Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
The American microbrewery attitude continues to trample upon traditional styles, pummeling them into submission. New Glarus claims victim to the German Hefeweizen by "imperial-izing" its strength and complexity, while also hopping the ale the "American" way.
Its pour is the standard hazy straw color than makes weizen famous. Where its high effervesce is expected, those bubbles fuel a head of rock and fizz, looking slightly more Belgian-like than that creamy character of German wheat. Its certainly an exuberant beer that laces the glass lightly while its retention is semi-stern.
Zesty and fruity aromas abound- lead by lemon, orange peel and grapefruit- its tangy scent of white wine rivals it's traditional bready scent of whole wheat. Cider and tart grape provide an earthy fruit note while the spice of clove, cinnamon and cumin follow closely behind.
Its shocking taste is much drier and tangy than expected. Its bready-sweet upstart is wafer-thin and short; paving the way for fruit and acidity to pang away at the middle palate. Its taste of pink grapefruit, orange slices and green apple outweigh that of banana and thrust into a more tart and dry zinfindale and cider flavor. Its spicy finish is of soft pine, straw, cumin, clove and cinnamon- much a melange of Bavaria and America's West Coast.
Much drier than usual, the beer's proportions in texture much more align with that of Saison. But those bready beginnings carry through with echoes, even while the zest of acidity springs off the tongue, ushering in a bone-dry and spicy-warm finish.
I rather like the dry effervescence and the American hop character that this distinctive weizen presents. Its a rustic and zesty attitude that resonates through the session with sprite and zeal.
03-25-2014 17:25:12 | More by BEERchitect
4.21/5 rDev +4%
12oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku
A - Pours a cloudy glowing orange color with a massive frothy head that mounds up and with billowy foam. Great sticky lacing patterns. Very cool looking beer.
S - Bready, fresh hoppy aroma, tangerines, Mandarin oranges, spicy, dried mace and clove are prominent.
T - Bright citrus, some tropical fruit, mango and papaya, pureed peach, malted wheat, lightly spicy yeast, there's a soft sweetness that is rounded out with a slightly spicy bitterness. Finishes fruity with some bitterness left on the palate.
M - Very smooth and creamy body, ample carbonation, the wheat gives it plenty of heft without being too heavy.
Not your typical Weizenbock but very tasty indeed. The dry hopping is welcomed and the twist of tropical and citrus fruit really works with the wheat malts almost giving a bright lift. The body is smooth and creamy and the beer is beautiful in a glass. This is a must try.
02-22-2014 21:33:41 | More by StaveHooks
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours an insanely huge, dense, white head that has tons of persistence and laces all over the place. A bright, astringent, citrus-rind aroma with some yeastiness behind it (not good, but not bad...definitely weird). Hazy, straw color. Starts off with a huge burst of citrus hops, then warming booziness as the sweet malt starts to show. Medium bitterness, and a yeasty, citrus finish atop of smooth malt.
This is a weird one. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. It is quite good, but also odd. It's a yeasty, somewhat sweet, malty brew with a HUGE citric quality that isn't necessarily out of place, but just really unexpected. Definitely not for everyone (myself included).
01-28-2014 22:09:40 | More by TheSSG
3.84/5 rDev -5.2%
Pour is hazed deep amber with a tight off white head leaving a thick lace. Nose is interesting, a lightly muddled wheat malt and spicy earthy yeast note give way to lemon and clove with a touch of candied lemon. There is a bit of an herbal back end. Taste has a lot happening, the wheat malt is up front, its earthy and musky. The yeast is quite spicy mingling with the candied lemon and some sweetness through the finish. Well carbonated, spice lingers, peppery. Body is full and creamy, faint dryness and a bit sweet through the finish.
01-24-2014 01:22:18 | More by cpetrone84
4.19/5 rDev +3.5%
12 oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. No bottle date, but this isn't the most recent Thumbprint release, so I assume that this is at least a few months old. I love the Thumbprint series, and this may be one of the best.
A - gorgeous beer, near perfect. It pours a huge head, even on a gentle pour, rising three, four fingers high. It recedes very, very slowly from the sides, remains thick in the middle, lacing all the way up to the top of the glass. The color is a nice orange, semi-translucent, some sediment, pervasive carbonation bubbles.
S - delicious. Sweet hints of citrus right up front, followed by some dank, Belgian-yeast. Not unlike a Berliner Weisse, yet very subtle. The alcohol is undetectable.
T - good. There are some interesting things going on here. This beer almost drinks like grapefruit juice, because there's not much carbonation at first, and it starts bitter, threatens to overwhelm, but quickly becomes sweet. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a bret yeast strain, though it's not as biting as I'd expect. The base is certainly wheaty, but the flavors stack in a really nice way.
M - there's balance here, but it's not like any beer I've ever tried. There's some sourness and bittnerness that clings to the mouth, making it less smooth than it could be. The alcohol, again, is well-hidden.
O - one of my favorite New Glarus beers to date. I hope they bring this one back.
01-19-2014 20:49:10 | More by JamesShoemaker
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.