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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

343 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 343
Hads: 636
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 105
Gots: 50 | 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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Reviews: 343 | Hads: 636
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a hazed golden amber color with a big off-white head on it.

S: Smells sweet with plenty of spice. Lots of banana, cloves, and some nutmeg and cinnamon. Light notes of citrus peel (oranges, for the most part) to go along with a lot of sweet malt and bread aromas.

T: Much the same in terms of the flavor. Sweet bread, honey, and wheat malt flavors. Banana and orange fruitiness with lots of spice notes. The clove and nutmeg seem to be the most abundant.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Good flavors and aromas, though a bit too big to drink a ton of. Nice beer. (651 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.10.12.

A - Pours a very cloudy, light orange with a one inch yellow-light tan head. Good retention.

S - Wheat hits you first, then some stong lemon.

T - Heavy wheat and some subtle lemon zest.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Solid body makes the lemon more muted, but still keeps a good balance. (331 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy yellow color with a 2 finger head. I can't think of a better look for this beer

S - the nose is lemon, citrus, soft wheat malt, bubblegum

T - the taste is similar. Starts off with lemony flavors up front that are washed away by bubblegum yeast flavors. A modicum of clove is present, but not much. A little metallic on the finish with some nice spritzy hops. Nice.

M - soft and full, great body

D - another solid offering in the unplugged/thumbprint series. NG has a knack for killing German styles, and they delivered yet again. (555 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) Hazy looking light orange. It started with around a finger of creamy looking white head. This settled down to a dusting. Not much lacing at all.

S) There was a lot going on here. It started out pretty sweet. There was yeast, wheat, banana and spice, mainly clove. As it warmed up, I was picking up other fruit aromas, tropical and a little apple.

T) The malt and yeast create a light bread flavor. Then some booze hits you. It's pretty close to the nose, but not as much fruit was present in the taste. The finish had a boozy tingle.

M) A medium body with a good jolt of carbonation. This started out creamy, but unfortunately that faded to a mostly unsatisfying and prickly ending.

O) This was pretty good overall, but as far as NG beers go, I'll stick to Dancing Man, if I'm looking for something in and or around the weizen style. (884 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange color, massively thick head holding steadily. Spotty lace. Pungent bouquet in the nose, with ripe citrus, bready yeast, light clove, very inviting. As much as it smells like a Hefe it reminds me more of a Belgian-like yeast, like a Wit or a citrusy Belgian Pale. Solid hop-presence also. Very nice.

The taste is not so much like a Hefe to me either. There is a strong tangy orange/citrus flavor that dominates, with a touch of sharp astringence that takes away from the finish unfortunately. It is also a bit too bready sweet for the style, although it's understandable with the higher malt/ABV. The mouthfeel has the classic foaminess, but is almost too sharp in carbonation than preferred.

An example of an "Imperial" version that doesn't exactly work. The citrus flavors are really brought out here but it hinders the appearance of that nice Hefe clove-like spiciness, plus the sweetness should be milder. Interesting attempt, but overall unnecessary. I can't fault New Glarus for trying, but I would much prefer a Black Wheat, Dancing Man, or Copper Kettle Weiss. (1,084 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/24/08. Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx (thanks Marc!). Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma is quite spicy: clove and pepper. Also slight citrus and vegetable. Flavor is rather sweet (brown sugar) and slightly vegetal (meaty stew!) with a citrusy hops and passion fruity finish. Very interesting concoction! Not really like any other hefe I've had, but I guess the label says to ignore that. Delish!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) (454 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
0821 on the neck, no info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 who can't resist giving me beer every time I go to his house to help "thin the heard."

A - Poured complete with sediment, the totally cloudy golden yellow beer is topped by a massive five-finger head. Thick as whipped cream, you could rest a bottle cap on it no problem. It sparkles like fresh snow and leaves sheet after sheet of thick lace on the glass! Perfection!

S - Potent yeast esters flourish with banana and clove spiciness and, for the most part, overwhelm the subtle wheat aroma. Solvent notes of phenolic alcohol poke through to let you know that yes, indeed this is imperial. Spicy German hops fill the background.

T - Overpoweringly hoppy, the flavor is a kick to the face. The wheat pokes out on the finish in between solvent alcohol heat,. Yeasty esters of banana and clove are still present but largely reserved in comparison to the hops.

M - Unconventionally bitter, the finish sees some sweetness that's obviously meant to be there for balance. Too bitter. Warming alcohol is both tasted and experienced retronasally but the brew is smooth and soft like a hefe should be. Medium-full in body from the sweetness.

O - A nice spring sipper but by no means a summer thirst quencher. Not that it's meant for that anyway... A little boozy although fairly well hidden, it's just overly bitter from the hops.

*Also, a point of interest about this beer is that it doesn't age well at all, extended aging anyway. Despite it's high ABV and BeerAdvocate's, "not a style to age unless alcohol exceeds ABV range" (which I'd say it does) my disapproving review of a 4-year-old bottle was removed, flagged by someone obviously upset by the score despite the caveat. The aged review garnished a C-. Moral of the story, don't hang on to this one for a while. (1,855 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ah, a kicked up Weizen. Sounds like something that could be good or bad.
Pours an orange'ish bronze color with a ton of foam. It's cloudy and murky, but with the bright color and head, it's a pretty good looking brew.
You pick up some of the banana/clove/bubblegum smells from a hefe or heller weizenbock, but there's definitely a pretty strong hop presence in there.
The taste isn't what I expected. It's got some Belgian funkiness and it's got a pretty strong noble hop background, but beneath that, it has some weizenbock roots. It's a little bit like a cleaner version of the Hopfen-weiss beers, although definitely boozier.
This is a thick and aggressive brew, so it's a sipper for sure.
One at a time's enough for this brew, but I think that's the nature of what they're going for.

It's not amazing, but I like what they did with this. It's unique and a good beer, but not something to revisit daily. I've just come to the conclusion that hoppy and wheat isn't a combo I really dig. (989 characters)

Photo of Axic10
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep golden yellow with three fingers of fluffy white head that takes its time settling down to a thin layer that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy aroma of yeast, banana, clove, lemon and a hint of bubble gum. Not a trace of the 9.6% alcohol.

Taste: Banana, yeast, clove, spices and some lemon zest. I pick up an alcohol burn which wasn't in the nose, which takes away from the taste for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with proper carbonation.

Overall: Overall a decent take at the Hefeweizen that would be outstanding if the taste didn't have an alcohol burn (although it is an imperial). Would like to see what they would do with a 4-5% version. (740 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of adneilsen (thanks Aron) poured a cloudy gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of wheast, yeast, banana, light bubblegum and a hint of clove. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, yeast, banana, light clove and light alcohol with a crisp warming lingering banana finish. (315 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the refreshing summer BIF. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Has a nice hazy orange with a very nice white head and good lacing.

Aroma is cloves and a bit of banana. Not super strong but good.

Taste is way too sweet for a hefe. Very malty when it should be just wheaty and kinda dry/smooth.

Mouthfeel is too malty and low carb when it should have a bit more.

Overall I'm not a big fan of this one. I feel that if you make an imperial version of some beer that usually isn't high alcohol it should be close in taste but with higher alcohol. Probably won't seek this one out. (595 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thumbprint version (not Unplugged). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Glarus label art (which I quite like) and a red-foiled over pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery and the beer's current ratings; New Glarus has made some beers I adore. Reviewed as an Imperial Hefeweizen because it identifies clearly as such on the label; from any other brewery, I'd be real suspicious of that classification - not to mention the quality of the beer.

No ABBV is listed on the bottle. 20 O.P. Decoction mashed and dry hopped.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a five finger wide head of nice fluffy consistency. White in colour. Soft complexion. Nice creaminess and thickness. Looks refreshing and appealing. Head retention is excellent - especially considering the ABV - about 10 minutes. Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes and sticks there; this beer has "legs."

Body colour is a clear translucent lightly hazy orange of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks precisely as it ought to, but it does have a bit more clarity (i.e. less haziness) than most hefeweizens. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Much spicier than anticipated: clove, cinnamon, allspice, white pepper. Plenty of fruity notes; it has your usual orange peel but also some tropical notes like mango, melon, and watermelon. The watermelon is lovely and may be a highlight for me. Banana, lemon citrus. Clean wheat. A kiss of lacto tartness reminiscent of a berliner weisse. Has a surprising hop presence for the style; I get plenty of floral hop character and some light fruity touches. Clean Bavarian yeast is indicated by the relatively high attenuation; I don't pick up on much residual sugar.

No alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Definitely pushes the boundaries of the hefeweizen style with the spices and fruity notes. I'm liking it.

T: Wheat, watermelon, mango, floral hops, fruity hop notes, orange peel, lemon citrus. Some tangerine. A kiss of sour green apple, which emerges more as it warms. The wheat body is vibrant, clean, and evocative. No alcohol comes through; you'd never know it was 9.60% ABV. Crisp and tasty. Clean yeast. Banana and clove. The cinnamon spice does give it a little bit of kick on the back end.

Depth of flavour is good for the style. Good duration and intensity of flavour.

It's got good complexity and subtlety for the style, along with excellent balance. Not quite gestalt though it has great cohesion; it's just some of the tropical notes don't quite feel like they're inherently necessary parts of the flavour profile per se - though they do fit in quite nicely and bring interesting elements to the beer. Hops have an unnaturally large presence in the profile for a hefewweizen; I do think they work well here, especially alongisde the fruit. A kiss of grapefruit, maybe. A bit of bubblegum, but in the best sense possible; there's nothing artificial or candied about it here. Some peach.

The decoction mashing leaves the finish feeling just a biteen like a Czech pilsener, which may be the biggest issue with the flavour profile - though that's being extremely nitpicky.

No alcohol comes through - a feat at 9.60%.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing as hell. Clean and crisp. Soft and approachable. Good thickness and body; right on the money. Complements the flavour profile quite well; I'd even say the texture seems custom-tailored specifically to the taste and enhances it, facilitating delivery of all of the flavours fully and efficiently.

Constructively, the finish is a bit inferior in terms of mouthfeel because it departs from the soft approachable refreshing texture in favor of a crisp Czech pilsner like subtle bite. This is nitpicking, but keeping the texture uniform would further refine the beer.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for how high the ABV is, and the ABV itself is dangerously unnoticeable. I'm not sure how they managed to hide it so well; I'd guess this was maybe 5.5% if I tried it blind. A incredible imperial hefeweizen from New Glarus that pushes the boundaries of the style without relying on gimmicky tricks. I'd definitely get it again and could easily kill a 6 pack in a night. I'd definitely recommend this to friends, and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to try it. Dangerously drinkable stuff, and yet another great beer from New Glarus.

High B (4,801 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dirty orange body with a light mocha 2 finger crown. Loads of retention and lace caking everywhere!

Smell: Cloves and banana really dominate the nose. The underlying notes include cinnamon, cascade hops, and bavarian style yeast.

Taste: Bitter cascade hops, over ripe banana, and too much clove for my liking. Only a small tinge of alcohol which I'm happy with. This one had taste potential but it faltered.

Mouthfeel: a touch syrupy with a "heavy side of medium" body. A bit cloying imho.

Drinkability: Doesn't taste good enough, have a nice enough mouthfeel, or a low enough abv to get a high score in this category.

This has probably been my least favorite of the Unplugged Series. One thing I should say is that I received the bottle as an extra in a trade about 5 weeks ago and have no idea how much age was put on it prior to getting it. The label says drink fresh so who knows if age has tainted my experience. (935 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: When pouring the beer into a standard pint glass I over flowed the glass with foam. Huge full hand of bright white foam that looks like cream as it slowly falls into the beer and leaves behind chunkey, spider web looking lacing on the edge of the glass. The liquid is a dark yellow to orange color with a strong haze.

S: Strong creamy banana and mild clove yeast esters. Bread and bread crust malt aromas are distinct and cut through the alcohol nose.

T: Huge bready and mild toasty malt flavor. The over-rippened banana yeast esters are strong and combine well with the breadiness giving it a banana bread like vibe. A subtle citrusy hop note. The bitterness is firm, but the balance is on the malty sweet side. A sweet candy like flavor also.

M: Hot alcohol warming. Moderate body and highly carbonated.

O: A weizen on steroids. Big alcohol warming, banana bread flavored, slightly sweet wheat beer. The carbonation got away from me on this one, but overall not one of my favorite NG's Thumbprints. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Obtained in trade with leftmindedrighty.

Cloudy orange colored beer with a gigantic off-white colored head, pour VERY carefully.

Sweet malty and perfumed are words I use to describe this one. No banana scent but incredibly strong clove and spice scent. In truth this smells more like a Belgian Strong Pale ale than a Hefeweizen, I could swear there is coriander in this.

Taste starts out sweet and spicy with s clove and banana flavor. Wheat malt comes in later, and that is about it. Flavor is a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Well I had high hopes for this one but it is one dimensional, a flop really. (619 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another treat sent down from BeerFMAndy. Thanks!

12oz bottle, poured into a tall weizen glass. From scanning the reviews, this one looks like it's at least 8 months old.

Pours a cloudy amber-tinted dark gold. A huge frothy white head tops 'er off. The first aroma that hits me is a big smack of floral hops. Wow. That was unexpected. [After reading the label on the bottle, I now see this was a dry-hopped weizen - very cool]. The more I pull at this one, the expected aromas creep through - clove, banana bread, cinnamon.

The body is on the scant side, as it goes down quite slick. The massive head scored some of the carbonation away, no doubt. Alcohol, though higher, is barely detected in the flavor. Subtle hints of ethanol on the back end. Mild citrus flavors meld well with the faint hoppiness, and lightly-tart sourdough bread quality.

A decent brew that I would like to have again, but it'd need to be in a much fresher form for sure. (950 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice big head with a orange body and not too much cloudiness.

Nose is rich and sweet with alcohol and some floral undertones.

Taste is very fruity with apricot and hops. Mouth feel is a little weak for a wheat beer but that might be cause of the ABV. Drinkability is lower due to strong apricot which did not appeal to me. Still a fine beer just not my liking. Not characteristic of other wheat beers. (412 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Cloudy piss yellow color. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to an off white rocky two finger head. Looks a lot like sea foam. Lace is sticky for now but we'll check back.

Smell is bright sugar topped lemon. Some wheat of grass earthy yeast notes.

Taste is tart bananas and wheat. Very sweet almost like "simple syrup". Some clove comes out. This is also a bit boozy in the swallow.

Mouth is crisp with almost spritzy carbonation. Body is full and syrupy and finish average and a bit dry.

Overall I didn't think this was too bad. I am really not a fan of Wheats or Hefe's but this one went down a bit more tasty. Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for this sample. (705 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orangish golden color with two fingers of very thick off white head. This beer has some great retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt and fruity notes. There are some Belgian like yeast notes in here as well. Some banana and clove.

Taste: Sweet malt with some herbal yeast notes. Not nearly as fruity as the smell with a stronger presence of alcohol. I'm picking up a citrus and hop note too. The alcohol in the finish is a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a very slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: I would have liked a bit less alcohol in this one. The other flavors were good. Don't know that I would go back. (733 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Woodmans, Kenosha, WI
Date: None, "2273 10:25" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

New Glarus' Imperial Weizen is a heavily hopped, ethanol friendly wheat beer of expectedly extreme proportions. Not really smooth in flavor (though the mouthfeel is), or inviting, as the hops are definitely sharp and bitter, but this drinks easily enough as a helles weizenbock. Overall, this is like an imperial version of Weihenstephan's White Hoplosion: good, but a bit too boozy. Blah blah blah, overrated (C+ by my scale), wouldn't make the trip to WI to purchase this again.

Pours a tall, 4cm head of white foam composed of small to large-sized bubbles, giving a ve. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes, declining to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the entire drink. Lacing is equally impressive, with complex and heavy forms/patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer is a dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out paler, lighter, golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible despite the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body, numerous bubbles actively make their way to the top of the beer.

Aroma of strongly aromatic and perfume-like floral hops, basically over-the-top, with equally strong sour grapefruit, both of which are combined with modest orange peel and the strong phenolics found in typical wheat beers. Basically a strongly-hopped, high-alcohol wheat beer fermented at cooler temperatures with an at-times strange suggestion of Belgian yeast usage.

Dominant flavors of spicy phenolics, floral hops, yeast-infused sour grapefruit, and ethanol. Front of palate detects sour grapefruit, orange peel, perfume-like floral hops, spicy phenolics, ethanol, but little hint of the substantial amounts of wheat malt that surely went into this beer. Mid-palate finds continued sour grapefruit, orange peel, perfume-intensity floral hops, spicy clove and numteg-like phenolics, mild to moderate ethanol. Back of palate experiences substantial sour grapefruit, floral perfume, the appearance of heavy bready-like wheat malt, and warming ethanol. Aftertaste of medium to medium-high hop bitterness with sour grapefruit, strong floral, and moderate bubblegum characters.

Beer is medium-heavy in weight, with carbonation of medium to medium-low in intensity, resulting in a thick, heavy, and smooth (3/4) mouthfeel with light foaminess (1/4). Ethanol felt in the nostrils Aftertaste is moderately dry, with moderate stickiness coating the palate and lips. (2,522 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Phawk for the second of many New Glarus i'll be drinking.

This beer pours like a tall curvy blond, easy on the eyes. Big foamy white head, hazy sun kissed straw colored beer.

If this beer tastes as good as it smells, look out. Classic Hefe smell, bananas, floral, sweet.

Taste is a bit harsh for a hefeweizen. Stingy hops, some alcohol present, cloves, smoother taste as it goes down, a little too carbonated. Some caramel malts.

Leaves a hoppy stinging aftertaste. I liked the Pyramid Imperial Hefeweizen much better (It kills me to write that)

This beer is like the band Oasis, I had high hopes for it, but it is just my wonderwall. (653 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly hazy orange kissed golden yellow with a medium white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves behind nice lace.

S-Spicy lemony with a good base of bready wheat. A bit of zippy hops in the background. All of this present but somehow is muddled.

T-Quite spicy and fruity up front with flavors of lemon and clove. This is followed by a substantial bready characteristic. Following this a subtle hit of alcohol burn and a hint of banana. There is a hops presence, but it melds so much with the "spice" component it is hard to tell the hops from the yeast spice. Plenty of flavours here but something about it comes off as harsh to me.

M-Medium body, quite smooth and very crisp. Good lingering flavours and a dry finish.

D-An interesting take on a classic style. Does it work, sort of...but not something I would hunt down. Certainly a well done brew, as all New Glarus beers are, but not something that needs to be revisited. (938 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge, voluminous white head. Color is dark yellowish amber. Very thick lacing. Aroma consists of bananas, cascade hops and spicy yeast. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, yet soft. Taste initially has a big wheat malt presence. There's banana, hops, and clove spiciness. The hop bitterness, though, really defines this hefeweizen. It's one of the hoppiest wheat beers I've ever tried. Alcohol and the very pronounced hoppiness of the beer linger into the finish.

This was good and certainly a wheat/ hop head's dream. I liked it but the citrus bitterness threw me for a loop. It's not what I'd expect in a typical hefeweizen. Granted this is NOT your typical hefeweizen. Interesting and sure to hit the mark with someone, but not my favorite of the Unplugged line. (773 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey/amber color with a massive head that matches the best Germany can offer

Smell: Massive aromatics - clove dominates, but banana, bubblegum, circus peanuts and a citrus/alcohol concoction that I cannot quite place; while interesting, there is something not very appealing about it to me

Taste: Immediately, the clove and banana flavors jump to the fore and a spicy cinnamon peppery bitterness appears; the bubblegum also joins the other flavors at mid-palate; after the swallow, it becomes rather alcoholic and aggressively spicy, with the grapefruit persisting at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with significant carbonation and a lot of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Schizophrenia in a bottle; I appreciate the craft but I can't say I really enjoyed it; I re-visited another bottle 18 months later and it was very different - still boozy, but the hops had faded and it was much more recognizable as a boozy hefe

Thanks, Atron67, for the opportunity (999 characters)

Photo of ommegoose
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Thick lasting head on top of a thick hazy orange. Leaves a sticky coat down the glass as it recedes. and keeps a decent cap.

Creamy banana upfront. Lemon. Doesn't smell especially spicy or as hoppy as it tastes.

Big potent flavor. More than a little rough around the edges. There's a rather sharp citric bite in the back end, and lo and behold, Cascades are mentioned on the label. It's hot. The lemony notes really overpower the wheat and yeast notes. It's almost like half a lemon was squeezed into the glass. Not all that bitter though. Some spices push through, but are much less prominent than in a typical weizen. Clove is there, but the label also says cinnamon, which I'm not sure I'm finding.

The feel is not as smooth as a typical hefe. Oddly is not as full as it should be.

Not really sure about the style categorization here. This is more of a APWA than a hefe. It's big, no doubt. Kind of wish I sat on it, as it feels like it could stand to mellow out. One bottle is fine for me. Just too much citrus for my tastes, though I appreciate the effort to do something new. Definitely haven't had a wheat beer like this before. (1,174 characters)

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.