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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Ratings: 1,473 |  Reviews: 403
Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is a funky yeast, yet not off-putting. A yellow body with lots of white head. A little tart, an understated lemoness, a little mineral, a light mouthfeel, and easy drinking. Some sweet fruit in secondary.Not too many of this syle about and worth a try.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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 UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, lemon, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and lemon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium gold amber with a short white head with very small bubbles.

Nose is fresh and lightly citrus and full of green apple with undertones of the pinot grigio and reisling grapes used in the brewing. Champagne character to nose, flavors and mouthfeel, which is also elegant with tight small bubbles. A very "expensive" and rich mouthfeel.

Flavors follow nose with a real citrus champagne character with pinot grigio and reisling flavors. Tastes more like a tart and citric champagne than a beer in that it is elegant and refined but with big character and flavor. Apples, lemons, white wine flavors are all layered, complex and most appealing. Tart, refreshing and with a big quality about it. Creative and leaves one wanting more and more.

Citric, green apple and white wine finish. Candidly, I have never been a big fan of New Glarus brews; this one, however, is just wonderful.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Incredibly sour and balanced, the taste of wheat and acidity collide in a taste that's super clean, super tart and super refreshing.

Only slightly hazy, the ale kicks off with a straw-like appearance and a low-lying sheet of foam to cover the ale. Its lacing is sticky and intricate as a quilted pattern emerges on the glass.

Its aromas tart and grainy with lemons, limes and orange peels. Its malty influence is part grain and part bread as its acidity sings a winey tone. Lightly musty, an attic-like character emerges and so does a whiff of sea air and straw.

Its taste is much more lively as the light cracker malts introduce and then fleet immediately. Just into its taste, the beer quickly hands over an acidic tone of green apples, lemons, limes, under-ripened berries, white grapes and juniper. Its finish is slightly earthy with aged woods, vinous undertones and a clean and crisp tart taste.

But here comes the texture- despite its complex flavor, the beer is remarkably light as the souring agents really cut through the sweetness and allows the beer to dry masterfully. Only a slight warmth and savory salt undertow gives a mild heft to the beer's body.

Ultimately New Glarus' Berliner Weiss would fit right at home in northern Germany. Its briny, salty and citrusy taste begs for more than just sauerbraten; where's the mussels?

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3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with (red) foiled-over branded pry-off cap and standard classy New Glarus label art acquired in a trade with the gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky-high given the brewery, which I think is the most unique brewery out there and undoubtedly one of the best. I'm a big fan of the style when it's done right (reviewed as a Berliner Weiss because it clearly identifies as such). No ABV is listed on the bottle. Thumbprint series.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness for the style. Has a soft complexion. Sticky even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a clear (translucent & transparent) yellow of nice vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Good clarity. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks like a light, refreshing Berliner weisse.

Overall, I'd say it's certainly within style conventions and looks good but not great; there's nothing unique or special about it. I don't notice any obvious flaws.

Sm: Tart lemon, lemon peel, full wheat, clean barley, pilsner malts, cidery white wine, a kiss of green orchard apple, cilantro, clove, champagne (either from the combination of white wine with carbonation [and maybe crystal malts] or from champagne yeast - but I doubt champagne yeast was used given the style), pear, light crackery malts, and a faint sourness - though the sourness doesn't seem to be purely lactobacillus-derived; there's a hint of some other yeast in there too, but it isn't the funkiness of brettanomyces nor the spontaneous and deep lambic yeast. I don't find any true bacterial or wild lambic yeast notes; true spontaneous fermentation is not suspected. Has complementary but minimally present floral hop notes. Champagne is dominant.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength, but not strictly to style conventions. I'd like more tartness and sourness from it.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Plenty of pear and green apple, along with white wine notes (probably from the Riesling grapes mentioned on the label), champagne, crystal malt, wheat, and clean barley. It does have a touch of grain in the second act, breaking from the full wheat body for a brief moment - which is distracting. Lemon peel with a light citrusy tartness. About as lightly sour as a beer can be; it seems to be mostly from lactobacillus. No funky brettanomyces or truly wild lambic yeast comes through. I'm not finding the cilantro from the aroma, but clove is present. Lactic. The white wine dimension is an atypical characteristic for a beer of this style, but works shockingly well - leave it to New Glarus to come up with great new approaches to traditional styles.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's got a fair bit of complexity for a Berliner weisse, and nice subtlety as well - but no so much of either that it's able to compete with the best beers in the style (Tartare comes to mind). Well balanced apart from the grain slip abovementioned. I quite like it.

No alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Lightly acidic. Dry and perfectly coarse. Somewhat cidery. Well-carbonated, with a nice spritzy feel imparted by the crystal malt. Good body and thickness. Has a nice refreshing presence on the palate. Quenching and approachable. Complements the flavour profile very well, but I wouldn't say it seems custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not biting, harsh, gushed, oily, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. New Glarus brings some interesting things to the style - especially the white wine/champagne notes, but seems to have left a couple of the fundamentals behind. More tartness and sourness as well as more lemon would be lovely, and would definitely elevate the brew. It'd be sinful to add any fruity syrups to this fine Berliner weisse. A great beer for a Summer's day, and one I'd love to have again but that I wouldn't go out of my way to track down. There's no doubt as to its obvious quality and I wish it was available in 6 packs nearby. Hides its ABV well (whatever it is). I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners, but if we're being fair New Glarus does do even better beers than this one that are more easily begotten. In any case, I'm glad to have tried it.

Thanks again to Duff27 for the bottle!

Low B+

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thumbprint version: 3.75-4 ...quite a bit more underdeveloped than the original batch.
Much less grape and funk, seems kettle soured vs. spontaneous the first time, just a guess.

2008: 4.6
Pale yellow with an outer glow of orange. Two fingers of bright white foam rise and settle after five minutes. Served in a Duvel tulip to maximize aroma, also it was the closest thing to the Berliner Weisse goblet pictured here:

Musty, barny aroma of wheat and mild white grape essence. Flinty wet stone on the second bottle.

Spritzy, dry, and tart. Notes of apple and white grape at first, and a substantial wheat presence in the aftertaste. Almost a wild lambic notion at first, but it passes quickly. Very light and full of flavor from the grapes. Especially quenching in the summer heat after a bike commute.

Exceptional for the style, traditional roots with that signature creative twist of the Unplugged series. This may soon be the #1 Berliner Weissbier on BA... EDIT: 12/5/08 #1 Woohoo...only took a couple months :)

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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 brentk56
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenstraw; the head sits like a meringue on top of the liquid and leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Tangy wheat and lemon, with a vinous edge

Taste: Tangy wheat and lemon flavors, up front, with the riesling adding a subtle edge of vinous sweetness that blends with the tartness; edgy, through the finish, with sweet lemon cream undertones

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really a nice stab at the style; I almost left Wisconsin without a bottle and I am glad I didn't

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a fizzy white head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of tart note is dominating. Taste is also dominated by tart note with some light sour peak. Full body with average carbonation. I thought this was very refreshing and tart but not in an extreme manner which means I would like to have this has a session beer more regularly.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Poured into St. Sebastian Tulip

Pours 2 and 1/2 fingers of slight yellow hazed white head. Not the best retention, but leaves some thin lace. Color is a slight hazed pale yellow.

Aroma: Very tart and funky. Sweet, tart cherries, grapes, some wheat underneath all the tartness, vinegar. My mouth is really watering.

Taste: Big grape taste, sour dried cherries, a somewhat funky taste. I like this beer, but it isn't as complex as I would prefer (Russian River Sours).

Mouthfeel: Sour and mouth puckering. I can tell this one soured up a bit since it was released. It reminds me a little of the Beatification I had recently.

Overall, I like this beer a lot, but it is a lot sourer than I expected. I will stick to one of these for the night and move onto another beer after this one.

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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
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