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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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443 Reviews

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,282
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 447
Gots: 112 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Reviews: 443 | Hads: 1,282
Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy apricot-orange. Head is half a finger off-white. Fair retention and some lacing.
S- The aroma is medicinal, banana, spice, and a bit of plastic.
T- Up front it's big a fruity with banana and apricot. There is a hint of medicinal and spice in the middle. The finish bring a bigger alcohol presence than your average hefe. Some lingering spice in the finish as well.
M- Medium body for a hefeweizen. At first I deemed this to be pretty crisp but there is some lingering stickyness.
O- A good hefe. A bit boozy but on the whole, I like this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Well carbonated brew here. Head is a towering mass of creamy whipped butter colored bubbles…so much that I need to wait to continue pouring. The body is a cloudy and drab peach colored hue leaning towards the dull side of things.

S: Spicy wheat, soured grass clippings, some smooth green banana, clove and a pinch of black pepper.

T: Starts out with a nice balance of dried hay, fresh grass clippings and young banana essence. Transition is seemless to white grape, little bit of limestone and just a tad of grainy flavors. Sweetness is delicate but somewhat cloying after a bit. Finishes yeasty and dry but a solid wash a sweetness across the back sides of the tongue.

M: Medium body and smooth.

D: Very nice German style hefe indeed. It’s a tough balance to get the dry, sweet and grainy flavors just to the right level and these guys at New Glarus are no slouches. Totally enjoyable but I wonder how many I could drink.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive head on the pour, light and foamy which dissipated but was present throughout. Above average active carbonation. Golden color with some accents of slightly burnt orange.

Smell: A lot of the traditional wheat and leafy greens. But below those is a peculiar soapy aroma which I can't really get past. It isn't that offensive and doesn't ruin the aroma for me but is distracting. The wheat and yeast is very bright and there is some solid hop balance as well.

Taste: Bubbly champaign texture greets the palette right away. That quickly gives way to a creamy wheat front. Delicious leafy greens pop through and give this brew a ton of depth in the middle of this brew. No off tastes or anything like in the aroma. For having such a high abv for a Hefeweizen, you do not get any of the alcohol. The lighter body leaves a little to be desired in the aftertaste as this beer fades away rather quickly.

Mouthfeel: Very light, is an incredibly easy drinker but could use some more body.

Overall: I'm a little conflicted about this one. Some aspects I absolutely love and others I am not crazy about. The front and middle tastes of this beer are absolutely outstanding which makes this a memorable beer.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a straw color with a 1 inch, basically white, head that is thing but slowly reduces to a nice lacing around the edges. Quite carbonated and no sediment.

The aroma is quite good with notes of banana and clove. There is a bready feel to it and additional sweetness that I can't quite place.

The taste is, as the nose. A decent level of banana and bread with a clove spiciness that accents well. There again lingers a sweetness that is almost like generic gum.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation that was a bit too much for me, given the flavor but actually cuts the intensity. Smooth and yet leaving a velvet texture at the finish with mild dryness.

Overall, this is a reasonably good beer. I'm impressed by the rating that it has but a little surprised. I think it is definitely worth trying and quite good.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle thrown as part of a trade/buy from Brian/Beerisheaven. Thanks!

I poured this one into my Zero Gravity tumbler. A pale, golden yellow liquid, clear but for a little bit of yeast sediment. Poured with an initial huge mass of foamy white head that almost filled the glass, but soon calmed down to a thin layer. Champagne-like carbonation. Aroma of grains and spicy wheat, light banana esters. Taste is very nice, with notes of grains, typical wheat profile, but with the banana noted in the nose coming to prominence mid-palate, leaving no doubt that this is a hefeweizen. Breadiness and light spice also noticed. Medium in body, a bit sticky at first, but overall smooth, crisp and flavorful. Goes great with food, and is generally an extremely drinkable brew.

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Photo of mklinger
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint with the last couple inches swirled before pouring. This bottle was found in a box a beer in my pantry. It was purchased 6 months ago, so it's a bit on the older side for a hefeweizen.

It's a lovely color, a rich golden, deeper than most other hefes. Appropriately hazy from all the resuspended yeast. An inch+ head formed but quickly dissipated. Lots of carbonation visible.

Aroma is all about very ripe bananas, you know the ones that are getting slightly past their prime, a bit sour. Also both wheat and yeast present though fairly mild compared to the banana.

Flavor is more balanced. The standard banana and cloves are present, coming through in that order. There's a bit of bready sweetness at the beginning and a bit more hop bitterness than is most common for a hefe coming in at the finish. There's also very little sign of the 7.2% abv which is quite remarkable.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Lots of carbonation, very bright in the mouth with an excellent richness to the body.

This is a very good beer, though I must say that I think it probably would have received higher ratings last summer when it was fresh. I drank a fair amount while visiting the folks in Wisconsin. I guess I'll have to re-rate next summer when I get some fresh again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy medium honey amber with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Banana, bubblegum, faint clove, and hefe earthiness dominate, along with honey malt and cracked wheat.

Taste -- Banana, clove, toasted honey malt, yeast, bright lemon, apple must, coriander, spicy wheat. Clove and spice become more prominent as the beer warms, with bubblegum and, to an extent, banana fading out for the most part.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample fluffy carbonation. Mildly drying finish.

Drinkability -- Quite a unique hefe. I can see the appeal definitely, but I guess I was expecting a little more. Still, a quality beer and a must try for hefe devotees.

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Photo of mikey711
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from both Beersis81 and maximum12.

A: golden and cloudy with a big frothy head almost three fingers thick on top. As it disappates some big bottles form in the middle of the head, but the lacing is very good.

S: Alot of bubble gummy esters that make me feel like i have stuff my face in a box of bazooka joe, with maybe a hint of banana.

T: Banana esters that finish rather sweet and bubble gummy. I hate bananas but like this beer.

M: Only the slightest bit of harshness otherwise it it very full bodied and creamy.

D: For me one is enough because of the banana taste, but objectively, i think this one is really easy to drink and many people would enjoy it.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with lots of foam that makes for a rocky, yeasty head which falls to a thin, loose layer of bubbles. Smells of banana, vanilla maybe a touch of clove. Tastes a bit of vanilla, some navel orange, caramel and then maybe even a touch of cantaloupe. Effervescent. Finishes somewhat tart at first but then sweet. Would prefer more of solidly tart finish. A touch too sweet for me. Quite drinkable given its alcohol content.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours a very light, cloudy yellow with a huge fizzy off-white head that fades fast.

S - Lemons, wheat, and more wheat.

T - Light wheat, lemons. Summer wheat and yeast.

D - Light body and tons of carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing, very lemony and crisp, a touch on the sweet side.

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a straw yellow color with a billowing white head that settles to form a creamy layer

S - nose is made up of spicy nutmeg, cloves, an bubblegum

T - starts off with sweet bubblegum flavors which move on to a nice wheat malt base. The bubble gum erupts on the back end and really dominates the finish. A very subtle hop presence in the finish, however the bubblegum yeast flavors really overwhelm everything.

M - full and smooth bodied

D - overall, this is a really nice hefeweizen, especially from this side of the pond. I think the bubblegum was cranked up a bit too much for my liking, but that being said, this is in the same league as the big time German players in the hefe game.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Leaves some residual legs.

N: Clove, banana, cinnamon. Plenty of malt sweetness through the nose. Peppercorn spice.

T: Somewhat spicy with a long bitter finish tucked over the malt and grain. Really nice for such a light beer.

M: Somewhat fluffy and filling/bready.

O: Really impressive for the style. I think this would make Weihenstephaner proud.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just one part of a New Glarus-filled weekend, courtesy of duffcalifornia. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow. It's quite cloudy, pretty spot-on for the style. Really fantastic retention from the one-winger white head. Untold waves of lacing around my glass, this is another great-looking New Glarus beer.

The smell is a pretty standard mix of Belgian yeast flavors. Ester fruits, mostly bananas, and a fairly strong what or hay-like smell. However, there's also a slight sour note that throws the aromatic balance out of whack. This isn't quite a citrus note, more like a tangy, almost spoiled characteristic.

Thankfully, that funky quality is absent from the taste. This really has to be one of the better American hefeweizens I've tried. Very clear and crisp wheat, with a great mix of ester fruits and bubblegum. There's a hint of bitterness in the finish. Bready and sweet, this is really well done. There's definitely some tartness, like lemons or grapefruit, and it works well here.

The carbonation is lower than I would've liked, but the thinness of the body works for me. I couldn't believe that this beer was over 7% ABV, as it is as drinkable as could be.

New Glarus really does nail their German-style beers, and this one is delicious. Though I'm sad that I have to wait until next summer to try more, at least I'll have something to look forward to this winter.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky orange body with a small white head; no lacing.

S: Smells a little funky and I'm a little worry about the taste. I am getting SOME banana, wheat, and cloves though.

T: So glad it taste better then it smells. Getting nutmeg, banana, clove, wheat, and lemon zest. Nice mixture of flavors.

M: Light body; loads of carbonation; clean and tingling mouthfeel.

O: Was a little worried with the smell, but put that aside and it's a great beer. I would like to get this again, perhaps fresher, but nice representative of the style. Could drink 4-5 of these over the course of a summer evening.

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Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden bronze with a frothy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, wheat, banana, clove and bread. Flavor is wheat, banana, bubble gum and dough. Finishes somewhat long and dry. Medium bodied sticky texture. Dan Carey makes the best German beers this side of the pond!

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Photo of catalysis
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Color is hazy goldenrod with a fluffy, off-white head that recedes to finger width and sticks around for a while. The head leaves some nice trails of belgian lace around the glass.

S- Banana and wheat are the primary fragrances, followed by a little bit of clovy spice. Malty and sweet with little citrus or fruit.

T- Honey and banana creamsicles with notes of cinnamon and clove. Finishes with just a faint bitterness and alcohol flavor. Overall a very well-balanced and delightful brew.

M- This is a nice medium bodied, creamy beer. Carbonation is higher than average, which gives this beer a crisp bite.

D- Drikibility is high, I could drink this all night and probably most of the next day.

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Photo of matjack85
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of a build-your-own 6 pack of New Glarus beers for $10 (so $1.67 a bottle). Unfortunately, New Glarus does not distribute their beers outside of Wisconsin, so if you want one you'll have to make a trip up to the Dairy State to get it. No freshness date, bit there is a short blurb about the beer on the front label.

Pour this one slowly as the head rises quickly. Even with a careful pour, my weizen glass was filled from top to bottom with fluffy white foam that wouldn't go down for several minutes. After the head receded, the beer showed itself to be a hazy pale gold color, and it left moderate lacing.

The smell had a huge, and typical, banana/clove aroma to it.

In addition to the sweet banana and spicy clove flavor, there was also a boatload of citrusy lemon in here, giving the beer both a tart and sour flavor. Some bready wheat malt adds some more sweetness to the beer, but it is the lemon that was the big surprise here.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation. It could have used more spritz and less lemon.

It's a good hefe and the 7.2% abv is well hidden. I just wish they hid a little more of the lemon as well.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried inverted pour from 12 oz bottle into a 22 oz glass....got some very minor overflow.

A: The head at first was 5 or 6 fingers, but then down to a normal three or so. It's white, with bubbles of all sizes and decent active carbonation. The color is fairly orange/golden on not the dull color I would want from a hefe. It's hazy, but not really from the yeast it appears to me. The head shrinks fast.

S: I get wheaty, but I also smell some bland fruity hops and almost a Belgian yeast funk. Some candy sweetness. Something I really link to a sour smell. Not bready or wheaty enough at all.

T: Still fruity and not wheaty. It also isn't boozy, which impresses me with the flavors being what they are the ABV being what it is. I don't taste banana or clove or anything like what I would expect here. Though I don't totally dislike it. Hmm, I take that back, I get a very VERY mild banana aftertaste like what you'd get in a smoothie that was banana AND something.

M: Smooth, but a little flat to be honest, which is a nice change of pace from most hefes that blow you up like a balloon. It's not thin or sharp, nor is it chewy, it's a good, almost milky middle ground.

D: Very drinkable. Interesting flavor, interesting mouthfeel. I will be happy to finish up what I have, but not sure if i want more.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy yellow-orange pour, lots of visible carbonation, 3 fingers of head

smells of lemongrass, pepper.. more like a saison really.. very bready scent.
tastes of lemon, orange citrus, black pepper.. an excellent tasting beer.

light body, high carbonation, fizzy mouthfeel. not like many wheat beers i've had, this was more like a saison.

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Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus 20th Anniversary Pilsner Glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden copper color, visible bubbles rising from the bottom to the top of the glass with a big fluffy, white head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing behind. The aroma is a nice balance of banana and clovey yeast, pale wheat and sweet grain and a bit of cracked peppercorn. The flavors are right in line, lots of banana, wheat, sweetcorn, clove and lemon with some sweet pale bready grain and an earthy pepper presence and a bit of saltiness. The body is nice, carbonation is a bit lower than anticipated, but it coats the mouth well and finishes with a nice creamy touch and just a touch of prickly bubbles.

Verdict: A decent Hefeweizen from New Glarus, and honestly, a bit of a letdown from this brewery. This still hits the mark as a refreshing seasonal but compared to some of the other lagers that New Glarus makes, this one just seems to fall short.

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Photo of wschmit
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass. Good banana scent as soon as I opened the bottle.

A: Two fingers of golden head, collapsing fairly quickly to one lingering finger, leaving only slight lacing on the sides. Hazy, and just a tad dark. Actively effervescent. The fine bubbles form a creamy, stable head, expected with all that wheat-y, yeasty protein.

S: Banana, wheat, and yeast. I get a touch of clove, but very little of the cinnamon the bottle describes. Perhaps a bit of tart noble hops?

T: Solid. Wheat in good proportion, good but not overwhelming banana, and a hint of the clove, just like the nose. Mild, lingering bitterness. On the high end of boozy for the style, but otherwise almost frighteningly true to form.

M: Good chew from the wheat, and spot-on effervescence. Refreshing, but for a bit too much alcoholic heat.

D: Pretty high. This is New Glarus, after all. I would ding this beer for its alcohol content, but it is one of the better examples of the style if you're going for authenticity. A well-executed beer, if you're in the right mood, this will please almost as well as any true Bavarian. I wouldn't call it sessionable--but certainly very drinkable.

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Photo of blackearth
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%

Bottle as an extra in trade from forget who. Have had this sitting for a while so hopefully not past it's prime. Pours hazy golden colored with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma if sweet honey, pears, apples, wheat malts, coriander. Flavor is sweet Bavarian wheat malts, some crisp spiciness, pears and apples galore, honey balanced with crisp bitterness. Light plus bodied with lots of carbonation and very easy drinking. A nice hefe.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dancing Man wheat pours a hazy copper color, with a large lacy head. The smell has a strong wheat notes with alot of spices. The taste is creamy, good wheat taste, and a nice subtle blend of the spices. I found it easier to drink then other hefeweizens, and I could easily go for another. Overall I found this enjoyable, and one of the better wheat beers out there.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy murky yellow into my wheat glass. Head dances up to the rim on a moderate pour and quickly settles to an 1/8 inch pillow.

Aroma is very citric sweet on top of banana. Taste follows the nose with a very heavy banana and bubblegum presence that has a bit of a hop finish and citric twang.

Maybe not as carbonated as I would like - like those scrubbing bubbles. This one is pretty darn good, I just do not like it as much as others do.

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.