Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a long neck 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy and hazy deep golden in color, nice cloudy peak of off-white foam that retained for quite a while and settled to a nice frothy cap. Also good sticky lacing after. Beautiful looking Weizen beer.

Smell: Nice hoppy pine and grapefruit aroma mixed in with the sweet and yeasty notes.

Taste: Big hops flavor, with citrus grapefruit being the predominant taste, but then the sweet and yeasty weizen flavors come in behind it. Lots of big flavor here, hops up front, sweet wheat in the middle and spicy, fruity and peppery yeast phenols on the finish. I really enjoy this beer and all those flavors!

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good creamy carbonation and a bit slick on the tongue. Nice.

Overall: This beer is really the best of both worlds for fans of IPA's and Weizens. The extra hopping really adds a lot to this Weizen style, and I would love to see this as a regular beer in the New Glarus lineup! Well done, New Glarus!

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Photo of Klym
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to klikger for this interesting brew!

Wasn't sure what to expect from this imperial weizenbock from new glarus, but I was pleasantly surprised. Major apple and appleskins lay beneath a spicey weizenbock. A little bit of pumpkin seeds and basil mixes in. Nice complexity and bold flavor. My applause to NEw GLarus, and to klikger!

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this extra... Cheers man!

poured chilled into tulip

Color: Hazy golden with shades of dim orange. 3 finger white foamy head... leaves behind decent lacing.

Nose: smells great! Banana and cloves shine through. Mellow vanilla in the background along with some scent of wheat.

Palate: It looses me here. Soapy and boozy. Both these textures over power the nice aroma this beer has, the banana is barely tasted, the cloves subdued by the presence of the abv. This beer drinkable, but with a bit more flavor on the tongue this would be a hell of a brew.

Finish: Boozy, but still flavorful. Would love to se this beer brewed with a lower abv to see how it will drink then. Still a solid brew from new glarus, but they can do better

Rating: 87 out of 100

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Photo of vande
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger, thick looking white frothy layer of head floating atop the deap, golden and very active pour...5-10 minutes later, the bubbles are still rising!

S: Straw, hay, sweetness...slight hops, bit of citrus peal..

T: grassy, bit of hops, little alcohol on the palate... slightly citrusy..tasty..

M: Creaminess is present on a nice beer here...

O: Unlplugged winner!

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Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy and bright gold color with a nice large rocky head, nice lacing too. Very good looking beer.

Aromas are of sugary bananas, cream, and cloves. This is a pleasant nose.

Taste is of light bananas, mineral bitterness, cream, and sugars. Finsh is a bit warm from the alcohol. It seems like the flavors don't match up as well as the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel is full, with prickly carbonation, and good body.

Overall, a good beer, but like I said, the flavors fell a bit flat and didn't match up with the nice aromas.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BIG BIG props to my BA in crime (but no longer local :( BA) andrenaline for the first of many beer trades!!!!
A - fully hazy golden, tall white head left lots of sticky lacing as it slowly dissipated
S - strong mix of citrus and grassy hops, light yeasty hefe aromas make an appearance, with some booziness
T - strong notes of perfume and grassy hops, clove yeastiness seeps through, citrus and alcohol sweet finish, strange yet enticing mix
M - light body with big carbonation, somewhat bready with a spicy and bitter finish
O - a fantastic combo of hefe and hops, its a big beer in flavour and alcohol but is very easy drinking,

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Photo of glassbrass440
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a weizen glass.

Aroma: Bready yeast at first, then clove, then banana, then bubblegum/cotton candy, then... peanuts? It’s a circus in my nose! Lots of phenols. Even something that hits me vaguely as new car smell.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. Slightly darker than a traditional heffeweisen, but hey, it’s an IMPERIAL weizen, so it’s to be expected. Nice thick head that looks like it could be the next generation memory foam mattress. Spotty lace forms islands of white around the sides of the glass.

Taste: Surprisingly balanced bitterness considering the 9.6%ABV. The taste mirrors the aroma but with some alcoholic warmth... now it’s a drunken circus. Sweet, vanilla-cream once things settle down. A malty sweetness sticks with you for a few minutes to remind you of the fun but without turning into that annoying friend who just doesn’t know when to leave.

Palate: Full bodied and highly carbonated. Long finish.

Overall: This is a great beer. If you love wheat beers, but want one when it’s 30 below and you’re tailgating at the Packers game, this one will keep you company. Another hit out of this cult brewery from north of the Cheddar Curtain.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orangish-brown with a ton of head and long-lasting retention. There's a lot of sticky lacing.

Heavy on the phenolic smells of over-ripe bananas and a little band-aid. Hawaiian bread, yeast, and spices.

Extremely phenolic and boozy taste. It's not for the faint of heart. Heavy bready malt.

Mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy. The booze makes itself known.

Weizen, yes. Imperial, definitely. This beer demonstrates how to put the imperial in a style.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz foiled bottle courtasy of jrallen34, thanks! So far this is only my second New Glarus beer, but both have been quite tasty considering they aren't my favorite styles.

A - pours a cloudy golden color with 1 finger off white head. Lacing is nice as is retention.

S - smells very yeasty and estery as standard for the style. Some banana and clove.

T - a pleasent yeasty flavor with banana, clove, and a touch of orange zest. Very little alcohol is detectable considering the 9.6%. I had to do a double take of the percentage, since I thought it was much lower.

M - mouthfeel is not very pleasant. Moderate to high astringency and a thin body. Singing bubbles and loose bubble structure didn't make it better.

O - a nice beer that is dangerously drinkable considering the alcohol level.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: When I first pout, I get an almost Crayon box yellow foam. The head keeps a yellowish hue, and the body of the beer is golden orange and hazy. I think the beer is a little too pale. It keeps the head an attractively long time.

S: Bananas. When I first pour I get bananas. A closer inspection maintains that, a little spice, some doughyness. Maybe a little bit of spicy German hops. But the hops are not nearly as dominant as I would have hoped, though this beer is less than fresh.

T: Still, not much for hops, and the hefe yeast is over powering, verging on what I might expect in a saison or witbier. ALl in all, I don't find this impressive at all. Even have drank plenty of strong beers past their prime, there is nothing here that indicates this beer was ever better than good.

M: Good, creamy but not heavier, but heavier than a hefe. I could dub this an imperial hefe no problem in that regard.

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Photo of zimm421
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a flute. Appears a very cloudy, pale yellow. Has a nice white head, about three fingers thick. Head has great retention and leaves some great lacing.

Nose is full of wheat, yeast, bananas and some clove. A little citrus as well, but not much. In the taste, the bananas and clove dominate. Very full flavor. There are nice citrus notes coming through from the hops and you can feel the wheat and yeast in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level than expected. Very drinkable. Overall, this is a great brew. Everything works together to creat a complex, refreshing and drinkable brew. It all works together just the way it should. Definitely impressed here.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours hazy blonde with over 2 inches of rocky, foamy white head. Leaves thick, sticky lacing down the glass. Leaves a large cap of ice cream float style foam.

S-Spicy notes of pepper, coriander and juniper. Like a strong gin and tonic.

T/M-Yeasty and slick, leading into a bold, peppery spiciness. Only gets more herbaceous with time. Heavy coriander and pepper with a sharp finish. Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation.

O-This one shows its ABV to a fault. The mouthfeel is a little sharp, and the spiciness is over the top. Not my favorite Unplugged beer. I give them credit for trying. This is a tricky style to do well, and this is a decent effort.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hannydawg for this one.

A: Pour an incredible creamy peach. It reminds me of a melted orange-creamsicle. It has a beautiful could haze to it and there is a thin white head. The lacing is great.This beer hangs onto the glass for dear life.

S: Smells mainly of Belgian yeast, unripe bananas, and clove. I pick up a little bit of booze, but nothing outrageous. I also gets notes of orange peel and citrus.

T: It starts off nicely with the Belgian yeast flavors. The banana and clove are definitely there. However, the higher ABV is noticeable. The finish is bog and boozy with some of the citrus coming through with it.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer has some heft to it, but it goes down quickly.

O: I'm digging this beer. I don't know if I'd go after it again, but it's solid.

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Photo of manitouman84
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orange gold with a pillowy white 2 finger head that lingers nicely. Aromas pouring from the head of this beer, spicy, phenolic, ginger comes off strongly to me with a hint of yeast, reminds me of a belgian. A lot of flavors here, berry and banana, ginger, spicy and phenolic, sweet with a slight bitterness to the finish. Has a nice creamy medium body, a little sticky on the tongue, finishes a bit tart and dry. Not a session beer by any means, meant to be sipped, otherwise it is a little cloying and overpowering. I really liked this, really out there for a Hefe, well done.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of northyorksammy (thanks for the Wisconsin box!). A reckless pour from a 12oz bottle easily fills my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Nearly opaque saffron and naples yellow liquid is suppressed by a massive rocky, shock white pearling bulbous crown. Vast sticky caverns of lace adorn the sides with a brilliant glimmer. Superior retention, even for the style.

Clove and orange rind in the nose along with a surprising dose of C-hops. Style guidelines are clearly out the window with this brew. Phenols dominate in the yeast strain though there is a hint of bubblegum as well (not to mention Big Red).

Sweet supremely spicy palate entry with potent alcohol biting into the mid-palate. Low but persistent bitterness with hints of citrus zest (a blend of fruits), white pepper, clove, and coriander. The wheat presents with pleasing flavor, but dissipates before it can add any tang. Yeast is strong and flavorful as well, but overall the alcohol won't relent.

Creamy, full-bodied, effervescent, and a touch hot along the gum-line.

Style-defying, flavorful, and maybe a bit excessive in the ABV department (though never fusel/solventy) - tastes almost like a cocktail of some sort, albeit one with a base of traditional Hef and home-made bitters...

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stud beer from NG. This is really outstanding. My only critisim is that this beer tastes more Belgium than a Weizen. Funny, many beers say "Beligium" and aren't even close. This is one is right up their with the Belgium tripel heavy weights. Looks cloudy like a wheat but the head is dense and thick more like a tripel. Lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is truely fantastic, with pear, honey, and pepper. The taste has a great balance of sweetness, savory yeastiness, and hearty malt - wheat backbone. This stuff could get me to root for the Pack this year.

If you like Fin Du Monde. This is very similar, but better!

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Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nuzzling up to perfection. What an uber hop weizen a la American style. Absolutely slammed the Belgians here. Poured with a huge foamy, frothy, off white head and great lace. Aroma is banana, yeast, bubblegum, malt, hop, Flavor is largely like nose, plus yeast bitterness leaps out along with sweetness of the malts and propelled by the alcohol. Body is outstanding and ditto carbonation- couldn't be exceeded. Finish is like flavor and lingers with diminishing presence to a point where I can't find the point only that I want another point. The occurance of excellence.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 mocktm
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Birchstick for this one, been on my want list for a while.

Into a heffe glass, this is a golden orange hue, plenty of haziness with a thick and frothy white head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Lacing is full and hearty, clings to the glass for dear life.

Smells like a typical heffe on steroids: lots of banana, wheat, clove, some bubble gum and citrus fruit, plus a whiff of alcohol.

Like no other heffe I've had before, this is a big, big beer. Loads of wheat and alcohol esters right out of the gate, mellowed out by the yeast's banana and clove output. Citrus fruit plays a role, as do some serious cascade hops, providing a much more bitter finish than any other heffe I've sampled. To be honest, I almost think there is too much going on here.

I'd call this full bodied with a significantly creamy nature, producing a slick mouthfeel. Better take your time with this one as its not exactly the traditional and sessionable heffe we're all used to seeing.

Really interesting take on the style, but I've always been of the opinion that heffes are too delicate of a style to flood with a high ABV. Something about the overwhelming alcohol presence just doesn't quite do it for me on this one. Although, don't get me wrong, this is still a hell of a beer, just not the hefeweizen I prefer, Cheers!

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of spdyfire83
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10th review on BA
Bottle into De Struise Brouwers tulip-snifter.

A: Faint sunrise to light copper. 1.5 finger nail head on brisk pour.

S: Smells like cracked wheat and banana. Minimal hint a booze.

T: Alcohol not hidden on this one at all. Sweet caramel + bananas with brilliant and well-balanced spices.

M: Good balance of carbonation and very, very smooth. Tasty!

O: All things considered, very tasty brew. A bit boozy, but I really like it. Definitely different for the style, but it goes down quite smooth and I really liked the complex flavors/spice. Great job!

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. That could surmise this entire brew.
A: Yellow, golden hue, unfiltered. Nice white head. A beauty.
S: Cloves, bananas and some spice. Very nice aroma.
T: Starts sweet, some bananas combined with some spice. This quickly blends with the nice amounts of mild citrus hop flavor.
M: nice amount of carbonation, not heavy as an imperial might suggest. Hops make their presence known on the tongue. A nice, slow alcoholic burn when swallowing. A nice hang that tastes of citrus.
O: great effort on this one by new glarus. Took a weizen, blended its sweetness perfectly with dry hopped bitterness. The cinnamon was the perfect ingredient to bring something completely different out of this.

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Photo of ahq514
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a huge head. Half a glass of foam and I didn't pour too vigorously. Had to wait quite awhile for it to settle. Pours very similar color as the Dancing Man with maybe a slightly amberish hue. Great lacing, gobs of foam sticking to the sides of the glass.

Really heavy clove scent mixed with some citrusy hops. Interesting to say the least. Banana is there, but not real prevalent. Cinnamon in the background.

Hopped up hefeweizen is what it tastes like. Not actually a huge fan. I like the lack of hops in hefeweizens usually. Hops hit right off the bat with a citrus burst and spicy clove and wheat quickly come in right behind it. The alcohol is definitely there, it gives a little bit of a warming finish.

Mouthfeel is good. A little on the higher side of carbonation, but not overly so. Medium bodied.

Overall, I like the attempt of a hopped up hefeweizen, but its not for me. The citrus hops and bavarian wheat yeast flavors just clash to me. Glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't get it again. I'd take a Dancing Man over this anyday.

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Photo of Natetoad
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another successful and well balanced beer from New Glarus. Just like the description states this is the super mac daddy of weiss beers.

Once you pour the golden brew with a hint of orange you achieve a nice creamy head.

You pick up the glass and immediately smell the classic banana that typifies weiss beers.

Next the first drink you get the spices clove and mostly cinnamon upfront, while the floral fruitiness of cascade hops takes the fizzy beer home.

All in all a must try for anybody who is looking for a little creativity along with classic weizen flavors.

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Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. No freshness info but ummagum picked it up at the brewery last month so it's fresh. It was a completely cloudy yellow color with lots of carb streams. It had a 3 finger head that slowly settled into a constant, thick foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking. Not sure I could ask more from a hefe.

The aroma was excellent. It's imperial so there is some alcohol esters in there but also a lot of clove and overripe banana like a std hefe plus some cinnamon and citric hops. Excellent sniffer. The taste was just as amazing. Has the traditional hefe elements like banana, wheat and clove and is well balanced with the citric hops and spice. I could drink this all day. Mouthfeel was medium with tickling carbonation and great aftertaste.

Overall, an exceptional brew and right up there with their Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. Highly recommend. This goes down smooth and with a ton of flavor. Not avail in here TX, dammit, but got one from ummagum. If avail near me, this would be in heavy, heavy rotation. [H;Y]

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