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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,181 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 365
Gots: 87 | 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 trbergman
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

trbergman, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of jslot38
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

jslot38, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of psiweaver
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

psiweaver, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

drpimento, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of hansgruber
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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. 

hansgruber, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

thetomG, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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

SeasonalBrew, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Proteus93, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

wagenvolks, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

garymuchow, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of boomer31
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love NG and I'm finally getting around to reviewing this

A - Cloudy golden brew with thick white head

S - Banana, clove and cinnamon all the way thru. This is a great smelling hefeweizen.

T - Again huge banana, clove and some lemony zest. I mean this thing is just so fantastic. Great job NG on this hefe, everything you would ask for in a hefe.

M - Rich yet drinkable. The carbonation is perfect.

D - At 7.2% this one is a bit stronger than I would expect from a hefe but still so drinkable on a hot humid crappy night like tonight.

Overall NG hit this one out of the park again. Great work and according to Dan this was made with in the traditional german open fermantation methods. Great work

boomer31, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from last week, I waited to post this so cbutova wouldn't know I got a nice package of Wisconsin beers. Much thanks to jmp485 for trading this. Poured into a weizen glass.

Hazy golden with a huge sticky white head. Eventually stays at about half a finger and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Nose is sweet, spicy and aromatic. Lots of wheat, cinnamon, clove and bubblegum.

Flavors aren't as strong as they are in the scent, but strong nonetheless. Huge amount of bubblegum and sugary sweetness seems to take the lead here. Some banana and clove but not as much as I usually get in a hefeweizen. Some medicinal notes and alcohol taste. Nice fresh lemony yeast on the finish.

Carbonation seems huge at first but seems to tone down after time. Overall smooth and a little bit creamy.

Definitely not your average hefe, sweetness I think is a little over the top, but I enjoyed it.

Chico1985, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BarrytheBear for the opportunity to try this!

A-pours a dark golden amber in color, quite hazy and hard to see through, dark in the center lighter on the edges, tons of slightly off white fuffly and bubbly head all over.

S-tons of citrus up front, lots of oranges, fresh lemon, very fruity bubblegum, the spice takes over, awesome clove aromas with a hint of white pepper.

T-the flavors and balance in this are incredible! this could be the best hefewiezen i've ever tasted. the juicy fruit and bubblegum lay such a great foundation to only be balanced by a tasty spicy clove and white pepper, notes of a floral herbal spice presence with a light bitterness in the back.

M-great feel, soft on the palate, medium bodied and syrupy, strong carbonation to balance, slightly dry finish.

D-awesome beer, has the great balance of a wheat beer from the spice and fruit juiciness, light hop presence in the back with all of the carbonation and body you want to see.

cpetrone84, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of glazeman
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

This was a very enjoyable and easy drinking summer beer. It was nicely carbonated and had a slightly sweet taste. I got some notes of raspberries and a lot of wheat. The nose was pretty much what you'd expect from a hefe with lots of wheat and a little sweet fruits. Overall I thought this was a very drinkable and tasty beer, especially in the warmer summer months.

glazeman, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as a great extra in a trade with levifunk. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy orangey golden color with 3 fingers of dense, tight bubbled head that just doesn't want to die. Leaves nice lines of foamy lacing displaying the beer levels after the previous sips.

S - Very spicy aroma with tons of cloves up front, strong wheaty graininess, a bit of sweetness, a good hit of phenols, some cinnamon, a hint of bubblegum, some light wintergreen. Pretty complex wheat beer.

T - Cooling cloves and phenols up front in the flavor with nice wheaty flavors to back them up. Lightly sweet, a bit of alcohol flavor and warmth, bubblegum. This is right up there with some of the best hefe's I've had, complex and flavorful.

M - Spicy flavors fill the mouth and give a mild cooling sensation on the inhale. Carbonation is appropriately on the high side and complements the mid level body of this hefe. The alcohol level causes a mild warmth on the swallow...interesting cool to warm sensation on every sip.

D - Hefeweizen is one of those styles that I truly enjoy, but have to be in the right mood for. Tonight on this warm evening, it is working quite well for me. One of those where I'm disappointed that it is only a 12oz bottle...and my only one. This is one I was wanting to try for a while, and I guess, I'm looking to try again...and soon.

portia99, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Hefeweizen glass.
A: Pours a nice thick and fluffy head. Great retention that sticks to one finger for most of the duration of the brew. The body is a murky orange. A solid layer of lace is left after each sip.
S: The first notes that hit me are that of bubble gum. Sweet notes of both banana and clove, resemble that of candy.
T/M: The front of this beer shows a burst of carbonation, that fills the mouth with a medium body for the style. The notes of the aroma are evident in the taste. The alcohol plays a nice balance with the flavors, but is not too over powering.
D: A all around great beer. This is a Hefe that I will come back for. The taste is a bold, refreshing wake up call for the style of Hefeweizen. A great ABV for the style and it is hidden very well. This I feel could be drank anytime of the year. Normally I enjoy a Hefe in the summertime, but will enjoy these well into the fall and winter.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weiss glass

As soon as I pop the cap bubbles rise ever so slightly in the bottle showing the high carbonation in this beer. It pours a slightly hazy amber gold/orange into the tall weiss glass with a full five finger head encompassing the entire glass. The head a very pillowy with a hint of yellow color. It dies down to a small layer of bubbles capping the beer.

The smell is a mixture of orange and clove with just a hint of banana on the backend. It's pretty muted for a hefe with such a high gravity but nice none the less.

The taste is where this beer is at. There is a definite clove spiciness from the yeast and that gives away to a little banana and then finishes spicy again. These flavors meld together wonderfully and it's just a wonderfully refreshing beer on this hot summer night.

The mouthfeel is spot on, a little bit of slickness from the wheat but a high carbonation to make it refreshing and very drinkable. The alcohol doesn't even begin to show. I would not peg this beer much over 5%. This beer is as much or even more drinkable than any other lower gravity hefe I've ever had. A truly great example for the style and a staple of my summers in Wisconsin.

weatherdog, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on 2 of these from the generous soul Beerwolf77.

A. Chilled, cracked and poured into my trusty SA pint. Dancing Man is an achingly beautiful wheat, with a huge, rocky, moussy dirty white head that hangs out on top of an unfiltered pale yellow-orange brew. The head dies softly leaving very little lace, and I wish it stuck around more.

S. Intense clove-banana-lemon rises up to tease my nose. This is very, very solid and is not restrained in the least. Bold and brash, with lots of mouth-watering spice and that sour-malt banana that you know and love. Lots of lemon here, and some booze or something like it is hitting my nose. In a Hefe. Huh.

T. Well first of all, Dan Carey knows his stuff. This is a wonderful wheat, but it's not Weihenstephaner - it's something different. The most immediate difference is the massive amount of lemon, it's actually bit distracting from the heavy banana-clove and tasty wheat. The sourness sticks around into the finish, too, a bit more than I'd like. It sounds like I'm being harsh, but this is the best American Hefe I've ever had... by a wide margin.

M. Glorious. Full, airy carbonation teases your mouth gently as the wet beer slides down your throat. This is a perfect 10. If it sounds erotic, it just may be. I wouldn't change a thing.

D. Frankly, the advertised 7.2% is concerning to me, mostly because it's very hard to detect and also because I don't wanna get drunk drinking Hefeweizen. Not sure why the ABV is pumped up so high, but drinking this by the half-liter might be disastrous before you know it.

New Glarus isn't one of the top 10 breweries in the US today -- they're one of the top 5. This is an exceptional, if American-ized, German Hefe and one you should absolutely try. A delight!

kkipple, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH shaped pint glass

A - Cloudy orange-amber - classic hefe. Billowing white head leaves good lacing.

S - Wheat, yeast, cloves, and black pepper. Just a touch of orange or lemon.

T - A mouthful of wheat and yeasty goodness quickly turns spicy and herbal - lots of clove and cinnamon, combined with some pepper. Just a touch of citric acidity and dryness on the end. This is a remarkable hefeweizen - it's not even approaching the point of cloyingly sweet, complex enough to make each sip enjoyable, and attractively tasty, despite no discernible bitterness, to a certified hop fiend and longtime wheat naysayer.

M - Medium-bodied overall, but there's enough yeast and flavor to make it chewy in spots.

D - 7.2 is the new 5. So good in the summertime, it's hard not to keep opening one after another.

New Glarus knocked this one out of the park. I'm in too big a hurry to run back to the fridge to grab another; enough said.

klikger, Jul 22, 2010
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
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,181 ratings.