Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
579 Ratings
Stone SoupStone Soup
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
579
Reviews:
293
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 579 |  Reviews: 293
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, some citrus, light caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some background flavors of spices, citrus and bananas come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a lighter but very solid Belgian style beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices (clove, ginger), banana, and some malt. Taste is of Belgian yeast, the aforementioned spices, banana flavors, and some wheat-like malts. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean due to a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good Belgian pale ale beer but not one of my favorite styles. I am still glad that I got to try this one from New Glarus.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle date stamped Aug 19th 2010 if I've decoded the Julian date correctly. Stored in my basement for a low ABV cellaring experiment. I will be adding to this review in the future when I open further bottles later.

A. Lightly Hazy yellow-gold. For want of a more polite description, I am forced to concede that it is urine colored.
S. Fortunately it smells much nicer than pee. The smell reminds me of extra-gingery gingersnap cookies. Or of DFH's Pangaea smell. But that actually has ginger in it, while this brew, to my best knowledge, does not. There is a honeyed sweetness mixed with HEAVY belgian yeast esters. I daresay time in the basement may have amplified my yeast quite nicely. :)
T. She's gone dry! The sweetness in the smell is rather absent from the taste. Now there is mostly crispness, spice notes, yeast, and some mustiness mixed with tangy funk from belgian yeast. However, the dryness isn't quite...balanced with the spice. This beer is actually making me thirstier as I drink it, I forget what the official tasting terminology is for that, but it is the opposite of thirst-quenching. The Malts are sort of....flat and dead for reasons unknown.
M. The crispness of the ginger is intense on my tongue. I like it.

Mixed results here. I wonder how it will mutate further in the cellar as time goes on.

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

Thanks to my roommate that had family bring this out from Wisconsin. Poured a hazy gold with a white head.

This is a spicy, slightly sweet, mostly dry Belgian pale - a session beer as Belgians go. Reminds me a lot of the recent hefeweizens I had over the weekend for the smooth fruit candy character. There's touches of orange blossom and pale malt, but the yeast dominates here. I'd want a little more depth here, but it's a fine beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy head. The head fades fairly quickly down to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and other fruits and yeast aroma. There is just a bit of malt and some banana and faint hops.

T - Starts off with some yeast flavor and banana and citrus flavors. Just a touch of hop flavor mixed in. Through the middle, some stronger yeast and fruits come through. There is also a bit of spices that come through. The finish is a mix of fruity flavors (banana) some spices and breadiness that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp. Mouthfeel of the finish feels just a touch off.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors for the most part are complex and work well together. The banana flavors and the spices compliment each other nicely. Felt like it could have poured a bit nicer and the aroma was a touch lacking.

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Photo of dcloeren
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale pale straw color with 1 finger of FIZZY white head that instantly disappeared and left no trace of it even being there...

Catching a lot of fruity yeast up front and still waiting for the rest of the scent like a small child after school waiting for a forgetful parent and stupidly hopping that they will show up soon... but it never does. So I will start my metaphorical walk home...

This tastes like a belgian knock off... It would be the equivalent of buying a pair of oakleys from a stranger on the street corner for 10 bucks. Getting some belgian yeast, some biscuity quality but definitely lacking on hops and depth.

This is nothing but a fizzy mess in my mouth. Body is very thin and extremely carbonated. Just to keep up with the trend of comparisons, I'll throw this one out there. When I sip on this beer it makes me feel like I just ate Pop Rocks and took a sip of pepsi. Fail

I'm extremely surprised this carries a B+ avg on here. It was one of the most disappointing craft beers I have ever had...

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Photo of BasementBer
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my favorite of styles to begin with.

A: Hazy pale to yellow. Not overwhelmed by the head retention, but poured two fingers of bone white foam.

S: Not much in the way of smell. More hoppy than fruity or grain.

T: Bitter. This pale ale has more bite than expected from the style and doesnt have the catty staleness that ive experienced in others.

M: Hops in the pockets of the cheeks, and lingering grainy on the tongue.

D: Not the one I would choose for the style, but it was ok.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with fizzy diaspating head

smell: belgian yeast

taste: clear and low taste belgian pale. Maybe wheat malt... Belgian yeast flavors are present, mild hop flavors and a touch of spice. tastes like a Belgian Light

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: forst beer from new glarus and this was not that great. an avg belgian pale. It's a intro to craft beer.

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Photo of beergod1
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is hazy yellow with good carbonation and a thick foamy head. Aroma of banana and yeast. Taste is creamy and fruity. Starting with a light to medium body that goes down smooth with a very creamy feel. Finish is a fruity yeast flavor with a nice banana taste and a faint bitterness. Smooth, but light in taste, for the style.

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Photo of jsulko
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Hazy gold color with decent head that does not linger

Smell has little hop scent the hint of the traditional Belgium is there

Taste is smooth with a slightly spicy finish

A very drinkable beer but it seems like it is in the process of being retired

Something to look forward to a comeback

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Photo of hacienda
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that quickly settles into a thin film that persists but leaves little lacing.

S: The smell is not overpowering. I get orange, banana, and spice, but I would like it to be a bit fuller.

T: More orange in the taste, spice and yeast. Some bubblegum ginger, and clove, a little sweet. Not much malt here. Finishes crisp and clean.

M: This is a light-bodied beer with somewhat heavy carbonation, which gives it a prickly mouthfeel.

D: Not my favorite style, but a solid beer. I wouldn't more than one or two of these in a sitting.

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

A: The head poured thick but settled quickly. No lacing to speak of. The body is slightly hazy (due to some yeast being agitated) and golden.

S: The initial smell is that of bubblegum, green apple, banana, and citrus. Also some distinct Belgian yeast notes. This really smells just like Juicy Fruit gum.

T: The flavor is quite fruity. Juicy fruit! Some mild citrus and banana notes. Some dry grain character. Not much hoppiness as there is more tang on the backside than bitterness. I am reminded of Unibroue here. Nice job.

M: The body is medium thin with decent carbonation.

D: Nice light flavors lead to easy drinkability. This is a tasty BPA at a decent price. Worth checking out.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color, with a small head that disapated. There isnt much of a smell at all. The taste is full of spices, and a strong organe flavor, very simialir to a belgian witbeir. Nice carnonation and easy to drink. Overall a good beer, but much like a belgian pale ale, but its still enjoyabe, I was expecting a differnt taste.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2-18-11

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip.

A- Nice white 2-finger head, which dissipates rather quickly. Color is a nice pale yellow/golden and slightly hazy

S- Orange, banana, light floral hops. Nice, but not overwhelming. Could use a bit more kick, but pleasant enough to make me want to sip it.

T- Pale malt, orange, clove, banana, wheat, slight yeastiness, moderately dry. Very refreshing.

M- Carbonation level is spot on, it bites the tongue just enough; any less would feel flat, any more would sting. Finish is dry

D- I've only had a few of these, but they have grown on me considerably. I would certainly seek this one out again when available. Drinking them in 20-30 degree weather feels wrong though. I may save some for spring/early summer so I can really enjoy them.

Overall this is a solid beer from New Glarus. Give it a shot if you have the opportunity

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

Grabbed a sixer of this on my last foray beyond the Cheddar Curtain. I actually couldn't remember the style -- so basically bought blind on NG's reputation.

A -- Slightly hazy, pale gold color with a very firm, resilient white head.

S -- Mild bubble gum and banana with citrus fruit esters and sweet, bready malt peaking through.

T -- Graininess up front, citrus esters in the middle, finishing with a spicy dryness that melts off the tongue. Only the mildest of spicy, bitter hops in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a light-medium body.

D -- Becuase of its clean finish, the estery character in the flavor of this beer doesn't overpower the palate. This is a perfect summer-on-the-deck, lazy afternoon beer. I may have to reassess my rating after I study the style and finish the six pack. Other than color, NG may have nailed the style.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for giving me this bottle

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a white frothy foam. The smell is strongly of Belgian yeast components a good majority of which is clove, orange zest and a touch of cinnamon. The cinnamon comes through on the taste buds as well there is almost a hefeweizen like taste to this beer and I'm surprised to find out that it was not. There is a lot of clove on the tongue and the wheat provides a bit of a smoother mouthfeel. This is a very pleasant beer for the spring and summer weather. I wish it wasn't so cold out right now I would have to go out and enjoy this beer outdoors. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a New Glarus sampler at Cambridge Cooler in Cambridge, WI.

Poured into a pint glass a hazy dark golden straw color with a good amount of head. Bit of a citrus smell. A nice medium bodied beer with a good flavor including quite a bit of citrus. Nice smooth drinking beer, very good and easy to drink. I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer as I wasn't even sure of the style going in, but I really liked it and wouldn't mind having a few more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice hazy golden-bread color with a nice white head and a good dose of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some nice citrus with orange and lemons at the forefront along with a bit of grassy spice. Really nice. The taste is a bit of a fallback from the nose and the malt is accentuated a bit more for a bit of a bready domination. Good yeasty notes in the background though. Light, crisp feel. Really nice and drinkable and something I miss being able to grab packs of.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/4/2010. Bottle thanks to SkyView. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick white head and lively carbonation. Aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, melon rind. Flavor of light fruits, sweet honey melon, Belgian yeast, and tons of spices. Smooth drinking, nice Belgian ale. Very similar to Crackd Wheat actually, with the sweet fruity notes combined with the clove and Belgian spices. Pleasant and tasty.

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy straw-hued pineapple yellow, very fizzy macro-esque head dissipates to nothing in a matter of seconds

S - Grass, faint bread and spice aromas.

T- Spicy hops, faint biscuitty flavors, maybe some banana in the aftertaste. A lot more watery than expected

M - Smooth, carbonation is perfect

D - Not bad, but I probably wouldn't drink it often.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into glass - thanks to GraniteSkunk for this extra

Pours a hazy golden orange with some darker hues. A feathery white head bubbles up, quickly dissipates, but retains a nice film across the top, leaving some light spots of lacing.

Pretty interesting nose with that recognizable yeasty funk, lighter spice, clove, banana, and a bit of citrus.

Begins slightly sweet with spicy notes. Citrus including orange comes up nicely along with banana and clove. Ginger and a smooth, mild malt base hold the other flavors together. Finishes with a hint of spice and dry bitterness.

Lighter medium body, pretty lively on the tongue, slightly dry. Drinks smooth with refreshing flavor, a pretty solid Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. Stone Soup showcases a hazy banana-wheat body with a finger's worth of white foamy head. A few patches of suds trail on the glass.

Crisp orange, a hint of lemon and Belgian spice on the nose. A little bit of earthy ginger and sweet malt. Pleasant.

Citrus and clove, followed by sweet malts with a bit of yeast on the tongue. A touch of fruity, almost bubblegum banana-like, esters and a hint of wheat round things out.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's definitely one of New Glarus' better standard offerings. Nothing really stands out, but it's well crafted. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall goblet, revealing three fingers of white airy head over an opaque rich golden body. Smells a little soapy and hoppy over all the nice Belgian yeast-type spices and slight corn sweetness. A little floral, a little peppery. Decent smells.

Tastes light and bitter up front with a little lemony citrus, followed by the corn-like malty sweetness of the pale and some slight yeasty spice (pepper, traces of nutmeg and mace). Not overly complex but drinks cleanly. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat medium-bodied with a juicy thickness that the lively, piercing carbonation cuts through to add volume. Very refreshing and decently drinkable, I just wish the flavors were a little more refined.

Overall it's a solid beer and a good Belgian pale for one made in the US.

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Photo of cooch69
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone soup pours into a tulip glass with a two finger pure white tight head and a few loose bubbles on top.
The nose is reminiscent of a fine Hefeweizen. Cloves sour apples and bananas are all present upfront.
A nice juicy pale maltiness with a salivating amount of spiciness and esters. Full on cloves followed by a slight bitterness in the finish. Sour apple and banana taffy present a lovely duet in the midsip with a semi sweet finish which is medium bodied. Pinpoint carbonation give this beer a creamy texture and a nice spritziness. I could drink this all night. I need more though.

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Photo of beachscrat
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

purchased from a 12 by 12 oz sample bottle pack. poured into a Duvel chalice with laser etched bubble party in full effect.

appearance is cloudy, not much head retention unfortunately.

smeill: pale fruits abound. heavy pear, then light banana, and a kiss of apple. glorious!

taste: clean, delicious and pure. these guys are the champs. besides tommy and vinny, no one state-side even comes close.

mouthfeel: nothing spectacular, i would love a good full bodied finish on this one.

drinkability: smooth, delicate, fancy. pour that champagne in to the dog dish and give this a shot instead. toe to toe could kick the hell outta any french champagne at twice the price.

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