Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my friends, the Schmit family, I am eternally grateful for bringing me back the New Glarus sampler.

A: Poured a partly cloudy golden color. It was interesting to watch the floaters bounce along the carbonation trails. It had a creamy white head that diminished but yet persisted throughout the whole experience.

S: Hops and fruit - kind of an apple banana mix - and a little spiciness.

T: The banana comes across as does the clove spiciness. It's a complex taste but very enjoyable without having one thing overpowering the other.

M: Very easy on the mouth. Medium body, good carbonation.

D: This is very easy to drink. I might actually have two per session (if I had more than just one). Major congratulations out to New Glarus on this one. This is my favorite of the line so far. So far, that is. I still have three to sample.

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Photo of daledeee
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a 1 inch head and some cloudiness. Also some bubbles from the bottom of the glass. At first, the nose was lots of tart apple and/or pears. After the drink sat for a bit the nose became mostly bananas and vanilla. Taste is good with apples and tart citrus. The big discount to this beer is the lack of carbonation. I feel this beer should have some zing and carbonated bite. Then I would give it much higher marks. Still enjoyable and fresh.

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Photo of birchstick
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a cloudy yellow with a .5 finger head that dissipated almost immediately

S - smells of malts and citrusy hops and some banana...almost smells like a hefeweizen

T - Taste follows the nose. There is a yeast and wheat presence throughout. There are also spicy hints of banana and tart green apples. This really reminds me of a lot of a German Wheat beer, not a Belgium Pale Ale.

M - thin and decently carbonated. Leaves a dry finish.

D - Interesting brew. Again, I think this is more of a hefeweizen than a BPA but it is refreshing none-the-less. Pretty decent beer but I liked the Fat Squirrel better.

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Photo of sholland119
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy godenrod with a little bit of white head and no real lacing.

S-Not really much going on here. No real spicy notes that I would expect at least a little of.

T-Nice taste, though. A bit of yeasty zing and good wheat graininess. Again, the herbiness is not really present.

M-Light bodied and pleasantly carbonated.

D-A nice quaffable summer brew. Could be a bit more flavorful but not bad at all.


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Photo of Fartknocker
4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a globe glass
A- Hazy golden color with sevral bands of suspended sediment
S- Friuty, with a bit of clove comng through
T- Emphasis on the clove and ginger, somewhat like a pumpkin pie
M- Very good
D- Absolutley, very smooth, and I am generally not a big fan of belgian ales

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a bottle into a pint glass. The color is a hazy dark yellow with just a few small floaters in it. The head is whispy and at first tall, but within 20 seconds is completely gone leaving no lacing or even a hint of head around the perimiter. Once the head is gone this is actually a rather unattractive beer.

This has a decent smell with a nice funky aroma of yeast and wheat. It's leveled out by a combination of sour green apple and over-ripe banana.

The first taste has a sour and fruity ester to it and is a little acidic. It quickly turns to to banana and cloves. There is a yeasty presence to it and it finishes with a little tartness to it that I didn't find very appealing.

The body is thin and heavy on the carbonation, the texture reminding me of tonic water. There's a filmy sourness left behind on my tounge.

This is thin-bodied and moderate in abv, making this a sessionable beer but the taste just doesn't do it for me. I can't keep interested in this one.

This is a very average belgian pale ale. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright straw-yellow in color with a slight haze to it. Pours with a huge 3 finger foamey, very white head that quickly drops, eventually leaving not much more than a surface coating.

S: Sweet and sour. Orange peel, banana, funky fruit esters.

T: Extremely sweet on the first sip, but the heavy sweetness fades as I drink the beer. Light malts. Wheatey. Flavors of banana and clove spice. Quick malty finish. Very little hop presence.

M: Light in body. Relatively heavy in carbonation. Clean and crisp though that banana flavor rounds out this beer.

D: Relatively light. A good summer beer. Easy to drink, but this beer lacks a good reason to drink it as there are far better on the market. There is nothing characteristic in flavor or aroma. Maybe it would pair better with a light meal.

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

Poured into La Chouffe Tulip

Pours a massive 3 finger fairly straight white head. Head fades away after a few minutes to 1/4 finger. No lace. Color is slightly hazy, but mainly clear light golden orange.

Aroma: a lot like a Belgian Pale Ale should smell like. Spices, orange peel, cloves, some bananas. Reminds me of a more complex hefeweizen, not to heavy though.

Taste: A lot of spices going on here. Orange peel is the dominate here. Cloves and bananas also recognizable. Definitely has the Belgian yeast to it.

Mouthfeel:Very, very crisp. Medium bodied. Very high carbonation. Leaves a clean aftertaste with notes of spices.

Overall, this is an OK beer. Not one of NG's finest, but still decent. Too much carbonation for me. I could drink more, but I would choose to switch it up instead.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass.

Appearance is golden, light-bodied. Poured with a good 1 finger head, but has since settled down. Though, there is some good carbonation continuing as the beer sits and settle down a bit.

Smell is pretty wheaty, malty, sweet. Getting some notes of apples, apricots, honey...

Tastes pretty good...a light wheat beer. The style here says, Belgian Pale Ale...I suppose I could categorize it as that. What it tastes like to me is a German wheat with a hint of Belgian candy sugar in the background. Not much hops, if any here.

Mouthfeel is fairly effervescent. It's light, and pops on the tongue. It is quite refreshing here on this hot summer day in Ohio...

Overall, this is a good beer. I have been excite to drink some New Glarus, as it's available nowhere outside of Wisconsin...I picked up a few other styles while I was up there, and am looking forward to trying them. Mostly, it's a good beer...drinkable, but nothing over the top or super exciting here.

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

pours a golden yellow color like that of a pils color although unlike a pils this one is hazy with a nice fluffy cloud like head that does dissipate to a very nice looking fresh ring til the end the smell is typical belgium it has the clove the spice the yeast and the know this ale will be good...yup its great it hits you with some nice yeast and clove with some apples and melons and cinnamon tastes nothing overpowering just very tasty..the mouth feel is smooth and velvety, creamy and delicious...if you like belgiums you'll love this one cause its so easy drinking..NG always puts out great brew styles in their categories they never disappoint... recommended for sure

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color. The head is a solid half inch of foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is bubblegum, hints of anise, and light notes of other spices. The taste is of Belgian malt, bubblegum, anise, and spices. There is a lot of complexity here in both the taste and aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very nice Brabant stlye ale. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of hodgsongreg
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I made a beer run to WI on a Sunday seeking out this beer. I've heard from dozens of people the exact same thing, "I love this beer." I asked the clerk at Hudson Liquors what he thought, he said "I love this beer." Solid and consistent endorsements all around.

Poured into an iced glass, drank slowly to taste the flavors change as it warms. Slow, standard pour down the side of the glass...HOLY HEAD!!! It foamed up like a 5th grade volcano science project. Waiting for the head to recede. 2 minutes, half the head...I think this qualifies as decent head retention and is something I did not expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. Stone Soup has a nice cloudy honey color. It smells malty and yeasty and a has a sweet and spicy witbier flavor to the taste buds of this amateur observer. Light carbonation and mouthfeel.

Like all of the New Glarus beers that I've had, this is a good beer, but the flavors are a little more subtle than what I like, which leaves me wanting.

I like this beer, but do not love it. Meh, you can only be so happy.

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

Pours a cloudy, golden/yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong yeast, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness, hops, banana, clove, and sweet malt. Overall, a good blend, smooth, and slightly watery in body.

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

12 oz. bottle into a tulip

Pours a semi hazy golden color with a three quarter inch white head. Retains well as a cap and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma has some sweet sugar going on, fruity esters, a bit of bubble gum, and some spiciness in the back

Taste is somewhat sweet up front with some fruitiness again. Slightl bready malt before some bubble gum and spiciness in the back.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, pretty high carbonation but it's really smooth and creamy feeling.

Pretty good stuff, but I would take most all of their other beers over it. The taste just seems kind of funky to me. Not a bad offering though.

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Photo of iamatotalbum
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

German hops, Belgian yeast and English Malt combine to form a single beer with optimal traits from Europe's best ingredients. Although some might classify this as a "summer beer," I think its versatile qualities make it a refreshing brew for any season or occasion. Highly underrated based on the reviews I have read.

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

Another received from GbvDave, Thanks Dave! Reviewed from notes.

The cloudy golden yellow liquid in my tulip has an effervescent quality to it, some nice bubble action going on here. An appealing skim of head sticking around for the whole time is another positive. Hefe, hay and horse-shit on the nose...wait... NO on the horse-shit, I got carried away with the H's. But there is some yeast aroma, which is to be expected. Dominant wheat in the taste, some Euro hops and a nice stable malt foundation. Super clean finish, but so clean could be a little dry. I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of wheat beers but New Glarus is changing that for me. They make some damned fine wheat products, as this is a quite drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

Pours a hazy straw yellow with some orange in there and a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is of clove, yeast, pepper, and citrus hop bitterness.

The taste has clove and banana up front with some lemon citrus and light notes of pepper and other spices. Fairly light flavoured overall.

Light bodied with medium carbonation, it finishes slightly tart from the lemon and slightly spicy. Head retention and lacing are not impressive.

Drinkability? It's ok as I'll have no problem finishing the 12oz bottle but it isn't something I'd turn to every day if it was available locally as it's kind of muted when it comes to taste.

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

Cloudy golden, good initial head, fades to just a ring.

I pick up mostly apples and clove in the smell.

Tastes of light fruits (apples, oranges) and spices (clove, ginger?). Sort of turns watery towards the end.

Mouthfeel bubbly.

This was decent, but is lacking the little something extra. New Glarus makes some great brews, but this one was just average for me.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GbVDave for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack Goblet. Stone Soups pours a super hazy, soft golden with a 2 inch white head that slowly melts into just just a bit of a lilly pad, sitting in the middle of the glass. A sharp carbonation makes sure that the lily pad never goes away. Only a subtle lacing occurs. The aroma is odd. Sharp notes of clove, bubblegum, and lemon zest come through. The nose is more reminiscent of a witbier then a Belgian pale ale. No hops are present in the nose. The flavor is much the same with clove, ginger, a bit of pepper, and lemon zest. As it warms sweet Belgian candy sugar comes through along with a lemon flare that cuts the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp carbonation. This is a good beer, easily drinkable, but just a bit odd for a Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden-yellow w/thick white head, great retention, and some tracing.

S-Clove and pale malt dominate w/hint of ginger, bubblegum, grassy noble hops, and light fruit esters.

T-Spicy upfront w/clove, midway the malt emerges and brings some light sweetness, and at the finish the hops blend w/nectarine and some Belgian yeast character...aftertaste is of grassy hops and a bit of gunpowdery sweetness. Overall flavor is quite pleasant.

M-Very highly carbonated, decent balance, lighter-bodied.

D-Probably one of my favorite offerings so far from New Glarus...doesn't hurt that I like the style. It's highly drinkable, refreshing, and plain good.

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Photo of Opethsprite
2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes...
Pours a golden straw with light, voluminous head--slow to dissolve. Carbonation evident. As noted on the bottle, you get ginger and cloves on the nose, but also with a grassy yeastiness, bitter orange peel, and alcohol. There is a hint of the macro sweetness there...oh dear... You can definitely taste the ginger, a tad of the bitter orange peel, and then it goes sweet, caramel and malts. The macro element was pushed at times, as was the bitterness, in my opinion. Nicely balanced mouthfeel, perhaps a tad too much carbonation for my taste. All in all, a decent beer. More of an "interesting" than a "solid" choice, though.

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Photo of bashiba
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy white with a thick white head, nice retention and moderate lacing.

The smell is bubble gum sweet with banana, pineapple, and mango.

Has a light bubble gum flavor with just a hint of a wheaty base and some light tropical fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel is long and dry.

Easy to drink, but a bit on the sweet side, a lighter belgian pale.

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

Pours a haxy , unfiltered color of apple juice with an inch of medium bodied bleached head.
Smells very yeasty with some fantastic clove/spice notes.
Taste has some great hard cirtus notes with some yeast and maybe some spice/cinamon/clove.
Finish is crisp with some yeasty/spice flavor after.
Highly drinkable, the spice notes are very smooth.

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

I had this one on tap at the Glarner Stube in New Glarus on 5/10/2009 (while on a beer trip with BA roadhouse).

A= This ale poured a very clear pale golden color with a 1/2" white head. The head dropped slowly and left some sticky lace down my glass.

S= Very malty sweet and fruity on the nose. No hops to speak of really, but the bubblegum phenolics and malt played well together.

T= Nice bistuity sweet malt up front followed quickly by a complex little run of estery goodness. Fruit notes of peach, orange, lemon, and bubblegum lead into a faint medicinal yeast note. Finish was dry and malty.

MF= Medium bodied with a nice crispness to the feel.

D= A sessionable Belgian ale if there ever was one. I really liked this one a lot and will seek out more once my supply is gone. It paired exceptionally well with the cheese fondue at the Glarner Stube.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a golden yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate retention.

aroma is of pale malts and a lightly fruity quality. the brew has a clean quality overall with notes of faint apple and pear. a flutter of grassy hops hangs around in the back; a typical abbey ale in profile.

taste is somewhat bland, with no one quality standing out. mixed together are pale malts, light spices and a touch of bready yeast. not bad overall, but the brew seems to be confused as to that it is trying to be.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a touch of tartness in texture. finishes mildly clean with a bit of residual breadyness.

drinkability is decent. the brew is non-descript. there are no real defining qualities to call its own. a sub par abbey ale.

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