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

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-colored body with a creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Initial scent of cream of wheat with some late arriving notes of lemons, honey, sweet-scented grapes, and even some encouraging light lactic wafts.

Taste: Fluffed white wheat with a middle amount of honey sweetness. Spritz of lemon juice. Lightly tart, lightly acidic, but more than lightly pleasant mouthfuls of white wine. Hint of crisp apple fruitiness. Mild flourish of lactic acid, less than most other Berliner Weisses. Very minimal hop presence. Finishes dry with a delicate, lasting tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that was tasty. Certainly not a straight-up, textbook representative of the style, what with the inclusion of white wine grapes, but that's why it's properly housed in the Unplugged series. Come on, other breweries, let's see some Berliner Weiss out there. They don't even have to be packed with grapes! Really!!

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Photo of redmagik99
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a flute glass. bright yellow, but a shade darker than your BMC lager. Lively carbonation, huge head even with a slow pour. It could be the temperature (pretty chilled), but there's not much in the smell - sour green apples, lemon, some wheat, a little musty. I was pleasantly surprised to find it tasted much more sour than it smelled. I can't decide if it's more of a lactic or acetic sourness, but the vinegary quality is subtle. Hops are imperceptable. The taste is dominated by sour fruit - reminds me of green apples and pear the most, but definitely some lemony citrus in there too. The beer ends with a subtle taste of wheat. Really dry - very similar to cider or champagne. medium-light bodied. I could definitely do more than one of these but the sourness prevents it from being a highly drinkable beer. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into my stemmed Allagash tulip glass.

A= This one poured a very pale gold color with decent clarity (only the slightest haze to it). The all-white head rose nearly 2" and then settled slowly to a broken skim. Minor spots of lace down my glass.

S= I found aromas of sulfur, green apples, a vague tartness, and some fairly light and thin malts in that order.

T= Thin and grainy malt flavors lead off, followed by that orchard fruit/green apple/pear tartness. Not cloying like a green jolly rancher, but there was some similarity of flavor there. The sulfur that I detected in the nose was blessedly absent from the taste. Finished with a little sweetness and a lingering tartness.

MF= Lighter bodied with a carbonation level that adds to the flavor without getting in the way.

D= Only my third example of a Berliner Weiss but the best one I have had by far. This was a very refreshing beer and one that kept me interested for sure. I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a fluted glass. Received in a trade with bulldogp04. Thanks - love this beer style.

A - Poured a pale, almost clear, yellow with a loose, large bubbled head about 1/2" thick. Color is a little darker than I expected for the style. Constant supply of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Head is thin and soda-like and dissipates quickly - thin, almost nonexistant lacing.

S - Lots of sour fruits - apples and pears. Little bit like a pinot grigio. Some yeastiness comes through as well. Just right for the style.

T - Nice, sharp sourness. Very fruity. A little bit of breadiness and yeastiness, but sour fruits dominate as they should. Not as sour as some of the other berliner weissbiers I've had. Some others are almost completely undrinkable without adding the raspberry or woodruff syrup. Although very sour, this one is quite drinkable on its own - very good.

M - Lots of carbonation. Sourness induces a puckering sensation. Medium body. Quite good.

D - Not an overly drinkable style given the sourness levels. This one isn't quite as sour as I'm used to - ends up making it quite drinkable for the style. Great summer time beer, sitting outside in the warm weather.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a flute

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a one inch white head that has pretty good staying power. Leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass.

Aroma is nice and tart with some green apple sourness, a bit of breadiness from the wheat, and some vinous notes from pinot grigio all with a nice fruitiness.

Taste has a grainy sweetness up front that is quickly met with some green apple sourness and a mild fruity flavor, again with a vinous hint to it. The finish is sour and extremely refreshing to the point that I just want to keep drinking until it's gone, but then I couldn't enjoy it as much.

Mouthfeel is light, with spritzy carbonation that makes it very refreshing and highly drinkable. Pretty much perfect for the style.

Wow, this one blew me away, way beyond my expectations. This is by far the best example of the style I've tried yet. I only regret not buying two four packs on my recent trip.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lemon juice color with a bit more gold to it. Medium tallish dull white head gathered up quickly and creeps down to a very solid skim and some sporatically placed lacing with strings and spots.

Liken the aroma as right from the first nose full it says a bold hello of lime spritzed musty basement coated in a white grape funky tartness. Quite lambic-like in its grapey funked up quailty. Nice!

Taste is right on given what the nose leads to as its tartly balanced with soured white grape and lime and lemony zest squeezing thru a bit of musty oak. Its zippy, zesty, clean, and tartly forward with a smidgeon of complexing woody grapeified dryness. Again...Nice!

Body is about medium and filled in with alot of cleanly controlled tart and sourness that kisses the lips with lime, coats the palate with white grape dryness, and makes for a pleasantly spritzy zing of fun.

I can't drink the hell out of beers like this. But I do like them and this one is another in the Unplugged series that is uniquely superior and enjoyable.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a few bottles in a trade, had another at the beginning of a homebrew session. Some of the first New Glarus stuff I have had...

Pours a very clear golden, slightly pale. Foamy white head, decent lace. Head fizzled away pretty fast.

Pungent aroma, lots of banana, yeast. Smells a bit tart.

Nice light body, not too light, bit o' honey, lots of lemon juice and lemon peel, all sorts of citrus. Dull faint sweetness of honey in the back. Tart, tart, tart with a hint of sourness. Quite refreshing after the initial tartness. A bit of acidity, kind of effervescent. Tarts lingers most of the glass but isn't overpowering. Refreshing although one bottle is enough for a sitting.

A very nice take on a Berliner.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tumbler)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy yellow body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a thick snow white head of foam that last for a good while.

S- This beer has pleasant musty wet barrel aroma with a soft cheese rind note to it. There is some honeycomb and lemon zest aromas in the finish and a zinfandel wine note that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The bright tart fruity flavor is full but doesn't make your jaw lock shut and has a nice flavor of white grapes that follow. There is a slight musty taste that leads to a bright citrusy tart finish that has grapefruit zing and some pine hop hints to it. There is a soft white wine flavor that lingers just a moment after each sip.

M- The light crisp mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat and a nice soft astringent pucker.

D- This is a very nice Berliner Weiss, the tartness was not to strong no to weak and there was a good complexity to the flavor with some wild notes in there aswell as fruit and the bit of hops really complimented the other flavors.

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Photo of disastermouse
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've never had this style before. My first reaction to this beer was 'Someone forgot to put the fruit in this lambic'.

A - Pale straw-colored and clear. The head fizzled fast.

S - Tart and 'yogurt-y'. It smells like no other beer I've ever had.

T - this beer? It tastes like a very dry cider. There is no detectable malt or even any particular grain flavor. You really taste the acidophilus at the back end.

MF - Very satisfying. This would be a great summer beer. Effervescent and 'fresh' feeling...a real palate cleanser.

D - My girlriend and I both agree that we could kick these back all night.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours like a lager with really nice tight bubbles. some lace of white. but it seems like it not cloudy enough. not crisp like a lager but definitely the clearest berliner weiss i've had. smell is fantastic though. a mild wheat and predominant sour apple. great and refreshing. this is a bit of an old bottle so the taste has a tad rust to it. not really strong and i'm not really penalizing the beer because of it. not bad for taste. tart apple with a mild apple after in the malt. the wheat seemed to be a bit subdued. its definitely there. i would like to feel some more though. the cloudiness that would make it a bit more velvety. although i can see how the lack of that would give it a more crisp quality... so i suppose to each his own. got a four pack and can't wait to pop one of these on a warm day before a meal.

i appreicate the new glarus is keep this style alive with such a solid example. keep that going. thanks.

tried a bottle with a Himbeere style syrup. well actually my grandmother's raspberry marmalade. something she made and puts in her tea. interesting to say the least. just a little bit gave it a grassy note and the sugar interaction is quite pleasant. wouldn't be surprised in someone comes out with something similar to the feste peche but with raspberries in the near future.

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Photo of bort11
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mikesgroove included this for the Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF.

12 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Thick foamy white head that actually has some legs. Doesn't leave any lacing. The color is a hazy lemon yellow with very active carbonation.

Smell is a tart lemon drop. As it warms there is a little more of a wet hay aroma. Taste is a puckering lemon sour candy. There is a mild grain character, but nothing that comes close to balancing the sour.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and pretty refreshing. The sour is a little too much to make this a session beer.

Blipped "The Drunk Song" by Ich Bin Ein Berliner

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Photo of brow1901
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fun beer I picked up in WI last weekend.

A- The color is only slightly darker than a glass of white wine or champagne. No haze or cloudiness in the beer. The bubbles in the head really remind me of champagne or soda. They are larger than most of the ones in other beers and you can hear them pop and fizz.

S- The smell of this beer is really hard to nail down. No hops, hardly any malt. Some fruit scents, maybe grapes or cranberries. Somehow you can smell the tartness.

T- The taste is tart and a bit sour. But it's not overpowering, it's actually refreshing for the taste buds in my opinion. The taste reminds me of a mix of wine and beer. It reminds me of sparkling wine because it leaves the mouth really dry. The only thing I don't like is the fact that it dosen't have a fruit to support the tartness. But that really isn't the style I suppose.

M- The mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, very light and very dry.

D- This beer is surprisingly drinkable, I was kinda scared to try it but I wound up really enjoying it. I wish I would have bought the four pack instead of a single.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. red foil bottle into a Peruvian pilsner glass. Thanks to JDV for the freebie!

A careful pour produces an attractive, golden-peach haze of a body with moderate carbonation. The eggshell head builds to a sizable inch before quickly effervescing to a thin wisp and ring of bubbles. Very good aroma, with soft notes of lemon meringue pie, Skittles, and orange zest. Wheat provides a solid, consistent background of semi-sweetness.

Flavor starts off with a quick, sweet note of grape juice and wheat before the tart sets in. And, OH what a tart it is! Sour white grapes, lemon peel, and Granny Smith apples all combine to pucker the back and sides of the mouth, but thankfully the acidity doesn't seem to wear out the palate. Give this one some time and allow its complexities to unfold across the palate--it will reward your patience. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, dry, and extremely carbonated, just as a good Weissbier should be. As I've come to realize, New Glarus has the incredible knack for taking a lesser known and/or underrated style and producing a beer that exceeds expectations. Unplugged Berliner Weiss is no exception.

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Photo of gatornation
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a straw yellow/wheat like look with a decent head and lacing... its nice the smell is apple and melon somewhat tart i detect malt, clove and hops also secondary.. the taste is of a fruity Belgian ale it hits you with apple and melon somewhat champagne in taste but good... it fills the mouth with a Belgian like taste with a little hop, spice and malt to round things out.. this is a good beer to try more than once and i really liked it... i will buy some singles as long as its around

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Photo of Risser09
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with some carbonation flowing to the surface. The head rises 3/4", with a white color, decent retention and some spotty lace.

Smell: Taste white grapes are the main aroma. Some subtle wheat along with pale malt. A light funk and some lemon.

Taste: Wow. This is so similar to a champagne or riesling. Mellow, tart, lemon citrus and a dry, earthy finish. Much like a white wine without the alcohol and with some added carbonation. Very original and fun.

Mouthfeel: Tart, earthy, funky and plenty of carbonation. Light body and smooth slickness.

Drinkability: This would be perfect in the summer on a hot night. It is complex, light and interesting sip after sip. A perfect session beer.

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Photo of ottovon
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a nice golden straw color with a large white head. some carbonation stuck on the side of the glass. the head falls quickly.

S: hints of citrus and smells a tart fruit.

T: tart and refreshing. a little acidic at first, finishing very clean and smooth. definitely some lemony citrus.

M: a nice medium mouth feel.

D: very good and could drink multiple. i wish i could get more.

drank with whiterascal

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Photo of drseamus
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy straw to amber body. Nice white head initially but it didn't last long. Right to style.

S: Nice tart aroma. Touch of apple in there maybe.

T: I've always liked New Glarus but this is a let down. It's not tart enough by any stretch of the imagination. There is a touch of tartness but come on, this is a goddamn berliner weiss. This should be the tartest of all beers. Definite apple flavor.

M: Light bodied.

D: I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more tartness.

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tart, tart, and puckery. That is the best description for this beer. A nice straw colored beer with low alcohol. Could use a shot of woodruff syrup to balance out the acidic pallette. Definitely not a beer that you will drink a lot of. If you like sour lambics than you will enjoy this tart, acidic German wheat.

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

Not my cup of tea, but after reading about the style I think it fits to a "t". It kind of grew on me with each sip even though I'm not a white wine fan.

Bright light yellow with white head, tons of tiny bubbles.

Smell and taste is fruity, grapy, way more wine like than beer. Citrusy, sharp tartness, very much like a good white wine.

Feel is light and zingy, carbonation is a slight bit too zingy, but kind of refreshing in an odd way also.

Very light and drinkable, just not very "beer like". I could see pairing it with some pasta with a cream sauce.

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Photo of DIM
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a hazy, pale, straw colored yellow. It poured with a sticky, bone-white head.

s: Bready sourdough and some tart, green apples. There was also something slightly sweet that I don't have a word for.

t: Crisp, tart, and refreshing without being overpowering. Beneath the lemony green apples, there is a touch of honey.

m: Long lasting, fairly agressive fizzy carbonation.

d: Thanks to imperialking for the chance to try this. It was perfectly sessionable, I wish I had a lot more.

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

12 ounce bottle brought to me on Saturday by seaoflament, thanks for your continued generosity Carlos, drank earlier today, poured into my Hoegarden tumbler

A-Pale golden yellow, huge two inch white fluffy head, decent retention, no lacing, completely flat later on
S-Wheat, honey, lemon juice, corn, grass, other citrus, tart, yeast, and grains
T-Starts off nice and tart, mellow chewiness with wheat and grains in the middle, finish is full of citrus, light overall flavor but a nice tart and refreshing presence
M-Tart, citrusy, and slightly chewy, thin to medium body, lots of carbonation, taste does not last long
D-Could drink a four pack of these with ease, great summer beer, very light and no alcohol present at all, goes down without effort

Another Unplugged beer that did not disappoint, I have not had many beers of this style but this seemed to be one of the better ones I have had, would like to drink again, highly sessionable too, recommended

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Photo of dfillius
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet
A: 1/2 finger of head from an aggressive pour. Cloudy light yellow liquid. Hore head please.
S: Bright, citrus smell tingles the nostrils.
T: Tart and sour. I would like a little more sweetness, but this tastes excellent.
M: Fizzy (a little too much so), and very bright. Dry.
D: Great drinkability. A nice warm weather beer. Keep it coming!

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to corby112 for trading me this.

12oz bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 52 F/ 11 C.

Striking golden-green color with some haze, lots up bubbles streaming upwards, small dense white head, and great splattery rings of lace.

Tart fruity aroma, like lemon and white grape, with a bit of peach or apricot, and some honey and yeasty white bread. Fresh and quite appealing.

Tastes tart and fruity, more intense than the aroma, with tart apricot, lemon, and white grape. A bit of sweetness balances very well with the acidity. Some honey and light clean grain. Clean and refreshing, and very tasty.

Juicy texture, with plenty of carbonation that works well with the prickly acidity. Clean and refreshing, very very drinkable.

Great well-crafted beer with lots of character.

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

a: into my Allagash wit glass, hazy straw golden in color with a bone white head, negligible retention

s: snappy wheat body with a mild sour undertone, the grapes are a stunningly thoughtful addition - though I'd almost certainly never call them out without the helpfully descriptive label, aged hops, yeast is subdued, light metallic note

m: full carbonation on a light bodied ale, crisp but not weak

t: clean wheat and dry white grape immediately swept up in a wave of sourness but carrying their flavors throughout, not an unpleasant gag-inducing sour, but very composed and pleasant in it's strength, very much like the sensations and flavors experienced when biting into a fresh cut lemon, pinot grigio is one of my least favorite wines, but it's a great compliment to this beer, light yeast underneath, absurdly crisp and clean finish

d: i almost feel guilty describing a beer as proudly crafted as this one "poundable", but that's truly what it is

single bottle, either sent by dirts or smuggled back

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Photo of WilliamD
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pilsner glass. Yellow, cloudy appearance, with three, distinct columns of upward-rising bubbles--each at different rates. I've been watching for several minutes now, and it hasn't changed. Very interesting. Starts with a nice, thick white head that slowly recedes.
Smells tart and sour, with slight tones of rotten, sweet fruit.
Wonderful taste- tart, sour, and earthy. Of this earth, and how it should be. Nice, musty aftertaste.
Hey, the mouthfeel is good. Crisp, dry and fresh.
Quite drinkable. When it's this tasty, it's always quite drinkable.

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