Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Glarus Brewing Imperial Weizen - Dan Carey's Creation

Mark sent me home with a New Glarus Imperial Weizen. It's a specialty summer beer where they let their Brewer, Dan Carey, lock himself in the brewery and go to town without adult supervision.  Mark reviewed this a year ago (to the day). You can find his review here. The Results of mine, after the break...

The bottle opens and I'm immediately hit with clove and spice with strong herbal hop nose

As I pour it into the glass I receive a big doughy voluminous head.

It has a cloudy peach color. Not as golden or yellow as a Weizen and not as deep Carmel as an IPA.

I take a sip and it is fruity (peach and orange) with a banana yeasty hits up front. Hops and clove spice light up the middle and then the carbonation and wheat close the door. Unexpected to say the least. Then as the aftertaste lingers the hops slowly rise back up in the sides of your tongue. It's really very different than what i was expecting and does defy conventions. I enjoy that in a beer...

Overall this is a complex but drinkable summer beer. It can lay you out on a empty stomach at 9% ABV so be warned. But if you're looking for something more than your girlfriend's Hefe Wizen, this is a great pick.

Pros: Complex spicy, fruity, hoppy, malty, and BAM! alcohol

Cons: This may never be brewed again. 

Verdict: If you see this on the menu and you're out in the beer garden on a sunny day. Get it. Just don't do it on an empty stomach.

4.15 out of 5 on the Mark-o-Meter

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is it bad that this makes me want a beer at 8 am? Great review!