Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen
BA SCORE
82.2%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 639 ratings
Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
343
Ratings:
639
Liked:
525
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
12.35%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
49
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 343
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a hazed golden amber color with a big off-white head on it.

S: Smells sweet with plenty of spice. Lots of banana, cloves, and some nutmeg and cinnamon. Light notes of citrus peel (oranges, for the most part) to go along with a lot of sweet malt and bread aromas.

T: Much the same in terms of the flavor. Sweet bread, honey, and wheat malt flavors. Banana and orange fruitiness with lots of spice notes. The clove and nutmeg seem to be the most abundant.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Good flavors and aromas, though a bit too big to drink a ton of. Nice beer.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is cloudy and straw yellow hued with an inch of dense, white head. The aroma offers a healthy serving of banana, with some wheat And lemons coming in behind. The flavor does not live up to the promise of the aroma. A bit soapy, and alcohol presence, which was absent in the aroma, asserts itself in the flavor profile. Lemon zest and window cleaner. Not horrible, but also not a repeat for me. Medium bodied with an odd astringency. Aventinus is still the go to weizenbock for me.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown hued orange with a frothy off-white head, nose is a lot of bubble gum and perfume. Very minor banana and spices are also present. Flavor goes along the exact same lines as the fragrance. Bubble gum, bananas, and spices. Though the latter two give a bigger show on the tongue than the nose. I do get a bit of alcohol on there as well, but it's not ruining anything. What I get that really sticks with me is apricots and tangerines. Feel is sticky and slick on liquid. Carbonation is just barely slightly below the mid mark on things. Overall, this is definitely a hefe on some juice. Not so much a relaxing flavor profile as it is a slap to the tongue. But bottom line is that it's good, in an imperial sort of way.

Big thanks to grandq. Always happy to be able to try a New Glarus brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FlandersNed for this one. It's from February 2008. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Pours with four-plus fingers of soapy foam that dissipates slowly to a thick cap with tons of sticky lacing. Hazed dark golden orange color with some obvious suspended sediment and a few tiny bubbles. This is pretty much right on for a hefeweizen.

S - The smell is a cross between faded IPA and hefeweizen. I'm guessing this was hoppy a la Crack'd Wheat when it was fresh. It's aged into a potent blend of fruits, notably apple and banana, mixed with some caramel, malted wheat, and a hint of bubblegum. The smell is perceptible as soon as the cap is removed, and leaps out of the glass. Damn I wish I had this one when it was fresh. Alcohol is very well hidden.

T - Taste is more citrus (mostly orange & lemon) mixed with hefe yeast, bubblegum, and malted wheat. There's a mild soapy finish which I suspect is a result of the Cascade hops, and it's unfortunately a little distracting. Again, the booze is very hidden. This is definitely past its prime, but it still enjoyable.

M - Body is sufficiently big for the 9.6% ABV, but it's still refreshing like a session hefeweizen. Some zesty carbonation that's not overdone, and a little bit of residual graininess.

D - You can start feeling the higher ABV about halfway through the bottle, so I can't imagine having more than a couple of these. Still, I hope they make this again or better still introduce an Imperial Crack'd Wheat with this recipe.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks. At the time of this review, this is #6 on the "Top Beers - Weizenbock" list on beeradvocate.com. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft but lazy white head. Minimal lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, estery, bananas. Smells like a big hefe, sweeter than normal but that is expected.

Beer is nice, medium to light in body, clean finish, overall a nice beer, nothing too exciting or surprising but it is a solid weizenbock, nice fruit flavors on the midpalate, a nice finish, a little bitter not overly so. I'd have it again.

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Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dwagner003
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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...

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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82.2% out of 100 with 639 ratings
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