Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen
639 Ratings
Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen

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
Photo of pknyc
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one as an extra in a trade. Bottle dated 08/15/2013, opened 03/31/2014. Bottle says to drink fresh, but I'm still giving it a whirl.

A: With an aggressive pour there was a 3 finger white head of dense bubbles that took quite a while to simmer down. Really mountainous with tons of lacing everywhere. Fine cloudy pale amber color. It looks good.

S: Very interesting. Lemon zest and cut grass. Bready malt behind the lemon, citrus aromas. Not sure if the citrus is from the yeast or the hops (due to the age of the bottle). Nicely crisp and clean smelling with clove and spices. Faint pepper.

T: Wheat. Alcohol sneaks in the back. Band-aid? I've never tasted clorophenol before in beer but it seems like there is a little band-aid flavor that sticks with you after the swallow. I feel that something isn't exactly right. Mostly citrus and bready malt. Very different than the nose, but this could be due to the age.

M: A bit effervescent like those expressed in weisse beers, but it ends with a moderately heavy and coating swallow.

O: A slow sipper for sure. I'm happy I tried it, as I've really enjoyed everything else that I've tried from New Glarus, but this may have been tripped up by the age.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale and very hazy yellow with a soapy head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is sweet grainy malt and a good bit of bubblegum, lemon zest, and coriander.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet grainy malt up front. Quite lemony, with additional subtle light fruit. Finishes with a rather prickly yeasty spice. Slightly herbal. Plenty of coriander and allspice lingering in the finish with a mild alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

A very flavorful brew, with interesting spice character. Would be great with seafood. Very nice.

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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 doucmehu
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ah, a kicked up Weizen. Sounds like something that could be good or bad.
Pours an orange'ish bronze color with a ton of foam. It's cloudy and murky, but with the bright color and head, it's a pretty good looking brew.
You pick up some of the banana/clove/bubblegum smells from a hefe or heller weizenbock, but there's definitely a pretty strong hop presence in there.
The taste isn't what I expected. It's got some Belgian funkiness and it's got a pretty strong noble hop background, but beneath that, it has some weizenbock roots. It's a little bit like a cleaner version of the Hopfen-weiss beers, although definitely boozier.
This is a thick and aggressive brew, so it's a sipper for sure.
One at a time's enough for this brew, but I think that's the nature of what they're going for.

It's not amazing, but I like what they did with this. It's unique and a good beer, but not something to revisit daily. I've just come to the conclusion that hoppy and wheat isn't a combo I really dig.

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Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of younger35
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last bottle of this (on the shelf at least) at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. Drank while watching The Office (just started watching it, classic!) in my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Soft golden hazy yellowish orange with a nice creamy three finger head that recedes very slowly. Half inch head remains the entire brew with tons of frothy lacing.
Smell- Loads of fresh overly ripe mashed banana, freshly shaved cinnamon and finely grated nutmeg. Basically, like banana bread straight out of the oven. Very light zesty citrus and a bit of alcohol.
Taste- Like the nose the yeast is overflowing with candied banana and spicy clove. The wheat is fairly prevalent with cinnamon and sugar undertones that add a slight bubblegum sweetness. After the initial sweetness fades a bitter citrus rush of orange pith and lemon peel take over and don't let go. A lingering bitterness hangs on along with a slow persistent alcohol bite. Super good stuff!
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a soft palatable, creamy feel and light zesty carbonation.
Drinkability- This thing is tasty as hell! I didn't think a wheat beer with almost 10% ABV would be (or could be) this quaffable and tasty. The alcohol is a bit noticeable but definitely not a distraction. Tasty beer that needs to be seeked out by all before its gone!

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Photo of daledeee
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice big head with a orange body and not too much cloudiness.

Nose is rich and sweet with alcohol and some floral undertones.

Taste is very fruity with apricot and hops. Mouth feel is a little weak for a wheat beer but that might be cause of the ABV. Drinkability is lower due to strong apricot which did not appeal to me. Still a fine beer just not my liking. Not characteristic of other wheat beers.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color. It sits below a three-finger head of eggshell colored foam. The retention is great and the lacing is like the surface of the moon, solid white with little spots and divots all through it.

This beer has a powerful nose, which I can easily smell from about eighteen inches away. It has a huge yeastiness to it. It is also filled with a boatload of citrus fruit smells. A good amount of bubblegum. Light spice notes and citrus/floral hop notes.

This is like apple/pear/grapefruit jam spread on a biscuit. The big yeast presence and citrus presence are joined by orchard fruits and all of them are playing nicely together. Bananas, lemons, oranges and peaches are all here. Mild notes of bubblegum and spices, mostly clove.

This is full-bodied and slightly viscous. It is a touch bolder than I expect from the style, but I like it alot. Nice light-to-medium level of carbonation gives it a mild touch of creaminess, which is quite nice.

I like hefe's, in general. This a great example of what can be done with the style. I'd love to have regular access to this one.
Well done, New Glarus!

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Imperial Weizen pours a mildly hazy pale straw color with a very large fluffy white head that leaves a sheet of lace down the side of the glass.

There is a ton of coriander and banana in the nose, with milder wheat and tangy citrus notes.

The flavor is full and bold, at least by Hefe standards. The requisite wheat, coriander, and banana are present up front. Although it starts sweet, a tangy grapefruit citrus note starts building and creates a slight hoppy presence toward the end of the sip. The finish is pleasantly clean.

Considering this is a 9.6% Hefeweizen, this is impressively balanced and actually a little bit dry. The start of the sip is fairly sweet, but by the end it is barely noticeable. The carbonation is creamy and crisp at the same time, and it works with the beer’s flavor.

I was impressed that this did not get syrupy or cloying given the high ABV, but Hefes definitely have a ceiling in my book.

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011 for $2.59.

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a large fluffy cream colored head of foam on it. Scent is heavy with wheat and sweet citrus. Taste is really full of flavor for a Hefeweizen with complex wheats mixed nicely with coriander and a slight lemon zest. Quite a heavy hitter for a Hefeweizen but rather well made as per usual with New Glarus beers!

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Pours a hazy gold with big head and excellent retention. Smell is banana, clove, spice and a hint of earthy, citrus hops. Creamy thick mouthfeel with a clean finish. Taste is banana, clove, and cinnamon giving way to earthy hop bitterness with just a hint of citrus. Leaves a combination of both on the tongue. Very interesting and well executed, probably one of the best wheat beers I've ever had. Have had many before reviewing it and while it doesn't taste quite as good as when I first had it, this is an excellent, balanced beer.

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Photo of kerry4porters
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Rand_ale_Thor
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of azdback
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Cloudy piss yellow color. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to an off white rocky two finger head. Looks a lot like sea foam. Lace is sticky for now but we'll check back.

Smell is bright sugar topped lemon. Some wheat of grass earthy yeast notes.

Taste is tart bananas and wheat. Very sweet almost like "simple syrup". Some clove comes out. This is also a bit boozy in the swallow.

Mouth is crisp with almost spritzy carbonation. Body is full and syrupy and finish average and a bit dry.

Overall I didn't think this was too bad. I am really not a fan of Wheats or Hefe's but this one went down a bit more tasty. Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for this sample.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a deeply cloudy yellow/orange peach with a uberfluff white head that leaves great lacing. Nose is very banana with some orange. Taste follows with a unique mix of german wheat flavor and some citrus notes, along with a fair amount of almost witbier like spice profile. Very interesting flavor. Mouthfeel is quite thick, Im not sure how to rate it for an "imperial weizen" but I would expect it to be thicker. Drinkability is pretty good, but I do feel the alcohol burn as it goes down. Overall a very unique and interesting brew. This is pretty much what I imagined for an imperial weizen, but Im not sure if it is a style i really like. Its good, but doesn't shock me into immeadiate appreciation. Try it. It will be worth it.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.12/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz from the birthday BIF. Thanks! Poured into allagash tulip.

A- Bright hazy yellow with a nice snowdrift head. Very good pour- can't wait to dive into this one.

S- Overpowering clove and banana. Clove goes too far- it's choking me out. Strong alcohol noticed as well.

T- Ugh. More clove, with clove on top. Banana and bazooka joe bubble gum. Twinge of orange. Soapy/lemony taste in the finish. Hot and boozy to boot.

M- Too much spice added or the yeast went crazy.. I don't like this beer in my mouth. It's abrasive/hot on the tongue.

O- No thanks. Worth a shot, but not for me.


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Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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