Thumbprint Berliner Weiss | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Berliner WeissThumbprint Berliner Weiss

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by badbeer on 06-30-2008

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Photo of larryarms847
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of woemad
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Beginner2
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Herky21
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours vigorously and violently after being a small gusher when opened, it is obvious that this beer was bottle conditioned. In the glass the beer is a light and bright yellowish-gold in hue with a big, frothy head. The head lasts forever and laces very well. The body of the beer is slightly hazy, which just adds to the glow of the beer in the glass.

S- Grainy and dry wheat scents hit the nose first and provide an enticing impression. After the initial graininess, there is just a touch of tart that mixes in as well. At the back end of the sniff, the riesling grapes pronounce themselves in a delicate fruity scent reminiscent of the dry rieslings of France and Germany.

T- This beer hits the tongue and largely follows the same flavor arc that its scent did. The beginning is light and dry with a good dose of wheat malt flavor. The tartness ramps up a little in the middle of the drink, but never gets very strong, just enough to know that it is there. The light tart note morphs into the grape fruitiness from the scent and here the riesling component is even more evident than in the scent. The grape flavors are light and dry and intermingle with just a touch of oak dryness before dancing off the tongue and down your throat.

M- The entire time this beer is on the palate it is light in weight and fairly high in carbonation. Despite the relatively thin nature of the beer and light body, the beer drinks very smoothly. As with most all Berliners, the alcohol is nowhere to be found and it is a very quenching drink.

Overall, this is a subtle, delicious, and brilliantly brewed beer. The addition of the riesling grapes mentioned on the label are tremendous and, in my opinion, make this a multi-season beer in a way that others of the style aren't. This is just another beer that proves that the fine people of New Glarus a beer geniuses.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 10 ounce nonic glass.

Fizzy with the pour and that carries into the glass, as the carbonation comes in an onslaught and creates a sudsy head that settles into a plateau. It persists for sometime before settling, leaving lace streaking down the glass. As for the body, it's a beautiful golden color and shows remarkable clarity, further demonstrating the intensity of the carbonation. 5

Touches of sweet wheated malt, lemon, acidity and tartness, and a light floral aroma. 4

Very little difference from nose to my tongue, although it's probably less tart and acidic than the nose hinted. It starts as a swirl of sweet malt and wheat and tart lemon before the tartness asserts itself more mid-palate, aided on by a champagne-like carbonation that tingles the tongue. The finish is dry with a touch of breadiness that resembles the finish on a pilsner. All the while it's refreshing and clean, perhaps at the expense of tasting or feeling like something more exciting and in-your-face (and I'm fine with this). T- 4 M- 4.25

This comes in a little less tart than some of my favorites, but the drinkability and clean feel are A-1.

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Photo of Lucular
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had a second bottle of this and am revising my score upward (from 4.09). This is a more subtle and nuanced beer than I realized the first time I tried it. I love the slightly fruity notes from the riesling grapes.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tart, slight sour, and wheaty. Straightforward and simple.

Taste: Same as above. Light, simple, and sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, light tart notes,

Overall: Love it. Wish Wisconsin was closer to Massachusetts.

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Photo of Juicer
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-poured slowly into a correct wheat beer glass. I got a nice huge fluffy head in the bulbous top of the glass with tiny bubbles exploding from the bottom of the glass. Very impressive display.
Smell-not the greatest, kind of like a garden hose.
Taste-very crisp, slightly tart, with a lot of lime character.
Mouthfeel-very effervescent and refreshing.
Overall-very enjoyable beer. Great for my yard work break. Thanks to my son for hooking me up. Very crushable, I wish I had a couple more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nvrthswayagain (Reddit) for this one, 2014 vintage.

Erupts immediately on popping the cap, all over, I was able to catch much of it. Pours with a huge fizzy bubble fluffy like head that almost goes over the top of the glass, 4+ fingers, and fades semi quickly with whispy lacing all over, hazy golden lemony color.

Nose brings tons of bready yeast, doughy grain, yeasty funk, mild meaty dough straw malts, some lemony funk, little acidic note, zest, cereal grains.

Taste brings nice sourness, lemony funk, tart acidic notes, quite sour even for Beliner, mild doughy cracker straw malts, yeasty bready funk flavor, lemon grass, lemony tartness, little sour apple and sour malt, weird sour bread too, eh, and carbonation is in the way. Finish is dry and tart, lingering doughy yeast funk, mild tart lemon and sour bread, meh.

Mouth is light bod, way too much carbonation, little acidic flemmy note.

Overall guess I sat on this a bit too long, but still OK. Not too enjoyable though with too many things getting in the way.

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Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date that I can find.

A: A clear pale straw pour. tall, frothy and fizzy white head. Great head retention and an enormous amount of snowy lacing.

S: Mild tartness and a little grassiness. Kinda...wheaty?

T: Wheaty again with a mild citric tartness and slight funkiness floating above it.

M: Light bodied, smooth.

O: Nice berliner. One of the very best. A soft, mild wheaty malt with a light tartness that gives it a nice refreshing touch. Simple and super drinkable. Perfect example of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of samuelp23
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Clean white foamy head; very clear
S: Nice pilsner/lager maltiness; some sweeter caramel notes come out it warms; wooded chardonnay-like qualities
T: Lemon; Biscuits; Sour forward but still well-balanced; no residual sugars
F: Lots of effervescence; very dry
O: A mix between a pilsner, hefeweizen and a sour. Very good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a golden, clear yellow. This looks effervescent, almost champagne like, with the ever rushing bubbles. There's a long lasting foamy head, and a ton of lacing. Looks stunning, honestly.

This smells like wheat, some mild lacto, lemon, and sourdough.

This is less sour than I thought, probably about a 3/10. But that's ok, as the tartness that is there is perfectly balanced. This has to be one of the most cleanly fermented sours I've ever had, it's perfect. There's some significant wheat character, and a really nice champagne like feel, that could be the grapes used here. There's some slight bready sourdough like flavors as well.

This is so crisp, so clean tasting, and just so light, mouthfeel-wise. It's really, really drinkable, with a higher level of carbonation.

This is truly amazing, and just a nearly perfectly made beer.

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Photo of Tbud
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I snagged a few 4 packs of this while I was up in Wisconsin last weekend. This beer is fantastic. So well balanced, with the perfect amount of tart and carbonation. I am going to share this beer with my friends who are into the lambic and gose styles of beer. I agree, if this was in cans, I could put down a case on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass

A- pours a bright pale crystal clear straw color with a massive foamy and creamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving plenty of thick lacing behind

S- toasted wheat & lemon peel, earthy yeast, yogurt, white grape, must & hay

T- light and fruity up front with notes of white grape skin & lemon zest, slightly acidic with some light milky lacto, crisp toasted wheat on the finish

M- light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy and bubbly mouthfeel that converts to a creamy, dry & tart finish

O- incredibly drinkable with just enough tartness to leave you wanting more

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Photo of jwc215
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded straw yellow with an amazing fluffy head. Streams of effervescent bubbles rise to the top. Great head size, retention and lacing. The best I've seen in the style.

The smell is of lemon zest, tart yeast and wheat tang.

The taste is of tart-to-sour lemon and yeast, wheat tang, some grainy (nutty?) malt. Finishes with a white grape skin dryness.

Very crisp, very refreshing. Tart, yet balanced. Effervescent without being fizzy. An enjoyable brew, to say the least. A work of art! A white grape character adds an enjoyable unique character. A Chardonnay/Champagne of beer!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light brilliant gold, much like many lagers. Has a thick whit creamy head and much carbonation. A sweet, lemony malty smell. A very unique tasting weiss that is much sour due to the big lemongrass taste. I was expecting more yeasty maltiness, which I would have enjoyed more. A very crisp feel. Overall a very unique weiss that is just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, 2+ finger fluffy, foamy bright white head. Beautifully bright and brilliant golden straw color that has amazing clarity. Nose brings a nice acetic, lemony brightness mixed with a grainy, yet sweet, delicate malt body. Body is prickly and effervescent, mouth feel is very light and delicate with a beautifully dry finish. Taste: absolutely amazing. Perfectly balanced for BW. Firm sourness leads the way to lemongrass and lemon peel, and a bit of marmalade sweetness shows up just before it dries out and leaves you wanting more. The grain is there to support, yet stay out of the way, and it lends a nice crackery bit to the body. It's everything a good Berliner Weisse should be. Thumbs wayy up.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a UK stout glass. Bottled on April 16th, 2014
Look = 4.5 Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw/yellow color with 3 fingers of frothy, crisp white head. Head retention is great as you drink. Lace is dense and sticky. Carbonation is active throughout the entire drinking time. Really impressive.
Smell = 3.5 Not overpowering but it’s present is felt. Tart. Lemony tart, a hint of wheat. Kind of funky smell. A little like bacteria.
Taste = 4.0 Lemony tart. Some bitterness but not hoppy bitterness, rather tart bitterness. Slight aftertaste lingers.
Feel = 4.0 Light bodied with high carbonation. Champaign-like almost, fits the style.
Drinkability = 4.0 Crisp and refreshing. Tartness is perfect for the style. Low ABV, you could drink this repeatedly on a hot summer’s day.
Overall = 3.95 Terrific true to style Berliner Weiss. Another solid style from New Glarus.

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