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Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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116 Reviews

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 335
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.72%
Wants: 53
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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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 335
Photo of Jparker37
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Crystal clear amber. A dense mountain of vanilla colored head. Thick lacing left down the glass.

S - Great banana ester persists through filtration. Has a sweet bread crust maltiness: toasty munich/biscuit malt, a touch of cinnamon.

T - I get a quick glimpse at some toasty malt but there is a huge helping of twangy wheat immediately after. Has good banana flavor that lingers a little for a pleasant finish.

M - High carbonation dances well on my tongue. Light to moderate body. Semi-sweet.

O - Great looking beer. Smells show a good depth of complexity. Flavor is huge on wheat and hefe-like. Carbonation works well and has perfect feel. Another great beer by New Glarus.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear red apple cider color. Nice off white color foam.

Nose is fruity apple and strong banana with some bubble gum. Frseh and fruity.

Taste is great bavarian wheat and yeast taste with a fruit base and picking up apple again which is a New Glarus characteristic that I love. A sweet and tart finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium fizz with a crisp finish. Very refreshing.

Overall this is a cut above most american wheat beers. New Glarus makes the best beers in the U.S.A. When will they sell in Chicago???

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Photo of ChiPool
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice.

This pours a deep amber color: darker than I expected. It has a moderate amount of off-white head, which dissipates quickly. The smell is light & refreshing: banana, cloves, and sweet malts. It smella like a light belgian. The taste is light, pleasant, & refreshing: more of the banana flavor, with a light mouthfeel.

A departure from my usual, and I found it enjoyable.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very tasty wheat beer from the good folks north of the Cheddar Curtain. (I'm a FIB...what can I say?).

Appearance: Dark bronze color. Clear. Good, white head that lingered to about an inch throughout the sampling.
Smell: Doughy, bread-y, grassy, clove. Clearly, a wheat beer.
Taste: Herbal, zesty, refreshing. And is there a trace of smoke in this bad-boy? I'm thinking yes.
Mouthfeel: Clean, balanced. Dry-ish finish.
Overall: Dan and Deb give a nice twist on a classic Bavarian-style "kristall" wheat beer. Big props for the darker-than-usual color, and although it has all the required components of a classic German wheat beer, I don't think I'm lying when I say that there is some (at least a hint) of smoke/rauch in this too. Very good indeed!

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

Served chilled in a Weizen glass

A - pours a clear copper, large head with lots of staying power. Darker than I expected for a kristalweizen, but Dan says on the bottle, this is "his take" on the style, so I'll trust him.

S - spicy, clove, banana, a bit more subtle than its cousin Dancing Man, but definitely present and pleasant.

T - again, lots of spicy clove and banana, not too sweet, a good balance

M - good amount of carbonation, thicker than I expected, yet very clean. No hint of alcohol.

O - I really liked this offering from NG, definitely not just a filtered version of Dancing Man, a unique beer of its own and one I could definitely throw back a few of.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this is #2 on the "Top Beers - Kristalweizen" list on beeradvocate.com. Bottle shared by Thorpe served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and clear, almost red, with moderate carbonation and a white head, decent retention and some lacing. OK...

Aroma is malty and sweet with a mild yeastiness and wheat to it. OK....

Beer is medium in body and a little sweet with a nice finish, a little grainy, a little wheaty, mostly malty, not a dry finish. I'm done describing this beer.

What exactly about this beer makes it a kristalweizen? Is this from the same brewery that makes Dancing Man? Why not make that into a kristal? What is this thing? I had assumed it was another boring amber until someone told me it as a kristal and then I sort of went crazy railing against the beer. I know it is open to interpretation but seriously? It is RED, it is uncarbonated, the yeast and the wheat don't come through, there is nearly nothing about this beer that tells me that it is a kristal.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a nice box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

Pours a medium golden-copper color. Not sure how a Kristalweizen ends up this way, but it's far, far too dark. Short white head. The nose carries some light yeasty notes plus a bit of grain. Not too much going on. The flavor is is similar, with a bit too much bready malt coming through. Body is medium and a bit heavy.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is dark golden colored with a lasting white head. Too dark for the style. The aroma is similar to a dunkel weizen, with wheat and some dark fruit presence. A bit sweet and malty. I would prefer a lighter color and body, with less malt presence. Not what I look for in a beer of this style. Overall, this was just ok.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Strong looking pour with a cola light brown appearance and a 1 finger off white head that lingers and faintly laces.

S: Sweet fruit, banana, clove, coriander, cinnamon.

T: The banana and bubblegum tastes are present with a nice spicy clove and warming cinnamon taste coming through. Real sweet and spicy at the same time.

M: Very juicy with great mouth coating. Tingly carbonation and pleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Efeswasmy1st
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Aroma is heavy on banana, clove, some vanilla Similar to their Dancing Man Wheat.
Appearance is outstanding. Pour amber orange, and a frothy tan foam so thick was similar to a root beer float.
Taste has a medium sweetness and lightly sour.
Palate is light in body, slick and fizzy on the tongue.
Fun, different than average fall/winter beer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the Saint Arnold wheat glass.

Huge tan head fills most of the glass. Medium carbonation. Clear golden brown in color. Aroma is quite bready and sweet, faint herbal-orange quality. Starts with a lot of wheat, light clove and banana. Becomes slightly tart in the middle. Medium body, light ethanol. Finish is wheaty with a mild astringency.

Might need another sample of this one. Seems out of character for NG.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this recently because, hey, I don't believe I've ever tasted a kristalweizen before. Actually, I had to look up the style to figure out what it was. Filtered hefe? OK. Trust in New Glarus, & always looking for that next great session brew.

Pour is an over-enthusiastic mushroom-cloud of a head, to the point of having to pause before completing the task at hand. Very light, very clear copper body. Nose is a full tank of banana, bubblegum, spicy clove. Packs well for a low-ABV beer.

Laughing Fox. Now I know what a kristalweizen tastes like. All the nose indicators come out for the taste buds too, but in a less aggressive manner. Banana is certainly dominant. Very much like a hefe, to the point that I wonder why this merits a distinct style, & if we need one for filtered vs. unfiltered wild ales. Certainly easy to sip, I can see why one would want to lounge in the backyard & drink these while taking potshots at the wild turkeys trying to dig up your corn rows.

Overall this is a good, solid beer that seems like it was designed for cool nights around the campfire, with a s'more dangling over the coals. Very nice, sessionable beer.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber with lots of foamy off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet--fruity esters, banana, pear, and some green grapes. Reminds me of banana runts a bit.

Upfront taste is slightly bitter, floral, fruity esters, pear, and grape skins. Taste follows through to the finish but with some additional sweetness. Lingering fruity esters.

Light to medium body with medium/high carbonation. Crisp finish.

Light and refreshing with a good aroma and flavor. Really easy to drink--a perfect beer for summer.


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Photo of samie85
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of thick white head.

Smells of big clove notes with some banana and cracked wheat.

Big clove with some wheat and slight drying, clean bitterness on the finish.

Mouth is light bodied with ample carbonation and a drying finish.

I really do understand why people like wheat beers, but they're just not my cup of tea especially the German style examples that feature the estery yeast notes.

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

The aroma of this brew is appetizing with notes of clove and banana bread. Some fresh fruity notes are deposited on the palate as the lively copper-hued brew moves through the mouth. The flavors are nice and fresh with orchard fruit and spice. It's earthy and refreshing at the same time. Another nice beer from the folks at New Glarus.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of adman08
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours clear amber with a distinct reddish/copper tone and a lot of creamy off-white head.
S-Strong aroma of cloves with some cinnamon and bananas and a slight bready scent.
T-Lots of clove flavor and cinnamon. Some banana bread flavor as well with s hint of noble hops.
M-Slightly dry with a lot of carbonation.
Overall, for the style this is an outstanding beer. Despite the appearance the flavor is that of a very traditional hefeweizen. I thought the filering would change the flavor but this still has the flavor of a traditional German hefeweizen. A very good beer for the style.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of scaliasux
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Copper. Clear. Medium tall foamy off-white head. Good retention.

Smell - Moderate wheat. Strong banana character, somewhat milder clove. Not picking up the purported cinnamon.

Taste - Dryer than I expected. Mostly wheat/grain flavor. Banana and clove are more subdued in the taste than the aroma. A little citrus in the finish. Light, but bready with fruit and spice accents - a very nice example of the style, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - Light and refreshing with a nice, non-insipid flavor.

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Photo of joshwoodward
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smallish head, with no sediment. Definitely a little too carbonated for my taste - the mouthfeel was a little too creamy, masking the flavor. I was hoping for something a little bit bolder in flavor - there's a little bit of clove spice going on, but no banana or cinnamon. As it warms up a little and de-gasses, it's more enjoyable. Nice beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
2271 on the neck, no info.

A - Laughing Fox pours a crystal clear bronzy amber color complete with a light tan head. The four fingers of dense foam has intense retention but eventually leaves the glass caked in sheets of lace.

S - Fragrant and pungent, the aroma is bursting with German yeast esters of clove and banana with sly cinnamon hints. Soft wheat with mildly toasted amber malt notes provides the base.

T - Munich malts and light toasted amber notes are buried in the fox hole by German yeast esters. Banana, clove, and light cinnamon spice accentuate the wheat softness.

M - Smooth and soft, Laughing Fox is a medium-bodied beer with strong carbonation and a light spicy finish with great balance.

O - The empty glass, showing the fox's quick departure, is coated with lace and leaves a nice flavor lingering on my palate. Laughing Fox, like all other wheat beers from New Glarus, is outstanding; just world class! Surprisingly toasty, cunningly balanced, and delicious all around, it's a great seasonal with plenty of character!

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Photo of cooch69
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep copper with some amber hues. Really bright and clear. The head on this one is cloudy white and about two fingers tall.

Nose has lots of honey with notes of bubble gum and clove. I get a lovely sweet and spicy combination of both green and red apples. Almost cider like qualities in the nose. Very lively carbonation tickles the nostril hairs and gets the mouth salivating for the first sip.

Very fruity and spicy. Again lots of notes of apples, cinnamon and cloves with a little bubble gumminess. Fairly sweet but not overboard. Nice bready finish. Some booziness in the finish.

I don't get to try this breweries offering as often as I'd like to because they are all fantastic.

Small on alcohol, big on flavor.
Super session ale right here.

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Photo of zachary80
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle fresh from Wisconsin thanks to Matt C. Poured into a pint.

Very nice creamy white head leaves thick lacing. Body is darker than expected and slightly offputting - more like a clear amber or brown ale.

The flavor and aroma are both similar to a muted hefeweizen. Clove, light banana, breadiness are prevalent.

Body is creamy, carbonation lively on the tongue.

Overall this is a good beer that grows on me. Seems a little dark for the style. Definitely a beer I could have a few of

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