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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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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 maxcoinage
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last brew from my New Glarus 12 pack sampler! need to make a run up to WI soon.

Poured from 12oz bottled into Weizen glass with a huge 3 inch head that took it's time to settle down. Lot's of noticeable carbonation here! Color is a golden yellow

Aroma is of cloves and banana, and wheat.

The taste is great, and very refreshing. Banana, little citrus/zest to go with the wheat flavor and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated and a medium body with a nice crisp finish.

Overall this is a great hefe and awesome summer beer. I need to buy this more regularly. (575 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (2,482 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a bright pale, semi-hazy yellow with over three fingers of creamy off-white foam. Looks amazingly fresh.

Smell: Being a hefeweizen I expected banana in the aroma but this is just ridiculous. In a good way, of course. Smells almost exactly like banana Laffy Taffy. I also picked up on some clove, bubblegum, and a light whiff of vinegar.

Taste: Lemon, white pepper, clove, and lots of delicious banana. Spicy and sweet. Finishes with a soft kiss of sugary alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nice, tingly carbonation. Refreshing and creamy.

Overall, this might very well be the best hefeweizen I've ever had. True to style, beautifully crafted, and bursting with flavor. New Glarus has perfected yet another classic German beer. Prost! (740 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a MASSIVE, dense, white head that collapses to a perfect, soft, whipped, two-finger head. A wonderful bouquet of bananas and clove in the nose. Perfect, hazy, straw-gold color. Starts with notes of clove, banana, sweet malt, and floral hops. Builds in banana sweetness after the hops peak at a very low bitterness. The finish melts the hops floral characteristics perfectly off bready malt and sweet banana, with a lingering touch of clove.

Perfect.
How is this not my go-to Hefeweizen?
Beats most of the Germans at their own game! (538 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, probably about a month old, poured into a German hefeweizen glass (obtained visiting Burg Eltz on the Rhine years ago) and quaffed today, 5/4/2013.

Aroma: It smells like a hefeweizen, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Banana, spicy clove and bubble gum- the esters and characterstic WY3068 yeast that basically define hefeweizen taste and smell. Some sweet malt up front and in the back. Smells fantastic, reminds me of the Bavarian hefeweizens and transports me back to the Hirschgarten. (4.5)

Colour: Hazy straw coloured body that pours with a massive >4cm head, typical of hefeweizens, with the thick haziness that occurs in spades once I swirl the yeast sediment and pour it in. Beautiful looking hefeweizen, great in a hefeweizen glass. (4)

Flavour: Love it. Following the nose- there is a good bit of sweet malt, like straight up spicy sugar cane, that persists throughout a nice cavalcade of the esters- banana, spicy clove, pears, bubble gum. It's like an assembly line of malt with the esters being dumped on it every few seconds. Very tasty and reminds me of my time in Munich. Absolutely fantastic although the malt is a little stronger than some of the other German imports. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied yet full of flavour. Drinks smoothly, crisp and refreshing with a clean yeasty finish. No heat at all- I think this is a higher ABV hefeweizen which I really don't notice here even when it gets rather warm. The aftertaste is basically all WY3068, which is why I'm drinking hefeweizens in the first place! (4)

Overall: The malt sweetness is a bit strong in this one, which would probably explain the higher ABV. Typically Hefeweizens are all yeast, and everything else is there as a supporting cast. This is a pretty good take on the German style, though I would prefer even more spices, banana, cloves in my Hefeweizens. That being said, this is easier for me to get fresh than the 6-9 month old imported Weihenstephaners or Paulaners- so I'm definitely appreciative of Dan's work with the German styles I used to imbibe in the good ol' Deutschland. (4.5) (2,091 characters)

Photo of emyers
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass

Appearance: semi-cloudy pale cold with a 2 inch billowing white head.

Smell: Bursting with intense banana and clove esters. A tiny bit of bready, biscuity aroma to it, but it;s really dominated by the banana and clove. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a hefeweizen.

Taste: Same great banana/clove character as the aroma but a little less intense. A hint of caramel sweetness and just the slightest touch of grassy hops peeks through to add a little balance to the yeast showcase. This beer really capturees the flavor profile of a hefeweizen and amplifies it.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than your typical hefe with a very smooth, silky finish. Extremely easy drinking despite the fairly high abv.

Overall: Think of it as an imperial hefeweizen done extremely, extremely well. (839 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on NYE...bottle to pint glass.

Poured a nice hazy light orange/gold color with a 3 finger billowing white head.

Smell was quite potent - in a good way. Hugh banana, wheat, orange and yeasty notes. Some spices as well. Coriander?

Flavor is quite delicious. Not my favorite style by a long shot, but I could defientely drink many of these. Definite banana and fruit notes, some wheat spices and lemon. Tasty.

Mouthfeel was rich but refreshing.

Overall, solid beer. This style is by far my least favorite, but this beer is so well done that I had to give it solid ratings. Nice! (588 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For a hefeweizen, this is about as close to perfect as it gets. Even though this bottle has started to run a little old, the beer still holds up reasonably well. The sweetness and the spiciness still dominate.

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, the beer was a hazy straw color with a half inch white head tinted slightly golden. The nose on this one is magnificent. The yeast gives hints of banana with straw in the background while a certain spiciness tickles the nose. The initial taste is smooth with sour banana, candy sugar, sweat cookies, and a measured spiciness. A dose of spicy clove is most noticeable with cinnamon waiting in the weeds. The carbonation is a little more intense than I would like, so the outstanding taste does not last as long as I would prefer. The sour notes mellow as the taste develops. Yet in the aftertaste, the sourness is the primary aspect along with a warming spice. Though this is a summer beer, the warming of the aftertaste says otherwise. Similarly this is an easy drinker, but a 7.2%abv says otherwise. (1,053 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy yellow-orange pour, lots of visible carbonation, 3 fingers of head

smells of lemongrass, pepper.. more like a saison really.. very bready scent.
tastes of lemon, orange citrus, black pepper.. an excellent tasting beer.

light body, high carbonation, fizzy mouthfeel. not like many wheat beers i've had, this was more like a saison. (341 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy apricot-orange. Head is half a finger off-white. Fair retention and some lacing.
S- The aroma is medicinal, banana, spice, and a bit of plastic.
T- Up front it's big a fruity with banana and apricot. There is a hint of medicinal and spice in the middle. The finish bring a bigger alcohol presence than your average hefe. Some lingering spice in the finish as well.
M- Medium body for a hefeweizen. At first I deemed this to be pretty crisp but there is some lingering stickyness.
O- A good hefe. A bit boozy but on the whole, I like this one quite a bit. (563 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great example of the style and better than most German products. Pour was a bright gold until the yeast sediment decanted, giving the beer an appropriate golden haze. Aroma was redolent of banana with a hint of clove and allspice. Aromas were reflected in the taste, with yeasty banana and spice flavors. A touch of breadyness toward the end. Finish was quite clean. 7.2 abv? I would never have guessed it was so high (at least for a hefeweizen). A very well made beer. (469 characters)

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

Poured into a Weizen glass.
I am immediately impressed by the appearance of this beer.After living in Germany for several years it is rare to come across an American version of Weizen that is so murky, perfect light golden/hay color and that rich,creamy head.Great appearance.
Smell takes the standard even higher..everything I want in a great German Weizen. Banana,grain, clove, pepper, orange,lemon, almost a yogurt quality. Yeast, fruit, grains all in perfect balance.
Flavor...perfect.A mix of bananas, pepper, allspice, clove, musty grain, lemon and almost a milk-like creaminess in the mouthfeel. Sip after sip just re-enforces my initial impression.
Mouthfeel is a great balance of creamy fruitiness, grainy quality, and a peppery yeast bite that cuts the creamy sweetness perfectly.I am really impressed with every beer I have tried from this brewery, and Dancing man IMO gives even Weihenstephan a run for its money, and I went to brewing school there. (961 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, 2 inch head with a rocky top, hazy

Smell: wheat, bananas, cardamom, and coriander

Taste: follows the nose wheat, bananas, cardamom, and coriander with bready, earthy malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-highcarbonation, slightly sweet

Overall: One of the best domestics hefes I have had. This one compares very favorably to the German classics I have had. Best small bottle offering I have had from New Glarus. Would be a fridge staple if I could obtain it easily. (560 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing were really impressive on this. The smell is loaded with fresh grain, clove, banana and bready lemons. The taste of the beer is lightly flavored with some spices and soft wheat. There is a light amount of citrus in there too. The mouthfeel is smooth, light and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good, it would be best in the summer time. (451 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden color with a generous three fingers of white head. Head retention is a little lack luster and lingers as a thin ring of bubbles.

S- rich clove and ripe bananas envelope the nose with a doughy honey kissed wheat.

T- spicy up front with bready fluffy wheat flavor. Banana chips and ripe banana dessert in the middle. Kiss of honey with a lingering spice and banana on the finish.

MF- creamy full mouthfeel with a light medium body. Good caressing carbonation.

D- superbly drinkable. (507 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy, pale golden color with a gigantic head with retention to last forever.

S: lot of black pepper, some sweetness and light fruity smell

T: very peppery, then slightly sweet and malty

M: big burst of carbonation at first, then silky smooth and gentle. The body is a medium-thin and refreshing.

O: easy to drink, $10 or less per 6-pack, and not hard to find in the summer in Wisconsin. It's pepper-heavy in the taste, but so refreshing. (448 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Big pillowy white head. Straw colored beer with good haziness.

S - Banana esters but out weighed by the spicy/clove counterpart. Great helping of wheat comes across brightly. I get a sense of multigrain bread from those mild base malts.

T - Great wheat character in this beer. The pleasant phenolics give good complexity with a little bit of a lemony citrus twist to finish.

M - Light to moderate-light body, light-medium carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Never picked up cinnamon that the description describes. The ester/phenolic profile didn't jump out of the bottle as much as I prefer. Other than that this beer couldn't do much more to score perfect for this style. (718 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 iadler
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A- Hazy gold with a fluffy two finger head. Minimal lacing.

S- Banana, clove, wheat, vanilla, cinnamon and peppery spice.

T- Follows the aroma with plenty of clove, banana and wheat, with hints of spice, vanilla and lemon.

M- Medium carbonation and body with the abv hidden very well.

O- A very well crafted Hefe. Perfect on a hot summer day. (367 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

glassware: generic pilsner...occasion: first ever New Glarus--a gift from Jaime and Jarrett (many thanks!)...aroma: clove and banana empower the nostrils--and banana wins the battle...appearance: thick, foamy head that oozes from the bottle--no lacing at all in its descent; opaque, tawny body...palate: mild-bodied, mildly effervescent in the mouthfeel; clean if not cleansing...taste: tart and zesty, as expected...overall: a wheat indeed--not overwhelming, but with some subtle flowering that peaks the tastebuds' interests... (529 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours a very light, cloudy yellow with a huge fizzy off-white head that fades fast.

S - Lemons, wheat, and more wheat.

T - Light wheat, lemons. Summer wheat and yeast.

D - Light body and tons of carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing, very lemony and crisp, a touch on the sweet side. (318 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with large creamy white head. Bubbles rush to the top in constant stream. Surprisingly pretty clear even with the yeast added.

Clove and cinnamon in the aroma. Floral and pretty fruity. Banana and bubble gum. Some grassy and spicy hops in the background.

Banana comes full out on the palate. Which then makes me notice it more in the nose. Citrussy and very refreshing. Very floral and slightly sweet. Biscuity malt in the finish. Fruity and spicy noble hop character.

Super creamy mouthfeel without feeling thick. Still very bubbly on the tongue. Finish is fairly dry.

New Glarus seems to have mastered light drinkable beers with tons of flavor. This one is no exception. (694 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy golden straw with a slight tint of orange. Big pillowy 2-3 finger white head that only leaves a thin ring with some lacing. Myriad of bubbles stream from bottom of glass to the top.

S - It smells like a clover field with banana trees. Nice bright wheat smell, with some bread and honey. Hints of lemon and cinnamon, pepper.

T - Clover bomb with wheat, bread and honey, some banana. Finish has some spice and lemon.

M - Light body as one would expect from a Hefeweizen. Plenty of carbonation, pour slowly!

O - This is my go to Hefeweizen during the summer months as it is so refreshing and delicious. (653 characters)

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