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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen

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596 Ratings

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 95
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-29-2013 05:07:45 | More by Beerlover
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-09-2013 23:42:38 | More by billab914
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-18-2011 17:55:05 | More by I2uss
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-03-2014 04:46:24 | More by tommyguz
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-22-2014 00:25:58 | More by collino
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like tons of citrus and resin hops, with some fresh wheat and wild yeast and banana.
T: It tasted like tangy fresh wheat and wild yeast, with lots of citrus and pine hops and a little banana. It had a clean and bitter / sour aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly full body.
D: This was a very nice weizenbock. Not sure why it's listed as a hefe on BA. The scent and taste were hoppy but still enjoyable and fitting for the style (similar to Little Sumpin Extra). Great body and not too hot, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not mind blowing, but still recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:11:08 | More by Pencible
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-09-2012 03:08:32 | More by Localdrinklax
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-23-2013 00:44:28 | More by egrace84
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4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute

A - It is golden bodied with about a foot of off-white head that clings to the sides for dear life.

S - I smell bread, spices, and a little citrus, orange.

T - The taste has some clove, lemon, orange, and a bitter finish. I get alcohol as it warms and bread.

M - Foamy. This beer is all head. Once it settles it is medium bodied.

O - It is a hoppy version of a great style. It reminds me of Schneider Hopfenweisse.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 23:50:47 | More by buschbeer
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color. Three finger cloudy white head dies down pretty fast to a small cap on the beer. Sticky lacing binds together on the sides of the glass. Looks like a good beer.

S- With the age on this one it still isn't muted at all. Actually the aroma seems to jump out of the glass. Big fruity notes (banana and lighter apple) come into play first with some wheaty notes. Light bubblegum smell which is the first time I can really smell this in a beer. Lastly some hints of caramel malts in this as well.

T- Taste follows the aroma pretty much on par. I kind of wished I had this when it was fresh as the hops I think would have been amazing on this making the beer stand out more so than what it does now. This beer is a nice crossbreed between a hefe and lighter IPA flavor. Nothing more nothing less. Tasrte follows the aroma perfect to me

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light drying on the palate. Big banana flavor left on the palate with light citrus hops. Aftertaste is more hefe than anything. Alcohol is well hidden in the beer which surprised me. Flavors are blended well together with this beer.

D- This is a well made imperial beer. I would only be able to drink a couple of these. Still would have liked a couple more for the cellar. I will be looking forward to them maybe making this again...are you listening New Glarus??

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 18:30:48 | More by alleykatking
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011 for $2.59.

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a large fluffy cream colored head of foam on it. Scent is heavy with wheat and sweet citrus. Taste is really full of flavor for a Hefeweizen with complex wheats mixed nicely with coriander and a slight lemon zest. Quite a heavy hitter for a Hefeweizen but rather well made as per usual with New Glarus beers!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:42:32 | More by Lemke10
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10th review on BA
Bottle into De Struise Brouwers tulip-snifter.

A: Faint sunrise to light copper. 1.5 finger nail head on brisk pour.

S: Smells like cracked wheat and banana. Minimal hint a booze.

T: Alcohol not hidden on this one at all. Sweet caramel + bananas with brilliant and well-balanced spices.

M: Good balance of carbonation and very, very smooth. Tasty!

O: All things considered, very tasty brew. A bit boozy, but I really like it. Definitely different for the style, but it goes down quite smooth and I really liked the complex flavors/spice. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 03:56:01 | More by spdyfire83
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schneid for this "imported" beer.

The aroma is filled with clove, pepper, white bread, and a bit of a band-aid like smell that passed after a short time.

The appearance is a cloudy golden color with a large white head. The taste contains a saltine-like malt sweetness, and pepper, with some clove, and noticeable bitterness - and a very dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium/full with fairly high carbonation. This is a very drinkable and interesting beer for a large hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 02:39:09 | More by westweasel
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traveling to Chicago always means a side trip to Kenosha to fetch the latest and the standards from New Glarus.
Once again the Thumbprint series has a winner
This beer looks just like a typical hefeweizen in color and clarity, but the head is like meringue.
Smell is cloves and hops both in perfect amounts.
Taste is just like you would think after reading the description of this beer on its label. There is a nice but not too strong hefe flavor followed by the slight hoppy bitterness. Neither taste dominates.
Feels like a hefe, with creaminess and low carbonation.
An outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:42:13 | More by confer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from jprime

Golden orange colour, about a finger of white head, a little bit of lace as well. Smell is quite hoppy, big pineapple and orangey citrus notes, malty and wheaty character, lots of hops in this one though. Taste has a wheaty character mixed with plenty of hops, orange, tangerine and pineapple, fairly bitter throughout, touches of honey, lightly sweet in the finish with a bit more wheat, hoppy aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, lightly dry. A solid hoppy wheat beer and really drinkable despite this not being quite what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 19:34:57 | More by peensteen
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a really nice beer, another good addition to the always interesting, sometimes great "Unplugged" collection from New Glarus. Traditional hefe flavors of clove and banana with a bit more warming alcohol and much stronger hop presence, with a lot of Cascade hop flavor in the beer. I wouldn't have guessed a strong hefe with more hops would make such a tasty beer, but I've been proven wrong. Only set back is the higher alcohol than normal for the style (abv not listed, but i'd guess it's above 7) becomes a bit more noticeable as you drink it, and is a little too much. I wouldn't have more than one in a sitting, but the one is quite nice. And since it comes in a four pack, that's just fine!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 20:38:28 | More by Sconnie
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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A: Pours a hazy straw orange color. Huge, billowy foam head that lasts forever. Lacing is huge as well, with thick foam sticking to the side of the glass like clouds.

S: Banana and bubblegum leap out of the glass, followed by clove. Some fusel alcohol adds a little bite to the aroma. Behind this is some grassy, herbal hops and citrus. Some malty caramel.

T: Dry wheat sets the tone for the beer. Belgian notes, especially banana, are potent. Some hops add a good fruit, citrus and pine. If not for the wheat, it would be similar in many ways to a Belgian IPA. Alcohol flavor is mild at first, but builds throughout the sip. This peaks just before the lingering, dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Some alcohol heat but it works for the style.

O: An interesting style. I like the hops in conjunction with the Belgian flavors and the wheat, but the bitterness from the hops and the alcohol flavor/heat combine to make a fairly "big" beer. I could use a bigger body to help carry those flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:44:08 | More by WankelEngine
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:13:38 | More by augustgarage
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a weizen glass from Geddy's.

A: about 4 fingers of white head rise up from the pour and cover the murky yellow liquid. The head is sticky and has some good staying power. 4.0

S: bananas, orange citrus and peel, maybe even a little lemon in there. Very pleasent overall. 4.0

T: wow. The citrus rises up right away, but is followed by an almost double ipa burst of flavor, hops, and a little heat. Much bigger than the smell gives away. The alcohol on the end washes away the taste, which is unfortunate because its quite good. 4.0

M: nice, smooth thickness that is balanced well with the carbonation. Really nicely done. 4.5

O: this is a good escape from a light weizen, just as a DIPA is a nice escape from an ipa. The basic aspects of this are great, and this is an excellent beer overall. If they ever make a regular weizen, I will stock up on that plenty. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:13:36 | More by TJBurgess
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden/Amber color with a tight fizzy white head. Has excellent lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus and Clove. Tastes of Banana, little bit of hops, citrus fruit, with some sort of funkiness. That must be the "Imperial" part of the beer. Sweet throughout with a little resiny aftertaste. Smells and tastes even more like bubblegum as it warms, crazy. Very good, very complex, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:40:43 | More by beergod1
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rodenbach tulip glass. A bit over-carbonated. Aroma has citrus, nice light malt, lots of breadiness --- more than I've ever smelled in a beer --- and some hops. Bursting with rich malt and light fruitiness. It's got the malt backbone. Like a light-colored barleywine, without the heaviness which characterizes that style. Unfortunately, it's also missing some of the complexity, the higher alcohols, and the warm character of the best barleywines. Just enough hops to keep it from being cloying --- leave it to a German-style brewer to avoid the over-hopping which characterizes so many American microbrews. Quite drinkable.

One note: BeerAdvocate says that this is a hefeweizen? It's wheatwine.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 01:11:08 | More by goethean
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks. At the time of this review, this is #6 on the "Top Beers - Weizenbock" list on beeradvocate.com. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft but lazy white head. Minimal lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, estery, bananas. Smells like a big hefe, sweeter than normal but that is expected.

Beer is nice, medium to light in body, clean finish, overall a nice beer, nothing too exciting or surprising but it is a solid weizenbock, nice fruit flavors on the midpalate, a nice finish, a little bitter not overly so. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 16:29:35 | More by drabmuh
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was given to me via trade but it was so long ago, I have no idea who sent it; whoever you are, thanks :)

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a large mouthed imperial pint glass. I am glad I chose the imperial pint glass size as this one has a huge head. Dense, rocky, foamy and sticky, the head is about three fingers in size and remains atleast one finger tall throughout. So much lacing the glass has become a hazy veil unpenetrable by light. Hazy golden orange in color.

Aroma is sweet, alcoholic, and somewhat hoppy. Close to a malty DIPA or a hoppy barleywine. Caramel malts seem to dominate. Not much banana or clove typical in hefes; not much yeast either. Quite spicy however, and alcoholic. No ABV is listed but this one smells big.

Sweet up front, and then the banana comes in. Slight clove and corriander as well. Not overly sweet. Somewhat balanced by whatever hops are in here (they are somewhat earthy and fruity). A touch of bitterness at the back end.

Medium bodied and somewhat chewy and bready. Not really a hefe. The bottle says imperial weizen and it resembles that distinction more. Not a bad beer. A little sweet but a nice, aggressive bitterness is present as well. Tastes somewhat alcoholic so go easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 18:45:13 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is part of New Glarus Brewing Company's series of Unplugged, limited edition beers. Thanks to danielphoran for sending this sample my way. Poured in to a Paulaner glass a glowing golden orange, with a 2 finger white head that shows some lasting power. Nose has traces of citrus and cream, and also a spicy hop character in the background. Taste starts off with the cascade hops pushing up front, followed by the citrus and cream, which is reminiscent of an orange creamsickle. Hops are oily enough to also make themselves known in the finish, making it a mix of bitter and sweet when all is said and done. Body is lively with cabonation, hop flavor, and many appealing tastes to go around. Drinkability suffers a bit for me with this one with the alcohol, although I suppose that is the point of an Imperial Weizen. Still, I like my Weiss brews to be drinkable, imperial or not. That being said, this is a great brew to have one or two of. Reminds me a bit of Southern Tier's Uber Sun beer, which is also very good. One to seek out. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 05:02:20 | More by jamie2dope
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Omensetter. Thanks! Pours a cloudy, straw yellow/orange. Huge, fluffy, creamy white head, lasting with some drapes of lace. Aroma is complex and bursting with character; hops, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, wheat, banana, clove. Flavor follows. Medium to full body. Creamy. A little oily. Sweet. Fruity. A fair amount of spices. Alcohol content? What alcohol content? Hardly any there. Hop character really makes an impression and complements the hefe qualities nicely. Great balance. Pleasant finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:24:26 | More by jbaker67
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