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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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443 Reviews

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,282
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 448
Gots: 112 | 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:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass

A: There is a gigantic foamy white head of 3 fingers. It slowly decays, bubbling away to a small cap. The beer itself is a lightly hazy golden-orange color. Lacing is mild and spotty.

S: A fairly potent aroma. Very much classic clove and banana with a touch of fruitiness. Bubblegum? Some yeast and wheat in the background.

T: Fantastic! The clove flavor is even more prominent and complemented by some cinnamon. The banana flavor really comes into its own. Probably my favorite taste of banana I've ever had from a Belgian style beer ever. A little bit of lemon and apple in the background with wheat. There is a lightly bitter, clean, tart finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate during the sip from the glass but can really foam up in the mouth (in a good way). Cannot taste the alcohol.

O: Probably my favorite hefeweizen I've ever had. The banana, clove and mild spices are just perfectly balanced. I also almost don't believe that it's 7.20% ABV; it drinks like it's 4.5! Simply wonderful.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazing straw yellow color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Lots of tiny bubbles in the head. (The beer, not my noggin.)

Smell: Banana, cloves and lemon. Very sweet.

Taste: Just as the nose suggests, banana, cloves and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and crisp. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Another solid offering by NG.

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Photo of capra12
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed solo out of a pint glass.

Appearance: pours yellow and golden wheat, slightly cloudy. 1 1/2 fingers of froth white head.

Smell: I get a ton of Belgian yeast and wheat. I got some light grains.

Taste: opens with the classic Belgian yeast as light grains increase in intensity. Light malts and wheat profiles present themselves and compliment the solid open leaving a light and wheaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a solid hefe which is highly drinkable. It saddens me that I only brought two bottles back from WI. Another solid brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of hu5om
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

now it feels like summer in WI...
a- cloudy, cloudy pale golden yellow. nice fluffy white head on top. decent lacing
s- sweet orange, wheat grain, yeast, corriander or cloves?
t- yeast, wheat grain, the sweet orange lightly, the corriander/cloves i can't seem to figure out. delicate, light spiciness. how is this 7.2%?
m- creamy, sumptuously smooth, a bit of healthy thickness to it
d- i want to buy a case. i'm going to drink this all summer. avenitus who?

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Photo of brandoneast
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the most incredible smelling Hefeweiezn I've ever had, no doubt see this out. HUGE thanks to Gonzoillini to throw this in as an EXTRA, thanks Tony.

Notes in the aroma and flavor profiles: Banana, sweetened coconut, piña colada, bazooka bubbleum, banana laffy taffy, tropical fruit snow cone.

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Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Served in an Ayinger weiss glass. Crack this open and right off the bat this beer has a TON of foam. You really have to pour this hefe slowly or risk the onslaught of all foam and little beer. Pour is orangish in color with a nice 3 finger billowing white head. Notes of strong banana, bubblegum, and yeasty aromas. Very effervescent and great mouthfeel.

Overall this is probably one of the best German style hefes being brewed in America. Beautiful in its presentation. However I still prefer the German variety a little more.


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Photo of Franz4
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A- very creamy foam head that rises above the rim of the glass nearly 2 fingers. Color is a hazy straw color that looks very inviting.

S- nose gives off scent of several spices, primarily cloves with a little pepper mixed in. You get a little of the banana & citrus after the spice. Very nice.

T- bananas and citrus are stronger here, the spices take a back seat. It has a very nice balance between a slight sweetness and the spiciness. It's on the sweeter side of the hefes I've tried.

M- very nicely carbonated, actually tastes quite refreshing. Nowhere in this brew have I noticed the 7+% abv, so this feels very drinkable. Feel is somewhat creamy like the head was, but there is enough carbonation there to make it excellent.

O- I have to figure out more ways to get this... hmmm.... move to Wisconsin? I'd consider it. This brew was greater than the sum of it's parts, the taste is right up there, the spiciness, banana flavor, and refreshing taste make this a standout, in the style or on it's own.

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Photo of shadetree67
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Cloudy golden orange in color. 2 fingers of creamy white head that sits like a pillow on the beer. Some lacing but not as much as I'd expect given the head. None the less, this looks great

S. Clove, banana and bubble gum. Lots of the Belgian ester yeast

T. Strong taste of over-ripe banana. Clove spice. Bubble gum is present though not as much as the nose would suggest.

M. Light to medium body. Creamy mouth feel with the slightest alcohol tinge on the back end. dry finish

O. Normally I don't care for hefes but this one is quite tasty. I could see myself buying a 6 pack to enjoy in the summer heat.

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Photo of corey0212
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Monsone in the Brews n' Books BIF!

Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color, gigantic foamy white head that seems to know exactly where the top of my Hefeweizen glass is, and big clumps of foamy lacing in the glass. Lots of clove in the nose, banana, and lemon. Very nice tasting Hefeweizen...plenty of tartness and lemon flavor, spicy clove, and a lot of banana taste. Pretty creamy moutfheel, but maybe a touch under-carbonated? Lots of lingering spice. This is a very satisfying summer brew...really glad I got to try this one!

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

12 oz bottle poured into a contoured pint glass 11/20/10. This is a beer I've been curious to try but might never have traded for it if it didn't show up as an extra. Thanks Joe.

Forms a very large foamy white head atop a moderately hazy orange body. Head leaves splotches of lace as it settles. Carbonation appears very active.

Aroma is intensely estery with rich banana notes. Can't recall another American wheat beer that smells this much like it's German counter part. The fruitiness is anchored in place by some spice and very subtle herbal hops.

Flavor is much more muted than the smell but still very pleasant. A slight citric quality joins the banana characteristics along with some earthy and more spice notes than anticipated. Actually evokes cinnamon and maybe a little cardamom.

Maybe it's a function of getting a satisfying Hefeweizen when I expected an American Pale Wheat (I didn't realize what style this beer was until I uploaded my notes) but I really enjoyed this beer a great deal.

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Photo of kajerm
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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%.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.0 - A gentle pour yields a hazy, golden, straw-colored body with a ton of frothy, pure-white head (two or three finger’s width). Certainly glad I didn’t pour this one whimsically, or I easily would have lost some to my desktop. Moderate retention and lacing for the style.

S - 4.0 - Aroma is of wheat, straw, a bit of grass, lemon citrus, clove, a hint of banana, and some orange. Not as much banana and/or clove than anticipated, but rather a bit more floral and citrusy. Not too shabby.

T - 4.5 - Taste is great, with a lot more banana and clove coming through here. Straw, wheat, orange, lemon and even a bit of sweet, candied mango come through. A good amount of fruity citrus and light grains are to be had.

M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and amply carbonated for a prickly and refreshing drink. Finish is on the dry side, with a bit of lingering clove.

O - 4.5 - Overall, this is a great, refreshing hef that I’ll gladly drink anytime. I drove ~40 min across the border into WI to pick up a sixer of this (and some other NG stuff) and I really wish I had grabbed more. Perhaps I’ll be making the drive again sooner than I thought.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange color. About 1/5 of the glass filled with a foamy white head with very small bubble size. No sediment.

S: Wheat, honey wheat bread, banana, walnut, and clover. Might not sound particularly tasty, but it is mouth-wateringly appealing. Very good scent. One of the best I've encountered for a hefeweizen.

T: A bit sweeter than I had imagined. Definitely following the honey-wheat genre. Or maybe even a honey butter spread on a slice of banana nut bread. Hints of some spice (clove?) and grassy flavors (clover?).

M: A bit thinner and less carbonated than I had anticipated. I was expecting a very full-bodied, foamy texture to the beer, and while it's definitely viscous for the genre, it's much less carbonated than the standard.

O: Behind Live Oak and Weihenstephaner, this is probably my 3rd-favorite German-style Hefeweizen of all time. Very nicely done, New Glarus.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a really hazy light copper color, with a good bit of bubbles rising up. Bright white head tops things off, about two fingers width. Very good retention, with pretty good lacing for the style.

Lots to pick up in the smell, anything from banana to bubble gum, apricot, hints of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper. Light bready malts interweave nicely.

Taste is more of the same, a good deal of apricot, peach and banana fruityness. A good deal more clove on the palate than the nose, and some residual strawberry on the swallow which may point to a little bit of flavor contribution from the alcohol.

I like the feel, less spritzy than I would have imagined, nice and soft, almost creamy at first, then feels a little more lively and has quite a nice medium body. Finishes fairly dry.

Drinks relatively well for its strength. I didn't actually realize it was over 7% until I started reviewing it on here and noticed the strength. It's quite a contemplative beer for the style, which is a good thing, but it's not something I would consider thirst quenching. Overall I really enjoyed this, thanks for sending it out this way Kegatron.

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Photo of emyers
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass

Appearance: semi-cloudy pale cold with a 2 inch billowing white head.

Smell: Bursting with intense banana and clove esters. A tiny bit of bready, biscuity aroma to it, but it;s really dominated by the banana and clove. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a hefeweizen.

Taste: Same great banana/clove character as the aroma but a little less intense. A hint of caramel sweetness and just the slightest touch of grassy hops peeks through to add a little balance to the yeast showcase. This beer really capturees the flavor profile of a hefeweizen and amplifies it.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than your typical hefe with a very smooth, silky finish. Extremely easy drinking despite the fairly high abv.

Overall: Think of it as an imperial hefeweizen done extremely, extremely well.

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Photo of klikger
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH shaped pint glass

A - Cloudy orange-amber - classic hefe. Billowing white head leaves good lacing.

S - Wheat, yeast, cloves, and black pepper. Just a touch of orange or lemon.

T - A mouthful of wheat and yeasty goodness quickly turns spicy and herbal - lots of clove and cinnamon, combined with some pepper. Just a touch of citric acidity and dryness on the end. This is a remarkable hefeweizen - it's not even approaching the point of cloyingly sweet, complex enough to make each sip enjoyable, and attractively tasty, despite no discernible bitterness, to a certified hop fiend and longtime wheat naysayer.

M - Medium-bodied overall, but there's enough yeast and flavor to make it chewy in spots.

D - 7.2 is the new 5. So good in the summertime, it's hard not to keep opening one after another.

New Glarus knocked this one out of the park. I'm in too big a hurry to run back to the fridge to grab another; enough said.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weiss glass

As soon as I pop the cap bubbles rise ever so slightly in the bottle showing the high carbonation in this beer. It pours a slightly hazy amber gold/orange into the tall weiss glass with a full five finger head encompassing the entire glass. The head a very pillowy with a hint of yellow color. It dies down to a small layer of bubbles capping the beer.

The smell is a mixture of orange and clove with just a hint of banana on the backend. It's pretty muted for a hefe with such a high gravity but nice none the less.

The taste is where this beer is at. There is a definite clove spiciness from the yeast and that gives away to a little banana and then finishes spicy again. These flavors meld together wonderfully and it's just a wonderfully refreshing beer on this hot summer night.

The mouthfeel is spot on, a little bit of slickness from the wheat but a high carbonation to make it refreshing and very drinkable. The alcohol doesn't even begin to show. I would not peg this beer much over 5%. This beer is as much or even more drinkable than any other lower gravity hefe I've ever had. A truly great example for the style and a staple of my summers in Wisconsin.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy. Very foamy and effervescent. Wheaty, sweet, nice beer. Very enjoyable and I'd definitely drink it again...to bad I can't pick it up locally.

Nice wheat...really didn't taste the 7.2 ABV...great even when it's cold out. But I can imagine it in the summer sitting back and enjoying a few of these with some BBQ.

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Photo of raznug
3.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours orange in color with well over an inch of fluffy white head. It is very hazy as a wheat beer should be.4
Smell: It is nothing but cloves in the aroma almost over powering with the first sniff.3
Taste: Cloves, banana, and cinnamon are the dominant flavors. I am guessing they were going for hefeweizen style wheat. Wow that is a lot of clove.3
Mouthfeel: The beer flows nicely around the palate easy drinking a good beer for a warm summer day.3.5

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 05/25/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Poured a hazy golden straw in color w/ a 1 finger white head that produces a nice sticky lacing. Aromas of fresh bread, orange peel, and cinnamon. The taste was obviously a blast of wheat up front, which transitions into a citrus fruit wave, and finishes w/ cinnamon. Medium bodied and very lush. Finishes pretty clean. This very refreshing brew is extremely sessionable w/ well hidden ABV.

Overall, awesome wheat beer! I cannot believe this is the first time I have had the pleasure of sampling this brew, will not be the last now that I have the taste.

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Photo of blackearth
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Hilltop brewery in New Glarus, WI. Poured into a weiss glass this beer showed a bright golden body with a white head. Aroma of fruity esters most notably cloves and a faint bubble gum character. Mouthfeel was light bodied with crisp carbonation. The malt and wheat flavors were good, but not outstanding. Good drinkability, but I wasn't reaching for a second one.

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Photo of chaz01
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of a friend (thanks Larry!) who recently made a trip to Wisconsin. Poured into a tulip type glass.

A: Hazy, golden yellow color with a foamy white head that sticks around a bit.

S: Cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon notes in the aroma.

T: Bananas and apples taste punctuate the grassy wheat flavor of the beer along with the spicy clove and nutmeg flavors in the aroma.

M: Lite bodied, lots of carbonation, very creamy and delicious mouthfeel.

D: Extremely light, refreshing and delicious. The only thing that makes this beer not even more drinkable is it's lack of availability where I live!.

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Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden bronze with a frothy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, wheat, banana, clove and bread. Flavor is wheat, banana, bubble gum and dough. Finishes somewhat long and dry. Medium bodied sticky texture. Dan Carey makes the best German beers this side of the pond!

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

Pours deep golden with large creamy white head. Bubbles rush to the top in constant stream. Surprisingly pretty clear even with the yeast added.

Clove and cinnamon in the aroma. Floral and pretty fruity. Banana and bubble gum. Some grassy and spicy hops in the background.

Banana comes full out on the palate. Which then makes me notice it more in the nose. Citrussy and very refreshing. Very floral and slightly sweet. Biscuity malt in the finish. Fruity and spicy noble hop character.

Super creamy mouthfeel without feeling thick. Still very bubbly on the tongue. Finish is fairly dry.

New Glarus seems to have mastered light drinkable beers with tons of flavor. This one is no exception.

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