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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,162 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,162
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 360
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

a - Pours a yellow golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that lasts for several minutes. Nice lacing and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, spices, and cloves. Some yeast and citrus fruit as well.

t - Tastes of wheat, bananas, and a little spice. Hint of lemon as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A really nice hefeweizen. I thought it smelled great and was very easy to drink. Looking forward to drinking more of these.

mdfb79, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of hu5om
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

now it feels like summer in WI...
a- cloudy, cloudy pale golden yellow. nice fluffy white head on top. decent lacing
s- sweet orange, wheat grain, yeast, corriander or cloves?
t- yeast, wheat grain, the sweet orange lightly, the corriander/cloves i can't seem to figure out. delicate, light spiciness. how is this 7.2%?
m- creamy, sumptuously smooth, a bit of healthy thickness to it
d- i want to buy a case. i'm going to drink this all summer. avenitus who?

hu5om, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of newk340
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

split w/ hu5om (and plan on drinking many more before summer's end).

A: amazing sizzling pour, thick foamy head while a wheat gold in color with excessive champagne-like carbonation.

S: yeasty at the outset, with faint hints of lemon zest.

T: wow. subtle in its all-around flavors of malts, wheat, and spices. very well-rounded taste with no overbearing flavors.

MF/D: a bubbly sizzle initially, simmers for a smooth swallow. fantastic mouthfeel and one of New Glarus' best beers. will certainly consider buying a case before summer's end. thank god i live in wisconsin. this is definitely Weihenstephaner's sugar-daddy... oh yeah, the 7.2% abv is not noticeable so watch out when using as a session beer.... haha.

newk340, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, the summer seasonal for New Glarus.

It pours into my generic Weizen glass a pale, light gold with orange hinting at the top and a ribbon of yeast. The head is foamy and massive, a white mountain brimming over the lip of the glass. It takes a bit to recede leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is almost pure bubble gum, there are hints of clove and banana, but mostly pink bubblegum. It seems to get more clovey as you sniff, but it has a strong bubblegum scent, especially when you sniff out of the bottle.

The flavor is more of a lemon/clove mixture, it has a deep spiciness that tickles the back of your throat. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and undercarbonated for the style, reminiscent of a weizenbock. The drinkability also suffers per the style because of this, but only slightly.

It is a wild hefeweizen, not quite authentically Bavarian, but pretty close.

crossovert, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into hefe glass.

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange with a big two and a half finger's worth of head and tons of streaming bubbles coming up the side of the glass. The heads recedes slowly leaves great lacing and a very nice cap on the beer.

S- Big amounts of clove, yeast and bubble gum. Some nice malt and a little bit of a grassy undertone. A little bit of a breadiness at the end of it. Purely intoxicating.

T- Nice smooth wheat, yeast and clove. A nice breadiness, good amounts of malt and bubble gum. Very well balanced with no flavor really dominating.

M- Very smooth on the first sip, just glides over the tongue. Medium bodied that is a little bit chewy. The carbonation only becomes apparent on the back of the throat.

D- I would like to know where the 7.2% is hidden in this beer. I have never had a hefe this big and hidden the ABV so well. If you aren't careful, this one will sneek up on you, God knows it has happened to me.

Wisconsinality, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip glass.

A: A cloudy hazy dark gold color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Yeasty with light fruit smells and some bready malts.

T: Fruit flavors pop with banana and citrus and some drying wheat. The yeasty clove flavor comes right behind to mix with the fruit along with some bready malt. A bit of sweetness is detected, but not overly so. Finish is yeasty with some sweetness. Nice beer.

M: Medium, smooth and no hints of alcohol.

D: High, really good beer that one can have a few of. Be careful though, abv will hit you hard.

Overall a real nice German style Hefe that I really enjoyed. Good beer, wish I could get it here in PA as I got this one as an extra in a trade.

Kadonny, May 18, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy amber color with touches of orange. Nice big head that dissipated with some sheeting along the sides throughout the drink.

S - Great hefe smell, with nice banana and clove. Smells more sweet than spicey, with some nice phenol and yeast on the end.

T - It's a pretty sweet banana tasting brew, and it gets too sweet to drink tons of, although it tastes pretty good. I get the feeling a lot of non-craft beer drinkers may like the taste on this one. Nice yeasty quality to it.

M - Medium bodied with some nice bubbles, sweet finish.

D - Fairly easy drinker, although the sweetness can get to you. Pleasant to drink, would drink it if it was around.

AgentZero, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy golden amber color with a half inch of bubbly white head covering the top. The head faded a little but a small white covering stayed pretty much throughout drinking it.

The aroma has a good amount of wheat to it with some bready banana, nutmeg and clove notes as well. The wheat and the yeast flavors really come together nicely in the nose.

The taste has a lot of very nice wheat flavors up front and finishes with more of the banana, clove, fruity, spicy, yeast flavor. The wheat has a very nice smooth and slightly sweet flavor to it. Excellent tasting wheat beer, easily one of the best I've had.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate to above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's a great tasting wheat beer that is very easy to drink. I really can't believe it's over 7% abv with how easy drinking it is.

billab914, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many a six pack when I was living in Chicago and it was so easy to drive up to WI for some New Glarus.

A: Pours a medium copper with a very nice white head and a decent amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: Loads of banana with a bit of clove in there. A little bit of miscellaneous spice as well.

T: Again, loads of banana, almost semi-roasted. Beautiful flavors all around, with a bit of malt sweetness backing things up. In the end, the yeast shines through, creating a lovely bouquet of German hefe flavors.

M: Fairly light with good carbonation and a nice, light creaminess.

D: The ultimate summer session beer, even though the relatively-high ABV will creep up on you.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of glenviewjeff
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best wheat I've ever tasted, and I've tasted many. Notes of cinnamon/clove, and banana/apple next. My wife thinks it tastes "hoppy," though I don't get it. There is no reason whatsoever to ruin this beer with a lemon. It stands well on its own and its flavor is strong.

It's very cloudy even for an unfiltered wheat beer. It's a shame that we have such lame beer laws in our country that you can't buy it outside of Wisconsin. I'm lucky enough to live about 35 minutes' drive from the Wisconsin border, and it's well worth the trip.

glenviewjeff, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of beeronesse
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy gold color. I rolled it on the counter before opening to get the sediment in the pour. I like sediment

Nose is bananas and spice, some malt.

Mouthfeel is creamy, nice carbonation. Good weight, rich but not too heavy.

Taste is Bavarian Weizen on steroids! Big banana, balanced by some floral hops and subtle but apparent clove/coriander notes. Absolutely delicious from the first cold sip to the 50 degree sip. While not necessarily a pounder, it's very, very easy drinking.

Delightful!

beeronesse, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger thick/creamy white head, with lots of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice yeast note, banannas, coriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, very nice bananna/corinander notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, one of the best Hefe's I've had to date.

Wasatch, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to MPLS for including this in a trade - absolutely amazing! Review is from notes taken on 2/1/10 and poured from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful lemony yellow mixed with a light coppery orange color and starts with a huge 3 finger billowy white head that eventually fades to a thin, but full, skim on the surface; body is very cloudy and shows strong carbonation; wet and oily lacing that is spotty slides back into the drink.

Smell: Quite a bit going on here -- nice smooth yeasty scents (almost reminiscent of some Pale Belgians Ales); slight banana and clove scents; a nice bready/wheaty presence in the back of the nose with a bit of light graininess.

Taste: Flat out amazing -- Nice smooth and creamy banana flavors combine with the spicey cloves; light presence of a bready wheatiness and toasty grains; slight sweet malt presence as well. Flavors are so well blended and put together, I really with I had about a case of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation that stops just shy of being sharp and it keeps the mouth bubbly and those flavors bouncing around the mouth; body is a little slick and there is even a mild coating left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: All day long - beautiful to the eyes, nose and mouth. I definitely understand why this beer ranks as high as it does. It's earned it.

bamadog, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge white head. Head falls slow. Big sticky lace.

It has a big lemony wheat aroma. A tad sweet.

Citrus and wheat taste. Quite tangy and tart. Orange flavor in the finish.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

I really like this one, a fine brew that you can have a few of. Very drinkable wheat.

dstc, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of dudemuskie
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in a mixer 6er at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, WI. Cant say enough about the Brat Stop, and I certainly cant say enough about NG Brewing!

Appearance- We've got a gusher!! Wow! Super effervescent brew gushes moderately from just opened bottle and pours a pretty hazy straw color with a kiss of light orange highlights. Loads of tiny bubbles string from the bottom of the glass and push up a tight, creamy, eggshell white head that towers and lingers with light clingy lace.

Aroma- Thick yeasty aromas of clove, bananna, soft cinnamon and citrus peel. Delightfully refreshing aroma. Some creamy wheat aromas hidden amongst the dominant yeasty characters.

Flavor- Sweet, creamy wheat and yeasty spice/fruitiness emerge from a blanket of fine CO2 bubbles. Fruitiness (bananna and citrus peel) and yeast ride into the middle and fade into a very light wheat bread maltiness. Candy-like finish with a touch of herbal hops gives hints of stronger than normal alcohol for a hefeweizen beer. All flavors meld into a nice, light and refreshing, but complex finish. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel- Very high CO2, light-medium bodied, wonderfully complex yet very drinkable. Nice finish that lingers just long enough to bring you back for more. Low residual sugars.

Overall- Very high drinkability on this one, but be careful because its a beast! This is as good if not better than most hefeweizen beers I have had in recent memory. Spot on for the style, very sessionable, very potent. What a killer combination!

dudemuskie, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden/orange color with an off-white, two-finger head of firm foam. It left behind thin rings of lace.

S - Clove, cinnamon, banana and wheat aromas jump out of the bottle as you pour it out. There is a grain smell as you examine it closer.

T - Great flavor of wheat, fruit and clove. There are yeasty flavors and banana, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - Since I don't live in WI, I really regret not buying more! Great hefe that tastes like a good one from Germany.

zeff80, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of MPLS
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a tulip as I couldn't find the hefe glass anywhere. Good embodiment of the style with it's ultra-murkey orange peel colored body and bright 6 cm head. The retention is good, nice layering of lace. A warm looking beer.

S: The smell is pretty spot of for style: Bananas, orange chewing gum, clove, and yeast. Slightly underwhelming, but like I said true to the style.

T: The best hefe that I have had from NG and probably the best hefeweizen that I have ever had. Up front there is a lot of malt sweetness with bananas and orange zest. The bananas really pop in this weizen, but they lay way to a delicate spicyness that finishes with a bready and mildly warming finish. Very refreshing and absurdly smooth layering of malty sweetness that makes me forget it's 7.2% ABV.

M: The body could have been bigger and slightly less carbonation. The mouf still possesses a pleasant amount of creaminess to it with prickly carbonation.

D: Can tell that I'm general maltcentric, but this really makes me want to try more hefeweizens (good thing I bought more varieties). I find this to be a lovely and sugarcoated beer that is undeniably refreshing. Give me summer and the awesome NG prices and if I have to be monogamous with a hefeweizen this would be the one.

MPLS, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great secret santa 09 beer from maximum12, poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint. This is by far the best looking wheat beer I have ever seen poured into a glass. It is hazy and murky and effervescent. There is an incredible glow at the base of the beer, and the range of oranges and yellows really make this a site. The head is a very thick frothing white foam that slowly resides, leaving an ample amount of bubbly lacing.

After the appearance the smell is definitely a bit of a let down, there are hints of clove, pepper, citrus but they are all a bit subdued behind a heavy biscuit malt.

The taste is a great balance of lemon citrus, light spice, crisp wheat, clove and biscuity malt. None of the flavors overpower any of their counterparts and each of them contribute beautifully to a very nice wheat beer flavor.

The beer is perfectly carbonated and has a nice light body with crisp, well-balanced flavors. The alcohol never shows up, and this is something I think I would appreciate even more in the summer, but it's delicious in January as well.

rpstevens, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of billyzoom666
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy golden color with some heavy carbonation. The wheat smell is evident immediately, but is not overpowering. Not a ton of flavor, some sweet apples stuck in there which were a nice surprise. Definitely a nice session beer.

billyzoom666, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was not expecting anything special from this beer. Based on alot of things I was thinking of this as more of a filler in the beer tasting that was provided for me. While trying many New Glarus brews this one happened to be mine and many others favoritte. The review and description of this beer was quite easy and I would recommend it for all rookies to beer.
The appearance of this beer was a cloudy orange. It looked as if all of the ingredients were trying to seperate as you stared at the glass more and more.
The smell was potent and obvious to the different fruits and clove that were present. I smelled bananas for the majority but you could also smell many different citrus.
Taste was incredible. I loved the flavor of this beer. The banana was extremely pleasing to the palate and i also enjoyed the cloves. Throughout the night people were refering to Dancing Man as "The Banana Beer".
Mouthfeel was pleasant as well. This beer was an amazingly drinkable beer that might be my new favoritte thing to drink as a refresher.

leakyfaucet12, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy golden orange. The thick white head is like a dollop of fresh whipped meringue. It settles down fighting the whole way. Leaving thick lace coating the glass.

The aroma is like juicy fruit gum in a glass. Super sweet oranges, bananas and lemons with spices like clove and coriander. Light wafts of yeasty bread dough are pick out as well. I could smell this beer all day.

The flavor is pretty much a mirror of the nose. Sweet oranges, bananas, and lemons. Spices with hints of fresh cut grass and yeast. Not a strong as the nose but right up there.

Medium body with creamy richness that makes this beer super satisfying. Moderate carbonation.

Overall my favorite hefe period. I love this beer anytime of year. Hot days or cold nights. I'm up for a dance with this NG beer.

beerwolf77, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of bristol2120
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours with a significant head that quickly settles down to a thin white layer of foam. Specks of yeast are visible in the foam. Beer is a nicely cloudy dark golden. Great aroma with classic bubblegum and banana notes strongly present. Great malty, wheaty character in the taste. I sense just a hint of smokiness in the background. As usual with New Glarus products, the mouthfeel is excellent, with a smooth, full, and well rounded character along with just the right amount of carbonation. This is an extremely drinkable beer, and one of the premier examples of the style.

bristol2120, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a pillowing 3 inch egg-white head that slowly dissolves into a nice layer atop the glass. Aroma is strong banana and clove with some touches of lemon. The flavor is spicy with banana and clove and some mild hop flavor that comes across as spicy also has some alcohol warmth. Its a medium bodied beer that is crispy but somehow has a certain creaminess to it. Lots of banana and clove deliciousness in this one and I'm loving it. Overall, this is a delicious high octane hefeweizen that you should probably be drinking right now.

DiabolikDUB, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of KBomb
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A large, pillowy head of frothy foam stands three fingers tall over a rich golden body (ever so slightly murky). Aromas of lemon zest and tangerine peel fill and tantalize the nose, a foundation of bread dough lies underneath, accented with a little banana and clove. Crisp citrusy flavors lead the way followed by sourdough bread and chased with a little bit of spice and more citrus. Lots of robust taste, yet high carbonation helps leave a notable clean finish. This is a beer of much substance, nearly a chewy mouthfeel. Yet though it clocks in at over 7% ABV, "Dancing Man" is nicely drinkable. New Glarus adds another legend to its line-up, a memorable and cravable Hefe.

KBomb, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of mklinger
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint with the last couple inches swirled before pouring. This bottle was found in a box a beer in my pantry. It was purchased 6 months ago, so it's a bit on the older side for a hefeweizen.

It's a lovely color, a rich golden, deeper than most other hefes. Appropriately hazy from all the resuspended yeast. An inch+ head formed but quickly dissipated. Lots of carbonation visible.

Aroma is all about very ripe bananas, you know the ones that are getting slightly past their prime, a bit sour. Also both wheat and yeast present though fairly mild compared to the banana.

Flavor is more balanced. The standard banana and cloves are present, coming through in that order. There's a bit of bready sweetness at the beginning and a bit more hop bitterness than is most common for a hefe coming in at the finish. There's also very little sign of the 7.2% abv which is quite remarkable.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Lots of carbonation, very bright in the mouth with an excellent richness to the body.

This is a very good beer, though I must say that I think it probably would have received higher ratings last summer when it was fresh. I drank a fair amount while visiting the folks in Wisconsin. I guess I'll have to re-rate next summer when I get some fresh again.

mklinger, Dec 06, 2009
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,162 ratings.