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Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 1,356
Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Jwestbrook
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of jpearce4
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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 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 larryarms847
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautifully hazed bright sun golden yellow with a dark orange hue and a two finger head of fluffy white foam.

Big pungent aroma of bananas accompanied by a clove and toasted coconut aroma.

Banana and clove take front and center with a very herbal slight bitterness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, buttery smooth, crisp.

Overall, a truly fantastic example of the style and overall great beer!

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a six-pack at my local Trig's Cellar 70. As usual, no bottling code--this one is a spring seasonal, so it's likely not more than three or four months old. Poured at about 50 degrees into a weizen glass.

L: Pours a bright and cloudy apricot with about two inches of fluffy eggshell head that dissipates after a short while down to a moderate film and rings that leaves mild, even lacing on the glass. Substantial visible carbonation present.

S: Lots of clove and banana bread, with notes of cinnamon and underlying ripe melon.A touch of cracker malt and wheat. A lively and extremely inviting bouquet on this one.

T: Cracker and bready malts at outset--quite sweet and a bit tart. The banana bread, clove, and cinnamon notes from the yeast build from the front and into the middle, complementing the malts perfectly. From the front into the middle, and culminating at the back end, is some nice fruit notes of melon and brighter citrus to go along with the banana. The close has a bit of grassy hop astringency and the slightest bitter. Absolutely no clear alcohol coming across. Very tasty hefeweizen.

F: Lighter-bodied--bright, crisp, creamy, and astringent in turns. This one is spot for the style in terms of carbonation. Very easy-drinking for a beer with this high an ABV.

O: While I've had scores of hefeweizens, I'm not a huge fan of the style--that is, I enjoy them a good deal, but this isn't a style I generally seek out. That being said, Dancing Man Wheat is a phenomenal hefeweizen, certainly one of the best American hefes out there. The quality of ingredients absolutely shines through. Well done, New Glarus.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12z bottle

L: Beautiful golden orange with 3 fingers white frothy head. Good lacing all the way down.

S: Smell is fantastic. Bananas dominate the nose, sweet fruits coming through.

T: This is a delicious wheat. Again, getting banana, candied fruits.

F: Nicely carbonated, creaming. Very nice.

O: Hefeweizens were the beers that got me into craft beer, however I have since fallen off drinking them. However, this is a fantastic American made example of a German hefeweizen. If you put this up against some of the best German hefeweizen's, I don't think you would find it too far off. Overall, I was really blown away by this beer. Excellent!

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

Pours a hazy, cloudy gold color with a four finger frothy velvety white head. Looks amazing. Head very slowly dissipates leaving not much lacing on the glass but some thin white film along the outer ring of the beer.

Smell is full of aromas of wheat, bread, pepper, spice, and clove. Mild undertones of banana and a touch of roasted nuttiness.

Taste is initially wheat and pepper giving way to a slight sweetness with notes of banana, clove, cinnamon, and banana bread. Just enough spice on the finish to provide a nice balance. This tastes like the real mccoy - its not a German style hefeweizen - this is a real hefeweizen.

Feel is full bodied but light and crisp with mild carbonation.

Overall this is one of, it not the best hefeweizen brewed outside of Germany. And while a fresh Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier in Germany might be better - here in the States this is tops for me. Just incredible. If you can get this, don't hesitate to buy a 6-pack

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, just wow. Great hefeweizen, super refreshing and full of banana and clove. It gives weihenstephaner a run for its money, if you're in Wisconsin buy it. You won't regret it.

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

I have to be in a special mood for a hefe, but when it's hot it's the perfect beer. Dancing Man checks all the boxes: gold, cloudy appearance with a monster white head and !acing that sticks around; you have to be really careful pouring this into a 12 oz glass. Smell is a little spicy, but I'm not overwhelmed by banana (good thing AFAIC). Taste is crisp with a nice mix of wheat and fruit, but again nothing overwhelming. ABV is totally hidden, would not guess it's a 7% beer.
New Glarus nailed this one. Hope it sticks around through the summer this time.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite beer from New Glarus. Appearance is a hazy orange with some bubbling carbonation. Poured with a billowy white head. Aromas of banana, clove spice and cinnamon. Tastes of banana, wheat, sweet malts and some cinnamon. Has a good mouthfeel with some lingering sweetness. Drinks easily for 7.2%.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As if you'd expect any different, NG offers up a pretty darn tasty take on a German style. No need to get too specific; here's what you get: huge sweet banana + fruity nose, similar palate, tasty indeed, feel is the lone detractor, not because it's bad, but because it just misses that bouyancy/fluffiness of the best German examples, but otherwise this is a winner. Of course.

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Photo of woemad
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle courtesy of the largesse of @Ri0. No obvious freshness date, though the bottle is stamped “0546 14:11.” My first from New Glarus!

Poured into a big-ass Hofbrauhaus 1.5L weizen glass, this was a hazy, lemony gold color, with a massive white head that took it’s time dropping. Lots of lace.

This don’t smell like no weak-ass American wheat ale, but like the real McCoy, or maybe the real Jodl (watching a WWII doc. Jodl was the first Bavarian that popped into my head). A little spicy, a little bubblegummy, quite clove-y and banana-y.

Tastes just like a Bavarian Hefe. Lightly fruity, a little earthy, with a little bit of a crisp finish, I could drink this all day in a beergarden, or anywhere else for that matter. Although the abv percentage is a little high for the style, it doesn’t seem to impact the taste.

Fairly light bodied, with a soft mouthfeel that is slightly crisp at the end.

Hugely drinkable beer. I wish I knew of a local Hefe as good as this. Thanks, Ri0!

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Photo of rawfish
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully cloudy with a huge foamy three finger stark white head. Decent retention and clumpy lacing left of the glass.

The amount of banana and red fruit phenols is nearly overwhelming, there is a backing of clove, baby powder and even a touch of smoke. Malt is lost to the giant wave of Hefe character.

Solid foundation of wheat and malt leads to a tight platform for the spicy clove and impression of cinnamon. Yeast is not overly phenolic in the flavor. A touch of mineral character rears its head in the finish.

Tight malt profile leads to a drinkable beer that isn't as heavy as it looks. Well hidden alcohol and good carbonation. I kept needing to catch myself from finishing this too fast.

Nearly flawless, a tremendous example of an American born Hefeweizen. Big ups to Maximum12 for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a six pack from the current batch going around; never had it before. This stuff restored my faith in wheat beers. Pours to a very thick head smells like cloves and banana bread to me and tastes like it smells. Super easy drinking especially considering the abv. I love the kind of spicy clove taste you get after the initial bready banana goodness. A complete steal at $7.49 a six pack. Hope this stays around for a while. Glad I branched out from my usual comfort zone and have it a shot.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All my habits orient me to try as many different single beers as possible. (But I drink only two a day. Unlike you young people, I have to watch my calories.)
I have bought at least two sampler packs from New Glarus a year for several years. But I only buy six-packs of two brews: Dancing Man and Staghorn (Octoberfest.)
Except last summer. When it seems they stopped brewing. Today on their website, it is not listed for 2016 and, instead, is on the page "Beers We Have Known And Loved" which are recipes they pull out usually every third year or more or, in some cases, never.
So I'm hoping it comes out again in 2017 as it was one of the most refreshing hefeweizen on this planet and few Americans rival the German masters.

August update: because I and others asked for it, we got it... and I bought two six-packs. Life is good.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A full flavored well balanced hefeweizen with spicy citrus aromas and flavors. Big banana and clove on the palate with a balancing hop bitterness. Medium body, above average carbonation.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Weizen glass
A- nice orange-yellow pour with foamy white head. Not a bit of lacing.
S- citrus, banana, bubble gum, phenolics.
T- follows nose, not much breadiness.
M- light-medium feel. Good amount of carbonation.
O- very solid wheat beer.

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Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Served in an Ayinger weiss glass. Crack this open and right off the bat this beer has a TON of foam. You really have to pour this hefe slowly or risk the onslaught of all foam and little beer. Pour is orangish in color with a nice 3 finger billowing white head. Notes of strong banana, bubblegum, and yeasty aromas. Very effervescent and great mouthfeel.

Overall this is probably one of the best German style hefes being brewed in America. Beautiful in its presentation. However I still prefer the German variety a little more.


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Photo of dmgeng
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Co-worker brought this from Wisconsin for me to try. I love Hefes and I was excited to try it.

A - Extremely cloudy dark gold almost brandished orange color. Tons of fluffy white head that sits proud on the beer. Strong lacing all the way down.

S - Lots of phenolic-clove character with grainy and fruity aroma, like cherries. Some vanilla underneath the rest.

T - Still a strong phenolic-clove flavor one of the biggest that I've tasted but it is complex with grain, tart, fruit, and a nice sweetness that leaves an impression. Has a significant vanilla to go with the clove. No distinct bitterness or hops. Seems very strong and not as light as many hefes making it more flavorful and tasty.

M - Medium or even high mouth-feel especially for the style. High carbonation but fits the style and being bottle conditioned lends an almost homebrew character to the brew. Probably couldn't drink more than 2 or 3 before needing some water. Could definitely use this beer as a meal replacement.

Overall, amazing hefeweizen . Definitely one that I would never turn down especially to start my drinking with. This is the heaviest hefe I've ever tried and I wish this style was more popular (imperial hefeweizen)! I assumed that it would have the strong phenolic flavors but I found myself enjoying the noticeable vanilla and tart cherry notes more than almost any hefe I've ever had. Not as much banana nor as drinkable as Weihenstephaner but more flavorful and a better beer.

Glass- tulip pint

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