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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,183 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 366
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Grant for bringing back from WI. My first pint (I will give it another go) showed abundant white head. The aroma was full of cinammon spicey wheat. Above average mouthfeel. Very sweet orangey, clove, corriander. Almost cloying, so I did not fiund overly drinkable. I remember more balanced hefes.

Sammy, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

zestar, May 05, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many a six pack when I was living in Chicago and it was so easy to drive up to WI for some New Glarus.

A: Pours a medium copper with a very nice white head and a decent amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: Loads of banana with a bit of clove in there. A little bit of miscellaneous spice as well.

T: Again, loads of banana, almost semi-roasted. Beautiful flavors all around, with a bit of malt sweetness backing things up. In the end, the yeast shines through, creating a lovely bouquet of German hefe flavors.

M: Fairly light with good carbonation and a nice, light creaminess.

D: The ultimate summer session beer, even though the relatively-high ABV will creep up on you.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Texasfan549, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours like a German hefe, with an impressive head that tops the goldenstraw liquid, leaving all matter of lacing around the glass

Smell: Bananas, wheat and clove

Taste: Like the smell, a nice banana and clove character with the wheat trailing behind

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; could be a bit creamier

Overall: A very nice example of the style by a brewery that has yet to disappoint

brentk56, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blurry mango with an impressively whipped creamy, khaki colored crown. The fantastic looking foam, and better than average looking lace, tells me that this is sure to be well-crafted beer. Of course, seeing the words 'New Glarus' on the label is proof enough.

The nose is exceeding my already high expectations. Talk about nose-filling power! This may be the most clove-intensive hefeweizen on planet earth... and creamy banana is right there riding shotgun. A little less of the spice and a little more of the fruit and it would be perfect.

One sip is all it takes to tell that Dancing Man Wheat is the single best American-brewed hefeweizen in history. I'm tempted to say it's top banana, but then a growler of Live Oak Hefeweizen hasn't yet made the long-awaited trip to my doorstep. Any Texans out there?

One of the best things about this beer is its size. Give me a bulked-up and creamilicious 7.2% ale over a light and airy thirst-quencher any day. All that malt is responsible for boatloads of flavor, sweetness and a glorious mouthfeel. It might be my big beer bias talking, but more of a good thing is a better thing, right?

Even though it flies in the face of the style guidelines, the Cascade hops used in Imperial Weizen were outstanding. This offering doesn't use those hops and isn't grapefruit juicy, which is good because it doesn't need to be a smaller version of that masterpiece.

Another good point (there are so many) is that the tanginess of the wheat is perfectly offset by the sweetness of the malt and the spiciness of the yeast. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is an unprecedented 4.5/5.0. Sugared banana is at least as prominent as cloves. This may be the most monkey fruit-intensive beer ever.

The mouthfeel score is a tough call. It was originally 4.5, but the carbonation isn't as soft as it could be and the beer isn't as mouthfilling. It's still more than fine, even if it loses a little something on the swallow.

New Glarus is the best brewery in the great craft brewing state of Wisconsin. It took me a while to get there, but with great beer after great beer after great beer, that fact can no longer be denied. Anyone with a functioning palate can see that Dancing Man Wheat can stand toe-to-toe with Germany's best. Given that country's several hundred year head start, that's something to be proud of. Highly recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delicious display of bananna esters, peppery clove, and bubblegum flavors. Banannas are acompanied by apples, pineapples, mangos, papayas, apricots along with a whole plethera of fruitiness. Spicy white pepper, cumin, and orange peel work well in conjunction with the white pepper and warming alcohols. All this on a strong malt base that never favors wheat or barley. Confectionate powdered sugars, wrapped in Juicy Fruit bubblegum adds richness and sweeetness to the shortbread textures and flavors. Remaining creamy and semi-full, the beer slowly fades into a complex dry, spict sweetness. A brilliant juggling act done by New Glarus with complexity and balance.

Thanks Maximim12

BEERchitect, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kjkinsey, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color wheat with a medium foamy head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of cloves are dominating with some discernable wheat and overall a quite big malt base. Taste is a mix between some cloves and some big malt base and is not as close to the style as I was expecting. Either there is too much wheat and the beer is veering toward a wheat wine or maybe there is too much barley but I thought the malt base was too sweet for the style and didn't provide enough refreshment. Also, at the risk of sounding too traditional, I would have like if more banana ester would have showed. Definitely not the best weizen out there and probably over rated and not the best beer from a very good brewer.

Phyl21ca, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

GRG1313, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another gem from New Glarus that I was privy to trying. I am always thrilled when I run across another of their beers. This one in particular I was anxious to try, Served chilled and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/02/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich and very bright yellow color coming through right away. A very hazy and cloudy look to this one I have to admit, as I was waiting to find some sediment, but none came forward. Nice three inches of white then topped out over the glass and settled down lightly into a nice little pillow of white, which was reinforced but lots of carbonation.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. Nice touches of grain, light wheat and a touch of a banana like aroma all coming through rather nicely. Some almost light grass like hops bouncing around in there as well. The flavor was very crisp, very clean with a well rounded profile that was very pleasing. Nice light rush of grass and grain, light bready malts and a touch of banana again coming through quite cleanly and clearly. Very easy to put down, it seemed to get lighter, and easier to drink as time went by.

Overall I have to give this one some pretty darn high marks. A very solid hefe here, with a nice and very tight profile and rich carbonation that really just pulled it all together. I would go for another one of these any day!

mikesgroove, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is orange in color with an impressive (or maybe not?) level of clarity for a hefeweizen. A massive white head forms before subsiding.

S: We've got banana, which is quite nice. But even more so, there is a lot of clove and maybe a bit of bubblegum. Sweet wheat bread is prominent as well. Maybe a bit of orange peel.

T: Very sweet malt and wheat with a bit of a honey flavor in there too. Quite spicy, especially with cloves, and there's a bit of citrus zest on the finish. Banana esters provide some sweetness as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation that is fairly smooth and almost creamy.

D: Despite a way higher than usual ABV, this is a pretty good hefeweizen, especially for an American brewed version. Wouldn't mind having this one again.

womencantsail, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing were really impressive on this. The smell is loaded with fresh grain, clove, banana and bready lemons. The taste of the beer is lightly flavored with some spices and soft wheat. There is a light amount of citrus in there too. The mouthfeel is smooth, light and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good, it would be best in the summer time.

Knapp85, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

largadeer, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SocalKicks, May 17, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Four fingers of foam billow up to the rim of the weizen glass. Color is a murky, translucent orange, with lazy streams of carbonation idling upwards. Foam settles, creating a soufflé like effect. Irregular webs of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Immediately there's a big banana aroma, very fresh and ripe. On par with Weihenstephaner in my opinion. Fresh wheat and yeast esters are large in the equation.

On the palate, it's very smooth, almost buttery. Wheat slickness, with bursting banana, clove, & nutmeg. Some residual orange sweetness accompanies the yeast in the aftertaste. Very satisfying, drink it by the liter in the summertime!

Everything about this Hefe says traditional Bavaria. In a blind tasting it would be very difficult to identify this a domestic Hefeweizen.

emerge077, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden/orange color with an off-white, two-finger head of firm foam. It left behind thin rings of lace.

S - Clove, cinnamon, banana and wheat aromas jump out of the bottle as you pour it out. There is a grain smell as you examine it closer.

T - Great flavor of wheat, fruit and clove. There are yeasty flavors and banana, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - Since I don't live in WI, I really regret not buying more! Great hefe that tastes like a good one from Germany.

zeff80, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - A small white head of foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy hops, musty wheat, and a bit of pepper.

T - Bready malt up front with slightly fruity yeast in the middle. Finishes with an odd, soda water like quality and a touch of tartness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - weird, one dimensional and a bit bland. I'm not sure what the idea was here, but it really isn't working for me.

nickfl, Jun 14, 2013
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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.