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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen | New Glarus Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
91
outstanding
343 Reviews
Thumbprint Imperial WeizenThumbprint Imperial Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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
Reviews:
343
Ratings:
638
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
49
For Trade:
3
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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 dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, bought a 4 pack at steve's university

appearance: served in a bells tulip, hazy orange body with a huge white foam cap and fantastic lacing - quite the site to behold...dead sexy looking beer

smell: sweet bananas and cream, fresh citrus, clove and white pepper, hoppy and fruity, clean and refreshing

taste: wonderful! clean citrus hops and sweet banana carry the flavour profile in fantastic fashion...white pepper and clove provide a great compliment, abv hardly noticed until the aftertaste. Nice bubblegum kick - Great offering!

mouthfeel: clean and refreshing - a delight

drinkability: high

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up just across the border in Wisconsin, & excited to see it. New Glarus makes the best hefe in the country (Dancing Man) so I'm excited to try another one, albeit it bulked up like Ahnold.

Pours hefe, murky, cloud, sunburst orange. Nose hews closely to the formula: clove, banana, twist of orange, & a shocking slap of lemon concentrate. Just from sticking my schnazz in the foam, I can tell this is no girly-man hefe.

Imperial Weizen flexes & breaks the hearts of lesser, watery, teary-eyed hefes. Nose = taste in this equation. Strong orange & banana dominate. Citrus creeps in underneath quietly. Clove. Wheat is fleeting, chased away by the bevy of stronger flavors. Blowback of faint light fruits off in the distance finish this one off. Amazingly easy to drink for a big beer, the alcohol is hiding well. Dangerous.

Doesn't reach the heights of its cousin Dancing Man, but this is a tasty, tasty hefe. Very good beer, & one more reason to pop open a New Glarus. Keep 'em coming.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
0821 on the neck, no info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 who can't resist giving me beer every time I go to his house to help "thin the heard."

A - Poured complete with sediment, the totally cloudy golden yellow beer is topped by a massive five-finger head. Thick as whipped cream, you could rest a bottle cap on it no problem. It sparkles like fresh snow and leaves sheet after sheet of thick lace on the glass! Perfection!

S - Potent yeast esters flourish with banana and clove spiciness and, for the most part, overwhelm the subtle wheat aroma. Solvent notes of phenolic alcohol poke through to let you know that yes, indeed this is imperial. Spicy German hops fill the background.

T - Overpoweringly hoppy, the flavor is a kick to the face. The wheat pokes out on the finish in between solvent alcohol heat,. Yeasty esters of banana and clove are still present but largely reserved in comparison to the hops.

M - Unconventionally bitter, the finish sees some sweetness that's obviously meant to be there for balance. Too bitter. Warming alcohol is both tasted and experienced retronasally but the brew is smooth and soft like a hefe should be. Medium-full in body from the sweetness.

O - A nice spring sipper but by no means a summer thirst quencher. Not that it's meant for that anyway... A little boozy although fairly well hidden, it's just overly bitter from the hops.

*Also, a point of interest about this beer is that it doesn't age well at all, extended aging anyway. Despite it's high ABV and BeerAdvocate's, "not a style to age unless alcohol exceeds ABV range" (which I'd say it does) my disapproving review of a 4-year-old bottle was removed, flagged by someone obviously upset by the score despite the caveat. The aged review garnished a C-. Moral of the story, don't hang on to this one for a while.

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Photo of ZAP
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this in the family room downstairs and perhaps due to my excitement, perhaps due to a higher carbonation level, I stared deeply at this hazy golden color beer with a big 1 inch layer of white head.

First smell...bubblegum...more bubblegum than I've smelled in this style before....now I bring it up stairs to review and my nose is next met by a blitzkrieg of cloves....a huge clove presence as well as the bubble gum....next is some banana but this is a secondary player....finally some mild grapefruit like hop notes in the distance.

Time to drink this...as I wrote this the head subsided to about a 1/4 inch now.

Taste is not a typical weizen taste...more of a pale ale feel....grapefruit is upfront, also some lemons..where did the bubble gum go? Cloves are also present and finally some mild banana notes enter. Pretty complex and pretty hoppy.

Carbonation is about right...has a creamy feel but also some citrus notes that lend a little acidity...booze is pretty hidden for 9.6%

Overall I love the nose on this...and the taste is pretty unique if not particularly memorable. I like it but I wanted to like it more. I prefer the Dancing Man wheat immensely over this but this is definitely a "must try" and efforts like this are one of the reasons I feel NG is Wisconsin's best brewery.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed deep amber with a tight off white head leaving a thick lace. Nose is interesting, a lightly muddled wheat malt and spicy earthy yeast note give way to lemon and clove with a touch of candied lemon. There is a bit of an herbal back end. Taste has a lot happening, the wheat malt is up front, its earthy and musky. The yeast is quite spicy mingling with the candied lemon and some sweetness through the finish. Well carbonated, spice lingers, peppery. Body is full and creamy, faint dryness and a bit sweet through the finish.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a generous friend. Pours a hazy orange yellow with a massive creamy and fluffy white to off-white head. The head just won't quit! Beautiful fruit medley of banana, pear, bright citrus, spicy earthy funky yeast, bubble gum, floral notes of hibiscus and jasmine, and even what smells like some dank hops. This is beautiful, really incredible nose. The flavor is big florals and zesty hops up front followed by sweet pears and orange citrus, then finishing with a funky banana yeasty ness. There is significant zest to this in front of what seems to be a nice hefe and the combination is both unique and deliciously refreshing. I am surprised at how bright the hops still are, as I waited way too long to drink this. Medium body with medium high carbonation and loads of complex flavors. New Glarus does it again. I could drink this all day and there is no sign of the 9%+ ABV anywhere. This one could get dangerous.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Weizen you say? Well that's just about two best words you could possibly string together. You are goddamn right I'm gonna buy up a sixer of this business.

Pours as hazy as a weizen but with a really pretty shade of yellowred that falls almost exactly in between an APA and a hefe. The head is large and rocky and it's stuck around for a real long time already, and I ain't even taken a sip yet.

Smells like giant hops. Pure cascade--citrus, light grapefruit, sticky green cascade hops. This is backed up kind of oddly enough by a very strong, traditional hefe aroma, white pepper and cloves with even a little tiny bit of fruit sneaking its way up through the hops. It is really almost bizarre how well the two flavors blend and how distinct they remain from one another.

Tastes odd and delicious, somewhere in between a strong belgian pale (due to the yeast), a really firm and fruity german hefe, and a regular old IPA. I--I really have to admit that I lack the brewing acumen to fully appreciate what an accomplishment a flavor like this is. The wheatmalt is, for the first time I can ever recall, so intense that it's sticky. The hops are gigantic. The fruit, of all things, balances everything out. And it's so creamy you'd think it had milk in it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy bright orange color. The head is a massive four inches in height, and recedes very slowly into two inches of foam. The aroma is banana, citrus, and hints of clove. The taste is more lively than the aroma. There is more banana, and less citrus. It is all around more wheaty than the aroma. There is also a mild alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequately high carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like tons of citrus and resin hops, with some fresh wheat and wild yeast and banana.
T: It tasted like tangy fresh wheat and wild yeast, with lots of citrus and pine hops and a little banana. It had a clean and bitter / sour aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly full body.
D: This was a very nice weizenbock. Not sure why it's listed as a hefe on BA. The scent and taste were hoppy but still enjoyable and fitting for the style (similar to Little Sumpin Extra). Great body and not too hot, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not mind blowing, but still recommended.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a massive cap of creamy fluff on top. Great retention and lacing.

Huge nose of clove, wheat, spice, banana and citrus. The citrus from the cascade dry hopping perhaps?

An imperial hefe this is! Big time flavors here with a spicy bite, clove and banana out front. Some wheat bread notes with a spicy finish. Getting some hop bitterness as well. Very flavorful beer.

Full and frothy. Very smooth with a dry finishing feel.

Awesome beer right here. A true representation of the style on an imperial level. I will have to find some more of this one!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to kirk for another fine midwest brew on my wants.

a - opened the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. poured a very cloudy pale yellow with a generous frothy white head. lacing was chunky and mostly sticky.

s - burst of fruit flavor. some spiciness. mostly banana, citric, lemon, clove, vanilla/caramel.

t - just like the nose a burst of fruit flavor with some spicing. banana, citrus, lemon, clove, vanilla/caramel with a touch of bitterness and a boozy finish. bubblegum.

m - not as soft as i would expect. booze shows its face in the flavor and in the tingle in my mouth.

o - overall, damn fine beer. really solid weizenbock. a bit boozy, but it works with the flavoring. bubblegum booze...ah, nice mix.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes... My mom picked up a mixer pack from Wisconsin and I was lucky enough to get a chance to try this gem.

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, finger of soapy head, solid retention and lacing.

S - Musty citrus, hints of cloves, honey, wet cardboard, chalky malts and grassy hop notes.

T - What a fantastic combination of flavours with hints of citrus and pine hops, undertones of cloves, wheat, grassy flavours, buttered bread and bubble gum.

M - Medium, smooth and wet. ABV is nearly undetectable.

O - This stuff is unreal and if ever presented the opportunity, you best not hesitate. A dangerously drinkable ale, full flavoured and scrumptious.

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

Deeply hazed light pear yellowish tone with a towering crown of soft white foam that drizzles and crunches away very slowly. Big patches of heavy set lace covers the glass well.

Aroma is your typical hefe nose, but perhaps a bit more malt beefyness than most, which I truly like. Here the lemon is heavy on a duller pie-like/pastry denseness along with some apricot, pear, and orange zipped with a nice touch of zest to it topped with a well muted touch to clove and green tea.

Yummy Weizen flavors all over the place. Smooth, full, with lots of citrusy complexity to it. Both in flavor and body. Which are going hand in hand here. Nice lofty twisting of orange and lemon flavors add a unique zip and zest on the tongue the entire time as light spices of clove and cinnamon sit in there too. But alas, can't forgot the malts, as they lay the groundwork well in this stuff with a wonderfully sweet sided paleness of bread crusts and pastry flakes. But the rounded citrus tones is in total control, full throttled and yummy as hell.

Fantastic body of lush, smooth, fullness. Zippy, yet, not overly so as to be spiced by too much, everything in check and down right drinkable. Spiced and balanced just right with all its complexity it citrusy zest and yeasty spicing. Not sure how the 9.6% got squeezed in there. But that's nowhere to be found unless you drink all four from the pack at once. Easy to do!

Many of the micro brewies that put out there Hefe's could learn alot from this stuff. However, this being an obvious ramped up version of what the norm would be; all Hefes need to be like this, then it would be a style I can actually like. This stuff "Unplugged", is awesome!

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice white head that has some nice retention. Heavy lacing left on the glass surface.

Heavy yeast smells of coriander and other cuboard spices. In the background lingers the banana esters and some alcohol.

The yeast spice dominates the taste as well. Just a hint of wheat malt and the banana esters. Not your normal Hefeweizen. A little alcohol is detected.

It still maintains a light body with good carbonation.

I suspect the alcohol is closer to 10% than 5% so it limits consumption. Definately not a Hefeweizen you will be drinking a lot of in an evening.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jw347 poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a huge billowy three finger head that hangs around for ages leaving great lacing. This is what a hefe should look like.

S: Huge nose on this with the sweet wheat, yeast and massive spiciness interacting beautifully. Not to mention the big banana aroma with lemon zest. Wow, this is a seriously big aroma for a hefe.

T: Big wheat taste up front which gives way to the spices - cloves are the showcase in the middle. The spice gives way to the lemon zest and orange peel in the finish with a hop bitterness. I didn't get too much banana in the taste compared to the smell.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but, with the carbonation and the spice, there is a serious zing on the tongue.

D: This is certainly one of the better hefeweizens I've ever tasted. The spiciness is pretty big so the drinkability isn't quite what it could be. However, this is, without a doubt, the most complex brew I've ever tasted in this style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: How do you describe Weizen perfection? The body is a fully opaque, and yet somehow glowing, orange; the white head rises up a full two inches before its creaminess retreats ever-so-slowly, leaving the sides of the tulip caked with sticky cobwebs of lace. The center of the head lasts longer than the edges, forming a volcanic cone of beauty that regains its original altitude effortlessly at the advent of a quick swirl of the glass. Yeah, that’s a pretty beer.

S: Insanity. The bottle cautions against pigeonholing this beer into any standard style, and I can see why: no one’s invented the Double Wheat IPA. This smells breathtakingly good, with clove and cinnamon spice from the yeast accenting the hugely floral presence of the Cascade hops. There’s some background sweetness from the grain bill, but this is all about the hops and spice. Terrific.

T: The wheat itself comes out more on the palate, lending some piquant sweetness ahead of the profoundly hoppy (floral and citrusy), yeasty (clove and apple) middle. Since most of the hoppiness comes from dry-hopping, there really isn’t too much back-end bitterness, with some fruity yeast esters dominating the aftertaste. My only complaint is that the booze definitely shows through a bit toward the end, adding a bit of astringency to an otherwise entirely delicious beer.

M: Fairly thick, creamy body with an ample dose of similarly thick and creamy carbonation that releases itself bit by bit, finishing each sip with a cleansing sweep of effervescence. Excellent.

O: This is an amazing beer in every way, and if it weren’t for the booze I could hardly find a fault with it. The hops, wheat, and yeast play so well together that it’s surprising to me that more brewers haven’t tried to emulate this beer and its apparent DWIPA style. I just bought my third four-pack of the summer, and I may even get another. Incredible beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitches out an opaque, milky tangerine-gold body, with a buxom multiple-inch adornment of whole whipping cream, which only slowly recedes to trail filth down the sides of the glass.
The first several inhalations are straight-up Bubble-Yum Bubblegum. It's a common descriptor, but this honestly smells exactly fucking like it. After a minute or so, it separates, with the hops taking the fore with grapefruit, wrought iron, and blood, and a substantial backup of weizen yeasty traits of banana, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and ginger. This is beyond uncommon smelling; it is damn near impossible.
A wheat bread maltiness spreads itself across the mouth first, appropriately enough. From this rather simple beginning the weizen yeast begins shooting firecrackers of banana bread, cinnamon, vanilla pod, clove, and lemon rind. Those are very typical disguises of wheat beers, but here, their essences are virtually distilled in their purity and their volume. They are hardly suggestions, rather, they are actually what the mouth experiences singularly and in full. Hops bring grapefruit and lime rind and rusted metal, but in a more modest fashion than the nose would suggest. Eddies of spiced rum permeate everything, but it never tastes explicitly alcoholic.
A dense, impermeable body is given levity by a carbonation that seems nearly manic at times. Those two opposites serve to create a beverage that drinks like cashmere, with its silken weight. It's power makes itself known (though not because it tastes raw or hot), and it's intensity does not allow for gulps or longish sessionability. Its merit and memorability are easily shown in a single bottle....or perhaps two.
New Glarus is renown for its fruit beers, but that should now be shifting, as they make a variety of some of the finest wheat beers available on the planet. This is one of them, and probably the best of the lot, thus far. It may be, in fact, New Glarus' crowning achievement.
Seek it. Now.

Update 5/26/08: After nearly 4 months, the hops have lost a bit of their bubblegummy and grapefruit juiciness and have beer partially replaced with aluminum, both in aroma and flavor. And the spiciness has dulled some Still an incredible beer, but a notch below when it was crushingly fresh. The moral here is that it probably isn't worth aging except for curiosity's sake....but it says that on the label, doesn't it?

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Photo of birchstick
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy yellow color with a 2 finger head. I can't think of a better look for this beer

S - the nose is lemon, citrus, soft wheat malt, bubblegum

T - the taste is similar. Starts off with lemony flavors up front that are washed away by bubblegum yeast flavors. A modicum of clove is present, but not much. A little metallic on the finish with some nice spritzy hops. Nice.

M - soft and full, great body

D - another solid offering in the unplugged/thumbprint series. NG has a knack for killing German styles, and they delivered yet again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: An interesting blend of German yeast and citrus hops with lots of fruit and spice hints. Upfront scent of wheat and German Hefeweizen yeast along with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, and crackers. Big hints of clove spice, coriander, and pepper. Fruit hints of bananas, apple, and some bubblegum. Big citrus hop presence with juicy hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, tangerine, melon, and lemon. Also some earthy and grassy hop hints.

Taste: Like the aroma, an interesting mix of wheat, yeast, and spicy notes with a big citrus hop presence. Wheat and German Hefewiezen upfront with notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, and straw. Spicy notes of cloves, white pepper, and coriander. Big taste of ripe citrus hops with juicy notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Also some fruit notes of banana and apple along with some bubblegum. Earthy notes of grass towards the finish. A very good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and somewhat chewy. Nicely bitter. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good and interesting twist on a German Weizen style. Its like a combination of a Hefeweizen and Belgian IPA. Nicely yeasty and juicy.

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Photo of blackie
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: cellarfridge temperature into my Piraat snifter, nice off white head with very good retention, beautifully hazy golden-orange beer...a gorgeous looking ale

s: stunningly complex with supremely delicate aromas of spicy wheat, doughy yeast, sweet and creamy fruit esters (banana, apricot, peach), coriander, sweet orange peel, white pepper and a touch of clove, perfectly aged hops, floral perfumes (magnolia, gardenia), hot and fresh sugar cookies, barely detectable ethanol adds only a sweet-spicy note

m: ridiculously smooth carbonation given the high level, body just over the line that separates light from medium...creamy

t: clean wheats with doughy yeast flavors, essentially the same florals and fruits found on the nose that I'm not gonna get into as I'd rather just enjoy it, moderate sweetness, papery hop flavors with a mild bitterness

d: another winner from a brewery I've become no less than infatuated with [no bias], but likely limited to one or two as this one is pretty challenging and seems to be a creeper...as is typical of the Unplugged line, this fine beer is best consumed with no concern for adherence to style guidelines

yes, the North Carolina beer scene is quite saturated with excellent locals, but it's nice to have a gem from New Glarus shipped down from time to time via the filth factor

12.13.2013 - two bottles generously wedding-gifted by Kyle, and as fantastic as I ever remembered. lovely appearance with a glowing orange body and a rocky off-white head that doesn't quit and laces heavily. the combination of Cascade dry hop and lusciously spicy weizen yeast is just too much. lovely banana, peach, and alcohol undertones. silky smooth on the palate with a lively but delicate carbonation. kiwi and lime. i just, i just don't know.

old scores 4.5, 5, 45, 5, 45

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Photo of tpd975
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer. The funny thing is that I had to go to someone from Canada to send me this gem. Thanks biegaman. You are a trading GOD!

A: Pours a nice light cloudy straw yellow color. The head is beyond huge. A quick pour had this one bubbling over. The head died down nicely but a huge pad of Hershey kiss shaped foam lingered in the middle for quite sometime. Sheet after sheet of lacing is left behind as I drink this one.

S: Ah, this one smells of summer. Tons of fresh cracked clove, over ripe bannana, and yeasty rolls. Beneath the typical weizen aromas hints you find grapefruit, corriander, and cinnamon.

T: Unplugged no doubt. They swug for the fences with this one and it went upper deck out of the yard my friend. Wow I have never had such a rush of flavors in a wheat beer. Big bold banana flavors married with clove. Hints of citrus and pineapple poke thru along with cinnamon. The ABV is high, but the alcohol taste is very muted. This is the best tasting wheat beer ever made. I dare you to find something better.

M: As light as they come for this ABV. Nice and bubbly, creamy almost.

D: Steller. If I could get a case of this beer I would fly to Wisconsin today to pick it up. Absolutely wonderful.

Overall: New Glarus knows how to brew no doubt about it. I have been in love with their fruit beers since the first taste. Then this one comes in the mail via trade. Holy shit!!! I have never had a wheat beer soooo complex with soooo much aroma and flavor. It is off the charts. It's well...unplugged! This is the measuring stick for all weizens I drink from here on out. This beer is absolutely wonderful.

It was an honor to try it. biegaman I am indebted to you for this one.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute

A - It is golden bodied with about a foot of off-white head that clings to the sides for dear life.

S - I smell bread, spices, and a little citrus, orange.

T - The taste has some clove, lemon, orange, and a bitter finish. I get alcohol as it warms and bread.

M - Foamy. This beer is all head. Once it settles it is medium bodied.

O - It is a hoppy version of a great style. It reminds me of Schneider Hopfenweisse.

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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/24/08. Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx (thanks Marc!). Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma is quite spicy: clove and pepper. Also slight citrus and vegetable. Flavor is rather sweet (brown sugar) and slightly vegetal (meaty stew!) with a citrusy hops and passion fruity finish. Very interesting concoction! Not really like any other hefe I've had, but I guess the label says to ignore that. Delish!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Thumbprint Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.
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