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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,153 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,153
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 glazeman
4.05/5  rDev -4%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

This was a very enjoyable and easy drinking summer beer. It was nicely carbonated and had a slightly sweet taste. I got some notes of raspberries and a lot of wheat. The nose was pretty much what you'd expect from a hefe with lots of wheat and a little sweet fruits. Overall I thought this was a very drinkable and tasty beer, especially in the warmer summer months.

glazeman, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -4%

12 oz brown longneck. No freshness dating, but a cool label.

The beer pours an apricot color with a large but quickly collapsing off-white head.

Big aroma of clove, smashed banana & all spice. There is something slightly sour in the background. You can smell this beer two feet away and it is very nice.

Big initial blast of clove, white pepper and malts. The banana taste is refined and nicely restrained. Some slightly sour fruit (plum perhaps?) and hay all balanced by malts. Some alcohol sneaks in late.

The mouth could be a bit thicker or the carbonation could be turned down a notch, but that is a minor quibble.

This is an nice beer from the friendly folks at New Glarus.

Redrover, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of mooselvlt
4.05/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a huge pillowy head of off white foam. Minimal lacing

S - Banana, cloves, yeast, wheat

T - Right along the lines of the nose. Its actually a pretty pleasant tasting hefe. Not overpowering in any aspect.

M - My favorite aspect of this one. Medium bodied and oh so smooth. Has a very crisp finish too. Really enjoy the feel here.

O - I'm not a hefe fan so for me to enjoy one this much it must be a good one. Really enjoyed this one and can see mixing this into the rotation here and there

mooselvlt, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -4%

A solid, but not overly aggressive pour gets a bit away from me such that I end up with four-fingers of light tan froth that I have to suck the top off of to keep from over-flowing my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The head only subsides slowly, leaves quite a bit lacing on the sides of my glass and never fully dissapears. The beer is a fuller amber color that shows a hazed, gold-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells amply fruity with notes of banana, sweet accentuating clove, some lime sorbet notes, perhaps some apple like notes, interesting wheat malt notes and a finish that reminds me of concord grape juice some how.

Slightly full bodied up front, but the finish sees a nice tartness become noticeable that helps to lighten up the finish of this beer quite a bit. Up front flavors of banana are coupled with the classic note of clove that lingers in the finish. The tartness in the finish brings out some flavors of apple in the finish, perhaps even a hint of citrus or lime that is more from the yeast and wheat than from hops. Hops actually aren't really a contributor here, which is as it should be, though there is a soft bitterness that is accentuated by a peppy carbonic effervescence and bite. This definitely has the fullness that I like to find in a good Hefeweizen, but it is also quite a bit stronger than a traditional example, so it should be.

I will admit to wanting to be blown away by this beer, so much so that I was quite critical of the first bottle of this that I had. This second bottle has settled in a bit better, but I have still had better examples. This one is quite good though; and this might not be as fresh as the best that I have had. In the end this is a nicely satisfying Hefewiezen; too soon I find my glass empty and I am wanting for more.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of malty
4.05/5  rDev -4%

Pours a nice n' cloudy orangish yellow with a loose and billowing off-white head. Bought in Madison, WI - so I'm guessing this baby's fresh.

Speaking of fresh, the nose of this beer is ultra fresh spicy clove (the label says cinnamon too) yeah, I kinda get that also. A few brisk swirls evoke more clove and carrot cake. Lemony rind goodness also shows up big with a healthy dose of Madagascar vanilla.

The flavors of this beer follow the scents nicely; clove, vanilla, lemon-citrus, bubblegum, banana and a hearty dollop of yeasty zest. There's an underlying white pepper flavor that hides quietly behind the soft, but just a tad earthy/gritty Wisconsin wheat malt. Great balance and spice, with just enough sweetness to even the playing field.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a playful level of carbonation at the beginning, but sadly diminishes prematurely. Fruity and yeasty finish that ends with a metallic tinge.

Drinkability is great. Pair this with some grilled salmon, parmesan stuffed mushrooms or hot soft pretzels and you're good.

Overall I love the honesty and down-to-earth appeal of this beer. The spice is great, all the while the malt backbone I yearn for in a true Bavarian Hefe was a bit weak and couldn't hold traction to my liking. I say this because wheat beers are my fav, and thus probably hold a higher bar than the next person. All in all this is a beer I wouldn't pass-up if available on tap somewhere, but I don't think I'd choose over a Plank, Ayinger or Weihenstephaner though. A solid wheat beer from a solid brewery.

malty, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev -4%

A: half finger head without much retention, only scattered lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: rich lemon custard aroma, wheat, tart orange. Minimal peppercorn. No musty or overly grainy notes that overwhelm the sweet notes.

T: very clean, wheat and grain base with some sweet corn and both sweet and tart lemon.

M: light body and moderate carbonation. crisp and clean.

Overall: this may be as good as a hefe gets. The ABV for the style is high but covered well. Complex for the genre, a little too sweet.

kylehay2004, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev -4%

A: Slightly hazy, gold; thick, fluffy head that gradually drops, leaving sparse lacing; continually rising effervescence.

S: Pleasant, pervasive banana with moderate cloves.

T: Clean and fresh, moderately strong banana, slight vanilla taste. Alcohol is low profile.

M: Light bodied, creamy, with brisk carbonation.

O: Light, brisk, tasty and refreshing. Very pleasant and quaffable. The 7.2% ABV is higher than normal, though it is not pronounced at all. According to freshbeeronly.com, the numbers printed on the bottle's shoulder, 0911, indicate a date of April 1st, 2011 (91st day of 2011) and a 07:56am time. New Glarus lists this seasonal hefeweizen for release from May through August. A very refreshing and flavorful brew.

bierbrauer, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of dancinwillie
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

dancinwillie, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Purp1eOne
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

A - The color was a orange/apricot with a little head and some retention.

S - The wheat really stood out to me and kind of over poured everything else.

T - Taste of wheat with a hint a spice

M - I thought the body was very nice, well carbonated and went down really smooth for a hefeweizen

O- Overall this was a pretty decent beer and if your into hefeweizens you would really like this beer.

Purp1eOne, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Strix
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Hazy orange-tinted golden.

Smells delicious! Clove, banana, and bubblegum come through strongly.

Big time clove and bubblegum in the taste, along with the slightest hint of a spice, reminiscent of something by Unibroue.

A little bit thinner than I'd like, and I could sense this is higher ABV than a typical hefe, but it isn't drastically obvious.

This doesn't beat out some of the phenomenal German ones, but it's definitely a nice beer I'd gladly have again.

Strix, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of BUNZILLA
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

BUNZILLA, Yesterday at 03:56 AM
Photo of imagineiii
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

poured into my weihenstephaner half liter glass. very ample fluffy head. hazy pale orange.

smells very much like a german hefe. bananas, cloves and lemon. not alcoholic hot, but alcoholic sweet.

taste is spicy and fruity. pepper and cloves hide alcohol well. some pineapple joins the usually banana. alcohol is tangy, can be overwhelming...

mouthfeel is creamy and full. very well done.

drinkability is below average for the style, but thats not taking into consideration the higher alcohol.

very pleasantly surprised by this beer. i expected an american wheat, and i didnt realize how close to the german style it would be. new glarus continues to impress me...

imagineiii, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge white head. Head falls slow. Big sticky lace.

It has a big lemony wheat aroma. A tad sweet.

Citrus and wheat taste. Quite tangy and tart. Orange flavor in the finish.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

I really like this one, a fine brew that you can have a few of. Very drinkable wheat.

dstc, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of iadler
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle to snifter.

A- Hazy gold with a fluffy two finger head. Minimal lacing.

S- Banana, clove, wheat, vanilla, cinnamon and peppery spice.

T- Follows the aroma with plenty of clove, banana and wheat, with hints of spice, vanilla and lemon.

M- Medium carbonation and body with the abv hidden very well.

O- A very well crafted Hefe. Perfect on a hot summer day.

iadler, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of rpstevens
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Another great secret santa 09 beer from maximum12, poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint. This is by far the best looking wheat beer I have ever seen poured into a glass. It is hazy and murky and effervescent. There is an incredible glow at the base of the beer, and the range of oranges and yellows really make this a site. The head is a very thick frothing white foam that slowly resides, leaving an ample amount of bubbly lacing.

After the appearance the smell is definitely a bit of a let down, there are hints of clove, pepper, citrus but they are all a bit subdued behind a heavy biscuit malt.

The taste is a great balance of lemon citrus, light spice, crisp wheat, clove and biscuity malt. None of the flavors overpower any of their counterparts and each of them contribute beautifully to a very nice wheat beer flavor.

The beer is perfectly carbonated and has a nice light body with crisp, well-balanced flavors. The alcohol never shows up, and this is something I think I would appreciate even more in the summer, but it's delicious in January as well.

rpstevens, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a golden amber color with full plume of dense, bone white bubbles, good retention. Scent and taste are made up of similar traits to other Hefes, most true to style - tangy wheat, banana, clove and spice, white bread, hints of bubblegum and a splash of citrus. What makes this beer special is the way they all blend and balance, not one component is more aggressive than the other. I've had Hefe's that are too bready, too banana-y and too lemony - this one is just right on all fronts. Suprisingly dense body, still smooth and lightly bubbly. Overall, quite the drinkable Hefe with nice layered flavor and scent.

rfgetz, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of shadow1961
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat pours a massive head
over a cloudy orange brew. Carbonation is extremely
brisk- the nose is clove and fruit yeast esters. The flavor
is a spicy echo of the nose, with a bit of sharp peppery
alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and a little
dry. Again, the good people of Wisconsin are blessed
with a world-class brewer- this is one of the better hefe's
I've had.

shadow1961, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to two generous BAs for bottles of this beer: Elric73 and BeerFMAndy. Thanks guys!

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Pours a dark, über-cloudy gold. A thick, lustrous 3-finger head capped it off. Excellent retention; left light lace. Scents of pineapple, banana, bubblegum, yeast, coriander. Wow! Great nose! The mouth is moderately-carbonated, with a subtle bite on the finish. Moderate-to-full body. The fruity quality carries over well in to the flavor. Notes of yeast, pineapple, some mild breads, and faint spices. Well-balanced. This was a treat of a beer. Even "out of season" this would be a great, refreshing beer. Thanks again for the opportunity, fellow BAs...

Onenote81, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to northyorksammy for the trade.
Hazy straw yellow with a bit of an orange hue and a fluffy white cap that settled quickly. Thick, sticky lacing. Aromas of clove, wheat, banana, lemon, a bit of bubblegum, marshmallow. Crackery malt flavour with lemon and banana, spicy clove throughout, honey, light alcohol and tropical fruit towards the end. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, good texture. Quite a tasty hefe.

DrJay, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz bottle courtesy of mtrutlin. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Dancing Man Wheat pours a dull orange, with zero visibility through the glass thanks to some haze. About three fingers of frothy white foam rise up to crown the beer. Head retention is just a bit brief, and there's not much lacing left behind at all. The nose has a ton of banana fruitiness to it, along with a bready aroma that's reminiscent of sourdough. The flavor is still centered around banana esters. There's a bit of clove present here though, providing a nice counterpoint. Wheaty- bread notes fill out the potent flavor profile. The mouthfeel is definitely the weak point here. The body is too full and chewy, and the carbonation is too dull by far. I guess that's the danger of making a hefeweizen that gets all the way up to over 7% ABV. Despite that, Dancing Man Wheat is one of the more flavorful, enjoyable weizens I've had from an American brewer.

axeman9182, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of minnunderground
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Had this 4 weeks ago, putting down what my notes are

Heard only good things bout' this hefe so I gave er' a go.

A- Nice hazy yellow-gold color with white head

S- smells great I give this beer that! Gum clove lemon!

T- Found this beer very tasty buttt the taste at the end/aftertaste was kind of crazy intense to me like a reallly wheaty clove taste.

M- seemed light not too shabby don't seem like a 7.2%

D- It's drinkable but really I only want one of these at a crack the end notes are bit too much for my palate

minnunderground, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%

No date that I can find.

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden. Big fizzy, soda-like white head that fades out almost instantly. No lacing or head retention whatsoever.

S: Mild and tasty wheat. Mild crisp citrus. Pretty subtle aroma.

T: Oh yeah, this is nice. Robust wheat character with lots of nice orange. Banana in the middle. Simple but delicious.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Really nice Hefe. Super super smooth tasting and drinking. Goes down so easily and definitely gets bonus points for that. Relatively simple (it's a Hefe, what do you expect) and a little bit bolder and heavier than your average I think. Really stands out as a result. One of the very best I've ever had.

Dope, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

WeisGuy, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Light honey, 2 inch white head hangs out for awhile. Very sudsy lace.

S - Banana clove and pepper dominate the smell.

T - Smells transfer to taste, surrounded by pretty evident sweet malt. Spicy finish.

M - Medium body that feels thicker than it is. Very coating, good carb.

D - Pretty nice, easy to drink.

srandycarter, Aug 15, 2009
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.