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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

624 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 97
Gots: 48 | 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 MrGraybeard
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured chilled from a bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler. Expansive head that slowly diminished into a rocky half-inch with little lace. Translucent blonde color.

Scents gush from the glass -- banana, a touch of cinnamon, strawberry twizzlers. Fantastic aroma.

Taste is complex. Big malt, wheat, Belgian trippel yeast. There's a hint of alcohol early on but the rush of flavor quickly hides it. A bit of grass/herb at the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, amazingly light for such a big beer, but not cidery. Interesting how brewer got the Belgian-style aroma with the mouthfeel of a Munich weissbier.

Overall, this beer steps on some boundaries. Then there's the high potency. New Glarus produces a lot of ho-hum mainstream beers, but its limited runs are often inspired. This could be the best one yet.

Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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

Photo of Bighuge
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick looking concoction of a muddled yellow/brown/orange tone. Bighugeass whipped creamy white topping. Lace is bountiful. Fantastic aroma. Huge weizen yeastiness blends with a citric blast of cascades and other weizen goodies (like banana and spice). The taste is big on the hefeweizen characteristics. The yeasty, doughy yeastiness provides substantial character while light banana and vanilla tones come and go. And the lemon character is fairly consistent throughout in a nonobtrusive way. The citric character that the cascade hops contribute just adds another level of brightness to an already bright tasting beer. If this beer started out with an OP of 20 (from the label, which I assume is "Original Plato"), then this beer is probably pushing 8-9% A/V, which is remarkable. I barely get the faintest hint of alcohol when drinking this. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and easy going, though the carbonation is quite vibrant. This is a hell of an accomplishment.

I hereby declare New Glarus as the best Weizen brewery in the country. I loved their Solstice back in the day (4.75). Went through a few cases of Dancing Man last summer (4.6). And the Black Wheat was exceptional as well (4.55).

Photo of woosterbill
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Photo of mynie
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of funhog
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Photo of OutsidersAlmanac
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Photo of Sunn
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Photo of Tilley4
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Photo of younger35
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Strix
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of nhindian
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of k3n
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, stamped 0803.

A: Poured into a weizen glass, looking damn sexy. Cloudy, dark yellow amber colored. Streams of rising bubbles make the head last for days.

S: Clove. Faint bubblegum. Wheaty malt.

T/M: Wow. Unlike any hefeweizen I've had. Initial hit is crisp wheat malt, immediately backed up by citrus hops and bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, and the bitterness lasts well into the finish, but is not over-powering.

D: This is one damn fine hefeweizen!

Photo of JDV
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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!!

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.