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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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605 Ratings

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 97
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-20-2011 04:14:04 | More by Rempo
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-18-2011 17:55:05 | More by I2uss
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-18-2011 04:43:06 | More by jjheinrichs
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-17-2011 23:23:01 | More by mklinger
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 14:37:52 | More by HopStoopid120
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 05:33:08 | More by rjacobs6
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 05:20:15 | More by savagepanda
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 03:18:28 | More by bpfrush
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2011 02:13:38 | More by bbadger
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -75.3%

11-15-2011 01:39:52 | More by eerbayman
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

11-14-2011 23:44:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 15:19:47 | More by hu5om
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

11-07-2011 02:40:41 | More by cosmicevan
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

11-01-2011 02:21:46 | More by beagle75
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

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.


10-21-2011 18:18:43 | More by erog5188
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

10-20-2011 16:54:23 | More by ChopperSmith
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

10-13-2011 02:00:32 | More by Klym
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

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

10-12-2011 07:51:00 | More by schmoopsbeer
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

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!

10-10-2011 01:42:43 | More by vande
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

10-09-2011 21:24:43 | More by flexabull
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2%

BIG BIG props to my BA in crime (but no longer local :( BA) andrenaline for the first of many beer trades!!!!
A - fully hazy golden, tall white head left lots of sticky lacing as it slowly dissipated
S - strong mix of citrus and grassy hops, light yeasty hefe aromas make an appearance, with some booziness
T - strong notes of perfume and grassy hops, clove yeastiness seeps through, citrus and alcohol sweet finish, strange yet enticing mix
M - light body with big carbonation, somewhat bready with a spicy and bitter finish
O - a fantastic combo of hefe and hops, its a big beer in flavour and alcohol but is very easy drinking,

10-07-2011 02:55:28 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Served into a weizen glass.

Aroma: Bready yeast at first, then clove, then banana, then bubblegum/cotton candy, then... peanuts? It’s a circus in my nose! Lots of phenols. Even something that hits me vaguely as new car smell.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. Slightly darker than a traditional heffeweisen, but hey, it’s an IMPERIAL weizen, so it’s to be expected. Nice thick head that looks like it could be the next generation memory foam mattress. Spotty lace forms islands of white around the sides of the glass.

Taste: Surprisingly balanced bitterness considering the 9.6%ABV. The taste mirrors the aroma but with some alcoholic warmth... now it’s a drunken circus. Sweet, vanilla-cream once things settle down. A malty sweetness sticks with you for a few minutes to remind you of the fun but without turning into that annoying friend who just doesn’t know when to leave.

Palate: Full bodied and highly carbonated. Long finish.

Overall: This is a great beer. If you love wheat beers, but want one when it’s 30 below and you’re tailgating at the Packers game, this one will keep you company. Another hit out of this cult brewery from north of the Cheddar Curtain.

10-06-2011 00:56:48 | More by glassbrass440
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Hazy orangish-brown with a ton of head and long-lasting retention. There's a lot of sticky lacing.

Heavy on the phenolic smells of over-ripe bananas and a little band-aid. Hawaiian bread, yeast, and spices.

Extremely phenolic and boozy taste. It's not for the faint of heart. Heavy bready malt.

Mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy. The booze makes itself known.

Weizen, yes. Imperial, definitely. This beer demonstrates how to put the imperial in a style.

09-30-2011 02:13:14 | More by Vonerichs
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

12 oz foiled bottle courtasy of jrallen34, thanks! So far this is only my second New Glarus beer, but both have been quite tasty considering they aren't my favorite styles.

A - pours a cloudy golden color with 1 finger off white head. Lacing is nice as is retention.

S - smells very yeasty and estery as standard for the style. Some banana and clove.

T - a pleasent yeasty flavor with banana, clove, and a touch of orange zest. Very little alcohol is detectable considering the 9.6%. I had to do a double take of the percentage, since I thought it was much lower.

M - mouthfeel is not very pleasant. Moderate to high astringency and a thin body. Singing bubbles and loose bubble structure didn't make it better.

O - a nice beer that is dangerously drinkable considering the alcohol level.

09-29-2011 01:14:50 | More by dmsohyea
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3.4/5  rDev -16%

A: When I first pout, I get an almost Crayon box yellow foam. The head keeps a yellowish hue, and the body of the beer is golden orange and hazy. I think the beer is a little too pale. It keeps the head an attractively long time.

S: Bananas. When I first pour I get bananas. A closer inspection maintains that, a little spice, some doughyness. Maybe a little bit of spicy German hops. But the hops are not nearly as dominant as I would have hoped, though this beer is less than fresh.

T: Still, not much for hops, and the hefe yeast is over powering, verging on what I might expect in a saison or witbier. ALl in all, I don't find this impressive at all. Even have drank plenty of strong beers past their prime, there is nothing here that indicates this beer was ever better than good.

M: Good, creamy but not heavier, but heavier than a hefe. I could dub this an imperial hefe no problem in that regard.

09-22-2011 23:16:25 | More by mdwalsh
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.