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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

605 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 97
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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jnn4v

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Hazy orange color. Lots and lots of very foamy white head that took an inordinately long amount of time to die down - but I suppose that's a good thing for this style. No visible sediment.

S: Grapefruit, resiny herbal hop scents, green peppercorn, and wheat. Some Belgian yeast / slight funky scents throughout as well.

T: Yeast, grapefruit, barnyard funk, vines and leaves. This thing is all over the place - I can't figure out if it's a mess or if it's brilliant. I'm leaning towards brilliant. Some more residual herbal resiny flavors followed by orange and grape sweetness.

M: Very thick, very viscous, and quite dense. Possibly the heaviest wheat beer I've ever encountered. Ample carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer. It was special. Isn't that special? Seriously, though, I enjoyed it start to finish and recommend it for those who want to expand beyond a classic Hefeweizen.

08-05-2011 01:54:48 | More by jnn4v
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-17-2014 01:56:15 | More by jkball01
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-09-2012 20:56:17 | More by djrn2
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mattyrubes

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-01-2012 02:35:49 | More by mattyrubes
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to hannydawg for this one.

A: Pour an incredible creamy peach. It reminds me of a melted orange-creamsicle. It has a beautiful could haze to it and there is a thin white head. The lacing is great.This beer hangs onto the glass for dear life.

S: Smells mainly of Belgian yeast, unripe bananas, and clove. I pick up a little bit of booze, but nothing outrageous. I also gets notes of orange peel and citrus.

T: It starts off nicely with the Belgian yeast flavors. The banana and clove are definitely there. However, the higher ABV is noticeable. The finish is bog and boozy with some of the citrus coming through with it.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer has some heft to it, but it goes down quickly.

O: I'm digging this beer. I don't know if I'd go after it again, but it's solid.

09-17-2011 21:21:40 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-09-2013 00:31:11 | More by Soneast
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amishbooze

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-24-2013 21:42:48 | More by amishbooze
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-29-2013 05:07:45 | More by Beerlover
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-09-2013 23:42:38 | More by billab914
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I2uss

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-18-2011 17:55:05 | More by I2uss
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-03-2014 04:46:24 | More by tommyguz
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SteveTheBrit

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-14-2014 20:18:21 | More by SteveTheBrit
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collino

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-22-2014 00:25:58 | More by collino
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like tons of citrus and resin hops, with some fresh wheat and wild yeast and banana.
T: It tasted like tangy fresh wheat and wild yeast, with lots of citrus and pine hops and a little banana. It had a clean and bitter / sour aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly full body.
D: This was a very nice weizenbock. Not sure why it's listed as a hefe on BA. The scent and taste were hoppy but still enjoyable and fitting for the style (similar to Little Sumpin Extra). Great body and not too hot, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not mind blowing, but still recommended.

08-13-2011 03:11:08 | More by Pencible
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-09-2012 03:08:32 | More by Localdrinklax
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-23-2013 00:44:28 | More by egrace84
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -1%

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute

A - It is golden bodied with about a foot of off-white head that clings to the sides for dear life.

S - I smell bread, spices, and a little citrus, orange.

T - The taste has some clove, lemon, orange, and a bitter finish. I get alcohol as it warms and bread.

M - Foamy. This beer is all head. Once it settles it is medium bodied.

O - It is a hoppy version of a great style. It reminds me of Schneider Hopfenweisse.

06-18-2014 23:50:47 | More by buschbeer
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color. Three finger cloudy white head dies down pretty fast to a small cap on the beer. Sticky lacing binds together on the sides of the glass. Looks like a good beer.

S- With the age on this one it still isn't muted at all. Actually the aroma seems to jump out of the glass. Big fruity notes (banana and lighter apple) come into play first with some wheaty notes. Light bubblegum smell which is the first time I can really smell this in a beer. Lastly some hints of caramel malts in this as well.

T- Taste follows the aroma pretty much on par. I kind of wished I had this when it was fresh as the hops I think would have been amazing on this making the beer stand out more so than what it does now. This beer is a nice crossbreed between a hefe and lighter IPA flavor. Nothing more nothing less. Tasrte follows the aroma perfect to me

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light drying on the palate. Big banana flavor left on the palate with light citrus hops. Aftertaste is more hefe than anything. Alcohol is well hidden in the beer which surprised me. Flavors are blended well together with this beer.

D- This is a well made imperial beer. I would only be able to drink a couple of these. Still would have liked a couple more for the cellar. I will be looking forward to them maybe making this again...are you listening New Glarus??

04-10-2010 18:30:48 | More by alleykatking
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011 for $2.59.

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a large fluffy cream colored head of foam on it. Scent is heavy with wheat and sweet citrus. Taste is really full of flavor for a Hefeweizen with complex wheats mixed nicely with coriander and a slight lemon zest. Quite a heavy hitter for a Hefeweizen but rather well made as per usual with New Glarus beers!

07-17-2011 03:42:32 | More by Lemke10
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

10th review on BA
Bottle into De Struise Brouwers tulip-snifter.

A: Faint sunrise to light copper. 1.5 finger nail head on brisk pour.

S: Smells like cracked wheat and banana. Minimal hint a booze.

T: Alcohol not hidden on this one at all. Sweet caramel + bananas with brilliant and well-balanced spices.

M: Good balance of carbonation and very, very smooth. Tasty!

O: All things considered, very tasty brew. A bit boozy, but I really like it. Definitely different for the style, but it goes down quite smooth and I really liked the complex flavors/spice. Great job!

08-31-2011 03:56:01 | More by spdyfire83
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westweasel

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to Schneid for this "imported" beer.

The aroma is filled with clove, pepper, white bread, and a bit of a band-aid like smell that passed after a short time.

The appearance is a cloudy golden color with a large white head. The taste contains a saltine-like malt sweetness, and pepper, with some clove, and noticeable bitterness - and a very dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium/full with fairly high carbonation. This is a very drinkable and interesting beer for a large hefeweizen.

04-10-2008 02:39:09 | More by westweasel
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

10-13-2013 03:42:13 | More by confer
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle from jprime

Golden orange colour, about a finger of white head, a little bit of lace as well. Smell is quite hoppy, big pineapple and orangey citrus notes, malty and wheaty character, lots of hops in this one though. Taste has a wheaty character mixed with plenty of hops, orange, tangerine and pineapple, fairly bitter throughout, touches of honey, lightly sweet in the finish with a bit more wheat, hoppy aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, lightly dry. A solid hoppy wheat beer and really drinkable despite this not being quite what I expected.

04-08-2013 19:34:57 | More by peensteen
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Sconnie

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

This was a really nice beer, another good addition to the always interesting, sometimes great "Unplugged" collection from New Glarus. Traditional hefe flavors of clove and banana with a bit more warming alcohol and much stronger hop presence, with a lot of Cascade hop flavor in the beer. I wouldn't have guessed a strong hefe with more hops would make such a tasty beer, but I've been proven wrong. Only set back is the higher alcohol than normal for the style (abv not listed, but i'd guess it's above 7) becomes a bit more noticeable as you drink it, and is a little too much. I wouldn't have more than one in a sitting, but the one is quite nice. And since it comes in a four pack, that's just fine!

04-19-2008 20:38:28 | More by Sconnie
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

10-13-2013 00:44:08 | More by WankelEngine
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.