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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 mdwalsh
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: When I first pout, I get an almost Crayon box yellow foam. The head keeps a yellowish hue, and the body of the beer is golden orange and hazy. I think the beer is a little too pale. It keeps the head an attractively long time.

S: Bananas. When I first pour I get bananas. A closer inspection maintains that, a little spice, some doughyness. Maybe a little bit of spicy German hops. But the hops are not nearly as dominant as I would have hoped, though this beer is less than fresh.

T: Still, not much for hops, and the hefe yeast is over powering, verging on what I might expect in a saison or witbier. ALl in all, I don't find this impressive at all. Even have drank plenty of strong beers past their prime, there is nothing here that indicates this beer was ever better than good.

M: Good, creamy but not heavier, but heavier than a hefe. I could dub this an imperial hefe no problem in that regard. (908 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to confess, this bottle was alleged to be 2 years old. I cant confirm that, but the expectation on my end here is that a fresh one of these would be wonderful (as the bottle itself suggests), but an older one just doesn't maintain. this one poured a really cloudy pale yellow color with an average white bubbly head. the nose is vanilla and cinnamon, with some honey sweetness and more alcohol than I am used to in wheat beer. my girlfriend loved the flavor, thought the spice and sweet combination was fantastic. I liked it less, with the spice being a little overdone, and the wheat malt sort of having a deteriorated flavor to it, not as fresh and clean as it might have been. it lost its ability to support the other flavors, which don't seem to have diminished at all. the feel came across a little thin, and the alcohol was piercing. new glarus does some wonderful stuff, and im sure a bottle right off the line of this would rectify that viewpoint, but this beer (however old it really was) just did not get it done. way out of balance, weird yeast properties, and just sort of all over the place. I will have to revisit this one when I can verify its source and birthday. (1,186 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle traded to me by cptnspeed1 at dark lord day this year. thanks for the extra! drank from my unbranded half liter weizen glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy glowing golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is very quick to fizzle away and doesnt leave behind much at all as far as lacing goes.

S- the nose starts out with (and is dominated by) a very strong clove presence. stronger than your typical hefe. after that comes some of the classic banana and bubblegum. a little bit of alcohol sneaks through at the end, but its somewhat expected from a beer of this strength in this style.

T- the taste is also dominated by the clove that i could smell. very spicy. there is a lesser amount of banana and bubblegum. i think i also pick up on a tropical fruit such as pineapple. a hint of grapefruit hops at the end. the alcohol is more present in the taste than in the nose.

M- the body is on the fuller side of medium and the carbonation is a little bit low. there is a moderate warming from the alcohol. much more than i have come to expect from the unplugged series.

O- this wasnt my favorite of the unplugged series so far. i think that might be because hefeweizens arnt meant to get this big. i appreciate the chance to try it, i might try another one a little down the road to see what time has done to it. (1,352 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle of the newest Thumbprint release for September-October 2013. Poured into the standard New Glarus pilsner glass with a gold rim (not that it matters). First time having this one. Review #194. This appears to be the first review for this recent release.

Pours a hazy orange body (but no yeast sediment typical of a good hefeweizen) with a massive, massive white bubbly head despite the careful pour. I had to wait a few minutes in between a couple of pours to get the entire bottle into the glass. So its obviously very well carbonated. The head leaves soapy laces all over the glass and the beer itself is a lace bomb. Very pretty looking beer.

Smell is total bubblegum right here. So much cloves, cinnamon and bubble gum. The spices are overboard here, and they aren't even the strongest part of the nose here. The nose has so, so much Cascade citrus in it, it really reminds me of my first homebrew which was a dry-hopped Cascade IPA. It really smells like an India Pale Hefeweizen here.

The flavour profile is pretty similar to the nose. Lots of bubblegum and cloves in the beginning. A bit soapy. No banana esters to be found here actually. Somewhere in mid-swallow, it immediately transitions to a neat citrusy hop flavour and bitterness. It is so weird and jarring to be drinking this.. but it is a really cool effect from a brewer's standpoint. There is a slight booziness, but not really with any heat. It's a very interesting flavour profile.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick actually- on the thicker side of a solidly medium body, very sticky, resinous and dry. Swishing the beer around my palate makes it sting with the bitter citrusy aftertaste. Booziness is there but does not take much away from the beer.

Very cool brew by Dan Carey. You can't pigeonhole this beer into any one single style. I feel like I'm drinking two different beers in one. Its very interesting and worth trying for any serious beer geek out here. Not sure I'd stockpiile bottles of it as I can't imagine this beer to age very well- one, its a hefeweizen, and two, its been dry hopped. So drink it now while its fresh. (2,113 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Aroma very nearly stinking of coriander with lesser notes of toasted banana chips, tangy-smelling wheat, and grapefruit juice.

Taste: Tangy wheatiness with a dash of citric grapefruit juice hot on its heels. Then, it's back to wheat with a subdued sweetness, though it builds upon warming. Flavors of banana and a big hit of coriander. Medium-high bitterness. Some floral hints prior to the tangy, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty exciting for wheat! (590 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy honey-like orange color with thinnish head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Sweet and sugary, banana, circus peanuts, Extra bubblegum, slight impression of alcohol.

Big taste caught me off guard. Dry and almost bitter or tannic impression. Lots of citrus; somewhat odd flavor/feel. Almost hot and spicy feel that's not very appealing to me.

Decently drinkable, considering the alcohol content. (409 characters)

Photo of Centennial
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

A. Cloudy Yellow, single finger head, small bubbles trailing from bottom to top.

S. Banana, white peppercorns and cloves

T. Banana and clove, mild hops and slight alcohol flavor, slightly hot on the finish. Flavors are broken up and seem incohesive

M. Dry, but a little gritty and alcohol lingers slightly.

O. Not bad for the high alcohol present in this weizen, but overall this leaves me looking for a little more smooth and balanced beer in the end. (485 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- golden hue with cloud white head and nice lacing. Nose- very spicy. tons of clove. Taste- overpowering spice, quite hot. Per label dry hopped with cascade- couldn't pick up any hops on the finish but perhaps contributes to the dryness in body. Finishes very dry, medium carbonation. (290 characters)

Photo of ohmybock
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Now *this* is an interesting wheat beer which I just picked up in Madison, WI. From reading the label, I could tell I was in for something a bit unique...

This one pours with a cloudy, light-ish, golden color. There's a thin head which persists, but it's not as thick as many German weizens. The aroma is a very good indicator of what is to come. There's definitely some German wheat beer character in there, but something else too. Upon tasting, the unusual mix of characters becomes much more apparent. There's a citrusy character infused with the expected "normal" German character along with something else..."minty" perhaps? The label mentions Cascade hops and "excessive dry hopping". That explains a lot of what is going on here. The bitterness is not overwhelming, but it might be a little aggressive. I can't stop sipping this brew and pondering the odd mix of flavors in it. With that being said, I'm still not overly-enthusiastic about the end product's mix of flavors as a whole. This is a very interesting brew which I'm very happy I bought, but one 12oz bottle is probably more than enough for me.

This NG brew probably fits into the same style as the Schneider-Brooklyner Weiss. Both weizens are heavily dry-hopped and are new interpretations of the style. Kudos to New Glarus for trying new things with the Unplugged series. I wish more breweries would do the same! (1,384 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle, red foil covered top, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a dark apricot with plenty of hazing. 2+ fingers of lightly tinted head forms and holds nicely. Good lacing throughout.

S: Plenty of banana and bubblegum with a heavy handed clove kick. Some hops shine through making me very excited. Has a touch of soapiness but not unpleasant. Very interesting smell. A touch of alcohol?

T/M: Wow, quite and alcohol kick... in a Hefeweizen, lol. A bit of hop bitterness and citrus pop through for just a second in the middle of the cloudy banana and clove pummeling. Alcohol builds around this point into the thick wheat backbone and through a slightly drying finish. Body is a bit above medium(Hefeweizen? lol) and carbonation keeps pace.

D: Tasty but not overly drinkable. Drinkability is so extremely important in a Hefeweizen and this lets me down some. Also,the alcohol and mouthfeel just don't fit the style anymore. Not a bad brew but I guess I feel that weizen's probably shouldn't be made imperial. (1,064 characters)

Photo of pknyc
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one as an extra in a trade. Bottle dated 08/15/2013, opened 03/31/2014. Bottle says to drink fresh, but I'm still giving it a whirl.

A: With an aggressive pour there was a 3 finger white head of dense bubbles that took quite a while to simmer down. Really mountainous with tons of lacing everywhere. Fine cloudy pale amber color. It looks good.

S: Very interesting. Lemon zest and cut grass. Bready malt behind the lemon, citrus aromas. Not sure if the citrus is from the yeast or the hops (due to the age of the bottle). Nicely crisp and clean smelling with clove and spices. Faint pepper.

T: Wheat. Alcohol sneaks in the back. Band-aid? I've never tasted clorophenol before in beer but it seems like there is a little band-aid flavor that sticks with you after the swallow. I feel that something isn't exactly right. Mostly citrus and bready malt. Very different than the nose, but this could be due to the age.

M: A bit effervescent like those expressed in weisse beers, but it ends with a moderately heavy and coating swallow.

O: A slow sipper for sure. I'm happy I tried it, as I've really enjoyed everything else that I've tried from New Glarus, but this may have been tripped up by the age. (1,216 characters)

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

A-Pours hazy blonde with over 2 inches of rocky, foamy white head. Leaves thick, sticky lacing down the glass. Leaves a large cap of ice cream float style foam.

S-Spicy notes of pepper, coriander and juniper. Like a strong gin and tonic.

T/M-Yeasty and slick, leading into a bold, peppery spiciness. Only gets more herbaceous with time. Heavy coriander and pepper with a sharp finish. Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation.

O-This one shows its ABV to a fault. The mouthfeel is a little sharp, and the spiciness is over the top. Not my favorite Unplugged beer. I give them credit for trying. This is a tricky style to do well, and this is a decent effort. (665 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 aforbes10
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

gift from my buddy Matt. thanks! Pours a sandy orange and holds a nice 1/4 inch head. Sticky lacing. Darker than a hefe or a wit, but not as dark as a dunkleweizen. Smells sourish and wheaty with notes of orange, cloves, obvious ethanol odor too. Taste is of orange rind, wheat, large amount of alcohol. Finish is dry and grapefruity with a hoppy bitterness. Boldness and ethanol quality somewhat overwhelming. Full bodied for the style, in so much as this can be called a style. An interesting beer, to be sure. I dont know how eagerly id set out to find it again though. (572 characters)

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

12 oz bottle received in a trade-poured into my snifter.

Still warm out even though it is September.

A-Body is a hazy, quite cloudy copper hue. Fogginess is dynamic and thick. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head which eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves no lacing behind in the glass.

S- Alcohol is potent initially but some classic hefe weizen characteristics can be detected in the background- clove, white bread, a hint of banana-and maybe even a hint of anise.

T-Mild fruity esters upfront-a hint of apple, and white grape. A slight grainy tone is in the background as well as a hint of yeast. Some banana and spice come through for the finish with a moderate alcohol bite and big alcohol heat. The alcohol is most prominent in the end but some initial flavors linger.

M- Body is fairly light and dry and has high carbonation as well as some spritzy champagne like qualities. The yeasty smoothness keeps it from falling into the champagne category.

D- This is a decent brew, that with age, is reminding me more of a belgian tripel (american interpretation) than a german ale. Its quite boozy but complex enough to be enjoyable. Not sure what this was like fresh-right now it is decent, but not the best NG brew out there. (1,245 characters)

Photo of throwitallaway
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thickerfreakness for this one! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden color with a thin, but extremely beautiful white head. Aromas of banana, pineapple, and some citrus from the hops. Very nice. Taste has big flavors of spice, banana, wheat, and some hop bitterness. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability would be fairly high, if not for the off flavor I'm getting in the taste. Something about the hop bitterness that kicks in at the end, makes this beer less enjoyable. If it weren't for that, this beer would be excellent. (571 characters)

Photo of Kbogac
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Big white head with a cloudy dark yellow color. Smell is mostly citrus and banana with a little clove. Reminiscent of orange juice. Sweet orange banana taste with alot of alcohol. Some hop bitterness at the middle through finish. Tough to give a good opinion since I. Have nothing to compare it with. I'd say interesting beer but I don't see me having it again. (387 characters)

Photo of ommegoose
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Thick lasting head on top of a thick hazy orange. Leaves a sticky coat down the glass as it recedes. and keeps a decent cap.

Creamy banana upfront. Lemon. Doesn't smell especially spicy or as hoppy as it tastes.

Big potent flavor. More than a little rough around the edges. There's a rather sharp citric bite in the back end, and lo and behold, Cascades are mentioned on the label. It's hot. The lemony notes really overpower the wheat and yeast notes. It's almost like half a lemon was squeezed into the glass. Not all that bitter though. Some spices push through, but are much less prominent than in a typical weizen. Clove is there, but the label also says cinnamon, which I'm not sure I'm finding.

The feel is not as smooth as a typical hefe. Oddly is not as full as it should be.

Not really sure about the style categorization here. This is more of a APWA than a hefe. It's big, no doubt. Kind of wish I sat on it, as it feels like it could stand to mellow out. One bottle is fine for me. Just too much citrus for my tastes, though I appreciate the effort to do something new. Definitely haven't had a wheat beer like this before. (1,174 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy bright orange color. The head is a massive four inches in height, and recedes very slowly into two inches of foam. The aroma is banana, citrus, and hints of clove. The taste is more lively than the aroma. There is more banana, and less citrus. It is all around more wheaty than the aroma. There is also a mild alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequately high carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would certainly drink again. (492 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

This beer is like the band Oasis, I had high hopes for it, but it is just my wonderwall. (653 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly hazy orange kissed golden yellow with a medium white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves behind nice lace.

S-Spicy lemony with a good base of bready wheat. A bit of zippy hops in the background. All of this present but somehow is muddled.

T-Quite spicy and fruity up front with flavors of lemon and clove. This is followed by a substantial bready characteristic. Following this a subtle hit of alcohol burn and a hint of banana. There is a hops presence, but it melds so much with the "spice" component it is hard to tell the hops from the yeast spice. Plenty of flavours here but something about it comes off as harsh to me.

M-Medium body, quite smooth and very crisp. Good lingering flavours and a dry finish.

D-An interesting take on a classic style. Does it work, sort of...but not something I would hunt down. Certainly a well done brew, as all New Glarus beers are, but not something that needs to be revisited. (938 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge, voluminous white head. Color is dark yellowish amber. Very thick lacing. Aroma consists of bananas, cascade hops and spicy yeast. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, yet soft. Taste initially has a big wheat malt presence. There's banana, hops, and clove spiciness. The hop bitterness, though, really defines this hefeweizen. It's one of the hoppiest wheat beers I've ever tried. Alcohol and the very pronounced hoppiness of the beer linger into the finish.

This was good and certainly a wheat/ hop head's dream. I liked it but the citrus bitterness threw me for a loop. It's not what I'd expect in a typical hefeweizen. Granted this is NOT your typical hefeweizen. Interesting and sure to hit the mark with someone, but not my favorite of the Unplugged line. (773 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey/amber color with a massive head that matches the best Germany can offer

Smell: Massive aromatics - clove dominates, but banana, bubblegum, circus peanuts and a citrus/alcohol concoction that I cannot quite place; while interesting, there is something not very appealing about it to me

Taste: Immediately, the clove and banana flavors jump to the fore and a spicy cinnamon peppery bitterness appears; the bubblegum also joins the other flavors at mid-palate; after the swallow, it becomes rather alcoholic and aggressively spicy, with the grapefruit persisting at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with significant carbonation and a lot of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Schizophrenia in a bottle; I appreciate the craft but I can't say I really enjoyed it; I re-visited another bottle 18 months later and it was very different - still boozy, but the hops had faded and it was much more recognizable as a boozy hefe

Thanks, Atron67, for the opportunity (999 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orangish golden color with two fingers of very thick off white head. This beer has some great retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt and fruity notes. There are some Belgian like yeast notes in here as well. Some banana and clove.

Taste: Sweet malt with some herbal yeast notes. Not nearly as fruity as the smell with a stronger presence of alcohol. I'm picking up a citrus and hop note too. The alcohol in the finish is a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a very slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: I would have liked a bit less alcohol in this one. The other flavors were good. Don't know that I would go back. (733 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)

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