Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
At first, nothing unusual: it pours a semi-cloudy, dark gold, with a towering cream-colored head of pillowy foam. Although the thin residue of yeast coating the bottom of the bottle is proof that this beer is indeed bottle-conditioned, it isn't nearly as cloudy as a lot of unfiltered wheats you'll come across. The nose is borderline mind-blowing: ultra-intense Belgian-like spiciness over top a bed of traditional Bavarian-wheat bananas and cloves. Wow.
It'd be a tall order for the taste to live up to the aroma--and it doesn't--but it's still pretty damn fantastic. The spiciness is toned down from the nose and, although still awful lively for a wheat, it's complemented almost perfectly with a mix of bananas and yeast. There isn't a huge banana/clove presence like you'd find in traditional Bavarian wheats, but there's enough to balance out that spice. Some lemony, citrus notes come out as the beer warms, furthering the complexity. All underneath a soft, clean palate that you've come to expect from a well-made wheat.
03-28-2008 02:16:36 | More by Newglarusguy
4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
A - Hazy golden straw with a slight tint of orange. Big pillowy 2-3 finger white head that only leaves a thin ring with some lacing. Myriad of bubbles stream from bottom of glass to the top.
S - It smells like a clover field with banana trees. Nice bright wheat smell, with some bread and honey. Hints of lemon and cinnamon, pepper.
T - Clover bomb with wheat, bread and honey, some banana. Finish has some spice and lemon.
M - Light body as one would expect from a Hefeweizen. Plenty of carbonation, pour slowly!
O - This is my go to Hefeweizen during the summer months as it is so refreshing and delicious.
08-25-2012 16:41:27 | More by Ri0
4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
Coffee Grounds, Eau Claire
Not one of my favorite styles but I noticed this getting rave reviews and I always look forward to trying New Glarus's new offerings so I picked some Dancing Man up. Pours a glowing hazy orange with huge amounts of carbonation exploding to the surface. A two finger eggshell head formed on the pour that became creamy as it sat without losing any size. This is really a great looking hefe.
Pretty standard aromas come from this hefe but what makes it special is it just seems more pronounced than other hefeweizens I've had in the past. Good dose of wheat twang with a nice sprinkling of freshly squeezed orange juice. Warm banana bread and there's some mild clove in the background but the yeast adds another layer of spiciness. Begs to be drank.
Flavor is along the lines of the aroma but more subdued and seamless. Wheat is much bolder in the flavor easing into the mild clove and yeast spiciness with a solid sampling of ripe banana. Finishes with a nice touch of juicy orange on the swallow.
The mouthfeel is as good as I can imagine coming from a hefe. Medium bodied with an incredible smooth creaminess on the palate. It's like velvet draping my tongue.
This is a refreshing supremely enjoyable hefe that I could drink the day away.
This Is the best hefeweizen I've drank to date and one I will continue to pick up when in season. There's is in no way an overpowering clove presence like I've run into with many others. New Glarus hits another homerun.
08-31-2013 20:30:33 | More by joe1510
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
Thanks to the lovely and talented natasharai for this Wisconsin-only masterpiece!
Appearance: A weizen pour yields a golden-orange, almost honey-colored body with a creamy white head. This stuff is slightly less murky than many hefeweizens, but still nice and cloudy with suspended yeast. Effervescence produces a lingering cap of tiny bubbles, and ample lacing.
Smell: Mmm...sweet, sweet hefeweizen. Smells like Live Oak, with marginally more overt wheatiness. Honeysuckle, powdered sugar, wheat, and a dry, yeasty backbone. I'd better taste this stuff, FAST.
Taste: WHEAT! Not as overly sweet as I expected, based on the nose, but still good. Of all the hefeweizens I've had -- and I've had a lot of them -- I think this one does the best job of featuring the wheat without overwhelming the palate with twangy funk. The funk is certainly there, but it's relatively mild (albeit more prominent as the brew warms up). Backing all that wheat is an abiding, but never cloying, sweetness. Dancing Man is a bit fruitier than most hefeweizens -- not banana fruity, but apples-and-citrus fruity. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel: A LITTLE less creamy and lighter than I'd ideally like, but still great. Borders on sticky, but has enough carbonation and water to escort the stuff down my throat without difficulty. I believe the goal here is refreshment, and that's accomplished in spades.
Drinkability: Stellar. Just stellar. A truly great summer beer -- I'd love to try some of this after a long day outside in the 90-degree Georgia heat. It's noteworthy that the 7.2% ABV is TOTALLY hidden. Seriously, I did a double-take when I saw that. While I was drinking it, Dancing Man seemed like a 5% ABV (or lower) beer.
If you like hefeweizens, it is imperative that you seek out some Dancing Man. It belongs up there with the best examples of the style -- American or otherwise.
05-21-2009 06:42:50 | More by UGADawgGuy
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
A: Cloudy and dark golden with a huge, frothy head; lacing is okay
S: Lots of banana, some cloves, some apple, and a touch of nutmeg all on top of a grainy and bready base; mmm does this smell like some good banana bread
T: A bit of clove and pepper spice up front followed by a bit of alcohol; then the loads of banana with a touch of apple; also at the end a grainy, grassy, and slightly bready malt presence shines through
F: Pretty darn good mouth feel for the style; light to medium with a healthy amount sticking to the roof of the mouth
O: What an amazing hefe; simply one of the best of the style--though it sure borders on a weizen bock
06-04-2011 00:29:33 | More by dbossman
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from 12zo bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for this beer as I have been wanting to try this one forever!
A- Pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head shows crazy good retention. Thick streaks of lace and collar left on my beer. This beer looks so good!
S- A nice wheat undertone through the entire aroma profile. Banana and clove in the front mixes well with it. Hints of cinnamon toward the middle along with something else I can't quite put my finger on. Ending shows a nice lemongrass quality along with some very light grassy hops. The yeast they use really tends to stick around the front and ending of the aroma.
T- Wheat in the front with a ton of banana and light sprinkles of clove. This sounds like it could taste like banana bread but it doesn't. Toward the middle of the beer the flavors blend into a nice almost nutmeg and cinnamon like flavor. This adds to the yeast flavor that is staying with this beer from the start to finish. The ending has more of the wheat once again showing with some hints of lemon and faded grassy hops in the very back. Alcohol is crisp and leaves the beer tasting clean overall.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat, clove, banana are left on the palate. Aftertaste is a mix of crisp alcohol, wheat, and a variety of spices. Flavors were very well balanced for the style leaving no dominate flavors at all. No off flavors on this beer at all while drinking it. Light alcohol drying on the palate. My only complaint is this beer is a little heavy I thought for the style.
O- This beer was crisp and refreshing to drink. The flavors are very well placed with each other making you want to drink more. I personally thought the abv was very nice overall and made this drink way too easy. Glad to have tried this beer and would love to get my hands on more of it.
06-01-2011 02:42:35 | More by alleykatking
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
This was the most incredible smelling Hefeweiezn I've ever had, no doubt see this out. HUGE thanks to Gonzoillini to throw this in as an EXTRA, thanks Tony.
Notes in the aroma and flavor profiles: Banana, sweetened coconut, piña colada, bazooka bubbleum, banana laffy taffy, tropical fruit snow cone.
10-20-2010 03:56:05 | More by brandoneast
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
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