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Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%


Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wisconsinality on 08-23-2011)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a nice box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

Pours a medium golden-copper color. Not sure how a Kristalweizen ends up this way, but it's far, far too dark. Short white head. The nose carries some light yeasty notes plus a bit of grain. Not too much going on. The flavor is is similar, with a bit too much bready malt coming through. Body is medium and a bit heavy.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:45:06 | More by Thorpe429
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bh10

Iowa

2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:56:45 | More by bh10
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bertram

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a pint glass...

pours a nice golden-amber - almost like an apple cider in color - with a generous, slow-fading white head that falls to show minimal lacing.

smells heavy of apple at the start which faded quickly to banana and bubble gum.

the taste is a surprise in that it is so subtle in everything...nothing is really coming through for me here, I'm at a loss...the only thing that I'm getting is bubble gum, which I don't care for.

the mouthfeel is solid - good carbonation and a lingering bit of tingle on the tongue.

overall I'm really not sure how to rate this - at first, from the appearance and smell, I had high-hopes, but the taste was so subtle and almost bland for me that I'm not really a fan at first tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:24:40 | More by bertram
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is dark golden colored with a lasting white head. Too dark for the style. The aroma is similar to a dunkel weizen, with wheat and some dark fruit presence. A bit sweet and malty. I would prefer a lighter color and body, with less malt presence. Not what I look for in a beer of this style. Overall, this was just ok.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 20:25:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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samie85

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of thick white head.

Smells of big clove notes with some banana and cracked wheat.

Big clove with some wheat and slight drying, clean bitterness on the finish.

Mouth is light bodied with ample carbonation and a drying finish.

I really do understand why people like wheat beers, but they're just not my cup of tea especially the German style examples that feature the estery yeast notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:13:34 | More by samie85
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a weizen glass. Pours with a nice and creamy head. Darker than what I expected, bordering the amber ale color. The head is also much darker than it should be. Brilliant clarity as expected. Good head retention and lacing.

Spicy clove and some malty sweetness in the aroma. Perfumy wheat malt. Taste is slightly fruity sweet and overall subtle. Aftertaste has richer notes of perfume and spice. Light bodied with a refreshing crispness. Just a tiny bit of bitterness at the back. Dry finish.

Overall refreshing and easy drinking but it's thoroughly forgettable.

3.5, 3, 3, 4, 3

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 18:58:01 | More by tewaris
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the Saint Arnold wheat glass.

Huge tan head fills most of the glass. Medium carbonation. Clear golden brown in color. Aroma is quite bready and sweet, faint herbal-orange quality. Starts with a lot of wheat, light clove and banana. Becomes slightly tart in the middle. Medium body, light ethanol. Finish is wheaty with a mild astringency.

Might need another sample of this one. Seems out of character for NG.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 04:55:52 | More by htomsirveaux
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this is #2 on the "Top Beers - Kristalweizen" list on beeradvocate.com. Bottle shared by Thorpe served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and clear, almost red, with moderate carbonation and a white head, decent retention and some lacing. OK...

Aroma is malty and sweet with a mild yeastiness and wheat to it. OK....

Beer is medium in body and a little sweet with a nice finish, a little grainy, a little wheaty, mostly malty, not a dry finish. I'm done describing this beer.

What exactly about this beer makes it a kristalweizen? Is this from the same brewery that makes Dancing Man? Why not make that into a kristal? What is this thing? I had assumed it was another boring amber until someone told me it as a kristal and then I sort of went crazy railing against the beer. I know it is open to interpretation but seriously? It is RED, it is uncarbonated, the yeast and the wheat don't come through, there is nearly nothing about this beer that tells me that it is a kristal.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 17:00:29 | More by drabmuh
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younger35

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The little lady picked this up in Bumfuct Wisconsin. I haven’t heard of this little guy so I’m excited to try it! New Glarus is by far my favorite brewery. Drank from my Surlyfest pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark reddish orange with a decently small bright white head. The beer maintains a nice head the entire time along with zero lacing.
Smell- Definitely sort of a hybrid Hef like nose with a decent amount of banana and clove right from the get go. The beer smells quite a bit sweeter than a normal Hef as the crystal adds a very different sort of smell with that yeast. Maybe a touch of toast but for the most part it’s just doughy and wheaty.
Taste- Nothing like the smell. The beer is actually sort of dry and not all that flavorful. Some bread crust toastiness to start followed by a light (I stress light) dose of spice. Just a hint of clove and a hint of banana. There’s a twang of something lighty sour and a touch of bubblegum in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Sort of thin but nothing terrible with a light zesty carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad but the smell is much better than the taste. I feel like it’s sort of boring. Almost like it’s washed out – one flavor needs to shine a bit more than the other but neither does. Glad I tried but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:47:32 | More by younger35
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deebo

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 01:38:23 | More by deebo
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crossovert

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

IT pours an interesting color for a kristalweizen, it is not a traditional one because I haven't seen any Kristalweizen that has looked like this. It is nice and clear though.

Smells like a kristal weizen, thought the banana is perhaps a bit overly intense.

The flavor is very kristalweizen-y. It has a slight bit of lemon to go with the banana and clove.

Not super duper true to style, but for the style it isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:58:30 | More by crossovert
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doppelme

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clearcopper body with a fluffy tan head. It smells full of spices like cloves and cinnamon. The taste follows the aroma. A little sweet and bready. An easy drinking beer and one I could have a few of on a nice summer day in Florida. Thanks to JoePeesie for the sample

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 18:08:10 | More by doppelme
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beagle75

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Similar to a spiced baked good, it is very bready and smells of cloves, nutmeg, and a trace quantity of cinnamon.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with early soft malt which seems dulled by the presence of wheat. Acidity is minimized into the middle, where esters become fairly aggressive with mixed fruit and bubblegum while also revealing a delayed citric acid peak. Complexity, though never noteworthy, is most developed in the finish where malt shows a hint of brown roast and fruit turns toward banana.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This amber-weizen beer smells convincing enough, yet never really is able to build much momentum in its flavor profile. Certain features stand out, such as the slight savory roast at the end, but no part really wows. It could be a really worthy beer for cooking, and its sessionable nature means that it is easy on the palate, if not particularly compelling.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 17:32:44 | More by beagle75
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear light amber with a full finger thick head of foam.

S- Spicy cloves with hints of cinnamon and banana.

T- Bready malt abounds with the spicyness in tow as well. Caramel malt pops up towrads the end for some added complexity.

M- Light and fizzy, strong carbonation.

O- A good beer, but I think it falls short for New Glarus. If you're a big wheat beer fan certainly pick it up. Otherwise it's still good, just not a "must try".

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 20:45:57 | More by Pauly2X
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a Duvel glass a clear, dark copper color with a very large 3 finger foamy, frothy white head. Very fruit, belgian yeast aroma in the nose with bubblegum, banana, pear, and clove. Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Sweet fruity upfront flavors with a more than expected bitterness popping in. Caramel notes as well. End dryly with a linger bubblegum and bitter aftertaste. Laces the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:02:41 | More by kbutler1
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 17:28:11 | More by weatherdog
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:15:39 | More by blakelive784
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

New Glarus Laughing Fox. "In playful pursuit of butterflies, a Red Fox danced across the brewery hill. His joy so pure it bubbled through our hearts and into this beer. Laughing Fox is a sparkling Kristal Weizen brewed in the Bavarian tradition with 50% Wisconsin wheaten our open top fermenters. …blah, blah, blah, …This is easy drinking beer perfect for a friendly Wisconsin evening. Relax, this is God's country, here we have the strength to reach for the stars and change the world."

Well, that was one of the most over-wrought labels I've ever read, here in Satan's Backyard, Minneapolis. Some of the sentences I skipped prove this even further, but I'm censoring the descriptors so I can do it myself. And so…

Big, booming off-white head, clear, with caramel-toned coloring…a bit darker than I anticipated.

Spicy, clove notes, …rye malt? Cinnamon, brown sugar. Enticing, and lively.

Brisk, sparkling mouthfeel, leads to sterling consumability. Clean, to the point where I miss the texture a non-filtered wizen would bring. Some fruit in here, some apple, cherry, maybe. This flavor grows and covers up that patch missing in the character. Becomes more likable further in…but it doesn't go far enough.

This is the final bottle in the 6-pack. The other five made no impression on me, really, and at this last one, I feel I won't be missing it. New Glarus continues to be a brewery that misses almost as much as hits with me. But the hits deserve their accolades, don't get me wrong. This one? Eh.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 09:02:13 | More by feloniousmonk
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Vixie

Illinois

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

Pours a nice copper color with just a hint of red. The tan head does tend to dissipate fairly quickly.

Smell has citrus, banana, and clove notes in it, and a hint of yeast.

Starts out a bit fruity, then banana and clove kick in. The banana tends to dominate a bit, the clove is more hinted at.

Decent feel, pretty typical for the style.

A nice easy to drink beer. Really goes down easy, and has the taste I expect from this style. Wheat beers are one of my favorites, and this is a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:15:24 | More by Vixie
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep copper-golden color with big head of off-white head that clings to the glass. Darker then expected, but intriguing none the less. Malty sweetness comes out strong but settles as other aromas including wheat, spice, banana, clove, and a touch of cinnamon join the party. The pallet experiences many of the typical hefeweizen flavors of banana, wheat, clove, and lemon zest while new flavors of cinnamon and biscuity malt dance underneath. Spot on mouthfeel for the style; medium bodied and highly carbonated. Another New Glarus brew, another rave review - not just a coincidence.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:24:57 | More by phishsihq
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this early from the manager at a liquor store.

A- Pours an orangish-red with a big head, a little over two fingers worth. Crystal clear(pun intended), and a decent amount of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The head sticks around forever and leaves soem pretty good lacing.

S- No doubt a wheat beer and more than that, one of Dan Carey's wheat beer. There are barely any hops noticeable and just a little bit of a grassy end.

T- This is an interesting beer. It starts off with a big dose of wheat up front but it then gives way to what reminds me of a red ale and then some hints of a lager.

M- This is lighter bodied with some crisp carbonation. This would make for a great summer with its lighter alcohol content.

O- It's hard to knock this beer but it doesn't measure up compared to some of Dan's other wheats. With that said, this would be a decent substitution for anyone looking for Dancing Man with a lower alcohol content(but who would want that?).

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 14:29:35 | More by Wisconsinality
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful bright orange with a thick three finger head, lots of exuberant carbonation, translucent body, modest head retention and lacing. Estery, strong dark fruit berry like aromas, ethyl acetate, subtle giner, spicy, mild caramel. Tastes as it smells, grainy backbone more pronounced, lots of fruity berry and banana esters, spicy, a bit tart and piquant in the finish. Good body, a bit cloying and alkaline.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 05:30:44 | More by manitouman84
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ChiPool

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice.

This pours a deep amber color: darker than I expected. It has a moderate amount of off-white head, which dissipates quickly. The smell is light & refreshing: banana, cloves, and sweet malts. It smella like a light belgian. The taste is light, pleasant, & refreshing: more of the banana flavor, with a light mouthfeel.

A departure from my usual, and I found it enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:07:12 | More by ChiPool
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this recently because, hey, I don't believe I've ever tasted a kristalweizen before. Actually, I had to look up the style to figure out what it was. Filtered hefe? OK. Trust in New Glarus, & always looking for that next great session brew.

Pour is an over-enthusiastic mushroom-cloud of a head, to the point of having to pause before completing the task at hand. Very light, very clear copper body. Nose is a full tank of banana, bubblegum, spicy clove. Packs well for a low-ABV beer.

Laughing Fox. Now I know what a kristalweizen tastes like. All the nose indicators come out for the taste buds too, but in a less aggressive manner. Banana is certainly dominant. Very much like a hefe, to the point that I wonder why this merits a distinct style, & if we need one for filtered vs. unfiltered wild ales. Certainly easy to sip, I can see why one would want to lounge in the backyard & drink these while taking potshots at the wild turkeys trying to dig up your corn rows.

Overall this is a good, solid beer that seems like it was designed for cool nights around the campfire, with a s'more dangling over the coals. Very nice, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:37:34 | More by maximum12
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored body. Nice beige head. Leaves some nice lace. Very nice aroma. Weizen yeast properties like banana and clove come through nicely. A little cinnamon too. Mouthfeel is just a titch gaseous. Nothing too serious though. Light in body. Flavor is decent. The clove adn cinnamon come out in the flavor slightly as well. Bready malt base with some yeast notes as well. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:05:52 | More by Bighuge
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Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.