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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: 447
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 minnunderground
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this 4 weeks ago, putting down what my notes are

Heard only good things bout' this hefe so I gave er' a go.

A- Nice hazy yellow-gold color with white head

S- smells great I give this beer that! Gum clove lemon!

T- Found this beer very tasty buttt the taste at the end/aftertaste was kind of crazy intense to me like a reallly wheaty clove taste.

M- seemed light not too shabby don't seem like a 7.2%

D- It's drinkable but really I only want one of these at a crack the end notes are bit too much for my palate

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Photo of gmfessen
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sampler 12 pack while in WI recently, this is the first out of the case... poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, beer is a cloudy yellow color with a nice white creamy cap that crackles like rice krispies. Nice big gobs of lacing form on the glass. The smell is definitely that of a hefe; spicy phenols reminiscent of banana and clove with a hint of acidic citrus tartness. The smooth banana yeast characteristic is even more apparent in the taste followed by a wheaty body and clove/spice finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy, like a meal in a glass. Drinking this, I would never guess this beer has 7.2% - very well masked and excellently done. I would go as far to say that this beer is just as good as any Bavarian Hefeweizen that you might find.

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Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-tinted golden.

Smells delicious! Clove, banana, and bubblegum come through strongly.

Big time clove and bubblegum in the taste, along with the slightest hint of a spice, reminiscent of something by Unibroue.

A little bit thinner than I'd like, and I could sense this is higher ABV than a typical hefe, but it isn't drastically obvious.

This doesn't beat out some of the phenomenal German ones, but it's definitely a nice beer I'd gladly have again.

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Photo of mikey711
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from both Beersis81 and maximum12.

A: golden and cloudy with a big frothy head almost three fingers thick on top. As it disappates some big bottles form in the middle of the head, but the lacing is very good.

S: Alot of bubble gummy esters that make me feel like i have stuff my face in a box of bazooka joe, with maybe a hint of banana.

T: Banana esters that finish rather sweet and bubble gummy. I hate bananas but like this beer.

M: Only the slightest bit of harshness otherwise it it very full bodied and creamy.

D: For me one is enough because of the banana taste, but objectively, i think this one is really easy to drink and many people would enjoy it.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, luminous orange-gold body presided over by a voluminous, creamy, statuesque head of fine white foam that exhibits impeccable retention and leaves some dense lace (though not quite as much as I would like). All around, a breathtaking beer.

S: Huge, assertive hefe nose: lots of cloves and banana, but this is a standout in the bubblegum category - which just happens to be my favorite of the classic hefe scents. This brew shows a great mix of spice and sweetness, and it manages to display an authentic hefe aroma but with more intensity than I've ever encountered. Awesome.

T: Starts out with the clove spice, but quickly transitions into a medley of rich malt flavors: bread, fruit (not banana, interestingly - a little darker, like raisins or plums), and finally a finish redolent of bubblegum. Complex and tasty.

M: Nice soft carbonation, but a little thinner of body than I might like.

D: As drinkable as any hefe I've ever had, but significantly higher ABV. Unbelievable.

Notes: This tastes like the Platonic ideal of a hefe: every image, every aroma, every flavor is here, and intensified beyond all expectations. Definitely my favorite hefe of all time. Excellent work, NG - as always!

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

12 ounce bottle- pours a hazy dark straw. One finger thick creamy white head with bubbly lacing. Nose- lemon, clove, bubblegum. Taste- has the classic hefe taste, but toned down so that there is a wheat zing to the flavour profile. Really adds to the refreshing nature rather than an overly sweet hefe. The body is spot on with appropriate high carbonation. Finish- dries out with a grainy aftertaste. Great stuff.

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

In a pint glass.

Very nice head didn't really keep but nice initially. Nice golden yellow in color. Smells kind of like a beligain. Tastes very nice with some more fruitier esters in it. A mild mouthfeel to it with flowery notes. Its a very nice hefe I enjoy it on a once and a while kind of basis. I will def be pickin this one up again though. Drinkin local.

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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 Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fluffy/Fizzy two finger light head tops a cloudy orange amber beer. Head vanishes quite quickly. No lacing to speak of. Some nice sparkling carbonation rising to the top.

Very Light aroma that actually fades quickly. Light grains, slight citrus, slight spice.

Spice and yeast tones are more pronounced in the flavor vs. the aroma. White pepper here vs. the assertive black pepper of the Crack'd version. Light banana flavor combined with a nice bread tones. A touch more hop assertiveness at the end vs. what I expected. Nice. Lemon/citrus

Delicate and very light body. Sparking and bright.

Very drinkable and quite refreshing. Clearly a great summer session option.

Another nice beer by New Glarus.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep foggy amber color with extremely tight eggshell white head of suds.

Wheaty with clove and banana and a hint of lemon zest.

Like the nose. Heavy on the wheat! This is the best Hefe I've had.

Medium bodied. Big and rich. Two words I never thought I would say for a Hefeweizen. Slight sharpness from the carbonation activates a lot of flavor.

I can't even believe the ABV in this. This goes down so easy. Easily the best wheat beer I've had. Breaks a lot of stereotypes for this style. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a beautiful fluffy white head with awesome retention and is clinging to the sides of the glass.

(S)- Evident clove with bananna and lemon biscuits. Has a slight hint of flowery/vanilla bouquet with a dash of honey sweetness. Beautiful creamy banana in this.

(T)- Lush ripe banannas and bubblegum. light clove with a light biscuit-like lemon.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation with a great smooth flavor. Balanced well for the style with a creamy banana front and a lightly dry wheat end.

(D)- A fantastic Hefe beer that fits perfectly with this time of the year. Wonderfully balanced and easy drinking. New Glarus keeps surprising me again and again.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden cloudy color with effervescent white head of about two finger width. Head is retained lightly atop the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell is spot on for a Hefeweizen. Clove, cinnamon, and tangy yeast are all present with a fruity background. Smells fresh and clean for a Hefe.

Taste also fits the bill perfectly. A nice fruity sweet front gives way to a very tangy, spicy finish with a slight hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full for a wheat beer with an expansive quality that seems to find every taste bud in my mouth and excite the nerves to dance with flavor. Carbonation is medium-high and feels right for the style.

Drinkability is outstanding. This totally refreshing session beer could be enjoyed by my grandmother!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Taken from the NGBC sampler 12 pack.

Pours cloudy golden yellow with 2-3 finger of thick white foam. Long lasting retention and lacing everywhere.

Smell is akin to sticking ones nose into a banana bunch.

Taste is slight citrus, full of whaet, with mild spices at the finish. Some cinammon. Good lively carbonation in the mouthfeel. Slight tart finish.

Excellent beer, very drinkable. Top notch.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried inverted pour from 12 oz bottle into a 22 oz glass....got some very minor overflow.

A: The head at first was 5 or 6 fingers, but then down to a normal three or so. It's white, with bubbles of all sizes and decent active carbonation. The color is fairly orange/golden on not the dull color I would want from a hefe. It's hazy, but not really from the yeast it appears to me. The head shrinks fast.

S: I get wheaty, but I also smell some bland fruity hops and almost a Belgian yeast funk. Some candy sweetness. Something I really link to a sour smell. Not bready or wheaty enough at all.

T: Still fruity and not wheaty. It also isn't boozy, which impresses me with the flavors being what they are the ABV being what it is. I don't taste banana or clove or anything like what I would expect here. Though I don't totally dislike it. Hmm, I take that back, I get a very VERY mild banana aftertaste like what you'd get in a smoothie that was banana AND something.

M: Smooth, but a little flat to be honest, which is a nice change of pace from most hefes that blow you up like a balloon. It's not thin or sharp, nor is it chewy, it's a good, almost milky middle ground.

D: Very drinkable. Interesting flavor, interesting mouthfeel. I will be happy to finish up what I have, but not sure if i want more.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

A nice pale golden smoggy unfiltered glow with a few slow streams of bubbles within. Tall, foamy capping of stark white froth laps up quickly to a thick setting top. Resides down softly to a thick skim and the lacing is mostly drippy with a few thick spots and globs sticking closer the edge of the liquid.

Solidly balanced nose with this one as the 'Dancing Man' performs well on the stage of the nose with slathered in banana muted paleness with a sweet wheat bready backing and a nice touch of hefe yeast, floral-essence, and tamer clove.

The taste has some good dance moves as well. Well established meatyness of malts; tangy, hearty, darkly deepened wheaty sweet bread, banana mushyness, very brief lemon candy stint, and a perfect snap tone in the mid range as it sinks in well with a heavy but balanced finish of hefe yeasty spices. Great tone and length.

Soft, smooth, chewy, malty, yet snappy with wheat that's all wrapped up in a solid medium body. There's just a touch of zip in spices to it that sparks extra flavor in each sip. The balancing act is quite excellent between the pale sweet flavors and the snappy tone of tangy wheat and breezy spice additions.

This stuff takes the stage and performs a top notch performance all around.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light honey, 2 inch white head hangs out for awhile. Very sudsy lace.

S - Banana clove and pepper dominate the smell.

T - Smells transfer to taste, surrounded by pretty evident sweet malt. Spicy finish.

M - Medium body that feels thicker than it is. Very coating, good carb.

D - Pretty nice, easy to drink.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a couple bubble streams coming up from the bottom. There's a big billowy white head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma is wonderful, starting with the mixture of banana and cotton candy sweetness. There are hints of clove in the nose and a light lemony citrus presence. Textbook hefe aroma for me.

The taste starts out with a much more tart lemony kick than I was expecting and the wheat sweetness is much more understated in the taste. The finish has the tartness of the lemons combined with a light spiciness that lingers on the tongue a little while.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and I would never, never have thought it was 7.2% ABV. Good carbonation.

This is an excellent and super drinkable wheat beer, though I'd probably rate this one a notch below Crack'd Wheat. All I know is Dan Carey can make one helluva wheat beer and this just reinforces that fact. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a straw color with a 1 inch, basically white, head that is thing but slowly reduces to a nice lacing around the edges. Quite carbonated and no sediment.

The aroma is quite good with notes of banana and clove. There is a bready feel to it and additional sweetness that I can't quite place.

The taste is, as the nose. A decent level of banana and bread with a clove spiciness that accents well. There again lingers a sweetness that is almost like generic gum.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation that was a bit too much for me, given the flavor but actually cuts the intensity. Smooth and yet leaving a velvet texture at the finish with mild dryness.

Overall, this is a reasonably good beer. I'm impressed by the rating that it has but a little surprised. I think it is definitely worth trying and quite good.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a deep golden color, perfectly cloudy, with a two inch off-white head which forms a nice mesa on top. Retention is good throughout and it leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is quite heavy on the banana esters, some apple and bubble gum, surrounded by a bready wheat base, light on the clove spice, but it's a nice addition.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. Big on banana esters, bready wheat backdrop, bit of bubble gum and apple, but there is much more clovey spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, made a bit lighter by higher carbonation.

Pretty enjoyable beer. The taste wasn't quite up to the aroma, but it was worth trying.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.51/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my long neglected weizen glass.

A: Pours out a crystal clear (for a hefeweizen) golden straw. There is initally a gigantic head but it fades into nothing more than a skinny cap, which I am thinking is a result of the ABV on this beer. As it stands now this beer does not really look like a hefeweizen.

S: Really something wonderful going on here. Delicious bubble gum, soft, almost sweet lemon, wild flowers, that kind of sweetness that comes in the middle of a summer afternoon where the heat seems to do something to make to flowers go crazy all over the outdoors.

T/MF: Taking a sip I almost choked on the boozy fumes eminating from this beast of a hefeweizen. Thick mouthfeel, almost sticky. Taste is banana, but like fermented banana, banana brandy something like that. Taste may be a bit one dimensional booze may be a little to apparent but it still tastes pretty damn tasty, a nice spicy and sweet mix.

D: Pretty good, one of the better beers I've had from this brewery. Little too inbetween and uneven in places to make this a standard in the fridge. Little too boozy for my tastes, oddly clear for some reason and not much lacing. Sort of detracts from the overall experience.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

as of 1/11, is drinking exceptionally well, with creamy mouthfeel.

based on bottles consumed july 2010:

dancing man wheat
4-4.5 deep cloudy apricot. big head as expected, nice.

4-4.5 soft clove, banana, lemon. fresh wheat bread and crackers.

4-4.5 flavors are soft as well and well blended. wheat flavors are there, some clove, not a lot of banana. finish is a little lemony but well restrained and balanced. the sweet wheats are offset by a touch of tart, which is complemented by the clove. very approachable yet sophisticated. if there's a fault it may be a tendency toward baking soda.

3.5-4 mouthfeel is perhaps a slight letdown, but still acceptable. tends to the watery side of things, but there is at least a touch of velvet and slickocity. carbonation is just about right and does add creaminess. very easy texture to down.

4-4.5 not sure how this could be 7.2 abv. there must be some mistake. (seriously). seems like maybe 5 to 5.5 abv at most, and would be sort of a shame if this friendly summer quencher is really a hammer. but by the end of the bottle, i say the abv is justified.

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

Pours a cloudy golden pale amber color with a HUGE stiff off white head that resists fading, decomposing like an ice cream float, leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is AMAZING...Belgian yeast, harvest fruit, pears...banana. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated and full bodied...very smooth. Full flavored, the taste mirrors the nose. Sharing this with my sons...they are REALLY loving it! Where did this come from...definitely under my radar. True drinkability..very satisfying. Many thanks out to maximum12 for this opportunity!!!!

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

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes an opaque pale amber/gold with a tall foamy head.
Smells of wheat malt, hay, pepper, clove, lemon.
Tastes of said smells as well as apricot and clove.
It is a clean and refreshing drink, yet creamy as well. Never would have guessed the ABV was 7.2% and was surprised to find out so. Nice brew.

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