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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
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631 Ratings
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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 99
Gots: 49 | 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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Ratings: 631 | Reviews: 342
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BeerZack
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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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.

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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
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