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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

630 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 99
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so how do you review this creation? It's obviously not a hefe and they clearly don't indicate it is a hefe on the bottle. So, I'm going to go with the brewer and rate it regardless of the site classification. I liked this one. Lots of the hefe aspects I like with a dousing of cascade hops. I had this over dinner with a steak salad and it was a perfect compliment !

thanks to tayner for the chance to try this beer.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to flyingbison for this extra bit of New Glarus goodness. Poured from 12 oz. into BMS mug...

Beautiful, thick meringue head with solid staying power and excellent lacing. Can almost see layers in the seam between head and body. Perfect natural honey color with well-placed haze.

There's a fair amount of yeast here. Some powerful soapiness and floral character of hops complement the yeast and wheat nicely. Alcohol is mild but present. Smells "warm."

Didn't see this coming, even after reading the label! Copious amounts of yeast, wheat and floral hop bitterness. Creamy with lots of honey and a caramel/butterscotch kicker. A little citrus (grapefruit) and tangy finish with mild carbonation spike. A hint of banana ester and zest; spices emerge with warmth. Wow!

Behaves like a hefeweizen until the taste - a little heavier than expected; very warming. Nice bitterness from wheat and hops on finish - electric tang throughout couples with warm caramel viscosity to provide bountiful comfort.

Complex and thick enough for a sipper, even with the clean nature of its taste. Excellent!

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of cdkrenz
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a cloudy orange body with a huge head. The head is a perfect white and is nice and frothy. It appears the head will take a few days to recede it's so firm. The lacing left after each take from the pint is a very nice compliment.

Smell - I can immediately smell the sweet scent of malt as I crack the top of the bottle. The aroma is unbelievable. It has a perfect citrus aroma.

Taste - The flavor is bitter consisting of clove, tangerine and hops. There is a hint of alcohol but it doesn't overwhelm the brew.

Mouthfeel - The texture is soft and soothing. It touches all parts of my tongue, which really adds to its complexity.

~ The Imperial Weizen actually gets better and better as you drink it. At first take it's a bit abrupt but as the beer is slowly sipped it becomes far more complex. I will certainly recommend this beer to anyone looking for a full-bodied complex and interesting sud.

Photo of blabaer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a weizen glass that left great lacing and billowing throughout. the body was a slightly cloudy amber color.
s - big banana aromas with some clove.
t - spicy cinnamon, bananas, clove, bubblegum.
m - very creamy and coating.
o - damn, this is stupendous and incredibly dangerously drinkable. so complex and lip-smacking good.

Photo of Rihup
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a hazy yellowish amber color with a few fingers os light golden head that takes a few minutes to subside.

aroma is fruity and yeasty, with fruit notes of banana, citrus, and a light spiced quality from hops or cloves. a wheat base holds together the fruit aromas, creating a solid profile.

taste is of wheat malt up front, with a more subtle fruit character of the same banana and citrus. the spiced quality is present upon finishing, lending to hops. finishes on a note of banana and leaves a tart mouthfeel.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a tart mouthfeel and a smooth texture. light CO2 give it a bit of life, with a mellow finish and a distant note of alcohol.

drinkablilty is good. this is a standard hefe in profile, with the alcohol bumped up a bit. the fruit is a bit more pronounced in the aroma and the wheat malt shows a bit more on the palate, yes, but this is still a normal hefe.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bells tulip. The pour is a hazy, mouth-watering orange color (a bit light) with a massive (correction: MASSIVE) frothy head that goes on and on and leaves huge clumps of snowball-like lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with lots of clove-like spicy phenols, orange-smelling fruity esters, and a hint of lemon.

Light-medium body with a firm feel. There's a superb level of carbonation in this beer - not so much that it's gassy but enough to stimulate the palate and excite your tastebuds. There is lots of bready malt and citrus-fruit sweetness up front. There's definitely a hit of booziness on the back of the palate as well as a hint of tartness and yeastiness. All of this fuses with the carbonation and makes for a complex and memorable drinking experience.

Another fine beer from the New Glarus ``Thumbprint'' series. I wish it had a bit more malt complexity up front, and a little less booziness. Overall though, it's a unique beer with its strong fruit flavor, substantial belt of booziness, and nice spritzy feel. I think this would appeal to fans of traditional German Weizenbocks and Eisbocks who are in the mood for something new and different.

Photo of Troville1990
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Anonymous1
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a straw yellow color that tends toward orange. completely opaque and full of a wheaty haze. Huge 3-4 finger, in a skinny weizen glass, head of a white color. sticks around the entire time and leaves a huge lacing on the side of the whole glass.

Smell: I am immediately hit with huge bubblegum aroma, like no beer i have ever smelled before. lots of yeast qualities come as i get a closer smell, its full of cloves and a slight spiciness.

Taste: opens up with a bubblegum sweetness. quickly makes way to a drier clove taste. some light citrus taste. the wheat used tastes unlike anything in a beer i have tasted before, its sweeter and has more character. a slight but indistinct spice comes in the end.

Mouthfeel: extremely drinkable. fairly dry. slight bitterness.

Overall: New Glarus certainly has a way with yeast. between this, their dark belgians and sours, you can't find many breweries who do so well with yeast. also possibly the most unique twist on a weizen I have had. I really like the wheat they use in this beer, and the yeast qualities are killer. really wished I could have tasted this when it was fresher.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up a lovely, cloudy, honey-amber colour with a white, frothy head with magnificet retention; looks terrific.
Exquisite critrusy, lemony aroma; actually smells 'juicy'. Just amazing.
Flavour consists of traditional hefeweizen attributes with the addition of citrusy, American style hops. Delightfully bitter on the finish. The 9,6%abv is dangerously well hidden.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and pleasantly carbonated. An absolutely fantastic American representation of a classic German style.

Photo of Sarge3130
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A hazy golden orange beer with two fingers of fluffy pure white head. Head dissipated slowly, leaving a lot of sticky lacing along the edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbly foam. Thin streams of fine carbonation streams up from the bottom along the edge of the glass.

Big fruity esters, banana, mango, lychee, lemon, and peach. Some biscuit malt sweetness, pepper and clove spiciness, and this sweet bubblegum like aroma.

Following the nose, fruity ester dominated on the palate, over ripe fruits like banana, mango, lychee, peach, and some bubblegum. Light spice on the middle of the tongue and a bit boozy thoughout, light ethanol throughout the taste, and a warmth in the back of the throat as you swallow. Finish is dry, with some light citrus hop bitterness mingling with the lingering fruity esters.

Light to medium body with a sharp fine carbonation that pricks your tongue as you drink.

Photo of Devman171
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus First Anniversary Willibecher glass.

The beer pours a hazy, golden copper color, a few bubbles whirring around in the glass with a big, cloudy, puffy, loose, white head, about 3 fingers high that has excellent retention and yields a nice wall of lace behind. The aroma is big, plenty of yeasty clove, pineapple, lemon citrus, banana, grain, nutmeg and a bit of spice, nicely complex but with a big burst of alcohol at the end. The flavors mirror well, plenty of fruity yeast, citrus, spice, grain, banana, clove but again, sharp alcohol and hop bitterness washes over the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, very lively and carbonated, coats the mouth well and finishes a bit harshly but with ease.

Verdict: A nice Weizenbock from New Glarus, big and bold with a lot of flavor, perhaps a bit too astringent for only 9.60%, but all in all a nice treat of a beer that has aged nicely over the past few months. Kudos to Dan for this creation, it's bold and hoppy as advertised.

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.