Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen
BA SCORE
4.05/5
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
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
49
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 343
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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ob1wan
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2011, 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

Nice, bubbly head which stuck around on the edges.

Great dark amber color. Fair amount of yeast sediment.

Strong alcohol flavor, but still enjoyable.

Overall a very good beer.

Still have one left in the cellar, but probably won't let it sit much longer after having had this one.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says 2273.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Musty, hoppy, yeasty, flowery...what is that?

T- Somewhat sweet, rich and yeasty. Would never guess that this is 9.6% ABV as it is incredibly drinkable. There are some spices, wheat and some slight hop bitterness. Also a bit fruity.

M- Tangy, zesty, snappy, vibrant. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This review really brought out all my adjectives. So unique and tasty. Like no other weizenbock I've had. Almost perplexing.

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3.64/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  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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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

From notes on 11/9/13

Spicy clove smell with a hint of cherry. Lots of aroma. Poured cloudy with a lot of head. Very flavorful beer. I don't like clove in my beers, but oddly I do here. This beer is very tart, but I think the clove and hints of cinnamon spice balance it out nicely. I’m very impressed by this beer. Wow!

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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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