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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

610 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 98
Gots: 45 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: EliteDigger on 02-11-2008)
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

LucienDeRubempre, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

sjstraub, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. No freshness info but ummagum picked it up at the brewery last month so it's fresh. It was a completely cloudy yellow color with lots of carb streams. It had a 3 finger head that slowly settled into a constant, thick foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking. Not sure I could ask more from a hefe.

The aroma was excellent. It's imperial so there is some alcohol esters in there but also a lot of clove and overripe banana like a std hefe plus some cinnamon and citric hops. Excellent sniffer. The taste was just as amazing. Has the traditional hefe elements like banana, wheat and clove and is well balanced with the citric hops and spice. I could drink this all day. Mouthfeel was medium with tickling carbonation and great aftertaste.

Overall, an exceptional brew and right up there with their Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. Highly recommend. This goes down smooth and with a ton of flavor. Not avail in here TX, dammit, but got one from ummagum. If avail near me, this would be in heavy, heavy rotation. [H;Y]

TexIndy, Aug 24, 2011
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Photo of jimicoop
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aptly named. This Imperial Weizen is amazing. Banana esters and cloves stand out and mix well with the citrusy character of the yeast. The Higher ABV adds a prominent sweetness and creates a great balance to a beer that could easily be off balance.
Though it's a strong beer it's hard not to want to enjoy more than one! Surprisingly light body and very refreshing! WoW!!! Go go New Glarus! :)

jimicoop, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Damian
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

The beer poured a turbulent, yellow ochre color with a four-finger, bubbly, rocky, sea foam head that faded to a thick, resilient cap. Lots of odd-shaped blocks of lacing stuck along the sides of the glass.

The aroma was intense. Super sweet and spicy with a distinct hefeweizen yeast quality. Bubblegum notes came through strong, along with clove, coriander and citrus fruits.

The taste was very similar to the aroma. Sweet and amazingly smooth. Bubblegum, banana, spices (clove and coriander) and doughy malts were noticeable along with a lemony, wheaty smack. Candied orange peel came through as well. The finish was crisp, spicy (clove was very apparent) and citric. Slightly tart and a touch boozy (orange liqueur came to mind). As the beer warmed, the booziness became more pronounced but still remained in check. The lingering aftertaste was citrusy, slightly dry and crisp.

The mouthfeel was amazingly lush, smooth and creamy. Full bodied for the style and somewhat syrupy with a fine, mild carbonation.

Drinkability was outstanding. This beer was not only amazingly quaffable and refreshing, but it also kept me on my toes with an array of complex flavors. Furthermore, I was simply astounded when I discovered that the ABV on this was 9.6%.

Imperial Weizen came through in a huge way. Simply put, this is as intense (and as good) as a hefeweizen gets. Another outstanding product from a brewery that has never failed to impress me.

Damian, Dec 07, 2008
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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dan and Deb Carey are officially WI Beer Gods! They continue to push the envelope and just when they get you thinking they are in a niche, they come out with something new and unexplored. New Glarus is a textbook U.S. craft brewery that puts out knockout beers of all styles. I had heard rumors of this beer back in January and couldn't wait to score some. This pours out a beautiful, murky orange with a super sticky snow white head. The lacing was impressive to say the least. In terms of appearance, this could stand up to any Hefe. The aroma holds a powerhouse of hops accented with the typical clove-like banana hefe roots. These hops are not subtle in any way and fill your nose with a resinous, fruity, cascade punch. I am very surprised how well the hops interact with the strong bavarian yeast. The taste is just as fantastic as the aroma and body. An explosion of piney hops open up for a big chewy malt body with a spicy-yeast finish. This combination of flavors is so powerful, yet extremely balanced. If the hops rounded out a bit more to bring through the malt, this would be damn near perfect. The apparently high ABV is nowhere to be found and this beer could definitely be a staple in my fridge. This beer tricks your beer tastebuds; one second you are drinking an IIPA, the next a Hefe. I have not had a hoppy beer that has gotten me this excited since Chouffe Houblon. I hope this beer sticks around until summer!

ALESwhatCURESya, Mar 23, 2008
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4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried the beer for the first time last night and being a long time fan of New Glarus and wheat beers in general my hopes were pretty high. Imperial Weizen pour with a very tall & lasting head, had to wait about 5 minutes before I could really dig into the beer. Wonderful taste - to me there were citrus tones, clove tones, and just good all around flavor. This is a "limited edition" beer but I really hope they bring it back again in the future.

ryan621, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of malcontent
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass, a magnificent two and a half fingers of frothy, unmovable head crown a hazy orange/gold body. Lacing is stalactite-like in its tenacity. Looks like the gold standard for wheat beers.

The NG house weiss yeast is in full effect as gorgeous aromas of clove and bubblegum surround themes of clover, apricots, cinnamon and honey. Subtle citrus hops lace the finish. Can I give it a "6"?

Oh, it's so damned good! Bread-y start runs headlong into the wheat-driven, lemony twang with a swift pine kick from the Cascade hops. Clove and grass intermingle to frame an alternately zesty yet rich body. Damn!

A shade thinner than I want from a perfect hefe (although I want to give it a perfect score so badly!), although everything else lines up just right. This is something I would drink everyday if the cost weren't higher (oh, and if they actually brewed it again). Although brewing shouldn't be seen as a contest, the boys at 3F's would likely hear the Gumballhead accolades die down a bit if more people got their hands on this treasure from New Glarus. Flat-out world class.

malcontent, Mar 11, 2008
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4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this by saying that this is easily one of the best beers I have ever had of any style. I traded for a couple of these a while back, and just last night had gotten around to try it. I was in the mood for something light on the body, but was hoping for a very full, and flavorful experience, and this was exactly what I received with this one. Very nice twelve ounce bottle, with the red foil unplugged wrapper over the cap. I pulled this one right out of the fridge and immediately poured it into my Terrapin snifter, which gets the brunt of all use from me and proceeded to enjoy it over the course of the afternoon.

Appearance - The pour was wonderful. As a decanted it into the glass, a wonderful two finger high head of sticky white foam rose up from it. Some really nice retention here as this thing was literally going nowhere. It eventually turned rocky, and then a short time after that managed to crater away the top half of it, but even as it finished there was some foam left in the glass and a more then adequate side glass presentation. The streams of carbonation that could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass only served to reinforce this fact, and when combined with the head, made a very active looking beer indeed. The color was a deep, sun dripped yellow, with an enormous amount of haze and cloudiness to it. I was really quite please with how big this looked overall, and needless to say was quite impressed with the overall look of this beer.

Smell - The aroma was to die for. As soon as I took that first whiff I new I was going to be getting into trouble with this one, and I would soon find out I was very right indeed. The first whiff was loaded down with sweet lemongrass infused hop notes. Nice and light, nothing heavy coming through on this one at all. Underneath with delicate smells of banana and clove. You know a good Hefeweizen when you get this smell, and if you don't know what I am referring to, you probably have never had a good one! Evolving over time, the hops faded and the light grain, and wheat base came though and brought the banana and light clove flavor to the forefront. Very complex and satisfying, this was exactly what I was looking for.

Taste - The flavor followed suit beautifully, being extremely full and complex. The first note to come through the palate was the hops. Nothing distracting or heavy like a big IPA, rather, this was light and airy, a bright hop profile with the lemon flavor leading the charge here. Nothing too heavy about it at all. As you let this go by and expose the grainy underbelly of it, you come across a really nice bit of light yeasty flavors. Here comes that lovely light banana and peach flavor that I was looking forward. Not heavy at all, and more of a hint of it then anything else, but still very nicely done, with the flavor of clove wrapping itself around it and giving you that wonderful, light, earthy, bright flavor. This then faded and the hosp came back for one more go round, as the lemon flavor dried out the tongue and let the bitterness leave, letting you prepare for another sip to come through.

Mouthfeel - There was a very nice feel with this one as well. It was a little bit heavier then the standard for the style, but that is about what you would expect from an imperial Hefeweizen then couldn't you. Good carbonation never let it feel too heavy though and there was no real thinness or lightness to it at all, this was a really top notch beer by all accounts.

Drinkability - There was an outstanding drinkable factor to this one, and in fact I had no idea how strong this was until I looked it up. To say the alcohol in it was well hidden would be the understatement of the year. Maybe it could have been around seven percent and even at that level would be well hidden, but over 9% wow!. This was incredibly smooth and the flavors so deep and bright, I could have drank this one all night long without an issue, truly one of the best things I have ever served in my house.

Overall this was absolutely outstanding, and easily one of the best beers of any style I have ever had. There is something to say of a brewer taking a style like this and doing it right, that is no easy task for sure, but New Glarus has one me over with this one. Definitely a top notch beer and something that I would like to share with a certain person in the area, who may get a kick out of this one. If you can find it, seek this one out for sure!

mikesgroove, Jun 03, 2008
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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!

dancinwillie, Apr 20, 2008
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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.