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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,152 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 358
Gots: 79 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007)
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Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +5%

This beer pours a semi-cloudy light orange color with visible torrent of carbonation. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes extremely slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is tangy wheat, citrus, cloves, and banana. The taste is full of banana, clove, and tang. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than full bodied, and a lot fuller than most hefeweizens. The carbonation is lively and active, with a chewy texture. Overall, this is a really nice beer. When I noticed the ABV of this beer I was somewhat disappointed as all previous examples of what might be called an Imperial Hefeweizen have been hoppy messes. Dancing Man Wheat breaks away from that mold. It can be best described as a true Bavarian Hefeweizen on steroids. I can't say I'd like to drink this style of Hefeweizen often, but it certainly has its place.

KarlHungus, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of dafla67
4.43/5  rDev +5%

12 oz. bottle

A: hazy golden color. very large white head.

S: Strong aroma; sweet; yeast; spices.

T: starts with sweetness and a touch more than a hint of fruit; very crisp and ends with bananas.

M: heavy carbonation; smooth.

O: a very good beer. certainly holds it own with the popular hefeweizens. Gladly drink this on a hot summer night.

dafla67, May 22, 2012
Photo of suspect
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 500ml Julius Echter weizen glass. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the generous hookup.

A: Beautiful cloudy strong yellow color. Aggressive pour leads to huge 4-finger fluffy head that takes about 5 minutes to disappear. Once head disappears it gives way to lacing that sticks around for the duration of the taste.

S: Strong lemon, strong wheat, excellent hefe smell. Some clove along with slight banana are present as well as faint hops.

T: Wow, what a beauty. The wheat hits you first followed closely and perfectly by lemon and then finally spice. The lemon cuts the bitterness of the wheat but the spice kicks you in the teeth when you weren't expecting it. Really really nice.

M: Light/medium body with ample carbonation. Thinner than Weihenstephaner's Hefe but this does not detract from the brew.

O: Another SOLID offering from New Glarus. I'd really like to thank beerwolf77 for the hookup on this as well as the other NG stuff. I've clearly been missing out on some good stuff...untill now. Quick, someone find me a case of this stuff for the summer!

suspect, May 21, 2011
Photo of jslot38
4.43/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle to pint glass.

App: Pours a very hazy yellow straw color. Good top covering head, dirty white color. Shows a bit of yellow through the middle.

Smell: Outstanding hefe smell, great notes of bananas, green apples, wheat, yeast, sourdough bread, a touch of clove.

Taste: Primarily bananas and apples, right where the smell leaves off. Has some nice wheat backing, a bit of cereal, and some clove. Has a great refreshing tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy on the carbonation, has a good rounded edge to it.

Drinkability: 7.5% ABV... you have to be kidding. I could drink this all day.

This is easily the best hefe, and maybe wheat based beer I've ever had. Must get more.

jslot38, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of KI9A
4.43/5  rDev +5%

THis bewer, and the Alt from NG, are very dangerous beers..please send them to me for disposal! The hidden ABV on these, will knock your socks off because they are SO drinkable.

A: Pours cloudy, but gold. Puffy foam cap.

S: Clove, toasty wheat, bananna, maybe nutmeg or allspice..had to raid the spice rack to ID it better!

T: Sweet, honey-malt. Normal hefe notes of bananna/wheat, and maybe a touch of cinnamon.

M: Slick, maybe too slick. See below. Carbonation is about right, not as pumped up as, say blue moon, or shock top. I guess that is the difference between a real craft beer, and a macro-craft.

D: Well, they go down way too easy. I took notes after the first, and after #3, I have a decent buzz..too much of one to review a couple other NG gems I recieved.

Again, what a cool brewery, and cool folks that run it. The 5 hr drive from STL, to Wisconsin, for a beer run is worth it!

Cheers to Dan & Deb, for another fine effort!

KI9A, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.43/5  rDev +5%

A- pale hazy golden with a finger sized head and an active carbonation

S- yeast, banana, clove, and bubblegum. exactly what youd expect in a wheat but on the strong side

T- lemony with everything that i could smell. very nice

M- highly carbonated and light feeling

D- i wish i picked up more of this. very drinkable and a great take on the style. recommended

jwinship83, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle, probably about a month old, poured into a German hefeweizen glass (obtained visiting Burg Eltz on the Rhine years ago) and quaffed today, 5/4/2013.

Aroma: It smells like a hefeweizen, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Banana, spicy clove and bubble gum- the esters and characterstic WY3068 yeast that basically define hefeweizen taste and smell. Some sweet malt up front and in the back. Smells fantastic, reminds me of the Bavarian hefeweizens and transports me back to the Hirschgarten. (4.5)

Colour: Hazy straw coloured body that pours with a massive >4cm head, typical of hefeweizens, with the thick haziness that occurs in spades once I swirl the yeast sediment and pour it in. Beautiful looking hefeweizen, great in a hefeweizen glass. (4)

Flavour: Love it. Following the nose- there is a good bit of sweet malt, like straight up spicy sugar cane, that persists throughout a nice cavalcade of the esters- banana, spicy clove, pears, bubble gum. It's like an assembly line of malt with the esters being dumped on it every few seconds. Very tasty and reminds me of my time in Munich. Absolutely fantastic although the malt is a little stronger than some of the other German imports. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied yet full of flavour. Drinks smoothly, crisp and refreshing with a clean yeasty finish. No heat at all- I think this is a higher ABV hefeweizen which I really don't notice here even when it gets rather warm. The aftertaste is basically all WY3068, which is why I'm drinking hefeweizens in the first place! (4)

Overall: The malt sweetness is a bit strong in this one, which would probably explain the higher ABV. Typically Hefeweizens are all yeast, and everything else is there as a supporting cast. This is a pretty good take on the German style, though I would prefer even more spices, banana, cloves in my Hefeweizens. That being said, this is easier for me to get fresh than the 6-9 month old imported Weihenstephaners or Paulaners- so I'm definitely appreciative of Dan's work with the German styles I used to imbibe in the good ol' Deutschland. (4.5)

Stevedore, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of armock
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to chixdighops for hooking this bottle up in the Good People Farm System BIF.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of wheat bananas and yeast

T - Follows the nose wheat malt upfront then the banana flavors come out finishes a little yeasty

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a very good hefe thats way to easy to drink the abv is well above session zone but I could definitely drink a few of these worth hunting down to get your hands on

armock, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of westweasel
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to Jai my co-worker for this WI brew!

The beer was poured into one of those new Sam Adams super glasses. The appearance was a very hazy dark straw to yellow color, with a large white head.

The aroma was filled with white bread, clove, and cinnamon.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer. The first part of the swallow is filled with white bread and clove, followed by subtle but noticeable banana flavor with just a slight touch of lemony citrus. The finish was nicely dry.

The mouthfeel was medium with high carbonation.

This is a very drinkable example of a bavarian wheat beer. I can't believe this has 7% alcohol. I was very impressed.

westweasel, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of kawilliams81
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz glass.

A- cloudy (unfiltered) light orange with a big 2" white head. small bubbles of lacing.

S- big banana and clove aroma with some lemon.

T- sweet orange and lemons, caramel and cloves.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some effervescence that gives a crisp finish.

O- very good hefeweizen that has a good balance of banana and cloves.

kawilliams81, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a nice large head (not very thick). Not very well with the lacing. Color is a dark straw color.

Smell is a very fruity. Bananas are the strongest noted, with touches of cloves. Taste is similiar and very great in that manner. I never was the biggest hefeweizen fan, but this really makes a person appreciate the style more. For some reason the taste of bananas in a beer is awesome. You can definately taste the wheat as well. One great part about this beer is that you cannot notice the 7.2% abv.

The carbonation level is great, creating a nice, smooth mouthfeel.

mothman, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.43/5  rDev +5%

This is a great beer.

A: Pours a great golden with a nice 1" head.

S: Banana, yeast, wheat. What a smell!

T: This is just what I want it to taste like. Fruity, yeasty, with a touch of a bite at the end.

It's a mouthwatering beer. As soon as you drink it you want to go back!

D: I could drink these all day long!

madtowndmb1, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Bottle Received as a regional extra in a trade with Brandonman 63. Thanks buddy you are a great trader!

Appearance: Nicely executed look...very cloudy golden orange color. Pretty much the same look as a Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier.

Smell: Cinnamon, clove, wheat, banana mixed into a perfect Bavarian Wheat Beer Smell.

Taste: One of the better USA Wheat Beers I've ever had. If I close my eyes I can easily pretend this is the same wheat beers I drank off the tap in German Beer Gardens in the past.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but typical for the style

Drinkability: Easy sipper.... Enjoy it all summer long!

koopa, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Cloudy pale golden in color with an initially large, but quickly diminishing head of white foam. Very nice aroma hinting of clove, banana and vanilla in a highly expressive manner. Flavor is complex and balanced very well. Notes of toffee and caramel, with a touch of golden raisin, and notes of banana and clove. Outstanding German wheat ale. New Glarus could be better than Weihenstephan at the style.

Crosling, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) A good two inches of foamy white head that bubbled about for a bit and left some decent lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a foggy orange. It looks delicious.

S) Fresh bread, hints of fruit, clove and other spices. It smells delicious.

T) Looks delicious + Smells delicious = Tastes delicious

M) A little heavier/thicker than the German hefeweizens I typically enjoy, but that is not a negative in my opinion. This was very refreshing and pleasing to my palate.

O) This has made yard work even more fun than just the normal avoidance of my wife nagging at me. Thank you New Glarus, you've done it again.

RoamingGnome, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.43/5  rDev +5%

12oz, no date, 1602(?)
Alchemist pint

A: Pours a completely hazy golden yellow color. Two full fingers of head. Tons of carbonation. True to the style.

S: Smelled this as soon as I cracked it. Getting tons of that Belgian yeast character: coriander and clove. Lots of fresh banana. Fresh wheat.

T: A very pleasant first sip. Nice spice on the tip of the tongue. Lots of banana and clove flavors. I mean, lots of clove! Almost like a spice cookie. Fresh wheat cracker in the middle of the both. Fairly dry finish. I saw this was higher ABV but you don't taste it. Prickly carbonation. Boarding on too much, but you can't help the bottle carb.

M: Light to medium.

inlimbo77, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Yet another beer my man GDBEERMAN hooked up in our trade! Thanks Rob!

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to NBB globe as I have no weizen glasses.

A - The bee pours a hazy gold color with a huge 2.5 bubbly white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Hefeweizen! Lots of nice aroma: the nice hefeweizen yeast character in your nose immediately: clove, banana, fruit. Light malt character in the sweetness.

T - Very fruity and sweet immediately. Nice hints of banana, apples, citrus meld well with the toasted malt sweetness. A hint of honey. The yeast flavor isn't as pronounced as I expected which is nice. Mild bitterness. Finishes fruity and crisp. Very good.

M - Good carbonation and medium bodied.

O - While Hefeweizens aren't my favorite this is an excellent beer! Top Hefeweizen I've had so it's a nice treat. Not too overpowering on the flavors and very well balanced. Extremely refreshing! Thanks Rob!

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-19-2011 20:24:15

hopfacebrew, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of drizzam
4.43/5  rDev +5%

A - Poured a hazy light amber in color, topped by a very ample 3 finger off-white head. Very nice head retention and excellent lacing. It took a while for me to pour the whole beer in the glass, the head didn't seem to want me to.

S - Very aromatic, clove and banana all up in my nostrils!

T & M - A big wheat body carries that same clove and banana I smelled in the aroma. There is also some citric fruit in the balance, it seems to be a cross between orange and lemon zest. This brew is medium bodied with a bit of tingly carbonation on the back end. The 7.2% ABV is surprisingly well hidden!

D - This is one of the better Hefeweizens' produced in the world today! You would think for a South German brew, you would not have a WI brewery setting the bar this high. A perfect example of the style, and one that is dangerously drinkable. I could stock this all year 'round.

drizzam, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of IrishHockey
4.43/5  rDev +5%

I'm going to start off by saying I don't normally like Hefeweizens.

This is a good, solid, easy drinking beer. Really nice mouthfeel. Almost creamy. I'm glad it didn't have a big bannana taste like some (like I said, not usually a fan of Hefeweizens). Just a nice kind of spice character. Really good beer. I enjoyed this even as my beloved Blackhawks got their asses handed to them by the bruins. Maybe it was the 7.2 abv that helped it, but its a solid brew.

Get your ass to Wisconsin and enjoy some!
Cheers!

IrishHockey, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%

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 tempest
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%

Damn, I think this qualifies as an imperial hefe. At least it does in my book. And to clarify: It's an amplified hefeweizen that stays dry without the heavier body and fruitier flavors of a weizenbock. There's a big spicy clove aroma with hints of earthy, rustic bread and orange peel. The flavor gets fruitier, balancing a milder peppery spice level with touches of banana and berry with a malty edge of toast. The beer continues with little hits of vanilla and milky caramel. Man, what a beer. This is likely the best German wheat I've had and on par with a great Belgian tripel.

tempest, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Florida9
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Slightly hazy light golden in color. Forms a moderate sized bright white head. Little retention. Little lacing. Oddly clear for a hefe.

S: Aroma is purely banana and Juicy Fruit gum. There is nothing else, but there doesn't need to be.

T: Taste is a bit more complex. Light bready notes. Wheat. Banana, clove, very light spice, juicy fruit, mild yeast, bubble gum, and a slight herbal grassiness.

M: Lighter bodied. Very light creaminess. Medium carbonation comes through rather appreciably. Mild, virtually non-existent bitterness.

O: A damn fine beer. Cleaner than most hefe's, but that's hardly a flaw.

Florida9, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of jayhass
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%

Color is a pale golden straw color with a big white head that keeps a light cover over the top of the beer from the high carbonation.
Aroma- big bready malt balanced with esters and cloves. Smell like a good breakfast in a glass. Taste- Sweet pilsner malt with a good amount of bread. Banana and cloves are balanced perfectly with the malt neither dominates. Some more sweetness probably from the alcohol that is a hidden 7.2%. Finishes semi dry with a slight noble bitterness. One of my favorite beers.

jayhass, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Stigs
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

Stigs, Oct 12, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

EliRix, Sep 08, 2014
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.