Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
07-16-2007 22:54:37 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-10-2010 23:19:17 | More by zeff80
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
10-02-2007 03:49:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.28/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
06-14-2013 01:05:51 | More by nickfl
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-21-2008 02:48:33 | More by Jason
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
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!)
10-16-2009 02:27:13 | More by russpowell
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-21-2009 21:45:05 | More by MasterSki
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
08-19-2009 16:35:01 | More by Kegatron
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
Dance on, dancing man, dance on!
11-02-2008 09:16:01 | More by feloniousmonk
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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%.
11-15-2010 13:56:16 | More by drabmuh
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
01-09-2012 23:33:40 | More by Rifugium
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.
11-03-2010 03:56:04 | More by Mora2000
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-03-2011 02:15:09 | More by oline73
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
07-22-2010 22:23:25 | More by mdfb79
4.16/5 rDev -1.4%
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!
06-15-2014 22:22:33 | More by jwc215
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.
10-15-2010 16:35:27 | More by Gueuzedude
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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.
12-04-2009 13:14:03 | More by Gavage
3.63/5 rDev -14%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun stylized label art and iconic branded gold-and-green pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!). Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery and this beer's current rating (94). Apparently this is the third highest rated hefeweizen on the site currently (ignoring those with only a few reviews). I'm surprised the ABV is as high as it is given it's a hefeweizen. I can confirm the style but not the ABV per the label. I don't have a weissbierglas here in low altitude Austin, so I'm serving it into Cantillon stemware.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
The head does rise slowly upon removal of the cap, eventually mushrooming out of the bottle.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Nice soft smooth silky complexion. Nice fluffy creaminess and good thickness. Fairly frothy. Head retention is quite good if the beer really is 7.20% - about 6-7+ minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.
Body colour is a quasitransparent translucent yellow-orange of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Plenty of carbonation bubbles suggest adequate carbonation. It appears much more filtered than I anticipated; I thought it'd be a lot hazier - on par with traditional paragons of the style. For a bottle conditioned unfiltered hefeweizen, it's looking mighty clear.
Overall, it looks good and I'm looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Plenty of clove and banana up front as well as the obligatory wheat. Light floral hops are present too, but seem to have minimal presence. Cilantro. Clean barley. The clove is a bit stronger than I'm used to for a hefeweizen. I get cinnamon, but only because I'm looking for it; I wouldn't notice it unprompted. It's also got a healthy presence of clean German yeast with a fair amount of biscuity character. Light citrusy esters throughout, but sadly orange peel can't be found among them. In terms of personal preference, I'll take an orange peel hefeweizen over a banana/clove hefeweizen any day of the week, but it's still an appealing aroma and I'm excited to try it. It's also somewhat dry whilst still inviting the drinker in.
A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.
No alcohol is detectable.
T: It's got a nice wheat body and is cleanly fermented by the Bavarian yeast. High attenuation is evident. Ample clove and banana throughout but especially up front. A dash of cinnamon, I guess, but it's not really that strong or evocative. If I reach I find green apple, clean barley, and some vague fruity esters (e.g. papaya/apricot). A touch of lemon, sure. I like it.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.
No alcohol comes through - quite a feat at 7.20% (if this really is that high).
To be honest, I really hoped for more complexity and subtlety. The hefeweizen is one of the hardest styles to pull off in my opinion; it's just four ingredients and pure finesse, demanding careful balance and excruciatingly difficult subtlety. But this beer from New Glarus doesn't bring enough to the table. It's ultimately a pretty simple hefeweizen and while I like it, it lacks the nuance of the style's paragons. Some orange peel would be lovely. The wheat doesn't seem to be as full-flavoured and deep as it should be. Maybe Wisconsin wheat just can't compete with Bavarian wheat?
Mf: Refreshing and smooth, with a great balance of dryness and wetness - dry enough to coax out the flavours a bit more, but wet enough to remain refreshing and quenching. Well-carbonated; bottle fermentation was a great choice. Good body and presence on the palate. A biteen too thick for a hefeweizen, but I guess that enables them to bury the alcohol presence. It complements the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it. Very approachable.
Not oily, hot, gushed, boozy, astringent, or harsh.
Dr: Quite drinkable, especially for the abnormally high ABV. This may be the highest ABV hefeweizen I've had? It hides it quite well; I'd guess it was about 5.5% if I tried it blind. I'm envious of anyone who has ready access to 6-packs of this, and if I was one of them I'd definitely pick it up frequently, but frankly it's just not up to par with the best traditional offerings of the style. As much as I love New Glarus, the Germans do this style best. That said, I already want another and I'd happily get a keg of this for a party. I'd recommend it to friends. Oddly, I actually prefer New Glarus' kristalweizen. This is certainly one to try if you come across it.
Thanks to Duff27 for the opportunity to try this!
09-30-2013 23:12:57 | More by kojevergas
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94 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.