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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,154 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 358
Gots: 79 | 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)
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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz. bottle courtesy of Soonami. Served in my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Pours 90% head - voluminous, dense and cream-colored. As the head gradually settles into a one inch solid cap, thick, bands of textured lacing are revealed in its wake. Body is golden-orange with just a slight haze. Nose expresses banana esters and yeast. Taste follows nose; however, banana character is less intense and there is also a pleasant lemony character. Mouthfeel is light in body with a delicate, even carbonation and a slight acidity. A really excellent domestic Hefeweizen with an incredibly well-hidden abv. I would drink the hell out of this beer if it were an accessible seasonal. It's very good and definitely in my top 5 for the style; however, Weihenstephaner is still my hand's down favorite.

Jwale73, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Bavarians look out! These guys are on your case. Poured with a huge, fine, foamy, frothy, fluffy white head and lots of lace. Color is a slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is classic Bavarian hefe weiss: yeast, spice, bananas, caramel, malt, lemon, fresh cut grass. Flavor is the same with great balance between bitter and sweet with some tang. Perfect body and carbonation. Ditto finish which is like flavor, of medium length and clean. Session.

drpimento, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ZEB89, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

sweemzander, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

enelson, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%

Thanks to maximum12 for this awesome extra - I'm always excited to get more New Glarus stuff, they haven't let me down yet. Dancing Man Wheat pours hazy and translucent; a brilliant shade of golden-amber with an absolutely enormous, pillowing, fluffy white head. Very volatile - even a modest pour yields a cap thicker than the amount of beer in the glass. Little lacing is left behind, but the foam shows great retention.

DMW is an American take on a traditionally German style, so it's no surprise when I bring my nose to the glass and am immediately reminded of beers like Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner Hefe. Fantastically sweet bouts of malt, colliding gracefully with an equal mix of lovely esters; clove, bubblegum, and some other light spices. Lots of delicate sweetness up front, borderline Candi sugar-like, with beautiful overtones of soft fruit; overripe banana, orange zest, and pear.

The more this warms up, the more heavy the wheat and malt gets - backed with waves of soft wheaty aromas, grains, bread, butter, and a bunch of underlying sugary goodness. Fresh yeast aromas linger in the finish, both fruity and a little spicy all at once. Very well done; even from just the aroma, I can tell that this is going to be a tasty hefeweizen... but will it be enough to dethrone some of the original classics?

Much like the aroma, the taste starts off soft and sweet with some light sugar tones up front; malty to the core with a hammering of esters hitting your palate from every which way. A wonderful collage of flavors engorges the senses and sends me into hefe-nirvana; banana, pear, Bavarian yeast, wheat, plum, clove, kitchen spice, stale bread. Sickeningly delicious.

The middle portion shows an extremely mild hop addition, adding a slight musky and leafy flavor. At 7.2% ABV, this is a little more alcoholic than most hefeweizens, but you'd never be able to guess that from just smelling or tasting it. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, allowing for only a small dose of phenol flavor as the beer warms up, but never giving enough to reveal it's true nature as a 7+% ABV brew. Medium bodied, soft on the palate, mildly creamy with lots of carbonation.

Wow, incredible. Fantastic hefeweizen; drinkable like you wouldn't believe, especially at 7.2% ABV. Beautiful mix of aromas and flavors that make for an amazingly enjoyable experience. Definitely one of the best hefeweizens out there, second only to Weihenstephaner - and what a complement that is.

tectactoe, May 03, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

A cloudy pumpkin-hued liquid rests beneath a modest ashy white froth.
The nose is bombastic, full of bruised bananas, lemon, clove, and cinnamon, all in High Definition. Maybe it is not the most dynamic smelling, but it is one of the most precise. And fucking loud for a hefe.
Perfection for the style, and that will be a recurring theme.
Begins with that familiar wheaty sense of grain, that when done in substance and girth, always suggests oatmeal to me. Banana and lemons and vanilla pods stampede in, and only recede with the subsequent forceful explosions of clove and ginger and cinnamon. Peppery too, but more as a tag-along, as all the other flavors demand more attention, and vie for control.
Washes out similarly, with the banana and lemony fruity cadre swashbuckling for superiority against the spicy contingent.
Medium bodied, and pushing thicker with a suggestion of whipped cream. All this is ushered down the throat with a strident bead that ensures it purpose as a summer refresher.

Flavorwise, this is a hefe-weizen concentrate. Nothing new. Nothing unusual. Just bolder and better than probably any version I've ever had.

It doesn't change the game, it just etches it's name in the history books.

This is the fucking real thing, even if you don't think hefes can impress.

cokes, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, luminous orange-gold body presided over by a voluminous, creamy, statuesque head of fine white foam that exhibits impeccable retention and leaves some dense lace (though not quite as much as I would like). All around, a breathtaking beer.

S: Huge, assertive hefe nose: lots of cloves and banana, but this is a standout in the bubblegum category - which just happens to be my favorite of the classic hefe scents. This brew shows a great mix of spice and sweetness, and it manages to display an authentic hefe aroma but with more intensity than I've ever encountered. Awesome.

T: Starts out with the clove spice, but quickly transitions into a medley of rich malt flavors: bread, fruit (not banana, interestingly - a little darker, like raisins or plums), and finally a finish redolent of bubblegum. Complex and tasty.

M: Nice soft carbonation, but a little thinner of body than I might like.

D: As drinkable as any hefe I've ever had, but significantly higher ABV. Unbelievable.

Notes: This tastes like the Platonic ideal of a hefe: every image, every aroma, every flavor is here, and intensified beyond all expectations. Definitely my favorite hefe of all time. Excellent work, NG - as always!

woosterbill, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

a: Fluffy dirty white head slowly falls back. The beer is a super cloudy amber-golden in color. Okay retention and I'd really like some lacing, but I love the color.

s: Great balance of sweet wheat and barley notes with the load of smelly yeast that is quite visibly within. Nice clove and smashed overripe banana, and even a light smoky note. Dripping with fresh malt and yeast, really nice. Not so much on the citrus end, which is much appreciated.

m: medium-high carbonation and a medium body...a little heavy for a hefe, but I like that

t: Generous chalky, yeasty flavors and a load of Wisconsin grains giving a well balanced sweetness. Notes of clove and banana bread stand out but are well integrated. Lightly hopped with a gentle bitterness and clean, flavorful finish that lasts and lasts. Really, ummm, hearty in flavor for a hefeweizen (good thing).

d: Easy, as expected...even on the high end of the average hefeweizen ABV. Would be a staple if available.

bottle smuggled back from Wisco, poured into my newly acquired weizen glass

blackie, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

rfgetz, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Been eyeing this bottle ever since I picked up a few for a trade in May, & now having heard & read some rave reviews, I'm ready to go. Is this another super-hefe? Lessee...

Pours a frigid, amazingly pale yellow with only a touch of cloud. I didn't know real beer could be that color. Smells marvelous.

Taste is just like the smell, & the great thing is that most hefe reviews - of a good hefe, anyways - are about the same. Yellow organic banana, check. Sprig of cloves, check. Touch of funk in the yeast, check. What sets this a notch above other good hefes is everything is in beautiful harmony & not only that, but the mouth on this one kicks its game up a notch. It has a creaminess to it that I associate with a good RIS & a nice, wet, chewy afterburst. Plus it has a serious amount of gravity, attracting my hand again & again with the equivalient mass of a small black hole. At 7.2% this is one hell of a dangerous brew.

Excellent, excellent hefe - & when I say that I mean that most hefes suck, & those that stand above the pack are few & far between. This is one of them. If you're any kind of wheat fan, grab this one & give it a whirl. Well worth it.

maximum12, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Very heavy hefe pour. Thick, deep yellow gold that glubglubs out of the bottle and leaves a giant head.

Smells of very, very strong wheatmalt and a surprising kick of yeast. These are very nice, but the spice is off, there's a strange, almost medicinal node where you usually would find nanners and white pepper.

The medicinal node is highly subdued in the taste, with the yeast picking up most of the slack. The result is uneven but still pleasant. Not exactly what I'm looking for a in a hefe but not bad in an of itself.

I'll have to try this one again to see whether or not I got a bad bottle. Until then, this one is decent but a little off.

EDIT:
Many years later. I have tried it again, and the original bottle must've been stale. This is boffo.

mynie, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

eawolff99, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +5%

This beer pours a semi-cloudy light orange color with visible torrent of carbonation. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes extremely slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is tangy wheat, citrus, cloves, and banana. The taste is full of banana, clove, and tang. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than full bodied, and a lot fuller than most hefeweizens. The carbonation is lively and active, with a chewy texture. Overall, this is a really nice beer. When I noticed the ABV of this beer I was somewhat disappointed as all previous examples of what might be called an Imperial Hefeweizen have been hoppy messes. Dancing Man Wheat breaks away from that mold. It can be best described as a true Bavarian Hefeweizen on steroids. I can't say I'd like to drink this style of Hefeweizen often, but it certainly has its place.

KarlHungus, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Big thanks to BarrytheBear for the opportunity to try this!

A-pours a dark golden amber in color, quite hazy and hard to see through, dark in the center lighter on the edges, tons of slightly off white fuffly and bubbly head all over.

S-tons of citrus up front, lots of oranges, fresh lemon, very fruity bubblegum, the spice takes over, awesome clove aromas with a hint of white pepper.

T-the flavors and balance in this are incredible! this could be the best hefewiezen i've ever tasted. the juicy fruit and bubblegum lay such a great foundation to only be balanced by a tasty spicy clove and white pepper, notes of a floral herbal spice presence with a light bitterness in the back.

M-great feel, soft on the palate, medium bodied and syrupy, strong carbonation to balance, slightly dry finish.

D-awesome beer, has the great balance of a wheat beer from the spice and fruit juiciness, light hop presence in the back with all of the carbonation and body you want to see.

cpetrone84, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%

With an eagerly anticipated pour and a quick swirl of the bottle, the Dancing Man shows a pulpy, hazy, thick-looking, golden peach body with a thicker, marshmallowy, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose is big and full of banana esters, real bubble gum, cloves, yeast, and banana cream pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Amazingly good smelling hefe.

Toasted wheat bread greets the tongue. Fruity, banana-y esters come on strong with hints of clove. Banana cream pie sweetness and tropical fruits round out the palate. Herbal hop bitterness hums in the background providing some check for the sweetness. Yeasty, banana bread batter and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Full-bodied, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. An utterly fantastic strongish hefeweizen that goes down way too easy. Another New Glarus winner!

alexgash, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Reviewed on 8/28/08. Bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye. Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of clove and citrus. Lots of fruits (citrus, lots of orange, melon) in the mouth, some vegetable notes (same ones I got in the Imperial Weizen). Strong for a hefe but supremely drinkable.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh wheat, with banana bread and a little clove and grassy hops.
T: It tasted like tangy fresh wheat and clove and grassy hops, with some sweet honey and banana bread. It had a super clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice and light body.
D: This was a fantastic wheat beer. The scent and taste were nearly perfect for the style. The body was fitting also, and the alcohol was not detectable, so it was very easy to drink. A pure pleasure to try this brew. I would have it regularly if I could, and I'm not even a big fan of hefe's.

Pencible, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Fluffy/Fizzy two finger light head tops a cloudy orange amber beer. Head vanishes quite quickly. No lacing to speak of. Some nice sparkling carbonation rising to the top.

Very Light aroma that actually fades quickly. Light grains, slight citrus, slight spice.

Spice and yeast tones are more pronounced in the flavor vs. the aroma. White pepper here vs. the assertive black pepper of the Crack'd version. Light banana flavor combined with a nice bread tones. A touch more hop assertiveness at the end vs. what I expected. Nice. Lemon/citrus

Delicate and very light body. Sparking and bright.

Very drinkable and quite refreshing. Clearly a great summer session option.

Another nice beer by New Glarus.

Reagan1984, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Great example of the style and better than most German products. Pour was a bright gold until the yeast sediment decanted, giving the beer an appropriate golden haze. Aroma was redolent of banana with a hint of clove and allspice. Aromas were reflected in the taste, with yeasty banana and spice flavors. A touch of breadyness toward the end. Finish was quite clean. 7.2 abv? I would never have guessed it was so high (at least for a hefeweizen). A very well made beer.

Brent, Nov 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -5.2%

smartassboiler, Jul 22, 2012
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.