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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen

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599 Ratings

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 97
Gots: 44 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:38:11 | More by andrenaline
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-20-2012 05:04:21 | More by floydie83
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-19-2012 17:29:21 | More by zenwatts
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

01-14-2012 18:22:44 | More by hilgart1
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-09-2012 20:56:17 | More by djrn2
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:34:56 | More by RoamingGnome
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-02-2012 21:54:13 | More by whartontallboy
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 17:21:37 | More by Ratman197
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-22-2011 04:45:18 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-20-2011 22:34:03 | More by Mrrahn
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-19-2011 01:13:00 | More by Nofear048
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-16-2011 19:39:11 | More by Beertracker
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-13-2011 02:39:05 | More by southhousebrew
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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).

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 23:15:03 | More by jegross2
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 23:04:35 | More by JohnnyHopps
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-11-2011 05:00:40 | More by Jhiser
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-10-2011 04:02:25 | More by bigdaddypolite
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-09-2011 21:32:59 | More by sneefcity
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a big sticky white head. Typical look for a wheat based beer.

Aroma is of wheat, bubble gum and a bit of clove. Some lemon/citrus fruit also makes an appearance.

Hits the palate with a sharp citrus/lemon angle. A bit of clove and spice. None of the bubblegum in the smell.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and carbonation level is good.

Pretty good, but I prefer most of NG regular wheat beer options to this. It pales in comparison to Dancing Man and Laughing Fox.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:45:13 | More by jmarsh123
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 01:52:27 | More by oline73
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow, orange. Pours a beautiful, thick fine head.

Smell: Very beautiful yeast and bread notes. Orange peels and citrus with a small amount of alcohol.

Taste: Very forward hop profile from the get go. The malt is a bit overpowered by the hops for a weizen but its in tune with the style. Some hints of orange and lemon and finishes with a bitter note from some evolving hops and a bit of an alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant and clean

Overall: I love weizens for the clean taste. This imperial weizen maintained a lot of similar notes with a much more intense hop profile from the get go. The different flavors seem a bit muddled together and maybe a but out of balance towards the hop end. Overall though, a great pint.

Serving type: Bottle poured into Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 06:59:17 | More by cradke
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-04-2011 05:41:18 | More by reyolb
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.