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Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 1,356
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing were really impressive on this. The smell is loaded with fresh grain, clove, banana and bready lemons. The taste of the beer is lightly flavored with some spices and soft wheat. There is a light amount of citrus in there too. The mouthfeel is smooth, light and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good, it would be best in the summer time.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden color with a generous three fingers of white head. Head retention is a little lack luster and lingers as a thin ring of bubbles.

S- rich clove and ripe bananas envelope the nose with a doughy honey kissed wheat.

T- spicy up front with bready fluffy wheat flavor. Banana chips and ripe banana dessert in the middle. Kiss of honey with a lingering spice and banana on the finish.

MF- creamy full mouthfeel with a light medium body. Good caressing carbonation.

D- superbly drinkable.

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Photo of Holland
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy, pale golden color with a gigantic head with retention to last forever.

S: lot of black pepper, some sweetness and light fruity smell

T: very peppery, then slightly sweet and malty

M: big burst of carbonation at first, then silky smooth and gentle. The body is a medium-thin and refreshing.

O: easy to drink, $10 or less per 6-pack, and not hard to find in the summer in Wisconsin. It's pepper-heavy in the taste, but so refreshing.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Big pillowy white head. Straw colored beer with good haziness.

S - Banana esters but out weighed by the spicy/clove counterpart. Great helping of wheat comes across brightly. I get a sense of multigrain bread from those mild base malts.

T - Great wheat character in this beer. The pleasant phenolics give good complexity with a little bit of a lemony citrus twist to finish.

M - Light to moderate-light body, light-medium carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Never picked up cinnamon that the description describes. The ester/phenolic profile didn't jump out of the bottle as much as I prefer. Other than that this beer couldn't do much more to score perfect for this style.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Just what you want in a hefeweizen. Cloudy, light orange body with some wheat in it. Head is larger and pretty white - just slight orange.

S - A little bit of artificial pez like sugar aroma. Some wheat in it. Simple.

T - Great flavor. Orange, clove, and some cinnamon. Also simple and it fits the smell. Sweet.

M - Strong carbonation which holds up a lighter body. A little buttery on the tongue. Refreshing and nice.

O - This is not a crazy beer, but a real nice hefeweizen. Simple and sweet. Amazing how it is all the way up at 7.2%.

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Photo of iadler
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A- Hazy gold with a fluffy two finger head. Minimal lacing.

S- Banana, clove, wheat, vanilla, cinnamon and peppery spice.

T- Follows the aroma with plenty of clove, banana and wheat, with hints of spice, vanilla and lemon.

M- Medium carbonation and body with the abv hidden very well.

O- A very well crafted Hefe. Perfect on a hot summer day.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

glassware: generic pilsner...occasion: first ever New Glarus--a gift from Jaime and Jarrett (many thanks!)...aroma: clove and banana empower the nostrils--and banana wins the battle...appearance: thick, foamy head that oozes from the bottle--no lacing at all in its descent; opaque, tawny body...palate: mild-bodied, mildly effervescent in the mouthfeel; clean if not cleansing...taste: tart and zesty, as expected...overall: a wheat indeed--not overwhelming, but with some subtle flowering that peaks the tastebuds' interests...

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, no date, 1602(?)
Alchemist pint

A: Pours a completely hazy golden yellow color. Two full fingers of head. Tons of carbonation. True to the style.

S: Smelled this as soon as I cracked it. Getting tons of that Belgian yeast character: coriander and clove. Lots of fresh banana. Fresh wheat.

T: A very pleasant first sip. Nice spice on the tip of the tongue. Lots of banana and clove flavors. I mean, lots of clove! Almost like a spice cookie. Fresh wheat cracker in the middle of the both. Fairly dry finish. I saw this was higher ABV but you don't taste it. Prickly carbonation. Boarding on too much, but you can't help the bottle carb.

M: Light to medium.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours a very light, cloudy yellow with a huge fizzy off-white head that fades fast.

S - Lemons, wheat, and more wheat.

T - Light wheat, lemons. Summer wheat and yeast.

D - Light body and tons of carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing, very lemony and crisp, a touch on the sweet side.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with large creamy white head. Bubbles rush to the top in constant stream. Surprisingly pretty clear even with the yeast added.

Clove and cinnamon in the aroma. Floral and pretty fruity. Banana and bubble gum. Some grassy and spicy hops in the background.

Banana comes full out on the palate. Which then makes me notice it more in the nose. Citrussy and very refreshing. Very floral and slightly sweet. Biscuity malt in the finish. Fruity and spicy noble hop character.

Super creamy mouthfeel without feeling thick. Still very bubbly on the tongue. Finish is fairly dry.

New Glarus seems to have mastered light drinkable beers with tons of flavor. This one is no exception.

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Photo of Ri0
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy golden straw with a slight tint of orange. Big pillowy 2-3 finger white head that only leaves a thin ring with some lacing. Myriad of bubbles stream from bottom of glass to the top.

S - It smells like a clover field with banana trees. Nice bright wheat smell, with some bread and honey. Hints of lemon and cinnamon, pepper.

T - Clover bomb with wheat, bread and honey, some banana. Finish has some spice and lemon.

M - Light body as one would expect from a Hefeweizen. Plenty of carbonation, pour slowly!

O - This is my go to Hefeweizen during the summer months as it is so refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz glass.

A- cloudy (unfiltered) light orange with a big 2" white head. small bubbles of lacing.

S- big banana and clove aroma with some lemon.

T- sweet orange and lemons, caramel and cloves.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some effervescence that gives a crisp finish.

O- very good hefeweizen that has a good balance of banana and cloves.

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Photo of badmoonrison
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Someone earlier accurately described this one as a "clovebomb," and I think they're right. This might be the best wheat I've ever had. Cinnamon and clove hit you right away, and the flavor evolves as you enjoy the bottle. Truly worth picking up if visiting Wisconsin or trading with a local.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass

A: There is a gigantic foamy white head of 3 fingers. It slowly decays, bubbling away to a small cap. The beer itself is a lightly hazy golden-orange color. Lacing is mild and spotty.

S: A fairly potent aroma. Very much classic clove and banana with a touch of fruitiness. Bubblegum? Some yeast and wheat in the background.

T: Fantastic! The clove flavor is even more prominent and complemented by some cinnamon. The banana flavor really comes into its own. Probably my favorite taste of banana I've ever had from a Belgian style beer ever. A little bit of lemon and apple in the background with wheat. There is a lightly bitter, clean, tart finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate during the sip from the glass but can really foam up in the mouth (in a good way). Cannot taste the alcohol.

O: Probably my favorite hefeweizen I've ever had. The banana, clove and mild spices are just perfectly balanced. I also almost don't believe that it's 7.20% ABV; it drinks like it's 4.5! Simply wonderful.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into glass stien due to not having a true wiezen glass.

Appearance: cloudy and pale straw yellow bodied beer with massive white head thats easily over 3 finger tall from a moderately aggressive pour. The head lasts forever and drops down to a small cap on top of the beer.

Smell: Its a clove bomb. I can smell cloves before I even put my nose to the glass. Soft wheat and straw notes. A touch of spiciness. It smell sweet and fruity with a touch of lemon.

Taste: The beer starts off fairly sweet with notes of wheat, honey, ripe fruit, and bananas. Mid palate the cloves start to show up, but they are not very heavy in the taste as you would expect them to be. In the finish the beer continues with the ripe bananas flavors with a touch of lemon, pepper, and wheat. The cloves to get much stronger as the beer warms up and i am not a fan of this at all, but it does take away the greatness of this beers' flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. This beer is rediculous its big flavors are formidable, but is still easy drinking and has this gentle and delicate carbonation to it thats taking this beer to a whole nother level. ABV is completely non-existant. Impressive. Dan Carey is a master when it comes to bottle conditioned beers and this shows off his brewing skills / experience.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of clove notes in any beer. Its probably by least favorite smell and taste in beer. I am not huge on the hefewiezen style either, but I thought that I would revisit this New Glarus beer because I enjoyed the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier as much as I did recently. I am really glad that I did give this beer another shot; it has given me a new appreciation for another great beer style. Pick this beer up, especially if you are a fan of the hefewiezen beer style. You will not regret it! I love the fact that this is a local beer for me that I have easy access to!

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Photo of mjwoolley33
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the best hefe....no...the best beer I've had in a very very long time.

Poured in to a very frosty mug circa 1970. Sits in the glass very colorful tan/orange with about an inch of head.

First impressions are bananas, cloves, citrus, and some pepper. Swallows very smoothly -- no over carbonation here. Very impressed by the balancing of flavors in this beer. I will not be adding a lemon/orange slice as it would be criminal to the quality of the beer.

This brew does not disappoint. I will be driving up to Wisconsin and pilfering every beer selling establishment of their stock, ripping off my shirt, jumping on the cashier's counter, and demanding MORE!

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Photo of axeman9182
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mtrutlin. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Dancing Man Wheat pours a dull orange, with zero visibility through the glass thanks to some haze. About three fingers of frothy white foam rise up to crown the beer. Head retention is just a bit brief, and there's not much lacing left behind at all. The nose has a ton of banana fruitiness to it, along with a bready aroma that's reminiscent of sourdough. The flavor is still centered around banana esters. There's a bit of clove present here though, providing a nice counterpoint. Wheaty- bread notes fill out the potent flavor profile. The mouthfeel is definitely the weak point here. The body is too full and chewy, and the carbonation is too dull by far. I guess that's the danger of making a hefeweizen that gets all the way up to over 7% ABV. Despite that, Dancing Man Wheat is one of the more flavorful, enjoyable weizens I've had from an American brewer.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.0 - A gentle pour yields a hazy, golden, straw-colored body with a ton of frothy, pure-white head (two or three finger’s width). Certainly glad I didn’t pour this one whimsically, or I easily would have lost some to my desktop. Moderate retention and lacing for the style.

S - 4.0 - Aroma is of wheat, straw, a bit of grass, lemon citrus, clove, a hint of banana, and some orange. Not as much banana and/or clove than anticipated, but rather a bit more floral and citrusy. Not too shabby.

T - 4.5 - Taste is great, with a lot more banana and clove coming through here. Straw, wheat, orange, lemon and even a bit of sweet, candied mango come through. A good amount of fruity citrus and light grains are to be had.

M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and amply carbonated for a prickly and refreshing drink. Finish is on the dry side, with a bit of lingering clove.

O - 4.5 - Overall, this is a great, refreshing hef that I’ll gladly drink anytime. I drove ~40 min across the border into WI to pick up a sixer of this (and some other NG stuff) and I really wish I had grabbed more. Perhaps I’ll be making the drive again sooner than I thought.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. 7.2% ABV? Imperial hefe perhaps.

3.0 A: This gave an unthinkable amount of head, but I've been there with my own wheats. Eventually I ended up with a full glass. Orange brown color. Four fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is about average, but not a lot of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Tons of clove foremost. Banana and some pepper after that. Plenty of wheat. Great, powerful nose on this.

4.5 T: Big intense flavors. Clove, banana, pepper, and what are all abundant. Not super complex, but it doesn't need to be.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good active hefe carbonation.

4.0 D: Really tasty and powerful beer, but could be a touch cleaner. Still, great.

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


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 rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with full plume of dense, bone white bubbles, good retention. Scent and taste are made up of similar traits to other Hefes, most true to style - tangy wheat, banana, clove and spice, white bread, hints of bubblegum and a splash of citrus. What makes this beer special is the way they all blend and balance, not one component is more aggressive than the other. I've had Hefe's that are too bready, too banana-y and too lemony - this one is just right on all fronts. Suprisingly dense body, still smooth and lightly bubbly. Overall, quite the drinkable Hefe with nice layered flavor and scent.

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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.

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

A: Cloudy light orange color with 3-4 finger frothy head.

S: Clove, banana, peppery, lemon.

T: Banana, wheat, clove with lots of spice (maybe too spicy for a Hefe?) Lemon, Orange, pepper.

M: Medium thickness, good amount of carbonation.

O: Excellent. I actually prefer this one over Live Oak. I have never had a bad beer from New Glarus yet. Another excellent brew! World class.

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