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Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Snowshoe Red AleSnowshoe Red Ale

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Winter on 03-31-2002)
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Photo of brdc


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking amber, with some crimson highlights; a nice white head that unfortunately does not show a lot of retention.
Aroma is malty and bready, some nuttiness, mild spices, and perhaps a faint hoppiness.
Medium bodied, perhaps a bit too light, but quite easy to drink, with the same malty breadiness, nutty sweetness, and some balancing hoppiness and spiciness.
Not memorable, but solid, easy session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 03:51:17 | More by brdc
Photo of BeerDazed


3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle was enjoyed this evening, on a very cold and blustery WI winter evening. Cool label. Digging the red snow shoes.

It poured a beautiful amber color, with a small foam head - and provided little lacing.

Smells of caramel and a hint of toasty malt. Not overwhelming by any means.

Solid carbonation, and medium bodied.

Heavy on the malts w/ caramel, fruity, toffee tastes on the front end. Finishing with definite hoppy character. Piney comes to mind with definite spice.

I have had many New Glarus beers that have been more memorable. This one was decent, but not one I would search out again on purpose.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 04:48:33 | More by BeerDazed
Photo of Stevedore


3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 347th day of 2013. Poured into a O'so snifter today, 2/15/2014.

App- Absolutely beautiful clear dark amber body. Nice 1 finger white head, good retention, nice thick white collar, good lacing

Smell- Floral hops, caramel, bread, biscuits. Smells a lot like an Oktoberfest, and smells very appealing.

Flavour- Caramel, bread. A little bit of banana, yeasty spices. Heavy on the malts. Not as interesting as it smells, but solid and not offensive at all.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation, medium bodied. Aftertaste is the aforementioned faint yeasty spice. Very easy to drink.

Overall- Nice winter red ale, especially for its price and availability in Wisconsin. Nowhere near being Dan's best brews, but it's definitely a solid local red ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:07:55 | More by Stevedore
Photo of jwc215


3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/reddish copper with a creamy off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of lightly roasted caramel, with some floral/tropical fruitiness.

The taste is sweet - towards caramel - roasty with slightly burnt notes weaving in and out. Juicy topical fruits add flavor without without becoming bitter.

It is a bit thin, but creamy. Alcohol warmth comes through.

A nice, warming, red ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:58:17 | More by jwc215
Photo of JerUrbans


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber color produces nice 1" cream colored head. Lots of tiny bubbles so it looks to have fairly good carbonation. Smell is very malty with spicy, floral backdrop. Good bread taste that has just hints of vanilla and a slight banana sweetness. This beer has good carbonation and leaves a little tang at the end, and is somewhat creamy.

Overall this not the typical style of beer I drink, but this would be a good way to convert me to the red ale style. Very impressed and was a fun drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 22:09:44 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of Redrover


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown longneck poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is red/amber with a fairly thick beige head. It has pretty decent lacing.

It has an aroma of malts/grains and a bit of something vegetal.

Taste is slightly sweet with a caramel & biscuit notes from the malts. There is a bit of alcohol heat which surprises me as I can’t remember any NG beer having that. There is some red apple and crackers taste mid-glass.

The mouth is standard, with a bit substance.

Not a bad beer, but there are a lot of NG beers I like better. Reviewed while listing to Cow Girl in the Sand by Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 23:18:08 | More by Redrover
Photo of garymuchow


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I think this beer is a little underrated by BA , and I think it is because the final product is definitely bigger/better than the sum of the parts. Definitely malt forward with just a enough bitterness to add some character and nice streak of hoppy fruitiness to be interesting and enjoyable. But the malt is the driver, toasty and heavier than that. It carries a nice winter vibe to it. Even a bit hearty for a milder and easier drinking beer. Bigger carbonation than typical gives is a beefier feel even though the base is lighter than moderate. Darker amber color moving towards browns. Tan head. Aroma is a tad of sweet water and glimmer of fresh green hops, but a base of toasted malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 19:19:32 | More by garymuchow
Photo of kevanb


3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus 20th Anniversary Pilsner glass.

The beer pours a nice red amber color, hues of copper and light brown, a little hazy but fairly clear with a soft, bone colored head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lace behind. The aroma is of soft malt, noble, earthy hops, a touch of brown sugar and caramel, but the soft grain really dominates. The flavors are in line with the nose, lots of soft grain, gentle hops, brown sugar but with less caramel, the grains take even more precedence. The body is bubbly, lively, good carbonation, coats the mouth well with a lightly dry finish that feels a bit out of place.

Verdict: A remarkably unremarkable beer from New Glarus. It's about as middle of the road as it comes, certainly quaffable, but nothing to write home about. It's gentle, it's simple, but unfortunately it's just a bit weak. It doesn't drum up any excitement for the season, nor provide any warming or boisterous qualities that a stout or barleywine might showcase during winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 01:10:26 | More by kevanb
Photo of Etan


3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a clear amber with a nice off-white head.

S: Bready European malt and yeast in the nose. A hint of citrus and grassiness.

T: Doughy, muted caramel sweetness, mild leafiness, toasted grain.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A decent showcase of the malts used, but not much beyond that. Might as well drink Uff-da if you want something in the same vein but better.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:14:56 | More by Etan
Photo of elNopalero


3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This poured a malty caramel-amber with generous foam. There’s a caramel malt aroma with some chocolate notes. I'm getting mostly caramel on the palate too, with a caramelized sugar and a bitter bite to give it definition. Too much caramel. And too many bottles of this in my 12-pack sampler too. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 05:30:54 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Ri0


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Odd to drink this in July, but the temp is only in the 50's today!

A - Nice deep brown amber color with a foamy 2 finger cracker colored head. Good lacing and a thin collar on my glass.

S - A slight fruity scent from the PNW hops. Plenty of malt similar to a Marzen and Amber mix. Bready and some caramel along with a touch of floral hops.

T - A nice, slightly fruit flavor up front that transcends into a bready, caramel, and malt mix. Really is like an Amber and Marzen mix with delicate hops. Just a touch of spice on the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich, yet easy to drink.

O - Interesting Amber style that has fruity notes from the hops and a Marzen quality from the German malts. Glad I picked one up to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:13:11 | More by Ri0
Photo of Florida9


3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep brownish red in color. Fairly clear. Forms a large light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick surface coating. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is full of caramel malts and European hops. A bit bready and a bit grassy.

T: As to be expected, the taste is rather malty. Deep caramel malts dominate, but don't overwhelm. There are some grassy, slightly spicy hops on the back end. Finishes with a cleansing dose of seltzer.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body, but carbonation is fairly heavy, which helps to "lighten" this beer. Mild bitterness. A mildly spicy quality on the back end.

O: I could be fooled into thinking this one was a Marzen, as it is a bit lighter than most red ales and is certainly hopped in the German style. Not a bad beer, but admittedly not my style of choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:26:17 | More by Florida9
Photo of kojevergas


3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded gold pressure cap acquired from the very gracious, very kind Duff27 in a trade and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which makes some great beers that I really adore. This is my first time trying this one. Not paired with food. Brewed with a blend of American and German malts. Uses hops from Slovenia and the Pacific Northwest. No ABV is listed.

Served straight from the fridge - as I think beers in the style should be. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an audibly fizzy light khaki colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and great (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a gorgeous vibrant rich amber-copper; now that's what an amber should look like! Rich and inviting. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. It's looking great. No yeast particles are visible in the transparent translucent body. No bubble show. Near ideal for the style.

Sm: Caramel malt, bready notes, evocative floral hops, light candi fruit, toffee, and delightful graininess. Malts/grains are perfectly sweet here, with a delightful caramel undertone. A bit of spice, maybe clove or nutmeg. A subtle, appealing aroma. A bit light in strength - its main problem; I want more of that aroma to come through.

T: Ah. Bready caramel, caramalt, floral hops, bready grains, bright fruit, and light spice. The hops have faded a bit with age, but they still feel nicely balanced with the malty focus. I bet it'd be perfectly balanced fresh. No alcohol comes through, but I do get a bit of biscuity yeast. Crisp, clean, and pleasant to drink. A bit crackery, stopping short of graham cracker fullness. It's subtly executed, and boasts impressive complexity for a style so often simple. Never feels too sweet. I get more of the toasted fruity character as it warms, reminding me of a Belgian ale. Clove, crackerbread, and notes redolent of cherries. Tasty stuff.

Mf: Smooth, with a growing dryness as it approaches the climax and finish. Perfect coarseness, with a light scratchiness complemented by the refreshing wetness in a push-and-pull with the palate. Unfortunately, it's a bit thin - that's this beer's biggest flaw by far. It comes off weak. However, the full body yields a satisfying presence on the palate, allowing the full flavour profile to come through as much as possible. It's nice and clean. Carbonation is perfect. Constructively, it could be a bit more crisp.

Dr: A highly drinkable amber. Very enjoyable. Hides its alcohol well. Very sessionable. I'd love to try this fresh on-draught for a fuller hop flavour. Balance is key to the style, and New Glarus brings a lot to the table. I'd definitely have this again. I'd recommend it to amber lovers as well. A solid beer in the style that rises above the many pedestrian ambers out there to deliver a memorable experience. Lovely stuff.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 04:54:33 | More by kojevergas
Photo of jimmah120


3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date into pint glass

Look is a clear amber, slighly dark, small head with good lace. Smell is warm sugary malts, wheat, barley. Taste is wheaty, with some amber-tasting malts, some slight roasty flavor, touch of fishy hops at the end...

Second NG beer that has disappointed (cherry stout was the other). Still, not a bad beer (like cherry stout was).

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 09:44:49 | More by jimmah120
Photo of weonfire


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 23:37:58 | More by weonfire
Photo of Treebs


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle served in a Haymarket Goblet. Thanks to BeerMeFitz for the extra!

A: Pours a clear ruby color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a rocky collar that leaves some sticky, soapy lace.

S: Light caramel malt body with some light piney hops and some spiced Euro-style hops.

T: Light caramel malt. Some bready sweetness and some light fruity hops. A little spiced grassy hops reminiscent of German style hops as well with a sweet finish.

M: Medium to light bodied. Medium low carbonation with a sweet, malty finish.

O: I liked the addition of the European hops to this (Scandinavian after reading the label). I wished it was a little more malty, but overall it was nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:30:53 | More by Treebs
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 07:37:17 | More by MattyG85
Photo of TheSSG


3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, off-white, frothy head with great persistence and a good amount of lacing. Soft, sweet malt with a touch of floral hops in the nose. Stunning ruby color. Starts with a surprising bitterness, then drops into a deep malt, which somehow intensifies and blends with a touch of floral hops for a truly epic finish.

Wow, this is great. It's like two malt finishes in one.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 02:58:56 | More by TheSSG
Photo of czfreeman


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

Beautiful copper red color. Head is light tan, medium thick and really has a nice density. Light streams of carbonation throughout. Really a pretty brew.
Upfront I'm immediately hit with a whiff of Douglas fir, pine, ..making this a great winter ale. Toasted bread,musky oats, amber malt, hops to boot, pepper, toast and maybe a tea character in there as well..all things warming and great when its cold out like it is tonight.
Flavor is exceptional..full disclaimer I am not a fan of red ale by any stretch of the imagination. But this brew actually includes things I would(and do) like in a red ale..Spice, hoppy, bread, light caramel, spicy warming on the finish. Lots of flavors despite the low ABV.
Crisp, peppery, bready, nice balance of hops and body. Warming in a sense of the slightly spicy finish and good bready body...well done.
I think that some of the negative reviewers were expecting a super strong ale for winter, but when its super cold up here everyday for months on end ..you need something that is warming and comforting and is a daily drinker, much like the refreshing beers of summer..I think Mr. Carey achieved his goal in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 06:52:45 | More by czfreeman
Photo of barczar


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

Pours a brilliant amber with a dense one inch khaki head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick sheets of lacing.

Floral hops, toasted malt, and a light fruity character form the initial aroma. Bready caramel malt is more pronounced as it warms.

The fruity character is present throughout the flavor, somewhat reminiscent of artificial cherries and citrus, with toasted, bready malt forming the backbone, leading to a somewhat bitter finish. Floral hops surface in subsequent sips.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a noticeable alcohol warmth.

Overall, the fruity character dominates the aroma and flavor. Wish the malt was more bready. Becomes somewhat one note.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 04:08:00 | More by barczar
Photo of Braseltonage


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, standard pint.

Pours a brilliantly clear copper with a 1/2" pebbley off-white head. Lacing clings very well.
Malt forward aroma. Thick, crusty bread. Very small hints of toffee.
Taste is just a little underwhelming. Very clean, almost lager-like. Some toasted malt flavors, but not as complex as I would have thought. Little to no hop presence, though adequate bitterness exists in the beer.
Overall, not what I expected. Not at all a bad beer, but for a winter ale it seemed to lack a certain kick.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 02:29:52 | More by Braseltonage
Photo of BrownAleMale


3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront Brewery pint glass

Appearance- A tea like color with 1 finger of off white head that mostly dissipates and leaves a very tiny amount of spotty lacing.

Smell- Just the slightest tart hop and carmel smell.

Taste- Nothing to special, just a bit of a tart flavor with not much else going on.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with pretty high carbonation and a pretty crisp finish.

Overall- Probably one of the weakest NG offerings. Tastes a lot like a macro Red. On the lines of Killians.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 05:31:03 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of RoamingGnome


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Red/deep amber with a finger of frothy off white head. Excellent retention and some light lacing noted.

S) Light roasted malt and caramel. Mainly a malty sweetness. Faint fruity/floral aroma in the background.

T) Again the maltiness is main component of the flavor, so this follows the nose. There is adequate balance with the hops in use, as this came across to me as a little earthy and just a little grassy. Finishes nicely with an aftertaste of lightly roasted malt.

M) Medium body with spot on carbonation. This was smooth and easy drinking.

O) A very solid red ale. I could see myself enjoying this one right out of the bottle while shoveling some snow. No bells and whistles here, but it's well crafted and tasty. Glad to recommend....

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 13:36:25 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of wiscokid920


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Clear copper red with ½ finger white head that fades to a rim around the glass. Decent retention

S- Typical red ale characteristic; sweet and malty. Could not pick up a hop presence

T- Not a whole lot of distinguishing flavors. Malty, sweet, bready, and faint spicy hop finish

M- Light body and creamy. Very drinkable

O- A lot like many of the Red Ales I have had. Malty, sweet taste and spicy finish. Pretty straight forward with the style

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:51:51 | More by wiscokid920
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a copper color with a relatively stable two finger head but poor lacing. Medium body and carbonation levels. Smells and tastes of a simple yet clean-cut combination of bready / caramel malts and a light floral garnish. Although it has the typical New Glarus stream-lined cleanliness, this approach backfires somewhat in the category of an amber ale, because it creates a typical, boring, average brew with nothing in particular to distinguish it from other offerings on the market.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:06:32 | More by WastingFreetime
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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.