Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
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
08-03-2007 18:39:53 | More by happygnome
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
08-01-2007 02:55:47 | More by objectivemonkey
2.73/5 rDev -27.4%
Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a golden color ale with a small bubbly white head with little retention. Aroma of light malt with some very subtle spices is blander then expected. Taste is a mix between some dry malt with some light spices and very little yeast in the finish. Body is about average with some medium to low carbonation. This is definitely not one of the most interesting offering from this brewer.
07-27-2007 15:33:22 | More by Phyl21ca
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
It pours with a nice, full, enduring head, with good lacing. The color is kind of unappealing -- like diluted lemonade. Clovey aroma. Flavor is mostly clove, with a little ginger and pear. For me, this is just far too drinkable for the style. I always appreciate brewers who experiment, and if you have a few misses along the way, so be it. While New Glarus has some great beers, and they're always trying new things, it does seem that they've had more misses than hits lately.
07-22-2007 01:00:07 | More by Flyer
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
$7.49 / Six Pack
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Appearance - A deep yellow if you can imagine it. There's a pretty noticable carbonation to this Belgian Pale Ale. The head is jagged and fades after a few minutes. There's a cloudy glow to the beer that's very nice.
Smell - That classic Begian beer smell. I love it. The only set-back is the stamina of the scent. It could linger a bit longer.
Taste - A full circle of taste through my mouth. Interesting and difficult to describe. Malty and sweet. I enjoy this fine Stone Soup.
Mouthfeel - The carbonation really comes through in the feel of this Abby style ale. Taking away a little but still the beer remains smooth and enjoyable.
~ I really like this beer. I think it's one of the better beers made in Wisconsin. If you haven't tried this one you're missing a very smooth and tastefully crafted brew.
I recomended this beer to a guy in JR Liquor the other day. I heard him from across the aisle say, "Stone Soup?"
So I walked over and suggested he give it a try. He kinda looked at me like, 'why are you talking to me?' So I walked away. At the checkout he had a 12er of MGD. I guess that's better than Bud Light.
Moral of the story is... Don't be that guy, try Stone Soup!
07-21-2007 03:51:47 | More by cdkrenz
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from the small capped bottle into my Rodenbach tulip.
It delivers a hazy golden brew, with a nice foamy head reminiscent of a belgian wheat beer. The foamy head shows a nice retention, and it laces the sides of the glass and the top of the beer all the way down, ensuring its nice visual appearance to the last sip.
Aroma is nice, but quite faint for the style, with some bubblegum, yeast, clove and some spices.
Light-bodied but crispi, lively carbonated, it has little depth of flavor, but the flavor is nice nonetheless, fruity, yeasty and spicy.
Refreshing, quite nice, but not spectacular. Not a session beer, and not a big beer either.
07-19-2007 01:52:32 | More by brdc
4.1/5 rDev +9%
A - Pours a ncie cloudy yellow hue with a white head that dissolves quickly.
S - Wheat is the first and most preveland character noticable. Then followed by the malts backed with a very mild toned down hop presence.
T - This beer is smooth and wheat hits you followed by the grainy malt character.
M- Again smooth light bodied beer. The carbonation gives the mouthfeel a but of a kick.
D - Not a session beer but a great beer to sit down and enjoy.
07-15-2007 22:18:44 | More by ryantupy
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
From the bottle. A very subtle beverage to take to the patio on a warm muggy day, to the beach, on the boat... a laid back drinker.
Sight - Golden honey ale w/inch thick Belgian style head that dissipates to a slight film after a few minutes. Plenty of carbonation present. The foam lingers nicely on each swirl of the goblet.
Scent - Sweetish Belgian nose, slight lemon and clove smell.
Taste & Mouthfeel - Wet and slick on the tongue. Lemon/citrus taste. Tongue smack factor is present on a subtle scale. Light and refreshing with only a slight trail of fizz.
Drikability - medium to high factor - goes down quick and easy.
This is a refreshing combination that New Glarus has concocted for when the weather gets warmer. I'm not sure of the ABV, but it is a light and easy drinker. Not as full bodied as I had hoped, but a nice brew nonetheless.
07-13-2007 02:59:33 | More by DragYourBone
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
Got in trade with jeffkrenner - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system but new so know it's fresh. Was a hazy golden honey color. Had a small head that quickly went away. There was a constant carb geyser in the center of the glass. The aroma was very hefe/wit like. It had the clove and bubblegum smells similar to a hefe and also had a ginger spiciness. The only complaint is that the aroma was slightly weak. The taste was really good. It goes down smooth like a hefe with a little bite like a good saison. It's not knock you off your feet great but I found myself grabbing for the glass as soon as I'd put it down after each drink. This would make an excellent session beer. The mouthfeel was nice and balanced with great carb. Overall, another excellent offering from NG. Just wish I could get more of it. Highly recommend. (4.5, HR, T, Y)
07-07-2007 23:37:19 | More by TexIndy
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
A- had a nice cloudy yellow with white head, poured really thick, 3 finger or so head, faded kinda quickly but the last 1/2 finger stayed awhile, not much lacing,
S- has a nice wheat and malt characteristic, can smell a little sourness
T- has a nice smooth wheaty malty start that turns to a relatively strong sourness which is different and pretty tastey
M- smooth, light, medium carbonation, good, fitting,
D- has a good flavor and drinkability, the sourness is nice, but doesnt lend itself in my mind to lots of them in 1 sitting
06-28-2007 02:23:04 | More by Atron67
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
Single bottle from Discount in Milwaukee. Looks like orangina...yellow/orange with a thin patches of bubbles on top. Sour odor, hints of cumin, yeast and oranges. Tangy, spiced mulled wine flavor with a citrus bitterness. Slightly more bitter than i would prefer, but still a very well made, almost delicate beer. Almost a surprise for me when an interesting beer like this comes out of the same style bottles as spotted cow or naked (not to knock those, they're just plainer styles)
06-26-2007 16:37:16 | More by aforbes10
4.28/5 rDev +13.8%
Hazy, bright and gold beer with a deep, fizzy, brilliant white head that falls to a healthy rim. Plenty of bubbling. Smells boozy beyond its alcohol weight; wet and yeasty, with an easy-going touch of sweet banana.
Fruity taste with a lemon twang and a light (clove?) spice bite. Candied banana and alcohol are soft. Sparky carbonation, but a touch creamy. Smooth, light mouthfeel.
Perfect throttled-back version of a tripel. Easy drinker with interesting characteristics. Great summer beer.
06-23-2007 17:48:32 | More by maundythirsty
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
Semi hazy, golden and pale body supports a growing head, which I thought would spill over. But it didn't and died out fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing, not very sticky.
Some hints of yeast and sour orange peel come out in the nose, maybe some honeydew as well. Not very rich, kind of light.
Taste needs some more richness. I didn't think (and didn't know) this was a Belgian PA until this review. I thought it more of a Pilsner with some kick. Yet it's a bit think for a BPA, imo. It is easy to drink and doesn't have any bad tastes, just doesn't fit the style.
06-21-2007 20:49:54 | More by Mebuzzard
2.45/5 rDev -34.8%
Appearance - Light yellow-orange. Somewhat cloudy. Foams energetically, but quickly dissipates into a thin film.
Smell - Sweet and yeasty. Prominant spicy orange aroma. Tempting.
Taste - Begins with unremarkable sweet malt flavor with mild orange spice flavor emerging at the end. Somewhat less flavorful than I expected from the aroma. A little alcohol aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Light and highly carbonated.
Drinkability - Though I'm a big fan of this local brewer, this beer doesn't really do it for me. Tastes just a few ticks off. I don't expect to get this one again.
06-19-2007 03:18:47 | More by scaliasux
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
got this one in a recent trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!
pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big white head. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.
aroma is nice. a bit of spice. light clove and corriander. bit of sweet orange peel. bit of alcohol. touch of honey sweetness.
taste is good. orange and tangerine. touch of alcohol. light clove. low bitterness level. bit of honey sweetness. nice bread and cracker malt. bit of grainy character.
mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation is very refreshing. nice light body and a dry finish.
drinkability is great. really nicely balanced. refreshing and enjoyable while sitting on my patio.
05-26-2007 15:14:41 | More by grub
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured this into my brand new Coors Banquet pint glass. I love the juxtaposition of a good beer in a terrible beer glass. Stone Soup pours a cloudy yellowish straw color with a thin white head. It has a lemony funky aroma. Smells almost like a witbeer. The flavor is really smooth. It has citrus in the front and a yeasty background. There is some spiciness in there as well. It has a medium body and decent drinkability.
05-25-2007 01:36:56 | More by drseamus
2.35/5 rDev -37.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.
It poured a golden yellow. It was slighty cloudy and active. A 1 inch white head quickly shrank down to just a lacing of head.
It has a light malt smell that is earthy.
A slight malt taste, a bit of corn taste. A tang of something I can not quite identify. A crispness gives way to a medium body.
I can drink it, but I would prefer something different.
05-22-2007 23:54:08 | More by Rennpferd
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
A. Huge rocky foam on straw colored ale, slight haze. Foam fades pretty quickly.
S. There is some clove-phenolic aroma, and faint malt character. No hop aroma.
T. Not enouogh malt flavors in this watery brew to rate taste highly. Bitterness is not overt. Alcohol taste is not noticeable.
M-The mouthfeel is thin and watery.
I recently sampled a Duvel, which I am using to juxtapose this brew. Stone Soup falls short against such lofty competition. I wonder if this comes down to inferior ingredients Soup is made with Wisconsin malts, which dont seem to be as well-respected among the homebrew crowds as Belgian and other European malts. That comparison might be unfair, because the alcohol in Soup seems considerably lower. This one would be a good thirst quencher on a hot summer day, one with enough interest to ponder over briefly, but ultimately, it would not be difficult to walk away, leaving an unfinished glass on the table. The metaphor for making something out of nothing, "Stone Soup," runs a little close to home on this brew.
05-21-2007 15:27:05 | More by pweis909
3/5 rDev -20.2%
Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer.
A: Vibrant melted gold color with a cloudy personality. Head started and ended fizzy, with just a tiny ring of white bubbles to remind you of what once was.
S: Primarily honey with dried hay, some banana, dandelions and milk.
T: Begins yeasty with your standard farm house flavors; fresh cut grass clippings, banana peel and spicy hops. Some lemon twang starts at the tip of the tongue then moves towards the center bringing with it some milky flavors. Finishes with banana candy, some vanilla and cloves.
M: This body with a hard water mouthfeel. Carbonation very fuzzy and explosive across the tongue.
D: Theres nothing special about this beer. Just another farmhouse style on the market. Definitely not one of my favorite New Glarus beers.
05-21-2007 00:15:25 | More by Westsidethreat
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Roy's Market New Glarus
Stone Soup pours a mildly moderately hazy (from bottle conditioning) golden that lightens considerably when held to the light. A 2 finger white craggy head formed on the pour that fell to 1 finger after some time. Glassful of carbonation bubbles rise to the head. Moderate lacing.
Aroma begins with a nice refreshing lemon zest. Pale biscuity malts are present in the background and there is a very small sprinkling of clove. The bottle states that ginger is used but I don't pick any up.
The flavor starts off with biscuity malts but is quickly overtaken by a lemon and mild orange sweetness. Slight metallic twang on the back end accompanied by the clove from the aroma.
Bod is on the lighter side. High carbonation, not prickly but it does tickle the sides of the tongue. Refreshing.
Easy drinker that's perfect for a warm summer day like today. Quenching with a light enough body to drink a few in a sitting.
A solid brew from New Glarus. I've had some better in the past but this is an affordable highly drinkable brew. I think I'll crack another.
05-20-2007 16:54:50 | More by joe1510
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Lightly cloudy with a pale hue like a grapefruit rhine. Looks kinda like a Witbier. The medium head fell quickly leaving a decent ring. Strong yeast and banana aroma with some light peppery spice, much like a Hefe but sweeter.
The flavor is tangy and dry, with notes of yeast, lemon, and melon. The taste comes out much less sweet than expected from the aroma. In fact the beer almost wants to give a acidic tart flavor yet it holds back. Light body with potent carbonation creates alot of foam, almost too much.
Not a bad offering from New Glarus. I think the beer is a little confused about itself, and it never settles into something overly drinkable. Worth a try...
05-15-2007 04:16:23 | More by bennetj17
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
Thanks to kmpitz2 for the unexpected hand-off...he's cool like that.
Honeycomb in color with a full two fingers of sticky, dense white head...suprisingly disappears quick with some decent lacing.
Spiced yeast up front with just a hint of floral hops.
Taste is what you'd expect from NG...clean, not overly hopped, and very true to the style. Less spice than what the nose was indicating, but an incredible yeast flavor.
With a little less carbonation, this would be a true session beer for me...
Tasty offering to say the least...well done.
05-14-2007 23:55:50 | More by warriorsoul
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a cloudy yellow, hay-like hue. Head was bright white and stayed. The aroma was "hefe-bel." I smell hefe yeast, with a bit of belgian scent. No hop smell. I taste spices and yeast, again no hops. Mmouthfeel is great. The beer is drinkable, but not quite sessionable.
05-08-2007 01:31:03 | More by balconybrew
4.1/5 rDev +9%
A-Hazy, straw color with decent, but light, head. The color almost reminded me of a gueze.
S-Soft, floral, delicate yeast. Some banana and clove come through. It almost seems like a blended yeast of Hefe and Belgian.
T-Smooth and well-balanced all the way through. You can definately taste the yeast, but it is not overly spicy or intense. The hops blend well in the background.
M-The yeast adds a bit of sharpness, but it was definately expected. A doughy malt is present and gives the beer a little chewiness.
D-Unbelieveably easy to drink. I could definately put a sixer of this down at a Brewer tailgate!
05-08-2007 00:06:33 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
A - Cloudy yellow color. Head is white and fades to a film. Lacing is minimal.
S - Slightly sweet, bready, earthy yeast with sweet banana undertones.
T - Rich bready, banana yeasts with christmas-y spices; coriander, ginger, cinnamon.
M - Carbonation hinders the taste. Consistency is medium.
D - Here's a tip: Let the carbonation let out on this one for a while and you can really taste the nuances of this beer. Once you are able to taste it, it's really good. Carbonation is a bit of an annoyance.
05-05-2007 02:18:20 | More by umustdrink
Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
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