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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

557 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 29
Gots: 22 | 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 Voonder
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Voonder, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Dotcubed, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of hendog
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

hendog, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Pauly2X, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.03/5  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.

supercolter, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of KeefD
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

KeefD, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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

dirtylou, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

AdmiralDiaz, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

dancinwillie, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of akokandy
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

akokandy, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of ballewblake
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

ballewblake, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of nrunge
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

nrunge, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new offering from that prolific brewery across the river. I'm not a big fan of their regular lineup, but they seem to hit a lot of doubles & triples with their seasonals (& the odd dinger, see: Iced Barleywine).

So with some hopes I unleash the Stone Soup which is, I might add, a great name for a beer. The brew is a classic shade of hazy yellow, with a nose of sweet bananas, like the dried, candied ones you can buy in bulk at the supermarket.

This tastes & smells like a hefe with a heart transplant. I don't know if it's the yeast, malt, hops, or what have you, but if hefeweizens grew some nads & took a nail file to your taste buds, it would end up like this. Sweet, light, grassy, bright, with banana & other summery fruits on the tongue. Goes down easily & lacks the watery mouthfeel of a routine hefe. I can see why they chose six-packs for this brew.

Excellent beer in a kind of mixed Belgian/Hefeweizen style; I can imagine this being a huge hit on the back porch next to the grill in the spring. Winner!

maximum12, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of younger35
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up one of these from the sampler you can get at New Glarus. Although the tour was a bit disappointing, the beer is not! Drank from my brand spanking new New Glarus weizen glass (I know, not appropriate glassware for the beer but I'm excited to use it!).

Appearance- Pours a yeast and chill hazed yellowish with a decent one finger bright white head. The head recedes at a moderate rate leaving a nice cap and collar that doesn't leave much lacing.
Smell- Wow really interesting nose. Full of big yeasty notes such as banana, clove, bubblegum and ginger. It smells lightly sweet and the bubblegum seems to really intensify and take over as it warms. Something like a spicier more pronounced Hef in the nose.
Taste- Starts with the exact flavors you'd expect after the initial smell. Lightly sweet and doughy with a deceptively sharp banana and clove/all-spice kick. Bubblegum and red licorice are prevalent along with a light citric bitterness. The hops are deceivingly brisk in the finish helping to add a sharp bitterness in the back of the mouth. Sorta dry and lingering with more of that bubblegum.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a light carbonation and spicy feel that is fairly dry and semi cloying.
Drinkability- This is a sorta odd duck. Abbey Ale? Hef? Its stuck somewhere between I suppose (leaning more Hef) but the bitter kick toward the end kind of changes everything. Its good and interesting but not my favorite brew by New Glarus (that's not even close to a insult considering everything is damned well done!).

younger35, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a hazy honey with a moderate cloud. Head is substantial but leaves little to no lace.

Aroma is of yeast. Dusty yeast and honey. Floral notes creep in toward the finish. Citrus and orange rind on the nose, with a hint of clover honey.

Flavor is sweet dusty yeast and citrus. Banana and bubblegum with coriander and orange zest. Malty and yeasty with a character reminiscent of a hefe weiss. Nice sweetness that is not cloying and actually dries toward the finish. Hops are in the background and muted, but add to the experience.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'm used to in a Belgian, but good. Medium, slightly slick and the malt is chewy.

A very refreshing beer, worth a try.

wheatyweiss, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of beeronesse
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this a year ago and just now. It's not as spicy and big as I recall. Nice banana and clove action, great mouth feel; nice and creamy. Not the best I've ever had but highly drinkable nonetheless. A nice effort for a domestic brew... hard to pull off and I'm Belgian-spolied.

beeronesse, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a light and hazy golden orange color with very little foam that quickly became some spotty bubbles

S - smells of a little bit of citrus, wheat and a bit of maltiness

T - the taste is similar, some wheat and yeast with some twangy citrus

M/D - Seems a bit overcarbonated and slightly too sweet for my taste. But overall not a bad brew at all.

mikereaser, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle via footy. Banana ester aroma, simple and straight, with nips of candied licorice and pale honey. Pours a clouded opalescent straw color, with a film of micro white head. Flavor is a consistent phenol and ester firework show, bold with more banana, light sugars, and perky with faint peppers. The yeast quality really seems like a German ale to me, but I know this was shooting for "single" style. Chewy sap dripping hops balance out nicely on the back end. Well attenuated and leaving nothing but lemon drops and herbal leaf on the tongue. The smack carries some more robust biscuit, wheat granules, and drops of candied raspberries. Wonderfully quaffable, nuanced and clean, but not exactly presenting the flavors I was looking for in the style. Although, further down the glass some of the more robust yeast products fade into the background and a nice balance forms between the gentle body and delicious German hop flavor. There are bits of DMS finding a home on the roof of my mouth. Kind of a "meh."

CharlesDarwin, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head dwindles slowly, with ample white frothy lace. Aroma is lightly spicy and clovey, reminds me of a white beer. Taste follows the nose. Mouthfeel tingly over the tongue, with a crisp close, and drinkability is good. A pleasing thirst quencher.

ppoitras, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, almost clear golden yellow with a puffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a little bit of lacing. Smell is pretty standard for a belgian pale with belgian yeast and bananas and only a hint of spices. The taste follows the aroma with a subdued yeast flavor and a bit more spices. The mouthfeel is fairly light but very smooth with strong carbonation. This isn't the biggest or most unique example of the style but it's extremely drinkable, especially as a summer staple.

gford217, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, pale gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Littles galore! A little banana, a little clove, a little maltiness, a little citrusy.

Taste: Light, crackery maltiness with complimentary tastes of clove, spice, and banana. Sour yeastiness. Dash of lemon water. A few faint sugary hints. Spiciness lingers beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation, though it's a bit prickly.

Drinkability: It's alright for being a fairly mild Belgian ale.

ChainGangGuy, May 28, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger foamy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, fruity/flowery, with a dash of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, very nice touch of fruits/flowers, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Belgian Pale Ale, thanks for the extra Eric.

Wasatch, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque milky yellow-orange with a trim cream foam.
Pils maltiness and orange rind nose, with backing reedy hops, and accents of clove, coriander, and black peppercorns. There is a distinct Witbier flair here, and that's impressive given that neither wheat nor actual spicing is used (though I'm not 100% sure as to the wheat usage, I don't believe it is).
Enters with a saltine cracker maltiness that both crisp and firm. It ventures only partially sweet with notions of banana pudding, lemon rinds, and pinot grigio. Yeast adds pepper and clove and then mingles with the hops to produce a leafy cilantro herbal bitterness, as the hops themselves grow increasingly peppery and dry.
A medium body is gassed with a frantic carbonation, which ultimately befits the scraping dry theme of the beer (and after several months of sitting, it seems more cohesive now). It's built as a drinker, and it succeeds. Tack that onto an authentic Belgian persona, and the result is something fairly unique Stateside. It's no mindblower, but it's more than agreeable in every possible way.

cokes, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have you ever dreamed of having a spicy, tasty Belgian that was also a session ale? Really? Never? Not even after you've down your third Bernie 12, tired to stand up, and then seen the ground rushing quickly towards you?

Well I have, I'll admit it. Trouble is, most every American brewery that's tried to make a small-alcohol BPA has been off--you either get fruity nodes or too much hop or the spice just isn't right.

Finally, an American brewer has made my dreams come true. Stone Soup pours PERFECTLY. It's like a De Dolle pour, beautiful honey champagne with a thick, soapy head.

Smells very strongly of firm BPA malt and a wonderfully complex and spicy yeast. Big huge yeast only with no burn.

Taste is a bit subdued compared to the smell, and I'm sorry to say that was a little bit offputting for the first sip. Aside from that, you basically have a solid and complex BPA--loaded with wheatmalt spice, light citrus nodes, and a wonderful yeasty twang--only without the alcohol burn of a bigger beer.

mynie, Feb 05, 2008
Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.