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Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

321 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 42
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/03/12 notes. Picked a bottle of this up at the brewery and opened it the next day in my hotel room. 12 oz. bottle.

a - Pours a somewhat clear amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, bready malts, toasted malts, lightly sweet spices, apples, and fruity malts. Nice fruity nose.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, yeast, bready malts, dough, wheat, apples, pears, fruity malts. Light pepper. Taste is sweeter than the nose and has more bananas.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. Loads of bananas and bread, especially in the taste. Also a good amount of fruit and apples to it, and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure acquired as part of a trade with the gracious crewfan16. Thanks, buddy. My first New Glarus beer ever. Expectations are high as can be given this brewery's reputation. Served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive four finger soft beige, darisay light pink colour frothy head of great cream, good thickness, and good retention. Lacing is nonexistent. Body colour is a clear vibrant dark copper. Looks appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Surprisingly evocative banana, pale malts, light subtle caramel, clean malts, and more fruity estery notes that ring indistinct. Quite pleasant; banana is dominant but seems well balanced against the other notes. Very fresh and appealing. Some yeasty notes. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Banana, pale clean malts. Subtle fruit throughout. Wow, that's perfectly balanced. A refreshing malt foundation. Full bodied yet subtle and evocative. The banana is particularly fresh and suitable for the profile. Tasty and refreshing. Surprisingly complex for the style. Cinnamon and clove when I look for them.

Mf: Near perfection for the style and flavours. Beautifully smooth and wet. Fresh, crisp, refreshing. Delicately light yet somehow ideally suited to supporting the careful balance of the flavours. Wow. It is a bit too coarse on the finish, but I'm nitpicking.

Dr: Probably the best beer I'll ever have in this style. A homerun from New Glarus, confirming the hype I've heard. Really an incredible beer. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. I could drink this all night. Would be wonderful on draught.

A-

kojevergas, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +3.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Bighuge, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

rolltide8425, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a thick brown head into my glass. A hell of a head too! Takes forever to recede.

Aromatic with citrus, clove and wheat in the nose. Wow, certainly smells very tasty.

Spicy with clove, light citrus and possibly coriander (?) in the taste.

Body fades out a bit in the middle but otherwise, flavors hold steady for a sweet, dry finish.

I can't say that I've had many examples of this style but I certainly can say that I enjoy this example!

Brad007, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -22.1%

chippo33, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a weizen glass, huge four-inch, light tan head on a clear, darker amber/ruby red body. A dozen or so carbonation streams float upward. Excellent head retention and above average clumpy lacing.

S- Fresh banana notes.

T- Subtle banana/clove characteristic at the tail end of each taste. Hint of lemon zest in the mix as well. Very easy drinking as 4.5%abv fits the taste perfectly.

M- Well carbonated...tiny bubbles on the tongue here. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Highly drinkable beer but not enough flavor to drop everything and seek-out. Refreshing and quite-enjoyed a lot. Not well-versed on this style so take these ratings with a grain of salt.

Duff27, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.9%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a huge fluffy white head that recedes fairly quickly to a small foamy cap.

Aroma is light banana sweetness, lemon zest and hints of different spices such as clove and cinnamon.

Taste is more of the mild sweetness, definitely the bananas, almost like a dialed-down hefe in the taste. Light clove and some biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel is really creamy for the style, smooth and highly carbonated.

I don't have much experience with the style but this has to be one of the best representations out there. It's definitely the best I've had.

gford217, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel colored amber. Produced a nice cap of off-white creamy froth. Good retention and lace.

(S)- Smooth/subtle bits of banana, wheat, lemon, and clove. Lots of biscuit.

(T)- Similar to the smell, though far more caramel-like malt with the wheat, banana, and clove.

(M)- Good carbonation level. A good balance, though a lot more malty for the style in a caramel-like sweetness.

(D)- Overall, yet another tasty beer from New Glarus with their typical subtle twists on a traditional style.

sweemzander, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

cokes, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

maximum12, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark for a crystal--red, hence its name.

Very aggressively carbonated. Don't think that's completely intentional. There's a giant head, and it smells spicy and fizzy. There's some nodes of bananas and baking spices, but mostly its just crisp fizziness.

Tastes a bit more substantial. The same cinnamon flavor of Spotted Cow, only applied to peppery wheat malt. Nice, crisp, and warm, but nothing too fancy or adventurous. Also a bit too fizzy, and that cuts into the flavor a tad.

mynie, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

smartassboiler, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Fills the glass with a crystal clear, medium copper to burnt sienna body and a towering, thick, creamy, light beige head. Great retention and lacing. Beautiful! Very weizen-y nose, with notes of banana, wheat bread, clove, and bubblegum.

Toasted grains with a hint of nuttiness up front. Banana and bread dough flavors follow, framed by hints of clove, bubblegum, and peppery hops. Yeasty, doughy finish, with lingering banana. Medium-bodied, with a slightly creamy feel. Another great wheat beer from New Glarus.

alexgash, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.9%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

morimech, Oct 10, 2011
Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.