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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

443 Reviews
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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,277
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 444
Gots: 111 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

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Reviews: 443 | Hads: 1,277
Photo of Purp1eOne
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The color was a orange/apricot with a little head and some retention.

S - The wheat really stood out to me and kind of over poured everything else.

T - Taste of wheat with a hint a spice

M - I thought the body was very nice, well carbonated and went down really smooth for a hefeweizen

O- Overall this was a pretty decent beer and if your into hefeweizens you would really like this beer. (398 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow-brown shade. Full white head, but retention is somewhat poor.

S: The banana and cloves really jump out of this one as well as any hefe I've smelled previously. Also a little sweetness with the malt and spice. Not sure how old this beer is, but it definitely smells fresh.

T: Lots of lemon and tartness up front, along with a heftly dose of cloves. Banana and yeast are there but less apparent. The citrus and spice flavors seem to dominate a little too much for my liking. Finish is long and carries the tartness through, ending with a slight alcohol burn.

M: Medium body is enjoyable, while the heavy carbonation adds an unwanted frothyness.

A good hefeweizen and a good beer, but not in the top tier of its style for me. I find this one a little heavy on the citrus and the alcohol and prefer Crack'd Wheat as NG's best hefeweizen. (854 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a cloud yellow with a two finger white head that fades quickly, and leaves minimal lacing. Looks like a solid hefe should.

S- banana, bubblegum, yeast....yummy

T- banana flavor, bubblegum finish, yeasty throughout....very subdued, but that's not necessarily a bad thing

M- mouthfeel is actually relatively thick, but not syrupy...a little offputting to be honest

O- solid beer, not my favorite style. The 7% is hidden quite well (481 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. No freshness dating, but a cool label.

The beer pours an apricot color with a large but quickly collapsing off-white head.

Big aroma of clove, smashed banana & all spice. There is something slightly sour in the background. You can smell this beer two feet away and it is very nice.

Big initial blast of clove, white pepper and malts. The banana taste is refined and nicely restrained. Some slightly sour fruit (plum perhaps?) and hay all balanced by malts. Some alcohol sneaks in late.

The mouth could be a bit thicker or the carbonation could be turned down a notch, but that is a minor quibble.

This is an nice beer from the friendly folks at New Glarus. (697 characters)

Photo of malty
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice n' cloudy orangish yellow with a loose and billowing off-white head. Bought in Madison, WI - so I'm guessing this baby's fresh.

Speaking of fresh, the nose of this beer is ultra fresh spicy clove (the label says cinnamon too) yeah, I kinda get that also. A few brisk swirls evoke more clove and carrot cake. Lemony rind goodness also shows up big with a healthy dose of Madagascar vanilla.

The flavors of this beer follow the scents nicely; clove, vanilla, lemon-citrus, bubblegum, banana and a hearty dollop of yeasty zest. There's an underlying white pepper flavor that hides quietly behind the soft, but just a tad earthy/gritty Wisconsin wheat malt. Great balance and spice, with just enough sweetness to even the playing field.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a playful level of carbonation at the beginning, but sadly diminishes prematurely. Fruity and yeasty finish that ends with a metallic tinge.

Drinkability is great. Pair this with some grilled salmon, parmesan stuffed mushrooms or hot soft pretzels and you're good.

Overall I love the honesty and down-to-earth appeal of this beer. The spice is great, all the while the malt backbone I yearn for in a true Bavarian Hefe was a bit weak and couldn't hold traction to my liking. I say this because wheat beers are my fav, and thus probably hold a higher bar than the next person. All in all this is a beer I wouldn't pass-up if available on tap somewhere, but I don't think I'd choose over a Plank, Ayinger or Weihenstephaner though. A solid wheat beer from a solid brewery. (1,563 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mtrutlin. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Dancing Man Wheat pours a dull orange, with zero visibility through the glass thanks to some haze. About three fingers of frothy white foam rise up to crown the beer. Head retention is just a bit brief, and there's not much lacing left behind at all. The nose has a ton of banana fruitiness to it, along with a bready aroma that's reminiscent of sourdough. The flavor is still centered around banana esters. There's a bit of clove present here though, providing a nice counterpoint. Wheaty- bread notes fill out the potent flavor profile. The mouthfeel is definitely the weak point here. The body is too full and chewy, and the carbonation is too dull by far. I guess that's the danger of making a hefeweizen that gets all the way up to over 7% ABV. Despite that, Dancing Man Wheat is one of the more flavorful, enjoyable weizens I've had from an American brewer. (942 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, but not overly aggressive pour gets a bit away from me such that I end up with four-fingers of light tan froth that I have to suck the top off of to keep from over-flowing my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The head only subsides slowly, leaves quite a bit lacing on the sides of my glass and never fully dissapears. The beer is a fuller amber color that shows a hazed, gold-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells amply fruity with notes of banana, sweet accentuating clove, some lime sorbet notes, perhaps some apple like notes, interesting wheat malt notes and a finish that reminds me of concord grape juice some how.

Slightly full bodied up front, but the finish sees a nice tartness become noticeable that helps to lighten up the finish of this beer quite a bit. Up front flavors of banana are coupled with the classic note of clove that lingers in the finish. The tartness in the finish brings out some flavors of apple in the finish, perhaps even a hint of citrus or lime that is more from the yeast and wheat than from hops. Hops actually aren't really a contributor here, which is as it should be, though there is a soft bitterness that is accentuated by a peppy carbonic effervescence and bite. This definitely has the fullness that I like to find in a good Hefeweizen, but it is also quite a bit stronger than a traditional example, so it should be.

I will admit to wanting to be blown away by this beer, so much so that I was quite critical of the first bottle of this that I had. This second bottle has settled in a bit better, but I have still had better examples. This one is quite good though; and this might not be as fresh as the best that I have had. In the end this is a nicely satisfying Hefewiezen; too soon I find my glass empty and I am wanting for more. (1,802 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head without much retention, only scattered lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: rich lemon custard aroma, wheat, tart orange. Minimal peppercorn. No musty or overly grainy notes that overwhelm the sweet notes.

T: very clean, wheat and grain base with some sweet corn and both sweet and tart lemon.

M: light body and moderate carbonation. crisp and clean.

Overall: this may be as good as a hefe gets. The ABV for the style is high but covered well. Complex for the genre, a little too sweet. (514 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of mooselvlt
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a huge pillowy head of off white foam. Minimal lacing

S - Banana, cloves, yeast, wheat

T - Right along the lines of the nose. Its actually a pretty pleasant tasting hefe. Not overpowering in any aspect.

M - My favorite aspect of this one. Medium bodied and oh so smooth. Has a very crisp finish too. Really enjoy the feel here.

O - I'm not a hefe fan so for me to enjoy one this much it must be a good one. Really enjoyed this one and can see mixing this into the rotation here and there (555 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, gold; thick, fluffy head that gradually drops, leaving sparse lacing; continually rising effervescence.

S: Pleasant, pervasive banana with moderate cloves.

T: Clean and fresh, moderately strong banana, slight vanilla taste. Alcohol is low profile.

M: Light bodied, creamy, with brisk carbonation.

O: Light, brisk, tasty and refreshing. Very pleasant and quaffable. The 7.2% ABV is higher than normal, though it is not pronounced at all. According to freshbeeronly.com, the numbers printed on the bottle's shoulder, 0911, indicate a date of April 1st, 2011 (91st day of 2011) and a 07:56am time. New Glarus lists this seasonal hefeweizen for release from May through August. A very refreshing and flavorful brew. (733 characters)

Photo of dancinwillie
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured into a wheat glass, brilliant gold color, huge white head that almost got away from me. It took 3 tries to get it poured. Off white head really sticks around.

S: bread aroma up front, a little spiciness in there too, I'm having a hard time coming up with what it is, but definitely an inviting aroma.

T: A decent amount of spicy clove and cinnamon, with some sweet banana flavor, very balanced. A bready taste as well, good malt flavor coming through. Seems like its got a bit of lemon tartness too. Very tasty, and not too sharp around the edges. My main gripe with many wheat beers, is they have too much of a bite, and it detracts from the flavor. Not this one, very balanced, and although only a summer release, I could see drinking this one on a Autumn afternoon as well. This is comparable, although obviously a bit "smaller" than, N.G.'s Imperial Weizen. If you were lucky enough to enjoy that big boy, give the little brother a go as well.

M: Got to give perfect marks for mouthfeel on this one. Perfect amount of carbonation, just enough to bring out the taste. Not too heavy, nor too light.

D: Overall impression of this is very good interpretation on a classic style. I would love to get this all year long, but alas I'm just a dancin' fool. (1,267 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a hazy gold with a 2 finger white head that fades into a soapy head of batter. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of banana, toasted bread, spices, clvoes, pepper, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with an estery tastiness that keeps this Hefe nice and interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, spritzy up front, with a nice balance of sweetness and tartness that come together for a well done brew. (493 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bad idea to pour it in the middle, nothing but... head. I guess that's why people use wheat to give homebrew head retention. So insanely creamy, it looks like melting ice cream, retains infinitely. Hazy golden yellow color. Insane coat of thick lace.

S- Extremely estery, smells like Wyeast Witbier yeast. Tons of banana, clove and buuubbble gum. The grainy malt/wheat stands strong behind this. So strong, over the top I would say.

T- A lot like the aroma but with a ton of citrus/fruit (apple, canteloupe, orange, lemon) and bread. Just a lot of everything, except hops. Lots of grainy malt. Tons of clove and yeast spice. Esters. Cinnamon.

MF- Very nice. Feels as creamy as the head looks, well almost. The carbonation is amazingly smooth. Slightly bitter.

DB- An interesting Hefeweizen. It has a lot of nice aspects and flavors but they are all so strong, the yeast went nuts here. I like it but I don't love it. I would have to say that this is one of the better American Hefeweizens but still nothing to die for. The apperance and mouthfeel carry the score here. (1,075 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking wheat beer, orange-tan and cloudy with nice rising bubbles along the sides of my glass, great lasting white head with lots of staying power, and good lacing.

Great yeast, spices and cloves in both smell and taste. Wheat is nicely represented. There's some citrus in there too, along with a little sweetness. It's a very fine tasting hefe.

Body is smooth and rich with plenty of tingly carbonation. Slightly dry, very yeasty aftertaste.

Another hit from New Glarus. Great job once again. (505 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cool to see a Hefeweizen that is higher up there in ABV. Dancing Man Wheat's color is a stunning golden orange, with just a touch of haze, and a quick to fade white head. Juicy fruits such as nectarines and clementines kick things off in the nose, followed by some clove and spice. The wheat shines through quite nicely as well. Lively carbonation accents the intense citrus flavors well, with a bit of chalky yeast towards the end. The body is medium overall, which works well with the amount of alcohol inside this beer. This one blurs the lines between Hefeweizen and pale Weizenbock. It is highly drinkable, but packed with flavor, and higher up there on the ABV scale. A completely unique beer we have here from the guys at New Glarus. (745 characters)

Photo of MJKauz
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright golden orange in color, a clean pour yielded about 3 fingers of head.

S: Strong banana and spice. Fantastic.

T: More spice in the flavor with a lingering banana plus a bit of acidity.

M: Very carbonated.

O: Very very spice forward and quite good for an American hefe, but not the best buy New Glarus by far. (321 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Just what you want in a hefeweizen. Cloudy, light orange body with some wheat in it. Head is larger and pretty white - just slight orange.

S - A little bit of artificial pez like sugar aroma. Some wheat in it. Simple.

T - Great flavor. Orange, clove, and some cinnamon. Also simple and it fits the smell. Sweet.

M - Strong carbonation which holds up a lighter body. A little buttery on the tongue. Refreshing and nice.

O - This is not a crazy beer, but a real nice hefeweizen. Simple and sweet. Amazing how it is all the way up at 7.2%. (545 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dancing man wheat is another great creation from New Glarus and continues to give Wisconsin a great name for micro brewing. The appearance is a cloudy yellow with nice frothy white head that lace well. The smell was powered with citrus/lemony notes. The taste was very carbonated but very good. the lemon/citrus effervecense in the flavor was great and absolutely worth the try!!! (384 characters)

Photo of Prostman81
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Hefe. It looks, smells, and tastes just like a hefe should. The clove is well blended with the banana, which I appreciate because I tend to like more banana-leaning hefes. The body/mouthfeel of the beer is excellent, slightly chewy but in a very refreshing way.

I wish I could pound multiples of these beers, like I feel hefes were really intended for, but unfortunately the ABV keeps that option at bay.

Still a knockout offering from NG. (453 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a big active white head. Unfiltered with a yellow-orange color.
S) Light notes of coriander, sweet orange peel, and hints of clove.
T) Pleasant wheat flavor - sweet citrus and earthy spice. Some citrus sour in the finish.
M) Chewy. On the lighter side of medium body.
O) A well craft beer. Easy drinking and pleasant tasting. (354 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LJarsenal for this extra in a trade.

Big Silky smooth white head with a Michael Jackson like dancing of carbonation inside the bottle. You know, the spin around grab crotch into moonwalk routine and destroy cars like Dirty Diana. It's alive. Beautiful pale lemon yellow with golden honey highlights

Classic hefe smell of banana, yeast, cloves. This has the funk of forty thousand years!

Very good taste. Refreshing hefe, with a little more malt and slight acid taste, some bubble gum even. Annie are you Ok? Are you ok Annie? You've been struck by, You've been hit by... a smooth dancin man..

Creamy silky aftertaste that trickles down your throat. If this beer were a Michael Jackson song it would be P.Y.T. If it were a video, probably black and white, because each sip morphs into a different celebrity. Fortunately no Rap in the middle of this by Home Alone boy. (881 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -7%
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. (889 characters)

Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.