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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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443 Reviews

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,282
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 447
Gots: 112 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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


A: Pours a light golden, perfect clarity, with three fingers of fizzy white head. Very good retention.

S: Sizeable dose of pepper and spice on the front of the nose, malt, and just a touch of citrus.

T: Lemony and orange and the requisite spicyness. It's got a little corn sweetness that somehow reminds me of Spotted Cow (?).

M: Nice crispness to balance kind of a creamy mouthfeel, medium-light body and medium carbonation.

O: Superb wheat beer. Very quaffable, one of my least favorite wine descriptors, and refreshing for unusually hot days like these.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with full plume of dense, bone white bubbles, good retention. Scent and taste are made up of similar traits to other Hefes, most true to style - tangy wheat, banana, clove and spice, white bread, hints of bubblegum and a splash of citrus. What makes this beer special is the way they all blend and balance, not one component is more aggressive than the other. I've had Hefe's that are too bready, too banana-y and too lemony - this one is just right on all fronts. Suprisingly dense body, still smooth and lightly bubbly. Overall, quite the drinkable Hefe with nice layered flavor and scent.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12 oz bottle into DFH globe

Pours a hazy golden with a large white cap of foam. Smells of lemon, clove, banana, and yeast emanate from the glass; very appealing. Taste is a perfect blend of banana, clove, pepper, and yeast with a touch of lemon and a dry finish. Watch out for the hidden 7.2% ABV. One of the best hefe's I have tasted. Seek this one out.

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

A: Cloudy light orange color with 3-4 finger frothy head.

S: Clove, banana, peppery, lemon.

T: Banana, wheat, clove with lots of spice (maybe too spicy for a Hefe?) Lemon, Orange, pepper.

M: Medium thickness, good amount of carbonation.

O: Excellent. I actually prefer this one over Live Oak. I have never had a bad beer from New Glarus yet. Another excellent brew! World class.

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Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, straw-colored body. Plenty of thick, white head leaves sticky lace all over my glass. Strong banana esters in the nose amidst the malt & wheat.

Much more bubblegum in this flavor profile than any other hef I've tasted. Sweet, wheaty, bananas, and lightly watery on the finish. Love that big, creamy body.

This was a long-time want of mine, and it didn't disappoint. Quite possibly the best bottled hef I've had; Live Oak's offering is still tops in my book. Cheers!

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Photo of raveskdr
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a Wisky box. Been on my top 25 wants for awhile. Poured into my FFF Teku glass.

A - Hazy golden huge with far too much carbonation. I'm not gonna hold that against the beer as I gave it a good hard pour.

S - A good amount of banana and slight bubblegum. The bubblegum comes out the warmer the beer gets. Clove is in there on the back end of the smell.

T - Extremely nice. A ton of banana and bubblegum in the flavor, but with a good amount of mint in the middle of the taste. No alcohol on the back end despite its elevated ABV.

M - A really nice bubbly effervecense that coats the entire tongue. Not nearly as heavy as the ABV, drinks like a 5% hefe.

O - After the pour and smell, I really had my doubts. But this is a really, really good Hefe. It's not Weihenstephan, but what actually is? Really wish this was available consistently to me. It really is crazy how the smell gets worse and worse (not bad, just keeps getting worse off), while the taste is just fantastic. So weird.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a slightly hazy straw color with a generous 2 finger head, great retention and lacing. The nose is full of ripe banana, candied fruit, bubblegum, a touch of clove spice, and a bit of wheat. The taste is similar to the nose with things leaning heavily to the ripe banana character. The finish features spiciness. The mouthfeel is relatively light with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is exactly what a Hefeweizen should be. Heavy in the way of banana esters and a great balance make this is a great example of the style.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at my local Wisconsin shop, just across the border. First 90-degree day of the year seemed like the perfect time to break it out.

Pours a cloudy bright golden yellow. Very nice color. Two finger white head, but it's pretty bubbly, rather than foamy, and it fades fast, leaving little lacing. Looks good, but not in the upper tier of hefes on appearance.

Smell is outstanding. It's the perfect balance of banana sweetness and clove spice, but that description doesn't do it justice. Robust and fruity, but delicately complex at the same time. Wow.

Taste is, likewise, very impressive. Less fruity than in the nose, with a lot more wheat presence. Some delightful herbal hops in the back-end, providing just a shade, a very light touch, of bitterness that balances out the rich sweetness so well. Gentle spice rides the wave all the way through. Again, wow.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium-bodied, but deliciously mouth-filling. Carbonation flares up, tickling the mouth and bringing all kinds of depth out of the flavors. And right when I want it to, it drops off, leaving a crisp dry finish. Awesome.

This beer is simply fantastic. About the only way I could imagine improving it is in the appearance. Definitely the best American hefeweizen I've ever had, and I actually like it better than the Weihenstephaner I had just a week ago. Absolutely delicious, and very worth seeking out. I may go back and buy a case of this (and I never, ever, buy that much of a single beer).

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Photo of dafla67
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

A: hazy golden color. very large white head.

S: Strong aroma; sweet; yeast; spices.

T: starts with sweetness and a touch more than a hint of fruit; very crisp and ends with bananas.

M: heavy carbonation; smooth.

O: a very good beer. certainly holds it own with the popular hefeweizens. Gladly drink this on a hot summer night.

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Photo of jegross2
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company out of Wisconsin. This wheat beer, like Black Top, is one of New Glarus' most sought after seasonals, and several of friends have proclaimed this beer to be one of the best American-made wheat beers. Let's put that claim to the test!
Score: 95

Bottle stamp is "1042 11:53," meaning it was packaged on the 96th day of the year (April 12, 2012). This beer just hit shelves a week or two ago. Served in a 312 weizen glass and enjoyed on 05/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a golden wheat color with lots of visible effervescence. Very clean, transparent appearance. Four to five fingers of foamy white head at pour gradually settles into a decently sized layer that is thicker than what you would get hard pouring a Bourbon County Brand Stout. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Pungent banana and lots of wheat. Phenolic Belgian yeast, fruity wheat, clove, coriander, doughy biscuit and malty banana bread. The aroma is flavorful, but on the "lighter" side. A pitch perfect smelling hefeweizen, honestly. 4.75/5

Taste: Ripe banana throughout. Fruity Belgian yeast, creamy wheat, clove, a little coriander and orange. There is a slightly, sweet doughy "Cheerios" flavor on the back half of a dry, cotton-mouthing finish. There's a faint hint of menthol present and a growing sweet fruitiness/spiciness on midpalate as the beer warms. A little orange and lemon flavor in the background too. Crisp with a residual fruitiness and refreshing. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, higher carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good prickliness from the carbonated wheat on the tongue. Very dry finish. 4/5

Overall: Knockout hefeweizen here. Very simplistic, traditional, drinkable and refreshing. On a hot summer day, this one would absolutely hit the spot.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out. This would be a great gateway beer into craft for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: A garden omelet with cheese.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack.

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

Served on tap at the brewery on 4/28/12

A - Golden amber with 1.5 finger white head with good retention and abundant lacing.

S - Moderately strong clove phenols and low banana esters, wheat, biscuit.

T - Very wheaty hefe that follows the nose and has a nice citrus lemon character.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O - An absolutely fantastic example of this great German style. So refreshing with a nice balance of clove, spice, fruit, and a lot of bready flavors.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Devil's Backbone weizen.

Pours a chilled golden orange with a massive foamy white head that has excellent retention and leaves abundant lacing. Rich banana aroma with mild clove and pepper with hints of orange throughout. Sweet bubblegum malt body with rich banana yeast and a soft clove finish. Slightly thicker than expected body, well cabonated and a soft, clean finish. A little high in ABV, but my favorite American Hefe regardless.

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Photo of fvernon
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another great extra from Corbet - thanks again! Poured cold and hazy into a Portsmouth tulip. It's a dark straw yellow-orange with a good amount of haze and a beautiful thick head.

The smell is of bubblegum and wheat, the taste is a great balance of sweet and just the right hint of citrus bitter - orange and lemon. The mouthfeel is spot-on as clean with just a bit of residual tartness. There are plenty of wheat ales out there, but this is the standard to hit. Love it!

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of Spider889
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Clint for this sixer in our trade at JO's. This is a style is usually avoid, but this proved to be a really amazing beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Produced a tall dense white meringue of head, with excellent staying power. The beer appears appropriately unfiltered, though not overly cloudy either.

The aroma is everything you'd expect out of a good hefeweizen: clove and ripe banana, moderate sweetness tempered by light doughy wheat malt.

The flavor is surprisingly clean and smooth. Normally the estery quality of wheat beers turns me off quickly, but Dancing Man just keeps cruising, and I keep drinking.

Coating mouthfeel, full bodied for the style. This brew's a mouthful in the best ways possible.

Overall this is just one more example of how solid a brewery New Glarus is.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle thrown as part of a trade/buy from Brian/Beerisheaven. Thanks!

I poured this one into my Zero Gravity tumbler. A pale, golden yellow liquid, clear but for a little bit of yeast sediment. Poured with an initial huge mass of foamy white head that almost filled the glass, but soon calmed down to a thin layer. Champagne-like carbonation. Aroma of grains and spicy wheat, light banana esters. Taste is very nice, with notes of grains, typical wheat profile, but with the banana noted in the nose coming to prominence mid-palate, leaving no doubt that this is a hefeweizen. Breadiness and light spice also noticed. Medium in body, a bit sticky at first, but overall smooth, crisp and flavorful. Goes great with food, and is generally an extremely drinkable brew.

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

Grabbed this in early summer 2011 during a Great Lakes region beer tour.

Poured into a 0.5L Staropramen glass. This is a pale, light gold color. Foam formation was massive, off-white and slightly rocky. Retention is good.

Freshly peeled banana features prominently in the nose, as one might expect from this style. Classic bubble gum noted underneath. Hops hard to detect but this is ok.

Flavor includes another nod to the banana but an equally present, balanced clove is here, too. Bready malt. Bitterness is rather low. Finishing dry.

Medium in body with a moderate/moderate high level of carbonation.

Though this beer has been in my fridge for roughly half a year, I'm very impressed with the subtle and balanced flavor profile it offers. The banana/clove/bready malt balance is well done leading to well rounded profile that makes for an enjoyable session.

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Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden yellowish-orange color that is pretty hazy with a two finger, frothy white head that very slowly fades into a thick, lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of peppery clove character along with some bready yeast, citrus peel and banana. The banana and orange/lemon peel notes become more prominent as it warms countering the heavy spice character.

Full bodied with a really nice balance of zesty spice, bready yeast, light fruit and citrus. Like the aroma, there is a ton of zesty spice up front with a strong clove presence that lingers throughout into a slightly tart, dry finish. This is countered by the yeast presence that adds fullness to the palate and gives off hintsnof bread and banana. Toward the finish there is some more sweetness with a nice lemon/orange peel flavor. Excellently balanced, very flavorful and refreshing with no trace of alcohol making it dangerously drinkable. Probably the best American interpretation of the style.

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

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

The beer is hazy, appearing golden yellow hued with a towering white head. Excellent retention and lacing. An all around stellar appearance. The aroma is sweet, with prominent banana scents. Very nice flavor, albeit sweeter than is customary for the style, though typical of New Glarus. Lots of banana and sweet malt. Not as refreshing or quaffable as a lighter, traditional hefeweizen, but certainly tasty and delicious. Light to medium bodied, with alcohol content well disguised. Wow, this is 7.2%? Overall, quite enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this beer. Another gem from New Glarus.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this. My first New Glarus beer.

A: Straw yellow with a decent haze. Two finger white head with great retention and decent lacing.

S: Big clove and banana. Good Hefe aromas.

T: Clove and banana. A bit over on the clove.

M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: A good Hefe. Typical but solid.

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Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a golden tint to it. There is a finger of off white head with some decent retention.

Smell: Lots of fruity notes from the yeast. I'm picking up a ton of bubble gum and banana. Some spice and a strong sweetness. Really nice.

Taste: A lot like the smell, but not nearly as sweet. There is a strong flavor of banana and bubble gum along with some mild citrus like notes. Some spice and crisp malt sweetness. The finish is fruity and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is tingly and very smooth. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. The fruity notes along with the wheat is a very refreshing combination. I'm a huge fan.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just one part of a New Glarus-filled weekend, courtesy of duffcalifornia. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow. It's quite cloudy, pretty spot-on for the style. Really fantastic retention from the one-winger white head. Untold waves of lacing around my glass, this is another great-looking New Glarus beer.

The smell is a pretty standard mix of Belgian yeast flavors. Ester fruits, mostly bananas, and a fairly strong what or hay-like smell. However, there's also a slight sour note that throws the aromatic balance out of whack. This isn't quite a citrus note, more like a tangy, almost spoiled characteristic.

Thankfully, that funky quality is absent from the taste. This really has to be one of the better American hefeweizens I've tried. Very clear and crisp wheat, with a great mix of ester fruits and bubblegum. There's a hint of bitterness in the finish. Bready and sweet, this is really well done. There's definitely some tartness, like lemons or grapefruit, and it works well here.

The carbonation is lower than I would've liked, but the thinness of the body works for me. I couldn't believe that this beer was over 7% ABV, as it is as drinkable as could be.

New Glarus really does nail their German-style beers, and this one is delicious. Though I'm sad that I have to wait until next summer to try more, at least I'll have something to look forward to this winter.

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Photo of Centennial
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A. Golden Yellow, slightly cloudy with substantial head

S. Bananna, cloves, sweet wheat, coriander.

T. Banana and clove flavors come first, changing to a spicy wheaty flavor, some citrus and hints of alcohol come through in the finish

M. Light mouthfeel and carbonation is a little high for my liking.

O. Pretty good for a higher abv heffeweizen, but the overall does not hold up to a lot of the German brewed Heffeweizens available.

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Into a weizen glass. Huge three inch off white head on a cloudy pale/yellow. Head retention is great and good lacing as well. A few fast upwardly moving effervescence streams.

S- Smells of clove and subtle spices.

T- Follows the smell but with more bananas than cloves. It's 7.2%abv shows up in each sip...quite the "kick" compared to most hefeweizens out there.

M- Very prickly carbonation, I like it. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- It's no wonder why this is regarded as one of the best hefeweizens. An American classic if you will. Light and crisp enough to whet your whistle in the summer and boozy enough to keep you warm in the winter. I'll take two.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of Soonami. Served in my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Pours 90% head - voluminous, dense and cream-colored. As the head gradually settles into a one inch solid cap, thick, bands of textured lacing are revealed in its wake. Body is golden-orange with just a slight haze. Nose expresses banana esters and yeast. Taste follows nose; however, banana character is less intense and there is also a pleasant lemony character. Mouthfeel is light in body with a delicate, even carbonation and a slight acidity. A really excellent domestic Hefeweizen with an incredibly well-hidden abv. I would drink the hell out of this beer if it were an accessible seasonal. It's very good and definitely in my top 5 for the style; however, Weihenstephaner is still my hand's down favorite.

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