Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

575 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours into my chalice a light hay gold. Nontransparent with a thick white head that dissipates in seconds to barely a skim. When invigorated a wavy lacing reappears briefly.

Aroma: light malts, Belgian yeast with just a hint of banana and ginger, clove, coriander. Light.

Taste: light. Balanced, light malts, hints of light fruits, touches of the tropics. Easy on the palate.

Mouthfeel: way too carbonated. The carbonation makes it almost impossible to taste anything. Otherwise, light bodied, balanced in every aspect.

Drinkability: I just drank 4 in a row. Sessionable big time.

Note: I need to expand on this review after I think about this beer. My main thought is that it should sit for about 6 months so that the carbonation can mellow. It is really distracting.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a hazy light yellow with a fizzy inch of bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start with a mix of banana and clove. Yeast spiciness with some crisp pale malts in the background. A touch of hops in there as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a pale grain malt upfront that's quickly met by a mix of banana, clove and ginger. A light fruity aspect as there as it flows down with some nice yeasty spiciness. It finishes with just a touch of hops on the way down. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel has a solid creaminess to it with good steady carbonation. Goes down smooth, making this an easy to drink brew. Overall it's pretty tasty, but it didn't blow me away. A solid offering from New Glarus as usual.

Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Abbey single here, pale golden color. Clear because the small amount of sediment was left in the bottle. Good lacing on the glass. Faintly complex aroma with bubblegum/taffy, medicinal herb and a biscuity malt. Big push of crispness is followed by a smoothness that floats the moderate sized body. Peach and pear fruitiness mix with a peppery flavor. Dry malt character comes off quite clean and the yeast drops some medicinal phenols to show its Belgian-esque flare. Hops are mild with more flavor than bitterness. Finishes with a nutty yeast and malt combo on the dry side.

Can't see drinking this one on its own, it is most certainly begging to be paired with a lunch though.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the unexpected hand-off...he's cool like that.
Honeycomb in color with a full two fingers of sticky, dense white head...suprisingly disappears quick with some decent lacing.
Spiced yeast up front with just a hint of floral hops.
Taste is what you'd expect from NG...clean, not overly hopped, and very true to the style. Less spice than what the nose was indicating, but an incredible yeast flavor.
With a little less carbonation, this would be a true session beer for me...
Tasty offering to say the least...well done.

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

Golden color with a pillowy white head with good retention, but no real lacing. Smell gives me bready, clove, ginger, and perhaps a hint of lemon. I get some same characteristics in the taste as the smell, but with a little more spice and lemon to it. Strong carbonation, perhaps a bit too much, medium bodied. It's still a pretty drinkable beer despite the excess carbonation, and a pretty solid effort at a belgian style.

Additional note: I found this one to taste much better after swirling the glass to release excess carbonation. I would probably bump taste and mouthfeel up a bit after doing this, but I'm reviewing it how it came out of the bottle. Consider this a huge recommendation to let this warm and swirl your glass.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for this bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. The smell is sweet with a large fruity component. Very nice. The flavor is heavy on the fruit and malty sweetness with bananas and cloves being apparent. There is also a Belgian yeast character. Nothing necessarily stands out in this beer but everything meshes together nicely. A very drinkable beer that I would love to try again when the weather warms up.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thinner layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: An interesting mix of yeasty, spicy, and fruity esters with a good dose of bready malt. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of funk, clove, coriander, and white pepper spicing. Pale malt and wheat with bready hints of grains, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Good hints of banana fruit and bubblegum. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon zest, mango, and pineapple. Some earthy hops in the background as well. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a good mix of yeasty esters, spice, fruit, and bready malts with a Belgian twist. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk and spicy notes of clove, white pepper, and coriander. Bready pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, biscuit, straw, and crackers. Big taste of bananas. Some bubblegum taste. Citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, mango, and lemon zest. Some earthy hops come through towards the finish. A good yeasty and zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, zesty, and very smooth feel.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a lighter Belgian style ale. Good yeasty taste with some nice fruit and malt notes.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a bright yellow body with a very slight haze and a big boiling carbonation racing to the surface. The snow-white head on top is made of big bursting bubbles and fades to a thin film after a bit.

S- The soft smell of soapy lemon is nice with a yeasty note and some smooth wheat notes. There is a hint of clove that adds a nice spice and some noble hops in the finish that increase as the beer warms.

T- The soft pale malt flavor blends with yeasty notes of bright tartness. The finish is a tartness followed by a bitterness that I presume is from hops. As the beer warms there is a note of dry field corn in the malt notes.

M- This beer has a big fizzy soda pop finish that washes out much of the flavor with a light mouthfeel buried underneath.

D- This beer has some nice yeasty tart flavors and a good soft grain and malt quality but the flavors are really covered up by the fizz. I don't taste the depth as described on the label and I was envisioning a totally different beer. Perhaps in a warm summer month I will try the rest of the 6-pack and have a different opinion. If so I will re review, but as of now I'm a bit under whelmed.

Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a New Glarus sampler at Cambridge Cooler in Cambridge, WI.

Poured into a pint glass a hazy dark golden straw color with a good amount of head. Bit of a citrus smell. A nice medium bodied beer with a good flavor including quite a bit of citrus. Nice smooth drinking beer, very good and easy to drink. I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer as I wasn't even sure of the style going in, but I really liked it and wouldn't mind having a few more.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy medium lemon color with a small white head that disappears quickly.

Aromas of funky Belguim yeasts and sharp spice.

Taste is candy sugar pale malt, some tropical fruits, white pepper, and a finish of bread and unpleasant soap.

Aftertaste is a bit soapy and sharp from the white pepper spice flavors.

Mouthfeel is very tingly.

Different, but only ok.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a head of tight, compact bubbles, good retention, with a mildly hazed body of golden yellow.

The aroma is nearly perfect, capturing the Belgian pale ale style very well, with honey, clove, ginger, and lemon-pepper mingling with subtle earthy yeast.

Crisp fruitiness and floral hops come on strong, then something akin to grapefruit juice. A burst of sweet-and-tart adds some spikiness to the finish. This is impressive at the front of the sip, but once the finish hits it seems off-balance, leaning heavinly on sugary sweetness and puckery tartness. The mouthfeel is a little distracting, sizzling up in the mouth, as if the carbonation is trying to prove something.

This is good on many levels, but if you're expecting it to compare to Belgians of the same style, you might come away disappointed. It does have the wild, farmhouse-y feel to it, and that raw, super-homebrew vibe some New Glarus stuff has. It's enjoyable, no doubt, but just a little below expectations.

Photo of cokes
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque milky yellow-orange with a trim cream foam.
Pils maltiness and orange rind nose, with backing reedy hops, and accents of clove, coriander, and black peppercorns. There is a distinct Witbier flair here, and that's impressive given that neither wheat nor actual spicing is used (though I'm not 100% sure as to the wheat usage, I don't believe it is).
Enters with a saltine cracker maltiness that both crisp and firm. It ventures only partially sweet with notions of banana pudding, lemon rinds, and pinot grigio. Yeast adds pepper and clove and then mingles with the hops to produce a leafy cilantro herbal bitterness, as the hops themselves grow increasingly peppery and dry.
A medium body is gassed with a frantic carbonation, which ultimately befits the scraping dry theme of the beer (and after several months of sitting, it seems more cohesive now). It's built as a drinker, and it succeeds. Tack that onto an authentic Belgian persona, and the result is something fairly unique Stateside. It's no mindblower, but it's more than agreeable in every possible way.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color, topped by a rocky white head, which starts it descent right away. Color is somewhere between Spotted Cow, and say, Crack'd Wheat. Bottle conditioned (of course) and some sediment remains at the bottom of bottle. By the time I'm ready for my first sniff, the creamy topping has dropped to a scant covering. Clove and bubblegum are my first impressions. And upon a second whiff, really my only ones. Maybe a bit of lemon, but not real sure about that one.

The clove is a bit stronger in the mouth, than it was in the nose, and the bubblegum a little less so. Some spicy hop notes come into play, maybe some black pepper added too? A very warm malt flavor, a little doughy, but I like it. Mild in flavor, but pretty well rounded. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it works for this beer. Zesty and refreshing, this is the definition of "session beer."

No hype here, just a good beer. I will drink this as long as I am able to find it. This is a fantastic (local to me) beer that I can keep in my refrigerator when I'm not looking for a Imperial Stout or IIPA. A solid beer. Cheers!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus has delivered a really interesting beer in their Stone Soup. I was initially unsure of what it was supposed to be. Holding it to the light I found a cloudy golden orange body that looked like a Belgian witbier. Of course, most of New Glarus' beers have a haze from bottle conditioning, but this was fuller. The frothy bright white head settled slowly into a creamy dollop on top, and it left short walls of solid lace behind as I drank. The nose was perhaps the most interesting part right out of the gate, giving off notes of creamy vanilla, soft bubblegum, mild clove, and a bit of some sharper spice, perhaps ginger or all-spice. In the mouth it was light and crisp, medium-light bodied and gently zesty with a very-fine bubbled natural carbonation. The flavor was unusual. It was somewhat sharp, a bit fruity, candyish, and spicy. It came on strong, then softened, revealed some malt and candyish vanilla and clove, and finally faded away in a long-lingering caress of residual spice and malt residue. ... ... kind of like a Belgian tripel, but without the strength. It's complex, but not full or rich. You could certainly drink a lot of these based on the body and flavor aspects, but I'm not sure you'd want to. It doesn't quite have the soft and delicate nature of a witbier, and yet it's not big enough to demand your attention. Still, I found it quite charming, and as I tend to drink several beers in an evening, the idea of a light Tripel is quite enticing. Beyond that, I think I'd really enjoy this while camping, hiking, or boating/canoeing. Nicely done. Very well balanced. Refreshing and enjoyable!

3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes:
A: A pale golden body, pours a hazy, creamy hue. The white head retreats quickly. Minimal lacing.
S: Great Belgium/yeast aromas. Hints of clove, spice play very nicely. The flavors are bold, but not over powering.

T/M: Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Good carbonation in this brew. Bold taste of clove a bit of yeast and a good noble hop / malt balance. Again not over powering, just the right boldness. A very nice spice on the finish.
D: This is the type of Belgium pale ale that I could session(and have), great flavors and a very light bodied, easy drinking ale.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Standard pour yields an overflowing 2 finger white, frothy head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, pale yellow. Lacing is very spotty with little cling.

S: Nose is very subtle vomit and lemon with a sprinke of Belgian yeast and spice. Cloves and cane sugar are also present. Aromatic and pretty style appropriate.

T: Opens clove, lemon rind, citrus. Very sweet with a cane sugar backbone. Belgian yeast and spices keep things interesting moving from the back to the forefront. Bit soapy and estery towards the middle... taste is like those soap candies wrapped in shiny purple paper I used to eat as a kid... finish is spicy with a filmy, sugary aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth. Abrasive and coarse going down. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Having recently had RR Redemption, this one just doesn't compare. Not bad though... solid in every aspect of the word. Flavor just comes across as a little too sweet and unbalanced with spices that don't quite work together. Still, I'd reach for this one again.

Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, surprisingly never reviewed

appearance: poured into an imperial pint, very hazy straw-golden body with a frothy white cap and wavy lacing

smell: white pepper and corriander, bosc pear, fresh yeast, wheat, light apple

taste: its a rare shame that new glarus doesnt take a style and knock it out of the freaking park but this is one of those examples. i love belgian pales and this has some nice stuff going on but in the end this fun falls a little flat and lacks the zest i'd love to see. bosc pear, corriander, and white pepper dominate

mouthfeel: the downfall in my eyes, not as crisp or zesty as some of belgium's finest

drinkability: good

Photo of prototypic
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Pauly2X for this one. Always nice to pull some New Glarus out of a box.

Stone Soup is fairly hazy and a light straw color. A foamy white head rests on top and stands a couple of fingers tall. Carbonation is active and caused it to dissipate quickly. Lacing was very light.

The nose is pretty good, but a little one dimensional. It's spicy and featuers a strong clove aroma. Once you get past that, things are more difficult. A little light pepper, ginger, and vanilla follow. Grain and light earthy notes are present. Edit: It seems to open a little as it warms making secondary scents more apparent. A bump in score is warranted. Some light, floral hop notes emerge toward the end. Nice smelling beer.

A strong, spicy clove flavor kicks it off and resonates throughout. Light pepper and vanilla follow. They're secondary, but buttress the clove nicely. Belgian yeast is noted here and ramps up the flavor quite a bit. It is earthy and a little grainy. Hops have a grassy flavor and really intensify on the finish. They provide a nice spicy, slightly bitter bit. A little malt sweetness is also noted on the finish.

Its body is medium and is smooth despite active, crisp carbonation. The carbonation's a little distracting, but not to a material degree. Drinkability is very high. Stone Soup has a nice flavor and goes down way too easy. At 5.3%, it's easy to put down.

I was a little apprehensive about Stone Soup when I saw its overall score here. I'm pleased to report that it's better than it's scored. It's not exactly on par with some of the world's finest Belgian Pale Ales, but it's a nice take on the style. There's far worse choices out there. I'd recommend picking up a few bottles if the opportunity presents itself.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my roommate that had family bring this out from Wisconsin. Poured a hazy gold with a white head.

This is a spicy, slightly sweet, mostly dry Belgian pale - a session beer as Belgians go. Reminds me a lot of the recent hefeweizens I had over the weekend for the smooth fruit candy character. There's touches of orange blossom and pale malt, but the yeast dominates here. I'd want a little more depth here, but it's a fine beer.

Photo of hodgsongreg
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I made a beer run to WI on a Sunday seeking out this beer. I've heard from dozens of people the exact same thing, "I love this beer." I asked the clerk at Hudson Liquors what he thought, he said "I love this beer." Solid and consistent endorsements all around.

Poured into an iced glass, drank slowly to taste the flavors change as it warms. Slow, standard pour down the side of the glass...HOLY HEAD!!! It foamed up like a 5th grade volcano science project. Waiting for the head to recede. 2 minutes, half the head...I think this qualifies as decent head retention and is something I did not expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. Stone Soup has a nice cloudy honey color. It smells malty and yeasty and a has a sweet and spicy witbier flavor to the taste buds of this amateur observer. Light carbonation and mouthfeel.

Like all of the New Glarus beers that I've had, this is a good beer, but the flavors are a little more subtle than what I like, which leaves me wanting.

I like this beer, but do not love it. Meh, you can only be so happy.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took a bottle from the fridge and poured it directly into a clean glass. Pale to medium yellow, a little cloudy (which is no surprise since it's bottle conditioned), with a nice big white pillowy head. Not much of an aroma. Maybe a hint of citrus? Maybe it's my cold preventing me from smelling much? Lively carbonation. Taste was ok. Not bad. Not great. Almost a little hint of dryness. Hops and malt seemed well balanced, and I could certainly taste the cloves and ginger. Overall this was a good beer. I'll have no problem drinking the other 5 very soon.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to natasharai for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy pilsner color with a nice white head. beautiful bubbles shoot up from the center of the glass.

Smell is not much.Clovey and slight banana with some bread.

Taste is pretty good. Nice began yeastiness with a bready malt background. Mostly banana phenols but some clove as well. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp but kind of light.

Overall a good lawnmower beer but not something i would trade for again. Glad to try it though.

Photo of kenito799
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Hazy golden brew opens with lots of fresh snappy carbonation, but leaves very little head or lace.

Bubble gum and spice aromas are unmistakeable Belgian yeast aromas. Also some tangy sour notes recalling wheat.

The taste is intriguing and unexpected, mainly it its bone-dryness. The brew has Belgian tripel flavors but the crispness and tartness is almost austere. Mouthfeel is light and sharp. The sourness in the finish is what takes this beer's taste, mouthfeel and drinkability down a peg, not fulfilling the promise of the nose. Probably one of my least favorite New Glarus offerings, could use some tweaking.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to mothman for this one, thanks Ben!

Pours a fairly hazed bronze with a finger of cream colored head. Cleared a bit, some head retention & lacing

S: Apple peels, straw, pears & general orchard smells, plus juicy fruit gum

T: Bartlett Pear, a touch of green banana, & juicy fruit along with grapefruit & grassyness up front. Juicy fruit & lemon dominate as this warms, along with lemon zest, white pepper & coriander. Finishes a bit tart, grassy & lemony, with a kiss of warming booze the last 3 ozes or so

MF: Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, really good balance for the style

Drank really easy for the style, an approachable, yet fairly complex take on the style that is session worthy, when many others are just too damn potent. Yet another winner from New Glarus!

Photo of Infamous7100
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pale, golden hue. Very thin head that disappears quickly. Unremarkable.M
S: cloves, banana, spiced fruit. Very sweet. Candied apple maybe.
T: A lot of the sweetness comes through at the front. Bready malts combined with the previously mentioned spices. Perhaps a tad muted considering how intense the smell was. Toward the back, its a tad spicy, vey pleasant though.
M: medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A nice finish with a tasty hang.
O: this is not the best version of this style I have sampled. However, NG has done very well. The essence of the style shines through and its extremely quaffable. Its damn good and you could have several.

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Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.