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Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#1,056
Reviews:
476
Ratings:
1,393
pDev:
10.93%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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488
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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delicious display of bananna esters, peppery clove, and bubblegum flavors. Banannas are acompanied by apples, pineapples, mangos, papayas, apricots along with a whole plethera of fruitiness. Spicy white pepper, cumin, and orange peel work well in conjunction with the white pepper and warming alcohols. All this on a strong malt base that never favors wheat or barley. Confectionate powdered sugars, wrapped in Juicy Fruit bubblegum adds richness and sweeetness to the shortbread textures and flavors. Remaining creamy and semi-full, the beer slowly fades into a complex dry, spict sweetness. A brilliant juggling act done by New Glarus with complexity and balance.

Thanks Maximim12

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun stylized label art and iconic branded gold-and-green pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!). Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery and this beer's current rating (94). Apparently this is the third highest rated hefeweizen on the site currently (ignoring those with only a few reviews). I'm surprised the ABV is as high as it is given it's a hefeweizen. I can confirm the style but not the ABV per the label. I don't have a weissbierglas here in low altitude Austin, so I'm serving it into Cantillon stemware.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The head does rise slowly upon removal of the cap, eventually mushrooming out of the bottle.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Nice soft smooth silky complexion. Nice fluffy creaminess and good thickness. Fairly frothy. Head retention is quite good if the beer really is 7.20% - about 6-7+ minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a quasitransparent translucent yellow-orange of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Plenty of carbonation bubbles suggest adequate carbonation. It appears much more filtered than I anticipated; I thought it'd be a lot hazier - on par with traditional paragons of the style. For a bottle conditioned unfiltered hefeweizen, it's looking mighty clear.

Overall, it looks good and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Plenty of clove and banana up front as well as the obligatory wheat. Light floral hops are present too, but seem to have minimal presence. Cilantro. Clean barley. The clove is a bit stronger than I'm used to for a hefeweizen. I get cinnamon, but only because I'm looking for it; I wouldn't notice it unprompted. It's also got a healthy presence of clean German yeast with a fair amount of biscuity character. Light citrusy esters throughout, but sadly orange peel can't be found among them. In terms of personal preference, I'll take an orange peel hefeweizen over a banana/clove hefeweizen any day of the week, but it's still an appealing aroma and I'm excited to try it. It's also somewhat dry whilst still inviting the drinker in.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: It's got a nice wheat body and is cleanly fermented by the Bavarian yeast. High attenuation is evident. Ample clove and banana throughout but especially up front. A dash of cinnamon, I guess, but it's not really that strong or evocative. If I reach I find green apple, clean barley, and some vague fruity esters (e.g. papaya/apricot). A touch of lemon, sure. I like it.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol comes through - quite a feat at 7.20% (if this really is that high).

To be honest, I really hoped for more complexity and subtlety. The hefeweizen is one of the hardest styles to pull off in my opinion; it's just four ingredients and pure finesse, demanding careful balance and excruciatingly difficult subtlety. But this beer from New Glarus doesn't bring enough to the table. It's ultimately a pretty simple hefeweizen and while I like it, it lacks the nuance of the style's paragons. Some orange peel would be lovely. The wheat doesn't seem to be as full-flavoured and deep as it should be. Maybe Wisconsin wheat just can't compete with Bavarian wheat?

Mf: Refreshing and smooth, with a great balance of dryness and wetness - dry enough to coax out the flavours a bit more, but wet enough to remain refreshing and quenching. Well-carbonated; bottle fermentation was a great choice. Good body and presence on the palate. A biteen too thick for a hefeweizen, but I guess that enables them to bury the alcohol presence. It complements the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it. Very approachable.

Not oily, hot, gushed, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Quite drinkable, especially for the abnormally high ABV. This may be the highest ABV hefeweizen I've had? It hides it quite well; I'd guess it was about 5.5% if I tried it blind. I'm envious of anyone who has ready access to 6-packs of this, and if I was one of them I'd definitely pick it up frequently, but frankly it's just not up to par with the best traditional offerings of the style. As much as I love New Glarus, the Germans do this style best. That said, I already want another and I'd happily get a keg of this for a party. I'd recommend it to friends. Oddly, I actually prefer New Glarus' kristalweizen. This is certainly one to try if you come across it.

Thanks to Duff27 for the opportunity to try this!

B

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Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Four fingers of foam billow up to the rim of the weizen glass. Color is a murky, translucent orange, with lazy streams of carbonation idling upwards. Foam settles, creating a soufflé like effect. Irregular webs of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Immediately there's a big banana aroma, very fresh and ripe. On par with Weihenstephaner in my opinion. Fresh wheat and yeast esters are large in the equation.

On the palate, it's very smooth, almost buttery. Wheat slickness, with bursting banana, clove, & nutmeg. Some residual orange sweetness accompanies the yeast in the aftertaste. Very satisfying, drink it by the liter in the summertime!

Everything about this Hefe says traditional Bavaria. In a blind tasting it would be very difficult to identify this a domestic Hefeweizen.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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 oline73
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a golden tint to it. There is a finger of off white head with some decent retention.

Smell: Lots of fruity notes from the yeast. I'm picking up a ton of bubble gum and banana. Some spice and a strong sweetness. Really nice.

Taste: A lot like the smell, but not nearly as sweet. There is a strong flavor of banana and bubble gum along with some mild citrus like notes. Some spice and crisp malt sweetness. The finish is fruity and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is tingly and very smooth. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. The fruity notes along with the wheat is a very refreshing combination. I'm a huge fan.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color wheat with a medium foamy head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of cloves are dominating with some discernable wheat and overall a quite big malt base. Taste is a mix between some cloves and some big malt base and is not as close to the style as I was expecting. Either there is too much wheat and the beer is veering toward a wheat wine or maybe there is too much barley but I thought the malt base was too sweet for the style and didn't provide enough refreshment. Also, at the risk of sounding too traditional, I would have like if more banana ester would have showed. Definitely not the best weizen out there and probably over rated and not the best beer from a very good brewer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden/orange color with an off-white, two-finger head of firm foam. It left behind thin rings of lace.

S - Clove, cinnamon, banana and wheat aromas jump out of the bottle as you pour it out. There is a grain smell as you examine it closer.

T - Great flavor of wheat, fruit and clove. There are yeasty flavors and banana, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - Since I don't live in WI, I really regret not buying more! Great hefe that tastes like a good one from Germany.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light amber color with a thin but dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, banana, lemon and spice along with light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a strong wheat flavor dominating as you would expect from the style. There’s not a lot of sweetness but there are flavors of banana, lemon and some spices. The hops presence is mild as it should be. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, nice strong kick for the style, this is a very good beer to stick with for an evening. I could definitely drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many a six pack when I was living in Chicago and it was so easy to drive up to WI for some New Glarus.

A: Pours a medium copper with a very nice white head and a decent amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: Loads of banana with a bit of clove in there. A little bit of miscellaneous spice as well.

T: Again, loads of banana, almost semi-roasted. Beautiful flavors all around, with a bit of malt sweetness backing things up. In the end, the yeast shines through, creating a lovely bouquet of German hefe flavors.

M: Fairly light with good carbonation and a nice, light creaminess.

D: The ultimate summer session beer, even though the relatively-high ABV will creep up on you.

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Photo of nickfl
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - A small white head of foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy hops, musty wheat, and a bit of pepper.

T - Bready malt up front with slightly fruity yeast in the middle. Finishes with an odd, soda water like quality and a touch of tartness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - weird, one dimensional and a bit bland. I'm not sure what the idea was here, but it really isn't working for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy gold, with several poofy fingers of brite-white foamy head. This settles down fairly quickly in a thin creamy layer, that leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing back. The aroma is orange zest, wiht a thick tang of sweet wheat behind it. Floral hops, some spicy clove, and yeasty ripe banana round things out, giving this some extra pop and presence in the nose.

The taste is silky with orange, lemon, and wheat. A musty banana yeastiness glides through in a more subtle manner. Clove pulls up the back of this, really drying the back out. This is very tangy overall though, with an additional bit of smokiness to it as well. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a mellow carbonation and silky smoothness to it. Quite drinkable overall and very hard to tell that it's over 7%!

All around good Hefe here from New Glarus. They know how to do a Wheat beer or two and this is a shining example of that. A full flavored refreshing summertime quaff!

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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Schmittymack, cheers Dan!

Pours a semi-turbid apricot/bronze with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Apple peels, bubble gum, nose fades a bit as it warms

T: Band Aids, juicy fruit, banana & apple peels up front. Bananas, pears, pineapple & a touch of honey malt as this warms, some lemony hops, plus cloves once warm. finishes with a touch of juicy fruit, cloves to balance it out, & pineapple sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, bit of a grainy feel to this one

Talk about drinkability, this is one of the best hefes I've in or outside of Germany. NG sure know how to make a hefe (plus a ton of other styles!)

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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,393 ratings
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