Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by cokes:
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Clear, rosy copper hued with a moderate-sized beige head that fades a bit quick and leaves thin rings of lace.
Clove-dominated nose, with a dusting of cinnamon and vanilla pod. Sweet trickles of wheat back up the spicier notes.
A snap of wheat malt as it hits the tongue. Lightly sweet, with some drier bready (almost crackery) notes. Clove is predominant, but pepper adds some prickly spicy notes as well. Hopping is minor, but congruently peppy to the weizen trait. Ends balanced, with some lingering banana pudding.
Light bodied, slowly effervescent. A Dancing Man Light. A nice quaffer that still rings with the hallmarks of New Glarus' excellent Weizen heritage.
09-03-2011 03:33:04 | More by cokes
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3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus Weizen glass
A vigorous pour yields a generous an light straw colored head which billows out of the glass. After it settles a nice half a finger cap stays on the top until the beer is finished. A medium/low amount of lacing sticks of the sides. The beer is a crystal clear medium copper with a constant stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. Once again New Glarus proves it makes an amazing looking beer.
The German weizen yeast makes itself obviously known from the classic banana esters reaching my nose. A very slight malt sweetness then comes and finishes with the slightest spice. All of these aromas are present in a diminished capacity of a normal weissbier but that could be attributed to either a recipe design or the filtering process. I am far from a regular Krystalweizen drinker so I can not compare this to other examples.
The flavor is more malt forward than ester forward. A bit of sweetness is present with the banana esters coming in. I'm gathering most of the traditional flavors of a hefeweizen with an added malt sweetness but just like the aroma it's at a lower level than a hefeweizen.
The mouthfeel is a bit slick and oily as expected but something on the end is throwing me. It's kind of drops off flat with no finish, almost a bit watery.
Overall I think it's a decent beer, pretty drinkable with fairly mild flavors. I think of it as an introduction to Dancing Man. It's not up to par with the other New Glarus wheat beers in terms of flavor and enjoyment but it's not disappointing either.
09-22-2011 17:28:11 | More by weatherdog
2.7/5 rDev -30.1%
A- amber color more of a dunkelweise color
S- little banana and a hint of cloves
T- Something was a little of tasted a little oxidized w/ a banana flavor on the back end
M- medium body
O- meh, I like New Glarus, but not a fan of this beer, bought a 6 pack hopefully, I can do some trading in my homebrew club for it.
09-15-2011 23:56:45 | More by bh10
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Clear amber, fine bubbles, great lacing
SMELL: Malty, bread, ripe pears, clove, vague spice, banana peels, white chocolate
TASTE: Crisp, medium body, full malt jacket, loaf of bread, clove, banana taffy, lemon, fresh grain, grassy
An all around great beer, New Glarus wielding local wheat with this one. They just raised and alterer the bar for the Kristalweizen style.
10-18-2011 02:13:22 | More by Jason
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
Picked up a couple 6 packs of this earlier this fall. Finally getting around to reviewing one of the last ones left in the fridge.
A-This baby is very heady (large bubbles and yet frothy at the same time). Brilliantly clear with a rich copper color with plenty of tiny bubbles keeping that head dominating the surface.
S-Smells like a hefe-heavy on the banana fruity esters. Grainy wheat aroma.
T-A moderate amount of those banana-y esters. As well as lightly toasted wheat. What makes this beer unique is the spicy prickly heat sensation which has to be the cinnamon noted on the bottle. I'd prefer more of a clove phenol sensation instead.
M-Medium bodied for a weizen. Plenty of carbonation. Not creamy.
O-A solid brew although not as prefered as some other unfiltered versions. I think I'd rather drink the unfiltered versions that have a little more creaminess and stronger clove notes.
10-12-2012 01:38:23 | More by deebo
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A very yeasty, spicy, and fruity aroma. Wheat grains and bready malts with a mix of spices including clove, cinnamon, and a little coriander. Bready hints of hay, grains, biscuit, and crackers. Nice mix of fruity esters with some bananas, lemon, apple, orange, and some bubblegum. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty good mix of wheat, spices, and fruit.
Taste: Like the smell hints, a solid mix of wheat, spices, and fruity esters. Bready wheat and malts with tasting notes of cereal grains, biscuit, hay, crackers, and yeast. Nice mix of spices with some clove, cinnamon, and a tad of coriander like spice. Complex mix of fruit undertones with some notes of bananas, apple, lemon, orange, and bubblegum. Mild earthy hop presence that provides a little bitterness towards the finish. A solid mix of flavors. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, spicy, smooth, and fairly drying.
Overall: A very solid take on the style. A good mix of wheat, spice, and fruity esters.
01-08-2013 09:28:03 | More by MattyG85
3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
A - Pour this one slowly folks! Blooms into a gorgeous 2-3 finger head. Color is toasted red amber. Great lacing.
S - Banana and malt.
T - Banana and bread with a light tang. Lingering grape skin and phenols on the finish.
M - Light and crisp with medium carbonation.
O - Definitely an afternoon/evening beer, and great for a fall picnic or campfire. My first Kristalweizen, so I wasn't expecting the slight "cleaning solution" flavor of the phenols, but somehow it manages to be pleasant.
10-08-2012 05:26:15 | More by aleric
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Dig the reddish color of this Kristalweizen, atypical for the style, but knowing this brewery, very much intentional. (They know what they're doing, these Careys.) Inch-thick head is just barely off-white and long-lasting.
Aroma is a bright, flowery, wheat-y sort of thing. Also has a bit of spiciness tickling the nose (brewed with clove and cinnamon, and these are featured nicely).
The wheat base is what drives Laughing Fox's flavor, it's clean and bready, with a strong herbal tea leaning, while the hops are bright and fruity, with the cinnamon and clove just as present on the tongue as in the nose. Texturally it's a little smoother and less tickling than more traditional kristalweizens. Soft and light and a pleasure.
Yeah, this is really good, it's got a clean, buoyant, natural vibe that just screams "All Right in the World" as you sip on it.
09-07-2011 21:30:33 | More by Metalmonk
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle from Reilly's in Madison. Pours a gigantic white head on light orange body. Retained one-half inch of head. Spicy, slightly yeasty aroma. Mouthfeel is a tad above average. Taste is spicy and catchy, a little yeasty. Nothing like I expected, it was most drinkable. Got good cinammon.
10-30-2011 00:33:24 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
12oz into a pint.
A: Pours crisp and clear, red body. The head is off white and settles to a thin mat. Carbonation is flowing in a steady and free manor. Lacing is left in low levels.
S: Aroma is soft and present, with nice levels of warm fermented fruity esters. Clove and banana blend good with the Munich and Vienna presence.
TM: Body is light on the palate, while still being rich and having a somewhat thick presence to it. The amber malts induce a cookie like note. Mouthfeel is in high levels of carbonation like a good wiezen should be.
O: Overall this is a very well rounded brew, a nice welcoming beer, with a substantial body, while holding a very nice weizen presence. Very nicely done, will be returning to this one many times.
09-21-2011 02:33:16 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.96/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Pours a copper to orange hue with a huge off white head. Little to no lacing but the color and head looked great. Crystal clear as the style would suggest.
S: like a hefe, all kinds of wheat, spice, banana and hints of clove and bubble gum. A tad muted, but still noticeable.
T: follows the nose in terms of ingredients, but the flavor profile is more enhanced. The clove and banana noted really hop out.
M: medium carbonation but the body is light to medium. Really easy to drink and it has a nice, sweet hang. Slightly creamy.
O: like most brews of new glarus, this is well crafted and one you should try. This stands up to any imported kristal weizen. Prost.
01-19-2013 20:17:53 | More by Infamous7100
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
Clear copper color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Massive amount of lacing is left down the glass.
Fruity esters fill the nose. Bananas, cloves, and wheat aromas.
Enjoyable weizen flavor. The removal of the yeast did nothing to diminish the flavor. Wheat base with plenty of banana and cloves.
Mouthfeel was bit of a letdown. Even though it looks well carbonated, it feels a little dead. Also not as chewy as NG other wheat beers.
Easy drinking beer. Would not mind having this year round.
10-10-2011 21:48:02 | More by morimech
Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
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