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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 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 Viciousknishs
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Docrock
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass

A - deep amber in color, very thick 1" plus head that slowly dwindled leaving a thin cap that lasted through the entire glass. minimal lacing that quickly slides back down the sides.

S - mild banana and a touch of cloves, slight maltiness.

T - nice wheat profile with a bit of the banana. a slight tangy aftertaste.

M - above average carbonation and a medium body for the style

O - really attractive beer, pleasant aroma and easily drinkable. havent had many Kristalweizen's prior to this, but enjoy the style, have always been a Hefeweizen fan. the carbonation is spot on, and this is an emjoyable beer. i see this as a good beer for late spring time.

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Photo of BrewDogg
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up because it said it shared similiar taste to the New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Weizen. This is exactly how it tastes, but more of a watered down version.

A - Pours a red caramel color with a prominent long lasting head.

S - A sort of a fruity smell, but very unique. The clove is very easily noticeable.

T - The beer has a unique taste, but not exactly a taste which makes you want every last drop. The beer is very bubbly and coats your tongue with foam with every drink from the bottle. The clove dominates the taste of the beer and very little cinnamon is notced.

M - The bubbles covers te tongue with every drink.

This is a great beer in my book. Unique taste and real easy drinking. Although I would rather have the older brother Unplugged Imperial Weizen since it has more of a warming sensation and high alcohol content. This beer is perfect for those who want to taste something new with a couple friends.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/03/12 notes. Picked a bottle of this up at the brewery and opened it the next day in my hotel room. 12 oz. bottle.

a - Pours a somewhat clear amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, bready malts, toasted malts, lightly sweet spices, apples, and fruity malts. Nice fruity nose.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, yeast, bready malts, dough, wheat, apples, pears, fruity malts. Light pepper. Taste is sweeter than the nose and has more bananas.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. Loads of bananas and bread, especially in the taste. Also a good amount of fruit and apples to it, and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of bierbrauer
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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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Photo of matjack85
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build your own 6 pack of New Glarus beers for $10 (so $1.67 per bottle). No freshness date. Unfortunately, New Glarus does not distribute their beers outside the state, so you'll have to make the trip up to Wisconsin to taste one of these.

Nice looking pour. Two fingers of creamy white head atop a clear amber orange/red body that does resemble the color of a fox coat. Retention was good and the lacing was even better.

The smell was mostly banana with a bit of bubble gum sweetness.

Banana, clove, and cinnamon are the predominant flavors. Wheat malt, caramel malt, some other fruits, and a bit of pepper add to the taste. Decent taste but no "oh wow" factor.

Light body and very spritzy. The carbonation level is way up there.

Easy and enjoyable to drink. Another good offering from New Glarus, although not in my top 10.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of Brunite
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of Strix
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass, huge initial head, pretty good lacing. Clear pale copper.

Banana, clove, and wheatiness the primary smells.

Wheat, black pepper, cinnamon, light fruits, and especially clove in the taste.

Very crisp mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation, fits the style nicely.

This was nice and light and balanced. Nothing extreme about it, just nicely balanced and well done. I'd like to show this to some bud light drinkers.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a New Glarus taster and flute. Split with the wifey for dinner.

A: Pours a brownish color, clear and light, with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Big yeasty notes up front. Clove and banana. Sweet bread with some cracked wheat as well.

T: Same as the nose. Lots of yeasty esters, clove and banana, with some backing wheat flavors. Sweet malts as well. Light citrus note, but the malts, wheat and yeast are the stars of the show.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet finish.

O: A nice beer. My first true Kristalweizen. Nice flavors all around. Well balanced.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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 Duff27
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a weizen glass, huge four-inch, light tan head on a clear, darker amber/ruby red body. A dozen or so carbonation streams float upward. Excellent head retention and above average clumpy lacing.

S- Fresh banana notes.

T- Subtle banana/clove characteristic at the tail end of each taste. Hint of lemon zest in the mix as well. Very easy drinking as 4.5%abv fits the taste perfectly.

M- Well carbonated...tiny bubbles on the tongue here. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Highly drinkable beer but not enough flavor to drop everything and seek-out. Refreshing and quite-enjoyed a lot. Not well-versed on this style so take these ratings with a grain of salt.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out translucent and definitely tilted towards the reddish end of the amber spectrum in color (the bottle label describes the beer as the color of a red fox's coat) with a two finger head in my weizen glass that stays solid for a good fifteen minutes worth of sipping.

I keep getting a very distinct aroma of fresh cut green apple slices hovering under the heavy blanket of clove/cinnamon spiced weizen wheat-bready goodness. Also noted, this one is not nearly as heavy on the banana notes in the nose as New Glarus's other weizens typically are. Taste is solidly wheatey and medium-low in yeastiness but really, that is plenty enough to compliment the delicate dry mead and apple tones I keep picking up here and there. In some beers, I understand apple flavors and scents are considered to be an off-flavor, but it fits so well in this brew that I cannot imagine it wasn't done on purpose. Finish is not particularly long per se, but it is enjoyably dry while it lasts. Light in body, really easy to session at 4.5% ABV, but one should take the time to appreciate the tiny subtleties held within.

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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 jimmah120
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date. bought on a recent trip to the land of the cheeseheads

pours semi-cloudy amber-gold, smell is like a straight hefe- clove, wheat, coriander, some cinnamon as well. taste is an extremely bright, fruity, crisp take on a hefe. apple, pear, and tangerine fruit notes round out the clove and wheat hefe taste. slight cloying feel, light, well carbonated.

Great easy drinkin' wheat beer with terrific flavor. Well done New Glarus!

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this beer pours brilliantly clear copper with a thick, ample off-white, beautiful! The nose is dominated by bountiful spice and clove yeast character with some sweet malt in the background. The flavor is like the nose, but much more subdued. The yeast character is subdued, yet still noticeable, with some bready, sweet malt in the background. The beer finishes pleasantly dry. Given the wonderfully strong nose I expected more body/mouthfeel, it doesn't need to be chewy, but it just misses as too thin, and this even with a medium-high carbonation. Overall a beautiful, great smelling beer, while the flavor is a bit too subdued and mouthfeel a bit thin, it is a highly drinkable refreshing beer.

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