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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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94
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1,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 396
Gots: 96 | 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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Ratings: 1,239 | Reviews: 443
Photo of PlacementSix
4.04/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Halfbrother83
4.04/5  rDev -4%

Photo of glazeman
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

This was a very enjoyable and easy drinking summer beer. It was nicely carbonated and had a slightly sweet taste. I got some notes of raspberries and a lot of wheat. The nose was pretty much what you'd expect from a hefe with lots of wheat and a little sweet fruits. Overall I thought this was a very drinkable and tasty beer, especially in the warmer summer months.

Photo of mooselvlt
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a huge pillowy head of off white foam. Minimal lacing

S - Banana, cloves, yeast, wheat

T - Right along the lines of the nose. Its actually a pretty pleasant tasting hefe. Not overpowering in any aspect.

M - My favorite aspect of this one. Medium bodied and oh so smooth. Has a very crisp finish too. Really enjoy the feel here.

O - I'm not a hefe fan so for me to enjoy one this much it must be a good one. Really enjoyed this one and can see mixing this into the rotation here and there

Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, gold; thick, fluffy head that gradually drops, leaving sparse lacing; continually rising effervescence.

S: Pleasant, pervasive banana with moderate cloves.

T: Clean and fresh, moderately strong banana, slight vanilla taste. Alcohol is low profile.

M: Light bodied, creamy, with brisk carbonation.

O: Light, brisk, tasty and refreshing. Very pleasant and quaffable. The 7.2% ABV is higher than normal, though it is not pronounced at all. According to freshbeeronly.com, the numbers printed on the bottle's shoulder, 0911, indicate a date of April 1st, 2011 (91st day of 2011) and a 07:56am time. New Glarus lists this seasonal hefeweizen for release from May through August. A very refreshing and flavorful brew.

Photo of BobJude
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, but not overly aggressive pour gets a bit away from me such that I end up with four-fingers of light tan froth that I have to suck the top off of to keep from over-flowing my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The head only subsides slowly, leaves quite a bit lacing on the sides of my glass and never fully dissapears. The beer is a fuller amber color that shows a hazed, gold-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells amply fruity with notes of banana, sweet accentuating clove, some lime sorbet notes, perhaps some apple like notes, interesting wheat malt notes and a finish that reminds me of concord grape juice some how.

Slightly full bodied up front, but the finish sees a nice tartness become noticeable that helps to lighten up the finish of this beer quite a bit. Up front flavors of banana are coupled with the classic note of clove that lingers in the finish. The tartness in the finish brings out some flavors of apple in the finish, perhaps even a hint of citrus or lime that is more from the yeast and wheat than from hops. Hops actually aren't really a contributor here, which is as it should be, though there is a soft bitterness that is accentuated by a peppy carbonic effervescence and bite. This definitely has the fullness that I like to find in a good Hefeweizen, but it is also quite a bit stronger than a traditional example, so it should be.

I will admit to wanting to be blown away by this beer, so much so that I was quite critical of the first bottle of this that I had. This second bottle has settled in a bit better, but I have still had better examples. This one is quite good though; and this might not be as fresh as the best that I have had. In the end this is a nicely satisfying Hefewiezen; too soon I find my glass empty and I am wanting for more.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head without much retention, only scattered lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: rich lemon custard aroma, wheat, tart orange. Minimal peppercorn. No musty or overly grainy notes that overwhelm the sweet notes.

T: very clean, wheat and grain base with some sweet corn and both sweet and tart lemon.

M: light body and moderate carbonation. crisp and clean.

Overall: this may be as good as a hefe gets. The ABV for the style is high but covered well. Complex for the genre, a little too sweet.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow-brown shade. Full white head, but retention is somewhat poor.

S: The banana and cloves really jump out of this one as well as any hefe I've smelled previously. Also a little sweetness with the malt and spice. Not sure how old this beer is, but it definitely smells fresh.

T: Lots of lemon and tartness up front, along with a heftly dose of cloves. Banana and yeast are there but less apparent. The citrus and spice flavors seem to dominate a little too much for my liking. Finish is long and carries the tartness through, ending with a slight alcohol burn.

M: Medium body is enjoyable, while the heavy carbonation adds an unwanted frothyness.

A good hefeweizen and a good beer, but not in the top tier of its style for me. I find this one a little heavy on the citrus and the alcohol and prefer Crack'd Wheat as NG's best hefeweizen.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a cloud yellow with a two finger white head that fades quickly, and leaves minimal lacing. Looks like a solid hefe should.

S- banana, bubblegum, yeast....yummy

T- banana flavor, bubblegum finish, yeasty throughout....very subdued, but that's not necessarily a bad thing

M- mouthfeel is actually relatively thick, but not syrupy...a little offputting to be honest

O- solid beer, not my favorite style. The 7% is hidden quite well

Photo of rkarimi
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Redrover
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. No freshness dating, but a cool label.

The beer pours an apricot color with a large but quickly collapsing off-white head.

Big aroma of clove, smashed banana & all spice. There is something slightly sour in the background. You can smell this beer two feet away and it is very nice.

Big initial blast of clove, white pepper and malts. The banana taste is refined and nicely restrained. Some slightly sour fruit (plum perhaps?) and hay all balanced by malts. Some alcohol sneaks in late.

The mouth could be a bit thicker or the carbonation could be turned down a notch, but that is a minor quibble.

This is an nice beer from the friendly folks at New Glarus.

Photo of malty
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice n' cloudy orangish yellow with a loose and billowing off-white head. Bought in Madison, WI - so I'm guessing this baby's fresh.

Speaking of fresh, the nose of this beer is ultra fresh spicy clove (the label says cinnamon too) yeah, I kinda get that also. A few brisk swirls evoke more clove and carrot cake. Lemony rind goodness also shows up big with a healthy dose of Madagascar vanilla.

The flavors of this beer follow the scents nicely; clove, vanilla, lemon-citrus, bubblegum, banana and a hearty dollop of yeasty zest. There's an underlying white pepper flavor that hides quietly behind the soft, but just a tad earthy/gritty Wisconsin wheat malt. Great balance and spice, with just enough sweetness to even the playing field.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a playful level of carbonation at the beginning, but sadly diminishes prematurely. Fruity and yeasty finish that ends with a metallic tinge.

Drinkability is great. Pair this with some grilled salmon, parmesan stuffed mushrooms or hot soft pretzels and you're good.

Overall I love the honesty and down-to-earth appeal of this beer. The spice is great, all the while the malt backbone I yearn for in a true Bavarian Hefe was a bit weak and couldn't hold traction to my liking. I say this because wheat beers are my fav, and thus probably hold a higher bar than the next person. All in all this is a beer I wouldn't pass-up if available on tap somewhere, but I don't think I'd choose over a Plank, Ayinger or Weihenstephaner though. A solid wheat beer from a solid brewery.

Photo of axeman9182
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mtrutlin. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Dancing Man Wheat pours a dull orange, with zero visibility through the glass thanks to some haze. About three fingers of frothy white foam rise up to crown the beer. Head retention is just a bit brief, and there's not much lacing left behind at all. The nose has a ton of banana fruitiness to it, along with a bready aroma that's reminiscent of sourdough. The flavor is still centered around banana esters. There's a bit of clove present here though, providing a nice counterpoint. Wheaty- bread notes fill out the potent flavor profile. The mouthfeel is definitely the weak point here. The body is too full and chewy, and the carbonation is too dull by far. I guess that's the danger of making a hefeweizen that gets all the way up to over 7% ABV. Despite that, Dancing Man Wheat is one of the more flavorful, enjoyable weizens I've had from an American brewer.

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The color was a orange/apricot with a little head and some retention.

S - The wheat really stood out to me and kind of over poured everything else.

T - Taste of wheat with a hint a spice

M - I thought the body was very nice, well carbonated and went down really smooth for a hefeweizen

O- Overall this was a pretty decent beer and if your into hefeweizens you would really like this beer.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a pillowing 3 inch egg-white head that slowly dissolves into a nice layer atop the glass. Aroma is strong banana and clove with some touches of lemon. The flavor is spicy with banana and clove and some mild hop flavor that comes across as spicy also has some alcohol warmth. Its a medium bodied beer that is crispy but somehow has a certain creaminess to it. Lots of banana and clove deliciousness in this one and I'm loving it. Overall, this is a delicious high octane hefeweizen that you should probably be drinking right now.

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy white head with very good retention. Beer is a cloudy, muddy orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty but with little cling.

S: Outrageously aromatic and pungent. Orange rind, wheat, coriander, and other spices. Very sweet and robust and probably one of the most appetizing I've ever come across.

T: Opens with an orange rind tartness and big, in your face spices. Wheat in the middle with a slightly floral and accented spicy finish. Aftertaste is watery and wheaty.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, lively but subtley deep and robust at the same time. This one is definitely bubbly but it has a noticeably big body to it. Finish is sharp and aftertaste lingers.

D: For a 7.2% abv. wheat beer, I can barely taste the alcohol. Supremely drinkable although the flavor does seem a bit watered down at points. Feel is great with a nice, well-rounded body. Definitely a great example of the style.

Photo of rpstevens
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great secret santa 09 beer from maximum12, poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint. This is by far the best looking wheat beer I have ever seen poured into a glass. It is hazy and murky and effervescent. There is an incredible glow at the base of the beer, and the range of oranges and yellows really make this a site. The head is a very thick frothing white foam that slowly resides, leaving an ample amount of bubbly lacing.

After the appearance the smell is definitely a bit of a let down, there are hints of clove, pepper, citrus but they are all a bit subdued behind a heavy biscuit malt.

The taste is a great balance of lemon citrus, light spice, crisp wheat, clove and biscuity malt. None of the flavors overpower any of their counterparts and each of them contribute beautifully to a very nice wheat beer flavor.

The beer is perfectly carbonated and has a nice light body with crisp, well-balanced flavors. The alcohol never shows up, and this is something I think I would appreciate even more in the summer, but it's delicious in January as well.

Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date that I can find.

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden. Big fizzy, soda-like white head that fades out almost instantly. No lacing or head retention whatsoever.

S: Mild and tasty wheat. Mild crisp citrus. Pretty subtle aroma.

T: Oh yeah, this is nice. Robust wheat character with lots of nice orange. Banana in the middle. Simple but delicious.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Really nice Hefe. Super super smooth tasting and drinking. Goes down so easily and definitely gets bonus points for that. Relatively simple (it's a Hefe, what do you expect) and a little bit bolder and heavier than your average I think. Really stands out as a result. One of the very best I've ever had.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is one I have been wanting to try.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is bananas, cloves and wheat. The flavor is more of the same. The banana component of the flavor stands out the most, but the cloves and wheat are also present and keep the beer from being sweet and syrupy. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

An excellent hefeweizen, one of the best I have had.

Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge white head. Head falls slow. Big sticky lace.

It has a big lemony wheat aroma. A tad sweet.

Citrus and wheat taste. Quite tangy and tart. Orange flavor in the finish.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

I really like this one, a fine brew that you can have a few of. Very drinkable wheat.

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-tinted golden.

Smells delicious! Clove, banana, and bubblegum come through strongly.

Big time clove and bubblegum in the taste, along with the slightest hint of a spice, reminiscent of something by Unibroue.

A little bit thinner than I'd like, and I could sense this is higher ABV than a typical hefe, but it isn't drastically obvious.

This doesn't beat out some of the phenomenal German ones, but it's definitely a nice beer I'd gladly have again.

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