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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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443 Reviews

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,280
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 445
Gots: 114 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a beautiful creamy two finger head that doesn't let up much.

Smell is centered around clove although lemons and a hint of banana follow.

Lemon is the first thing I notice in the palate and is prevalent throughout. A little bit of bubblegum and pepper make their way in and it finishes heavily spicy from clove.

Mouthfeel is spot on. A bit creamy and the higher than normal ABV for a Hefe helps.

Very good beer, but pales in comparison to the Live Oak I had last week. I prefer less clove in my Hefes and this one is centered around clove. That said, it's not way out of balance and the lemon flavors do a pretty good job of balancing out the spice. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: again w/ the large frothy head. What a pretty site! Somewhat cleaner looking golden pour, compared to the Unplugged Hef, but still somewhat hazy golden...Yet, very active at the same time as the bubbles continue to rise...

S: To be honest, smells much like the Unplugged Hefe as well... bit lighter..but grassy, sweet, lemon-citrus twists...bits of banana and clove maybe?

T: Somewhat along the path tha the nose takes you...the hints of clove and banana followed by some grassiness and citrus...yeasty presence showing its wheat backbone

M: Fairly solid for hefe, but nothing spectacular per say...

O: Pretty good brew here. New Glarus pumps out quality! Try it if you haven't.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a stella chalice

a-poured straight down the glass and so much huge thick foam I could only fit about 3/4 of the bottle. tight bubbles let the head sit thickly on top of the beer for several minutes before i could finish pouring the bottle. color is a hazy straw yellow/orange - right on for the style

s- huge clove and banana immediately on the nose. bubblegum is there as well with a little yeast spice. quite a strong nose for a hefeweissen and i really like it.

t- follows the nose pretty well. banana and clove as well as some yeast and wheat. finishes with a little bit of citrus, then more banana/bubble gum flavor. very nice complexity

m- fairly high carbonation, but typical for the style. actually has a bit of creaminess. just slightly heavy and thick for the style, but i like that about it. ABV is not noticable at all and I find it highly drinkable

this is one of the best hefeweissens I have had in a very long time. i would love to try this next to their newer laughing fox kristalweisse. In typical fashion, New Glarus takes a german style, brings it to the states and knocks it out of the park. A really, really good beer.

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Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chixdighops for hooking this bottle up in the Good People Farm System BIF.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of wheat bananas and yeast

T - Follows the nose wheat malt upfront then the banana flavors come out finishes a little yeasty

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a very good hefe thats way to easy to drink the abv is well above session zone but I could definitely drink a few of these worth hunting down to get your hands on

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a cloud yellow with a two finger white head that fades quickly, and leaves minimal lacing. Looks like a solid hefe should.

S- banana, bubblegum, yeast....yummy

T- banana flavor, bubblegum finish, yeasty throughout....very subdued, but that's not necessarily a bad thing

M- mouthfeel is actually relatively thick, but not syrupy...a little offputting to be honest

O- solid beer, not my favorite style. The 7% is hidden quite well

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Photo of biggred1
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Heliosphann for the free hookup once again!

Cloudy, turbid brass with blonde highlights when backlit and a creamy ivory head that leaves pretty lace on the glass. Wow, the nose is pure banana and clove with a touch of maple syrup. This is the best Hefe aroma ever from an American version of the style I've encountered. Juicy banana, lemon and circus peanut candy with a nice dash of "Belgian" spice flavors. Medium light heft with a bright, scrubbing carbonation. Dancing Man is a hell of an American Hefe.

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Photo of matjack85
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of a build-your-own 6 pack of New Glarus beers for $10 (so $1.67 a bottle). Unfortunately, New Glarus does not distribute their beers outside of Wisconsin, so if you want one you'll have to make a trip up to the Dairy State to get it. No freshness date, bit there is a short blurb about the beer on the front label.

Pour this one slowly as the head rises quickly. Even with a careful pour, my weizen glass was filled from top to bottom with fluffy white foam that wouldn't go down for several minutes. After the head receded, the beer showed itself to be a hazy pale gold color, and it left moderate lacing.

The smell had a huge, and typical, banana/clove aroma to it.

In addition to the sweet banana and spicy clove flavor, there was also a boatload of citrusy lemon in here, giving the beer both a tart and sour flavor. Some bready wheat malt adds some more sweetness to the beer, but it is the lemon that was the big surprise here.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation. It could have used more spritz and less lemon.

It's a good hefe and the 7.2% abv is well hidden. I just wish they hid a little more of the lemon as well.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into special DFH glass on 9/26/11. Thanks to brewslut for grabbing one of these for me on a recent trip to WI.

A - Vigorous pour revealed a hazy golden wheat-colored liquid with a mammoth four-finger crown of rocky foam that eventually diminished to a thin veil of retention and decorated the sides of the glass with a splash of lace.

S - Bold spicy nose with plenty of clove and coriander, as well as a hint of cinnamon. Juicy citrus fruit mingles with a bready, wheaty malt base, creating a really inviting aroma.

T - Everything you could want in a Hefe is here: the clove spiciness, ripe banana, tangy citrus fruit and fresh baked wheat bread. Finishes spicy but with a hint of grassy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a chewy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes spicy with mild bitterness on the palate.

D - This is a spot-on German-style Hefe and one of the best examples of an American-brewed Hefe I've ever had. I typically need to be in the mood to drink a Hefe, but if this beer was available in PA, I'd likely keep a case on-hand during the summer months. Dancing Man is a delicious, thirst-quenching beer that is an authentic nod to its German predecessors.

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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 mikul93
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Poured a beautiful murky deep gold with a very large 2 finger head. Bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S I'm getting bananas, spices, wheat

T Sweet fruit, spices and wheat are all very well balanced.

M Tons of carbonation. Taste of fruit is left on your tongue. Very nice.

O Very surprised with this beer as I was not expecting much. Enjoyed it very much. To bad it was an extra in a trade and I don't have anymore, but if it were in my area I would def keep it stocked in my fridge.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with big head and great retention. Smells of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and banana, all aromas I want in a Hefe. Mouthfeel is light with perfect carbonation levels. Dangerously drinkable. Taste is banana, clove and cinnamon with aa funky, earthy aftertaste on the end. Tastes exactly like a German-made version. Masterfully done. Overall, one of the finest (if not the finest) American made Hefes I've had. Not as good as it warms up but this should really be a year round offering.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hannydawg for this bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy straw. There is a massive amount of head that slowly dissipates. The Lacing is quite good, large and tiny bubbles hug the glass from top to bottom

S: Smells earthy, spicy, and packed with citrus. I'm also picking up some banana. The Belgian yeast comes through nicely. There are also notes of flowers, fruit, and clove.

T: The taste starts off light and sweet. It reminds me of unripe bananas. That sweetness melds well with the spice (clove notes) that comes on quickly. The carbonation is perfect in this beer. The spices last until the finish, where I get a bit of citrus bite.

M: This is a light bodied beer, but the flavors last beautifully on the palate.

O: This is easily the best wheat beer I’ve ever had. Hands down, this one is a pure winner.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dancing Man Wheat is a gold colored brew, fairly cloudy with a shitload of rising carbonation bubbles which support a monstrous pillowy white head.

The nose is what you want from Hefeweizens, but cranked up to volume 11. Loads of clove, banana, with some bubblegum and other spice layered over a wheat grain foundation.

The taste is very nice as well. Starts with sweet and grainy malt, transitions into some fruit and citrus elements, and finishes spicy with the other Hefeweizen tones as well. The high alcohol contributes to the spiciness just a tad, but it is very well blended considering how light of a beer Hefes traditionally are. The mouth is highly carbonated and finishes nice and crisp.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Second helping of this beer: not as unbelievable as I recall. Ah, memory. Still good, but not as wonderful as I thought it once was.

Appearance is brighter and clearer than I recorded, only partially hazy.
Banana ester strongest in aftertaste, less pronounced upfront than remembered.

First attempt:
Bottle brought from Wisconsin by my friend Aaryn, of whom much thanks go to.

Pours a rather explosive head; you will need to pour slowly and take breaks in order to fit this into an entire glass. Head is off-white and very fluffy, not overly dense. Recedes over several minutes, but never fades away completely. Leaves dainty lacing on side of glass. Beer is deep golden-yellow color, opaque, but with some carbonation visible along sides and top.

Scent features strong wheat malt, phenolic/clove, residual yeast, and ester/banana components. There is nothing second-rate about this scent, every component is very much discernible and interacts well with each other.

Taste follows along similar lines as scent, opening with banana and wheat malt, then adding in phenolics and yeast, and finally adding in a bit of vanilla, bubblegum and hop presence. Again, I've never had a hefeweizen with such pronounced characteristics, each one proudly proclaiming itself.

The beer is medium-bodied, with slightly higher than average levels of carbonation, but it doesn't hurt this beer's flavor or enjoyment. Finish is slightly dry. The ethanol content is well-hidden in all departments except on the consumer's body.

This was an exceptional hefeweizen in every regard. The only drawback is it's ethanol content, which prevents this from being as drinkable as I would like it to be.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dancing Man wheat pours a hazy copper color, with a large lacy head. The smell has a strong wheat notes with alot of spices. The taste is creamy, good wheat taste, and a nice subtle blend of the spices. I found it easier to drink then other hefeweizens, and I could easily go for another. Overall I found this enjoyable, and one of the better wheat beers out there.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Glarus Weizen glass.

Appearance: Dancing man provides a very large cream colored head, full of life and bursting bubbles. Initially it is actually a struggle to pour the whole beer as the head is very aggressive. The head slowly fades but still maintains a small creamy cap for the duration. Good lacing on the side of the glass as well. The beer is golden in color with the narrower parts of the glass being a little bit lighter.

Smell: Creamy banana, biscuit and bready malt, and some clove and spice for good measure.

Taste: The flavor starts sweet and stays fairly sweet throughout. The malt is fairly sweet, reminiscent of biscuits and honey. The banana flavor is present the whole time, participating in the sweetness as well. The spiciness from the yeast creates a clove flavor, which serves as a segue into the finish, which actually dries out just a bit. The nice thing about that is that it prevents the flavor from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: Even with an ABV on the higher side for the style, the body stays solidly in the middle of the spectrum. The carbonation falls somewhere between creamy and crisp. A little bit sticky sweet.

Overall: This is definitely a top notch hefe.

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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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Photo of boralyl
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a huge 2+ inch creamy white head that sticks around forever. There is lots of visible carbonation. The beer is a hazy pale straw color.

S - The banana and clove really stick out in the aroma. In addition there are also light cinnamon and spice notes.

M - Light in body and highly carbonated. Despite the high carbonation it still retains some creaminess along with the crispness.

T - It starts with a clean citric flavor followed by banana and clove from the yeast. The cinnamon and spices make a brief appearance with the wheat malt rounding out the beer. I was surprised to see the 7.5% alcohol content, because I certainly couldn't taste it.

Very refreshing. I'm generally not a huge fan of hefeweizen's but I would definitely drink this one again.

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

Big thanks to Millah for this... great extra!

Poured into bruery tulip

Color: A hazy bright gold color. No light shines through this guy. Nice two finger head that mellows to a one finger frothy white head. Lacing is evident in the glass.

Nose: Sublime! Cloves, banana peel, mellow vanilla, and some wheat comes though.

Palate: medium bodied wheat beer. Drinkability is excellent and the carbonation a bit on the heavy side, but doesn't hurt the enjoyment of this beer. Waves of banana and clove coat the tongue and then are washed away by the crisp body of this beer, Vanilla remains on the palate. For a wheat beer the abv is quite high, but really well masked in this beer,.

Finish: A bit dry and thick, but very full of flavor and quite complex for a wheat beer. Def a good summer beer and a must have if you like hefe's

Rating: 93/100

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking wheat beer, orange-tan and cloudy with nice rising bubbles along the sides of my glass, great lasting white head with lots of staying power, and good lacing.

Great yeast, spices and cloves in both smell and taste. Wheat is nicely represented. There's some citrus in there too, along with a little sweetness. It's a very fine tasting hefe.

Body is smooth and rich with plenty of tingly carbonation. Slightly dry, very yeasty aftertaste.

Another hit from New Glarus. Great job once again.

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

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh wheat, with banana bread and a little clove and grassy hops.
T: It tasted like tangy fresh wheat and clove and grassy hops, with some sweet honey and banana bread. It had a super clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice and light body.
D: This was a fantastic wheat beer. The scent and taste were nearly perfect for the style. The body was fitting also, and the alcohol was not detectable, so it was very easy to drink. A pure pleasure to try this brew. I would have it regularly if I could, and I'm not even a big fan of hefe's.

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

7.2% Really? Yike.

First try at this, hope the raves ring true. Poured into my tall, HB Willi Becker.

A -- A tower of thick, dense, light tan colored head. As it settles I can see a hazy golden showing through. Not sure if I poured too fast or this is just lively -- settles sloooowly.

S -- I could smell banana from the pour, mild clove and a touch of bubblegum. Old school Bavarian Weizen.

T -- Smooth wheat malt character up front that quickly fades into the clovey, phenol and bready character of the Weizen yeast. Peppery alcohol makes itself known in the finish. There is some mild, citrus or fresh fruit character in the aftertaste -- very nice.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dry finish and mild hotness from alcohol in the finish, but not anything distracting.

O -- Once again, another very fresh beer from NG. Great Weizen character and the ABV doesn't hit you over the head... at least after one. Good to have NG as my neighbor!

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Photo of Prostman81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Hefe. It looks, smells, and tastes just like a hefe should. The clove is well blended with the banana, which I appreciate because I tend to like more banana-leaning hefes. The body/mouthfeel of the beer is excellent, slightly chewy but in a very refreshing way.

I wish I could pound multiples of these beers, like I feel hefes were really intended for, but unfortunately the ABV keeps that option at bay.

Still a knockout offering from NG.

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.