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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

565 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 24 | 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 dstc
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, burnt yellow with a big, foamy white head that falls rather slow. Fairly decent lace.

Nice spice nose with a bit of funk. Has a nice flowery smell to it.

Not the taste I was expecting. Has a spicy tartness to it with nice herbs present. Sour in the middle ending with a rather sweet malt finish. All in all a rather funky brew.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a nice bite.

Fairly drinkable and rather pleasant. Another nice brew from New Glarus.

dstc, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: belgian yeast, some spiciness and lemon zest is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice grainy malt base with yeast, lemon zest, green grapes, tart apples, and some spiciness. Bitterness is moderate here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer has some nice spiciness to it. Easy to quaff this one but it won't blow you away.

Gavage, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of nickynick
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made the trip to New Glarus last weekend so I have a boat load New Glarus beer to review. The first is Stone Soup. This beer poured a cloudy amber with a small head that faded very fast. Also showed decent lacing. The smell was of spice and yeast. Taste was of light citrus flavors, spice and hints of yeast. Also hints of sour dough bread. Mouthfeel was good, as was the drinkability. Overall I found this beer to be very nice. Showed some fairly complex flavor notes. Wish i had bought more, and wish I didn't have to go to Wisconsin to get it.

nickynick, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of ahalloin
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy soft gold color, similar to the color of apple cider. A two finger width head of foamy white forms quickly but dissipates equal so, to a small white ring.

The smell is very clean with strong notes of gingered orange peel, coriander, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Belgian floral yeast is definitely present.

The flavor has a sweet Belgian character. I'm getting pineapple, ginger, slight banana, and clove notes. The finish has some slight tart earthy notes and a medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very pleasing with medium carbonation generating tiny bubbles.

Drinkability is very good as the beer goes down incredibly easily with no harsh flavors or astringency.

ahalloin, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of bristol2120
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle; Pours an opaque medium copper/golden with a moderate head that subsides leaving very little by way of foam and light/moderate lacing. Excellent aroma with yeasty, bubblegum characteristics. Yeast and bubblegum notes also come to the fore in the taste, which also shows off malty, banana aspects. Nice tight carbonation lends a good mouthfeel. Overall, a nicely drinkable beer, and a good representative of the style. Another winner from New Glarus.

bristol2120, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Hazy, opaque golden-white brew. Bright white head rose 2-fingers, looking creamy as it slowly receded.

S-Clove,nutmeg, spiciness runs rampant in this aroma. Slight bready yeast in the background, with a semi-sweet hint.

T-Sweet, bready malt mingles with the clovey Belgian-yeasty spiciness. Sweetness fades, followed by a subtle hoppy spice, which then fades into a relatively crisp finish.

M-High, nearly effervescent carbonation. Moderate body, almost moderate-light. Seems almost to be an easy-drinking tripel.

D-Tasty. This brew certainly didn't knock me off my feet, but I have very little to say that could detract from its quality.

Part of a NG sampler twelver my friend Josh brought back from Wisconsin.

CHSLBrew, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of dkachur (quote some time ago, by this point) poured in to a 14 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light, golden blonde-bodied brew, capped by a one-finger snow white head that fades quickly initially but ultimately only to a good, thick dusting and a bulky collar. That's probably because of the plentiful and mercurial yet surprisingly large carbonation, typical for the style, that does a lot to keep that surface dusting alive. No lacing of which to speak knocks this one down a few pegs.

Aroma: Pleasant. Sweet and juicy, with honey-esque malt notes intermingling with pineapple, orange, kiwi, and guava juice-notes.

Taste: This one's a little odd and I'm a little torn on it. At first, it's very ... well, lacking in flavor. It takes it a little while warming in the mouth (longer than I'd expect for a Belgian blonde) and truly until the finish the flavor to come through. The finish is sweet, a little biscuity, with hints of tropical fruits - banana, pineapple, orange, mango - but almost no spices, oddly enough.

Mouthfeel: The huge carbonation in a fairly soft body makes for an uneven, eruptive mouthfeel. Add to that a slick, sort of oily after"feel" and you have a pretty average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This one started out weak, got a little stronger, but then ended weak as I got more in to it. It's not a bad beer - it's a New Glarus, of course, and all things NG are pretty fantastic. But some are less fantastic than others, and this isn't in the pantheon of great NG. At 5.3%, it's surely drinkable, but there are others I'd rather drink at this level.

CrellMoset, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: straw yellow in color, hazy, huge white head that dissipates slowly due to the effervesent character of the carbonation, no lacing.

S: huge banana aroma over a spicy background. slight orange citrus notes.

T: soft on the malts, moderately spicy. orange citrusy flavor, also has the banana characteristics of a hefewiezen. it has a moderate malt sweetness, but fnishes on the drier side.

MF: medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

Drinkability: i think this is a very well done beer. not sure about how it fits the style, as it has some characteristics of a hefeweizen, but very drinkable and enjoyable.

porterwoobie, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moving a mountain begins with a single stone...

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice one finger bright white fluffy head that retained well and left excellent lacing. The beer is a cloudy pale yellow/orange color.

S - Citrus and yeast esters with a touch of spice.

T & M - If I didn't know better, I would think this was a watered down version of a Hefeweizen from both the cloudy appearance and the taste. Hints of banana and clove and clove are present, and it has a very minute grassy hop backbite, especially as it warms. It has a pretty light mouthfeel that finishes very crisp and clean with little aftertaste.

D - I think this is one of those beers I could sit down and drink all night. A fantastic beer that finishes well and doesn't get you hammered with a high ABV. There is a reason I love New Glarus...I haven't had a bad beer from them yet. take a look at all their beer reviews and you won't see one below a B-. Highly recommended.

drizzam, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale hazy gold with a small head that left minor lacing.

S - Nice hops with some belgian style yeasty smell. Very pleasant. Citrusy with a nice grainy back.

T - Good stuff. Nice malts and the yeast comes through quite well. Wish it was just a little bit stronger though. Sweet with fruit, and a solid grainy taste comes in.

M - Medium light bodied, carbonation is a nice compliment to this drink. Leaves the mouth with a slight sour aftertaste.

D - Very good, could pleasantly drink these all day.

AgentZero, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium honey gold with a light white head that raises about one finger and fades quickly. The lacing is light but there are some spotty chunks and if you swirl a glass the head comes back quickly.

The aroma is light with hops and flower, reminds me of tripel. The aroma is pleasing and makes you eager to give it a sip.

The taste is very neutral and simple but enjoyable and allows you drink a lot. Right off the bat you taste a little yeast, the middle is light, but then you have some sweet hops. This is a very drinkable beer.

jrallen34, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

A - Very lightly hazy golden yellow with an impressive three-finger white head that rose up quickly and noisily. It had moderate retention that sank to a bullseye in the tulip. The center from the nucleation point and a dense ring had foam.

S - A good pale malt and wheat backbone supports the abounding aromas of this beer. A sharp lemon citrus nose comes out with a spicy yeast character and a deliciously crisp and clean finishing aroma of floral hops.

T - Smooth malty profile to begin with that makes it's way through a spicy yeast touch and citrus notes while finishing with a crisp, dry floral hop flavor.

M - Very smooth and mellow like a soft blanket, nicely crisp and well balanced to the finish. A great feeling ale!

D - Nicely done beer. A good pale that smells, tastes, and feels great. An easy one to put back, I could knock a few of these around pretty easily.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - Clean, yellow color with lots of effervescence and a decent sized fluffy white head. Very clean and clear.

Aroma - Banana, burnt sugar, yeast and cinnamon.

Taste - The flavor of fresh banana is very strong along with some sweet hints of caramel and a very present taste of Belgian yeasties. Very nice on the tongue as far as carbonation goes. Flavor is light, its almost like a table beer or "single".

Overall - Meh. It's a great, easy drinking Belgian-style golden ale. Nothing too crazy and maybe that's enough. It is what is, very sessionable and something I bet you could get your lager loving uncle to enjoy immensely.

Would I buy more of it? - Maybe. Not totally sold on it...plus I'd have to go to Wisconsin to get more and I think I'd rather buy some of New Glarus' other beers instead.

indiapaleale, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 12 oz bottle, proclaimed as an "Abby style ale"

Pours a nice pale old, like Duvel, looks hazier though. Nice billowing white head with nice lacing, but it recedes very quickly.

The smell is a bit pungent for this style. Very spicy but with a kick of fruit scent. Not the best but it's bold scent makes it stand out a bit.

The taste is a bit subdued, I suppose this is because it is a Belgian pale ale and not a Belgian strong pale ale. A tad bit watery. The flavor is nice, with a lot of fruitiness again, some bready malts, and good spices.

Though New Glarus takes a valiant and very drinkable attempt at this style, for me at least, it is becoming increasingly evident that the American brewers haven't harnessed the secret of Belgain ales as of yet.

crossovert, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of DeeMented
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a hazy, golden yellow with a very thick cap of white foam. The head faded very quickly and left no lacing. By the time I was halfway through, there were so few bubbles that the beer looked flat.

The aroma was very earthy and yeasty, with a bit of underlying spice.

The mouthfeel on this one was a bit thin. Almost like the carbonation was a one-shot burst at the beginning, then went and hid itself somewhere.

The taste starts with a bit of a dry and slightly fruity yeasty flavor. It also finishes dry, with just a bit of banana, and a hint of spice.

There just didn't seem to be a lot going on with this beer. It seemed almost bland and watery. It definitely went down fast, but there are better New Glarus offerings.

DeeMented, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a mixed 12 pack on a recent trip to WI.

Pours with a delicate foamy white head that fades rather quickly. All vanishes and leaves a light golden/amber colored beer with just a slight haze. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet and predominately of yeast. A touch of spice, but not much.

Flavor is much lighter than I had imagined. New Glarus is known for their excellent wheat beers and this almost has the same light/refreshing feel. Sweet fruit up front, followed my a mellow yeast flavor. Some classic banana/clove Again, just a touch of spice.

Mouth feel is perhaps a bit light. Very delicate, almost prickly carbonation.

This is pretty good, but I was expecting a bit more depth from a Belgian Pale.

Reagan1984, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light yellow in color with a bunch of carbonation bubbles and a nice head that receded slowly and left some lacing. Smell is highly concentrated mashed bananas with some light spices rounding it out. Taste is fairly light malts with small background hints of clove. Not really much in the way of spices. Medium to light mouthfeel with subdued carbonation on the tongue. Not bad, but not anything noteworthy overall.

alcstradamus, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of soulgrowl
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure whether to think of this as an American, German, or Belgian beer, but any way you classify it, it's only fair in appearance. The head is white and on the small and fizzy side, though the body is a pleasant, dandelion sunny yellow with a slight haze. Nose is like a lovely mix of Hefeweizen and tripel, full of banana and clove as well as bright citrus (orange sherbet) and wild herbs (oregano and juniper). Tangy, spicy, and bittersweet, bubblegummy and full of banana, clove, rye bread, and orange. Delicate notes of champagne and lemon drops contribute to an overall fruity yet dry and spicy flavor, perfectly textured with round, rolling carbonation and a dry, citric finish. I have no idea how strong this beer is, but it is very drinkable - it brings that distinctive New Glarus Hefeweizen-like yeast to a Belgian style, with delicious results.

soulgrowl, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale golden with an almost two finger pretty much all white head, maybe a little off white. But that is fading fast. There is little to no active carbonation and this brew is awful hazy. The head is gone within 45 seconds.

S: Mildly Belgiany with some good candi sugar and malt both. Not much hops, but a decent spice to it.

T: Tastes like it smells. The more I drink, the more Belgian it tastes to me. No strong malt bill, no solid hops, the yeast and sour are just the defining taste here. It's to style I guess, but not really transcendent.

M: Like a good Belgian, creamier than it looks. Not heavy, just creamy. Not fizzy at all. Perhaps too heavy.

D: A great drinkable Belgiany beer.

mdwalsh, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A faintly cloudy golden color with about two fingers worth of head when poured generously. Recedes quickly with minimal lacing left behind.
S- Clove, ginger and a bit of bubble gum come to mind when smelt. This one reminds me a bit of Duvel in terms of scent.
T- A good hint of spice right away with a dry malty finish. Bubble gum also pops out but the more this warms up the more flavors come out. Also a hint of yeast but nothing too strong.
M- I love the mouthfeel on this beer. A lot of carbonation with just the right amount of bite. Medium bodied.
D- I could sit down with Stone Soup all night. Once this one warms up, the flavors come out and there is less of a bite which adds to the drinkability.

I know this isnt everyone's favorite offering from New Glarus but I love it and it is my favorite one in their lineup.

Wisconsinality, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm steadily working my way through the NG lineup so here's another one in the books. The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow. The head is enormus and bright white. After it settles no lace is left behind. The aroma is very fruity. Clove and banana are right up front. Yeast and breadiness notes are present as well. The flavor is sweet and dry. Banana and spice are first on the list followed by lemon and a cracker like tone. The dry fininsh is rather mouth puckering. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Overall not bad. I might pass on this one later on.

beerwolf77, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy hazy yellow with medium white foam. Good retention and lacing.

Slightly fruity in the nose. Hints of chewing gum almost?

Taste is classic Belgian with hints of spices - faint pepper, maybe. Some citrus swirled in there for good measure, maybe also pears.

Medium carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Very tasty take on a Belgian single pale, very good drinkability.

KTCamm, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Soneast
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet. Well I may as well do that now, since I picked up a New Glarus variety pack and this was in it:

Pours a hazy, sickly yellow color with a 2 finger thick, white colored head that dissipates rather quickly leaving just a small amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice fruit quality to it, some lemon zest, green apples but also some banana and a bit of spiciness. The aroma leads me to believe that this will be nice, sweet and juicy.

Yep, my nose didn't lie. The flavors is also comprise of a fruity, juicy quality with some nice spicy background. Bananas and spicy clove qualities seem to take front seat here, although there is some lemony character as well as an overall sweet grain flavor.

A crisp, refreshing beer. The carbonation really tickles the taste buds. Juicy in the mouth and low ABV, makes this a great drinkable beer.

Soneast, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of hardy008
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge foamy white 3 finger head. The lace dissipates fairly quickly. Has a cloudy gold color. Smells of yeast, malt, fruit, and cloves. The aroma is not very strong compared to other Belgian Pale Ales. Taste is the same as the aroma. Banana is the strongest fruit flavor. This beer is slightly sweet, dry, with high carbonation, and somewhat thin. Good drinkability. Overall a decent beer.

hardy008, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of RJUGA03
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A-Orangy/ yellow slightly cloudy (Hefelike) with a simple thick edge head that has scant lacing in the center.

S- Somewhat fruit with a yeast like odor ( very hefe typical).

T- Strong carbonated breadlike up front flowing into flavor bursts of fruits and slight clove....and finishing with a malty bitterness.

M- Thin with frothy activation in your mouth.

D- It's a great summer beer, but for me personally it is a bit too light.

RJUGA03, Aug 17, 2009
Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.