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Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 46
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of younger35
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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

Pours a clear, dark copper in color with a thick light khaki-colored head, that eventually settles down. The aroma consists of bananas, with light chocolate or cocoa, clove, and spicy yeast. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. It has a softness to it with a tingling carbonation. Although, if you push the beer around your mouth, it still maintains a light airiness to it.

Flavors of wheat malt, banana & some slight chocolate, followed by a dusting of cinnamon. The satisfying flavor of the wheat malt really emerges in the middle. Cloves linger in the finish.

When I think of Fall, wheat beers like kristalweizens don’t tend to come to mind, but the combination of 50% Wisconsin red wheat seems to work here and gives this beer a little heartier feel in both taste, and certainly appearance to match the cooler weather. Impressive Autumn release!

Photo of Pauly2X
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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".

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 sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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 Viciousknishs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a garnet amber color with great clarity. Solid three fingers of tannish tinted offwhite head. Decent retention.

S- big spice aromas of clove, cinnamon and allspice. A hint of banana and bubblegum in the middle. Finish is enticing wheat with a touch of raw honeycomb.

T- slight malty sweetness at first with a cracked wheat flavor. Not much flavor at first but on the finish a burst of clove, banana and bubblegum linger on the palate with a note of green apple fruitiness.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a light medium body and effervescent carbonation.

D- very drinkable with a very refreshing character.

Overall a very solid brew.

Photo of amphion1065
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to receive two bottles of this beer in two separate trades that landed on the same day. Since I shared my goods, I can't say with any certainty whose bottle I drank, so thanks to both htomsirveaux and duffcalifornia for these. Enjoyed from a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

The pour is much darker than I expected. A deep, shockingly clear garnet ruby hue. A one-finger slightly off-white head lasts for some time; the retention is really excellent. The thick, scattered lacing is really stunning.

The aroma is, at first, quite typical for the style. Ester fruits, bananas mostly, are very prevalent. Very clear bubblegum characteristics, that Belgian yeast quality is clearly defined. But there's also a malty, sweet, caramel-like aroma that works surprisingly well with that wheaty, fruity combination. A very enjoyable interplay of different smelling qualities.

Those Belgian yeast flavors, mostly ester fruits, are very evident in the taste. There's a slight peppery spice that adds a little zing to the mix. Some citrus fruits are present, maybe a touch of lemon in there. As the smell indicated, there is some malty caramel sweetness. I'm also getting a bread-like, pilsner malt flavor from this.

A very easy beer to drink, with medium carbonation and body. I enjoyed sipping and savoring this, but could certainly see this being a staple session-type beer.

I'm not very experienced with the style, but I really enjoyed this. A pretty delicious German-style beer from a brewery I love,I'd certainly stock up on this if I could.

Photo of tewaris
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

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 beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

A - Pours as clear as can be with a huge white cap.

S - Moderate scents of all the things I look for in a Weizen...banana, clove, bubblegum.

T - Somewhat sweet on the palate with subdued (compared to unfiltered versions) flavors mirroring the smell. A little less lemon tart as well. Finishes sweet leaving you wanting more.

M - Light-bodied with decent carbonation.

D - Very drinkable.Very refreshing, An outstanding version of the style.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: A light orangish amber bodied beer with a massive white head. Heavy sticky lacing. At least 3 fingers head after a gentle pour.

Smell: As soon as you pop the cap off this beer the smell of sweet bananas are everywhere. When you put your nose in the beer you get a decent amount of clove and yeast and wheat notes. Smells good.

Taste: Clove is the first thing you taste followed by some wheat and spicy yeast notes. A touch of cinnamon. Although the banana have a decent presence in the nose they are quite faint in the taste of this beer and only appear for a short time in the beers finish. Has a clean and fresh taste to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean, refreshing beer.

Overall: New had a Kristalweizen beer, but I trust that new glarus did this beer style the right way. Enjoyable beer.

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 manitouman84
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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

A million thanks as always to klikger for beautiful beer to drink. Cheers!

What a beer to enjoy on a mild sunday evening. A nice creamy head delivers in a medium-bodied and well carbonated avalanche of tamed wheat, clove, cinnamon, banana, corn and a tad of aged cheddar cheese. Really cant get enough of these great new glarus brews. This brewery is really showing that it can be calculated, balanced and masterful in its measurements in addition to creative, artistic and extreme. Absolutely recommend this!

Photo of kbutler1
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.

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

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into tulip style pint glass.

A) It is a deeper amber. There was a full two finger head, complete with rocky top. Nice retention. Good amount of lacing. Looks quite inviting.

S) Aroma of wheat and spices. A pleasing sweetness and hints of ripe banana.

T) Wheat upfront, sweetness and hints of other fruit, bit of apple, maybe pear. The banana is in there for sure. The finish is spice, mostly the clove.

M) Medium body, and pretty well carbonated. It is actually pretty creamy. Very nice on the palate.

O) This is pretty darn good. I had a few folks compare this to Dancing Man Wheat. This is not as good, but if Dancing Man isn't available, this would be an acceptable plan B.

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.