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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

561 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%


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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d5001986

Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours cloudy orange with huge, off-white, foamy head.

Smell is a bit mild. Tropical profile. Banana, cloves, and slight citrus.

Taste is slightly bitter up front. Then banana, cloves, tangerine, and some alcohol. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden considering the abv.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this was still enjoyable. Not the best example of the style in my opinion, but worth a one time shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 23:51:38 | More by d5001986
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NCalement

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served into a snifter.

A- Pours a beautiful orangish amber color, very hazy. Heavy white head, three fingers, that resides to a minimal head that holds like the bubbles in a bubble bath. Good lacing and legs.

S- Spice, coriander, little hint of peppercorn, soap, wheat, yeast, orange zest and hay. Perfect.

T-What an amazing beer. Heavy coriander, wheat and yeast. Orange zest and apricot reside on the back end. Lots of complexity. The esters from the yeast own this one. Very zesty.

M- Very fuzzy. Heavy body, with very aggressive carbonation. This beer attacks your mouth.

O- I usually don't enjoy Hefe's that much but I'm very glad I tried this one. Its a wonderful showcase of the yeast and wheat. This beer would be perfect at a grill out.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:00:44 | More by NCalement
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 21:18:24 | More by deadonhisfeet
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright and cloudy orange, three finger head with lots of carbonation

S-Wheat clove, banana, citrus, green apples, very fruity, some floral notes.

T-Very fruity. Apples oranges, fruit everywhere. Some clove and banana a sweet beer.

M-Light, highly carbonated and a crisp dry finish.

O-An underproduced style. This beer was solid, SN Beer Camp was good. More breweries should make this.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:35:27 | More by rlee1390
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Omensetter. Thanks! Pours a cloudy, straw yellow/orange. Huge, fluffy, creamy white head, lasting with some drapes of lace. Aroma is complex and bursting with character; hops, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, wheat, banana, clove. Flavor follows. Medium to full body. Creamy. A little oily. Sweet. Fruity. A fair amount of spices. Alcohol content? What alcohol content? Hardly any there. Hop character really makes an impression and complements the hefe qualities nicely. Great balance. Pleasant finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:24:26 | More by jbaker67
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Weizen pours a cloudy golden color with a huge frothy and lacing head. There is a sweet and sour aroma, with a strong yeast and banana/ester note. The taste is very similar, strong sweet and sour flavors with good hints of banana. Very strong feel and great body. Overall a fantastic complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:10:31 | More by vette2006c5r
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to BA Beeryurt for sending this to me in a trade.

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a foil-wrapped top. No bottling or freshness date that I can find. Poured into a large classic weizen glass, even though the 12 oz bottle probably won't quite fill it.

Appearance - Well, turns out that not filling the glass wasn't a problem--in fact, due to the massive six, seven(?) -fingered head, it takes me quite awhile to finish pouring the entire bottle out. The head is dense, like damp snow drifts, but light gold, giving it a look similar to meringue. Fine bubbles grow a bit and burst, leaving a cobweb; the foam never completely disappears, leaving a mound in the middle of the body, making it look like a float. The foam sits atop an apricot-golden body that is a murky haze in some areas, but glowing where the light passes through. A small dark amber shadow drifts directly beneath the towering head.

Smell - Notes of vanilla, brandy, lavender, Hawaiian sweet bread, orange rind, and faint esters that counterpoint the more luscious flavors. Bready and aromatic, with just an essence of the notes you might get from baking pastries. Gives me some of the floral hop and almost boozier notes I might expect from a Wheatwine.

Taste - Fresh sourdough, maybe even bread that still has a few minutes left in the oven. Brandy cordial, candied peach and apricot, and a mild but notable bitterness on the finish. Ultimately, it ends up a semi-sweet and lingering, with the sweeter notes continuing to dance with the drier bitterness of what really seem like floral hop characteristics.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation (the pour was partly my fault, but this is a very carbonated beer), with a medium-heavy body. Velvety and a tad viscous with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I've not had many weizenbocks, but this one doesn't seem quite like what I would expect from the style. As I hinted in my review, this one reminded me a lot of some Wheatwines I've had, which is a good thing. I wish this beer was easier to get, because it was absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:20:57 | More by LambicPentameter
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Woodmans, Kenosha, WI
Date: None, "2273 10:25" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

New Glarus' Imperial Weizen is a heavily hopped, ethanol friendly wheat beer of expectedly extreme proportions. Not really smooth in flavor (though the mouthfeel is), or inviting, as the hops are definitely sharp and bitter, but this drinks easily enough as a helles weizenbock. Overall, this is like an imperial version of Weihenstephan's White Hoplosion: good, but a bit too boozy. Blah blah blah, overrated (C+ by my scale), wouldn't make the trip to WI to purchase this again.

Pours a tall, 4cm head of white foam composed of small to large-sized bubbles, giving a ve. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes, declining to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the entire drink. Lacing is equally impressive, with complex and heavy forms/patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer is a dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out paler, lighter, golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible despite the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body, numerous bubbles actively make their way to the top of the beer.

Aroma of strongly aromatic and perfume-like floral hops, basically over-the-top, with equally strong sour grapefruit, both of which are combined with modest orange peel and the strong phenolics found in typical wheat beers. Basically a strongly-hopped, high-alcohol wheat beer fermented at cooler temperatures with an at-times strange suggestion of Belgian yeast usage.

Dominant flavors of spicy phenolics, floral hops, yeast-infused sour grapefruit, and ethanol. Front of palate detects sour grapefruit, orange peel, perfume-like floral hops, spicy phenolics, ethanol, but little hint of the substantial amounts of wheat malt that surely went into this beer. Mid-palate finds continued sour grapefruit, orange peel, perfume-intensity floral hops, spicy clove and numteg-like phenolics, mild to moderate ethanol. Back of palate experiences substantial sour grapefruit, floral perfume, the appearance of heavy bready-like wheat malt, and warming ethanol. Aftertaste of medium to medium-high hop bitterness with sour grapefruit, strong floral, and moderate bubblegum characters.

Beer is medium-heavy in weight, with carbonation of medium to medium-low in intensity, resulting in a thick, heavy, and smooth (3/4) mouthfeel with light foaminess (1/4). Ethanol felt in the nostrils Aftertaste is moderately dry, with moderate stickiness coating the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 06:27:51 | More by falloutsnow
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a hazy gold beer with a substantial persistant head. In appearance, it is the eptiome of hefeweizen. A residue of yeast encircles the bottom of the bottle. A faint fruity fermentation aroma (overripe banana) penetrates the head, and carries with it a hint of citrusy hops. The initial taste is sweet and desert-like but well support by citrusy hop flavors and bitterness that prevents the beer from cloying. The texture of the beer is slick and lucious, with some alcohol warming, but it also carries a slight carbonic bite. that helps clean the mouth out and ready it for the next sip. What I love about this beer is that it keeps you on your toes by presenting contrasting sensations that might seem to clash on paper but work well together in your mouth. It is a cross between a weizenbock and an IPA, an imperial version of NG's Crack'd wheat, which I believe I scored a perfect 5. Tonight, this beer doesn't quite merit perfection, but it deserves to be acknowledged as a thing of beauty.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:23:03 | More by pweis909
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle at the brewery. Pours a hazy yellow which is cloudy and forms a generous head. Heavy lace present and nice retention. The nose features herbal hops, lemon zest, banana, and clove . Hops become stronger towards the end as notes of pine and grass come to the surface. The taste is lemony up front paired with pine hops followed by banana and clove. Grassy and earthy notes come through at the finish and provide a refreshing bitterness. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Overall, this is a unique and satisfying brew. I initially had no idea how hoppy this beer was going to be considering its style, but I must say it was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 06:13:49 | More by homebrew311
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: When pouring the beer into a standard pint glass I over flowed the glass with foam. Huge full hand of bright white foam that looks like cream as it slowly falls into the beer and leaves behind chunkey, spider web looking lacing on the edge of the glass. The liquid is a dark yellow to orange color with a strong haze.

S: Strong creamy banana and mild clove yeast esters. Bread and bread crust malt aromas are distinct and cut through the alcohol nose.

T: Huge bready and mild toasty malt flavor. The over-rippened banana yeast esters are strong and combine well with the breadiness giving it a banana bread like vibe. A subtle citrusy hop note. The bitterness is firm, but the balance is on the malty sweet side. A sweet candy like flavor also.

M: Hot alcohol warming. Moderate body and highly carbonated.

O: A weizen on steroids. Big alcohol warming, banana bread flavored, slightly sweet wheat beer. The carbonation got away from me on this one, but overall not one of my favorite NG's Thumbprints.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:47:02 | More by guityler83
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traveling to Chicago always means a side trip to Kenosha to fetch the latest and the standards from New Glarus.
Once again the Thumbprint series has a winner
This beer looks just like a typical hefeweizen in color and clarity, but the head is like meringue.
Smell is cloves and hops both in perfect amounts.
Taste is just like you would think after reading the description of this beer on its label. There is a nice but not too strong hefe flavor followed by the slight hoppy bitterness. Neither taste dominates.
Feels like a hefe, with creaminess and low carbonation.
An outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:42:13 | More by confer
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A: Pours a hazy straw orange color. Huge, billowy foam head that lasts forever. Lacing is huge as well, with thick foam sticking to the side of the glass like clouds.

S: Banana and bubblegum leap out of the glass, followed by clove. Some fusel alcohol adds a little bite to the aroma. Behind this is some grassy, herbal hops and citrus. Some malty caramel.

T: Dry wheat sets the tone for the beer. Belgian notes, especially banana, are potent. Some hops add a good fruit, citrus and pine. If not for the wheat, it would be similar in many ways to a Belgian IPA. Alcohol flavor is mild at first, but builds throughout the sip. This peaks just before the lingering, dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Some alcohol heat but it works for the style.

O: An interesting style. I like the hops in conjunction with the Belgian flavors and the wheat, but the bitterness from the hops and the alcohol flavor/heat combine to make a fairly "big" beer. I could use a bigger body to help carry those flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:44:08 | More by WankelEngine
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: An interesting blend of German yeast and citrus hops with lots of fruit and spice hints. Upfront scent of wheat and German Hefeweizen yeast along with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, and crackers. Big hints of clove spice, coriander, and pepper. Fruit hints of bananas, apple, and some bubblegum. Big citrus hop presence with juicy hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, tangerine, melon, and lemon. Also some earthy and grassy hop hints.

Taste: Like the aroma, an interesting mix of wheat, yeast, and spicy notes with a big citrus hop presence. Wheat and German Hefewiezen upfront with notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, and straw. Spicy notes of cloves, white pepper, and coriander. Big taste of ripe citrus hops with juicy notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Also some fruit notes of banana and apple along with some bubblegum. Earthy notes of grass towards the finish. A very good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and somewhat chewy. Nicely bitter. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good and interesting twist on a German Weizen style. Its like a combination of a Hefeweizen and Belgian IPA. Nicely yeasty and juicy.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 06:39:06 | More by MattyG85
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy burnt orange with a huge 2 finger frothy off white head. Head has awesome retention and leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell has some interesting aromas going on. Spicey clove phenols and orange rind notes are contrasting the big citrus piney hop aromas. Hefe yeast also gives a slight banana note along with other spices near the end.

Taste is great. Lots if wheat more orange peel and fresh lightly piney hop flavor. Hefe yeast is not as pronounced as I expected but does give a lot of different spicy notes near the end.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium body and huge amounts of carbonation leave this beer feeling very fluffy and drinkable. Refreshing but nt to light.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:10:31 | More by Fcolle2
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kojevergas

Texas

3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 04:44:58 | More by kojevergas
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Serious amounts of head when poured aggressively, lingers throughout. Nice cloudy orange/brown color.

S - I had to sniff this one about 5-6 times before tasting it, because it smells that good and it seemed to change smells heavily depending on where I placed my nose in the glass. Didn't expect the hop aroma to be notable, but it was. In addition to the hops you get wonderful whiffs of yeast, wheat, orange, and clove.

T - Very drinkable Imperial. Hops not as noticeable in taste as they were when smelling, otherwise taste profile is very similar.

M - Nice creamy texture and very pleasant tingle from massive carbonation.

O - Definitely a great beer to be drinking on Oktoberfest weekend. New Glarus continues to make great beers that are surprisingly drinkable. Wish I would have bought more than just the 4 pack of this great Weizen... Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:02:06 | More by Bowers-Brew
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x37x

Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass with a very hazy orange color. I smell the alcohol and some spices. Big, juicy body that tastes of wheat and a hint of citrusy fruit. I can feel but not taste the alcohol; it is nicely well-hidden. Hoppy but not as bitter as a typical IPA. Pleasant aftertaste where you can still taste the fruity wheat. This is a very delicious brew reminiscent of Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes Double IPAs or other big/boozy/citrusy beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 23:37:16 | More by x37x
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into a tulip glass is a cloudy somewhat orange-y straw color with a pluming white-white head that just stays huge. The aroma is tropical fruit and Juicy Fruit Gum, and pleasing yeast.

Even more fruit than in the nose, overripe fruit, earthy, and sugary, yet also sharply tangy. Banana taffy is the specific sweetness. White pepper and clove, among other spiciness. I might just be unfamiliar with the style (I've only had a couple others (Unser Aventinus and La Petite Mort), as this was totally unexpected and shared very little with the two I've had. It tasted almost nothing like a bock.

Light- to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Delicious. Think Hitachino Nest White Ale, with more sweetness and more alcohol

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:33:25 | More by martyl1000
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Treebs

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a Kuhnhenn snifter. Picked some up fresh from across the border.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a hazy body. Two fingers of thick, pure white head form on the pour with excellent retention. As it slowly goes down the glass it leaves sticky clings of heavy lace.

S: Big yeasty notes on the nose. Clove and banana with a nice sweetness to it. The malts are bread and sweet through out and the hops really come out at the end with a nice fruity kick.

T: The taste follows the nose. The nice hefe yeast profile of sweet cloves and banana, the sweet wheat with a little bid of white bread and then the nice fruity hop profile on the finish. Slightly bitter as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level that's trending towards the high end. The finish is slightly bitter and drying.

O: Very delicious and much better than the previous Unplugged batch. Dan outdid himself with this one. I'll be picking up more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 21:09:40 | More by Treebs
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this to try it out. An imperial hefeweizen dry-hopped with Cascade. 12oz.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a thick white head. Great retention.

S: Nose is full of juicy citrus, pineapple, vanilla, light peppercorn, cloves, angel's cake maltiness, pleasant unmalted wheat. Cascade indeed!

T: Taste brings bright pale malt, vanilla, wheat, mild piney bitterness and a bit of yeasty/boozy spice, grapefruit rind, sweet tangerine.

M: Medium-bodied with zingy, almost-frothy carbonation to keep things fluid.

O: This beer is sunshine in liquid form. Bright, fresh, sweet, bubbly on the tongue, fantastic. On a related note, Dan should really try brewing a batch of this with some lacto fermentation.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 23:06:09 | More by Etan
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a New Glarus Pilsner glass

A) Cloudy, hazy orange and yellow, like a summer sunset. Head is White and thick, lots of lacing and carbonation.

S) Clove, allspice, banana bread, floral hops, but as it warmed up more citrusy scents.

T) Surprisingly very hoppy, floral characteristics, then Weiss flavors, clove, banana, bubble gum too, finishes with fruity hops.

M) very carbonated, thick and creamy.

O) Love NG Thumbprint series, Dan is the man! I am not a fan of the style but this is damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 13:15:41 | More by NewGlarusFan
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +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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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden orange, with head for days, nice lacing

Smell is nice citrus (orange, grapefruit), bubblegum, cinnamon, clove, a little banana. really complex smelling stuff.

Taste is WOW, banana, spice, cinnamon, citrus fruits, bubblegum, big orangeish tangerine note in the finish, slightly bittering.

Mouthfeel is medium full like a IIPA, heavily carbonated like a Weizen. Works really well.

Wow, What a nice complex beer. You just can not go wrong with this beer... Even if you do not like Wheat beers I can see you liking this.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 21:45:23 | More by nickapalooza86
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a glass. Was wandering through Woodman's today wondering "I wish they had something other than the Winter Warmer" when lo and behold... out popped the beer guys with a pallet of this stuff!!

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden straw-like color. Lots of head that sustains itself.

Smell: Citrusy, almost like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. Reminds me more of IPA smells than anything. Their IIPA wouldn't be that far off here. Not really getting the clove notes in the smell.

Taste (after waiting for the head to die down enough to sip): Aha - there would be the cloves, and a little bit of the cinnamon. Definitely more citrusy than anything. Just like with the smell, it tastes more closely to their IIPA than I was expecting. It's a very good taste, just not quite what I was expecting... but then again with New Glarus, the unexpected is part of why I keep coming back to their different Thumbprint releases. For something pushing 10% ABV, I'd expect a little bit of a warming from the alcohol. None to be found here. Which I am more than happy with.

Mouthfeel: First sip kinda coated the mouth a little bit... differently... than what I was expecting. It lingers. It's not syrupy by any stretch, but there is definitely some body to it.

Overall: It's an intriguing taste. Something that I may try again later on in the release cycle, but not something that I'm going to stock up on like their last two varieties.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 23:12:27 | More by don1481
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.