Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.74%
 
 
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Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a golden tint to it. There is a finger of off white head with some decent retention.

Smell: Lots of fruity notes from the yeast. I'm picking up a ton of bubble gum and banana. Some spice and a strong sweetness. Really nice.

Taste: A lot like the smell, but not nearly as sweet. There is a strong flavor of banana and bubble gum along with some mild citrus like notes. Some spice and crisp malt sweetness. The finish is fruity and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is tingly and very smooth. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. The fruity notes along with the wheat is a very refreshing combination. I'm a huge fan.

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Photo of nickfl
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy gold, with several poofy fingers of brite-white foamy head. This settles down fairly quickly in a thin creamy layer, that leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing back. The aroma is orange zest, wiht a thick tang of sweet wheat behind it. Floral hops, some spicy clove, and yeasty ripe banana round things out, giving this some extra pop and presence in the nose.

The taste is silky with orange, lemon, and wheat. A musty banana yeastiness glides through in a more subtle manner. Clove pulls up the back of this, really drying the back out. This is very tangy overall though, with an additional bit of smokiness to it as well. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a mellow carbonation and silky smoothness to it. Quite drinkable overall and very hard to tell that it's over 7%!

All around good Hefe here from New Glarus. They know how to do a Wheat beer or two and this is a shining example of that. A full flavored refreshing summertime quaff!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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 Jason
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazed dark golden color with a good two fingers of head on top. A bit lemony, some sour dough bread and a balanced banana / clove combo in the nose. Crisp and very smooth with a chewy medium body. Big fermented wheat twang of fresh baked wheat crackers, faint lemon rind, powdered clove and banana taffy. Maltiness holds strong with some many flavors being pushed against it, even when it comes to the warming estery fruity alcohol. Maltiness stays around for the aftertaste and leaves the beer semi-dry.

Wow, a 7.2% abv hefeweizen ... its pretty much bordering the weizenbock but it damn sure drinks like a hefe. Lovely stuff, perfect for a snowy night.

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Schmittymack, cheers Dan!

Pours a semi-turbid apricot/bronze with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Apple peels, bubble gum, nose fades a bit as it warms

T: Band Aids, juicy fruit, banana & apple peels up front. Bananas, pears, pineapple & a touch of honey malt as this warms, some lemony hops, plus cloves once warm. finishes with a touch of juicy fruit, cloves to balance it out, & pineapple sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, bit of a grainy feel to this one

Talk about drinkability, this is one of the best hefes I've in or outside of Germany. NG sure know how to make a hefe (plus a ton of other styles!)

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Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

a - Pours a yellow golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that lasts for several minutes. Nice lacing and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, spices, and cloves. Some yeast and citrus fruit as well.

t - Tastes of wheat, bananas, and a little spice. Hint of lemon as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A really nice hefeweizen. I thought it smelled great and was very easy to drink. Looking forward to drinking more of these.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a one finger white head on top. There is almost a gradient to the color of this beer with it getting progressively more orange the lower in the glass. Decent retention with some sticky lacing.

S: Lots of banana, very fruity and fragrant. There is a lot of spice in the nose as well, heaviest in clove. There is a faint bubblegum aroma as well.

T: Very fruit forward with banana, apple, and apple peel. There is a little bit of honey sweetness and a heavy hand of spice (again, cloves are most prominent), and some bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It is smooth and rather creamy.

O: A great Hefe, no sign of the higher abv in it at all. Easy drinking with an intense flavor profile.

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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy golden amber color with a half inch of bubbly white head covering the top. The head faded a little but a small white covering stayed pretty much throughout drinking it.

The aroma has a good amount of wheat to it with some bready banana, nutmeg and clove notes as well. The wheat and the yeast flavors really come together nicely in the nose.

The taste has a lot of very nice wheat flavors up front and finishes with more of the banana, clove, fruity, spicy, yeast flavor. The wheat has a very nice smooth and slightly sweet flavor to it. Excellent tasting wheat beer, easily one of the best I've had.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate to above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's a great tasting wheat beer that is very easy to drink. I really can't believe it's over 7% abv with how easy drinking it is.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours hazed golden yellow with a big head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of banana/clove with a hint of sour lemons and spicy cinnamon.

The taste is of sweetened bananas, lemon tang with light clove and cinnamon to give it a spicy balance in the finish.

It is creamy smooth and refreshing.

Enough banana/clove to let you know this is a Hefe! A great example of the style!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden hued and hazy, rush of carbonation, huge cloud-like white head, pockmarked and pillowy. Looks nice.

Aroma: there's the clove, there's the banana, light, fresh, and lovely...it's all there.

Great texture grips the palate, then a rush a fruit, bright orange, tangy citrus, a spark of spice. Drink again, ah, refreshment, banana and orange, spritz of carbonation. Delicious. Easy-drinking. Thirst-quenching. Tantalizing.
Loving it.

Dance on, dancing man, dance on!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

The beer is hazy, appearing golden yellow hued with a towering white head. Excellent retention and lacing. An all around stellar appearance. The aroma is sweet, with prominent banana scents. Very nice flavor, albeit sweeter than is customary for the style, though typical of New Glarus. Lots of banana and sweet malt. Not as refreshing or quaffable as a lighter, traditional hefeweizen, but certainly tasty and delicious. Light to medium bodied, with alcohol content well disguised. Wow, this is 7.2%? Overall, quite enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this beer. Another gem from New Glarus.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0b for throwing me a mixed sixer from WI. Served in my weizen glass.

A - Huge billowy foam that eventually settles into a four fingers of persistent egg-white head and glass-coating lacing. The beer is a slightly hazed golden straw color with a ton of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

S - Tons of clove, banana, bubblegum, lemon, and other spices - reminiscent of Crack'd Wheat but without the intense hopping. There are also some malt and yeast notes, but it's not the sharp wheat smell that I get from other Hefes. I get a sense that if we got fresh German wheat beers in the US they would smell a lot like this.

T - The taste is a little yeastier with some cinnamon spice and the aforementioned fruit flavors (banana, lemon, maybe a bit of apple as well). The taste isn't so complicated - pretty much the stuff you'd expect from a hefeweizen, but wonderfully fresh and delicious all the same.

M - Surprisingly medium-bodied, with lower carbonation (it's all in the foam!), and lots of residual stickiness. The only knock I can think of is that it's not quite as refreshing as most hefes.

D - I can't taste the 7.2% at all - I'd put this closer to ~5%. The mouthfeel is a bit chewier than I'd want from a session beer, but otherwise it goes down real easy - nice mild carbonation and minimal aftertaste.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently my 1300th review. Clearly I'm paying attention. I'll make #2000 a really badass significant beer. I'll figure out what that is.

Came to me in a BIF, which is fun because it was a want. Poured from a bottle into a RR wine glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big soft white head of small bubbles, high carbonation and lots of lacing on the glass. This is what a hefe is suppose to look like.

Strong banana esters and mild yeast in the nose. Some grain as well, smells good.

Beer is light in body and wet all around. Tastes really nice, its refreshing, decent carbonation on the palate and overall a well balanced hefe. The fruit is not overwhelming at all, its well inserted into the palate. Mild grainy aftertaste, otherwise this is a great hefe. I would definitely have it again. It does slightly annoy me that this beer is greater than 7%, should be more around 5%.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-to-dark golden, light apricot body. Head is huge and white, foaming to about 2 1/2 fingers. Dense. Like whipped ice cream.

Spicy aroma for this one. Clove and faint ginger it seems. Banana also comes through, and a nice strong but light toasty biscuit.

Flavors aren't light here. Much malt gives this beer a strong foundation of cracker and bread. On top of that add the clove and banana, some sweetness that seems to attach itself to the banana, and faint hints at lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel takes a hit as the alcohol comes in to spoil, a bit, the spiciness. Drink takes an additional hit for this.
Very nice beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange color with a long lasting 3" fluffy head. Moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: wheat and spices are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big wheat flavor with banana, strong clove and a decent bitterness. Some lemon citrus arrives late. There is an overall breadiness here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother late. The aftertaste is short-lived.

Drinkability: if you are looking for a great hefe, this one will do. Easy to quaff, big flavors, and super refreshing. Great beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a 2 finger head which dissipated quite fast and left some frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The coriander is very apparent in the nose with banana, slight spice, and belgian yeast notes. The coriander and the banana flavor mesh really well alongside belgian yeasty and wheat grain accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, slight fruity , yeasty, and grainy finish. It drank good and was a solid hefeweizen with all the characteristics I look for in a hef.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dancing man wheat is another great creation from New Glarus and continues to give Wisconsin a great name for micro brewing. The appearance is a cloudy yellow with nice frothy white head that lace well. The smell was powered with citrus/lemony notes. The taste was very carbonated but very good. the lemon/citrus effervecense in the flavor was great and absolutely worth the try!!!

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.