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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,227 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 380
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Photo of Brunite
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy golden color with a huge white head.

S: Clove, cinnamon, banana. Smells great.

T: Clove, cinnamon, banana, wheat. A very nice sweet finish. This is amazingly good.

M: Medium, creamy.

O: This is one of the 3 finest hefe's I have had. I am extremely happy that this will be available all summer. World class stuff.

Photo of jerskine
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy, cloudy, golden yellow hue

S: smells like a ripe banana with cinnamon

T: this is a unique tasting hef; very sweet wheat flavor with tons of spices to compliment; lots of clove flavor with some lemon zest

M: you really can't tell that this one is 7.2% abv at all; it really gives you a "mouth full of wheat" feeling and goes down very smooth afterwards

O: Yet another exceptional beer by New Glarus. Ranks in my top 3 for Hefeweizens.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looking back to some older notes...I have to thank Steve (a74gent) for bring this beer to me.

Dancing man is a lightly hazy deep, dark gold in color, leaning just a little darker than the typical hazy gold. A white cap of head forms about a finger tall. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.
The typical hefeweizen aroma is evident, and this is clearly a nice version of the style. A bit more lemon comes through, but banana and clove are present with the wheat as they ought to be. There's also a nip of spices and a very light note of hops lingering for added balance.
The exact same can be said of the flavor, really not varying from the nose; again, a very nicely made hefeweizen. Crackery malts blend the contributing flavors nicely, adding a slightly dryer element without detracting from the character. A bit of alcohol comes through, but barely.
A nice, crisp bite starts it off before some nice chewy body, about medium in strength, shows its depth then finishes very smooth.
This is a pleasure. I love the style, and these guys do it right. Almost on par with the very best in the world.

Photo of richkrull
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one in my buddy's fridge last weekend. Poured a hazy golden color with quite a bit of white head on it. Nice wheat aroma with some banana, spice and a bit of citrus thrown in. Taste was very good. A strong flavor but very balanced. Nice medium bodied wheat beer. This went down very easy. I was very surprised to see this was over 7% abv because it is very smooth. A great beer overall that I'll definitely look for again.

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

A: Very hazy copper orange gold

S: Big ass clove, wheat, and spice aroma.

T: Cloves, spices, wheat, a bit of hop in the very very back

M: Creamy, smooth, a bit thick for a wheat

O: An interesting rendition of a higher abv wheat. Not quite as good as Oberon though

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from StormKing47 into a Hopus tulip/pilsner hybrid thing.

A: Cloudy gold in color with a dense rocky head of about an inch or so, great retention with a few gobs of lacing as it recedes. Nice color all the way around.

S: A bit of banana and clove and some grainy wheat malts. Some nice notes of lemon and spice as well. Maybe just a bit of lacto as well? Doesn't smell exactly sour, but does have some notes of tartness. Interesting.

T: Very tasty, one of my favorite wheat malt profiles I've had in a beer, grainy and bready but slightly citrusy/lemony as well. On top of that is a great yeast note, lots of flavors of spice, banana, and clove. The banana flavor really lingers in the mouth long after its gone. This is great.

M: Medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation, finishes slightly warm for a 7.2% beer, but is dry and finishes nicely. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D: Very enjoyable beer here, nicely done. I would like it to be a bit lower in ABV to really drink a lot of it, but it is still a damn tasty beer. If it were widely available I could easily see this as my summertime watching baseball beer.

Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ed. Pours an attractive peach/orange with a fluffy head that recedes quickly. Nose is heavy on spices, banana, cloves, coriander. Fairly heavily spiced in the mouth. Almost a numbing ground coriander. A bit hefty but fairly true to style and reminiscent of some Bavarian gems. Spice quality is a bit heavy, the beer is more robust than some lighter examples of this style. Nice.

Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is orange in color with an impressive (or maybe not?) level of clarity for a hefeweizen. A massive white head forms before subsiding.

S: We've got banana, which is quite nice. But even more so, there is a lot of clove and maybe a bit of bubblegum. Sweet wheat bread is prominent as well. Maybe a bit of orange peel.

T: Very sweet malt and wheat with a bit of a honey flavor in there too. Quite spicy, especially with cloves, and there's a bit of citrus zest on the finish. Banana esters provide some sweetness as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation that is fairly smooth and almost creamy.

D: Despite a way higher than usual ABV, this is a pretty good hefeweizen, especially for an American brewed version. Wouldn't mind having this one again.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep yellow, light orange haze, big 2 finger head with terrific lacing webbing in the glass.

S - clean, clove, wheat, bananas, terrific aroma.

T: clove, wheat, goes down smooth, slight bitter finish but it is balanced really well.

M: medium body, light prickly tongue from carbonation. very refreshing beer.

D - Truly divine! My favorite New Glarus offering and I was sad when my beer was gone. Definitely seek this out.

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

Poured a murky golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a 2 finger head which dissipated quite fast and left some frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The coriander is very apparent in the nose with banana, slight spice, and belgian yeast notes. The coriander and the banana flavor mesh really well alongside belgian yeasty and wheat grain accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, slight fruity , yeasty, and grainy finish. It drank good and was a solid hefeweizen with all the characteristics I look for in a hef.

Photo of drizzam
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured a hazy light amber in color, topped by a very ample 3 finger off-white head. Very nice head retention and excellent lacing. It took a while for me to pour the whole beer in the glass, the head didn't seem to want me to.

S - Very aromatic, clove and banana all up in my nostrils!

T & M - A big wheat body carries that same clove and banana I smelled in the aroma. There is also some citric fruit in the balance, it seems to be a cross between orange and lemon zest. This brew is medium bodied with a bit of tingly carbonation on the back end. The 7.2% ABV is surprisingly well hidden!

D - This is one of the better Hefeweizens' produced in the world today! You would think for a South German brew, you would not have a WI brewery setting the bar this high. A perfect example of the style, and one that is dangerously drinkable. I could stock this all year 'round.

Photo of modernartblues
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

received in trade from woosterbill....thanks c'ptain

A - I'm not partial to the style, but this is a beauty. Nice fluffy white head, plenty of bubbles shooting up. light lacing attempts to cling to the glass.

S - Huge nose, especially for the style. Big wheat smells, backed up by some fruits. Fruits come through more and more as I smell it. Let's see if the taste matches up.

T - It's not quite as impressive as the head, lighter fruit notes. Mostly this tastes similar to other wheats I've sampled. Maybe more so of a lot of tastes. This score is probably tempered, because I've never loved the style.

M - Perfect for the style.

D - Good. I'd def. recommend to fans of wheat beers, and may even be persuaded to seek it out again if I ever make it out to WI.

Photo of robwestcott
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to BanditBrewingCo for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a cloudy sunlight honey gold to a sun king shaped pint with a huge 2+ finger frothy long lasting white head with serious retention.

spicy aroma of clove, citrus peel and ripe banana.

yeasty, sweet with a subtle tangy bite. banana, butterscotch candy sweet. unexpectedly hot after.

full bodied, highly carbonated, sweet.

drinkable - yes indeed.

Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - poured a four-fingers thick fluffy off-white head that settles to a thick sheet and good lacing throughout. the body was a bubbly and hazy straw gold color.
s - lemons, clove, bread, wheat, some sweet spices. this is such a complex hefe.
t - wheat, lemon, spices.
m - bubbly carbonation yet smooth.
d - highly drinkable. this beer is almost impeccable.

Photo of in780
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - hazy golden/yellow color with pretty massive head. Plenty of carbonation in this one.

S - Clove and spice

T - Tart flavor with spices, ginger and cinnamon dominate.

M - A little fizzy...sounds tacky, but it feels like it's dancing in my mouth

D - Goes down real well, abv a little high to be able to session, but I could go for another.

Another fine brew from New Glarus.

Photo of Lukafer
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a bunch to MilwaukeeCrusher for this!

Pours a hazy, light golden with 3 fingers of glorious white head that clings to the sides of the glass and slowly fades.  Smells yeasty, some banana and spices, slight lemon, smells really good.  From the first sip I was a fan, I taste banana, some yeast, slight spices and a nice, quick peppery finish.  Delicious!  Mouthfeel is great and drinkability is out of this world.  Another New Glarus hit for me, I really wish they'd distribute to Indiana.

Photo of berkey
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a contoured pint glass 11/20/10. This is a beer I've been curious to try but might never have traded for it if it didn't show up as an extra. Thanks Joe.

Forms a very large foamy white head atop a moderately hazy orange body. Head leaves splotches of lace as it settles. Carbonation appears very active.

Aroma is intensely estery with rich banana notes. Can't recall another American wheat beer that smells this much like it's German counter part. The fruitiness is anchored in place by some spice and very subtle herbal hops.

Flavor is much more muted than the smell but still very pleasant. A slight citric quality joins the banana characteristics along with some earthy and more spice notes than anticipated. Actually evokes cinnamon and maybe a little cardamom.

Maybe it's a function of getting a satisfying Hefeweizen when I expected an American Pale Wheat (I didn't realize what style this beer was until I uploaded my notes) but I really enjoyed this beer a great deal.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold yellow color with a typically large hefeweizen head.

Aroma contains clove, cinnamon, and vanilla balanced with a great amount of twangy wheat malt. It's full and potent, but feels like it could be just a touch fresher.

Flavor has a large amount of wheaty twang with a slightly buttery flavor. Wheat and bread flavors come through as well as a touch of medicinal wheat on the finish. This beer is close to being really good, but it has a few flaws. It's high ABV makes it a little cloying, but I like the increased potency of the nose.

Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to two generous BAs for bottles of this beer: Elric73 and BeerFMAndy. Thanks guys!

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Pours a dark, über-cloudy gold. A thick, lustrous 3-finger head capped it off. Excellent retention; left light lace. Scents of pineapple, banana, bubblegum, yeast, coriander. Wow! Great nose! The mouth is moderately-carbonated, with a subtle bite on the finish. Moderate-to-full body. The fruity quality carries over well in to the flavor. Notes of yeast, pineapple, some mild breads, and faint spices. Well-balanced. This was a treat of a beer. Even "out of season" this would be a great, refreshing beer. Thanks again for the opportunity, fellow BAs...

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently my 1300th review. Clearly I'm paying attention. I'll make #2000 a really badass significant beer. I'll figure out what that is.

Came to me in a BIF, which is fun because it was a want. Poured from a bottle into a RR wine glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big soft white head of small bubbles, high carbonation and lots of lacing on the glass. This is what a hefe is suppose to look like.

Strong banana esters and mild yeast in the nose. Some grain as well, smells good.

Beer is light in body and wet all around. Tastes really nice, its refreshing, decent carbonation on the palate and overall a well balanced hefe. The fruit is not overwhelming at all, its well inserted into the palate. Mild grainy aftertaste, otherwise this is a great hefe. I would definitely have it again. It does slightly annoy me that this beer is greater than 7%, should be more around 5%.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from my massive backlog, from early July 2010. I wish I had a more intricate tick, as I (obviously) think the world of this brew. I will elaborate next time I have the pleasure to crush a few of these.

Purchased at the brewery. Enjoyed at the farm in Monroe, WI.

A - It pours a beautiful hazy honey-gold hue, capped generous off-white foam. It is pretty much exactly what the style is supposed to look like.

S - The nose is replete with the classic notes of the style, and then some. Tropical, melon and kiwi notes mingle with the traditional bread and banana impressions. This stuff smells amazing: It is subtly sweet, complex, fruity, and substantial.

T - Besides the notion that this brew hits every stylistic checkpoint dead-on, my first impression is that of a huge banana muffin flavor. I am also getting some other delicious and delectably fruity notes, including various melon nuances as well as that of wild berries. This is outstanding stuff, without a doubt. The sweetness is just enough to facilitate a wealth of gustatory delights, the complex fruitiness in flavor and aroma is quite uncommon, and the substantive nature of the overall brew is truly satiating.

M - As with the other aspects of this brew, it is as good as it gets. The brew feels rich and velvety and is everything I could ask for.

D - This is not only the best beer of the style I have had, and the best New Glarus beer I have had; it reaches those milestones by a Secretariat-like margin.

Photo of Bobby12many
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy golden beer with a fluffy, but fleeting foam crop of head. Very nice looking beer, that is just ever so slightly hazy. Quite lively carbonation long after the head has dispersed itself into a coaster.

S - Great hefeweizen smell. Bubblegum and Banana come through with a slight astringent note in the background. This one begs you to take a hearty swig...

T - WOW. This is what a Hefe is supposed to taste like! Although present, the bananas and bubblegum aren't as up front in the taste as they are the nose, but the slight cinnamon note mixed with the Clove presence in the finish really make this beer shine. Impeccable balance of yeast, clove, and classic banana notes on the finish. No mustiness to be found. Simply put, this is just a clean, crisp, and fantastic wheat beer.

M - A bit more thin than other Hefeweizens out there, but it does not adversely affect the experience.

D - Incredibly drinkable, especially for the ABV. So drinkable in fact, that I have purchased every 6 pack of this stuff that I have come across left over from this years run. Undoubtedly one of my favorite beers, and another World Class offering from Dan and Deb @ New Glarus!

Photo of Bubba83
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a really hazy light copper color, with a good bit of bubbles rising up. Bright white head tops things off, about two fingers width. Very good retention, with pretty good lacing for the style.

Lots to pick up in the smell, anything from banana to bubble gum, apricot, hints of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper. Light bready malts interweave nicely.

Taste is more of the same, a good deal of apricot, peach and banana fruityness. A good deal more clove on the palate than the nose, and some residual strawberry on the swallow which may point to a little bit of flavor contribution from the alcohol.

I like the feel, less spritzy than I would have imagined, nice and soft, almost creamy at first, then feels a little more lively and has quite a nice medium body. Finishes fairly dry.

Drinks relatively well for its strength. I didn't actually realize it was over 7% until I started reviewing it on here and noticed the strength. It's quite a contemplative beer for the style, which is a good thing, but it's not something I would consider thirst quenching. Overall I really enjoyed this, thanks for sending it out this way Kegatron.

Photo of chaz01
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of a friend (thanks Larry!) who recently made a trip to Wisconsin. Poured into a tulip type glass.

A: Hazy, golden yellow color with a foamy white head that sticks around a bit.

S: Cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon notes in the aroma.

T: Bananas and apples taste punctuate the grassy wheat flavor of the beer along with the spicy clove and nutmeg flavors in the aroma.

M: Lite bodied, lots of carbonation, very creamy and delicious mouthfeel.

D: Extremely light, refreshing and delicious. The only thing that makes this beer not even more drinkable is it's lack of availability where I live!.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is one I have been wanting to try.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is bananas, cloves and wheat. The flavor is more of the same. The banana component of the flavor stands out the most, but the cloves and wheat are also present and keep the beer from being sweet and syrupy. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

An excellent hefeweizen, one of the best I have had.

Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.