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

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Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,360
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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487
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153
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Photo of blackie
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Fluffy dirty white head slowly falls back. The beer is a super cloudy amber-golden in color. Okay retention and I'd really like some lacing, but I love the color.

s: Great balance of sweet wheat and barley notes with the load of smelly yeast that is quite visibly within. Nice clove and smashed overripe banana, and even a light smoky note. Dripping with fresh malt and yeast, really nice. Not so much on the citrus end, which is much appreciated.

m: medium-high carbonation and a medium body...a little heavy for a hefe, but I like that

t: Generous chalky, yeasty flavors and a load of Wisconsin grains giving a well balanced sweetness. Notes of clove and banana bread stand out but are well integrated. Lightly hopped with a gentle bitterness and clean, flavorful finish that lasts and lasts. Really, ummm, hearty in flavor for a hefeweizen (good thing).

d: Easy, as expected...even on the high end of the average hefeweizen ABV. Would be a staple if available.

bottle smuggled back from Wisco, poured into my newly acquired weizen glass

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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 garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enormous head covers cloudy pale yellow body that shows copious bubbles. Aroma is more banana and potent clove. Nice little spiciness with the soft wheat malt backing.
Drink is incredibly smooth. Some richness, yet still soft enough to keep drinking. Can get some hints of alcohol that add to the spiciness and blend really nicely with the yeast. It takes on more of a belgian flavor than a traditional German hefe. I think this is fairly fresh as it appears to take on some hop character. Dries nicely, but briefly. Soft almost powdery feel (is that possible) that seems to lend a vanilla flavor. Light body really enhances drinkability, but the more potent abv could make this dangerous. Softness of carbonation is awfully nice too.
This is a good beer, the spiciness of the flavor is what separates it from the others.

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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!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/28/08. Bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye. Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of clove and citrus. Lots of fruits (citrus, lots of orange, melon) in the mouth, some vegetable notes (same ones I got in the Imperial Weizen). Strong for a hefe but supremely drinkable.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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

Great example of the style and better than most German products. Pour was a bright gold until the yeast sediment decanted, giving the beer an appropriate golden haze. Aroma was redolent of banana with a hint of clove and allspice. Aromas were reflected in the taste, with yeasty banana and spice flavors. A touch of breadyness toward the end. Finish was quite clean. 7.2 abv? I would never have guessed it was so high (at least for a hefeweizen). A very well made beer.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Weizen glass
A- nice orange-yellow pour with foamy white head. Not a bit of lacing.
S- citrus, banana, bubble gum, phenolics.
T- follows nose, not much breadiness.
M- light-medium feel. Good amount of carbonation.
O- very solid wheat beer.

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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 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 siege06nd
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, murky, pale gold. Absolutely beautiful. Nice golden orange color that fades to a really lovely orange cream color on the sides. It almost looks like Pineapple-Orange-Banana juice. A quarter inch head on the pour that slowly recedes to a thin sheen. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Mmmm, the banana and clove smells were detectable from two feet away. The aroma on this is luscious and strong, smelling it is an experience in and of itself. As I put the snifter to my nose, the aforementioned banana and clove smack me in the face, with their friends orange and peppercorn close behind. Smells fantastic.

T: I haven't reviewed many of these, but I can tell this is what a great hefe should taste like. Orange, cinnamon, clove with a surprisingly light, sweet finish on the mid. This tastes so darn good, with a lot of flavor and complexity while retaining the light, refreshing qualities I've come to love in this style. I might be crazy, but as this warmed I also picked up on pear notes.

M: Spot on. Well balanced flavors and the carbonation is just right. Refreshing while maintaining enough depth to be interesting.

O: This was my first beer from New Glarus and color me impressed. A truly special hefe-weizen that everyone should be so lucky to try. I imagine it would be as enjoyable on a hot summer day outside on the porch as it is on your couch during college football season. Excellent beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into special DFH glass on 9/26/11. Thanks to brewslut for grabbing one of these for me on a recent trip to WI.

A - Vigorous pour revealed a hazy golden wheat-colored liquid with a mammoth four-finger crown of rocky foam that eventually diminished to a thin veil of retention and decorated the sides of the glass with a splash of lace.

S - Bold spicy nose with plenty of clove and coriander, as well as a hint of cinnamon. Juicy citrus fruit mingles with a bready, wheaty malt base, creating a really inviting aroma.

T - Everything you could want in a Hefe is here: the clove spiciness, ripe banana, tangy citrus fruit and fresh baked wheat bread. Finishes spicy but with a hint of grassy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a chewy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes spicy with mild bitterness on the palate.

D - This is a spot-on German-style Hefe and one of the best examples of an American-brewed Hefe I've ever had. I typically need to be in the mood to drink a Hefe, but if this beer was available in PA, I'd likely keep a case on-hand during the summer months. Dancing Man is a delicious, thirst-quenching beer that is an authentic nod to its German predecessors.

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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 msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle with a pry-off cap, its labeled illustrated with -surprise- a 'dancing man'. A lederhosen-clad, stein-hoisting man, in fact. Prost

Thanks (I believe) go to mnwags for this one. If I'm wrong, then thanks to whoever the kind soul was who sent this.

A: Into the pint glass goes a pale orange pour, mostly clear until the last yeast-laden ounces are swirled and dumped in. A tornadic-swirl of sediment then a misty haze. Nice 2-fingers of crackly white froth, dropping to a thin and slightly lumpy creamy. Vigorous and steady carbonation streams through the glass. Lace sticks randomly in flecks and patches.

S: Wow! Big aroma of cloves, spices and ripe banana. A hint of lemon zest and plenty of baked bread. Rich and hearty aroma, detectable from a couple feet away.

T: Terrific flavor: bold spices (cloves, cinnamon, a little nutmeg), a mild citrus (lemon butter, orange peel?) and a load of wheaty goodness. So full of spice and zest, at times I'd wince a little. A deep, intoxicating version of the style.

M: Crisp feel, luscious medium body, excellent carbonation that's active without being overbearing. I noted the ABV tops the 7% threshold, so the fuller body and traces of alcohol warmth are expected (and welcomed!). Slight yeasty film.

D: Awesome flavor and aroma, a hefeweizen I'd LOVE to have again. The less-sessionable ABV prevents a perfect score on this, but not by much. Very highly recommended.

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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 homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a slightly hazy straw color with a generous 2 finger head, great retention and lacing. The nose is full of ripe banana, candied fruit, bubblegum, a touch of clove spice, and a bit of wheat. The taste is similar to the nose with things leaning heavily to the ripe banana character. The finish features spiciness. The mouthfeel is relatively light with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is exactly what a Hefeweizen should be. Heavy in the way of banana esters and a great balance make this is a great example of the style.

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

Bottle Received as a regional extra in a trade with Brandonman 63. Thanks buddy you are a great trader!

Appearance: Nicely executed look...very cloudy golden orange color. Pretty much the same look as a Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier.

Smell: Cinnamon, clove, wheat, banana mixed into a perfect Bavarian Wheat Beer Smell.

Taste: One of the better USA Wheat Beers I've ever had. If I close my eyes I can easily pretend this is the same wheat beers I drank off the tap in German Beer Gardens in the past.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but typical for the style

Drinkability: Easy sipper.... Enjoy it all summer long!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

All my habits orient me to try as many different single beers as possible. (But, I drink only two a day. Unlike you young people, I have to watch my calories.)
I have bought at least two sampler packs from New Glarus a year for several years. (But, I only buy six-packs of two brews: Dancing Man and Staghorn Octoberfest.)
Except last summer, when it seems they stopped brewing Dancing Man. Today on their website, it is not listed for 2016 and, instead, is on the page "Beers We Have Known And Loved" which are recipes they pull out usually every third year or more or, in some cases, never.
My review: One of the most refreshing hefeweizen on this planet and few Americans rival the German masters.

August 2016 update: because I and others asked for it, we got it... and I bought two six-packs. Life is good.
2 lessons:
1) Good brewers listen to their best customers.
2) Dancing Man is much better if drunk fresh.

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

12 oz brown longneck. No freshness dating, but a cool label.

The beer pours an apricot color with a large but quickly collapsing off-white head.

Big aroma of clove, smashed banana & all spice. There is something slightly sour in the background. You can smell this beer two feet away and it is very nice.

Big initial blast of clove, white pepper and malts. The banana taste is refined and nicely restrained. Some slightly sour fruit (plum perhaps?) and hay all balanced by malts. Some alcohol sneaks in late.

The mouth could be a bit thicker or the carbonation could be turned down a notch, but that is a minor quibble.

This is an nice beer from the friendly folks at New Glarus.

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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

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy white head with very good retention. Beer is a cloudy, muddy orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty but with little cling.

S: Outrageously aromatic and pungent. Orange rind, wheat, coriander, and other spices. Very sweet and robust and probably one of the most appetizing I've ever come across.

T: Opens with an orange rind tartness and big, in your face spices. Wheat in the middle with a slightly floral and accented spicy finish. Aftertaste is watery and wheaty.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, lively but subtley deep and robust at the same time. This one is definitely bubbly but it has a noticeably big body to it. Finish is sharp and aftertaste lingers.

D: For a 7.2% abv. wheat beer, I can barely taste the alcohol. Supremely drinkable although the flavor does seem a bit watered down at points. Feel is great with a nice, well-rounded body. Definitely a great example of the style.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American wheats/hefe-weizens...usually totally disappointing when compared to Germany's originals. Dancing Man Wheat stands up strongly next to the best hefes you care to mention. This is hands-down the best hefe/wheat being brewed in America (of the ones I've tried, anyway).

Pours a huge fluffy head, sizzling and popping and taking a long time to chill. A cloudy haze swirls inside a sunny peach-yellow, dirty from the swirled sediment. Wild strings of lace cling thickly to the glass.

Light spices of clove and allspice in the aroma, with banana esters and earthy grains in the background.

The flavor seems to arrive in two stages: first is a peach sweetness/yeast funkiness, helped along by a super-creamy body; it transforms into a delicious banana/nut-bread, riding out into and through the finish. Again, a mellow creaminess carries the flavors through wonderfully, but there's also enough carbonation to make it feel nice and alive.

Wow. Great stuff from a great brewery. Here's to the New Glarus expansion and the hopes that their beers will be available nationwide, if not globally. This is the stuff, may they brew it forever.

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

Found this one in my buddy's fridge last weekend. Poured a hazy golden color with quite a bit of white head on it. Nice wheat aroma with some banana, spice and a bit of citrus thrown in. Taste was very good. A strong flavor but very balanced. Nice medium bodied wheat beer. This went down very easy. I was very surprised to see this was over 7% abv because it is very smooth. A great beer overall that I'll definitely look for again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep yellow, light orange haze, big 2 finger head with terrific lacing webbing in the glass.

S - clean, clove, wheat, bananas, terrific aroma.

T: clove, wheat, goes down smooth, slight bitter finish but it is balanced really well.

M: medium body, light prickly tongue from carbonation. very refreshing beer.

D - Truly divine! My favorite New Glarus offering and I was sad when my beer was gone. Definitely seek this out.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a hazy, lemony-gold with a creamy, two-finger, bright white layer of head on the top. Oddly enough, not much lace was left behind.

S: Aromas of clove, banana, toasted wheat crackers, lemon peel, bubblegum, and orange. Awesome Hefe yeast aromas!

T: The taste follows the aroma pretty much lock step here. Clove, banana, orange/lemon zest, fresh baked wheat bread, and spices.

M: Citrus sharpness and soft toasty wheat plus a lingering dry spiciness keep things very interesting.

D: What a fantastic Hefe! New Glarus continues to churn out one excellent weizen after another!

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

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending me this beer, along with many, many other awesome Wisconsin brews.

A: Massive yeasty pour, very cloudy gold color, and head the size of Wisconsin.

S: Banana, cloves, citrus, and cinnamon. The strong, yet great scent of farm-grown Wisconsin wheat is awesome!

T: The same as the nose, only more intimate. I'm truly amazed by the synergy of the wheat, fruit, and spices between this one, and it's younger brother "Crack'd Wheat."

M: Foaminess galore and in a superb way. My glass now looks like it went through a car wash without a rinse, and my mouth has been peppered with yeasty goodness! Somewhere in this thing, there is actually alcohol.

D: If you're in the mood for a great smooth Hefeweizen and wanting to make a whole night of off that venture, pop a few NG "Crack'd Wheats." However, if you want the same characteristics, want a tinge more body, and want to get your drinking done early, seek out this tasty brew.

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,360 ratings.
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