Thumbprint Berliner Weiss
New Glarus Brewing Company

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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Berliner Weisse
ABV:
3%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.87%
Reviews:
405
Ratings:
1,077
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 05, 2021
Added:
Jun 30, 2008
Wants:
  322
Gots:
  156
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.83 by EMH73 from New York

May 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by RitzCarling from Illinois

Jun 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.69 by Chilmer from Iowa

Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.15 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Oct 10, 2018
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Reviewed by leantom from Indiana

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).
Aug 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Aug 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by kevindp9 from Arizona

May 09, 2018
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Reviewed by bret717 from Pennsylvania

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
May 07, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!
Apr 14, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

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.
Apr 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by MTKATL from Georgia

Mar 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.
Mar 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by wshinevar from Massachusetts

Feb 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Dec 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.07 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 14, 2017
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

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.
Nov 15, 2017
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

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.
Oct 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by ffshore545 from Illinois

Sep 27, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

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.
Sep 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

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.
Sep 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.36 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Sep 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.2 by Tilley4 from Tennessee

Sep 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by ZombPumpkin from Illinois

Aug 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.65 by LT630 from Wisconsin

Aug 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by n2pux from Texas

Aug 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Aug 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Aug 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Aug 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by Onenote81 from North Carolina

Aug 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.47 by crobinso from Colorado

Aug 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.84 by ZRT from Ohio

Aug 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Nat1975 from Indiana

Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by captainkrad from New Jersey

Jul 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by MaxOhle from Illinois

Jul 10, 2017
Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1482 ratings