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Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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116 Reviews

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 334
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 51
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: Wisconsinality on 08-23-2011

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light brown with a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly leaving a white ring around the glass

Nose has bright malt and wheat notes. Bananas Clove and spice phenols and some plum like dark fruits as well.

Malt is more subtle in the taste but alot of the fruit esters are noticeable. Relatively light conpared to the smell.

High carbonation works well with the light refreshing feel. The carbonation Also gives it a soft feel which helps it from being to watery.

Really refreshing and drinkable, perfect pair for this sticky muggy summer night.

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Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a New Glarus taster and flute. Split with the wifey for dinner.

A: Pours a brownish color, clear and light, with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Big yeasty notes up front. Clove and banana. Sweet bread with some cracked wheat as well.

T: Same as the nose. Lots of yeasty esters, clove and banana, with some backing wheat flavors. Sweet malts as well. Light citrus note, but the malts, wheat and yeast are the stars of the show.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet finish.

O: A nice beer. My first true Kristalweizen. Nice flavors all around. Well balanced.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, soapy head. Great hefe aroma of banana and clove. AMAZING burnt sienna color. Starts with sweet malt and notes of banana and clove. Hops are definitely taking a back seat as the bready malt builds up to make for a banana bread finish.

Perfect. Sublime. I could drink this all day, every day. When this was out (this is my last bottle), I bought it EVERY time I got a chance. This redefines Kristalweizens for me. NOW I love them as much (or more) than a hefeweizen.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date. bought on a recent trip to the land of the cheeseheads

pours semi-cloudy amber-gold, smell is like a straight hefe- clove, wheat, coriander, some cinnamon as well. taste is an extremely bright, fruity, crisp take on a hefe. apple, pear, and tangerine fruit notes round out the clove and wheat hefe taste. slight cloying feel, light, well carbonated.

Great easy drinkin' wheat beer with terrific flavor. Well done New Glarus!

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Photo of cquinn17
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Nice amber/dark orange color. Very clear with a 3 finger white head.

S- Wheat, Clove, Banana, Sweet smell. Smells very similar to dancing man just a little cleaner.

T- Very similar to smell, lots of clove. Basically a lighter, cleaner dancing man. Really nice Kristalweizen to introduce me to the style.

M- Light and clean all the way through with some great carbonation.

O- Another solid offering from New Glarus. I'm still of the opinion that they do not make a bad beer. If you want all the flavors of a great hefeweizen with a lighter body, seek this out.

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Photo of Docrock
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass

A - deep amber in color, very thick 1" plus head that slowly dwindled leaving a thin cap that lasted through the entire glass. minimal lacing that quickly slides back down the sides.

S - mild banana and a touch of cloves, slight maltiness.

T - nice wheat profile with a bit of the banana. a slight tangy aftertaste.

M - above average carbonation and a medium body for the style

O - really attractive beer, pleasant aroma and easily drinkable. havent had many Kristalweizen's prior to this, but enjoy the style, have always been a Hefeweizen fan. the carbonation is spot on, and this is an emjoyable beer. i see this as a good beer for late spring time.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of kismet
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fine representation of a hefe style beer. aroma and taste remind me of banana bread with cinnamon streusel topping. great malt profile, and taste is off the charts in the fresh grain and malt category. i cant see how they could improve on this one very much. i would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.


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Photo of WankelEngine
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden-brown color with a creamy, light tan head. Light curtains of lace.

S: Light and tart fruit flavors, raspberry and red cherry, flows over top of some bready malt. Light Belgian banana and clove.

T: Belgian notes are more potent than in the aroma but not at all overpowering. Pleasant clove and banana. Belgian yeast flavor melds with sweet toffee and bread. Some fruitiness to the whole experience, but relatively subtle. Black cherry and light floral notes wind down to a mild finish with lingering yeast, dry malt and light tartness.

M: Fairly light bodied but avoids being watery. Carbonation is medium-low but very foamy when swished.

O: A great, easy drinking beer with some good fruit and Belgian notes.

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium amber in color. Much darker than than the normal kristalweizen.
Beautiful creamy head, great retention. good carbonation.
Smells of malts, fresh bread, clove big on bananas, plums, almost a vanilla-white chocolate note, cider spiced doughnuts, apples, pears, pepper, heat, a cinnamon like note, nutmeg, really nice well balanced.
flavors to suit..lemon, banana, pear, apple, malt musty grains, peppers, yeast, cider.Really well balanced and absolutely delicious.
Great balance of carbonation, malty body and yeast spice to create a fantastic mouthfeel.
Not your typical kristalweizen, but immensely enjoyable and another great offering from what is rapidly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out much darker than I expected. The color of this beer was a nice looking amber color with a fluffy white head on top. The retention is moderate and not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is much like a traditional Weizen brew, there is an additional caramel sweetness in there too. The taste has the typical banana and clove upfront with a very nice sweet malt finish. Very nice flavor on this beer. The mouthfeel is smooth, decent carbonation, light bodied, drinkable. Overall I was impressed with this beer. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber shade with a huge fluffy white head.

S: Perfume-like banana/clove yeast, with a bit of malt underneath.

T: Yeast is more restrained in the flavor, allowing the malt to step out. Bready and slightly sweet, with a faint touch of fruity hops. Finish is short and clean.

M: Medium body with light-medium carbonation. Overall, mouthfeel is pretty soft and smooth.

For a mild easy drinker, this is a great beer. Smooth, but plenty of personality here.

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Photo of deebo
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of aleric
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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