Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

116 Reviews
THE BROS
94
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 332
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 5.34%
Wants: 44
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  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. (495 characters)

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color with lots of active carbonation that produces a massive cap of thick foam.

Lots going on in the smell. Lots of clove and banana with spice notes behind. Very inviting.

Not as big on the flavor as the nose suggested, but still more than satisfying. Kind of a light bready/biscuity taste with subtle nuances of the clove and banana. Hints of spice and hops in there as well. Very flavorful for such a low alcohol beer.

The feel just has too much carbonation going on in it, otherwise it would be fine. Has a light to medium feel, which makes it feel much bigger than what you would expect from a lower abv beer.

A very drinkable beer with lots of flavor. I could see myself drinking several of these easily and doing so nearly year round except for the bitter cold winter months. Another solid beer by NG. (823 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SN imperial pint. Thanks Chris!

A: Pours a dark toasted amber color with a huge, billowing, fluffy, off-white head that took forever to fade into a thick rocky film that left chunky of lacing clinging behind.
S: Clove and banana mix with clean wheat and a bit of spicy hops and yeast. Crisp smelling.
T: Sweet and clean flavors of banana, clove, and minerally chalky yeast. There’s just a touch of bubblegum and wheat as well. The finish has a touch of citrus, and the aftertaste is herbal, caramelly and full of earthy spicy hops.
M: Very smooth fluffy carbonation, slick and drying mouthfeel, medium-thin body.
O: Clean, slick and smooth flavor that goes down easy. Nothing super special about this one, but there’s nothing wrong with it either. (772 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first of this style. Got from a trade. Pours a deep orange red with large creamy head that has just a hint of orange color to it. Aroma is strong pears, wheat, funky yeast, banana, more sweet pears. Very nice. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Tastes like biting into a fresh pear. Hints of cinnamon that do not overpower, but supplement the beer very nicely. Not overly sweet at all and is quite refreshing. Nicely balanced brew that one could drink all night. This is really fantastic. (493 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a light caramel brow color with a huge billowing head that settles down nicely to for about a 1/4" head that remains throughout

S - the nose is cinnamon, loads of bubblegum, and some spicy nutmeg

T - the taste is very similar to the nose. Sweet bubblegum flavors all over the place with a touch of toasted and caramel malts through the middle. On the back end the cinnamon and some spicy clove come into the mix. Spicy bubblegum is on the finish with ever so soft hops.

M - nice and creamy with a full body taboot

D - solid wheat beer. Packed with lots of flavor in all of the right places with a nice look and aroma as well. Too bad I only have one bottle of this as I would love to drink some more of this. (722 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle: This one pours a crystal clear amber color. There was a good sized light beige head on it. It didn’t linger long, but did leave some lacing. It has an interesting nose. There is a slight sourness to it. Get some apples in there, along with some faint banana. Faint hints of clove and cinnamon. Also a touch of wheat. The taste is very good. A hint of sourness to it. Wheat, some of the clove and cinnamon, faint apple and banana. An excellent beer! (463 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a amber/brownish red color with good clarity, dense pillowy white head, a thin layer sticks around decent lacing

S: nose is full of fruity notes of banana and orange, lots of spicy notes of cloves, cinnamon, and coriander, hints of wheat malt mixed in as well, very fragrant, some creamy notes of vanilla as well

T: taste starts with creamy banana, very fruity, before becoming sweet..malts and spice come through, finish is malty with touches of clove and a dash of tartness on the finish

MF: creamy, smooth. mellow carbonation

O: this is a well balanced and flavorful weizen beer. This is my first Kristalweizen so I don't really have a point of reference. I imagine its not much different from a hefe or dunkelweizen, just somewhere in between with the color (774 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,330 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber/tan body, finger head, little lacing

S: wheat, spices, faint ripe fruit (dates/figs), banana

T: sweet wheat, spices, banana dry finish

M: light/med body, big carbonation,
prickly tongue, crisp, dry mouth

O: Never had this style before, but
I really like it. Nothing to compare
it to, but would get it again and recommend
this to others.

VERY REFRESHING, PICK THIS UP! (384 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear light amber with a 2 finger off-white head

S- was fruit like apples and bananas with clove and yeast nice malt and bread smells

T- very nice clove and bananas up front with a wheat and bread middle some spices
with such a smooth hefe like texture very good
M- delightful and creamy with hefe characteristics, very smooth with fruit and bread

O- like a hefe this is delicious very session able, a great brew from NG (456 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great bottle sent down from BeerFMAndy. Thanks!

Poured into a tall weizen glass. This beer pours with a massive amount of foam, which dissipates to leave a thick beige head capping off a clear dark amber beer. This is darker than I had anticipated, but it's a good color to go with the 'Fox' moniker. Sweet aromas stand out. Banana, clove, sugar cookies. Mellow feel. Carbonation is low-to-moderate. Sweet banana bread, mild caramel, clove, bready finish. This was an easy drinker. Sweet beer that was refreshing and uplifting. Not a go-to for me, but a pleasant beer anyways. (585 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Laughing Fox pours a deeper golden color, with a big lacing white head. The smell is full of spices, and has a nice sweet note. The taste has a very full spice and belgin candy flavor. Very crisp and very full. Nice carbonation, very clean crisp flavor. Overall I had no clue what to expect from this beer. It is like a strong belgin whit beir, but much crisper, and stronger sugar notes. Overall a pretty good beer. (416 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden reddish color with a creamy white head.

S - Wheat, clove, light breadiness and some fruits.

T - Light bready malt, wheat, clove, banana. Has hints of an amber lager mixed with a wheat beer.

M - Light body with lively carbonation.

D - A solid beer that would make a nice summer thirst quencher. (315 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I'm not sure what a Kristalweizen is supposed to be. I suppose a filtered wheat maybe? Kristal would be clear. This fits.

We are in Wisconsin, criss crossing the southern tier of the state, and trying lots of beer. Unfortunately, there isn't going to be enough time to try as much as I would like. I think I am getting acclimated to the beer here. I liked this immediately. It's clean and crunchy with a great yeasty taste, loads of hops without going overboard, and a great wheat taste. It's a little dark. Very nice.

I'm impressed. (540 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear copper with a nice large amount of fluffy white head, tons of lacing

S - sweet caramel, fruity hops, flowers

T - initial bitterness/sour fruits which only lasts about a second before it's taken over by sweet malt. lightly hopped.

M - a very pleasant on the palate beer, nice and crisp with a zesty feeling left behind

O - a really nice surprise of a beer.. never really had anything like it before so i'm very partial to it. great flavors, great looking/smelling. no complaints in any department. (510 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out translucent and definitely tilted towards the reddish end of the amber spectrum in color (the bottle label describes the beer as the color of a red fox's coat) with a two finger head in my weizen glass that stays solid for a good fifteen minutes worth of sipping.

I keep getting a very distinct aroma of fresh cut green apple slices hovering under the heavy blanket of clove/cinnamon spiced weizen wheat-bready goodness. Also noted, this one is not nearly as heavy on the banana notes in the nose as New Glarus's other weizens typically are. Taste is solidly wheatey and medium-low in yeastiness but really, that is plenty enough to compliment the delicate dry mead and apple tones I keep picking up here and there. In some beers, I understand apple flavors and scents are considered to be an off-flavor, but it fits so well in this brew that I cannot imagine it wasn't done on purpose. Finish is not particularly long per se, but it is enjoyably dry while it lasts. Light in body, really easy to session at 4.5% ABV, but one should take the time to appreciate the tiny subtleties held within. (1,105 characters)

Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.