Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 44
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Wisconsinality on 08-23-2011

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Ratings: 332 | Reviews: 116
Reviews by uwmgdman:
Photo of uwmgdman
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this beer pours brilliantly clear copper with a thick, ample off-white, beautiful! The nose is dominated by bountiful spice and clove yeast character with some sweet malt in the background. The flavor is like the nose, but much more subdued. The yeast character is subdued, yet still noticeable, with some bready, sweet malt in the background. The beer finishes pleasantly dry. Given the wonderfully strong nose I expected more body/mouthfeel, it doesn't need to be chewy, but it just misses as too thin, and this even with a medium-high carbonation. Overall a beautiful, great smelling beer, while the flavor is a bit too subdued and mouthfeel a bit thin, it is a highly drinkable refreshing beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bh10
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of deebo
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant rich amber under a sudsy white 2” foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Wheat beer nose with traces of clove, faint banana.
T: Banana bread palate seasoned with clove and herbs.
F: Medium full body, above average carbonation with a dry and tart finish.
O: A well done Kristalweizen that is the cause of many a 20 mile drive to Wisconsin on a warm summer day.

Photo of MattyG85
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of aleric
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint it pours an appropriately reddish copper color, topped with a billowing rocky head of foam that formed peaks and crags on its surface. Sticky sheets of lace and lasting head retention.

Wafts of fruit cocktail and apple juice, banana caramel sweetness.

Creamy feel with some fruity astringent apple, pear, and banana fruit salad notes. Smooth and wheaty in the middle with some caramel malt sweetness intertwining with the fruity elements. Pretty cut and dried after the first few sips, warming up doesn't seem to add too much. Lingering fruit in the aftertaste, sweetness never becomes overpowering. Medium bodied and super creamy. Easy to have a couple in one sitting.

Thanks orbitalr0x for the bottle!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
2271 on the neck, no info.

A - Laughing Fox pours a crystal clear bronzy amber color complete with a light tan head. The four fingers of dense foam has intense retention but eventually leaves the glass caked in sheets of lace.

S - Fragrant and pungent, the aroma is bursting with German yeast esters of clove and banana with sly cinnamon hints. Soft wheat with mildly toasted amber malt notes provides the base.

T - Munich malts and light toasted amber notes are buried in the fox hole by German yeast esters. Banana, clove, and light cinnamon spice accentuate the wheat softness.

M - Smooth and soft, Laughing Fox is a medium-bodied beer with strong carbonation and a light spicy finish with great balance.

O - The empty glass, showing the fox's quick departure, is coated with lace and leaves a nice flavor lingering on my palate. Laughing Fox, like all other wheat beers from New Glarus, is outstanding; just world class! Surprisingly toasty, cunningly balanced, and delicious all around, it's a great seasonal with plenty of character!

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A real unexpected pour. Sure it's a 12oz bottle, not one of dem slender German thingers right, lets .. just... center punch this... KAPOW! BLAM! Giant carbonation! Woah ho! We ain't foolin here, let's then give this it's due respect! A slow decant brings a big off white with hints of red head, deep and large. A clear amber red body, not unlike a yellow classic Kristal, but matching lively carbonation. Some of the smells that rip right off the pour hint something special is going on. I like where this is going.

Bouquet is large and truly unique. Ripping dry malts and faint caramel, but light sweetness and clove spices. Hints at Hefe like yeast with other nose profiles that are totally non German to style. Apple. Fruity. I am REALLY liking where this is going!

Palate hits with classic refreshing hefe quality. Chewy palate mixes with a real nice fruit sweetness, and even a hint of fruit sour. What an interesting combination, apple, clove and nutmeg, but also some chewy classic and somewhat wet palate. Finish has just a hint of ripping grain, mixing with that sweet sticky malt and hefeweizen sensing finish. Controlled. Not a bubblegum blast either. Spicy and airy, refreshing but not too sweet either.

Overall I am real impressed with this one unique brew, and a great play on a classic old school German style that is American crafty. I'd drink this often in the summer if I could.

Photo of scaliasux
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Copper. Clear. Medium tall foamy off-white head. Good retention.

Smell - Moderate wheat. Strong banana character, somewhat milder clove. Not picking up the purported cinnamon.

Taste - Dryer than I expected. Mostly wheat/grain flavor. Banana and clove are more subdued in the taste than the aroma. A little citrus in the finish. Light, but bready with fruit and spice accents - a very nice example of the style, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - Light and refreshing with a nice, non-insipid flavor.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a massive off-white head.

Huge bubblegum aroma. A little bit of banana, spice and clove, but I've never smelled a beer quite like this.

Taste follows the aroma. Loads of bubblegum flavor. Just a touch of clove which is my personal preference. Just a little bit of caramel sweetness.

Fairly light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

I love a good take on a more traditional style and New Glarus usually pulls it off better than anyone and this is no exception. Very good beer.

Photo of matjack85
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build your own 6 pack of New Glarus beers for $10 (so $1.67 per bottle). No freshness date. Unfortunately, New Glarus does not distribute their beers outside the state, so you'll have to make the trip up to Wisconsin to taste one of these.

Nice looking pour. Two fingers of creamy white head atop a clear amber orange/red body that does resemble the color of a fox coat. Retention was good and the lacing was even better.

The smell was mostly banana with a bit of bubble gum sweetness.

Banana, clove, and cinnamon are the predominant flavors. Wheat malt, caramel malt, some other fruits, and a bit of pepper add to the taste. Decent taste but no "oh wow" factor.

Light body and very spritzy. The carbonation level is way up there.

Easy and enjoyable to drink. Another good offering from New Glarus, although not in my top 10.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vigorous pale golden yellow with a huge head of fizzy white lace, took several pours before the entire bottle could be released in a very tall glass. Lots of carbonation was apparent from the start through the absolutely flawless crystal clear nature of it. No sediment and no haze at all. Head settled down to just a thin film and that lasted throughout, but leaving copious side lace. Smell was very light, almost non existent at first but then some nice grain aromas broke though with a touch of yeast to add. Light flavor as well, just a nice light wheat flavor is really all that can be said about it. Mouth feel was again very light with ample carbonation it went down like water. Huge session ale here, this had all the earmarks of a hot summer day in the backyard brew.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice burnt orange with about a 3 finger head that last a long time leaving a lot of lacing and finally settled to about a 1/4" cap

S-some spicy banana is what I get most for a smell in this one

T-bananas at first and then as it warms to room temperature more of the clove comes out

M-pretty light but good carbonation and dry finish

O-my wife picked this up for me and when I saw it was sort of filtered hefewiezen I wasn't sure I would like it since I don't care for most hefeweizen, but I was suprised to find it was better than I was expecting

Photo of syrupjoe
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light amber color, with a one finger almost white head with big bubbles that dissipates quickly.

Nose gives of banana and clove phenols, leaning towards dense, almost meaty banana bread with bready malt sweetness very present. Exceptional smells that I couldn't get enough of.

First taste is quite sour, with a well-rounded banana bread body. Little to no hop presence, with bitterness playing a small role in the overall makeup of this beer.

Moderate to high carbonation with small, biting bubbles that take a bit to develop in thy mouth.

A very interesting, well-rounded beer. Have not had many examples of this style but by acting as a unique and well-balanced beer, this beer seems to paint a picture of the style should be.

Photo of blakelive784
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Docrock for this bottle!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle poured into a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a textbook copper color with a khaki, surprisingly creamy, three finger head. Retention is good, but not noteworthy. Not what I was expecting, but appealing.

S - Banana dominates. Light caramel, candi sweetness, and clove/spice esters are prominant. Moderate in strength. Typical biscuity yeast characteristics are present, if a bit restrained (though that may be true to style.) Inviting, to say the least.

T - Typical but fresh, sweet banana notes open. Lightly toasted and Crystal malts form the body, differentiating it from your typical hefe. I like it. Not bready or doughy. Light spice throughout, though I'd be hard pressed to identify them. The caramel throughout is a nice touch.

M - Crisp, chewy, smooth, and refreshing. Nearly ideal.

D - This is the first beer I've had in the style. A departure from your typical wheat offering, but definitely worth a go. I'd have it again.

Photo of dbtoe
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
A very tasty lower abv beer. NG knows how to brew wheat beer and this one is another great example of that.
Look is a golden red with a white head.
Smell spices clove
Taste a lot like Dancing Man but a little more spice and less wheat.
Feel is on the thinner side with a lot of carbonation.
Overall Who ever described this as a Dancing Man light was right on. A lower abv beer packed full of flavor.

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Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.