Laughing Fox
New Glarus Brewing Company

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German Kristalweizen
Ranked #2
Ranked #14,262
3.9 | pDev: 13.59%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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 wheat in our open top fermenters. Tickle your nose notes of spicy clove and cinnamon abound. Dan’s inspired Weizen interpretation reflects the deep bittersweet color of our Fox’s red coat.

Expect this beer to pour a lively effervescent glass thick with creamy foam and bursting with luscious fruity notes on your pallet. 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.

Foods: Pork Roast, Bratwurst
Cheeses: Gruyere, Aged Cheddar
Dessert: Carrot Cake
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Photo of Lucular
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle split with my wife. I've been waiting years to try this beer and it did not disappoint. Classic and abundant hefeweizen flavors of bubblegum, banana, and spice. Smooth mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Lucular from Maryland, Feb 03, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass shows a gorgeous dark amber color and floats a tall, fluffy, off-white head of mixed bubbles and leaves sheets of artistic lacing with legs.

Aroma is a subtle mix of banana and caramel and the flavors match. A hint of clove an cinnamon implies a yeast influence. The banana is almost candy like, think runts, however it does not detract from my appreciation.

Mouthfeel is lighter and finishes clean.

Overall a fun ale.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Dec 29, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a 20oz. weizen glass. This is a deep amber color, clear, with a high carbonation. The foam, three fingers, is a slightly off white that very slowly fade leaving very little lacing. This is a very pretty pour!
The aroma is light banana and mild caramel malt note.
The taste follows the nose, just what I expect, banana, sweet caramel, with a slightly dry finish. This beer is very low on the bitterness scale.
The feel is creamy, just what I expect from New Glarus.
This is a good beer and the low alcohol level lets me sample a few extra!

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German-Helles from Wisconsin, Dec 21, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a Big Fan of New Glarus (I've rated 45% more beers from from them than my #2 brewery), I am glad to review Laughing Fox; having missed it in the two (or three) previous releases. (Today's label also is improved from the photo.) And at this moment and month, I am in the midst of my Advent Calendar of 24 purchased at Costco and given to me. This box is a festival of small crafters, many family-started brewers in small German towns.

All this makes me particularly glad to have Laughing Fox to compare how one of the best American crafters in the German tradition interprets and innovates from the Bavarian brewer-lode.

Laughing Fox Looks like it will be good; consider it an amber-red like a marine, but I got a very inviting foam. Smells are more modest and subdued than the unfiltered hefe, a nice change. Taste balances rich malts and just enough hops. Enough bubbles to cleanse the palate for cheese and yet soft. This can sit in my mouth all afternoon. Paired well with cheddar.

Another Bravo for New Glarus.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Dec 04, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Stamped on the bottle is 'C020 12:59'.
Clear, amber brown colored body. Two fingers of off white head, which settles back to a thick cap. Leaves behind a string of lacing on the drinking side of the glass.
Aroma of toasted malts, sweeter fruit, and spicy clove, cinnamon and banana.
Taste is malty, with banana, clove, and cinnamon. Fruity hops add in.
Slightly thicker than medium mouth feel. Excellent carbonation.
Very clean and refreshing wheat beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep red orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet wheat, slight fruitiness, banana sticking out. Tastes of sweet grain with slight spiciness, and very slight fruitiness. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin, Nov 03, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark pour for a hefe, rich head light lacing. A solid aroma of wheat and background notes of banana and stone fruits. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. NG has taken a seldom-brewed style and made something of it. Seek it out — it may not last long.

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NickSMpls from Washington, Nov 03, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date, served in a nonic glass.

Appearance: Clear/Bright dark amber. Thick persistent light tan head with plenty of fine lacing noted.

Smell: Banana, clove.

Taste: Banana, clove, toasted malt, bready, wheat, very light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - almost Belgian like in the way it scrubs the palate. Chewy as well.

Overall / Drinkability: A very different Kristallweisbier than what I've had in the past - the darker color, the toasted malt flavors, and the carbonation make for a very interesting beer that fits within the style, but has some unique aspects as well. Went well with food (beef kofte on flatbread) and I would not mind having another one of these with a meal again sometime soon. A bit too sweet to have by itself, but overall a good beer that does pair well with food.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sometimes, I like my hefeweizen to be a little cleaner. This is where the Laughing Fox takes it place. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Kristalweizen....that must be it's pale colored. Wrong! Laughing Fox is dark amber orange with a translucent body, unhazy, topped with a pillowy head which dots the glass with lace. Light on the phenols, the classic hefeweizen trait. It still has the banana and clove, but cleaner and softer. Apple strudel makes an appearance.

"Buttery" overall taste. Apple and banana are dusted with clove, then cooked in butter. That's the best comparison to this beer. The carbonation comes around at the end, leaving a crisp sensation.

Love it when a brewer makes an uncommon style; even better when it's brewed to quality. New Glarus does that thing well.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Oct 27, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into New Glarus glass.

Pours darker than expected, a very rooty caramel color with a nice off-white head of 2 fingers, receding to a thick ring leaving sparse lacing.

Aroma of clove, pear juice, candy, orange peel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Much like a Weihenstephaner.

Flavor is similar but less intense. Some toasted caramel malts, marshmallow, cinnamon, clove, orange peel, toast, mint, and sarsaparilla.

Feel is crisp and creamy, with a medium body and heavy carbonation. Mild detectable alcohol.

Overall, a very tasty German wheat beer that pays homage to ancient Germany.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Oct 26, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, undated, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass.

The beer pours a dark amber color, copper and rust hues with a foamy off white head that rises a few fingers tall and has excellent retention leaving large swatches of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma is great, lots of cloves, banana, cinnamon, soft caramel grains and a light noble hoppiness. The flavors are right in line, nice strong assertive maltiness, soft wheat and amber grains, very hearty with a that signature clove, cinnamon and banana character with a touch of grassiness. The mouthfeel is great, coating, hearty medium body that is nice and lively with a super smooth and crisp finish.

Verdict: A great weizen from New Glarus. Simple and straight to the point but it makes for a very approachable and quaffable beer. Hard to go wrong with this one.

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kevanb from Illinois, Oct 24, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red amber, and clear for a wizen, with a creamy, slightly off white head. This beer has a strong aroma, with the clove and banana coming from the yeast, and strong notes of cinnamon. The taste is sweet malt with hints of cinnamon up front, with the spicy tartness of a saison on the finish. As the beer warms the tartness becomes more pronounced, leaving a balanced and dry finish. Body is heavier than it looks due to the wheat.

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TH28 from Florida, Aug 11, 2016
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3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: Crisp, malty wheat, spiced cinnamon notes.
Sweet bread nose.
Amber color and clear with average head.
Medium to lite body. Would make a good appetizer beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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pat61 from Minnesota, May 26, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Not much haze, very very slight, mostly clear. Amber color and a big head and good rimming
Smell - Great wheaty clove scent, very very slight banana
Taste - same as the scent, slight spice to it and a little bubblegum
Feel - Medium body and carbonation, slight fizz
Overall - tasty kristalweizen

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first of this style. Got from a trade. Pours a deep orange red with large creamy head that has just a hint of orange color to it. Aroma is strong pears, wheat, funky yeast, banana, more sweet pears. Very nice. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Tastes like biting into a fresh pear. Hints of cinnamon that do not overpower, but supplement the beer very nicely. Not overly sweet at all and is quite refreshing. Nicely balanced brew that one could drink all night. This is really fantastic.

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BMMillsy from Florida, Oct 14, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Fcolle2 from Illinois, Jun 26, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Treebs from Illinois, May 28, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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TheSSG from Illinois, May 04, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on November 4, 2019. The look is amazing in every way. There are notes of cinnamon and clove. There's some fruitiness too.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Docrock for this bottle!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle poured into a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a textbook copper color with a khaki, surprisingly creamy, three finger head. Retention is good, but not noteworthy. Not what I was expecting, but appealing.

S - Banana dominates. Light caramel, candi sweetness, and clove/spice esters are prominant. Moderate in strength. Typical biscuity yeast characteristics are present, if a bit restrained (though that may be true to style.) Inviting, to say the least.

T - Typical but fresh, sweet banana notes open. Lightly toasted and Crystal malts form the body, differentiating it from your typical hefe. I like it. Not bready or doughy. Light spice throughout, though I'd be hard pressed to identify them. The caramel throughout is a nice touch.

M - Crisp, chewy, smooth, and refreshing. Nearly ideal.

D - This is the first beer I've had in the style. A departure from your typical wheat offering, but definitely worth a go. I'd have it again.

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blakelive784 from Colorado, Mar 10, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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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jimmah120 from Minnesota, Feb 14, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Nice amber/dark orange color. Very clear with a 3 finger white head.

S- Wheat, Clove, Banana, Sweet smell. Smells very similar to dancing man just a little cleaner.

T- Very similar to smell, lots of clove. Basically a lighter, cleaner dancing man. Really nice Kristalweizen to introduce me to the style.

M- Light and clean all the way through with some great carbonation.

O- Another solid offering from New Glarus. I'm still of the opinion that they do not make a bad beer. If you want all the flavors of a great hefeweizen with a lighter body, seek this out.

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cquinn17 from Washington, Feb 06, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Docrock from Illinois, Jan 28, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper to orange hue with a huge off white head. Little to no lacing but the color and head looked great. Crystal clear as the style would suggest.
S: like a hefe, all kinds of wheat, spice, banana and hints of clove and bubble gum. A tad muted, but still noticeable.
T: follows the nose in terms of ingredients, but the flavor profile is more enhanced. The clove and banana noted really hop out.
M: medium carbonation but the body is light to medium. Really easy to drink and it has a nice, sweet hang. Slightly creamy.
O: like most brews of new glarus, this is well crafted and one you should try. This stands up to any imported kristal weizen. Prost.

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