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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 Atricapilla
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice mahogany color with a frothy, fairly thick, off-white head. It has a unique nose to it: slightly nutty, spices, with some slight hops and a faint mustiness to it. It tastes fairly malty with a bit of spice and whole grain to it. There are also some slight fruit overtones. There is fairly little carbonation, which makes this beer velvety smooth. Although it is a good tasting beer, to me it taste more like a brown ale than a red.

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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 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 JDV
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of buckybeer. Thanks!
Pours dark semi hazy maroonish with a lasting offwhite head. Smell is bright cookie like sweet and spicy malt with a cinnamon hint. Nice. Taste is lightly sweet and fruity maltiness with more light, spicy, cinnamony like notes with prickly carbonation and a nice hop edge that complements the spiced like quality. Pretty solid amber all around, actually. Finishes with some gumminess, and tea like hop qualities. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly brighter than burnt orange with bronze-like undertones. The khaki colored head is pillowy soft and looks even better after the second pour. It's also sticky and is beginning to grace the glass with small chunks of foam and sheets of feathery lace.

The nose features toasted, earthy malts and spicy, musky hops (German Hallertau and Yakima Goldings). I like my amber and/or red ales to favor caramel malt and citric fruity hops, but this one is a valid version as well. Especially if you like German beer.

New Glarus has come through once again. Snowshoe is a hearty red ale that would be perfect for snowy winter afternoons or sunny summer mornings (like right now). Good beer knows no season.

One minor quibble is that more malt would give this ale even more flavor depth. Warming helps in that regard, so don't start it out too chilly. I get roasted peanuts, steely caramel and a small slice of well-toasted brown bread. The spicy-herbal hops round things out nicely and usher in a drying, pleasantly tight, bitter finish. An apricot and orange fruitiness joins the party in the bottom third of the bottle.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. Sure, more heft would be nice, but at just 5.7%, this isn't exactly big beer. It's at least medium for the style and is expertly carbonated.

It's a testament to Dan Carey's skill that Snowshoe is as good as it is. Even though it isn't exciting on paper (because it strays so far from my usual preferences), it's damn good beer in the glass. That's all that really matters in the end.

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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 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 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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Photo of KeefD
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a variety sixer from Amy's Cheese and Wine in Stanley, Wisconsin. It was one of 6 Wisconsin beers I've never had, sampled over the weekend. Review is from notes I took Friday and Saturday May 9th and 10th.

Pours a a very dark, clear amber color with a large rocky head fabulous lacing. Smell is of biscuit malts, slight hops and sweetness. Taste is very much the same. Biscuit flavors, a bit caramel, and a nice hops ending.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

A great amber ale. There are certainly better American Ambers out there, but this one is a fine example from a great Wisconsin Microbrewery.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a huge head that sticks and laces beautifully, just like a draught beer

Smell: Caramel dominates, with just a hint of hops

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that turns slightly grainy by mid-palate; after the swallow, the finish is rather muted, with a bit of toffee at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather boring amber, unfortunately; not much hops and no real winter character

Can't remember who sent this to me but thanks, Unknown BA

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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 Lordsloth
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. NG seasonal Jan. 2008.

Pours a big, foamy head, nice lacing as it went down the glass. A deep, clear reddish brown beer. Dark copper. Smells like some darker roasted malts. Taste- caramel and dark malts, a sharp astringent bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel was medium. A bit of bitter aftertaste, but it smoothes out a bit as the beer goes down. Drinkability pretty average.

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Photo of largadeer
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear but dark rusty amber. The head falls flat a bit quickly on this one, lasting only a minute or so.

Smell - Mild fruity esters, namely dried apricot and peach. A bit mineral. Not much hop presence in the nose.

Taste & mouthfeel - Dry and slightly metallic. Hints of burnt caramel and biscuit with an herbal hoppy finish. Light-bodied, semi-crisp. Easy to drink but not particularly interesting.

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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 WJVII
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice copper color with a slightly tan 1/2 in head. There was a little transparency to the color. My first waft was of some spice and roasted notes. I also could smell some faint floral hints. This beer has a nice balance of roasted malt flavor and some sweet almost banana flavored background. The finish is smooth with a slight bitterness that warms the body after a few nice swigs.

This is a nice brew for a cold winter day...especially after a nice workout in the cold!

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Photo of bboven
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger high head that leaves a ton of lacing. Perfectly amber, slightly hazy body.

Caramel, grainy aroma with prominent English hops showing up as well. Good balance.

Caramel in the flavor again with a bit of hop support. Some astringency hurts it a bit, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and surprisingly drying.

Highly enjoyable beer. If you're an amber fan, you won't be disappointed.

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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 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 cdkrenz
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the past two winters here in chilly Wisconsin I have gotten pretty big into snowshoing. When I that found out New Glarus brewed a beer named after this great outdoor activity I knew I'd have to try it. I've been looking for the Snowshoe for the past three months and yesterday going through the beer cooler at Cellar 70 in Stevens Point I found one lone bottle. I was ecstatic.

Appearance - Deep red color with a pale tan head standing at about a half inch. There is some nice lacing.

Smell - Rich malt aroma.

Taste - The flavor is that of hops. The bitterness is not at all overwhelming of the beer. It is a smooth hop flavor with malt tied in nicely.

Mouthfeel - Dry from the beginning all the way to the finish of each sip. It really adds a unique character to this ale.

~ I really hope to have this brew again soon. If i am lucky enough to find a six pack I'll without a doubt strap it in and take it for a hike.

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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 Homerbag
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red/amber clear body, with thick head with excellent rentetion that laces down the glass.

Smells biscuity and malty, some very faint hop spice.
Tastes malty and bready, some hop spice to balance out.
Feels proper, good CO2, spot on.
A good beer. You won't be let down. Just not as unforgetable as some of the other world class beers from here. Good choice.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with an off white 1" head that disipates and leaves little trace
Searching for aroma, hard to get but a muted coffee/carmel without a note of hops to be found.
Taste is good, coffe and carmel are more apparent and a touch of spicey hops to round it out.
Mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated, this is a decent beer, but not something I will pick up the next time I am in Wis.

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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 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 BeerCheese
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep copper with a big fluffy tan head. Crystal clear. Very few bubbles rising. Sweet malty smell with a hint of caramel and cherries. Taste was good, but nothing out of this world. Decent balance with a medium/heavy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Bitter finish was ok, but again not great. Still a nice drinkable beer.

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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