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Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class
455 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,322
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.74%
 
 
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Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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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
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another sweet trade from alcstradamus.

Pours a hazy golden straw with plenty o' carbonation, making a smooth, creamy head of three fingers that drops to about one & looks meringue-like.

Delish smell of sweet, mushy banana & an extra kick of baked sugar, like cinnamon cookies.

Taste is citric, with some cereal sweetness & a kind of lemony tang, even a lactic kind of feel & taste at the center, like cottage cheese. Finishes with orange & hops, a little dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy, while thinning out enough to not become syrupy. Just a little bit of a tingle to avoid flatness.

A very enjoyable beer overall: well-constructed, & more active than many wheats I've had that just kind of lay there. The je-ne-sais-quoi in the smell gives it a boost. A winner!

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

poured into my weihenstephaner half liter glass. very ample fluffy head. hazy pale orange.

smells very much like a german hefe. bananas, cloves and lemon. not alcoholic hot, but alcoholic sweet.

taste is spicy and fruity. pepper and cloves hide alcohol well. some pineapple joins the usually banana. alcohol is tangy, can be overwhelming...

mouthfeel is creamy and full. very well done.

drinkability is below average for the style, but thats not taking into consideration the higher alcohol.

very pleasantly surprised by this beer. i expected an american wheat, and i didnt realize how close to the german style it would be. new glarus continues to impress me...

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Photo of katan
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - A light orange colored beer - hazing is not noticeable, which is slightly odd for a hefe. Head formation is immense - strongly retained. Light white in color. Piles of carbonation is apparent.

S - Clove, cinnamon, and bready yeast notes. Strong ester production in this beer. Back to a full-on hefe style.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness - no astringency. Mid-stream the yeast starts to build, with soe coriander and other yeast spice notes. Finishes with a strong cinnamon and clove flavor, just a hint of banana, but it is accompanied by an unexpected strong phenolic note. A hail to the alcohol content.

M - Moderate body in the beer - but the carbonation strength brings it right back up there. Nothing hangs around on the palette - very clean.

D - Very easily drinkable - smooth and easy drinkable. ABV is extremely well disguised. Not filling, going against its apparent strong carbonation.

New Glarus does it again - this beer is awesome. The only knock to me is the alcohol both in terms of content and in its affect on the flavor. If this were regularly available to me, I would have no problem making it one of my top rotation hefes.

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Photo of Casey10
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this as a extra !! from dukedevil0 thank you again !!

A - Golden hazy yellow

S - bananas, sweet smells.

T - Did I mention bananas? Wow delicious !

M - Smooth frothy really nice.

D - I could drink a bunch very nice.

Wow as far a Hefeweizen goes it doesn't get much better than this. Smooth, delicious bravo

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

12 oz bottle thrown in as an extra by TPatuto. Thanks a ton, man. This has been a big time, quiet want of mine. Served this one up in my Weihenstephaner Weizen glass because it seems appropriate.

A: Well its in the Weihenstephaner glass and I have to say it deserves to be there. Damn this is a good looking hefe. Has that murky orangish yellow color that you expect from a Hefe. Held to the light, you get a bit more of golden yellow color. This beer is HAZY. I mean hazy. Has a huge cloud to it and it is beautiful, the way it should be. Nice, full on carbonation moving constantly up the glass. The head was a creamy white two fingers. It falls to a good and lasting half finger that throws a bit of lace on the glass but most falls back into the top cap. Every time you take a swig, the body settles with a great carbonation cloud that is rustled up. Damn nice and this is very much a great representation of the style.

S: This was amazing and damned good. The clove is huge in here and is just oh so appetizing. Behind that is the big wheat presence along with some freshly peeled banana. Little bit of spice coming through with just a touch of pepper. Getting just a bit of cinnamon coming out. Very nice earthy hops presence is light, and the malts and just damned near perfect with a nice a bready quality. Slightly sweet but very earthy and oh so traditionally German. Bordered close to getting a five here.

T: Yet again, amazing. Banana takes a slight lead in the flavor. Slightly sweet and ripe but a can't miss banana greatness in here. The clove is close behind bring a touch of that spiciness, mingling with a touch of pepper and cinnamon (incredibly small amount of cinnamon, just enough to get an idea). Light sugar presence from the malts and are slightly caramel but there is a nice bready quality as well. And this has that distinctive German yeast strain and tasty goodness. Wheat is all over the flavor profile and oh so good. Earthy goodness abounds. Finally at the very back there is just a touch of lemon goodness to nicely round things out.

M: Well it rest a bit closer to light than medium. Sadly and happily, this is my only gripe. Sure it is a touch thin but it is refreshing. Carbonation is big and crisp. Very quenching for sure. Alcohol is not an issue, just as it should be in a hefe. Aftertaste is a touch of wheat and banana left for you to savor.

D: Wow is all I can say. The previous reviews have this ranked high, but I still doubted. Now that I have had it, all I can say is that the praise is spot on. This is a traditional hefe for sure and damned fine one at that for sure. A blind taste test would be sure to get responses that this would have to be straight out of Germany. Just so tasty and aromatic. It doesn't get much bettter than this ( *cough* Weihenstephaner *cough*), but this will absolutely do. I am jealous as all hell of all of you that have easy access to this. Lucky SOBs.

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Photo of natasharai
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large off white foamy head composed of large bubbles, which dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing. The beer is slightly hazy with a orange/yellow golden color.

Smell: Strong ripe banana, ripe pear, sweet fruity carmel malt, lightly toasted malt, very small hint of spicy clove or nutmeg.

Taste: sweet banana, pear, apple up front. Then sweet honey, and sweet toasted malt, and tangy wheat. Followed by a spicy clove and light peppery flavor. Ends with a sweet honey and spicy bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a lot of carbonation, spicy tingle/bite, leaves mouth with a slightly sticky but mostly clean feel.

Overall: Very fruity and sweet in the smell. Pretty fruity flavor but also a spicy bite that helps balance it out. Quite a bit of carbonation, which helps give this beer a refreshing feel. The flavors in this hefe are a bit larger than in other hefes, but nothing overwhelming. The bolder character of this beer keeps me interested.

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Photo of vishneda
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Dancing Man Wheat opens up with a three finger soft pillow head on the pour. The beer is a nice golden color with a lot of haze inside. As it is consumed there is some lacing present. A very nice looking wheat beer.

The aroma is ripe with clove and toasted banana throughout. There is a bread-like quality here that is classic among the best German varieties as well. The citrus did not seem to be as strong as it is in other Hefes but it was noticeable.

Dancing Man has a bold and exciting flavor. As with the aroma, the clove and toasted banana elements are strong but not overpowering. With them comes a mild sweetness that brings out some complexity. The finish is slightly bitter and adds good balance to the experience. In my opinion, this beer toys with some of the elements of a good Dunkel while clearly remaining a Hefe in character.

Wheats are meant to be heartily imbibed, and this one does not break that mold. The body is maybe a little heavier than most but still easy on the stomach. I thought the air was very well balanced -- not strong at all in my opinion. High ABV lends toward more thorough appreciation of everything this beer has to offer.

This is one of the few American beers to be a very good take on the classic German Hefe. Unfortunate to most drinkers, the Wisconsin-only distribution adds a bit of mystique around this brew. If you can get your hands on this, however, it's worth the wait.

(From tasting notes dated 10 Jul 2009)

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Photo of Fartknocker
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

A- A somewhat cloudy golden color with a half inch pael head
S- A spicy wheat aroma
T- A fairly strong yet smooth spice flavor of clove and a little cinammon
M- decent carbonation
D- Very smooth drinking beer without the usual sickening spice/burnt wheat flavor that I get from other hefeweizens

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

Bottle courtesy of FlyingBison.

Pours a hazy gold in color. There was a slight head that formed on the pour. But it is gone within a few seconds.
Smell is clove. Lot's of it. Some lemon and pepper as well as a little bit of lemon.
Taste is even more of the clove. Lot more of the lemon zest in the flavor. This is an outstanding hefe. Full of carbonation and vibrant. Wonderful flavors and they all are noticeable. None dominate the show. Very easy drinking and absolutely enjoyable.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of foamy head and a lot of carbonation bubbles.

Scent of yeast, wheat, clove, banana, and spice. Very good, but a little unbalanced.

Taste of yeast, clove, banana, sugars, lemon zest and a very faint alcohol. A pretty damn good Hefeweizen, I'd be happy to drink this any day.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation, maybe a bit too much.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden. Quite cloudy. Tall white head, persistent.

Smell - Strong wheat aroma. Classic bananas and cloves present, too. Seems more weighted to the wheat side than many hefes. I like it, a lot.

Taste - Wheat flavor prominent. Moderate banana and clove. Dry finish, maybe a little bit of citrus at the end. Flavorful and I love the particular balance this beer has.

Mouthfeel - Medium. High carbonation noticeable in the finish.

Drinkability - Nothing not to like about this beer. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. Why can't we have this all year round?

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into my curvy DFH pint glass, pours a semi cloudy golden straw color with a nice two inch head to begin with, off white, till it settles to a thin film. Leaves lacing in wide streaks. The aroma is finely toned in clove and pepper spices, some nice subtle banana and wheat, an exceptional nose for this hefe.

Taste comes off much the same as the nose, a nice balance between the cloves and pepper, wheat malt, and subtle banana, with a twinge of lemon citrus, just slight. The mouth is solid, crisply carbonated and finishes nicely. A very easy to drink beer, well crafted, very tasty. Put it this way, I kept raising its score the more I drank it.

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

A--Murky golden/yellow color with two full fingers of head in my 16 oz. snifter

S--Powerful, classic hefeweizen smell. Big bubble gum, clove, spices. Some white grapes and apple peel. Very "bright"

T--A bit of waxiness on the palate is the only detractor, everything else is near perfect for the style. The spices are really muted (a positive for me) making way for a nice bubble gum and banana flavor. There seems to be a bit of 7up like flavor in the finish

M--Medium bodied and oily with a slight carbonation sting

D--Definitely in the running for the top American Hefeweizens

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.