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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

595 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 95
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
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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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Mikeyr89

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I opened this up and even the foil on the top puffed open from the carbonation. As I poured it I could smell the citrus/furity flavors. The aroma is extremely pleasant and I think I smell grapefruit? Regardless... very nice. It poured a golden orange with a solid head that lasted through the entire drink! The lace also was pretty to say the least. The taste is bitter and sweet, so as my recently maturing appreciation for hops combined with my love for a hefeweizen reached this beer, I found myself saying, "this is genius!" The mouth feel is strong and pleasant with the high carbonation and overall I have to say this is a new favorite! Thanks again, New Glarus, for brewing another awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 06:04:38 | More by Mikeyr89
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geographie

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer presents a pale hazy orange colour in the glass, accompanied by a medium dense white head. There is a bit of staying power and along with it a good lacing.
Aroma: Strong bananna and apple esters in the front of the nose, slight clove or nutmeg in the back, as well as a slight note of bubblegum. Altogether this smell is rather inviting, like bananna bread mixed with apple cider.
Flavour: The spices that were masked in the aroma are quite pronounced in the flavour. Cloves giving way to orange peel, and hints of apple in the finish. The bitterness in the hops is of a strong citrus and herbaceousness, the bitterness comes through but does not linger, altogether delightful.
Mouthfeel: This drink is very smooth and does not finish dry, rather it leaves a pronounced note of spice and fruit that makes one in want of another sip. As it goes down the mouth it has a fluffy or creamy texture.
Drinkability: This beer is dangerously drinkable for its high alcohol content, not that I'm complaining of course.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:34:13 | More by geographie
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

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

This beer was wonderfully acquired while on a visit to Wisconsin. Every time I'm in this interesting state New Glarus is a must. Big cheers to them for in-state sales only.

I've been resting this beer for several months, not necessarily for aging purposes just waiting for the right moment to drink. I had a few bottles more recently to when it was released and didn't expect this bottle to live up to the same quality that it's fresh bottle brothers had. But damn, it's just as good if not better.

Pours a frothy, chunky thick beer that sloshes down into my half-pint sampling glass. A massive white meringue head bursts up cresting the edge of the glass and slowly oozes down the outside. Wonderful. After playtime ends the head settles into a sticky thick cap that quietly dissipates into a spotty cap for the rest of the drink. High thick lacing sticks the edges reminding the drinker of what goodness lies therein.

A wonderful nose of honey, spice, pepper, slight funk, pear and candied yam. Really nice. You know there's exceptional sweetness but it's balanced by a fresh aroma, slight citrusy spice.

Starts with strong honey flavors, not necessarily sweet, but just a good naturally herbaceous, floral flavor. Moves quickly into a slightly yeasty earthiness that blends into peppery spice followed by alcohol sweetness, subtle wheat notes. Finishes warm with a lingering lemon and yeast flavor. Nice.

Mouthfeel is very soft, nice carbonation that moves the beer fluidly around the mouth. Light to medium bodied. Definitely drinkable. Really drinkable. Flavorful, good alcohol, balanced, refreshing and interesting. Back to Wisco soon!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 00:40:34 | More by NoLiberty
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stumac

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this magnificent brew pours up a thick orange color with an off white head... the nose is composed of wheat, orange citrus, coriander... the taste is smooth and delicious!!! it tastes the same as the nose... full bodied, low carbo... Best Hefe ever!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 20:21:52 | More by stumac
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Westmalle goblet. Has a thick foamy white head and a rich golden body. Has aroma of yeast, wheat, banana and light malt. Flavour is wheat and banana with a lttle malt and spice, primarily clove. Very tasty and reminds me of the good Bavarian Weizens.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:27:49 | More by Atricapilla
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scoobybrew

Indiana

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

A - hazy golden color with a thick ice-cream-like head that settles a bit but is well retained in a chunky lacing

S - complex citrus/clove/sweet malt aroma

T - sweet wheat malt with strong citrus hop flavors and a touch of clove; intense but subdued and complex without being complicated

M - medium body, moderate/high carbonation

D - This is a fascinating beer with incredible complexity. It's like no wheat beer I've ever had and quite a mix of various styles. I don't know if I could drink beer after beer of this, but I don't think that was the intention anyway. It is a treat and interesting experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 00:35:07 | More by scoobybrew
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 12/27/08. Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing.

A - Poured a slightly hazy, effervescent golden amber tinted body with a slim white head that reduced to a patchy film but flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Fruity nose with citrus and tree fruit akin to apple and pear with a mild tart sourness. Malt character is dark and wheaty with a yeasty aspect suggesting a subtle clove spiciness.

T - Again, lots of fruity notes with a splash of citrus hop bitterness, but largely sweet, juicy tree fruit. A caramel malt sweetness is present throughout, which complements the spicy/yeasty clove aspect quite nicely.

M - Medium body with a mild syrupy texture and lively carbonation, yet still retains a pretty creamy mouthfeel overall. There is a surprising bitter hop bite in the finish with a bit of residual spiciness on the palate.

D - Complex flavor profile with lots of spicy and yeasty notes, but also plenty of sweetness and a pleasant hop character to boot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:34:56 | More by ffejherb
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

Obtained in a great mystery trade that I definitely got the best end of... thanks Brad!

Before breaching the handsome scarlet foil adorning the cap and neck of the bottle, I give the 12-ouncer a few vigorous swirls to get the sediment off its lazy ass and back into solution. Up and at 'em, Boys!

The vessel opens with a hiss and a jet of cinnamon-clove scented gas zooms through the perimeter of my olfactory range. Poured into a large weizen glass, the brew reveals of itself a hazed golden orange body when held to the light, and sports a huge grainy crown of off-white foam atop. The bubbles recede slowly, consolidating into a misshapen puck that sheds soapy chunks left to collect on the sides of the glass.

The whiff I got as I cracked the bottletop was just a small part of the whole luscious aroma profile. Fresh banana and a tingle of clove, with rich dark-toasted wheat malt sweeten and enrich the drink, though the additional savory-sweet depth of the bouquet does very little to downplay the spiciness.

The taste is tangy and malted wheat-forward with an array of firecracker spices and a mixed mash of green and overripe monkeyfruit. A crisp, stiff bitterness lingers in the banana finish, masquerading as earthy-dry nanner' peel, with a sprinkle of added pepper that tames the sweetness a little.

The drink is crisp and juicy with perfect cabonation and a fluffy, silken medium body that aids in giving NG's Unplugged Imperial Weizen great drinkability. From reading the bottle-blurb about the hops and hopping methods employed in the contruction of this beer, I'm sure it was really something to behold fresh, but even at a year old, the superb, flavorful beer is a masterpiece of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 16:00:52 | More by cvstrickland
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/24/08. Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx (thanks Marc!). Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma is quite spicy: clove and pepper. Also slight citrus and vegetable. Flavor is rather sweet (brown sugar) and slightly vegetal (meaty stew!) with a citrusy hops and passion fruity finish. Very interesting concoction! Not really like any other hefe I've had, but I guess the label says to ignore that. Delish!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 19:17:16 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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brewbucker

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on Feb 20, 2008

Pours a very cloudy golden with a huge head. Pretty big carbonation. Aroma is big hops, clove, citrus, bananna and sort of a new carpet smell. Flavor is very unique. Blasts of hops, citrus, pine, spice, bananna. It seems like each time you take a drink it is a rush of something different. Finish is sharp and bitter. This is Dancing Man on HGH!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 23:30:17 | More by brewbucker
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hwwty4

Missouri

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

Thanks to Lordsloth for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Triple Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a huge, rocky 4 finger head that leaves really sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is wheat (duh) up front, with bubblegum, banana, clove and what reminds me of possibly smoked wheat malts. The taste is much the same with banana and clove coming through but also contains quite a helping of citrus hops. Also the 9.6% comes through leaving a bit to much burn for my liking. The mouthfeel is a bit hot but goes down creamy, leaving a smooth sensation on the mouth. This is my first New Glarus beer, and if the rest live up to this one, I'll be in for a treat when I crack my second.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 22:34:20 | More by hwwty4
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Damian

Massachusetts

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

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a weizen glass
Thanks to dirtylou for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a turbulent, yellow ochre color with a four-finger, bubbly, rocky, sea foam head that faded to a thick, resilient cap. Lots of odd-shaped blocks of lacing stuck along the sides of the glass.

The aroma was intense. Super sweet and spicy with a distinct hefeweizen yeast quality. Bubblegum notes came through strong, along with clove, coriander and citrus fruits.

The taste was very similar to the aroma. Sweet and amazingly smooth. Bubblegum, banana, spices (clove and coriander) and doughy malts were noticeable along with a lemony, wheaty smack. Candied orange peel came through as well. The finish was crisp, spicy (clove was very apparent) and citric. Slightly tart and a touch boozy (orange liqueur came to mind). As the beer warmed, the booziness became more pronounced but still remained in check. The lingering aftertaste was citrusy, slightly dry and crisp.

The mouthfeel was amazingly lush, smooth and creamy. Full bodied for the style and somewhat syrupy with a fine, mild carbonation.

Drinkability was outstanding. This beer was not only amazingly quaffable and refreshing, but it also kept me on my toes with an array of complex flavors. Furthermore, I was simply astounded when I discovered that the ABV on this was 9.6%.

Imperial Weizen came through in a huge way. Simply put, this is as intense (and as good) as a hefeweizen gets. Another outstanding product from a brewery that has never failed to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 18:04:45 | More by Damian
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

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

Obtained in a trade with shbobdb. "I'm not worthy!"

Moderate pour at 50 degrees into my New Belgium goblet yield a three-finger solid rocky bumpy medium-lasting and clinging white head over a cloudy orange amber body. Head is like meringue. Easily one of the ten prettiest beers I've ever seen. Huge, sticky lacing.

Smell is strong wheaten yeastiness, solid malted wheat backbone, plenty of banana esters, large cracker malt, and hints of bubblegum, orange, and clove. Man, if it tastes this good, I'm in for a treat!

Heavy flavors as described, with a nice floral hop note as well. Depth of malted wheat. Depth of clove. It does, in fact, taste exactly like it smells, and just as good. Fascinating long and juicy citrus finish, dominated by Cascade hops. In this format, the big load of Cascade is actually working quite well, since there is plenty of malted wheat to provide the balance necessary for a brew to be well-crafted.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, though not as thick as might have been indicated by the head.

Drinkability is good, although the alcohol (listed on the website as 9.6%) is evident in the back of the throat.

Overall, quite a beer. Thanks, shbobdb, for the excellence.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 05:46:24 | More by ColoradoBobs
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spointon

Illinois

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into an Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy orange amber color with a 1.5" soapy white head. The head retained forever...slowly creeping down to a 1/4" cap. Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S= Not your average hefeweizen that's for sure! There were some familiar aroma notes of bready malts and a bit of spicy clove, but the usual banana/bubblegum was absent. Some citrus in the nose as well as a very Belgian yeasty character followed by an alcohol bite. Nice...

T= Very deep and complex blend of sweet bready malts, lemon and orange citrus, spicy and slightly funky (Belgian?) yeast, and mild cloves. The yeast character lended a dryness and a tartness that set up the warming alcohol finish. Very unique and complex.

MF= Medium body made to feel lighter by lots of soft carbonation release.

D= Style wise, this is a terrible hefeweizen, but I could care less because it is a delicious and complex ale. I can't wait to get more!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 03:34:46 | More by spointon
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange color, massively thick head holding steadily. Spotty lace. Pungent bouquet in the nose, with ripe citrus, bready yeast, light clove, very inviting. As much as it smells like a Hefe it reminds me more of a Belgian-like yeast, like a Wit or a citrusy Belgian Pale. Solid hop-presence also. Very nice.

The taste is not so much like a Hefe to me either. There is a strong tangy orange/citrus flavor that dominates, with a touch of sharp astringence that takes away from the finish unfortunately. It is also a bit too bready sweet for the style, although it's understandable with the higher malt/ABV. The mouthfeel has the classic foaminess, but is almost too sharp in carbonation than preferred.

An example of an "Imperial" version that doesn't exactly work. The citrus flavors are really brought out here but it hinders the appearance of that nice Hefe clove-like spiciness, plus the sweetness should be milder. Interesting attempt, but overall unnecessary. I can't fault New Glarus for trying, but I would much prefer a Black Wheat, Dancing Man, or Copper Kettle Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 04:54:39 | More by bennetj17
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A - Orangsih-brown in color and very hazy. Chunky, bubbly head, off-white in color. 2-3 fingers worth. Leaves huge chunks of foamy lace as it recedes.

S - A sugary sweetness first hits the nose before a spiciness of clove comes through. A light funk in the background as well. Fruity esters are also present with hints of banana and a little plum.

T - Very sweet fruit tastes up front with the banana being present much like in the nose. Some citrus hints as well which is a unique taste in hefes from my experience. The clove spice also comes through in the taste.

M/D - Medium bodied and very chewy. Good levels of carbonation and any alcohol is masked rather well. One of the better hefes I have had recently.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 23:28:37 | More by ckeegan04
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

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

Purchased at the NG Brewery late July of this year. Poured a semi-cloudy peachy yellow in my SA beer glass. Thick, two fingers of white froth...really pretty glass of beer. Supple aromas of lemon/lime pie. Flavors of fruit and banana wheat with a backbone of wheat body with a twinge of noticeable alcohol. Beautiful head retention and webbed lacing in the glass. Somewhat tart but a beautiful drinking big wheat bier. Hops detected in the finish, slightly sticking on the roof of my mouth. Glad I have 1 left.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 22:22:06 | More by RustyDiamond
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Crosling

Colorado

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

Sunset orange color with an initially large head that settles into a top coating film. Bold nose hints of banana, clove, spice and caramel, very enticing and memorable. Flavor is very nicely balanced, but doesn't quite have the softness and delicate notes I'd like. Very clove-like with the illusion of cinnamon spicing. Nice finish. Very nice ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:25:37 | More by Crosling
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly hazy orange kissed golden yellow with a medium white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves behind nice lace.

S-Spicy lemony with a good base of bready wheat. A bit of zippy hops in the background. All of this present but somehow is muddled.

T-Quite spicy and fruity up front with flavors of lemon and clove. This is followed by a substantial bready characteristic. Following this a subtle hit of alcohol burn and a hint of banana. There is a hops presence, but it melds so much with the "spice" component it is hard to tell the hops from the yeast spice. Plenty of flavours here but something about it comes off as harsh to me.

M-Medium body, quite smooth and very crisp. Good lingering flavours and a dry finish.

D-An interesting take on a classic style. Does it work, sort of...but not something I would hunt down. Certainly a well done brew, as all New Glarus beers are, but not something that needs to be revisited.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 00:12:39 | More by Deuane
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast, bananas, light malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is spicy and fruity up front with flavors of lemon, banana & clove. Then there's a bite of alcohol followed by bready flavors of yeast and a hearty malt character. There's a decent hops presence, but there doesn't seem to be much balance in this beer. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style but I think this beer is guilty of losing the essence of the style for the sake of going "imperial", it's not a bad beer but it's not one that I'd choose again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 02:57:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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badbeer

Iowa

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

Golden yellow with a creamy white head that leaves a spotty lacing around the glass and retains itself well. Smell is hoppy with plenty of fresh oranges in there. The aroma also holds some spices and a little cinnamon. Taste is of oranges, clove, lemon, and a little grapefruit. Medium body and carbonation; finish has a little alcohol bite to it. Pretty drinkable beer, though I don't know that I'd have more than two in an evening, if I were so inclined.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 06:42:37 | More by badbeer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown hued orange with a frothy off-white head, nose is a lot of bubble gum and perfume. Very minor banana and spices are also present. Flavor goes along the exact same lines as the fragrance. Bubble gum, bananas, and spices. Though the latter two give a bigger show on the tongue than the nose. I do get a bit of alcohol on there as well, but it's not ruining anything. What I get that really sticks with me is apricots and tangerines. Feel is sticky and slick on liquid. Carbonation is just barely slightly below the mid mark on things. Overall, this is definitely a hefe on some juice. Not so much a relaxing flavor profile as it is a slap to the tongue. But bottom line is that it's good, in an imperial sort of way.

Big thanks to grandq. Always happy to be able to try a New Glarus brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 04:13:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky gold with an orangy hue. A one inch head of white fluff settled down to a full skim-coat on the surface. Smeared lacing with errant dots remained for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of bannana skins, lemon zest, orange rinds, and doughy yeast. Clovey phenols, quanine, grapefruit pith, and vanilla bubble gum follow through.

Medium bodied, with a crisp, creamy and lush mouthfeel. Expansive carbonation adds a nice liveliness.

Tart wheat, lemon pulp, light malt, and juniper berries start the palate. Bitter orange pith, spruce bark, cut grass, and grapefruit seeds step forward.

Finishes with a firm and quite drying bitterness, a lingering citric twang, mild alcohol, and an earthy fade.

Wowza, quite a bit going on here, especially after the brew warms up. Pretty well hopped up too. Highly drinkable but far from boring.

Big ups to BA goethean for opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 23:16:55 | More by brewandbbq
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malty

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this 4-pack up in Madison, WI on The Great Taste of the Midwest weekend.

Pours a cloudy straw orange color with a loose and billowing 3" bright white head. Massive amounts of teeny tiny carbonation bubbles rising upward. Sick amount of thick, globular lace!

The scent right off the bat is very sweet and sour, all at the same time. Vanilla crème, Archway lemon frosted cookies, fresh lemon zest, raw Sourdough bread dough, white pepper, clove and faint rice wine vinegar (very faint).

The flavors are bold and zesty. The white pepper and clove hit first while the vanilla & bubblegum from the hefe yeast give the spice a nice sweet counterbalance. The lemony tartness that usually takes a front seat in a traditional hefeweissen is present, but with all the massive aforementioned flavors, takes the back row (but still sings pretty none-the-less). A bit sugary, the sweet nectar lingers on my lips while the spiciness dances on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and kinetic with a body that's just past 'medium'. Nice airiness and pillow soft texture.

Drinkability is fantastic on a fall night as it warms the cheeks a bit.

Overall this silent and strong wheat beer won me over. I'm a staunch traditionalist when it comes to hefeweissen, but this one still keeps the faith while bringing on a lot of swagger. Beautifully bold and balanced, Mr. Carey really knows how to dress up a style and make it work. It's almost like someone blended a Weihenstephaner and a Chimay White! It works for me baby!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 01:38:54 | More by malty
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour still produces a huge fluffy head that lasts and lasts. The color is a murky golden-yellow, very peachy, with plenty of bubbles feeding the never-ending, bumpy head. The head continues to amaze, looking more like something on a soda float than a beer. Leaves big sedimentary layers of lace.

Aroma is largely banana, a good bit of sweet cream/butter, but also a kind of lemon-y citric element, plus a twang similar to that imparted by certain Belgian yeast strains. Mellow malts make up the background, but this is largely focused on banana and more exotic aromas not usually found in the style, but it totally works here.

My first sip and I'm thinking "ok, best New Glarus beer ever". This is freaking delicious. There's a creamsicle element that I can't shake, and I don't want to because it works. Banana slickness and flavor come through large, while an ever so slightly tart character works it's way into the finish and lightly puckering texture. I am also reminded of mango, lemonade, bubblegum and buttered popcorn jellybeans, while the soft, velvety caress of the mouthfeel is a pleasure. All the while, the wheat/yeast element is not lost--quite likely it's the artful combination thereof that explains why I'm getting such interesting, colorful flavors.

Dan Carey excels above and beyond when it comes to his wheat-focused beers. This and Dancing Man Wheat are the best New Glarus has to offer--in my humble opinion. It's a damn shame this is a one time only bottling, and a damn shame I didn't pick up more than one. I've finally enjoyed every beer I picked up at the brewery about 5 weeks ago, and this a fantastic note to end this little journey on. Please, Dan--unplug it year 'round!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 20:01:34 | More by Metalmonk
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.