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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen - New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen

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562 Ratings

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%

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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Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Thick orange hazy body with an amazing bone white head with rocky peaks and absolutely massive lacing.

S: Thick wheat smell with a touch of fruity notes however alcohol is a present smell, like a whiskey or rum.

T: Bananas and booze. Its not the best of qualities of this beer but the hops come through with the wheaty flavor but the finish is very boozy.

M: The bitter fixes on the tongue something fierce, but the boozy finish is what leaves you tingling.

D: Wow, definitely a one time beer in an evening (or brunch) but its a great example of an imperial version.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:30:16 | More by BasementBer
Photo of DearthVader


2.65/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz'er courtesy of larsenju.

Poured into my Duvel Green tulip

Pours and a very murky golden yellow that is not see-through at all. From an average pour a giant 3 finger head of white foam erupted. Leaves beautiful lacing for a hef.

Smell is very off putting to me. I get a tingle in my nose from the alcohol and then an overwhelming scent of bananas to cover it up.

Taste is exactly like the smell just a little more bearable. Slight alcohol then an explosion of banana that coats my mouth. I actually like the aftertaste quite a bit thats why the score wasn't lower.

Mouthfeel I think is probably how it's suppose to be. First Imperial Weizen so I'm not sure. It did drink relatively smoothly.

Not really impressed by this one at all and I'm a little upset since it was my first New Glarus brew. I look forward to trying the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart that are in the cellar.

Thanks again Justin!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 06:30:41 | More by DearthVader
Photo of TheBlackMallard


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mully for the trade.

Bottle opened with a hiss, odd shrieking noise escaped from the foil. Poured into my trusty Dollartree Weizen glass with a giant head leaving behind plenty of lacing. Looks wonderful with my desk lamp shining behind it and all it's Weizeny goodness.

Smells of Lemon, Banana, Clove, Grass and Black Pepper.

I'm mostly tasting the citrus from the Cascades with a bit of Banana and Clove in the finish, they show up a bit more as it warms.

Awesome body and soft, lively carbonation.

Alright, who poured an SNPA in my Hefe? I wouldn't mind at all if the Cascades faded a bit. I'd probably like it a bit more. Cascades aren't my hop of choice. It's hard to tell that this is 8-9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 02:12:02 | More by TheBlackMallard
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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stud beer from NG. This is really outstanding. My only critisim is that this beer tastes more Belgium than a Weizen. Funny, many beers say "Beligium" and aren't even close. This is one is right up their with the Belgium tripel heavy weights. Looks cloudy like a wheat but the head is dense and thick more like a tripel. Lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is truely fantastic, with pear, honey, and pepper. The taste has a great balance of sweetness, savory yeastiness, and hearty malt - wheat backbone. This stuff could get me to root for the Pack this year.

If you like Fin Du Monde. This is very similar, but better!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:22:20 | More by OttoPeeWee
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into fluted pilsener glass.

A: Poured a very cloudy, rich looking blonde with a generous fluffy white head. Fairly significant lacing sticks from top to bottom.

S: Smells like a Hefe from about 2 feet away. Getting in close reveals the nuances, with plenty of banana, cloves, some bready malt and a bit of sweet bubble gum.

T: There is a lot of rich, fruity bubble gum in this one. The usual Hefe suspects are present and accounted for, but really take a back seat to the double bubble. There is also a nice, piney bitter hops at the back end to pull this one back from being too one dimensional.

M: Nice tingly carbonation, not too effervescent. Nothing really sticky, but a solid sipper that hangs around for a bit. Again, the hops leave a nice slightly bitter finish that leaves you wanting more.

O: This is another solid offering from New Glarus. While I am not a huge fan of all of their thumprint/unplugged styles, they seem to be mostly well thought out and expertly crafted. This one does not dissapoint, as it takes the expected characteristics of a regular Hefeweizen and cranks up the volume, while adding some nice dry hopping to balance out the sweet and spice.

This one reminds me of your grandma's upside down cake, but right out of the oven with homemade butterscotch and ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:31:36 | More by doucmehu
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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Westmalle goblet. Has a thick foamy white head and a rich golden body. Has aroma of yeast, wheat, banana and light malt. Flavour is wheat and banana with a lttle malt and spice, primarily clove. Very tasty and reminds me of the good Bavarian Weizens.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:27:49 | More by Atricapilla
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz foiled bottle courtasy of jrallen34, thanks! So far this is only my second New Glarus beer, but both have been quite tasty considering they aren't my favorite styles.

A - pours a cloudy golden color with 1 finger off white head. Lacing is nice as is retention.

S - smells very yeasty and estery as standard for the style. Some banana and clove.

T - a pleasent yeasty flavor with banana, clove, and a touch of orange zest. Very little alcohol is detectable considering the 9.6%. I had to do a double take of the percentage, since I thought it was much lower.

M - mouthfeel is not very pleasant. Moderate to high astringency and a thin body. Singing bubbles and loose bubble structure didn't make it better.

O - a nice beer that is dangerously drinkable considering the alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:14:50 | More by dmsohyea
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3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Now *this* is an interesting wheat beer which I just picked up in Madison, WI. From reading the label, I could tell I was in for something a bit unique...

This one pours with a cloudy, light-ish, golden color. There's a thin head which persists, but it's not as thick as many German weizens. The aroma is a very good indicator of what is to come. There's definitely some German wheat beer character in there, but something else too. Upon tasting, the unusual mix of characters becomes much more apparent. There's a citrusy character infused with the expected "normal" German character along with something else..."minty" perhaps? The label mentions Cascade hops and "excessive dry hopping". That explains a lot of what is going on here. The bitterness is not overwhelming, but it might be a little aggressive. I can't stop sipping this brew and pondering the odd mix of flavors in it. With that being said, I'm still not overly-enthusiastic about the end product's mix of flavors as a whole. This is a very interesting brew which I'm very happy I bought, but one 12oz bottle is probably more than enough for me.

This NG brew probably fits into the same style as the Schneider-Brooklyner Weiss. Both weizens are heavily dry-hopped and are new interpretations of the style. Kudos to New Glarus for trying new things with the Unplugged series. I wish more breweries would do the same!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:21:09 | More by ohmybock
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, butterscotch with a fluffy two finger head. Setting it down to type, i can smell a bit of banana bread from the table a couple feet away. As I shove my nose in, I pick up a more complex scent, adding honey, clove and citrus hop to the aroma. The flavor consists of most of usual suspects for a hefe, banana, lemon, clove, a touch of apricot, and bubblegummy yeast. Hop presence isn't too strong, but a nice compliment - citrus fruits again with a bit of a peppery bite - much more noticeable on the nose than on the tongue. Slightly dissapointing there, as I like what the smell advertises. As it warms up a bit I'm getting more and more rind bitterness, which becomes a little rough on the taste buds. This is a bit thicker and creamier than most in the style, but the "imperial" stamp lead me to expect as much. The lingering, coating body is quite satisfying, though leaves the gum flavor to hang around a bit longer than I might like. I'm not the biggest hefe fan in the world to start with, but this is a nice, beefed up American interpretation that I'd go for again in warmer weather. Thanks mully for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 22:49:51 | More by grandq
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Big white head with a cloudy dark yellow color. Smell is mostly citrus and banana with a little clove. Reminiscent of orange juice. Sweet orange banana taste with alot of alcohol. Some hop bitterness at the middle through finish. Tough to give a good opinion since I. Have nothing to compare it with. I'd say interesting beer but I don't see me having it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 01:32:42 | More by Kbogac
Photo of wardough


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh wow. This is great.

A: Pours a murky, yeasty light amber/brown. Has a good head on it. Carbonation is screaming to the surface.
S: Bananas, pears, a slight hint of alcohol. Awesome.
T: Yeasty esters of wheat, banana, pears, then the alcohol lingers and cleans the palate.
M: Feels good on the palate. Medium carbonation.
D: High drinkability.

This is definitely one that I would buy again. I like it. A sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 00:53:00 | More by wardough
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this extra... Cheers man!

poured chilled into tulip

Color: Hazy golden with shades of dim orange. 3 finger white foamy head... leaves behind decent lacing.

Nose: smells great! Banana and cloves shine through. Mellow vanilla in the background along with some scent of wheat.

Palate: It looses me here. Soapy and boozy. Both these textures over power the nice aroma this beer has, the banana is barely tasted, the cloves subdued by the presence of the abv. This beer drinkable, but with a bit more flavor on the tongue this would be a hell of a brew.

Finish: Boozy, but still flavorful. Would love to se this beer brewed with a lower abv to see how it will drink then. Still a solid brew from new glarus, but they can do better

Rating: 87 out of 100

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 07:51:00 | More by schmoopsbeer
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange liquid with a creamy white head that fades leaving chunks of foam around the glass

Cloves hints of cascade hops and wheat malt creep in

clove play with hops in a new and interesting way cinnamon and savory flavors not usually found in weizen beers, impressive experiment in beer here

good mouthfeel, cleans out quick almost oily, in a good way

definitely a very good beer, I'm glad I have more in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 21:47:56 | More by mully
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rodenbach tulip glass. A bit over-carbonated. Aroma has citrus, nice light malt, lots of breadiness --- more than I've ever smelled in a beer --- and some hops. Bursting with rich malt and light fruitiness. It's got the malt backbone. Like a light-colored barleywine, without the heaviness which characterizes that style. Unfortunately, it's also missing some of the complexity, the higher alcohols, and the warm character of the best barleywines. Just enough hops to keep it from being cloying --- leave it to a German-style brewer to avoid the over-hopping which characterizes so many American microbrews. Quite drinkable.

One note: BeerAdvocate says that this is a hefeweizen? It's wheatwine.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 01:11:08 | More by goethean
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber, cloudy like most Hefeweizens, HUGE pillowy light tan head! Maybe even a little too much head if there can be such a thing. Waited for it to dissipate so I could pour more in the glass, but that bugger really stuck around! Aroma kind of reminded me of fresh air, which was a first for me. You know, the way it smells after a spring rain... Maybe with a little hops mixed in with the rain, though. Very pleasant. Quite a bit of alcohol taste and warming, which wasn't a surprise for an "imperial" beer. Very malty at first with some nice bitterness at the finish. Might be a little strong for my liking, but I have 3 more so I may grow to like it even more. Not bad, just not fantastic. Meduim carbonation with a bit of a heavy body.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 02:32:43 | More by BeerCheese
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, stamped 0803.

A: Poured into a weizen glass, looking damn sexy. Cloudy, dark yellow amber colored. Streams of rising bubbles make the head last for days.

S: Clove. Faint bubblegum. Wheaty malt.

T/M: Wow. Unlike any hefeweizen I've had. Initial hit is crisp wheat malt, immediately backed up by citrus hops and bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, and the bitterness lasts well into the finish, but is not over-powering.

D: This is one damn fine hefeweizen!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 04:05:05 | More by k3n
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tribial for picking this up for me on his way back from the great land of cheese!

A - Hazy golden-amber in color with a couple finger white head that lingers for quite a while leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S - Traditional weizen odors of bananas and cloves are accompanied by a wonderful citrus hop aroma with bit breadiness thrown in for good measure

T - Pepper and lemons with all the afore mentioned items in found in the nose and a slight taste of alcohol, all of this from just the few sips. As the glass begins to warm to near room temperature tastes of cinnamon and apple become more and more apparent. The delicate balance of all these flavors is truly delicious.

M - Light to medium in body. The slight taste of pepper and the other spice flavors leaves a nice tingling sensation on the tongue.

D - This is down right awesome. Certainly another hit from the unplugged series which has yet to yield a beer I have not liked, at least from what I have tried thus far.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 03:26:35 | More by FrognutUnl
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color that is hazy as all hell. Huge slightly off white fluffy head that looks like cream from the top that lasts and lasts. Looks tasty!

S: Bubblegum, cinnamon, citrus, tons of clove and banana. This beer is super yummy smelling. You can smell just the slightest bit of alcohol right at the end.

T: Drinks like an edgier and more citrus hop flavored Dancing Man Wheat. Slightly spicy. The high alcohol isn't really present in the taste, but it does add a certain dryness to the beer and the only time you can tell it's there is after you swallow, you can feel that "warming sensation" as you exhale through your nose. That being said, its dangerously drinkable and could get someone in trouble fast if you are not careful, hehe.

M: Medium. I wanna say that Dancing Man Wheat has a fuller mouthfeel because the carbonation is higher. It's carbonated, but not as highly as the beer mentioned above.

This is quite an interesting brew from New Glarus. I'm not sure if I'm digging it or not. As an experimental brew, it's excellent, but I feel that the high gravity hurts the beer more than it helps. Dropping the ABV would help this beer IMO and would make it an excellent summer drink. This beer makes me long for Crack'd Wheat, which I'm so pissed that they retired this year; it was my favorite beer from them.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 20:32:12 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a New Belgium snifter with laser etching in the bottom. Nice half finger head stayed around for half the glass with a generous amount of lacing. Laser etching maintained a thin head for the rest of the glass. It had a dark honey color and was very cloudy.

S - Strong Belgian yeast dominates the aroma with hint of clove and faint alcohol.

T - Clove, banana and yeast up front with an alcohol warmth midway that fades as the malt and wheat come through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice light carbonation that dances on the tongue.

First time trying an imperial weizen. I'm usually not the biggest wheat beer fan but I really enjoyed this one. I think because it was more complex than most that I have had. While I will definitely drink this again, it's heavy enough that I wouldn't drink two in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:41:47 | More by LaCoursiere
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3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thickerfreakness for this one! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden color with a thin, but extremely beautiful white head. Aromas of banana, pineapple, and some citrus from the hops. Very nice. Taste has big flavors of spice, banana, wheat, and some hop bitterness. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability would be fairly high, if not for the off flavor I'm getting in the taste. Something about the hop bitterness that kicks in at the end, makes this beer less enjoyable. If it weren't for that, this beer would be excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:23:47 | More by throwitallaway
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 06:57:07 | More by Centennial
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this out of a 12oz. bottle into my Saint Arnold's glass.

This beer looks pretty typical for a hefeweizen. It pours a nice hazy orange and has a very nice off white head that lasts for quite a while. The smell is pretty expected except for that amazing citrusy hop coming through past the banana and clove. Wow the taste of this is something else. It hits with banana and clove flavors and then the most amazing hop bitterness I've ever had in a wheat beer. This is one hell of a beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 03:40:09 | More by thickerfreakness
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3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours cloudy orange with huge, off-white, foamy head.

Smell is a bit mild. Tropical profile. Banana, cloves, and slight citrus.

Taste is slightly bitter up front. Then banana, cloves, tangerine, and some alcohol. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden considering the abv.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this was still enjoyable. Not the best example of the style in my opinion, but worth a one time shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 23:51:38 | More by d5001986
Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.