Thumbprint Berliner Weiss | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Berliner WeissThumbprint Berliner Weiss

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews by coldmeat23:
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Photo of woemad
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man, Dan (the man) can brew. I was so pumped when I heard he was making a Berliner Weiss. I mean, every German-style beer this guy touches turns to magic. I was saddened to hear that this was going to be a strange beer/wine hybrid. Especially since it was white wine grapes, and I don't much care for those.

But despite his best efforts to mess this one up, the beer is still pretty damned good. Not sour enough, but that is OK.

The nose is a pleasant mix of beer and wine. A light wheat character mixed with something that smells an awful lot like Riesling (but I don't know whites that well, so take that with a grain of salt).

The beer itself is nice and dry. The beer has a variety of stages on your tongue. Initially, it tastes like a BW should, there is a nice blast of light wheat, which is followed by a nice champagne-like taste, then a nice sour punch, which gives way to a Riesling aftertaste. So the beer really changes depending on how you are drinking it. When I don't pay attention to the beer, how it tastes can change dramatically. One sip tastes like a not-very-tart Berliner Weiss. The next sip, I swear I am drinking a white wine that I, for reasons I do not understand, actually like. Still othertimes it will start out tasting like either beer or wine and end tasting like the other. A pleasant roller-coaster of flavor.

This is my last bottle of the two four-packs I bought and I've gotta say, this is a nice beer. At the end of the day, would I have preferred that he was a little more traditional with the style? Yes, yes I would. But the twist he put on it is really pretty amazing and eye-opening. For example, I can now appreciate Riesling wine (a favorite of my g/f) much more. And that is a large part of what beer advocacy is about: exposing people to new and exciting flavors.

Good stuff.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for tossing me this one. Enjoyed side by side with Bell's Oarsman Ale. The pour is nearly identical - a murky, straw-yellow color; this one is perhaps a bit more clear, but still has a large haze to it. The head is pretty voluptuous, cumulonimbus-like as it rises up and gathers at about two full fingers. It doesn't last forever, but it looks nice while it's there.

A nice amount of light grains, hay, must, lemon zest and and indigenous amount of white grape skins come clashing together to form a very soft, relaxed, yet well-stated aromatic profile. This one is a bit more complex and robust than Oarsman, and it has a bit stronger of a tartness to it which I am absolutely digging. The tart in the aroma is of the lemon-y and lactic persuasion. Refreshing and effervescent.

Again, the flavor follows through with what the nose has paved the way for. The initial taste is a nice lemon zesty and white wine, nearly vinous tartness; a pleasingly perfect amount of sourness and lactic acid. Other flavors that follow include green apple skins, white grapes, a touch of grains and some grassy, spent, musty hops with basically no bitterness left. Very nice, crispy clean finish with a thin and wet mouth feel.

Very nice and refreshing with lovely complexity for a beer that's so light. So easy to drink, the bottle was gone in seconds it seemed, and I could easily crush a six pack of this without even thinking about it. A very nice summer beer to have by your side. Not exactly a traditional Berliner, what with the white grapes and barrel fermenting and all, but it's so damn delicious. ISO a case of this, every time the weather gets warm.

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

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of weatherdog
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a pale golden yellow with good clarity and a fizzy, bubbly inch of white head. Lots of active carbonation here. Aromas kick off with light crisp wheat malt tones upfront alongside a vinous, grape skin aroma. Somewhat tart as well with a yeasty kick on the backbone. Not bad.

First sip brings a light crisp wheat malt upfront that quickly transitions into a mouth puckering tartness. As it flows down notes of vinous grape are present. Yeasty accents on the finish as the sour/tart flavor runs the whole way through. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is light and arid with steady, fast moving carbonation. It does almost seem champagne like as it goes down. I could see this being nice and refreshing on a beach on a hot day. Overall, I haven't had many Berliner Weiss beers before, but I do enjoy this one, with its solid tart/sour kick.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bubble and frothy pour, bright straw golden color. A long dusty pulling presence of wood in the nose, vinous on top of that with some dry cracker maltiness. Tartness explodes from the first sip and nearly every sip after, dry pull from the barrel aging and well attenuated sugars make this brew bone dry. Blue cheese? Lemony tartness, clean graininess has a nice cracker tone even though it is so damn dry.

Obviously not you typical Berliner Weiss, grapes with barrel aging. Once in a while I run into a beer that wows me ... this is one of them.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More a neglected style than a lost art but hats off to the few brewers who attempt this one. Bottle thanks to jctribe25 pours a hazy light straw body that is alive with active carbonation. Tall vanilla head is creamy and long lasting.

Aroma of fresh lemons, subtle wheat, and white grapes.

Light bodied on the palate with a teasing, effervescent carbonation.

Sour and tart taste, mostly lemon, with hints of green apple and white grapes. Soft wheat and dry white nuances add complexity.

Very well executed. One of the most drinkable styles out there, in my opinion.

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Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow with a white head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is somewhat sour, but also reminds me a bit of a white wine, had some lemon, as well as some bread notes. Seems to have a touch of oak in both the smell and taste, however, I don't know if this beer actually saw any oak. In addtion to the aforementioned oak, it also has tastes of lemons, grapes without the skin, and sour dough bread. Light body with medium carbonation. An easily drinkable beer that is great for the summer. Gets better as it warms a touch, but still cool.

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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
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