Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Snowshoe Red AleSnowshoe Red Ale

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Winter on 03-31-2002

Settle in with Wisconsin's Snowshoe Ale. This beer is brewed with a blend of American and German malts. We also infuse generous amounts of hops from Slovenia and the Great Pacific Northwest to add a special note of warmth for your winter evening's enjoyment.

Expect this beer to be a beautiful copper-red, with a fruity ale body and a spiced hop finish. Then sit back and rejoice in the season because it's these Wisconsin winters that keep the whiners out.
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Ratings: 455 | Reviews: 168
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How have I not reviewed this? This was my session beer of choice in college. My roommates and I bought this by the case each fall and winter. Alas, it is time and though this year's Snowshoe is quite different than the Snowshoe of old, more hoppy mostly, it is still excellent.

I've consumed about two cases so far this year but this review will be based on that draft version served up at Wonders Pub (RIP, Saturday was its 18th anniversary and its last day in business).

Appearance: Crimson amber body with aggressive carbonation and a thin, bubbly white head.

Aroma: Germanic grassy and herbal hops. Spicy as sin with a hefty caramel malt back body.

Taste: Robust caramel and bready/biscuity malt flavor with an exciting spicy hopped finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry. Smooth despite the appearance of assertive carbonation. Spicy.

Drinkability: This defines session. Snowshoe isn't a terribly exciting or innovative brew but that's why I love it. It's a simple style kept simple and done very well. It doesn't have any off putting aromas or flavors and it is completely sessionable. As someone who drinks mostly high ABV stouts or sour/funky ales I appreciate being reminded once in a while of the simple joys of beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus brew that's new to me. Glad to see they brewed this again. Pours into my glass a deep amber red color with great clarity. A small off white head sits atop the brew and leaves a cascade of lacing in its wake. So far so good. Aromas of toasted, bready malts with a rich caramel spice as well. Hints of nuts are there along with mild herbal hop tone. Kinda doughy with a fruity aspect thrown in as well.

First sip brings a rush of toasty, bready caramel malt goodness upfront. Spiciness moves in along with a hint of nuts. Fruit tones mingle in as the brew flows down with a hit of spicy, herbal hops that provides some bitterness. Quite a sturdy, malty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewy profile. This is a red ale that has some substance to it, quite a malty brew overall while still being refreshing. Overall, a solid beer from New Glarus. I could easily have a few and it will delight the malt lovers out there. I enjoy the spiciness as well. Thanks to nchrist13.

Photo of merlin48
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper body with a skimpy beige head that vanishes in seconds, leaving a few spots of lace.
Aroma has herbal hops and a fruity caramel maltiness. Apples and pears jump out from the nose.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body and lots of carbonation.
Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone, with a pleasant component of fruity fresh pears and apples. Herbal hops lend a white pepper note. Very nice sipper on a chilly winter evening.
Taste and aroma, with the inviting fruity presence, make up for the less than stellar appearance. Another thank you to my local BA, mtnlover, for bringing this fine winter warming Wisconsin ale to my fridge. This one fits the profile of a winter warmer more than an amber or red ale.

Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. Spicy notes of pine needles and maybe even some spruce and a little bit of caramel. Same spicy notes, almost a pepper-like flavor if that makes sense. Pine and spruce and maybe some toffee. Fairly light body with lighter than medium carbonation. Decent beer, a good one to have a few of; glad to see it back.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee with a little bit of dry cocoa mixed in. The flavor is similar. I get some toffee and chocolate notes, as well as some caramel and some grass from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I liked this beer, I just didn't have too much to say. A fairly straight forward amber ale.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of off white head covers the rim and half of the top. Aroma is of caramel and biscuity malt. The flavor is caramel and lightly sweet amber malt with a gentle bitterness from some German hops at the back of the palate. The mouth is dry and smooth.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and fairly sweet aroma with some floral hops. Toasted malts with a good hint of caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, toasted bread, and a slight hint of chocolate. Subtle apple and cherry fruit undertones. A little brown sugar scent. Hops are subdued but there is a earthy and floral scent. A solid red ale aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a bready malt driven red ale taste with a solid backing of hops. Sweet toasted malts with a good taste of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, biscuit, yeast, and a slight note of cocoa. Some apple and cherry like fruit notes along with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. A decent balancing presence of floral and earthy hops rounds out the finish. A solid taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sweet with a fairly drying finish. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A solid take on the style. Nicely bready and sweet but with a nice balance.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a big red fan, but I am a New Glarus fan. Easily one of the best breweries in Wisconsin.

Looks like a standard red ale. It's red. Not as clear as the crappy reds, looks like there might be some actual flavor up in there. Aroma, I've never found any aroma of any noticeable variety with a red.

Taste, decent, but isn't going to knock your socks off. Standard red, easy going, sessionable decent malt bill. No hops noticeable, but isn't flat either in any sense.

Mouthfeel, just meh, drinkable enough, but don't go out of your way. This is a good segue to some more adventurous beers. Solid, but pedestrian, especially for New Glarus.

Photo of ADR
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just shy of garnet color, clear. Head has decent duration as a skim but doesn't build any height on a vigorous pour. Simple collar lacing. Aroma is malty, a hint of cinnamon in a raisin bread context. Lighter-bodied, restrained carbonation, pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Flavors ring of light caramel, slightly buttery. Hopiness is subdued, herbal tea in impression, notably English in overall profile. Finsihes with decent body, sweetish aftertaste, but without a lot of fun complexity. Well-balanced, but a little boring as a special Seasonal entry.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear with a hue of hazelnut brown that shows a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing to the surface. There is a spongy light tan head that pushes up big bubbles before fading to a thin film.

S- This beer has a pretty cleans smell with soft notes of green noble hops coming through and a faint raw grain note at the finish.

T- This beer has a dry biscuit malt note at the beginning followed by a soft bitter noble hop finish with some pine hop qualities to it. There was a soft dry pale malt and sulfur note that lingered briefly after the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry crisp texture.

D- The finish of this beer reminded me of a light American Lager and that got in the way of the biscuit malt and bitterness from the hops. Even those flavors were a bit one dimensional. This beer seemed out of place as a winter seasonal aswell.

Photo of richkrull
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice brownish amber color. Thick tan colored head that gradually disappeared. Sweet smell but not overpowering at all. Good malty flavor throughout. Very easy to drink medium bodied beer. Quite drinkable for the duration of the night.

I really enjoyed this beer. Glad I tried it tonight. I'll probably have a few more.

Photo of weonfire
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Amber ale brings...and Amber color!! 2 full fingers of white head. dissipates slowly. Very nice lacing covers glass to top. Tiny little bubbles trickle from bottom. Head never completely dissipates.

S - Carmel and roasted nuts. Malt. Froth.

T - Frothy carmel. German hops. leaves a small bite of crispness. Carbonation hits the back of the throat at the very end.

M - Frothy but feels a bit thin.

O- Its alright. German hops are prominent. Smooth brew but a slight bite at the end. I dont think i would purchase this again tho.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks the funhog for this one!

A: Pours a clear amber, slightly pink actually, with a one finger white head with good retention. Very pretty rings of foamy lace around the entire glass.

S: Heavy on the malt with some caramel and toasted malt. A little bit of fruit, slightly spicy with a hint of hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, on the malty side with some caramelized malt and some biscuit. It is a little sweet. There is also a little bit of a nutty component.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very much middle of the road here.

O: Not bad, on the malty side for the style, which is not my preference, but its still tasty.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bountiful fluffy head leaves whirlwinds of lace and stays thick a good long time. Color is an amber-tinted copper with hints of ruby. Gorgeous.

Aroma offers a dusting of cinnamon and powdered brown sugar, very donut-like. The fruit and hops characteristics mentioned on the label sure don't come out in the aroma--all I'm getting is doughy malt, and that's just fine because it's wonderful.

Front of the sip offers malt sweetness similar to what the nose hints at, but some fruity aspects arrive to give some depth. Sour lime, mellow toffee, metallic caramel, brown sugar and a dash of lemony hops make this an interesting, left-of-center amber. Finishes puckery with malt and coppery bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel is okay, a touch too thin though.

Pretty good stuff--something about it didn't sit well with me, but other aspects were just great. There's no denying the craftsmanship and quality here--maybe maltier and less tart would've done the trick. Anyway, a likable enough brew.

Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, a qualm: New Glarus can do a lot better for a Winter seasonal than a standard red ale.
Now that I've vented, I will be as objective as possible.

Scarlet-orange bodied with a thin tan head that doesn't last long.
Not much on the nose. Ghostly green apples, sweetened caramel, and (maybe) spiced hops.
Taste leans towards toffee out of the gate. There is a fair amout of sweetness present, some of it odd. Alot of green apples, and out-of-place bananas. I wonder if they failed to wash the Solstice (weiss) vats prior to brewing this. However, the fruitiness is short lived, as it reverts back to the caramel/toffee hues just prior to the entrance of the hops. The hopping is two-fold, and by far the most interesting part of this beer. There is a quick jab of spice (hallertau), then a smooth, lingering tea-like essence (goldings).
Relatively robust red ale. Feels fine in the mouth. Nothing caressing, nothing abrasive.
Drinkabilty is contingent on one's attention span.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep amber color more on the brown side than red. Tan foamy one finger head that faded fast and left very little lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet with nice roasted malts. Little to no hops presence.

Taste: This one is all about the toasty malts. Full malty flavors with nuts and fresh baked bread. Has a good warm and earthy tone to it. This is a good fall/winter ale for the malt lovers out there. Sweet, smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Clean and slightly creamy medium-bodied feel in the mouth. Very smooth with no bitterness.

Drinkability: Very easy to session this one. Modest ABV and smooth robust flavor makes it very easy drinking. A very nice seasonal amber/red ale.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My roommate's mom gave us a New Glarus sampler 6-pack as a housewaming gift and I grabbed this one quick, knowing it's been retired and this is probably the last chance I'd have to try it. Glad I did.

Pours a brownish amber, with a fizzled sparse coating of a head. Smell is nice and caramely, a great balance of malt and hops, with some toffee and citrus notes. One of the better ambers I've ever had. Mouthfeel is crisp velvet and body is medium and perfect for the style. Overall a sweet, tasty amber here, sad to see it go. Great winter session material. R.I.P

Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber, with nice frothy head of slightly off-white bubbles. Attractive tree-line lace.

Nose is caramel malts and grains. Little more to say there.

Taste is malty up front, with plenty of toasty caramel notes. There's a hint of fruit and citrus in there, adding some brightness to the flavor. Followthrough is lightly bittered by the hops, but it's quite subtle.

Overall a pleasant and very enjoyable, even top-tier amber in my book.

Photo of ekmoody
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in color, with a light thin head that lingers for a bit around the edges.

Smell is a hint of spices, but overall malt-dominated.

The spices also come through lightly in the taste, with a just a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

This beer is light-medium bodied, with a good bit of carbonation.

A relatively drinkable brew, I'd have another.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

End of the school year soiree and a budy brought Snowshoe Ale from New Glarus....LOVE THAT GUY!!!
The apperance is a rich clear amber/red ale. their is not much carbonation or head. the sroma is typical of most red....not much going on. The taste however s probably one fo the best straight reds I have tasted. There is a wonderful malt balance by subtle hops, none which are overpowering the flavor; solid red. Mouthfeel is perfectr and could session the sh&t out of this beer.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep copper with a big fluffy tan head. Crystal clear. Very few bubbles rising. Sweet malty smell with a hint of caramel and cherries. Taste was good, but nothing out of this world. Decent balance with a medium/heavy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Bitter finish was ok, but again not great. Still a nice drinkable beer.

Photo of kenito799
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde glass.

Reddish amber, in this glass not much hea dor lacing. Aroma is nice soft malt with spicy undertones. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky (not too cold) and conveys a subtle, balanced joyously wintry flavor. The malt and subtle cinnamon spice notes play off each other beautifully...full of flavor and with a mild bitter finish that doesnt overwhelm the effect. Well dne, as usual for this amazing brewery, one of the best in a style that is often dull.

Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a fairly large head that quickly goes away to just a thin layer of film. Minimal amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Quite a bit of hop aroma comes of this beer. Hints of spice and grass. If I did not know better, I would almost say this had spices added during brewing. The hops also play the major role of flavoring this beer. Fairly one dimensional. I would like some malt flavor in my reds. The body is on the light side as well. But at 5.7% ABV that is to be expected. Carbonation is low. Easy to drink a few of these. Not that exciting overall.

Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased just over the Wisconsin state line and driven back to my home in the NE.

Pours reddish tinged amber. Touches of white foam that settle into a fine layer. Malt smell, caramel notes.

Taste opens caramel/toffee and moves into a medium hop and then closes thin. Light bitter remains. Carbonation comes through in the middle. Good brew.

Photo of dhannes
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fourth from a 6-pack of bottles, served at 45ºF in Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A=Very nice...dark honey to amber to reddish brown, with a white foam head of 1/2" that lasted for more than a minute.

S=Hops with spices...but faint.

T=Strong hop presence, tangy with smoke and spice.

M=Perfect...not too thick, nor too thin, and just the right amount of carbonation.

D=Not a session beer, due to heft and tang.

3/13 update--had again, and not nearly as good as I recalled...now a 3.5 for taste, so my updated taste is the average of the two tastings, or now a 4.0.

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.