1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

624 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 624
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 98
Gots: 48 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Thumbprint Imperial Weizen Alström Bros
Ratings: 624 | Reviews: 340 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Houser
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Troville1990
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Anonymous1
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of SilentSabre
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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 TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Rihup
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Found a stash of these at my favorite local beer spot. Not sure if they had had them stashed in the back of the cooler for the last 18 months or if perhaps the New Glarus distributor unloaded some old inventory on them. Either way, I'm excited!

Pours a clear glowing amber/orange color with 3 fingers of fluffy head that leaves lacing behind. Quite beautiful really.

Smell is apple peel, clove, biscuits, alcohol burn, and some pink bubblegum. Pretty bold...this doesn't appear to have faded any. We'll see how it tastes...

Hmmm, this is definitely unique in the world of Hefeweizens. Not sure if it is just the age, but I'm picking up more bold musty flavors and alcohol that I normally do from this style. Not bad though, just different. There are some subtleties floating around but mostly the taste is just orange peel, yeast, and booze.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied. Solid in this department.

This one just has a bit too much heat for the style to give it good drinkability. I'm definitely glad I got to try it though.

Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  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 nataku00
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 udubdawg
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Rempo
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  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 624 ratings.