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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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624 Ratings

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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 97
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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 +13.4%
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
4.68/5  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 -1.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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
2.1/5  rDev -48%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.13/5  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 -13.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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%
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 +2.7%
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 +12.1%
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%
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
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +0.2%
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

Photo of Axic10
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep golden yellow with three fingers of fluffy white head that takes its time settling down to a thin layer that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy aroma of yeast, banana, clove, lemon and a hint of bubble gum. Not a trace of the 9.6% alcohol.

Taste: Banana, yeast, clove, spices and some lemon zest. I pick up an alcohol burn which wasn't in the nose, which takes away from the taste for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with proper carbonation.

Overall: Overall a decent take at the Hefeweizen that would be outstanding if the taste didn't have an alcohol burn (although it is an imperial). Would like to see what they would do with a 4-5% version.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

never been much of a fan of hefeweizen style, but it a New Glarus Thumbprint beer so I am going to give it a try with an open mind!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: opaque yellow bodied beer that looks like it is glowing. Frothy and foamy gushing white colored head.

Smell: lots of clove, smells like a belgian style beer, and some citris.

Taste: candied or sugary bananas, with massive clove flavor and massive lemon flavor; all three flavors work well together. I normally dislike hefeweizens that have a strong banana taste to them, the clove and lemon seem to make the banana become more balanced. Its nice! The cascade hops show up in the middle of the beer with a mild hop bitterness and quickly goes away as the banana, clove, and lemon take back over as the prominent flavors. May be a hint of cinnamin and some yeastiness in the background of this beer. No alcohol taste noted.

Mouthfeel: Really light and refreshing beer. moderate carbonation. I cant beleive that this beer is almost 10 percent.

Overall: This is a really good beer! I have never had an Imperial Weizen before, but this was an exceptional beer. Another solid New Glarus beer!

Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with a long lasting thin white head.

The smell is full of lemongrass and tropical fruit notes especially pineapple.

The flavor follows the nose nicely, a big blast of citrusy lemongrass, followed by mango, pineapple, and tropical fruit flavors. Very sweet and fruity, with hints of banana and classic clove spices, very hefe on steriods kind of flavor.

The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation, and a bit of abv warmth.

Not to bad overall, a fun giant hefe.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale and very hazy yellow with a soapy head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is sweet grainy malt and a good bit of bubblegum, lemon zest, and coriander.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet grainy malt up front. Quite lemony, with additional subtle light fruit. Finishes with a rather prickly yeasty spice. Slightly herbal. Plenty of coriander and allspice lingering in the finish with a mild alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

A very flavorful brew, with interesting spice character. Would be great with seafood. Very nice.

Photo of Kbogac
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Big white head with a cloudy dark yellow color. Smell is mostly citrus and banana with a little clove. Reminiscent of orange juice. Sweet orange banana taste with alot of alcohol. Some hop bitterness at the middle through finish. Tough to give a good opinion since I. Have nothing to compare it with. I'd say interesting beer but I don't see me having it again.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy pale gold hue. Solid finger of bright white head. Some sticky lace remains.

S: Super pungent citrus hops along with clove, banana, wheat bread and a bit of the alcohol. No mistaking this is an Imperial version of the style.

T: Again I'm blasted with citrus hops. Lemon and grapefruit are overly dominant. Luckily as it warms the banana starts to really come through. Clove, coriander, wheat and bubblegum are present as well.

M: Medium body with a creamy start and a carbonated finish.

O: Way too hoppy for my taste. I love heffes like no other but this one is just a bit strange for me.

Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with hazy and a 1 finger white head

smell: banana's, clove, citrus,

taste: banana's, clove, citrus,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: Now that was a very good rendition of a Hefe. Would love to have more of this beer.

the CPJ

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.