Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.46/5 rDev +10.1%
Appearance: a straw yellow color that tends toward orange. completely opaque and full of a wheaty haze. Huge 3-4 finger, in a skinny weizen glass, head of a white color. sticks around the entire time and leaves a huge lacing on the side of the whole glass.
Smell: I am immediately hit with huge bubblegum aroma, like no beer i have ever smelled before. lots of yeast qualities come as i get a closer smell, its full of cloves and a slight spiciness.
Taste: opens up with a bubblegum sweetness. quickly makes way to a drier clove taste. some light citrus taste. the wheat used tastes unlike anything in a beer i have tasted before, its sweeter and has more character. a slight but indistinct spice comes in the end.
Mouthfeel: extremely drinkable. fairly dry. slight bitterness.
Overall: New Glarus certainly has a way with yeast. between this, their dark belgians and sours, you can't find many breweries who do so well with yeast. also possibly the most unique twist on a weizen I have had. I really like the wheat they use in this beer, and the yeast qualities are killer. really wished I could have tasted this when it was fresher.
04-12-2014 03:26:17 | More by SportsandJorts
3.46/5 rDev -14.6%
Received this one as an extra in a trade. Bottle dated 08/15/2013, opened 03/31/2014. Bottle says to drink fresh, but I'm still giving it a whirl.
A: With an aggressive pour there was a 3 finger white head of dense bubbles that took quite a while to simmer down. Really mountainous with tons of lacing everywhere. Fine cloudy pale amber color. It looks good.
S: Very interesting. Lemon zest and cut grass. Bready malt behind the lemon, citrus aromas. Not sure if the citrus is from the yeast or the hops (due to the age of the bottle). Nicely crisp and clean smelling with clove and spices. Faint pepper.
T: Wheat. Alcohol sneaks in the back. Band-aid? I've never tasted clorophenol before in beer but it seems like there is a little band-aid flavor that sticks with you after the swallow. I feel that something isn't exactly right. Mostly citrus and bready malt. Very different than the nose, but this could be due to the age.
M: A bit effervescent like those expressed in weisse beers, but it ends with a moderately heavy and coating swallow.
O: A slow sipper for sure. I'm happy I tried it, as I've really enjoyed everything else that I've tried from New Glarus, but this may have been tripped up by the age.
04-01-2014 00:16:47 | More by pknyc
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.