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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,207 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 368
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007)
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4/5  rDev -5%

ShwarzAl3r, Nov 15, 2011
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar wheat beer from New Glarus. Although I prefer Black Wheat and Copper Kettle, this hefe-weizen does not disappoint in the slightest.

Sample Size – Several six packs and a pint on tap at Brasserie V on Monroe St. in Madison.

Appearance: Completely opaque straw gold with a thick creamy white head (when served from the bottle that lasts for the duration) but no head what-so-ever on tap (must have been the pour/sam adam’s glass). Very pretty. I would give it a 5 in the bottle and a 4 on tap so I'll average the two at 4.5.

Aroma: Lemon, orange, hay, wheat, vanilla, banana, bubblegum, clove, and ginger. Complex, rich, and very spicy.

Flavor/MF/D: A mix of lemon meringue and banana crème pies with cinnamon, cloves, and ginger sprinkled on top. Some pepper too. Medium bodied and creamy. Not as heavy or boozy as I would expect at 7.2% but certainly rich and delicious. Extremely drinkable. Just great.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to maximum12 for this awesome extra - I'm always excited to get more New Glarus stuff, they haven't let me down yet. Dancing Man Wheat pours hazy and translucent; a brilliant shade of golden-amber with an absolutely enormous, pillowing, fluffy white head. Very volatile - even a modest pour yields a cap thicker than the amount of beer in the glass. Little lacing is left behind, but the foam shows great retention.

DMW is an American take on a traditionally German style, so it's no surprise when I bring my nose to the glass and am immediately reminded of beers like Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner Hefe. Fantastically sweet bouts of malt, colliding gracefully with an equal mix of lovely esters; clove, bubblegum, and some other light spices. Lots of delicate sweetness up front, borderline Candi sugar-like, with beautiful overtones of soft fruit; overripe banana, orange zest, and pear.

The more this warms up, the more heavy the wheat and malt gets - backed with waves of soft wheaty aromas, grains, bread, butter, and a bunch of underlying sugary goodness. Fresh yeast aromas linger in the finish, both fruity and a little spicy all at once. Very well done; even from just the aroma, I can tell that this is going to be a tasty hefeweizen... but will it be enough to dethrone some of the original classics?

Much like the aroma, the taste starts off soft and sweet with some light sugar tones up front; malty to the core with a hammering of esters hitting your palate from every which way. A wonderful collage of flavors engorges the senses and sends me into hefe-nirvana; banana, pear, Bavarian yeast, wheat, plum, clove, kitchen spice, stale bread. Sickeningly delicious.

The middle portion shows an extremely mild hop addition, adding a slight musky and leafy flavor. At 7.2% ABV, this is a little more alcoholic than most hefeweizens, but you'd never be able to guess that from just smelling or tasting it. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, allowing for only a small dose of phenol flavor as the beer warms up, but never giving enough to reveal it's true nature as a 7+% ABV brew. Medium bodied, soft on the palate, mildly creamy with lots of carbonation.

Wow, incredible. Fantastic hefeweizen; drinkable like you wouldn't believe, especially at 7.2% ABV. Beautiful mix of aromas and flavors that make for an amazingly enjoyable experience. Definitely one of the best hefeweizens out there, second only to Weihenstephaner - and what a complement that is.

tectactoe, May 03, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A somewhat cloudy, medium-golden beer with a wheat haze. The head is prolific, pour with a few fingers on an average pour. Long lasting white foam made of small bubbles.

S: This smells so good, really good, not something you'll catch me saying that often about a wheat beer. Medium-strong aromas of cloves, cinnamon and bananas with a moderate wheat sweetness. A low level of light colored fruits like peaches, apples and apricots.

T: A medium-strong cinnamon and clove spice dominates with a banana an light fruitiness taking a supporting roll. There is a light wheat sweetness in the middle but it runs out fairly dry in the end. The is a light hops bitterness and a balance that is slightly towards the bitter. The aftertaste if of spice and light fruit esters.

M: A light bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation.

O: A spice focused, refreshing Hefe with a great flavor profile of cloves, cinnamon and fruits.

MadScientist, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

MaxT, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Schlais, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of mykd
3/5  rDev -28.7%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of weatherdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weiss glass

As soon as I pop the cap bubbles rise ever so slightly in the bottle showing the high carbonation in this beer. It pours a slightly hazy amber gold/orange into the tall weiss glass with a full five finger head encompassing the entire glass. The head a very pillowy with a hint of yellow color. It dies down to a small layer of bubbles capping the beer.

The smell is a mixture of orange and clove with just a hint of banana on the backend. It's pretty muted for a hefe with such a high gravity but nice none the less.

The taste is where this beer is at. There is a definite clove spiciness from the yeast and that gives away to a little banana and then finishes spicy again. These flavors meld together wonderfully and it's just a wonderfully refreshing beer on this hot summer night.

The mouthfeel is spot on, a little bit of slickness from the wheat but a high carbonation to make it refreshing and very drinkable. The alcohol doesn't even begin to show. I would not peg this beer much over 5%. This beer is as much or even more drinkable than any other lower gravity hefe I've ever had. A truly great example for the style and a staple of my summers in Wisconsin.

weatherdog, Jul 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

SkiBum22, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of blackearth
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Hilltop brewery in New Glarus, WI. Poured into a weiss glass this beer showed a bright golden body with a white head. Aroma of fruity esters most notably cloves and a faint bubble gum character. Mouthfeel was light bodied with crisp carbonation. The malt and wheat flavors were good, but not outstanding. Good drinkability, but I wasn't reaching for a second one.

blackearth, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of newk340
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

split w/ hu5om (and plan on drinking many more before summer's end).

A: amazing sizzling pour, thick foamy head while a wheat gold in color with excessive champagne-like carbonation.

S: yeasty at the outset, with faint hints of lemon zest.

T: wow. subtle in its all-around flavors of malts, wheat, and spices. very well-rounded taste with no overbearing flavors.

MF/D: a bubbly sizzle initially, simmers for a smooth swallow. fantastic mouthfeel and one of New Glarus' best beers. will certainly consider buying a case before summer's end. thank god i live in wisconsin. this is definitely Weihenstephaner's sugar-daddy... oh yeah, the 7.2% abv is not noticeable so watch out when using as a session beer.... haha.

newk340, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a wonderfully hazy yellow orange, very vibrant with a inch of creamy white head billowing atop the brew. Lots of active carbonation rising up from this one. Aromas erupting from the glass with crisp, sun drenched wheat grain malts alongside bright clove spiciness. Notes of banana and bubblegum are there as well. Lots of fruit tones here too that flow into earthy, peppery yeast. An awesome, robust aroma.

First sip brings a smooth, crisp wheat malt upfront that segues into light fruity flavors. A bright peppery, clove moves in along with notes of banana and bubblegum. Earthy yeast tones mix in as the brew flows down with a subtle dryness and light grittiness. Just a damn fine hefeweizen!

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a fast paced carbonation that goes down easily. Quite a refreshing brew as well. A six pack of this could easily be had on a nice summer day. Another example of why I feel New Glarus is easily the best wheat beer brewer in the midwest, if not the country.

orbitalr0x, May 18, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

loose5682, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

csmartin6, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Afroman, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

77apm, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazed dark golden color with a good two fingers of head on top. A bit lemony, some sour dough bread and a balanced banana / clove combo in the nose. Crisp and very smooth with a chewy medium body. Big fermented wheat twang of fresh baked wheat crackers, faint lemon rind, powdered clove and banana taffy. Maltiness holds strong with some many flavors being pushed against it, even when it comes to the warming estery fruity alcohol. Maltiness stays around for the aftertaste and leaves the beer semi-dry.

Wow, a 7.2% abv hefeweizen ... its pretty much bordering the weizenbock but it damn sure drinks like a hefe. Lovely stuff, perfect for a snowy night.

Jason, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, 2 inch head with a rocky top, hazy

Smell: wheat, bananas, cardamom, and coriander

Taste: follows the nose wheat, bananas, cardamom, and coriander with bready, earthy malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-highcarbonation, slightly sweet

Overall: One of the best domestics hefes I have had. This one compares very favorably to the German classics I have had. Best small bottle offering I have had from New Glarus. Would be a fridge staple if I could obtain it easily.

tigg924, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of badbeer
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a slightly orange hue. Head is soft and pillowy white. Aroma is strong with clove, banana, and hints of cinnamin and ginger. Clove burst onto the tongue with some spice mixed in. Banana brilliantly comes into play in the middle, leaving you with a spicy banana bread finish. Full bodied and highly carbonated; a little less body would be perfect, but this is so close. I've been drinking tons of this since it was released, and will continue drinking it until it's all gone. I hope they continue making this one; it is a masterpiece. Another amazing beer from an amazing brewer. Do not change the recipe!

badbeer, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is one I have been wanting to try.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is bananas, cloves and wheat. The flavor is more of the same. The banana component of the flavor stands out the most, but the cloves and wheat are also present and keep the beer from being sweet and syrupy. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

An excellent hefeweizen, one of the best I have had.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of mjwoolley33
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the best hefe....no...the best beer I've had in a very very long time.

Poured in to a very frosty mug circa 1970. Sits in the glass very colorful tan/orange with about an inch of head.

First impressions are bananas, cloves, citrus, and some pepper. Swallows very smoothly -- no over carbonation here. Very impressed by the balancing of flavors in this beer. I will not be adding a lemon/orange slice as it would be criminal to the quality of the beer.

This brew does not disappoint. I will be driving up to Wisconsin and pilfering every beer selling establishment of their stock, ripping off my shirt, jumping on the cashier's counter, and demanding MORE!

mjwoolley33, Jul 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
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