Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews:
465
Ratings:
1,350
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
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477
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147
For Trade:
5
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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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Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks yet again boilerbeer, for your generosity in picking up beer for me on vacation with your family.

This one pours with a nicely attractive body, golden, just hazy enough to believe there's some real solid beer in there, just shiny and deep enough to be intriguing. White foamy head crests on top with some aggressive climb up the walls of the glass, then submits and sinks back down to a soft ring and wispy film.

Nose is bubblegummy with sweetness over coriander and some banana estery goodness. A little earthiness holds down the sweetness, but a very sugary smelling wheat overall.

Taste is nicely satisfying, with plenty of sweetness, though nowhere near too much. Banana, hints of mild clove, and bubblegum prevail. Some true wheat grainy flavors come out in the middle and soften to a mild round doughy finish.

Smooth and on the lighter side of medium bodied, this one leaves a pleasant coating over the mouth of mildly sweet and estery film. Carbonation is very soft spoken, yet notable in contributing to the overall feel.

Seems like a high abv for a wheat, but it goes down so smooth and tasty that it hardly hinders drinkability. A little sweeter than I would normally prefer for the style, though I find it very satisfying and hard to put down. It stays pretty nicely balanced and overall quite appealing.

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Photo of cervezango
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this thing smells like grapes. a little sourdough bread smell too.

has a good classic german wheat beer taste. a little bit sweet. but it has some bruised fruit taste.

easy to drink like most wheat beers , but very filling. a satisfying beer . drink it on an empty stomach.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange, even hazy due to my swirling the yeast in, 2 fingers of white head, that has been sticking around for the last 15 minutes, very nice lacing

Smell is banana, spice like a cinnamon, clove, some subtle orange, a nice Belgian yeast

Taste is like a mix of banana and lemon bread in the opening followed by a bready maly, spice and more of a earthy banana bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel is full due to the fine and abundant carbonation, finishes clean

This has always been Hefe and it remains so, I look forward to its release every year! Cheers!

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Photo of brandoneast
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the most incredible smelling Hefeweiezn I've ever had, no doubt see this out. HUGE thanks to Gonzoillini to throw this in as an EXTRA, thanks Tony.

Notes in the aroma and flavor profiles: Banana, sweetened coconut, piña colada, bazooka bubbleum, banana laffy taffy, tropical fruit snow cone.

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Photo of glazeman
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

This was a very enjoyable and easy drinking summer beer. It was nicely carbonated and had a slightly sweet taste. I got some notes of raspberries and a lot of wheat. The nose was pretty much what you'd expect from a hefe with lots of wheat and a little sweet fruits. Overall I thought this was a very drinkable and tasty beer, especially in the warmer summer months.

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Photo of stxSS07
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a cloudy golden-orange. A careful pour yields just over 2 fingers of a fluffy, white, and rocky head.

S- Huge notes of fruity esters, wheat, cinnamon, clove, and some lemon. I love it.

T- This might be my personal heaven. A wave of wheat off the bat followed by the sweet fruity banana esters. Finishes with some spice and a touch of tart lemon. This is a 7.2% beer?! What?!

M- Medium bodied and creamy as all hell. Perfect amount of carbonation. Never mind hefe's, this is one of the best feeling beers I've had period.

O- Easily the best hefe I've had and easily breaks into my top-5 beers. Seriously considering heading to WI to buy multiple cases of this brew for summer.

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Photo of thetomG
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely straw yellow cloudy pour with massive amounts of foamy white head. Very little lacing left behind as the head dissipates.

Aroma is very pleasant but mild (which is interesting considering how powerfully the flavors come out as you sip) with slight notes of wheat and spices.

Taste is fantastic - wheat, banana, lemony citrus, cloves & spices - its all here. Very very tasty. Slight warmth from the alcohol, but nothing overpowering in the least bit.

Very good mouthfeel - not too thin, not too thick - and well carbonated.

I will be drinking as much of this as I can, especially during the warmer months. EXCELLENT brew.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Schneid for this one! Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Love those NG labels! Purs a hazy light orange with tons of fluffy white head. Have to wait a couple of minutes for the head to dissapate. Lovely aromas of banana, yeast and clove. Taste is similar. Tons of flavor in every sip. Smooth velvety mouthfeel and a hefe that I could drink all day!

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Photo of Centennial
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A. Golden Yellow, slightly cloudy with substantial head

S. Bananna, cloves, sweet wheat, coriander.

T. Banana and clove flavors come first, changing to a spicy wheaty flavor, some citrus and hints of alcohol come through in the finish

M. Light mouthfeel and carbonation is a little high for my liking.

O. Pretty good for a higher abv heffeweizen, but the overall does not hold up to a lot of the German brewed Heffeweizens available.

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

Received this 12oz bottle as an extra from Alcstradamus in a recent trade, thanks!

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge three finger or more puffy white head. Retention is really good and the head sticks around quick a while. Some minimal lacing left as I drink as well. Very refreshing looking, and I needed some refreshment after spending the day building a new furnace in our glass shop (glassblowing is a good profession if you like to drink summer beers year-round...).

Smell- Huge notes of banana, bubble gum, fresh sourdough bread, yeast, and fruity esters in the nose. Very complex in the nose with all of the great smells you would expect from a hefeweissen.

Taste- Fresh bread and banana come through strong on the palate, followed closely by some spice, cloves, esters, and yeast. Very refreshing and a big, genuine taste. One of the best, if not the best, American hefe's that I've ever had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Carbonation is spot on and mouthfeel is thick for the style while not overbearing. Very easy to drink and very nice.

Overall, have this one if you get a chance. A great example.

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Photo of iadler
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A- Hazy gold with a fluffy two finger head. Minimal lacing.

S- Banana, clove, wheat, vanilla, cinnamon and peppery spice.

T- Follows the aroma with plenty of clove, banana and wheat, with hints of spice, vanilla and lemon.

M- Medium carbonation and body with the abv hidden very well.

O- A very well crafted Hefe. Perfect on a hot summer day.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

received in trade from woosterbill....thanks c'ptain

A - I'm not partial to the style, but this is a beauty. Nice fluffy white head, plenty of bubbles shooting up. light lacing attempts to cling to the glass.

S - Huge nose, especially for the style. Big wheat smells, backed up by some fruits. Fruits come through more and more as I smell it. Let's see if the taste matches up.

T - It's not quite as impressive as the head, lighter fruit notes. Mostly this tastes similar to other wheats I've sampled. Maybe more so of a lot of tastes. This score is probably tempered, because I've never loved the style.

M - Perfect for the style.

D - Good. I'd def. recommend to fans of wheat beers, and may even be persuaded to seek it out again if I ever make it out to WI.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased a six pack of this from the brewery in New Glarus. Dancing Man Wheat pours a golden hue with a thick head and a fantastic lacing. The aroma has hints of banana and cloves. The flavor has a slickness to it at first and finishes with banana and cloves. The finish is heavier than I was expecting though. Overall this is very good but the heaviness threw me off a bit.

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Photo of boralyl
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a huge 2+ inch creamy white head that sticks around forever. There is lots of visible carbonation. The beer is a hazy pale straw color.

S - The banana and clove really stick out in the aroma. In addition there are also light cinnamon and spice notes.

M - Light in body and highly carbonated. Despite the high carbonation it still retains some creaminess along with the crispness.

T - It starts with a clean citric flavor followed by banana and clove from the yeast. The cinnamon and spices make a brief appearance with the wheat malt rounding out the beer. I was surprised to see the 7.5% alcohol content, because I certainly couldn't taste it.

Very refreshing. I'm generally not a huge fan of hefeweizen's but I would definitely drink this one again.

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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass

A: There is a gigantic foamy white head of 3 fingers. It slowly decays, bubbling away to a small cap. The beer itself is a lightly hazy golden-orange color. Lacing is mild and spotty.

S: A fairly potent aroma. Very much classic clove and banana with a touch of fruitiness. Bubblegum? Some yeast and wheat in the background.

T: Fantastic! The clove flavor is even more prominent and complemented by some cinnamon. The banana flavor really comes into its own. Probably my favorite taste of banana I've ever had from a Belgian style beer ever. A little bit of lemon and apple in the background with wheat. There is a lightly bitter, clean, tart finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate during the sip from the glass but can really foam up in the mouth (in a good way). Cannot taste the alcohol.

O: Probably my favorite hefeweizen I've ever had. The banana, clove and mild spices are just perfectly balanced. I also almost don't believe that it's 7.20% ABV; it drinks like it's 4.5! Simply wonderful.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazing straw yellow color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Lots of tiny bubbles in the head. (The beer, not my noggin.)

Smell: Banana, cloves and lemon. Very sweet.

Taste: Just as the nose suggests, banana, cloves and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and crisp. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Another solid offering by NG.

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Photo of capra12
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed solo out of a pint glass.

Appearance: pours yellow and golden wheat, slightly cloudy. 1 1/2 fingers of froth white head.

Smell: I get a ton of Belgian yeast and wheat. I got some light grains.

Taste: opens with the classic Belgian yeast as light grains increase in intensity. Light malts and wheat profiles present themselves and compliment the solid open leaving a light and wheaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a solid hefe which is highly drinkable. It saddens me that I only brought two bottles back from WI. Another solid brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of hu5om
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

now it feels like summer in WI...
a- cloudy, cloudy pale golden yellow. nice fluffy white head on top. decent lacing
s- sweet orange, wheat grain, yeast, corriander or cloves?
t- yeast, wheat grain, the sweet orange lightly, the corriander/cloves i can't seem to figure out. delicate, light spiciness. how is this 7.2%?
m- creamy, sumptuously smooth, a bit of healthy thickness to it
d- i want to buy a case. i'm going to drink this all summer. avenitus who?

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Photo of sjccmd
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with large creamy white head. Bubbles rush to the top in constant stream. Surprisingly pretty clear even with the yeast added.

Clove and cinnamon in the aroma. Floral and pretty fruity. Banana and bubble gum. Some grassy and spicy hops in the background.

Banana comes full out on the palate. Which then makes me notice it more in the nose. Citrussy and very refreshing. Very floral and slightly sweet. Biscuity malt in the finish. Fruity and spicy noble hop character.

Super creamy mouthfeel without feeling thick. Still very bubbly on the tongue. Finish is fairly dry.

New Glarus seems to have mastered light drinkable beers with tons of flavor. This one is no exception.

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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 shadetree67
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Cloudy golden orange in color. 2 fingers of creamy white head that sits like a pillow on the beer. Some lacing but not as much as I'd expect given the head. None the less, this looks great

S. Clove, banana and bubble gum. Lots of the Belgian ester yeast

T. Strong taste of over-ripe banana. Clove spice. Bubble gum is present though not as much as the nose would suggest.

M. Light to medium body. Creamy mouth feel with the slightest alcohol tinge on the back end. dry finish

O. Normally I don't care for hefes but this one is quite tasty. I could see myself buying a 6 pack to enjoy in the summer heat.

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Photo of Franz4
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A- very creamy foam head that rises above the rim of the glass nearly 2 fingers. Color is a hazy straw color that looks very inviting.

S- nose gives off scent of several spices, primarily cloves with a little pepper mixed in. You get a little of the banana & citrus after the spice. Very nice.

T- bananas and citrus are stronger here, the spices take a back seat. It has a very nice balance between a slight sweetness and the spiciness. It's on the sweeter side of the hefes I've tried.

M- very nicely carbonated, actually tastes quite refreshing. Nowhere in this brew have I noticed the 7+% abv, so this feels very drinkable. Feel is somewhat creamy like the head was, but there is enough carbonation there to make it excellent.

O- I have to figure out more ways to get this... hmmm.... move to Wisconsin? I'd consider it. This brew was greater than the sum of it's parts, the taste is right up there, the spiciness, banana flavor, and refreshing taste make this a standout, in the style or on it's own.

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Photo of emyers
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass

Appearance: semi-cloudy pale cold with a 2 inch billowing white head.

Smell: Bursting with intense banana and clove esters. A tiny bit of bready, biscuity aroma to it, but it;s really dominated by the banana and clove. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a hefeweizen.

Taste: Same great banana/clove character as the aroma but a little less intense. A hint of caramel sweetness and just the slightest touch of grassy hops peeks through to add a little balance to the yeast showcase. This beer really capturees the flavor profile of a hefeweizen and amplifies it.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than your typical hefe with a very smooth, silky finish. Extremely easy drinking despite the fairly high abv.

Overall: Think of it as an imperial hefeweizen done extremely, extremely well.

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
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