Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

634 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 101
Gots: 49 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EliteDigger on 02-11-2008

Do not waste time attempting to box this brew into some esoteric guide to styles. This is Dan's bold creation. His passion for unfiltered Weiss collides with Cascade Hops inventing our Imperial Hefe-Weizen. Dry hopping boldly rules over Wisconsin red wheat and our special strain of Bavarian yeast. At almost 20 O.P. this is the super mac daddy of Weiss beers. Decoction mashing was followed by excessive dry hopping to create a fierce onslaught of clove, cinnamon and citrus all in this living beer. Don't bother waiting to enjoy - the time is now.
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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Hazed orange, epic lacing.

Smell: Alcoholic esters, bready wheat, yeast, cotton candy, citric hop and ripe tropical fruit.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick and creamy full-ish body. Maltiness flexes strong, bready and grainy and certainly a moving force here that is not taken down. Yeast tone is very prevelent, ripe fruit as well. Warming alcohol appears about halfway down the glass. Suggestions of taffy, banana and a ghost phenol more towards the bittersweet finish.

Overall: This brew throws the gauntlet down, be ready to take this beer on as it is not for the faint of palate. Of course for me I took it one big sip at a time, not wanting to finish it took quick ... trying to savor but wanting another sip right away.

Photo of don1481
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a glass. Was wandering through Woodman's today wondering "I wish they had something other than the Winter Warmer" when lo and behold... out popped the beer guys with a pallet of this stuff!!

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden straw-like color. Lots of head that sustains itself.

Smell: Citrusy, almost like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. Reminds me more of IPA smells than anything. Their IIPA wouldn't be that far off here. Not really getting the clove notes in the smell.

Taste (after waiting for the head to die down enough to sip): Aha - there would be the cloves, and a little bit of the cinnamon. Definitely more citrusy than anything. Just like with the smell, it tastes more closely to their IIPA than I was expecting. It's a very good taste, just not quite what I was expecting... but then again with New Glarus, the unexpected is part of why I keep coming back to their different Thumbprint releases. For something pushing 10% ABV, I'd expect a little bit of a warming from the alcohol. None to be found here. Which I am more than happy with.

Mouthfeel: First sip kinda coated the mouth a little bit... differently... than what I was expecting. It lingers. It's not syrupy by any stretch, but there is definitely some body to it.

Overall: It's an intriguing taste. Something that I may try again later on in the release cycle, but not something that I'm going to stock up on like their last two varieties.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfect. The body is the color of the sun, completely clouded with yeast and aggressive carbonation. The head is thick enough to balance a half-dollar and lasts at a half inch for ten minutes or more. Unbelievably pretty.

Aroma: A gigantic grapefruit aroma smacks the consumer upside the head. That's immediately followed by clove an odd but pleasing blend of clove and human blood. Next come cinnamon and ginger. Then there is a light hint of banana followed by more Cascade, citric goodness.

Flavor: Dominated by hops. I'm used to hybrids like this having a traditional front and middle palate and finish that comes on strong and bitter but this beer is just non-stop, in your face brutal hops. It's awesome. Despite this, Imperial Weizen manages to give off a whole brick house of other flavors, most notably banana and vanilla, but also iron and rum. Add to this massive amounts lemon, lime, and grapefruit rind and we have one hell of a beer.

Mouthfeel: Lusciously smooth with assertive carbonation, a full body, and some booziness. Strong.

Drinakbility: Two are good. More would be tough. This beer is too intense and strong to session.

New Glarus is the king of wheat beer. Period.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JDV for this bottle.

A-Cloudy orange caramel color,fluffy white head, lots of cabonation bubbles running up the side. Looks good
S-Spicy/Peppery smell, musty and belgianesque, slight medicinal phenolic smell
T-Alcohol and bananas right away, very hoppy bitter finish, spicy belgian like yeast flavor and rough wheat grain become more apparent as warms
M-Full in mouth especially for the style, creamy but good cabonation
D-Glad to drink one but probably wouldn't reach for too many of these. Alcohol flavor detracts somewhat from drinkability.

Photo of weatherdog
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weizen glass

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a billowing off white head. The head sticks around for the whole drink and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a perfect looking weizen.

The nose is very orange ester heavy with some underlying clove tones. At the end there is some noticeable alcohol nostril burn but it's not too bad. Not a very traditional hefeweizen aroma but it's still very nice and I'm digging it.

The orange isn't as prominent in the taste as the aroma but the spicy clove is stronger with some other minor plastic phenolics. The alcohol warmth is there at the end but it still doesn't drink like it's a nearly 10% beer.

My only gripe about this beer is the mouthfeel is a little too slick and oily. I know that is a characteristic of using a large percentage of wheat, and seeing that this is a high gravity wheat beer it is inevitable but I still don't have to like it.

Overall I'm glad this beer was re-released. I was just getting heavily into craft beer when it first came out and it's very similar to what I remember, a deceptively high gravity fairly traditional hefeweizen.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a hazy golden orange with a creamy two inches of thick white foam on top. Big sticky ring of lacing around the top. Aromas are quick wild and wacky on this one. The crisp wheat grain along with banana, clove and a touch of bubblegum start things off and are quickly met by a pungent, herbal, earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Spicy yeast tones abound. Quite interesting, it's a big hoppy hefeweizen.

First sip brings a smooth, slightly creamy crisp wheat grain malt upfront. It moves into a spicy, yeasty flavor with banana, clove and mellow bubblegum accents. Earthy, herbal, citric hop tones move in and bring with them quite a big bitterness. It finishes off with lingering spicy yeast tones and afterthoughts of hops. Complex, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a solid medium body. Quite enjoyable with just the right amount of carbonation that makes it go down smooth. A bit heavier than most hefe's but it's still refreshing and easily drinkable. An intriguing mix of flavors..I'm glad I grabbed a four pack, but I really don't think I could drink too much of this. Still, definitely worth a try. New Glarus can do no wrong with wheat beers!

Photo of mrquartetman
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, golden, big head that left lots of lace

S: Very fruity, spicy, clove aroma

T: Sharp at front with substantial hop, then strong spice and big round malt. Complex and Excellent.

M: A series of persistent flavors that take a good time to disappear.

D: Great with food, and a fine drinking beer.

This is one of NG's unplugged triumphs, a terrific and unusual beer. The spiciness goes beyond what one normally expects of a weizen - cinnamon flavor, clove. Might be their own "special strain of Bavarian Weiss yeast." A fine beer.

Photo of zook74
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Freaking amazing. Poured this into an english pint glass (yeah, sue me). Huge white, sturdy, frothy head with tenacious, clingy lacing o'er top a deep, rich golden-orange body.

Smelled deeply sweet of bananas. Deeeply sweet. Almost threw me off.

Once that golden nectar hits the tongue, it's game over for other hefeweizens. This is by far the nicest wheat beer I've ever tasted. How did Dan get all of them hops into a this wheat and make it work? I dunno, but I'm glad he did.

A very, very fine beer. I'll be sad when this brew is gone...

Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with a creamy white head that leaves a spotty lacing around the glass and retains itself well. Smell is hoppy with plenty of fresh oranges in there. The aroma also holds some spices and a little cinnamon. Taste is of oranges, clove, lemon, and a little grapefruit. Medium body and carbonation; finish has a little alcohol bite to it. Pretty drinkable beer, though I don't know that I'd have more than two in an evening, if I were so inclined.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: An interesting blend of German yeast and citrus hops with lots of fruit and spice hints. Upfront scent of wheat and German Hefeweizen yeast along with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, and crackers. Big hints of clove spice, coriander, and pepper. Fruit hints of bananas, apple, and some bubblegum. Big citrus hop presence with juicy hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, tangerine, melon, and lemon. Also some earthy and grassy hop hints.

Taste: Like the aroma, an interesting mix of wheat, yeast, and spicy notes with a big citrus hop presence. Wheat and German Hefewiezen upfront with notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, and straw. Spicy notes of cloves, white pepper, and coriander. Big taste of ripe citrus hops with juicy notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Also some fruit notes of banana and apple along with some bubblegum. Earthy notes of grass towards the finish. A very good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and somewhat chewy. Nicely bitter. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good and interesting twist on a German Weizen style. Its like a combination of a Hefeweizen and Belgian IPA. Nicely yeasty and juicy.

Photo of ohmybock
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Now *this* is an interesting wheat beer which I just picked up in Madison, WI. From reading the label, I could tell I was in for something a bit unique...

This one pours with a cloudy, light-ish, golden color. There's a thin head which persists, but it's not as thick as many German weizens. The aroma is a very good indicator of what is to come. There's definitely some German wheat beer character in there, but something else too. Upon tasting, the unusual mix of characters becomes much more apparent. There's a citrusy character infused with the expected "normal" German character along with something else..."minty" perhaps? The label mentions Cascade hops and "excessive dry hopping". That explains a lot of what is going on here. The bitterness is not overwhelming, but it might be a little aggressive. I can't stop sipping this brew and pondering the odd mix of flavors in it. With that being said, I'm still not overly-enthusiastic about the end product's mix of flavors as a whole. This is a very interesting brew which I'm very happy I bought, but one 12oz bottle is probably more than enough for me.

This NG brew probably fits into the same style as the Schneider-Brooklyner Weiss. Both weizens are heavily dry-hopped and are new interpretations of the style. Kudos to New Glarus for trying new things with the Unplugged series. I wish more breweries would do the same!

Photo of rudylaw
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow/orange pour accompanied with a two finger white, fluffy head. It leaves minimal lacing.

I smell orange, peach, cloves and wheat. Smells like this will be a strong concoction.

I get cloves right off the bat... it then ushers in the peach and the sharp hops at the back end.

As I continue on, I'm picking up some apples in nose and taste buds. Maybe apple skins is a better descriptor? Bananas are definitely coming out to play as well.

This is a very complex beer that is well-balanced. Outstanding drink when the mercury is up. It's very creamy and tastes light despite the high alcohol level. This is outstanding... I knew I should have grabbed more than one 4-pack!

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tribial for picking this up for me on his way back from the great land of cheese!

A - Hazy golden-amber in color with a couple finger white head that lingers for quite a while leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S - Traditional weizen odors of bananas and cloves are accompanied by a wonderful citrus hop aroma with bit breadiness thrown in for good measure

T - Pepper and lemons with all the afore mentioned items in found in the nose and a slight taste of alcohol, all of this from just the few sips. As the glass begins to warm to near room temperature tastes of cinnamon and apple become more and more apparent. The delicate balance of all these flavors is truly delicious.

M - Light to medium in body. The slight taste of pepper and the other spice flavors leaves a nice tingling sensation on the tongue.

D - This is down right awesome. Certainly another hit from the unplugged series which has yet to yield a beer I have not liked, at least from what I have tried thus far.

Photo of mocktm
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Birchstick for this one, been on my want list for a while.

Into a heffe glass, this is a golden orange hue, plenty of haziness with a thick and frothy white head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Lacing is full and hearty, clings to the glass for dear life.

Smells like a typical heffe on steroids: lots of banana, wheat, clove, some bubble gum and citrus fruit, plus a whiff of alcohol.

Like no other heffe I've had before, this is a big, big beer. Loads of wheat and alcohol esters right out of the gate, mellowed out by the yeast's banana and clove output. Citrus fruit plays a role, as do some serious cascade hops, providing a much more bitter finish than any other heffe I've sampled. To be honest, I almost think there is too much going on here.

I'd call this full bodied with a significantly creamy nature, producing a slick mouthfeel. Better take your time with this one as its not exactly the traditional and sessionable heffe we're all used to seeing.

Really interesting take on the style, but I've always been of the opinion that heffes are too delicate of a style to flood with a high ABV. Something about the overwhelming alcohol presence just doesn't quite do it for me on this one. Although, don't get me wrong, this is still a hell of a beer, just not the hefeweizen I prefer, Cheers!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a hazy dirty yellow body with a thick white head cratered like the moon that last forever even after the beer is gone. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that pop in and out of the hazy on their way to support the head.

S- This beer has a perfumed clove hop nose with a rich smell of wheat with some slight toasted wheat notes and a finish of more perfumed hops with a citrus blossom quality.

T- The note of spicy clove gives way to a full wheat flavor with some caramel wheat malt qualities and a note of darker roasted malt deep underneath. There is a finish of perfumed citrus hops with a yeasty pine bit at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a soft alcohol heat that enhances the hops. There is a nice tight little fizz that balances the sweetness and cleans up this beer.

D- This is a wonderful beer. The perfume qualities remind me of some Belgian yeast strains and the hops are really matched well with the great Weizen qualities on top of some nice wheat wine notes. This beer went down smooth and was wonderful fresh. I don't think it will last long enough to age and I think it will also be a totally different beer without the hops.

Photo of richkrull
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellow color with quite a bit of fluffy white head on it.

Smell is wheaty with quite a bit of banana as well.

Taste is very good. It's definitely a strong hefe but that was expected. I really like the over the top taste.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Very refreshing and easy drinking beer.

Overall I really liked this one. I'd love to put down a bunch of these on a warm summer day. To me, the ABV is well hidden so I suppose it will catch up with you after a few.

Photo of pwoods
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle, red foil covered top, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a dark apricot with plenty of hazing. 2+ fingers of lightly tinted head forms and holds nicely. Good lacing throughout.

S: Plenty of banana and bubblegum with a heavy handed clove kick. Some hops shine through making me very excited. Has a touch of soapiness but not unpleasant. Very interesting smell. A touch of alcohol?

T/M: Wow, quite and alcohol kick... in a Hefeweizen, lol. A bit of hop bitterness and citrus pop through for just a second in the middle of the cloudy banana and clove pummeling. Alcohol builds around this point into the thick wheat backbone and through a slightly drying finish. Body is a bit above medium(Hefeweizen? lol) and carbonation keeps pace.

D: Tasty but not overly drinkable. Drinkability is so extremely important in a Hefeweizen and this lets me down some. Also,the alcohol and mouthfeel just don't fit the style anymore. Not a bad brew but I guess I feel that weizen's probably shouldn't be made imperial.

Photo of mully
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange liquid with a creamy white head that fades leaving chunks of foam around the glass

Cloves hints of cascade hops and wheat malt creep in

clove play with hops in a new and interesting way cinnamon and savory flavors not usually found in weizen beers, impressive experiment in beer here

good mouthfeel, cleans out quick almost oily, in a good way

definitely a very good beer, I'm glad I have more in the cellar.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour still produces a huge fluffy head that lasts and lasts. The color is a murky golden-yellow, very peachy, with plenty of bubbles feeding the never-ending, bumpy head. The head continues to amaze, looking more like something on a soda float than a beer. Leaves big sedimentary layers of lace.

Aroma is largely banana, a good bit of sweet cream/butter, but also a kind of lemon-y citric element, plus a twang similar to that imparted by certain Belgian yeast strains. Mellow malts make up the background, but this is largely focused on banana and more exotic aromas not usually found in the style, but it totally works here.

My first sip and I'm thinking "ok, best New Glarus beer ever". This is freaking delicious. There's a creamsicle element that I can't shake, and I don't want to because it works. Banana slickness and flavor come through large, while an ever so slightly tart character works it's way into the finish and lightly puckering texture. I am also reminded of mango, lemonade, bubblegum and buttered popcorn jellybeans, while the soft, velvety caress of the mouthfeel is a pleasure. All the while, the wheat/yeast element is not lost--quite likely it's the artful combination thereof that explains why I'm getting such interesting, colorful flavors.

Dan Carey excels above and beyond when it comes to his wheat-focused beers. This and Dancing Man Wheat are the best New Glarus has to offer--in my humble opinion. It's a damn shame this is a one time only bottling, and a damn shame I didn't pick up more than one. I've finally enjoyed every beer I picked up at the brewery about 5 weeks ago, and this a fantastic note to end this little journey on. Please, Dan--unplug it year 'round!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a deeply cloudy yellow/orange peach with a uberfluff white head that leaves great lacing. Nose is very banana with some orange. Taste follows with a unique mix of german wheat flavor and some citrus notes, along with a fair amount of almost witbier like spice profile. Very interesting flavor. Mouthfeel is quite thick, Im not sure how to rate it for an "imperial weizen" but I would expect it to be thicker. Drinkability is pretty good, but I do feel the alcohol burn as it goes down. Overall a very unique and interesting brew. This is pretty much what I imagined for an imperial weizen, but Im not sure if it is a style i really like. Its good, but doesn't shock me into immeadiate appreciation. Try it. It will be worth it.

Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitches out an opaque, milky tangerine-gold body, with a buxom multiple-inch adornment of whole whipping cream, which only slowly recedes to trail filth down the sides of the glass.
The first several inhalations are straight-up Bubble-Yum Bubblegum. It's a common descriptor, but this honestly smells exactly fucking like it. After a minute or so, it separates, with the hops taking the fore with grapefruit, wrought iron, and blood, and a substantial backup of weizen yeasty traits of banana, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and ginger. This is beyond uncommon smelling; it is damn near impossible.
A wheat bread maltiness spreads itself across the mouth first, appropriately enough. From this rather simple beginning the weizen yeast begins shooting firecrackers of banana bread, cinnamon, vanilla pod, clove, and lemon rind. Those are very typical disguises of wheat beers, but here, their essences are virtually distilled in their purity and their volume. They are hardly suggestions, rather, they are actually what the mouth experiences singularly and in full. Hops bring grapefruit and lime rind and rusted metal, but in a more modest fashion than the nose would suggest. Eddies of spiced rum permeate everything, but it never tastes explicitly alcoholic.
A dense, impermeable body is given levity by a carbonation that seems nearly manic at times. Those two opposites serve to create a beverage that drinks like cashmere, with its silken weight. It's power makes itself known (though not because it tastes raw or hot), and it's intensity does not allow for gulps or longish sessionability. Its merit and memorability are easily shown in a single bottle....or perhaps two.
New Glarus is renown for its fruit beers, but that should now be shifting, as they make a variety of some of the finest wheat beers available on the planet. This is one of them, and probably the best of the lot, thus far. It may be, in fact, New Glarus' crowning achievement.
Seek it. Now.

Update 5/26/08: After nearly 4 months, the hops have lost a bit of their bubblegummy and grapefruit juiciness and have beer partially replaced with aluminum, both in aroma and flavor. And the spiciness has dulled some Still an incredible beer, but a notch below when it was crushingly fresh. The moral here is that it probably isn't worth aging except for curiosity's sake....but it says that on the label, doesn't it?

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a long neck 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy and hazy deep golden in color, nice cloudy peak of off-white foam that retained for quite a while and settled to a nice frothy cap. Also good sticky lacing after. Beautiful looking Weizen beer.

Smell: Nice hoppy pine and grapefruit aroma mixed in with the sweet and yeasty notes.

Taste: Big hops flavor, with citrus grapefruit being the predominant taste, but then the sweet and yeasty weizen flavors come in behind it. Lots of big flavor here, hops up front, sweet wheat in the middle and spicy, fruity and peppery yeast phenols on the finish. I really enjoy this beer and all those flavors!

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good creamy carbonation and a bit slick on the tongue. Nice.

Overall: This beer is really the best of both worlds for fans of IPA's and Weizens. The extra hopping really adds a lot to this Weizen style, and I would love to see this as a regular beer in the New Glarus lineup! Well done, New Glarus!

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the style, thank you Bakerslp for the trade. clove, cinnamon and citrus are claimed and in the mix, though I do not think they contributed to my liking it, (also bannana) but they did to the aroma. Very drinkable,if only I had a bomber to share, above average mouthfeel. Dark colour and good head.

Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of northyorksammy (thanks for the Wisconsin box!). A reckless pour from a 12oz bottle easily fills my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Nearly opaque saffron and naples yellow liquid is suppressed by a massive rocky, shock white pearling bulbous crown. Vast sticky caverns of lace adorn the sides with a brilliant glimmer. Superior retention, even for the style.

Clove and orange rind in the nose along with a surprising dose of C-hops. Style guidelines are clearly out the window with this brew. Phenols dominate in the yeast strain though there is a hint of bubblegum as well (not to mention Big Red).

Sweet supremely spicy palate entry with potent alcohol biting into the mid-palate. Low but persistent bitterness with hints of citrus zest (a blend of fruits), white pepper, clove, and coriander. The wheat presents with pleasing flavor, but dissipates before it can add any tang. Yeast is strong and flavorful as well, but overall the alcohol won't relent.

Creamy, full-bodied, effervescent, and a touch hot along the gum-line.

Style-defying, flavorful, and maybe a bit excessive in the ABV department (though never fusel/solventy) - tastes almost like a cocktail of some sort, albeit one with a base of traditional Hef and home-made bitters...

Photo of dancinwillie
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a weizen glass

appearance darkish orange hued brew, with a creamy white head that just won't quit! absolutely lovely. gorgeous lacing as froth finally starts subsiding.

smells just like apricots. a bit of spiciness, and a hint of alcohol comes through too.

This one tastes incredible. I know the style should have a banana/clove taste, but I just taste an apricot or peachy flavor. it's strong, and delicious. a bit of bready yeast comes through. Spicy bitterness comes on towards the end, a product of the hops I assume, and a clean dry finish that leaves me wanting another drink.

Mouthfeel full and somewhat creamy, with a slightly dry puckering finish.

Overall drinkability is pretty high, although the obvious high ABV is the only thing keeping me from rating this as my first 5.0 review. It's just too strong to drink much of, but still, one of the best beers I've had in a long time. And definitely the best hefeweizen I've ever had. Believe the hype on this one, and get some before it's gone!

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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.