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

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Reviews:
465
Ratings:
1,350
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a pillowing 3 inch egg-white head that slowly dissolves into a nice layer atop the glass. Aroma is strong banana and clove with some touches of lemon. The flavor is spicy with banana and clove and some mild hop flavor that comes across as spicy also has some alcohol warmth. Its a medium bodied beer that is crispy but somehow has a certain creaminess to it. Lots of banana and clove deliciousness in this one and I'm loving it. Overall, this is a delicious high octane hefeweizen that you should probably be drinking right now.

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Photo of KBomb
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A large, pillowy head of frothy foam stands three fingers tall over a rich golden body (ever so slightly murky). Aromas of lemon zest and tangerine peel fill and tantalize the nose, a foundation of bread dough lies underneath, accented with a little banana and clove. Crisp citrusy flavors lead the way followed by sourdough bread and chased with a little bit of spice and more citrus. Lots of robust taste, yet high carbonation helps leave a notable clean finish. This is a beer of much substance, nearly a chewy mouthfeel. Yet though it clocks in at over 7% ABV, "Dancing Man" is nicely drinkable. New Glarus adds another legend to its line-up, a memorable and cravable Hefe.

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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 Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange color with a long lasting 3" fluffy head. Moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: wheat and spices are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big wheat flavor with banana, strong clove and a decent bitterness. Some lemon citrus arrives late. There is an overall breadiness here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother late. The aftertaste is short-lived.

Drinkability: if you are looking for a great hefe, this one will do. Easy to quaff, big flavors, and super refreshing. Great beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange body with strands of tiny carbonation gliding up to a creamy white head that last a good while.
S- The sweet club soda aroma turns to warm cloves and a fresh wheat dough with just a hint of Dijon mustard and a finish of circus peanuts finish.
T- The notes of clove and white bread crust has a nice spice warmth to the cloves. There is a natural bubble gum flavor then a finish of green hops and spice that blend well together.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft full fizz that enhances the flavor.
D- This beer has some great yeast characteristics that I have not tasted outside of German breweries. The flavor is very drinkable but full and rich while none of the spice/yeast notes overpower other flavors.

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Photo of scootny
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A superb brew here. A hazy gold with a decent head that leaves a little bit on the glass here and there. Goodly amount of carbonation.

A deep rich banana nose with plenty of clove and spicy peppery bits. A touch of bubble gum. Sweet and twangin' wheat malt lays a bed of goodness.

Taste is just great, much like the nose. A firm wheat malt backbone serves up big banana and clove. Green apples, white grapes, and light sourdough. A touch of warm alcohol toward the finish. Feel is light and sweet with a refreshing carbonation.

Highly drinkable with the alcohol not slowing you down at all...till it hits. I really like this one. One of the best American Hefes you can find in a bottle anywhere. Thanks to Pudge43 for the three you sent. The only problem now is I need more.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Billowing white head more than 5 fingers, a hazy straw gold that is perfect for the style.

Dry spices compliment the expected banana notes.

Flavor is fresh and complex with cinnamon, light pepper, banana and an all around long finish.

Heavy and full, fantastic drinker, a favorite for the style, keep the germans except the one from that oldest brewery, this is the bomb.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One good thing about living in the Chicago land area is that it's not too far of a drive to New Glarus, Wisconsin so you can stock up on their many excellent craft beers. I feel "Dancing Man" is one of their finest.

A: Golden and slightly hazy on the pour. Nice creamy head with lacing that remains almost all the way to the bottom of the glass. A most inviting first impression.

S: The aroma for this beer when poured is interesting. Citrus, cloves, a little banana, but also some spiciness like a hint of pepper.

T: Simply outstanding. All the flavors I love of a Heffe, blended with the complexity of a Belgium Blonde. It really delivers a palate pleasing experience. Slight tart finish. Alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are well balanced with none overwhelming the experience.

M: Smooth and clean. The slight tartness at the end leave a clean feel to the palate.

D: I know the alcohol content in up there for this style, but I can easily drink a number of there beauties. The beer is so refreshing it is hard to believe it's potent. Hands down one of my favorite beers.

If you like wheat beers and enjoy Belgium Blondes, this is the perfect marriage. This beer is a "seasonal" brew, available from (I believe) May through July.

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

Appearance: Lovely hazy yellow. Froth galore, excellent lacing as well.

Smell: Deliciously wheaty, with mild spicing.

Taste: Yeasty. Complex, yet balanced. Less banana flavor here than some hefeweizens. Less spicy as well, but a solid flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, even for the style. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Oh so drinkable and refreshing. They've got to be kidding with the 7.2% ABV.

Notes: This is definitely my favorite American hefeweizen, and probably my favorite hefe overall. It borrows the best elements of the various great German hefes and combines them in a subtle and effective manner. Itcomes out as the ideal traditional Bavarian hefeweizen, and it's American-made! Awesome! I'm sad to see I'm down to my last couple bottles until next season.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 BedetheVenerable
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with really nice label with some info about the beer; no freshness date to be seen

Appearance: Medium-hazy dark gold/burnt orange beer capped with a beautiful, dense white cap which fades to a thick, quite persistent film. Tiny-bubbled carbonation rises steadily.

Smell: Wonderful banana bread and spice greet the nose immediately; as this warms slightly, tarter, yeasty and slightly funky notes emerge as well. This is dead on for the style and smells absolutely delicious.

Taste: Fulfills my expectations from the aromas, and that was not easy to do. Tart banana, snappy wheat, mild sweet baking spice, crisp, tart finish. And all bright and vibrant to the max. This is pretty friggin close to being the perfect hefeweizen. By far the best American version I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing, with just a bit of substance.

Drinkability: Massive; both the wife and I agreed that the 7.2% abv is absolutely undetectable in this. You could go through a six pack and suddenly wonder why you can't stand up straight.

Conclusion: Damn. Good. Hefeweizen. Period.

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

I got this brew from eallured, Thanks Ethan!

12oz bottled served in a weizen glass.

Murky gold/orange color with a fluffy white head that left a few bits of lacing.
Great hefeweizen aroma, malted wheat, banana, yeast and spices.
Everything in the smell is in the taste, very nice American wheat beer done exceptionally well.
Medium bodied with a refreshing feel.
Easy to drink, you would never guess it's over 7% abv.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a medium gold with a hint of honey with a a finger head high that fades quickly. The lacing is light but small drops do cling to the glass for a while.

The aroma is light and just everything that you would expect to get from a hefe.

The taste is nice, but light. Its lots of wheatness with a little sweetness to it, that separates and differentiates from most hefes. Its got a nice mouthfeel that is heavy and lasting and its a very drinkable beer.

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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 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 mjl21
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. 12 ounce bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. No abv info or bottling info is given. Has a code of 0999 15:13 on the bottle.

A-Pours a hazy straw yellow that becomes clearer as the yeast settles. It has a one finger off white head. It has lots of bubbles that constantly sputter in the middle of the beer. The head does not last too long. There is really no lacing.

S-Smells of banana and clove. The wheat is only noticeable if you stick your nose extremely close to the glass.

T-The clove is upfront. It has a nice sweet fruit flavor that starts out tasting like apples and eventually transforms into lemon and orange flavors. It has some noticeable spice midsip. The wheat is more pronounced as it goes down and in the aftertaste.

M-The body falls on the lower end of the medium spectrum. It has a nice spritzy level of carbonation.

D-An extremely tasty warm weather beer.

Like the other NG beers I have tried, this one is extremely well made. It is very refreshing and I would gladly have more of this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus (banana), yeast, wheat, slight sweet malt, and hops. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, citrus (banana), yeast, wheat, hops, and slight spice. Overall a dominated by citrus, strong body, and too carbonated.

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Photo of waltonc
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dug for throwing this in as an extra in our recent trade. Everything I have by New Glarus is great and this is no exception. Pours hazy gold with an inch of white head. Smells and tastes of banana peel, cloves, and really really strong bubblegum. The most bubblegum I've ever found in a beer. Body is great - light to medium with lots of refreshing carbonation. A highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour with yeast rousal yields 3 fingers off-white pillowy head with super head retention. Hazy straw-gold liquid.
S: Strong clove and banana, Mmm! Smells very authentic. It says cinnamon can be smelled. Now I smell it - ah, the power of suggestion.
T: Mild and well balanced hefeweizen. Stands up to imports I'd say. A little less complex than Schneider, but equal to or better than Franziskaner. Great wheat flavor sits in between citrus and banana flavors.
M: Creamy, smooth, hearty
D: Superb! Refreshing, delicious, sessionable. I want more.

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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 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 minnunderground
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this 4 weeks ago, putting down what my notes are

Heard only good things bout' this hefe so I gave er' a go.

A- Nice hazy yellow-gold color with white head

S- smells great I give this beer that! Gum clove lemon!

T- Found this beer very tasty buttt the taste at the end/aftertaste was kind of crazy intense to me like a reallly wheaty clove taste.

M- seemed light not too shabby don't seem like a 7.2%

D- It's drinkable but really I only want one of these at a crack the end notes are bit too much for my palate

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Photo of gmfessen
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sampler 12 pack while in WI recently, this is the first out of the case... poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, beer is a cloudy yellow color with a nice white creamy cap that crackles like rice krispies. Nice big gobs of lacing form on the glass. The smell is definitely that of a hefe; spicy phenols reminiscent of banana and clove with a hint of acidic citrus tartness. The smooth banana yeast characteristic is even more apparent in the taste followed by a wheaty body and clove/spice finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy, like a meal in a glass. Drinking this, I would never guess this beer has 7.2% - very well masked and excellently done. I would go as far to say that this beer is just as good as any Bavarian Hefeweizen that you might find.

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

Hazy orange-tinted golden.

Smells delicious! Clove, banana, and bubblegum come through strongly.

Big time clove and bubblegum in the taste, along with the slightest hint of a spice, reminiscent of something by Unibroue.

A little bit thinner than I'd like, and I could sense this is higher ABV than a typical hefe, but it isn't drastically obvious.

This doesn't beat out some of the phenomenal German ones, but it's definitely a nice beer I'd gladly have again.

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