Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen

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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 cradke
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow, orange. Pours a beautiful, thick fine head.

Smell: Very beautiful yeast and bread notes. Orange peels and citrus with a small amount of alcohol.

Taste: Very forward hop profile from the get go. The malt is a bit overpowered by the hops for a weizen but its in tune with the style. Some hints of orange and lemon and finishes with a bitter note from some evolving hops and a bit of an alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant and clean

Overall: I love weizens for the clean taste. This imperial weizen maintained a lot of similar notes with a much more intense hop profile from the get go. The different flavors seem a bit muddled together and maybe a but out of balance towards the hop end. Overall though, a great pint.

Serving type: Bottle poured into Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint

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Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy, dark, dirty yellow in color. Forms a small, but very stable, white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Nicely aromatic with an onslaught of sweet banana and syrup, citrus, mango, fruit salad rounded out by just a bit of yeastiness.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Rather sweet to the point of being almost sugary, then white bread, yeast, banana, ripe fruits, and a touch of lemony citrus. Finish is fairly alcoholic with a good dose of spice.

M: Medium bodied with a rather smooth, round mouthfeel on the front end, but then turns heavily alcoholic with a rather intense alcoholic burn to the tongue. Very mild bitterness.

O: This is a very nice beer that really turns up the volume. Intense, yet still enjoyable, though I do wish the alcohol was either toned down or better hidden.

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Photo of wschmit
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into flute.

A: A touch hazy, this goldenrod body sports a short white head that sticks around a bit. Eventually flattens out into a sticky ring with some patches on stop. Good, fine carbonation up through the body.

S: A strong boozy note, sweet wheat, and bubblegum, with a pretty good hop presence towards the back. Clove, phenols, yeast. Reminds me of Krunk Monk from FFF, but less cloyingly sweet.

T: A bit sweet, but towards the end. Otherwise, it's like an amped-up German hefeweizen: bubblegum, banana, and clove, with some hops in the end to round it out. It's not at all too sweet, like I was expecting. It is a bit alcoholic, though.

M: Nice moderate body, not a sticky, proteinaceous mess, and with very solid carbonation. Alcoholic, but not fusel-y.

O: I didn't go into this with the highest hopes: big wheat beers are usually too sweet and too thick for my tastes. However, this is a really solid, big wheat beer that walks a fine line between American innovation (making shit bigger!) and German restraint. Yet another well-done beer from NG.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Bells tulip. The pour is a hazy, mouth-watering orange color (a bit light) with a massive (correction: MASSIVE) frothy head that goes on and on and leaves huge clumps of snowball-like lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with lots of clove-like spicy phenols, orange-smelling fruity esters, and a hint of lemon.

Light-medium body with a firm feel. There's a superb level of carbonation in this beer - not so much that it's gassy but enough to stimulate the palate and excite your tastebuds. There is lots of bready malt and citrus-fruit sweetness up front. There's definitely a hit of booziness on the back of the palate as well as a hint of tartness and yeastiness. All of this fuses with the carbonation and makes for a complex and memorable drinking experience.

Another fine beer from the New Glarus ``Thumbprint'' series. I wish it had a bit more malt complexity up front, and a little less booziness. Overall though, it's a unique beer with its strong fruit flavor, substantial belt of booziness, and nice spritzy feel. I think this would appeal to fans of traditional German Weizenbocks and Eisbocks who are in the mood for something new and different.

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Photo of Ri0
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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Photo of weatherdog
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weizen glass

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a billowing off white head. The head sticks around for the whole drink and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a perfect looking weizen.

The nose is very orange ester heavy with some underlying clove tones. At the end there is some noticeable alcohol nostril burn but it's not too bad. Not a very traditional hefeweizen aroma but it's still very nice and I'm digging it.

The orange isn't as prominent in the taste as the aroma but the spicy clove is stronger with some other minor plastic phenolics. The alcohol warmth is there at the end but it still doesn't drink like it's a nearly 10% beer.

My only gripe about this beer is the mouthfeel is a little too slick and oily. I know that is a characteristic of using a large percentage of wheat, and seeing that this is a high gravity wheat beer it is inevitable but I still don't have to like it.

Overall I'm glad this beer was re-released. I was just getting heavily into craft beer when it first came out and it's very similar to what I remember, a deceptively high gravity fairly traditional hefeweizen.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep cloudy yellow, head that overflowed the glass.

S- Typical banana, lemon grass aroma you'd expect from a great weiss, with a barely decetable alchol note.

T- The yeast profile reminiscent of banana rides atop a light slightly malt profile. The slight alcohol note lends way to a, dare I say, citrusy hop finish.

M- Smooth and rich, yet light enough for the style, less carbonation than most.

D- Quite drinkable for being Imperial.

Way to push the envelope Dan!

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

Poured a golden orange with a long lasting thin white head.

The smell is full of lemongrass and tropical fruit notes especially pineapple.

The flavor follows the nose nicely, a big blast of citrusy lemongrass, followed by mango, pineapple, and tropical fruit flavors. Very sweet and fruity, with hints of banana and classic clove spices, very hefe on steriods kind of flavor.

The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation, and a bit of abv warmth.

Not to bad overall, a fun giant hefe.

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

A - Poured into a New Belgium snifter with laser etching in the bottom. Nice half finger head stayed around for half the glass with a generous amount of lacing. Laser etching maintained a thin head for the rest of the glass. It had a dark honey color and was very cloudy.

S - Strong Belgian yeast dominates the aroma with hint of clove and faint alcohol.

T - Clove, banana and yeast up front with an alcohol warmth midway that fades as the malt and wheat come through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice light carbonation that dances on the tongue.

First time trying an imperial weizen. I'm usually not the biggest wheat beer fan but I really enjoyed this one. I think because it was more complex than most that I have had. While I will definitely drink this again, it's heavy enough that I wouldn't drink two in one sitting.

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Photo of manitouman84
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 goethean
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rodenbach tulip glass. A bit over-carbonated. Aroma has citrus, nice light malt, lots of breadiness --- more than I've ever smelled in a beer --- and some hops. Bursting with rich malt and light fruitiness. It's got the malt backbone. Like a light-colored barleywine, without the heaviness which characterizes that style. Unfortunately, it's also missing some of the complexity, the higher alcohols, and the warm character of the best barleywines. Just enough hops to keep it from being cloying --- leave it to a German-style brewer to avoid the over-hopping which characterizes so many American microbrews. Quite drinkable.

One note: BeerAdvocate says that this is a hefeweizen? It's wheatwine.

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

Got this bottle from a friend... a huge thanks!
A-Beautiful cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy long-lasting white foamy meringue head.
S-Pine, spicy clove, cinnamon, lemon and wheat dominate the smell of this lovely brew.
T-Pine resin, citrusy lemon zest, clove, grapefruit and herbal hops with a bit of wheat, bubblegum and sweet malts hanging in the background. A bit of a dry grapefruity finish lingers in the mouth.
M-Nice thickness and decently carbonated. Almost a bit of an oily slickness as it goes down.
D-I'm not sure of the ABV on this one, but it does give hints that it might be leaning toward the higher realms for a weizen. But surely tasty enough to have more than one....
I've been impressed with every single wheat beer that's come from New Glarus and this one is no exception. Another excellent brew from Dan Carey and the folks at New Glarus!

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A - Orangsih-brown in color and very hazy. Chunky, bubbly head, off-white in color. 2-3 fingers worth. Leaves huge chunks of foamy lace as it recedes.

S - A sugary sweetness first hits the nose before a spiciness of clove comes through. A light funk in the background as well. Fruity esters are also present with hints of banana and a little plum.

T - Very sweet fruit tastes up front with the banana being present much like in the nose. Some citrus hints as well which is a unique taste in hefes from my experience. The clove spice also comes through in the taste.

M/D - Medium bodied and very chewy. Good levels of carbonation and any alcohol is masked rather well. One of the better hefes I have had recently.

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Photo of bound4er
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into a weiss glass - one plus inch thick head that laces nicely. Somewhat typical nose - a yeasty, hoppy, malty blend. I am having a hard time getting my mind around this beer's taste and overall drinkability - one sip a get greatness and the next a nice wallop of alcohol. I guess it is what it is - an imperial style weiss and as such, the alcohol will poke through. Enjoyable but not something I need to have a stock of in the fridge.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass and shared with Kristy K at the condo. Hazy orange with a thin off-white head but excellent lacing. Aroma is yeast, wheat, clove, green apple, bubblegum, and citrus. Taste is classic hefeweizen with clove, banana, and bread sweetness plus some citric hoppy bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, boozy and phenolic on the finish.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright and cloudy orange, three finger head with lots of carbonation

S-Wheat clove, banana, citrus, green apples, very fruity, some floral notes.

T-Very fruity. Apples oranges, fruit everywhere. Some clove and banana a sweet beer.

M-Light, highly carbonated and a crisp dry finish.

O-An underproduced style. This beer was solid, SN Beer Camp was good. More breweries should make this.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

out of retirement? unplugged imperial weizen

A- it poured a cloudy pale orange.amber color with a white 2 finger head that receded to reveal some chunky lacing on glass...a beautiful look indeed

S- was banana and apples,with some clove ,a little grain,and a backdrop of citrus hops ..very nice

T- was bananas and clove a dash of pepper followed by just enough hops,,a touch of alcohol heat in the finish the taste was not as strong as the smell

M- was medium carbonation but somewhat thin on the hefe tastes that i enjoy..dont know if it was the high ABV..cause its not really detectable

O- a tasty hefe for sure ..but i would choose dancing man or cracked wheat b4 this one..still this is a great one from NG

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Photo of levifunk
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a small tasting recently. Reviewed from notes.

a - cloudy golden body with a white head.

s - wheat, grass, lemon.

t - smooth flavor. still grassy with some hops.

m - light body with nice carbonation.

drinks very well for 9.6%. booze is very mellow.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color, thick and fluffy white head, long lasting. Scent brings a big whiff of lemon grass and orange rind along with big notes of banana bread, some bubblegum, black pepper and yeast. Taste is big and bold, nice hop notes combine with amped up wheat beer flavors, touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, light chunkiness, mostly dry and slightly warming. Really solid beer all around, nice touch of hops on nose and tongue. Amazed at the ABVs on this one, noticeable but still well hidden.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

never been much of a fan of hefeweizen style, but it a New Glarus Thumbprint beer so I am going to give it a try with an open mind!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: opaque yellow bodied beer that looks like it is glowing. Frothy and foamy gushing white colored head.

Smell: lots of clove, smells like a belgian style beer, and some citris.

Taste: candied or sugary bananas, with massive clove flavor and massive lemon flavor; all three flavors work well together. I normally dislike hefeweizens that have a strong banana taste to them, the clove and lemon seem to make the banana become more balanced. Its nice! The cascade hops show up in the middle of the beer with a mild hop bitterness and quickly goes away as the banana, clove, and lemon take back over as the prominent flavors. May be a hint of cinnamin and some yeastiness in the background of this beer. No alcohol taste noted.

Mouthfeel: Really light and refreshing beer. moderate carbonation. I cant beleive that this beer is almost 10 percent.

Overall: This is a really good beer! I have never had an Imperial Weizen before, but this was an exceptional beer. Another solid New Glarus beer!

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Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of rocky foam head that is the color of scintillating egg creme. Very heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Prolific and many-layered, aggressive bright fruit--more citrus than banana--and spicy cloves are dominant in the nose. Also in attendance is a leafy herbaceous quality and other phenolic notes that possess a saccharine edge. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with mild, soft, and refined grain, as well as mixed citrus fruit and mild honey. Acidity is very mild into the middle, where some precocious bitterness provides a contrasting edge to a host of classic-to-style esters and phenolics that are writ-large across the palate. Flavors are mellow and bready during the finish, but with a spirituous edge.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer must have shared a similar conceptual origin to that of Stone's 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, such as "Let's make an extreme version of a classic style." This imperial hefeweizen is equal to the success of the afore-mentioned Stone brew, showing massively amplified versions of on-point traditional qualities. If any weizen enthusiast ever wished to be able to smell and (especially) taste the qualities of the style more, then this is the beer for them. It is held back only by its heaviness, either real in the form of the syrupy texture, or perceived in the form of its restrained acidity and carbonation.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice hazy golden orange color with a nice off white head with good retention and lacing.

S- Smells of yeast, banana, lemon zest, clove and some spices.

T- Huge spicy yeastiness and clove. Could also pick up quite a bit of citrus lemons and bananas.

M- Medium body and carbonation, a little on the creamy side also.

D- Easy to drink and very solid brew.

Thanks again Lordsloth

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Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 12/27/08. Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing.

A - Poured a slightly hazy, effervescent golden amber tinted body with a slim white head that reduced to a patchy film but flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Fruity nose with citrus and tree fruit akin to apple and pear with a mild tart sourness. Malt character is dark and wheaty with a yeasty aspect suggesting a subtle clove spiciness.

T - Again, lots of fruity notes with a splash of citrus hop bitterness, but largely sweet, juicy tree fruit. A caramel malt sweetness is present throughout, which complements the spicy/yeasty clove aspect quite nicely.

M - Medium body with a mild syrupy texture and lively carbonation, yet still retains a pretty creamy mouthfeel overall. There is a surprising bitter hop bite in the finish with a bit of residual spiciness on the palate.

D - Complex flavor profile with lots of spicy and yeasty notes, but also plenty of sweetness and a pleasant hop character to boot.

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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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