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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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604 Ratings

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Ratings: 604
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-24-2013 15:16:05 | More by scottwurst


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a hazy gold with big head and excellent retention. Smell is banana, clove, spice and a hint of earthy, citrus hops. Creamy thick mouthfeel with a clean finish. Taste is banana, clove, and cinnamon giving way to earthy hop bitterness with just a hint of citrus. Leaves a combination of both on the tongue. Very interesting and well executed, probably one of the best wheat beers I've ever had. Have had many before reviewing it and while it doesn't taste quite as good as when I first had it, this is an excellent, balanced beer.

09-08-2011 18:16:46 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-25-2014 02:22:58 | More by DangerDawg
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4.13/5  rDev +2%

Thanks to Lordsloth for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Triple Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a huge, rocky 4 finger head that leaves really sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is wheat (duh) up front, with bubblegum, banana, clove and what reminds me of possibly smoked wheat malts. The taste is much the same with banana and clove coming through but also contains quite a helping of citrus hops. Also the 9.6% comes through leaving a bit to much burn for my liking. The mouthfeel is a bit hot but goes down creamy, leaving a smooth sensation on the mouth. This is my first New Glarus beer, and if the rest live up to this one, I'll be in for a treat when I crack my second.

12-10-2008 22:34:20 | More by hwwty4
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-23-2014 02:01:13 | More by weonfire
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4.05/5  rDev 0%

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

05-20-2008 05:02:20 | More by jamie2dope
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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

Gorgeous appearance, cloudy pale orange-yellow with a super-frothy head that stayed forever and left curtains of lace.

Classic hefe nose, banana, clove, yeast, with a bit of alcohol and citrus.

Strong banana, and clove entrance, but the finish is capped off by an IPAesque orange peel finish. Very tasty and flavorful. No sign of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel soft, very carbonated, somewhat resinous.

An excellent brew. Cascade may be heresy to hefe purists, but it is used to good effect here. I hope this one comes back around in the unplugged series periodically. Until then, I'll have to stock up.

05-09-2011 00:07:58 | More by Strix
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-25-2013 01:53:27 | More by Rihup
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 07:16:09 | More by Diomede
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-22-2013 09:08:00 | More by CarolinaKev
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

10-14-2013 23:15:48 | More by TastyIsBeer
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-14-2013 04:19:32 | More by jakea
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-08-2014 19:03:02 | More by Hendrick24
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-24-2013 21:42:48 | More by amishbooze
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-02-2014 03:13:21 | More by Houser
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

09-13-2012 17:25:42 | More by udubdawg
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

09-10-2013 00:00:16 | More by schmidtmattsays
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Golden straw, moderate carbonation, huge head which falls very slowly...Massive scents. Spice, banana, clove, cinnamon...but I'm getting hops. Citrusy grapefruit for the most part. A bready character as well. Taste is much of the same. Most of the usual flavors come into play. It's quite spicy up front. Cinnamon, clove, some banana and bubble gum. Hops come in with grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Big wheat bread. Creamy, slightly bitter. Quite enjoyable. Not as easily drinkable as your typical but still unbelievable. It's a little bigger than the norm but just as drinkable all things considered. A very interesting take on the style and while it's huge it works. Easily a favorite and one that stands out from the pack.

05-11-2008 06:12:59 | More by ncvbc
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%

A-Pours hazy blonde with over 2 inches of rocky, foamy white head. Leaves thick, sticky lacing down the glass. Leaves a large cap of ice cream float style foam.

S-Spicy notes of pepper, coriander and juniper. Like a strong gin and tonic.

T/M-Yeasty and slick, leading into a bold, peppery spiciness. Only gets more herbaceous with time. Heavy coriander and pepper with a sharp finish. Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation.

O-This one shows its ABV to a fault. The mouthfeel is a little sharp, and the spiciness is over the top. Not my favorite Unplugged beer. I give them credit for trying. This is a tricky style to do well, and this is a decent effort.

09-18-2011 04:13:26 | More by DaveHS
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Cloudy piss yellow color. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to an off white rocky two finger head. Looks a lot like sea foam. Lace is sticky for now but we'll check back.

Smell is bright sugar topped lemon. Some wheat of grass earthy yeast notes.

Taste is tart bananas and wheat. Very sweet almost like "simple syrup". Some clove comes out. This is also a bit boozy in the swallow.

Mouth is crisp with almost spritzy carbonation. Body is full and syrupy and finish average and a bit dry.

Overall I didn't think this was too bad. I am really not a fan of Wheats or Hefe's but this one went down a bit more tasty. Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for this sample.

12-01-2011 06:27:36 | More by azdback
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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

Thanks to Phawk for the second of many New Glarus i'll be drinking.

This beer pours like a tall curvy blond, easy on the eyes. Big foamy white head, hazy sun kissed straw colored beer.

If this beer tastes as good as it smells, look out. Classic Hefe smell, bananas, floral, sweet.

Taste is a bit harsh for a hefeweizen. Stingy hops, some alcohol present, cloves, smoother taste as it goes down, a little too carbonated. Some caramel malts.

Leaves a hoppy stinging aftertaste. I liked the Pyramid Imperial Hefeweizen much better (It kills me to write that)

This beer is like the band Oasis, I had high hopes for it, but it is just my wonderwall.

06-02-2008 23:26:54 | More by Murchmac
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-30-2014 23:45:17 | More by beersdmf17
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 13:32:05 | More by denimdemon
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

01-20-2014 23:14:31 | More by KC9LDB
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) Hazy looking light orange. It started with around a finger of creamy looking white head. This settled down to a dusting. Not much lacing at all.

S) There was a lot going on here. It started out pretty sweet. There was yeast, wheat, banana and spice, mainly clove. As it warmed up, I was picking up other fruit aromas, tropical and a little apple.

T) The malt and yeast create a light bread flavor. Then some booze hits you. It's pretty close to the nose, but not as much fruit was present in the taste. The finish had a boozy tingle.

M) A medium body with a good jolt of carbonation. This started out creamy, but unfortunately that faded to a mostly unsatisfying and prickly ending.

O) This was pretty good overall, but as far as NG beers go, I'll stick to Dancing Man, if I'm looking for something in and or around the weizen style.

01-04-2012 03:34:56 | More by RoamingGnome
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
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