Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
1,383 Ratings
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
Ratings:
1,383
Reviews:
471
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
485
Gots:
162
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,383 |  Reviews: 471
Photo of Mistofminn
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another treat in my Hudson trip. Very affordable. Was priced at something like $2.09 a bottle at Casanova's.

Poured into my Surly tulip (the Weizen glasses where all dirty). This one is a hazy orange-gold with a nice creamy off white head. The look is great so far. Lively carbonation and great retention and lacing from the head.

The nose is great! Lots of clove and coriander, and bananas! The perfect balance between the true German Hefeweizen and the american "Hopweizen" (thats what I call them at least). There is a little bit of hops in there, but not enough to turn you off at all.

Wow. One word? Spectacular. This one will give Weihenstephaner a run for it's money any day of the week. This is near perfection. It's much closer to a 5 than a 4.5. I get clove and coriander and lots and lots of Bananas. Maybe the most Banana tasting Hefeweizen I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Just great. But for god sakes, where is the 7+% ABV?!?!?!?

Mouthfeel is amazing as well. Creamy and smooth, and no sign of the alcohol. Drinkability is perfect, but possibly dangerously so. There is no sign of the 7.2% ABV and this one will knock you on your ass if you take it too far.

Great brew. Just great. Climbed to the top of my domestic beer list for sure. Probably my second favorite Hefeweizen in the world, next to Weihenstephaner of course. Stands up with the best in the world and doesn't blink. Kudos New Glarus!

 1,423 characters

Photo of wkcyr4
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 OZ. Bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Pours golden and hazy with a nice thick white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S: Bananas, cloves and wheat, a great trifecta of aromas. Bananas less subtle than the clove but tied in nicely with the wheat.

T: Crisp and clean. Clove flavor really comes to the front more than any thing else, IMO. Bananas and cinnamon meld together to round out a very balanced beer. Simple yet complex in that it makes my mouth believe it is tasting more than there is in there.

M: Light and bubbly. Slightly sticky retention on my lips and tongue leeaves a nice residual effect for the next sip to wash over.

D: I could drink this beer easily everyday, if only I could get my hands on more. I would make it point to stock up on this and maybe make it my go to beer, alas not available in our great state of Illinois without a road trip!!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer from a great brewing co. Hefeweizen made the way it should be, simple and very drinkable yet interesting enough to keep you coming back for more. Highly reccommended.

 1,095 characters

Photo of aprabhu
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ng1013
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of glenviewjeff
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best wheat I've ever tasted, and I've tasted many. Notes of cinnamon/clove, and banana/apple next. My wife thinks it tastes "hoppy," though I don't get it. There is no reason whatsoever to ruin this beer with a lemon. It stands well on its own and its flavor is strong.

It's very cloudy even for an unfiltered wheat beer. It's a shame that we have such lame beer laws in our country that you can't buy it outside of Wisconsin. I'm lucky enough to live about 35 minutes' drive from the Wisconsin border, and it's well worth the trip.

 546 characters

Photo of alexgash
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With an eagerly anticipated pour and a quick swirl of the bottle, the Dancing Man shows a pulpy, hazy, thick-looking, golden peach body with a thicker, marshmallowy, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose is big and full of banana esters, real bubble gum, cloves, yeast, and banana cream pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Amazingly good smelling hefe.

Toasted wheat bread greets the tongue. Fruity, banana-y esters come on strong with hints of clove. Banana cream pie sweetness and tropical fruits round out the palate. Herbal hop bitterness hums in the background providing some check for the sweetness. Yeasty, banana bread batter and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Full-bodied, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. An utterly fantastic strongish hefeweizen that goes down way too easy. Another New Glarus winner!

 822 characters

Photo of cokes
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy pumpkin-hued liquid rests beneath a modest ashy white froth.
The nose is bombastic, full of bruised bananas, lemon, clove, and cinnamon, all in High Definition. Maybe it is not the most dynamic smelling, but it is one of the most precise. And fucking loud for a hefe.
Perfection for the style, and that will be a recurring theme.
Begins with that familiar wheaty sense of grain, that when done in substance and girth, always suggests oatmeal to me. Banana and lemons and vanilla pods stampede in, and only recede with the subsequent forceful explosions of clove and ginger and cinnamon. Peppery too, but more as a tag-along, as all the other flavors demand more attention, and vie for control.
Washes out similarly, with the banana and lemony fruity cadre swashbuckling for superiority against the spicy contingent.
Medium bodied, and pushing thicker with a suggestion of whipped cream. All this is ushered down the throat with a strident bead that ensures it purpose as a summer refresher.

Flavorwise, this is a hefe-weizen concentrate. Nothing new. Nothing unusual. Just bolder and better than probably any version I've ever had.

It doesn't change the game, it just etches it's name in the history books.

This is the fucking real thing, even if you don't think hefes can impress.

 1,309 characters

Photo of Hendrick24
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hesscabob
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of badbeer
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a slightly orange hue. Head is soft and pillowy white. Aroma is strong with clove, banana, and hints of cinnamin and ginger. Clove burst onto the tongue with some spice mixed in. Banana brilliantly comes into play in the middle, leaving you with a spicy banana bread finish. Full bodied and highly carbonated; a little less body would be perfect, but this is so close. I've been drinking tons of this since it was released, and will continue drinking it until it's all gone. I hope they continue making this one; it is a masterpiece. Another amazing beer from an amazing brewer. Do not change the recipe!

 637 characters

Photo of burns1066
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So floral, so delicious. Hazy, golden, beautiful... this is a phenomenal hefe. This is the perfect summer brew. New Glarus just doesn't seem to miss. I only wish I lived closer to their beautiful brewery! The smell becomes ever more floral as the beer warms. Absolutely world class... easily on par with its German equivalents.

 327 characters

Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12z bottle

L: Beautiful golden orange with 3 fingers white frothy head. Good lacing all the way down.

S: Smell is fantastic. Bananas dominate the nose, sweet fruits coming through.

T: This is a delicious wheat. Again, getting banana, candied fruits.

F: Nicely carbonated, creaming. Very nice.

O: Hefeweizens were the beers that got me into craft beer, however I have since fallen off drinking them. However, this is a fantastic American made example of a German hefeweizen. If you put this up against some of the best German hefeweizen's, I don't think you would find it too far off. Overall, I was really blown away by this beer. Excellent!

 678 characters

Photo of bamadog
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to MPLS for including this in a trade - absolutely amazing! Review is from notes taken on 2/1/10 and poured from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful lemony yellow mixed with a light coppery orange color and starts with a huge 3 finger billowy white head that eventually fades to a thin, but full, skim on the surface; body is very cloudy and shows strong carbonation; wet and oily lacing that is spotty slides back into the drink.

Smell: Quite a bit going on here -- nice smooth yeasty scents (almost reminiscent of some Pale Belgians Ales); slight banana and clove scents; a nice bready/wheaty presence in the back of the nose with a bit of light graininess.

Taste: Flat out amazing -- Nice smooth and creamy banana flavors combine with the spicey cloves; light presence of a bready wheatiness and toasty grains; slight sweet malt presence as well. Flavors are so well blended and put together, I really with I had about a case of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation that stops just shy of being sharp and it keeps the mouth bubbly and those flavors bouncing around the mouth; body is a little slick and there is even a mild coating left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: All day long - beautiful to the eyes, nose and mouth. I definitely understand why this beer ranks as high as it does. It's earned it.

 1,354 characters

Photo of Arbitrator
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of badbeer. Thanks Mike!

A: I purposely pour to capture all of the sediment, resulting in a hazy, deep straw-gold-orange body with a vigorous, long-retaining, off-white head. Not much lace down the sides. I wish it looked a little milkier; I love that look in a hefeweizen. But it's hardly bad.

S: Huge wheat aroma, clove, banana, and a light bubblegum nose. Very pungent and aromatic.

T: Wheat and earthy yeast flavors up front, giving way smoothly to soft bubblegum and banana. Hints of orange citrus surface periodically. The finish is a spicy clove sting that, with the carbonation, cleans up the palate nicely for a crisp and clean end to the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but high carbonation that cleanses the palate very well. And it's necessary, because there's a ton going on here, giving the body a very intense and juicy feel. This was 7.2%? No friggin way...

D: I wish I lived near NG... I'd be drinking this all summer long. What a fantastic weizen.

 1,015 characters

Photo of 12ozfan
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcattey
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I look forward to this beer every year. The mouthful is incredible. There is so much flavor going on compared to other hefes. Banana dominates with a hint of citrus and clove. One of the absolute best of the style.

 214 characters

Photo of gatornation
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy straw/sunset yellow color with a big puffy white head like a belgium ale that does recede to a great head and great lacing.... the smell is awesome its clove ,cinnamon,bananas,pears and melons..theres a grain /wheat smell.. its one of those brews from just the smell and look that you know its something good.... then WOW!! the taste is over the top goodness it hits the taste buds with such a great balance of clove and cinnamon and all the b4 mentioned fruits i feel like im at the farmers market this is an exceptional crafted hefeweizen..the drinkability is exceptional i can not believe that this is 7.2 abv it drinks like it is < 5.0... this is a must try if you like wheats, or hefes.. NG is an exceptional brewery that just puts out outstanding well crafted brews only available in WI... this one cracked wheat and black wheat are all really A's...all three highly recommended

 902 characters

Photo of mychalg9
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12 oz bottle into DFH globe

Pours a hazy golden with a large white cap of foam. Smells of lemon, clove, banana, and yeast emanate from the glass; very appealing. Taste is a perfect blend of banana, clove, pepper, and yeast with a touch of lemon and a dry finish. Watch out for the hidden 7.2% ABV. One of the best hefe's I have tasted. Seek this one out.

 362 characters

Photo of Grules22
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSSG
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a MASSIVE, dense, white head that collapses to a perfect, soft, whipped, two-finger head. A wonderful bouquet of bananas and clove in the nose. Perfect, hazy, straw-gold color. Starts with notes of clove, banana, sweet malt, and floral hops. Builds in banana sweetness after the hops peak at a very low bitterness. The finish melts the hops floral characteristics perfectly off bready malt and sweet banana, with a lingering touch of clove.

Perfect.
How is this not my go-to Hefeweizen?
Beats most of the Germans at their own game!

 538 characters

Photo of The_Original_Drinker
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bobby12many
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy golden beer with a fluffy, but fleeting foam crop of head. Very nice looking beer, that is just ever so slightly hazy. Quite lively carbonation long after the head has dispersed itself into a coaster.

S - Great hefeweizen smell. Bubblegum and Banana come through with a slight astringent note in the background. This one begs you to take a hearty swig...

T - WOW. This is what a Hefe is supposed to taste like! Although present, the bananas and bubblegum aren't as up front in the taste as they are the nose, but the slight cinnamon note mixed with the Clove presence in the finish really make this beer shine. Impeccable balance of yeast, clove, and classic banana notes on the finish. No mustiness to be found. Simply put, this is just a clean, crisp, and fantastic wheat beer.

M - A bit more thin than other Hefeweizens out there, but it does not adversely affect the experience.

D - Incredibly drinkable, especially for the ABV. So drinkable in fact, that I have purchased every 6 pack of this stuff that I have come across left over from this years run. Undoubtedly one of my favorite beers, and another World Class offering from Dan and Deb @ New Glarus!

 1,183 characters

Photo of dfried
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid, glowing golden orange in color, 2cm fluffy white head that was there until after the last drop and left but a few whisps of lacing. Lots of active carbonation. This beer is packed with aroma, you don't even have to put your nose to it to start smelling it. Fruity esters jump out at you right away, bananas, cloves, lemon zest, bubble gum. The bottle also suggests some cinnamon notes which was there too upon deeper reflection along with a bit of pepper. Rich wheaty malt with some bready yeast. Outstanding.

Many parts of the aroma were very distinct and vibrant, and the same goes for the taste. Plenty of banana and clove typically associated with hefes, wheaty and lemony zest. Some yeasty bready notes. A lot of lively esters in this beer, tangy mouthfeel with nectarines and peaches also showing up on the fruity bill for this beer.

Overall: I have never been to Bavaria, but damn, I want to try a hefe better than this. I am really not sure that is possible. I had heard a buzz about this beer before I tried it, so I had pretty high expectations for my first one and I was blown away. Wow, I think the word vibrant is probably the best term to describe the flavors in this one. And WTF is with the 7.2%? I had no clue until the next day when I went to review it.

 1,286 characters

Photo of daledeee
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I never thought I would say this: An American wheat that is as good as or beats the Germans!!

This one pours a nice clear dark yellow and some nice wheat head. I am not sure I should discount it for no cloudiness. The nose is quite good: fresh, spicy, tart, banana

Taste; oh what a taste. Very nice tart apple and spice. Some hops and malt character. It is not one specific facet of this drink but the overall result that is so good. The mouth feel is also nice with good body and plenty of carbonation. Alcohol is so well hidden it is dangerous. This beer rivals if not surpasses other wheat I like.

 602 characters

Photo of Fartknocker
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

A- A somewhat cloudy golden color with a half inch pael head
S- A spicy wheat aroma
T- A fairly strong yet smooth spice flavor of clove and a little cinammon
M- decent carbonation
D- Very smooth drinking beer without the usual sickening spice/burnt wheat flavor that I get from other hefeweizens

 309 characters

Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,383 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.