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Unplugged Imperial Weizen

Name – Unplugged Imperial Weizen
Country – United States
Type – Hefeweizen

Been awhile since I last reviewed a beer.  Two whole weeks to be exact.  A lot of work makes me completely embrace every bit of time off I get so I have been lacking on doing much in the way of reviews when I have free time.  Instead I trade that for sitting back and relaxing while enjoying a beer.  But I guess I do owe one to you fine readers.

Today I crack open another of the Unplugged series from New Glarus.  This one being the Imperial Weizen.  Will a beefed up version of a German Hefe help me in this already summer time heat?

I poured this one into my pilsner glass as I don’t have an actual hefe glass.  But the tall shape of this one will fit just fine.  It pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a big fluffy white head.  The head sticks around for awhile and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The nose is what you expect of a hefeweizen.  Lots of coriander, lemon and orange.  The yeasty hefe character.

The taste is a lot of the same except a nice citrusy hop character on the back side.  It adds a little extra character to the brew.  The 9.6% ABV is very well hidden and you could fool me if you told me that was the percentage on it.  It’s smooth and crisp and really thirst quenching.

I finished this beer absurdly fast.  Probably not the best idea of something so high in ABV but damn was it easy to drink and delicious.  I know banana and cloves are a typical characteristic of hefes but I always prefer the ones that are more citrus tasting.  So this was right up my alley.  The hoppy character from the dry hopping add something extra and special to it.

I must say in my limited exposure to New Glarus I can see they are an amazing brewery.  This Unplugged series allows their head brewmaster to break the walls down on styles and create new and amazing beers.  For the most part all have been great in my opinion.

If you have the ability to get New Glarus stuff (and that’s limited to people in Wisconsin or traders) go do it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Grade – A

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