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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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612 Ratings

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Ratings: 612
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.

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Photo of Pencible
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.

Pencible, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Erish
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.

Erish, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of OutsidersAlmanac
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.

OutsidersAlmanac, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of raznug
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.

raznug, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
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.

jnn4v, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
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

wisrarebeer, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of crossovert
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.

crossovert, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
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

hopsbreath, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of nataku00
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.

nataku00, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
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.


woosterbill, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of nhindian
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!

nhindian, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of jera1350
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!

jera1350, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of vitrael
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.

vitrael, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
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.

SilentSabre, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
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.

doucmehu, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
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.

CuriousMonk, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011 for $2.59.

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a large fluffy cream colored head of foam on it. Scent is heavy with wheat and sweet citrus. Taste is really full of flavor for a Hefeweizen with complex wheats mixed nicely with coriander and a slight lemon zest. Quite a heavy hitter for a Hefeweizen but rather well made as per usual with New Glarus beers!

Lemke10, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of funhog
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been awhile since I reviewed a beer. I crack open another of the Unplugged series from New Glarus, Imperial Weizen.
I poured this one and tried to control the head. The head sticks around and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is what you expect of a hefeweizen.
The 9.6% ABV is very well hidden and you could fool me if you told me that was the percentage on it. It’s smooth and crisp and really thirst quenching. I know banana and cloves are in there from the smell, so try it you'll like it! Cheers!

funhog, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big fluffy two-inch head atop a cloudy dull orange beer. Can tell right away this head will have staying power. When it was all said and done there were tons of lacing lines left and still a pleasant head.

S- Huge clove, banana notes.

T- Woo! Follows the smell but in a BIG way. Citrus. Bubblegum yeast. Alcohol boozyness is upfront but wouldn't guess it quite as high as 9.6%.

M- Very full mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated.

D/O- Hefeweizen isn't my most widely tried style by a long-shot but I'd put this right at the top of any I've ever had. Another winner in the New Glarus Unplugged/Thumbprint portfolio.

Duff27, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a hazed golden amber color with a big off-white head on it.

S: Smells sweet with plenty of spice. Lots of banana, cloves, and some nutmeg and cinnamon. Light notes of citrus peel (oranges, for the most part) to go along with a lot of sweet malt and bread aromas.

T: Much the same in terms of the flavor. Sweet bread, honey, and wheat malt flavors. Banana and orange fruitiness with lots of spice notes. The clove and nutmeg seem to be the most abundant.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Good flavors and aromas, though a bit too big to drink a ton of. Nice beer.

womencantsail, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3+ finger head. Great retention. Thick lacing. Color is a perfect golden orange. Very nice color.

S. Very refreshing aroma of yeast, citrus, clove, banana, a little pear and other fruit. Very nice smell. The cascade hops give a nice tropical fruit smell. Lots of aroma going on here.

T. Taste suprisingly seems somewhat muted after smelling everything going on with this beer. I get citrus, clove, banana. Some sweet malt. A spice flavor that I can't really put my finger on.

M. Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. This beer started out very strong with the exceptional color and amazing aroma. The flavor didn't quite live up to it for me. Felt like it was a little muted. Don't get me wrong this is a very good beer, but I was expecting a complex array of flavors that I don't feel was really there. I will say that this might be the smoothest 10% beer I have ever drank.

siradmiralnelson, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of JCDenver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Cloudy, medium-dark yellow with a huge 3-4 finger head. Extremely thick and creamy. Sticks around for quite a while and fades out to a thin ribbon of white lacing.

Smells great. I got a load of banana and cloves with a bit of an estery note in the back.

Banana and clove carry through on the palate, with a nice hit of citrus zest and a hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel is mediumish, nice carbonation.

This is an unusual beer, and a good one.

JCDenver, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
0821 on the neck, no info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 who can't resist giving me beer every time I go to his house to help "thin the heard."

A - Poured complete with sediment, the totally cloudy golden yellow beer is topped by a massive five-finger head. Thick as whipped cream, you could rest a bottle cap on it no problem. It sparkles like fresh snow and leaves sheet after sheet of thick lace on the glass! Perfection!

S - Potent yeast esters flourish with banana and clove spiciness and, for the most part, overwhelm the subtle wheat aroma. Solvent notes of phenolic alcohol poke through to let you know that yes, indeed this is imperial. Spicy German hops fill the background.

T - Overpoweringly hoppy, the flavor is a kick to the face. The wheat pokes out on the finish in between solvent alcohol heat,. Yeasty esters of banana and clove are still present but largely reserved in comparison to the hops.

M - Unconventionally bitter, the finish sees some sweetness that's obviously meant to be there for balance. Too bitter. Warming alcohol is both tasted and experienced retronasally but the brew is smooth and soft like a hefe should be. Medium-full in body from the sweetness.

O - A nice spring sipper but by no means a summer thirst quencher. Not that it's meant for that anyway... A little boozy although fairly well hidden, it's just overly bitter from the hops.

*Also, a point of interest about this beer is that it doesn't age well at all, extended aging anyway. Despite it's high ABV and BeerAdvocate's, "not a style to age unless alcohol exceeds ABV range" (which I'd say it does) my disapproving review of a 4-year-old bottle was removed, flagged by someone obviously upset by the score despite the caveat. The aged review garnished a C-. Moral of the story, don't hang on to this one for a while.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of RHCP313
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a Woodman's on the way to a 4th of July celebration in Fond Du Lac, Wi. but consumed 7/8.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy, unfiltered golden orange. Carries a little burnt orange shadow when held at eye level. A full finger of creamy eggshell white head sits and sits. Doesn't go anywhere, and leaves behind rings of sticky, webbed lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Right off the bat it's booze. Just on the wrong side of carrying a stinging rubbing alcohol burn. Behind the astringent alcohol lie some yeast, banana, clove and spice. Picking up a little peeled lemon rind as well.

T: Again, a little hot in front, met with vibrant lemon. Tart, zesty citrus doesn't completely mellow until aftertaste. Yeast and lemon zest with rind are stars here.

M: Wave of quick tight carbonation up front mellows to the consistency of a cask beer. Smooth and thin across my palate. Actually kind of refreshing. A palate cleanser of any sorts of fatty foods for sure. I'd love to pair this with cheese.

O: I'm always excited to see an Unplugged offering from New Glarus. In this case, I drank the first three in the pack celebrating out on the lake. It was refreshing then, and refreshing now. During a sitdown review, I find that it drinks very young. The combination of strong, boozy, waxy lemon flavor dominates this beer and either seems unfinished, or needs time to mellow.

RHCP313, Jul 09, 2011
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.