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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: 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.

Added by EliteDigger on 02-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 343
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Given to me by largadeer, the Beer Jesus. Thanks! From notes.

A: Pours a cloudy, glowing goldenrod body with long-retaining off-white head.

S: Tons of bubblegum, with banana and clove.

T: The taste also begins with bubblegum; it segues into a banana-earthy hop melange that leads into a straight clove finish. It's very interesting how powerful the flavors are, yet how distinct and phased they are. The exhalation is all banana. There's a bitterness and some rind-like quality throughout; I pick up the yeast as chalky residue in the aftertaste.

M: Great body; this is medium-plus bodied, with medium-plus carbonation. The effervescence helps it go down smoother.

O: This is good on the whole, but it needs some tweaks as far as the yeast is concerned.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful golden pour, clean but I threw in the bit of sediment at the bottom and made it cloudy. A nice 2 fingers of foamy head, excellent lacing.
lots of lemon scent coming off of this! Smells of alcohol, yeast, and lemon!
lemon zest, sweet malty backbone, slight pepper in the finish.. Bready yeast
medium body, high arbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel.. Very refreshing.
an excellent beer coming from someone who isn't all that crazy about wheat beers. Very citrusy, delicious and extremely refreshing.

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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with two fingers of pillowy foam. Retention is remarkable. So is the lacing.

S: Strong wheat starts off with toffee, clove, and banana. Clove is quite strong in this beer, but the toffee and banana help balance out the spice. The beer actually smells quite sweet.

T: Strong spices start this beer off - I get lots of clove here. Behind that, I get a strong wheat flavor with toffee sweetness along with mild banana.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

O: This was a pretty complex Imperial Weizen. Lots of spice from the yeast and a nice sweetness to balance. I really like this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy, dark, dirty yellow in color. Forms a small, but very stable, white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Nicely aromatic with an onslaught of sweet banana and syrup, citrus, mango, fruit salad rounded out by just a bit of yeastiness.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Rather sweet to the point of being almost sugary, then white bread, yeast, banana, ripe fruits, and a touch of lemony citrus. Finish is fairly alcoholic with a good dose of spice.

M: Medium bodied with a rather smooth, round mouthfeel on the front end, but then turns heavily alcoholic with a rather intense alcoholic burn to the tongue. Very mild bitterness.

O: This is a very nice beer that really turns up the volume. Intense, yet still enjoyable, though I do wish the alcohol was either toned down or better hidden.

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3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours an extremely cloudy shade of yellow with a two finger white head. The head is very puffy, sticks around for awhile. Nice.

S- it smells very astringent....very boozy. Lots of banana as well.

T- light banana, thankfully not much booze. But there *is* some heat in the back end

M- on the thick side. Bleh

O- not a huge fan of this one. Hefeweizen on steroids. Not my cup of tea

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a weizen glass that left great lacing and billowing throughout. the body was a slightly cloudy amber color.
s - big banana aromas with some clove.
t - spicy cinnamon, bananas, clove, bubblegum.
m - very creamy and coating.
o - damn, this is stupendous and incredibly dangerously drinkable. so complex and lip-smacking good.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weiss glass.

A- Pours a deep golden yellow with a fat fluffy thick white head. Very little light penetration.

S- The smell is rather hoppy for a weizenbock with strong sweet and spicy overtones. The scent of banana is present hidden underneath the light scents of orange nutmeg cinnamon and clove. Just a slight bit of maltiness to the whole ordeal.

T- The taste begins nice and sweet with the taste of slightly spicy bubblegum. It then moves into it's slightly wheatier weizenbock body. Mid taste is slightly deeper and maltier with slightly less spice. Finishes with a more spicier than bitter hop finish. This is a very delicious and complex beer.

M- Has a nice full body with a thicker mouth feel and a medium carbonation.

O- This is good although slightly more hoppy then I would really ever like a weizenbock to be, personally. The smell is phenomenal and deep down under the mask of the cascade dry hopping there really is a delicious weizenbock to be found. While I may not understand why it is that New Glarus has chosen to add hops to so many of their unplugged brews lately I can honestly say that this isn't the worst one. Definitely won't have any problem polishing this 4 pack off. The high ABV is also a real added bonus. Overall a good beer.

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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 639 ratings
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