.

Feb 19, 2019
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leantom from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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).

Aug 25, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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

May 07, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Apr 14, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Apr 14, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Mar 18, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Nov 15, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Oct 16, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Sep 17, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Sep 10, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My boss brought back a bottle of this back from Wisconsin....its the 2017 version. It poured a pale yellow with thin white head and no lace. The scent had hints of tart fruit. The taste leaned tart/sour with cherry hints. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Jul 04, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear straw yellow. Short, foamy, white head that fades quickly.

Smells yeast funk, light tart apple, citrus and wheat hints.

Tastes lemon, tart apple, musty yeast funk and light wheat. Finish is dry with a light funk and acidic linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Jun 14, 2017
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Bdubz94 from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle-- no exact date.

Pours a crystal clear light straw color. Very fizzy, champagne-like 2.5 finger head. Head doesn't stay for too long. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is barley, wheat, lemon, tart, slightly funky, and apples.

Taste is crisp and light. Lots of apples and lemon. Definite tartness.

Feel is light, and highly carbonated. Great aftertaste.

Tart and crisp are the best adjectives for this beer. Oh, and tasty. More complex that I was expecting.

May 29, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous light straw golden yellow and slightly hazy with a two finger head of straight white foam and active champagne like carbonation.

Musty funk, toast, lemon zest, lemongrass, and a noticeable acidity.

Flavor almost identical to aroma, there is a strong lemony flavor without much else but a nice tart acidity to complement the citrusy aroma and flavor character.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, light, crisp, tart, highly refreshing.

Overall, this is certainly a nuanced beer with not much in terms of complexity, but it's superbly light, refreshing, and remarkably balanced.

Apr 10, 2016
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woemad from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle courtesy of the largesse of @Ri0. Different label than the one featured here, and no mention of "Thumbprint." No freshness date on the bottle, or much info in general. Going by what’s posted on BA, this may have the lowest alcohol of any beer I’ve ever had.

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass, this was a hazy, lemony gold color, with a very long lasting, pillowy, bone-white head that left lots of lace on the sides of the glass. Gorgeous beer!

Tart, earthy, and with a sharp lemony scent, this hits the style buttons in the aroma department.

While much like what was promised to the nose, it’s not quite as sour as I was expecting, but more “soft.” The tart sourness is certainly present, but it's restrained enough to allow the earthy wheat notes to be appreciated. Finished on a lemony dry note.

Light, dry, body, with a mouthfeel a bit like a sprightly, thin lemonade.

This would be a great summer thirst quencher. While it delivers the sour, tart flavors one can expect from the style, it remains approachable to someone who might not be expecting such things. I wish there were more beers of this style brewed locally. The closest I can come is Huckleberry Pucker. While that’s a great beer, with the whole huckleberry thing it’s a completely different animal than this. Thanks, Ri0!

Apr 10, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright gold color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Very effervescent with bubbles coursing upwards throughout the consumption of the beer.

Smell is mostly lemon and wheat with some mild funk - not very tart on the nose.

Taste follows the nose - lots of lemon, lemon zest, mild funk, slight acidity, and some wheat on the back end. The wheat is tinged with lemon through the finish. Bit more sweetness in this than some of the other Berliners I've had, but not overly sweet by any stretch.

Feel is light, sprightly and smooth. Semi-dry finish. Medium carbonation. Not very puckering, just a bit tart.

Overall a nice classic Berliner. Very tasty and certainly a more accessible one.

Mar 10, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One reason I often think of New Glarus as my favorite brewery is that it defies a pet theory of mine: that most American craft brewers can create world-class additions to only one of the three great traditions (Belgian, German, British) and only a few brewers can create consistently world-class additions to two traditions.

New Glarus brews world-class additions in all three traditions.

Of course, their achievement in the German tradition is well-appreciated. Taking on this hugely difficult weiss-style and making one of the best examples only boosts my appreciation. Controlling the sourness is what makes this style so difficult and doing that makes New Glarus' offering succeed so well. (Maybe the grapes are the secret ingredient).

Served in Berlin in 2001, I received a raspberry syrup in the bottom of the glass. I'm guessing it turned sourness into tartness. When I lived in San Francisco in the 1970s, I remember having an imported Berliner Weiss that had the syrup in the bottle's bottom. I'm wondering if that can be done again.

2017 version: still fine, champagne-like, dry and the best in the U.S. But others with fruit syrups are catching up. I sure would like NG to try a raspberry or some other tart syrup.

Feb 28, 2016
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute
2013 vintage

This beer pours yellow in color with a slight haze. It is topped with a couple inches of eggshell head that disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is tart and lemony.

The taste is tart with a musty flavor like that of a dank basement. I get light lemon flavor with a dry finish.

Moderate mouthfeel. Highly effervescent

I was worried that I kept this bottle for too long, but it tastes great. It is refreshing and well done.

Jan 27, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow appearance, heaps of clarity. One of the mustier smelling berliners I've come across, especially in America. Perhaps its that white grape thing they do, but there's also plenty of lemony aroma.

Taste, more lemon brightness. Comes across traditional except for the grapes, otherwise, it isn't a mouth raper like some of the more sour ones coming out these days. Very refreshing, one of my fave summer beers. Super dry too.

Dec 05, 2015
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold, tall white fizzy head, leaves rings of lace as it fades. Tart wheat aroma. Very light fruity tart taste. Nice crisp wheaty finish. Crushable, fresh, not too tart, liked it.

Sep 27, 2015
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A- Pours a clear straw colored gold with a thick head that dissipates and leaves some beautiful lacing.

S- Tart green fruits. Apple, grape. Maybe some lemon?

T- More tart fruits. Almost has a wine like quality. Mild sourness

M- Dry and mildly sour. A really good amount of carbonation.

D- A pretty good Berliner Weiss that really opens up as it warms just a little. Good representation of the style.

Sep 22, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

You get a yellow, sometimes mild, sometimes a little more glowing appearance with good clarity nonetheless.

Aroma is tart lemon, white grape, green apple and wheat.

Taste is out of the same playbook, but without the apple. Super flavorful, super light beer, perfect for the dog days of summer or any time around the pool. Acidic, tart and dry. Must drink every summer. Berliner Weisse with an American (grape) twist.

Sep 21, 2015
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Herky21 from Iowa

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge frothy head that stays up. Smell is very reminiscent of sauvignon blanc or some other crisp, white wine. Taste is similar, and the characteristics from the yeast are definitely unique as well, with an almost lager-like quality. Mouthfeel is excellent for such a low ABV beer. Overall, I think this is a lager with white wine grapes in it, but I would drink 100 of these. Excellent.

Sep 16, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a pale golden color and a lively white head. Beware, it does gush.

The aroma offers slight tart lemon and apple, with grainy malt and wheat.

The flavor follows of that medium minus tart quality up front, along with some apple, white grape, a biscuity malt in the middle with a kiss of sweetness, then onto wheat and more grain. The finish is crisp with little after taste. The mouthfeel is medium minus to light with a lively carbonation.

An extremely refreshing brew that thrives on subtly.

Sep 08, 2015
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