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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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595 Ratings

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Ratings: 595
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-22-2013 09:08:00 | More by CarolinaKev


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-24-2012 23:15:27 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 07:16:09 | More by Diomede
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-25-2014 02:22:58 | More by DangerDawg
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

03-14-2014 00:06:01 | More by Kyrojack
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-05-2014 17:03:14 | More by Mikeypnh
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:13:26 | More by DaveHS
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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%

01-02-2014 03:13:21 | More by Houser
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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 23:26:54 | More by Murchmac
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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%

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

11-20-2011 13:32:05 | More by denimdemon
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 06:27:36 | More by azdback
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

09-13-2012 17:25:42 | More by udubdawg
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-08-2014 19:03:02 | More by Hendrick24
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 06:12:59 | More by ncvbc
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

01-20-2014 23:14:31 | More by KC9LDB
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

09-10-2013 00:00:16 | More by schmidtmattsays
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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the refreshing summer BIF. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Has a nice hazy orange with a very nice white head and good lacing.

Aroma is cloves and a bit of banana. Not super strong but good.

Taste is way too sweet for a hefe. Very malty when it should be just wheaty and kinda dry/smooth.

Mouthfeel is too malty and low carb when it should have a bit more.

Overall I'm not a big fan of this one. I feel that if you make an imperial version of some beer that usually isn't high alcohol it should be close in taste but with higher alcohol. Probably won't seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:15:10 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Weizen pours a couple of fingers
of pillowy head over a gorgeous cloudy peach colored brew. The
nose is rich- fruity yeast esters, and aromatic from dry-hopped Cascade
hops so kindly mentioned on the label. The flavor is likewise rich- a bit
of clove, the fruit again- a bit of fig, a bit of citrus, all overlain by appetizing
spicyness- again, of course, those hops. The mouthfeel is crisp and assertive-
starting round but trending dry. This is one insanely complex and wonderful
concoction. When I got it, I expected something more along the lines of an
Aventinus (also a fine beer), This is a completely American riff on a traditional
German style- bold, rich and spicy. It's experiments like this that make New
Glarus one of the best breweries on the planet. Get it while you can- this is a
special edition. The time they'll move onto something completely different!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 07:45:35 | More by shadow1961
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:34:56 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Pours a cloudy peach orange, big 3 finger head on gentle pour. Retention lasts the entire session, never fades below a thick cap over the liquid below. Large swaths of lacing.

S - The citrus and yeast dominate. Hints of sweet banana bread, clove, spice. Finishes with floral and earthy hops.

T - Taste evolves during each sip. It starts with wheat, yeast, and a sweet banana bread, transitions into the light citrus of orange and tangerine, finishes with some floral and bitter hoppiness. There is also clove and spice floating around in there.

M - Meium body with a massive carbonation. It is rich and smooth, but has a dry and bitter finish. Some spice also lingers at the end.

O - A Frankenstein of a Weizen, but very delicious. I bet Dan had fun brewing and drinking this one. What out for the ABV as you do not notice the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:17:13 | More by Ri0
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-18-2011 04:43:06 | More by jjheinrichs
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.