Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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94
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1,244 Ratings
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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

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

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Photo of Kbogac
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat beer glass. Nice thick white head. Cloudy dark yellow color. The scent is mostly banana and clove. I don't get much else. Taste is also primarily banana with heavy clove & cinnamon. The clove is almost overpowering. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall I'm a little disappointed which is rare for New Glarus beers. It's an OK hefewizen but not well balanced.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy. Very foamy and effervescent. Wheaty, sweet, nice beer. Very enjoyable and I'd definitely drink it again...to bad I can't pick it up locally.

Nice wheat...really didn't taste the 7.2 ABV...great even when it's cold out. But I can imagine it in the summer sitting back and enjoying a few of these with some BBQ.

Photo of JAXSON
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ed. Pours an attractive peach/orange with a fluffy head that recedes quickly. Nose is heavy on spices, banana, cloves, coriander. Fairly heavily spiced in the mouth. Almost a numbing ground coriander. A bit hefty but fairly true to style and reminiscent of some Bavarian gems. Spice quality is a bit heavy, the beer is more robust than some lighter examples of this style. Nice.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/28/08. Bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye. Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of clove and citrus. Lots of fruits (citrus, lots of orange, melon) in the mouth, some vegetable notes (same ones I got in the Imperial Weizen). Strong for a hefe but supremely drinkable.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of cervezango
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this thing smells like grapes. a little sourdough bread smell too.

has a good classic german wheat beer taste. a little bit sweet. but it has some bruised fruit taste.

easy to drink like most wheat beers , but very filling. a satisfying beer . drink it on an empty stomach.

Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy amber color with touches of orange. Nice big head that dissipated with some sheeting along the sides throughout the drink.

S - Great hefe smell, with nice banana and clove. Smells more sweet than spicey, with some nice phenol and yeast on the end.

T - It's a pretty sweet banana tasting brew, and it gets too sweet to drink tons of, although it tastes pretty good. I get the feeling a lot of non-craft beer drinkers may like the taste on this one. Nice yeasty quality to it.

M - Medium bodied with some nice bubbles, sweet finish.

D - Fairly easy drinker, although the sweetness can get to you. Pleasant to drink, would drink it if it was around.

Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Served in an Ayinger weiss glass. Crack this open and right off the bat this beer has a TON of foam. You really have to pour this hefe slowly or risk the onslaught of all foam and little beer. Pour is orangish in color with a nice 3 finger billowing white head. Notes of strong banana, bubblegum, and yeasty aromas. Very effervescent and great mouthfeel.

Overall this is probably one of the best German style hefes being brewed in America. Beautiful in its presentation. However I still prefer the German variety a little more.

Cheers!

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 gpcollen1
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev -10%

Bottle as an extra in trade from forget who. Have had this sitting for a while so hopefully not past it's prime. Pours hazy golden colored with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma if sweet honey, pears, apples, wheat malts, coriander. Flavor is sweet Bavarian wheat malts, some crisp spiciness, pears and apples galore, honey balanced with crisp bitterness. Light plus bodied with lots of carbonation and very easy drinking. A nice hefe.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dancing Man wheat pours a hazy copper color, with a large lacy head. The smell has a strong wheat notes with alot of spices. The taste is creamy, good wheat taste, and a nice subtle blend of the spices. I found it easier to drink then other hefeweizens, and I could easily go for another. Overall I found this enjoyable, and one of the better wheat beers out there.

Photo of blackearth
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Hilltop brewery in New Glarus, WI. Poured into a weiss glass this beer showed a bright golden body with a white head. Aroma of fruity esters most notably cloves and a faint bubble gum character. Mouthfeel was light bodied with crisp carbonation. The malt and wheat flavors were good, but not outstanding. Good drinkability, but I wasn't reaching for a second one.

Photo of wschmit
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass. Good banana scent as soon as I opened the bottle.

A: Two fingers of golden head, collapsing fairly quickly to one lingering finger, leaving only slight lacing on the sides. Hazy, and just a tad dark. Actively effervescent. The fine bubbles form a creamy, stable head, expected with all that wheat-y, yeasty protein.

S: Banana, wheat, and yeast. I get a touch of clove, but very little of the cinnamon the bottle describes. Perhaps a bit of tart noble hops?

T: Solid. Wheat in good proportion, good but not overwhelming banana, and a hint of the clove, just like the nose. Mild, lingering bitterness. On the high end of boozy for the style, but otherwise almost frighteningly true to form.

M: Good chew from the wheat, and spot-on effervescence. Refreshing, but for a bit too much alcoholic heat.

D: Pretty high. This is New Glarus, after all. I would ding this beer for its alcohol content, but it is one of the better examples of the style if you're going for authenticity. A well-executed beer, if you're in the right mood, this will please almost as well as any true Bavarian. I wouldn't call it sessionable--but certainly very drinkable.

Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus 20th Anniversary Pilsner Glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden copper color, visible bubbles rising from the bottom to the top of the glass with a big fluffy, white head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing behind. The aroma is a nice balance of banana and clovey yeast, pale wheat and sweet grain and a bit of cracked peppercorn. The flavors are right in line, lots of banana, wheat, sweetcorn, clove and lemon with some sweet pale bready grain and an earthy pepper presence and a bit of saltiness. The body is nice, carbonation is a bit lower than anticipated, but it coats the mouth well and finishes with a nice creamy touch and just a touch of prickly bubbles.

Verdict: A decent Hefeweizen from New Glarus, and honestly, a bit of a letdown from this brewery. This still hits the mark as a refreshing seasonal but compared to some of the other lagers that New Glarus makes, this one just seems to fall short.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried inverted pour from 12 oz bottle into a 22 oz glass....got some very minor overflow.

A: The head at first was 5 or 6 fingers, but then down to a normal three or so. It's white, with bubbles of all sizes and decent active carbonation. The color is fairly orange/golden on not the dull color I would want from a hefe. It's hazy, but not really from the yeast it appears to me. The head shrinks fast.

S: I get wheaty, but I also smell some bland fruity hops and almost a Belgian yeast funk. Some candy sweetness. Something I really link to a sour smell. Not bready or wheaty enough at all.

T: Still fruity and not wheaty. It also isn't boozy, which impresses me with the flavors being what they are the ABV being what it is. I don't taste banana or clove or anything like what I would expect here. Though I don't totally dislike it. Hmm, I take that back, I get a very VERY mild banana aftertaste like what you'd get in a smoothie that was banana AND something.

M: Smooth, but a little flat to be honest, which is a nice change of pace from most hefes that blow you up like a balloon. It's not thin or sharp, nor is it chewy, it's a good, almost milky middle ground.

D: Very drinkable. Interesting flavor, interesting mouthfeel. I will be happy to finish up what I have, but not sure if i want more.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of a build-your-own 6 pack of New Glarus beers for $10 (so $1.67 a bottle). Unfortunately, New Glarus does not distribute their beers outside of Wisconsin, so if you want one you'll have to make a trip up to the Dairy State to get it. No freshness date, bit there is a short blurb about the beer on the front label.

Pour this one slowly as the head rises quickly. Even with a careful pour, my weizen glass was filled from top to bottom with fluffy white foam that wouldn't go down for several minutes. After the head receded, the beer showed itself to be a hazy pale gold color, and it left moderate lacing.

The smell had a huge, and typical, banana/clove aroma to it.

In addition to the sweet banana and spicy clove flavor, there was also a boatload of citrusy lemon in here, giving the beer both a tart and sour flavor. Some bready wheat malt adds some more sweetness to the beer, but it is the lemon that was the big surprise here.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation. It could have used more spritz and less lemon.

It's a good hefe and the 7.2% abv is well hidden. I just wish they hid a little more of the lemon as well.

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 catalysis
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky orange body with a small white head; no lacing.

S: Smells a little funky and I'm a little worry about the taste. I am getting SOME banana, wheat, and cloves though.

T: So glad it taste better then it smells. Getting nutmeg, banana, clove, wheat, and lemon zest. Nice mixture of flavors.

M: Light body; loads of carbonation; clean and tingling mouthfeel.

O: Was a little worried with the smell, but put that aside and it's a great beer. I would like to get this again, perhaps fresher, but nice representative of the style. Could drink 4-5 of these over the course of a summer evening.

Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with lots of foam that makes for a rocky, yeasty head which falls to a thin, loose layer of bubbles. Smells of banana, vanilla maybe a touch of clove. Tastes a bit of vanilla, some navel orange, caramel and then maybe even a touch of cantaloupe. Effervescent. Finishes somewhat tart at first but then sweet. Would prefer more of solidly tart finish. A touch too sweet for me. Quite drinkable given its alcohol content.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a straw yellow color with a billowing white head that settles to form a creamy layer

S - nose is made up of spicy nutmeg, cloves, an bubblegum

T - starts off with sweet bubblegum flavors which move on to a nice wheat malt base. The bubble gum erupts on the back end and really dominates the finish. A very subtle hop presence in the finish, however the bubblegum yeast flavors really overwhelm everything.

M - full and smooth bodied

D - overall, this is a really nice hefeweizen, especially from this side of the pond. I think the bubblegum was cranked up a bit too much for my liking, but that being said, this is in the same league as the big time German players in the hefe game.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Leaves some residual legs.

N: Clove, banana, cinnamon. Plenty of malt sweetness through the nose. Peppercorn spice.

T: Somewhat spicy with a long bitter finish tucked over the malt and grain. Really nice for such a light beer.

M: Somewhat fluffy and filling/bready.

O: Really impressive for the style. I think this would make Weihenstephaner proud.

Photo of amphion1065
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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