Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 293 | Ratings: 579
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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Photo of snaotheus
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shipped to the West coast from the East coast, poured into a pint glass

Pours a bright yellow color with a little orange tinge at its core, small fine head with little visible carbonation, noticeably cloudy but not opaque. Smell is strong, bananas and cloves, yeast.

Taste is kind of boring. There's a little banana, very little of the clove comes out, mostly it's a lagery yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, a little flat. Drinkable, but not exceptional beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Standard pour yields an overflowing 2 finger white, frothy head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, pale yellow. Lacing is very spotty with little cling.

S: Nose is very subtle vomit and lemon with a sprinke of Belgian yeast and spice. Cloves and cane sugar are also present. Aromatic and pretty style appropriate.

T: Opens clove, lemon rind, citrus. Very sweet with a cane sugar backbone. Belgian yeast and spices keep things interesting moving from the back to the forefront. Bit soapy and estery towards the middle... taste is like those soap candies wrapped in shiny purple paper I used to eat as a kid... finish is spicy with a filmy, sugary aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth. Abrasive and coarse going down. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Having recently had RR Redemption, this one just doesn't compare. Not bad though... solid in every aspect of the word. Flavor just comes across as a little too sweet and unbalanced with spices that don't quite work together. Still, I'd reach for this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Brickhouse.

Another entry in the pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises clove, pepper, wheat, lemon zest, and coriander. The taste launches on a heavy banana and clove jag, coming down later with some pepper and cardamom. It may be pretty simplistic, but it is definitely effective. The body is a heavy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a prickly fluid feel. Overall, a very nice BPA, easily drinkable and readily enjoyable.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright yellow-gold with a huge head that dissipates to lingering foam over the course of a few minutes. Some frothiness and lacing persists.

The smell is the whole Belgian yeast thing - winter spices with bananas and some sweetness.

The taste is similar to the smell but the sweetness isn't as pronounced and what there is is held at bay by some pleasant tartness. The taste isn't aggressive but it's also not meek - pretty much a perfect taste for a beer that can be enjoyed with a meal or by itself. Reminds me of a less forceful tripel.

The feel is a bit too watery for me, though the higher than normal carbonation helps some in this regard.

As for drinkability, all day if I took it slow enough. Just a wonderfully comfortable beer that I could have with virtually any meal.

I first had this beer a year before I really got into beer and I wish I had followed up on it then. This is comfort food in a bottle.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a recent trade with gungorr...

A slightly hazy light golden appearance topped by a small thin head in the Orval goblet... Pretty decent...

Very striking and pungent aromas of Belgian yeast and spiciness along with the usual banana and clove notes... Lot going on in the nose of this one.. Lots of Christmas spices seemingly and really smells nice...

Crisp and clean, Stone Soup is a pretty good example of a lighter Belgian ale...spiciness is prevalent here and complements the yeast and floral hops present...finishes dry...

A pretty good little beer here... This would have been better with a meal as I'm not sure I could drink these all night...

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Photo of brewdub17
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden body with traces of an almost beige hue. Head is thin and little to no lacing.

Smell: Fruity, banana notes are hidden behind a dry, carbonation smell similar to a club soda.

Taste: A great deal of sweetness is noted, most of which is a combination of malty flavors and the spices implemented in the brew. The most noticeable trait upon tasting is the abundant carbonation or dryness of malts.

Mouthfeel: As stated before, there is a great deal of a carbonated feel to the brew. A very bubbly brew and holds a mediocre mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Doesn't seem like something I would pick up too often but has a few qualities that are appealing.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Levifunk 

Pours a bright golden yellow, white head good lacing.  Smell some banana, yeast.  Tastes are some yeast, light banana a hint of apple at the finish.  Good amount of carb. The drinkability is out of this world, what a great beer especially for a regular in their lineup. New Glarus impresses me every time.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LeviFunk for this brew!

A: Pours a very hazy straw color. Not any head to speak of, small but steady amount of carbonation
S: semi-funky, little bit of banana, and yeasty malt nose
T: Standard Belgian earthy, spicy sweetness, and a dry malt right up front. Definite follow through with banana, and a hint of grassy hops to finish it off
M: Light and not much too it, but that isn't bad
D: modestly high

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Photo of ericj551
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone soup pours a hazy light gold with a nice foamy head that lingers in a fine layer. The aroma is fruity, with tons of esters and phenolic character. The beer is light, dry malt with more tart, yeasty character, and a dry, phenolic finish. There are tons of flavors going on in this beer, almost too much for its strength, but interesting overall.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a respectable head that leaves the occasional shard of lace

Smell: The Belgian yeast aroma pops right out of the bottle, with hints of cracker malt and grassy hops

Taste: Opens with the cracker malt and, after a few seconds, moves in the direction of a hefe (banana and clove) and a BPA (fruity yeast) at the same time; also, the grassy hops join the fray to add another angle; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols and the banana blend together nicely, while the hops fade to the back

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly an intriguing beer but, ultimately, not one that I would seek out again; the flavors each go in their own direction but never converge to provide a triumph

Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity

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Photo of wschmit
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had to wait a bit for the abundant head to simmer down a bit before completing the pour.

A: Tan, golden, hazy. Head is thin and white, and dissipates rapidly.

S: The nose was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle. Ripe banana, perhaps a bit of hops. No spicing, but an apparent, yeasty sweetness on the nose.

T: Nice malt characteristic. The Belgian yeast is beautiful, and spot-on for style. A little sweet, but not as sweet as the nose might indicate. Very little bittering hops--a bit of earthiness, if anything. Simple and balanced.

M: The haze would indicate a good chew--it's there. Despite the voluminous head, it's a bit thin.

D: High. An interesting hybrid of ingredients to create a classic style, it's not too busy. It will turn off those who abhor banana beers, but overall it adheres to style, and is thought-provoking without being overly clever.

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