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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
Brewed by:
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 BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The American microbrewery attitude continues to trample upon traditional styles, pummeling them into submission. New Glarus claims victim to the German Hefeweizen by "imperial-izing" its strength and complexity, while also hopping the ale the "American" way.

Its pour is the standard hazy straw color than makes weizen famous. Where its high effervesce is expected, those bubbles fuel a head of rock and fizz, looking slightly more Belgian-like than that creamy character of German wheat. Its certainly an exuberant beer that laces the glass lightly while its retention is semi-stern.

Zesty and fruity aromas abound- lead by lemon, orange peel and grapefruit- its tangy scent of white wine rivals it's traditional bready scent of whole wheat. Cider and tart grape provide an earthy fruit note while the spice of clove, cinnamon and cumin follow closely behind.

Its shocking taste is much drier and tangy than expected. Its bready-sweet upstart is wafer-thin and short; paving the way for fruit and acidity to pang away at the middle palate. Its taste of pink grapefruit, orange slices and green apple outweigh that of banana and thrust into a more tart and dry zinfindale and cider flavor. Its spicy finish is of soft pine, straw, cumin, clove and cinnamon- much a melange of Bavaria and America's West Coast.

Much drier than usual, the beer's proportions in texture much more align with that of Saison. But those bready beginnings carry through with echoes, even while the zest of acidity springs off the tongue, ushering in a bone-dry and spicy-warm finish.

I rather like the dry effervescence and the American hop character that this distinctive weizen presents. Its a rustic and zesty attitude that resonates through the session with sprite and zeal. (1,759 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku

A - Pours a cloudy glowing orange color with a massive frothy head that mounds up and with billowy foam. Great sticky lacing patterns. Very cool looking beer.

S - Bready, fresh hoppy aroma, tangerines, Mandarin oranges, spicy, dried mace and clove are prominent.

T - Bright citrus, some tropical fruit, mango and papaya, pureed peach, malted wheat, lightly spicy yeast, there's a soft sweetness that is rounded out with a slightly spicy bitterness. Finishes fruity with some bitterness left on the palate.

M - Very smooth and creamy body, ample carbonation, the wheat gives it plenty of heft without being too heavy.

Not your typical Weizenbock but very tasty indeed. The dry hopping is welcomed and the twist of tropical and citrus fruit really works with the wheat malts almost giving a bright lift. The body is smooth and creamy and the beer is beautiful in a glass. This is a must try. (933 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an insanely huge, dense, white head that has tons of persistence and laces all over the place. A bright, astringent, citrus-rind aroma with some yeastiness behind it (not good, but not bad...definitely weird). Hazy, straw color. Starts off with a huge burst of citrus hops, then warming booziness as the sweet malt starts to show. Medium bitterness, and a yeasty, citrus finish atop of smooth malt.

This is a weird one. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. It is quite good, but also odd. It's a yeasty, somewhat sweet, malty brew with a HUGE citric quality that isn't necessarily out of place, but just really unexpected. Definitely not for everyone (myself included). (678 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed deep amber with a tight off white head leaving a thick lace. Nose is interesting, a lightly muddled wheat malt and spicy earthy yeast note give way to lemon and clove with a touch of candied lemon. There is a bit of an herbal back end. Taste has a lot happening, the wheat malt is up front, its earthy and musky. The yeast is quite spicy mingling with the candied lemon and some sweetness through the finish. Well carbonated, spice lingers, peppery. Body is full and creamy, faint dryness and a bit sweet through the finish. (538 characters)

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. No bottle date, but this isn't the most recent Thumbprint release, so I assume that this is at least a few months old. I love the Thumbprint series, and this may be one of the best.

A - gorgeous beer, near perfect. It pours a huge head, even on a gentle pour, rising three, four fingers high. It recedes very, very slowly from the sides, remains thick in the middle, lacing all the way up to the top of the glass. The color is a nice orange, semi-translucent, some sediment, pervasive carbonation bubbles.

S - delicious. Sweet hints of citrus right up front, followed by some dank, Belgian-yeast. Not unlike a Berliner Weisse, yet very subtle. The alcohol is undetectable.

T - good. There are some interesting things going on here. This beer almost drinks like grapefruit juice, because there's not much carbonation at first, and it starts bitter, threatens to overwhelm, but quickly becomes sweet. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a bret yeast strain, though it's not as biting as I'd expect. The base is certainly wheaty, but the flavors stack in a really nice way.

M - there's balance here, but it's not like any beer I've ever tried. There's some sourness and bittnerness that clings to the mouth, making it less smooth than it could be. The alcohol, again, is well-hidden.

O - one of my favorite New Glarus beers to date. I hope they bring this one back. (1,426 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a generous friend. Pours a hazy orange yellow with a massive creamy and fluffy white to off-white head. The head just won't quit! Beautiful fruit medley of banana, pear, bright citrus, spicy earthy funky yeast, bubble gum, floral notes of hibiscus and jasmine, and even what smells like some dank hops. This is beautiful, really incredible nose. The flavor is big florals and zesty hops up front followed by sweet pears and orange citrus, then finishing with a funky banana yeasty ness. There is significant zest to this in front of what seems to be a nice hefe and the combination is both unique and deliciously refreshing. I am surprised at how bright the hops still are, as I waited way too long to drink this. Medium body with medium high carbonation and loads of complex flavors. New Glarus does it again. I could drink this all day and there is no sign of the 9%+ ABV anywhere. This one could get dangerous. (925 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy tangerine with a billowing, pillowy cream head that lingers.

Resin, soft citrus, clove, bubblegum, and banana leap from the glass. Wheat, grain, and earthy hops add contrast. Huge notes of peach emerge late.

Peach and tangerine explode in the flavor profile. There's an underlying resin and earthy character that carries throughout. Hints of clove, banana, and bubblegum add complexity to a fairly dry wheat backbone. The finish is resiny and bitter.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with carbonation on the high side, and noted alcohol warmth.

Love the fruit flavors that dominate. I'm not a wheat beer fan, but this isn't your typical weiss. The finish is just a touch too bitter. Couldn't tell it's as high as it is in abv. (744 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a new glarus flute.

pours a cloudy, foamy yellow with a massive white head. the smell is reminiscent of a Belgian ale with a tad of tropical fruit as well. taste is dry..slight tropical fruit..some hops..yeasty..boozy..its really all over the place and complex. higher side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this is very interesting. maybe most like a Belgian Tripel. I liked it. (415 characters)

Photo of d5001986
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours cloudy orange with huge, off-white, foamy head.

Smell is a bit mild. Tropical profile. Banana, cloves, and slight citrus.

Taste is slightly bitter up front. Then banana, cloves, tangerine, and some alcohol. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden considering the abv.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this was still enjoyable. Not the best example of the style in my opinion, but worth a one time shot. (522 characters)

Photo of NCalement
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served into a snifter.

A- Pours a beautiful orangish amber color, very hazy. Heavy white head, three fingers, that resides to a minimal head that holds like the bubbles in a bubble bath. Good lacing and legs.

S- Spice, coriander, little hint of peppercorn, soap, wheat, yeast, orange zest and hay. Perfect.

T-What an amazing beer. Heavy coriander, wheat and yeast. Orange zest and apricot reside on the back end. Lots of complexity. The esters from the yeast own this one. Very zesty.

M- Very fuzzy. Heavy body, with very aggressive carbonation. This beer attacks your mouth.

O- I usually don't enjoy Hefe's that much but I'm very glad I tried this one. Its a wonderful showcase of the yeast and wheat. This beer would be perfect at a grill out. (762 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bells tulip. The pour is a hazy, mouth-watering orange color (a bit light) with a massive (correction: MASSIVE) frothy head that goes on and on and leaves huge clumps of snowball-like lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with lots of clove-like spicy phenols, orange-smelling fruity esters, and a hint of lemon.

Light-medium body with a firm feel. There's a superb level of carbonation in this beer - not so much that it's gassy but enough to stimulate the palate and excite your tastebuds. There is lots of bready malt and citrus-fruit sweetness up front. There's definitely a hit of booziness on the back of the palate as well as a hint of tartness and yeastiness. All of this fuses with the carbonation and makes for a complex and memorable drinking experience.

Another fine beer from the New Glarus ``Thumbprint'' series. I wish it had a bit more malt complexity up front, and a little less booziness. Overall though, it's a unique beer with its strong fruit flavor, substantial belt of booziness, and nice spritzy feel. I think this would appeal to fans of traditional German Weizenbocks and Eisbocks who are in the mood for something new and different. (1,187 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Omensetter. Thanks! Pours a cloudy, straw yellow/orange. Huge, fluffy, creamy white head, lasting with some drapes of lace. Aroma is complex and bursting with character; hops, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, wheat, banana, clove. Flavor follows. Medium to full body. Creamy. A little oily. Sweet. Fruity. A fair amount of spices. Alcohol content? What alcohol content? Hardly any there. Hop character really makes an impression and complements the hefe qualities nicely. Great balance. Pleasant finish. (516 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Weizen pours a cloudy golden color with a huge frothy and lacing head. There is a sweet and sour aroma, with a strong yeast and banana/ester note. The taste is very similar, strong sweet and sour flavors with good hints of banana. Very strong feel and great body. Overall a fantastic complex beer. (306 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 falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Woodmans, Kenosha, WI
Date: None, "2273 10:25" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

New Glarus' Imperial Weizen is a heavily hopped, ethanol friendly wheat beer of expectedly extreme proportions. Not really smooth in flavor (though the mouthfeel is), or inviting, as the hops are definitely sharp and bitter, but this drinks easily enough as a helles weizenbock. Overall, this is like an imperial version of Weihenstephan's White Hoplosion: good, but a bit too boozy. Blah blah blah, overrated (C+ by my scale), wouldn't make the trip to WI to purchase this again.

Pours a tall, 4cm head of white foam composed of small to large-sized bubbles, giving a ve. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes, declining to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the entire drink. Lacing is equally impressive, with complex and heavy forms/patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer is a dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out paler, lighter, golden yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible despite the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body, numerous bubbles actively make their way to the top of the beer.

Aroma of strongly aromatic and perfume-like floral hops, basically over-the-top, with equally strong sour grapefruit, both of which are combined with modest orange peel and the strong phenolics found in typical wheat beers. Basically a strongly-hopped, high-alcohol wheat beer fermented at cooler temperatures with an at-times strange suggestion of Belgian yeast usage.

Dominant flavors of spicy phenolics, floral hops, yeast-infused sour grapefruit, and ethanol. Front of palate detects sour grapefruit, orange peel, perfume-like floral hops, spicy phenolics, ethanol, but little hint of the substantial amounts of wheat malt that surely went into this beer. Mid-palate finds continued sour grapefruit, orange peel, perfume-intensity floral hops, spicy clove and numteg-like phenolics, mild to moderate ethanol. Back of palate experiences substantial sour grapefruit, floral perfume, the appearance of heavy bready-like wheat malt, and warming ethanol. Aftertaste of medium to medium-high hop bitterness with sour grapefruit, strong floral, and moderate bubblegum characters.

Beer is medium-heavy in weight, with carbonation of medium to medium-low in intensity, resulting in a thick, heavy, and smooth (3/4) mouthfeel with light foaminess (1/4). Ethanol felt in the nostrils Aftertaste is moderately dry, with moderate stickiness coating the palate and lips. (2,522 characters)

Photo of pweis909
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a hazy gold beer with a substantial persistant head. In appearance, it is the eptiome of hefeweizen. A residue of yeast encircles the bottom of the bottle. A faint fruity fermentation aroma (overripe banana) penetrates the head, and carries with it a hint of citrusy hops. The initial taste is sweet and desert-like but well support by citrusy hop flavors and bitterness that prevents the beer from cloying. The texture of the beer is slick and lucious, with some alcohol warming, but it also carries a slight carbonic bite. that helps clean the mouth out and ready it for the next sip. What I love about this beer is that it keeps you on your toes by presenting contrasting sensations that might seem to clash on paper but work well together in your mouth. It is a cross between a weizenbock and an IPA, an imperial version of NG's Crack'd wheat, which I believe I scored a perfect 5. Tonight, this beer doesn't quite merit perfection, but it deserves to be acknowledged as a thing of beauty. (1,001 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle at the brewery. Pours a hazy yellow which is cloudy and forms a generous head. Heavy lace present and nice retention. The nose features herbal hops, lemon zest, banana, and clove . Hops become stronger towards the end as notes of pine and grass come to the surface. The taste is lemony up front paired with pine hops followed by banana and clove. Grassy and earthy notes come through at the finish and provide a refreshing bitterness. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Overall, this is a unique and satisfying brew. I initially had no idea how hoppy this beer was going to be considering its style, but I must say it was a pleasant surprise. (664 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: When pouring the beer into a standard pint glass I over flowed the glass with foam. Huge full hand of bright white foam that looks like cream as it slowly falls into the beer and leaves behind chunkey, spider web looking lacing on the edge of the glass. The liquid is a dark yellow to orange color with a strong haze.

S: Strong creamy banana and mild clove yeast esters. Bread and bread crust malt aromas are distinct and cut through the alcohol nose.

T: Huge bready and mild toasty malt flavor. The over-rippened banana yeast esters are strong and combine well with the breadiness giving it a banana bread like vibe. A subtle citrusy hop note. The bitterness is firm, but the balance is on the malty sweet side. A sweet candy like flavor also.

M: Hot alcohol warming. Moderate body and highly carbonated.

O: A weizen on steroids. Big alcohol warming, banana bread flavored, slightly sweet wheat beer. The carbonation got away from me on this one, but overall not one of my favorite NG's Thumbprints. (1,007 characters)

Photo of confer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traveling to Chicago always means a side trip to Kenosha to fetch the latest and the standards from New Glarus.
Once again the Thumbprint series has a winner
This beer looks just like a typical hefeweizen in color and clarity, but the head is like meringue.
Smell is cloves and hops both in perfect amounts.
Taste is just like you would think after reading the description of this beer on its label. There is a nice but not too strong hefe flavor followed by the slight hoppy bitterness. Neither taste dominates.
Feels like a hefe, with creaminess and low carbonation.
An outstanding beer. (589 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A: Pours a hazy straw orange color. Huge, billowy foam head that lasts forever. Lacing is huge as well, with thick foam sticking to the side of the glass like clouds.

S: Banana and bubblegum leap out of the glass, followed by clove. Some fusel alcohol adds a little bite to the aroma. Behind this is some grassy, herbal hops and citrus. Some malty caramel.

T: Dry wheat sets the tone for the beer. Belgian notes, especially banana, are potent. Some hops add a good fruit, citrus and pine. If not for the wheat, it would be similar in many ways to a Belgian IPA. Alcohol flavor is mild at first, but builds throughout the sip. This peaks just before the lingering, dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Some alcohol heat but it works for the style.

O: An interesting style. I like the hops in conjunction with the Belgian flavors and the wheat, but the bitterness from the hops and the alcohol flavor/heat combine to make a fairly "big" beer. I could use a bigger body to help carry those flavors. (1,053 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: An interesting blend of German yeast and citrus hops with lots of fruit and spice hints. Upfront scent of wheat and German Hefeweizen yeast along with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, and crackers. Big hints of clove spice, coriander, and pepper. Fruit hints of bananas, apple, and some bubblegum. Big citrus hop presence with juicy hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, tangerine, melon, and lemon. Also some earthy and grassy hop hints.

Taste: Like the aroma, an interesting mix of wheat, yeast, and spicy notes with a big citrus hop presence. Wheat and German Hefewiezen upfront with notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, and straw. Spicy notes of cloves, white pepper, and coriander. Big taste of ripe citrus hops with juicy notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Also some fruit notes of banana and apple along with some bubblegum. Earthy notes of grass towards the finish. A very good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and somewhat chewy. Nicely bitter. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good and interesting twist on a German Weizen style. Its like a combination of a Hefeweizen and Belgian IPA. Nicely yeasty and juicy. (1,556 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy burnt orange with a huge 2 finger frothy off white head. Head has awesome retention and leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell has some interesting aromas going on. Spicey clove phenols and orange rind notes are contrasting the big citrus piney hop aromas. Hefe yeast also gives a slight banana note along with other spices near the end.

Taste is great. Lots if wheat more orange peel and fresh lightly piney hop flavor. Hefe yeast is not as pronounced as I expected but does give a lot of different spicy notes near the end.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium body and huge amounts of carbonation leave this beer feeling very fluffy and drinkable. Refreshing but nt to light. (692 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thumbprint version (not Unplugged). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Glarus label art (which I quite like) and a red-foiled over pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery and the beer's current ratings; New Glarus has made some beers I adore. Reviewed as an Imperial Hefeweizen because it identifies clearly as such on the label; from any other brewery, I'd be real suspicious of that classification - not to mention the quality of the beer.

No ABBV is listed on the bottle. 20 O.P. Decoction mashed and dry hopped.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a five finger wide head of nice fluffy consistency. White in colour. Soft complexion. Nice creaminess and thickness. Looks refreshing and appealing. Head retention is excellent - especially considering the ABV - about 10 minutes. Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes and sticks there; this beer has "legs."

Body colour is a clear translucent lightly hazy orange of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks precisely as it ought to, but it does have a bit more clarity (i.e. less haziness) than most hefeweizens. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Much spicier than anticipated: clove, cinnamon, allspice, white pepper. Plenty of fruity notes; it has your usual orange peel but also some tropical notes like mango, melon, and watermelon. The watermelon is lovely and may be a highlight for me. Banana, lemon citrus. Clean wheat. A kiss of lacto tartness reminiscent of a berliner weisse. Has a surprising hop presence for the style; I get plenty of floral hop character and some light fruity touches. Clean Bavarian yeast is indicated by the relatively high attenuation; I don't pick up on much residual sugar.

No alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Definitely pushes the boundaries of the hefeweizen style with the spices and fruity notes. I'm liking it.

T: Wheat, watermelon, mango, floral hops, fruity hop notes, orange peel, lemon citrus. Some tangerine. A kiss of sour green apple, which emerges more as it warms. The wheat body is vibrant, clean, and evocative. No alcohol comes through; you'd never know it was 9.60% ABV. Crisp and tasty. Clean yeast. Banana and clove. The cinnamon spice does give it a little bit of kick on the back end.

Depth of flavour is good for the style. Good duration and intensity of flavour.

It's got good complexity and subtlety for the style, along with excellent balance. Not quite gestalt though it has great cohesion; it's just some of the tropical notes don't quite feel like they're inherently necessary parts of the flavour profile per se - though they do fit in quite nicely and bring interesting elements to the beer. Hops have an unnaturally large presence in the profile for a hefewweizen; I do think they work well here, especially alongisde the fruit. A kiss of grapefruit, maybe. A bit of bubblegum, but in the best sense possible; there's nothing artificial or candied about it here. Some peach.

The decoction mashing leaves the finish feeling just a biteen like a Czech pilsener, which may be the biggest issue with the flavour profile - though that's being extremely nitpicky.

No alcohol comes through - a feat at 9.60%.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing as hell. Clean and crisp. Soft and approachable. Good thickness and body; right on the money. Complements the flavour profile quite well; I'd even say the texture seems custom-tailored specifically to the taste and enhances it, facilitating delivery of all of the flavours fully and efficiently.

Constructively, the finish is a bit inferior in terms of mouthfeel because it departs from the soft approachable refreshing texture in favor of a crisp Czech pilsner like subtle bite. This is nitpicking, but keeping the texture uniform would further refine the beer.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for how high the ABV is, and the ABV itself is dangerously unnoticeable. I'm not sure how they managed to hide it so well; I'd guess this was maybe 5.5% if I tried it blind. A incredible imperial hefeweizen from New Glarus that pushes the boundaries of the style without relying on gimmicky tricks. I'd definitely get it again and could easily kill a 6 pack in a night. I'd definitely recommend this to friends, and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to try it. Dangerously drinkable stuff, and yet another great beer from New Glarus.

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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)

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