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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,280
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.74%
Wants: 445
Gots: 114 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 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 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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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Schmittymack, cheers Dan!

Pours a semi-turbid apricot/bronze with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Apple peels, bubble gum, nose fades a bit as it warms

T: Band Aids, juicy fruit, banana & apple peels up front. Bananas, pears, pineapple & a touch of honey malt as this warms, some lemony hops, plus cloves once warm. finishes with a touch of juicy fruit, cloves to balance it out, & pineapple sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, bit of a grainy feel to this one

Talk about drinkability, this is one of the best hefes I've in or outside of Germany. NG sure know how to make a hefe (plus a ton of other styles!)

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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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 Tballz420
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dancing Man Wheat is a gold colored brew, fairly cloudy with a shitload of rising carbonation bubbles which support a monstrous pillowy white head.

The nose is what you want from Hefeweizens, but cranked up to volume 11. Loads of clove, banana, with some bubblegum and other spice layered over a wheat grain foundation.

The taste is very nice as well. Starts with sweet and grainy malt, transitions into some fruit and citrus elements, and finishes spicy with the other Hefeweizen tones as well. The high alcohol contributes to the spiciness just a tad, but it is very well blended considering how light of a beer Hefes traditionally are. The mouth is highly carbonated and finishes nice and crisp.

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

A recent goodie from my main trading man maximum12. Props must also go out though to wisconsinbeer1 who has supplied me with many a jewel from New Glarus as well. These 2 are about the best that you could ever find for midwest trading partners.

A - Poured from a fresh bottle into my waiting Franz glass. A cloudy yellow that is punched by a white mushroom of a head. Beautiful, simply beautiful.

S - Similar to what everyone else has said in that you get a luscious smell of clove, banana, and yeasty goodness. You can tell simply from the smell that you are going to be in for a treat.

T - Does not have the hop profile that Crack'd Wheat has and I enjoy both beers to tell you the truth. For my money though, this is the winner. Great wheat taste with a lovely banana and clove undertone.

M- Just about the perfect summer beverage.

D - OUTSTANDING. For a summer beverage, this is perfect. The perfect beer for relaxing outside with friends. Should be required for anyone sitting outside on the deck just killing time.

Certainly, one of the best wheat beers that I have ever had. You can't beat it. Which one of you (maximum12 or wisconsinbeer1) is sending me my next fix. Please do it fast.

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

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a honey straw with a towering head that the glass can barely contain. Nice sticky legs on the glass. Light cloud is present after the bottle is swirled a little and the contents introduced to the glass. Head is frothy like whipped cream. A very pretty presentation.

Aroma is strong cloves and anise. Lemongrass and coriander. Bubblegum and banana, spicy clove almost overpowers the fruitiness of the yeast.

Taste is spicy fruit. The yeasty fruit flavor is perfect here. The crystal wheat is nicely balanced with the bubblegum and banana flavors. The phenolic character of the yeast is no overpowering.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

An excellent Hefe Weiss. I would venture to say my favorite domestic Hefe to date.

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Photo of renren13
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottled beer into a pint glass. A nice, solid white foam formed, and a thin head remained for quite some time. The dancing man wheat has nice foggy golden color. The beer is very, very tasty with a fair amount of spice. This also makes the beer very good smelling.

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Photo of capra12
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed solo out of a pint glass.

Appearance: pours yellow and golden wheat, slightly cloudy. 1 1/2 fingers of froth white head.

Smell: I get a ton of Belgian yeast and wheat. I got some light grains.

Taste: opens with the classic Belgian yeast as light grains increase in intensity. Light malts and wheat profiles present themselves and compliment the solid open leaving a light and wheaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a solid hefe which is highly drinkable. It saddens me that I only brought two bottles back from WI. Another solid brew from New Glarus.

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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 Rennpferd
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very active, hazy yellow-gold with a white three finger head. The head retreated a little and left some nice lacing.

It had a very nice scent of banana, clove and fresh bread dough.

A very rich taste of banana that was cut lightly by clove. It was refreshing, lite bodied and had a nice crisp finish with a bit of alcohol tinge.

Just a great beer. I could drink this beer for an entire weekend and not want anything different.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Hefeweizen glass.
A: Pours a nice thick and fluffy head. Great retention that sticks to one finger for most of the duration of the brew. The body is a murky orange. A solid layer of lace is left after each sip.
S: The first notes that hit me are that of bubble gum. Sweet notes of both banana and clove, resemble that of candy.
T/M: The front of this beer shows a burst of carbonation, that fills the mouth with a medium body for the style. The notes of the aroma are evident in the taste. The alcohol plays a nice balance with the flavors, but is not too over powering.
D: A all around great beer. This is a Hefe that I will come back for. The taste is a bold, refreshing wake up call for the style of Hefeweizen. A great ABV for the style and it is hidden very well. This I feel could be drank anytime of the year. Normally I enjoy a Hefe in the summertime, but will enjoy these well into the fall and winter.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into my curvy DFH pint glass, pours a semi cloudy golden straw color with a nice two inch head to begin with, off white, till it settles to a thin film. Leaves lacing in wide streaks. The aroma is finely toned in clove and pepper spices, some nice subtle banana and wheat, an exceptional nose for this hefe.

Taste comes off much the same as the nose, a nice balance between the cloves and pepper, wheat malt, and subtle banana, with a twinge of lemon citrus, just slight. The mouth is solid, crisply carbonated and finishes nicely. A very easy to drink beer, well crafted, very tasty. Put it this way, I kept raising its score the more I drank it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange color with a long lasting 3" fluffy head. Moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: wheat and spices are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big wheat flavor with banana, strong clove and a decent bitterness. Some lemon citrus arrives late. There is an overall breadiness here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother late. The aftertaste is short-lived.

Drinkability: if you are looking for a great hefe, this one will do. Easy to quaff, big flavors, and super refreshing. Great beer.

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