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Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,280
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 445
Gots: 114 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a one finger white head on top. There is almost a gradient to the color of this beer with it getting progressively more orange the lower in the glass. Decent retention with some sticky lacing.

S: Lots of banana, very fruity and fragrant. There is a lot of spice in the nose as well, heaviest in clove. There is a faint bubblegum aroma as well.

T: Very fruit forward with banana, apple, and apple peel. There is a little bit of honey sweetness and a heavy hand of spice (again, cloves are most prominent), and some bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It is smooth and rather creamy.

O: A great Hefe, no sign of the higher abv in it at all. Easy drinking with an intense flavor profile.

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Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a nice large head (not very thick). Not very well with the lacing. Color is a dark straw color.

Smell is a very fruity. Bananas are the strongest noted, with touches of cloves. Taste is similiar and very great in that manner. I never was the biggest hefeweizen fan, but this really makes a person appreciate the style more. For some reason the taste of bananas in a beer is awesome. You can definately taste the wheat as well. One great part about this beer is that you cannot notice the 7.2% abv.

The carbonation level is great, creating a nice, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

The beer is hazy, appearing golden yellow hued with a towering white head. Excellent retention and lacing. An all around stellar appearance. The aroma is sweet, with prominent banana scents. Very nice flavor, albeit sweeter than is customary for the style, though typical of New Glarus. Lots of banana and sweet malt. Not as refreshing or quaffable as a lighter, traditional hefeweizen, but certainly tasty and delicious. Light to medium bodied, with alcohol content well disguised. Wow, this is 7.2%? Overall, quite enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this beer. Another gem from New Glarus.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy golden amber color with a half inch of bubbly white head covering the top. The head faded a little but a small white covering stayed pretty much throughout drinking it.

The aroma has a good amount of wheat to it with some bready banana, nutmeg and clove notes as well. The wheat and the yeast flavors really come together nicely in the nose.

The taste has a lot of very nice wheat flavors up front and finishes with more of the banana, clove, fruity, spicy, yeast flavor. The wheat has a very nice smooth and slightly sweet flavor to it. Excellent tasting wheat beer, easily one of the best I've had.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate to above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's a great tasting wheat beer that is very easy to drink. I really can't believe it's over 7% abv with how easy drinking it is.

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Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange color with a long lasting 3" fluffy head. Moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: wheat and spices are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big wheat flavor with banana, strong clove and a decent bitterness. Some lemon citrus arrives late. There is an overall breadiness here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother late. The aftertaste is short-lived.

Drinkability: if you are looking for a great hefe, this one will do. Easy to quaff, big flavors, and super refreshing. Great beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-to-dark golden, light apricot body. Head is huge and white, foaming to about 2 1/2 fingers. Dense. Like whipped ice cream.

Spicy aroma for this one. Clove and faint ginger it seems. Banana also comes through, and a nice strong but light toasty biscuit.

Flavors aren't light here. Much malt gives this beer a strong foundation of cracker and bread. On top of that add the clove and banana, some sweetness that seems to attach itself to the banana, and faint hints at lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel takes a hit as the alcohol comes in to spoil, a bit, the spiciness. Drink takes an additional hit for this.
Very nice beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Devil's Backbone weizen.

Pours a chilled golden orange with a massive foamy white head that has excellent retention and leaves abundant lacing. Rich banana aroma with mild clove and pepper with hints of orange throughout. Sweet bubblegum malt body with rich banana yeast and a soft clove finish. Slightly thicker than expected body, well cabonated and a soft, clean finish. A little high in ABV, but my favorite American Hefe regardless.

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Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn, I think this qualifies as an imperial hefe. At least it does in my book. And to clarify: It's an amplified hefeweizen that stays dry without the heavier body and fruitier flavors of a weizenbock. There's a big spicy clove aroma with hints of earthy, rustic bread and orange peel. The flavor gets fruitier, balancing a milder peppery spice level with touches of banana and berry with a malty edge of toast. The beer continues with little hits of vanilla and milky caramel. Man, what a beer. This is likely the best German wheat I've had and on par with a great Belgian tripel.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from BuckeyeNation. Thanks for the chance to try this. This is a beautiful hefeweizen- wonderful flavors here. Pours a hazy orange/golden with a relatively thin head and some light, sloppy lacing. The aroma is of light clove spice and sweet banana. The taste is fantastic. Lots of really fruity, sweet banana. Tastes like those really fragrant tiny baby bananas nicely balanced with some clean clove flavors that are just right. Perfect balance. The banana and clove play off each other back and forth and leave a tropical, but clean sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a sweetness throughout and a nice clovey finish that is almost peppery. Just a delight to drink. If this were local this would be in my fridge all the time.

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Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden yellowish-orange color that is pretty hazy with a two finger, frothy white head that very slowly fades into a thick, lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of peppery clove character along with some bready yeast, citrus peel and banana. The banana and orange/lemon peel notes become more prominent as it warms countering the heavy spice character.

Full bodied with a really nice balance of zesty spice, bready yeast, light fruit and citrus. Like the aroma, there is a ton of zesty spice up front with a strong clove presence that lingers throughout into a slightly tart, dry finish. This is countered by the yeast presence that adds fullness to the palate and gives off hintsnof bread and banana. Toward the finish there is some more sweetness with a nice lemon/orange peel flavor. Excellently balanced, very flavorful and refreshing with no trace of alcohol making it dangerously drinkable. Probably the best American interpretation of the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a hazy gold with a 2 finger white head that fades into a soapy head of batter. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of banana, toasted bread, spices, clvoes, pepper, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with an estery tastiness that keeps this Hefe nice and interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, spritzy up front, with a nice balance of sweetness and tartness that come together for a well done brew.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a huge head. Nice retention! Aroma is of coriander, spices, banana, and cloves. Taste is sweet bready malt, and tart...banana, honey, and citrus. I wasn't sure what this was before I poured it but I'm happy to discover a bavarian style hefeweizen. The beer is creamy with good carbonation. This is one of the better american brewed representations of the style I've had.

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Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Banana peel yellow - funny enough the beer should also smell and taste of banana, too. It's a light shaded colour that takes on a deeper, orange tinted tone when held against the light. You can just about write off clarity even though the beer is flushed with phosphorescence brightness. Immediately from the pour its head swelled like a bud opening to bloom, it remains a styrofoam-like bulk.

If you even remotely like the smell of hefeweizens then you'll love the smell of this beer. It is definitely among the most banana-and-clove potent bouquets I think I may have ever stuck my nose into. It also offers a dash of herbs, assorted spices and little sweet orange peel zest. The fragrance itself is perfumy and strong enough to carry across the room. Yup, it looks like its time to get 'yer dancing shoes on!

The flavour is rhythmic, swaying from grainy straw husks, sidestepping to clove, coriander and white pepper, all before cutting loose to the tropical tastes of sweet orange peel, banana and mango. This trio of flavours - wheaty, spicy and fruity - romp and rollick all over the palate, they jump and jive and kick their heels up at the taste buds - no wonder they call this beer the "Dancing Man"!

Each sip has effervescence and substance; it is lightly prickly with a lively and fizzy carbonation but with an extraordinarily creamy texture that passes across the tongue and down the throat without friction. Its taste fully develops over the palate, never parting too soon nor robbing you of even a drop of peppery, fruity flavour. It is exceedingly smooth, the very idea that this is above 7% seems to me laughable.

This brewery now has two weiss beers on my list of all-time favourites (the Unplugged Imperial-Weizen being the other). Of course this comes as no surprise to me at all - this brewery also makes my two favourite fruit beers and a few of the most successful experimental and eccentric endeavors I've tried. Bottom line: this is an outstanding brewery that seems to make nothing but outstanding beers. Thanks MasterSki!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger thick/creamy white head, with lots of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice yeast note, banannas, coriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, very nice bananna/corinander notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, one of the best Hefe's I've had to date.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. My love of NG wheat beers is officially on record, so I am anxious to try this.

A: I poured the ale vigourously into my Widmer Bros. hefe glass, stirring up the head and sediment. A full seven fingers of lace arose before settling down and depositing lace around the sides of the glass. The ale is hazy, heavy with yeast sediment. The color approximates an earthy yellow-brown hue that appears on many trees in mid-October.

S: Even in a fresh-from-the-fridge state, the weizen aromas are strong. Wheat starts off with light tartness before the spices coming flying in. Clove and bubblegum are strong but not cloyingly sweet. Faint banana wafts out as well. A lot of nose packed into one glass.

T: Wheat is a great set-up for the ale, softly lulling the palate into a haze before, BAM!, the yeast hits like a hammer. Clove and bubblegum are upfront with a spicy sweetness. Grain flavors return sporadically throughout each sip, acting almost like a 'reset' for the ale. Banana is prominent on the back end, a welcome addition to the party. Orange peel and mango mix into the sweetness in the finish. The alcohol isn't evident but does sneak up on you.

M: The mouthfeel is intense, careening from one flavor to the next at breakneck speed. I like that the ale shows off more than clove, banana and bubblegum. The citrus that emerges is a very welcome addition.

D: Even at 7.2%, this one goes down wicked easy. An authentic weizen with a twist that further cements NG's stature as best wheat brewer in the U.S.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dancing man wheat is another great creation from New Glarus and continues to give Wisconsin a great name for micro brewing. The appearance is a cloudy yellow with nice frothy white head that lace well. The smell was powered with citrus/lemony notes. The taste was very carbonated but very good. the lemon/citrus effervecense in the flavor was great and absolutely worth the try!!!

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Into a weizen glass. Huge three inch off white head on a cloudy pale/yellow. Head retention is great and good lacing as well. A few fast upwardly moving effervescence streams.

S- Smells of clove and subtle spices.

T- Follows the smell but with more bananas than cloves. It's 7.2%abv shows up in each sip...quite the "kick" compared to most hefeweizens out there.

M- Very prickly carbonation, I like it. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- It's no wonder why this is regarded as one of the best hefeweizens. An American classic if you will. Light and crisp enough to whet your whistle in the summer and boozy enough to keep you warm in the winter. I'll take two.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus (banana), yeast, sweet malt, and hops. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus (banana), yeast, hops, and slight spice. Overall a very good beer; good blend, body, mouthfeel, and aroma.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a 2 finger head which dissipated quite fast and left some frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The coriander is very apparent in the nose with banana, slight spice, and belgian yeast notes. The coriander and the banana flavor mesh really well alongside belgian yeasty and wheat grain accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, slight fruity , yeasty, and grainy finish. It drank good and was a solid hefeweizen with all the characteristics I look for in a hef.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" beige head above the cloudy golden amber brew. Ample frothy lace, and aroma is the expected sweet wheat coupled with clove and banana. Taste follows the nose, just what you expect from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Wouldn't mind revisiting this one.

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Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for the trade.
Hazy straw yellow with a bit of an orange hue and a fluffy white cap that settled quickly. Thick, sticky lacing. Aromas of clove, wheat, banana, lemon, a bit of bubblegum, marshmallow. Crackery malt flavour with lemon and banana, spicy clove throughout, honey, light alcohol and tropical fruit towards the end. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, good texture. Quite a tasty hefe.

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