Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
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
Ratings:
639
Reviews:
343
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.29%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
49
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 343
Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle of the newest Thumbprint release for September-October 2013. Poured into the standard New Glarus pilsner glass with a gold rim (not that it matters). First time having this one. Review #194. This appears to be the first review for this recent release.

Pours a hazy orange body (but no yeast sediment typical of a good hefeweizen) with a massive, massive white bubbly head despite the careful pour. I had to wait a few minutes in between a couple of pours to get the entire bottle into the glass. So its obviously very well carbonated. The head leaves soapy laces all over the glass and the beer itself is a lace bomb. Very pretty looking beer.

Smell is total bubblegum right here. So much cloves, cinnamon and bubble gum. The spices are overboard here, and they aren't even the strongest part of the nose here. The nose has so, so much Cascade citrus in it, it really reminds me of my first homebrew which was a dry-hopped Cascade IPA. It really smells like an India Pale Hefeweizen here.

The flavour profile is pretty similar to the nose. Lots of bubblegum and cloves in the beginning. A bit soapy. No banana esters to be found here actually. Somewhere in mid-swallow, it immediately transitions to a neat citrusy hop flavour and bitterness. It is so weird and jarring to be drinking this.. but it is a really cool effect from a brewer's standpoint. There is a slight booziness, but not really with any heat. It's a very interesting flavour profile.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick actually- on the thicker side of a solidly medium body, very sticky, resinous and dry. Swishing the beer around my palate makes it sting with the bitter citrusy aftertaste. Booziness is there but does not take much away from the beer.

Very cool brew by Dan Carey. You can't pigeonhole this beer into any one single style. I feel like I'm drinking two different beers in one. Its very interesting and worth trying for any serious beer geek out here. Not sure I'd stockpiile bottles of it as I can't imagine this beer to age very well- one, its a hefeweizen, and two, its been dry hopped. So drink it now while its fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to confess, this bottle was alleged to be 2 years old. I cant confirm that, but the expectation on my end here is that a fresh one of these would be wonderful (as the bottle itself suggests), but an older one just doesn't maintain. this one poured a really cloudy pale yellow color with an average white bubbly head. the nose is vanilla and cinnamon, with some honey sweetness and more alcohol than I am used to in wheat beer. my girlfriend loved the flavor, thought the spice and sweet combination was fantastic. I liked it less, with the spice being a little overdone, and the wheat malt sort of having a deteriorated flavor to it, not as fresh and clean as it might have been. it lost its ability to support the other flavors, which don't seem to have diminished at all. the feel came across a little thin, and the alcohol was piercing. new glarus does some wonderful stuff, and im sure a bottle right off the line of this would rectify that viewpoint, but this beer (however old it really was) just did not get it done. way out of balance, weird yeast properties, and just sort of all over the place. I will have to revisit this one when I can verify its source and birthday.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from jprime

Golden orange colour, about a finger of white head, a little bit of lace as well. Smell is quite hoppy, big pineapple and orangey citrus notes, malty and wheaty character, lots of hops in this one though. Taste has a wheaty character mixed with plenty of hops, orange, tangerine and pineapple, fairly bitter throughout, touches of honey, lightly sweet in the finish with a bit more wheat, hoppy aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, lightly dry. A solid hoppy wheat beer and really drinkable despite this not being quite what I expected.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 639 ratings.
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