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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
1,348
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
Wants:
477
Gots:
146
For Trade:
5
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Photo of MCain04
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau Weizen glass.

Big frothy, soapy, full white head with great retention, moderate lacing.

Smell is heavy on banana and cloves, bready, smells like fresh banana bread, nicely appealing.

Taste is suprisingly citrus-forward with lots of lemon zest upfront. Some light, sweet malts are present along with the aforemention banana and clove taste. Typically wheat malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, zesty, highly carbonated, lending to a refreshing drink

Overall, one of my favorite wheat beers to date. Definitely one of, if not the best, unlimited release from NG. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Florida9
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy light golden in color. Forms a moderate sized bright white head. Little retention. Little lacing. Oddly clear for a hefe.

S: Aroma is purely banana and Juicy Fruit gum. There is nothing else, but there doesn't need to be.

T: Taste is a bit more complex. Light bready notes. Wheat. Banana, clove, very light spice, juicy fruit, mild yeast, bubble gum, and a slight herbal grassiness.

M: Lighter bodied. Very light creaminess. Medium carbonation comes through rather appreciably. Mild, virtually non-existent bitterness.

O: A damn fine beer. Cleaner than most hefe's, but that's hardly a flaw.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun stylized label art and iconic branded gold-and-green pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!). Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery and this beer's current rating (94). Apparently this is the third highest rated hefeweizen on the site currently (ignoring those with only a few reviews). I'm surprised the ABV is as high as it is given it's a hefeweizen. I can confirm the style but not the ABV per the label. I don't have a weissbierglas here in low altitude Austin, so I'm serving it into Cantillon stemware.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The head does rise slowly upon removal of the cap, eventually mushrooming out of the bottle.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Nice soft smooth silky complexion. Nice fluffy creaminess and good thickness. Fairly frothy. Head retention is quite good if the beer really is 7.20% - about 6-7+ minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a quasitransparent translucent yellow-orange of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Plenty of carbonation bubbles suggest adequate carbonation. It appears much more filtered than I anticipated; I thought it'd be a lot hazier - on par with traditional paragons of the style. For a bottle conditioned unfiltered hefeweizen, it's looking mighty clear.

Overall, it looks good and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Plenty of clove and banana up front as well as the obligatory wheat. Light floral hops are present too, but seem to have minimal presence. Cilantro. Clean barley. The clove is a bit stronger than I'm used to for a hefeweizen. I get cinnamon, but only because I'm looking for it; I wouldn't notice it unprompted. It's also got a healthy presence of clean German yeast with a fair amount of biscuity character. Light citrusy esters throughout, but sadly orange peel can't be found among them. In terms of personal preference, I'll take an orange peel hefeweizen over a banana/clove hefeweizen any day of the week, but it's still an appealing aroma and I'm excited to try it. It's also somewhat dry whilst still inviting the drinker in.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: It's got a nice wheat body and is cleanly fermented by the Bavarian yeast. High attenuation is evident. Ample clove and banana throughout but especially up front. A dash of cinnamon, I guess, but it's not really that strong or evocative. If I reach I find green apple, clean barley, and some vague fruity esters (e.g. papaya/apricot). A touch of lemon, sure. I like it.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol comes through - quite a feat at 7.20% (if this really is that high).

To be honest, I really hoped for more complexity and subtlety. The hefeweizen is one of the hardest styles to pull off in my opinion; it's just four ingredients and pure finesse, demanding careful balance and excruciatingly difficult subtlety. But this beer from New Glarus doesn't bring enough to the table. It's ultimately a pretty simple hefeweizen and while I like it, it lacks the nuance of the style's paragons. Some orange peel would be lovely. The wheat doesn't seem to be as full-flavoured and deep as it should be. Maybe Wisconsin wheat just can't compete with Bavarian wheat?

Mf: Refreshing and smooth, with a great balance of dryness and wetness - dry enough to coax out the flavours a bit more, but wet enough to remain refreshing and quenching. Well-carbonated; bottle fermentation was a great choice. Good body and presence on the palate. A biteen too thick for a hefeweizen, but I guess that enables them to bury the alcohol presence. It complements the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it. Very approachable.

Not oily, hot, gushed, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Quite drinkable, especially for the abnormally high ABV. This may be the highest ABV hefeweizen I've had? It hides it quite well; I'd guess it was about 5.5% if I tried it blind. I'm envious of anyone who has ready access to 6-packs of this, and if I was one of them I'd definitely pick it up frequently, but frankly it's just not up to par with the best traditional offerings of the style. As much as I love New Glarus, the Germans do this style best. That said, I already want another and I'd happily get a keg of this for a party. I'd recommend it to friends. Oddly, I actually prefer New Glarus' kristalweizen. This is certainly one to try if you come across it.

Thanks to Duff27 for the opportunity to try this!

B

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Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date that I can find.

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden. Big fizzy, soda-like white head that fades out almost instantly. No lacing or head retention whatsoever.

S: Mild and tasty wheat. Mild crisp citrus. Pretty subtle aroma.

T: Oh yeah, this is nice. Robust wheat character with lots of nice orange. Banana in the middle. Simple but delicious.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Really nice Hefe. Super super smooth tasting and drinking. Goes down so easily and definitely gets bonus points for that. Relatively simple (it's a Hefe, what do you expect) and a little bit bolder and heavier than your average I think. Really stands out as a result. One of the very best I've ever had.

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Photo of jayhass
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color is a pale golden straw color with a big white head that keeps a light cover over the top of the beer from the high carbonation.
Aroma- big bready malt balanced with esters and cloves. Smell like a good breakfast in a glass. Taste- Sweet pilsner malt with a good amount of bread. Banana and cloves are balanced perfectly with the malt neither dominates. Some more sweetness probably from the alcohol that is a hidden 7.2%. Finishes semi dry with a slight noble bitterness. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of joe1510
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Coffee Grounds, Eau Claire

Not one of my favorite styles but I noticed this getting rave reviews and I always look forward to trying New Glarus's new offerings so I picked some Dancing Man up. Pours a glowing hazy orange with huge amounts of carbonation exploding to the surface. A two finger eggshell head formed on the pour that became creamy as it sat without losing any size. This is really a great looking hefe.

Pretty standard aromas come from this hefe but what makes it special is it just seems more pronounced than other hefeweizens I've had in the past. Good dose of wheat twang with a nice sprinkling of freshly squeezed orange juice. Warm banana bread and there's some mild clove in the background but the yeast adds another layer of spiciness. Begs to be drank.

Flavor is along the lines of the aroma but more subdued and seamless. Wheat is much bolder in the flavor easing into the mild clove and yeast spiciness with a solid sampling of ripe banana. Finishes with a nice touch of juicy orange on the swallow.

The mouthfeel is as good as I can imagine coming from a hefe. Medium bodied with an incredible smooth creaminess on the palate. It's like velvet draping my tongue.

This is a refreshing supremely enjoyable hefe that I could drink the day away.

This Is the best hefeweizen I've drank to date and one I will continue to pick up when in season. There's is in no way an overpowering clove presence like I've run into with many others. New Glarus hits another homerun.

Reviewed: 9/19/07

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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 MadScientist
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A somewhat cloudy, medium-golden beer with a wheat haze. The head is prolific, pour with a few fingers on an average pour. Long lasting white foam made of small bubbles.

S: This smells so good, really good, not something you'll catch me saying that often about a wheat beer. Medium-strong aromas of cloves, cinnamon and bananas with a moderate wheat sweetness. A low level of light colored fruits like peaches, apples and apricots.

T: A medium-strong cinnamon and clove spice dominates with a banana an light fruitiness taking a supporting roll. There is a light wheat sweetness in the middle but it runs out fairly dry in the end. The is a light hops bitterness and a balance that is slightly towards the bitter. The aftertaste if of spice and light fruit esters.

M: A light bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation.

O: A spice focused, refreshing Hefe with a great flavor profile of cloves, cinnamon and fruits.

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Photo of stvanderwoude
4.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best American take on this classic German style I've had. Hits all the right notes. Cloudy pale orange color with a huge, thick white meringue head you could eat with a spoon. Spicy banana-clove smell. Some funky yeast. Taste is warm spices balanced with refreshing fruitiness and a bit of tart-sour yeast. Exuberant carbonation pleases the tongue.

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Photo of MJKauz
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright golden orange in color, a clean pour yielded about 3 fingers of head.

S: Strong banana and spice. Fantastic.

T: More spice in the flavor with a lingering banana plus a bit of acidity.

M: Very carbonated.

O: Very very spice forward and quite good for an American hefe, but not the best buy New Glarus by far.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is a hazy pale yellow color. An aggressive pour yielded three fingers of fluffy, off-white head.

S - It has a spicy aroma. I get some banana, too.

T - The taste mirrors the aroma. It tastes like a kitchen spice rack with a little banana.

M - Moderate to medium with lots of carbonation.

O - I really enjoy this spicy hefeweizen. It kind of reminds me of a light version of Avintinus. It has tons of flavor. May be the best hefeweizen that I have had.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
2.98/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 7/18/13 from a bottle.

A: Initial pour results in a large, puffy white head that slowly dissapates over the next 2 minutes. Little to no head apparent afterward. Beer pours a remarkably clear straw, light yellow color. Very little haze or sediment present - odd since I expected a cloudy brew.

S: A very subtle nose of clove, banana, and a small tinge of lemon. Nothing special.

T&M: Very spice-forward for a wheat beer. Initial citrus hoppy flavors quickly give way to spice overtones - clove, pepper, and cinnamon mainly. Cinnamon lingers on the tongue long after the sip. Banana flavors are present, but in very small amounts. The beer is quite effervescent - typical for the style but not quite my taste.

O: On the fruit::spice continuum of wheat beers, this is probably the most spice-forward brew I've ever had. If that's your thing, you'll absolutely love this beer. Me - not so much. It's too cinammon-y ...especially on the back-end. Additionally, I find the beer a tad too carbonated. To make this beer better, I'd dial down the carbonation and spice additions....but I understand what they were going for.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours like a German hefe, with an impressive head that tops the goldenstraw liquid, leaving all matter of lacing around the glass

Smell: Bananas, wheat and clove

Taste: Like the smell, a nice banana and clove character with the wheat trailing behind

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; could be a bit creamier

Overall: A very nice example of the style by a brewery that has yet to disappoint

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a straw yellow color with a billowing white head that settles to form a creamy layer

S - nose is made up of spicy nutmeg, cloves, an bubblegum

T - starts off with sweet bubblegum flavors which move on to a nice wheat malt base. The bubble gum erupts on the back end and really dominates the finish. A very subtle hop presence in the finish, however the bubblegum yeast flavors really overwhelm everything.

M - full and smooth bodied

D - overall, this is a really nice hefeweizen, especially from this side of the pond. I think the bubblegum was cranked up a bit too much for my liking, but that being said, this is in the same league as the big time German players in the hefe game.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Leaves some residual legs.

N: Clove, banana, cinnamon. Plenty of malt sweetness through the nose. Peppercorn spice.

T: Somewhat spicy with a long bitter finish tucked over the malt and grain. Really nice for such a light beer.

M: Somewhat fluffy and filling/bready.

O: Really impressive for the style. I think this would make Weihenstephaner proud.

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Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus 20th Anniversary Pilsner Glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden copper color, visible bubbles rising from the bottom to the top of the glass with a big fluffy, white head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing behind. The aroma is a nice balance of banana and clovey yeast, pale wheat and sweet grain and a bit of cracked peppercorn. The flavors are right in line, lots of banana, wheat, sweetcorn, clove and lemon with some sweet pale bready grain and an earthy pepper presence and a bit of saltiness. The body is nice, carbonation is a bit lower than anticipated, but it coats the mouth well and finishes with a nice creamy touch and just a touch of prickly bubbles.

Verdict: A decent Hefeweizen from New Glarus, and honestly, a bit of a letdown from this brewery. This still hits the mark as a refreshing seasonal but compared to some of the other lagers that New Glarus makes, this one just seems to fall short.

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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.

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Photo of IrishHockey
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm going to start off by saying I don't normally like Hefeweizens.

This is a good, solid, easy drinking beer. Really nice mouthfeel. Almost creamy. I'm glad it didn't have a big bannana taste like some (like I said, not usually a fan of Hefeweizens). Just a nice kind of spice character. Really good beer. I enjoyed this even as my beloved Blackhawks got their asses handed to them by the bruins. Maybe it was the 7.2 abv that helped it, but its a solid brew.

Get your ass to Wisconsin and enjoy some!
Cheers!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head without much retention, only scattered lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: rich lemon custard aroma, wheat, tart orange. Minimal peppercorn. No musty or overly grainy notes that overwhelm the sweet notes.

T: very clean, wheat and grain base with some sweet corn and both sweet and tart lemon.

M: light body and moderate carbonation. crisp and clean.

Overall: this may be as good as a hefe gets. The ABV for the style is high but covered well. Complex for the genre, a little too sweet.

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Photo of nickfl
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - A small white head of foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy hops, musty wheat, and a bit of pepper.

T - Bready malt up front with slightly fruity yeast in the middle. Finishes with an odd, soda water like quality and a touch of tartness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - weird, one dimensional and a bit bland. I'm not sure what the idea was here, but it really isn't working for me.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The color was a orange/apricot with a little head and some retention.

S - The wheat really stood out to me and kind of over poured everything else.

T - Taste of wheat with a hint a spice

M - I thought the body was very nice, well carbonated and went down really smooth for a hefeweizen

O- Overall this was a pretty decent beer and if your into hefeweizens you would really like this beer.

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

Poured down the center of a Left Hand balloon glass from a 12oz bottle. I know it should be a weizen glass but I don't have one on hand at the moment.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden body with a huge three finger highly-carbonated head. The head slowly recedes and leaves a halo of foam. A moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: An aroma of creamed sweetcorn dominates with hints of wheat, banana, bubblegum, citrus, and spice.

Taste: A taste that matches the flavor; creamed sweetcorn and wheat give way to a burst of mouthwatering banana, orange, and citrus. Plenty of spice and pepper on the finish. Delicious.

Mouth: Medium body with quite a fair amount of carbonation. A slight prickliness from the carbonation compliments the pepper and spice finish.

The aroma, the variety of flavors, the mouthfeel... I love this beer. New Glarus hit a homerun with this one.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive head on the pour, light and foamy which dissipated but was present throughout. Above average active carbonation. Golden color with some accents of slightly burnt orange.

Smell: A lot of the traditional wheat and leafy greens. But below those is a peculiar soapy aroma which I can't really get past. It isn't that offensive and doesn't ruin the aroma for me but is distracting. The wheat and yeast is very bright and there is some solid hop balance as well.

Taste: Bubbly champaign texture greets the palette right away. That quickly gives way to a creamy wheat front. Delicious leafy greens pop through and give this brew a ton of depth in the middle of this brew. No off tastes or anything like in the aroma. For having such a high abv for a Hefeweizen, you do not get any of the alcohol. The lighter body leaves a little to be desired in the aftertaste as this beer fades away rather quickly.

Mouthfeel: Very light, is an incredibly easy drinker but could use some more body.

Overall: I'm a little conflicted about this one. Some aspects I absolutely love and others I am not crazy about. The front and middle tastes of this beer are absolutely outstanding which makes this a memorable beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge five finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet and fruity wheat driven aroma with some good spice hints. Lots of wheat with some clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Huge aroma of bananas all around. Bready pale malts with hints of biscuit, cereal grains, straw, and yeast. Subtle citrus orange and lemon hints. Also some bubblegum hints and honey sweetness. Earthy and floral hints of hops in the background. A really nice Hefeweizen aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a big wheat and spice driven taste with lots of banana esters. Big taste of wheat upfront. Good mix of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Big taste of bananas throughout as well as some bubblegum. Also some fruit notes of citrus orange and lemon. Bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, cereal grains, yeast, and straw. Some sweet honey like notes. Decent backing of earthy and floral hops towards the finish. Very wheat and banana forward. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and pretty smooth. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good American take on the Hefeweizen style. Very good banana fruit flavors and spice. One of the better non- German versions.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours straw in color with a 2 finger white head that has decent retention. Slight hazyness to it typical to hefes

Nose has all the normal players, banana clove esters with a hint of spice and tartness similar to that of lemon zest. Subtle wheat throughout the brew.

Wheat and lemon zest are first to hit the palate and fade into a large profile of the yeasty esters. A big banana flavor with hints of clove and spices in the finish. Super tastey and bold hefe.

Nice big carbonation leaves this brew really drinkable and give the light feel a nice body.

Overall great hefe

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.
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