Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
469
Ratings:
1,370
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
486
Gots:
160
For Trade:
6
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Reviews: 469 | Ratings: 1,370
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a thick three finger head which quickly turns to a thin layer that sticks around through the whole glass.

Smell: Better than average Hefe smell. Good bannannas, bit of pineapple, and some spicy clove aromas.

Taste: Again, better than most Hefe's I've tried. Big taste of sweet bannanas to start, which gives way to a nice wheat and spicy clove taste that finishes the sip. Fruity and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: For the third time, above average for the style. Good foamy thickness that coats the mouth just the right way. Not too thick but just right.

Drinkability: Very good beer, but as with most very good beers, I would only have maybe two in an evening. Definitely a recommended beer, and more so for fans of the Hefe style. Good job New Glarus.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Second helping of this beer: not as unbelievable as I recall. Ah, memory. Still good, but not as wonderful as I thought it once was.

Appearance is brighter and clearer than I recorded, only partially hazy.
Banana ester strongest in aftertaste, less pronounced upfront than remembered.

First attempt:
Bottle brought from Wisconsin by my friend Aaryn, of whom much thanks go to.

Pours a rather explosive head; you will need to pour slowly and take breaks in order to fit this into an entire glass. Head is off-white and very fluffy, not overly dense. Recedes over several minutes, but never fades away completely. Leaves dainty lacing on side of glass. Beer is deep golden-yellow color, opaque, but with some carbonation visible along sides and top.

Scent features strong wheat malt, phenolic/clove, residual yeast, and ester/banana components. There is nothing second-rate about this scent, every component is very much discernible and interacts well with each other.

Taste follows along similar lines as scent, opening with banana and wheat malt, then adding in phenolics and yeast, and finally adding in a bit of vanilla, bubblegum and hop presence. Again, I've never had a hefeweizen with such pronounced characteristics, each one proudly proclaiming itself.

The beer is medium-bodied, with slightly higher than average levels of carbonation, but it doesn't hurt this beer's flavor or enjoyment. Finish is slightly dry. The ethanol content is well-hidden in all departments except on the consumer's body.

This was an exceptional hefeweizen in every regard. The only drawback is it's ethanol content, which prevents this from being as drinkable as I would like it to be.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a beautiful creamy two finger head that doesn't let up much.

Smell is centered around clove although lemons and a hint of banana follow.

Lemon is the first thing I notice in the palate and is prevalent throughout. A little bit of bubblegum and pepper make their way in and it finishes heavily spicy from clove.

Mouthfeel is spot on. A bit creamy and the higher than normal ABV for a Hefe helps.

Very good beer, but pales in comparison to the Live Oak I had last week. I prefer less clove in my Hefes and this one is centered around clove. That said, it's not way out of balance and the lemon flavors do a pretty good job of balancing out the spice. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of biggred1
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Heliosphann for the free hookup once again!

Cloudy, turbid brass with blonde highlights when backlit and a creamy ivory head that leaves pretty lace on the glass. Wow, the nose is pure banana and clove with a touch of maple syrup. This is the best Hefe aroma ever from an American version of the style I've encountered. Juicy banana, lemon and circus peanut candy with a nice dash of "Belgian" spice flavors. Medium light heft with a bright, scrubbing carbonation. Dancing Man is a hell of an American Hefe.

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Photo of rawfish
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully cloudy with a huge foamy three finger stark white head. Decent retention and clumpy lacing left of the glass.

The amount of banana and red fruit phenols is nearly overwhelming, there is a backing of clove, baby powder and even a touch of smoke. Malt is lost to the giant wave of Hefe character.

Solid foundation of wheat and malt leads to a tight platform for the spicy clove and impression of cinnamon. Yeast is not overly phenolic in the flavor. A touch of mineral character rears its head in the finish.

Tight malt profile leads to a drinkable beer that isn't as heavy as it looks. Well hidden alcohol and good carbonation. I kept needing to catch myself from finishing this too fast.

Nearly flawless, a tremendous example of an American born Hefeweizen. Big ups to Maximum12 for the opportunity to try this one.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" beige head above the cloudy golden amber brew. Ample frothy lace, and aroma is the expected sweet wheat coupled with clove and banana. Taste follows the nose, just what you expect from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Wouldn't mind revisiting this one.

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

Thanks Seeswo for bringing a bottle of this down for me.

Pours a hazy yellow orange. Very pretty. A bunch of white head. Smells wheaty with lots of banana on the nose. A really solid yeasty presence on the nose as well. The taste profile is a bit banana-centric as well but that's the joy of the hefe. Great wheat and yeast on the tongue. I like Live Oak better but this is certainly a solid brew. Thick and heavy but well carbonated. Overall very good drinker

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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 jokemon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour into glass from bottle.

Huge white head very pretty ! dark orange in color slightly cloudy.

Smell is a very clean and crisp wheat orange.

Taste is STRONG orangy citrus wheat flavor, very nice!

overall this is a great beer, very good for the wheat category I love the flavor.

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Photo of Jwestbrook
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good body smooth, creamy, great head, no strong banana taste but something of a flower aromatic not nearly like a Hoppy beer more like a sour without the sour. I liked it.

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

Goblet.

A: Pours a light golden, perfect clarity, with three fingers of fizzy white head. Very good retention.

S: Sizeable dose of pepper and spice on the front of the nose, malt, and just a touch of citrus.

T: Lemony and orange and the requisite spicyness. It's got a little corn sweetness that somehow reminds me of Spotted Cow (?).

M: Nice crispness to balance kind of a creamy mouthfeel, medium-light body and medium carbonation.

O: Superb wheat beer. Very quaffable, one of my least favorite wine descriptors, and refreshing for unusually hot days like these.

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

Pours peach in colr, nice and hazy, a large yellowy white and creamy head very slowly recedes. Nice soft wheat aroma with a little crispness in the aroma. Soft sugary sweet banana and spice. Taste follows with a soft sweetness mixing with spice before a slight crispness mixes with the wheat in the finish. Hint of lemon in the finish as well. Body is extremely soft and creamy, lactic and milk like before a slight subtle zing hits the palette, but staying in the background to the creaminess. Alcohol seems towards the high end for the style but is unnoticeable, very well balanced for its strength. Outstanding beer, one of the best I've had from new glarus.

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

Golden hued and hazy, rush of carbonation, huge cloud-like white head, pockmarked and pillowy. Looks nice.

Aroma: there's the clove, there's the banana, light, fresh, and lovely...it's all there.

Great texture grips the palate, then a rush a fruit, bright orange, tangy citrus, a spark of spice. Drink again, ah, refreshment, banana and orange, spritz of carbonation. Delicious. Easy-drinking. Thirst-quenching. Tantalizing.
Loving it.

Dance on, dancing man, dance on!

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Photo of TWStandley
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on NYE...bottle to pint glass.

Poured a nice hazy light orange/gold color with a 3 finger billowing white head.

Smell was quite potent - in a good way. Hugh banana, wheat, orange and yeasty notes. Some spices as well. Coriander?

Flavor is quite delicious. Not my favorite style by a long shot, but I could defientely drink many of these. Definite banana and fruit notes, some wheat spices and lemon. Tasty.

Mouthfeel was rich but refreshing.

Overall, solid beer. This style is by far my least favorite, but this beer is so well done that I had to give it solid ratings. Nice!

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Photo of Bubba83
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a really hazy light copper color, with a good bit of bubbles rising up. Bright white head tops things off, about two fingers width. Very good retention, with pretty good lacing for the style.

Lots to pick up in the smell, anything from banana to bubble gum, apricot, hints of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper. Light bready malts interweave nicely.

Taste is more of the same, a good deal of apricot, peach and banana fruityness. A good deal more clove on the palate than the nose, and some residual strawberry on the swallow which may point to a little bit of flavor contribution from the alcohol.

I like the feel, less spritzy than I would have imagined, nice and soft, almost creamy at first, then feels a little more lively and has quite a nice medium body. Finishes fairly dry.

Drinks relatively well for its strength. I didn't actually realize it was over 7% until I started reviewing it on here and noticed the strength. It's quite a contemplative beer for the style, which is a good thing, but it's not something I would consider thirst quenching. Overall I really enjoyed this, thanks for sending it out this way Kegatron.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with some head and a little retention. Nose of yeast, cloves, banana esters, and fruit. Taste follows the nose with a little bubble gum tossed in.

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

Poured a nice hazy gold color. I rolled it on the counter before opening to get the sediment in the pour. I like sediment

Nose is bananas and spice, some malt.

Mouthfeel is creamy, nice carbonation. Good weight, rich but not too heavy.

Taste is Bavarian Weizen on steroids! Big banana, balanced by some floral hops and subtle but apparent clove/coriander notes. Absolutely delicious from the first cold sip to the 50 degree sip. While not necessarily a pounder, it's very, very easy drinking.

Delightful!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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 jwc215
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours hazed golden yellow with a big head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of banana/clove with a hint of sour lemons and spicy cinnamon.

The taste is of sweetened bananas, lemon tang with light clove and cinnamon to give it a spicy balance in the finish.

It is creamy smooth and refreshing.

Enough banana/clove to let you know this is a Hefe! A great example of the style!

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

A - Light honey, 2 inch white head hangs out for awhile. Very sudsy lace.

S - Banana clove and pepper dominate the smell.

T - Smells transfer to taste, surrounded by pretty evident sweet malt. Spicy finish.

M - Medium body that feels thicker than it is. Very coating, good carb.

D - Pretty nice, easy to drink.

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

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a deep golden color, perfectly cloudy, with a two inch off-white head which forms a nice mesa on top. Retention is good throughout and it leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is quite heavy on the banana esters, some apple and bubble gum, surrounded by a bready wheat base, light on the clove spice, but it's a nice addition.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. Big on banana esters, bready wheat backdrop, bit of bubble gum and apple, but there is much more clovey spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, made a bit lighter by higher carbonation.

Pretty enjoyable beer. The taste wasn't quite up to the aroma, but it was worth trying.

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

Appearance: Hazy gold, huge head.

Smell: Bananas with a touch of clove.

Taste: Cloves come first in the taste, some spiciness. Sweet bananas in the middle and a little citrus at the end.

Drinkability: A little strong to have more than a couple but tasty.

Another great wheat beer from New Glarus. Looks great, tastes great, reasonably priced. Just about everything you could want except wide distribution.

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