Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

343 Reviews
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Reviews: 343
Hads: 635
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 102
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of biegaman
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely gorgeous coloured beer. A sun ripened orange shade with dulled clarity. A thin but fuzzy white line embraces the beer, hugging around its center.

The smell, to be quite simple about it, is big and bad-ass citrus: This is tangerine, that drives a motorcycle and lives by his own rules. This is mango that defied his parents and got a piercing and a tattoo in the same day, while skipping class. This is grapefruit that poked the dead body found behind the mayor's house with a stick ... there is no other way to put it, this is big, bad-ass citrus.

Actually, there are a couple other elements that must be mentioned. For one, this yeast is wonderful. It makes for a brilliant supporting cast to both the C-hops and the wheat malt. It seems to be both full of esters and full of phenols, if that is even possible. Second of all, I don't believe I've ever smelt wheat like this. It is crisp, fresh, and vivid - but seems toasted and caramelized. This, in every regard, smells amazing.

Whatever is true for the aroma, can also be said of the taste. This runs one end to the other a full spectrum of fruit flavours - peach, apricot, cantaloupe, melon, tart apple, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon, and just a smack of traditional banana to finish it off. It's a rollercoaster through the wonderful world of exotic fruits with a base of wheat malt to keep you buckled in !

You would easily suspect this isn't your average wheat beer. The alcohol, for one, is a dead give away. Its presence, however, should only be expected along side these monstrously huge flavours of citrus, this field of hops, and this farm full of malts. Nothing is out of balance.

One sip - or smell - and you snap your fingers, exclaiming 'of course!' The characteristics of the hops pair wonderfully with those of the wheat. Credit for this harmonious ceremony, however, is due to this particular strain of yeast, without which I'm not sure this could come together so well.

I'll say it again - this is one bad-ass weissbeer.
It's James Dean, or John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. It's Pacino in Scarface, or Pesci in Casino.
This is James mother-#@*$ in' Bond ... (Sean Connery, of course.)
This is Christopher Walken ... ya, just pure Walken.

Regardless... C-hops and weiss beer done the American way - there may be no better creation. Big props to swoopjones for the bottle! (2,375 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a hazy dirty yellow body with a thick white head cratered like the moon that last forever even after the beer is gone. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that pop in and out of the hazy on their way to support the head.

S- This beer has a perfumed clove hop nose with a rich smell of wheat with some slight toasted wheat notes and a finish of more perfumed hops with a citrus blossom quality.

T- The note of spicy clove gives way to a full wheat flavor with some caramel wheat malt qualities and a note of darker roasted malt deep underneath. There is a finish of perfumed citrus hops with a yeasty pine bit at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a soft alcohol heat that enhances the hops. There is a nice tight little fizz that balances the sweetness and cleans up this beer.

D- This is a wonderful beer. The perfume qualities remind me of some Belgian yeast strains and the hops are really matched well with the great Weizen qualities on top of some nice wheat wine notes. This beer went down smooth and was wonderful fresh. I don't think it will last long enough to age and I think it will also be a totally different beer without the hops. (1,226 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz foil-wrapped bottle courtesy of SQNfan.

A: The weizenbier is hazy with an amber orange color that really stresses the orange. A finger-plus of head almost overflowed from the glass. What's left is lacing nicely.

S: A brief sniff from the bottle indicated lots of juicy hops amongst the weizen elements. An up-close visit reinforces that. Intense clove aromas battle a soapy hop bitterness for top billing. This nose is amazing.

T: The cascade hop bitterness is strong, but so is the estery, phenolic weizen. The two mix nicely at first, big and bold with little definition. A few seconds in, the flavors separate and each takes on a life of its own. The wheat body relies on the strength of wheat and yeast, tangy and full of clove. The bitter hops soon crash the party with a blinding citrusy bitterness that has orange peel flavors. The orange peel is amplified by a citric flavor in the wheat aspect.

M: Much like the Belgian IPA, this ale combines the best features of a weizen and IPA. The result is a sheer blast of flavor that is crazy good. If you have a bottle squirreled away, open it because the hops make this beer.

D: I don't know that the alcohol level is but it tastes strong. A fantastic creation that, because of the intensity of the hops, may limit you to two or three bottles (if you can score that many). (1,337 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger white foamy head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of banannas, cloves, some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, with some banannas/cloves tones, with caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, another nice one from NG. (402 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a new glarus flute.

pours a cloudy, foamy yellow with a massive white head. the smell is reminiscent of a Belgian ale with a tad of tropical fruit as well. taste is dry..slight tropical fruit..some hops..yeasty..boozy..its really all over the place and complex. higher side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this is very interesting. maybe most like a Belgian Tripel. I liked it. (415 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pino, 12oz into a tulip.

Poured with the yeast, golden orange body with an offwhite head and light lacing + retention. Hoppy nose, wheat, citrus/grapefruit/pineapple and definite weizen yeast character. Taste is bitter, hoppy, yeasty, with more pineapple and tropical fruit notes. Some canned pineapple juice character comes to mind. Quite nice, would love to try this fresh on draught. (404 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of the "Uber Trade" from Abents... NG has been throwing down some of my favorite styles on the Unplugged series... A toast to Adam.. because this one sounds fantastic... Poured into my smaller Schneider Weisse glass.

3 finger rocky head just refuses to die back... 5 minutes later and alot of foam is still looking at me with a ton of crusty lace... the brew is a hazy honey orange.

Nose is milder than expected, but still plenty complex.. clove and banana with only touches of bazooka joe bubblegum..

Flavor has more bubblegum than the aroma.. but so also shows.. a little lemon zest and a little bit of an herb note... very complex... no idea about the ABV... I would guess a little bit less than Vitus.. the body is also a little less than the Vitus (sorry.. only comparison that I can think of).. spicy notes are clove but not that much.. more estery banana than spicy... citrus zest becomes citrus flowers as it warms.. tangy...

This is a purely fantastic brew!! worthy of unplugged status and probably should be more worthy of a bit of hype on the BA trading pages.. I am very impressed and wish I had regular access to it... Thanks Adam!! Epic trade for sure... I hope you like your box as much as i like my TWO!!

4.5/4/4.5/4/4.5 (1,258 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's the end of the school year soiree and a budy brought Unplugged New Glarus tasters for everyone!!! Can someone say cannonization????
The unplugger Imperial Weizen is amber in color with nice neat thin white head. The aroma is powered by clove and hints od spice. The taste is very good, and follows the aroma of clove and spice...and backed with a heavy abv. The mouthfeel is ok for as high of abv as this beer is packing....but wowzer...no way to session. (460 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a nice cloudy, tinged gold in color with great turbidity. The aromas are moderately sweet, full of banana, clove, and it has a nice lemon zest aroma that is really interesting. The flavor is somewhat sweet and ultimately spicy. It is very heavy on banana, clove, spices, lemon, and oranges. I don't know if I've had a hefe quite like this one before. It's very, very complex. The lemon and orange are something completely new to me in regards to a hefe. It finishes light and smooth. You'd have no idea that there is 9.6% abv. It is so, so smooth and very easy to drink. This is a deceiving drinker. Overall this is a very, very nice beer and a very interesting hefe. This one is a legitimate success. Well done NG. (730 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big fluffy two-inch head atop a cloudy dull orange beer. Can tell right away this head will have staying power. When it was all said and done there were tons of lacing lines left and still a pleasant head.

S- Huge clove, banana notes.

T- Woo! Follows the smell but in a BIG way. Citrus. Bubblegum yeast. Alcohol boozyness is upfront but wouldn't guess it quite as high as 9.6%.

M- Very full mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated.

D/O- Hefeweizen isn't my most widely tried style by a long-shot but I'd put this right at the top of any I've ever had. Another winner in the New Glarus Unplugged/Thumbprint portfolio. (613 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An American Imperial Wheat?

It seems well-attenuated, so I'll assume it's around 80% apparent attenuation, so with an Original Plato of 20, that puts this one at 9% abv!!!!

A: Hazy brownish straw with a huge, off-white head, great retention, good lacing.

S: Candied fruit (pineapple, papaya, mango), clove, citrus rind, hints of pumpkin pie spice.

T: Huge grapefruit upfront and all the way through, plenty of pineapple, some rind, grass, wheat grain. Alcohol is somewhat assertive, very little bitterness, slight hint of tartness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth, but with plenty of acidity.

D: It's very good, though it'd be more sessionable if it was a little lower in alcohol. Perhaps an India Weizen? I'd like to see some more of those... (760 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick looking concoction of a muddled yellow/brown/orange tone. Bighugeass whipped creamy white topping. Lace is bountiful. Fantastic aroma. Huge weizen yeastiness blends with a citric blast of cascades and other weizen goodies (like banana and spice). The taste is big on the hefeweizen characteristics. The yeasty, doughy yeastiness provides substantial character while light banana and vanilla tones come and go. And the lemon character is fairly consistent throughout in a nonobtrusive way. The citric character that the cascade hops contribute just adds another level of brightness to an already bright tasting beer. If this beer started out with an OP of 20 (from the label, which I assume is "Original Plato"), then this beer is probably pushing 8-9% A/V, which is remarkable. I barely get the faintest hint of alcohol when drinking this. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and easy going, though the carbonation is quite vibrant. This is a hell of an accomplishment.

I hereby declare New Glarus as the best Weizen brewery in the country. I loved their Solstice back in the day (4.75). Went through a few cases of Dancing Man last summer (4.6). And the Black Wheat was exceptional as well (4.55). (1,196 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a cloudy orange yellow with a huge 3 finger, ever growing, head of foam. Lots of lacing and bubbles here and the head retention is very very good. This is a very nice looking brew in my glass.

The smell is very complex with notes of banana, wheat, clove, and some lemon.

The taste is as good as the smell! Plenty of banana and clove followed closely by a nice wheat flavour and some lemon hoppy goodness which, btw, just adds a bit of bittereness and is no way near in control and that's how it should be. Nice. Oh, did I mention there's quite a bit of caramel sweetness here as well? I didn't? My bad. Another thing that impresses me is that this is 9.6%abv...I would have never guessed!!

It's medium bodied, the carbonation starts of very lively but settles down after a while, and it finishes with another nice kick of clove, lemon, and banana. I'm really impressed with this souped up Hefeweizen and I give kudos out to New Glarus for brewing it, and Wasatch again for sending it my way! (1,062 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.10.12.

A - Pours a very cloudy, light orange with a one inch yellow-light tan head. Good retention.

S - Wheat hits you first, then some stong lemon.

T - Heavy wheat and some subtle lemon zest.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Solid body makes the lemon more muted, but still keeps a good balance. (331 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is clear (clearer than you'd expect a hefe to be), medium-to-dark copper color, with a really thick poofy head and lots of lace. It smells a little sour, hoppy in a Belgian way (which reminds me of Urthel Hop-It), no banana nor clove. The taste is the same as the aroma, a subdued sour flavor under a strong hops presence that's more Belgian than German or American in my humble opinion. Fairly thick body for the style, maybe a 7.5 on a 1-10 scale from water to oil. Not tasty enough nor light enough to rate drinkability above a 3. (543 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with hazy and a 1 finger white head

smell: banana's, clove, citrus,

taste: banana's, clove, citrus,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: Now that was a very good rendition of a Hefe. Would love to have more of this beer.

Cheers,
the CPJ (311 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, bought a 4 pack at steve's university

appearance: served in a bells tulip, hazy orange body with a huge white foam cap and fantastic lacing - quite the site to behold...dead sexy looking beer

smell: sweet bananas and cream, fresh citrus, clove and white pepper, hoppy and fruity, clean and refreshing

taste: wonderful! clean citrus hops and sweet banana carry the flavour profile in fantastic fashion...white pepper and clove provide a great compliment, abv hardly noticed until the aftertaste. Nice bubblegum kick - Great offering!

mouthfeel: clean and refreshing - a delight

drinkability: high (613 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from joe1510 in the LNBA BIF. Thanks, Joe! I've enjoyed every Unplugged beer i've had and I expect this to be no different. Into my weizen glass

A: A careful pour yields a hazy apricot-orange pour with a massive three-finger off-white head. Tons of carbonation is visible and this is looking quite gorgeous Head retention is spectacular and as i drink this, there's foam all over.

S: Fruity with orange, mango, peach and a hint of apple; spicy with clove and a hint of nutmeg. Mildly phenolic- solid stuff

T/M: Quite unlike any other hefeweizen i've had, I can tell you that much. Starts off with a ton of citrus blended with the spices - cinnamon and clove are prominent. This combination works beautifully, creating an intriguing flavor profile that's decidedly unique, almost like a spiced fruit juice. There's a mild sweetness to this (which is where the wheat comes in) before the spicy and dry finish takes over the beer, leaving a ton of clove on the palate. As far as the mf goes, this starts off a little bit on the full side which results in the carbonation being subdued a bit. The finish, though, is solid

D: This is very very drinkable stuff. Well done, New Glarus! (1,203 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
0821 on the neck, no info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 who can't resist giving me beer every time I go to his house to help "thin the heard."

A - Poured complete with sediment, the totally cloudy golden yellow beer is topped by a massive five-finger head. Thick as whipped cream, you could rest a bottle cap on it no problem. It sparkles like fresh snow and leaves sheet after sheet of thick lace on the glass! Perfection!

S - Potent yeast esters flourish with banana and clove spiciness and, for the most part, overwhelm the subtle wheat aroma. Solvent notes of phenolic alcohol poke through to let you know that yes, indeed this is imperial. Spicy German hops fill the background.

T - Overpoweringly hoppy, the flavor is a kick to the face. The wheat pokes out on the finish in between solvent alcohol heat,. Yeasty esters of banana and clove are still present but largely reserved in comparison to the hops.

M - Unconventionally bitter, the finish sees some sweetness that's obviously meant to be there for balance. Too bitter. Warming alcohol is both tasted and experienced retronasally but the brew is smooth and soft like a hefe should be. Medium-full in body from the sweetness.

O - A nice spring sipper but by no means a summer thirst quencher. Not that it's meant for that anyway... A little boozy although fairly well hidden, it's just overly bitter from the hops.

*Also, a point of interest about this beer is that it doesn't age well at all, extended aging anyway. Despite it's high ABV and BeerAdvocate's, "not a style to age unless alcohol exceeds ABV range" (which I'd say it does) my disapproving review of a 4-year-old bottle was removed, flagged by someone obviously upset by the score despite the caveat. The aged review garnished a C-. Moral of the story, don't hang on to this one for a while. (1,855 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color, thick and fluffy white head, long lasting. Scent brings a big whiff of lemon grass and orange rind along with big notes of banana bread, some bubblegum, black pepper and yeast. Taste is big and bold, nice hop notes combine with amped up wheat beer flavors, touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, light chunkiness, mostly dry and slightly warming. Really solid beer all around, nice touch of hops on nose and tongue. Amazed at the ABVs on this one, noticeable but still well hidden. (500 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed deep amber with a tight off white head leaving a thick lace. Nose is interesting, a lightly muddled wheat malt and spicy earthy yeast note give way to lemon and clove with a touch of candied lemon. There is a bit of an herbal back end. Taste has a lot happening, the wheat malt is up front, its earthy and musky. The yeast is quite spicy mingling with the candied lemon and some sweetness through the finish. Well carbonated, spice lingers, peppery. Body is full and creamy, faint dryness and a bit sweet through the finish. (538 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this in the family room downstairs and perhaps due to my excitement, perhaps due to a higher carbonation level, I stared deeply at this hazy golden color beer with a big 1 inch layer of white head.

First smell...bubblegum...more bubblegum than I've smelled in this style before....now I bring it up stairs to review and my nose is next met by a blitzkrieg of cloves....a huge clove presence as well as the bubble gum....next is some banana but this is a secondary player....finally some mild grapefruit like hop notes in the distance.

Time to drink this...as I wrote this the head subsided to about a 1/4 inch now.

Taste is not a typical weizen taste...more of a pale ale feel....grapefruit is upfront, also some lemons..where did the bubble gum go? Cloves are also present and finally some mild banana notes enter. Pretty complex and pretty hoppy.

Carbonation is about right...has a creamy feel but also some citrus notes that lend a little acidity...booze is pretty hidden for 9.6%

Overall I love the nose on this...and the taste is pretty unique if not particularly memorable. I like it but I wanted to like it more. I prefer the Dancing Man wheat immensely over this but this is definitely a "must try" and efforts like this are one of the reasons I feel NG is Wisconsin's best brewery. (1,303 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nuzzling up to perfection. What an uber hop weizen a la American style. Absolutely slammed the Belgians here. Poured with a huge foamy, frothy, off white head and great lace. Aroma is banana, yeast, bubblegum, malt, hop, Flavor is largely like nose, plus yeast bitterness leaps out along with sweetness of the malts and propelled by the alcohol. Body is outstanding and ditto carbonation- couldn't be exceeded. Finish is like flavor and lingers with diminishing presence to a point where I can't find the point only that I want another point. The occurance of excellence. (571 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deeply hazed light pear yellowish tone with a towering crown of soft white foam that drizzles and crunches away very slowly. Big patches of heavy set lace covers the glass well.

Aroma is your typical hefe nose, but perhaps a bit more malt beefyness than most, which I truly like. Here the lemon is heavy on a duller pie-like/pastry denseness along with some apricot, pear, and orange zipped with a nice touch of zest to it topped with a well muted touch to clove and green tea.

Yummy Weizen flavors all over the place. Smooth, full, with lots of citrusy complexity to it. Both in flavor and body. Which are going hand in hand here. Nice lofty twisting of orange and lemon flavors add a unique zip and zest on the tongue the entire time as light spices of clove and cinnamon sit in there too. But alas, can't forgot the malts, as they lay the groundwork well in this stuff with a wonderfully sweet sided paleness of bread crusts and pastry flakes. But the rounded citrus tones is in total control, full throttled and yummy as hell.

Fantastic body of lush, smooth, fullness. Zippy, yet, not overly so as to be spiced by too much, everything in check and down right drinkable. Spiced and balanced just right with all its complexity it citrusy zest and yeasty spicing. Not sure how the 9.6% got squeezed in there. But that's nowhere to be found unless you drink all four from the pack at once. Easy to do!

Many of the micro brewies that put out there Hefe's could learn alot from this stuff. However, this being an obvious ramped up version of what the norm would be; all Hefes need to be like this, then it would be a style I can actually like. This stuff "Unplugged", is awesome! (1,681 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours the cloudiest golden yellow/orange color I have ever seen. Produced a giant fluffy pure white head with a glorious retention; I could float a bottle cap on top it was so thick. Just tons of spotted lacing left behind all around the inside of the glass.

(S)- Interesting. Its like a Hefeweiss meets and IPA. Just loaded with a combo or a yeasty biscuit, banana, and clove with a background burst of lemon lime citurs.

(T)- Again, this really is like a Hefeweiss meets and IPA. Big bursts of lemon lime, banana, clove, and subtle bits of pine and yeasty biscuit. The balance of the two parts is awesome.

(M)- A nicely crisp carbonation level. Just a great balance of citrus hop bite (very mild pine) and lovely belgian-like banana, biscuit-like yeast and clove. Minimal bitterness; the creaminess of this helps counterbalance that. Smooth and crisp. 9.6% ABV??? I cannot detect any of that whatsoever; this goes down so easy!

(D)- Move over Belgian IPAs! Granted this is a classified as a Hefeweiss, however I am torn if this is more that or a Belgian IPA. Tastes great as a Hefeweiss on steroids, yet I would without a doubt put this up there with the best Belgian IPAs any day of the week. It just portrays each part beautifully while maintaining balance and a smooth, yet crisp and refreshing profile. This is a dangerous beer at 9.6%! Further proof that New Glarus makes the finest wheat beers in the country. (1,466 characters)

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