Thumbprint Berliner Weiss | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
1,445 Ratings
Thumbprint Berliner WeissThumbprint Berliner Weiss
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by badbeer on 06-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,445
Reviews:
395
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
Wants:
320
Gots:
159
For Trade:
17
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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 THoffner
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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.

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Photo of GoBeerGo
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Dan_K
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Taybeh
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 shoegueuze
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of scxcrunner
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of anabar
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olenglish79
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,445 ratings.
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