Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 419
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Photo of TeddyBG
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from a "Cheesehead Care Package" sent by my buddy in Wisconsin poured into a weizen glass.

A: Beautiful cloudy orangish/golden color. Slight head that recedes pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Strong banana and cloves. Slight citrus hint as well.

T: Banana up front, with cloves sneaking up right behind. delicious. Slightly tart finish.

M: Dances on the tongue, chewy and not too heavy which is what you are looking for in this style. With the ABV, you would not expect this. Very sneaky!

D: Very drinkable, which is scary, because that ABV would sneak up with you pretty quickly. During the summer I could easily through down a 6'er of Hefe's and this one is no different...boy would I be in trouble with this one!!
I am forever in debt for receving this one. Now what sort of "Masshole" care package can I put together to match this!

Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden bronze with a frothy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, wheat, banana, clove and bread. Flavor is wheat, banana, bubble gum and dough. Finishes somewhat long and dry. Medium bodied sticky texture. Dan Carey makes the best German beers this side of the pond!

Photo of daledeee
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I never thought I would say this: An American wheat that is as good as or beats the Germans!!

This one pours a nice clear dark yellow and some nice wheat head. I am not sure I should discount it for no cloudiness. The nose is quite good: fresh, spicy, tart, banana

Taste; oh what a taste. Very nice tart apple and spice. Some hops and malt character. It is not one specific facet of this drink but the overall result that is so good. The mouth feel is also nice with good body and plenty of carbonation. Alcohol is so well hidden it is dangerous. This beer rivals if not surpasses other wheat I like.

Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best bottled hefe's I've had (perhaps the higher alcohol keeps better?). If I make it back to Wisconsin, I'll have to look for this on tap.

A: Hazy bronze-straw with a white head. Not much retention or lacing for a wheat.

S: Big banana aroma, with cloves, cinnamon, nice breadyness & hints of bubble gum fruity esters.

T: Banana, candied pineapple, well-rounded spicing, vanilla, warming alcohol, modest bitterness, pleasant breadyness, bubble-gum fruity esters in the finish.

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: At 7.2%, it's just not as sessionable as some.

Photo of KI9A
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THis bewer, and the Alt from NG, are very dangerous beers..please send them to me for disposal! The hidden ABV on these, will knock your socks off because they are SO drinkable.

A: Pours cloudy, but gold. Puffy foam cap.

S: Clove, toasty wheat, bananna, maybe nutmeg or allspice..had to raid the spice rack to ID it better!

T: Sweet, honey-malt. Normal hefe notes of bananna/wheat, and maybe a touch of cinnamon.

M: Slick, maybe too slick. See below. Carbonation is about right, not as pumped up as, say blue moon, or shock top. I guess that is the difference between a real craft beer, and a macro-craft.

D: Well, they go down way too easy. I took notes after the first, and after #3, I have a decent buzz..too much of one to review a couple other NG gems I recieved.

Again, what a cool brewery, and cool folks that run it. The 5 hr drive from STL, to Wisconsin, for a beer run is worth it!

Cheers to Dan & Deb, for another fine effort!

Photo of csmiley
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to Tayner for sending this to me.

A - The "Man" pours medium gold and very cloudy. The pour was able to give up just under a half inch worth of creamy head. It settles to a very thin cap after about a minute. Some floaties are evident. Rings of lace appear down the inside of the glass.

S - Wheat comes through strong in the aroma. It quickly gives way to clove and maybe another spice (allspice maybe?). Alcohol is in a constant background and works well with the other aromas. Midway to end is a long drawn out banana smell that lasts for days. A little grainy torward the end as well.

T - Not as strong of a flavor as expected. It's malty up front with a dose of pale malt and a touch of honey. A sharp wheat flavor cuts through to the front of the line pretty quickly. Clove and banana are both present but are mild compared to what is in the aroma. Alcohol is also missing in action. Lighter lemon and yeast pops in at the very end.

M - Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Nice wheat finish that stays pretty clean.

D - Drinkability is outstanding. I thought this one was going to be around a 5.5% abv kind of brew. 7.2%? Are you kidding me? The Dancing Man is a very dangerous fellow. I was going to suggest this as a session brew but that could get pretty ugly toward the end of a session. Very easy to drink brew that has a nice refreshing character to it. A "hats off" to New Glarus for making another good brew. Recommended.

Photo of wkcyr4
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 OZ. Bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Pours golden and hazy with a nice thick white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S: Bananas, cloves and wheat, a great trifecta of aromas. Bananas less subtle than the clove but tied in nicely with the wheat.

T: Crisp and clean. Clove flavor really comes to the front more than any thing else, IMO. Bananas and cinnamon meld together to round out a very balanced beer. Simple yet complex in that it makes my mouth believe it is tasting more than there is in there.

M: Light and bubbly. Slightly sticky retention on my lips and tongue leeaves a nice residual effect for the next sip to wash over.

D: I could drink this beer easily everyday, if only I could get my hands on more. I would make it point to stock up on this and maybe make it my go to beer, alas not available in our great state of Illinois without a road trip!!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer from a great brewing co. Hefeweizen made the way it should be, simple and very drinkable yet interesting enough to keep you coming back for more. Highly reccommended.

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

Cloudy pale golden in color with an initially large, but quickly diminishing head of white foam. Very nice aroma hinting of clove, banana and vanilla in a highly expressive manner. Flavor is complex and balanced very well. Notes of toffee and caramel, with a touch of golden raisin, and notes of banana and clove. Outstanding German wheat ale. New Glarus could be better than Weihenstephan at the style.

Photo of cubsfan2004
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A murky orange with a towering white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Banana and wheat with a slight booze smell.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Solid banana, lemon and wheat taste with a little booze taste in the background.

M - Smooth and creamy. Well carbonated.

D - Goes down quickly but the higher than normal ABV for a hefe keeps one from drinking more than a couple.

Another solid beer from New Glarus. Very refreshing and I will definitely turn to again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another gem from New Glarus that I was privy to trying. I am always thrilled when I run across another of their beers. This one in particular I was anxious to try, Served chilled and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/02/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich and very bright yellow color coming through right away. A very hazy and cloudy look to this one I have to admit, as I was waiting to find some sediment, but none came forward. Nice three inches of white then topped out over the glass and settled down lightly into a nice little pillow of white, which was reinforced but lots of carbonation.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. Nice touches of grain, light wheat and a touch of a banana like aroma all coming through rather nicely. Some almost light grass like hops bouncing around in there as well. The flavor was very crisp, very clean with a well rounded profile that was very pleasing. Nice light rush of grass and grain, light bready malts and a touch of banana again coming through quite cleanly and clearly. Very easy to put down, it seemed to get lighter, and easier to drink as time went by.

Overall I have to give this one some pretty darn high marks. A very solid hefe here, with a nice and very tight profile and rich carbonation that really just pulled it all together. I would go for another one of these any day!

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

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a nice large head (not very thick). Not very well with the lacing. Color is a dark straw color.

Smell is a very fruity. Bananas are the strongest noted, with touches of cloves. Taste is similiar and very great in that manner. I never was the biggest hefeweizen fan, but this really makes a person appreciate the style more. For some reason the taste of bananas in a beer is awesome. You can definately taste the wheat as well. One great part about this beer is that you cannot notice the 7.2% abv.

The carbonation level is great, creating a nice, smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden hued and hazy, rush of carbonation, huge cloud-like white head, pockmarked and pillowy. Looks nice.

Aroma: there's the clove, there's the banana, light, fresh, and lovely...it's all there.

Great texture grips the palate, then a rush a fruit, bright orange, tangy citrus, a spark of spice. Drink again, ah, refreshment, banana and orange, spritz of carbonation. Delicious. Easy-drinking. Thirst-quenching. Tantalizing.
Loving it.

Dance on, dancing man, dance on!

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Grant for bringing back from WI. My first pint (I will give it another go) showed abundant white head. The aroma was full of cinammon spicey wheat. Above average mouthfeel. Very sweet orangey, clove, corriander. Almost cloying, so I did not fiund overly drinkable. I remember more balanced hefes.

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

Photo of lpayette
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a nice straw yellow with a tightly laced big, white, and frothy head.

Smell- Very strong bubblegum and banana notes. Hints of cereal.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Awesome. This probably has more to-style-flavor than any other hefeweizen that I've had. Lots and lots of banana and bubblegum as in the smell. Just a touch of sour at the finish makes you thirsty for more. Very creamy.

Drinkability- Pretty much off the charts because it's so tastey. I'd never guess that this was 7.2%. This is the best Hefeweizen I've had to date, hands down.

Photo of Wisconsin
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After reading reviews on here I had been looking all over to find a six of this and finally did:

A - Pours a very thick head, one thickest I've seen for a wheat beer.

S - Amazing. Cloves, coriander, bananas and maybe some cinnamon all hit your nose.

T - Smooth. Real wheat favor with good balance of hops.

M - I wouldn't have known this beer has 7.2% abv if I didn't go on NG's website. It is hidden so well and the flavor sticks with you all the way through.

D - On a warm day I could drink this all day.

Best beer I have had from NG.

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

Apperance: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice foam head which stays with the full drink. Brownish-yellow in color.

Smell: Lots of wheat, cloves, and cinnamon.

Taste: Great clean flavor. The wheat really sticks out. Really good sweetness, other than the wheat the cinnamon is not to overpowering, a really good balance.

Mouthfeel: The beer stays in your mouth for the full drink. The wheat stays in your mouth well after you're done.

Drink: To me, like all hefeweizens real easy to drink. The alcohol is really well hidden.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blurry mango with an impressively whipped creamy, khaki colored crown. The fantastic looking foam, and better than average looking lace, tells me that this is sure to be well-crafted beer. Of course, seeing the words 'New Glarus' on the label is proof enough.

The nose is exceeding my already high expectations. Talk about nose-filling power! This may be the most clove-intensive hefeweizen on planet earth... and creamy banana is right there riding shotgun. A little less of the spice and a little more of the fruit and it would be perfect.

One sip is all it takes to tell that Dancing Man Wheat is the single best American-brewed hefeweizen in history. I'm tempted to say it's top banana, but then a growler of Live Oak Hefeweizen hasn't yet made the long-awaited trip to my doorstep. Any Texans out there?

One of the best things about this beer is its size. Give me a bulked-up and creamilicious 7.2% ale over a light and airy thirst-quencher any day. All that malt is responsible for boatloads of flavor, sweetness and a glorious mouthfeel. It might be my big beer bias talking, but more of a good thing is a better thing, right?

Even though it flies in the face of the style guidelines, the Cascade hops used in Imperial Weizen were outstanding. This offering doesn't use those hops and isn't grapefruit juicy, which is good because it doesn't need to be a smaller version of that masterpiece.

Another good point (there are so many) is that the tanginess of the wheat is perfectly offset by the sweetness of the malt and the spiciness of the yeast. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is an unprecedented 4.5/5.0. Sugared banana is at least as prominent as cloves. This may be the most monkey fruit-intensive beer ever.

The mouthfeel score is a tough call. It was originally 4.5, but the carbonation isn't as soft as it could be and the beer isn't as mouthfilling. It's still more than fine, even if it loses a little something on the swallow.

New Glarus is the best brewery in the great craft brewing state of Wisconsin. It took me a while to get there, but with great beer after great beer after great beer, that fact can no longer be denied. Anyone with a functioning palate can see that Dancing Man Wheat can stand toe-to-toe with Germany's best. Given that country's several hundred year head start, that's something to be proud of. Highly recommended.

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

Poured a golden straw yellow with a two finger head that's quite impressive. Lacing to boot.

Very aromatic banana and clove fragrances.

Spritzy banana balanced with mild spices such as clove and pepper. Coriander is interwoven throughout and kind of ties everything together.

Very smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation with a tingle of spice on the palate.

Overall has great sessionability if you can get past the 7.2% abv. Very easy drinking and will look forward to having again sometime.

Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper with loads of carbonation erupting from below. The head is massive, holding nicely. Smell is a classic blend of yeast and clovey spice, with a subtle wheat malt sweetness.

In the flavor you notice right away this is a notch above a typical Hefe in terms of alcohol/strength. The mouthfeel doesn't have quite as much foamy fluffiness either. The flavor is nice but not amazing. Nice dry wheat maltiness with a touch of banana, but not enough complex spice to bring it to the top. The alcohol is not overly present, but noticible enough, and I don't think that is welcome for this type of beer.

Overall a solid choice for a Hefe. I liked everything except for that slight added astringence at the end. Recommended...

Photo of joepais
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks joe1510 just got this one today threw it in the fridge and couldn't wait for it to get cold
Bottle poured into my Weizen Glass and dam it looked pretty. Big white fluffy head on top of a hazy golden yellow body

Aromas of bubblegum bananas and clove exactly what I expected to find in a Hefe

Good Hefe flavors nice wheat (grains) along with the banana, citrus flavor. Nice clean and crisp mouthfeel good carbonation.

This is a dam good American Hefe. 7% alcohol was a shock to see, you could not tell it at all. Thanks Joe glad I tried this one. Oh yes its drinkable I finished this one off with no problems at all

Photo of Rennpferd
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very active, hazy yellow-gold with a white three finger head. The head retreated a little and left some nice lacing.

It had a very nice scent of banana, clove and fresh bread dough.

A very rich taste of banana that was cut lightly by clove. It was refreshing, lite bodied and had a nice crisp finish with a bit of alcohol tinge.

Just a great beer. I could drink this beer for an entire weekend and not want anything different.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color wheat with a medium foamy head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of cloves are dominating with some discernable wheat and overall a quite big malt base. Taste is a mix between some cloves and some big malt base and is not as close to the style as I was expecting. Either there is too much wheat and the beer is veering toward a wheat wine or maybe there is too much barley but I thought the malt base was too sweet for the style and didn't provide enough refreshment. Also, at the risk of sounding too traditional, I would have like if more banana ester would have showed. Definitely not the best weizen out there and probably over rated and not the best beer from a very good brewer.

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

Thanks to Schneid for this one! Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Love those NG labels! Purs a hazy light orange with tons of fluffy white head. Have to wait a couple of minutes for the head to dissapate. Lovely aromas of banana, yeast and clove. Taste is similar. Tons of flavor in every sip. Smooth velvety mouthfeel and a hefe that I could drink all day!

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

Bottle Received as a regional extra in a trade with Brandonman 63. Thanks buddy you are a great trader!

Appearance: Nicely executed look...very cloudy golden orange color. Pretty much the same look as a Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier.

Smell: Cinnamon, clove, wheat, banana mixed into a perfect Bavarian Wheat Beer Smell.

Taste: One of the better USA Wheat Beers I've ever had. If I close my eyes I can easily pretend this is the same wheat beers I drank off the tap in German Beer Gardens in the past.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but typical for the style

Drinkability: Easy sipper.... Enjoy it all summer long!

Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.