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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,046 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 349
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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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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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sean for sending me a 6pk of a favorite of mine from NG !

I had already cracked a couple of these, but the one I just opened now started gushing when I opened it... hm... Well once it found its way into the glass, it was a hazy orangey-gold color with a firm 1 finger head in the tulip, filmy retention with some lace.

Just a huge powerful banana yeasty aroma as it poured and when I went in for the initial whiff. It's like a tangy spiced banana bread. Just great, with some of the typical herbal-clove as well.

The taste just as great, with nice tangy wheat character, crisp carbonation rolling over the tongue with some spritzy lemon zest, and great bready malt character throughout. Some sweeter fruitiness, and excellent potent yeastiness all the way through.

Even with all the times I've had this, I had forgotten it was 7.5% until I went to enter this review. It clearly has a bit more body and malting than your typical hefeweizen, but it is still on the same level of drinkability. A really great brew, though it is filling. Though, now that I think back, the first time I had this beer I also had the crack'd wheat within the same day or two span. I'm thinking I might've like the crack'd better but I will need to revisit that one as well for the final verdict. This is still an excellent brew all around and there aren't many american examples of this style that can match up.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 03:05:46 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-to-dark golden, light apricot body. Head is huge and white, foaming to about 2 1/2 fingers. Dense. Like whipped ice cream.

Spicy aroma for this one. Clove and faint ginger it seems. Banana also comes through, and a nice strong but light toasty biscuit.

Flavors aren't light here. Much malt gives this beer a strong foundation of cracker and bread. On top of that add the clove and banana, some sweetness that seems to attach itself to the banana, and faint hints at lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel takes a hit as the alcohol comes in to spoil, a bit, the spiciness. Drink takes an additional hit for this.
Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 05:26:51 | More by Mebuzzard
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cool to see a Hefeweizen that is higher up there in ABV. Dancing Man Wheat's color is a stunning golden orange, with just a touch of haze, and a quick to fade white head. Juicy fruits such as nectarines and clementines kick things off in the nose, followed by some clove and spice. The wheat shines through quite nicely as well. Lively carbonation accents the intense citrus flavors well, with a bit of chalky yeast towards the end. The body is medium overall, which works well with the amount of alcohol inside this beer. This one blurs the lines between Hefeweizen and pale Weizenbock. It is highly drinkable, but packed with flavor, and higher up there on the ABV scale. A completely unique beer we have here from the guys at New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 06:00:52 | More by jamie2dope
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chicano4craft

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Glarus Weizen glass. Huge fluffy white head. Cloudy golden yellow. Absolutely gorgeous!

Nose is amazing. Hugh banana. Tons of spice. Very inviting.

Lovely earthy banana and some clove is the taste. The wheat coats my tongue and leaves a subtle sweet aftertaste. Spiceness lingers.

I love the mouthfeel. Creamy with a dryness at the sametime. Carbonation is just right.

My favorite hefeweizen and maybe my favorite beer from New Glarus. Alcohol is very well hidden..until you finish your third one. This one has me jealous of Wisconsin. I will be back to Madison soon. And this time I'm coming back with more than a twelve pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 20:00:03 | More by chicano4craft
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bad idea to pour it in the middle, nothing but... head. I guess that's why people use wheat to give homebrew head retention. So insanely creamy, it looks like melting ice cream, retains infinitely. Hazy golden yellow color. Insane coat of thick lace.

S- Extremely estery, smells like Wyeast Witbier yeast. Tons of banana, clove and buuubbble gum. The grainy malt/wheat stands strong behind this. So strong, over the top I would say.

T- A lot like the aroma but with a ton of citrus/fruit (apple, canteloupe, orange, lemon) and bread. Just a lot of everything, except hops. Lots of grainy malt. Tons of clove and yeast spice. Esters. Cinnamon.

MF- Very nice. Feels as creamy as the head looks, well almost. The carbonation is amazingly smooth. Slightly bitter.

DB- An interesting Hefeweizen. It has a lot of nice aspects and flavors but they are all so strong, the yeast went nuts here. I like it but I don't love it. I would have to say that this is one of the better American Hefeweizens but still nothing to die for. The apperance and mouthfeel carry the score here.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 01:57:26 | More by cbutova
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy medium honey amber with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Banana, bubblegum, faint clove, and hefe earthiness dominate, along with honey malt and cracked wheat.

Taste -- Banana, clove, toasted honey malt, yeast, bright lemon, apple must, coriander, spicy wheat. Clove and spice become more prominent as the beer warms, with bubblegum and, to an extent, banana fading out for the most part.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample fluffy carbonation. Mildly drying finish.

Drinkability -- Quite a unique hefe. I can see the appeal definitely, but I guess I was expecting a little more. Still, a quality beer and a must try for hefe devotees.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:14:03 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this awesome extra from gungorr in our recent trade...

Pours a cloudy hazy golden orange with a huge thick fluffy head... The most beautiful looking hefe I've ever seen...

Surprisingly pungent aromas of spices and banana and wheaty yeast... Definite cloves and cinnamon with a big dose of wheat goodness... I'm actually surprised at how pungent this is... Amazing aromas...

Delicate wheat flavors are accented by the spiciness from the clove and cinnamon here... There's a wonderful tartness here that nakes this one suprebly refreshing... Man, it just tastes fresh and its definitely something I'd love to drink during the summer months... There's a citrusy aspect to this one as well that sets this one well apart from others in its class.. Amazingly crafted brew...

I'm wishing I could get this where I live... Its without a doubt the best hefe I've ever had and has me wishing I had another several bottles... Its amazing....

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 04:24:22 | More by Tilley4
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy white head with very good retention. Beer is a cloudy, muddy orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty but with little cling.

S: Outrageously aromatic and pungent. Orange rind, wheat, coriander, and other spices. Very sweet and robust and probably one of the most appetizing I've ever come across.

T: Opens with an orange rind tartness and big, in your face spices. Wheat in the middle with a slightly floral and accented spicy finish. Aftertaste is watery and wheaty.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, lively but subtley deep and robust at the same time. This one is definitely bubbly but it has a noticeably big body to it. Finish is sharp and aftertaste lingers.

D: For a 7.2% abv. wheat beer, I can barely taste the alcohol. Supremely drinkable although the flavor does seem a bit watered down at points. Feel is great with a nice, well-rounded body. Definitely a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:50:24 | More by SpeedwayJim
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow-brown shade. Full white head, but retention is somewhat poor.

S: The banana and cloves really jump out of this one as well as any hefe I've smelled previously. Also a little sweetness with the malt and spice. Not sure how old this beer is, but it definitely smells fresh.

T: Lots of lemon and tartness up front, along with a heftly dose of cloves. Banana and yeast are there but less apparent. The citrus and spice flavors seem to dominate a little too much for my liking. Finish is long and carries the tartness through, ending with a slight alcohol burn.

M: Medium body is enjoyable, while the heavy carbonation adds an unwanted frothyness.

A good hefeweizen and a good beer, but not in the top tier of its style for me. I find this one a little heavy on the citrus and the alcohol and prefer Crack'd Wheat as NG's best hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 23:37:16 | More by GeezLynn
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mnbrewery

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: (12/12)
Dancing Man Wheat is a Hefeweizen, the bottle states it is a "true Hefeweizen that is 100% bottle fermented". Just like the Hefe's in Germany I've had, the aroma is spot on with of banana and clove esters.

Appearance: (3/3)
A perfect straw color, hazy from the wheat and the bottling yeast. It poured very effervescently with bubbles racing to the top. A quick swirl brings back the head for a few minutes. Laces well.

Flavor: (19/20)
Oh, wow! The aroma brings me back to Germany with its spot-on aroma; the flavor does exactly the same. Great banana flavors, wheat malt present and there is a little tartness on the finish; perfect!

Mouthfeel: (5/5)
A nice medium body, as most Hefe's. As noted earlier, a little tartness on the back end, like true German Hefeweizens.

Overall Impression: (10/10)
This is by far the best American brewed Hefeweizen that I have ever had, not even close! Summit, Schell's, Flying Dog, Shiner and many others haven't even sniffed the level of perfection that New Glarus has created here! Brings me back to Munich!

TOTAL: 49/50

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 00:47:03 | More by mnbrewery
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wschmit

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass. Good banana scent as soon as I opened the bottle.

A: Two fingers of golden head, collapsing fairly quickly to one lingering finger, leaving only slight lacing on the sides. Hazy, and just a tad dark. Actively effervescent. The fine bubbles form a creamy, stable head, expected with all that wheat-y, yeasty protein.

S: Banana, wheat, and yeast. I get a touch of clove, but very little of the cinnamon the bottle describes. Perhaps a bit of tart noble hops?

T: Solid. Wheat in good proportion, good but not overwhelming banana, and a hint of the clove, just like the nose. Mild, lingering bitterness. On the high end of boozy for the style, but otherwise almost frighteningly true to form.

M: Good chew from the wheat, and spot-on effervescence. Refreshing, but for a bit too much alcoholic heat.

D: Pretty high. This is New Glarus, after all. I would ding this beer for its alcohol content, but it is one of the better examples of the style if you're going for authenticity. A well-executed beer, if you're in the right mood, this will please almost as well as any true Bavarian. I wouldn't call it sessionable--but certainly very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:24:55 | More by wschmit
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with lots of foam that makes for a rocky, yeasty head which falls to a thin, loose layer of bubbles. Smells of banana, vanilla maybe a touch of clove. Tastes a bit of vanilla, some navel orange, caramel and then maybe even a touch of cantaloupe. Effervescent. Finishes somewhat tart at first but then sweet. Would prefer more of solidly tart finish. A touch too sweet for me. Quite drinkable given its alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:00:12 | More by marcobrau
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6-pack of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in mid Summer 2010 for about $7.00.

This seasonal wheat beer from New Glarus brewery is superb. Pours a golden amber color with a thick head of foam that sticks around. Drinks very smooth and has a slight spice after taste. Dancing Man Wheat is far far from a whimpy tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:46:21 | More by Lemke10
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capra12

New York

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed solo out of a pint glass.

Appearance: pours yellow and golden wheat, slightly cloudy. 1 1/2 fingers of froth white head.

Smell: I get a ton of Belgian yeast and wheat. I got some light grains.

Taste: opens with the classic Belgian yeast as light grains increase in intensity. Light malts and wheat profiles present themselves and compliment the solid open leaving a light and wheaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a solid hefe which is highly drinkable. It saddens me that I only brought two bottles back from WI. Another solid brew from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:07:12 | More by capra12
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Buebie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this single in a mix in match going through Prescott. There is a date on the bottle, not clear if its freshness or bottle, but its 7/28.

Off the pour the head is a billowing monster up to nearly 3 inches and I havnt poured the whole bottle.
Head settles rather quickly leaving a solid cap of retention. Color is a light copper golden. A small amount of haze in there.

Aroma is brilliant, caramel forward, grainy sweetness, plenty of lemon and a clove likeness.

Some sweet flavors upfront, drying out quick and dry on the finish. Floral hops, clove/ belgiany funk coming forward strong, as well as a bit of sourdough breadyness and a touch of malt.
Mild warmth through the swallow. Finishing tart with some lemon, warmth and banana.
Light and crisp mouthfeel.

A terrific brew for the style, although not somthing I'd seek out as its not my type of styled beer. However still a solid beer and excellent for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 04:33:53 | More by Buebie
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trbergman

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Yellow-orange with one inch of dense and creamy white foam.

S - Somewhat muted aroma with an even balance of banana and clove.

T - Nice banana and clove esters with a slightly sour citrus tang. Sweet malty breadiness that becomes a little cloying. A tad boozy for my taste, and I can't decide whether the cinnamon flavor is a good touch.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy. Good carbonation.

D - This is closer to weizenbock territory than hefeweizen. Alcohol is too high and while I do like a sweeter hefe, this is a bit much. Realistically, I can't drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 03:04:31 | More by trbergman
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jslot38

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle to pint glass.

App: Pours a very hazy yellow straw color. Good top covering head, dirty white color. Shows a bit of yellow through the middle.

Smell: Outstanding hefe smell, great notes of bananas, green apples, wheat, yeast, sourdough bread, a touch of clove.

Taste: Primarily bananas and apples, right where the smell leaves off. Has some nice wheat backing, a bit of cereal, and some clove. Has a great refreshing tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy on the carbonation, has a good rounded edge to it.

Drinkability: 7.5% ABV... you have to be kidding. I could drink this all day.

This is easily the best hefe, and maybe wheat based beer I've ever had. Must get more.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 00:28:24 | More by jslot38
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psiweaver

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a 12oz bottle into a reidel stemless red wine glass

pours with a big fluffy white delicious head a hazy yellow wheat/hay color

absolutely great smell coriander and other spices, fantastic and refeshing

great amazing taste lots of spices and tastiness. very nice with a little coriander, citrus and just general awesomeness

great mouth feel and very easy drinking absolutely great. top flight in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 04:55:42 | More by psiweaver
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bavarians look out! These guys are on your case. Poured with a huge, fine, foamy, frothy, fluffy white head and lots of lace. Color is a slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is classic Bavarian hefe weiss: yeast, spice, bananas, caramel, malt, lemon, fresh cut grass. Flavor is the same with great balance between bitter and sweet with some tang. Perfect body and carbonation. Ditto finish which is like flavor, of medium length and clean. Session.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 20:57:45 | More by drpimento
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into konig Ludwig weizen glass

Big white fluffy head atop a hazy yellow body lots of active carbonation and some minor lacing.

Typical esters of banana and clove.

Same flavors as nose restrained malt character. Classic tasting

High carbonation good for the style
Pretty full mouthfeel 
Very good hefeweizen. It's been a while since I've had any hefes but this one is up there with the best in the style. 

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:26:21 | More by hansgruber
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thetomG

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely straw yellow cloudy pour with massive amounts of foamy white head. Very little lacing left behind as the head dissipates.

Aroma is very pleasant but mild (which is interesting considering how powerfully the flavors come out as you sip) with slight notes of wheat and spices.

Taste is fantastic - wheat, banana, lemony citrus, cloves & spices - its all here. Very very tasty. Slight warmth from the alcohol, but nothing overpowering in the least bit.

Very good mouthfeel - not too thin, not too thick - and well carbonated.

I will be drinking as much of this as I can, especially during the warmer months. EXCELLENT brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:55:35 | More by thetomG
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SeasonalBrew

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, golden yellow with an inch of white head. The color grows darker towards the top of the glass. Head dwindles down to a thin, fluffy cap that leaves great lacing.

S: Immediately I pick up banana esters and sweet malts. The scent is straight caramelized bananas, with a touch of clove and vanilla.

T: Sweet caramelized bananas and vanilla off the bat. The sweetness carries through the entire way and the clove adds a nice touch mid-way through and in the finish. This is an awesome hefeweizen!!

M: Rich with plenty of carbonation.

D: Wow, this is the best hefe I've ever tasted.. even though that hasn't been too many.. but still! You don't even notice the 7.2% abv on this one at all. This has definitely been my favorite beer from New Glarus

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 06:32:26 | More by SeasonalBrew
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat

This had been given to me by Fred @ Beer Run... though he's not on BA, I felt the need to add a thanks.

A: Bubbles over the bottle before pouring... Quite a deep golden as far as hefeweizens go. Head is rather creamy, though a little short lived.

S + T: Modest banana and a fairly notable clove scent. Some wheaty cereal grain aromas show up, too. Flavour is on the sweeter side... Banana is there, along with some fruity sweetness and something almost honey-like. Very nice and balanced flavour.

M + D: Sparkling, prickly carbonation... lighter in body, but enough character to keep it interesting. A nice, traditional hefe. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 19:15:04 | More by Proteus93
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to crossovert for the trade! 12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Gorgeous pour--bright orange-creamsicle body with a healthy haze. A towering tuft of manila head holds court up top, dropping slowly to a thick cap of foam. Good lacing to boot. The smell knocks me back (in a very, very good way)--rich creamy wheat, vanilla and clove spices, and lots of juicy tropical fruits. Gives Live Oak's Hefe a run for its money in the aroma department.

Speaking of Live Oak Hefeweizen, Dancing Man Wheat is nearly identical in flavor, with a touch more clove and vanilla leading the way. More hops, too, with a green, floral finish that blends well with the wheatiness. Mouthfeel is the only spot where this beer loses points--I prefer my hefe's a bit creamier. But still the light, effervescent body is appreciable. New Glarus masters nearly every beer style they touch (especially the lighter ABV ones, although at ~7% this one tips the scales). Dancing Man Wheat is no exception. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 03:50:33 | More by wagenvolks
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enormous head covers cloudy pale yellow body that shows copious bubbles. Aroma is more banana and potent clove. Nice little spiciness with the soft wheat malt backing.
Drink is incredibly smooth. Some richness, yet still soft enough to keep drinking. Can get some hints of alcohol that add to the spiciness and blend really nicely with the yeast. It takes on more of a belgian flavor than a traditional German hefe. I think this is fairly fresh as it appears to take on some hop character. Dries nicely, but briefly. Soft almost powdery feel (is that possible) that seems to lend a vanilla flavor. Light body really enhances drinkability, but the more potent abv could make this dangerous. Softness of carbonation is awfully nice too.
This is a good beer, the spiciness of the flavor is what separates it from the others.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:54:58 | More by garymuchow
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.