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Snowshoe Red Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Snowshoe Red AleSnowshoe Red Ale

Brewed by:
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 ChadQuest
2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber sunset red with off white lacing, some light yeast floating in the glass.
Aroma is really faint and muted, and the little scents coming through are of smooth malts.
The flavors have earthy spices and toffee malt as the major leaders. Enjoyable but lacking real depth.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel with low carbination.

One of the New Glarus brews i've enjoyed less then others. I love Daniels work overall, this one is mediocre.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a recent BIF. 12oz bottle...

A: Super deep dark cherry red. Almost like a deep red wine. Crystal clear with a 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Some very faint malts with mild cherry. Not much else.

T: A watery brew with some mild bready malt flavors blended in. Not much else. Eh.

M: Light body with a great carbonation. A watery finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this just kind of tastes like water. Need some more flavors in here. A good clean beer, but not enough flavors for me. Try is you like clean, watery, session brews.

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Photo of ibashmuck
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium, long lasting head on a dark amber body. Smell was unremarkable. The bitterness was a tad too strong for me. Something else odd in there, don't know what, but it didn't help. Overall, just unremarkable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. 2729 on neck, no other info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this brew!

A - Pours a totally clear amber with a big off-white head of two-fingers that recedes with poor retention. Some lace is left on the glass though.

S - Snowshoe has a low aroma that's barely detectable save for a tiny bit of toasted malts back there with a little mineral nose to them.

T - The mineral nose comes out in the flavor with a vengeance. Slightly metallic too. The malts are far back and toasty while the hops are no where to be found.

M - Snowshoe is medium-light bodied with a sharp carbonation bite to the finish. Metallic and watery.

D - Disappointing. A New Glarus that fails to deliver and leaves me feeling ripped off. Totally lacking in every regard, I wonder whats wrong with this bottle as the consensus shows it's not as bad overall as I have experienced. It's drinkable just fine cause there really isn't much there besides a mineral taste with few malts. Meh.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear with a hue of hazelnut brown that shows a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing to the surface. There is a spongy light tan head that pushes up big bubbles before fading to a thin film.

S- This beer has a pretty cleans smell with soft notes of green noble hops coming through and a faint raw grain note at the finish.

T- This beer has a dry biscuit malt note at the beginning followed by a soft bitter noble hop finish with some pine hop qualities to it. There was a soft dry pale malt and sulfur note that lingered briefly after the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry crisp texture.

D- The finish of this beer reminded me of a light American Lager and that got in the way of the biscuit malt and bitterness from the hops. Even those flavors were a bit one dimensional. This beer seemed out of place as a winter seasonal aswell.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did you ever see the movie "Idiocracy?" In it, Luke Wilson is selected for an Army experiment because he is the most perfectly average man in the Army. That's what I felt Snowshoe was...if I were to pick a totally average craft beer, this would be it. It wasn't bad, but there just wasn't much to get excited about or set it apart from other middle-of-the-road ales.

It was an amber-orange color, with a mostly clear but not brilliant color. Head was medium. Aroma was faint and very lightly hoppy, balanced with some malt. Nothing in particular stood out. Flavor was the same. Pleasant, but far from extraordinary. Mouthfeel was decent, but what you might expect from an amber.

I liked this beer, but it seemed totally average to me. But it seems like lately I've had a lot of below average beers, so I'm happy to celebrate average.

I had this in a bottle at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee.

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Photo of Brunite
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium reddish-brown. Mostly clear. Off-white head.

Smell - Not very powerful. Light malt and faint hoppiness.

Taste - Light malt....some spice....hops on back end...finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Got as part of a sample pack. Average. Would not buy again. Much better NG available.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium/dark reddish-brown. Appears clear. Short, but persistent off-white head.

Smell - Not very powerful, but what's there is pretty pleasant. Light caramel malt and faint hoppiness.

Taste - Opens with quite light caramel malt. Finishes with a heavy dose of hops. Hops too strongly outweighs the malt for my taste in this one. Lingering aftertaste not entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - New Glarus is a good beer company that produces some great beers, but none I can recall that are as hoppy as this. Some might find that a nice change of pace. I don't much care for the taste of this one, though.

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Photo of karengarys
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle pours rich mahogany-amber, and leaves a nice fluffy head.

Smell is faint, sweet, malty.

Taste has a bit of an edge that doesn't make sense to me. A little malty, a little spicy, but a little rubbing alcohol like. Not much, but enough.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and crisp.

The body of this is a bit thin for a winter brew.

Aside from the funny taste, its thinness (even though I don't like it), makes it quite easy to drink.

I'm glad I tried this, but I won't look for more.

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Photo of crossovert
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

It pours a nice deep amber color with a foamy off-white head. There is a bit of lacing left behind.

It smells like fruity caramel, pretty much straight up.

The flavor is sweet and caramally with a hint of raisins and some breadcrust. The hops provide a mild citrus pine note.

It is a really basic beer, but not in the most pleasant way.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, dark amber with a nice tight head that dissipates too quickly. Some minor lacing persists.

The aroma is very sweet - malty sweetness and pretty floral. Probably the floral is from the hops. Very unusual but pleasant.

The flavor is a little too hoppy for me and a little watery. Some bitterness lingers but it's not really objectionable. There is a little malt there but it's pretty much in the background. The one saving grace is that the hop flavors are pretty much in the floral range rather than some silly pine or grapefruit imitation.

The mouthfeel is fine but not exceptional in any way. Light with decent carbonation.

Not quite my cup of tea - or beer, as the case may be. If there were a little more malt and a little less bitterness I would like it much better.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

A- Golden amber color. 1 finger white head, with good lacing.

S- Sweet and caramel malts. Some spices.

T- Caramel and lightly roasted malts. Some spices in the middles with a slightly bitter finish.

M- Thin body. Easy drinking and the bitterness leaves a little dry aftertaste.

O- Nothing special here. Think this is more of a fast drinking tailgate beer than a sit-by-the fire beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a big red fan, but I am a New Glarus fan. Easily one of the best breweries in Wisconsin.

Looks like a standard red ale. It's red. Not as clear as the crappy reds, looks like there might be some actual flavor up in there. Aroma, I've never found any aroma of any noticeable variety with a red.

Taste, decent, but isn't going to knock your socks off. Standard red, easy going, sessionable decent malt bill. No hops noticeable, but isn't flat either in any sense.

Mouthfeel, just meh, drinkable enough, but don't go out of your way. This is a good segue to some more adventurous beers. Solid, but pedestrian, especially for New Glarus.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date into pint glass

Look is a clear amber, slighly dark, small head with good lace. Smell is warm sugary malts, wheat, barley. Taste is wheaty, with some amber-tasting malts, some slight roasty flavor, touch of fishy hops at the end...

Second NG beer that has disappointed (cherry stout was the other). Still, not a bad beer (like cherry stout was).

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Photo of elNopalero
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This poured a malty caramel-amber with generous foam. There’s a caramel malt aroma with some chocolate notes. I'm getting mostly caramel on the palate too, with a caramelized sugar and a bitter bite to give it definition. Too much caramel. And too many bottles of this in my 12-pack sampler too. Meh.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber brown with 3 fingers of firm off white head that settles into 1 finger until the end.

S - Bread and biscuit with a herbal hop aroma.

T - Biscuit and bready malts with a spicy herbal hoppyness.

M - Light smooth and creamy.

D - Not a bad beer, I am just not a fan of the real biscuity taste.

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Photo of BeerDazed
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle was enjoyed this evening, on a very cold and blustery WI winter evening. Cool label. Digging the red snow shoes.

It poured a beautiful amber color, with a small foam head - and provided little lacing.

Smells of caramel and a hint of toasty malt. Not overwhelming by any means.

Solid carbonation, and medium bodied.

Heavy on the malts w/ caramel, fruity, toffee tastes on the front end. Finishing with definite hoppy character. Piney comes to mind with definite spice.

I have had many New Glarus beers that have been more memorable. This one was decent, but not one I would search out again on purpose.

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Photo of JerUrbans
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber color produces nice 1" cream colored head. Lots of tiny bubbles so it looks to have fairly good carbonation. Smell is very malty with spicy, floral backdrop. Good bread taste that has just hints of vanilla and a slight banana sweetness. This beer has good carbonation and leaves a little tang at the end, and is somewhat creamy.

Overall this not the typical style of beer I drink, but this would be a good way to convert me to the red ale style. Very impressed and was a fun drinking experience.

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Photo of beagle75
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very clear medium amber color with under one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dates, cooked apples, and lesser raisins make for a fruity smell. Malt is largely hidden or transformed and spices are not evident, either.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with assertive crystal malt character that delivers a combination of heavy grain and caramel. Acidity is strongly carbonic, causing early malt flavors to dissipate prematurely. Weak flavors of ripe stone fruit, and equally weak brown sugar, show delayed development in the middle. Earthy and herbaceous flavors, but almost no bitterness, round out the finish.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation that is particularly lively on the palate.

D/O: This malt-forward amber ale has few qualities that would identify it as a holiday beer. In fact, it shows few distinctive qualities of any kind, but remains drinkable as it warms in the glass. This beer might be what Anchor's holiday special would be like with all of the seasonal cheer taken away from it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in like a red ale alright, red in color. 1/2" beige/off white colored small bubbled head. Aroma of red malts, earthen woodiness.

Taste is straightforward red malts traditional mild hopping. This is a real normal beer, kind of the red ale counterpart to their flagship spotted cow, its just a consistent if not kinda bland for them beer that keeps the lights on (sells in volume). I'd pretty much always recommend this to a friend who is a traditional red ale drinker. Where it excels I guess is that the mouthfeel tends to be a bit more appropriate (thicker) than some of the mass produced ones. Slight more hop mouthfeel too.

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Photo of u2carew
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear copper body with active CO2. Thin, small bubbled lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle cherry aroma with an earthy funk / sourness. Brown sugar and caramel.
T) Malty blast up front but finishes a bit thin. Light notes of caramel, subtle spice.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Lighter side of medium body. Finishes fairly clean.
O) A decent brew. The flavor profile was a bit weak and hard to pinpoint exactly.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to TATURBO for this one. This beer poured out as a reddish brown color. the head was minimal and left no lacing. The smell was malty and has a German style aroma to it. The taste is a little hoppy but has some nice caramel malts in there. Good flavor. I like the mouthfeel, it's got a good smooth bubbly feel. Overall this beer was ok but nothing too special. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, standard pint.

Pours a brilliantly clear copper with a 1/2" pebbley off-white head. Lacing clings very well.
Malt forward aroma. Thick, crusty bread. Very small hints of toffee.
Taste is just a little underwhelming. Very clean, almost lager-like. Some toasted malt flavors, but not as complex as I would have thought. Little to no hop presence, though adequate bitterness exists in the beer.
Overall, not what I expected. Not at all a bad beer, but for a winter ale it seemed to lack a certain kick.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront Brewery pint glass

Appearance- A tea like color with 1 finger of off white head that mostly dissipates and leaves a very tiny amount of spotty lacing.

Smell- Just the slightest tart hop and carmel smell.

Taste- Nothing to special, just a bit of a tart flavor with not much else going on.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with pretty high carbonation and a pretty crisp finish.

Overall- Probably one of the weakest NG offerings. Tastes a lot like a macro Red. On the lines of Killians.

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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin, wispy head. The appearance is a gold/light amber color, with carbonation continuing to effervesce. Little smell to note.
The flavor is much more subtle than what I expected from a winter seasonal, albeit a red ale. Subtle, somewhat interesting malt and spice character. Very mild hop finish, just enough to give it a crispness.
All in all a very drinkable, refreshing brew.
Sessionable, definitely. Don't expect to be blown away though.

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