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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 395
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: 1,238 | Reviews: 443
Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle as an extra from nflmvp. Thanks, Steve! Into my weizen glass

A: Hazy orange with a massive fist-sized almost-white head that slowly recedes, leaving patchy foam. Quite stellar.

S: Smells wheaty upfront with some banana, bubblegum, clove and cinnamon sugar. I am very impressed here.

T: Prominent amounts of wheat up front with lemon, banana, clove, a hint of cinnamon and some phenolic funk. There's a hint of bubblegum sweetness in the back

M: This beer plays the balancing act beautifully. Light enough to be refreshing with enough wheat to prevent it from being watery, crisp with great carbonation and a wonderful, mild, dry finish with some fruit and spice.

D: This is remarkably drinkable, I do wish it wasn't 7.2% ABV, though

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looking back to some older notes...I have to thank Steve (a74gent) for bring this beer to me.

Dancing man is a lightly hazy deep, dark gold in color, leaning just a little darker than the typical hazy gold. A white cap of head forms about a finger tall. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.
The typical hefeweizen aroma is evident, and this is clearly a nice version of the style. A bit more lemon comes through, but banana and clove are present with the wheat as they ought to be. There's also a nip of spices and a very light note of hops lingering for added balance.
The exact same can be said of the flavor, really not varying from the nose; again, a very nicely made hefeweizen. Crackery malts blend the contributing flavors nicely, adding a slightly dryer element without detracting from the character. A bit of alcohol comes through, but barely.
A nice, crisp bite starts it off before some nice chewy body, about medium in strength, shows its depth then finishes very smooth.
This is a pleasure. I love the style, and these guys do it right. Almost on par with the very best in the world.

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -5%

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 AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy amber color with touches of orange. Nice big head that dissipated with some sheeting along the sides throughout the drink.

S - Great hefe smell, with nice banana and clove. Smells more sweet than spicey, with some nice phenol and yeast on the end.

T - It's a pretty sweet banana tasting brew, and it gets too sweet to drink tons of, although it tastes pretty good. I get the feeling a lot of non-craft beer drinkers may like the taste on this one. Nice yeasty quality to it.

M - Medium bodied with some nice bubbles, sweet finish.

D - Fairly easy drinker, although the sweetness can get to you. Pleasant to drink, would drink it if it was around.

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice pale golden smoggy unfiltered glow with a few slow streams of bubbles within. Tall, foamy capping of stark white froth laps up quickly to a thick setting top. Resides down softly to a thick skim and the lacing is mostly drippy with a few thick spots and globs sticking closer the edge of the liquid.

Solidly balanced nose with this one as the 'Dancing Man' performs well on the stage of the nose with slathered in banana muted paleness with a sweet wheat bready backing and a nice touch of hefe yeast, floral-essence, and tamer clove.

The taste has some good dance moves as well. Well established meatyness of malts; tangy, hearty, darkly deepened wheaty sweet bread, banana mushyness, very brief lemon candy stint, and a perfect snap tone in the mid range as it sinks in well with a heavy but balanced finish of hefe yeasty spices. Great tone and length.

Soft, smooth, chewy, malty, yet snappy with wheat that's all wrapped up in a solid medium body. There's just a touch of zip in spices to it that sparks extra flavor in each sip. The balancing act is quite excellent between the pale sweet flavors and the snappy tone of tangy wheat and breezy spice additions.

This stuff takes the stage and performs a top notch performance all around.

Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 SadMachine
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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 drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy copper orange gold

S: Big ass clove, wheat, and spice aroma.

T: Cloves, spices, wheat, a bit of hop in the very very back

M: Creamy, smooth, a bit thick for a wheat

O: An interesting rendition of a higher abv wheat. Not quite as good as Oberon though

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of maximum12
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery on 4/28/12

A - Golden amber with 1.5 finger white head with good retention and abundant lacing.

S - Moderately strong clove phenols and low banana esters, wheat, biscuit.

T - Very wheaty hefe that follows the nose and has a nice citrus lemon character.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O - An absolutely fantastic example of this great German style. So refreshing with a nice balance of clove, spice, fruit, and a lot of bready flavors.

Photo of markgugs
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cokes
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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