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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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Photo of mariposafan
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bottle cellared for 7 weeks to allow the hops to fade.

Gorgeous. Big, beautiful, creamy head over a glowing murky golden body. Pity it smells so piney and boozy. Some of the banana/bubblegum weizen character comes through but they don't own the show.

Fortunately the hop flavors have faded some so it doesn't taste like a pine tree, though there's still some of it. Unfortunately there's still enough bitterness to detract from weizen flavors that are starting to come through. The flavors that are there remind me that New Glarus knows how to handle wheat beers - some banana and cloves with a dose of bubblegum, all overlaid on a pine tree.

The mouthfeel is amazing - as good as Don de Dieu. Smooth, slightly viscous, creamy. Just incredibly appealing.

Overall, with less hoppiness this would be amazing. As it is, the hops mask the qualities I look for in a weizenbock, or any weizen beer.

mariposafan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Centennial
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

A. Cloudy Yellow, single finger head, small bubbles trailing from bottom to top.

S. Banana, white peppercorns and cloves

T. Banana and clove, mild hops and slight alcohol flavor, slightly hot on the finish. Flavors are broken up and seem incohesive

M. Dry, but a little gritty and alcohol lingers slightly.

O. Not bad for the high alcohol present in this weizen, but overall this leaves me looking for a little more smooth and balanced beer in the end.

Centennial, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Loogs, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

denimdemon, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jjheinrichs, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

mklinger, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

rjacobs6, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

savagepanda, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

bbadger, Nov 15, 2011
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

eerbayman, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to kirk for another fine midwest brew on my wants.

a - opened the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. poured a very cloudy pale yellow with a generous frothy white head. lacing was chunky and mostly sticky.

s - burst of fruit flavor. some spiciness. mostly banana, citric, lemon, clove, vanilla/caramel.

t - just like the nose a burst of fruit flavor with some spicing. banana, citrus, lemon, clove, vanilla/caramel with a touch of bitterness and a boozy finish. bubblegum.

m - not as soft as i would expect. booze shows its face in the flavor and in the tingle in my mouth.

o - overall, damn fine beer. really solid weizenbock. a bit boozy, but it works with the flavoring. bubblegum booze...ah, nice mix.

cosmicevan, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of beagle75
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of rocky foam head that is the color of scintillating egg creme. Very heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Prolific and many-layered, aggressive bright fruit--more citrus than banana--and spicy cloves are dominant in the nose. Also in attendance is a leafy herbaceous quality and other phenolic notes that possess a saccharine edge. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with mild, soft, and refined grain, as well as mixed citrus fruit and mild honey. Acidity is very mild into the middle, where some precocious bitterness provides a contrasting edge to a host of classic-to-style esters and phenolics that are writ-large across the palate. Flavors are mellow and bready during the finish, but with a spirituous edge.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer must have shared a similar conceptual origin to that of Stone's 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, such as "Let's make an extreme version of a classic style." This imperial hefeweizen is equal to the success of the afore-mentioned Stone brew, showing massively amplified versions of on-point traditional qualities. If any weizen enthusiast ever wished to be able to smell and (especially) taste the qualities of the style more, then this is the beer for them. It is held back only by its heaviness, either real in the form of the syrupy texture, or perceived in the form of its restrained acidity and carbonation.

beagle75, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of erog5188
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Red Foiled "Unplugged Bottle"

Served into a Gold Rimmed Ayinger Weiss Glass.

Appearance: Very Orange and Opaque, HUGE Frothy head that lead to awesome lacing down the rest of the glass.

Smell: Bananas Bananas Bananas! after that cloves are prevalent and then at the end a little "hot" as the 9.6% showed through.

Mouthfeel: Full and very "bready" Resembles many weiss beers that come to memory.

Taste: Bananas again, Fruity but also Balanced by a bready malt presence, The alcohol really came through for me late and I thought that it overpowered the flavor after each drink.

It was a very good beer but was a little to boozie for me, I probably wouldn't purchase it again but then again probably wouldn't turn one down.


erog5188, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a long neck 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy and hazy deep golden in color, nice cloudy peak of off-white foam that retained for quite a while and settled to a nice frothy cap. Also good sticky lacing after. Beautiful looking Weizen beer.

Smell: Nice hoppy pine and grapefruit aroma mixed in with the sweet and yeasty notes.

Taste: Big hops flavor, with citrus grapefruit being the predominant taste, but then the sweet and yeasty weizen flavors come in behind it. Lots of big flavor here, hops up front, sweet wheat in the middle and spicy, fruity and peppery yeast phenols on the finish. I really enjoy this beer and all those flavors!

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good creamy carbonation and a bit slick on the tongue. Nice.

Overall: This beer is really the best of both worlds for fans of IPA's and Weizens. The extra hopping really adds a lot to this Weizen style, and I would love to see this as a regular beer in the New Glarus lineup! Well done, New Glarus!

ChopperSmith, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to klikger for this interesting brew!

Wasn't sure what to expect from this imperial weizenbock from new glarus, but I was pleasantly surprised. Major apple and appleskins lay beneath a spicey weizenbock. A little bit of pumpkin seeds and basil mixes in. Nice complexity and bold flavor. My applause to NEw GLarus, and to klikger!

Klym, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this extra... Cheers man!

poured chilled into tulip

Color: Hazy golden with shades of dim orange. 3 finger white foamy head... leaves behind decent lacing.

Nose: smells great! Banana and cloves shine through. Mellow vanilla in the background along with some scent of wheat.

Palate: It looses me here. Soapy and boozy. Both these textures over power the nice aroma this beer has, the banana is barely tasted, the cloves subdued by the presence of the abv. This beer drinkable, but with a bit more flavor on the tongue this would be a hell of a brew.

Finish: Boozy, but still flavorful. Would love to se this beer brewed with a lower abv to see how it will drink then. Still a solid brew from new glarus, but they can do better

Rating: 87 out of 100

schmoopsbeer, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of vande
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger, thick looking white frothy layer of head floating atop the deap, golden and very active pour...5-10 minutes later, the bubbles are still rising!

S: Straw, hay, sweetness...slight hops, bit of citrus peal..

T: grassy, bit of hops, little alcohol on the palate... slightly citrusy..tasty..

M: Creaminess is present on a nice beer here...

O: Unlplugged winner!

vande, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy and bright gold color with a nice large rocky head, nice lacing too. Very good looking beer.

Aromas are of sugary bananas, cream, and cloves. This is a pleasant nose.

Taste is of light bananas, mineral bitterness, cream, and sugars. Finsh is a bit warm from the alcohol. It seems like the flavors don't match up as well as the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel is full, with prickly carbonation, and good body.

Overall, a good beer, but like I said, the flavors fell a bit flat and didn't match up with the nice aromas.

flexabull, Oct 09, 2011
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.