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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

628 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 100
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: EliteDigger on 02-11-2008

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.
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.72/5  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.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle of the newest Thumbprint release for September-October 2013. Poured into the standard New Glarus pilsner glass with a gold rim (not that it matters). First time having this one. Review #194. This appears to be the first review for this recent release.

Pours a hazy orange body (but no yeast sediment typical of a good hefeweizen) with a massive, massive white bubbly head despite the careful pour. I had to wait a few minutes in between a couple of pours to get the entire bottle into the glass. So its obviously very well carbonated. The head leaves soapy laces all over the glass and the beer itself is a lace bomb. Very pretty looking beer.

Smell is total bubblegum right here. So much cloves, cinnamon and bubble gum. The spices are overboard here, and they aren't even the strongest part of the nose here. The nose has so, so much Cascade citrus in it, it really reminds me of my first homebrew which was a dry-hopped Cascade IPA. It really smells like an India Pale Hefeweizen here.

The flavour profile is pretty similar to the nose. Lots of bubblegum and cloves in the beginning. A bit soapy. No banana esters to be found here actually. Somewhere in mid-swallow, it immediately transitions to a neat citrusy hop flavour and bitterness. It is so weird and jarring to be drinking this.. but it is a really cool effect from a brewer's standpoint. There is a slight booziness, but not really with any heat. It's a very interesting flavour profile.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick actually- on the thicker side of a solidly medium body, very sticky, resinous and dry. Swishing the beer around my palate makes it sting with the bitter citrusy aftertaste. Booziness is there but does not take much away from the beer.

Very cool brew by Dan Carey. You can't pigeonhole this beer into any one single style. I feel like I'm drinking two different beers in one. Its very interesting and worth trying for any serious beer geek out here. Not sure I'd stockpiile bottles of it as I can't imagine this beer to age very well- one, its a hefeweizen, and two, its been dry hopped. So drink it now while its fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.