Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 343
Hads: 635
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 102
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange color with a 2 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Chunky spots and rings of lacing coat the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour apples, cloves, cinnamon, and some bubblegum. Taste is of wheat, banana, bubblegum, the spices (clove and cinnamon), with a slight citrus twang on the finish. Good carbonation on this one makes for a crisp and clean feel. Overall, this is a good American made hefeweizen with all the classic smells and tastes. (533 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (528 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 StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to confess, this bottle was alleged to be 2 years old. I cant confirm that, but the expectation on my end here is that a fresh one of these would be wonderful (as the bottle itself suggests), but an older one just doesn't maintain. this one poured a really cloudy pale yellow color with an average white bubbly head. the nose is vanilla and cinnamon, with some honey sweetness and more alcohol than I am used to in wheat beer. my girlfriend loved the flavor, thought the spice and sweet combination was fantastic. I liked it less, with the spice being a little overdone, and the wheat malt sort of having a deteriorated flavor to it, not as fresh and clean as it might have been. it lost its ability to support the other flavors, which don't seem to have diminished at all. the feel came across a little thin, and the alcohol was piercing. new glarus does some wonderful stuff, and im sure a bottle right off the line of this would rectify that viewpoint, but this beer (however old it really was) just did not get it done. way out of balance, weird yeast properties, and just sort of all over the place. I will have to revisit this one when I can verify its source and birthday. (1,186 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The American microbrewery attitude continues to trample upon traditional styles, pummeling them into submission. New Glarus claims victim to the German Hefeweizen by "imperial-izing" its strength and complexity, while also hopping the ale the "American" way.

Its pour is the standard hazy straw color than makes weizen famous. Where its high effervesce is expected, those bubbles fuel a head of rock and fizz, looking slightly more Belgian-like than that creamy character of German wheat. Its certainly an exuberant beer that laces the glass lightly while its retention is semi-stern.

Zesty and fruity aromas abound- lead by lemon, orange peel and grapefruit- its tangy scent of white wine rivals it's traditional bready scent of whole wheat. Cider and tart grape provide an earthy fruit note while the spice of clove, cinnamon and cumin follow closely behind.

Its shocking taste is much drier and tangy than expected. Its bready-sweet upstart is wafer-thin and short; paving the way for fruit and acidity to pang away at the middle palate. Its taste of pink grapefruit, orange slices and green apple outweigh that of banana and thrust into a more tart and dry zinfindale and cider flavor. Its spicy finish is of soft pine, straw, cumin, clove and cinnamon- much a melange of Bavaria and America's West Coast.

Much drier than usual, the beer's proportions in texture much more align with that of Saison. But those bready beginnings carry through with echoes, even while the zest of acidity springs off the tongue, ushering in a bone-dry and spicy-warm finish.

I rather like the dry effervescence and the American hop character that this distinctive weizen presents. Its a rustic and zesty attitude that resonates through the session with sprite and zeal. (1,759 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a cloudy beige color weizen with a big foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with loads of cloves and wheat malt note. Taste is a mix between some cloves with some huge wheat malt note with a spicy yeast note at the end. Full body with limited filtration and some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really like this beer but thought it was a bit cloying at some point and maybe a less extreme version would have been more appreciated. (508 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barely blurry ripe apricot with an impressive number of bubbles rising in stately fashion to a wonderful looking crown. The head is thickly frothy and is ridiculously rocky as it melts. It's also sticky, which leads to the formation of an eye-pleasing array of tenacious lace.

What a nose! Who would have thought that Imperializing a hefeweizen and then using a few tons of Cascade hops would result in something that smells this good? Well, okay, it stands to reason, but only in the hands of an extremely talented brewer. Loads of lemon citrusiness mingles with the more usual banana and clove esters. I can't wait to tip up the glass.

Imperial Weizen is dee-licious beer! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but this is damn good stuff. As one who loves American hops, big beer and expertly brewed hefeweizen, this Unplugged offering is right up my alley. It might have tasted even more vibrant right out of the hopper, but it's a definite gobsmacker right here and now.

The flavor profile includes sweet banana puree, orange peel, pink grapefruit peel, pink bubblegum, ground cloves and vanilla bean. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter is a palate pleasing 4.0/5.0. Purists will probably have a stroke, but the use of Cascade hops puts this remarkable ale over the top. Forget unplugged, this beer is electric!

For an ABV approaching double digits, there's almost no evidence of alcohol on the palate. This is a well thought out, masterful creation that Brauerei Weihenstephaner would have a hard time replicating. Assuming they'd even want to try.

The mouthfeel is perfect. It's full, silky smooth, fresh cream-like and plush without being the least bit heavy or sticky. There is nothing about it that I would change. Nothing... at... all.

Imperial Weizen is the finest Unplugged beer that I have ever had. It's also at least the equal of the legendary Wisconsin Belgian Red and is the best hefeweizen that has ever entered my glass. Sorry Germany, but Dan Carey has just kicked your collective asses all the way to Dusseldorf and back. This is an outstanding ale that begs to be brewed again. I'd love regularly, but will settle for annually. Wow! (2,157 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Three fingers of creamy meringue foam rise to the 0.5L mark in a curvy weizen glass. After settling, there's a wispy crown of lace that remains. Deep hazy orange tone, with ever present streams of lazy carbonation.

Clove and citrus are dominant in the nose, with a sweet banana creme pie notion. Inhaling deeply gets a more phenolic note with a muted presence of alcohol.

After the first sip, the bigger body is noticeable, compared to Dancing Man Hefeweizen. More pronounced citrus, lemon, orange, with smooth banana/clove combo in the background. A light grapefruit bitterness is there too. Creamy feel and very tasty. The higher abv may limit a session to 2 at a time. Break out that liter krug, or dump 4 into a 2L boot if you're feeling like a beerfest. This is a call-out to the holiest of holies, the perfect American usurper to challenge Weihenstephaner, et al.

A big thanks to malcontent for bringing this back from WI! (933 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
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! (4,468 characters)

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 ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Aroma very nearly stinking of coriander with lesser notes of toasted banana chips, tangy-smelling wheat, and grapefruit juice.

Taste: Tangy wheatiness with a dash of citric grapefruit juice hot on its heels. Then, it's back to wheat with a subdued sweetness, though it builds upon warming. Flavors of banana and a big hit of coriander. Medium-high bitterness. Some floral hints prior to the tangy, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty exciting for wheat! (590 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 Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with HUGE head of poofy off-white foam. Glad I had the extra head space available for this guy. Once it all settles down, the retention is very solid and leaves a big, sticky latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is an alcoholic fume of Weizen character, with orange, banana, wheat, yeast, and a bit of spice all being married together and encapsulated in a tingling heat profile.

The taste is a beefy mix of orange zest, prominant banana notes, and spicy clove that all floats on a wave of yeast and wheat. There is also a bit of a hop profile that brings up the rear. It's all very balanced and works together very well. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a definite beefy alcohol feel. Not much carbonation imparts a slick and flat feeling at times.

I really like what New Glarus did with this. I just wish that all of that great flavor could have hidden a bit more of the alcohol. I'm not sure what the ABV of this was but between it and the sometimes flat feel, it become a bit stinging towards the botttom of the glass. (1,100 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast, bananas, light malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is spicy and fruity up front with flavors of lemon, banana & clove. Then there's a bite of alcohol followed by bready flavors of yeast and a hearty malt character. There's a decent hops presence, but there doesn't seem to be much balance in this beer. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style but I think this beer is guilty of losing the essence of the style for the sake of going "imperial", it's not a bad beer but it's not one that I'd choose again. (983 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown hued orange with a frothy off-white head, nose is a lot of bubble gum and perfume. Very minor banana and spices are also present. Flavor goes along the exact same lines as the fragrance. Bubble gum, bananas, and spices. Though the latter two give a bigger show on the tongue than the nose. I do get a bit of alcohol on there as well, but it's not ruining anything. What I get that really sticks with me is apricots and tangerines. Feel is sticky and slick on liquid. Carbonation is just barely slightly below the mid mark on things. Overall, this is definitely a hefe on some juice. Not so much a relaxing flavor profile as it is a slap to the tongue. But bottom line is that it's good, in an imperial sort of way.

Big thanks to grandq. Always happy to be able to try a New Glarus brew. (809 characters)

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Beertracker, cheers Jeff! Review based on notes

Pours effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Loads of bubblegum & tropical fruit

T: Bananas, sweet tropical fruit & lemony hops up front. Mango & grapefruit assert themselves as this warms along with green bananas & appleskins. Finishes with more green bananas & appleskins

MF: Chewy & smooth carbonation

Drinks pretty, easy one I like, but don't love... (483 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 MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FlandersNed for this one. It's from February 2008. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Pours with four-plus fingers of soapy foam that dissipates slowly to a thick cap with tons of sticky lacing. Hazed dark golden orange color with some obvious suspended sediment and a few tiny bubbles. This is pretty much right on for a hefeweizen.

S - The smell is a cross between faded IPA and hefeweizen. I'm guessing this was hoppy a la Crack'd Wheat when it was fresh. It's aged into a potent blend of fruits, notably apple and banana, mixed with some caramel, malted wheat, and a hint of bubblegum. The smell is perceptible as soon as the cap is removed, and leaps out of the glass. Damn I wish I had this one when it was fresh. Alcohol is very well hidden.

T - Taste is more citrus (mostly orange & lemon) mixed with hefe yeast, bubblegum, and malted wheat. There's a mild soapy finish which I suspect is a result of the Cascade hops, and it's unfortunately a little distracting. Again, the booze is very hidden. This is definitely past its prime, but it still enjoyable.

M - Body is sufficiently big for the 9.6% ABV, but it's still refreshing like a session hefeweizen. Some zesty carbonation that's not overdone, and a little bit of residual graininess.

D - You can start feeling the higher ABV about halfway through the bottle, so I can't imagine having more than a couple of these. Still, I hope they make this again or better still introduce an Imperial Crack'd Wheat with this recipe. (1,493 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is cloudy and straw yellow hued with an inch of dense, white head. The aroma offers a healthy serving of banana, with some wheat And lemons coming in behind. The flavor does not live up to the promise of the aroma. A bit soapy, and alcohol presence, which was absent in the aroma, asserts itself in the flavor profile. Lemon zest and window cleaner. Not horrible, but also not a repeat for me. Medium bodied with an odd astringency. Aventinus is still the go to weizenbock for me. (524 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A vigorous pour easily produces a five-finger thick, tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. The head is thick and creamy with quite a bit of structure and staying power and it also leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a murky, pale amber color that shows a deeply hazed, reddish-orange tinged hue when held up to the light. The aroma most noticeably smells of clove, but there is also more phenolics that lean towards, but don't quite get to, aromas of plastic. Fruit aromatics also play a role here; hints of typical banana, a slight, weird tropical fruit note and some musky melon notes. there is almost a weird tartness this beer and there is a fairly big grain character that leans towards dusty crushed grain and cracker-like malt. There is a certain spiciness here as well that I can't quite place; somewhat like pepper, or grains of paradise, maybe a hint of horseradish, I really can't quite grasp it. An interesting nose, the higher original gravity seems to have produced a lot more esters and phenolics than one gets in a typical gravity Weizen-yeast ferment. I am not quite sure it all works though, but it is interesting enough to not be objectionable.

As I take my first sip I also breath in the aroma, at which point it gets a bit hot with volatile esters and higher alcohols. The flavor tastes of lightly sweet, dusty / chewy grain, with a backdrop of softer clove and other phenolic notes of plastic being lightly noticed. Quite spicy, especially through to the finish where the piquancy is magnified a bit by a wheat tartness; peppery notes in combination with the carbonation, sour ginger flavors, hot higher alcohols, . Some sour melon notes and some not quite ripe pear flavors add a touch of fruitiness to this beer. The body as a light fullness to it that is about right for a chewy Hefeweizen, but is down right dangerous for a beer of almost 10% abv; though the alcohol gets quite hot, so it ultimately is not hidden very well.

Clearly a derivative of a German Weizen and not nearly as funky as my description may lead one to believe; many of these flavors and aromas are noted particularly because they don't usually play a role in the typical German Weizen profile. An interesting beer, even if it doesn't quite work, and it doesn't seem to have that stripped out, filtered to death character that is typical of many New Glarus beers (not to say this isn't filtered, it may be, but it better survived the process than some of their other beers). (2,518 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz red foiled bottle into a flying fish pint glass, received as an extra in a trade thanks to ThomasHardy.

A- NGUIW pours out a beautiful deep golden color with spots of burnt orange with some hazy fog makng it impossible to see through this elixir. A semi tame pour yielded a frothy white head that just kept on building, so much I had to stop pouring to tame it.After some calming I still had a nice dense 2inch head to stare at in it's beauty. Intricate patterns of lacing all over.

S- After popping the cap I could automatically smell this coming from the bottle. Once in the glass this gave off a huge wheat sense with some hops backing that. As I got into it more this weizen gave off nice yeast as well as well as some nice warming spices which i will get into below. A Nice amount of sweetness that border's on a DFH scent.

T- This is one kick ass hefeweizen with bold flavors that I could not believe could come from this style. A nice overall sweetness with some spices including clove and cinnamon with a citrus appeal including zesty lemon and some banana peel. The mix of Bavarian yeast and the unfiltered wheat team up perfectly with some hops leveling the playing field. Again This reminds me of a DFH product, perhaps the yeast.

M- This weizen is medium bodied and smooth as a baby's, as soon as soon as i sipped this I could tell this would be refreshing. A slight bitterness from the dry hopping lies underneath a mass of Wisconsin flavor giving off a nice fruity and yeasty appeal but wheat is king in this one. Not sure of the ABV on this but some warming qualities towards the end without the alcohol taste.

D- Not quite sure the ABV on this but I'm suspecting something a touch higher than something normal for this style with the warming coming from this. Even with that this is quite refreshing and a bit sweeter than I prefer my hefe's though i'm not complaining, this was a treat to drink. If i'm ever in WI, I am going to have to track some of this down

It say's they cut Dan Carey loose a few times a year to brew these unplugged brews, I say they should make it a monthly thing!! (2,116 characters)

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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)

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