Dancing Man
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,352
4.24 | pDev: 10.85%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: If you dream of wheat this brew will get your toes tapping. Since 1995 we have brewed Bavarian style wheat beers exclusively for the same great state that grows and malts our own Wisconsin wheat. In a world full of posers this is a true hefe-weizen naturally 100% bottle fermented and hazy.

Expect this beer to cascade effervescent into your glass. The rich spicy clove and cinnamon notes will greet your nose while sweet fruit and wheat kisses your lips.

Lick the foam from your mouth and admit sometimes you just gotta get up and dance.
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dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good wheat beer. Can taste the banana and I believe cinnamon. A tasty and smooth drinking wheat. A bit of of a dryness which i have not tasted in other wheat. Definitely a wheat i would buy again.

Mar 28, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle reads 'E221'; consumed on 3/26/21

Pours a lightly hazed copper-tinted golden body sporting a rangy effervescence and capped with two fingers of rocky, fluffy, white foam; good head retention leaves a thin layer of craggy cap, a thick, frothy collar, and broad, uniform webs of lacing holding firmly to the walls of the glass.

Aroma brings charry bubblegum and firm, almost mineralic, yeasty spice opening with a distant waft of stone fruit underlying; earthy clove over the middle and subtle banana expanding from a background position across the olfactories is established and direct, while sweeter clove evolves to close the bouquet.

Taste offers peppery spice and raw clove upfront into subdued yeasty characteristics persisting over the mid-palate toward a decidedly wheaty back end, where tinges of earth, flaked malts, and a slight minerality phase into a wisp of booziness sneaking through the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a light body along with a fluffy puff of airy carbonation phasing easily to a crisp, wavering consistency appealing to a slightly thinning, quenching lightness on the palate, eventually firming up on the back end as a taut, flaky textures finishes.

While an assertive profile accentuates some classic stylistic touches alongside a slightly more modern, earthy twist, the booziness remains somewhat apparent across this higher-octane Hefeweizen.

Mar 27, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Etched at bottom edge of bottle is '0203260043738'.
Slightly cloudy, deep gold colored body. Bit of a gusher upon removing the cap. Two fingers of high head after pouring. Big burst of effervescence following the pour. Leaves behind a few spots of foam.
Aroma of banana and bit of cloves and cinnamon.
Taste of banana and spices, along with the sharp wheat note. A touch of both sweet and spicy. A flavor of green apple comes in at the end. The yeast esters continue into the aftertaste.
Medium for mouth feel and for smoothness. The higher ABV% delivers a bite. Quiet in the mouth, with minimal carbonation.
Easy to drink because of the low carbonation feel in the mouth, and the slight dryness that calls for another quaff.

Mar 08, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a 20oz. weizen glass. It filled the glass to the the top with a pure white three finger pillow of foam. After several minutes the foam settled back to a thin layer with nice lacing on the side of the glass, The beer is a hazy orange with a medium carbonation, small but a steady line of bubbles.
The smell is mostly a very nice banana - bubble gum aroma.
The taste follows the nose, banana, bubble gum,, some clove, wheat, cinnamon, & pepper.
The feel is slightly creamy, I'm surprised, I don't really feel the carbonation at all.
This is a fairly high octane at 7.2%, it may take a couple of sessions to put this sixer away. This is a very good Hefe, the taste, the look, very smooth given the high ABV. I will need to sample this one with it's German brothers and do more comparing!

Jul 02, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark straw orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention but left only slight lacing.

Aroma: Nice wheat, banana, clove, banana bread and bubblegum.

Taste: Much like the aroma, there’s wheat, banana, clove and bubblegum with a hint of fuzzy peach and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Maybe I had too high hopes to start with, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I much preferred Bubbler over Dancing Man Wheat, maybe it was the cinnamon spices at the end. Having said that, it’s not bad and still definitely drinkable.

Oct 16, 2017
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BeerJack103 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of, if not the best hefeweizens on the market. The extremely limited distribution of this beer makes it that much better when it does come around. Pour it right, enjoy it slowly and you'll find this to be a great experience. Don't be an idiot, drink this beer.

Oct 15, 2017
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singletary from Mississippi

3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge white head that stays. The smell is a little banana to it and a wheat aroma also. The taste is very much wheat with some sweetness from banana. It has a medium body with plenty of carbonation. A little lacking on the banana flavor but still good.

Oct 02, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dancing Man pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy head of 1 finger, decorating my glass nicely.

I'm getting a largely floral aroma with hints of bubble gum and clove.

Flavor is just awesome, what a great plethora of bubble gum, clove, strawberry-banana milkshake, and wheat malt.

Crisp profile with a semi dry finish. Very crisp.

Overall this beer is absolutely fantastic. Definitely seek it out.

Sep 17, 2017
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks bro- Pours very hazy golden with a large white head that retains. Aroma is flat out banana esters, yeasty, a bit peppery. The taste is yeasty, banana, a bit of tropical fruits, mango or orange, a bit funky actually, dry lightly bitter finish, warming alcohol feeling, which seems odd for the style. Still, yummy!

Aug 20, 2017
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Helcarexe from Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've looked forward to picking up this Hefe for a few years after reading the reviews on BA. Maybe its the hype or anticipation for cracking open this Hefe that left me wanting, it lacked the hard hitting flavors and spicy pop that I'm expecting in in this style. I poured into a weizen glass and was happy with the nice head that wafted a banana aroma, there was no aroma of clove or any other spice. The flavor was closer to the fruity banana with a very slight hint of clove and none of the bubblegum or cinnamon that I expect.
Is it worth it.... yes. But not a go to Hefe as I've found better locally, than having to travel four hours into Wisconsin and find this from New Glarus.

Jun 16, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Hazy orange. Big white head. Smells of clove, banana, wheat, bubblegum, and a little fruity yeastiness. Tastes much more wheaty. Banana. Spicy clove in the back end. A little bubblegum in the finish with sweet banana fruitiness lingering. High carbonation. Medium body. I don't drink a lot of hefes, so I don't have a lot of comparison knowledge, but I'm really impressed.

May 02, 2017
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jcattey from Wisconsin

4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I look forward to this beer every year. The mouthful is incredible. There is so much flavor going on compared to other hefes. Banana dominates with a hint of citrus and clove. One of the absolute best of the style.

Apr 17, 2017
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stucat from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass.
A: Pours a cloudy orange with a thick head that diminishes quickly leaving slight lacing and a thin skim of head.
S: Smells mainly of bananas and clove with a subtle fruit and wheat fragrance. Medium carbonation, delightful.
T: Banana bomb with a bubble gum hint in the back end. Some boozy notes but very mild considering the high ABV. This beer is delicious!
M: Very nice medium carbonation with a smooth, creamy feel. It goes down a little to easy.
O: This is probably my favorite American hefe-weizen and will certainly be a go to beer for the short time that it is available. It is unfortunate that it requires a 2 hour round trip from my home in Illinois to Wisconsin to get this but it is definitely worth the trip.

Apr 13, 2017
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear yellow with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch white frothy head with good retention.
S: Nice banana and clove notes with soft lemon and orange to add a bit of zest.
T: Banana, clove, soft lemon, earthy minerals, cinnamon, and a hint of white pepper and orange.
M: Light body. Nice effervescence from the high carbonation. Refreshing with mild fruit sweetness. Lingers a bit on the palate too. Only after finishing this review do I realize that this is 7.2%...absolute craziness! I would have guessed about 5%.
D: Highly drinkable and an exceptional example of style. This one should be in your summer rotation! Wonderful on its own or with food...very versatile.

Apr 09, 2017
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Bdubz94 from Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge foamy head that never completely leaves. Lacing is thick.

Smells of bubblegum, bananas, oranges, spices, and of course wheat. A bit of booze in the smell.

Taste follows the nose. Bananas, bread, yeast, and spices. Just a touch of bitterness on the finish but very malty overall.

Very creamy and heavy feel. Just a hint of warming from alcohol but tastes like less than 7.2% ABV.

Overall a fantastic beer. I do not have much experience with Hefeweizens but this is one of my favorite beers from New Glarus. Rich, creamy, and delicious.

Apr 09, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with some head and a little retention. Nose of yeast, cloves, banana esters, and fruit. Taste follows the nose with a little bubble gum tossed in.

Mar 06, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

My local, in-person trader, tone77, brought one of these back for me from a recent work trip. Yeah, it may be another bottle, but there are times when I will make allowances and this is one of them.

From the bottle: "If you dream of wheat this beer will get your toes tapping. Since 1995 we have brewed Bavarian style wheat beers exclusively for the same great state that grows and malts our own Wisconsin wheat. In a world full of posers this is a true hefe-weizen naturally 100% bottle fermented and hazy. Expect this beer to cascade effervescent into your glass. The rich spicy clove and cinnamon notes will greet your nose while sweet fruit and wheat kiss your lips. Lick the foam from your mouth and admit sometimes you just gotta get up and dance. [undersigned] Daniel & Deborah Carey".

Following the Pop! of the cap, even a moderate pour was bringing forth a lot of foam. I finally gave up to let it settle into two-plus fingers of dense, eggnog-colored head with great retention. Color was a cloudy solid-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was spicier than many in the style, but I still felt like I was getting a lot of pink bubble gum. Mouthfeel was big and full, very unusual for the style. The taste was actually quite spicy and it instantly won me over. The clove and cinnamon flavors completely outstripped the usual bubble gum and banana suspects. I could really get behind this one! Finish was dry, partially because of the spiciness, but also thanks to the hard work of the yeast.

Aug 03, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Bottleneck says 0556.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Invigorating aroma of rich Hefe yeast brings to mind fresh banana, bubble gum and clove.

T- Tons more banana, so intense that it's like banana taffy. Then there's more bubble gum and spice. So easy to drink for the ABV.

M- Creamy and slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A total banana bomb and in a great way. Tons of fruity esters from the yeast while still maintaining a decent balance with the alcohol. Super tasty.

Aug 02, 2016
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Jwestbrook from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good body smooth, creamy, great head, no strong banana taste but something of a flower aromatic not nearly like a Hoppy beer more like a sour without the sour. I liked it.

Jul 14, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a huge head of 3-4 fingers depth, eggshell white with a smooth surface and admirable density, retention is very good, the lacing forms broad sheets which cover the glass side but lacks stick and slides off downwards. Shiny yellow to orange hued liquid, faint haze, the bubbles are dispersed and quite large in size. Unassumingly pungent nose of clove, ginger, banana, bubblegum and white pepper, leesy with a nice bracing blow of grass and wheat chaff, needs to warm to get additional cherry and apricot fruit scents. Medium-bodied with a clingy texture which increases its mouth presence, the carbonation starts off more prickly yet turns softer by the finish. Spicier here, more peppercorns and cumin like spice to match the clove. The banana and bubblegum step back so it’s fresher and not as sweet as expected. This impression aided by notes of tar and charcoal, not quite bitter but more on the “earthy” spectrum. Lightly herbaceous at the end, not getting a particularly strong wheat infusion. It’s not “textbook” but clearly respects, if not reveres, the beer category and puts a personal twist to it. Well-integrated and the constituent parts work in concert.

Jul 14, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Goldenrod color with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Lots of wheat, cloves, coriander, and a hint of citrus
T: Wheat, banana bread, clove, a long finish- just packed with flavor
M: Medium-bodied, a touch spicy, light carbonation
O: Complex, delicious and nails the style

Jul 03, 2016
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jpearce4 from Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think this is about as perfect as a Hefeweizen can be brewed. It hits on all the wonderful notes of the ingredients it uses.

Look: Bright golden color, hazy, pours with a lot of head that lingers.
Smell - Spicy! Cloves, pepper. Perhaps a touch of fruitiness.
Taste - Mmmm. Bananas, heavy cloves, a touch of spices like cinnamon or pepper, wheat.
Feel - Carbonation level is really nice for this beer. Stays throughout.

Absolutely love this beer and would drink it any time.

Jun 28, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a wheat glass, a little haze, a beautiful bright gold with a little tinge of amber somewhere deep in there, and a big foamy three finger white head, with good retention. Very good beer (as NG always is). Nose is superb and rich and full and perfect to style, heavy in the cloves. On taste, cloves and some other spices (cinnamon, orange peel) are pretty strong, and banana is hardly there at all. Body is pretty substantial and satisfying, mouthful is a little heavy, but still crisp.

Jun 20, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a hazy, golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of banana, some sweetness. Taste is banana, wheat, smooth and highly refreshing. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty beer I could easily crush several of.

Jun 20, 2016
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ChicagoPartisan from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden, standard for the style. Pours a tall creamy head - off white. Very opaque. Not much gets through.

S - Citrus up front. Oranges and some lemon. Very good.

T - Wheat hits you in the face and then those oranges on the back end through to the aftertaste. Sensing some "grains of paradise" taste but perhaps it's something else. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium dry. Fairly heavy bodied. Medium carbonation.

O - Very good beer. Not the best wheat beer I've ever had, but it's my favorite style, so there's considerable competition. I'm hung up on the oranges - I'm not sure if I like them, but they add something that sets this apart from others of the style. I'd recommend. It's a solid choice.

Jun 19, 2016
Dancing Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
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