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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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569 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 27
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:
Beer added by: Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

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

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold, big head.

Smell: Sweet, some spicy clove, a little bubblegum.

Taste: Quite sweet, some clove mixed in, a little bit of banana, somewhat bready body.

Drinkability: On the lighter side but nice flavors and good price.

Picked up one of these in a mixed six pack. Another nice beer from New Glarus. Seems kind of similar to some of their other beers, maybe they use the same yeast on a lot of their products. Worth a try.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a one inch head that is white in appearance. The body is a hazy golden brown color. There is also a lot of carbonation apparent in this beer. The head fades to a lace within a couple of minutes.

S - Malts, grains, and earthy notes along with some nice clove and ginger. There is also some faint sweetness that is present in this beer, maybe some raisins. The aroma from this beer is not as intense as other NG beers.

T - Grains, malts and some earthy notes along with a faint clove and ginger. There is a lot of carbonation present in this beer along with some sweet notes.

M - Carbonation enters your mouth early with the malts and grains. The medium body transitions well over to the clove and ginger notes towards the finish, which is smooth and clean.

D - Rather easy to drink. I could have a few in a sitting.

This is lawn mower beer in every sense. While its not my favorite NG brew, I can appreciate the style and enjoy one every now and then.

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 ScarletLady
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy as expected. nice gold color kinda bright
Smell: hint of clove and banana
Taste: I was really happy with this one. Nice light but somewhat complex flavor that wasn't overpowering.
Mouthfeel: ok
Drinkability: good, enough of a flavor to keep u interested but not so much that it would keep you from going back for another

Photo of PrAndo
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've got to say that I'm a little thrown off by this one. I like it, but it doesn't blow my hair back. I'd much rather have a Crak'd Wheat or a Dancing Man Wheat. This falls short of both of them.

I'd never had a Belgian Pale Ale before and this was not what I was expecting, and so maybe that's shading my review of the beer.

A - Dirty, yellow, cloudy, body with a white foamy head. Not great head retention. It looks like a hefe.
S - Bananas and cloves.
T - Like a slightly hoppy nefe, but not as much in the hop flavor arena as the Crak'd Wheat.
M - nothing great, thin.
D - You could drink as many as you'd like, but there are plenty of better options than this one.

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

Appearance: poured with some silky creamy off white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving just about no lacing. The beer is a cloudy yellowish gold.

Smell: Smells like ripe bananas, spicy clove, sweet caramel, and bit of sweet citrus hop.

Taste: Overripe banana, spicy clove, orange citrus, small amount of hoppy citrus, ending with a sweet caramel malt and apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very tingly on the tongue, nice small bubbles, leaves mouth a tiny bit dry, and light bodied.

Overall: Very easy to drink, good flavors, not too bold. A bit too tingly on the tongue but still a great beer!

Photo of KBomb
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a beautiful looking beer. Brilliant "thick" gold, you can't see through it. Small but lasting foamy head with fine lacing. Quite a bit of banana, bubblegum, and a hint of yeast and citrus in the nose. Sadly, the taste is a bit bland. We get a little citrus-sour, but too little sweetness and nuanced flavors of the yeast. Mouthfeel is sharp on the tongue with high carbonation, and that same carbonation makes it a little filling.

There is so much that is right about this beer, but unfortunately the most important element (taste) is lacking. One of the rare "disappointments" to come from New Glarus. Far from a drain pour, but I won't be getting this again the next time I come through WI.

Photo of jjanega08
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A= A slightly hazy yellow color with a two finger thick white head. Bubbles are rising replenishing the head quite frequently. Looks pretty got only not much lacing on it though.
S= Smells very sweet and chalky at the same time. It has quite the pungent odor but I just can't figure out what the smell is... Yeast maybe very nice though.
T= A sort of wintergreeny odd taste to it. Apples are there of course as well as yeast but the wintergreeny taste is odd. Also a little chalky like a guiness. Bannana's are their and maybe some pears. Lotta strange fruit in this one.
M= medium body and average finish. Really nothing to notable.
D= Pretty good but I dunno if I'll be drinking much more of it. The wintergreen taste is really weird.

Photo of eyncognito
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.
Slightly hazy, straw yellow, attractive 2 finger head gradually fades into a cap and collar. This beer smells quenching. Mild fruits-pear, maybe a little apple, the spice is gentle-clove, light candy sugar, and slightly yeasty.

Taste is milder than the nose, slightly muted, sweeter, but not watery. Sweet belgian candy sugars, bubblegum-as it warms the spices become more apparent-clove and ginger. Malt is sweet, like crusty white bread and honey. Overall the taste isn't as impressive as the aroma, but I didn't deduct any points: the flavors aren't big, nor does a single aspect take center stage. Rather, they work in subtle harmony.

Light end of medium bodied, well-carbonated-tight bubbles. Incredibly drinkable-an overall strength of New Glarus year-round offerings.

Photo of rkinsella
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium straw color, hazy, with a white dense head. Some lacing and okay head retention.

Smells fruity, sugary...and there are definite bubblegum notes!
Which is really interesting.

Taste is sweet at first, then finishes towards dry, complex enough, and sort of easy going.
Clean aftertaste, minimal hop bitterness. Good "snap" crispness to it.

Mouthfeel is excellent, dancing bubbles, high carbonation.

Drinkable, but the high carbonation can get filling. I rarely expect a Belgian Ale to be a session beer. Pair this with some great cheese and maybe dried apricots. Quality beer from New Glarus.

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big rocky white head, lighter golden color.

Smell has distinctive Belgian character but not overpoweringly funky, clove, spicy, somewhat stale.

Taste is sweet, spicy, some clove, slight stale funkiness.

Decent feel, nicely carbed, very crisp.

Drinkable but nothing about it made me want to have another. Overall a pretty tame offering.

Photo of Voonder
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks TATURBO for this one!
Pours cloudy peachy yellow with big white head which dissapeared faitly quickly. Smell - very yeasty, some fruit flavours - pears, bananas, some grapes, just a hint of hops. Taste - yeasty, bready, sweet and fruity, finishes sweet. Mouthfeel - crisp, flavourful, very light. Drinkable to certain extent. Good brew!

Photo of Dotcubed
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Is this marked as a leftover's beer or something that was made using the stone cheap ingredients?
Either way it seems like a farm house ale. Wheaty looking cloudy yellow piss beer. Funky oranges sour smell with bananas. Too many years of retail produce. I may have bought an old beer. Some really nice looking foam that died away.

Nice malty beer. Giant Bread Yeast Monster.
Sweet and crisp with a heavy finish. Some jucy fruit.
Fizzy on the pallet, makes for an interesting gulp.

Not a sipper, this is a six pack beer. No maybe a case. But be warned this is filling, the carbonation packs a one two punch.

Photo of hendog
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a bit lighter than I thought it would be for an Belgium Abbey beer. Smell had a hint of being nutty or fruity. Smooth taste, finishes with a small hint of banana after taste, but not overpowering. No hoppy flavor whatsoever. A good beer, but I have had better Abbey's.

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 Pauly2X
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy bright yellow, one finger white head.

S- Banana and spicy clove with some light bready notes.

T- Light yet complex biscuity malt sweetness. The phenols from the yeast compliment the malt perfectly. Hops are present but very delicate and restrained. The finish is crisp with citrus notes.

M- Light and crisp with some body and plesantly effervescent carbonation.

D- Pretty refreshing cold, and more character when it warms up.

Similar to Spotted Cow, but with a belgian twist. Worth checking out, but I think Dan could of done a little better.

Photo of supercolter
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very decent brew and I think my new favorite belgian pale ale. Appearance is a bit above average, yellow and orange colors swirl around each other. Abit of head and a bit lacing. Smell and taste are very similar, nice belgian candy up front with the zesty, fruity yeast that I have come to love. Mouthfeel is a bit weak but some decent carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic.

Photo of KeefD
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale orange with gold edges, large white head that fellow slowly, nice cap ensues, light lacing. Aroma is yeaty, notes of light fruit and citrus, a bit floral and grassy. Flavor is lightly sweet at first, spicy, become bitter and grassy in the middle and finishes dry and yeasty. There's a decent hop bitterness in the middle but it's of the noble type. Crisp, easy drinking. I thought this beer was OK, but nowhere near the best I've had from NG.

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 AdmiralDiaz
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass...I know....

A: Pours a glowing yellowish orange with a small white head with poor retention but some remains along the edges.

S: Malty with Belgian yeast with notes of ginger, clove, and other spices.

T: Fruity upfront with yeast turning into several spices mention in the scent. There's a sweet malty finish that bring some warmth.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, small bubbles of carbonation tickle the tongue with a medium body. The drinkability was pretty high, I could easily do a few of these. Very good overall.

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 akokandy
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 12 oz brown bottle poured into a tulip. Beer pours an opaque light gold with a 1 inch tight head. Head fades quickly and leaves a little lacing.

S- Pretty delicate aroma. Clove and spice are most prominent, with some hops.

T- Clove dominates. Some banana flavor. Nice spiced/hop twang in the finish. Tastes more akin to a great hefeweizen than a Belgian Pale. Really nice.

M- Light to medium body with pretty low carbonation.

D- Goes down real easy. I really want another and another. Reasonable abv, pleasant and unobtrusive, subtle flavors really make this easy and pleasurable to drink. Great beer.

Photo of ballewblake
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Huge cloud like white head on a bubbly semi-opaque golden body. Pegged the style on the nose alone, this is belgian pale by far. Belgian fruity yeast, dominates, spices barely there. Taste is complex, lots of spices here, bubblegum, mild hops. Moderate lacing on the glass, head retention is moderate too, shallow head after a few minutes. A little over carbonated, but overall, a great mouthfill.

Thanks to Taturbo for the brew.

Photo of nrunge
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I would like to note that I am a huge fan of New Glarus, and that under most circumstances my opinion is a bit tainted.

Being a huge fan of unfiltered cloudy beer I thought that the pour was very attractive.

Very drinkable, nice carbination. Crisp with some great bananna and citrus notes but the clove seems to really overpower the other flavors. Which is why I gave this beer a fairly low rating. Personally I like more deep, malty beer with the other flavors (especially clove) playing the supporting roles.

The hefe side of the beer really does take the edge off the abbey ale side. While not quite a session ale you could definately throw a couple of these back in succession.

In the end not really for me but I know that many people really like a strong clove/citrus flavor in their hefe's. I was just really hoping tha the abbey side of this beer would have dulled that down a bit.

Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.