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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4.27
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Photo of porterwoobie
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: slightly hazy, pale gold in color. intial large white head that dissipates rapidly, leaving very little lacing behind.

S: very pronounced banana aroma, with a background of yeasty spiciness and wheat.

T: big banana flavor. beneath the banana is some spiciness and a lemony flavor. very flavorful, the bananas stay on your palate like a very hoppy beer.

MF: medium-light body and moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: very good.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with no head.

Smell is great hefeweizen aroma with a light wheat and sweet banana, bubblegum and clove.

Taste is like the nose. Great German Hefeweizen flavor with more banana and bubble gum with the right amount of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a fine tingle of carbonation and nice body.

Overall a great German style wheat beer. No surprise from NG!

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Photo of wschmit
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass. Good banana scent as soon as I opened the bottle.

A: Two fingers of golden head, collapsing fairly quickly to one lingering finger, leaving only slight lacing on the sides. Hazy, and just a tad dark. Actively effervescent. The fine bubbles form a creamy, stable head, expected with all that wheat-y, yeasty protein.

S: Banana, wheat, and yeast. I get a touch of clove, but very little of the cinnamon the bottle describes. Perhaps a bit of tart noble hops?

T: Solid. Wheat in good proportion, good but not overwhelming banana, and a hint of the clove, just like the nose. Mild, lingering bitterness. On the high end of boozy for the style, but otherwise almost frighteningly true to form.

M: Good chew from the wheat, and spot-on effervescence. Refreshing, but for a bit too much alcoholic heat.

D: Pretty high. This is New Glarus, after all. I would ding this beer for its alcohol content, but it is one of the better examples of the style if you're going for authenticity. A well-executed beer, if you're in the right mood, this will please almost as well as any true Bavarian. I wouldn't call it sessionable--but certainly very drinkable.

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Photo of ibashmuck
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a big, thick head on a cloudy amber body. Perfect. Smell of cloves, banana and spice, all of which came through very well in the taste. Add in just the right amount of fruitness. Perfect and perfect. I typically like a lemon in my wheats, but this was so good it didn't need it. Carbonation and "thickness" were, what else, perfect. I'd been waiting months to get my hands on this, and the wait was worth it. Everything about this brew is perfection. Everything is absolutely spot on for the style, extraordinary how good this was. Not only the best american version of a hefeweizen, but this ranks right up among the world's best. Perfection.

EDIT- Been loving this for years (!) now, and still the best in the world. At the end of each summer, I load up (several cases) and enjoy throughout the winter, as it holds extremely well (aside from a rise in carbo and alc %). I typically enjoy my last bottle well into the following summer.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A recent goodie from my main trading man maximum12. Props must also go out though to wisconsinbeer1 who has supplied me with many a jewel from New Glarus as well. These 2 are about the best that you could ever find for midwest trading partners.

A - Poured from a fresh bottle into my waiting Franz glass. A cloudy yellow that is punched by a white mushroom of a head. Beautiful, simply beautiful.

S - Similar to what everyone else has said in that you get a luscious smell of clove, banana, and yeasty goodness. You can tell simply from the smell that you are going to be in for a treat.

T - Does not have the hop profile that Crack'd Wheat has and I enjoy both beers to tell you the truth. For my money though, this is the winner. Great wheat taste with a lovely banana and clove undertone.

M- Just about the perfect summer beverage.

D - OUTSTANDING. For a summer beverage, this is perfect. The perfect beer for relaxing outside with friends. Should be required for anyone sitting outside on the deck just killing time.

Certainly, one of the best wheat beers that I have ever had. You can't beat it. Which one of you (maximum12 or wisconsinbeer1) is sending me my next fix. Please do it fast.

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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 raveskdr
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a Wisky box. Been on my top 25 wants for awhile. Poured into my FFF Teku glass.

A - Hazy golden huge with far too much carbonation. I'm not gonna hold that against the beer as I gave it a good hard pour.

S - A good amount of banana and slight bubblegum. The bubblegum comes out the warmer the beer gets. Clove is in there on the back end of the smell.

T - Extremely nice. A ton of banana and bubblegum in the flavor, but with a good amount of mint in the middle of the taste. No alcohol on the back end despite its elevated ABV.

M - A really nice bubbly effervecense that coats the entire tongue. Not nearly as heavy as the ABV, drinks like a 5% hefe.

O - After the pour and smell, I really had my doubts. But this is a really, really good Hefe. It's not Weihenstephan, but what actually is? Really wish this was available consistently to me. It really is crazy how the smell gets worse and worse (not bad, just keeps getting worse off), while the taste is just fantastic. So weird.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a stella chalice

a-poured straight down the glass and so much huge thick foam I could only fit about 3/4 of the bottle. tight bubbles let the head sit thickly on top of the beer for several minutes before i could finish pouring the bottle. color is a hazy straw yellow/orange - right on for the style

s- huge clove and banana immediately on the nose. bubblegum is there as well with a little yeast spice. quite a strong nose for a hefeweissen and i really like it.

t- follows the nose pretty well. banana and clove as well as some yeast and wheat. finishes with a little bit of citrus, then more banana/bubble gum flavor. very nice complexity

m- fairly high carbonation, but typical for the style. actually has a bit of creaminess. just slightly heavy and thick for the style, but i like that about it. ABV is not noticable at all and I find it highly drinkable

this is one of the best hefeweissens I have had in a very long time. i would love to try this next to their newer laughing fox kristalweisse. In typical fashion, New Glarus takes a german style, brings it to the states and knocks it out of the park. A really, really good beer.

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

very nice. pours like a heffe. golden straw. hazy. big fluffy white head.

lots of classic bannana & clove. perfectly mixed.

wheat, yeast good.

effervescent. excellent.

not sure if this is really 7.2%. tastes and feels like a normal hefeweizen. .

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Photo of vishneda
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Dancing Man Wheat opens up with a three finger soft pillow head on the pour. The beer is a nice golden color with a lot of haze inside. As it is consumed there is some lacing present. A very nice looking wheat beer.

The aroma is ripe with clove and toasted banana throughout. There is a bread-like quality here that is classic among the best German varieties as well. The citrus did not seem to be as strong as it is in other Hefes but it was noticeable.

Dancing Man has a bold and exciting flavor. As with the aroma, the clove and toasted banana elements are strong but not overpowering. With them comes a mild sweetness that brings out some complexity. The finish is slightly bitter and adds good balance to the experience. In my opinion, this beer toys with some of the elements of a good Dunkel while clearly remaining a Hefe in character.

Wheats are meant to be heartily imbibed, and this one does not break that mold. The body is maybe a little heavier than most but still easy on the stomach. I thought the air was very well balanced -- not strong at all in my opinion. High ABV lends toward more thorough appreciation of everything this beer has to offer.

This is one of the few American beers to be a very good take on the classic German Hefe. Unfortunate to most drinkers, the Wisconsin-only distribution adds a bit of mystique around this brew. If you can get your hands on this, however, it's worth the wait.

(From tasting notes dated 10 Jul 2009)

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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 chicano4craft
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Glarus Weizen glass. Huge fluffy white head. Cloudy golden yellow. Absolutely gorgeous!

Nose is amazing. Hugh banana. Tons of spice. Very inviting.

Lovely earthy banana and some clove is the taste. The wheat coats my tongue and leaves a subtle sweet aftertaste. Spiceness lingers.

I love the mouthfeel. Creamy with a dryness at the sametime. Carbonation is just right.

My favorite hefeweizen and maybe my favorite beer from New Glarus. Alcohol is very well hidden..until you finish your third one. This one has me jealous of Wisconsin. I will be back to Madison soon. And this time I'm coming back with more than a twelve pack.

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

Picked up a bottle in a mixer 6er at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, WI. Cant say enough about the Brat Stop, and I certainly cant say enough about NG Brewing!

Appearance- We've got a gusher!! Wow! Super effervescent brew gushes moderately from just opened bottle and pours a pretty hazy straw color with a kiss of light orange highlights. Loads of tiny bubbles string from the bottom of the glass and push up a tight, creamy, eggshell white head that towers and lingers with light clingy lace.

Aroma- Thick yeasty aromas of clove, bananna, soft cinnamon and citrus peel. Delightfully refreshing aroma. Some creamy wheat aromas hidden amongst the dominant yeasty characters.

Flavor- Sweet, creamy wheat and yeasty spice/fruitiness emerge from a blanket of fine CO2 bubbles. Fruitiness (bananna and citrus peel) and yeast ride into the middle and fade into a very light wheat bread maltiness. Candy-like finish with a touch of herbal hops gives hints of stronger than normal alcohol for a hefeweizen beer. All flavors meld into a nice, light and refreshing, but complex finish. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel- Very high CO2, light-medium bodied, wonderfully complex yet very drinkable. Nice finish that lingers just long enough to bring you back for more. Low residual sugars.

Overall- Very high drinkability on this one, but be careful because its a beast! This is as good if not better than most hefeweizen beers I have had in recent memory. Spot on for the style, very sessionable, very potent. What a killer combination!

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Photo of bristol2120
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours with a significant head that quickly settles down to a thin white layer of foam. Specks of yeast are visible in the foam. Beer is a nicely cloudy dark golden. Great aroma with classic bubblegum and banana notes strongly present. Great malty, wheaty character in the taste. I sense just a hint of smokiness in the background. As usual with New Glarus products, the mouthfeel is excellent, with a smooth, full, and well rounded character along with just the right amount of carbonation. This is an extremely drinkable beer, and one of the premier examples of the style.

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

A: Slightly hazy, gold; thick, fluffy head that gradually drops, leaving sparse lacing; continually rising effervescence.

S: Pleasant, pervasive banana with moderate cloves.

T: Clean and fresh, moderately strong banana, slight vanilla taste. Alcohol is low profile.

M: Light bodied, creamy, with brisk carbonation.

O: Light, brisk, tasty and refreshing. Very pleasant and quaffable. The 7.2% ABV is higher than normal, though it is not pronounced at all. According to freshbeeronly.com, the numbers printed on the bottle's shoulder, 0911, indicate a date of April 1st, 2011 (91st day of 2011) and a 07:56am time. New Glarus lists this seasonal hefeweizen for release from May through August. A very refreshing and flavorful brew.

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Photo of imagineiii
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into my weihenstephaner half liter glass. very ample fluffy head. hazy pale orange.

smells very much like a german hefe. bananas, cloves and lemon. not alcoholic hot, but alcoholic sweet.

taste is spicy and fruity. pepper and cloves hide alcohol well. some pineapple joins the usually banana. alcohol is tangy, can be overwhelming...

mouthfeel is creamy and full. very well done.

drinkability is below average for the style, but thats not taking into consideration the higher alcohol.

very pleasantly surprised by this beer. i expected an american wheat, and i didnt realize how close to the german style it would be. new glarus continues to impress me...

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Photo of Kbogac
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat beer glass. Nice thick white head. Cloudy dark yellow color. The scent is mostly banana and clove. I don't get much else. Taste is also primarily banana with heavy clove & cinnamon. The clove is almost overpowering. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall I'm a little disappointed which is rare for New Glarus beers. It's an OK hefewizen but not well balanced.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. Received in trade from alcstradamus. Thanks Adam! Served in a Weizen glass.

A: Massive, four finger of creamy white head that fades slowly. Pours a hazy orange yellow. Crazy active carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Wheat esters. Orange peel, banana and other faint spices like clove. Almost somewhat Belgian like? A small amount of light hops.

T: The wheat, spices and yeast all come together perfectly. Very rich flavors for a Hefe. Great orange, lemon and light fruity notes. Banana flavor is there, but not overpowering. I also tasted some toffee and bready malts. Some faint hops on the finish, but their very subdued.

M: Light bodied. Very smooth. Carbonation is near perfect.

D: Where did my glass go? I was just full! Insanely drinkable. The higher than normal 7.2% ABV doesn't even come into play. Incredibly light, flavorful and refreshing.

Another amazing offering from NG. This is one of, if not the best American Hefewizen's that you can buy. I'm not the biggest Hefe fan, but I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Millah for this... great extra!

Poured into bruery tulip

Color: A hazy bright gold color. No light shines through this guy. Nice two finger head that mellows to a one finger frothy white head. Lacing is evident in the glass.

Nose: Sublime! Cloves, banana peel, mellow vanilla, and some wheat comes though.

Palate: medium bodied wheat beer. Drinkability is excellent and the carbonation a bit on the heavy side, but doesn't hurt the enjoyment of this beer. Waves of banana and clove coat the tongue and then are washed away by the crisp body of this beer, Vanilla remains on the palate. For a wheat beer the abv is quite high, but really well masked in this beer,.

Finish: A bit dry and thick, but very full of flavor and quite complex for a wheat beer. Def a good summer beer and a must have if you like hefe's

Rating: 93/100

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliant hazy gold. I can't see my hand through the glass. Thick, dense, creamy head with exceptional lacing and retention. I don't think I've ever given a 5 on appearance before... but I can't find anything to knock this one for.

S - Sweet apples, cloves, bananas, dried grains. A bit spicy.

T - Hops come through a lot more than in the nose. Clove/banana flavors are paradoxically aggressive yet subtle, if that makes any sense (it doesn't). A bit nutty on the finish. There is a delightful hint of sweetness that is difficult to describe. Bananas linger on the back of the tongue long after the finish.

M - Sooo creamy! extremely smooth. New Glarus seems to always have perfect carbonation, and the dancing man is no exception.

O - I was expecting a solid B/B+ when I bought this beer, but it really surprised me. Excellent brew.

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

Yet another great extra from Corbet - thanks again! Poured cold and hazy into a Portsmouth tulip. It's a dark straw yellow-orange with a good amount of haze and a beautiful thick head.

The smell is of bubblegum and wheat, the taste is a great balance of sweet and just the right hint of citrus bitter - orange and lemon. The mouthfeel is spot-on as clean with just a bit of residual tartness. There are plenty of wheat ales out there, but this is the standard to hit. Love it!

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Photo of twbrewer
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thick foamy white 1" head that slowly faded to a thin layer in the middle,thick along the edge glass.

S- First smell is light sweet orange zest.Second smell is bubblegum and banana with a nice clove background.

T-Citrus taste is slightly bitter upfront but leaves a tart/yeast taste similar to other Hefe/Wheat brews.Nice dry wheat finish.

M- Light to medium bodied very crisp mouthfeel.Almost too much carbonation.

D-It is a very drinkable beer and at 7.2% it is appropriately named!

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Photo of RJUGA03
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Extremely cloudy grain colored body with an unremarkable, but attractive head holding slight lacing. ( I had to fight the grains out of the bottle.)

S-Citrusy sour and malty.

T-Hearty up front with notes of clove detected flowing into a sweet and increasingly tart finish. This one leaves you with that tart sensation quite a while after the sip has made it's decent.

M-Carbonated tingling and refreshing at first then a malty syruplike sensation.

D- This is a very drinkable beer, but the quality put into this beer leads me to enjoy it as if I paid way too much for it. Keep up the good work Dan & Deb. I live in Chicagoland and am contemplating moving to WI so I wouldn't be without NG for any period of time.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very cloudy yellow color with medium carbonation with a great head retention and lacing.

S - Great smell overall. Banana and cloves shine through in the foreground with some wheat malts coming through the back.

T - The taste matches the smell, with banana, cloves, and wheat dominating. Easily one of my favorite hefes. It is refreshing and fairly light tasting for having 7.2% ABV. Great flavor throughout the taste and just an amazing beer overall. I love the balance and none of the notes are overpowering.

M - Well-carbonated and easy to drink.

O - Truly an outstanding beer. Just a great classic taste with the flavor profile that is light and balanced and very full flavored. The ABV is totally masked as this beer is highly drinkable and very outstanding. Probably my favorite American version of a hefe. I would expect nothing else from New Glarus.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange color. Looks like any good hefe, hazy as all hell. Off white fluffy head.

S: Big banana and clove scent with cinnamon in the background. Lemon, too.

T: Big, bold flavors of wheaty goodness. Banana, clove, even cinnamon. The more you drink the more you start tasting the lemon, which sticks to the roof of your mouth. If you let it warm up, just the slightest hint of alcohol starts coming through, but its a drying effect; there is no heat or harshness whatsoever.

M: It feels heavy in the mouth, not watery at all. Carbonation is perfect, not too high. It lets the flavors really come through. Dangerously smooth.

Dan has made an absolutely world class brew here. I count down the days when this is to be released. At an alcohol content of 7.2%, this beer is one of the most dangerous brews out there IMO. If you finish a six pack of this (which is just oh so easy to do), you may be in trouble!

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
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