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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 368
Gots: 93 | 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 cvstrickland
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a large weizen glass held before direct late-morning sunshine, Dancing Man glows creamy gold and pretty hazy. A huge rush of bubbles from multiple streamers of internal carbonation feeds a billowing, grainy, eggshell-colored head with good retention but only moderate lace-sticking power.

The smell is malty-wheat-tangy with a load of gooey ripe banana puree. An even-handed pinch of cinnamon and a ham-handed punch of clove sparkle in the sweetly succulent perfume of nutty, tangy grain and spicy yeast.

The taste is rich and deep with a substantial, nutty, toasted wheat backbone. The quaffable brew is gently spiced and sweetly laden with malty-banana fruitiness. A dusting of cinnamon and dark brown toast complement one another in a crisp finish that is near-perfectly balanced by a touch of raw wheaty tang.

The drink is medium in body and almost... almost... just a smidge too well-carbonated, but is nonetheless a true delight to enjoy on a warm and sunny pre-Spring day. Like everything else I've enjoyed from New Glarus, the beer is well-made, truly delicious, and makes me wish I could get it here full time. Failing that, I'll just have to rely on the local brew-god-understudy to keep the Wisconsin-born beer-goodness coming southward! Thanks Matt!

cvstrickland, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Sexual Chocolate release at Foothills Brewing Company, Winston Salem, NC. Poured into a sampling glass.

Appearance: Pours an incredibly dirty, hazy, golden brown bodied beer. Perhaps the color of a bruised pear, or a pear that you've bitten into and then let oxidize in the noon day sun for a good twenty, twenty-five minutes. The head fades quickly, probably a result of the alcohol level (which I only see now that I'm reviewing this one - whoa!), and the lacing is similarly retarded. It's an intense color, but not a particularly pleasant one.

Aroma: Can I have some beer with my freshly-baked loaf of banana bread, please? Intensely pungent and rich banana bread with all the right notes - soft, subtle sweetness, nuttiness - pecans, walnuts perhaps - and other gentle, clove- and cinnamon-esque spicy notes. Notes of banana rum, as well, which again is explainable by the relatively high abv%. A really strong nose, and an incredibly pleasant one.

Taste: More of the same. Light and fruity, with tons of bready malts, bananas again, nuts again, plenty of sweet malts - though this time with a light kiss of roast, not quite caramelly, but definitely slightly caramel-ized. The other major difference is that the yeasty earthiness imparted by, well, my bottom of the bottle pour, I suppose. Adds quite an interesting dynamics.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a slight alcohol prickle, above average carbonation, and above-average evenness, which definitely improves with warmth.

Drinkability: Wow. This one was really very impressive, probably more in the realm of an Imperial Hefe (does such a thing exist?), but that's alright. It hits every typical hefe note, adds a dose of nuttiness, and amps everything up to 11. The presence of the alcohol, though ever so slight, also adds an interesting dynamic to the nose. Another huge, huge win from New Glarus, fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.

CrellMoset, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer.

A: Pours a great golden with a nice 1" head.

S: Banana, yeast, wheat. What a smell!

T: This is just what I want it to taste like. Fruity, yeasty, with a touch of a bite at the end.

It's a mouthwatering beer. As soon as you drink it you want to go back!

D: I could drink these all day long!

madtowndmb1, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Dubbercody
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Dubbercody, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of beerfairy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Into the pint glass goes a pale orange pour, mostly clear until the last yeast-laden ounces are swirled and dumped in. A very nice white froth this beer has. Great carbonation streams through the glass. Lace sticks randomly in flecks and patches.

S: Nice aroma of cloves, spices and ripe banana.

T: Terrific flavor: bold spices (cloves, cinnamon, a little nutmeg), banana and a load of wheat taste.

M: Crisp feel, medium body, excellent carbonation that's active without being overbearing. I can't believe the 7% ABV, I could drink this all day.

D: Awesome flavor and aroma, definitely a hefeweizen I'd buy this regularly. Highly recommended.

beerfairy, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice light rust orane with about a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared and left only a ring of bubbles around the glass with no lacing whatsoever

S - nice wheat aroma with hints of orange and banana

T - wheat taste with hints of banana and orange but an overwhelming taste of bubblegum

M/D - nice medium bodied Hefe that keeps me coming back to the glass frequently. I've been very happy with all my New Glarus brews and I only wish I could get them locally. Nice stuff.

mikereaser, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy, light golden color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer smells fruity. I can detect some banana, lemon, and orange. It also has a clovey aroma. Some coriander also makes an apperance.

This beer tastes like it smells. Colves, with some banana, ornage and lemon flavor. It is very good.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a spicy covey aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, fitting the style well.

This beer might make a good session beer. The only problem is the alcohol content. It might be just a little high to enjoy too many.

Overall: A big thanks goes out to Orbitalr0x for this great beer. I am impressed. I guess I have pretty much been impressed with everything from New Glarus. Great beer.

OStrungT, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle with a pry-off cap, its labeled illustrated with -surprise- a 'dancing man'. A lederhosen-clad, stein-hoisting man, in fact. Prost

Thanks (I believe) go to mnwags for this one. If I'm wrong, then thanks to whoever the kind soul was who sent this.

A: Into the pint glass goes a pale orange pour, mostly clear until the last yeast-laden ounces are swirled and dumped in. A tornadic-swirl of sediment then a misty haze. Nice 2-fingers of crackly white froth, dropping to a thin and slightly lumpy creamy. Vigorous and steady carbonation streams through the glass. Lace sticks randomly in flecks and patches.

S: Wow! Big aroma of cloves, spices and ripe banana. A hint of lemon zest and plenty of baked bread. Rich and hearty aroma, detectable from a couple feet away.

T: Terrific flavor: bold spices (cloves, cinnamon, a little nutmeg), a mild citrus (lemon butter, orange peel?) and a load of wheaty goodness. So full of spice and zest, at times I'd wince a little. A deep, intoxicating version of the style.

M: Crisp feel, luscious medium body, excellent carbonation that's active without being overbearing. I noted the ABV tops the 7% threshold, so the fuller body and traces of alcohol warmth are expected (and welcomed!). Slight yeasty film.

D: Awesome flavor and aroma, a hefeweizen I'd LOVE to have again. The less-sessionable ABV prevents a perfect score on this, but not by much. Very highly recommended.

msubulldog25, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color (did not pour the sediment in as I wasn't in the mood.) Big fluffy white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Lacing is chunky and thick. Very nice floral aroma, bananas and clove are there, plus the nice wheat sour twang. Taste is right on with the nose. Fruitness, bananas, and underlying sweetness, light clove. This is one heck of a Hefe. At 7.2%, the alocohol is completely masked. Darn good, and right up there with Franziskaner Hefeweissbier for me.

KeefD, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/28/08. Bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye. Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of clove and citrus. Lots of fruits (citrus, lots of orange, melon) in the mouth, some vegetable notes (same ones I got in the Imperial Weizen). Strong for a hefe but supremely drinkable.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Jason, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up some of this at Woodman's in Kenosha. Gotta love New Glarus! Drank form my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super clear (apparently filtered Hef) straw colored yellow with a big bright white one finger effervescent head. It recedes very slowly leaving behind a nice cap and thick collar and a bit of webby lacing.
Smell- Terrifically full of banana goodness! Lightly sweet bananas are fruity, vibrant and luscious. Tons of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon permeate out of the glass. A bit of vanilla as well this is one great smelling nose. The spice and yeast have really done a number on this one.
Taste- Not as intense as the nose but amazingly delicious none-the-less. Slightly sweet and full of bananas and lemon zest and wheaty goodness. Clove, all-spice and some white pepper add a bit of a spicy zing. A bit of an acidic zing in the finish adds a citrusy bite. Some spices and more of the banana linger for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Nice heavy body that is super smooth and creamy with a light zesty kick.
Drinkability- Honestly I was a bit surprised that this turned out to be a Hef (should have read the label). I thought it was going to be more of a summertime light wheat brew. Pleasantly surprised. This is a terrific Hef that rivals those overseas boys. Really good stuff that you should probably find... Now!

younger35, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange and very hazy. Thick, bubbly head that fades quickly to about one finger and then holds steady throughout the drink. Leaves very small smatterings of bubbly lace.

S - Very wheaty aroma with hints of banana. Very sweet aroma. Also some hints of bubble gum. No real spiciness like that which is often found in Hefeweizens.

T - Somewhat grainy initially before an overwhelming bubble gum taste takes over. Hints of banana as well but bubble gum is the primary taste. Just not the right profile that I look for in hefes.

M/D - Light to medium bodied. A little on the thin side. A passable hefe/wheat, but not a great one.

ckeegan04, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for the trade.
Hazy straw yellow with a bit of an orange hue and a fluffy white cap that settled quickly. Thick, sticky lacing. Aromas of clove, wheat, banana, lemon, a bit of bubblegum, marshmallow. Crackery malt flavour with lemon and banana, spicy clove throughout, honey, light alcohol and tropical fruit towards the end. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, good texture. Quite a tasty hefe.

DrJay, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of TeddyBG
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from a "Cheesehead Care Package" sent by my buddy in Wisconsin poured into a weizen glass.

A: Beautiful cloudy orangish/golden color. Slight head that recedes pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Strong banana and cloves. Slight citrus hint as well.

T: Banana up front, with cloves sneaking up right behind. delicious. Slightly tart finish.

M: Dances on the tongue, chewy and not too heavy which is what you are looking for in this style. With the ABV, you would not expect this. Very sneaky!

D: Very drinkable, which is scary, because that ABV would sneak up with you pretty quickly. During the summer I could easily through down a 6'er of Hefe's and this one is no different...boy would I be in trouble with this one!!
I am forever in debt for receving this one. Now what sort of "Masshole" care package can I put together to match this!

TeddyBG, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

kmeves, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I never thought I would say this: An American wheat that is as good as or beats the Germans!!

This one pours a nice clear dark yellow and some nice wheat head. I am not sure I should discount it for no cloudiness. The nose is quite good: fresh, spicy, tart, banana

Taste; oh what a taste. Very nice tart apple and spice. Some hops and malt character. It is not one specific facet of this drink but the overall result that is so good. The mouth feel is also nice with good body and plenty of carbonation. Alcohol is so well hidden it is dangerous. This beer rivals if not surpasses other wheat I like.

daledeee, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best bottled hefe's I've had (perhaps the higher alcohol keeps better?). If I make it back to Wisconsin, I'll have to look for this on tap.

A: Hazy bronze-straw with a white head. Not much retention or lacing for a wheat.

S: Big banana aroma, with cloves, cinnamon, nice breadyness & hints of bubble gum fruity esters.

T: Banana, candied pineapple, well-rounded spicing, vanilla, warming alcohol, modest bitterness, pleasant breadyness, bubble-gum fruity esters in the finish.

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: At 7.2%, it's just not as sessionable as some.

Derek, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of KI9A
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THis bewer, and the Alt from NG, are very dangerous beers..please send them to me for disposal! The hidden ABV on these, will knock your socks off because they are SO drinkable.

A: Pours cloudy, but gold. Puffy foam cap.

S: Clove, toasty wheat, bananna, maybe nutmeg or allspice..had to raid the spice rack to ID it better!

T: Sweet, honey-malt. Normal hefe notes of bananna/wheat, and maybe a touch of cinnamon.

M: Slick, maybe too slick. See below. Carbonation is about right, not as pumped up as, say blue moon, or shock top. I guess that is the difference between a real craft beer, and a macro-craft.

D: Well, they go down way too easy. I took notes after the first, and after #3, I have a decent buzz..too much of one to review a couple other NG gems I recieved.

Again, what a cool brewery, and cool folks that run it. The 5 hr drive from STL, to Wisconsin, for a beer run is worth it!

Cheers to Dan & Deb, for another fine effort!

KI9A, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to Tayner for sending this to me.

A - The "Man" pours medium gold and very cloudy. The pour was able to give up just under a half inch worth of creamy head. It settles to a very thin cap after about a minute. Some floaties are evident. Rings of lace appear down the inside of the glass.

S - Wheat comes through strong in the aroma. It quickly gives way to clove and maybe another spice (allspice maybe?). Alcohol is in a constant background and works well with the other aromas. Midway to end is a long drawn out banana smell that lasts for days. A little grainy torward the end as well.

T - Not as strong of a flavor as expected. It's malty up front with a dose of pale malt and a touch of honey. A sharp wheat flavor cuts through to the front of the line pretty quickly. Clove and banana are both present but are mild compared to what is in the aroma. Alcohol is also missing in action. Lighter lemon and yeast pops in at the very end.

M - Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Nice wheat finish that stays pretty clean.

D - Drinkability is outstanding. I thought this one was going to be around a 5.5% abv kind of brew. 7.2%? Are you kidding me? The Dancing Man is a very dangerous fellow. I was going to suggest this as a session brew but that could get pretty ugly toward the end of a session. Very easy to drink brew that has a nice refreshing character to it. A "hats off" to New Glarus for making another good brew. Recommended.

csmiley, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of wkcyr4
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 OZ. Bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Pours golden and hazy with a nice thick white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S: Bananas, cloves and wheat, a great trifecta of aromas. Bananas less subtle than the clove but tied in nicely with the wheat.

T: Crisp and clean. Clove flavor really comes to the front more than any thing else, IMO. Bananas and cinnamon meld together to round out a very balanced beer. Simple yet complex in that it makes my mouth believe it is tasting more than there is in there.

M: Light and bubbly. Slightly sticky retention on my lips and tongue leeaves a nice residual effect for the next sip to wash over.

D: I could drink this beer easily everyday, if only I could get my hands on more. I would make it point to stock up on this and maybe make it my go to beer, alas not available in our great state of Illinois without a road trip!!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer from a great brewing co. Hefeweizen made the way it should be, simple and very drinkable yet interesting enough to keep you coming back for more. Highly reccommended.

wkcyr4, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale golden in color with an initially large, but quickly diminishing head of white foam. Very nice aroma hinting of clove, banana and vanilla in a highly expressive manner. Flavor is complex and balanced very well. Notes of toffee and caramel, with a touch of golden raisin, and notes of banana and clove. Outstanding German wheat ale. New Glarus could be better than Weihenstephan at the style.

Crosling, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of cubsfan2004
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A murky orange with a towering white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Banana and wheat with a slight booze smell.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Solid banana, lemon and wheat taste with a little booze taste in the background.

M - Smooth and creamy. Well carbonated.

D - Goes down quickly but the higher than normal ABV for a hefe keeps one from drinking more than a couple.

Another solid beer from New Glarus. Very refreshing and I will definitely turn to again.

cubsfan2004, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

mikesgroove, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

mothman, Nov 05, 2008
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.