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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

538 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 20 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:29:47 | More by number1bum


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:35:55 | More by GDBEERMAN
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:49:24 | More by ZeroSignal
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 17:04:15 | More by woosterbill
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:22:04 | More by endincolorado
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:59:44 | More by Beejay
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:18:31 | More by climax
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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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:45:42 | More by deereless
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 01:12:30 | More by Arbitrator
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 04:10:10 | More by brandoneast
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:55:45 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of hu5om


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into chimay chalice
a- slightly cloudy orange/light amber, head disipates with nice ring and a bit of lacing
s- light cloves and bubblicious
t- bubblegum. bam. a few things going on behind, sweet belgian taste, hint of wheat? maybe? no? all right. gets sweeter with warmth
m- very bubbly with a slightly pale crisp finish
d- interesting. not ng's best work, but dan can't hit it out of the park every time. worth trying, but i wouldn't say worth a 6 pack, given ng's alternative options.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 03:27:28 | More by hu5om
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3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from DavidEddie- Thanks!!

A: Pale golden color. White head that stays as a thin film. Lots of carbonation.

S: Smells very yeasty. Reminds me of "green" homebrew.

T: Phenol taste. A little malt. Not much hops.

M: Thin to medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation.

D: Drinks very easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:56:29 | More by Spica66
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A pale golden color that is slight hazy. A little more than an inch of white head that only slightly disappears as lacing is decent.

S- Yeasty phenols and slight amount of fruits begin the smell as it changes to hints of pepper. Slight amount of malt sweetness available as the pepper smell lingers.

T- Phenols and fruit esters begin the beer as the spicy pepper that was found in the smell comes up again. Slight hop bite, but fade quickly and add more to the spicy pepper than anything else.

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation.

D- Pretty easy beer to drink. The pepper tastes that come with this beer change the drinkability, but opens up some opportunities for food pairings.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 03:10:24 | More by Lolli1315
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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brian for the opportunity to try this! COmpared side by side this evening to R&D.

A-Body is a pretty much transparent light golden yellow hue. Pours with about a one finger foamy white head which fades to a really thin collar with no lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is good and pretty spot on of the style. Peppery spive is dominant but there is a fairly strong sweet fruity (mostly white grape with a hint of apple) presence in the background as well as a very minimal floral hop accent.

T- Flavor is mild in comparison to the nose. Slightly fruity and hoppy-but with a lot of pale malt character. The finish is beter as the peppery spice and floral hop bitterness come though a little more-but the finish is fairly dry.

M-Medium tingly carbonation and a light, slightly thin body.

D- This is a decent-above average brew-but R&D is worlds better than this. The nose is good-but the pale malt comes through a littl to much in the flavor for me which makes this a little bit more run of the mill than most brews I have had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:57:27 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy straw with one finger of tight white head.

Smell -- Massive bubblegum aroma, clove, yeast, bready malt.

Taste -- Follows the nose: big bubblegum with clove, banana, yeast, honey, biscuity malt, grassy and floral hops. Finish is dry with a bit of wet hay and banana. Quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability -- Easily my favorite New Glarus thus far. Great balance and Belgian pale ale flavors. Coupled with the exceptional drinkability of New Glarus beers: amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 23:46:39 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a water glass...had a rich caramel color, with light carbonation and a small fluffy white head. Aroma was predominately malt, with caramel and honey overtones. Taste was slightly chewy, lightly sweet, with cane sugar and bananna followed by vanilla and a touch of citrus.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:02:08 | More by Atricapilla
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4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to rlmartin for the hook-up

A - It looks great/classic. Golden-yellow with big white foam, moderate retention and some lace.

S - The aroma is basic pale malt, with yeast-imparted notes of banana, pear, and lemon-lime. There is a very slight alcohol that picks up towards the finish, and a small dose of hay funk.

T - This beer is specifically amazing for its very clear relationship to all other Belgian golden ale; it is clearly the littlest brother of the Tripel, obviously the younger sibling of the BSPA, certainly the urbane cousin of the Saison, and seemingly the parent of the Witbier. And this example, albeit from Wisconsin, has elements of the foundations of all the aforementioned styles, and is a dead-on take for the style. The taste is clean and slightly bready, with some tropical-fruit-y nuances. Hop flavors are low, mostly balancing and slightly herbal. Clean and dry on the finish until the very end where the banana bread kicks back in.

M - Feels light-bodied and semi-dry on the finish.

D - Very nice and refreshing, and evidently well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 17:47:45 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While the stone soup may appear unimpressive I can assure you it is anything but. The more distinguished palates can pick up traces of vanilla and subtle hints of citrus amongst it's sweet Ginger overtones. It drinks smooth and goes down easy (that's what she said).

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 09:16:13 | More by EddieTheTrooper
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.
Strong and loud psst upon opening leading to a loud fizzy pour. Narrow head at top of glass prevents full pour of bottle. Big white head covers a cloudy gold/yellow body. The loudness of the head settling persists for quite awhile. Head eventually settles to almost nothing yet stays noisy.
Mostly spicy yeast aroma with mild phenols and a bit of pepper.
Yeast dominant flavor profile with a pretty clean malt taste. Holds some mild hop flavors and bitterness. Dryness from middle to extended finish. Seems to have a bit of vanilla.
Fully carbonated which makes it drink heavier and fill up quickly. Still a lighter policy. Not a bad thing to slow the drinking down some to enjoy the effects of warming.
Nice solid everyday drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 03:37:21 | More by garymuchow
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3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blake (kickinthechalice) for this beer!

Appearance: This beer is beautiful. It pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color with a pretty white head - about 2 fingers. The head is very bubbly and dissipates pretty quickly - within a minute. Even after the head settles, there are streams of bubbles extending up from the bottom of the beer.

Aroma: It smells very fresh, lots of malt and wheat in the nose. I smell some citrus in the background - maybe orange? A tiny bit of pine and yeast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: On first sip, I like it - it's very creamy, sweet but well balanced with hints of citrus, a little spice and maybe banana? On the back side, however, it's a bit astringent and has a pronounced, lingering after taste. This is my main problem with Belgian Pale Ales - the after taste stays on my palate for hours, sometimes even until the next morning. This is something I personally do not like.

Notes: Eh. The after taste makes it not for me. For others though, I think it has good drinkability and is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 23:51:59 | More by seh410
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Slight haze in a peachy-lemon body. Two fingers of meringue-like, whipped, eggshell-white head. Nose of light tropical fruit, bubblegum, banana baby food, and cream soda. A bit of Belgian yeast twang rounds it out. Kind of hefeweizen-y.

Toasted grains and some yeasty twang up front. Smooth, soft wheat malts follow, accented by notes of tropical fruit and melon. Mildly peppery, spicy hops follow as the malt gets breadier. Cantaloupe and fruity dough in the finish, with lingering peppery hop bitterness. Medium-bodied with a protein-rich feel. Not bad. Very wheaty. I wouldn't mind a bit more of a hop presence though.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 01:08:05 | More by alexgash
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus thanks to levifunk.

A: A fizzy 2 finger head rises up quickly and fades quickly as well with big bubbles popping. It's a semi hazy slightly clear beer of pale golden wheat color.

N: Golden ale aromas, some light malts, toasty malts, a little wheat, Belgian light malts, a little Belgian fruity yeast aroma, and a slight lighter grassy hop aroma. The more I breath deep, the more I get a sweet deep Belgian malt aroma.

T: Starts with more Belgian toasty sweet malts, a slight citrus fruity flavor with a little lemon zest. A nice hoppy grassy and citrus hop flavor, with more orange peel, citrus fruit, wheat flavors, mild grassy hops. WIth that is a slight toasty malt flavor as well, and some Belgian sweet malty flavors.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Some bitterness with orange peel, grassy and citrus hops, spicy and floral hop flavors lingering, pale hop flavors, most mild on the initial taste but seem to get a little astringent on the finish, but ever so slightly. More lingering Belgian sweet malts, but dries a bit as well. A nice tasty Belgian pale I have to say, I would have liked a little more of the Belgian malt flavor, and a little more hoppy flavor, but that's my opinion, and it is a nice tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 03:20:06 | More by jlindros
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed apricot with a thin, cream-colored head that quickly recedes. Audible plop of sediment mid-pour.

Aromas of bananas, clove, yeast, bubble gum, lemon zest and spice. Taste mirrors the nose with flavors of bananas, clove and yeast upfront, followed by suggestions of lemon citrus, bubble gum and spice. Medium-bodied with a lively and prickly mouthfeel. A subtle metallic note surfaces as Stone Soup warms. Finishes powder dry with a peppery farewell.

Exceptional drinkability. Crisp and refreshing. A very good Belgian Pale Ale for the coming summer months. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 23:23:51 | More by CaptainIPA
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South Carolina

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

Received from levifunk
Poured into Spiegelau tulip glass

A - golden straw color, 1/2 a fingers worth of bubbly white head

S - pils malt, spicy hops, lots of yeast

T - spicyness hits at beginning, prickly, then goes to the pils malt, then some peppery and lemon flavor, aftertaste is very dry and yeasty

M - very crisp, light bodied but not thin, great bubbly carbonation

D - quality beer, almost saison-like, second beer from NG and another that I enjoyed greatly

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:24:17 | More by wchesak
Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.