Laughing Fox | New Glarus Brewing Company

Laughing FoxLaughing Fox
BA SCORE
3.85/5
337 Ratings
Laughing FoxLaughing Fox
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Wisconsinality on 08-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,602
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
337
pDev:
14.03%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 337 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 jzlyo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bighuge
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jera1350
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color with lots of active carbonation that produces a massive cap of thick foam.

Lots going on in the smell. Lots of clove and banana with spice notes behind. Very inviting.

Not as big on the flavor as the nose suggested, but still more than satisfying. Kind of a light bready/biscuity taste with subtle nuances of the clove and banana. Hints of spice and hops in there as well. Very flavorful for such a low alcohol beer.

The feel just has too much carbonation going on in it, otherwise it would be fine. Has a light to medium feel, which makes it feel much bigger than what you would expect from a lower abv beer.

A very drinkable beer with lots of flavor. I could see myself drinking several of these easily and doing so nearly year round except for the bitter cold winter months. Another solid beer by NG.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very yeasty, spicy, and fruity aroma. Wheat grains and bready malts with a mix of spices including clove, cinnamon, and a little coriander. Bready hints of hay, grains, biscuit, and crackers. Nice mix of fruity esters with some bananas, lemon, apple, orange, and some bubblegum. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty good mix of wheat, spices, and fruit.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a solid mix of wheat, spices, and fruity esters. Bready wheat and malts with tasting notes of cereal grains, biscuit, hay, crackers, and yeast. Nice mix of spices with some clove, cinnamon, and a tad of coriander like spice. Complex mix of fruit undertones with some notes of bananas, apple, lemon, orange, and bubblegum. Mild earthy hop presence that provides a little bitterness towards the finish. A solid mix of flavors. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, spicy, smooth, and fairly drying.

Overall: A very solid take on the style. A good mix of wheat, spice, and fruity esters.

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Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 337 ratings
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