Snowshoe Red Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Snowshoe Red AleSnowshoe Red Ale

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Settle in with Wisconsin's Snowshoe Ale. This beer is brewed with a blend of American and German malts. We also infuse generous amounts of hops from Slovenia and the Great Pacific Northwest to add a special note of warmth for your winter evening's enjoyment.

Expect this beer to be a beautiful copper-red, with a fruity ale body and a spiced hop finish. Then sit back and rejoice in the season because it's these Wisconsin winters that keep the whiners out.

Added by Winter on 03-31-2002

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 459
Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark maroon in color, small off-white head. Nice hops and carmel malts in the nose, somewhat sweet. Taste has plenty of hops for the style, almost as much as any Red Ale I have had. Only slightly sweet, very dry for the style. Mouthfeel is carbonated enough, and doesn't hinder the beer. I like this almost as well as my favorite red ale, Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve. Good hop presence, malty and subtley spicy enough to satisfy.

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Photo of kkohler5
4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. A nice Amber color and a very foamy off white head that dissipated quickly. I picked up a sweet carmel with some sweet fruit. The mouthful is medium body withgood carbonation. This beer is very drinkable, I wish it was available all year.

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Photo of deadbody
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight from the bottle. I know it's a beer foul but it was my option at the time. Gave it a 5 for appearance. Great smell, malty with a nice hop bite. Great taste, good malt backbone with a great hop bite. Mouthfeel was average, a bit overcarbonated for me. Super drinkable. The 6 pack I bought is already gone. Guess I'll have to get anoother for tonight.

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Photo of tapman
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with flecks of red in the light. Head is medium off white and less than a finger, and leaves a decent lacing. Bottle conditioned, but yeast strain proves highly flocullent as the brew itself is very clear.

Rich, malty aroma with a minty, earthy hop character; aroma of this brew reminds me of a california common. Stone fruit sweetness also comes through.

Super rich malty flavor, like eating a not-too-sweet German pastry. Moderate bitterness and a very pleasant fruitiness that combines surprisingly well with the german malt profile and decoction brewing process. I do think that the decoction mashing adds greatly to the very rich maltiness. Like eating a peach cobbler made without sugar.

Rich, smooth and full bodied, though not sticky or syrupy. Bitterness gives a slight bite in the end, but nothing cloying.

Another winner from, in my opinion, one of (if not the best) brewery that there is.

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Photo of Winter
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep ruby in color with a foamy tan head that stays at about a 1/4 inch throughout consumption. Aroma consists of malt, sweet caramel, toffee, light spicy hops and some bread-like notes. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy. There is a rich sweet malt backbone initially dominates the front of the palate. Biscuity finish with a touch of alcohol. Even though an ample amount of Golding and Hallertau hops are supposedly utilized, the bitterness is very light. Malt flavors primarily dominate with a feint spiciness in the finish.

Snowshoe has been one of my favorite New Glarus offerings. It does seem a bit odd that they choose to brew a Red Ale as a winter seasonal. Smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of happygnome
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice brown amber color with red hues with a big two inch pillowy head that doesnt dissapear but does shring to maybe an inch lots of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass as the beer level falls
s: strong malt aroma sweet biscuity aroma with citrusy hops
t: nice smooth sweet malty flavor transforms into a caramelly type flavor with minor hop notes
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a wonderful beer i really enjoyed it will buy a 12 pack

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Photo of guityler83
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A modest finger tall foam composed of fine, slightly off white bubbles that sustained for days. The beer is nearly crystal clear (in true NG fashion) with a mahogany to redish color. A constant stream of bubbles comes up from the bottom of the standard pint glass.

S: Mild to moderate toasty bready malt character (munich?) with a nice clean fermentation character that enhances the herbal, earthy, and nobel hop aroma.

T: Perfectly balanced but the malt and hop character are very distinct and flavourful. At first the hop character comes off very germanic, noble with the spicy and herbal bitterness, clean and moderate. The next comes the complex malt malt character, Bready, toast, bread crust and sweet pie crust. very nice. The finish comes through with the herbal hop character from the aroma. And a slight roast.

M: A medium bodied, clean mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The complex malt feel makes it feel like a higher abv, big beer (not a bat thing) but its not.

O: I was very taken a back by this beer. Huge malt and hop character, nice balance great flavor overall. Cheers NG. I will definitely revisit this next year.

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Photo of fisherlandon
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snowshoe is my favorite offering from New Glarus Brewing
I poured the beer into a nonick pint, it purs a nice amber color that is very clear and bright.
The aroma has toffee and roasted pecan quality the aroma is quite faint in this brew which is my least favorite part of this brew. the taste is reminiscent of a great german bock it has the roasty flavors that come with a decoction mash and it really is pleasing which leads into the mouthfeel which is very silky the beer is quite carbonnated and crisp on the tongue. Overall I think this beer is a proud offspring of an american amber ale and a german bock the flavors are subtle but perfectly represented

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect.

Pours a medium amber with a nice one to one half inch head that recedes to a nice cap, leaves a nice lacing and rings with every sip.

Aroma is of sweet malt, caramel and light hop. Aroma is very clean and a little less than I'm used to getting with NG brews. Grain is sweet and full bodied but the aroma seems a bit watered?

Taste is malty sweetness on the open. Caramel and vanilla bean ice cream with a touch of walnut. The malt is full and sweet, but not sugary. Hop flavor creeps into the middle, very light but enough to balance the nutty sweetness of the malt. Finishes dry and crisp, bready and light. Like a good bear claw after hitting in the nuker for a few seconds, this is a very nice malt profile. Could stand a little bit more hop, but the malt is clean, sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and the adequate carbonation cuts the sweetness to an extent. A little thinner than I would like. A tad more body in the mouth would be nice, but then the balance would be off, so I can settle for it.

Overall a nice Amber. Very quenching and ultimately sessionable at a low ABV. Recommend.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How have I not reviewed this? This was my session beer of choice in college. My roommates and I bought this by the case each fall and winter. Alas, it is time and though this year's Snowshoe is quite different than the Snowshoe of old, more hoppy mostly, it is still excellent.

I've consumed about two cases so far this year but this review will be based on that draft version served up at Wonders Pub (RIP, Saturday was its 18th anniversary and its last day in business).

Appearance: Crimson amber body with aggressive carbonation and a thin, bubbly white head.

Aroma: Germanic grassy and herbal hops. Spicy as sin with a hefty caramel malt back body.

Taste: Robust caramel and bready/biscuity malt flavor with an exciting spicy hopped finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry. Smooth despite the appearance of assertive carbonation. Spicy.

Drinkability: This defines session. Snowshoe isn't a terribly exciting or innovative brew but that's why I love it. It's a simple style kept simple and done very well. It doesn't have any off putting aromas or flavors and it is completely sessionable. As someone who drinks mostly high ABV stouts or sour/funky ales I appreciate being reminded once in a while of the simple joys of beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A single column of bubbles uniformely rises from a strong amber, cherry wood color. A great head lasts throughout the whole twelve ounces. The aroma is a caramel punch malt blended with spicey, piney hops. The sips a lightly fruity carameled malt goodness with a a medium hop finish that helps cleanse the palate for another sip, and another.

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Photo of richkrull
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice brownish amber color. Thick tan colored head that gradually disappeared. Sweet smell but not overpowering at all. Good malty flavor throughout. Very easy to drink medium bodied beer. Quite drinkable for the duration of the night.

I really enjoyed this beer. Glad I tried it tonight. I'll probably have a few more.

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Photo of kenito799
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde glass.

Reddish amber, in this glass not much hea dor lacing. Aroma is nice soft malt with spicy undertones. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky (not too cold) and conveys a subtle, balanced joyously wintry flavor. The malt and subtle cinnamon spice notes play off each other beautifully...full of flavor and with a mild bitter finish that doesnt overwhelm the effect. Well dne, as usual for this amazing brewery, one of the best in a style that is often dull.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber tawny brown color with a medium tannish head that sits briefly, nearly no lace, just some faint glaring clearish spots. Aroma is nice, subtle and layered with some interesting effects of malts, here's what I get - whole grain toast with some peanut butter, honey, and caramel on it. Sounds good...smells good...and tastes good...light and mild start of grasses and husks, then whole grain toasty breadyness thats very grabbing and rather rich mixing with a bit of spicy/herbal hops, that lets go to lay a leveling array of malty breads, sweetens some, notes of roasted nuts and butter squeeze through at the finish where it goes lightly dry and lighter still of tangy sweetened bread. Nice subtle complexitiy to it, me likes it. Feel is about medium, smooth and inactive carbonation lending a slight creamyness that holds well throughout. A pretty darn good little amber here, reminds me more of a Vienna, but drinkable for sure, a close cousin to Eliot Ness in some regards.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 45 degrees into a tulip.

Presents itself with a deep amber hue, fairly clear in nature, no murkiness really, besides maybe a slight chill haze. The head is a pleasant looking light tan color with small bubbles, about one finger width on the initial pour. Retention is rather poor. The head quickly faded leaving a tiny ring behind. A little bit sticks to the sides.

The smell is quite floral in nature, which I like for the style. It actually reminds me of Deschutes' Green Lakes Organic Ale. Some breadyness is behind the floral hop qualities, along with a bit of brown sugar and caramel.

It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. First thing I'm getting is the brown sugar and caramel, and then a bit of dark bread and a slight hoppy bite of spice to finish things off.

I like the mouthfeel. It's got a medium-light body with a subdued, nice level of carbonation to boot. Feels a little bit slick in my mouth.

Overall I think this beer is pretty good. It's nice to have an American made amber from time to time that hasn't been hopped to the XTREME! It drinks quite well on a winter night when you crave something with flavor but don't want a lot of alcohol. No alcohol presence creeps into the flavor profile either, combine that with the nice mouthfeel and it drinks great.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My roommate's mom gave us a New Glarus sampler 6-pack as a housewaming gift and I grabbed this one quick, knowing it's been retired and this is probably the last chance I'd have to try it. Glad I did.

Pours a brownish amber, with a fizzled sparse coating of a head. Smell is nice and caramely, a great balance of malt and hops, with some toffee and citrus notes. One of the better ambers I've ever had. Mouthfeel is crisp velvet and body is medium and perfect for the style. Overall a sweet, tasty amber here, sad to see it go. Great winter session material. R.I.P

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Photo of dhannes
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fourth from a 6-pack of bottles, served at 45ºF in Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A=Very nice...dark honey to amber to reddish brown, with a white foam head of 1/2" that lasted for more than a minute.

S=Hops with spices...but faint.

T=Strong hop presence, tangy with smoke and spice.

M=Perfect...not too thick, nor too thin, and just the right amount of carbonation.

D=Not a session beer, due to heft and tang.

3/13 update--had again, and not nearly as good as I a 3.5 for taste, so my updated taste is the average of the two tastings, or now a 4.0.

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Photo of Atron67
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a brown amber with only a light red hue to it. had a big fluffy off-white head and left huge lacing. crystal clear

S- nice strong malts with a pretty decent undertow of noble hops, some spice noticable, strong crystal malt scents

T- starts off with a nice smooth malty flavor, turns slowly into a caramelly toffee flavor and fades into a lightly hops flavor

M- light body, with pretty light carbonation, smooth

D- solid

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Photo of demcorhip
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another briliiantly clear beer from NG. Somewhat dark with more of a brownish chestneut hue versus simply amber or red. Half finger beige head, not much for retention, but does leave some intricate and sticky patterns of lace.

Nice rich malty aroma, nutty wholegrain bread and some melanoidin, likely due to the decoction mash. Some woody and floral hop notes thanks to the Yakima Goldings and the Hallertau. A tea like aroma is also present.

Good stuff. Toasty malts reveal themselves more in the tasting, think toasted multigrain bread. Some fruity esters give the impression of pitted fruit a la cherry or perhaps plum, as well as a touch of raisin. Hops seem to lean towards the Goldings with woody and floral notes as mentioned earlier.

NG knows how to mash, perhaps better than any other brewery i have had the pleasure of drinking from. Complex malt flavour in this almost light bodied ale. Well attentuated, and tea like character give it a mild astringency. Reminds me of a nice cuppa Red Rose Orange Pekoe Tea in that manner. MIldly carbonated so as not to detract.

A nice sessionable ale. Not only is NG a master of fruit beers, but they are also a master of the decoction mash, if not mashing in general. The light body, low level of carbonation, and mild astringency make for easy drinking, not to mention the tasty and complex flavour profile helps out alot in this regard as well.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby orange color with one and a half fingers of fizzy white head with decent retention.

Scent of slightly bitter and juicy hops, caramel, sweet fruit, some sugars and a hint of earth. A good scent, quite appealing for the style.

Taste of grain, light hops, caramel and some sweet fruit. Leaning more toward an Amber, but not bad at all. A good and accessible session beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a refreshing bite of carbonation.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beers pours a dark golden, brown ale. There is a nutty and a malty smell to it. The taste has a bit of a hoppy taste to it, but then finishes sweeter and malty. A nice heavy flavor, and a nice complex taste. Overall a really good red ale, and one of the better winter seasonal beers out there.

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Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. Spicy notes of pine needles and maybe even some spruce and a little bit of caramel. Same spicy notes, almost a pepper-like flavor if that makes sense. Pine and spruce and maybe some toffee. Fairly light body with lighter than medium carbonation. Decent beer, a good one to have a few of; glad to see it back.

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Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW (4-7-04)-

Much of the same thughts although I raised the ratings slightly...very impressed with the clarity of this for an ale and the puffy tan head...very tasty red ale...just not a big winter beer, but I am willing to accept that now where previously it seemed to shake me up some (always fun to read the old reviews)
I guess this is the New Glarus Winter seasonal....They could do much better than this for a winter seasonal. As a red ale it is slightly above average. On the nose I got a toasty and nutty was orange in color with a soft small lace..The taste was unique...tough to describe but I'll try...nutty a little, some caramel...toasty...pretty clean texture...This has some character to it for a red ale, but is far from outstanding. (For A winter seasonal I would rate it about a 1)

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Photo of brdc
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking amber, with some crimson highlights; a nice white head that unfortunately does not show a lot of retention.
Aroma is malty and bready, some nuttiness, mild spices, and perhaps a faint hoppiness.
Medium bodied, perhaps a bit too light, but quite easy to drink, with the same malty breadiness, nutty sweetness, and some balancing hoppiness and spiciness.
Not memorable, but solid, easy session brew.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus brew that's new to me. Glad to see they brewed this again. Pours into my glass a deep amber red color with great clarity. A small off white head sits atop the brew and leaves a cascade of lacing in its wake. So far so good. Aromas of toasted, bready malts with a rich caramel spice as well. Hints of nuts are there along with mild herbal hop tone. Kinda doughy with a fruity aspect thrown in as well.

First sip brings a rush of toasty, bready caramel malt goodness upfront. Spiciness moves in along with a hint of nuts. Fruit tones mingle in as the brew flows down with a hit of spicy, herbal hops that provides some bitterness. Quite a sturdy, malty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewy profile. This is a red ale that has some substance to it, quite a malty brew overall while still being refreshing. Overall, a solid beer from New Glarus. I could easily have a few and it will delight the malt lovers out there. I enjoy the spiciness as well. Thanks to nchrist13.

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