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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

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Ratings: 571 | Reviews: 294
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.

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of younger35
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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!).

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.02/5  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.

Photo of beeronesse
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.42/5  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."

Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  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.

Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a hazy light yellow with a fizzy inch of bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start with a mix of banana and clove. Yeast spiciness with some crisp pale malts in the background. A touch of hops in there as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a pale grain malt upfront that's quickly met by a mix of banana, clove and ginger. A light fruity aspect as there as it flows down with some nice yeasty spiciness. It finishes with just a touch of hops on the way down. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel has a solid creaminess to it with good steady carbonation. Goes down smooth, making this an easy to drink brew. Overall it's pretty tasty, but it didn't blow me away. A solid offering from New Glarus as usual.

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

Quite a nice beer we've got here. Fairly typical of good Belgian Pales. Pilsner malts create a base for a hazy strong-straw color, lots of airy carbonation and a froathy head that retained well. Aromas came across very Hefeweizen-like with the fruity esters (bananna, clove, and bubblegum), but with a heavier peppery quality and noticable alcohols. Flavors proved to be bolder with lots of candied sweetness, that replaces any heavy maltiness, with an increasing ester / phenolic flavors late. Pineapples, mangos, and appricots become more prevailant as the beer warms; but so do those phenolic characters. Comes across a bit soapy and a bit hoppy late (can't decide if it's more of a help or a hinderant) The finish bring some sweetness and dryness, leaving the mouth a bit tacky. Still alcoholic and phenolic in the aftertaste. Perhaps as good as American versions of the style get, but gets lost in the mix of good Belgian Pales overall. Thanks Clvand0.

Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger white head that quickly dissipates to a thin cap. A trend I have noticed with New Glarus brews is the head retention. Not that impressive. I get the smell of cloves and ginger just like the bottle states. The taste is the same, spicey and peppery. It is light body and finishes crisp and clean. Very enjoyable to consume. If I had to compare this to another beer it would be a milder Cynic Ale by Surly. Being less intense it certainly is easier to enjoy.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a head of tight, compact bubbles, good retention, with a mildly hazed body of golden yellow.

The aroma is nearly perfect, capturing the Belgian pale ale style very well, with honey, clove, ginger, and lemon-pepper mingling with subtle earthy yeast.

Crisp fruitiness and floral hops come on strong, then something akin to grapefruit juice. A burst of sweet-and-tart adds some spikiness to the finish. This is impressive at the front of the sip, but once the finish hits it seems off-balance, leaning heavinly on sugary sweetness and puckery tartness. The mouthfeel is a little distracting, sizzling up in the mouth, as if the carbonation is trying to prove something.

This is good on many levels, but if you're expecting it to compare to Belgians of the same style, you might come away disappointed. It does have the wild, farmhouse-y feel to it, and that raw, super-homebrew vibe some New Glarus stuff has. It's enjoyable, no doubt, but just a little below expectations.

Photo of weeare138
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bubble gum, cloves, wheat, and citrus.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a yeasty, doughy blend jumping out in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, citrusy, and light bodied.

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

Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color with a very light, white head. Aroma of apricot and banana. Nice mouthfeel. Flavor is consistant with many Belgians. Flavor is also apricot-like with a nice yeast finish to it. Not really what I expected, yet a tasty offering from New Glarus.

Photo of franksnbeans
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy golden straw color. Big head that immediatly dies. Very lively carbonation. Smells of simple fruit, malt and a little spice. Tastes of fruit, maybe a little clove, some malt, a little citrus and a tiny bit of hops. Feels medium in the mouth with good carbonation. Very highly drinkable.

Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden-yellow; fizzy white head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Cloves, grass, sight earthyness, hint of tropical fruit.

T: Grass; cloves; herbs; earthy-metallic; orange rind/zest; slightly grainy, biscuity American malt. Modest bitterness

M: Body is on the low side of moderate, well carbonated, crisp finish.

D: Not overly enticing, but certainly drinkable.

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

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with JeffKrenner.

A: The ale is an apple juice-colored, a yellow hue that has darker brown-yellow notes throughout. The head neared two fingers on pour but has reduced to nothing.

S: The nose has the hallmarks of a Belgian-style ale, candi sugars and funky yeast, well represented in the nose.

T: The flavors are surprisingly reserved compared to the nose. That nose had me expecting a tripel-like taste, so the malty emphasis threw me off. The maltiness has a slight wheat tartness that is nicely paired with a fuller grainy cereal flavor. Some earthy hops pep up the taste a bit before the candi sugars make a long-awaited appearance adding a sweetness as the sip fades. The funkiness matches the candi sugars at the tail end.

M: The mouthfeel nicely covers the bases: hops, wheat tartness, candi sugars and funky yeast.

D: The beer is an easy drink, lacking the strong alcohol and bigger flavors of a tripel without giving up all flavor.

Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice unfiltered golden color half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: strong wheat aroma backed up by subtle tones of hops seems like a crisp aroma very nice
t: strong wheat flavor, followed by a sweet grainytaste and light hop bitterness, crisp clean taste
m: medium to light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall this was a good beer, but nothing that I will probably buy again

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

Into a tulip glass, pours a kind of ruddy yellow gold, a decent enough head that last a few minutes, with scant lacing here and there. The aroma is a funny thing, some good spices of clove and pepper, some fruity esters, banana perhaps, a bit of bubblegum... banana bubblegum anyone?

The taste is also a bit nifty, a bit odd, and the mouth seems not to be holding up its end... it feels a bit thin and the carbonation could be a little more lively. There are some malts that want to be sweet, but fall just short throughout, the spices falling flat due to under-carbonation, some ginger in there brings that bit of nifty funk. I'd like it if the carbonation were there to liven it up, and if it were a bit sweeter, but unfortunately its just a bit... boring. In all, its not a bad beer, and one could probably sit down and drink quite a few of these with ease, but its just not all that interesting.

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Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.