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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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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
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Do not waste time attempting to box this brew into some esoteric guide to styles. This is Dan's bold creation. His passion for unfiltered Weiss collides with Cascade Hops inventing our Imperial Hefe-Weizen. Dry hopping boldly rules over Wisconsin red wheat and our special strain of Bavarian yeast. At almost 20 O.P. this is the super mac daddy of Weiss beers. Decoction mashing was followed by excessive dry hopping to create a fierce onslaught of clove, cinnamon and citrus all in this living beer. Don't bother waiting to enjoy - the time is now.

(Beer added by: EliteDigger on 02-11-2008)
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Photo of hwwty4
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.

hwwty4, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of gford217
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
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color that is hazy as all hell. Huge slightly off white fluffy head that looks like cream from the top that lasts and lasts. Looks tasty!

S: Bubblegum, cinnamon, citrus, tons of clove and banana. This beer is super yummy smelling. You can smell just the slightest bit of alcohol right at the end.

T: Drinks like an edgier and more citrus hop flavored Dancing Man Wheat. Slightly spicy. The high alcohol isn't really present in the taste, but it does add a certain dryness to the beer and the only time you can tell it's there is after you swallow, you can feel that "warming sensation" as you exhale through your nose. That being said, its dangerously drinkable and could get someone in trouble fast if you are not careful, hehe.

M: Medium. I wanna say that Dancing Man Wheat has a fuller mouthfeel because the carbonation is higher. It's carbonated, but not as highly as the beer mentioned above.

This is quite an interesting brew from New Glarus. I'm not sure if I'm digging it or not. As an experimental brew, it's excellent, but I feel that the high gravity hurts the beer more than it helps. Dropping the ABV would help this beer IMO and would make it an excellent summer drink. This beer makes me long for Crack'd Wheat, which I'm so pissed that they retired this year; it was my favorite beer from them.

iDrinknewglarus, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of cradke
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow, orange. Pours a beautiful, thick fine head.

Smell: Very beautiful yeast and bread notes. Orange peels and citrus with a small amount of alcohol.

Taste: Very forward hop profile from the get go. The malt is a bit overpowered by the hops for a weizen but its in tune with the style. Some hints of orange and lemon and finishes with a bitter note from some evolving hops and a bit of an alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant and clean

Overall: I love weizens for the clean taste. This imperial weizen maintained a lot of similar notes with a much more intense hop profile from the get go. The different flavors seem a bit muddled together and maybe a but out of balance towards the hop end. Overall though, a great pint.

Serving type: Bottle poured into Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint

cradke, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weizen glass

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a billowing off white head. The head sticks around for the whole drink and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a perfect looking weizen.

The nose is very orange ester heavy with some underlying clove tones. At the end there is some noticeable alcohol nostril burn but it's not too bad. Not a very traditional hefeweizen aroma but it's still very nice and I'm digging it.

The orange isn't as prominent in the taste as the aroma but the spicy clove is stronger with some other minor plastic phenolics. The alcohol warmth is there at the end but it still doesn't drink like it's a nearly 10% beer.

My only gripe about this beer is the mouthfeel is a little too slick and oily. I know that is a characteristic of using a large percentage of wheat, and seeing that this is a high gravity wheat beer it is inevitable but I still don't have to like it.

Overall I'm glad this beer was re-released. I was just getting heavily into craft beer when it first came out and it's very similar to what I remember, a deceptively high gravity fairly traditional hefeweizen.

weatherdog, May 20, 2011
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a deeply cloudy yellow/orange peach with a uberfluff white head that leaves great lacing. Nose is very banana with some orange. Taste follows with a unique mix of german wheat flavor and some citrus notes, along with a fair amount of almost witbier like spice profile. Very interesting flavor. Mouthfeel is quite thick, Im not sure how to rate it for an "imperial weizen" but I would expect it to be thicker. Drinkability is pretty good, but I do feel the alcohol burn as it goes down. Overall a very unique and interesting brew. This is pretty much what I imagined for an imperial weizen, but Im not sure if it is a style i really like. Its good, but doesn't shock me into immeadiate appreciation. Try it. It will be worth it.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with HUGE head of poofy off-white foam. Glad I had the extra head space available for this guy. Once it all settles down, the retention is very solid and leaves a big, sticky latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is an alcoholic fume of Weizen character, with orange, banana, wheat, yeast, and a bit of spice all being married together and encapsulated in a tingling heat profile.

The taste is a beefy mix of orange zest, prominant banana notes, and spicy clove that all floats on a wave of yeast and wheat. There is also a bit of a hop profile that brings up the rear. It's all very balanced and works together very well. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a definite beefy alcohol feel. Not much carbonation imparts a slick and flat feeling at times.

I really like what New Glarus did with this. I just wish that all of that great flavor could have hidden a bit more of the alcohol. I'm not sure what the ABV of this was but between it and the sometimes flat feel, it become a bit stinging towards the botttom of the glass.

Kegatron, Jul 30, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Not to bad overall, a fun giant hefe.

bashiba, Apr 28, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright and cloudy orange, three finger head with lots of carbonation

S-Wheat clove, banana, citrus, green apples, very fruity, some floral notes.

T-Very fruity. Apples oranges, fruit everywhere. Some clove and banana a sweet beer.

M-Light, highly carbonated and a crisp dry finish.

O-An underproduced style. This beer was solid, SN Beer Camp was good. More breweries should make this.

rlee1390, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of levifunk
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a small tasting recently. Reviewed from notes.

a - cloudy golden body with a white head.

s - wheat, grass, lemon.

t - smooth flavor. still grassy with some hops.

m - light body with nice carbonation.

drinks very well for 9.6%. booze is very mellow.

levifunk, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of LaCoursiere
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a New Belgium snifter with laser etching in the bottom. Nice half finger head stayed around for half the glass with a generous amount of lacing. Laser etching maintained a thin head for the rest of the glass. It had a dark honey color and was very cloudy.

S - Strong Belgian yeast dominates the aroma with hint of clove and faint alcohol.

T - Clove, banana and yeast up front with an alcohol warmth midway that fades as the malt and wheat come through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice light carbonation that dances on the tongue.

First time trying an imperial weizen. I'm usually not the biggest wheat beer fan but I really enjoyed this one. I think because it was more complex than most that I have had. While I will definitely drink this again, it's heavy enough that I wouldn't drink two in one sitting.

LaCoursiere, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color, thick and fluffy white head, long lasting. Scent brings a big whiff of lemon grass and orange rind along with big notes of banana bread, some bubblegum, black pepper and yeast. Taste is big and bold, nice hop notes combine with amped up wheat beer flavors, touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, light chunkiness, mostly dry and slightly warming. Really solid beer all around, nice touch of hops on nose and tongue. Amazed at the ABVs on this one, noticeable but still well hidden.

rfgetz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of manitouman84
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orange gold with a pillowy white 2 finger head that lingers nicely. Aromas pouring from the head of this beer, spicy, phenolic, ginger comes off strongly to me with a hint of yeast, reminds me of a belgian. A lot of flavors here, berry and banana, ginger, spicy and phenolic, sweet with a slight bitterness to the finish. Has a nice creamy medium body, a little sticky on the tongue, finishes a bit tart and dry. Not a session beer by any means, meant to be sipped, otherwise it is a little cloying and overpowering. I really liked this, really out there for a Hefe, well done.

manitouman84, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

poured into tulip glass.

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

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

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

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

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

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice hazy golden orange color with a nice off white head with good retention and lacing.

S- Smells of yeast, banana, lemon zest, clove and some spices.

T- Huge spicy yeastiness and clove. Could also pick up quite a bit of citrus lemons and bananas.

M- Medium body and carbonation, a little on the creamy side also.

D- Easy to drink and very solid brew.

Thanks again Lordsloth

nrbw23, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of bound4er
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
Photo of EliteDigger
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from a friend... a huge thanks!
A-Beautiful cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy long-lasting white foamy meringue head.
S-Pine, spicy clove, cinnamon, lemon and wheat dominate the smell of this lovely brew.
T-Pine resin, citrusy lemon zest, clove, grapefruit and herbal hops with a bit of wheat, bubblegum and sweet malts hanging in the background. A bit of a dry grapefruity finish lingers in the mouth.
M-Nice thickness and decently carbonated. Almost a bit of an oily slickness as it goes down.
D-I'm not sure of the ABV on this one, but it does give hints that it might be leaning toward the higher realms for a weizen. But surely tasty enough to have more than one....
I've been impressed with every single wheat beer that's come from New Glarus and this one is no exception. Another excellent brew from Dan Carey and the folks at New Glarus!

EliteDigger, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of gatornation
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

out of retirement? unplugged imperial weizen

A- it poured a cloudy pale orange.amber color with a white 2 finger head that receded to reveal some chunky lacing on glass...a beautiful look indeed

S- was banana and apples,with some clove ,a little grain,and a backdrop of citrus hops ..very nice

T- was bananas and clove a dash of pepper followed by just enough hops,,a touch of alcohol heat in the finish the taste was not as strong as the smell

M- was medium carbonation but somewhat thin on the hefe tastes that i enjoy..dont know if it was the high ABV..cause its not really detectable

O- a tasty hefe for sure ..but i would choose dancing man or cracked wheat b4 this one..still this is a great one from NG

gatornation, Apr 17, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of rocky foam head that is the color of scintillating egg creme. Very heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Prolific and many-layered, aggressive bright fruit--more citrus than banana--and spicy cloves are dominant in the nose. Also in attendance is a leafy herbaceous quality and other phenolic notes that possess a saccharine edge. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with mild, soft, and refined grain, as well as mixed citrus fruit and mild honey. Acidity is very mild into the middle, where some precocious bitterness provides a contrasting edge to a host of classic-to-style esters and phenolics that are writ-large across the palate. Flavors are mellow and bready during the finish, but with a spirituous edge.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer must have shared a similar conceptual origin to that of Stone's 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, such as "Let's make an extreme version of a classic style." This imperial hefeweizen is equal to the success of the afore-mentioned Stone brew, showing massively amplified versions of on-point traditional qualities. If any weizen enthusiast ever wished to be able to smell and (especially) taste the qualities of the style more, then this is the beer for them. It is held back only by its heaviness, either real in the form of the syrupy texture, or perceived in the form of its restrained acidity and carbonation.

beagle75, Nov 01, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had the last bottle of the 4 pack in the fridge for a while. Poured into a pint glass during an American football game, the beer was a golden orange color. A mildly bitter aroma tickled the nose before yielding to a more fruity aroma. Initial taste was a sweet banana and cinnamon flavor that melted into a hot and warming bitter hoppy aftertaste. Notes of citrus are also hidden among the flavors. This is a very smooth beer in terms of the mouthfeel, which is somewhat surprising when the high alcohol content is considered. At 9.6%, this is a potent beer. While it is a warming beer, the smoothness suggests that it could also serve as an easy drinking summer beer. This is a well balanced, tasty beer.

JohnnyHopps, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of vande
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger, thick looking white frothy layer of head floating atop the deap, golden and very active pour...5-10 minutes later, the bubbles are still rising!

S: Straw, hay, sweetness...slight hops, bit of citrus peal..

T: grassy, bit of hops, little alcohol on the palate... slightly citrusy..tasty..

M: Creaminess is present on a nice beer here...

O: Unlplugged winner!

vande, Oct 10, 2011
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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.

ffejherb, Dec 30, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle as an awesome extra from DBhog - many thanks for the longtime want!! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, orange/amber-hued brew, with only the faintest bits of transparency around the peripheries. The head is a gorgeous mountain, two-fingers tall initially, a frothy, bubbly, sticky, rocky monstrosity with amazing retention for the style that leaves huge clumps and blocks of foam as it fades. Amazing that the lacing isn't more glittery, runny, slippery given the abv% (or, rather, the assumed abv% on this one). Near 5.0 territory, really, and a great start.

Aroma: Your traditional hefe notes, to be sure - soft, sweet, honey-like wheat malts, overripe, slightly phenolic banana notes, and a faint backing clove-like spice. It's slightly reminiscent of white banana bread - perhaps my nose is just filling in the gestalt with a nutty note, or maybe that's really there. Regardless, the dominant note here - at least, while this beer is still reasonably chilled - isn't any of the aforementioned ones, but instead a light, ethereal fruity presence, very much like fuji apples or ripe pears or sweet orange peel, certainly the (pleasant) byproduct of a hefe strain of yeast pushed to the max for this beer's big abv% (which is not detectable here), or perhaps due to some sort of hop addition - it's reminiscent of Cascades, but that would just be crazy, no?*

Taste: Surprisingly similar to the aroma. The traditional hefe notes are all present, but are largely relegated to the background, letting the "Unplugged" and "Imperial" portions of this beer come to the forefront. It's not necessarily a bad thing - I'm enjoying this a lot - but it's not necessarily a great thing either, as I enjoy a good hefe now and again and am trying to rate to style here. Though, to be fair, I suppose, "weizen" simply means "wheat," and there's definitely a large wheat content in this one, adding a soft but not slick component to the body. The banana is faint, any potential hint of nuttiness I imagined I smelled is now gone, and the spice is probably a little stronger, though perhaps more "neutral" on the flavor front - that is, it's more reminiscent of white pepper or coriander than it is of wholesome, slightly nutty cloves. Still dominant is the slightly tart - green apple, orange - and overwhelmingly estery - pears, maybe even kiwi - fruity presence, adding a unique and largely pleasant element to this brew. There may be some alcohol here, but it's largely well-hidden beneath the phenolic, estery, and peppery elements of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, creamy but still crisp, even and fine-bubbled delight. Strikes a really good balance, given the flavor profile, with the various aspects being augmented in different ways. Very nice.

Drinkability: Not as good as Dancing Man Wheat, in my opinion, which is more of an "Imperial Weizen," I do believe. This is nonetheless a phenomenal beer, complex, tasty, balanced, and high in abv% (minus on drinkability) without any sign of it (plus on drinkability). Seems precisely like something New Glarus would put out - fruity, full of wheat, and absolutely tasty. *Turns out this beer IS hopped with Cascades, dry-hopped even, which explains a lot of the stray citrusy hop notes I was getting. Kudos to Dan Carey for producing another beer that pushes the envelope.

CrellMoset, Mar 30, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of northyorksammy (thanks for the Wisconsin box!). A reckless pour from a 12oz bottle easily fills my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Nearly opaque saffron and naples yellow liquid is suppressed by a massive rocky, shock white pearling bulbous crown. Vast sticky caverns of lace adorn the sides with a brilliant glimmer. Superior retention, even for the style.

Clove and orange rind in the nose along with a surprising dose of C-hops. Style guidelines are clearly out the window with this brew. Phenols dominate in the yeast strain though there is a hint of bubblegum as well (not to mention Big Red).

Sweet supremely spicy palate entry with potent alcohol biting into the mid-palate. Low but persistent bitterness with hints of citrus zest (a blend of fruits), white pepper, clove, and coriander. The wheat presents with pleasing flavor, but dissipates before it can add any tang. Yeast is strong and flavorful as well, but overall the alcohol won't relent.

Creamy, full-bodied, effervescent, and a touch hot along the gum-line.

Style-defying, flavorful, and maybe a bit excessive in the ABV department (though never fusel/solventy) - tastes almost like a cocktail of some sort, albeit one with a base of traditional Hef and home-made bitters...

augustgarage, Sep 10, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#29
12oz into a weizen glass from Geddy's.

A: about 4 fingers of white head rise up from the pour and cover the murky yellow liquid. The head is sticky and has some good staying power. 4.0

S: bananas, orange citrus and peel, maybe even a little lemon in there. Very pleasent overall. 4.0

T: wow. The citrus rises up right away, but is followed by an almost double ipa burst of flavor, hops, and a little heat. Much bigger than the smell gives away. The alcohol on the end washes away the taste, which is unfortunate because its quite good. 4.0

M: nice, smooth thickness that is balanced well with the carbonation. Really nicely done. 4.5

O: this is a good escape from a light weizen, just as a DIPA is a nice escape from an ipa. The basic aspects of this are great, and this is an excellent beer overall. If they ever make a regular weizen, I will stock up on that plenty. 4.0

TJBurgess, May 05, 2011
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.