1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,126 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 356
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 07-07-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dancing Man Wheat Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,126 | Reviews: 437 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Derek
Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Definitely one of the best bottled hefe's I've had (perhaps the higher alcohol keeps better?). If I make it back to Wisconsin, I'll have to look for this on tap.

A: Hazy bronze-straw with a white head. Not much retention or lacing for a wheat.

S: Big banana aroma, with cloves, cinnamon, nice breadyness & hints of bubble gum fruity esters.

T: Banana, candied pineapple, well-rounded spicing, vanilla, warming alcohol, modest bitterness, pleasant breadyness, bubble-gum fruity esters in the finish.

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: At 7.2%, it's just not as sessionable as some.

12-01-2008 00:22:28 | More by Derek
Photo of cdkrenz
cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

$7.00 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Hazy orange with a 2 inch head that fades soon to about 1/8 inch and then holds on for a few more minutes. A good looking pour with the sound of carbonation as its captured by the pint glass. There is a nice white place along the glass.

Smell - A deep malty scent with a citrus overtone. The aroma is inviting and sweet.

Taste - The rich wheat flavor really shines through with a hint of clove. The label also reads there is some cinnamon but apparently my palette isn't refined enough to pick it up. Regardless this is once again a good tasting brew from New Glarus.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and well rounded in my mouth this beer goes down like a lovely dream.

~ I can certainly enjoy one or two of these Dancing Men while hanging with friends but that's about it.

"Slow and easy goes, the Dancing Man as he taps his toes.
A lovely brew, that in the heart rings true.
This wheat, is one that all brewers will find hard to beat."

(Apparently the beer not only makes you dance but it can make you sing too.)

09-05-2007 02:01:02 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Urbancaver
Urbancaver

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Thanks Seeswo for bringing a bottle of this down for me.

Pours a hazy yellow orange. Very pretty. A bunch of white head. Smells wheaty with lots of banana on the nose. A really solid yeasty presence on the nose as well. The taste profile is a bit banana-centric as well but that's the joy of the hefe. Great wheat and yeast on the tongue. I like Live Oak better but this is certainly a solid brew. Thick and heavy but well carbonated. Overall very good drinker

06-12-2011 03:55:06 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of Franz4
Franz4

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A- very creamy foam head that rises above the rim of the glass nearly 2 fingers. Color is a hazy straw color that looks very inviting.

S- nose gives off scent of several spices, primarily cloves with a little pepper mixed in. You get a little of the banana & citrus after the spice. Very nice.

T- bananas and citrus are stronger here, the spices take a back seat. It has a very nice balance between a slight sweetness and the spiciness. It's on the sweeter side of the hefes I've tried.

M- very nicely carbonated, actually tastes quite refreshing. Nowhere in this brew have I noticed the 7+% abv, so this feels very drinkable. Feel is somewhat creamy like the head was, but there is enough carbonation there to make it excellent.

O- I have to figure out more ways to get this... hmmm.... move to Wisconsin? I'd consider it. This brew was greater than the sum of it's parts, the taste is right up there, the spiciness, banana flavor, and refreshing taste make this a standout, in the style or on it's own.

06-19-2011 02:51:28 | More by Franz4
Photo of hellcatsjg
hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a thick three finger head which quickly turns to a thin layer that sticks around through the whole glass.

Smell: Better than average Hefe smell. Good bannannas, bit of pineapple, and some spicy clove aromas.

Taste: Again, better than most Hefe's I've tried. Big taste of sweet bannanas to start, which gives way to a nice wheat and spicy clove taste that finishes the sip. Fruity and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: For the third time, above average for the style. Good foamy thickness that coats the mouth just the right way. Not too thick but just right.

Drinkability: Very good beer, but as with most very good beers, I would only have maybe two in an evening. Definitely a recommended beer, and more so for fans of the Hefe style. Good job New Glarus.

09-08-2007 04:23:18 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of pmarlowe
pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Goblet.

A: Pours a light golden, perfect clarity, with three fingers of fizzy white head. Very good retention.

S: Sizeable dose of pepper and spice on the front of the nose, malt, and just a touch of citrus.

T: Lemony and orange and the requisite spicyness. It's got a little corn sweetness that somehow reminds me of Spotted Cow (?).

M: Nice crispness to balance kind of a creamy mouthfeel, medium-light body and medium carbonation.

O: Superb wheat beer. Very quaffable, one of my least favorite wine descriptors, and refreshing for unusually hot days like these.

06-28-2012 03:03:15 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of jrallen34
jrallen34

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a medium gold with a hint of honey with a a finger head high that fades quickly. The lacing is light but small drops do cling to the glass for a while.

The aroma is light and just everything that you would expect to get from a hefe.

The taste is nice, but light. Its lots of wheatness with a little sweetness to it, that separates and differentiates from most hefes. Its got a nice mouthfeel that is heavy and lasting and its a very drinkable beer.

11-08-2009 02:50:04 | More by jrallen34
Photo of hoppymeal
hoppymeal

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours peach in colr, nice and hazy, a large yellowy white and creamy head very slowly recedes. Nice soft wheat aroma with a little crispness in the aroma. Soft sugary sweet banana and spice. Taste follows with a soft sweetness mixing with spice before a slight crispness mixes with the wheat in the finish. Hint of lemon in the finish as well. Body is extremely soft and creamy, lactic and milk like before a slight subtle zing hits the palette, but staying in the background to the creaminess. Alcohol seems towards the high end for the style but is unnoticeable, very well balanced for its strength. Outstanding beer, one of the best I've had from new glarus.

08-18-2007 02:54:13 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Golden hued and hazy, rush of carbonation, huge cloud-like white head, pockmarked and pillowy. Looks nice.

Aroma: there's the clove, there's the banana, light, fresh, and lovely...it's all there.

Great texture grips the palate, then a rush a fruit, bright orange, tangy citrus, a spark of spice. Drink again, ah, refreshment, banana and orange, spritz of carbonation. Delicious. Easy-drinking. Thirst-quenching. Tantalizing.
Loving it.

Dance on, dancing man, dance on!

11-02-2008 09:16:01 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Kegatron
Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy gold, with several poofy fingers of brite-white foamy head. This settles down fairly quickly in a thin creamy layer, that leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing back. The aroma is orange zest, wiht a thick tang of sweet wheat behind it. Floral hops, some spicy clove, and yeasty ripe banana round things out, giving this some extra pop and presence in the nose.

The taste is silky with orange, lemon, and wheat. A musty banana yeastiness glides through in a more subtle manner. Clove pulls up the back of this, really drying the back out. This is very tangy overall though, with an additional bit of smokiness to it as well. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a mellow carbonation and silky smoothness to it. Quite drinkable overall and very hard to tell that it's over 7%!

All around good Hefe here from New Glarus. They know how to do a Wheat beer or two and this is a shining example of that. A full flavored refreshing summertime quaff!

08-19-2009 16:35:01 | More by Kegatron
Photo of TWStandley
TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Enjoyed on NYE...bottle to pint glass.

Poured a nice hazy light orange/gold color with a 3 finger billowing white head.

Smell was quite potent - in a good way. Hugh banana, wheat, orange and yeasty notes. Some spices as well. Coriander?

Flavor is quite delicious. Not my favorite style by a long shot, but I could defientely drink many of these. Definite banana and fruit notes, some wheat spices and lemon. Tasty.

Mouthfeel was rich but refreshing.

Overall, solid beer. This style is by far my least favorite, but this beer is so well done that I had to give it solid ratings. Nice!

01-02-2013 16:06:00 | More by TWStandley
Photo of grub
grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

got this one from demcorhip as part of his LIF. thanks!

12oz bottle. sampled july 1/08.

pours pale orange with just a touch of haze. a small fairly dense white head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. big weizen character. clove, banana, bit of caramel. white bread, bit of cracker. alcohol. bit of floral character too.

taste is good. light alcohol. clove and banana. white bread. bit of grain. hint of biscuit. bit of orange peel. light caramel sweetness, but not enough to become cloying. touch of floral hops brightening everything up and pulling it together.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium carbonation level with a touch of sting. nice medium-light body. not as light and summery as most weizens, but it is necessary to hold things together in this bigger brew.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced, which can be a bit tricky when taking a lighter style and cranking it up above the usual bounds. i enjoyed this one and wish it was a local offering that i could have anytime.

07-01-2008 22:17:14 | More by grub
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden/orange color with an off-white, two-finger head of firm foam. It left behind thin rings of lace.

S - Clove, cinnamon, banana and wheat aromas jump out of the bottle as you pour it out. There is a grain smell as you examine it closer.

T - Great flavor of wheat, fruit and clove. There are yeasty flavors and banana, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - Since I don't live in WI, I really regret not buying more! Great hefe that tastes like a good one from Germany.

01-10-2010 23:19:17 | More by zeff80
Photo of aatamiadams
aatamiadams


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

08-13-2014 05:20:48 | More by aatamiadams
Photo of raveskdr
raveskdr

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Got this in a Wisky box. Been on my top 25 wants for awhile. Poured into my FFF Teku glass.

A - Hazy golden huge with far too much carbonation. I'm not gonna hold that against the beer as I gave it a good hard pour.

S - A good amount of banana and slight bubblegum. The bubblegum comes out the warmer the beer gets. Clove is in there on the back end of the smell.

T - Extremely nice. A ton of banana and bubblegum in the flavor, but with a good amount of mint in the middle of the taste. No alcohol on the back end despite its elevated ABV.

M - A really nice bubbly effervecense that coats the entire tongue. Not nearly as heavy as the ABV, drinks like a 5% hefe.

O - After the pour and smell, I really had my doubts. But this is a really, really good Hefe. It's not Weihenstephan, but what actually is? Really wish this was available consistently to me. It really is crazy how the smell gets worse and worse (not bad, just keeps getting worse off), while the taste is just fantastic. So weird.

06-09-2012 03:00:45 | More by raveskdr
Photo of paco1029384756
paco1029384756

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of foamy head and a lot of carbonation bubbles.

Scent of yeast, wheat, clove, banana, and spice. Very good, but a little unbalanced.

Taste of yeast, clove, banana, sugars, lemon zest and a very faint alcohol. A pretty damn good Hefeweizen, I'd be happy to drink this any day.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation, maybe a bit too much.

07-08-2009 23:49:13 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of gford217
gford217

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a couple bubble streams coming up from the bottom. There's a big billowy white head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma is wonderful, starting with the mixture of banana and cotton candy sweetness. There are hints of clove in the nose and a light lemony citrus presence. Textbook hefe aroma for me.

The taste starts out with a much more tart lemony kick than I was expecting and the wheat sweetness is much more understated in the taste. The finish has the tartness of the lemons combined with a light spiciness that lingers on the tongue a little while.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and I would never, never have thought it was 7.2% ABV. Good carbonation.

This is an excellent and super drinkable wheat beer, though I'd probably rate this one a notch below Crack'd Wheat. All I know is Dan Carey can make one helluva wheat beer and this just reinforces that fact. Highly recommended.

08-13-2009 04:15:39 | More by gford217
Photo of Holland
Holland

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

A: cloudy, pale golden color with a gigantic head with retention to last forever.

S: lot of black pepper, some sweetness and light fruity smell

T: very peppery, then slightly sweet and malty

M: big burst of carbonation at first, then silky smooth and gentle. The body is a medium-thin and refreshing.

O: easy to drink, $10 or less per 6-pack, and not hard to find in the summer in Wisconsin. It's pepper-heavy in the taste, but so refreshing.

09-22-2012 00:54:12 | More by Holland
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Hazy golden orange color, stands true to the style, hazy attractive appearance. One finger off white head, great lacing.
S- Nice sweet aroma, banana, spice, cloves, wheat, slight earthiness to the aroma, slight lemon aromas.
T- Really sweet for a hefe, nice banana and clove tastes come out, citrus, and lemon are evident, slight malt and wheat flavors, breadiness is there, slight hops, a lot coming out, very refreshing, sweeter than most hefe’s that I’ve tried.
M- Really crips and smooth, light/medium mouthfeel, really clean and refreshing finish.
O- Solid refreshing offering from New Glarus, one of the better Hefe beers out there, quality beer. One I would drink easily if I could have regular access to it.

06-11-2011 07:43:07 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of corey0212
corey0212

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Got this one from Monsone in the Brews n' Books BIF!

Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color, gigantic foamy white head that seems to know exactly where the top of my Hefeweizen glass is, and big clumps of foamy lacing in the glass. Lots of clove in the nose, banana, and lemon. Very nice tasting Hefeweizen...plenty of tartness and lemon flavor, spicy clove, and a lot of banana taste. Pretty creamy moutfheel, but maybe a touch under-carbonated? Lots of lingering spice. This is a very satisfying summer brew...really glad I got to try this one!

08-14-2008 21:11:50 | More by corey0212
Photo of jokemon
jokemon

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

pour into glass from bottle.

Huge white head very pretty ! dark orange in color slightly cloudy.

Smell is a very clean and crisp wheat orange.

Taste is STRONG orangy citrus wheat flavor, very nice!

overall this is a great beer, very good for the wheat category I love the flavor.

07-07-2012 21:16:40 | More by jokemon
Photo of falloutsnow
falloutsnow

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%

Second helping of this beer: not as unbelievable as I recall. Ah, memory. Still good, but not as wonderful as I thought it once was.

Appearance is brighter and clearer than I recorded, only partially hazy.
Banana ester strongest in aftertaste, less pronounced upfront than remembered.

First attempt:
Bottle brought from Wisconsin by my friend Aaryn, of whom much thanks go to.

Pours a rather explosive head; you will need to pour slowly and take breaks in order to fit this into an entire glass. Head is off-white and very fluffy, not overly dense. Recedes over several minutes, but never fades away completely. Leaves dainty lacing on side of glass. Beer is deep golden-yellow color, opaque, but with some carbonation visible along sides and top.

Scent features strong wheat malt, phenolic/clove, residual yeast, and ester/banana components. There is nothing second-rate about this scent, every component is very much discernible and interacts well with each other.

Taste follows along similar lines as scent, opening with banana and wheat malt, then adding in phenolics and yeast, and finally adding in a bit of vanilla, bubblegum and hop presence. Again, I've never had a hefeweizen with such pronounced characteristics, each one proudly proclaiming itself.

The beer is medium-bodied, with slightly higher than average levels of carbonation, but it doesn't hurt this beer's flavor or enjoyment. Finish is slightly dry. The ethanol content is well-hidden in all departments except on the consumer's body.

This was an exceptional hefeweizen in every regard. The only drawback is it's ethanol content, which prevents this from being as drinkable as I would like it to be.

09-07-2011 22:39:19 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of kenito799
kenito799

New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Thanks to tizzod for selecting beers of the midwest for my Minnesota visit.

Pours a cloudy, murky dark orangey-tan with lovely white foamy head raised; this recedes but the look is very good for the style. Yeasty particles collect at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma completely classic, banana and clove yeasty aroma, crisp and fresh.

Flavor also spot on hefe-weizen, done very well. Very delicious and wonderfully drinkable. Just a touch lighter and crisper and this would rank alongside the best Germans. Perhaps a very fresh bottle or on tap would raise this to the highest level.

11-23-2007 05:21:16 | More by kenito799
Photo of OneDropSoup
OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev 0%

Another sweet trade from alcstradamus.

Pours a hazy golden straw with plenty o' carbonation, making a smooth, creamy head of three fingers that drops to about one & looks meringue-like.

Delish smell of sweet, mushy banana & an extra kick of baked sugar, like cinnamon cookies.

Taste is citric, with some cereal sweetness & a kind of lemony tang, even a lactic kind of feel & taste at the center, like cottage cheese. Finishes with orange & hops, a little dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy, while thinning out enough to not become syrupy. Just a little bit of a tingle to avoid flatness.

A very enjoyable beer overall: well-constructed, & more active than many wheats I've had that just kind of lay there. The je-ne-sais-quoi in the smell gives it a boost. A winner!

07-28-2009 22:32:21 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of kkipple
kkipple

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%

Finally got my hands on 2 of these from the generous soul Beerwolf77.

A. Chilled, cracked and poured into my trusty SA pint. Dancing Man is an achingly beautiful wheat, with a huge, rocky, moussy dirty white head that hangs out on top of an unfiltered pale yellow-orange brew. The head dies softly leaving very little lace, and I wish it stuck around more.

S. Intense clove-banana-lemon rises up to tease my nose. This is very, very solid and is not restrained in the least. Bold and brash, with lots of mouth-watering spice and that sour-malt banana that you know and love. Lots of lemon here, and some booze or something like it is hitting my nose. In a Hefe. Huh.

T. Well first of all, Dan Carey knows his stuff. This is a wonderful wheat, but it's not Weihenstephaner - it's something different. The most immediate difference is the massive amount of lemon, it's actually bit distracting from the heavy banana-clove and tasty wheat. The sourness sticks around into the finish, too, a bit more than I'd like. It sounds like I'm being harsh, but this is the best American Hefe I've ever had... by a wide margin.

M. Glorious. Full, airy carbonation teases your mouth gently as the wet beer slides down your throat. This is a perfect 10. If it sounds erotic, it just may be. I wouldn't change a thing.

D. Frankly, the advertised 7.2% is concerning to me, mostly because it's very hard to detect and also because I don't wanna get drunk drinking Hefeweizen. Not sure why the ABV is pumped up so high, but drinking this by the half-liter might be disastrous before you know it.

New Glarus isn't one of the top 10 breweries in the US today -- they're one of the top 5. This is an exceptional, if American-ized, German Hefe and one you should absolutely try. A delight!

07-28-2010 01:40:48 | More by kkipple
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.