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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,242 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 413
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Ratings: 1,242 | Reviews: 443
Reviews by trbergman:
Photo of trbergman
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Yellow-orange with one inch of dense and creamy white foam.

S - Somewhat muted aroma with an even balance of banana and clove.

T - Nice banana and clove esters with a slightly sour citrus tang. Sweet malty breadiness that becomes a little cloying. A tad boozy for my taste, and I can't decide whether the cinnamon flavor is a good touch.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy. Good carbonation.

D - This is closer to weizenbock territory than hefeweizen. Alcohol is too high and while I do like a sweeter hefe, this is a bit much. Realistically, I can't drink more than one in a sitting.

More User Reviews:
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.

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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of weatherdog
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of blackearth
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of newk340
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Jason
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of badbeer
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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.

Photo of mjwoolley33
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of boatshoes
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this 12oz bottle as an extra from Alcstradamus in a recent trade, thanks!

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge three finger or more puffy white head. Retention is really good and the head sticks around quick a while. Some minimal lacing left as I drink as well. Very refreshing looking, and I needed some refreshment after spending the day building a new furnace in our glass shop (glassblowing is a good profession if you like to drink summer beers year-round...).

Smell- Huge notes of banana, bubble gum, fresh sourdough bread, yeast, and fruity esters in the nose. Very complex in the nose with all of the great smells you would expect from a hefeweissen.

Taste- Fresh bread and banana come through strong on the palate, followed closely by some spice, cloves, esters, and yeast. Very refreshing and a big, genuine taste. One of the best, if not the best, American hefe's that I've ever had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Carbonation is spot on and mouthfeel is thick for the style while not overbearing. Very easy to drink and very nice.

Overall, have this one if you get a chance. A great example.

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge five finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet and fruity wheat driven aroma with some good spice hints. Lots of wheat with some clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Huge aroma of bananas all around. Bready pale malts with hints of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, and yeast. Subtle citrus orange and lemon hints. Also some bubblegum hints and honey sweetness. Earthy and floral hints of hops in the background. A really nice Hefeweizen aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a big wheat and spice driven taste with lots of banana esters. Big taste of wheat upfront. Good mix of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Big taste of bananas throughout as well as some bubblegum. Also some fruit notes of citrus orange and lemon. Bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, cereal grains, yeast, and straw. Some sweet honey like notes. Decent backing of earthy and floral hops towards the finish. Very wheat and banana forward. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and pretty smooth. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good American take on the Hefeweizen style. Very good banana fruit flavors and spice. One of the better non- German versions.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery on 4/28/12

A - Golden amber with 1.5 finger white head with good retention and abundant lacing.

S - Moderately strong clove phenols and low banana esters, wheat, biscuit.

T - Very wheaty hefe that follows the nose and has a nice citrus lemon character.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O - An absolutely fantastic example of this great German style. So refreshing with a nice balance of clove, spice, fruit, and a lot of bready flavors.

Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy, light golden color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer smells fruity. I can detect some banana, lemon, and orange. It also has a clovey aroma. Some coriander also makes an apperance.

This beer tastes like it smells. Colves, with some banana, ornage and lemon flavor. It is very good.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a spicy covey aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, fitting the style well.

This beer might make a good session beer. The only problem is the alcohol content. It might be just a little high to enjoy too many.

Overall: A big thanks goes out to Orbitalr0x for this great beer. I am impressed. I guess I have pretty much been impressed with everything from New Glarus. Great beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange body with strands of tiny carbonation gliding up to a creamy white head that last a good while.
S- The sweet club soda aroma turns to warm cloves and a fresh wheat dough with just a hint of Dijon mustard and a finish of circus peanuts finish.
T- The notes of clove and white bread crust has a nice spice warmth to the cloves. There is a natural bubble gum flavor then a finish of green hops and spice that blend well together.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft full fizz that enhances the flavor.
D- This beer has some great yeast characteristics that I have not tasted outside of German breweries. The flavor is very drinkable but full and rich while none of the spice/yeast notes overpower other flavors.

Photo of richkrull
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one in my buddy's fridge last weekend. Poured a hazy golden color with quite a bit of white head on it. Nice wheat aroma with some banana, spice and a bit of citrus thrown in. Taste was very good. A strong flavor but very balanced. Nice medium bodied wheat beer. This went down very easy. I was very surprised to see this was over 7% abv because it is very smooth. A great beer overall that I'll definitely look for again.

Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looking back to some older notes...I have to thank Steve (a74gent) for bring this beer to me.

Dancing man is a lightly hazy deep, dark gold in color, leaning just a little darker than the typical hazy gold. A white cap of head forms about a finger tall. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.
The typical hefeweizen aroma is evident, and this is clearly a nice version of the style. A bit more lemon comes through, but banana and clove are present with the wheat as they ought to be. There's also a nip of spices and a very light note of hops lingering for added balance.
The exact same can be said of the flavor, really not varying from the nose; again, a very nicely made hefeweizen. Crackery malts blend the contributing flavors nicely, adding a slightly dryer element without detracting from the character. A bit of alcohol comes through, but barely.
A nice, crisp bite starts it off before some nice chewy body, about medium in strength, shows its depth then finishes very smooth.
This is a pleasure. I love the style, and these guys do it right. Almost on par with the very best in the world.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Weizen glass
A- nice orange-yellow pour with foamy white head. Not a bit of lacing.
S- citrus, banana, bubble gum, phenolics.
T- follows nose, not much breadiness.
M- light-medium feel. Good amount of carbonation.
O- very solid wheat beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a one finger white head on top. There is almost a gradient to the color of this beer with it getting progressively more orange the lower in the glass. Decent retention with some sticky lacing.

S: Lots of banana, very fruity and fragrant. There is a lot of spice in the nose as well, heaviest in clove. There is a faint bubblegum aroma as well.

T: Very fruit forward with banana, apple, and apple peel. There is a little bit of honey sweetness and a heavy hand of spice (again, cloves are most prominent), and some bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It is smooth and rather creamy.

O: A great Hefe, no sign of the higher abv in it at all. Easy drinking with an intense flavor profile.

Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

glassware: generic pilsner...occasion: first ever New Glarus--a gift from Jaime and Jarrett (many thanks!)...aroma: clove and banana empower the nostrils--and banana wins the battle...appearance: thick, foamy head that oozes from the bottle--no lacing at all in its descent; opaque, tawny body...palate: mild-bodied, mildly effervescent in the mouthfeel; clean if not cleansing...taste: tart and zesty, as expected...overall: a wheat indeed--not overwhelming, but with some subtle flowering that peaks the tastebuds' interests...

Photo of meegs
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: After giving the bottle a good roll on the table to release the yeast which had settled on the bottom of the bottle, this beer poured a beautiful, yeast-filled hazy straw color into my pint glass. Just as I would hope and expect. A beautiful, well sustained 2 inch head slowly dissipates, leaving a nice lace on the glass as this beauty goes down.

S: The spicy clove scent and smooth banana aroma smack you right in the nose as you lean in for a good whiff of this baby. Ahh...heaven.

T: Ohhhh so good. This one's got what you want in a Hefe-Weizen. A delicious spiciness with a full flavored yeast backing this one hits you where you like it. Right in the Boo Boo.

M: A nice malty, yeasty, chewy mouthfeel that you want in a classic German style Wheat beer. Nice carbonation and smooth finish.

D: I could drink this baby all night long if the situation called for it. Very drinkable and extremely delicious. New Glarus and Dan have done it again.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. If you enjoy a classic German Hefe-Weizen, you're certain to love this beer. From the moment it hits the glass, til the last drop hits your lips, this baby does a body good!

Photo of Stigs
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a74gent...served in a tall flute/hefe glass

A - gentle pour yields over an inch of very creamy, tight and puffy white foam. the beer is hazy, bright gold in color. sticky spotty lacing left behind, as the head remains through most of the drink.

S - banana, apples, some bubblegum for sweetness, slightly spicy clove and cinnamon. almost a bit vinegary and acidic towards the end. other notes of honeyed biscuits and ginger.

T - starts off on the sweet side, heavy on the banana and apple skins. bits of lemon and orange peel creep in, paired with some clove and cinnamon. finishes with just a slightly sour lemon twang. great balance, just about at that sweet spot for the style.

M - medium body with tight, punchy, effervescent carbonation - very active in the mouth. slightly sticky, yet creamy at the same time, coating the mouth with both sweet and spice.

D - this is a +7% beer? not detectable at all. enjoyable from first look to the final swallow. great balance between fresh fruit, spice, and yeasty flavors. going down as one of my favorite Hefe's comparable to any of the more authentic German offerings.

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
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