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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

618 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 97
Gots: 48 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

theminutemen, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Kunstman, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Exiled, May 08, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weiss glass.

A- Pours a deep golden yellow with a fat fluffy thick white head. Very little light penetration.

S- The smell is rather hoppy for a weizenbock with strong sweet and spicy overtones. The scent of banana is present hidden underneath the light scents of orange nutmeg cinnamon and clove. Just a slight bit of maltiness to the whole ordeal.

T- The taste begins nice and sweet with the taste of slightly spicy bubblegum. It then moves into it's slightly wheatier weizenbock body. Mid taste is slightly deeper and maltier with slightly less spice. Finishes with a more spicier than bitter hop finish. This is a very delicious and complex beer.

M- Has a nice full body with a thicker mouth feel and a medium carbonation.

O- This is good although slightly more hoppy then I would really ever like a weizenbock to be, personally. The smell is phenomenal and deep down under the mask of the cascade dry hopping there really is a delicious weizenbock to be found. While I may not understand why it is that New Glarus has chosen to add hops to so many of their unplugged brews lately I can honestly say that this isn't the worst one. Definitely won't have any problem polishing this 4 pack off. The high ABV is also a real added bonus. Overall a good beer.

Zachtheporter, May 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Calculat0r, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks. At the time of this review, this is #6 on the "Top Beers - Weizenbock" list on beeradvocate.com. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft but lazy white head. Minimal lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, estery, bananas. Smells like a big hefe, sweeter than normal but that is expected.

Beer is nice, medium to light in body, clean finish, overall a nice beer, nothing too exciting or surprising but it is a solid weizenbock, nice fruit flavors on the midpalate, a nice finish, a little bitter not overly so. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

Pours a fairly-cloudy bright yellow-golden with a short white head and a spot or two of lacing on the way down. The nose has quite a bit of sweetness combined with some banana, clove, and a touch of spice. The flavor is fairly boozy with some spice and residual sweetness. Too much malt sugar remaining here, IMO. Body is a bit thicker than I'd like with some extra alcohol. I prefer NG's lower-abv German wheat offerings.

Thorpe429, Apr 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is cloudy and straw yellow hued with an inch of dense, white head. The aroma offers a healthy serving of banana, with some wheat And lemons coming in behind. The flavor does not live up to the promise of the aroma. A bit soapy, and alcohol presence, which was absent in the aroma, asserts itself in the flavor profile. Lemon zest and window cleaner. Not horrible, but also not a repeat for me. Medium bodied with an odd astringency. Aventinus is still the go to weizenbock for me.

Huhzubendah, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

CGMLS3, Apr 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Lukafer, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy yellow color with a 2 finger head. I can't think of a better look for this beer

S - the nose is lemon, citrus, soft wheat malt, bubblegum

T - the taste is similar. Starts off with lemony flavors up front that are washed away by bubblegum yeast flavors. A modicum of clove is present, but not much. A little metallic on the finish with some nice spritzy hops. Nice.

M - soft and full, great body

D - another solid offering in the unplugged/thumbprint series. NG has a knack for killing German styles, and they delivered yet again.

birchstick, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

monitorpop, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another treat sent down from BeerFMAndy. Thanks!

12oz bottle, poured into a tall weizen glass. From scanning the reviews, this one looks like it's at least 8 months old.

Pours a cloudy amber-tinted dark gold. A huge frothy white head tops 'er off. The first aroma that hits me is a big smack of floral hops. Wow. That was unexpected. [After reading the label on the bottle, I now see this was a dry-hopped weizen - very cool]. The more I pull at this one, the expected aromas creep through - clove, banana bread, cinnamon.

The body is on the scant side, as it goes down quite slick. The massive head scored some of the carbonation away, no doubt. Alcohol, though higher, is barely detected in the flavor. Subtle hints of ethanol on the back end. Mild citrus flavors meld well with the faint hoppiness, and lightly-tart sourdough bread quality.

A decent brew that I would like to have again, but it'd need to be in a much fresher form for sure.

Onenote81, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

HoneyLamb, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

groovy24, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

FullObs, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Fitzmke, Feb 04, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden/Amber color with a tight fizzy white head. Has excellent lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus and Clove. Tastes of Banana, little bit of hops, citrus fruit, with some sort of funkiness. That must be the "Imperial" part of the beer. Sweet throughout with a little resiny aftertaste. Smells and tastes even more like bubblegum as it warms, crazy. Very good, very complex, very drinkable.

beergod1, Feb 02, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63%

JayTurk, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes... My mom picked up a mixer pack from Wisconsin and I was lucky enough to get a chance to try this gem.

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, finger of soapy head, solid retention and lacing.

S - Musty citrus, hints of cloves, honey, wet cardboard, chalky malts and grassy hop notes.

T - What a fantastic combination of flavours with hints of citrus and pine hops, undertones of cloves, wheat, grassy flavours, buttered bread and bubble gum.

M - Medium, smooth and wet. ABV is nearly undetectable.

O - This stuff is unreal and if ever presented the opportunity, you best not hesitate. A dangerously drinkable ale, full flavoured and scrumptious.

andrenaline, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

floydie83, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

zenwatts, Jan 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

hilgart1, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

nucmedmario, Jan 12, 2012
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.