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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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552 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Brickhouse.

Another entry in the pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises clove, pepper, wheat, lemon zest, and coriander. The taste launches on a heavy banana and clove jag, coming down later with some pepper and cardamom. It may be pretty simplistic, but it is definitely effective. The body is a heavy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a prickly fluid feel. Overall, a very nice BPA, easily drinkable and readily enjoyable.

TMoney2591, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright yellow-gold with a huge head that dissipates to lingering foam over the course of a few minutes. Some frothiness and lacing persists.

The smell is the whole Belgian yeast thing - winter spices with bananas and some sweetness.

The taste is similar to the smell but the sweetness isn't as pronounced and what there is is held at bay by some pleasant tartness. The taste isn't aggressive but it's also not meek - pretty much a perfect taste for a beer that can be enjoyed with a meal or by itself. Reminds me of a less forceful tripel.

The feel is a bit too watery for me, though the higher than normal carbonation helps some in this regard.

As for drinkability, all day if I took it slow enough. Just a wonderfully comfortable beer that I could have with virtually any meal.

I first had this beer a year before I really got into beer and I wish I had followed up on it then. This is comfort food in a bottle.

mariposafan, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a recent trade with gungorr...

A slightly hazy light golden appearance topped by a small thin head in the Orval goblet... Pretty decent...

Very striking and pungent aromas of Belgian yeast and spiciness along with the usual banana and clove notes... Lot going on in the nose of this one.. Lots of Christmas spices seemingly and really smells nice...

Crisp and clean, Stone Soup is a pretty good example of a lighter Belgian ale...spiciness is prevalent here and complements the yeast and floral hops present...finishes dry...

A pretty good little beer here... This would have been better with a meal as I'm not sure I could drink these all night...

Tilley4, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of brewdub17
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden body with traces of an almost beige hue. Head is thin and little to no lacing.

Smell: Fruity, banana notes are hidden behind a dry, carbonation smell similar to a club soda.

Taste: A great deal of sweetness is noted, most of which is a combination of malty flavors and the spices implemented in the brew. The most noticeable trait upon tasting is the abundant carbonation or dryness of malts.

Mouthfeel: As stated before, there is a great deal of a carbonated feel to the brew. A very bubbly brew and holds a mediocre mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Doesn't seem like something I would pick up too often but has a few qualities that are appealing.

brewdub17, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Levifunk 

Pours a bright golden yellow, white head good lacing.  Smell some banana, yeast.  Tastes are some yeast, light banana a hint of apple at the finish.  Good amount of carb. The drinkability is out of this world, what a great beer especially for a regular in their lineup. New Glarus impresses me every time.

Lukafer, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of PSUDREW
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LeviFunk for this brew!

A: Pours a very hazy straw color. Not any head to speak of, small but steady amount of carbonation
S: semi-funky, little bit of banana, and yeasty malt nose
T: Standard Belgian earthy, spicy sweetness, and a dry malt right up front. Definite follow through with banana, and a hint of grassy hops to finish it off
M: Light and not much too it, but that isn't bad
D: modestly high

PSUDREW, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone soup pours a hazy light gold with a nice foamy head that lingers in a fine layer. The aroma is fruity, with tons of esters and phenolic character. The beer is light, dry malt with more tart, yeasty character, and a dry, phenolic finish. There are tons of flavors going on in this beer, almost too much for its strength, but interesting overall.

ericj551, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a respectable head that leaves the occasional shard of lace

Smell: The Belgian yeast aroma pops right out of the bottle, with hints of cracker malt and grassy hops

Taste: Opens with the cracker malt and, after a few seconds, moves in the direction of a hefe (banana and clove) and a BPA (fruity yeast) at the same time; also, the grassy hops join the fray to add another angle; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols and the banana blend together nicely, while the hops fade to the back

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly an intriguing beer but, ultimately, not one that I would seek out again; the flavors each go in their own direction but never converge to provide a triumph

Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity

brentk56, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of wschmit
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had to wait a bit for the abundant head to simmer down a bit before completing the pour.

A: Tan, golden, hazy. Head is thin and white, and dissipates rapidly.

S: The nose was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle. Ripe banana, perhaps a bit of hops. No spicing, but an apparent, yeasty sweetness on the nose.

T: Nice malt characteristic. The Belgian yeast is beautiful, and spot-on for style. A little sweet, but not as sweet as the nose might indicate. Very little bittering hops--a bit of earthiness, if anything. Simple and balanced.

M: The haze would indicate a good chew--it's there. Despite the voluminous head, it's a bit thin.

D: High. An interesting hybrid of ingredients to create a classic style, it's not too busy. It will turn off those who abhor banana beers, but overall it adheres to style, and is thought-provoking without being overly clever.

wschmit, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of klikger
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Light golden ale with just a touch of white head and lacing with trickles back into the liquid pretty quickly.

S - Belgian-style malts, cloves, and a whiff of smoke.

T - Cloves, Belgian yeast, and earthy grains compose the majority of the tastes here. Maybe it's my subconscious responding to the name, but there is some rock dust flavor in here without a doubt. And I like it.

M - Medium-bodied, with adequate carbonation.

D - Drinkable? Yes. At the expense of all of the other great beers which I have in my fridge? Probably not.

Another solid, quality beer from New Glarus.

klikger, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow color not unlike a hefe. The head is fizzy and dissipates quickly. Lace, forget about it.

Smells a lot like a hefe as well. Picking up the belgian yeast a little more, but still pretty wheaty with some banana and clove. A sweetness comes through as well. Maybe from candi sugar?

Reminds me of a slightly watered down version of Dancing Man Wheat. Wheaty with plenty of clove. A hint of citrus as well. Just not getting the belgian pale ale in this one. Still pretty tasty.

Again, a little watered down feeling. Has a very dry finish with frothy carbonation.

Drinks well, but I have to give a lower score here because it's just not real close to the style. I seriously wonder if I got a bottle of one of their hefe's that got mislabled. Still a drinkable and flavorful beer.

jera1350, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UGABeerguy for sharing this bottle. Pours a very pale golden with a small head. Smells typically of Belgian yeast with some coriander and some late sweetness. Interesting flavors. Banana, wheat, coriander, and light spiciness. Not too sweet, as many American versions of this beer are. Crisp and spicy in the mouth. I enjoyed this- not mind-altering, but a bit different and quite enjoyable.

Georgiabeer, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sampler 6 pack in Precott yesterday for $8.99

Inch of white fizzle head settles quickly. Slight ring around the collar.
Color is pale yellow with a bit of haze.
Aroma contains fruit smelling of pear and apples. Some mild bubble gum on aroma as well. Not much for breadiness, just a little sweetness though.

Taste is light and crisp with more pear and apple flavors as well as some bubble gum. Becoming a bit tart, some mild hop grassiness.
Its really a WYSIWYG beer.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

True to style, but not somthing I could drink more of. Its seems out of place alone with no food. Not my kind of beer.

Buebie, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of GuldenBoy
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden yellow with about an inch and a half of head that disappeared quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Smell of yeast and coriander that gives way to banana.

T: Taste not as complex as the smell, but still pleasing. Yeast and malt with a sweet overtone that leads to a dry finish of cloves.

M: Active and dry. Rather thin but leaves the mouth feeling coated.

D: Very drinkable yet not as complex or fulfilling as what I was expecting based on the smell. A second review without the yeast being poured into the glass seems to be in order.

GuldenBoy, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the uber-snob BeerTruth for this one. Chin up my friend!

Pours a hazy light golden color with two solid inches of white head. Keeps a nice lace with some thick layers of stick on the sides.

Smell consists of some lemon zest, grain, a bit of spice, some must and some estery Belgian yeast character. Some banana in addition to the lemon. It's nice enough but seems somewhat restrained.

Taste has less grain and more sweetness than the nose. Has a sort of bubblegum like sweetness to it. Some banana and clove flavor, plus some spice. Has a bit of grass and some lemon as well. It's a little strange, with the bubblegum and banana sweetness not really striking a chord with my palate. Some interesting complexities however.

Mouthfeel is a medium body with a good creaminess to it. It's smooth and finishes pretty clean; good carbonation.

This is an interesting beer but it just doesn't really resonate with me. The bubblegum and banana flavors are not my favorite. A decent take on a BPA but not one of my favorites.

number1bum, Aug 20, 2010
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GDBEERMAN for this one

A - Pours a hazy, pale straw yellow with a tight white head that settles quickly. Yeast was included in the pour because thats the way I like it. Minimal lacing

S - Cloves and a bit of sweet, bready malt.

T&M - Crisp and smooth with a spicy peppery and clove character, clove in the nose definitely follows into the flavor. There's a light medicine note, not sure if that would be there if kept the yeast in the bottle (but again, I dig it). Finish is somewhat dry with a sweet nutty malt character.

D - I had this with a grilled cheese and it was pretty damn tasty. I could see having more then one or two without a problem.

ZeroSignal, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a lovely 3-finger head of coarse white foam. Decent retention, but almost no lace.

S: The Belgian yeast stands out, with apple and clove being the dominant components. Not terribly powerful or complex, but very fresh and vibrant.

T: Again, the yeast really steals the show, with fruit up front (pear and citrus join the apple), followed by spice and a malty back end. There is a bit of grassy hop presence, but it isn't all that noticeable, as the yeast returns to round things out with a clean, somewhat tart aftertaste. Quite tasty, and more complex than I was expecting.

M: Fairly light bodied, with plenty of vivacious carbonation. Bubbly without being too diffuse, it's a great feel for the style.

D: Tons of flavor in an affordable, sessionable package? That's pretty much my definition of drinkability.

Notes: I remember trying this when it first came out and being decidedly unimpressed. I'm not sure whether the beer's changed or my palate has, but this is an extremely enjoyable, easy-drinking take on the Belgian pale style. I'm not sure which abbey's yeast strain is in this brew, but it works great with the recipe Dan has put together. I can't get over how lucky Wisconsin is to have such a steady, well-priced supply of this and the rest of the New Glarus line-up. Amazing.


woosterbill, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of endincolorado
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a hazy, pale gold, with a cloud of floaty yeast in the middle of the glass. The head is a clean white with a foaminess like bubble bath. lacing is minimum.

The aroma is of sour fruit and spicy yeast. There's also a bit of dense citrus, like orange peel.

Flavor is deliciously refreshing. Light fruit, faint yeastiness, and a crisp, crackery malt. Mouthfeel is adequately viscous with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Another incredibly drinkable beer by New Glarus, and a testament to their ability to brew any style with complexity and finesse.

endincolorado, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice pear color, slightly hazy with a nice white head. The head dissipates relatively quickly.

S: Sweet with a nice belgian yeast scent, coriander, clove and citrus. There is a light spice aroma from the hops but not a lot. There is some slight banana in the very back as well as some berries.

T: Sweet with a little tang, a light spice note but mostly citrus and yeast. Unfortunately the flavor doesn't quite stand up to the smell.

M: Fairly light bodied, dry finish, and tons of carbonation. Seems a tad on the watery side though.

D: Nice and easy drinking, though lacking a bit on the flavor. I wanted the flavors to be just a little bigger to match what I smelled. Not a let down, but not the beer I expected.

Beejay, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of climax
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, this was definitely fizzy, and champagne-like as the small head ran down very quickly as bubbles raced from the bottom of the beer to the top. The color was tangerine.

Clove and ginger were definitely present in the nose, emphasis on the clove. Softer candied banana and coriander were muted in the background.

The flavor was definitely a rowdy follow up from the nose. The clove and ginger continued their reign over everything. The aftertaste was long and the flavors still had a strong presence.

The mouthfeel was very carbonated and sharp, once again champagne-like. The carbonation tingle remained long after the beer was gone. If you like an assault of carbonation and a gang bang of spicy flavor... give it a try.

climax, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Excessive head on an easy pour, quickly dropped to a centimeter of bumpy foam leaving no lacing or spotting, very light straw in color - 3.00, S: First whiff provides a nice crisp spiciness to the nose, slightly chalky and quite peppery, also some of table crackers aromas, faint fruitiness in the background - possibly pear - 4.25, T: Mild hop bite, a little astringent, I picked up the tell tale signs of candied sugars, there's a light fruity sweetness - possibly pear, quite biscuity and with a medicinal backdrop - 3.50, M: Gentle carbonation bite, medium mouth feel - 3.50, D: A good brew all around and a solid representation of the style - 3.50

deereless, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks mattafett!

A: Pours an opaque wall of solid orange / amber, but then, I did pour in the yeast slug without thinking. Oops. The head is a finger of off-white head with short retention. However, it leaves a nice collar on the brew with some swirls of bubbles in the center.

S: Bubblegum, slight spice, grassy hops. Yeast and LOTS of clove.

T: Biscuit, bread, and bubblegum. Small presence of grassy hops. and some kind of fruit I can't place. Pepper and clove in the finish, quite a fair amount of it. It almost makes the beer feel dry, though it's obviously not.

M: Light-medium bodied, and a bit watery in the finish. Low carbonation. Not particularly impressive here.

D: I'm not in love with this one, but it's pretty tasty.

Arbitrator, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of brandoneast
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Simply tastes like a joke, like someone poured 3/4 of Miller Lite in my glass that was holding 1/4 of an average triple.

Pours translucent, little to no lacing and head. Fills the glass with aromas of cornflakes and unripened green bananas, aged hops, and wheat cracker - has kind of a wit thing going on, some faint, and I mean faint, spice in the background. Mouthfeel was somewhat effervescent but that was the only thing average about the beer. As far as Belgian Pale Ales go, this sits at the bottom in my book.

brandoneast, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Jul 2009. Courtesy of R&S, thanks!

Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Medium sized creamy yellowish head. Well carbonated. Cloudy golden orange color. Aroma is yeasty, orangey, coriander, earthy, and clove. Starts like semi dry champagne. Quite bubbly. Some green bananas, bubblegum. Juicy, melon and orange. Medium creamy body. Moderate ethanol.

Another nice offering from New Glarus.

htomsirveaux, Jul 13, 2010
Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
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