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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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Reviews: 391 | Ratings: 1,426
Photo of Damian
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a goblet
Thanks to dirtylou for including this as an extra in our trade

The beer poured a hazy, straw yellow color with a frothy, bright white, one-finger head that quickly faded to a bubbly film. As the beer warmed, the chill hazed cleared up to reveal a nearly transparent body.

The aroma was dry and crisp. Tart, citric, lemony notes came through strong along with a distinct pilsner-like (powdery, slightly skunky and dry) yeast quality. A bit of funk and wood were also noticeable. Smooth, soft, fruity undertones (including white grapes) came out as the beer warmed.

The taste was complex and rather interesting. Lemony and tart up front. Semi-sour, dry and crisp with a definite white wine-like (Chardonnay) quality in the center. The finish was dry and oaky. Ultra clean and snappy. Somewhat like a cross between a pilsner and a champagne. A sweet/tart lemony flavor coated my lips on every sip. (This was possibly the most enjoyable aspect of the beer.)

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side with a fine and mild, yet somewhat fizzy, carbonation. Light and fluffy on the palate. Amazingly, as the beer sat, the carbonation seemed to increase, becoming near champagne-like by the drink's end.

Drinkability was outstanding. This was an incredibly tasty and thirst-quenching beer. I can think of few offerings that were so refreshing and yet so complex.

This was truly a unique version of a unique style of beer. New Glarus really pushed the envelope with this release and came up with a winner once again.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with small head that dissipated quickly. The nose is very tart, carbonation is more than I expected. It has a very tart/tangy sour apple taste to it. At first it was too much, but as I go through the glass its growing on me.

It is definitely worth trying again although I doubt I could drink more than a few at a time.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus unplugged Berliner Weiss pours a finger of foam over
a slightly cloudy yellow brew. Carbonation is brisk- the nose is tart and
funky- apples and lemon juice. The flavor is tart-citric acid, berries,
and wood. As that wave of sourness passes it gives over to a soft,
velvety wheat flavor. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, cleansing, and very very
dry, due in part, no doubt, to the bugs in the barrel this was aged in and
the white Pinot and Reisling grapes that were part of the mix. A lovely,
bright, dry example of one of the more adventurous German styles. Use
it just like a dry white wine.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy golden brew raises a large rocky fine creamy foamy head, recedes gradually, some wisps of lace left here and there.

Cold, the aroma is crisp and cider-like. As it warms, interesting clove/cinnamon bready spice notes creep in, must come from the yeast. I don't find floral riesling notes but there is a wininess here, very intriguing.

Cold, the sharp sourness of this beer hts hard, almost gueuze-like, quite nice. The effect mellows a bit as it warms, and vinous notes come through, wheaty graininess as well. A very crisp and tart brew, would be great on a hot day or a with food.

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

Thanks to joe1510. This is the first time I have tried this style so I don't know what to expect even checked the style guide for this one
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a big white fluffy head that turned to a layer of white lace. The body of the ale is clear and pale gold in color

Smells like green apples as the aromas hit my nose

This brew has a big sour apple flavor, green grapes with a little citrus to it. Nice and light in the mouth and crisp on the tongue.

Wow this is the first sessionable sour I have come across very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

After thought
It would have been more fun to drink this from a stemmed glass

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this gem from the ever-generous maximum12.

Pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a one-finger bright white head that dissipates very quickly into a thin ring around the glass.

Smells good. A big hit of sour apple to go along with what tastes to me like a young scuppernong aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's a lot of sour apple and scuppernong up front, followed by a very tart lemon sourness. The sourness eases up a bit as the beer warms, though it's still intense throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness and a lively carbonation that helps the sourness go over a bit easier on my tastebuds.

Drinkability is good. It's hard for my to rate this part because this is the first of the style that I've had. I don't really have the hankering for another one, but I had no problem drinking this one.

Overall this is an interesting beer. It definitely lives up to the "champagne of the north" moniker. Thanks again to maximum12 for hooking me up with this, and if you see this around be sure to give it a shot.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent as a generous extra, courtesy of TasteTester. Thanks, Matt! I believe this is the first of this style that I've tried, so a new experience...

A: Golden blonde / straw with a touch of murkiness. Head grew rather quickly, fizzled for a bit and then dropped back fairly quickly.

S: A tart fruitiness - particularly green apple! Some citrus notes - leaning more towards lime to my palate.

T: Moderately sour with citrus and apple flavours coming through, though perhaps not as much of an apple flavour as detected in the aroma. Sourness is pretty much bang-on... it could even turn it up just a little and be absolutely fabulous. Quite a nice tasting beer.

M + D: A bit of pucker, and a nice drying on the finish. Soft, medium body. This is a nice beer, and I'd like to look into the style further. Quite good, and recommended.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, pale-gold color. Creamy, bright-white head is fed by some very vigorous carbonation. Lace is limited to some slowly sinking ropes and a few random splotches.

S: Smells tart! Aromas of lemon, tart green apple, and unripe green grape.

T: Interesting tart and tangy fruit flavors. Sour apple, tart lemon, and green grape. As it warms, an oaky/woody flavor emerges. Tart citrus flavors loom large in the finish.

M: Tart and puckery. The warmer it gets the smoother and thicker it becomes.

D: I like this but I think one is my limit.

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

Solid brew, Nice aroma and minerality. Ok texture and very easy to drink. Some hops and belgium feel to it. Enjoyable. Not sure on what the price is but if not more than a couple bucks for a 12oz it's worth it. Shared at the 07 Alesmith Speedway BA release.

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

Straw colored. funny, slightly funky, musty aroma.

Softly, but assertively tart --- not harshly lactic or vinegary.

Crisp, lightly fruity. Light malt. It's got more body than your typical industrial lager. No hops flavor, aroma or bitterness apparent. No alcohol flavor. Refreshing.

Highly quaffable. There are no faults that I can detect. In fact, this beer improves upon the Berliner Weisse tradition. German examples for this beer are often so sour that syrup must be added. Not so with this beer. Excellent!

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Steve's Liquor, Madison

New Glarus's version of a Berliner Weissbier dumps from the bottle deep golden with hints of orange here and there. The body becomes straw golden when backlit with a slight haziness. I'm surprised at the clarity of this beer. Streams of tiny carbonation bubbles stream to the surface from every part of the glass. The clean white head grew to a surprising three fingers and, although it eventually fell to a solid cap and thick collar, had great staying power for the style. Thin history lines were left after each drink.

Lemon and lime juice are the first things that jump from the glass. There's a lot of tart citrus in the nose of this beer. Deep smells bring about a dusty wheat twang and the pinot grapes add a lot of depth. They end up bringing some of that mustiness along with all the vinous qualities. The wheat that's in the nose also throws out some of the damp sourness that combines with the lemon-lime citric qualities. The aroma is fairly robust (if that makes sense for the style) but all the separate qualities come together very well.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma but doesn't fall very short either. Lemon stands out more then the lime on the tongue. The wheat tanginess isn't as expressive as the nose suggested and that's where the flavor falls short. The mustiness, that's reminiscent of damp wood and cobwebs, is there in small amounts and toward the finish. The pinot grapes make themselves known on the swallow and aftertaste with a slight sweetness that sticks around.

The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum but does have a touch of stick. The tartness invades every nook and cranny to give a little pucker after each drink. The carbonation is quick moving but barely noticeable on the tongue.

This beer, as per the style, is superbly easy drinking. Slightly dry finish combined with the puckering quality keep the glass tipped.

This is yet another winner from New Glarus. Hopefully we can see a lot more Berliner Weiss styled beers come along here in the near future. I have to give a nod to New Glarus for yet another unique beer with the use of pinot grapes to add more depth. Very nice!

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Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into a stemmed glass.

Light golden, nice white head with decent retention.
Sharp, citric aroma, with some yeasts in the background; some vinegary notes.
Light and refreshing, sharply acidic and sour, with no noticeable alcohol or hoppiness. A great session beer, right on the spot for the style.

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Photo of beerfairy
2.46/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden straw-colored body with about a finger of bubbly white head that quickly receded into a thin ring of retention and left sparse lacing. Minimal carbonation, which is unexpected for a Berliner Weiss.

S - Sour lemony and tart, fleshy fruit paired with a grainy and cereal maltiness. Reminds me of skunky beer.

T - Very sour and tart with hints of lemon and sour green apple. T

M - Medium body with lively carbonation. Crisp, dry finish with a lingering sourness.

D - $12.12/4pak is really expensive. Maybe it's that I'm not a fan of sour beers. I drank one and gave the other 3 away. Had a hard time drinking the whole beer. I like New Glarus' products but this one does nothing for me except make me want to stay away from it.

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Photo of morimech
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden with two fingers of white head that had good retention. Thick lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell lemons and a light wheat aroma. Dig deep and some vinous qualities come out.

Has a tart taste as expected. Almost lip puckering tart. Citrus and grape flavors come through. Has a clean finish and quite refreshing overall.

Light body and the carbonation adds some vigor to the beer.

Nice and refreshing. Sour without being funky. Nice different beer on a hot day.

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

A: snifter. pours a nice opaque yellow with an orange hue. Pure white head. mild retention rate. good lacing.

S: wonderful sour notes. smells like sour citrus with some wild flower honey. some wine like notes...like a chardonnay

T: what a great sour bite on this one. huge flavors from the pinot grapes. strong sour bite, like citrus but a nice sweetness from the grapes. slight honey tones. exceptional flavor from a berliner weiss.

M: nice clean and crisp mouthfeel. wonderful sours in this to make the mouth pucker. medium bodied and a active carbonation level.

D: amazingly drinkable. great flavor and body, and such a great example of the style. probably the best I have had in the style.

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

12oz. bottle into stange on 9/11/08. Thanks to brewslut for letting me try some of this!

A - Clear golden straw-colored body with about a finger of bubbly white head that quickly receded into a thin ring of retention and left sparse lacing. Minimal carbonation, which is unexpected for a Berliner Weiss.

S - Sour apple and tart, fleshy fruit paired with a grainy and cereal maltiness. Reminds me of champagne.

T - Very fruity and tart with hints of sour green apple, reminiscent of Jolly Rancher hard candy. Toasted malt character with a predominant dry cereal flavor.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and a slightly syrupy texture. Crisp, dry finish with a lingering sourness on the palate.

D - I'm surprised my wife allowed me to share this one with her, because she loves Berliner Weiss, and she only brought back a 4-pack from New Glarus. Outstanding effort. It's a shame this is a once-and-done brew. I'd definitely pick this one up often... at least if I lived in Wisconsin and they produced it regularly!

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Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, bright yellow with a bubbly head and nice carbonation. Aroma of sour grapes and a sweet underlying note. Taste of sweet, tart grapes, lemon peel, very citrusy, slightly dry and very refreshing. Nice balance between the crisp dry flavor and creamy mouthfeel. My first of this style, and I dig it. Sour beers are quickly becoming some of my favorites.

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Photo of mbrasi
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden with a light white head. Aroma is nice barnyard funk, sour, and light fruitiness. Flavor is refreshing and tart with a light earthy undertone that adds a little complexity. Finishes clean and tart and makes it hard to stop drinking. Solid brew. Must get more.

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tasted a lot within the style but am familiar with it.

A-Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice egg white head...carbonation bubbles evident.

S-Aroma is yeasty and funky...some lemony notes as well.

T-Sour and funky as expected...some very enjoyable 'oak' qualities. Lemony and the grapes are evident as well.

M-Sour, light bodied, highly carbonated.. Not particularly enjoyable for me but for the style it is what you want so I rate it accordingly.

D-If this kind of beer is your thing you will likely enjoy this. Seems to have the qualities I expected with some interesting touches with the grapes and oaky notes...

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Photo of ejquin
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow/gold with nce white head that dissapates. Very effervescent with bubbles rushing to the top.

S: Very wine/pinot like. acididty and lemon zest. Yeasty and bready.

T/M: Again, very pinot grigio like with some lemon zest and a sour funkiness. Moutfeel is light with high corbanation. It's a refreshing a unique taste for me. Aftertaste it lemon csour candy.

Ovr: Though not my favorite unplugged, good, refreshing and a unique flavor for me. It tastes like a yeasty sparkling pinot grigio with some sourness mixed in.

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Photo of treyrab
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a red foiled bottle into a pint glass...

A: Much lighter than I was expecting. Straw yellow in the glass with a nice two finger head and tons of carbonation. Not much different looking than a macro lager.

S: Smell is pretty bland with pale malts and some German hops in there also. The smell is very plain. From the smell I was getting a little disappointing actually because there was not much to it.

T: The taste is the real kicker here. To analogize this beer, it is like drinking a sweet tart candy. Very sour from the moment it hits your tongue. It is very pleasant though by all means. It has a minor malt and hop note, but mostly sour is the taste here. It has a tart peach taste as well as a very dry white grape taste as well.

Tastes very, very similar to DFH Festina Peche. Overall, a very interesting brew that I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy head sticks around a long time, atop a pale yellow color that exhibits just a touch of haze.

Aroma is mild lemon, white grapes, slightly funked-up yeast, straw/hay. Not an overwhelming scent, but a nice one.

Flavor is excellent. Astringent white grape, like champagne, with the tartness of lemon. Quenching and sour, with a dry finish. Spritzy mouthfeel that leads to a pucker.

Definitely one of Germany's most exotic styles, and this one by New Glarus is a fantastic interpretation. As close to fine champagne as beer will get. Track it down before it's gone forever--New Glarus' Unplugged beers are brewed once with no promise they'll ever be brewed again. Too bad, as I'd love to see this one year round.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up two four packs of this brew at the brewery store. ON for me and one for lukaski.

Pours a mildly hazey sunshine straw. Very light, yet bright white lacing that disappears rather quickly. Very light and small bubbling. Very clear Pinot Grigio and pilsner malt bill. The taste is a dry malt bill with some tart dry wine grapes and a touch of some of those sweeter Riesling grapes. The palate is a vibrant tartness with unripened green apple skins. This bee really envigorates the senses. Great wake up beer.

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

Thanks to flyingbison again for another quality NG brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a somewhat murky pale yellow hue with a chunky bubbled white head that quickly fades to a thin layer of bubbles. Some spotty lacing, but not a whole lot. Smell is light and fruity; grapes, apricots, and lemongrass. An interesting (but fitting) leather aroma finds its way in the nose as well. A unique aroma for sure, but one I enjoy. Taste begins very tart with white grapes and crisp sour apples. Sweet wheat with honey and sugar midway on the tongue. Aftertaste is very puckering with an acidic lemon flavor. Light and crisp body with a strong and lively carbonation. Very refreshing for this warm, out of season September night in Syracuse. I could see why some wouldn't enjoy this beer, but I love it. A perfect summer brew for sure. I wasn't a fan of Festina Peche which is the only other of the style that I've had, but this one is leaps and bounds above Dogfish Head's offering. A great beer experience for sure, glad I have a few more to enjoy.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for bringing this back from WI. Pours from a 12oz. bottle into my tumbler of the same size. Wow, pours like 7-up. Very effervescent. Appears a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a good three fingers of white foam that quickly dwindles down to about half an inch or so. Aroma is of citrus fruits and is a bit bready with some grapes thrown in for good measure. Taste is nicely tart with flavors of lemon, wheat, apple and grape. Very crisp and refreshing with moderate carbonation. Over the past two summers, this style has quickly become my favorite thirst quenching , go-to beer. Check it out if you have the chance.

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