Dancing Man Wheat - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
09-01-2008 18:35:37 | More by Georgiabeer
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
06-21-2009 19:10:33 | More by akorsak
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
(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.
12-02-2009 22:54:02 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.43/5 rDev +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.
11-05-2008 01:42:30 | More by mothman
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
02-12-2010 23:51:53 | More by Wasatch
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
11-22-2007 00:14:01 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
12-06-2011 02:18:54 | More by Huhzubendah
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
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!
06-19-2009 23:10:33 | More by biegaman
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
09-28-2010 05:26:51 | More by Mebuzzard
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Thanks to grub for opening this 12 oz.
Pours a hazy golden/orange, thin bone white head forms, settles to a thick ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is buttery, honey, some brown sugar, banana, clove, almost cinnamon like spiciness, alcohol is slightly detectable, interesting. Taste is caramel sweetness, wheat, honey, some light grass, banana and tropical fruit, cloves, spice, alcohol is well hidden, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, spritzy, alcohol warmth, quite nice. Solid wheat beer, thanks Russ!
07-01-2008 22:07:25 | More by Viggo
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-23-2011 17:26:06 | More by mdaschaf
4.6/5 rDev +9%
A cloudy, murky mess. I love the looks. Vanilla white tinged dull yellow body. Creamy off white head. Lace is small, but leaves enough lace. Great aroma. Love the subtle spicing accents of pepper, clove and allspice. Great vanilla tones, with suggestions of nougat. And lemon attributes as well. On the buds, this brings more of the same. Great complexity for a hefe. Spicy pepper accents on top of a yeasty what malt base. Lemon pepper and clove ride on top of the vanilla waves. The creaminess makes this one drinkable beer. But the carbonation is high enough to wash away any and all inadequacies that may have been left in your mouth from other intakes. This is a top notch Hefe Weizen. And it rivals their old Solstice (RIP), which was one of my faves as well. Only the Town Hall Double Hefeweizen surpasses this on my "Favorite Hefes" list.
08-20-2007 21:36:24 | More by Bighuge
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
12-05-2008 03:06:08 | More by DrJay
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
04-02-2010 18:54:25 | More by billab914
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-27-2009 02:56:27 | More by Tone
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
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
09-08-2008 04:37:20 | More by HopHead84
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle opened on 8.21.12.
A - Pours a very light, cloudy yellow with a huge fizzy off-white head that fades fast.
S - Lemons, wheat, and more wheat.
T - Light wheat, lemons. Summer wheat and yeast.
D - Light body and tons of carbonation.
O - Light and refreshing, very lemony and crisp, a touch on the sweet side.
08-27-2012 06:44:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.