Bill Becker (1808) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 22, 2017 alassio (99) - USA - APR 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The search for that rare but somehow always not-quite-right thing that is the promise of a magnificent weizenbock ends here. Schneider Aventinus is archetypal, but has these off-elements. The Paulaner version is assertive, but not all flowers and rainbows. I’ve had interesting domestic attempts, but they all ultimately skew off in awkward flavor directions. This new Imperial Weizen from New Glarus is the bomb. It is florid, complex, soaring. Incredible, incredible mouthfeel and richness. Hops perfectly balance the elaborate, potent, but still fine fruitiness. This is an incredible beer. It leaves the rest of weizendom and even weizenbockdom in the dust - - so fresh, lush, and alive - -and it even puts the entire sordid aggregation of Belgian TRIPELdom to shame. This is, like, what tripels SHOULD be. Even the Piraats will be doffing their caps as they bow. Boffo.
From May 2008
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!
Weezel (280) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Awesome pour with a nice rocky head. Cloudy orange in color with bright carbonation. Aromas are out of control with pepper, lemon, piney hops, and the classic bubblegum yeast. The taste follows with bright citrus up front followed by some musty hops and an effervescence that carries the flavors away. It’s both what I imagined a imperial weizen to be and at the same time it is completely without boundaries. Very good! solidfunk (9407) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Nicely done. Some citrus and a hint of smoke. Some light sugary malt and a little booze. Pours hazy orange with decent head and some floaties. Light sweet finish with some malty tang. Nice stuff, and great for style. Touch of banana. Bottle thanks to arminjewell. BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smell was hoppy with mild banana and pineapple notes. Taste was mild hops, alcohol, and the usual weizen notes. Tastes like someone spilled an IPA into a hefeweizen. Broncowaldon (129) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Unbelievably good. Not generally wiezen fan but this one takes it to new level. Huge cloves loved that characteristic, no real banana which is perfect. Some lemon some yeast and dough. Big ABV but not noticeable. I. Flavor that is, did get me pretty buzzed.
Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2014
12oz. bottle from brewery. Aroma of clovey spice, banana, lemon citrus, some herbal and floral tinges, lemongrass, slight pepper, some wheat grain and faint honey. Cloudy, dark golden in color with an exceedingly foamy, sticky, lasting head, off-white, with lacing to match. Flavor profile is strongly yeasty, plenty of spice, esters, pepper, dough, etc. with some lemon citrus, very faint sweetness, breadiness, as well as some medicinal alcohol present late. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent, warming and active, gently acidic and features a nicely full body. Interesting and tasty. sitzds (318) - - OCT 16, 2014
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. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"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 some time 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." kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2014
(bottle) hazy amber gold with huge head. Aroma of spice, clove and pine. Flavor is wheat malt, a little clove, yeast and piney hops. arnold931 (1264) - Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with huge pillowy white head that leaves tons of lacing. Nose is clove, coriander and a bit of funk. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Bock sweetness comes through in the taste. Leaves my lips and tongue numb!