1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,239 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 397
Gots: 96 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,239 | Reviews: 443
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. Three fingers of thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head dissipated very slowly. The color is a beautiful and hazy gold.

Smell: Heavenly hefeweizen to a tee. Yeast, banana, apple, strawberry, bubblegum, orange, and lemon citrus. It is tinged with enough clove and pepper spice to tickle the nostrils. And, as New Glarus suggests, there is a little bit of cinnamon, too. It has my mouth watering.

Taste: The body is thick, bready, and oh so good. After the yeast, the palette immediately detects the perfect balance between the clove and pepper spiciness and the Bavarian goodness: banana, apple, strawberry, bubblegum, and some citrus.

Drinkability: After the first sip I needed to take a moment, sit back, and marvel at the beautiful things humans can create — all of which were manifested in the pint glass I was holding. Holy cow. I think I will start dancing.

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

A: Cloudy and dark golden with a huge, frothy head; lacing is okay

S: Lots of banana, some cloves, some apple, and a touch of nutmeg all on top of a grainy and bready base; mmm does this smell like some good banana bread

T: A bit of clove and pepper spice up front followed by a bit of alcohol; then the loads of banana with a touch of apple; also at the end a grainy, grassy, and slightly bready malt presence shines through

F: Pretty darn good mouth feel for the style; light to medium with a healthy amount sticking to the roof of the mouth

O: What an amazing hefe; simply one of the best of the style--though it sure borders on a weizen bock

Photo of alleykatking
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12zo bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for this beer as I have been wanting to try this one forever!

A- Pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head shows crazy good retention. Thick streaks of lace and collar left on my beer. This beer looks so good!

S- A nice wheat undertone through the entire aroma profile. Banana and clove in the front mixes well with it. Hints of cinnamon toward the middle along with something else I can't quite put my finger on. Ending shows a nice lemongrass quality along with some very light grassy hops. The yeast they use really tends to stick around the front and ending of the aroma.

T- Wheat in the front with a ton of banana and light sprinkles of clove. This sounds like it could taste like banana bread but it doesn't. Toward the middle of the beer the flavors blend into a nice almost nutmeg and cinnamon like flavor. This adds to the yeast flavor that is staying with this beer from the start to finish. The ending has more of the wheat once again showing with some hints of lemon and faded grassy hops in the very back. Alcohol is crisp and leaves the beer tasting clean overall.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat, clove, banana are left on the palate. Aftertaste is a mix of crisp alcohol, wheat, and a variety of spices. Flavors were very well balanced for the style leaving no dominate flavors at all. No off flavors on this beer at all while drinking it. Light alcohol drying on the palate. My only complaint is this beer is a little heavy I thought for the style.

O- This beer was crisp and refreshing to drink. The flavors are very well placed with each other making you want to drink more. I personally thought the abv was very nice overall and made this drink way too easy. Glad to have tried this beer and would love to get my hands on more of it.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up while vacationing in Northern WI.

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a light murky straw color and settles a yellowish orange that is very foggy, almost making it opaque. A fingers worth of white head sits for quite a while. The nose is very aromatic tons of clove and spice is noticed. The taste a blast of spicy yeast and banana flavors. The cloves are contributing to this resemblance and stand out very boldly. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew is packed with well crafted flavors, making this my favorite New Glarus brew yet.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with not 1,2, or even 3 fingers, but an entire fist's worth of head that -will- run over onto your lap if you aren't careful with your pour. Hazy golden-orange color. Picture-perfect stable head with incredible lacing patterns.
Lemony banana with high clove and cinnamon spice. Unusually high levels of spice scent for a hefeweizen. The smell alone is refreshing before I have even taken a single sip.
Tastes of wheatey banana bread with nutmeg cinnamon sprinkles. Everything works in perfect proportion to each other, with no particular taste component overstaying its welcome. Smooth light body with no hotness from ABV.

While it is available this is one of the "usual suspects" I try to keep stocked at all times in my fridge. A well deserved gold standard for the style.

Photo of zachary80
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice big fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. Hazy golden body. Good retention

Yeasty aroma, spicy, clove.

Dancing Man has a full, bold flavor. Lots of wheat and yeast influence. Fruity, but more of a citrus than banana.

Good mouthfeel, a little heavy for a wheat but not offensive in any way

Amazing beer. Wish this was easier to get for me

Photo of stxSS07
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a cloudy golden-orange. A careful pour yields just over 2 fingers of a fluffy, white, and rocky head.

S- Huge notes of fruity esters, wheat, cinnamon, clove, and some lemon. I love it.

T- This might be my personal heaven. A wave of wheat off the bat followed by the sweet fruity banana esters. Finishes with some spice and a touch of tart lemon. This is a 7.2% beer?! What?!

M- Medium bodied and creamy as all hell. Perfect amount of carbonation. Never mind hefe's, this is one of the best feeling beers I've had period.

O- Easily the best hefe I've had and easily breaks into my top-5 beers. Seriously considering heading to WI to buy multiple cases of this brew for summer.

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange color. Looks like any good hefe, hazy as all hell. Off white fluffy head.

S: Big banana and clove scent with cinnamon in the background. Lemon, too.

T: Big, bold flavors of wheaty goodness. Banana, clove, even cinnamon. The more you drink the more you start tasting the lemon, which sticks to the roof of your mouth. If you let it warm up, just the slightest hint of alcohol starts coming through, but its a drying effect; there is no heat or harshness whatsoever.

M: It feels heavy in the mouth, not watery at all. Carbonation is perfect, not too high. It lets the flavors really come through. Dangerously smooth.

Dan has made an absolutely world class brew here. I count down the days when this is to be released. At an alcohol content of 7.2%, this beer is one of the most dangerous brews out there IMO. If you finish a six pack of this (which is just oh so easy to do), you may be in trouble!

Photo of suspect
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 500ml Julius Echter weizen glass. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the generous hookup.

A: Beautiful cloudy strong yellow color. Aggressive pour leads to huge 4-finger fluffy head that takes about 5 minutes to disappear. Once head disappears it gives way to lacing that sticks around for the duration of the taste.

S: Strong lemon, strong wheat, excellent hefe smell. Some clove along with slight banana are present as well as faint hops.

T: Wow, what a beauty. The wheat hits you first followed closely and perfectly by lemon and then finally spice. The lemon cuts the bitterness of the wheat but the spice kicks you in the teeth when you weren't expecting it. Really really nice.

M: Light/medium body with ample carbonation. Thinner than Weihenstephaner's Hefe but this does not detract from the brew.

O: Another SOLID offering from New Glarus. I'd really like to thank beerwolf77 for the hookup on this as well as the other NG stuff. I've clearly been missing out on some good stuff...untill now. Quick, someone find me a case of this stuff for the summer!

Photo of ne0m00re
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle (marked 1690 11:16) thanks to a generous trader.
A: Cloudy golden amber... like apple juice, with a steady white head.
S: Oranges and apple juice, yeasty bread, bright and fruity, angel food cake and bananas. It is welcoming.
T: Wow. Slightly tart, apple juice and grape juice, very refreshing, very light green hops comes off like green apples, creamy with a lingering sweet apple juice finish.
M: Frothy and creamy smooth to an acidic finish, perfectly balancing the beer.
O: Great hefeweizen. Rivals Oberon for American versions of the style.

Photo of lookitsmp
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: Pours a transparent golden yellow color with a beautiful two finger rocky head that leaves no lacing. This is a very nice looking Hefeweizen with probably one of the coolest looking head's I've ever seen.

smell: Amazing! A great mixture of banana, wheat, yeast, and some clove. Hefeweizens usually are very subtle smelling, and this one is no exception. However, Dancing Man is slightly more pronounced than others of the style and is the best smelling Hefe that I've ever had the privilege to smell.

taste: Bananas, wheat, yeast, clove, and a kiss of some baking spices (could be nutmeg or cinnamon). This beer tastes amazing. All of the elements work so well together. Hands down the best Hefeweizen I've ever had.

mouth: Very light bodied with some slight carbonation. Very very smooth. Goes down very easily. I could drink this all day (or at least try...)

overall: Wow. I don't want to over-hype this beer, but for a person who has been severely unimpressed with many Hefeweizens in the past this beer changed my mind. It looks, smells and tastes amazing. I just wish I had more of it.

Photo of Kbogac
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat beer glass. Nice thick white head. Cloudy dark yellow color. The scent is mostly banana and clove. I don't get much else. Taste is also primarily banana with heavy clove & cinnamon. The clove is almost overpowering. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall I'm a little disappointed which is rare for New Glarus beers. It's an OK hefewizen but not well balanced.

Photo of Brunite
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.2/5  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
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.