Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
465
Ratings:
1,351
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
Wants:
477
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147
For Trade:
5
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Prostman81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Hefe. It looks, smells, and tastes just like a hefe should. The clove is well blended with the banana, which I appreciate because I tend to like more banana-leaning hefes. The body/mouthfeel of the beer is excellent, slightly chewy but in a very refreshing way.

I wish I could pound multiples of these beers, like I feel hefes were really intended for, but unfortunately the ABV keeps that option at bay.

Still a knockout offering from NG.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a big active white head. Unfiltered with a yellow-orange color.
S) Light notes of coriander, sweet orange peel, and hints of clove.
T) Pleasant wheat flavor - sweet citrus and earthy spice. Some citrus sour in the finish.
M) Chewy. On the lighter side of medium body.
O) A well craft beer. Easy drinking and pleasant tasting.

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

Thanks to LJarsenal for this extra in a trade.

Big Silky smooth white head with a Michael Jackson like dancing of carbonation inside the bottle. You know, the spin around grab crotch into moonwalk routine and destroy cars like Dirty Diana. It's alive. Beautiful pale lemon yellow with golden honey highlights

Classic hefe smell of banana, yeast, cloves. This has the funk of forty thousand years!

Very good taste. Refreshing hefe, with a little more malt and slight acid taste, some bubble gum even. Annie are you Ok? Are you ok Annie? You've been struck by, You've been hit by... a smooth dancin man..

Creamy silky aftertaste that trickles down your throat. If this beer were a Michael Jackson song it would be P.Y.T. If it were a video, probably black and white, because each sip morphs into a different celebrity. Fortunately no Rap in the middle of this by Home Alone boy.

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from last week, I waited to post this so cbutova wouldn't know I got a nice package of Wisconsin beers. Much thanks to jmp485 for trading this. Poured into a weizen glass.

Hazy golden with a huge sticky white head. Eventually stays at about half a finger and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Nose is sweet, spicy and aromatic. Lots of wheat, cinnamon, clove and bubblegum.

Flavors aren't as strong as they are in the scent, but strong nonetheless. Huge amount of bubblegum and sugary sweetness seems to take the lead here. Some banana and clove but not as much as I usually get in a hefeweizen. Some medicinal notes and alcohol taste. Nice fresh lemony yeast on the finish.

Carbonation seems huge at first but seems to tone down after time. Overall smooth and a little bit creamy.

Definitely not your average hefe, sweetness I think is a little over the top, but I enjoyed it.

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

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!

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

Picked up this single in a mix in match going through Prescott. There is a date on the bottle, not clear if its freshness or bottle, but its 7/28.

Off the pour the head is a billowing monster up to nearly 3 inches and I havnt poured the whole bottle.
Head settles rather quickly leaving a solid cap of retention. Color is a light copper golden. A small amount of haze in there.

Aroma is brilliant, caramel forward, grainy sweetness, plenty of lemon and a clove likeness.

Some sweet flavors upfront, drying out quick and dry on the finish. Floral hops, clove/ belgiany funk coming forward strong, as well as a bit of sourdough breadyness and a touch of malt.
Mild warmth through the swallow. Finishing tart with some lemon, warmth and banana.
Light and crisp mouthfeel.

A terrific brew for the style, although not somthing I'd seek out as its not my type of styled beer. However still a solid beer and excellent for the style.

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

A - Golden orange with a thick white head.

S - Aroma consists of banana, spicy clove, a touch of vanilla, yeast and wheat malt.

T - A hearty wheat malt front exhibits flavors of clove and banana. The flavor seems a little phenolic in the middle where there's a strong yeast presence that follows. A little odd, but non-the-less it doesn't detract too much from the overall enjoyable of the beer.

MF - Full-bodied mouthfeel.

D - This is as close as it comes to a classic example of the style. Straightforward and enjoyable. If you're a fan of hefe weizens then this is a must try. Nice summer offering.

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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 Zadok
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw yellow with a two finger head that's quite impressive. Lacing to boot.

Very aromatic banana and clove fragrances.

Spritzy banana balanced with mild spices such as clove and pepper. Coriander is interwoven throughout and kind of ties everything together.

Very smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation with a tingle of spice on the palate.

Overall has great sessionability if you can get past the 7.2% abv. Very easy drinking and will look forward to having again sometime.

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

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip glass.

A: A cloudy hazy dark gold color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Yeasty with light fruit smells and some bready malts.

T: Fruit flavors pop with banana and citrus and some drying wheat. The yeasty clove flavor comes right behind to mix with the fruit along with some bready malt. A bit of sweetness is detected, but not overly so. Finish is yeasty with some sweetness. Nice beer.

M: Medium, smooth and no hints of alcohol.

D: High, really good beer that one can have a few of. Be careful though, abv will hit you hard.

Overall a real nice German style Hefe that I really enjoyed. Good beer, wish I could get it here in PA as I got this one as an extra in a trade.

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

A: Very hazy copper orange gold

S: Big ass clove, wheat, and spice aroma.

T: Cloves, spices, wheat, a bit of hop in the very very back

M: Creamy, smooth, a bit thick for a wheat

O: An interesting rendition of a higher abv wheat. Not quite as good as Oberon though

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this. My first New Glarus beer.

A: Straw yellow with a decent haze. Two finger white head with great retention and decent lacing.

S: Big clove and banana. Good Hefe aromas.

T: Clove and banana. A bit over on the clove.

M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: A good Hefe. Typical but solid.

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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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