New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Weizen

New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Weizen

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Brewed by New Glarus Brewing Company

New Glarus, WI, United States

Style:  Wheatwine

9.6% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 29930 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank827
Overall Percentile98.5
Style Rank1 of 87
Style Percentile98.9
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.925
Weighted Score3.740
Standard Deviation0.322

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  • GPILAFAS 267 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a thick amber head. A ton of lace on the glass. Pleasant yeasty aroma with some grass and citrus notes. Cloves and light banana taste. Pretty good overall.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    6/09-the hops weren't what i was hoping for in this imperial dry hopped weizen, but i see the last review for this bad boy was 14 months ago, so maybe they were there and have since died a long slow death? still a good beer, but based on the hoppy Crack'd Wheat, I wanted more out of this. It was more yeasty and sweet with the hops barely making an appearance in the back. Some sediment, great full mouthfeel, fruity, cloves, big flavor, but didn't detect the nearly dbl digit alcohol. not bad, but i was maybe more excited than i should have been.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 8

    ..wozers! what a wacky wonderful wheat! .. great pure flavours. . clean .. delicious! .. . one of the best hefeweizens ever!! .. . Please do not offer my god a peanut... .

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle courtesy of pfoxyjohn. This is definitely a wheat beer on steroids. Pours a hazy golden color with a big fluffy off-white head. The aroma consists of melons, banana, orange, and an alcoholic yeasty scent. Flavors are sharp, tangy, and citrusy with lemon, orange peel, banana. There is a bit of an alcholic bite to this. Good beer. I enjoyed it on a nice warm Florida evening. Make sure you check the abv though... this isn't one of those slug in the sun kind of wheat beers.

  • PHILBERTGODPHRY 142 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Thanks to pfoxyjohn for this one. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a large white head that lingers. Strong aroma of hops, yeast and alcohol. The taste is hoppy but not as bitter as I expected. It kinda reminds me of the DFH 90min. IPA. Quite enjoyable.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 4.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a bright, cloudy orange colour with a sticky, creamy white head. Very large- well carbonated brew, but not overdone. Lacing is scattered and sticky leaving behind clumpy resinous rings on the glass. Aroma is tropical- bananna, mangoe, figs and hint of cloves. Taste is sweet, plenty more fruit- pineapple oranges and soft lemon zest in the finish. Touch of yeast is noticeable initially. Mouthfeel is creamy and spritzy.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A cloudy yellow apperance with a rather large white head. The aroma is hoppier than I imagined with some cloves, lemons, and pine. The flavor is rather sweet with some lemons, cloves, wheat, and oranges. Probably better in small amounts but overall a pretty good beer.

  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 5

    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).

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Tasted at Noogfest 4.0 (2008). This weizen pours a slightly medium gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is wheaty, banana and clove. Medium bodied weiss. The malts are cereal, banana and clove with some grain. The hops are earthy. Its not really a hefe and its not a wheat wine, but somewhere in between. I won’t try and classify it, but it has that typical New Glarus mouthfeel and balance. Interesting beer, Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel si full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a cloudy beige color weizen with a big foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with loads of cloves and wheat malt note. Taste is a mix between some cloves with some huge wheat malt note with a spicy yeast note at the end. Full body with limited filtration and some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really like this beer but thought it was a bit cloying at some point and maybe a less extreme version would have been more appreciated.

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