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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,157 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 359
Gots: 80 | 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 ibashmuck
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a big, thick head on a cloudy amber body. Perfect. Smell of cloves, banana and spice, all of which came through very well in the taste. Add in just the right amount of fruitness. Perfect and perfect. I typically like a lemon in my wheats, but this was so good it didn't need it. Carbonation and "thickness" were, what else, perfect. I'd been waiting months to get my hands on this, and the wait was worth it. Everything about this brew is perfection. Everything is absolutely spot on for the style, extraordinary how good this was. Not only the best american version of a hefeweizen, but this ranks right up among the world's best. Perfection.

EDIT- Been loving this for years (!) now, and still the best in the world. At the end of each summer, I load up (several cases) and enjoy throughout the winter, as it holds extremely well (aside from a rise in carbo and alc %). I typically enjoy my last bottle well into the following summer.

ibashmuck, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- pale hazy golden with a finger sized head and an active carbonation

S- yeast, banana, clove, and bubblegum. exactly what youd expect in a wheat but on the strong side

T- lemony with everything that i could smell. very nice

M- highly carbonated and light feeling

D- i wish i picked up more of this. very drinkable and a great take on the style. recommended

jwinship83, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of TATTORSO
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle Hazy, honey colored pour into an 8 oz. tasting stange. Silky smooth, 2 finger butter colored head with some soapy lacing.

The nose is predominantly ripe banana, fresh ground clove, allspice, lemon rinds & bubble gum (?)!WOW

Not surprising that the taste follows the nose closely with a little more definition. Sweet bubble gum, warm banana bread, brown sugar, cloves & honey. There's a slightly medicinal after taste. A tart crisp finish with a hint of pepper. The spices are now more pronounced in the nose...brisk & refreshing.

The mouth is well carbonated, smooth & creamy with a clean, lingering texture on the tongue.
I can't help but be reminded of Christmas potporri.

Pretty easy to drink considering the ABV. This was a relatively unfamiliar style for me & my ability to compare is limited. A little too clove-y for me & one was enough...probably not something I'd go out of may way for again, but worth trying.

TATTORSO, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow, massive 2 finger head, could of been 3 but alas my glass wasn't big enough.

S- Sweet banana interlaced with spices and lemony citrus notes.

T- Very clean, light hints of spice and banana with a hint of tartness coming through mid sip. Smooth, soft, yet characterful finish.

M- Near perfection.

D- I just need to start trusting that Dan knows what hes doing, and buy the six pack.

I was honestly suprised by this one, clearly the best Hefeweizen this side of the Atlantic.

Pauly2X, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of bound4er
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is extremely well made beer - possibly the best US version of a hefe-weizen I have ever had. Pours to a big, frothy head that recedes to about 1/8" inch and stays this way down the glass. Some light lacy is evident too. Smells of clove, cinnamon and faint banana. Tastes similar to the smell with some maltiness coming into play. For a 7.2% ABV beer, this stuff is dangerously smooth and well balanced. A 12 ounce glass was gone in no time flat. This will be in my fridge for the remainder of the summer.

bound4er, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of westweasel
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jai my co-worker for this WI brew!

The beer was poured into one of those new Sam Adams super glasses. The appearance was a very hazy dark straw to yellow color, with a large white head.

The aroma was filled with white bread, clove, and cinnamon.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer. The first part of the swallow is filled with white bread and clove, followed by subtle but noticeable banana flavor with just a slight touch of lemony citrus. The finish was nicely dry.

The mouthfeel was medium with high carbonation.

This is a very drinkable example of a bavarian wheat beer. I can't believe this has 7% alcohol. I was very impressed.

westweasel, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured into a wheat glass, brilliant gold color, huge white head that almost got away from me. It took 3 tries to get it poured. Off white head really sticks around.

S: bread aroma up front, a little spiciness in there too, I'm having a hard time coming up with what it is, but definitely an inviting aroma.

T: A decent amount of spicy clove and cinnamon, with some sweet banana flavor, very balanced. A bready taste as well, good malt flavor coming through. Seems like its got a bit of lemon tartness too. Very tasty, and not too sharp around the edges. My main gripe with many wheat beers, is they have too much of a bite, and it detracts from the flavor. Not this one, very balanced, and although only a summer release, I could see drinking this one on a Autumn afternoon as well. This is comparable, although obviously a bit "smaller" than, N.G.'s Imperial Weizen. If you were lucky enough to enjoy that big boy, give the little brother a go as well.

M: Got to give perfect marks for mouthfeel on this one. Perfect amount of carbonation, just enough to bring out the taste. Not too heavy, nor too light.

D: Overall impression of this is very good interpretation on a classic style. I would love to get this all year long, but alas I'm just a dancin' fool.

dancinwillie, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one from demcorhip as part of his LIF. thanks!

12oz bottle. sampled july 1/08.

pours pale orange with just a touch of haze. a small fairly dense white head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. big weizen character. clove, banana, bit of caramel. white bread, bit of cracker. alcohol. bit of floral character too.

taste is good. light alcohol. clove and banana. white bread. bit of grain. hint of biscuit. bit of orange peel. light caramel sweetness, but not enough to become cloying. touch of floral hops brightening everything up and pulling it together.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium carbonation level with a touch of sting. nice medium-light body. not as light and summery as most weizens, but it is necessary to hold things together in this bigger brew.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced, which can be a bit tricky when taking a lighter style and cranking it up above the usual bounds. i enjoyed this one and wish it was a local offering that i could have anytime.

grub, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for opening this 12 oz.

Pours a hazy golden/orange, thin bone white head forms, settles to a thick ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is buttery, honey, some brown sugar, banana, clove, almost cinnamon like spiciness, alcohol is slightly detectable, interesting. Taste is caramel sweetness, wheat, honey, some light grass, banana and tropical fruit, cloves, spice, alcohol is well hidden, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, spritzy, alcohol warmth, quite nice. Solid wheat beer, thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a wonderfully hazy yellow orange, very vibrant with a inch of creamy white head billowing atop the brew. Lots of active carbonation rising up from this one. Aromas erupting from the glass with crisp, sun drenched wheat grain malts alongside bright clove spiciness. Notes of banana and bubblegum are there as well. Lots of fruit tones here too that flow into earthy, peppery yeast. An awesome, robust aroma.

First sip brings a smooth, crisp wheat malt upfront that segues into light fruity flavors. A bright peppery, clove moves in along with notes of banana and bubblegum. Earthy yeast tones mix in as the brew flows down with a subtle dryness and light grittiness. Just a damn fine hefeweizen!

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a fast paced carbonation that goes down easily. Quite a refreshing brew as well. A six pack of this could easily be had on a nice summer day. Another example of why I feel New Glarus is easily the best wheat beer brewer in the midwest, if not the country.

orbitalr0x, May 18, 2008
Photo of Newglarusguy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first, nothing unusual: it pours a semi-cloudy, dark gold, with a towering cream-colored head of pillowy foam. Although the thin residue of yeast coating the bottom of the bottle is proof that this beer is indeed bottle-conditioned, it isn't nearly as cloudy as a lot of unfiltered wheats you'll come across. The nose is borderline mind-blowing: ultra-intense Belgian-like spiciness over top a bed of traditional Bavarian-wheat bananas and cloves. Wow.

It'd be a tall order for the taste to live up to the aroma--and it doesn't--but it's still pretty damn fantastic. The spiciness is toned down from the nose and, although still awful lively for a wheat, it's complemented almost perfectly with a mix of bananas and yeast. There isn't a huge banana/clove presence like you'd find in traditional Bavarian wheats, but there's enough to balance out that spice. Some lemony, citrus notes come out as the beer warms, furthering the complexity. All underneath a soft, clean palate that you've come to expect from a well-made wheat.

Newglarusguy, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to alexgash from BA for the bottle!
Cloudy orange colored pour with a big lasting meringue like head. Thick wheaty, banana flavor with lots of clovey yeast smell too. Very big strong hef smell with a light lemony wheatiness as well. Taste is strong and full bodied with the same flavors. Very good quality hefeweizen but just a style i'm style growing to like slowly.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah Dancing man. Best American version of the German style that rivals even the originals.

The pour is golden lemon colored with a tinge of orange and a slight haze. A nice large and fuzzy-creamy white lid which leaves good lacing.

Oh buddy! This beer hits all the marks in the nose that a great hefe should. Sweet and zesty lemon and banana esters, clove and bubblegum, with a slightly spicy wheaty, yeasty overtone. All there and readily accessible at each sniff of the glass.

Solidly medium, chewy, full, big fuzzy-creamy carbonation with an oily smoothness. The taste doesn't let down a bit. Sweet vanilla-lemon, mild and fresh wheat and yeast, and bubblegum with a peppery clove spiciness. Simply delicious.

This is a truly great hefeweizen. Second, maybe, only to Weihenstephaner's, but I can't make that decision till I get em side by side. An absolute must try if you like the style and have the opportunity.

Slynger, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of trevorwideman
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. thanks to demcorhip for this one.

Gorgeous beer. Three inches of head off a gentle pour and a glowing yellow-orange colour. Big chunks of swirling yeast, extremely hazey. Very entertaining to look at and beautiful. Amped up weiss aromas, the typical banana and clove, coriander, oranges wheat, bready and husky and grassy. It just like a delicious dessert. Mellow with just a touch of zippiness....

Flavour is wonderfully mellow with lots of wheaty goodness. Fruity sweetness, banana, pears, apples balanced out very well with the lemon sourness and tartness that's typical of the style. Peppery and zippy on the tongue, Full flavoured as all get out. Carbonation is refreshing and the mouthfeel is never too thick. Alcohol is hidden so well, it's so bloody drinkable. New Glarus is making the best wheat beers in the states right now in my mind, classically flavoured but never compromising. Brilliant stuff!

trevorwideman, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very heavy hefe pour. Thick, deep yellow gold that glubglubs out of the bottle and leaves a giant head.

Smells of very, very strong wheatmalt and a surprising kick of yeast. These are very nice, but the spice is off, there's a strange, almost medicinal node where you usually would find nanners and white pepper.

The medicinal node is highly subdued in the taste, with the yeast picking up most of the slack. The result is uneven but still pleasant. Not exactly what I'm looking for a in a hefe but not bad in an of itself.

I'll have to try this one again to see whether or not I got a bad bottle. Until then, this one is decent but a little off.

EDIT:
Many years later. I have tried it again, and the original bottle must've been stale. This is boffo.

mynie, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of kajerm
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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%.

kajerm, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Well carbonated brew here. Head is a towering mass of creamy whipped butter colored bubbles…so much that I need to wait to continue pouring. The body is a cloudy and drab peach colored hue leaning towards the dull side of things.

S: Spicy wheat, soured grass clippings, some smooth green banana, clove and a pinch of black pepper.

T: Starts out with a nice balance of dried hay, fresh grass clippings and young banana essence. Transition is seemless to white grape, little bit of limestone and just a tad of grainy flavors. Sweetness is delicate but somewhat cloying after a bit. Finishes yeasty and dry but a solid wash a sweetness across the back sides of the tongue.

M: Medium body and smooth.

D: Very nice German style hefe indeed. It’s a tough balance to get the dry, sweet and grainy flavors just to the right level and these guys at New Glarus are no slouches. Totally enjoyable but I wonder how many I could drink.

Westsidethreat, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With an eagerly anticipated pour and a quick swirl of the bottle, the Dancing Man shows a pulpy, hazy, thick-looking, golden peach body with a thicker, marshmallowy, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose is big and full of banana esters, real bubble gum, cloves, yeast, and banana cream pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Amazingly good smelling hefe.

Toasted wheat bread greets the tongue. Fruity, banana-y esters come on strong with hints of clove. Banana cream pie sweetness and tropical fruits round out the palate. Herbal hop bitterness hums in the background providing some check for the sweetness. Yeasty, banana bread batter and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Full-bodied, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. An utterly fantastic strongish hefeweizen that goes down way too easy. Another New Glarus winner!

alexgash, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of bassmantin
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for this bottle.

Pours a beautiful orange/gold color with moderate white head that lasts a while.

Smell is very sweet and floral. Taste floods the palate with floral and citrus flavor. There is also that slightest hint of spiciness that makes hefeweizens great. This is one of the best examples of this style I have ever tasted. Any German would be proud to drink this.

Overall: A top-notch hefeweizen with exceptional but nuanced citrus and floral flavors.

bassmantin, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of kenito799
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Thanks to tizzod for selecting beers of the midwest for my Minnesota visit.

Pours a cloudy, murky dark orangey-tan with lovely white foamy head raised; this recedes but the look is very good for the style. Yeasty particles collect at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma completely classic, banana and clove yeasty aroma, crisp and fresh.

Flavor also spot on hefe-weizen, done very well. Very delicious and wonderfully drinkable. Just a touch lighter and crisper and this would rank alongside the best Germans. Perhaps a very fresh bottle or on tap would raise this to the highest level.

kenito799, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" beige head above the cloudy golden amber brew. Ample frothy lace, and aroma is the expected sweet wheat coupled with clove and banana. Taste follows the nose, just what you expect from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Wouldn't mind revisiting this one.

ppoitras, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TheManiacalOne for this bottle.

a - pours a bright hazy golden color with a big white head, good retention and little lacing

s - big spicy and wheaty aroma, clove and cinnamon, some banana, hints of alcohol

t - big clove and banana flavors up front, mid-palate is more spicy leading to a sweet finish with lots of wheat, more clove with slight cinnamon, some citrus, hints of alcohol and grain

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, well balanced finish

d - quite drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol is there but not overwhelming at all

Very good hefe overall. Just a notch below my German favorites and probably the best I've tasted from an American brewer.

WeisGuy, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of twbrewer
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thick foamy white 1" head that slowly faded to a thin layer in the middle,thick along the edge glass.

S- First smell is light sweet orange zest.Second smell is bubblegum and banana with a nice clove background.

T-Citrus taste is slightly bitter upfront but leaves a tart/yeast taste similar to other Hefe/Wheat brews.Nice dry wheat finish.

M- Light to medium bodied very crisp mouthfeel.Almost too much carbonation.

D-It is a very drinkable beer and at 7.2% it is appropriately named!

twbrewer, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a hazy gold with a 2 finger white head that fades into a soapy head of batter. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of banana, toasted bread, spices, clvoes, pepper, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with an estery tastiness that keeps this Hefe nice and interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, spritzy up front, with a nice balance of sweetness and tartness that come together for a well done brew.

weeare138, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

gpcollen1, Oct 13, 2007
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.