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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 99
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: EliteDigger on 02-11-2008

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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Ratings: 631 | Reviews: 342
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color is cloudy, dishwater lemonade with hints of orange. Three fingers of dense, white head dissipated slowly to leave trails along the glass and a fluffy, one-finger cap with a depression in the middle before dissolving to a spotted lacing. A little yeast sedimentation lingers at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Massive and classic. Tons of ripe banana, yeast breadiness, apple, clove, cinnamon, orange, lemon, and bubblegum. It is aromatic enough to be a Bubble Yum flavor. It also has a slight alcohol edge.

Taste: Thick and rich hefeweizen goodness…followed by alcohol. Unfortunately for the superb flavors — banana, apple, strawberry, a little clove spice, and citrus — the booze dominates. Though not overpowering, it is distracting and far outdoes all of the other flavors. It eases its grip a little as the beer warms, but continues to subdue everything else. Each sip leaves a perceivable bitter tingle on the back of the tongue, and the fruit flavors linger on the palate.

Drinkability: I love the style, but wish the alcohol was as well hidden in the flavor as it is in the aroma. I will gladly drink it, though — albeit slowly and responsibly. It packs a huge punch.

Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deeply hazed light pear yellowish tone with a towering crown of soft white foam that drizzles and crunches away very slowly. Big patches of heavy set lace covers the glass well.

Aroma is your typical hefe nose, but perhaps a bit more malt beefyness than most, which I truly like. Here the lemon is heavy on a duller pie-like/pastry denseness along with some apricot, pear, and orange zipped with a nice touch of zest to it topped with a well muted touch to clove and green tea.

Yummy Weizen flavors all over the place. Smooth, full, with lots of citrusy complexity to it. Both in flavor and body. Which are going hand in hand here. Nice lofty twisting of orange and lemon flavors add a unique zip and zest on the tongue the entire time as light spices of clove and cinnamon sit in there too. But alas, can't forgot the malts, as they lay the groundwork well in this stuff with a wonderfully sweet sided paleness of bread crusts and pastry flakes. But the rounded citrus tones is in total control, full throttled and yummy as hell.

Fantastic body of lush, smooth, fullness. Zippy, yet, not overly so as to be spiced by too much, everything in check and down right drinkable. Spiced and balanced just right with all its complexity it citrusy zest and yeasty spicing. Not sure how the 9.6% got squeezed in there. But that's nowhere to be found unless you drink all four from the pack at once. Easy to do!

Many of the micro brewies that put out there Hefe's could learn alot from this stuff. However, this being an obvious ramped up version of what the norm would be; all Hefes need to be like this, then it would be a style I can actually like. This stuff "Unplugged", is awesome!

Photo of Trilogy31
1.92/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a classic hazy honeyed golden brown with a thick two fingers of head thqt holds its form through the entirety of the beer. Nose has odd ethyl/chemical aroma up front along with rubber and maybe light clove and banana if i trick myself into believing its there. Banana malt character with an upleasing hop bitterness and my rubber smell can now be better described as a burning plastic taste - really not good stuff and im thinking my bottle is just off based on previous reviews. Whats left of the oftputting taste really just destroys any points gained on the mouthfeel - this beer or bottle is just really really bad - if i didnt want to feel the abv this is a drain pour for sure.

Photo of backfat
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

received this generous gift from my friend joe joe dimaggio (newrbrewr), thanks buddy!

Imperial weizen? so like wheat wine? Poured into lost abbey stemware.

-Whew, this beer is lively. golden and frothy with a million bubbles sticking to every which corner of the glass. It has a beautiful light hue. I know this is my first beer of the night, and I just got off work, but this really looks fantastic right now.

-Mmm, smells like bubble gum. Spiced, with a little orange peel, lavender, and raw banana. I'm also getting some lime zest and biscuit. Really enjoying the aromas in this dude.

-Taste is not as full as desired but still welcoming. Sweet and malty with some yeast zest and some bready spices.

-The mouthfeel is kind of bizarre. It's like a zesty water. It's distracting and really not that appealing, but not ruining my experience none the less.

Overall, they were close on this one. The look smell of this beer are by far it's best attributes. Kinda just slowly goes down hill from there, but I still enjoyed it, cheers!

Photo of adman08
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a fluffy white head that really clings to the sides of the glass.
S-Strong aromas of bananas with a hint of spices, I think cloves and allspice.
T-Surprisingly strong alcohol with good carbonation. Flavors of banana and spices.
Overall, very interesting and exactly what the label claims, a strong weizen. Great aromas and great flavors. Very high alcohol for a wheat.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden cloudy/slight deep yellow/orange body, 2 finger huge fluffy head, amazing lacing!

S: big banana, wheat, and clove, hint of spice

T: sweet clove and banana, big wheat, hint of spices and boozy finish

M: med/heavy, slight sticky and chewy mouth

O: AMAZING! Just when I thought Dancing Man was
great, this is WAY BETTER! Not over the top with
booziness or flavors.


Photo of DearthVader
2.62/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz'er courtesy of larsenju.

Poured into my Duvel Green tulip

Pours and a very murky golden yellow that is not see-through at all. From an average pour a giant 3 finger head of white foam erupted. Leaves beautiful lacing for a hef.

Smell is very off putting to me. I get a tingle in my nose from the alcohol and then an overwhelming scent of bananas to cover it up.

Taste is exactly like the smell just a little more bearable. Slight alcohol then an explosion of banana that coats my mouth. I actually like the aftertaste quite a bit thats why the score wasn't lower.

Mouthfeel I think is probably how it's suppose to be. First Imperial Weizen so I'm not sure. It did drink relatively smoothly.

Not really impressed by this one at all and I'm a little upset since it was my first New Glarus brew. I look forward to trying the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart that are in the cellar.

Thanks again Justin!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the refreshing summer BIF. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Has a nice hazy orange with a very nice white head and good lacing.

Aroma is cloves and a bit of banana. Not super strong but good.

Taste is way too sweet for a hefe. Very malty when it should be just wheaty and kinda dry/smooth.

Mouthfeel is too malty and low carb when it should have a bit more.

Overall I'm not a big fan of this one. I feel that if you make an imperial version of some beer that usually isn't high alcohol it should be close in taste but with higher alcohol. Probably won't seek this one out.

Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours the cloudiest golden yellow/orange color I have ever seen. Produced a giant fluffy pure white head with a glorious retention; I could float a bottle cap on top it was so thick. Just tons of spotted lacing left behind all around the inside of the glass.

(S)- Interesting. Its like a Hefeweiss meets and IPA. Just loaded with a combo or a yeasty biscuit, banana, and clove with a background burst of lemon lime citurs.

(T)- Again, this really is like a Hefeweiss meets and IPA. Big bursts of lemon lime, banana, clove, and subtle bits of pine and yeasty biscuit. The balance of the two parts is awesome.

(M)- A nicely crisp carbonation level. Just a great balance of citrus hop bite (very mild pine) and lovely belgian-like banana, biscuit-like yeast and clove. Minimal bitterness; the creaminess of this helps counterbalance that. Smooth and crisp. 9.6% ABV??? I cannot detect any of that whatsoever; this goes down so easy!

(D)- Move over Belgian IPAs! Granted this is a classified as a Hefeweiss, however I am torn if this is more that or a Belgian IPA. Tastes great as a Hefeweiss on steroids, yet I would without a doubt put this up there with the best Belgian IPAs any day of the week. It just portrays each part beautifully while maintaining balance and a smooth, yet crisp and refreshing profile. This is a dangerous beer at 9.6%! Further proof that New Glarus makes the finest wheat beers in the country.

Photo of MrGraybeard
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured chilled from a bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler. Expansive head that slowly diminished into a rocky half-inch with little lace. Translucent blonde color.

Scents gush from the glass -- banana, a touch of cinnamon, strawberry twizzlers. Fantastic aroma.

Taste is complex. Big malt, wheat, Belgian trippel yeast. There's a hint of alcohol early on but the rush of flavor quickly hides it. A bit of grass/herb at the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, amazingly light for such a big beer, but not cidery. Interesting how brewer got the Belgian-style aroma with the mouthfeel of a Munich weissbier.

Overall, this beer steps on some boundaries. Then there's the high potency. New Glarus produces a lot of ho-hum mainstream beers, but its limited runs are often inspired. This could be the best one yet.

Photo of mooselvlt
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Wow, a beautiful pour!! Straw, golden, partly cloudy with good carbonation. Huge frothy 3 finger foam with great retention and sticky lacing.

S - Banana, bubble gum (almost like bubs daddy!), and cloves?? Some grains too but make no mistake, the fruits and spice are the stars.

T - Follows the nose to a T. There's a snap of hops too at the end. Really clean too, not bitter. Pretty darn sweet

M - Interesting, its a little thinner than you'd think by the appearance. Still medium bodied though and its really smooth.

O - The alcohol is well-hidden here. Smooth, great nose. Yet its not a brew I'd have often, I'd really have to be in the mood for it. Solid

Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's the end of the school year soiree and a budy brought Unplugged New Glarus tasters for everyone!!! Can someone say cannonization????
The unplugger Imperial Weizen is amber in color with nice neat thin white head. The aroma is powered by clove and hints od spice. The taste is very good, and follows the aroma of clove and spice...and backed with a heavy abv. The mouthfeel is ok for as high of abv as this beer is packing....but wowzer...no way to session.

Photo of chumba526
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is hazy orange with a fluffy white head.

It smells of bubblegum, cloves and citrusy hops.

It tastes initially strongly of sweet cloves and I suppose banana. I also get a mellow bubblegum flavor. This is like a hefe in steroids. The beer ends with a nice citrusy hop flavor and a strong hoppy bitterness. This is one beer where hops and yeast are both very strong yet both the yeast and the hops shine in this beer.

It has a medium mouthfeel it is a little thicker then thinner though.

Overall it is a pretty unique strong beer the strong yeasty flavor and the strong hoppy bitterness is not for everyone but I really enjoyed this beer.

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

Poured a hazy yellow color with quite a bit of fluffy white head on it.

Smell is wheaty with quite a bit of banana as well.

Taste is very good. It's definitely a strong hefe but that was expected. I really like the over the top taste.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Very refreshing and easy drinking beer.

Overall I really liked this one. I'd love to put down a bunch of these on a warm summer day. To me, the ABV is well hidden so I suppose it will catch up with you after a few.

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.12/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz from the birthday BIF. Thanks! Poured into allagash tulip.

A- Bright hazy yellow with a nice snowdrift head. Very good pour- can't wait to dive into this one.

S- Overpowering clove and banana. Clove goes too far- it's choking me out. Strong alcohol noticed as well.

T- Ugh. More clove, with clove on top. Banana and bazooka joe bubble gum. Twinge of orange. Soapy/lemony taste in the finish. Hot and boozy to boot.

M- Too much spice added or the yeast went crazy.. I don't like this beer in my mouth. It's abrasive/hot on the tongue.

O- No thanks. Worth a shot, but not for me.


Photo of weatherdog
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weizen glass

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a billowing off white head. The head sticks around for the whole drink and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a perfect looking weizen.

The nose is very orange ester heavy with some underlying clove tones. At the end there is some noticeable alcohol nostril burn but it's not too bad. Not a very traditional hefeweizen aroma but it's still very nice and I'm digging it.

The orange isn't as prominent in the taste as the aroma but the spicy clove is stronger with some other minor plastic phenolics. The alcohol warmth is there at the end but it still doesn't drink like it's a nearly 10% beer.

My only gripe about this beer is the mouthfeel is a little too slick and oily. I know that is a characteristic of using a large percentage of wheat, and seeing that this is a high gravity wheat beer it is inevitable but I still don't have to like it.

Overall I'm glad this beer was re-released. I was just getting heavily into craft beer when it first came out and it's very similar to what I remember, a deceptively high gravity fairly traditional hefeweizen.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.14/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It pours a ridiculously radiant hazed orange hue, and is capped with a large bone-white head that deposits significant lace.

S - The nose is pungently yeasty, wheaty, and hoppy, simultaneously. Notes of banana and (real) watermelon mingle with overripe grapefruit, and the aroma generally suggests a bitter and hoppy edge to the brew. There is a little bit of a negative connotation to the aroma, as it reminds me ever so slightly of fresh latex paint.

T - The taste is equally sweet and bitter, with lots of grapefruit, lemon rind, ripe banana and even karela apparent in the flavor profile. The bitterness definitely takes over toward the finish, and a lingering astringent citrus zest impression hangs on far beyond the quaff. Alcohol is too noticeable here.

M - Medium-bodied with slightly sharp carbonation; enhances the brew.

O - While the brew is solid, I am not crazed over it due to the overly bitter character, noticeable alcohol, and my personal disdain for a particular element of the aroma.

Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle traded to me by cptnspeed1 at dark lord day this year. thanks for the extra! drank from my unbranded half liter weizen glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy glowing golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is very quick to fizzle away and doesnt leave behind much at all as far as lacing goes.

S- the nose starts out with (and is dominated by) a very strong clove presence. stronger than your typical hefe. after that comes some of the classic banana and bubblegum. a little bit of alcohol sneaks through at the end, but its somewhat expected from a beer of this strength in this style.

T- the taste is also dominated by the clove that i could smell. very spicy. there is a lesser amount of banana and bubblegum. i think i also pick up on a tropical fruit such as pineapple. a hint of grapefruit hops at the end. the alcohol is more present in the taste than in the nose.

M- the body is on the fuller side of medium and the carbonation is a little bit low. there is a moderate warming from the alcohol. much more than i have come to expect from the unplugged series.

O- this wasnt my favorite of the unplugged series so far. i think that might be because hefeweizens arnt meant to get this big. i appreciate the chance to try it, i might try another one a little down the road to see what time has done to it.

Photo of zeledonia
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy golden straw, with a fluffy white two-finger head that has great retention and fantastic lacing. Beautiful. Doesn't get much better than this.

Smell is rather sweet, with strong fruity hops. The dominant aroma is banana with a touch of pineapple, with nice presence of wheaty yeast. In general, it's sweet, fruity, and inviting, with no hint of bitterness. Shockingly little alcohol in the nose for a beer that's almost 10% ABV.

Taste is quite grainy, with much less hop presence than there is in the nose, and a lot less fruit. I wonder if the hop flavors have faded some since this was brewed? (not sure of bottling date) Lots of grain in the flavor, and a nice potent clove and peppery spice comes in mid-way through. The banana-y sweetness is there, too. Finish is smooth and clean, with that spice and a touch of bitterness slowly running off the tongue. Great balance, great transitions between flavors. And it only gets better as it warms up a bit. Once again, where's that alcohol they tell me is in here?

Medium-light body, with high, tingly carbonation. Great fit for this beer, as it keeps it light and really brings out the flavors.

I like this beer. A lot. It's really really good. Fantastic balance of wheat, hop, and yeast flavors. And frankly, I can't believe the ABV is as high as they say it is. Except that I haven't finished the glass yet, and I can already feel it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange color with a 2 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Chunky spots and rings of lacing coat the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour apples, cloves, cinnamon, and some bubblegum. Taste is of wheat, banana, bubblegum, the spices (clove and cinnamon), with a slight citrus twang on the finish. Good carbonation on this one makes for a crisp and clean feel. Overall, this is a good American made hefeweizen with all the classic smells and tastes.

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

unplugged imperial weizen--out of retirement?

A- 4-4.5 cloudy pale orange amber. light 2 finger head that left some chunky lacing.

S- 4-4.25 bubblegum, banana bubblegum, overripe apples, maybe a touch of wheat, and citrus hops

T- 4-4.25 bubblegum, bananas, a dash of pepper followed by just enough hops,,a touch of alcohol heat in the finish but really the abv is very well masked.

M- 4.5 smooth creamy carbonation, silky body around med-full.

O- 4-4.5 of the wheat beers i have had from NG, i would say dancing man or cracked wheat might be better, but it depends on the night. this seems sort of like a double cracked wheat with less hops and a hit of bubblegum.

Photo of Strix
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous appearance, cloudy pale orange-yellow with a super-frothy head that stayed forever and left curtains of lace.

Classic hefe nose, banana, clove, yeast, with a bit of alcohol and citrus.

Strong banana, and clove entrance, but the finish is capped off by an IPAesque orange peel finish. Very tasty and flavorful. No sign of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel soft, very carbonated, somewhat resinous.

An excellent brew. Cascade may be heresy to hefe purists, but it is used to good effect here. I hope this one comes back around in the unplugged series periodically. Until then, I'll have to stock up.

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up just across the border in Wisconsin, & excited to see it. New Glarus makes the best hefe in the country (Dancing Man) so I'm excited to try another one, albeit it bulked up like Ahnold.

Pours hefe, murky, cloud, sunburst orange. Nose hews closely to the formula: clove, banana, twist of orange, & a shocking slap of lemon concentrate. Just from sticking my schnazz in the foam, I can tell this is no girly-man hefe.

Imperial Weizen flexes & breaks the hearts of lesser, watery, teary-eyed hefes. Nose = taste in this equation. Strong orange & banana dominate. Citrus creeps in underneath quietly. Clove. Wheat is fleeting, chased away by the bevy of stronger flavors. Blowback of faint light fruits off in the distance finish this one off. Amazingly easy to drink for a big beer, the alcohol is hiding well. Dangerous.

Doesn't reach the heights of its cousin Dancing Man, but this is a tasty, tasty hefe. Very good beer, & one more reason to pop open a New Glarus. Keep 'em coming.

Photo of BasementBer
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Thick orange hazy body with an amazing bone white head with rocky peaks and absolutely massive lacing.

S: Thick wheat smell with a touch of fruity notes however alcohol is a present smell, like a whiskey or rum.

T: Bananas and booze. Its not the best of qualities of this beer but the hops come through with the wheaty flavor but the finish is very boozy.

M: The bitter fixes on the tongue something fierce, but the boozy finish is what leaves you tingling.

D: Wow, definitely a one time beer in an evening (or brunch) but its a great example of an imperial version.

Photo of TJBurgess
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a weizen glass from Geddy's.

A: about 4 fingers of white head rise up from the pour and cover the murky yellow liquid. The head is sticky and has some good staying power. 4.0

S: bananas, orange citrus and peel, maybe even a little lemon in there. Very pleasent overall. 4.0

T: wow. The citrus rises up right away, but is followed by an almost double ipa burst of flavor, hops, and a little heat. Much bigger than the smell gives away. The alcohol on the end washes away the taste, which is unfortunate because its quite good. 4.0

M: nice, smooth thickness that is balanced well with the carbonation. Really nicely done. 4.5

O: this is a good escape from a light weizen, just as a DIPA is a nice escape from an ipa. The basic aspects of this are great, and this is an excellent beer overall. If they ever make a regular weizen, I will stock up on that plenty. 4.0

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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.