Laughing Fox - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 45
Gots: 14 | 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 WankelEngine
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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 Jparker37
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful red-copper with a huge white head that looks creamy and lasts a good long while and leaves thick lacing across the glass. Carbonation streaming from the bottom.

S: Woah, this beer is extremely reminiscent to their retired (and my personal favorite) Crack'd Wheat. I get tons of clove and tons of cinnamon and it just smells absolutely fantastically fresh and bold and full of wheaty goodness.

T: Clove and cinnamon battle each other out as a light fruitiness parts their way. It finishes with a taste of wheat, then a very light spiciness remains on the palate. Just a tiny bit of bitterness to let you know you are drinking a beer. A lemon zest hop character is noticeable as well.

M: Light-medium, refreshing, and surprisingly, not overcarbonated. Maybe even a touch creamy; smooth as all hell.

All in all, this beer is an awesome release from New Glarus. I highly recommend picking this one up, because if there is one thing New Glarus does exceptionally well (besides their fruit beers) is their wheat beers. I just wish they would not have ceased production of Crack'd Wheat.

Photo of cooch69
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of adman08
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.36/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
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.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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???

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

Photo of TheSSG
4.71/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of mariposafan
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a moderate amber with a huge, creamy beige head. Probably on the dark side for the style but within the bounds listed. Otherwise I'm not sure what could be better here.

The aroma isn't as intense as Dancing Man but is otherwise very similar - lots of banana, bubblegum and spices, moderately sweet. The lower intensity would appear to be correct for a Kristalweizen.

The flavor is just a little watery but what's present is just what I'd expect. The flavor follows the aroma to a T - banana, bubblegum and spices. Just a hint of bitterness on the tail end. Oddly enough, for a 4.5% beer, there's also a bit of alcohol in the flavor.

Lots of creamy, smooth carbonation adds just the right touch to a moderately light body.

I'll have to try this and Dancing Man back to back to decide which I prefer but the fact that it's even close says volumes about this beer. The lower ABV gives it a boost for me, Dancing Man's slightly punchier flavor is in it's favor. Absolutely wonderful - I wonder if there's any chance that they'll do this one year round.

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Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.