Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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91
outstanding

343 Reviews
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Reviews: 343
Hads: 635
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 102
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (2,522 characters)

Photo of pweis909
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of confer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,556 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
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! (861 characters)

Photo of x37x
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (730 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,437 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (2,113 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (792 characters)

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (506 characters)

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.