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Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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95
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463 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
1,348
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
Wants:
477
Gots:
146
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 463 | Ratings: 1,348
Photo of storksonm
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass.

Very nice head didn't really keep but nice initially. Nice golden yellow in color. Smells kind of like a beligain. Tastes very nice with some more fruitier esters in it. A mild mouthfeel to it with flowery notes. Its a very nice hefe I enjoy it on a once and a while kind of basis. I will def be pickin this one up again though. Drinkin local.

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Photo of in780
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - hazy golden/yellow color with pretty massive head. Plenty of carbonation in this one.

S - Clove and spice

T - Tart flavor with spices, ginger and cinnamon dominate.

M - A little fizzy...sounds tacky, but it feels like it's dancing in my mouth

D - Goes down real well, abv a little high to be able to session, but I could go for another.

Another fine brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours like a German hefe, with an impressive head that tops the goldenstraw liquid, leaving all matter of lacing around the glass

Smell: Bananas, wheat and clove

Taste: Like the smell, a nice banana and clove character with the wheat trailing behind

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; could be a bit creamier

Overall: A very nice example of the style by a brewery that has yet to disappoint

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Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice light rust orane with about a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared and left only a ring of bubbles around the glass with no lacing whatsoever

S - nice wheat aroma with hints of orange and banana

T - wheat taste with hints of banana and orange but an overwhelming taste of bubblegum

M/D - nice medium bodied Hefe that keeps me coming back to the glass frequently. I've been very happy with all my New Glarus brews and I only wish I could get them locally. Nice stuff.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing were really impressive on this. The smell is loaded with fresh grain, clove, banana and bready lemons. The taste of the beer is lightly flavored with some spices and soft wheat. There is a light amount of citrus in there too. The mouthfeel is smooth, light and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good, it would be best in the summer time.

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Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: again w/ the large frothy head. What a pretty site! Somewhat cleaner looking golden pour, compared to the Unplugged Hef, but still somewhat hazy golden...Yet, very active at the same time as the bubbles continue to rise...

S: To be honest, smells much like the Unplugged Hefe as well... bit lighter..but grassy, sweet, lemon-citrus twists...bits of banana and clove maybe?

T: Somewhat along the path tha the nose takes you...the hints of clove and banana followed by some grassiness and citrus...yeasty presence showing its wheat backbone

M: Fairly solid for hefe, but nothing spectacular per say...

O: Pretty good brew here. New Glarus pumps out quality! Try it if you haven't.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Yup, this smells like a hefe (and a good one at that)! Belgian yeast and banana dominate the aroma.

T: After the smell I thought this would just be your average hefe, but not quite. The 7.2% ABV, quite high for the style, gives this beer a different flavor than any other hefe I've had. Yes it's got that typical banana/yeast flavor, but this is a bit of a heftier beer than I'm used to in this style. It's maltier and not nearly as crisp or refreshing as your average hefe, but this all works very well.

M: Mouthfeel is a little heavier than your average hefe, but still on the light-bodied side of the spectrum and very carbonated.

O: This is a nice hefe, and one a little different from your average one, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about with this. It's a good beer, but not an outstanding one. This definitely is not on the same level as the Live Oak.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy apricot-orange. Head is half a finger off-white. Fair retention and some lacing.
S- The aroma is medicinal, banana, spice, and a bit of plastic.
T- Up front it's big a fruity with banana and apricot. There is a hint of medicinal and spice in the middle. The finish bring a bigger alcohol presence than your average hefe. Some lingering spice in the finish as well.
M- Medium body for a hefeweizen. At first I deemed this to be pretty crisp but there is some lingering stickyness.
O- A good hefe. A bit boozy but on the whole, I like this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Well carbonated brew here. Head is a towering mass of creamy whipped butter colored bubbles…so much that I need to wait to continue pouring. The body is a cloudy and drab peach colored hue leaning towards the dull side of things.

S: Spicy wheat, soured grass clippings, some smooth green banana, clove and a pinch of black pepper.

T: Starts out with a nice balance of dried hay, fresh grass clippings and young banana essence. Transition is seemless to white grape, little bit of limestone and just a tad of grainy flavors. Sweetness is delicate but somewhat cloying after a bit. Finishes yeasty and dry but a solid wash a sweetness across the back sides of the tongue.

M: Medium body and smooth.

D: Very nice German style hefe indeed. It’s a tough balance to get the dry, sweet and grainy flavors just to the right level and these guys at New Glarus are no slouches. Totally enjoyable but I wonder how many I could drink.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive head on the pour, light and foamy which dissipated but was present throughout. Above average active carbonation. Golden color with some accents of slightly burnt orange.

Smell: A lot of the traditional wheat and leafy greens. But below those is a peculiar soapy aroma which I can't really get past. It isn't that offensive and doesn't ruin the aroma for me but is distracting. The wheat and yeast is very bright and there is some solid hop balance as well.

Taste: Bubbly champaign texture greets the palette right away. That quickly gives way to a creamy wheat front. Delicious leafy greens pop through and give this brew a ton of depth in the middle of this brew. No off tastes or anything like in the aroma. For having such a high abv for a Hefeweizen, you do not get any of the alcohol. The lighter body leaves a little to be desired in the aftertaste as this beer fades away rather quickly.

Mouthfeel: Very light, is an incredibly easy drinker but could use some more body.

Overall: I'm a little conflicted about this one. Some aspects I absolutely love and others I am not crazy about. The front and middle tastes of this beer are absolutely outstanding which makes this a memorable beer.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a straw color with a 1 inch, basically white, head that is thing but slowly reduces to a nice lacing around the edges. Quite carbonated and no sediment.

The aroma is quite good with notes of banana and clove. There is a bready feel to it and additional sweetness that I can't quite place.

The taste is, as the nose. A decent level of banana and bread with a clove spiciness that accents well. There again lingers a sweetness that is almost like generic gum.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation that was a bit too much for me, given the flavor but actually cuts the intensity. Smooth and yet leaving a velvet texture at the finish with mild dryness.

Overall, this is a reasonably good beer. I'm impressed by the rating that it has but a little surprised. I think it is definitely worth trying and quite good.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle thrown as part of a trade/buy from Brian/Beerisheaven. Thanks!

I poured this one into my Zero Gravity tumbler. A pale, golden yellow liquid, clear but for a little bit of yeast sediment. Poured with an initial huge mass of foamy white head that almost filled the glass, but soon calmed down to a thin layer. Champagne-like carbonation. Aroma of grains and spicy wheat, light banana esters. Taste is very nice, with notes of grains, typical wheat profile, but with the banana noted in the nose coming to prominence mid-palate, leaving no doubt that this is a hefeweizen. Breadiness and light spice also noticed. Medium in body, a bit sticky at first, but overall smooth, crisp and flavorful. Goes great with food, and is generally an extremely drinkable brew.

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Photo of mklinger
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint with the last couple inches swirled before pouring. This bottle was found in a box a beer in my pantry. It was purchased 6 months ago, so it's a bit on the older side for a hefeweizen.

It's a lovely color, a rich golden, deeper than most other hefes. Appropriately hazy from all the resuspended yeast. An inch+ head formed but quickly dissipated. Lots of carbonation visible.

Aroma is all about very ripe bananas, you know the ones that are getting slightly past their prime, a bit sour. Also both wheat and yeast present though fairly mild compared to the banana.

Flavor is more balanced. The standard banana and cloves are present, coming through in that order. There's a bit of bready sweetness at the beginning and a bit more hop bitterness than is most common for a hefe coming in at the finish. There's also very little sign of the 7.2% abv which is quite remarkable.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Lots of carbonation, very bright in the mouth with an excellent richness to the body.

This is a very good beer, though I must say that I think it probably would have received higher ratings last summer when it was fresh. I drank a fair amount while visiting the folks in Wisconsin. I guess I'll have to re-rate next summer when I get some fresh again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy medium honey amber with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Banana, bubblegum, faint clove, and hefe earthiness dominate, along with honey malt and cracked wheat.

Taste -- Banana, clove, toasted honey malt, yeast, bright lemon, apple must, coriander, spicy wheat. Clove and spice become more prominent as the beer warms, with bubblegum and, to an extent, banana fading out for the most part.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample fluffy carbonation. Mildly drying finish.

Drinkability -- Quite a unique hefe. I can see the appeal definitely, but I guess I was expecting a little more. Still, a quality beer and a must try for hefe devotees.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of mikey711
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from both Beersis81 and maximum12.

A: golden and cloudy with a big frothy head almost three fingers thick on top. As it disappates some big bottles form in the middle of the head, but the lacing is very good.

S: Alot of bubble gummy esters that make me feel like i have stuff my face in a box of bazooka joe, with maybe a hint of banana.

T: Banana esters that finish rather sweet and bubble gummy. I hate bananas but like this beer.

M: Only the slightest bit of harshness otherwise it it very full bodied and creamy.

D: For me one is enough because of the banana taste, but objectively, i think this one is really easy to drink and many people would enjoy it.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with lots of foam that makes for a rocky, yeasty head which falls to a thin, loose layer of bubbles. Smells of banana, vanilla maybe a touch of clove. Tastes a bit of vanilla, some navel orange, caramel and then maybe even a touch of cantaloupe. Effervescent. Finishes somewhat tart at first but then sweet. Would prefer more of solidly tart finish. A touch too sweet for me. Quite drinkable given its alcohol content.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a straw yellow color with a billowing white head that settles to form a creamy layer

S - nose is made up of spicy nutmeg, cloves, an bubblegum

T - starts off with sweet bubblegum flavors which move on to a nice wheat malt base. The bubble gum erupts on the back end and really dominates the finish. A very subtle hop presence in the finish, however the bubblegum yeast flavors really overwhelm everything.

M - full and smooth bodied

D - overall, this is a really nice hefeweizen, especially from this side of the pond. I think the bubblegum was cranked up a bit too much for my liking, but that being said, this is in the same league as the big time German players in the hefe game.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Leaves some residual legs.

N: Clove, banana, cinnamon. Plenty of malt sweetness through the nose. Peppercorn spice.

T: Somewhat spicy with a long bitter finish tucked over the malt and grain. Really nice for such a light beer.

M: Somewhat fluffy and filling/bready.

O: Really impressive for the style. I think this would make Weihenstephaner proud.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just one part of a New Glarus-filled weekend, courtesy of duffcalifornia. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow. It's quite cloudy, pretty spot-on for the style. Really fantastic retention from the one-winger white head. Untold waves of lacing around my glass, this is another great-looking New Glarus beer.

The smell is a pretty standard mix of Belgian yeast flavors. Ester fruits, mostly bananas, and a fairly strong what or hay-like smell. However, there's also a slight sour note that throws the aromatic balance out of whack. This isn't quite a citrus note, more like a tangy, almost spoiled characteristic.

Thankfully, that funky quality is absent from the taste. This really has to be one of the better American hefeweizens I've tried. Very clear and crisp wheat, with a great mix of ester fruits and bubblegum. There's a hint of bitterness in the finish. Bready and sweet, this is really well done. There's definitely some tartness, like lemons or grapefruit, and it works well here.

The carbonation is lower than I would've liked, but the thinness of the body works for me. I couldn't believe that this beer was over 7% ABV, as it is as drinkable as could be.

New Glarus really does nail their German-style beers, and this one is delicious. Though I'm sad that I have to wait until next summer to try more, at least I'll have something to look forward to this winter.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky orange body with a small white head; no lacing.

S: Smells a little funky and I'm a little worry about the taste. I am getting SOME banana, wheat, and cloves though.

T: So glad it taste better then it smells. Getting nutmeg, banana, clove, wheat, and lemon zest. Nice mixture of flavors.

M: Light body; loads of carbonation; clean and tingling mouthfeel.

O: Was a little worried with the smell, but put that aside and it's a great beer. I would like to get this again, perhaps fresher, but nice representative of the style. Could drink 4-5 of these over the course of a summer evening.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden bronze with a frothy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, wheat, banana, clove and bread. Flavor is wheat, banana, bubble gum and dough. Finishes somewhat long and dry. Medium bodied sticky texture. Dan Carey makes the best German beers this side of the pond!

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Photo of catalysis
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Color is hazy goldenrod with a fluffy, off-white head that recedes to finger width and sticks around for a while. The head leaves some nice trails of belgian lace around the glass.

S- Banana and wheat are the primary fragrances, followed by a little bit of clovy spice. Malty and sweet with little citrus or fruit.

T- Honey and banana creamsicles with notes of cinnamon and clove. Finishes with just a faint bitterness and alcohol flavor. Overall a very well-balanced and delightful brew.

M- This is a nice medium bodied, creamy beer. Carbonation is higher than average, which gives this beer a crisp bite.

D- Drikibility is high, I could drink this all night and probably most of the next day.

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