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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

959 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%


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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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange yellow color with a foamy, white two finger head. Banana, cloves, and lemon are present in the aroma and the taste. Somewhat sweet with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated with a medium body and high drinkability.

It seems that you can't go wrong with any of the brews from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:31:00 | More by hardy008
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Big thanks to MBABJJ for a box full of so many fine beers. Thanks Jason!

Pours cloudy straw with a fluffy white one finger head, which settles into a thin layer of white bubbles fairly quickly.

Nose is straight hefe - big clove and banana aromas, just a bit bubble gummy, with some nice tangy wheat filling things out. Just a bit of alcohol spice at the end. Very nice, and very legit.

Taste is very nice - crisp, tangy wheat is the flavor pulling the weight most consistently, with big notes of banana and a light fresh-baked sourdough note on the finish. You can tell this is a bigger than normal hefe, but it avoids the pitfall so many beers fall into of becoming a caricature. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, sharp carbonation, but not too sharp. Nicely done.

Very delicious beer, but the one area where a standard hefe clearly beats it is in drinkability. This is a great beer in all sectors, but it definitely feels like a hefe's big brother, and that affects the way it goes down. Still, a superb beer in all respects. I would buy this by the case.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 20:41:56 | More by JohnQVegas
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came to me in my recent trade with Masterski. Thanks for the beer.

Dancing Man has a hazy yellow body with tons of streams of small, fast moving carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of bone white head rise up above the body and settles down into a thick ring on top of the body. Great retention here. Thick sheets of lacing are also left behind on the glass.

The aroma carries large amounts of banana and clove. There is also a spiciness in the background that due to the description on the label I would guess is cinnamon.

It is is not a surpised that the tastes follows the aroma closely. First up is a big, sweet banana flavor that tastes more like banana yogurt than an actual banana. Next the spicy hefe flavors kick in with some clove and a touch of cinnamon. The finish is full of wheat flavors with a touch of bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style, and the carbonation is moderate.

A pretty drinkable beer, and overall a solid hefe. Another solid New Glarus brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 22:27:40 | More by Hojaminbag
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Arbitrator

California

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of badbeer. Thanks Mike!

A: I purposely pour to capture all of the sediment, resulting in a hazy, deep straw-gold-orange body with a vigorous, long-retaining, off-white head. Not much lace down the sides. I wish it looked a little milkier; I love that look in a hefeweizen. But it's hardly bad.

S: Huge wheat aroma, clove, banana, and a light bubblegum nose. Very pungent and aromatic.

T: Wheat and earthy yeast flavors up front, giving way smoothly to soft bubblegum and banana. Hints of orange citrus surface periodically. The finish is a spicy clove sting that, with the carbonation, cleans up the palate nicely for a crisp and clean end to the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but high carbonation that cleanses the palate very well. And it's necessary, because there's a ton going on here, giving the body a very intense and juicy feel. This was 7.2%? No friggin way...

D: I wish I lived near NG... I'd be drinking this all summer long. What a fantastic weizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:55:35 | More by Arbitrator
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. My love of NG wheat beers is officially on record, so I am anxious to try this.

A: I poured the ale vigourously into my Widmer Bros. hefe glass, stirring up the head and sediment. A full seven fingers of lace arose before settling down and depositing lace around the sides of the glass. The ale is hazy, heavy with yeast sediment. The color approximates an earthy yellow-brown hue that appears on many trees in mid-October.

S: Even in a fresh-from-the-fridge state, the weizen aromas are strong. Wheat starts off with light tartness before the spices coming flying in. Clove and bubblegum are strong but not cloyingly sweet. Faint banana wafts out as well. A lot of nose packed into one glass.

T: Wheat is a great set-up for the ale, softly lulling the palate into a haze before, BAM!, the yeast hits like a hammer. Clove and bubblegum are upfront with a spicy sweetness. Grain flavors return sporadically throughout each sip, acting almost like a 'reset' for the ale. Banana is prominent on the back end, a welcome addition to the party. Orange peel and mango mix into the sweetness in the finish. The alcohol isn't evident but does sneak up on you.

M: The mouthfeel is intense, careening from one flavor to the next at breakneck speed. I like that the ale shows off more than clove, banana and bubblegum. The citrus that emerges is a very welcome addition.

D: Even at 7.2%, this one goes down wicked easy. An authentic weizen with a twist that further cements NG's stature as best wheat brewer in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 19:10:33 | More by akorsak
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a semi-cloudy light orange color with visible torrent of carbonation. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes extremely slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is tangy wheat, citrus, cloves, and banana. The taste is full of banana, clove, and tang. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than full bodied, and a lot fuller than most hefeweizens. The carbonation is lively and active, with a chewy texture. Overall, this is a really nice beer. When I noticed the ABV of this beer I was somewhat disappointed as all previous examples of what might be called an Imperial Hefeweizen have been hoppy messes. Dancing Man Wheat breaks away from that mold. It can be best described as a true Bavarian Hefeweizen on steroids. I can't say I'd like to drink this style of Hefeweizen often, but it certainly has its place.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 19:04:48 | More by KarlHungus
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Banana peel yellow - funny enough the beer should also smell and taste of banana, too. It's a light shaded colour that takes on a deeper, orange tinted tone when held against the light. You can just about write off clarity even though the beer is flushed with phosphorescence brightness. Immediately from the pour its head swelled like a bud opening to bloom, it remains a styrofoam-like bulk.

If you even remotely like the smell of hefeweizens then you'll love the smell of this beer. It is definitely among the most banana-and-clove potent bouquets I think I may have ever stuck my nose into. It also offers a dash of herbs, assorted spices and little sweet orange peel zest. The fragrance itself is perfumy and strong enough to carry across the room. Yup, it looks like its time to get 'yer dancing shoes on!

The flavour is rhythmic, swaying from grainy straw husks, sidestepping to clove, coriander and white pepper, all before cutting loose to the tropical tastes of sweet orange peel, banana and mango. This trio of flavours - wheaty, spicy and fruity - romp and rollick all over the palate, they jump and jive and kick their heels up at the taste buds - no wonder they call this beer the "Dancing Man"!

Each sip has effervescence and substance; it is lightly prickly with a lively and fizzy carbonation but with an extraordinarily creamy texture that passes across the tongue and down the throat without friction. Its taste fully develops over the palate, never parting too soon nor robbing you of even a drop of peppery, fruity flavour. It is exceedingly smooth, the very idea that this is above 7% seems to me laughable.

This brewery now has two weiss beers on my list of all-time favourites (the Unplugged Imperial-Weizen being the other). Of course this comes as no surprise to me at all - this brewery also makes my two favourite fruit beers and a few of the most successful experimental and eccentric endeavors I've tried. Bottom line: this is an outstanding brewery that seems to make nothing but outstanding beers. Thanks MasterSki!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 23:10:33 | More by biegaman
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been eyeing this bottle ever since I picked up a few for a trade in May, & now having heard & read some rave reviews, I'm ready to go. Is this another super-hefe? Lessee...

Pours a frigid, amazingly pale yellow with only a touch of cloud. I didn't know real beer could be that color. Smells marvelous.

Taste is just like the smell, & the great thing is that most hefe reviews - of a good hefe, anyways - are about the same. Yellow organic banana, check. Sprig of cloves, check. Touch of funk in the yeast, check. What sets this a notch above other good hefes is everything is in beautiful harmony & not only that, but the mouth on this one kicks its game up a notch. It has a creaminess to it that I associate with a good RIS & a nice, wet, chewy afterburst. Plus it has a serious amount of gravity, attracting my hand again & again with the equivalient mass of a small black hole. At 7.2% this is one hell of a dangerous brew.

Excellent, excellent hefe - & when I say that I mean that most hefes suck, & those that stand above the pack are few & far between. This is one of them. If you're any kind of wheat fan, grab this one & give it a whirl. Well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:24:43 | More by maximum12
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Murchmac

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LJarsenal for this extra in a trade.

Big Silky smooth white head with a Michael Jackson like dancing of carbonation inside the bottle. You know, the spin around grab crotch into moonwalk routine and destroy cars like Dirty Diana. It's alive. Beautiful pale lemon yellow with golden honey highlights

Classic hefe smell of banana, yeast, cloves. This has the funk of forty thousand years!

Very good taste. Refreshing hefe, with a little more malt and slight acid taste, some bubble gum even. Annie are you Ok? Are you ok Annie? You've been struck by, You've been hit by... a smooth dancin man..

Creamy silky aftertaste that trickles down your throat. If this beer were a Michael Jackson song it would be P.Y.T. If it were a video, probably black and white, because each sip morphs into a different celebrity. Fortunately no Rap in the middle of this by Home Alone boy.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 04:03:16 | More by Murchmac
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a hazy, lemony-gold with a creamy, two-finger, bright white layer of head on the top. Oddly enough, not much lace was left behind.

S: Aromas of clove, banana, toasted wheat crackers, lemon peel, bubblegum, and orange. Awesome Hefe yeast aromas!

T: The taste follows the aroma pretty much lock step here. Clove, banana, orange/lemon zest, fresh baked wheat bread, and spices.

M: Citrus sharpness and soft toasty wheat plus a lingering dry spiciness keep things very interesting.

D: What a fantastic Hefe! New Glarus continues to churn out one excellent weizen after another!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 23:04:04 | More by GbVDave
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy straw/sunset yellow color with a big puffy white head like a belgium ale that does recede to a great head and great lacing.... the smell is awesome its clove ,cinnamon,bananas,pears and melons..theres a grain /wheat smell.. its one of those brews from just the smell and look that you know its something good.... then WOW!! the taste is over the top goodness it hits the taste buds with such a great balance of clove and cinnamon and all the b4 mentioned fruits i feel like im at the farmers market this is an exceptional crafted hefeweizen..the drinkability is exceptional i can not believe that this is 7.2 abv it drinks like it is < 5.0... this is a must try if you like wheats, or hefes.. NG is an exceptional brewery that just puts out outstanding well crafted brews only available in WI... this one cracked wheat and black wheat are all really A's...all three highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:36:42 | More by gatornation
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A good man by the name of Corey sent this my way. This with a tasty variety of NG offerings were in a beautiful box. Notes taken from last weekend while enjoying it with some ostrich on the grill.
Bottle Graphics: 9/10. Pure class.

A: Hazy yellow body, looks delicious. The head forms pillow bunches like the clouds on the Simpsons.

S: Wheaty aromas. Spices and sweetness, nothing standout or what I would think would lead me to the dynamic tastes.

T: Almost as good as the Crack'd Wheat and that my friends is saying a lot. The banana and yeast flavors are much more present and the bitterness lays low. Just a personal style thing.

Bananas and wheat usually prevalant in lesser versions of this style leave me bored but this showcases all the fine aspects of flavor.

M: Texturally perfect. Not much carbonation but just thick enough with some pillowiness. Walks the fine line of a good hefe being refreshing yet creamy.

D: I would never pencil this in north of 5% abv. This beer was designed for sitting and sipping at the grill in a good hefe glass. I am not a hefeweizen lover, but I love this beer and appreciate it for what it is.

This is a tremendous beer. New Glarus is something I would not have known of if not for trading and traders like maximum12. This is a top top notch brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 17:41:06 | More by marcpal
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Harpoon UFO hefe glass. Appears a cloudy pale straw color with two solid fingers of fluffy, lingering, bone white head. A great looking pour. Nose and flavor are of spicy ,peppery yeast, sweet bananas, some citrus, mainly lemons, lightly toasted wheat, some clove. Delicious stuff. Falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation. Quite drinkable, as my glass was empty in no time.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 05:19:10 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A recent goodie from my main trading man maximum12. Props must also go out though to wisconsinbeer1 who has supplied me with many a jewel from New Glarus as well. These 2 are about the best that you could ever find for midwest trading partners.

A - Poured from a fresh bottle into my waiting Franz glass. A cloudy yellow that is punched by a white mushroom of a head. Beautiful, simply beautiful.

S - Similar to what everyone else has said in that you get a luscious smell of clove, banana, and yeasty goodness. You can tell simply from the smell that you are going to be in for a treat.

T - Does not have the hop profile that Crack'd Wheat has and I enjoy both beers to tell you the truth. For my money though, this is the winner. Great wheat taste with a lovely banana and clove undertone.

M- Just about the perfect summer beverage.

D - OUTSTANDING. For a summer beverage, this is perfect. The perfect beer for relaxing outside with friends. Should be required for anyone sitting outside on the deck just killing time.

Certainly, one of the best wheat beers that I have ever had. You can't beat it. Which one of you (maximum12 or wisconsinbeer1) is sending me my next fix. Please do it fast.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 21:47:57 | More by Beerisheaven
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a pale, yellow color, it's slightly hazy, but quite a bit clearer than many hefes I've had. The head is quite explosive, billowing to a mighty froth with even the most delicate of pours. The aggressive carbonation is evident by a cascade of tiny bubbles that feed the everlasting head.

The aroma is quite heavy in fruity esters, predominated by banana, but I think the cloves take the front seat in this category. A very subtle citrus aroma is also detected mid-way through.

The flavor also consists of these yeasty esters, and once again I feel that the clove makes it's presence known, but it has a great cushion of banana and other fruity flavors to really keep it in check. Sweet, refreshing, fruity and hop-free.

The beer feels bubbly and sweet on the tongue. A great, refreshing mouthfeel. An awesome beer to consume throughout the summer, I can think of nothing better than to be sitting around a campfire on a hot summer's eve sipping on some Dancing Man Wheat Beer (except maybe to be sipping some Crack'd Wheat).

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 21:04:29 | More by Soneast
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0b for throwing me a mixed sixer from WI. Served in my weizen glass.

A - Huge billowy foam that eventually settles into a four fingers of persistent egg-white head and glass-coating lacing. The beer is a slightly hazed golden straw color with a ton of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

S - Tons of clove, banana, bubblegum, lemon, and other spices - reminiscent of Crack'd Wheat but without the intense hopping. There are also some malt and yeast notes, but it's not the sharp wheat smell that I get from other Hefes. I get a sense that if we got fresh German wheat beers in the US they would smell a lot like this.

T - The taste is a little yeastier with some cinnamon spice and the aforementioned fruit flavors (banana, lemon, maybe a bit of apple as well). The taste isn't so complicated - pretty much the stuff you'd expect from a hefeweizen, but wonderfully fresh and delicious all the same.

M - Surprisingly medium-bodied, with lower carbonation (it's all in the foam!), and lots of residual stickiness. The only knock I can think of is that it's not quite as refreshing as most hefes.

D - I can't taste the 7.2% at all - I'd put this closer to ~5%. The mouthfeel is a bit chewier than I'd want from a session beer, but otherwise it goes down real easy - nice mild carbonation and minimal aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 21:45:05 | More by MasterSki
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UGADawgGuy

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the lovely and talented natasharai for this Wisconsin-only masterpiece!

Appearance: A weizen pour yields a golden-orange, almost honey-colored body with a creamy white head. This stuff is slightly less murky than many hefeweizens, but still nice and cloudy with suspended yeast. Effervescence produces a lingering cap of tiny bubbles, and ample lacing.

Smell: Mmm...sweet, sweet hefeweizen. Smells like Live Oak, with marginally more overt wheatiness. Honeysuckle, powdered sugar, wheat, and a dry, yeasty backbone. I'd better taste this stuff, FAST.

Taste: WHEAT! Not as overly sweet as I expected, based on the nose, but still good. Of all the hefeweizens I've had -- and I've had a lot of them -- I think this one does the best job of featuring the wheat without overwhelming the palate with twangy funk. The funk is certainly there, but it's relatively mild (albeit more prominent as the brew warms up). Backing all that wheat is an abiding, but never cloying, sweetness. Dancing Man is a bit fruitier than most hefeweizens -- not banana fruity, but apples-and-citrus fruity. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: A LITTLE less creamy and lighter than I'd ideally like, but still great. Borders on sticky, but has enough carbonation and water to escort the stuff down my throat without difficulty. I believe the goal here is refreshment, and that's accomplished in spades.

Drinkability: Stellar. Just stellar. A truly great summer beer -- I'd love to try some of this after a long day outside in the 90-degree Georgia heat. It's noteworthy that the 7.2% ABV is TOTALLY hidden. Seriously, I did a double-take when I saw that. While I was drinking it, Dancing Man seemed like a 5% ABV (or lower) beer.

If you like hefeweizens, it is imperative that you seek out some Dancing Man. It belongs up there with the best examples of the style -- American or otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 06:42:50 | More by UGADawgGuy
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich, vibrant hazy golden orange with a two-finger peachy colored head that has impressive retention. fades fairly quickly to a thin collar that leaves only minimal lacing.

aroma of strong clove spice and banana, both fresh and artificial. phenolic and fruit estery. powerful... rich... banana and spice with some doughy bready notes. interestingly enticing.

clove and banana power up front, followed by clean wheat malt, citrusy notes of lemon and tangerine, then a bit more banana, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace. caramel, honey and just a hint of herbal hop notes.

mouthfeel is sprightly, rich, fairly moderate with a hint of sweet syrup but strong carbonation cuts through and pricks the tongue with lively flavors. excellent for the style.

drinkability is impressive, especially considering the relatively high abv. an exceptional brew that truly rivals many of the bavarian hefe-weizens. I'm impressed. and wish I had a few more. An amazing brew from a stateside brewer... definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 08:51:42 | More by djeucalyptus
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ballewblake

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Huge 3 finger white head on your typical golden white body, head doesn't last long, almost no lacing. Nose is slight with wheat malts, not much else. Mouth is carbonated, taste is sweet, almost nutra-sweet. Not too different from most hefe's I've tried flavor wise. Kind of boring, especially next to the crack'd wheat. Drinkability is there if you like hefe's, but here is really a style I'm not typically in the mood for. I think I'll stick with my Live Oak when I am in the mood. Thanks to Taturbo for the NG's.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 02:38:15 | More by ballewblake
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nghab

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Spicy clove/phenol up front, some banana in background, elegant fruitiness, classic hefeweizen nose

Appearance: Pours with a beautiful head, gradually subsiding leaving a bit of lace, deep golden colour, hazy (as appropriate to style)

Flavour: Spicy weizen flavour, liquid bread, a touch of citrus (lemon and a touch of orange), fruity, estery. Very elegantly done, everything that should be there is there without being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Mediun-full body, perhaps fuller than the typical hefeweizen, moderate carbonation. At 7+% alcohol, you'd expect it to be warming, but the alcohol is not really a predominant characteristic. A bit deceptive

Overall drinkability: This has everything a classic hefeweizen should have, and apparently more alcohol, too, but it's not overdone, wonderfully balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:52:38 | More by nghab
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meegs

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: After giving the bottle a good roll on the table to release the yeast which had settled on the bottom of the bottle, this beer poured a beautiful, yeast-filled hazy straw color into my pint glass. Just as I would hope and expect. A beautiful, well sustained 2 inch head slowly dissipates, leaving a nice lace on the glass as this beauty goes down.

S: The spicy clove scent and smooth banana aroma smack you right in the nose as you lean in for a good whiff of this baby. Ahh...heaven.

T: Ohhhh so good. This one's got what you want in a Hefe-Weizen. A delicious spiciness with a full flavored yeast backing this one hits you where you like it. Right in the Boo Boo.

M: A nice malty, yeasty, chewy mouthfeel that you want in a classic German style Wheat beer. Nice carbonation and smooth finish.

D: I could drink this baby all night long if the situation called for it. Very drinkable and extremely delicious. New Glarus and Dan have done it again.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. If you enjoy a classic German Hefe-Weizen, you're certain to love this beer. From the moment it hits the glass, til the last drop hits your lips, this baby does a body good!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 03:09:44 | More by meegs
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Last night I hosted a blind tasting of 8 different wheat beers, and this is the only one that I made notes on (and very sparse ones at that).

As soon as I open the bottle the banana leaps out at me (scary image), and it extends from the pour, arm in arm with a large dose of cloves. The pour itself is beautiful - a very hazy gold with a billowy white head. Great banana flavours, accompanied by orange and sweet fruity malts. I'm also picking up strong caramel notes and a light cider background. Far heavier mouthfeel than a regular hefe... almost weizenbock-esque, but I suppose that's the alcohol and sugars padding things out a little.

How did it compare to the others? Fuller mouthfeel and more toffee off the bat. Less of a thirst quencher, but with a bit more intensity. It definitely beat out Paulaner, Erdinger and Hacker-Pschorr. I would put it a tiny bit below Weihenstephaner, and this seems to reflect the general consensus of the BA community. Its a tough call though, because a after tasting through a bunch of hefes and finishing on this you realise what a completely different beast it is. Thanks Derek for bringing this over!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 13:37:13 | More by bobsy
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 16:44:09 | More by cvstrickland
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 05:38:51 | More by CrellMoset
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 01:24:30 | More by madtowndmb1
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.