Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen
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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
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this to try it out. An imperial hefeweizen dry-hopped with Cascade. 12oz.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a thick white head. Great retention.

S: Nose is full of juicy citrus, pineapple, vanilla, light peppercorn, cloves, angel's cake maltiness, pleasant unmalted wheat. Cascade indeed!

T: Taste brings bright pale malt, vanilla, wheat, mild piney bitterness and a bit of yeasty/boozy spice, grapefruit rind, sweet tangerine.

M: Medium-bodied with zingy, almost-frothy carbonation to keep things fluid.

O: This beer is sunshine in liquid form. Bright, fresh, sweet, bubbly on the tongue, fantastic. On a related note, Dan should really try brewing a batch of this with some lacto fermentation.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a New Glarus Pilsner glass

A) Cloudy, hazy orange and yellow, like a summer sunset. Head is White and thick, lots of lacing and carbonation.

S) Clove, allspice, banana bread, floral hops, but as it warmed up more citrusy scents.

T) Surprisingly very hoppy, floral characteristics, then Weiss flavors, clove, banana, bubble gum too, finishes with fruity hops.

M) very carbonated, thick and creamy.

O) Love NG Thumbprint series, Dan is the man! I am not a fan of the style but this is damn good beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Pours a cloudy peach orange, big 3 finger head on gentle pour. Retention lasts the entire session, never fades below a thick cap over the liquid below. Large swaths of lacing.

S - The citrus and yeast dominate. Hints of sweet banana bread, clove, spice. Finishes with floral and earthy hops.

T - Taste evolves during each sip. It starts with wheat, yeast, and a sweet banana bread, transitions into the light citrus of orange and tangerine, finishes with some floral and bitter hoppiness. There is also clove and spice floating around in there.

M - Meium body with a massive carbonation. It is rich and smooth, but has a dry and bitter finish. Some spice also lingers at the end.

O - A Frankenstein of a Weizen, but very delicious. I bet Dan had fun brewing and drinking this one. What out for the ABV as you do not notice the alcohol.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden orange, with head for days, nice lacing

Smell is nice citrus (orange, grapefruit), bubblegum, cinnamon, clove, a little banana. really complex smelling stuff.

Taste is WOW, banana, spice, cinnamon, citrus fruits, bubblegum, big orangeish tangerine note in the finish, slightly bittering.

Mouthfeel is medium full like a IIPA, heavily carbonated like a Weizen. Works really well.

Wow, What a nice complex beer. You just can not go wrong with this beer... Even if you do not like Wheat beers I can see you liking this.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a glass. Was wandering through Woodman's today wondering "I wish they had something other than the Winter Warmer" when lo and behold... out popped the beer guys with a pallet of this stuff!!

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden straw-like color. Lots of head that sustains itself.

Smell: Citrusy, almost like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. Reminds me more of IPA smells than anything. Their IIPA wouldn't be that far off here. Not really getting the clove notes in the smell.

Taste (after waiting for the head to die down enough to sip): Aha - there would be the cloves, and a little bit of the cinnamon. Definitely more citrusy than anything. Just like with the smell, it tastes more closely to their IIPA than I was expecting. It's a very good taste, just not quite what I was expecting... but then again with New Glarus, the unexpected is part of why I keep coming back to their different Thumbprint releases. For something pushing 10% ABV, I'd expect a little bit of a warming from the alcohol. None to be found here. Which I am more than happy with.

Mouthfeel: First sip kinda coated the mouth a little bit... differently... than what I was expecting. It lingers. It's not syrupy by any stretch, but there is definitely some body to it.

Overall: It's an intriguing taste. Something that I may try again later on in the release cycle, but not something that I'm going to stock up on like their last two varieties.

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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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