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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

343 Reviews
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Reviews: 343
Hads: 636
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 105
Gots: 50 | 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:
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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Photo of woosterbill
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: How do you describe Weizen perfection? The body is a fully opaque, and yet somehow glowing, orange; the white head rises up a full two inches before its creaminess retreats ever-so-slowly, leaving the sides of the tulip caked with sticky cobwebs of lace. The center of the head lasts longer than the edges, forming a volcanic cone of beauty that regains its original altitude effortlessly at the advent of a quick swirl of the glass. Yeah, that’s a pretty beer.

S: Insanity. The bottle cautions against pigeonholing this beer into any standard style, and I can see why: no one’s invented the Double Wheat IPA. This smells breathtakingly good, with clove and cinnamon spice from the yeast accenting the hugely floral presence of the Cascade hops. There’s some background sweetness from the grain bill, but this is all about the hops and spice. Terrific.

T: The wheat itself comes out more on the palate, lending some piquant sweetness ahead of the profoundly hoppy (floral and citrusy), yeasty (clove and apple) middle. Since most of the hoppiness comes from dry-hopping, there really isn’t too much back-end bitterness, with some fruity yeast esters dominating the aftertaste. My only complaint is that the booze definitely shows through a bit toward the end, adding a bit of astringency to an otherwise entirely delicious beer.

M: Fairly thick, creamy body with an ample dose of similarly thick and creamy carbonation that releases itself bit by bit, finishing each sip with a cleansing sweep of effervescence. Excellent.

O: This is an amazing beer in every way, and if it weren’t for the booze I could hardly find a fault with it. The hops, wheat, and yeast play so well together that it’s surprising to me that more brewers haven’t tried to emulate this beer and its apparent DWIPA style. I just bought my third four-pack of the summer, and I may even get another. Incredible beer.

Cheers! (1,947 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: cellarfridge temperature into my Piraat snifter, nice off white head with very good retention, beautifully hazy golden-orange beer...a gorgeous looking ale

s: stunningly complex with supremely delicate aromas of spicy wheat, doughy yeast, sweet and creamy fruit esters (banana, apricot, peach), coriander, sweet orange peel, white pepper and a touch of clove, perfectly aged hops, floral perfumes (magnolia, gardenia), hot and fresh sugar cookies, barely detectable ethanol adds only a sweet-spicy note

m: ridiculously smooth carbonation given the high level, body just over the line that separates light from medium...creamy

t: clean wheats with doughy yeast flavors, essentially the same florals and fruits found on the nose that I'm not gonna get into as I'd rather just enjoy it, moderate sweetness, papery hop flavors with a mild bitterness

d: another winner from a brewery I've become no less than infatuated with [no bias], but likely limited to one or two as this one is pretty challenging and seems to be a creeper...as is typical of the Unplugged line, this fine beer is best consumed with no concern for adherence to style guidelines

yes, the North Carolina beer scene is quite saturated with excellent locals, but it's nice to have a gem from New Glarus shipped down from time to time via the filth factor

12.13.2013 - two bottles generously wedding-gifted by Kyle, and as fantastic as I ever remembered. lovely appearance with a glowing orange body and a rocky off-white head that doesn't quit and laces heavily. the combination of Cascade dry hop and lusciously spicy weizen yeast is just too much. lovely banana, peach, and alcohol undertones. silky smooth on the palate with a lively but delicate carbonation. kiwi and lime. i just, i just don't know.

old scores 4.5, 5, 45, 5, 45 (1,806 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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!!! (251 characters)

Photo of zook74
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Freaking amazing. Poured this into an english pint glass (yeah, sue me). Huge white, sturdy, frothy head with tenacious, clingy lacing o'er top a deep, rich golden-orange body.

Smelled deeply sweet of bananas. Deeeply sweet. Almost threw me off.

Once that golden nectar hits the tongue, it's game over for other hefeweizens. This is by far the nicest wheat beer I've ever tasted. How did Dan get all of them hops into a this wheat and make it work? I dunno, but I'm glad he did.

A very, very fine beer. I'll be sad when this brew is gone... (543 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of funhog
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been awhile since I reviewed a beer. I crack open another of the Unplugged series from New Glarus, Imperial Weizen.
I poured this one and tried to control the head. The head sticks around and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is what you expect of a hefeweizen.
The 9.6% ABV is very well hidden and you could fool me if you told me that was the percentage on it. It’s smooth and crisp and really thirst quenching. I know banana and cloves are in there from the smell, so try it you'll like it! Cheers! (513 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weiss glass.

Poured a HUGE creamy thick head that settles to a rocky, soap bubbly head. Sticky lacing all around the glass. Color is pale straw with reasonable cloud.

Aroma is banana and clove. Big whiff of fruity hops and great smell of fruity yeast and wheat. The smell reaches out and grabs you from across the room. Fruity and hoppy, yeasty.

Taste is clove and banana. Citrus and hops that are perfectly balanced with the fruity yeast and wheat. This weiss has a beautiful hop flavor that is quite a bit more pronounced than most hefeweizen I have had. The hops make this a very refreshing brew indeed. Finish is clove and bubblegum with a small alcohol backing. Delicious.

Mouth feel is thin bodied with a very smooth carbonation that turns to a more biting carbonation on the finish. The cloves and hops almost numbs the tongue a little, but not in a bad way.

An excellent example of a hefeweizen that has it's own original characteristics thrown in. Highly recommended. (1,009 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Weizen you say? Well that's just about two best words you could possibly string together. You are goddamn right I'm gonna buy up a sixer of this business.

Pours as hazy as a weizen but with a really pretty shade of yellowred that falls almost exactly in between an APA and a hefe. The head is large and rocky and it's stuck around for a real long time already, and I ain't even taken a sip yet.

Smells like giant hops. Pure cascade--citrus, light grapefruit, sticky green cascade hops. This is backed up kind of oddly enough by a very strong, traditional hefe aroma, white pepper and cloves with even a little tiny bit of fruit sneaking its way up through the hops. It is really almost bizarre how well the two flavors blend and how distinct they remain from one another.

Tastes odd and delicious, somewhere in between a strong belgian pale (due to the yeast), a really firm and fruity german hefe, and a regular old IPA. I--I really have to admit that I lack the brewing acumen to fully appreciate what an accomplishment a flavor like this is. The wheatmalt is, for the first time I can ever recall, so intense that it's sticky. The hops are gigantic. The fruit, of all things, balances everything out. And it's so creamy you'd think it had milk in it. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. That could surmise this entire brew.
A: Yellow, golden hue, unfiltered. Nice white head. A beauty.
S: Cloves, bananas and some spice. Very nice aroma.
T: Starts sweet, some bananas combined with some spice. This quickly blends with the nice amounts of mild citrus hop flavor.
M: nice amount of carbonation, not heavy as an imperial might suggest. Hops make their presence known on the tongue. A nice, slow alcoholic burn when swallowing. A nice hang that tastes of citrus.
O: great effort on this one by new glarus. Took a weizen, blended its sweetness perfectly with dry hopped bitterness. The cinnamon was the perfect ingredient to bring something completely different out of this. (688 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,466 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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! (1,681 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge THANKS to Lordsloth for including this awesome brew in the Virgin BIF!!

Beautiful hazy golden pour with a huge foamy head that seemingly lasts forever...great looking brew!!

Loads of cloves and spices and bananas in the aroma of this... I have a feeling that I'm about to indulge in a masterpiece...

And I'm right.. Although its not a traditional one, this is the best Hefe that I've ever had... Its like drinking clove/ cinnamon laced banana bread that's been laced with rum.. Its amazing all the way around. As this warms, it gets even better although I didn't think it could. The alcohol is present so I'm sure the ABV is around 10 or so but its still scary drinkable. This is the only bottle that I have and I'm missing it already. You Wisconsiners are a lucky bunch!!!

Kudos to New Glarus for the best Hefe I've ever had! (837 characters)

Photo of OutsidersAlmanac
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft, golden orange in color, floral notes accompany banana. In your mouth the banana and slight cloves come alive with vanilla and a evasive but creamy body. A slight sweetness balances out the whisps of ethyl presence. This is perhaps the most balanced, complex and compelling of the NG portfolio I have tried. (312 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Serious amounts of head when poured aggressively, lingers throughout. Nice cloudy orange/brown color.

S - I had to sniff this one about 5-6 times before tasting it, because it smells that good and it seemed to change smells heavily depending on where I placed my nose in the glass. Didn't expect the hop aroma to be notable, but it was. In addition to the hops you get wonderful whiffs of yeast, wheat, orange, and clove.

T - Very drinkable Imperial. Hops not as noticeable in taste as they were when smelling, otherwise taste profile is very similar.

M - Nice creamy texture and very pleasant tingle from massive carbonation.

O - Definitely a great beer to be drinking on Oktoberfest weekend. New Glarus continues to make great beers that are surprisingly drinkable. Wish I would have bought more than just the 4 pack of this great Weizen... Prost! (861 characters)

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer!!

A: Pours a straw yellow with a nice haze throughout. Nice white lace head.

S: The smell is a woody banana like smell. Really good scent.

T: Way better than I expected!!! I truly enjoy this beer. It has all the charchteristics of a normal hefe-weizen but with a little extra bitterness. Uses the fruitiness of the cascade hops just right!

M: The flavor lingers just wonderfully!! Not thick at all.

D: I love this beer, I could easily drink all 4! (473 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last bottle of this (on the shelf at least) at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. Drank while watching The Office (just started watching it, classic!) in my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Soft golden hazy yellowish orange with a nice creamy three finger head that recedes very slowly. Half inch head remains the entire brew with tons of frothy lacing.
Smell- Loads of fresh overly ripe mashed banana, freshly shaved cinnamon and finely grated nutmeg. Basically, like banana bread straight out of the oven. Very light zesty citrus and a bit of alcohol.
Taste- Like the nose the yeast is overflowing with candied banana and spicy clove. The wheat is fairly prevalent with cinnamon and sugar undertones that add a slight bubblegum sweetness. After the initial sweetness fades a bitter citrus rush of orange pith and lemon peel take over and don't let go. A lingering bitterness hangs on along with a slow persistent alcohol bite. Super good stuff!
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a soft palatable, creamy feel and light zesty carbonation.
Drinkability- This thing is tasty as hell! I didn't think a wheat beer with almost 10% ABV would be (or could be) this quaffable and tasty. The alcohol is a bit noticeable but definitely not a distraction. Tasty beer that needs to be seeked out by all before its gone! (1,320 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a weizen glass that left great lacing and billowing throughout. the body was a slightly cloudy amber color.
s - big banana aromas with some clove.
t - spicy cinnamon, bananas, clove, bubblegum.
m - very creamy and coating.
o - damn, this is stupendous and incredibly dangerously drinkable. so complex and lip-smacking good. (374 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to BA Beeryurt for sending this to me in a trade.

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a foil-wrapped top. No bottling or freshness date that I can find. Poured into a large classic weizen glass, even though the 12 oz bottle probably won't quite fill it.

Appearance - Well, turns out that not filling the glass wasn't a problem--in fact, due to the massive six, seven(?) -fingered head, it takes me quite awhile to finish pouring the entire bottle out. The head is dense, like damp snow drifts, but light gold, giving it a look similar to meringue. Fine bubbles grow a bit and burst, leaving a cobweb; the foam never completely disappears, leaving a mound in the middle of the body, making it look like a float. The foam sits atop an apricot-golden body that is a murky haze in some areas, but glowing where the light passes through. A small dark amber shadow drifts directly beneath the towering head.

Smell - Notes of vanilla, brandy, lavender, Hawaiian sweet bread, orange rind, and faint esters that counterpoint the more luscious flavors. Bready and aromatic, with just an essence of the notes you might get from baking pastries. Gives me some of the floral hop and almost boozier notes I might expect from a Wheatwine.

Taste - Fresh sourdough, maybe even bread that still has a few minutes left in the oven. Brandy cordial, candied peach and apricot, and a mild but notable bitterness on the finish. Ultimately, it ends up a semi-sweet and lingering, with the sweeter notes continuing to dance with the drier bitterness of what really seem like floral hop characteristics.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation (the pour was partly my fault, but this is a very carbonated beer), with a medium-heavy body. Velvety and a tad viscous with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I've not had many weizenbocks, but this one doesn't seem quite like what I would expect from the style. As I hinted in my review, this one reminded me a lot of some Wheatwines I've had, which is a good thing. I wish this beer was easier to get, because it was absolutely delicious. (2,095 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, thanks!

A - Pours much like an ordinary hefeweizen would appear. A pale orange-yellow, bordering on straw, while being completely hazy and unfiltered. Can't see any carbonation, but there appears to be a lot since it foams up fast even with a gentle pour. The head take this carbonation and runs with it, creating a 2.5-finger eggshell head, with retention for days. It is thick and creamy, and reminds me of how Allagash beers compose their head. The lacing gives off an almost ladder-esque appearance, with rungs of foam clumping together in a ring around the glass.

S - Wow, this beer smells fantastic. It is incredibly crisp and fresh, full of spices, cloves, citrus, hops, and even that signature bubblegum aroma that good yeast provides. It's even clear getting bananas here too. This is certainly an imperial version of a typical hefe's aroma!

T - The taste is much like the nose, but not as varied. It begins with a burst of clove, wheat and even nutmeg, before trailing into banana. Gradually it fades into the citrus from the hops before leaving a subtle aftertaste of bubblegum. Again, it's crisp and enjoyable throughout. There is a slight alcohol bite in the finish, however.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with high carbonation. Feels pretty zesty in the mouth but despite it being light, it stills puts a nice coating on the palate. There is a surprising amount of hop stickiness that comes through as well.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is a refreshing and easy-drinking beer that is perfect for summer. Almost dangerous given how much alcohol is in this, which although it lets off some heat, is nowhere near the level it is. Sip carefully, but don't be afraid to indulge! (1,792 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer. The funny thing is that I had to go to someone from Canada to send me this gem. Thanks biegaman. You are a trading GOD!

A: Pours a nice light cloudy straw yellow color. The head is beyond huge. A quick pour had this one bubbling over. The head died down nicely but a huge pad of Hershey kiss shaped foam lingered in the middle for quite sometime. Sheet after sheet of lacing is left behind as I drink this one.

S: Ah, this one smells of summer. Tons of fresh cracked clove, over ripe bannana, and yeasty rolls. Beneath the typical weizen aromas hints you find grapefruit, corriander, and cinnamon.

T: Unplugged no doubt. They swug for the fences with this one and it went upper deck out of the yard my friend. Wow I have never had such a rush of flavors in a wheat beer. Big bold banana flavors married with clove. Hints of citrus and pineapple poke thru along with cinnamon. The ABV is high, but the alcohol taste is very muted. This is the best tasting wheat beer ever made. I dare you to find something better.

M: As light as they come for this ABV. Nice and bubbly, creamy almost.

D: Steller. If I could get a case of this beer I would fly to Wisconsin today to pick it up. Absolutely wonderful.

Overall: New Glarus knows how to brew no doubt about it. I have been in love with their fruit beers since the first taste. Then this one comes in the mail via trade. Holy shit!!! I have never had a wheat beer soooo complex with soooo much aroma and flavor. It is off the charts. It's well...unplugged! This is the measuring stick for all weizens I drink from here on out. This beer is absolutely wonderful.

It was an honor to try it. biegaman I am indebted to you for this one. (1,701 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a hazy orange/golden color. Four fingers of rocky, cream colored foam spring up quickly, laying down some thick and sticky lace. Very slow to recede, taking some extra time to get this bottle into the shaker. Puffy and pocky as it settles most unevenly.

Aroma - huge yeast and banana, very intense and serious aroma.

Taste - big wheaty flavor, the clovy yeast and banana flavors right there as well. Far more hops than I'm used to in a hefe, they are very orangey and floral. A light bit of funkiness, but in this mix, it's not out of place. The swallow is a little more funkiness, plenty of hops and dryng bitterness, but not losing its juicy aspect. Finishes with lingering citric flavor.

Mouthfeel - very slick and smooth. The carbonation is prickly and still understated beneath the draping body.

Drinkability - a fantastic spin on a traditional style. A big tip o' the cap to mully for bringing me some of this at DLD08. (948 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of mully. Thanks!
In a word, Wow.

Pours a gorgeous cloudy glowing light orange do deep burnt orange with an everlasting meringue like white head. Smell is fantastic. Best smelling hefeweizen ever...Huge fruity, banana notes, mild clove, and a big burst of citrusy fruits and orange with a blast of hops behind that. Taste is rich and wheaty with noticeable and uncharacteristic hop presence that works so well with this adding a really unique dimension to it. Nice citrusy bitter orange rind hoppy flavor in the middle followed by a clovey flavor in the finish. Really complex for the style and unbelievable good and drinkable. I would never have expected to like a hefeweizen this much. A must try!! (718 characters)

Photo of Bobby12many
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was under the impression that this beer wouldn't be out until late May, so I was quite surprised when I saw a few 4 packs of this in the cooler of a local convenience store. New 'Thumbprint' style packaging with the older 'Unplugged' label on the bottle. Odd...

A - Opaque fuzzy orange hef with a lofty 4 finger head that leaves wonderful lacing as it recedes.

S - Big time bubblegum. Hint of musty yeast, fruit esters, banana, and clove with a touch of the alcohol induced backdrop.

T - Banana and citrus notes harmoniously blend with the clean bready wheat flavor I just love. Just enough alcoholic sweetness to make it interesting without overpowering. Truly Outstanding wheat beer.This is what I would call the 'Aventinus' of the Summer months. Crisp, complex and incredibly clean

M - On par for the style, lively, well carbonated.

O - Another incredibly well made beer from New Glarus, and up there with some of the best big wheat brews I have ever had. Drinks far too easily for the ABV, but that really makes it what it is; A Bold, Fresh, and Complex weizen. Cant wait to seek it out on tap! (1,105 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into a tulip glass is a cloudy somewhat orange-y straw color with a pluming white-white head that just stays huge. The aroma is tropical fruit and Juicy Fruit Gum, and pleasing yeast.

Even more fruit than in the nose, overripe fruit, earthy, and sugary, yet also sharply tangy. Banana taffy is the specific sweetness. White pepper and clove, among other spiciness. I might just be unfamiliar with the style (I've only had a couple others (Unser Aventinus and La Petite Mort), as this was totally unexpected and shared very little with the two I've had. It tasted almost nothing like a bock.

Light- to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Delicious. Think Hitachino Nest White Ale, with more sweetness and more alcohol (730 characters)

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.