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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

610 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 98
Gots: 45 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of oakbluff
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- golden hue with cloud white head and nice lacing. Nose- very spicy. tons of clove. Taste- overpowering spice, quite hot. Per label dry hopped with cascade- couldn't pick up any hops on the finish but perhaps contributes to the dryness in body. Finishes very dry, medium carbonation.

oakbluff, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice hazy golden color with a big white head that leaves a huge amount of lacing behind

S : Some nice clove, banana, and yeast smells. Exactly what I would expect

T : Lots of wheat malt flavor as expected. There's good cloves flavor here. Not so much on the banana. The hops provide a nice bitterness that I wouldn't expect to find.

M : Little heavier than a normal hefeweizen but it's not that heavy. Still perfect for a summer day.

D : One of the best American hefeweizens that I have ever had. Would love to have more.

mhewes, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barely blurry ripe apricot with an impressive number of bubbles rising in stately fashion to a wonderful looking crown. The head is thickly frothy and is ridiculously rocky as it melts. It's also sticky, which leads to the formation of an eye-pleasing array of tenacious lace.

What a nose! Who would have thought that Imperializing a hefeweizen and then using a few tons of Cascade hops would result in something that smells this good? Well, okay, it stands to reason, but only in the hands of an extremely talented brewer. Loads of lemon citrusiness mingles with the more usual banana and clove esters. I can't wait to tip up the glass.

Imperial Weizen is dee-licious beer! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but this is damn good stuff. As one who loves American hops, big beer and expertly brewed hefeweizen, this Unplugged offering is right up my alley. It might have tasted even more vibrant right out of the hopper, but it's a definite gobsmacker right here and now.

The flavor profile includes sweet banana puree, orange peel, pink grapefruit peel, pink bubblegum, ground cloves and vanilla bean. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter is a palate pleasing 4.0/5.0. Purists will probably have a stroke, but the use of Cascade hops puts this remarkable ale over the top. Forget unplugged, this beer is electric!

For an ABV approaching double digits, there's almost no evidence of alcohol on the palate. This is a well thought out, masterful creation that Brauerei Weihenstephaner would have a hard time replicating. Assuming they'd even want to try.

The mouthfeel is perfect. It's full, silky smooth, fresh cream-like and plush without being the least bit heavy or sticky. There is nothing about it that I would change. Nothing... at... all.

Imperial Weizen is the finest Unplugged beer that I have ever had. It's also at least the equal of the legendary Wisconsin Belgian Red and is the best hefeweizen that has ever entered my glass. Sorry Germany, but Dan Carey has just kicked your collective asses all the way to Dusseldorf and back. This is an outstanding ale that begs to be brewed again. I'd love regularly, but will settle for annually. Wow!

BuckeyeNation, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of ryan621
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried the beer for the first time last night and being a long time fan of New Glarus and wheat beers in general my hopes were pretty high. Imperial Weizen pour with a very tall & lasting head, had to wait about 5 minutes before I could really dig into the beer. Wonderful taste - to me there were citrus tones, clove tones, and just good all around flavor. This is a "limited edition" beer but I really hope they bring it back again in the future.

ryan621, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

gift from my buddy Matt. thanks! Pours a sandy orange and holds a nice 1/4 inch head. Sticky lacing. Darker than a hefe or a wit, but not as dark as a dunkleweizen. Smells sourish and wheaty with notes of orange, cloves, obvious ethanol odor too. Taste is of orange rind, wheat, large amount of alcohol. Finish is dry and grapefruity with a hoppy bitterness. Boldness and ethanol quality somewhat overwhelming. Full bodied for the style, in so much as this can be called a style. An interesting beer, to be sure. I dont know how eagerly id set out to find it again though.

aforbes10, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

100th review! Poured into my affligem goblet. Pous a hazy orange with a thin white head. Smells of yeast and slight bit of citrus. Tastes first of normal hefe flavors- clove, some banana etc. The difference in this hefe is the kick. Wonderful hop zestiness on the tongue. I get some bitterness with nice cinamon fizz to finish. Crisp mouthfeel for a hefe and incredibly drinkable. Wish I had some more!

DrDogbeer, Jun 09, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a hazy golden orange with a creamy two inches of thick white foam on top. Big sticky ring of lacing around the top. Aromas are quick wild and wacky on this one. The crisp wheat grain along with banana, clove and a touch of bubblegum start things off and are quickly met by a pungent, herbal, earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Spicy yeast tones abound. Quite interesting, it's a big hoppy hefeweizen.

First sip brings a smooth, slightly creamy crisp wheat grain malt upfront. It moves into a spicy, yeasty flavor with banana, clove and mellow bubblegum accents. Earthy, herbal, citric hop tones move in and bring with them quite a big bitterness. It finishes off with lingering spicy yeast tones and afterthoughts of hops. Complex, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a solid medium body. Quite enjoyable with just the right amount of carbonation that makes it go down smooth. A bit heavier than most hefe's but it's still refreshing and easily drinkable. An intriguing mix of flavors..I'm glad I grabbed a four pack, but I really don't think I could drink too much of this. Still, definitely worth a try. New Glarus can do no wrong with wheat beers!

orbitalr0x, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely gorgeous coloured beer. A sun ripened orange shade with dulled clarity. A thin but fuzzy white line embraces the beer, hugging around its center.

The smell, to be quite simple about it, is big and bad-ass citrus: This is tangerine, that drives a motorcycle and lives by his own rules. This is mango that defied his parents and got a piercing and a tattoo in the same day, while skipping class. This is grapefruit that poked the dead body found behind the mayor's house with a stick ... there is no other way to put it, this is big, bad-ass citrus.

Actually, there are a couple other elements that must be mentioned. For one, this yeast is wonderful. It makes for a brilliant supporting cast to both the C-hops and the wheat malt. It seems to be both full of esters and full of phenols, if that is even possible. Second of all, I don't believe I've ever smelt wheat like this. It is crisp, fresh, and vivid - but seems toasted and caramelized. This, in every regard, smells amazing.

Whatever is true for the aroma, can also be said of the taste. This runs one end to the other a full spectrum of fruit flavours - peach, apricot, cantaloupe, melon, tart apple, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon, and just a smack of traditional banana to finish it off. It's a rollercoaster through the wonderful world of exotic fruits with a base of wheat malt to keep you buckled in !

You would easily suspect this isn't your average wheat beer. The alcohol, for one, is a dead give away. Its presence, however, should only be expected along side these monstrously huge flavours of citrus, this field of hops, and this farm full of malts. Nothing is out of balance.

One sip - or smell - and you snap your fingers, exclaiming 'of course!' The characteristics of the hops pair wonderfully with those of the wheat. Credit for this harmonious ceremony, however, is due to this particular strain of yeast, without which I'm not sure this could come together so well.

I'll say it again - this is one bad-ass weissbeer.
It's James Dean, or John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. It's Pacino in Scarface, or Pesci in Casino.
This is James mother-#@*$ in' Bond ... (Sean Connery, of course.)
This is Christopher Walken ... ya, just pure Walken.

Regardless... C-hops and weiss beer done the American way - there may be no better creation. Big props to swoopjones for the bottle!

biegaman, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of mully
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange liquid with a creamy white head that fades leaving chunks of foam around the glass

Cloves hints of cascade hops and wheat malt creep in

clove play with hops in a new and interesting way cinnamon and savory flavors not usually found in weizen beers, impressive experiment in beer here

good mouthfeel, cleans out quick almost oily, in a good way

definitely a very good beer, I'm glad I have more in the cellar.

mully, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of rudylaw
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow/orange pour accompanied with a two finger white, fluffy head. It leaves minimal lacing.

I smell orange, peach, cloves and wheat. Smells like this will be a strong concoction.

I get cloves right off the bat... it then ushers in the peach and the sharp hops at the back end.

As I continue on, I'm picking up some apples in nose and taste buds. Maybe apple skins is a better descriptor? Bananas are definitely coming out to play as well.

This is a very complex beer that is well-balanced. Outstanding drink when the mercury is up. It's very creamy and tastes light despite the high alcohol level. This is outstanding... I knew I should have grabbed more than one 4-pack!

rudylaw, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a cloudy beige color weizen with a big foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with loads of cloves and wheat malt note. Taste is a mix between some cloves with some huge wheat malt note with a spicy yeast note at the end. Full body with limited filtration and some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really like this beer but thought it was a bit cloying at some point and maybe a less extreme version would have been more appreciated.

Phyl21ca, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this by saying that this is easily one of the best beers I have ever had of any style. I traded for a couple of these a while back, and just last night had gotten around to try it. I was in the mood for something light on the body, but was hoping for a very full, and flavorful experience, and this was exactly what I received with this one. Very nice twelve ounce bottle, with the red foil unplugged wrapper over the cap. I pulled this one right out of the fridge and immediately poured it into my Terrapin snifter, which gets the brunt of all use from me and proceeded to enjoy it over the course of the afternoon.

Appearance - The pour was wonderful. As a decanted it into the glass, a wonderful two finger high head of sticky white foam rose up from it. Some really nice retention here as this thing was literally going nowhere. It eventually turned rocky, and then a short time after that managed to crater away the top half of it, but even as it finished there was some foam left in the glass and a more then adequate side glass presentation. The streams of carbonation that could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass only served to reinforce this fact, and when combined with the head, made a very active looking beer indeed. The color was a deep, sun dripped yellow, with an enormous amount of haze and cloudiness to it. I was really quite please with how big this looked overall, and needless to say was quite impressed with the overall look of this beer.

Smell - The aroma was to die for. As soon as I took that first whiff I new I was going to be getting into trouble with this one, and I would soon find out I was very right indeed. The first whiff was loaded down with sweet lemongrass infused hop notes. Nice and light, nothing heavy coming through on this one at all. Underneath with delicate smells of banana and clove. You know a good Hefeweizen when you get this smell, and if you don't know what I am referring to, you probably have never had a good one! Evolving over time, the hops faded and the light grain, and wheat base came though and brought the banana and light clove flavor to the forefront. Very complex and satisfying, this was exactly what I was looking for.

Taste - The flavor followed suit beautifully, being extremely full and complex. The first note to come through the palate was the hops. Nothing distracting or heavy like a big IPA, rather, this was light and airy, a bright hop profile with the lemon flavor leading the charge here. Nothing too heavy about it at all. As you let this go by and expose the grainy underbelly of it, you come across a really nice bit of light yeasty flavors. Here comes that lovely light banana and peach flavor that I was looking forward. Not heavy at all, and more of a hint of it then anything else, but still very nicely done, with the flavor of clove wrapping itself around it and giving you that wonderful, light, earthy, bright flavor. This then faded and the hosp came back for one more go round, as the lemon flavor dried out the tongue and let the bitterness leave, letting you prepare for another sip to come through.

Mouthfeel - There was a very nice feel with this one as well. It was a little bit heavier then the standard for the style, but that is about what you would expect from an imperial Hefeweizen then couldn't you. Good carbonation never let it feel too heavy though and there was no real thinness or lightness to it at all, this was a really top notch beer by all accounts.

Drinkability - There was an outstanding drinkable factor to this one, and in fact I had no idea how strong this was until I looked it up. To say the alcohol in it was well hidden would be the understatement of the year. Maybe it could have been around seven percent and even at that level would be well hidden, but over 9% wow!. This was incredibly smooth and the flavors so deep and bright, I could have drank this one all night long without an issue, truly one of the best things I have ever served in my house.

Overall this was absolutely outstanding, and easily one of the best beers of any style I have ever had. There is something to say of a brewer taking a style like this and doing it right, that is no easy task for sure, but New Glarus has one me over with this one. Definitely a top notch beer and something that I would like to share with a certain person in the area, who may get a kick out of this one. If you can find it, seek this one out for sure!

mikesgroove, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Beautiful hazy golden brew is topped by a voluptuous, fluffy white head that does not last as much as I wanted, but does leave a lot of lacing behind.
Aroma is nothing short of delicious, with a lot of the expected fruits, particularly banana, but also some flowery hoppiness and bubblegum.
Medium bodied, it has a nice, typical weizen taste, but a lot richer and satisfying. The only caveat here is the excessive heat; the alcohol is noticeable throughout, and a bit unpleasant at times. A bit less alcohol this might have been the best weizen, period.

brdc, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Phawk for the second of many New Glarus i'll be drinking.

This beer pours like a tall curvy blond, easy on the eyes. Big foamy white head, hazy sun kissed straw colored beer.

If this beer tastes as good as it smells, look out. Classic Hefe smell, bananas, floral, sweet.

Taste is a bit harsh for a hefeweizen. Stingy hops, some alcohol present, cloves, smoother taste as it goes down, a little too carbonated. Some caramel malts.

Leaves a hoppy stinging aftertaste. I liked the Pyramid Imperial Hefeweizen much better (It kills me to write that)

This beer is like the band Oasis, I had high hopes for it, but it is just my wonderwall.

Murchmac, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Lothore
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a gorgeous orangey peach color with a decadent, white, billowy head.

S- Most weizens seem to be light on the nose ... this one sure isnt! Very floral, piney hops, cloves, bits of banana, smells almost spicey.

T- Taste is much milder than the nose lets on. The clove and banana come out quite a bit and the perfumey floral scent is suppressed in the taste which I like. Definitely bitter on the back end but the hops dont seem to play a huge part in the flavor.

M- Perhaps a bit too thick and not quite crisp enough.

D- This is definitely an Imperial Hefeweizen. This beer started out perfect for me and started to drop off towards the end. The thick mouthfeel and lingering bitterness turn me off to this one a bit but I still enjoyed it very much.

Lothore, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful brew, big billowy off white head with excellent retention, a bit of a departure from their regular brews. Hazy, of course, with a golden tone with orange hues. Thick, sticky sheets of lace stay put in defiance of gravity as the head slowly dissipates and as I enjoy this unique beer. I cannot imagine a beer looking better than this!

Very interesting aroma. Hefeweizen meets west coast hops to create an interesting mix. Bubblegum with a hint of clove and citrus hops combine to give a fuzzy grape like aroma.

The wheat is quite noticeable in the flavour of this brew, but the notes of bubblegum and earthy spices such as clove and cinnamon try to assert themselves only to succumb to an incredibly clean citrus burst of ruby red and white grapefruit. As i continue to drink my palate finally manages to pick up slightly on the hint of banana, and I start to "get it", instead of trying to compare this to something familiar. This is a bold, assertive, and tasty beer that still manages to demonstrate finesse.

An interesting medium bodied brew that showcases wheat and hops. Some of the nuances of hefeweizens are lost due to the assault from the west coast. Hints of bananna are present but arent easy to find under the assertive hops. Some alcohol warmth is present.

This is one interesting and unique brew. The more i drink the more i get used to and appreciate the blend of tradition and creativity that resulted in this tasty beer. Cant decide between a hefe or an IPA? No problem, drink this one, and then see how hard it is to stop at only one. The very clean and tasty hop flavours are downright amazing and make me wish for a simple IIPA from New Glarus. Its nice to see a brewer go out and make creative, tasty, and unique brews in their one off releases. If only more brewers would take note. Try this one and soon for the full hop effect. Highly recommended, and not only for the creativity of Dan Carey, but also for his tasty creation.

demcorhip, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a business trip to Wisconsin. My first NG beer, will not be my last. This is one tasty hefeweizen.

Spicy complex aromas and flavors blend extremely well with the bright, crisp hoppiness. The wheat beer is a great canvas for all of this complexity. Delicious!

HV

sholland119, May 30, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a hazy dirty yellow body with a thick white head cratered like the moon that last forever even after the beer is gone. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that pop in and out of the hazy on their way to support the head.

S- This beer has a perfumed clove hop nose with a rich smell of wheat with some slight toasted wheat notes and a finish of more perfumed hops with a citrus blossom quality.

T- The note of spicy clove gives way to a full wheat flavor with some caramel wheat malt qualities and a note of darker roasted malt deep underneath. There is a finish of perfumed citrus hops with a yeasty pine bit at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a soft alcohol heat that enhances the hops. There is a nice tight little fizz that balances the sweetness and cleans up this beer.

D- This is a wonderful beer. The perfume qualities remind me of some Belgian yeast strains and the hops are really matched well with the great Weizen qualities on top of some nice wheat wine notes. This beer went down smooth and was wonderful fresh. I don't think it will last long enough to age and I think it will also be a totally different beer without the hops.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a cloudy orange yellow with a huge 3 finger, ever growing, head of foam. Lots of lacing and bubbles here and the head retention is very very good. This is a very nice looking brew in my glass.

The smell is very complex with notes of banana, wheat, clove, and some lemon.

The taste is as good as the smell! Plenty of banana and clove followed closely by a nice wheat flavour and some lemon hoppy goodness which, btw, just adds a bit of bittereness and is no way near in control and that's how it should be. Nice. Oh, did I mention there's quite a bit of caramel sweetness here as well? I didn't? My bad. Another thing that impresses me is that this is 9.6%abv...I would have never guessed!!

It's medium bodied, the carbonation starts of very lively but settles down after a while, and it finishes with another nice kick of clove, lemon, and banana. I'm really impressed with this souped up Hefeweizen and I give kudos out to New Glarus for brewing it, and Wasatch again for sending it my way!

Bitterbill, May 26, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Dr Dogbeer into my UFO glass. Thanks so much! A hazy orange gold brew with a tall three finger head that slowly fades to a quarter inch cap. Nice lacing down my glass as I drink and light but active carbonation. The head thickens as move the glass.

Smell is of hops and caramel. Pine and grain sugar. A slight fusel alcohol note mixed with yeasty esters and spiciness. Wheat malt and grains hide in the back.

Taste is more hops and caramel. Wheat malt backbone adds a crisp refreshing aspect. Strong and crisp hops in the finish with a light biscuit on the palate. Finishing notes contain light banana and yeast esters in the nose. Clean dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouth feel is superb. A medium overall. Carbonation is spot on allowing what should be a heavy beer to dance in the mouth like a light one. That said, there is a light chewyness but it dissolves into the dryness of the finish.

Drinkability is limited by availability and your head. Easy to drink and session but it is sneaky so watch out!

scootny, May 26, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jw347 poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a huge billowy three finger head that hangs around for ages leaving great lacing. This is what a hefe should look like.

S: Huge nose on this with the sweet wheat, yeast and massive spiciness interacting beautifully. Not to mention the big banana aroma with lemon zest. Wow, this is a seriously big aroma for a hefe.

T: Big wheat taste up front which gives way to the spices - cloves are the showcase in the middle. The spice gives way to the lemon zest and orange peel in the finish with a hop bitterness. I didn't get too much banana in the taste compared to the smell.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but, with the carbonation and the spice, there is a serious zing on the tongue.

D: This is certainly one of the better hefeweizens I've ever tasted. The spiciness is pretty big so the drinkability isn't quite what it could be. However, this is, without a doubt, the most complex brew I've ever tasted in this style. Highly recommended!

gford217, May 26, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a big glass, the liquid is a semi cloudy dark gols with excellent carbonation. The head is huge big white and leave lots and lots of lace. Excellent looking brew

The smell is very good, rich spices, toasted banana, Yum

The taste is about as good as this style could get. I was starting to think that the style was a lost cause and that only average nice craft brews would come from it. Wow am I surprised. NG was able to capture the best of the Hefe style and magnify it.

The mouthfeel is very good. Thick body, not too sticky and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, I wish I was able to get more.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 22, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into a weiss glass - one plus inch thick head that laces nicely. Somewhat typical nose - a yeasty, hoppy, malty blend. I am having a hard time getting my mind around this beer's taste and overall drinkability - one sip a get greatness and the next a nice wallop of alcohol. I guess it is what it is - an imperial style weiss and as such, the alcohol will poke through. Enjoyable but not something I need to have a stock of in the fridge.

bound4er, May 22, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is part of New Glarus Brewing Company's series of Unplugged, limited edition beers. Thanks to danielphoran for sending this sample my way. Poured in to a Paulaner glass a glowing golden orange, with a 2 finger white head that shows some lasting power. Nose has traces of citrus and cream, and also a spicy hop character in the background. Taste starts off with the cascade hops pushing up front, followed by the citrus and cream, which is reminiscent of an orange creamsickle. Hops are oily enough to also make themselves known in the finish, making it a mix of bitter and sweet when all is said and done. Body is lively with cabonation, hop flavor, and many appealing tastes to go around. Drinkability suffers a bit for me with this one with the alcohol, although I suppose that is the point of an Imperial Weizen. Still, I like my Weiss brews to be drinkable, imperial or not. That being said, this is a great brew to have one or two of. Reminds me a bit of Southern Tier's Uber Sun beer, which is also very good. One to seek out. Cheers

jamie2dope, May 20, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is what it is, a highly hopped Hefeweizen.

Very nice look, cloudy wheat color, nice fluffy head, leaves to a white puck on top of my Samuel Adams glass.

You can smell the usual yeast flakes from a banana, etc, but lots of hops, very peppery.

Taste is intriguing, peppery, the hops, dry at the end, good flavor, lots of wheat malt.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing special.

Only trouble, a bit tough to drink this, it's interesting but maybe my mind can't think of it, the hops dominate, wonder what the IBU is, I would think it's close to 70-80 or so which dominates this style, oh well I will keep some I have but give some away too.

I do love this brewing company, good try, I will always try these special beer.

Update: March 2009, had the last bottle of my ownership yesterday. It is a much better beer than I previously thought.
A: Still a great look, no change
S: Great wiff of the hops, Cascade I believe. Better than most Double IPA's. love it, upped my score by whole point.
T: The taste is great, no change in comments, but I love it and upped it another point here.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, overdone, leave that as average.
D: Up the drinkability, this one goes down well if you love hops.

robbyc1, May 18, 2008
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.