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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,277
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 444
Gots: 111 | FT: 2
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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 wheatyweiss
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a honey straw with a towering head that the glass can barely contain. Nice sticky legs on the glass. Light cloud is present after the bottle is swirled a little and the contents introduced to the glass. Head is frothy like whipped cream. A very pretty presentation.

Aroma is strong cloves and anise. Lemongrass and coriander. Bubblegum and banana, spicy clove almost overpowers the fruitiness of the yeast.

Taste is spicy fruit. The yeasty fruit flavor is perfect here. The crystal wheat is nicely balanced with the bubblegum and banana flavors. The phenolic character of the yeast is no overpowering.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

An excellent Hefe Weiss. I would venture to say my favorite domestic Hefe to date. (754 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat pours up velvety with a big, cascading white head that nearly overflows the rim over a slightly hazy deep straw-goldenrod body. Head retention is very good-excellent. The aroma is exceptional with a huge wheatberry bread character offset nicely by a juicy fruitiness (banana bread, lemon zest, orange marmalade) followed by a lovely spiciness (allspice, clover honey, crytalized ginger, warm cinnamon). Just a touch of alcoholic complexity wrapped behind the other nuances. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with a huge fruitiness, but a magical touch of spicy Noble hops quickly brings this malty weizenbier under control to creat a harmonious finish. Some alcohol warmth adds to the overall complexity of this fine, medium-full bodied wheat. Big creaminess, great texture, and somewhat filling. Definitely big for the style, but dangerously drinkable. Dan Carey delivers another masterpiece that will have you Oom-pah dancing!

PROST! Beertracker (980 characters)

Photo of corey0212
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Monsone in the Brews n' Books BIF!

Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color, gigantic foamy white head that seems to know exactly where the top of my Hefeweizen glass is, and big clumps of foamy lacing in the glass. Lots of clove in the nose, banana, and lemon. Very nice tasting Hefeweizen...plenty of tartness and lemon flavor, spicy clove, and a lot of banana taste. Pretty creamy moutfheel, but maybe a touch under-carbonated? Lots of lingering spice. This is a very satisfying summer brew...really glad I got to try this one! (546 characters)

Photo of botham
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a golden amber color with a sizable, creamy, off white head that dissipates in a couple minutes, leaving light, pillowy lacings.

aroma is fruity and malty, with wheat malt mainly, and light notes of citrusy hops and sweet undertones. the aroma is very rich for a hefe.

taste is full of banana, lemon, and orange flavors, along with wheat malt as a base and a bit of citrusy hops upon finishing. finishes quite smooth and mellow, with residual wheat malt and citrus in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lightly tart and sweet character, along with a candy-like finish with a residual sugary feel.

drinkability is decent. this is a rich hefe, with a rather sweet profile and sugary finish. the citrus and banana flavors are quite strong, without much malt to back them up. not well balanced, but worth a try. (882 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold, huge head.

Smell: Bananas with a touch of clove.

Taste: Cloves come first in the taste, some spiciness. Sweet bananas in the middle and a little citrus at the end.

Drinkability: A little strong to have more than a couple but tasty.

Another great wheat beer from New Glarus. Looks great, tastes great, reasonably priced. Just about everything you could want except wide distribution. (409 characters)

Photo of ibashmuck
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a big, thick head on a cloudy amber body. Perfect. Smell of cloves, banana and spice, all of which came through very well in the taste. Add in just the right amount of fruitness. Perfect and perfect. I typically like a lemon in my wheats, but this was so good it didn't need it. Carbonation and "thickness" were, what else, perfect. I'd been waiting months to get my hands on this, and the wait was worth it. Everything about this brew is perfection. Everything is absolutely spot on for the style, extraordinary how good this was. Not only the best american version of a hefeweizen, but this ranks right up among the world's best. Perfection.

EDIT- Been loving this for years (!) now, and still the best in the world. At the end of each summer, I load up (several cases) and enjoy throughout the winter, as it holds extremely well (aside from a rise in carbo and alc %). I typically enjoy my last bottle well into the following summer. (1,008 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- pale hazy golden with a finger sized head and an active carbonation

S- yeast, banana, clove, and bubblegum. exactly what youd expect in a wheat but on the strong side

T- lemony with everything that i could smell. very nice

M- highly carbonated and light feeling

D- i wish i picked up more of this. very drinkable and a great take on the style. recommended (363 characters)

Photo of TATTORSO
3.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle Hazy, honey colored pour into an 8 oz. tasting stange. Silky smooth, 2 finger butter colored head with some soapy lacing.

The nose is predominantly ripe banana, fresh ground clove, allspice, lemon rinds & bubble gum (?)!WOW

Not surprising that the taste follows the nose closely with a little more definition. Sweet bubble gum, warm banana bread, brown sugar, cloves & honey. There's a slightly medicinal after taste. A tart crisp finish with a hint of pepper. The spices are now more pronounced in the nose...brisk & refreshing.

The mouth is well carbonated, smooth & creamy with a clean, lingering texture on the tongue.
I can't help but be reminded of Christmas potporri.

Pretty easy to drink considering the ABV. This was a relatively unfamiliar style for me & my ability to compare is limited. A little too clove-y for me & one was enough...probably not something I'd go out of may way for again, but worth trying. (937 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow, massive 2 finger head, could of been 3 but alas my glass wasn't big enough.

S- Sweet banana interlaced with spices and lemony citrus notes.

T- Very clean, light hints of spice and banana with a hint of tartness coming through mid sip. Smooth, soft, yet characterful finish.

M- Near perfection.

D- I just need to start trusting that Dan knows what hes doing, and buy the six pack.

I was honestly suprised by this one, clearly the best Hefeweizen this side of the Atlantic. (494 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is extremely well made beer - possibly the best US version of a hefe-weizen I have ever had. Pours to a big, frothy head that recedes to about 1/8" inch and stays this way down the glass. Some light lacy is evident too. Smells of clove, cinnamon and faint banana. Tastes similar to the smell with some maltiness coming into play. For a 7.2% ABV beer, this stuff is dangerously smooth and well balanced. A 12 ounce glass was gone in no time flat. This will be in my fridge for the remainder of the summer. (509 characters)

Photo of westweasel
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jai my co-worker for this WI brew!

The beer was poured into one of those new Sam Adams super glasses. The appearance was a very hazy dark straw to yellow color, with a large white head.

The aroma was filled with white bread, clove, and cinnamon.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer. The first part of the swallow is filled with white bread and clove, followed by subtle but noticeable banana flavor with just a slight touch of lemony citrus. The finish was nicely dry.

The mouthfeel was medium with high carbonation.

This is a very drinkable example of a bavarian wheat beer. I can't believe this has 7% alcohol. I was very impressed. (666 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 grub
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one from demcorhip as part of his LIF. thanks!

12oz bottle. sampled july 1/08.

pours pale orange with just a touch of haze. a small fairly dense white head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. big weizen character. clove, banana, bit of caramel. white bread, bit of cracker. alcohol. bit of floral character too.

taste is good. light alcohol. clove and banana. white bread. bit of grain. hint of biscuit. bit of orange peel. light caramel sweetness, but not enough to become cloying. touch of floral hops brightening everything up and pulling it together.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium carbonation level with a touch of sting. nice medium-light body. not as light and summery as most weizens, but it is necessary to hold things together in this bigger brew.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced, which can be a bit tricky when taking a lighter style and cranking it up above the usual bounds. i enjoyed this one and wish it was a local offering that i could have anytime. (1,059 characters)

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

Thanks to grub for opening this 12 oz.

Pours a hazy golden/orange, thin bone white head forms, settles to a thick ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is buttery, honey, some brown sugar, banana, clove, almost cinnamon like spiciness, alcohol is slightly detectable, interesting. Taste is caramel sweetness, wheat, honey, some light grass, banana and tropical fruit, cloves, spice, alcohol is well hidden, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, spritzy, alcohol warmth, quite nice. Solid wheat beer, thanks Russ! (560 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a wonderfully hazy yellow orange, very vibrant with a inch of creamy white head billowing atop the brew. Lots of active carbonation rising up from this one. Aromas erupting from the glass with crisp, sun drenched wheat grain malts alongside bright clove spiciness. Notes of banana and bubblegum are there as well. Lots of fruit tones here too that flow into earthy, peppery yeast. An awesome, robust aroma.

First sip brings a smooth, crisp wheat malt upfront that segues into light fruity flavors. A bright peppery, clove moves in along with notes of banana and bubblegum. Earthy yeast tones mix in as the brew flows down with a subtle dryness and light grittiness. Just a damn fine hefeweizen!

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a fast paced carbonation that goes down easily. Quite a refreshing brew as well. A six pack of this could easily be had on a nice summer day. Another example of why I feel New Glarus is easily the best wheat beer brewer in the midwest, if not the country. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Newglarusguy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first, nothing unusual: it pours a semi-cloudy, dark gold, with a towering cream-colored head of pillowy foam. Although the thin residue of yeast coating the bottom of the bottle is proof that this beer is indeed bottle-conditioned, it isn't nearly as cloudy as a lot of unfiltered wheats you'll come across. The nose is borderline mind-blowing: ultra-intense Belgian-like spiciness over top a bed of traditional Bavarian-wheat bananas and cloves. Wow.

It'd be a tall order for the taste to live up to the aroma--and it doesn't--but it's still pretty damn fantastic. The spiciness is toned down from the nose and, although still awful lively for a wheat, it's complemented almost perfectly with a mix of bananas and yeast. There isn't a huge banana/clove presence like you'd find in traditional Bavarian wheats, but there's enough to balance out that spice. Some lemony, citrus notes come out as the beer warms, furthering the complexity. All underneath a soft, clean palate that you've come to expect from a well-made wheat. (1,029 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to alexgash from BA for the bottle!
Cloudy orange colored pour with a big lasting meringue like head. Thick wheaty, banana flavor with lots of clovey yeast smell too. Very big strong hef smell with a light lemony wheatiness as well. Taste is strong and full bodied with the same flavors. Very good quality hefeweizen but just a style i'm style growing to like slowly. (378 characters)

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

Ah Dancing man. Best American version of the German style that rivals even the originals.

The pour is golden lemon colored with a tinge of orange and a slight haze. A nice large and fuzzy-creamy white lid which leaves good lacing.

Oh buddy! This beer hits all the marks in the nose that a great hefe should. Sweet and zesty lemon and banana esters, clove and bubblegum, with a slightly spicy wheaty, yeasty overtone. All there and readily accessible at each sniff of the glass.

Solidly medium, chewy, full, big fuzzy-creamy carbonation with an oily smoothness. The taste doesn't let down a bit. Sweet vanilla-lemon, mild and fresh wheat and yeast, and bubblegum with a peppery clove spiciness. Simply delicious.

This is a truly great hefeweizen. Second, maybe, only to Weihenstephaner's, but I can't make that decision till I get em side by side. An absolute must try if you like the style and have the opportunity. (919 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. thanks to demcorhip for this one.

Gorgeous beer. Three inches of head off a gentle pour and a glowing yellow-orange colour. Big chunks of swirling yeast, extremely hazey. Very entertaining to look at and beautiful. Amped up weiss aromas, the typical banana and clove, coriander, oranges wheat, bready and husky and grassy. It just like a delicious dessert. Mellow with just a touch of zippiness....

Flavour is wonderfully mellow with lots of wheaty goodness. Fruity sweetness, banana, pears, apples balanced out very well with the lemon sourness and tartness that's typical of the style. Peppery and zippy on the tongue, Full flavoured as all get out. Carbonation is refreshing and the mouthfeel is never too thick. Alcohol is hidden so well, it's so bloody drinkable. New Glarus is making the best wheat beers in the states right now in my mind, classically flavoured but never compromising. Brilliant stuff! (950 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of kajerm
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, pours a light translucent amber with an explosive, self-supporting cream colored head. Lacing plates the walls of the glass, along with an attractive, oily film.

Aroma is big yeasty esters, with lots of bananas. Some definite citric character is is also present. This smells (and tastes) like a hefe on steroids-- all of the same, but MORE. I like it. The flavor profile is similar to the aroma, but spicier and with a juiced-up light malt character that compliments the yeasty flavor very nicely.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Drinkability is excellent, 7.2%ABV is totally undetectable, which is impressive for a style that is traditionally almost always under 5%. (683 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Well carbonated brew here. Head is a towering mass of creamy whipped butter colored bubbles…so much that I need to wait to continue pouring. The body is a cloudy and drab peach colored hue leaning towards the dull side of things.

S: Spicy wheat, soured grass clippings, some smooth green banana, clove and a pinch of black pepper.

T: Starts out with a nice balance of dried hay, fresh grass clippings and young banana essence. Transition is seemless to white grape, little bit of limestone and just a tad of grainy flavors. Sweetness is delicate but somewhat cloying after a bit. Finishes yeasty and dry but a solid wash a sweetness across the back sides of the tongue.

M: Medium body and smooth.

D: Very nice German style hefe indeed. It’s a tough balance to get the dry, sweet and grainy flavors just to the right level and these guys at New Glarus are no slouches. Totally enjoyable but I wonder how many I could drink. (932 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With an eagerly anticipated pour and a quick swirl of the bottle, the Dancing Man shows a pulpy, hazy, thick-looking, golden peach body with a thicker, marshmallowy, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose is big and full of banana esters, real bubble gum, cloves, yeast, and banana cream pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Amazingly good smelling hefe.

Toasted wheat bread greets the tongue. Fruity, banana-y esters come on strong with hints of clove. Banana cream pie sweetness and tropical fruits round out the palate. Herbal hop bitterness hums in the background providing some check for the sweetness. Yeasty, banana bread batter and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Full-bodied, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. An utterly fantastic strongish hefeweizen that goes down way too easy. Another New Glarus winner! (822 characters)

Photo of bassmantin
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for this bottle.

Pours a beautiful orange/gold color with moderate white head that lasts a while.

Smell is very sweet and floral. Taste floods the palate with floral and citrus flavor. There is also that slightest hint of spiciness that makes hefeweizens great. This is one of the best examples of this style I have ever tasted. Any German would be proud to drink this.

Overall: A top-notch hefeweizen with exceptional but nuanced citrus and floral flavors. (483 characters)

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