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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,208 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,208
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 368
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 inlimbo77
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, no date, 1602(?)
Alchemist pint

A: Pours a completely hazy golden yellow color. Two full fingers of head. Tons of carbonation. True to the style.

S: Smelled this as soon as I cracked it. Getting tons of that Belgian yeast character: coriander and clove. Lots of fresh banana. Fresh wheat.

T: A very pleasant first sip. Nice spice on the tip of the tongue. Lots of banana and clove flavors. I mean, lots of clove! Almost like a spice cookie. Fresh wheat cracker in the middle of the both. Fairly dry finish. I saw this was higher ABV but you don't taste it. Prickly carbonation. Boarding on too much, but you can't help the bottle carb.

M: Light to medium.

inlimbo77, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer my man GDBEERMAN hooked up in our trade! Thanks Rob!

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to NBB globe as I have no weizen glasses.

A - The bee pours a hazy gold color with a huge 2.5 bubbly white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Hefeweizen! Lots of nice aroma: the nice hefeweizen yeast character in your nose immediately: clove, banana, fruit. Light malt character in the sweetness.

T - Very fruity and sweet immediately. Nice hints of banana, apples, citrus meld well with the toasted malt sweetness. A hint of honey. The yeast flavor isn't as pronounced as I expected which is nice. Mild bitterness. Finishes fruity and crisp. Very good.

M - Good carbonation and medium bodied.

O - While Hefeweizens aren't my favorite this is an excellent beer! Top Hefeweizen I've had so it's a nice treat. Not too overpowering on the flavors and very well balanced. Extremely refreshing! Thanks Rob!

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-19-2011 20:24:15

hopfacebrew, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of drizzam
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

drizzam, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of IrishHockey
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm going to start off by saying I don't normally like Hefeweizens.

This is a good, solid, easy drinking beer. Really nice mouthfeel. Almost creamy. I'm glad it didn't have a big bannana taste like some (like I said, not usually a fan of Hefeweizens). Just a nice kind of spice character. Really good beer. I enjoyed this even as my beloved Blackhawks got their asses handed to them by the bruins. Maybe it was the 7.2 abv that helped it, but its a solid brew.

Get your ass to Wisconsin and enjoy some!
Cheers!

IrishHockey, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to maximum12 for this awesome extra - I'm always excited to get more New Glarus stuff, they haven't let me down yet. Dancing Man Wheat pours hazy and translucent; a brilliant shade of golden-amber with an absolutely enormous, pillowing, fluffy white head. Very volatile - even a modest pour yields a cap thicker than the amount of beer in the glass. Little lacing is left behind, but the foam shows great retention.

DMW is an American take on a traditionally German style, so it's no surprise when I bring my nose to the glass and am immediately reminded of beers like Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner Hefe. Fantastically sweet bouts of malt, colliding gracefully with an equal mix of lovely esters; clove, bubblegum, and some other light spices. Lots of delicate sweetness up front, borderline Candi sugar-like, with beautiful overtones of soft fruit; overripe banana, orange zest, and pear.

The more this warms up, the more heavy the wheat and malt gets - backed with waves of soft wheaty aromas, grains, bread, butter, and a bunch of underlying sugary goodness. Fresh yeast aromas linger in the finish, both fruity and a little spicy all at once. Very well done; even from just the aroma, I can tell that this is going to be a tasty hefeweizen... but will it be enough to dethrone some of the original classics?

Much like the aroma, the taste starts off soft and sweet with some light sugar tones up front; malty to the core with a hammering of esters hitting your palate from every which way. A wonderful collage of flavors engorges the senses and sends me into hefe-nirvana; banana, pear, Bavarian yeast, wheat, plum, clove, kitchen spice, stale bread. Sickeningly delicious.

The middle portion shows an extremely mild hop addition, adding a slight musky and leafy flavor. At 7.2% ABV, this is a little more alcoholic than most hefeweizens, but you'd never be able to guess that from just smelling or tasting it. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, allowing for only a small dose of phenol flavor as the beer warms up, but never giving enough to reveal it's true nature as a 7+% ABV brew. Medium bodied, soft on the palate, mildly creamy with lots of carbonation.

Wow, incredible. Fantastic hefeweizen; drinkable like you wouldn't believe, especially at 7.2% ABV. Beautiful mix of aromas and flavors that make for an amazingly enjoyable experience. Definitely one of the best hefeweizens out there, second only to Weihenstephaner - and what a complement that is.

tectactoe, May 03, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn, I think this qualifies as an imperial hefe. At least it does in my book. And to clarify: It's an amplified hefeweizen that stays dry without the heavier body and fruitier flavors of a weizenbock. There's a big spicy clove aroma with hints of earthy, rustic bread and orange peel. The flavor gets fruitier, balancing a milder peppery spice level with touches of banana and berry with a malty edge of toast. The beer continues with little hits of vanilla and milky caramel. Man, what a beer. This is likely the best German wheat I've had and on par with a great Belgian tripel.

tempest, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Florida9
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy light golden in color. Forms a moderate sized bright white head. Little retention. Little lacing. Oddly clear for a hefe.

S: Aroma is purely banana and Juicy Fruit gum. There is nothing else, but there doesn't need to be.

T: Taste is a bit more complex. Light bready notes. Wheat. Banana, clove, very light spice, juicy fruit, mild yeast, bubble gum, and a slight herbal grassiness.

M: Lighter bodied. Very light creaminess. Medium carbonation comes through rather appreciably. Mild, virtually non-existent bitterness.

O: A damn fine beer. Cleaner than most hefe's, but that's hardly a flaw.

Florida9, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of jayhass
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color is a pale golden straw color with a big white head that keeps a light cover over the top of the beer from the high carbonation.
Aroma- big bready malt balanced with esters and cloves. Smell like a good breakfast in a glass. Taste- Sweet pilsner malt with a good amount of bread. Banana and cloves are balanced perfectly with the malt neither dominates. Some more sweetness probably from the alcohol that is a hidden 7.2%. Finishes semi dry with a slight noble bitterness. One of my favorite beers.

jayhass, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Stigs
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a74gent...served in a tall flute/hefe glass

A - gentle pour yields over an inch of very creamy, tight and puffy white foam. the beer is hazy, bright gold in color. sticky spotty lacing left behind, as the head remains through most of the drink.

S - banana, apples, some bubblegum for sweetness, slightly spicy clove and cinnamon. almost a bit vinegary and acidic towards the end. other notes of honeyed biscuits and ginger.

T - starts off on the sweet side, heavy on the banana and apple skins. bits of lemon and orange peel creep in, paired with some clove and cinnamon. finishes with just a slightly sour lemon twang. great balance, just about at that sweet spot for the style.

M - medium body with tight, punchy, effervescent carbonation - very active in the mouth. slightly sticky, yet creamy at the same time, coating the mouth with both sweet and spice.

D - this is a +7% beer? not detectable at all. enjoyable from first look to the final swallow. great balance between fresh fruit, spice, and yeasty flavors. going down as one of my favorite Hefe's comparable to any of the more authentic German offerings.

Stigs, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of EliRix
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

EliRix, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of dfillius
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour with yeast rousal yields 3 fingers off-white pillowy head with super head retention. Hazy straw-gold liquid.
S: Strong clove and banana, Mmm! Smells very authentic. It says cinnamon can be smelled. Now I smell it - ah, the power of suggestion.
T: Mild and well balanced hefeweizen. Stands up to imports I'd say. A little less complex than Schneider, but equal to or better than Franziskaner. Great wheat flavor sits in between citrus and banana flavors.
M: Creamy, smooth, hearty
D: Superb! Refreshing, delicious, sessionable. I want more.

dfillius, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle as an extra from nflmvp. Thanks, Steve! Into my weizen glass

A: Hazy orange with a massive fist-sized almost-white head that slowly recedes, leaving patchy foam. Quite stellar.

S: Smells wheaty upfront with some banana, bubblegum, clove and cinnamon sugar. I am very impressed here.

T: Prominent amounts of wheat up front with lemon, banana, clove, a hint of cinnamon and some phenolic funk. There's a hint of bubblegum sweetness in the back

M: This beer plays the balancing act beautifully. Light enough to be refreshing with enough wheat to prevent it from being watery, crisp with great carbonation and a wonderful, mild, dry finish with some fruit and spice.

D: This is remarkably drinkable, I do wish it wasn't 7.2% ABV, though

DefenCorps, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great looking brew. Orange tinted straw coloured, with a big bad ass 4 finger off white head, from a fairly vigorous pour that included swirling the contents at the end to get the yeast in my glass. Nice heard retention, and thick sheets of almost clingy lacings grace the glass.

A nice nose as well on ths hefe. A touch more cinnamon than clove, then a nice rich ripe bananna aroma appears. Pale and bready malts with solid wheat accents also evident.

Wow, this is bananna cream pie in a bottle! Creamy, slightly sweet bananna, yeasty spice of cinnamon and clove, then the crusty flavours appear from the pale malts and wheat, with a mild huskiness also present. Nicely and mildly hopped with mild hints of lemon and green grass.

A very creamy medium bodied hefe. A nice balance is struck between the grains, yeast phenolics, and the hops. Tasty spice notes and big creamy bananna nicely compliment the other flavours without being too assertive.

Very refreshing and drinkable. The only thing that keeps this from being sessionable is its unnoticed 7.2% ABV. Should appeal to anyone who likes hefes and or bananna bread. Hear its almost all been distributed, if you cant get it this year better look for it next year. I know ill be looking forward to its release again.

demcorhip, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of mikul93
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Poured a beautiful murky deep gold with a very large 2 finger head. Bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S I'm getting bananas, spices, wheat

T Sweet fruit, spices and wheat are all very well balanced.

M Tons of carbonation. Taste of fruit is left on your tongue. Very nice.

O Very surprised with this beer as I was not expecting much. Enjoyed it very much. To bad it was an extra in a trade and I don't have anymore, but if it were in my area I would def keep it stocked in my fridge.

mikul93, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of canudoa9
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

canudoa9, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with big head and great retention. Smells of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and banana, all aromas I want in a Hefe. Mouthfeel is light with perfect carbonation levels. Dangerously drinkable. Taste is banana, clove and cinnamon with aa funky, earthy aftertaste on the end. Tastes exactly like a German-made version. Masterfully done. Overall, one of the finest (if not the finest) American made Hefes I've had. Not as good as it warms up but this should really be a year round offering.

THEOPTIMATOR88, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mynie
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very heavy hefe pour. Thick, deep yellow gold that glubglubs out of the bottle and leaves a giant head.

Smells of very, very strong wheatmalt and a surprising kick of yeast. These are very nice, but the spice is off, there's a strange, almost medicinal node where you usually would find nanners and white pepper.

The medicinal node is highly subdued in the taste, with the yeast picking up most of the slack. The result is uneven but still pleasant. Not exactly what I'm looking for a in a hefe but not bad in an of itself.

I'll have to try this one again to see whether or not I got a bad bottle. Until then, this one is decent but a little off.

EDIT:
Many years later. I have tried it again, and the original bottle must've been stale. This is boffo.

mynie, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of yamar68
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As lively looking as they come - slightly hazed pale straw gold body stuffed with beading from start to finish. A fit pillow of creamy white stuff manages to fill the hefe glass, followed by some consistent lace.

Mmmm... cereal and clove, soft honey notes, a little spicy and a little sweet. More aggressive than its imported brothers and sisters but it seems to work. A bit reminiscent of Bare Tree in this regard.

Tastefully sweet... bright yeast flavors with creamed corn, honey and wheat. The alcohol character is as integrated as you would expect from any great hefeweizen, which surprised me. Unique and thirst quenching at 7.2%abv.

Another winner from New Glarus.

yamar68, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge five finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet and fruity wheat driven aroma with some good spice hints. Lots of wheat with some clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Huge aroma of bananas all around. Bready pale malts with hints of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, and yeast. Subtle citrus orange and lemon hints. Also some bubblegum hints and honey sweetness. Earthy and floral hints of hops in the background. A really nice Hefeweizen aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a big wheat and spice driven taste with lots of banana esters. Big taste of wheat upfront. Good mix of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Big taste of bananas throughout as well as some bubblegum. Also some fruit notes of citrus orange and lemon. Bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, cereal grains, yeast, and straw. Some sweet honey like notes. Decent backing of earthy and floral hops towards the finish. Very wheat and banana forward. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and pretty smooth. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good American take on the Hefeweizen style. Very good banana fruit flavors and spice. One of the better non- German versions.

MattyG85, May 28, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

richkrull, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of meegs
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: After giving the bottle a good roll on the table to release the yeast which had settled on the bottom of the bottle, this beer poured a beautiful, yeast-filled hazy straw color into my pint glass. Just as I would hope and expect. A beautiful, well sustained 2 inch head slowly dissipates, leaving a nice lace on the glass as this beauty goes down.

S: The spicy clove scent and smooth banana aroma smack you right in the nose as you lean in for a good whiff of this baby. Ahh...heaven.

T: Ohhhh so good. This one's got what you want in a Hefe-Weizen. A delicious spiciness with a full flavored yeast backing this one hits you where you like it. Right in the Boo Boo.

M: A nice malty, yeasty, chewy mouthfeel that you want in a classic German style Wheat beer. Nice carbonation and smooth finish.

D: I could drink this baby all night long if the situation called for it. Very drinkable and extremely delicious. New Glarus and Dan have done it again.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. If you enjoy a classic German Hefe-Weizen, you're certain to love this beer. From the moment it hits the glass, til the last drop hits your lips, this baby does a body good!

meegs, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of jimmy82063
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great BA for the hook-up! Poured in to a pint glass. Pale yellow/orange, nice medium head. The taste is great here, we all know the banana, bubble gum and cloves but I get some orange zest which fades into a slight alchohl burn at the end (which belies the 7.2%). This is a very good beer to drink and since I just got into the style I really lucked in to a nice acquisition!

jimmy82063, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of nghab
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Spicy clove/phenol up front, some banana in background, elegant fruitiness, classic hefeweizen nose

Appearance: Pours with a beautiful head, gradually subsiding leaving a bit of lace, deep golden colour, hazy (as appropriate to style)

Flavour: Spicy weizen flavour, liquid bread, a touch of citrus (lemon and a touch of orange), fruity, estery. Very elegantly done, everything that should be there is there without being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Mediun-full body, perhaps fuller than the typical hefeweizen, moderate carbonation. At 7+% alcohol, you'd expect it to be warming, but the alcohol is not really a predominant characteristic. A bit deceptive

Overall drinkability: This has everything a classic hefeweizen should have, and apparently more alcohol, too, but it's not overdone, wonderfully balanced.

nghab, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of lightindarkness
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks yet again boilerbeer, for your generosity in picking up beer for me on vacation with your family.

This one pours with a nicely attractive body, golden, just hazy enough to believe there's some real solid beer in there, just shiny and deep enough to be intriguing. White foamy head crests on top with some aggressive climb up the walls of the glass, then submits and sinks back down to a soft ring and wispy film.

Nose is bubblegummy with sweetness over coriander and some banana estery goodness. A little earthiness holds down the sweetness, but a very sugary smelling wheat overall.

Taste is nicely satisfying, with plenty of sweetness, though nowhere near too much. Banana, hints of mild clove, and bubblegum prevail. Some true wheat grainy flavors come out in the middle and soften to a mild round doughy finish.

Smooth and on the lighter side of medium bodied, this one leaves a pleasant coating over the mouth of mildly sweet and estery film. Carbonation is very soft spoken, yet notable in contributing to the overall feel.

Seems like a high abv for a wheat, but it goes down so smooth and tasty that it hardly hinders drinkability. A little sweeter than I would normally prefer for the style, though I find it very satisfying and hard to put down. It stays pretty nicely balanced and overall quite appealing.

lightindarkness, Aug 20, 2008
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.