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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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603 Ratings

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 97
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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1.88/5  rDev -53.6%

Pours a classic hazy honeyed golden brown with a thick two fingers of head thqt holds its form through the entirety of the beer. Nose has odd ethyl/chemical aroma up front along with rubber and maybe light clove and banana if i trick myself into believing its there. Banana malt character with an upleasing hop bitterness and my rubber smell can now be better described as a burning plastic taste - really not good stuff and im thinking my bottle is just off based on previous reviews. Whats left of the oftputting taste really just destroys any points gained on the mouthfeel - this beer or bottle is just really really bad - if i didnt want to feel the abv this is a drain pour for sure.

06-19-2011 04:38:41 | More by Trilogy31
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Rhode Island

2.1/5  rDev -48.1%

12oz from the birthday BIF. Thanks! Poured into allagash tulip.

A- Bright hazy yellow with a nice snowdrift head. Very good pour- can't wait to dive into this one.

S- Overpowering clove and banana. Clove goes too far- it's choking me out. Strong alcohol noticed as well.

T- Ugh. More clove, with clove on top. Banana and bazooka joe bubble gum. Twinge of orange. Soapy/lemony taste in the finish. Hot and boozy to boot.

M- Too much spice added or the yeast went crazy.. I don't like this beer in my mouth. It's abrasive/hot on the tongue.

O- No thanks. Worth a shot, but not for me.


05-22-2011 17:43:49 | More by ShogoKawada
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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

01-14-2012 18:22:44 | More by hilgart1
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2.65/5  rDev -34.6%

12 oz'er courtesy of larsenju.

Poured into my Duvel Green tulip

Pours and a very murky golden yellow that is not see-through at all. From an average pour a giant 3 finger head of white foam erupted. Leaves beautiful lacing for a hef.

Smell is very off putting to me. I get a tingle in my nose from the alcohol and then an overwhelming scent of bananas to cover it up.

Taste is exactly like the smell just a little more bearable. Slight alcohol then an explosion of banana that coats my mouth. I actually like the aftertaste quite a bit thats why the score wasn't lower.

Mouthfeel I think is probably how it's suppose to be. First Imperial Weizen so I'm not sure. It did drink relatively smoothly.

Not really impressed by this one at all and I'm a little upset since it was my first New Glarus brew. I look forward to trying the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart that are in the cellar.

Thanks again Justin!

06-10-2011 06:30:41 | More by DearthVader
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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

04-19-2014 03:39:39 | More by hansenm72
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2.83/5  rDev -30.1%

I really like the idea of marrying American hops with a German hefe-weizen. But for whatever reason, when brewers decide to bring this relationship to fruition, they decide to crank the dial to 11 and let the world burn. Huge hops, huge alcohol, esters from the yeast? Well, they can fight for some place in the background, we've got a big beer to brew!


The beer pours looking delicious. A nice cloudy orange-yellow body with a meringue head. I meann that, big, fluffy, white, and ever-lasting. As the volume of the beer decreases, it leaves huge whopping gobs of lace. Just crazy.

That is, unfortunately, the best part of the beer. The hops are huge on the nose. Lots of lime and grapefruit with a strong blast of alcohol.

The taste pretty much follows the nose. The side of the bottle talks about a German wheat yeast, but there are no esters to be found. To compound matters, the beer is paper-thin, so all you are left with is a mouth full of hops and a strong alcoholic burn. I mean, yeah, as the beer warms you start to get some banana, but it is so overwhelmed by the hops that I'm not really sure it should even bother being there.

A huge letdown from NG.

07-27-2008 23:38:46 | More by shbobdb
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2.88/5  rDev -28.9%

Bottle cellared for 7 weeks to allow the hops to fade.

Gorgeous. Big, beautiful, creamy head over a glowing murky golden body. Pity it smells so piney and boozy. Some of the banana/bubblegum weizen character comes through but they don't own the show.

Fortunately the hop flavors have faded some so it doesn't taste like a pine tree, though there's still some of it. Unfortunately there's still enough bitterness to detract from weizen flavors that are starting to come through. The flavors that are there remind me that New Glarus knows how to handle wheat beers - some banana and cloves with a dose of bubblegum, all overlaid on a pine tree.

The mouthfeel is amazing - as good as Don de Dieu. Smooth, slightly viscous, creamy. Just incredibly appealing.

Overall, with less hoppiness this would be amazing. As it is, the hops mask the qualities I look for in a weizenbock, or any weizen beer.

11-21-2011 23:39:48 | More by mariposafan
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2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with mikesgroove, thanks again Mike, drinking it right now from my Bull and Bush mug, color is a lighter golden orange, big two inch white fluffy head that has lasted over ten minutes, good retention, some lacing at the top, aroma consists of booze, wheat, candied sugar, clove, ginger, peppermint, grassy accents, lemons, and sweet malt, taste starts off with malty sweetness, spices in the middle and chewy wheat too, finish is strong with a big alcohol kick, becomes even harder to drink as it warms with too much booze shining through mixed with overly sweet malts, need more spice for it to really work, sweet, boozy, and spicy mouthfeel, high level of carbonation, taste lingers a very long time, you can taste every drop of alcohol in this one, not hidden at all, heavy on the stomach, not smooth, cannot say this my favorite from the Unplugged series by any means, a little over the top in my opinion, would not drink again, worth trying

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Purchased a four pack. Poured a large foamy head on a cloudy, light amber body. Very "wheaty", with good doses of sweetness, clove and citrus mixed in, as well as banana. Taste was much the same, very heavy, cloves very prominent, but with a big grapefruit finish. Had the thickness one would expect from a wheat.

I had very, very high hopes for this, as it's my favorite style and one of my favorite brewers. And it started off nicely, but about midway through, that grapefruit and alcohol bite became just too much, drowning out the other characteristics. I drank the other three in the pack, and came away with the same impression. Bit disappointing, really.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.13/5  rDev -22.7%

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

Pours a fairly-cloudy bright yellow-golden with a short white head and a spot or two of lacing on the way down. The nose has quite a bit of sweetness combined with some banana, clove, and a touch of spice. The flavor is fairly boozy with some spice and residual sweetness. Too much malt sugar remaining here, IMO. Body is a bit thicker than I'd like with some extra alcohol. I prefer NG's lower-abv German wheat offerings.

04-10-2012 10:08:30 | More by Thorpe429
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3.13/5  rDev -22.7%

Having just returned from 4 monthsin Germany I thought I would give this one a shot. I guess it isn't a traditional beer but whatever.

First off I grab my Weihenstephaner glass and pour it. Then i realize (or all of Germany). The head definitely is "prettier" than most German wheat beers. I tend to prefer the more rustic, creamy look of the German ones, of course this doesn't apply to all cases.the beer it self is a cloudy light gold. Perhaps a bit light for a weizenbock, but good looking nonetheless.

The smell is the first thing noticeably different here. This is alcoholic and hoppy, not really what the typical German weizenbock is.

The flavor is similar. Too hoppy and orangey/bitter.

I understand this is a bit of an experiment as it is a completely new style of brew, but one of Dan's weaker ones unfortunately. Hops + Weissbier is a hard thing to get right, Dan should try some Schneider for reference.

08-04-2011 20:15:43 | More by crossovert
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3.13/5  rDev -22.7%

A - It pours a ridiculously radiant hazed orange hue, and is capped with a large bone-white head that deposits significant lace.

S - The nose is pungently yeasty, wheaty, and hoppy, simultaneously. Notes of banana and (real) watermelon mingle with overripe grapefruit, and the aroma generally suggests a bitter and hoppy edge to the brew. There is a little bit of a negative connotation to the aroma, as it reminds me ever so slightly of fresh latex paint.

T - The taste is equally sweet and bitter, with lots of grapefruit, lemon rind, ripe banana and even karela apparent in the flavor profile. The bitterness definitely takes over toward the finish, and a lingering astringent citrus zest impression hangs on far beyond the quaff. Alcohol is too noticeable here.

M - Medium-bodied with slightly sharp carbonation; enhances the brew.

O - While the brew is solid, I am not crazed over it due to the overly bitter character, noticeable alcohol, and my personal disdain for a particular element of the aroma.

05-17-2011 18:05:22 | More by ktrillionaire
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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
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