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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

595 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 95
Gots: 44 | 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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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10th review on BA
Bottle into De Struise Brouwers tulip-snifter.

A: Faint sunrise to light copper. 1.5 finger nail head on brisk pour.

S: Smells like cracked wheat and banana. Minimal hint a booze.

T: Alcohol not hidden on this one at all. Sweet caramel + bananas with brilliant and well-balanced spices.

M: Good balance of carbonation and very, very smooth. Tasty!

O: All things considered, very tasty brew. A bit boozy, but I really like it. Definitely different for the style, but it goes down quite smooth and I really liked the complex flavors/spice. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 03:56:01 | More by spdyfire83
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. That could surmise this entire brew.
A: Yellow, golden hue, unfiltered. Nice white head. A beauty.
S: Cloves, bananas and some spice. Very nice aroma.
T: Starts sweet, some bananas combined with some spice. This quickly blends with the nice amounts of mild citrus hop flavor.
M: nice amount of carbonation, not heavy as an imperial might suggest. Hops make their presence known on the tongue. A nice, slow alcoholic burn when swallowing. A nice hang that tastes of citrus.
O: great effort on this one by new glarus. Took a weizen, blended its sweetness perfectly with dry hopped bitterness. The cinnamon was the perfect ingredient to bring something completely different out of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 23:53:36 | More by Infamous7100
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ahq514

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a huge head. Half a glass of foam and I didn't pour too vigorously. Had to wait quite awhile for it to settle. Pours very similar color as the Dancing Man with maybe a slightly amberish hue. Great lacing, gobs of foam sticking to the sides of the glass.

Really heavy clove scent mixed with some citrusy hops. Interesting to say the least. Banana is there, but not real prevalent. Cinnamon in the background.

Hopped up hefeweizen is what it tastes like. Not actually a huge fan. I like the lack of hops in hefeweizens usually. Hops hit right off the bat with a citrus burst and spicy clove and wheat quickly come in right behind it. The alcohol is definitely there, it gives a little bit of a warming finish.

Mouthfeel is good. A little on the higher side of carbonation, but not overly so. Medium bodied.

Overall, I like the attempt of a hopped up hefeweizen, but its not for me. The citrus hops and bavarian wheat yeast flavors just clash to me. Glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't get it again. I'd take a Dancing Man over this anyday.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:37:57 | More by ahq514
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Natetoad

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another successful and well balanced beer from New Glarus. Just like the description states this is the super mac daddy of weiss beers.

Once you pour the golden brew with a hint of orange you achieve a nice creamy head.

You pick up the glass and immediately smell the classic banana that typifies weiss beers.

Next the first drink you get the spices clove and mostly cinnamon upfront, while the floral fruitiness of cascade hops takes the fizzy beer home.

All in all a must try for anybody who is looking for a little creativity along with classic weizen flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 18:58:28 | More by Natetoad
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TexIndy

Texas

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. No freshness info but ummagum picked it up at the brewery last month so it's fresh. It was a completely cloudy yellow color with lots of carb streams. It had a 3 finger head that slowly settled into a constant, thick foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking. Not sure I could ask more from a hefe.

The aroma was excellent. It's imperial so there is some alcohol esters in there but also a lot of clove and overripe banana like a std hefe plus some cinnamon and citric hops. Excellent sniffer. The taste was just as amazing. Has the traditional hefe elements like banana, wheat and clove and is well balanced with the citric hops and spice. I could drink this all day. Mouthfeel was medium with tickling carbonation and great aftertaste.

Overall, an exceptional brew and right up there with their Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. Highly recommend. This goes down smooth and with a ton of flavor. Not avail in here TX, dammit, but got one from ummagum. If avail near me, this would be in heavy, heavy rotation. [H;Y]

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 00:26:19 | More by TexIndy
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Badbobx

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up several interesting beers on a spring trip to Wisconsin.
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy gold with a nice persistant head. Some lacing was noticed. The aroma was full of esters, spice and banana.
The taste was full of banana, clove, and a nice malt flavor. The mouthfeel was full of refreshing foam and tang. Some alcohol was noticed and a bit of dryness.
I very enjoyable beer that I would like to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:40:20 | More by Badbobx
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wschmit

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into flute.

A: A touch hazy, this goldenrod body sports a short white head that sticks around a bit. Eventually flattens out into a sticky ring with some patches on stop. Good, fine carbonation up through the body.

S: A strong boozy note, sweet wheat, and bubblegum, with a pretty good hop presence towards the back. Clove, phenols, yeast. Reminds me of Krunk Monk from FFF, but less cloyingly sweet.

T: A bit sweet, but towards the end. Otherwise, it's like an amped-up German hefeweizen: bubblegum, banana, and clove, with some hops in the end to round it out. It's not at all too sweet, like I was expecting. It is a bit alcoholic, though.

M: Nice moderate body, not a sticky, proteinaceous mess, and with very solid carbonation. Alcoholic, but not fusel-y.

O: I didn't go into this with the highest hopes: big wheat beers are usually too sweet and too thick for my tastes. However, this is a really solid, big wheat beer that walks a fine line between American innovation (making shit bigger!) and German restraint. Yet another well-done beer from NG.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 04:56:51 | More by wschmit
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy tan with a monstrous three finger head that lasted forever,, leaving great lacing.

Banana and clove are the dominant smells, along with an ample helping of yeast.

Taste is much like the smell, with plenty of yeast, a touch of bubblegum, some citrus, and lots of cloves and bananas.

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation, plenty thick, a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Overall it's an interesting beer and yet another of the enigma series that's well worth having.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 22:27:32 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like tons of citrus and resin hops, with some fresh wheat and wild yeast and banana.
T: It tasted like tangy fresh wheat and wild yeast, with lots of citrus and pine hops and a little banana. It had a clean and bitter / sour aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly full body.
D: This was a very nice weizenbock. Not sure why it's listed as a hefe on BA. The scent and taste were hoppy but still enjoyable and fitting for the style (similar to Little Sumpin Extra). Great body and not too hot, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not mind blowing, but still recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:11:08 | More by Pencible
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Erish

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. No best by date apparent.

A: pours a huge, frothy off-white head, the cap is persistent and thick, and the lacing is tenacious like a honey badger. Do you think that lacing cares about time or gravity? It doesn't give a s**t.

S: the classic hefe profile of bubble gum, banana and clove.

T: tastes like a hefe on steroids, with a much more pronounced wheat malt characteristic; the boozy heat and the weedy/floral hop finish are decidedly less hefe-like. An interesting concept, but one that fails to totally reel me in.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, plentiful to abundant carbonation.

O: does the world need an imperial hefe? Sure, why not. Sometimes more is not necessarily better. The lily has been gilt. It is a looker, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:18:08 | More by Erish
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OutsidersAlmanac

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft, golden orange in color, floral notes accompany banana. In your mouth the banana and slight cloves come alive with vanilla and a evasive but creamy body. A slight sweetness balances out the whisps of ethyl presence. This is perhaps the most balanced, complex and compelling of the NG portfolio I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 14:02:47 | More by OutsidersAlmanac
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Hazed orange, epic lacing.

Smell: Alcoholic esters, bready wheat, yeast, cotton candy, citric hop and ripe tropical fruit.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick and creamy full-ish body. Maltiness flexes strong, bready and grainy and certainly a moving force here that is not taken down. Yeast tone is very prevelent, ripe fruit as well. Warming alcohol appears about halfway down the glass. Suggestions of taffy, banana and a ghost phenol more towards the bittersweet finish.

Overall: This brew throws the gauntlet down, be ready to take this beer on as it is not for the faint of palate. Of course for me I took it one big sip at a time, not wanting to finish it took quick ... trying to savor but wanting another sip right away.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 04:03:10 | More by Jason
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raznug

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a hazy pale straw golden color with a finger of fluffy white head sitting on top.
Smell: With just the smallest sniff you get hit with a whole lot of cloves, cinnamon, and a little banana. Being an Imperial Weizen I expected more cloves and I get more cloves.
Taste: The taste is kind of what I expect a nice wheat malt in the forefront with the cloves and cinnamon and banana to follow up. It isn’t as intense as one would expect but too much clove taste is bad.
Mouthfeel: This beer has that nice lingering effect that allows the flavor to stick around nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 18:03:41 | More by raznug
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jnn4v

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange color. Lots and lots of very foamy white head that took an inordinately long amount of time to die down - but I suppose that's a good thing for this style. No visible sediment.

S: Grapefruit, resiny herbal hop scents, green peppercorn, and wheat. Some Belgian yeast / slight funky scents throughout as well.

T: Yeast, grapefruit, barnyard funk, vines and leaves. This thing is all over the place - I can't figure out if it's a mess or if it's brilliant. I'm leaning towards brilliant. Some more residual herbal resiny flavors followed by orange and grape sweetness.

M: Very thick, very viscous, and quite dense. Possibly the heaviest wheat beer I've ever encountered. Ample carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer. It was special. Isn't that special? Seriously, though, I enjoyed it start to finish and recommend it for those who want to expand beyond a classic Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:54:48 | More by jnn4v
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: traditional cloudy yellow color, great rocky full three inch head
S: perfect traditional weizen with cloves and banana
T: tastes like a supped-up weiss bier, cloves, banana, but definitely heat is present, a bit of EtOH bite in finish that takes from taste
M: good and creamy
O: decent

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:18:55 | More by wisrarebeer
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crossovert

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having just returned from 4 monthsin Germany I thought I would give this one a shot. I guess it isn't a traditional beer but whatever.

First off I grab my Weihenstephaner glass and pour it. Then i realize (or all of Germany). The head definitely is "prettier" than most German wheat beers. I tend to prefer the more rustic, creamy look of the German ones, of course this doesn't apply to all cases.the beer it self is a cloudy light gold. Perhaps a bit light for a weizenbock, but good looking nonetheless.

The smell is the first thing noticeably different here. This is alcoholic and hoppy, not really what the typical German weizenbock is.

The flavor is similar. Too hoppy and orangey/bitter.

I understand this is a bit of an experiment as it is a completely new style of brew, but one of Dan's weaker ones unfortunately. Hops + Weissbier is a hard thing to get right, Dan should try some Schneider for reference.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 20:15:43 | More by crossovert
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sweemzander for sending one of these my way. It wasn't on my 'want' list, but it should have been. 12oz red foiled bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque orange juice with a huge voluminous white head. Lots of clumpy lacing is left as the head recedes to a thick cap. Perfect looking Hefe. 5/5

S: A decadent nose. Banana bread, clove, spice, wild flowers, and tangerines take over the senses. As good as they come. 5/5

T: A big banana/orange smoothie in a bottle. Notes of coconut, pineapple, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon taste like dessert. The finish lasts like the pink bunny with the drum. Not your mama's Hefe. 4/5

M: Thick, creamy, and surprisingly non-sticky given the plato. For a beer of this size, it feels great. 4.5/5

O: A very ambitious and interesting beer by Mr. Carey. Yet again he seems set on making only one style of beer... His own. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:11:59 | More by hopsbreath
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nataku00

California

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A hazy golden orange beer with two fingers of fluffy pure white head. Head dissipated slowly, leaving a lot of sticky lacing along the edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbly foam. Thin streams of fine carbonation streams up from the bottom along the edge of the glass.

Big fruity esters, banana, mango, lychee, lemon, and peach. Some biscuit malt sweetness, pepper and clove spiciness, and this sweet bubblegum like aroma.

Following the nose, fruity ester dominated on the palate, over ripe fruits like banana, mango, lychee, peach, and some bubblegum. Light spice on the middle of the tongue and a bit boozy thoughout, light ethanol throughout the taste, and a warmth in the back of the throat as you swallow. Finish is dry, with some light citrus hop bitterness mingling with the lingering fruity esters.

Light to medium body with a sharp fine carbonation that pricks your tongue as you drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 06:29:13 | More by nataku00
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: How do you describe Weizen perfection? The body is a fully opaque, and yet somehow glowing, orange; the white head rises up a full two inches before its creaminess retreats ever-so-slowly, leaving the sides of the tulip caked with sticky cobwebs of lace. The center of the head lasts longer than the edges, forming a volcanic cone of beauty that regains its original altitude effortlessly at the advent of a quick swirl of the glass. Yeah, that’s a pretty beer.

S: Insanity. The bottle cautions against pigeonholing this beer into any standard style, and I can see why: no one’s invented the Double Wheat IPA. This smells breathtakingly good, with clove and cinnamon spice from the yeast accenting the hugely floral presence of the Cascade hops. There’s some background sweetness from the grain bill, but this is all about the hops and spice. Terrific.

T: The wheat itself comes out more on the palate, lending some piquant sweetness ahead of the profoundly hoppy (floral and citrusy), yeasty (clove and apple) middle. Since most of the hoppiness comes from dry-hopping, there really isn’t too much back-end bitterness, with some fruity yeast esters dominating the aftertaste. My only complaint is that the booze definitely shows through a bit toward the end, adding a bit of astringency to an otherwise entirely delicious beer.

M: Fairly thick, creamy body with an ample dose of similarly thick and creamy carbonation that releases itself bit by bit, finishing each sip with a cleansing sweep of effervescence. Excellent.

O: This is an amazing beer in every way, and if it weren’t for the booze I could hardly find a fault with it. The hops, wheat, and yeast play so well together that it’s surprising to me that more brewers haven’t tried to emulate this beer and its apparent DWIPA style. I just bought my third four-pack of the summer, and I may even get another. Incredible beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:38:36 | More by woosterbill
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, thanks!

A - Pours much like an ordinary hefeweizen would appear. A pale orange-yellow, bordering on straw, while being completely hazy and unfiltered. Can't see any carbonation, but there appears to be a lot since it foams up fast even with a gentle pour. The head take this carbonation and runs with it, creating a 2.5-finger eggshell head, with retention for days. It is thick and creamy, and reminds me of how Allagash beers compose their head. The lacing gives off an almost ladder-esque appearance, with rungs of foam clumping together in a ring around the glass.

S - Wow, this beer smells fantastic. It is incredibly crisp and fresh, full of spices, cloves, citrus, hops, and even that signature bubblegum aroma that good yeast provides. It's even clear getting bananas here too. This is certainly an imperial version of a typical hefe's aroma!

T - The taste is much like the nose, but not as varied. It begins with a burst of clove, wheat and even nutmeg, before trailing into banana. Gradually it fades into the citrus from the hops before leaving a subtle aftertaste of bubblegum. Again, it's crisp and enjoyable throughout. There is a slight alcohol bite in the finish, however.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with high carbonation. Feels pretty zesty in the mouth but despite it being light, it stills puts a nice coating on the palate. There is a surprising amount of hop stickiness that comes through as well.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is a refreshing and easy-drinking beer that is perfect for summer. Almost dangerous given how much alcohol is in this, which although it lets off some heat, is nowhere near the level it is. Sip carefully, but don't be afraid to indulge!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 04:07:45 | More by nhindian
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a massive cap of creamy fluff on top. Great retention and lacing.

Huge nose of clove, wheat, spice, banana and citrus. The citrus from the cascade dry hopping perhaps?

An imperial hefe this is! Big time flavors here with a spicy bite, clove and banana out front. Some wheat bread notes with a spicy finish. Getting some hop bitterness as well. Very flavorful beer.

Full and frothy. Very smooth with a dry finishing feel.

Awesome beer right here. A true representation of the style on an imperial level. I will have to find some more of this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:35:26 | More by jera1350
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vitrael

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"What the hell is an Imperial Weizen?" I said to myself while I dawdled in the liquor store, immediately before I realized that I don't care. It was in my cart and I was halfway to checkout already...

A: Typical unfiltered weizen of very cloudy gold with a dense, rocky off-white head that leaves tons of lacing.

S: Huge banana and cascade hop aroma; extremely sweet, fresh fruity, and appetizing.

T: Hot damn! Big bold Weizen flavor soaring along with above-average hop bitterness. Sweet banana up front, clove and hop bitterness in the back, with a light lemony finish that lingers.

M: Upper medium body that is slick and highly carbed.

What an accomplishment. Despite coming from WI I haven't had any of the unplugged series before because I was so umimpressed by New Glarus' regular offerings. This beer, along with the unplugged IIPA have really changed my opinion of the brewery. I would recommend this beer both to Weizen lovers and to fans of bigger beers who might find some likeness in it to a Belgian IPA, albeit with a more German ester profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:55:32 | More by vitrael
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up a lovely, cloudy, honey-amber colour with a white, frothy head with magnificet retention; looks terrific.
Exquisite critrusy, lemony aroma; actually smells 'juicy'. Just amazing.
Flavour consists of traditional hefeweizen attributes with the addition of citrusy, American style hops. Delightfully bitter on the finish. The 9,6%abv is dangerously well hidden.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and pleasantly carbonated. An absolutely fantastic American representation of a classic German style.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 22:02:07 | More by SilentSabre
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into fluted pilsener glass.

A: Poured a very cloudy, rich looking blonde with a generous fluffy white head. Fairly significant lacing sticks from top to bottom.

S: Smells like a Hefe from about 2 feet away. Getting in close reveals the nuances, with plenty of banana, cloves, some bready malt and a bit of sweet bubble gum.

T: There is a lot of rich, fruity bubble gum in this one. The usual Hefe suspects are present and accounted for, but really take a back seat to the double bubble. There is also a nice, piney bitter hops at the back end to pull this one back from being too one dimensional.

M: Nice tingly carbonation, not too effervescent. Nothing really sticky, but a solid sipper that hangs around for a bit. Again, the hops leave a nice slightly bitter finish that leaves you wanting more.

O: This is another solid offering from New Glarus. While I am not a huge fan of all of their thumprint/unplugged styles, they seem to be mostly well thought out and expertly crafted. This one does not dissapoint, as it takes the expected characteristics of a regular Hefeweizen and cranks up the volume, while adding some nice dry hopping to balance out the sweet and spice.

This one reminds me of your grandma's upside down cake, but right out of the oven with homemade butterscotch and ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:31:36 | More by doucmehu
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours very hazy orange/yellow with nice lacing white head. Aroma is perfect, notes of clove and cinnamon, some nice banana, tropical fruit, and citrus notes from the dry hopping, with slight notes of even some pine and grass. Taste is a bit less potent, but has notes of banana, tropical fruit, yeast and some slight honey, pine, clove, and some sweet fruit finishes with a touch of grainy biscuit. Very nice hefeweizen, balanced, not too sweet. I much prefer the Dancing Man Wheat over this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 23:58:58 | More by CuriousMonk
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.