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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

960 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 960
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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lpayette

Vermont

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a nice straw yellow with a tightly laced big, white, and frothy head.

Smell- Very strong bubblegum and banana notes. Hints of cereal.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Awesome. This probably has more to-style-flavor than any other hefeweizen that I've had. Lots and lots of banana and bubblegum as in the smell. Just a touch of sour at the finish makes you thirsty for more. Very creamy.

Drinkability- Pretty much off the charts because it's so tastey. I'd never guess that this was 7.2%. This is the best Hefeweizen I've had to date, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 01:36:37 | More by lpayette
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After reading reviews on here I had been looking all over to find a six of this and finally did:

A - Pours a very thick head, one thickest I've seen for a wheat beer.

S - Amazing. Cloves, coriander, bananas and maybe some cinnamon all hit your nose.

T - Smooth. Real wheat favor with good balance of hops.

M - I wouldn't have known this beer has 7.2% abv if I didn't go on NG's website. It is hidden so well and the flavor sticks with you all the way through.

D - On a warm day I could drink this all day.

Best beer I have had from NG.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 20:49:14 | More by Wisconsin
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NOOGIE

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apperance: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice foam head which stays with the full drink. Brownish-yellow in color.

Smell: Lots of wheat, cloves, and cinnamon.

Taste: Great clean flavor. The wheat really sticks out. Really good sweetness, other than the wheat the cinnamon is not to overpowering, a really good balance.

Mouthfeel: The beer stays in your mouth for the full drink. The wheat stays in your mouth well after you're done.

Drink: To me, like all hefeweizens real easy to drink. The alcohol is really well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 03:13:08 | More by NOOGIE
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blurry mango with an impressively whipped creamy, khaki colored crown. The fantastic looking foam, and better than average looking lace, tells me that this is sure to be well-crafted beer. Of course, seeing the words 'New Glarus' on the label is proof enough.

The nose is exceeding my already high expectations. Talk about nose-filling power! This may be the most clove-intensive hefeweizen on planet earth... and creamy banana is right there riding shotgun. A little less of the spice and a little more of the fruit and it would be perfect.

One sip is all it takes to tell that Dancing Man Wheat is the single best American-brewed hefeweizen in history. I'm tempted to say it's top banana, but then a growler of Live Oak Hefeweizen hasn't yet made the long-awaited trip to my doorstep. Any Texans out there?

One of the best things about this beer is its size. Give me a bulked-up and creamilicious 7.2% ale over a light and airy thirst-quencher any day. All that malt is responsible for boatloads of flavor, sweetness and a glorious mouthfeel. It might be my big beer bias talking, but more of a good thing is a better thing, right?

Even though it flies in the face of the style guidelines, the Cascade hops used in Imperial Weizen were outstanding. This offering doesn't use those hops and isn't grapefruit juicy, which is good because it doesn't need to be a smaller version of that masterpiece.

Another good point (there are so many) is that the tanginess of the wheat is perfectly offset by the sweetness of the malt and the spiciness of the yeast. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is an unprecedented 4.5/5.0. Sugared banana is at least as prominent as cloves. This may be the most monkey fruit-intensive beer ever.

The mouthfeel score is a tough call. It was originally 4.5, but the carbonation isn't as soft as it could be and the beer isn't as mouthfilling. It's still more than fine, even if it loses a little something on the swallow.

New Glarus is the best brewery in the great craft brewing state of Wisconsin. It took me a while to get there, but with great beer after great beer after great beer, that fact can no longer be denied. Anyone with a functioning palate can see that Dancing Man Wheat can stand toe-to-toe with Germany's best. Given that country's several hundred year head start, that's something to be proud of. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 13:19:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Zadok

Kansas

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

Poured a golden straw yellow with a two finger head that's quite impressive. Lacing to boot.

Very aromatic banana and clove fragrances.

Spritzy banana balanced with mild spices such as clove and pepper. Coriander is interwoven throughout and kind of ties everything together.

Very smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation with a tingle of spice on the palate.

Overall has great sessionability if you can get past the 7.2% abv. Very easy drinking and will look forward to having again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 17:20:21 | More by Zadok
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bennetj17

Arizona

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

Hazy copper with loads of carbonation erupting from below. The head is massive, holding nicely. Smell is a classic blend of yeast and clovey spice, with a subtle wheat malt sweetness.

In the flavor you notice right away this is a notch above a typical Hefe in terms of alcohol/strength. The mouthfeel doesn't have quite as much foamy fluffiness either. The flavor is nice but not amazing. Nice dry wheat maltiness with a touch of banana, but not enough complex spice to bring it to the top. The alcohol is not overly present, but noticible enough, and I don't think that is welcome for this type of beer.

Overall a solid choice for a Hefe. I liked everything except for that slight added astringence at the end. Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 01:40:49 | More by bennetj17
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joepais

Maine

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

Thanks joe1510 just got this one today threw it in the fridge and couldn't wait for it to get cold
Bottle poured into my Weizen Glass and dam it looked pretty. Big white fluffy head on top of a hazy golden yellow body

Aromas of bubblegum bananas and clove exactly what I expected to find in a Hefe

Good Hefe flavors nice wheat (grains) along with the banana, citrus flavor. Nice clean and crisp mouthfeel good carbonation.

This is a dam good American Hefe. 7% alcohol was a shock to see, you could not tell it at all. Thanks Joe glad I tried this one. Oh yes its drinkable I finished this one off with no problems at all

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:45:49 | More by joepais
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

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

It poured very active, hazy yellow-gold with a white three finger head. The head retreated a little and left some nice lacing.

It had a very nice scent of banana, clove and fresh bread dough.

A very rich taste of banana that was cut lightly by clove. It was refreshing, lite bodied and had a nice crisp finish with a bit of alcohol tinge.

Just a great beer. I could drink this beer for an entire weekend and not want anything different.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 23:36:01 | More by Rennpferd
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color wheat with a medium foamy head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of cloves are dominating with some discernable wheat and overall a quite big malt base. Taste is a mix between some cloves and some big malt base and is not as close to the style as I was expecting. Either there is too much wheat and the beer is veering toward a wheat wine or maybe there is too much barley but I thought the malt base was too sweet for the style and didn't provide enough refreshment. Also, at the risk of sounding too traditional, I would have like if more banana ester would have showed. Definitely not the best weizen out there and probably over rated and not the best beer from a very good brewer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 19:29:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

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

Thanks to Schneid for this one! Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Love those NG labels! Purs a hazy light orange with tons of fluffy white head. Have to wait a couple of minutes for the head to dissapate. Lovely aromas of banana, yeast and clove. Taste is similar. Tons of flavor in every sip. Smooth velvety mouthfeel and a hefe that I could drink all day!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 12:46:29 | More by DrDogbeer
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koopa

New Jersey

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

Bottle Received as a regional extra in a trade with Brandonman 63. Thanks buddy you are a great trader!

Appearance: Nicely executed look...very cloudy golden orange color. Pretty much the same look as a Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier.

Smell: Cinnamon, clove, wheat, banana mixed into a perfect Bavarian Wheat Beer Smell.

Taste: One of the better USA Wheat Beers I've ever had. If I close my eyes I can easily pretend this is the same wheat beers I drank off the tap in German Beer Gardens in the past.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but typical for the style

Drinkability: Easy sipper.... Enjoy it all summer long!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 16:43:54 | More by koopa
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mbrasi

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours cloudy golden with a monster head that hangs out for a good 5 minutes. Aroma is sweet fruit esp bannana and wheat. Flavor is outstanding easily the best hefe I've ever had. Bannana and grapefruit the dominent flavors in this one. What makes this hefe special is the way it finishes. It finishes so clean with a tinge of wheat and sweetness from the bannana. Better done than the german hefes that I've had. This is better than their unplugged version which I felt was a little unbalanced. Will get more.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 22:59:49 | More by mbrasi
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a huge head. Nice retention! Aroma is of coriander, spices, banana, and cloves. Taste is sweet bready malt, and tart...banana, honey, and citrus. I wasn't sure what this was before I poured it but I'm happy to discover a bavarian style hefeweizen. The beer is creamy with good carbonation. This is one of the better american brewed representations of the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 04:37:20 | More by HopHead84
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a heavily hazed amber with a great two finger head, but quickly recedes to a thin film in the pint glass. This beer could use a litle more head retention. Just the perfect banana ad clove aroma with some light breads mingling throughout the nose. Sweet bread grains hit the palate first, mking way for a nice developmentof banana flavors. Finishing with soft fruits and bready malts with just a touch of herbal hops. This beer is so well balanced ad deadly with a 7.2% abv. I would have never guessed the alcohol was that high. Just outstanding!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 16:58:31 | More by scruffwhor
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

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

Thanks to my NG hook up flyingbison for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a super foggy sunset gold with an enourmous three finger white head that falls to a thin creamy layer of bubbles that lasts throughout. Some lacing is left behind clinging to the sides of the glass as well. Smell is a powerful clove, spice, and banana. Some orange peel and bubblegum in the nose as well, lots of sweet aromas with this one. Flavor is quite similar, but with a bit less kick than the smell. Lemongrass and banana with some hoppy goodness to begin with. Some honey and pepper midway with a hay like dryness. Aftertaste is sweet with a bready kick and some cinnamon and clove. Light and soft body with a creamy feel, wonderful texture. Carbonation is light, crisp, and refreshing. I was amazed to see this beer was a 7.2% hefe, I love the drinkability of this one. I've said it before and I'll say it again, New Glarus has easily become one of my favorite breweries, keep up the good work Dan! A few more of these and I'll be a dancing machine bitches.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 01:22:09 | More by BeerTruth
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from BuckeyeNation. Thanks for the chance to try this. This is a beautiful hefeweizen- wonderful flavors here. Pours a hazy orange/golden with a relatively thin head and some light, sloppy lacing. The aroma is of light clove spice and sweet banana. The taste is fantastic. Lots of really fruity, sweet banana. Tastes like those really fragrant tiny baby bananas nicely balanced with some clean clove flavors that are just right. Perfect balance. The banana and clove play off each other back and forth and leave a tropical, but clean sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a sweetness throughout and a nice clovey finish that is almost peppery. Just a delight to drink. If this were local this would be in my fridge all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 18:35:37 | More by Georgiabeer
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a honey straw with a towering head that the glass can barely contain. Nice sticky legs on the glass. Light cloud is present after the bottle is swirled a little and the contents introduced to the glass. Head is frothy like whipped cream. A very pretty presentation.

Aroma is strong cloves and anise. Lemongrass and coriander. Bubblegum and banana, spicy clove almost overpowers the fruitiness of the yeast.

Taste is spicy fruit. The yeasty fruit flavor is perfect here. The crystal wheat is nicely balanced with the bubblegum and banana flavors. The phenolic character of the yeast is no overpowering.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

An excellent Hefe Weiss. I would venture to say my favorite domestic Hefe to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 23:41:33 | More by wheatyweiss
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lightindarkness

Florida

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

Thanks yet again boilerbeer, for your generosity in picking up beer for me on vacation with your family.

This one pours with a nicely attractive body, golden, just hazy enough to believe there's some real solid beer in there, just shiny and deep enough to be intriguing. White foamy head crests on top with some aggressive climb up the walls of the glass, then submits and sinks back down to a soft ring and wispy film.

Nose is bubblegummy with sweetness over coriander and some banana estery goodness. A little earthiness holds down the sweetness, but a very sugary smelling wheat overall.

Taste is nicely satisfying, with plenty of sweetness, though nowhere near too much. Banana, hints of mild clove, and bubblegum prevail. Some true wheat grainy flavors come out in the middle and soften to a mild round doughy finish.

Smooth and on the lighter side of medium bodied, this one leaves a pleasant coating over the mouth of mildly sweet and estery film. Carbonation is very soft spoken, yet notable in contributing to the overall feel.

Seems like a high abv for a wheat, but it goes down so smooth and tasty that it hardly hinders drinkability. A little sweeter than I would normally prefer for the style, though I find it very satisfying and hard to put down. It stays pretty nicely balanced and overall quite appealing.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 23:40:56 | More by lightindarkness
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat pours up velvety with a big, cascading white head that nearly overflows the rim over a slightly hazy deep straw-goldenrod body. Head retention is very good-excellent. The aroma is exceptional with a huge wheatberry bread character offset nicely by a juicy fruitiness (banana bread, lemon zest, orange marmalade) followed by a lovely spiciness (allspice, clover honey, crytalized ginger, warm cinnamon). Just a touch of alcoholic complexity wrapped behind the other nuances. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with a huge fruitiness, but a magical touch of spicy Noble hops quickly brings this malty weizenbier under control to creat a harmonious finish. Some alcohol warmth adds to the overall complexity of this fine, medium-full bodied wheat. Big creaminess, great texture, and somewhat filling. Definitely big for the style, but dangerously drinkable. Dan Carey delivers another masterpiece that will have you Oom-pah dancing!

PROST! Beertracker

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2008 17:16:00 | More by Beertracker
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Monsone in the Brews n' Books BIF!

Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color, gigantic foamy white head that seems to know exactly where the top of my Hefeweizen glass is, and big clumps of foamy lacing in the glass. Lots of clove in the nose, banana, and lemon. Very nice tasting Hefeweizen...plenty of tartness and lemon flavor, spicy clove, and a lot of banana taste. Pretty creamy moutfheel, but maybe a touch under-carbonated? Lots of lingering spice. This is a very satisfying summer brew...really glad I got to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 21:11:50 | More by corey0212
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botham

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a golden amber color with a sizable, creamy, off white head that dissipates in a couple minutes, leaving light, pillowy lacings.

aroma is fruity and malty, with wheat malt mainly, and light notes of citrusy hops and sweet undertones. the aroma is very rich for a hefe.

taste is full of banana, lemon, and orange flavors, along with wheat malt as a base and a bit of citrusy hops upon finishing. finishes quite smooth and mellow, with residual wheat malt and citrus in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lightly tart and sweet character, along with a candy-like finish with a residual sugary feel.

drinkability is decent. this is a rich hefe, with a rather sweet profile and sugary finish. the citrus and banana flavors are quite strong, without much malt to back them up. not well balanced, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 02:03:12 | More by botham
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Mdog

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Hazy gold, huge head.

Smell: Bananas with a touch of clove.

Taste: Cloves come first in the taste, some spiciness. Sweet bananas in the middle and a little citrus at the end.

Drinkability: A little strong to have more than a couple but tasty.

Another great wheat beer from New Glarus. Looks great, tastes great, reasonably priced. Just about everything you could want except wide distribution.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 23:54:54 | More by Mdog
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 18:40:29 | More by ibashmuck
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

M- highly carbonated and light feeling

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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 04:21:39 | More by jwinship83
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TATTORSO

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 02:40:03 | More by TATTORSO
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