Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

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293 Reviews
Stone SoupStone Soup

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

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Photo of brdc
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the small capped bottle into my Rodenbach tulip.
It delivers a hazy golden brew, with a nice foamy head reminiscent of a belgian wheat beer. The foamy head shows a nice retention, and it laces the sides of the glass and the top of the beer all the way down, ensuring its nice visual appearance to the last sip.
Aroma is nice, but quite faint for the style, with some bubblegum, yeast, clove and some spices.
Light-bodied but crispi, lively carbonated, it has little depth of flavor, but the flavor is nice nonetheless, fruity, yeasty and spicy.
Refreshing, quite nice, but not spectacular. Not a session beer, and not a big beer either.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A - Pours a ncie cloudy yellow hue with a white head that dissolves quickly.

S - Wheat is the first and most preveland character noticable. Then followed by the malts backed with a very mild toned down hop presence.

T - This beer is smooth and wheat hits you followed by the grainy malt character.

M- Again smooth light bodied beer. The carbonation gives the mouthfeel a but of a kick.

D - Not a session beer but a great beer to sit down and enjoy.

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Photo of DragYourBone
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle. A very subtle beverage to take to the patio on a warm muggy day, to the beach, on the boat... a laid back drinker.

Sight - Golden honey ale w/inch thick Belgian style head that dissipates to a slight film after a few minutes. Plenty of carbonation present. The foam lingers nicely on each swirl of the goblet.

Scent - Sweetish Belgian nose, slight lemon and clove smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Wet and slick on the tongue. Lemon/citrus taste. Tongue smack factor is present on a subtle scale. Light and refreshing with only a slight trail of fizz.

Drikability - medium to high factor - goes down quick and easy.

This is a refreshing combination that New Glarus has concocted for when the weather gets warmer. I'm not sure of the ABV, but it is a light and easy drinker. Not as full bodied as I had hoped, but a nice brew nonetheless.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in trade with jeffkrenner - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system but new so know it's fresh. Was a hazy golden honey color. Had a small head that quickly went away. There was a constant carb geyser in the center of the glass. The aroma was very hefe/wit like. It had the clove and bubblegum smells similar to a hefe and also had a ginger spiciness. The only complaint is that the aroma was slightly weak. The taste was really good. It goes down smooth like a hefe with a little bite like a good saison. It's not knock you off your feet great but I found myself grabbing for the glass as soon as I'd put it down after each drink. This would make an excellent session beer. The mouthfeel was nice and balanced with great carb. Overall, another excellent offering from NG. Just wish I could get more of it. Highly recommend. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of Atron67
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- had a nice cloudy yellow with white head, poured really thick, 3 finger or so head, faded kinda quickly but the last 1/2 finger stayed awhile, not much lacing,

S- has a nice wheat and malt characteristic, can smell a little sourness

T- has a nice smooth wheaty malty start that turns to a relatively strong sourness which is different and pretty tastey

M- smooth, light, medium carbonation, good, fitting,

D- has a good flavor and drinkability, the sourness is nice, but doesnt lend itself in my mind to lots of them in 1 sitting

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Photo of aforbes10
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Discount in Milwaukee. Looks like orangina...yellow/orange with a thin patches of bubbles on top. Sour odor, hints of cumin, yeast and oranges. Tangy, spiced mulled wine flavor with a citrus bitterness. Slightly more bitter than i would prefer, but still a very well made, almost delicate beer. Almost a surprise for me when an interesting beer like this comes out of the same style bottles as spotted cow or naked (not to knock those, they're just plainer styles)

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, bright and gold beer with a deep, fizzy, brilliant white head that falls to a healthy rim. Plenty of bubbling. Smells boozy beyond its alcohol weight; wet and yeasty, with an easy-going touch of sweet banana.

Fruity taste with a lemon twang and a light (clove?) spice bite. Candied banana and alcohol are soft. Sparky carbonation, but a touch creamy. Smooth, light mouthfeel.

Perfect throttled-back version of a tripel. Easy drinker with interesting characteristics. Great summer beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazy, golden and pale body supports a growing head, which I thought would spill over. But it didn't and died out fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing, not very sticky.
Some hints of yeast and sour orange peel come out in the nose, maybe some honeydew as well. Not very rich, kind of light.
Taste needs some more richness. I didn't think (and didn't know) this was a Belgian PA until this review. I thought it more of a Pilsner with some kick. Yet it's a bit think for a BPA, imo. It is easy to drink and doesn't have any bad tastes, just doesn't fit the style.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.52/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light yellow-orange. Somewhat cloudy. Foams energetically, but quickly dissipates into a thin film.

Smell - Sweet and yeasty. Prominant spicy orange aroma. Tempting.

Taste - Begins with unremarkable sweet malt flavor with mild orange spice flavor emerging at the end. Somewhat less flavorful than I expected from the aroma. A little alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and highly carbonated.

Drinkability - Though I'm a big fan of this local brewer, this beer doesn't really do it for me. Tastes just a few ticks off. I don't expect to get this one again.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!

12oz bottle.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big white head. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. a bit of spice. light clove and corriander. bit of sweet orange peel. bit of alcohol. touch of honey sweetness.

taste is good. orange and tangerine. touch of alcohol. light clove. low bitterness level. bit of honey sweetness. nice bread and cracker malt. bit of grainy character.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation is very refreshing. nice light body and a dry finish.

drinkability is great. really nicely balanced. refreshing and enjoyable while sitting on my patio.

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Photo of drseamus
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my brand new Coors Banquet pint glass. I love the juxtaposition of a good beer in a terrible beer glass. Stone Soup pours a cloudy yellowish straw color with a thin white head. It has a lemony funky aroma. Smells almost like a witbeer. The flavor is really smooth. It has citrus in the front and a yeasty background. There is some spiciness in there as well. It has a medium body and decent drinkability.

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Photo of Rennpferd
2.36/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured a golden yellow. It was slighty cloudy and active. A 1 inch white head quickly shrank down to just a lacing of head.

It has a light malt smell that is earthy.

A slight malt taste, a bit of corn taste. A tang of something I can not quite identify. A crispness gives way to a medium body.

I can drink it, but I would prefer something different.

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Photo of pweis909
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Huge rocky foam on straw colored ale, slight haze. Foam fades pretty quickly.

S. There is some clove-phenolic aroma, and faint malt character. No hop aroma.

T. Not enouogh malt flavors in this watery brew to rate taste highly. Bitterness is not overt. Alcohol taste is not noticeable.

M-The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

I recently sampled a Duvel, which I am using to juxtapose this brew. Stone Soup falls short against such lofty competition. I wonder if this comes down to inferior ingredients – Soup is made with Wisconsin malts, which don’t seem to be as well-respected among the homebrew crowds as Belgian and other European malts. That comparison might be unfair, because the alcohol in Soup seems considerably lower. This one would be a good thirst quencher on a hot summer day, one with enough interest to ponder over briefly, but ultimately, it would not be difficult to walk away, leaving an unfinished glass on the table. The metaphor for making something out of nothing, "Stone Soup," runs a little close to home on this brew.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer.

A: Vibrant melted gold color with a cloudy personality. Head started and ended fizzy, with just a tiny ring of white bubbles to remind you of what once was.

S: Primarily honey with dried hay, some banana, dandelions and milk.

T: Begins yeasty with your standard farm house flavors; fresh cut grass clippings, banana peel and spicy hops. Some lemon twang starts at the tip of the tongue then moves towards the center bringing with it some milky flavors. Finishes with banana candy, some vanilla and cloves.

M: This body with a hard water mouthfeel. Carbonation very fuzzy and explosive across the tongue.

D: There’s nothing special about this beer. Just another farmhouse style on the market. Definitely not one of my favorite New Glarus beers.

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Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack
Roy's Market New Glarus

Stone Soup pours a mildly moderately hazy (from bottle conditioning) golden that lightens considerably when held to the light. A 2 finger white craggy head formed on the pour that fell to 1 finger after some time. Glassful of carbonation bubbles rise to the head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma begins with a nice refreshing lemon zest. Pale biscuity malts are present in the background and there is a very small sprinkling of clove. The bottle states that ginger is used but I don't pick any up.

The flavor starts off with biscuity malts but is quickly overtaken by a lemon and mild orange sweetness. Slight metallic twang on the back end accompanied by the clove from the aroma.

Bod is on the lighter side. High carbonation, not prickly but it does tickle the sides of the tongue. Refreshing.

Easy drinker that's perfect for a warm summer day like today. Quenching with a light enough body to drink a few in a sitting.

A solid brew from New Glarus. I've had some better in the past but this is an affordable highly drinkable brew. I think I'll crack another.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly cloudy with a pale hue like a grapefruit rhine. Looks kinda like a Witbier. The medium head fell quickly leaving a decent ring. Strong yeast and banana aroma with some light peppery spice, much like a Hefe but sweeter.

The flavor is tangy and dry, with notes of yeast, lemon, and melon. The taste comes out much less sweet than expected from the aroma. In fact the beer almost wants to give a acidic tart flavor yet it holds back. Light body with potent carbonation creates alot of foam, almost too much.

Not a bad offering from New Glarus. I think the beer is a little confused about itself, and it never settles into something overly drinkable. Worth a try...

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the unexpected hand-off...he's cool like that.
Honeycomb in color with a full two fingers of sticky, dense white head...suprisingly disappears quick with some decent lacing.
Spiced yeast up front with just a hint of floral hops.
Taste is what you'd expect from NG...clean, not overly hopped, and very true to the style. Less spice than what the nose was indicating, but an incredible yeast flavor.
With a little less carbonation, this would be a true session beer for me...
Tasty offering to say the least...well done.

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Photo of balconybrew
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, hay-like hue. Head was bright white and stayed. The aroma was "hefe-bel." I smell hefe yeast, with a bit of belgian scent. No hop smell. I taste spices and yeast, again no hops. Mmouthfeel is great. The beer is drinkable, but not quite sessionable.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy, straw color with decent, but light, head. The color almost reminded me of a gueze.

S-Soft, floral, delicate yeast. Some banana and clove come through. It almost seems like a blended yeast of Hefe and Belgian.

T-Smooth and well-balanced all the way through. You can definately taste the yeast, but it is not overly spicy or intense. The hops blend well in the background.

M-The yeast adds a bit of sharpness, but it was definately expected. A doughy malt is present and gives the beer a little chewiness.

D-Unbelieveably easy to drink. I could definately put a sixer of this down at a Brewer tailgate!

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Photo of umustdrink
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy yellow color. Head is white and fades to a film. Lacing is minimal.

S - Slightly sweet, bready, earthy yeast with sweet banana undertones.

T - Rich bready, banana yeasts with christmas-y spices; coriander, ginger, cinnamon.

M - Carbonation hinders the taste. Consistency is medium.

D - Here's a tip: Let the carbonation let out on this one for a while and you can really taste the nuances of this beer. Once you are able to taste it, it's really good. Carbonation is a bit of an annoyance.

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Photo of bigreduw64
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a big head. As I drink it, there is lacing all over the sides of the glass. Good sign.

Honestly, the smell reminds me of stale beer, don't like that so much.

The taste has a light citrus touch, with some clove as well. It reminds me of an Americanized Hefeweizen. I like the taste, but not sure that it fits the style. Anyways, I like it.

The mouthfeel is creamy and moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer and is great in warm weather. I would love to drink this beer when having a Caesar salad or a nice spicy dish.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

extremely cloudy pour from a 12oz. yellow with sunfire buried deep inside the haze. 2mm of creamy, thick resin floats atop the brew.

smells like buttered bread, peaches and cream.. peppered with the earthiness of grassy hops. decidedly belgian, although appears somewhat overdone upon first approach. really great mouthfeel.. medium body and a crisp microcarbonation which perks up the tongue and cheeks along with the spicy yeast and fresh hop sensation. label pushes the idea of a ginger note, i can't seem to find it. like i imagined, it's a very dry, hoppy american belgian with drinkability and zero alcohol presence.. gets closer to thiriez than houblon c, just not a fan of the somewhat lactic aftertaste. this appears to be temperature sensitive, and might be avoided.

strikes me as an attempt at a belgian session beer.. nice that it has no sour or cherry anywhere near it, for a change.

i would drink more of these if they were available. the sessionability of it makes the aftertaste acceptable as i don't dwell on it like i would with a bigger sipper.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale lemony gold color, glowing and semi clouded with a bunch of activity within. Medium capping of white foam thats compactly firm and kinda fluffy. A few splotchy strings of lace are stuck about.

Very nice aroma of blooming fresh bubble gum right out of the wrapper mixing with a pleasing floral touch and slight banana and clove spice.

Taste is a bit bland however, the sweetness I was hoping to find isn't there in enough strength as its a pale display of yeasty playing dryness over the bubble gummy floralness. Actually, the bubble gum sweetness is at the lips when first taken in, but falls away as it enters the palate only to return ghostly in a weakened spicy finish. Once it settles in, its a plain attachment of grains and dryishness from yeasty actives. Rounds off a bit towrds the end with some banana mixing in and the return of pink bubble gum. This somehow falls short for me, even though I like it.

Perhaps the mouthfeel has something to do with it, as its a bit roughened and scratchy in areas with a yeasty carbonation texture that doesn't bold well for my palate. The sweetness underneath helps play it through as it finishes with a slight spice pulling late with light dry hops and some clove.

A tough one to put numbers to, but overall, something just wasn't doing it for me, I needed something more, what that is, I'm unsure. This is drinkable enough however - a decent standard of ale for a quick enjoyment, but quite possibly a bit boring beyond one or two.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy medium lemon color with a small white head that disappears quickly.

Aromas of funky Belguim yeasts and sharp spice.

Taste is candy sugar pale malt, some tropical fruits, white pepper, and a finish of bread and unpleasant soap.

Aftertaste is a bit soapy and sharp from the white pepper spice flavors.

Mouthfeel is very tingly.

Different, but only ok.

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Photo of beveritt
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The label depicts someone stirring a huge pot of something, with the words "Stone Soup" appearing in the surface. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a small head; 3/8 inch of off white, big-bubble foam. This settles very quickly into just a ring around the glass and the faintest trace of foam. The beer itself is a honey orange and cloudy. A layer of sludge is left in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Very fruity and spicy aroma. Smells like a fresh hefe, oranges, bananas, and cloves. Distinct wheat tang.

Taste: Lots of carbonation bite upfront. Taste is very citrusy upfront, with a very slight metallic bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: Well, the weather has finally turned warm around here, so a spicy, fruity, easy drinking beer is great for coming off of some yard work. Not the best example of the style I have had, but another solid offering from New Glarus.

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Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 579 ratings.
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