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Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

322 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 43
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 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 homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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

homebrew311, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

vette2006c5r, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

syrupjoe, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Viciousknishs, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

amphion1065, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of tewaris
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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

tewaris, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Jason, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

beagle75, Oct 16, 2011
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 Brunite
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Brunite, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 11, 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
Photo of manitouman84
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

manitouman84, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

schoolboy, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Klym, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

kbutler1, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

RoamingGnome, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

jera1350, Oct 04, 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 nsmartell
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to my Schlafly weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours amber/reddish color with a fluffy, soapy, dirty white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: flowery, cloves, banana bread and slightly spicy.

Taste: Very sweet, bread-like malts and wheat and banana cloves come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied, smooth with nice carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and will recommend. I’m enjoying the 6-pack I picked up even though this is octoberfest season.

nsmartell, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a tucher glass in the classic hefeweizen pour. beer has been out less than a month, so even without a dated bottle, i know its pretty fresh.

a- pours a clear amber color with a huge billowing thick white head. like a clear heffeweizen basically right in the style.

s- huge amounts of the classic hefeweizen style smells, banana, clove, bubble gum and other sugar sweetness. it smells so delicious honestly

t- taste is true to the nose. more banana, clove and wheat sweetness. must more complex than I had anticipated and I am pleasantly surprised.

m- feel is quite carbonated, but still manages to stay creamy. flavors dont linger too long.

i might not be the most well versed in this style, but I have had enough hefeweizen to know that this guy is delicious. once again new glarus has shown that they are the US king of classic german styles.

crewfan16, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light reddish orange body. The head is pale tan and foamy with nice stamina at around an inch tall.

S - Banana and subtle spice.

T - Banana and mildly roasted malts. This is a beverage that has sessionable written all over as far as the taste goes.

M - Soft and smooth throughout this beer goes down well.

~ As I mentioned above, this is a beer that I would certainly sit down and session. I recommend any beer fans give this a sampling.

cdkrenz, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of johnkale
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass

A - gorgeous, translucent ruddy copper, pillowy head, moderate lacing, one of the best looking beers I've ever seen

S - a lot of banana, a little peppery spice, a decent amount of caramel and bready malt aromas, and just a touch of acidic citrus mixed in there as well

T - sweet, bready, significantly less fruity/spicy compared to the nose, but banana and bubblegum are still pretty easy to pick out, a little clove and a little pine in the finish

M - kinda watery with a slightly sticky finish, which is think is the norm, but I feel as if it would benefit from some more carbonation

O - I could drink a lot of this beer (and considering the strength, can't say I'd regret it), not way out there but very clean and fairly well balanced, perfect summer session beer, don't know why they released this one just as fall was approaching

johnkale, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

weatherdog, Sep 22, 2011
Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.