Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

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579 Ratings
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 herman77
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold, light orange color with a thick off white head. The color reminds me of a light orange marmalade. Pretty cloudy. Not any lacing...

S: Yeasty, wheat, a hint of banana and some spice. Not too much here though. All the scents are pretty subtle.

T: I get lots of clove, spice and ginger. Some yeast with a hint of banana sweetness. Finishes a bit malty with some hop bitterness. Balance is pretty good, could use some more malt sweetness.

M/D: Light to medium body. Good amount of carbonation. Lots of fine "little bubbles." This would be a great summer night beer. Its lighter, but lots of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good. Seems like the ABV should be higher than what it is.

There is something missing with this BPA. Its good, but I can't figure out what it's missing, maybe too much clove and spice and not enough sweet malt?

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a nice golden color with about an inch of white head.

s - Smells of cloves, bananas, malts, and some yeast.

t - Taste is also cloves and bananas, but is somewhat subdued. Light yeast taste. Pretty good.

m - Light body and light carbonation.

d - Thought this was a decent pale ale. Nice yeast and banana taste and very easy to drink. I'd try it again.

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Photo of brewanddrink
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers from new glarus, it has a crisp taste with a light fruit note at the end. It is good for a cold winter drinking beer or a hot summer night. I have drank this beer served from room temp to ice cold and i have not found a bad time to have it. This brewing company only sells in wisconsin but it is well worth the drive to get it.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't extremely impressed with Stone Soup. It was similar to other New Glarus beers I've had, but I didn't think it was as good as others. It pours a nice shade of gold. I thought the taste was alright, somewhat similar to a hefeweizen. I would recommend this beer, but I think New Glarus has some better brews to offer.

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Photo of mklinger
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. This beer is the color of polished brass. A thin head with lots of carbonation. Quite cloudy. This beer looks a lot like hefeweizen more than a Belgian ale.

Smell is somewhat yeasty and wheaty. Not nearly the spice character I was expecting. A bit bland in the aroma.

Taste is a bit sweet with some spice. Definitely a bit of ginger in there with a smidge of hops. Quite light in body. This is probably a better summer drinking beer than a winter's brew. There is a bit of Trappist yeast character but it is very slight.

Mouthfeel is good with some lively carbonation and a fairly light body. Easy to drink beer. Pleasant but not a lot a character.

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Photo of confer
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow and very cloudy. Head dissipates very quickly. It looks like champagne in the glass lots of big bubbles that explode at the surface. It smells like a clovey hefeweizen. Lemons begin the taste and then it finishes spicey. The is a whole lot of carbonation going on bouncing all over my tongue. This is my least favorite of the New Glarus beers I got to try thanks to Nick the Intern and his Father-In-law.

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Photo of danielharper
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours yellow, almost white. A slight haziness in the body with a thick white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Looks rather like a wit.

S: Sweet citrus orangey aroma, some Belgian yeast funkiness, hints way down deep of a bready malt.

T: Lots of sweet citrus, sure, but with a nice dose of hops as well. Not overwhelming, but definitely more than I'd expect from a standard Belgian Pale. Finishes clean and yeasty.

M: Moderate to heavy thickness (due to the yeast), moderate carbonation, low hops.

D: I'd believe this was an actual Belgium-made Belgian Pale Ale, which is saying something. Obviously a lot of care and craft went into the production of the beer, although I don't think it's really an amazing stand-out example of the style. Still, I could drink quite a bit of this if I were in the place to do so.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love me some New Glarus!

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow hue with a one finger white head that slowly falls to a thin layer of foam. Some minor stick here and there on the glass, overall a typical looking Belgian. Aroma consists of clove, spice, yeast, and banana...again, typical Belgian. Taste begins with the faint banana bread and some citrus. Midway a metallic ting emerges with pear and white grapes. Aftertaste is bready and grainy with a sugary sweetness that lingers. Pillowy soft feel with steady carbonation and a light to medium body. Just another easy drinking, full flavored ale from New Glarus. I'm not a fan of the style, but I could easily put a few of these down on a warm summer day.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slow pour from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass offers a nice head that sticks around for a bit. There's a little bit of lacing. It's a nice cloudy golden yellow color. This has a strong wheat smell. A typical Belgian that does nothing in that aspect to stick out from the crowd. The taste is about the same. There's a bit of bitterness with the grain taste, but it leads into a nice light aftertaste. This whole beer is light on the tongue which increases the drinkability. Fans of the style will probably drink a lot of these.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Kronenbourg glass. Beer was a cloudy gold color, with a one-finger white head. Heavy carbonation and moderate lacing.

Aroma was cloves, bananas, citrus, bread and yeast.

Taste was oranges, mango, banana, bread, yeast and wheat.

The flavors mix together well and make this a very easy drinking beer. Would be a great one to open on a hot, summer day.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at my brother's house in WI. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very hazy light gold. Nice off-white head on top. Retained well, left some nice lace on the side. Very crisp body which is par for the style. I'm not the biggest fan of that feel. A little harsh. Big yeast scent mixed with some pineapple. Flavors of sour yeast, citrus, and a mild bready flavor on the finish. This was not as sharp as I expected. It was drinkable and tasty. Glad I had the opportunity.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for this bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. The smell is sweet with a large fruity component. Very nice. The flavor is heavy on the fruit and malty sweetness with bananas and cloves being apparent. There is also a Belgian yeast character. Nothing necessarily stands out in this beer but everything meshes together nicely. A very drinkable beer that I would love to try again when the weather warms up.

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

Appearance: Cloudy hefeweizen color. Lovely pillowy head.

Smell: Bready yeast with mild spicing.

Taste: Some say they can taste bubblegum flavors in hefeweizens. I never have, but I sure do in this beer! This sweet bubblegum, which I'm probably getting from the cloves, is the dominant flavor. There's also a good amount of yeast and a touch of light fruit.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth, like a slightly less creamy hefeweizen.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, for sure. Sweetness could slightly hinder the palette if one wants to drink other beers following this one.

Notes: I'm pretty unfamiliar with Belgian Pale Ales, but this seems remarkably similar to a hefeweizen to me. Not quite as bready, not quite as creamy, and a tad more fruity, but still has the major qualities of a good hefe. This is certainly not a complaint, and mostly just shows my ignorance of Belgian "singles". Regardless of all this, it's another winner from New Glarus!

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Photo of gmfessen
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer has a massive three finger white head and beneath it lies a light golden-straw color brew with a slight hazing and very active carbonation. Phenols are very apparent, sweet clove and banana. Taste has similar qualities but they seem to develop more. There are the initial phenols but they seem more reserved but the banana stays strong and at the end there is a sweet, slightly acidic light fruit note that is a mixture of pear, white grape and peaches. The mouthfeel is a light medium body with a velvety but active carbonation and has a dry finish. Overall a drinkable beer, another good one by NG.

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

Pours a cloudy, burnt yellow with a big, foamy white head that falls rather slow. Fairly decent lace.

Nice spice nose with a bit of funk. Has a nice flowery smell to it.

Not the taste I was expecting. Has a spicy tartness to it with nice herbs present. Sour in the middle ending with a rather sweet malt finish. All in all a rather funky brew.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a nice bite.

Fairly drinkable and rather pleasant. Another nice brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of Gavage
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: belgian yeast, some spiciness and lemon zest is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice grainy malt base with yeast, lemon zest, green grapes, tart apples, and some spiciness. Bitterness is moderate here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer has some nice spiciness to it. Easy to quaff this one but it won't blow you away.

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

Made the trip to New Glarus last weekend so I have a boat load New Glarus beer to review. The first is Stone Soup. This beer poured a cloudy amber with a small head that faded very fast. Also showed decent lacing. The smell was of spice and yeast. Taste was of light citrus flavors, spice and hints of yeast. Also hints of sour dough bread. Mouthfeel was good, as was the drinkability. Overall I found this beer to be very nice. Showed some fairly complex flavor notes. Wish i had bought more, and wish I didn't have to go to Wisconsin to get it.

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

Pours a cloudy soft gold color, similar to the color of apple cider. A two finger width head of foamy white forms quickly but dissipates equal so, to a small white ring.

The smell is very clean with strong notes of gingered orange peel, coriander, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Belgian floral yeast is definitely present.

The flavor has a sweet Belgian character. I'm getting pineapple, ginger, slight banana, and clove notes. The finish has some slight tart earthy notes and a medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very pleasing with medium carbonation generating tiny bubbles.

Drinkability is very good as the beer goes down incredibly easily with no harsh flavors or astringency.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle; Pours an opaque medium copper/golden with a moderate head that subsides leaving very little by way of foam and light/moderate lacing. Excellent aroma with yeasty, bubblegum characteristics. Yeast and bubblegum notes also come to the fore in the taste, which also shows off malty, banana aspects. Nice tight carbonation lends a good mouthfeel. Overall, a nicely drinkable beer, and a good representative of the style. Another winner from New Glarus.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Hazy, opaque golden-white brew. Bright white head rose 2-fingers, looking creamy as it slowly receded.

S-Clove,nutmeg, spiciness runs rampant in this aroma. Slight bready yeast in the background, with a semi-sweet hint.

T-Sweet, bready malt mingles with the clovey Belgian-yeasty spiciness. Sweetness fades, followed by a subtle hoppy spice, which then fades into a relatively crisp finish.

M-High, nearly effervescent carbonation. Moderate body, almost moderate-light. Seems almost to be an easy-drinking tripel.

D-Tasty. This brew certainly didn't knock me off my feet, but I have very little to say that could detract from its quality.

Part of a NG sampler twelver my friend Josh brought back from Wisconsin.

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

12 oz. bottle courtesy of dkachur (quote some time ago, by this point) poured in to a 14 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light, golden blonde-bodied brew, capped by a one-finger snow white head that fades quickly initially but ultimately only to a good, thick dusting and a bulky collar. That's probably because of the plentiful and mercurial yet surprisingly large carbonation, typical for the style, that does a lot to keep that surface dusting alive. No lacing of which to speak knocks this one down a few pegs.

Aroma: Pleasant. Sweet and juicy, with honey-esque malt notes intermingling with pineapple, orange, kiwi, and guava juice-notes.

Taste: This one's a little odd and I'm a little torn on it. At first, it's very ... well, lacking in flavor. It takes it a little while warming in the mouth (longer than I'd expect for a Belgian blonde) and truly until the finish the flavor to come through. The finish is sweet, a little biscuity, with hints of tropical fruits - banana, pineapple, orange, mango - but almost no spices, oddly enough.

Mouthfeel: The huge carbonation in a fairly soft body makes for an uneven, eruptive mouthfeel. Add to that a slick, sort of oily after"feel" and you have a pretty average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This one started out weak, got a little stronger, but then ended weak as I got more in to it. It's not a bad beer - it's a New Glarus, of course, and all things NG are pretty fantastic. But some are less fantastic than others, and this isn't in the pantheon of great NG. At 5.3%, it's surely drinkable, but there are others I'd rather drink at this level.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: straw yellow in color, hazy, huge white head that dissipates slowly due to the effervesent character of the carbonation, no lacing.

S: huge banana aroma over a spicy background. slight orange citrus notes.

T: soft on the malts, moderately spicy. orange citrusy flavor, also has the banana characteristics of a hefewiezen. it has a moderate malt sweetness, but fnishes on the drier side.

MF: medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

Drinkability: i think this is a very well done beer. not sure about how it fits the style, as it has some characteristics of a hefeweizen, but very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of drizzam
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moving a mountain begins with a single stone...

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice one finger bright white fluffy head that retained well and left excellent lacing. The beer is a cloudy pale yellow/orange color.

S - Citrus and yeast esters with a touch of spice.

T & M - If I didn't know better, I would think this was a watered down version of a Hefeweizen from both the cloudy appearance and the taste. Hints of banana and clove and clove are present, and it has a very minute grassy hop backbite, especially as it warms. It has a pretty light mouthfeel that finishes very crisp and clean with little aftertaste.

D - I think this is one of those beers I could sit down and drink all night. A fantastic beer that finishes well and doesn't get you hammered with a high ABV. There is a reason I love New Glarus...I haven't had a bad beer from them yet. take a look at all their beer reviews and you won't see one below a B-. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale hazy gold with a small head that left minor lacing.

S - Nice hops with some belgian style yeasty smell. Very pleasant. Citrusy with a nice grainy back.

T - Good stuff. Nice malts and the yeast comes through quite well. Wish it was just a little bit stronger though. Sweet with fruit, and a solid grainy taste comes in.

M - Medium light bodied, carbonation is a nice compliment to this drink. Leaves the mouth with a slight sour aftertaste.

D - Very good, could pleasantly drink these all day.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium honey gold with a light white head that raises about one finger and fades quickly. The lacing is light but there are some spotty chunks and if you swirl a glass the head comes back quickly.

The aroma is light with hops and flower, reminds me of tripel. The aroma is pleasing and makes you eager to give it a sip.

The taste is very neutral and simple but enjoyable and allows you drink a lot. Right off the bat you taste a little yeast, the middle is light, but then you have some sweet hops. This is a very drinkable beer.

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