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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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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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 patrick16o
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber hue with a soft cream colored crown. Excellent lacing and retention. Aroma is a sweet maltyness that has hints of strawberry and cherry. The beer has a light malty flavor, not a lot of complexity, but is balanced quite well by the hops with a slightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink, well made beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack from the brewery, didn't see this around Madison yet.

Sticky 3 fingers of foam, compact with larger bubbles pushing through to the surface. Nice reddish-amber tone with high clarity. Lazy, solitary bubbles drift through the ale. Broken webs of lace form on the sides of the glass.

Bready with slight herbal hop resin present. Yakima Golding and Bavarian Hallertau are the varieties listed on the label.

More of a showcase of bready malts, there's a dry herbal hop presence that lingers in the background. It's reminiscent of the profile in German and Czech Pilsners a little. Slight residual cereal grain, with some minor hop bitterness.

Drinks very light, great carbonation level balances the feel, making it an easy quaffer. Doesn't remind me of winter, but it's a fine Amber, seasonal or not.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just got this from the brewery the day after Christmas. Pours a big head. Color is a deep dark amber brown. The head falls after a few minutes and leaves an incredible lacing. Taste is hoppy, reminds me of an English IPA. Good strong matly backbone with some light hops. Good solid beer.

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

This beer really surprised me. First of all, I was shocked to see it in the cooler at Riley's, being a winter seasonal. I figured I'd get a couple bottles and give it a shot. They weren't spoiled; far from it, in fact.

Snowshoe looks like a brown ale, not an amber/red. It's a dark brownish-red color, off-white head. Smells like licorice and nail polish and fruit punch, reminiscent of the Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer that I had on tap at Roman's a few weeks ago. Tastes balanced, both hoppy and malty, with an excellent dry and biscuity finish. This isn't the best-tasting beer I've ever had, but it's easily the best-tasting amber/red ale I've ever had. Against beers of all sort, I'd give it a 4.0 for taste, but in its class, it's easily a 4.5.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the person in my spirit tasting group who left this behind. Poured into a tulip, this beer has virtually no head at all. It does, however, maintain a thin ring of foam around the edge, and a thin wisp of a cloudlike pattern in the middle.

The nose has a toasty, biscuit smell that is just too weak. I feel that the lack of carbonation contributes to this. There is a slight caramel malt aroma. The taste is pretty good, especially since amber ales are not my thing. There are toasty and caramelized malts. The hops are light and grassy. The mouthfeel is cloying. I would normally refer to this as the finish, but I just simply do not like it. Drinkability is average. I would suggest this as a crossover beer that I will use to try and lure my father from Kilian's into the seedy underworld of craft brews.

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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 merlin48
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper body with a skimpy beige head that vanishes in seconds, leaving a few spots of lace.
Aroma has herbal hops and a fruity caramel maltiness. Apples and pears jump out from the nose.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body and lots of carbonation.
Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone, with a pleasant component of fruity fresh pears and apples. Herbal hops lend a white pepper note. Very nice sipper on a chilly winter evening.
Taste and aroma, with the inviting fruity presence, make up for the less than stellar appearance. Another thank you to my local BA, mtnlover, for bringing this fine winter warming Wisconsin ale to my fridge. This one fits the profile of a winter warmer more than an amber or red ale.

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Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber almost brownish with a light tan head that falls quick no lace.
Aroma is lots of malt some caramel mixed with hints of dates, not much in the way of hops inthe nose of this one.
Taste like it smells lots of malt some hints of fruit underneath the malt finishes with some spicey hops . A malty amber ale not bad but not exciting either.
Mouthfeel is a good medium. Drinkability is good a nice malt heavy amber ale worth a try for sure. Thanks go to Ave for the sample.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Working my way thought the beers I picked up over Thanksgiving, this one came due to be consumed. It pours a slightly brown red color with a small head that falls to nothing over the beer. The nose is caramel, with a small fruity character. A light hop is in the background. The flavor is not what I expected. A mellow dirty hop and caramel and fruity tones abound. Very full flavored, but not what I was expecting. I like it. The feel is right at or just shy of moderate. Very smooth. Overall, I think New Glarus has another nice beer here. Yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My father used to bring six packs of this stuff home on a regular basis back when I was in high school. At that time, New Glarus was just a small microbrewery, doing only about three or four thousand barrels per year.

The beer poured with a thick white head, about two inches deep. I drank this beer out of a pilsner glass, so the color seemed a bit light. It turned out to be a deep amber color, although I know that when I enjoy this in a pint it is a nice mahogany color.

Deep caramel notes and hints of crystal malt. Just a faint whiff of spicy hops in the background, but they are mostly subdued.

The balance definitely favors the malt. It starts and ends sweet, with just a faint glimpse of hops in the middle.

The beer is thin to medium bodied, even though the final gravity must be rather low.

Overall, it's definitely a session beer, but most certainly not a complex beer or one that can be savored or used to impress friends.

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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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Photo of marburg
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Helluva session beer.

Very clear reddish brown in color. All malt, all the time! This is definitely a simple beer; you can tell right away from the aroma. But its subtleties are its strength too. Bready sourdough aroma. Highly drinkable, light-bodied brew. A bit of that typical caramel flavor. Hops lend only a mild, balancing presence to the finish which cleans it up to have absolutely no aftertaste or lingering sweetness. Herbal.

This won't blow anyone away, but I would think just about anyone on earth could drink this and not be at all annoyed by it. Easy drinkin'.

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

Just shy of garnet color, clear. Head has decent duration as a skim but doesn't build any height on a vigorous pour. Simple collar lacing. Aroma is malty, a hint of cinnamon in a raisin bread context. Lighter-bodied, restrained carbonation, pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Flavors ring of light caramel, slightly buttery. Hopiness is subdued, herbal tea in impression, notably English in overall profile. Finsihes with decent body, sweetish aftertaste, but without a lot of fun complexity. Well-balanced, but a little boring as a special Seasonal entry.

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Snowshoe Red Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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