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Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%


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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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

A - A cascade of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass, resulting in a two finger off-white head. The beer is clear and copper in color.

S - Strong banana and biscuit aromas, with clove abound.

T - Incredibly mild, but very sweet in the middle, mellowing out to a smooth bready finish. Banana bread with clove. I almost think this is a better "banana bread beer" than Young's beer of that name!

M - Light to medium body, very wet, with active bubbles that tickle the tongue. Dries out slightly in the tail end.

O - Overall a fine brew. A nice example of banana esters developed purely from yeast, paired with fulfilling bread and a bit of spicy clove. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:19:18 | More by greenmonstah
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steveh

Illinois

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

Had never seen this NG on the shelves. Can't remember the last Kristalweizen I had, interesting that the small brewery from over the border wanted to make one.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a massive, off-white head that lasts long into the beer.

S -- Nicely mild banana/bubblegum with vague graininess back.

T -- Citrus character up front, somewhat tart, that blends into the banana esters and then into smooth malts. Finishes with a mildly tart citrus ester and light spiciness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light body.

O -- A very well made take on a seldom seen style. Has all the characteristics you'd expect in a Bavarian Hefeweizen without the cloudy yeast.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 22:12:10 | More by steveh
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scottfrie

California

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:59:06 | More by scottfrie
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vigorous pale golden yellow with a huge head of fizzy white lace, took several pours before the entire bottle could be released in a very tall glass. Lots of carbonation was apparent from the start through the absolutely flawless crystal clear nature of it. No sediment and no haze at all. Head settled down to just a thin film and that lasted throughout, but leaving copious side lace. Smell was very light, almost non existent at first but then some nice grain aromas broke though with a touch of yeast to add. Light flavor as well, just a nice light wheat flavor is really all that can be said about it. Mouth feel was again very light with ample carbonation it went down like water. Huge session ale here, this had all the earmarks of a hot summer day in the backyard brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:58:01 | More by mikesgroove
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Laughing Fox. "In playful pursuit of butterflies, a Red Fox danced across the brewery hill. His joy so pure it bubbled through our hearts and into this beer. Laughing Fox is a sparkling Kristal Weizen brewed in the Bavarian tradition with 50% Wisconsin wheaten our open top fermenters. …blah, blah, blah, …This is easy drinking beer perfect for a friendly Wisconsin evening. Relax, this is God's country, here we have the strength to reach for the stars and change the world."

Well, that was one of the most over-wrought labels I've ever read, here in Satan's Backyard, Minneapolis. Some of the sentences I skipped prove this even further, but I'm censoring the descriptors so I can do it myself. And so…

Big, booming off-white head, clear, with caramel-toned coloring…a bit darker than I anticipated.

Spicy, clove notes, …rye malt? Cinnamon, brown sugar. Enticing, and lively.

Brisk, sparkling mouthfeel, leads to sterling consumability. Clean, to the point where I miss the texture a non-filtered wizen would bring. Some fruit in here, some apple, cherry, maybe. This flavor grows and covers up that patch missing in the character. Becomes more likable further in…but it doesn't go far enough.

This is the final bottle in the 6-pack. The other five made no impression on me, really, and at this last one, I feel I won't be missing it. New Glarus continues to be a brewery that misses almost as much as hits with me. But the hits deserve their accolades, don't get me wrong. This one? Eh.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 09:02:13 | More by feloniousmonk
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bertram

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a pint glass...

pours a nice golden-amber - almost like an apple cider in color - with a generous, slow-fading white head that falls to show minimal lacing.

smells heavy of apple at the start which faded quickly to banana and bubble gum.

the taste is a surprise in that it is so subtle in everything...nothing is really coming through for me here, I'm at a loss...the only thing that I'm getting is bubble gum, which I don't care for.

the mouthfeel is solid - good carbonation and a lingering bit of tingle on the tongue.

overall I'm really not sure how to rate this - at first, from the appearance and smell, I had high-hopes, but the taste was so subtle and almost bland for me that I'm not really a fan at first tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:24:40 | More by bertram
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Phocion

Minnesota

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

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Huge frothy off-white head sitting on a clear medium-amber body. Good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma is banana and clove. Light citrus and bubble gum, and mildly wheaty. Touch of cinnamon and vanilla.

Very clean, crisp flavor. Fruity and lightly spiced, with just a minimal wheaty presence.

Sharp, crisp, light-medium body with good carbonation.

I'm not a huge fan of most wheat beers, but I always come in with an open mind. This is a very clean, very drinkable beer. Solid, if not particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 20:47:30 | More by Phocion
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice burnt orange with about a 3 finger head that last a long time leaving a lot of lacing and finally settled to about a 1/4" cap

S-some spicy banana is what I get most for a smell in this one

T-bananas at first and then as it warms to room temperature more of the clove comes out

M-pretty light but good carbonation and dry finish

O-my wife picked this up for me and when I saw it was sort of filtered hefewiezen I wasn't sure I would like it since I don't care for most hefeweizen, but I was suprised to find it was better than I was expecting

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:05:24 | More by tvv375ia
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:11:50 | More by jmarsh123
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I a bought a 6pk of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $6.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours an amber orange color with a fluffy white head. Scent is full of wheats with a slight bitter scent mixed with bananas. The taste has a similar taste that reminds me of biting into an apple. I know there is a lot of wheat to this beer but I'm getting more apple tasting hints. This is a smooth, tasty brew that is a great drink for the fall harvest weather.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 20:48:42 | More by Lemke10
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doughanson78

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this. First review of a Kristalweizen.

A: Medium amber in color with great clarity. One finger white head with disappointing retention and lacing.

S: Lots of bubblegum. Slight banana and clove coming through. Some slight wheat.

T: Slight caramel upfront. Bubblegum, banana, clove, a touch of coriander. Finishing wheaty.

M: Light to medium bodied. Good mouth coating. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily.

O: A good beer. Nothing special. Light, tasty, sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 11:17:18 | More by doughanson78
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Brad007

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 01:48:06 | More by Brad007
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bierbrauer

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated Oct. 6, 2011, into a tulip glass.

A: Clear amber, w/ light effervescence; fluffy tan head that falls slowly and leaves thinly dispersed lacing.

S: Pink bubblegum, banana, clove, cinnamon; some caramel & wheat.

T: Bubblegum and banana, lemon, a bit sour

M: Light body and light carbonation; watery; neutral finish

O: A refreshing, very light brew. A good quaffer, with some complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:21:14 | More by bierbrauer
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birchstick

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:51:02 | More by birchstick
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younger35

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:47:32 | More by younger35
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:38:03 | More by Winter
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -8%
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".

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 20:45:57 | More by Pauly2X
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 00:33:24 | More by Sammy
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 16:53:12 | More by sweemzander
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 05:04:11 | More by homebrew311
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:16:37 | More by vette2006c5r
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:35:24 | More by syrupjoe
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:18:25 | More by Viciousknishs
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:15:46 | More by amphion1065
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 18:58:01 | More by tewaris
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