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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen

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610 Ratings

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 98
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

UffDaBock, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

DarthGuitarHero, Jul 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Imperial Weizen pours a mildly hazy pale straw color with a very large fluffy white head that leaves a sheet of lace down the side of the glass.

There is a ton of coriander and banana in the nose, with milder wheat and tangy citrus notes.

The flavor is full and bold, at least by Hefe standards. The requisite wheat, coriander, and banana are present up front. Although it starts sweet, a tangy grapefruit citrus note starts building and creates a slight hoppy presence toward the end of the sip. The finish is pleasantly clean.

Considering this is a 9.6% Hefeweizen, this is impressively balanced and actually a little bit dry. The start of the sip is fairly sweet, but by the end it is barely noticeable. The carbonation is creamy and crisp at the same time, and it works with the beer’s flavor.

I was impressed that this did not get syrupy or cloying given the high ABV, but Hefes definitely have a ceiling in my book.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Hopsiam14, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Woodman70, Jun 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

RonnieRotten, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

maxcoinage, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Mandark, May 10, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to confess, this bottle was alleged to be 2 years old. I cant confirm that, but the expectation on my end here is that a fresh one of these would be wonderful (as the bottle itself suggests), but an older one just doesn't maintain. this one poured a really cloudy pale yellow color with an average white bubbly head. the nose is vanilla and cinnamon, with some honey sweetness and more alcohol than I am used to in wheat beer. my girlfriend loved the flavor, thought the spice and sweet combination was fantastic. I liked it less, with the spice being a little overdone, and the wheat malt sort of having a deteriorated flavor to it, not as fresh and clean as it might have been. it lost its ability to support the other flavors, which don't seem to have diminished at all. the feel came across a little thin, and the alcohol was piercing. new glarus does some wonderful stuff, and im sure a bottle right off the line of this would rectify that viewpoint, but this beer (however old it really was) just did not get it done. way out of balance, weird yeast properties, and just sort of all over the place. I will have to revisit this one when I can verify its source and birthday.

StonedTrippin, May 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

zrab11, Apr 14, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from jprime

Golden orange colour, about a finger of white head, a little bit of lace as well. Smell is quite hoppy, big pineapple and orangey citrus notes, malty and wheaty character, lots of hops in this one though. Taste has a wheaty character mixed with plenty of hops, orange, tangerine and pineapple, fairly bitter throughout, touches of honey, lightly sweet in the finish with a bit more wheat, hoppy aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, lightly dry. A solid hoppy wheat beer and really drinkable despite this not being quite what I expected.

peensteen, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ChefHopMeister, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pino, 12oz into a tulip.

Poured with the yeast, golden orange body with an offwhite head and light lacing + retention. Hoppy nose, wheat, citrus/grapefruit/pineapple and definite weizen yeast character. Taste is bitter, hoppy, yeasty, with more pineapple and tropical fruit notes. Some canned pineapple juice character comes to mind. Quite nice, would love to try this fresh on draught.

liamt07, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

SDSpringer, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

khargro2, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

sliks96, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Given to me by largadeer, the Beer Jesus. Thanks! From notes.

A: Pours a cloudy, glowing goldenrod body with long-retaining off-white head.

S: Tons of bubblegum, with banana and clove.

T: The taste also begins with bubblegum; it segues into a banana-earthy hop melange that leads into a straight clove finish. It's very interesting how powerful the flavors are, yet how distinct and phased they are. The exhalation is all banana. There's a bitterness and some rind-like quality throughout; I pick up the yeast as chalky residue in the aftertaste.

M: Great body; this is medium-plus bodied, with medium-plus carbonation. The effervescence helps it go down smoother.

O: This is good on the whole, but it needs some tweaks as far as the yeast is concerned.

Arbitrator, Oct 25, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful golden pour, clean but I threw in the bit of sediment at the bottom and made it cloudy. A nice 2 fingers of foamy head, excellent lacing.
lots of lemon scent coming off of this! Smells of alcohol, yeast, and lemon!
lemon zest, sweet malty backbone, slight pepper in the finish.. Bready yeast
medium body, high arbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel.. Very refreshing.
an excellent beer coming from someone who isn't all that crazy about wheat beers. Very citrusy, delicious and extremely refreshing.

facundoCNB, Oct 24, 2012
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.