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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

603 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 603
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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FullObs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-07-2012 23:34:38 | More by FullObs
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Fitzmke

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-04-2012 01:26:58 | More by Fitzmke
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beergod1

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Pours a hazy golden/Amber color with a tight fizzy white head. Has excellent lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus and Clove. Tastes of Banana, little bit of hops, citrus fruit, with some sort of funkiness. That must be the "Imperial" part of the beer. Sweet throughout with a little resiny aftertaste. Smells and tastes even more like bubblegum as it warms, crazy. Very good, very complex, very drinkable.

02-02-2012 01:40:43 | More by beergod1
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JayTurk

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -63%

01-30-2012 05:00:12 | More by JayTurk
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

From notes... My mom picked up a mixer pack from Wisconsin and I was lucky enough to get a chance to try this gem.

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, finger of soapy head, solid retention and lacing.

S - Musty citrus, hints of cloves, honey, wet cardboard, chalky malts and grassy hop notes.

T - What a fantastic combination of flavours with hints of citrus and pine hops, undertones of cloves, wheat, grassy flavours, buttered bread and bubble gum.

M - Medium, smooth and wet. ABV is nearly undetectable.

O - This stuff is unreal and if ever presented the opportunity, you best not hesitate. A dangerously drinkable ale, full flavoured and scrumptious.

01-27-2012 03:38:11 | More by andrenaline
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floydie83

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-20-2012 05:04:21 | More by floydie83
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-19-2012 17:29:21 | More by zenwatts
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hilgart1

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

01-14-2012 18:22:44 | More by hilgart1
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nucmedmario

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-12-2012 23:51:16 | More by nucmedmario
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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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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) Hazy looking light orange. It started with around a finger of creamy looking white head. This settled down to a dusting. Not much lacing at all.

S) There was a lot going on here. It started out pretty sweet. There was yeast, wheat, banana and spice, mainly clove. As it warmed up, I was picking up other fruit aromas, tropical and a little apple.

T) The malt and yeast create a light bread flavor. Then some booze hits you. It's pretty close to the nose, but not as much fruit was present in the taste. The finish had a boozy tingle.

M) A medium body with a good jolt of carbonation. This started out creamy, but unfortunately that faded to a mostly unsatisfying and prickly ending.

O) This was pretty good overall, but as far as NG beers go, I'll stick to Dancing Man, if I'm looking for something in and or around the weizen style.

01-04-2012 03:34:56 | More by RoamingGnome
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-03-2012 00:02:36 | More by Mrpickles
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-02-2012 21:54:13 | More by whartontallboy
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Ratman197

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

Bottle courtesy of adneilsen (thanks Aron) poured a cloudy gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of wheast, yeast, banana, light bubblegum and a hint of clove. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, yeast, banana, light clove and light alcohol with a crisp warming lingering banana finish.

12-25-2011 17:21:37 | More by Ratman197
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Prostman81

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Beer pours your traditional German hefe hazy golden with a nice, but not too billowy head. Smell has hints of banana/clove, but I also get some hop character as well. I picked up this four pack in July, and just sampled this month (December) so I'm wondering if I had cracked one openn when I first bought if both aromas would be more present.

Taste is very nice. Again, it's like a more subtle hefe, but also the hop character is present to balance it out. Initial sips bring a lot of alcohol, but that quickly fades and doesn't remain overpowering to the rest of the flavors. This is where the mouthfeel comes in. It's by no means a heavy beer, but the body definitley has plenty going on to keep the alcohol at bay, while still allowing the esthers and hop aroma come through. Nice.

I'd call it a higher strength version of Dancing Man. Very good overall, but I might just stick with the D.M. in the future.

12-23-2011 16:55:57 | More by Prostman81
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LucienDeRubempre

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-22-2011 04:45:18 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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Mrrahn

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-20-2011 22:34:03 | More by Mrrahn
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Nofear048

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-19-2011 01:13:00 | More by Nofear048
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-16-2011 19:39:11 | More by Beertracker
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southhousebrew

Indiana

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-13-2011 02:39:05 | More by southhousebrew
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jegross2

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Reviewing the Unplugged Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company.
Score: 87

2011 bottle poured in a 312 glass (no, the picture is not mine).

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden yellow-orange color with three fingers of soapy head that settled pretty quickly into a ring around the glass and bubbly clumping in the middle. Excellent lacing. Foam returns when you swirl. 4.5/5

Smell: Bananas, oranges and Belgium yeast. Some light spices, cinnamon, plum, wheat and grainy. Sugary apple juice. Lightly toasted bread, touches of orange peel. 4/5

Taste: Bananas, Belgium yeast, cloves, cinnamon and pepper hit upfront. Very sweet, sugary apples on the mid-palate. Quite juicy. Finish is Unibroue Ephemere-like, but mixed with bananas. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly spritzy medium-high carbonated. Not crisp, because of the sugary linger, but very palate cleansing otherwise. Finishes dry, sweet and slightly sticky. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid Weizenbock, but nothing standout. Incredibly drinkable, and enjoyable, but a bit too sugary for my tastes. I'd absolutely try another. Oh wait, I have three! New Glarus Unpluggeds are definitely where it's at.

Recommendation: A brilliant craft beer for casual beer drinkers. Weizenbocks are what got me into craft beer. Beer geeks should also try this one, but by the single and not the four pack.

Pairings: Pumpkin pie.

Cost: $10.99 for a four pack (add a few extra dollars if you bought it at the gas station).

12-11-2011 23:15:03 | More by jegross2
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

I have had the last bottle of the 4 pack in the fridge for a while. Poured into a pint glass during an American football game, the beer was a golden orange color. A mildly bitter aroma tickled the nose before yielding to a more fruity aroma. Initial taste was a sweet banana and cinnamon flavor that melted into a hot and warming bitter hoppy aftertaste. Notes of citrus are also hidden among the flavors. This is a very smooth beer in terms of the mouthfeel, which is somewhat surprising when the high alcohol content is considered. At 9.6%, this is a potent beer. While it is a warming beer, the smoothness suggests that it could also serve as an easy drinking summer beer. This is a well balanced, tasty beer.

12-11-2011 23:04:35 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Jhiser

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-11-2011 05:00:40 | More by Jhiser
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-10-2011 04:02:25 | More by bigdaddypolite
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sneefcity

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-09-2011 21:32:59 | More by sneefcity
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.