Thumbprint Berliner Weiss | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by badbeer on 06-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,368
Reviews:
399
Ratings:
1,466
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
319
Gots:
164
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 1,466 |  Reviews: 399
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. thanks to BA' SpdKilz for this beer!

Pours a pale yellow with a big white head. Appropriate for the style. The smell is abundantly tart...oh wow! this is gonna be a real treat. The taste is much more tart than a lot of other beers of this style and even would border on sour! Finishes nice and crisp and the tartness doesnt linger at all. Exceptionally easy to drink. ABV is most likely <5%, and is undetectable. Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall one of the best tart berliner weiss beers in existence. Id drink it all day...

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from fellow BA Ri0 (thanks!). The pour is pale gold and very clear with a nice fluffy head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace (not surprising, given the style). The nose is very mild with hints of fruit (apples and pears) and a slight floweriness.

The beer has a light body and a very pleasant, balanced flavor. Very sharp and acidic up front with strong sour fruit flavors, but softens and becomes slightly sweet and grainy towards mid-palate. The overall flavor is very pleasant and satisfying. There is no diacetyl at all. The finish is slightly dry with lingering fruit notes. Very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is definitely sour, but I did not find it to be overpoweringly sour. It strikes a nice chord with the sour lactic flavors one expects in this style and the soft bready flavors of the wheat.

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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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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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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA Beeryurt for tossing this bottle in on a recent trade. It's always a pleasure to get hands on a NG beer, especially one I've not had before. Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible dating for bottling or freshness. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a sunny yellow body with a slight haze wafting through the otherwise translucent liquid. A pinstripe of a shadow rests just below a towering pillowy three-finger ivory head. Large bubbles slowly begin to burst, leaving a swiss cheese of foam. Eventually, the head settles with thick drifts, like snow around the sides of the glass, with a little portion in the center where only a film rests, revealing the golden liquid underneath. Just an outstanding looking beer--like drinking a liquid lemon meringue pie.

Smell - Light and faint, with components of light wheat and crisp grains. A bit of lemon zest and herbal grassiness also seems to poke through. However, it's not an aroma with a great amount of depth. Light and fresh and to the point.

Taste - Really picks up where the fleeting smell left off and kicks it up a notch or two. The lemon zest has now become fresh lemon juice that has been tamed by some water, like lemonade without sugar. It's fresh and bright and so tasty. A pleasant tartness hits and provides that satisfying twinge of sourness on the tongue. In some ways, it reminds me of a carbonated pinot grigio.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and fully carbonated, with a mostly dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, a wonderfull beer and one that I may have to make a point of acquiring for next summer. There really is nothing beer than tipping back a nice, tart and refreshing BW in warm weather.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/10/13, big thanks MasterSki and Sean9689

A cloudy bright straw yellow with tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, large dense foam has great retention slowly falling to an island just caking my glass with thick lace right to the bottom

S lots of sweet desert wine, musty yeast, lemon honey tea, more sweet vinous notes, green apple, and wheat

T more of the same really but with a little less sweet vinous notes and more lemon, I get some hay I didn't smell, interesting to say the least

M tart and makes your mouth pucker but far from turning my mouth inside out, on the edge between foam and cream, very well carbonated and a little prickly, sweet lemon honey with some cereal on the finish

O very drinkable and well rounded, I haven't had many from the style so my personal preference is playing a pretty big part here and I like what I'm drinking

I'd really like to know what the Alc% is for this one so I'll need to do a little research I suppose. I don't feel the booze affect so if they jammed all this flavor in a session brew I'm even more impressed

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Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 1,466 ratings
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