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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,125 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 356
Gots: 75 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007)
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a straw color with a 1 inch, basically white, head that is thing but slowly reduces to a nice lacing around the edges. Quite carbonated and no sediment.

The aroma is quite good with notes of banana and clove. There is a bready feel to it and additional sweetness that I can't quite place.

The taste is, as the nose. A decent level of banana and bread with a clove spiciness that accents well. There again lingers a sweetness that is almost like generic gum.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation that was a bit too much for me, given the flavor but actually cuts the intensity. Smooth and yet leaving a velvet texture at the finish with mild dryness.

Overall, this is a reasonably good beer. I'm impressed by the rating that it has but a little surprised. I think it is definitely worth trying and quite good.

08-07-2009 23:55:11 | More by SykDoc
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roadhouse

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a deep golden color, perfectly cloudy, with a two inch off-white head which forms a nice mesa on top. Retention is good throughout and it leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is quite heavy on the banana esters, some apple and bubble gum, surrounded by a bready wheat base, light on the clove spice, but it's a nice addition.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. Big on banana esters, bready wheat backdrop, bit of bubble gum and apple, but there is much more clovey spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, made a bit lighter by higher carbonation.

Pretty enjoyable beer. The taste wasn't quite up to the aroma, but it was worth trying.

08-05-2009 21:54:34 | More by roadhouse
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12oz bottle poured into my long neglected weizen glass.

A: Pours out a crystal clear (for a hefeweizen) golden straw. There is initally a gigantic head but it fades into nothing more than a skinny cap, which I am thinking is a result of the ABV on this beer. As it stands now this beer does not really look like a hefeweizen.

S: Really something wonderful going on here. Delicious bubble gum, soft, almost sweet lemon, wild flowers, that kind of sweetness that comes in the middle of a summer afternoon where the heat seems to do something to make to flowers go crazy all over the outdoors.

T/MF: Taking a sip I almost choked on the boozy fumes eminating from this beast of a hefeweizen. Thick mouthfeel, almost sticky. Taste is banana, but like fermented banana, banana brandy something like that. Taste may be a bit one dimensional booze may be a little to apparent but it still tastes pretty damn tasty, a nice spicy and sweet mix.

D: Pretty good, one of the better beers I've had from this brewery. Little too inbetween and uneven in places to make this a standard in the fridge. Little too boozy for my tastes, oddly clear for some reason and not much lacing. Sort of detracts from the overall experience.

08-05-2009 03:09:03 | More by bluemoonswoon
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

as of 1/11, is drinking exceptionally well, with creamy mouthfeel.

based on bottles consumed july 2010:

dancing man wheat
4-4.5 deep cloudy apricot. big head as expected, nice.

4-4.5 soft clove, banana, lemon. fresh wheat bread and crackers.

4-4.5 flavors are soft as well and well blended. wheat flavors are there, some clove, not a lot of banana. finish is a little lemony but well restrained and balanced. the sweet wheats are offset by a touch of tart, which is complemented by the clove. very approachable yet sophisticated. if there's a fault it may be a tendency toward baking soda.

3.5-4 mouthfeel is perhaps a slight letdown, but still acceptable. tends to the watery side of things, but there is at least a touch of velvet and slickocity. carbonation is just about right and does add creaminess. very easy texture to down.

4-4.5 not sure how this could be 7.2 abv. there must be some mistake. (seriously). seems like maybe 5 to 5.5 abv at most, and would be sort of a shame if this friendly summer quencher is really a hammer. but by the end of the bottle, i say the abv is justified.

08-02-2009 18:02:26 | More by brewmudgeon
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jjayjaye

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a cloudy golden pale amber color with a HUGE stiff off white head that resists fading, decomposing like an ice cream float, leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is AMAZING...Belgian yeast, harvest fruit, pears...banana. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated and full bodied...very smooth. Full flavored, the taste mirrors the nose. Sharing this with my sons...they are REALLY loving it! Where did this come from...definitely under my radar. True drinkability..very satisfying. Many thanks out to maximum12 for this opportunity!!!!

08-01-2009 22:01:47 | More by jjayjaye
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ThickestHead

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes an opaque pale amber/gold with a tall foamy head.
Smells of wheat malt, hay, pepper, clove, lemon.
Tastes of said smells as well as apricot and clove.
It is a clean and refreshing drink, yet creamy as well. Never would have guessed the ABV was 7.2% and was surprised to find out so. Nice brew.

08-01-2009 18:39:50 | More by ThickestHead
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazing straw yellow color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Lots of tiny bubbles in the head. (The beer, not my noggin.)

Smell: Banana, cloves and lemon. Very sweet.

Taste: Just as the nose suggests, banana, cloves and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and crisp. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Another solid offering by NG.

07-30-2009 02:56:51 | More by nsmartell
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev 0%

Another sweet trade from alcstradamus.

Pours a hazy golden straw with plenty o' carbonation, making a smooth, creamy head of three fingers that drops to about one & looks meringue-like.

Delish smell of sweet, mushy banana & an extra kick of baked sugar, like cinnamon cookies.

Taste is citric, with some cereal sweetness & a kind of lemony tang, even a lactic kind of feel & taste at the center, like cottage cheese. Finishes with orange & hops, a little dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy, while thinning out enough to not become syrupy. Just a little bit of a tingle to avoid flatness.

A very enjoyable beer overall: well-constructed, & more active than many wheats I've had that just kind of lay there. The je-ne-sais-quoi in the smell gives it a boost. A winner!

07-28-2009 22:32:21 | More by OneDropSoup
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imagineiii

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

poured into my weihenstephaner half liter glass. very ample fluffy head. hazy pale orange.

smells very much like a german hefe. bananas, cloves and lemon. not alcoholic hot, but alcoholic sweet.

taste is spicy and fruity. pepper and cloves hide alcohol well. some pineapple joins the usually banana. alcohol is tangy, can be overwhelming...

mouthfeel is creamy and full. very well done.

drinkability is below average for the style, but thats not taking into consideration the higher alcohol.

very pleasantly surprised by this beer. i expected an american wheat, and i didnt realize how close to the german style it would be. new glarus continues to impress me...

07-26-2009 23:47:25 | More by imagineiii
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katan

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz into a pint

A - A light orange colored beer - hazing is not noticeable, which is slightly odd for a hefe. Head formation is immense - strongly retained. Light white in color. Piles of carbonation is apparent.

S - Clove, cinnamon, and bready yeast notes. Strong ester production in this beer. Back to a full-on hefe style.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness - no astringency. Mid-stream the yeast starts to build, with soe coriander and other yeast spice notes. Finishes with a strong cinnamon and clove flavor, just a hint of banana, but it is accompanied by an unexpected strong phenolic note. A hail to the alcohol content.

M - Moderate body in the beer - but the carbonation strength brings it right back up there. Nothing hangs around on the palette - very clean.

D - Very easily drinkable - smooth and easy drinkable. ABV is extremely well disguised. Not filling, going against its apparent strong carbonation.

New Glarus does it again - this beer is awesome. The only knock to me is the alcohol both in terms of content and in its affect on the flavor. If this were regularly available to me, I would have no problem making it one of my top rotation hefes.

07-26-2009 04:45:06 | More by katan
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Casey10

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

got this as a extra !! from dukedevil0 thank you again !!

A - Golden hazy yellow

S - bananas, sweet smells.

T - Did I mention bananas? Wow delicious !

M - Smooth frothy really nice.

D - I could drink a bunch very nice.

Wow as far a Hefeweizen goes it doesn't get much better than this. Smooth, delicious bravo

07-25-2009 02:39:26 | More by Casey10
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everetends

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottle thrown in as an extra by TPatuto. Thanks a ton, man. This has been a big time, quiet want of mine. Served this one up in my Weihenstephaner Weizen glass because it seems appropriate.

A: Well its in the Weihenstephaner glass and I have to say it deserves to be there. Damn this is a good looking hefe. Has that murky orangish yellow color that you expect from a Hefe. Held to the light, you get a bit more of golden yellow color. This beer is HAZY. I mean hazy. Has a huge cloud to it and it is beautiful, the way it should be. Nice, full on carbonation moving constantly up the glass. The head was a creamy white two fingers. It falls to a good and lasting half finger that throws a bit of lace on the glass but most falls back into the top cap. Every time you take a swig, the body settles with a great carbonation cloud that is rustled up. Damn nice and this is very much a great representation of the style.

S: This was amazing and damned good. The clove is huge in here and is just oh so appetizing. Behind that is the big wheat presence along with some freshly peeled banana. Little bit of spice coming through with just a touch of pepper. Getting just a bit of cinnamon coming out. Very nice earthy hops presence is light, and the malts and just damned near perfect with a nice a bready quality. Slightly sweet but very earthy and oh so traditionally German. Bordered close to getting a five here.

T: Yet again, amazing. Banana takes a slight lead in the flavor. Slightly sweet and ripe but a can't miss banana greatness in here. The clove is close behind bring a touch of that spiciness, mingling with a touch of pepper and cinnamon (incredibly small amount of cinnamon, just enough to get an idea). Light sugar presence from the malts and are slightly caramel but there is a nice bready quality as well. And this has that distinctive German yeast strain and tasty goodness. Wheat is all over the flavor profile and oh so good. Earthy goodness abounds. Finally at the very back there is just a touch of lemon goodness to nicely round things out.

M: Well it rest a bit closer to light than medium. Sadly and happily, this is my only gripe. Sure it is a touch thin but it is refreshing. Carbonation is big and crisp. Very quenching for sure. Alcohol is not an issue, just as it should be in a hefe. Aftertaste is a touch of wheat and banana left for you to savor.

D: Wow is all I can say. The previous reviews have this ranked high, but I still doubted. Now that I have had it, all I can say is that the praise is spot on. This is a traditional hefe for sure and damned fine one at that for sure. A blind taste test would be sure to get responses that this would have to be straight out of Germany. Just so tasty and aromatic. It doesn't get much bettter than this ( *cough* Weihenstephaner *cough*), but this will absolutely do. I am jealous as all hell of all of you that have easy access to this. Lucky SOBs.

07-20-2009 04:59:16 | More by everetends
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: Poured with a large off white foamy head composed of large bubbles, which dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing. The beer is slightly hazy with a orange/yellow golden color.

Smell: Strong ripe banana, ripe pear, sweet fruity carmel malt, lightly toasted malt, very small hint of spicy clove or nutmeg.

Taste: sweet banana, pear, apple up front. Then sweet honey, and sweet toasted malt, and tangy wheat. Followed by a spicy clove and light peppery flavor. Ends with a sweet honey and spicy bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a lot of carbonation, spicy tingle/bite, leaves mouth with a slightly sticky but mostly clean feel.

Overall: Very fruity and sweet in the smell. Pretty fruity flavor but also a spicy bite that helps balance it out. Quite a bit of carbonation, which helps give this beer a refreshing feel. The flavors in this hefe are a bit larger than in other hefes, but nothing overwhelming. The bolder character of this beer keeps me interested.

07-20-2009 01:02:44 | More by natasharai
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vishneda

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Dancing Man Wheat opens up with a three finger soft pillow head on the pour. The beer is a nice golden color with a lot of haze inside. As it is consumed there is some lacing present. A very nice looking wheat beer.

The aroma is ripe with clove and toasted banana throughout. There is a bread-like quality here that is classic among the best German varieties as well. The citrus did not seem to be as strong as it is in other Hefes but it was noticeable.

Dancing Man has a bold and exciting flavor. As with the aroma, the clove and toasted banana elements are strong but not overpowering. With them comes a mild sweetness that brings out some complexity. The finish is slightly bitter and adds good balance to the experience. In my opinion, this beer toys with some of the elements of a good Dunkel while clearly remaining a Hefe in character.

Wheats are meant to be heartily imbibed, and this one does not break that mold. The body is maybe a little heavier than most but still easy on the stomach. I thought the air was very well balanced -- not strong at all in my opinion. High ABV lends toward more thorough appreciation of everything this beer has to offer.

This is one of the few American beers to be a very good take on the classic German Hefe. Unfortunate to most drinkers, the Wisconsin-only distribution adds a bit of mystique around this brew. If you can get your hands on this, however, it's worth the wait.

(From tasting notes dated 10 Jul 2009)

07-19-2009 03:20:48 | More by vishneda
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Fartknocker

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

12 oz bottle

A- A somewhat cloudy golden color with a half inch pael head
S- A spicy wheat aroma
T- A fairly strong yet smooth spice flavor of clove and a little cinammon
M- decent carbonation
D- Very smooth drinking beer without the usual sickening spice/burnt wheat flavor that I get from other hefeweizens

07-12-2009 22:29:15 | More by Fartknocker
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle courtesy of FlyingBison.

Pours a hazy gold in color. There was a slight head that formed on the pour. But it is gone within a few seconds.
Smell is clove. Lot's of it. Some lemon and pepper as well as a little bit of lemon.
Taste is even more of the clove. Lot more of the lemon zest in the flavor. This is an outstanding hefe. Full of carbonation and vibrant. Wonderful flavors and they all are noticeable. None dominate the show. Very easy drinking and absolutely enjoyable.

07-10-2009 00:34:43 | More by FtownThrowDown
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of foamy head and a lot of carbonation bubbles.

Scent of yeast, wheat, clove, banana, and spice. Very good, but a little unbalanced.

Taste of yeast, clove, banana, sugars, lemon zest and a very faint alcohol. A pretty damn good Hefeweizen, I'd be happy to drink this any day.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation, maybe a bit too much.

07-08-2009 23:49:13 | More by paco1029384756
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearance - Golden. Quite cloudy. Tall white head, persistent.

Smell - Strong wheat aroma. Classic bananas and cloves present, too. Seems more weighted to the wheat side than many hefes. I like it, a lot.

Taste - Wheat flavor prominent. Moderate banana and clove. Dry finish, maybe a little bit of citrus at the end. Flavorful and I love the particular balance this beer has.

Mouthfeel - Medium. High carbonation noticeable in the finish.

Drinkability - Nothing not to like about this beer. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. Why can't we have this all year round?

07-02-2009 02:05:30 | More by scaliasux
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9%

Into my curvy DFH pint glass, pours a semi cloudy golden straw color with a nice two inch head to begin with, off white, till it settles to a thin film. Leaves lacing in wide streaks. The aroma is finely toned in clove and pepper spices, some nice subtle banana and wheat, an exceptional nose for this hefe.

Taste comes off much the same as the nose, a nice balance between the cloves and pepper, wheat malt, and subtle banana, with a twinge of lemon citrus, just slight. The mouth is solid, crisply carbonated and finishes nicely. A very easy to drink beer, well crafted, very tasty. Put it this way, I kept raising its score the more I drank it.

07-01-2009 03:23:01 | More by objectivemonkey
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

A--Murky golden/yellow color with two full fingers of head in my 16 oz. snifter

S--Powerful, classic hefeweizen smell. Big bubble gum, clove, spices. Some white grapes and apple peel. Very "bright"

T--A bit of waxiness on the palate is the only detractor, everything else is near perfect for the style. The spices are really muted (a positive for me) making way for a nice bubble gum and banana flavor. There seems to be a bit of 7up like flavor in the finish

M--Medium bodied and oily with a slight carbonation sting

D--Definitely in the running for the top American Hefeweizens

06-30-2009 04:36:35 | More by alcstradamus
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

Another treat in my Hudson trip. Very affordable. Was priced at something like $2.09 a bottle at Casanova's.

Poured into my Surly tulip (the Weizen glasses where all dirty). This one is a hazy orange-gold with a nice creamy off white head. The look is great so far. Lively carbonation and great retention and lacing from the head.

The nose is great! Lots of clove and coriander, and bananas! The perfect balance between the true German Hefeweizen and the american "Hopweizen" (thats what I call them at least). There is a little bit of hops in there, but not enough to turn you off at all.

Wow. One word? Spectacular. This one will give Weihenstephaner a run for it's money any day of the week. This is near perfection. It's much closer to a 5 than a 4.5. I get clove and coriander and lots and lots of Bananas. Maybe the most Banana tasting Hefeweizen I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Just great. But for god sakes, where is the 7+% ABV?!?!?!?

Mouthfeel is amazing as well. Creamy and smooth, and no sign of the alcohol. Drinkability is perfect, but possibly dangerously so. There is no sign of the 7.2% ABV and this one will knock you on your ass if you take it too far.

Great brew. Just great. Climbed to the top of my domestic beer list for sure. Probably my second favorite Hefeweizen in the world, next to Weihenstephaner of course. Stands up with the best in the world and doesn't blink. Kudos New Glarus!

06-29-2009 05:33:56 | More by Mistofminn
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a hazy orange yellow color with a foamy, white two finger head. Banana, cloves, and lemon are present in the aroma and the taste. Somewhat sweet with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated with a medium body and high drinkability.

It seems that you can't go wrong with any of the brews from New Glarus.

06-29-2009 02:31:00 | More by hardy008
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Big thanks to MBABJJ for a box full of so many fine beers. Thanks Jason!

Pours cloudy straw with a fluffy white one finger head, which settles into a thin layer of white bubbles fairly quickly.

Nose is straight hefe - big clove and banana aromas, just a bit bubble gummy, with some nice tangy wheat filling things out. Just a bit of alcohol spice at the end. Very nice, and very legit.

Taste is very nice - crisp, tangy wheat is the flavor pulling the weight most consistently, with big notes of banana and a light fresh-baked sourdough note on the finish. You can tell this is a bigger than normal hefe, but it avoids the pitfall so many beers fall into of becoming a caricature. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, sharp carbonation, but not too sharp. Nicely done.

Very delicious beer, but the one area where a standard hefe clearly beats it is in drinkability. This is a great beer in all sectors, but it definitely feels like a hefe's big brother, and that affects the way it goes down. Still, a superb beer in all respects. I would buy this by the case.

06-28-2009 20:41:56 | More by JohnQVegas
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

This one came to me in my recent trade with Masterski. Thanks for the beer.

Dancing Man has a hazy yellow body with tons of streams of small, fast moving carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of bone white head rise up above the body and settles down into a thick ring on top of the body. Great retention here. Thick sheets of lacing are also left behind on the glass.

The aroma carries large amounts of banana and clove. There is also a spiciness in the background that due to the description on the label I would guess is cinnamon.

It is is not a surpised that the tastes follows the aroma closely. First up is a big, sweet banana flavor that tastes more like banana yogurt than an actual banana. Next the spicy hefe flavors kick in with some clove and a touch of cinnamon. The finish is full of wheat flavors with a touch of bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style, and the carbonation is moderate.

A pretty drinkable beer, and overall a solid hefe. Another solid New Glarus brew.

06-26-2009 22:27:40 | More by Hojaminbag
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Arbitrator

California

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of badbeer. Thanks Mike!

A: I purposely pour to capture all of the sediment, resulting in a hazy, deep straw-gold-orange body with a vigorous, long-retaining, off-white head. Not much lace down the sides. I wish it looked a little milkier; I love that look in a hefeweizen. But it's hardly bad.

S: Huge wheat aroma, clove, banana, and a light bubblegum nose. Very pungent and aromatic.

T: Wheat and earthy yeast flavors up front, giving way smoothly to soft bubblegum and banana. Hints of orange citrus surface periodically. The finish is a spicy clove sting that, with the carbonation, cleans up the palate nicely for a crisp and clean end to the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but high carbonation that cleanses the palate very well. And it's necessary, because there's a ton going on here, giving the body a very intense and juicy feel. This was 7.2%? No friggin way...

D: I wish I lived near NG... I'd be drinking this all summer long. What a fantastic weizen.

06-23-2009 03:55:35 | More by Arbitrator
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.