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Snowshoe Red Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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: 452 | Reviews: 168
Photo of brdc
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Homerbag
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red/amber clear body, with thick head with excellent rentetion that laces down the glass.

Smells biscuity and malty, some very faint hop spice.
Tastes malty and bready, some hop spice to balance out.
Feels proper, good CO2, spot on.
A good beer. You won't be let down. Just not as unforgetable as some of the other world class beers from here. Good choice.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with an off white 1" head that disipates and leaves little trace
Searching for aroma, hard to get but a muted coffee/carmel without a note of hops to be found.
Taste is good, coffe and carmel are more apparent and a touch of spicey hops to round it out.
Mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated, this is a decent beer, but not something I will pick up the next time I am in Wis.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber brown with 3 fingers of firm off white head that settles into 1 finger until the end.

S - Bread and biscuit with a herbal hop aroma.

T - Biscuit and bready malts with a spicy herbal hoppyness.

M - Light smooth and creamy.

D - Not a bad beer, I am just not a fan of the real biscuity taste.

Photo of Atron67
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a brown amber with only a light red hue to it. had a big fluffy off-white head and left huge lacing. crystal clear

S- nice strong malts with a pretty decent undertow of noble hops, some spice noticable, strong crystal malt scents

T- starts off with a nice smooth malty flavor, turns slowly into a caramelly toffee flavor and fades into a lightly hops flavor

M- light body, with pretty light carbonation, smooth

D- solid

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 BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did you ever see the movie "Idiocracy?" In it, Luke Wilson is selected for an Army experiment because he is the most perfectly average man in the Army. That's what I felt Snowshoe was...if I were to pick a totally average craft beer, this would be it. It wasn't bad, but there just wasn't much to get excited about or set it apart from other middle-of-the-road ales.

It was an amber-orange color, with a mostly clear but not brilliant color. Head was medium. Aroma was faint and very lightly hoppy, balanced with some malt. Nothing in particular stood out. Flavor was the same. Pleasant, but far from extraordinary. Mouthfeel was decent, but what you might expect from an amber.

I liked this beer, but it seemed totally average to me. But it seems like lately I've had a lot of below average beers, so I'm happy to celebrate average.

I had this in a bottle at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee.

Photo of patrick16o
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber hue with a soft cream colored crown. Excellent lacing and retention. Aroma is a sweet maltyness that has hints of strawberry and cherry. The beer has a light malty flavor, not a lot of complexity, but is balanced quite well by the hops with a slightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink, well made beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack from the brewery, didn't see this around Madison yet.

Sticky 3 fingers of foam, compact with larger bubbles pushing through to the surface. Nice reddish-amber tone with high clarity. Lazy, solitary bubbles drift through the ale. Broken webs of lace form on the sides of the glass.

Bready with slight herbal hop resin present. Yakima Golding and Bavarian Hallertau are the varieties listed on the label.

More of a showcase of bready malts, there's a dry herbal hop presence that lingers in the background. It's reminiscent of the profile in German and Czech Pilsners a little. Slight residual cereal grain, with some minor hop bitterness.

Drinks very light, great carbonation level balances the feel, making it an easy quaffer. Doesn't remind me of winter, but it's a fine Amber, seasonal or not.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just got this from the brewery the day after Christmas. Pours a big head. Color is a deep dark amber brown. The head falls after a few minutes and leaves an incredible lacing. Taste is hoppy, reminds me of an English IPA. Good strong matly backbone with some light hops. Good solid beer.

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 battlekow
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really surprised me. First of all, I was shocked to see it in the cooler at Riley's, being a winter seasonal. I figured I'd get a couple bottles and give it a shot. They weren't spoiled; far from it, in fact.

Snowshoe looks like a brown ale, not an amber/red. It's a dark brownish-red color, off-white head. Smells like licorice and nail polish and fruit punch, reminiscent of the Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer that I had on tap at Roman's a few weeks ago. Tastes balanced, both hoppy and malty, with an excellent dry and biscuity finish. This isn't the best-tasting beer I've ever had, but it's easily the best-tasting amber/red ale I've ever had. Against beers of all sort, I'd give it a 4.0 for taste, but in its class, it's easily a 4.5.

Photo of Sephiroth
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the person in my spirit tasting group who left this behind. Poured into a tulip, this beer has virtually no head at all. It does, however, maintain a thin ring of foam around the edge, and a thin wisp of a cloudlike pattern in the middle.

The nose has a toasty, biscuit smell that is just too weak. I feel that the lack of carbonation contributes to this. There is a slight caramel malt aroma. The taste is pretty good, especially since amber ales are not my thing. There are toasty and caramelized malts. The hops are light and grassy. The mouthfeel is cloying. I would normally refer to this as the finish, but I just simply do not like it. Drinkability is average. I would suggest this as a crossover beer that I will use to try and lure my father from Kilian's into the seedy underworld of craft brews.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark maroon in color, small off-white head. Nice hops and carmel malts in the nose, somewhat sweet. Taste has plenty of hops for the style, almost as much as any Red Ale I have had. Only slightly sweet, very dry for the style. Mouthfeel is carbonated enough, and doesn't hinder the beer. I like this almost as well as my favorite red ale, Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve. Good hop presence, malty and subtley spicy enough to satisfy.

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 mntlover
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber almost brownish with a light tan head that falls quick no lace.
Aroma is lots of malt some caramel mixed with hints of dates, not much in the way of hops inthe nose of this one.
Taste like it smells lots of malt some hints of fruit underneath the malt finishes with some spicey hops . A malty amber ale not bad but not exciting either.
Mouthfeel is a good medium. Drinkability is good a nice malt heavy amber ale worth a try for sure. Thanks go to Ave for the sample.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Working my way thought the beers I picked up over Thanksgiving, this one came due to be consumed. It pours a slightly brown red color with a small head that falls to nothing over the beer. The nose is caramel, with a small fruity character. A light hop is in the background. The flavor is not what I expected. A mellow dirty hop and caramel and fruity tones abound. Very full flavored, but not what I was expecting. I like it. The feel is right at or just shy of moderate. Very smooth. Overall, I think New Glarus has another nice beer here. Yet to be disappointed.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My father used to bring six packs of this stuff home on a regular basis back when I was in high school. At that time, New Glarus was just a small microbrewery, doing only about three or four thousand barrels per year.

The beer poured with a thick white head, about two inches deep. I drank this beer out of a pilsner glass, so the color seemed a bit light. It turned out to be a deep amber color, although I know that when I enjoy this in a pint it is a nice mahogany color.

Deep caramel notes and hints of crystal malt. Just a faint whiff of spicy hops in the background, but they are mostly subdued.

The balance definitely favors the malt. It starts and ends sweet, with just a faint glimpse of hops in the middle.

The beer is thin to medium bodied, even though the final gravity must be rather low.

Overall, it's definitely a session beer, but most certainly not a complex beer or one that can be savored or used to impress friends.

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin, wispy head. The appearance is a gold/light amber color, with carbonation continuing to effervesce. Little smell to note.
The flavor is much more subtle than what I expected from a winter seasonal, albeit a red ale. Subtle, somewhat interesting malt and spice character. Very mild hop finish, just enough to give it a crispness.
All in all a very drinkable, refreshing brew.
Sessionable, definitely. Don't expect to be blown away though.

Photo of marburg
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Helluva session beer.

Very clear reddish brown in color. All malt, all the time! This is definitely a simple beer; you can tell right away from the aroma. But its subtleties are its strength too. Bready sourdough aroma. Highly drinkable, light-bodied brew. A bit of that typical caramel flavor. Hops lend only a mild, balancing presence to the finish which cleans it up to have absolutely no aftertaste or lingering sweetness. Herbal.

This won't blow anyone away, but I would think just about anyone on earth could drink this and not be at all annoyed by it. Easy drinkin'.

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

Clear amber tawny brown color with a medium tannish head that sits briefly, nearly no lace, just some faint glaring clearish spots. Aroma is nice, subtle and layered with some interesting effects of malts, here's what I get - whole grain toast with some peanut butter, honey, and caramel on it. Sounds good...smells good...and tastes good...light and mild start of grasses and husks, then whole grain toasty breadyness thats very grabbing and rather rich mixing with a bit of spicy/herbal hops, that lets go to lay a leveling array of malty breads, sweetens some, notes of roasted nuts and butter squeeze through at the finish where it goes lightly dry and lighter still of tangy sweetened bread. Nice subtle complexitiy to it, me likes it. Feel is about medium, smooth and inactive carbonation lending a slight creamyness that holds well throughout. A pretty darn good little amber here, reminds me more of a Vienna, but drinkable for sure, a close cousin to Eliot Ness in some regards.

Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet, hint of spice. A medium bodied amber. Very nice malts, sweet with some fruitiness. Hops are somewhat subdued, slightly spicy. Very tasty amber. Well balanced. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly bitter, with a touch of linger sweetness.

Photo of Winter
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep ruby in color with a foamy tan head that stays at about a 1/4 inch throughout consumption. Aroma consists of malt, sweet caramel, toffee, light spicy hops and some bread-like notes. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy. There is a rich sweet malt backbone initially dominates the front of the palate. Biscuity finish with a touch of alcohol. Even though an ample amount of Golding and Hallertau hops are supposedly utilized, the bitterness is very light. Malt flavors primarily dominate with a feint spiciness in the finish.

Snowshoe has been one of my favorite New Glarus offerings. It does seem a bit odd that they choose to brew a Red Ale as a winter seasonal. Smooth and easy drinking.

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.

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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