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Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class
460 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
460
Ratings:
1,338
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
Wants:
475
Gots:
144
For Trade:
5
Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Reviews: 460 | Ratings: 1,338
Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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

Pours a hazy, cloudy gold color with a four finger frothy velvety white head. Looks amazing. Head very slowly dissipates leaving not much lacing on the glass but some thin white film along the outer ring of the beer.

Smell is full of aromas of wheat, bread, pepper, spice, and clove. Mild undertones of banana and a touch of roasted nuttiness.

Taste is initially wheat and pepper giving way to a slight sweetness with notes of banana, clove, cinnamon, and banana bread. Just enough spice on the finish to provide a nice balance. This tastes like the real mccoy - its not a German style hefeweizen - this is a real hefeweizen.

Feel is full bodied but light and crisp with mild carbonation.

Overall this is one of, it not the best hefeweizen brewed outside of Germany. And while a fresh Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier in Germany might be better - here in the States this is tops for me. Just incredible. If you can get this, don't hesitate to buy a 6-pack

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: slightly hazy, pale gold in color. intial large white head that dissipates rapidly, leaving very little lacing behind.

S: very pronounced banana aroma, with a background of yeasty spiciness and wheat.

T: big banana flavor. beneath the banana is some spiciness and a lemony flavor. very flavorful, the bananas stay on your palate like a very hoppy beer.

MF: medium-light body and moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: very good.

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Photo of cubsfan2004
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A murky orange with a towering white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Banana and wheat with a slight booze smell.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Solid banana, lemon and wheat taste with a little booze taste in the background.

M - Smooth and creamy. Well carbonated.

D - Goes down quickly but the higher than normal ABV for a hefe keeps one from drinking more than a couple.

Another solid beer from New Glarus. Very refreshing and I will definitely turn to again.

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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 jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden pale amber color with a HUGE stiff off white head that resists fading, decomposing like an ice cream float, leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is AMAZING...Belgian yeast, harvest fruit, pears...banana. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated and full bodied...very smooth. Full flavored, the taste mirrors the nose. Sharing this with my sons...they are REALLY loving it! Where did this come from...definitely under my radar. True drinkability..very satisfying. Many thanks out to maximum12 for this opportunity!!!!

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep foggy amber color with extremely tight eggshell white head of suds.

Wheaty with clove and banana and a hint of lemon zest.

Like the nose. Heavy on the wheat! This is the best Hefe I've had.

Medium bodied. Big and rich. Two words I never thought I would say for a Hefeweizen. Slight sharpness from the carbonation activates a lot of flavor.

I can't even believe the ABV in this. This goes down so easy. Easily the best wheat beer I've had. Breaks a lot of stereotypes for this style. Outstanding beer!

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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 Newglarusguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the lovely and talented natasharai for this Wisconsin-only masterpiece!

Appearance: A weizen pour yields a golden-orange, almost honey-colored body with a creamy white head. This stuff is slightly less murky than many hefeweizens, but still nice and cloudy with suspended yeast. Effervescence produces a lingering cap of tiny bubbles, and ample lacing.

Smell: Mmm...sweet, sweet hefeweizen. Smells like Live Oak, with marginally more overt wheatiness. Honeysuckle, powdered sugar, wheat, and a dry, yeasty backbone. I'd better taste this stuff, FAST.

Taste: WHEAT! Not as overly sweet as I expected, based on the nose, but still good. Of all the hefeweizens I've had -- and I've had a lot of them -- I think this one does the best job of featuring the wheat without overwhelming the palate with twangy funk. The funk is certainly there, but it's relatively mild (albeit more prominent as the brew warms up). Backing all that wheat is an abiding, but never cloying, sweetness. Dancing Man is a bit fruitier than most hefeweizens -- not banana fruity, but apples-and-citrus fruity. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: A LITTLE less creamy and lighter than I'd ideally like, but still great. Borders on sticky, but has enough carbonation and water to escort the stuff down my throat without difficulty. I believe the goal here is refreshment, and that's accomplished in spades.

Drinkability: Stellar. Just stellar. A truly great summer beer -- I'd love to try some of this after a long day outside in the 90-degree Georgia heat. It's noteworthy that the 7.2% ABV is TOTALLY hidden. Seriously, I did a double-take when I saw that. While I was drinking it, Dancing Man seemed like a 5% ABV (or lower) beer.

If you like hefeweizens, it is imperative that you seek out some Dancing Man. It belongs up there with the best examples of the style -- American or otherwise.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the most incredible smelling Hefeweiezn I've ever had, no doubt see this out. HUGE thanks to Gonzoillini to throw this in as an EXTRA, thanks Tony.

Notes in the aroma and flavor profiles: Banana, sweetened coconut, piña colada, bazooka bubbleum, banana laffy taffy, tropical fruit snow cone.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very cloudy yellow color with medium carbonation with a great head retention and lacing.

S - Great smell overall. Banana and cloves shine through in the foreground with some wheat malts coming through the back.

T - The taste matches the smell, with banana, cloves, and wheat dominating. Easily one of my favorite hefes. It is refreshing and fairly light tasting for having 7.2% ABV. Great flavor throughout the taste and just an amazing beer overall. I love the balance and none of the notes are overpowering.

M - Well-carbonated and easy to drink.

O - Truly an outstanding beer. Just a great classic taste with the flavor profile that is light and balanced and very full flavored. The ABV is totally masked as this beer is highly drinkable and very outstanding. Probably my favorite American version of a hefe. I would expect nothing else from New Glarus.

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Photo of younger35
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up some of this at Woodman's in Kenosha. Gotta love New Glarus! Drank form my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super clear (apparently filtered Hef) straw colored yellow with a big bright white one finger effervescent head. It recedes very slowly leaving behind a nice cap and thick collar and a bit of webby lacing.
Smell- Terrifically full of banana goodness! Lightly sweet bananas are fruity, vibrant and luscious. Tons of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon permeate out of the glass. A bit of vanilla as well this is one great smelling nose. The spice and yeast have really done a number on this one.
Taste- Not as intense as the nose but amazingly delicious none-the-less. Slightly sweet and full of bananas and lemon zest and wheaty goodness. Clove, all-spice and some white pepper add a bit of a spicy zing. A bit of an acidic zing in the finish adds a citrusy bite. Some spices and more of the banana linger for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Nice heavy body that is super smooth and creamy with a light zesty kick.
Drinkability- Honestly I was a bit surprised that this turned out to be a Hef (should have read the label). I thought it was going to be more of a summertime light wheat brew. Pleasantly surprised. This is a terrific Hef that rivals those overseas boys. Really good stuff that you should probably find... Now!

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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 Scott17taylor
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, just wow. Great hefeweizen, super refreshing and full of banana and clove. It gives weihenstephaner a run for its money, if you're in Wisconsin buy it. You won't regret it.

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

Pours with not 1,2, or even 3 fingers, but an entire fist's worth of head that -will- run over onto your lap if you aren't careful with your pour. Hazy golden-orange color. Picture-perfect stable head with incredible lacing patterns.
Lemony banana with high clove and cinnamon spice. Unusually high levels of spice scent for a hefeweizen. The smell alone is refreshing before I have even taken a single sip.
Tastes of wheatey banana bread with nutmeg cinnamon sprinkles. Everything works in perfect proportion to each other, with no particular taste component overstaying its welcome. Smooth light body with no hotness from ABV.

While it is available this is one of the "usual suspects" I try to keep stocked at all times in my fridge. A well deserved gold standard for the style.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One good thing about living in the Chicago land area is that it's not too far of a drive to New Glarus, Wisconsin so you can stock up on their many excellent craft beers. I feel "Dancing Man" is one of their finest.

A: Golden and slightly hazy on the pour. Nice creamy head with lacing that remains almost all the way to the bottom of the glass. A most inviting first impression.

S: The aroma for this beer when poured is interesting. Citrus, cloves, a little banana, but also some spiciness like a hint of pepper.

T: Simply outstanding. All the flavors I love of a Heffe, blended with the complexity of a Belgium Blonde. It really delivers a palate pleasing experience. Slight tart finish. Alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are well balanced with none overwhelming the experience.

M: Smooth and clean. The slight tartness at the end leave a clean feel to the palate.

D: I know the alcohol content in up there for this style, but I can easily drink a number of there beauties. The beer is so refreshing it is hard to believe it's potent. Hands down one of my favorite beers.

If you like wheat beers and enjoy Belgium Blondes, this is the perfect marriage. This beer is a "seasonal" brew, available from (I believe) May through July.

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Photo of petroos
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The perfect brew for a 95 degree, garbage scented day in New York City. While everything around me smells like hot piss, this snifter serves as an oasis of cloves, cinnamon, banana cream, and yeasty bread. The drink is beautifully balanced and pleasant with more cloves and bananas, spices and an underlying roasty sour dough type breadiness on the backend. There is the perfect amount of tartness and a subtle but stern bitterness from the hops. Top notch by all measures. I could drink this thing for hours on a porch, no matter what the temperature.

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

Last night I hosted a blind tasting of 8 different wheat beers, and this is the only one that I made notes on (and very sparse ones at that).

As soon as I open the bottle the banana leaps out at me (scary image), and it extends from the pour, arm in arm with a large dose of cloves. The pour itself is beautiful - a very hazy gold with a billowy white head. Great banana flavours, accompanied by orange and sweet fruity malts. I'm also picking up strong caramel notes and a light cider background. Far heavier mouthfeel than a regular hefe... almost weizenbock-esque, but I suppose that's the alcohol and sugars padding things out a little.

How did it compare to the others? Fuller mouthfeel and more toffee off the bat. Less of a thirst quencher, but with a bit more intensity. It definitely beat out Paulaner, Erdinger and Hacker-Pschorr. I would put it a tiny bit below Weihenstephaner, and this seems to reflect the general consensus of the BA community. Its a tough call though, because a after tasting through a bunch of hefes and finishing on this you realise what a completely different beast it is. Thanks Derek for bringing this over!

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Photo of TeddyBG
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from a "Cheesehead Care Package" sent by my buddy in Wisconsin poured into a weizen glass.

A: Beautiful cloudy orangish/golden color. Slight head that recedes pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Strong banana and cloves. Slight citrus hint as well.

T: Banana up front, with cloves sneaking up right behind. delicious. Slightly tart finish.

M: Dances on the tongue, chewy and not too heavy which is what you are looking for in this style. With the ABV, you would not expect this. Very sneaky!

D: Very drinkable, which is scary, because that ABV would sneak up with you pretty quickly. During the summer I could easily through down a 6'er of Hefe's and this one is no different...boy would I be in trouble with this one!!
I am forever in debt for receving this one. Now what sort of "Masshole" care package can I put together to match this!

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Photo of ahalloin
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden cloudy color with effervescent white head of about two finger width. Head is retained lightly atop the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell is spot on for a Hefeweizen. Clove, cinnamon, and tangy yeast are all present with a fruity background. Smells fresh and clean for a Hefe.

Taste also fits the bill perfectly. A nice fruity sweet front gives way to a very tangy, spicy finish with a slight hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full for a wheat beer with an expansive quality that seems to find every taste bud in my mouth and excite the nerves to dance with flavor. Carbonation is medium-high and feels right for the style.

Drinkability is outstanding. This totally refreshing session beer could be enjoyed by my grandmother!

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Photo of boralyl
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a huge 2+ inch creamy white head that sticks around forever. There is lots of visible carbonation. The beer is a hazy pale straw color.

S - The banana and clove really stick out in the aroma. In addition there are also light cinnamon and spice notes.

M - Light in body and highly carbonated. Despite the high carbonation it still retains some creaminess along with the crispness.

T - It starts with a clean citric flavor followed by banana and clove from the yeast. The cinnamon and spices make a brief appearance with the wheat malt rounding out the beer. I was surprised to see the 7.5% alcohol content, because I certainly couldn't taste it.

Very refreshing. I'm generally not a huge fan of hefeweizen's but I would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of bound4er
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - poured a four-fingers thick fluffy off-white head that settles to a thick sheet and good lacing throughout. the body was a bubbly and hazy straw gold color.
s - lemons, clove, bread, wheat, some sweet spices. this is such a complex hefe.
t - wheat, lemon, spices.
m - bubbly carbonation yet smooth.
d - highly drinkable. this beer is almost impeccable.

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.