Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,280
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 444
Gots: 114 | 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 mynie
4.4/5  rDev +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.

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

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Photo of kajerm
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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%.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of bassmantin
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Thanks to tizzod for selecting beers of the midwest for my Minnesota visit.

Pours a cloudy, murky dark orangey-tan with lovely white foamy head raised; this recedes but the look is very good for the style. Yeasty particles collect at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma completely classic, banana and clove yeasty aroma, crisp and fresh.

Flavor also spot on hefe-weizen, done very well. Very delicious and wonderfully drinkable. Just a touch lighter and crisper and this would rank alongside the best Germans. Perhaps a very fresh bottle or on tap would raise this to the highest level.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" beige head above the cloudy golden amber brew. Ample frothy lace, and aroma is the expected sweet wheat coupled with clove and banana. Taste follows the nose, just what you expect from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Wouldn't mind revisiting this one.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TheManiacalOne for this bottle.

a - pours a bright hazy golden color with a big white head, good retention and little lacing

s - big spicy and wheaty aroma, clove and cinnamon, some banana, hints of alcohol

t - big clove and banana flavors up front, mid-palate is more spicy leading to a sweet finish with lots of wheat, more clove with slight cinnamon, some citrus, hints of alcohol and grain

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, well balanced finish

d - quite drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol is there but not overwhelming at all

Very good hefe overall. Just a notch below my German favorites and probably the best I've tasted from an American brewer.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thick foamy white 1" head that slowly faded to a thin layer in the middle,thick along the edge glass.

S- First smell is light sweet orange zest.Second smell is bubblegum and banana with a nice clove background.

T-Citrus taste is slightly bitter upfront but leaves a tart/yeast taste similar to other Hefe/Wheat brews.Nice dry wheat finish.

M- Light to medium bodied very crisp mouthfeel.Almost too much carbonation.

D-It is a very drinkable beer and at 7.2% it is appropriately named!

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy murky yellow into my wheat glass. Head dances up to the rim on a moderate pour and quickly settles to an 1/8 inch pillow.

Aroma is very citric sweet on top of banana. Taste follows the nose with a very heavy banana and bubblegum presence that has a bit of a hop finish and citric twang.

Maybe not as carbonated as I would like - like those scrubbing bubbles. This one is pretty darn good, I just do not like it as much as others do.

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

A - Hazy yellowish orange color with some visible carbonation bubbles. Head is bright white and fades to a good eighth inch.

S - Awesome smell of sweet bubblegum, maybe more than I've ever smelled in a beer. Also some peppery spices and some earthy wheat.

T/M - A good amount of carbonation here, with a dull burn. Immediately the nice yeasty flavors come in, sweet and peppery. An almost syrupy consistency with no noticeable alcohol.

D - Excellent Hefe, highly recommended. I wish this stuff was available back in July!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orangish with brown tints and a thin white head.

S - Wheat with banana, clove, bubblegum and a touch of grassy hops.

T - Starts with a bready wheat yeasty taste and then transitions to banana, clove spice, lemon and bubblegum with a lingering lemon zestiness.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Dry finish.

D - One of the better hefe's I have tried.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light amber color with a thin but dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, banana, lemon and spice along with light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a strong wheat flavor dominating as you would expect from the style. There’s not a lot of sweetness but there are flavors of banana, lemon and some spices. The hops presence is mild as it should be. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, nice strong kick for the style, this is a very good beer to stick with for an evening. I could definitely drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of badbeer
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a slightly orange hue. Head is soft and pillowy white. Aroma is strong with clove, banana, and hints of cinnamin and ginger. Clove burst onto the tongue with some spice mixed in. Banana brilliantly comes into play in the middle, leaving you with a spicy banana bread finish. Full bodied and highly carbonated; a little less body would be perfect, but this is so close. I've been drinking tons of this since it was released, and will continue drinking it until it's all gone. I hope they continue making this one; it is a masterpiece. Another amazing beer from an amazing brewer. Do not change the recipe!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American wheats/hefe-weizens...usually totally disappointing when compared to Germany's originals. Dancing Man Wheat stands up strongly next to the best hefes you care to mention. This is hands-down the best hefe/wheat being brewed in America (of the ones I've tried, anyway).

Pours a huge fluffy head, sizzling and popping and taking a long time to chill. A cloudy haze swirls inside a sunny peach-yellow, dirty from the swirled sediment. Wild strings of lace cling thickly to the glass.

Light spices of clove and allspice in the aroma, with banana esters and earthy grains in the background.

The flavor seems to arrive in two stages: first is a peach sweetness/yeast funkiness, helped along by a super-creamy body; it transforms into a delicious banana/nut-bread, riding out into and through the finish. Again, a mellow creaminess carries the flavors through wonderfully, but there's also enough carbonation to make it feel nice and alive.

Wow. Great stuff from a great brewery. Here's to the New Glarus expansion and the hopes that their beers will be available nationwide, if not globally. This is the stuff, may they brew it forever.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat pours a massive head
over a cloudy orange brew. Carbonation is extremely
brisk- the nose is clove and fruit yeast esters. The flavor
is a spicy echo of the nose, with a bit of sharp peppery
alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and a little
dry. Again, the good people of Wisconsin are blessed
with a world-class brewer- this is one of the better hefe's
I've had.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Really thick white head one a really cloudy darker yellow body. Great head retention and leaves a really nice thick lacing.
S- Big banana and clove aroma. Wheat is nice a present, some grass hops, hints of bubble gum, and some caramel malt.
T- Follows the aroma. Very nice blend of all the flavors and nothing is over whelming. The wheat makes itself present with a nice light bitterness from the grass hops.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation yet really nice and smooth.
D- I think this may be the best Hefe Weizen I have had. Just a great beer. Thanks to Initiative for this as a extra.

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Photo of brdc
2.93/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Small capped bottle.
Looking into other reviews, it almost seems like I had a different brew. This one looks nice, golden and cloudy, with a massive white head. A pleasant, but unidimensional and overwhelming banana aroma opens to a beer with excessive taste of bananas, some grains, with something off I cannot really define. It does taste good, and over a little over 3-4 minutes, the aroma gets too much. I did not finish mine. Disappointing.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a thick three finger head which quickly turns to a thin layer that sticks around through the whole glass.

Smell: Better than average Hefe smell. Good bannannas, bit of pineapple, and some spicy clove aromas.

Taste: Again, better than most Hefe's I've tried. Big taste of sweet bannanas to start, which gives way to a nice wheat and spicy clove taste that finishes the sip. Fruity and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: For the third time, above average for the style. Good foamy thickness that coats the mouth just the right way. Not too thick but just right.

Drinkability: Very good beer, but as with most very good beers, I would only have maybe two in an evening. Definitely a recommended beer, and more so for fans of the Hefe style. Good job New Glarus.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$7.00 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Hazy orange with a 2 inch head that fades soon to about 1/8 inch and then holds on for a few more minutes. A good looking pour with the sound of carbonation as its captured by the pint glass. There is a nice white place along the glass.

Smell - A deep malty scent with a citrus overtone. The aroma is inviting and sweet.

Taste - The rich wheat flavor really shines through with a hint of clove. The label also reads there is some cinnamon but apparently my palette isn't refined enough to pick it up. Regardless this is once again a good tasting brew from New Glarus.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and well rounded in my mouth this beer goes down like a lovely dream.

~ I can certainly enjoy one or two of these Dancing Men while hanging with friends but that's about it.

"Slow and easy goes, the Dancing Man as he taps his toes.
A lovely brew, that in the heart rings true.
This wheat, is one that all brewers will find hard to beat."

(Apparently the beer not only makes you dance but it can make you sing too.)

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Photo of seaoflament
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KingG for giving me have a bottle of this one.

Pours a golden color with about a finger of foam which quickly falls to a thin layer. The aroma is of wheat malt and fruits like apple, pear, banana, orange and a little lemon and spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, quite good. Mouthfeel and carbonation are right on with what a good wheat beer should have, clean and refreshing. Great beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Redrover
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar wheat beer from New Glarus. Although I prefer Black Wheat and Copper Kettle, this hefe-weizen does not disappoint in the slightest.

Sample Size – Several six packs and a pint on tap at Brasserie V on Monroe St. in Madison.

Appearance: Completely opaque straw gold with a thick creamy white head (when served from the bottle that lasts for the duration) but no head what-so-ever on tap (must have been the pour/sam adam’s glass). Very pretty. I would give it a 5 in the bottle and a 4 on tap so I'll average the two at 4.5.

Aroma: Lemon, orange, hay, wheat, vanilla, banana, bubblegum, clove, and ginger. Complex, rich, and very spicy.

Flavor/MF/D: A mix of lemon meringue and banana crème pies with cinnamon, cloves, and ginger sprinkled on top. Some pepper too. Medium bodied and creamy. Not as heavy or boozy as I would expect at 7.2% but certainly rich and delicious. Extremely drinkable. Just great.

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Photo of catalysis
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Color is hazy goldenrod with a fluffy, off-white head that recedes to finger width and sticks around for a while. The head leaves some nice trails of belgian lace around the glass.

S- Banana and wheat are the primary fragrances, followed by a little bit of clovy spice. Malty and sweet with little citrus or fruit.

T- Honey and banana creamsicles with notes of cinnamon and clove. Finishes with just a faint bitterness and alcohol flavor. Overall a very well-balanced and delightful brew.

M- This is a nice medium bodied, creamy beer. Carbonation is higher than average, which gives this beer a crisp bite.

D- Drikibility is high, I could drink this all night and probably most of the next day.

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