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:
104
Gots:
49
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A vigorous pour easily produces a five-finger thick, tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. The head is thick and creamy with quite a bit of structure and staying power and it also leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a murky, pale amber color that shows a deeply hazed, reddish-orange tinged hue when held up to the light. The aroma most noticeably smells of clove, but there is also more phenolics that lean towards, but don't quite get to, aromas of plastic. Fruit aromatics also play a role here; hints of typical banana, a slight, weird tropical fruit note and some musky melon notes. there is almost a weird tartness this beer and there is a fairly big grain character that leans towards dusty crushed grain and cracker-like malt. There is a certain spiciness here as well that I can't quite place; somewhat like pepper, or grains of paradise, maybe a hint of horseradish, I really can't quite grasp it. An interesting nose, the higher original gravity seems to have produced a lot more esters and phenolics than one gets in a typical gravity Weizen-yeast ferment. I am not quite sure it all works though, but it is interesting enough to not be objectionable.

As I take my first sip I also breath in the aroma, at which point it gets a bit hot with volatile esters and higher alcohols. The flavor tastes of lightly sweet, dusty / chewy grain, with a backdrop of softer clove and other phenolic notes of plastic being lightly noticed. Quite spicy, especially through to the finish where the piquancy is magnified a bit by a wheat tartness; peppery notes in combination with the carbonation, sour ginger flavors, hot higher alcohols, . Some sour melon notes and some not quite ripe pear flavors add a touch of fruitiness to this beer. The body as a light fullness to it that is about right for a chewy Hefeweizen, but is down right dangerous for a beer of almost 10% abv; though the alcohol gets quite hot, so it ultimately is not hidden very well.

Clearly a derivative of a German Weizen and not nearly as funky as my description may lead one to believe; many of these flavors and aromas are noted particularly because they don't usually play a role in the typical German Weizen profile. An interesting beer, even if it doesn't quite work, and it doesn't seem to have that stripped out, filtered to death character that is typical of many New Glarus beers (not to say this isn't filtered, it may be, but it better survived the process than some of their other beers).

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of the "Uber Trade" from Abents... NG has been throwing down some of my favorite styles on the Unplugged series... A toast to Adam.. because this one sounds fantastic... Poured into my smaller Schneider Weisse glass.

3 finger rocky head just refuses to die back... 5 minutes later and alot of foam is still looking at me with a ton of crusty lace... the brew is a hazy honey orange.

Nose is milder than expected, but still plenty complex.. clove and banana with only touches of bazooka joe bubblegum..

Flavor has more bubblegum than the aroma.. but so also shows.. a little lemon zest and a little bit of an herb note... very complex... no idea about the ABV... I would guess a little bit less than Vitus.. the body is also a little less than the Vitus (sorry.. only comparison that I can think of).. spicy notes are clove but not that much.. more estery banana than spicy... citrus zest becomes citrus flowers as it warms.. tangy...

This is a purely fantastic brew!! worthy of unplugged status and probably should be more worthy of a bit of hype on the BA trading pages.. I am very impressed and wish I had regular access to it... Thanks Adam!! Epic trade for sure... I hope you like your box as much as i like my TWO!!

4.5/4/4.5/4/4.5

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Obtained in trade with leftmindedrighty.

Cloudy orange colored beer with a gigantic off-white colored head, pour VERY carefully.

Sweet malty and perfumed are words I use to describe this one. No banana scent but incredibly strong clove and spice scent. In truth this smells more like a Belgian Strong Pale ale than a Hefeweizen, I could swear there is coriander in this.

Taste starts out sweet and spicy with s clove and banana flavor. Wheat malt comes in later, and that is about it. Flavor is a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Well I had high hopes for this one but it is one dimensional, a flop really.

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

An American Imperial Wheat?

It seems well-attenuated, so I'll assume it's around 80% apparent attenuation, so with an Original Plato of 20, that puts this one at 9% abv!!!!

A: Hazy brownish straw with a huge, off-white head, great retention, good lacing.

S: Candied fruit (pineapple, papaya, mango), clove, citrus rind, hints of pumpkin pie spice.

T: Huge grapefruit upfront and all the way through, plenty of pineapple, some rind, grass, wheat grain. Alcohol is somewhat assertive, very little bitterness, slight hint of tartness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth, but with plenty of acidity.

D: It's very good, though it'd be more sessionable if it was a little lower in alcohol. Perhaps an India Weizen? I'd like to see some more of those...

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Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dwagner003
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

12oz. bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours the cloudiest golden yellow/orange color I have ever seen. Produced a giant fluffy pure white head with a glorious retention; I could float a bottle cap on top it was so thick. Just tons of spotted lacing left behind all around the inside of the glass.

(S)- Interesting. Its like a Hefeweiss meets and IPA. Just loaded with a combo or a yeasty biscuit, banana, and clove with a background burst of lemon lime citurs.

(T)- Again, this really is like a Hefeweiss meets and IPA. Big bursts of lemon lime, banana, clove, and subtle bits of pine and yeasty biscuit. The balance of the two parts is awesome.

(M)- A nicely crisp carbonation level. Just a great balance of citrus hop bite (very mild pine) and lovely belgian-like banana, biscuit-like yeast and clove. Minimal bitterness; the creaminess of this helps counterbalance that. Smooth and crisp. 9.6% ABV??? I cannot detect any of that whatsoever; this goes down so easy!

(D)- Move over Belgian IPAs! Granted this is a classified as a Hefeweiss, however I am torn if this is more that or a Belgian IPA. Tastes great as a Hefeweiss on steroids, yet I would without a doubt put this up there with the best Belgian IPAs any day of the week. It just portrays each part beautifully while maintaining balance and a smooth, yet crisp and refreshing profile. This is a dangerous beer at 9.6%! Further proof that New Glarus makes the finest wheat beers in the country.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Omensetter. Thanks! Pours a cloudy, straw yellow/orange. Huge, fluffy, creamy white head, lasting with some drapes of lace. Aroma is complex and bursting with character; hops, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, wheat, banana, clove. Flavor follows. Medium to full body. Creamy. A little oily. Sweet. Fruity. A fair amount of spices. Alcohol content? What alcohol content? Hardly any there. Hop character really makes an impression and complements the hefe qualities nicely. Great balance. Pleasant finish.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a cloudy orange yellow with a huge 3 finger, ever growing, head of foam. Lots of lacing and bubbles here and the head retention is very very good. This is a very nice looking brew in my glass.

The smell is very complex with notes of banana, wheat, clove, and some lemon.

The taste is as good as the smell! Plenty of banana and clove followed closely by a nice wheat flavour and some lemon hoppy goodness which, btw, just adds a bit of bittereness and is no way near in control and that's how it should be. Nice. Oh, did I mention there's quite a bit of caramel sweetness here as well? I didn't? My bad. Another thing that impresses me is that this is 9.6%abv...I would have never guessed!!

It's medium bodied, the carbonation starts of very lively but settles down after a while, and it finishes with another nice kick of clove, lemon, and banana. I'm really impressed with this souped up Hefeweizen and I give kudos out to New Glarus for brewing it, and Wasatch again for sending it my way!

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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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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a hazy dirty yellow body with a thick white head cratered like the moon that last forever even after the beer is gone. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that pop in and out of the hazy on their way to support the head.

S- This beer has a perfumed clove hop nose with a rich smell of wheat with some slight toasted wheat notes and a finish of more perfumed hops with a citrus blossom quality.

T- The note of spicy clove gives way to a full wheat flavor with some caramel wheat malt qualities and a note of darker roasted malt deep underneath. There is a finish of perfumed citrus hops with a yeasty pine bit at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a soft alcohol heat that enhances the hops. There is a nice tight little fizz that balances the sweetness and cleans up this beer.

D- This is a wonderful beer. The perfume qualities remind me of some Belgian yeast strains and the hops are really matched well with the great Weizen qualities on top of some nice wheat wine notes. This beer went down smooth and was wonderful fresh. I don't think it will last long enough to age and I think it will also be a totally different beer without the hops.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says 2273.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Musty, hoppy, yeasty, flowery...what is that?

T- Somewhat sweet, rich and yeasty. Would never guess that this is 9.6% ABV as it is incredibly drinkable. There are some spices, wheat and some slight hop bitterness. Also a bit fruity.

M- Tangy, zesty, snappy, vibrant. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This review really brought out all my adjectives. So unique and tasty. Like no other weizenbock I've had. Almost perplexing.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz foil-wrapped bottle courtesy of SQNfan.

A: The weizenbier is hazy with an amber orange color that really stresses the orange. A finger-plus of head almost overflowed from the glass. What's left is lacing nicely.

S: A brief sniff from the bottle indicated lots of juicy hops amongst the weizen elements. An up-close visit reinforces that. Intense clove aromas battle a soapy hop bitterness for top billing. This nose is amazing.

T: The cascade hop bitterness is strong, but so is the estery, phenolic weizen. The two mix nicely at first, big and bold with little definition. A few seconds in, the flavors separate and each takes on a life of its own. The wheat body relies on the strength of wheat and yeast, tangy and full of clove. The bitter hops soon crash the party with a blinding citrusy bitterness that has orange peel flavors. The orange peel is amplified by a citric flavor in the wheat aspect.

M: Much like the Belgian IPA, this ale combines the best features of a weizen and IPA. The result is a sheer blast of flavor that is crazy good. If you have a bottle squirreled away, open it because the hops make this beer.

D: I don't know that the alcohol level is but it tastes strong. A fantastic creation that, because of the intensity of the hops, may limit you to two or three bottles (if you can score that many).

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a new glarus flute.

pours a cloudy, foamy yellow with a massive white head. the smell is reminiscent of a Belgian ale with a tad of tropical fruit as well. taste is dry..slight tropical fruit..some hops..yeasty..boozy..its really all over the place and complex. higher side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this is very interesting. maybe most like a Belgian Tripel. I liked it.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 barczar
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy tangerine with a billowing, pillowy cream head that lingers.

Resin, soft citrus, clove, bubblegum, and banana leap from the glass. Wheat, grain, and earthy hops add contrast. Huge notes of peach emerge late.

Peach and tangerine explode in the flavor profile. There's an underlying resin and earthy character that carries throughout. Hints of clove, banana, and bubblegum add complexity to a fairly dry wheat backbone. The finish is resiny and bitter.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with carbonation on the high side, and noted alcohol warmth.

Love the fruit flavors that dominate. I'm not a wheat beer fan, but this isn't your typical weiss. The finish is just a touch too bitter. Couldn't tell it's as high as it is in abv.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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