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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

960 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%


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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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow, massive 2 finger head, could of been 3 but alas my glass wasn't big enough.

S- Sweet banana interlaced with spices and lemony citrus notes.

T- Very clean, light hints of spice and banana with a hint of tartness coming through mid sip. Smooth, soft, yet characterful finish.

M- Near perfection.

D- I just need to start trusting that Dan knows what hes doing, and buy the six pack.

I was honestly suprised by this one, clearly the best Hefeweizen this side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 19:16:19 | More by Pauly2X
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is extremely well made beer - possibly the best US version of a hefe-weizen I have ever had. Pours to a big, frothy head that recedes to about 1/8" inch and stays this way down the glass. Some light lacy is evident too. Smells of clove, cinnamon and faint banana. Tastes similar to the smell with some maltiness coming into play. For a 7.2% ABV beer, this stuff is dangerously smooth and well balanced. A 12 ounce glass was gone in no time flat. This will be in my fridge for the remainder of the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 02:19:19 | More by bound4er
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westweasel

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 02:00:35 | More by westweasel
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured into a wheat glass, brilliant gold color, huge white head that almost got away from me. It took 3 tries to get it poured. Off white head really sticks around.

S: bread aroma up front, a little spiciness in there too, I'm having a hard time coming up with what it is, but definitely an inviting aroma.

T: A decent amount of spicy clove and cinnamon, with some sweet banana flavor, very balanced. A bready taste as well, good malt flavor coming through. Seems like its got a bit of lemon tartness too. Very tasty, and not too sharp around the edges. My main gripe with many wheat beers, is they have too much of a bite, and it detracts from the flavor. Not this one, very balanced, and although only a summer release, I could see drinking this one on a Autumn afternoon as well. This is comparable, although obviously a bit "smaller" than, N.G.'s Imperial Weizen. If you were lucky enough to enjoy that big boy, give the little brother a go as well.

M: Got to give perfect marks for mouthfeel on this one. Perfect amount of carbonation, just enough to bring out the taste. Not too heavy, nor too light.

D: Overall impression of this is very good interpretation on a classic style. I would love to get this all year long, but alas I'm just a dancin' fool.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 00:24:17 | More by dancinwillie
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one from demcorhip as part of his LIF. thanks!

12oz bottle. sampled july 1/08.

pours pale orange with just a touch of haze. a small fairly dense white head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. big weizen character. clove, banana, bit of caramel. white bread, bit of cracker. alcohol. bit of floral character too.

taste is good. light alcohol. clove and banana. white bread. bit of grain. hint of biscuit. bit of orange peel. light caramel sweetness, but not enough to become cloying. touch of floral hops brightening everything up and pulling it together.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium carbonation level with a touch of sting. nice medium-light body. not as light and summery as most weizens, but it is necessary to hold things together in this bigger brew.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced, which can be a bit tricky when taking a lighter style and cranking it up above the usual bounds. i enjoyed this one and wish it was a local offering that i could have anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 22:17:14 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for opening this 12 oz.

Pours a hazy golden/orange, thin bone white head forms, settles to a thick ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is buttery, honey, some brown sugar, banana, clove, almost cinnamon like spiciness, alcohol is slightly detectable, interesting. Taste is caramel sweetness, wheat, honey, some light grass, banana and tropical fruit, cloves, spice, alcohol is well hidden, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, spritzy, alcohol warmth, quite nice. Solid wheat beer, thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 22:07:25 | More by Viggo
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 18:56:17 | More by orbitalr0x
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Newglarusguy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:16:36 | More by Newglarusguy
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JDV

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to alexgash from BA for the bottle!
Cloudy orange colored pour with a big lasting meringue like head. Thick wheaty, banana flavor with lots of clovey yeast smell too. Very big strong hef smell with a light lemony wheatiness as well. Taste is strong and full bodied with the same flavors. Very good quality hefeweizen but just a style i'm style growing to like slowly.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:16:00 | More by JDV
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Slynger

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah Dancing man. Best American version of the German style that rivals even the originals.

The pour is golden lemon colored with a tinge of orange and a slight haze. A nice large and fuzzy-creamy white lid which leaves good lacing.

Oh buddy! This beer hits all the marks in the nose that a great hefe should. Sweet and zesty lemon and banana esters, clove and bubblegum, with a slightly spicy wheaty, yeasty overtone. All there and readily accessible at each sniff of the glass.

Solidly medium, chewy, full, big fuzzy-creamy carbonation with an oily smoothness. The taste doesn't let down a bit. Sweet vanilla-lemon, mild and fresh wheat and yeast, and bubblegum with a peppery clove spiciness. Simply delicious.

This is a truly great hefeweizen. Second, maybe, only to Weihenstephaner's, but I can't make that decision till I get em side by side. An absolute must try if you like the style and have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 05:28:08 | More by Slynger
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. thanks to demcorhip for this one.

Gorgeous beer. Three inches of head off a gentle pour and a glowing yellow-orange colour. Big chunks of swirling yeast, extremely hazey. Very entertaining to look at and beautiful. Amped up weiss aromas, the typical banana and clove, coriander, oranges wheat, bready and husky and grassy. It just like a delicious dessert. Mellow with just a touch of zippiness....

Flavour is wonderfully mellow with lots of wheaty goodness. Fruity sweetness, banana, pears, apples balanced out very well with the lemon sourness and tartness that's typical of the style. Peppery and zippy on the tongue, Full flavoured as all get out. Carbonation is refreshing and the mouthfeel is never too thick. Alcohol is hidden so well, it's so bloody drinkable. New Glarus is making the best wheat beers in the states right now in my mind, classically flavoured but never compromising. Brilliant stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 03:23:57 | More by trevorwideman
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mynie

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very heavy hefe pour. Thick, deep yellow gold that glubglubs out of the bottle and leaves a giant head.

Smells of very, very strong wheatmalt and a surprising kick of yeast. These are very nice, but the spice is off, there's a strange, almost medicinal node where you usually would find nanners and white pepper.

The medicinal node is highly subdued in the taste, with the yeast picking up most of the slack. The result is uneven but still pleasant. Not exactly what I'm looking for a in a hefe but not bad in an of itself.

I'll have to try this one again to see whether or not I got a bad bottle. Until then, this one is decent but a little off.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 02:43:11 | More by mynie
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kajerm

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, pours a light translucent amber with an explosive, self-supporting cream colored head. Lacing plates the walls of the glass, along with an attractive, oily film.

Aroma is big yeasty esters, with lots of bananas. Some definite citric character is is also present. This smells (and tastes) like a hefe on steroids-- all of the same, but MORE. I like it. The flavor profile is similar to the aroma, but spicier and with a juiced-up light malt character that compliments the yeasty flavor very nicely.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Drinkability is excellent, 7.2%ABV is totally undetectable, which is impressive for a style that is traditionally almost always under 5%.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 06:36:23 | More by kajerm
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Westsidethreat

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 02:37:34 | More by Westsidethreat
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With an eagerly anticipated pour and a quick swirl of the bottle, the Dancing Man shows a pulpy, hazy, thick-looking, golden peach body with a thicker, marshmallowy, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose is big and full of banana esters, real bubble gum, cloves, yeast, and banana cream pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Amazingly good smelling hefe.

Toasted wheat bread greets the tongue. Fruity, banana-y esters come on strong with hints of clove. Banana cream pie sweetness and tropical fruits round out the palate. Herbal hop bitterness hums in the background providing some check for the sweetness. Yeasty, banana bread batter and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Full-bodied, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. An utterly fantastic strongish hefeweizen that goes down way too easy. Another New Glarus winner!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 00:52:47 | More by alexgash
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bassmantin

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for this bottle.

Pours a beautiful orange/gold color with moderate white head that lasts a while.

Smell is very sweet and floral. Taste floods the palate with floral and citrus flavor. There is also that slightest hint of spiciness that makes hefeweizens great. This is one of the best examples of this style I have ever tasted. Any German would be proud to drink this.

Overall: A top-notch hefeweizen with exceptional but nuanced citrus and floral flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 04:59:51 | More by bassmantin
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kenito799

New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Thanks to tizzod for selecting beers of the midwest for my Minnesota visit.

Pours a cloudy, murky dark orangey-tan with lovely white foamy head raised; this recedes but the look is very good for the style. Yeasty particles collect at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma completely classic, banana and clove yeasty aroma, crisp and fresh.

Flavor also spot on hefe-weizen, done very well. Very delicious and wonderfully drinkable. Just a touch lighter and crisper and this would rank alongside the best Germans. Perhaps a very fresh bottle or on tap would raise this to the highest level.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 05:21:16 | More by kenito799
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" beige head above the cloudy golden amber brew. Ample frothy lace, and aroma is the expected sweet wheat coupled with clove and banana. Taste follows the nose, just what you expect from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Wouldn't mind revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 00:14:01 | More by ppoitras
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WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TheManiacalOne for this bottle.

a - pours a bright hazy golden color with a big white head, good retention and little lacing

s - big spicy and wheaty aroma, clove and cinnamon, some banana, hints of alcohol

t - big clove and banana flavors up front, mid-palate is more spicy leading to a sweet finish with lots of wheat, more clove with slight cinnamon, some citrus, hints of alcohol and grain

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, well balanced finish

d - quite drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol is there but not overwhelming at all

Very good hefe overall. Just a notch below my German favorites and probably the best I've tasted from an American brewer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 01:18:35 | More by WeisGuy
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twbrewer

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thick foamy white 1" head that slowly faded to a thin layer in the middle,thick along the edge glass.

S- First smell is light sweet orange zest.Second smell is bubblegum and banana with a nice clove background.

T-Citrus taste is slightly bitter upfront but leaves a tart/yeast taste similar to other Hefe/Wheat brews.Nice dry wheat finish.

M- Light to medium bodied very crisp mouthfeel.Almost too much carbonation.

D-It is a very drinkable beer and at 7.2% it is appropriately named!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 06:46:56 | More by twbrewer
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a hazy gold with a 2 finger white head that fades into a soapy head of batter. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of banana, toasted bread, spices, clvoes, pepper, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with an estery tastiness that keeps this Hefe nice and interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, spritzy up front, with a nice balance of sweetness and tartness that come together for a well done brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 13:43:32 | More by weeare138
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 21:25:15 | More by gpcollen1
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umustdrink

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellowish orange color with some visible carbonation bubbles. Head is bright white and fades to a good eighth inch.

S - Awesome smell of sweet bubblegum, maybe more than I've ever smelled in a beer. Also some peppery spices and some earthy wheat.

T/M - A good amount of carbonation here, with a dull burn. Immediately the nice yeasty flavors come in, sweet and peppery. An almost syrupy consistency with no noticeable alcohol.

D - Excellent Hefe, highly recommended. I wish this stuff was available back in July!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 01:43:31 | More by umustdrink
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orangish with brown tints and a thin white head.

S - Wheat with banana, clove, bubblegum and a touch of grassy hops.

T - Starts with a bready wheat yeasty taste and then transitions to banana, clove spice, lemon and bubblegum with a lingering lemon zestiness.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Dry finish.

D - One of the better hefe's I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 23:52:30 | More by brewcrew76
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light amber color with a thin but dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, banana, lemon and spice along with light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a strong wheat flavor dominating as you would expect from the style. There’s not a lot of sweetness but there are flavors of banana, lemon and some spices. The hops presence is mild as it should be. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, nice strong kick for the style, this is a very good beer to stick with for an evening. I could definitely drink quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 03:49:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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