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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

623 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 96
Gots: 48 | FT: 5
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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

gio540, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

KevSal, Dec 02, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Cloudy piss yellow color. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to an off white rocky two finger head. Looks a lot like sea foam. Lace is sticky for now but we'll check back.

Smell is bright sugar topped lemon. Some wheat of grass earthy yeast notes.

Taste is tart bananas and wheat. Very sweet almost like "simple syrup". Some clove comes out. This is also a bit boozy in the swallow.

Mouth is crisp with almost spritzy carbonation. Body is full and syrupy and finish average and a bit dry.

Overall I didn't think this was too bad. I am really not a fan of Wheats or Hefe's but this one went down a bit more tasty. Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for this sample.

azdback, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

thewimperoo, Nov 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

surlytheduff, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

DennisHanley, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of nppeders
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - hazy orange even after months in my fridge.

smell - beautiful balance of banana, bubblegum, and clove. The dry hops have faded now as this is a few months old.

taste - alcohol when it hits the lips, sweet sweet wheat in the middle. alcohol banana and bubblegum and spicy hops in the finish.

mouthfeel - creamy, medium mouthfeel.

overall - I must say this is a very fine beverage and extremely enjoyable. I for one can't stand banana in my beer and this has so much else going on that I almost forget it's there. Absolutely amazing craftsmanship to bring so many flavors together in balance.

nppeders, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

smogfood, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

MammothBrew, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

sjstraub, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

Pellinore1, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of mariposafan
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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%

Loogs, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

denimdemon, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jjheinrichs, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

mklinger, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

rjacobs6, Nov 15, 2011
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.