Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

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.

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pDev:
12.35%
 
 
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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of rocky foam head that is the color of scintillating egg creme. Very heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Prolific and many-layered, aggressive bright fruit--more citrus than banana--and spicy cloves are dominant in the nose. Also in attendance is a leafy herbaceous quality and other phenolic notes that possess a saccharine edge. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with mild, soft, and refined grain, as well as mixed citrus fruit and mild honey. Acidity is very mild into the middle, where some precocious bitterness provides a contrasting edge to a host of classic-to-style esters and phenolics that are writ-large across the palate. Flavors are mellow and bready during the finish, but with a spirituous edge.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer must have shared a similar conceptual origin to that of Stone's 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, such as "Let's make an extreme version of a classic style." This imperial hefeweizen is equal to the success of the afore-mentioned Stone brew, showing massively amplified versions of on-point traditional qualities. If any weizen enthusiast ever wished to be able to smell and (especially) taste the qualities of the style more, then this is the beer for them. It is held back only by its heaviness, either real in the form of the syrupy texture, or perceived in the form of its restrained acidity and carbonation.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Hazed orange, epic lacing.

Smell: Alcoholic esters, bready wheat, yeast, cotton candy, citric hop and ripe tropical fruit.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick and creamy full-ish body. Maltiness flexes strong, bready and grainy and certainly a moving force here that is not taken down. Yeast tone is very prevelent, ripe fruit as well. Warming alcohol appears about halfway down the glass. Suggestions of taffy, banana and a ghost phenol more towards the bittersweet finish.

Overall: This brew throws the gauntlet down, be ready to take this beer on as it is not for the faint of palate. Of course for me I took it one big sip at a time, not wanting to finish it took quick ... trying to savor but wanting another sip right away.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Straight from the bottle to a standard pint glass. The next tasting will be from a weiss glass; my bad.

Appearance: Very nice hazy yellow/orange with a HUGE head that lasted quite a while.

Smell: - My favorite part of this beer. Interesting and complex aroma. Citrusy and very hoppy.

Taste: Lots of wheat up front, but the finish is too bitter for my liking for a weiss.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and quite creamy.

Drinkability: The flavors make this good for one or two, but definitely very interesting.

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Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Homerbag
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big mother of a head at least four fingers with a damn near perfect pour in a weise glass. Cloudy orange body. Looks impressive.

Smell reminds me someone smoking clove cigarrettes while eating a grapefruit. This is not a bad smell, very interesting and one I have never had from a beer. The taste is of the best hefe's out there. Cloves are at upfront, followed by the citrus hops, then the cloves again on the aftertaste. The yeasty taste of the bannanas are there, very subtly and are hard to pick up under the hop and clove punch. Feel is somewhat sticky, but otherwise up to par with hefes.

A very good beer and another pleasure to drink. Sometimes living in Wisconsin does have it's perks and this is one of them. Another New Glarus gem.

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Photo of funhog
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been awhile since I reviewed a beer. I crack open another of the Unplugged series from New Glarus, Imperial Weizen.
I poured this one and tried to control the head. The head sticks around and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is what you expect of a hefeweizen.
The 9.6% ABV is very well hidden and you could fool me if you told me that was the percentage on it. It’s smooth and crisp and really thirst quenching. I know banana and cloves are in there from the smell, so try it you'll like it! Cheers!

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep cloudy yellow, head that overflowed the glass.

S- Typical banana, lemon grass aroma you'd expect from a great weiss, with a barely decetable alchol note.

T- The yeast profile reminiscent of banana rides atop a light slightly malt profile. The slight alcohol note lends way to a, dare I say, citrusy hop finish.

M- Smooth and rich, yet light enough for the style, less carbonation than most.

D- Quite drinkable for being Imperial.

Way to push the envelope Dan!

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Photo of sneefcity
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of birchstick
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy yellow color with a 2 finger head. I can't think of a better look for this beer

S - the nose is lemon, citrus, soft wheat malt, bubblegum

T - the taste is similar. Starts off with lemony flavors up front that are washed away by bubblegum yeast flavors. A modicum of clove is present, but not much. A little metallic on the finish with some nice spritzy hops. Nice.

M - soft and full, great body

D - another solid offering in the unplugged/thumbprint series. NG has a knack for killing German styles, and they delivered yet again.

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Photo of BlastBeats
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with mikesgroove, thanks again Mike, drinking it right now from my Bull and Bush mug, color is a lighter golden orange, big two inch white fluffy head that has lasted over ten minutes, good retention, some lacing at the top, aroma consists of booze, wheat, candied sugar, clove, ginger, peppermint, grassy accents, lemons, and sweet malt, taste starts off with malty sweetness, spices in the middle and chewy wheat too, finish is strong with a big alcohol kick, becomes even harder to drink as it warms with too much booze shining through mixed with overly sweet malts, need more spice for it to really work, sweet, boozy, and spicy mouthfeel, high level of carbonation, taste lingers a very long time, you can taste every drop of alcohol in this one, not hidden at all, heavy on the stomach, not smooth, cannot say this my favorite from the Unplugged series by any means, a little over the top in my opinion, would not drink again, worth trying

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Strix
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous appearance, cloudy pale orange-yellow with a super-frothy head that stayed forever and left curtains of lace.

Classic hefe nose, banana, clove, yeast, with a bit of alcohol and citrus.

Strong banana, and clove entrance, but the finish is capped off by an IPAesque orange peel finish. Very tasty and flavorful. No sign of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel soft, very carbonated, somewhat resinous.

An excellent brew. Cascade may be heresy to hefe purists, but it is used to good effect here. I hope this one comes back around in the unplugged series periodically. Until then, I'll have to stock up.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A: Pours a hazy straw orange color. Huge, billowy foam head that lasts forever. Lacing is huge as well, with thick foam sticking to the side of the glass like clouds.

S: Banana and bubblegum leap out of the glass, followed by clove. Some fusel alcohol adds a little bite to the aroma. Behind this is some grassy, herbal hops and citrus. Some malty caramel.

T: Dry wheat sets the tone for the beer. Belgian notes, especially banana, are potent. Some hops add a good fruit, citrus and pine. If not for the wheat, it would be similar in many ways to a Belgian IPA. Alcohol flavor is mild at first, but builds throughout the sip. This peaks just before the lingering, dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Some alcohol heat but it works for the style.

O: An interesting style. I like the hops in conjunction with the Belgian flavors and the wheat, but the bitterness from the hops and the alcohol flavor/heat combine to make a fairly "big" beer. I could use a bigger body to help carry those flavors.

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Photo of pwoods
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle, red foil covered top, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a dark apricot with plenty of hazing. 2+ fingers of lightly tinted head forms and holds nicely. Good lacing throughout.

S: Plenty of banana and bubblegum with a heavy handed clove kick. Some hops shine through making me very excited. Has a touch of soapiness but not unpleasant. Very interesting smell. A touch of alcohol?

T/M: Wow, quite and alcohol kick... in a Hefeweizen, lol. A bit of hop bitterness and citrus pop through for just a second in the middle of the cloudy banana and clove pummeling. Alcohol builds around this point into the thick wheat backbone and through a slightly drying finish. Body is a bit above medium(Hefeweizen? lol) and carbonation keeps pace.

D: Tasty but not overly drinkable. Drinkability is so extremely important in a Hefeweizen and this lets me down some. Also,the alcohol and mouthfeel just don't fit the style anymore. Not a bad brew but I guess I feel that weizen's probably shouldn't be made imperial.

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Photo of Zuidman
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to flyingbison for this extra bit of New Glarus goodness. Poured from 12 oz. into BMS mug...

Beautiful, thick meringue head with solid staying power and excellent lacing. Can almost see layers in the seam between head and body. Perfect natural honey color with well-placed haze.

There's a fair amount of yeast here. Some powerful soapiness and floral character of hops complement the yeast and wheat nicely. Alcohol is mild but present. Smells "warm."

Didn't see this coming, even after reading the label! Copious amounts of yeast, wheat and floral hop bitterness. Creamy with lots of honey and a caramel/butterscotch kicker. A little citrus (grapefruit) and tangy finish with mild carbonation spike. A hint of banana ester and zest; spices emerge with warmth. Wow!

Behaves like a hefeweizen until the taste - a little heavier than expected; very warming. Nice bitterness from wheat and hops on finish - electric tang throughout couples with warm caramel viscosity to provide bountiful comfort.

Complex and thick enough for a sipper, even with the clean nature of its taste. Excellent!

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Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus First Anniversary Willibecher glass.

The beer pours a hazy, golden copper color, a few bubbles whirring around in the glass with a big, cloudy, puffy, loose, white head, about 3 fingers high that has excellent retention and yields a nice wall of lace behind. The aroma is big, plenty of yeasty clove, pineapple, lemon citrus, banana, grain, nutmeg and a bit of spice, nicely complex but with a big burst of alcohol at the end. The flavors mirror well, plenty of fruity yeast, citrus, spice, grain, banana, clove but again, sharp alcohol and hop bitterness washes over the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, very lively and carbonated, coats the mouth well and finishes a bit harshly but with ease.

Verdict: A nice Weizenbock from New Glarus, big and bold with a lot of flavor, perhaps a bit too astringent for only 9.60%, but all in all a nice treat of a beer that has aged nicely over the past few months. Kudos to Dan for this creation, it's bold and hoppy as advertised.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of TheBlackMallard

Opened with a rush of malt sensation that was all malt. It was hard to smell past the malt and yeast although a slight citrus smell was present.

Poured a hazy orange with a great head, retention and lacing. Looking through the bottle their was a ton of thick yeasty extract coating the bottom of the bottle.

Taste is the traditional banana and clove taste although it definately seems a little more yeasty giving it a slightly overpowering taste and a more alcoholic taste.

As the Alabama senator says "It drinks good don't it". My review may seem negative but this is a great beer. Unfortunately there are some exceptional beers to try and I feel that it was a little behind Big Rocks verison (although evidently this is hard to come by).

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Photo of jimicoop
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aptly named. This Imperial Weizen is amazing. Banana esters and cloves stand out and mix well with the citrusy character of the yeast. The Higher ABV adds a prominent sweetness and creates a great balance to a beer that could easily be off balance.
Though it's a strong beer it's hard not to want to enjoy more than one! Surprisingly light body and very refreshing! WoW!!! Go go New Glarus! :)

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Photo of tayner
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

hazy golden color, white, sticky head, laces well

smells of light wheat bread and ripe bananas, slight clove hints as well.

Taste is heavy cascade IP with some over-ripe banana aftertaste. it tastes like an IPA mixed with 4 oz of a decent wheat beer.

easy to drink, easier than a straight wheat beer for me but probably wouldnt hunt it down again. if you gave me one I would drink it though.

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Photo of Treebs
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a Kuhnhenn snifter. Picked some up fresh from across the border.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a hazy body. Two fingers of thick, pure white head form on the pour with excellent retention. As it slowly goes down the glass it leaves sticky clings of heavy lace.

S: Big yeasty notes on the nose. Clove and banana with a nice sweetness to it. The malts are bread and sweet through out and the hops really come out at the end with a nice fruity kick.

T: The taste follows the nose. The nice hefe yeast profile of sweet cloves and banana, the sweet wheat with a little bid of white bread and then the nice fruity hop profile on the finish. Slightly bitter as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level that's trending towards the high end. The finish is slightly bitter and drying.

O: Very delicious and much better than the previous Unplugged batch. Dan outdid himself with this one. I'll be picking up more of this.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lordsloth for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Triple Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a huge, rocky 4 finger head that leaves really sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is wheat (duh) up front, with bubblegum, banana, clove and what reminds me of possibly smoked wheat malts. The taste is much the same with banana and clove coming through but also contains quite a helping of citrus hops. Also the 9.6% comes through leaving a bit to much burn for my liking. The mouthfeel is a bit hot but goes down creamy, leaving a smooth sensation on the mouth. This is my first New Glarus beer, and if the rest live up to this one, I'll be in for a treat when I crack my second.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bells tulip. The pour is a hazy, mouth-watering orange color (a bit light) with a massive (correction: MASSIVE) frothy head that goes on and on and leaves huge clumps of snowball-like lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with lots of clove-like spicy phenols, orange-smelling fruity esters, and a hint of lemon.

Light-medium body with a firm feel. There's a superb level of carbonation in this beer - not so much that it's gassy but enough to stimulate the palate and excite your tastebuds. There is lots of bready malt and citrus-fruit sweetness up front. There's definitely a hit of booziness on the back of the palate as well as a hint of tartness and yeastiness. All of this fuses with the carbonation and makes for a complex and memorable drinking experience.

Another fine beer from the New Glarus ``Thumbprint'' series. I wish it had a bit more malt complexity up front, and a little less booziness. Overall though, it's a unique beer with its strong fruit flavor, substantial belt of booziness, and nice spritzy feel. I think this would appeal to fans of traditional German Weizenbocks and Eisbocks who are in the mood for something new and different.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JDV for this bottle.

A-Cloudy orange caramel color,fluffy white head, lots of cabonation bubbles running up the side. Looks good
S-Spicy/Peppery smell, musty and belgianesque, slight medicinal phenolic smell
T-Alcohol and bananas right away, very hoppy bitter finish, spicy belgian like yeast flavor and rough wheat grain become more apparent as warms
M-Full in mouth especially for the style, creamy but good cabonation
D-Glad to drink one but probably wouldn't reach for too many of these. Alcohol flavor detracts somewhat from drinkability.

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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 683 ratings