Pours into my glass a hazy golden orange with a creamy two inches of thick white foam on top. Big sticky ring of lacing around the top. Aromas are quick wild and wacky on this one. The crisp wheat grain along with banana, clove and a touch of bubblegum start things off and are quickly met by a pungent, herbal, earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Spicy yeast tones abound. Quite interesting, it's a big hoppy hefeweizen.
First sip brings a smooth, slightly creamy crisp wheat grain malt upfront. It moves into a spicy, yeasty flavor with banana, clove and mellow bubblegum accents. Earthy, herbal, citric hop tones move in and bring with them quite a big bitterness. It finishes off with lingering spicy yeast tones and afterthoughts of hops. Complex, tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a solid medium body. Quite enjoyable with just the right amount of carbonation that makes it go down smooth. A bit heavier than most hefe's but it's still refreshing and easily drinkable. An intriguing mix of flavors..New Glarus can do no wrong with wheat beers!
Served In: Weizen Glass
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, banana, 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 while banana centers in slightly. But alas, can't forgot the malts, as they lay the groundwork well in this stuff with a wonderfully wheaty 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!
Served In: Bottle
Received this in a recent trade with Mully, thanks again Matt for the great trade! Imperial Weizen pours a beautiful hazed golden. After I swirled the bottle and finished the pour a fog like haziness slowly overtook the polished golden. A soft pour produced an off-white two + finger meringue like head that only fell a half finger and left some really great webbed lacing on its way. A great looking brew!
Wow! There is an intense spiciness in the nose. Big bold clove, banana, orange peel, and lemon greet the nose right away and pretty much dominate. There is white pepper spiciness in there as well. Whatever strain of yeast they used....damn, did it create some big aromas. This beer is just a little too big on the spiciness for my liking.
There's a hint of banana on the finish but it's not nearly as strong as the nose suggested. The wheat base is evident with a twang upfront before it cools down and lets the fruit come through. Big orange peel and clove mid-palate eventually die down and the wheat twang shows itself again on the swallow. A kind of dusty/chalky yeastiness comes through every now and then. A big weizen without a doubt!
The body is a hefty medium with a little stick in the back of the throat. A healthy massaging carbonation produces a silky smooth body.
The spiciness in here is so big that one bottle in a sitting is enough for me. With that being said, it's still an enjoyable brew.
New Glarus does a great job with everything, but especially their wheat beers. Although hefes aren't my favorite style this is another good one although maybe a touch over the top. I've fallen in love with their Unplugged Series!
Served In: Pilsner Glass
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).
Price: $8.49 Served In: Tulip
12 oz bottle, stamped 0803.
Many thanks to faro for the chance to try this!
A: Poured into a weizen glass, looking damn sexy. Cloudy, dark yellow amber colored. Streams of rising bubbles make the head last for days and days!
S: Clove. Faint bubblegum. Wheaty malt. Faint citrus.
T/M: Wow. Unlike any hefeweizen I've had. Initial hit is crisp wheat malt, immediately backed up by citrus hops and bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, and the bitterness lasts well into the finish, but is not over-powering.
D: This is one damn fine hefeweizen!
Served In: Weizen Glass
A - Pours a bright hazy golden color. Definitely unfiltered, which obviously is a good thing. Huge soapy, butter colored head. Despite being soapy, this thing has legs.
S - Big nose here. Wheat is obvious, then it's followed by cloves and banana. Some lemony hops are there lurking in the background.
T - Starts out much like a Bavarian wheat, with lots of wheat and hay, along with copious amounts of clove and banana. Then things change some. Hops come in with both a lemony hoppy flavor and some bittering hops. Big change from your run of the mill wheat. Some obvious alcohol, but doesn't really burn going down, it's just bold. Resinous hops come back up in the aftertaste with a slightly grassy taste to them.
M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit biting.
Overall - Good beer, that would be pretty sessionable despite the bit alcohol in it. Surprising presence of hops both add and detract in different ways to this beer. Worth a try for sure.
Price: $2.25 Served In: Tulip
The pour is a cloudy golden color, almost a dull straw color. Smell is almost like a banana, with cloves, some hay and spices. Hops are also much more evident than a normal Weizen beer, but then again this is an "Imperial" concoction and it's from New Glarus. So hops are to be expected. I like the smell. First taste is, as they say on the bottle, "bold". Honestly, it's too strong on the hops for a true Weizen, "Imperial" or otherwise. Too bitter for my liking when I want something closer to a real Weiss. It's good, but just reminds me of what FFFs would do with a Weiss beer ---- put too much hops in there just because they can. Nothing special about the mouthfeel.
Not as impressed with this one versus most Unplugged Series beers from New Glarus. I think the hops bite brings this one down a notch.
Served In: Bottle
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