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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

571 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 571
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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Ratings: 571 | Reviews: 294
Reviews by terrabyte:
Photo of terrabyte
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, light-yellow color with a medium white head that disapates quickly.

Aroma is quite strong. Starts off as a wheat beer with lemon. Not too unlike Spotted Cow. But there is so much yeast, that it transforms the lemon into something a little funky.

Flavor is quite sweet & tart. Lemon tartness with not too much wheat at all. Quite yeasty, and quite spicy in the aftertaste. Spices include clove and possibly coriander. Definitely others. It may remind you of spotted cow, but side by side this is a bigger beer. More spices and a ton more yeast.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp, with a medium thickness.

Drinkability is fine, although a bit too sweet for my liking. All that spice, yeast and sweetness is too distracting for me. Then again, some of the big beers I like are distracting for others. This just moves in the wrong direction for me for normal enjoyment. Love the name, though.

More User Reviews:
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 dmheinz57
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of delaced21
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 equinox1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 fenlop54
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of NoetheMatt
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mrw1zard
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 DrKarl
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of weonfire
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Alex_Weinard
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
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