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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Ratings: 459 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of ShwarzAl3r
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hu5om
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee with a little bit of dry cocoa mixed in. The flavor is similar. I get some toffee and chocolate notes, as well as some caramel and some grass from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I liked this beer, I just didn't have too much to say. A fairly straight forward amber ale.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this in a 12-pack variety pack in late Spring 2011 for $13.99 from Woodman's in Janesville, WI.

Pours a medium dark amber color with a decent head. Some roasted malts and carmel malts are the most evident in the scent. There is also a certain spice to it that is hard to describe. Has a good roasted taste to it that isn't too heavy or too light. Has a nice volume and a taste with such good ingredients that it's hard to pick out individual ones. Overall the taste is kind of bready with some nut flavor hints. All 4's across the board from me but in my heart this is an all 5's kinda beer haha.

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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 KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased just over the Wisconsin state line and driven back to my home in the NE.

Pours reddish tinged amber. Touches of white foam that settle into a fine layer. Malt smell, caramel notes.

Taste opens caramel/toffee and moves into a medium hop and then closes thin. Light bitter remains. Carbonation comes through in the middle. Good brew.

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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 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 mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks the funhog for this one!

A: Pours a clear amber, slightly pink actually, with a one finger white head with good retention. Very pretty rings of foamy lace around the entire glass.

S: Heavy on the malt with some caramel and toasted malt. A little bit of fruit, slightly spicy with a hint of hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, on the malty side with some caramelized malt and some biscuit. It is a little sweet. There is also a little bit of a nutty component.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very much middle of the road here.

O: Not bad, on the malty side for the style, which is not my preference, but its still tasty.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby colored and clear, lots of small rising bubbles, somewhat lacking in head or lace.

Aroma was a bit fruity, plus plenty of caramel malt.

Taste is pretty good. Nice smooth caramel malts along with some sweet cherries.

Body is light and pretty thin, with nice carbonation and a lightly slick feel.

Overall it's a tasty amber ale and an easy drinker.

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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 woosterbill
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The body is a clear, rich reddish-amber, glowing underneath an inch of frothy, persistent tan foam. Decent lace. Attractive.

S: Predominantly malty aroma, with toasted toffee notes existing without too much sweetness. Some floral and herbal hops are noticeable as well, but simple malty goodness is always at the fore. Solid.

T: Follows the nose quite closely: malt flavors of hazelnut, caramel, toasted bread, and crème brulee lead the way to a clean, floral, mildly bitter hop finish. Restrained and delicious.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of slightly prickly carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This is one New Glarus beer that I don’t have much experience with, and I hope someday to get to try it when it first hits shelves (it’s still available in northern WI in mid July), as I bet the mixture of U.S. and German hops would be more pronounced fresh. As it is, Snowshoe is a simply good, balanced ale. Absolutely worth trying.


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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inviting deep copper, with a 1/2 inch off-white head that falls to a lace and leaves a bit of cling. Plenty of visible carbonation in this very clear ale. Sweet caramel malt and bread notes in the nose. Just a touch of nuttiness and herbal notes, as well. Not an especially pronounced bouquet. There are very smooth and creamy-tasting malts up front. Some caramel sweetness and bread notes ensues, followed by a bit of clear alcohol, and concluding nicely with some earthy hop bitterness. Very well-balanced. Good movement of flavors on the palate. The feel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. This is a creamy and smooth brew with substantial effervescence and a crisp, bright finish. Just a bit of grainy sensation with the hop finish.

This is a well-balanced and versatile beer that goes down about as smoothly as any red ale I've come across. While it's true that this one doesn't have as pronounced and engaging a nose and flavors as many other New Glarus offerings, the flavors that are there are smooth and rewarding. Probably not the kind of beer you hold onto as a treat--this one could become a part of your regular lineup, however.

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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 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 mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

copper colored amber with a nice thick two inch head of white foam that capped off the top and gave it a nice appearence

What I could pick up was very grainy with big notes of cereal grain very apparent as well as a musty kinda of bread smell. Some light grassy hops were present way in the back but to bready like flavor that just was too strong to really get anything else to come out from behind it. There was a slight hoppiness in the finish, but again I stress light as it was really not a factor in the overall flavor. This was truly a malty lager and really not the normal flavor I would expect from the style but thats neither here not there.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper colored brew. Small tan head doesnt last too long. Scent is all about the sweet malt. Light mild caramel malt start, somewhat grassy, a bit of bitter hops, pretty bready. Pretty full bodied and wet. Eh, its not too bad, but im not in love or anything.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Wispy head atop a slightly hazy copper body.

S- Very mild toasty caramel malt aromas and not much else to speak of.

T- The malt dominates here, but that is not to say that the hops don't also fullfil thier supporting role. Smooth caramel sweetness held in check by both hops and that very mild roasty note that reds are known for. Finishes very smooth.

M- Nice light body and good, smooth carbonation.

O- A nice enjoyable red ale. It just lacks any gusto. Unless I was really in the mood for a red, I prolly wouldn't seek it out.

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

Appearance -- Pours a golden brown with copper highlights and a ruddy heart, capped with a slim creamy head.

Smell -- Very malt-forward with amber malt caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. Spicy hops add balance. Pretty good!

Taste -- Again, very malt-driven: golden toast and caramelized malts are most prevalent, along with some nuttiness. Mild spicy hop flavor adds balance and complexity.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Not bad.

Overall -- Very much a New Glarus beer: crisp, clean, malt-driven. Not as hop-driven as most in the style, but is still quite pleasant. The flavor profile is almost as if it were a Vienna Lager brewed with ale yeast. Good stuff.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing a fresh bottle of this one with us last Thursday night. Poured a rusty reddish-brown color with a moderate ecru head. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel and spicy hops. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and malty, with flavors of caramel, toasted malt and earthy hops.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is on the border between medium and deep amber; it also has some caramel notes to it. One finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a bubbly and spotted lacing and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Slightly toasted malts, caramel, honey, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar. It smells like a cool autumn night beer. (Somewhat fittingly, tonight is a cool night, though not in autumn.)

Taste: The flavor is a mélange of the scents, but a little weaker; it does not help that the mouthfeel is a tad light. Toasted malts, honey, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, and a little hint of brandy edge from the alcohol. A surprising hop bite gives the beer a nice bitterness that I never expected from the smell. However, having tasted it, I can detect a little scent of pine. That may be my imagination, though.

Drinkability: Tasty brew. Nothing spectacular, but another solid product from New Glarus.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

End of the school year soiree and a budy brought Snowshoe Ale from New Glarus....LOVE THAT GUY!!!
The apperance is a rich clear amber/red ale. their is not much carbonation or head. the sroma is typical of most red....not much going on. The taste however s probably one fo the best straight reds I have tasted. There is a wonderful malt balance by subtle hops, none which are overpowering the flavor; solid red. Mouthfeel is perfectr and could session the sh&t out of this beer.

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Photo of boomer31
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light copper, red with an off white head. No sticking to glass, head leaves quickly

S - Nice bready malt, some fruity hop but mostly malt.

T - Bread and malt with a nice bittering hop in the back. A touch of sweetness blends well with the bittering hops.

M - Nicely carbonated, full bodied red. No lingering flavors.

O - Overall I'm enjoying this red though not in love with it. Reds have never been my beers unless they're overly hoppy. This of course takes a more traditional route.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours hazy brown with porous, off-white head and great lacing. the smell is metallic like a winter warmer. The toasty malt flavors are naturally evident, but unlike some read ales, this doesn't have that strong sourness to it. It has a very smooth medium body that is non offensive. There is just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness. I am not a huge red ale fan, and one of these is plenty for me, but it is a solid beer in its class.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly red, amber hue. It poured with a thin head that dissipated very quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass

S - Malty scent with virtually no hint of hop aroma

T - Sweet toasty malt with an almost unnoticeable hop bite

M - Medium bodied with a bubbly tang from the carbonation

O - An extremely drinkable brew

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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