Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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94
outstanding

1,244 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 420
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

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Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange body with strands of tiny carbonation gliding up to a creamy white head that last a good while.
S- The sweet club soda aroma turns to warm cloves and a fresh wheat dough with just a hint of Dijon mustard and a finish of circus peanuts finish.
T- The notes of clove and white bread crust has a nice spice warmth to the cloves. There is a natural bubble gum flavor then a finish of green hops and spice that blend well together.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft full fizz that enhances the flavor.
D- This beer has some great yeast characteristics that I have not tasted outside of German breweries. The flavor is very drinkable but full and rich while none of the spice/yeast notes overpower other flavors.

Photo of KTCamm
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Taken from the NGBC sampler 12 pack.

Pours cloudy golden yellow with 2-3 finger of thick white foam. Long lasting retention and lacing everywhere.

Smell is akin to sticking ones nose into a banana bunch.

Taste is slight citrus, full of whaet, with mild spices at the finish. Some cinammon. Good lively carbonation in the mouthfeel. Slight tart finish.

Excellent beer, very drinkable. Top notch.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For a hefeweizen, this is about as close to perfect as it gets. Even though this bottle has started to run a little old, the beer still holds up reasonably well. The sweetness and the spiciness still dominate.

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, the beer was a hazy straw color with a half inch white head tinted slightly golden. The nose on this one is magnificent. The yeast gives hints of banana with straw in the background while a certain spiciness tickles the nose. The initial taste is smooth with sour banana, candy sugar, sweat cookies, and a measured spiciness. A dose of spicy clove is most noticeable with cinnamon waiting in the weeds. The carbonation is a little more intense than I would like, so the outstanding taste does not last as long as I would prefer. The sour notes mellow as the taste develops. Yet in the aftertaste, the sourness is the primary aspect along with a warming spice. Though this is a summer beer, the warming of the aftertaste says otherwise. Similarly this is an easy drinker, but a 7.2%abv says otherwise.

Photo of mjwoolley33
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the best hefe....no...the best beer I've had in a very very long time.

Poured in to a very frosty mug circa 1970. Sits in the glass very colorful tan/orange with about an inch of head.

First impressions are bananas, cloves, citrus, and some pepper. Swallows very smoothly -- no over carbonation here. Very impressed by the balancing of flavors in this beer. I will not be adding a lemon/orange slice as it would be criminal to the quality of the beer.

This brew does not disappoint. I will be driving up to Wisconsin and pilfering every beer selling establishment of their stock, ripping off my shirt, jumping on the cashier's counter, and demanding MORE!

Photo of Beertracker
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat pours up velvety with a big, cascading white head that nearly overflows the rim over a slightly hazy deep straw-goldenrod body. Head retention is very good-excellent. The aroma is exceptional with a huge wheatberry bread character offset nicely by a juicy fruitiness (banana bread, lemon zest, orange marmalade) followed by a lovely spiciness (allspice, clover honey, crytalized ginger, warm cinnamon). Just a touch of alcoholic complexity wrapped behind the other nuances. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with a huge fruitiness, but a magical touch of spicy Noble hops quickly brings this malty weizenbier under control to creat a harmonious finish. Some alcohol warmth adds to the overall complexity of this fine, medium-full bodied wheat. Big creaminess, great texture, and somewhat filling. Definitely big for the style, but dangerously drinkable. Dan Carey delivers another masterpiece that will have you Oom-pah dancing!

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of Casey10
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this as a extra !! from dukedevil0 thank you again !!

A - Golden hazy yellow

S - bananas, sweet smells.

T - Did I mention bananas? Wow delicious !

M - Smooth frothy really nice.

D - I could drink a bunch very nice.

Wow as far a Hefeweizen goes it doesn't get much better than this. Smooth, delicious bravo

Photo of psiweaver
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a 12oz bottle into a reidel stemless red wine glass

pours with a big fluffy white delicious head a hazy yellow wheat/hay color

absolutely great smell coriander and other spices, fantastic and refeshing

great amazing taste lots of spices and tastiness. very nice with a little coriander, citrus and just general awesomeness

great mouth feel and very easy drinking absolutely great. top flight in the style.

Photo of ZAP
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright yellow/orange color...perfect amount of head on top...

S-Ripe banana's....vanilla...sweet wheat malt....a little bit of lemons...and some cloves....has it all....great aroma..

T-Sweet and rich....big on the flavor....overripe bananas and vanilla lead the way along with the sweet wheat malt....finishes with a perfect hit of lemon drops...very sweet and rich tasting....blows the German hefe's out of the water in the richness of its taste...

M-This is a bigass Hefe...really a double hefe...err Imperial Hefe...carbonation is spot on...

D-I love this beer but it borders on being too rich and sweet. Earlier I mentioned how it blows the german hefe's out of the water with its sweet rich flavor....perhaps some would prefer it to be a little less sweet and flavorful...it is really saeet...I could drink more of Ayinger Hefe at a given time but if I had to chose one bottle I would definitely pick this....top notch brew....New Glarus hits another home run...

Photo of happygnome
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: unfiltered orange color with an inch of head that doesnt dissapear too fast and leaves some lacing
s: biscuity malts, deffinate aroma of bannana and cloves very inviting, strong wheat aroma
t: a lot of flavor, some of the hefe's ive had didnt have this much flavor, cloves and banana here
m: medium to full bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall wow, this is a really good hefe, probablythe best one I've had

Photo of beerwolf77
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy golden orange. The thick white head is like a dollop of fresh whipped meringue. It settles down fighting the whole way. Leaving thick lace coating the glass.

The aroma is like juicy fruit gum in a glass. Super sweet oranges, bananas and lemons with spices like clove and coriander. Light wafts of yeasty bread dough are pick out as well. I could smell this beer all day.

The flavor is pretty much a mirror of the nose. Sweet oranges, bananas, and lemons. Spices with hints of fresh cut grass and yeast. Not a strong as the nose but right up there.

Medium body with creamy richness that makes this beer super satisfying. Moderate carbonation.

Overall my favorite hefe period. I love this beer anytime of year. Hot days or cold nights. I'm up for a dance with this NG beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blurry mango with an impressively whipped creamy, khaki colored crown. The fantastic looking foam, and better than average looking lace, tells me that this is sure to be well-crafted beer. Of course, seeing the words 'New Glarus' on the label is proof enough.

The nose is exceeding my already high expectations. Talk about nose-filling power! This may be the most clove-intensive hefeweizen on planet earth... and creamy banana is right there riding shotgun. A little less of the spice and a little more of the fruit and it would be perfect.

One sip is all it takes to tell that Dancing Man Wheat is the single best American-brewed hefeweizen in history. I'm tempted to say it's top banana, but then a growler of Live Oak Hefeweizen hasn't yet made the long-awaited trip to my doorstep. Any Texans out there?

One of the best things about this beer is its size. Give me a bulked-up and creamilicious 7.2% ale over a light and airy thirst-quencher any day. All that malt is responsible for boatloads of flavor, sweetness and a glorious mouthfeel. It might be my big beer bias talking, but more of a good thing is a better thing, right?

Even though it flies in the face of the style guidelines, the Cascade hops used in Imperial Weizen were outstanding. This offering doesn't use those hops and isn't grapefruit juicy, which is good because it doesn't need to be a smaller version of that masterpiece.

Another good point (there are so many) is that the tanginess of the wheat is perfectly offset by the sweetness of the malt and the spiciness of the yeast. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is an unprecedented 4.5/5.0. Sugared banana is at least as prominent as cloves. This may be the most monkey fruit-intensive beer ever.

The mouthfeel score is a tough call. It was originally 4.5, but the carbonation isn't as soft as it could be and the beer isn't as mouthfilling. It's still more than fine, even if it loses a little something on the swallow.

New Glarus is the best brewery in the great craft brewing state of Wisconsin. It took me a while to get there, but with great beer after great beer after great beer, that fact can no longer be denied. Anyone with a functioning palate can see that Dancing Man Wheat can stand toe-to-toe with Germany's best. Given that country's several hundred year head start, that's something to be proud of. Highly recommended.

Photo of ahq514
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker.

Pours a beautiful cloudy golden color with about a one finger head and little lacing.

Smells like a good hefeweizen, with banana and clove with a hint of cinnamon in there too.

Wow, this is a good hefeweizen. Everything from the smell shines through in the taste. Wheat, banana, subtle cinnamon and the spicy clove taste kind of lingers in your mouth. Maybe its the clove, but I also get a subtle mint after flavor, which complements the beer nicely.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Thought it might be a little too carbonated from looking at it, but the carbonation is perfect. Perfectly medium bodied as well.

Overall this is one of, if not, the best hefeweizens out there. This definitely would compete with Weihenstephaner. I really like the cinnamon taste in there, it really adds to the beer, and perfectly complements it. Could drink this beer all night. Can't believe this is 7.2% ABV. Drinks like 4% ABV.

Photo of insp_gadget61
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite of all New Glarus brews.

Photo of zeledonia
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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).

Photo of sweemzander
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a beautiful fluffy white head with awesome retention and is clinging to the sides of the glass.

(S)- Evident clove with bananna and lemon biscuits. Has a slight hint of flowery/vanilla bouquet with a dash of honey sweetness. Beautiful creamy banana in this.

(T)- Lush ripe banannas and bubblegum. light clove with a light biscuit-like lemon.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation with a great smooth flavor. Balanced well for the style with a creamy banana front and a lightly dry wheat end.

(D)- A fantastic Hefe beer that fits perfectly with this time of the year. Wonderfully balanced and easy drinking. New Glarus keeps surprising me again and again.

Photo of DemoniChris
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Hazy golden orange hue

S - Banana, bubblegum, lemon, banana, and spices. Other light fruits and malt come through.

T - Damn... one hell of a hefeweizen! The notes of the aroma come through in the taste along with pear and orange peel. A very complex and drinkable beer. You can't detect the 7%+ at all!

M - Light and crisp mouthfeel. Kind of surprising for how big this beer really is. Perfect!

O - I could drink these all day! This holds a candle to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier! New Glarus nails down every style with ease. Impressive!

Photo of Bobby12many
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy golden beer with a fluffy, but fleeting foam crop of head. Very nice looking beer, that is just ever so slightly hazy. Quite lively carbonation long after the head has dispersed itself into a coaster.

S - Great hefeweizen smell. Bubblegum and Banana come through with a slight astringent note in the background. This one begs you to take a hearty swig...

T - WOW. This is what a Hefe is supposed to taste like! Although present, the bananas and bubblegum aren't as up front in the taste as they are the nose, but the slight cinnamon note mixed with the Clove presence in the finish really make this beer shine. Impeccable balance of yeast, clove, and classic banana notes on the finish. No mustiness to be found. Simply put, this is just a clean, crisp, and fantastic wheat beer.

M - A bit more thin than other Hefeweizens out there, but it does not adversely affect the experience.

D - Incredibly drinkable, especially for the ABV. So drinkable in fact, that I have purchased every 6 pack of this stuff that I have come across left over from this years run. Undoubtedly one of my favorite beers, and another World Class offering from Dan and Deb @ New Glarus!

Photo of dfried
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid, glowing golden orange in color, 2cm fluffy white head that was there until after the last drop and left but a few whisps of lacing. Lots of active carbonation. This beer is packed with aroma, you don't even have to put your nose to it to start smelling it. Fruity esters jump out at you right away, bananas, cloves, lemon zest, bubble gum. The bottle also suggests some cinnamon notes which was there too upon deeper reflection along with a bit of pepper. Rich wheaty malt with some bready yeast. Outstanding.

Many parts of the aroma were very distinct and vibrant, and the same goes for the taste. Plenty of banana and clove typically associated with hefes, wheaty and lemony zest. Some yeasty bready notes. A lot of lively esters in this beer, tangy mouthfeel with nectarines and peaches also showing up on the fruity bill for this beer.

Overall: I have never been to Bavaria, but damn, I want to try a hefe better than this. I am really not sure that is possible. I had heard a buzz about this beer before I tried it, so I had pretty high expectations for my first one and I was blown away. Wow, I think the word vibrant is probably the best term to describe the flavors in this one. And WTF is with the 7.2%? I had no clue until the next day when I went to review it.

Photo of daledeee
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I never thought I would say this: An American wheat that is as good as or beats the Germans!!

This one pours a nice clear dark yellow and some nice wheat head. I am not sure I should discount it for no cloudiness. The nose is quite good: fresh, spicy, tart, banana

Taste; oh what a taste. Very nice tart apple and spice. Some hops and malt character. It is not one specific facet of this drink but the overall result that is so good. The mouth feel is also nice with good body and plenty of carbonation. Alcohol is so well hidden it is dangerous. This beer rivals if not surpasses other wheat I like.

Photo of Fartknocker
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

A- A somewhat cloudy golden color with a half inch pael head
S- A spicy wheat aroma
T- A fairly strong yet smooth spice flavor of clove and a little cinammon
M- decent carbonation
D- Very smooth drinking beer without the usual sickening spice/burnt wheat flavor that I get from other hefeweizens

Photo of TheSSG
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a MASSIVE, dense, white head that collapses to a perfect, soft, whipped, two-finger head. A wonderful bouquet of bananas and clove in the nose. Perfect, hazy, straw-gold color. Starts with notes of clove, banana, sweet malt, and floral hops. Builds in banana sweetness after the hops peak at a very low bitterness. The finish melts the hops floral characteristics perfectly off bready malt and sweet banana, with a lingering touch of clove.

Perfect.
How is this not my go-to Hefeweizen?
Beats most of the Germans at their own game!

Photo of gatornation
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy straw/sunset yellow color with a big puffy white head like a belgium ale that does recede to a great head and great lacing.... the smell is awesome its clove ,cinnamon,bananas,pears and melons..theres a grain /wheat smell.. its one of those brews from just the smell and look that you know its something good.... then WOW!! the taste is over the top goodness it hits the taste buds with such a great balance of clove and cinnamon and all the b4 mentioned fruits i feel like im at the farmers market this is an exceptional crafted hefeweizen..the drinkability is exceptional i can not believe that this is 7.2 abv it drinks like it is < 5.0... this is a must try if you like wheats, or hefes.. NG is an exceptional brewery that just puts out outstanding well crafted brews only available in WI... this one cracked wheat and black wheat are all really A's...all three highly recommended

Photo of mychalg9
4.8/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of bamadog
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to MPLS for including this in a trade - absolutely amazing! Review is from notes taken on 2/1/10 and poured from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful lemony yellow mixed with a light coppery orange color and starts with a huge 3 finger billowy white head that eventually fades to a thin, but full, skim on the surface; body is very cloudy and shows strong carbonation; wet and oily lacing that is spotty slides back into the drink.

Smell: Quite a bit going on here -- nice smooth yeasty scents (almost reminiscent of some Pale Belgians Ales); slight banana and clove scents; a nice bready/wheaty presence in the back of the nose with a bit of light graininess.

Taste: Flat out amazing -- Nice smooth and creamy banana flavors combine with the spicey cloves; light presence of a bready wheatiness and toasty grains; slight sweet malt presence as well. Flavors are so well blended and put together, I really with I had about a case of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation that stops just shy of being sharp and it keeps the mouth bubbly and those flavors bouncing around the mouth; body is a little slick and there is even a mild coating left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: All day long - beautiful to the eyes, nose and mouth. I definitely understand why this beer ranks as high as it does. It's earned it.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of badbeer. Thanks Mike!

A: I purposely pour to capture all of the sediment, resulting in a hazy, deep straw-gold-orange body with a vigorous, long-retaining, off-white head. Not much lace down the sides. I wish it looked a little milkier; I love that look in a hefeweizen. But it's hardly bad.

S: Huge wheat aroma, clove, banana, and a light bubblegum nose. Very pungent and aromatic.

T: Wheat and earthy yeast flavors up front, giving way smoothly to soft bubblegum and banana. Hints of orange citrus surface periodically. The finish is a spicy clove sting that, with the carbonation, cleans up the palate nicely for a crisp and clean end to the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but high carbonation that cleanses the palate very well. And it's necessary, because there's a ton going on here, giving the body a very intense and juicy feel. This was 7.2%? No friggin way...

D: I wish I lived near NG... I'd be drinking this all summer long. What a fantastic weizen.

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