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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,216
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,116
Gots: 688 | FT: 77
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002

Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.
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Photo of sisuspeed
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for sending out an awesome New Glarus package!

Pours a beautiful raspberry red, clear dark magenta, with a thin white head that mostly disappears. Nice color on this one.

The aroma is filled with fresh crushed raspberry juice, light floral hops and some sweet malts. The nose is mostly dominated by raspberries, leaving it kind of one-dimensional, but still good.

The flavor is juicy, slightly tart, raspberries all the way. Mixed with sweet, bready, biscuity malts. A touch of earthy herbal notes and faint hints of dark chocolate. This is one tasty fruit beer.

Smooth, creamy body with good carbonation. Sweet, yet some tartness makes its way in. Feels good all the way through from sip to swallow.

This is a very drinkable beer. I'm usually not much for straight up, non-sour, fruit beers, but this one is quite good and at only 4% ABV I can enjoy it all afternoon. The sweetness may cut down on the drinkability eventually, but that's really the only knock against this beer. I'd have to say that I like this even more than the Belgian Red. Nice work on the fruit beers New Glarus.

Photo of gibby
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4 bottles courtesy of younger35, so glad he is my WI mule!!
Poured into an oversized wine glass while watching top chef last night. Great red color with a pinkish head and no visible lace. The raspberry smell hits you right away and its fantastic. Taste is somewhat sweet and tart but not too much of either. Great mouthfeel with a nice carbonation. Drinkability is off the charts. I can't keep this stuff around for more than a few weeks when I get it, I just love it and really enjoy drinking it. Very refreshing, besides sweetwater blue, it's the best fruit beer I have ever tasted.

Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Slaintemehor animal call tastefest 7.23.2010.

Light berry red clear body, minimal visible carbonation, little head to speak of and very little lacing. The nose is an indicator of things to come, nice raspberry notes with some vanilla (). Taste is, IMHO, superb, a nice sweet, tart raspberry feel, not overwhelmingly tart or sweet, some floral hops, great balance. Mouthfeel is light and very refreshing. I could drink this all night long. A very special beer to be shared with friends at special occasions. My favorite fruit beer, hands down. I am seriously thinking about a trip to Wisconsin, though perhaps Oregon should hold them hostage re send us the beer and we'll send you are berries:) Absolutely superb, highly recommended.

Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with brownish hues. Clear. Pours with a big fizzy head that quickly recedes to absolutely nothing. No lacing.

S: Raspberries. Red wine vinegar. Cherries. And a candy sugariness.

T: First taste is of intense raspberry followed by an equally intense acidic bite or tartness to the side of the tongue. Fades to a pleasant fruity sweetness that lingers for a bit.

M: Lighter bodied with low carbonation. Tart.

D: Tastes good. Very user friendly with a strong fruity flavor. Fruity sweet, with low alcohol. On a certain level, it's hard not to like this beer, but at the same time it's not overly satisfying as a "beer." This one is great if you are into fruity beers. It's overwhelming if you're not.

Photo of kbeals
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this one from JimboHD2005 a little while back.

Review #200!

A- Pours a reddish brown color, a bit murky. A finger of fizzy off-white head rises and drops quickly leaving a bit of lacing throughout the session. Large, effervescent bubbles rise dramatically to the top putting on a bit of a show.

S- Raspberries with a bit of sugar. A bit earthy also, perhaps from the addition of hops?

T- Raspberries, raspberries, and more raspberries. Pretty much what I expected, but this beer doesn't have that gross, artificial fruit flavor, this tastes like real raspberries. I'm always a little skeptical when it comes to Fruit beers, but this one definitely pulls through.

M- Thin, light bodied with lots of carbonation.

D- One fo the most drinkable beers out there IMO. Low ABV with a good taste to it makes it an easy quaffer and an excellent summer beer. I really enjoyed this one.

Thanks again, Jim!

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hideaway in Chaseburg, WI. Served in a Lindemans flute. This was the scene: Country on the stereo, sitting under a Nascar neon, with some contractor dudes eating lunch at the bar, giving me the stink eye. I luckily survived, and here's a review (from notes).

Crimson brown, pinkish white foam, ok retention.
Some carbonation visible in the glass.

Seedy raspberry aroma, lightly sweet with traces of natural cherry and raspberry juice.

Lightly tart, 2/10 on the sour scale. A clearly defined raspberry flavor, sweet and juicy, very effervescent. Very lightly puckering, but the sweetness comes in and extinguishes any trace of sourness. Nice balance. One is enough to savor.

Photo of theghost3
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rose color with a 1-finger white head. Little retention.

The smell is strong of rasberry and sweet cherries. The taste is sweet--fruits such as rasberry, cherry and berries and surgar. There's also some sourness there in the end from rasberries; slightly medicinal, like fruity cough syrup. Mouthfeel is carbonated, crisp, and between light-bodied and medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer, but you have to like sweet alcohol drinks. This is closer to light wine than a lambic in terms of sweetness. The fruit flavor is nice in that it seems to be closer to natural flavors than artificials or extracts.

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my New Glarus flute. Poured a cherry red color with a thin pink head covering the top of the beer. The head faded away after a minute or so. I really liked the color though.

The aroma has a tart, slightly sour raspberry flavor to it. A little bit of cherry and other fruits come through a bit. Nice aroma, especially for a fruit beer.

The taste has a nice fresh raspberry flavor to it. A tartness really cuts through the sweet fresh fruit flavor. The sweet fruit and the tartness really balance each other nicely. Excellent flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is high. pretty fitting mouthfeel for the style and beer. Drinkability is very good, it's definitely one of the best fruit beers there is. The balance between the fresh fruit and the tartness really make it very drinkable. Excellent beer overall.

Photo of deereless
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Good layer of foam that dropped somewhat slowly to reveal a thin layer of spotty head, deep red to amber in color, a nice smattering of spots along the interior of the glass- 4.50, S: Intense raspberry on the nose, extremely fruity and sweet almost to the extreme, near duplicate to some of the premium framboise lambics, no noticeable hop aromas - 4.50, T: Like the nose there's a ton of raspberry on the palate and as the name indicates it's quite tart, extremely sweet, though my experience in lambics may be limited this is as good as any I've ever had, no discernible hops, the faintest sign of earthiness in the back of the beer, all around a stellar beer - 5.00, M: Mouth feel is quite silky and medium bodied - 4.50, D: An amazing beer, I thought I enjoyed the Belgian Red but Raspberry Tart is possibly a step ahead, I'm not sure if I could see myself buying another Belgian Framboise after this beer in terms of taste and price, try this beer - 5.00

Photo of kunstdrache
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, after years of bootlegging bottles of this from Wisconsin I finally decided after my most recent trip that I need to do justice to this beer and write a review.

Poured into a tulip and enjoyed lakeside on Fairview Lake in NJ. This beer has both great head and appearance which is essentially a shade of maroon reflecting very finely the fact that it is a raspberry based beer.

Smell is just amazing, almost like a basket of fresh ripe raspberries, with a bit of a sweet tart curveball thrown in.

Once you drink it, you can taste the raspberries and a bit of a sweet tarty punch which makes this a lovely beer. In fact- there is a nice balance between the sweetness and tartness which compliments each other very very well. Additionally, you expect some bitter hops or malty barley to pop up and mess up this smooth beer, bit it doesn't come... and that is what sets this beer apart from other fruit beers. It's all about the raspberries. This is a wonderful beer that is the perfect dessert beer or the beer to enjoy on a nice cool summer night by the water.
New Glarus was able to balance this beer so finely without making it a juicy mess or an average beer with raspberry syrup thrown in and for this I congratulate them.

Plus, this is actually the only beer my wife will ever drink- glad I got several bottles.

Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark reddish-purple color with 2 inches of off white head that has a red tint. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour raspberries, cherries, dark fruits, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of raspberry juice, and dark fruits. Some tartness to it, but not too much. Very enjoyable.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a great beer. The only fruit beer I like better is New Glarus' Belgian Red. Smells and tastes great; I feel like I could drink this all day. Looking forward to having this again.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enormous thanks go out to zimmerbloke for hooking me up with this one. Thanks man. This made my day.

Appearance is crystal clear ruby red liquid with a three finger effervescent pink head. It looks great at first but the head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. 4/5

Smell is tart raspberries and little else. It seems the guys at New Glarus nailed what they were going for. It could NOT be better. 5/5

Taste follows the smell. Monstrous big sweet raspberries dominate the flavor. There is simply no way to cram any more berry goodness in here. 5/5

Mouthfeel is spritzy and champagne like. Could be a little less sticky. 4/5

I could drink more of this but it really makes a good aperitif. About half the 750 was a good amount. Conveniently enough, my wife was here to drink the other half. 4/5

I liked this beer a lot and will be trading for more in the future. It is deserving of its top 100 position and should be sought out by anyone looking for something unique.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle given in trade with GoldenJet, thanks for sharing this rare treat.

A- Pours a bright ruby color with 1 finger of light pink/off white head and little to no lacing.

S- RASPBERRIES... Just basically raspberry juice that gets your mouth watering, slight sugar smell, nice light oakiness.

T- RASPBERRIES... WOW, just awesome fresh raspberry taste sweet with a nice sour acidic finish. Really liking this beer...

M- Light body, loads of carbonation, light and refreshing, not too sweet and not overly sour very nice mouthfeel.

D- Just very easy to drink and would drink more if I had some... Do yourself a favor and get a bottle of this beer, you won't be dissapointed.

Photo of semibaked
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my DFH Signature Class.

A - Pours pretty thin and a dark ruby with about an inch of light pink head and has a ton of carbonation in the body.

S - Just pure raspberries, smells amazingly fresh. It also has a bit of sugar and some floral notes.

T - Man the taste of raspberries in this is just outrageous. Great fresh raspberry tartness and I am loving every drop of it.

M - Very light body, super super carbonated, and a slight slickness.

D - Ya this stuff is awesome, If you find it BUY IT!. New Glarus just makes amazing beers and this is probably my favorite so far. Great Stuff!

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another New Glarus beer that doesn't disappoint. The Raspberry Tart pours with a nice dark red tint and has little head that lingers. The smell is definitely raspberry, much like you may expect. The taste is also obviously raspberry, but is just slightly sour, nothing too outrageous though. The drinkability is very high on this beer. This beer doesn't really seem like a beer, but I highly recommend it.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:
Pours a burgundy/red color with a thin head, quite nice looking.

Aroma is sweet raspberry, some tartness and a very slight malt presence.

Taste starts sweet with raspberry and a light malt taste. Transitions into a tartness with raspberry and that sour mash taste. Finish is tart malt and light lingering fruit flavor.

I very much enjoyed this beer though it is a bit sweet for my taste.

Photo of Risser09
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a wine tulip - fridge - not sure what datem probably 2009

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a raspberry hue on the edges. A slight head builds to about 1 inch and dissapates quickly. It is off white in color. No lacing is left behind on the glass.

Smell: Sour raspberries, wheat, residual sugar and other floral tones. Pretty much likens itself to raspberry preserves.

Taste: Tons of raspberry flavor, rea, authentic raspberry that tastes just like preserves. It is sweetm a little tart and very refreshing. Excellent flavor and refreshment.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body and lots of sugar. Full raspberry flavor. Not too much alcohol or other interruptions from the berry goodness.

Drinkability: This is a perfect dessert beer or just a rare occasion refresher. I wish I had more access to these. I will certainly seek out and try it again.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruby red, slight haze, with two fingers of mauve head that soon dissipates to a scant fog.

Smell -- Red raspberries, pure and simple.

Taste -- the flavor of raspberries is even bolder than in the nose. Sweet and tart matched very well. Finish is tart, with a lingering fresh raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, slick, a bit syrupy with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- I knew this was going to be good, but not this good! Rich, deep raspberry flavor on every inch of the tongue. It's so intense and flavorful that it may be daunting to finish a bottle, but it's hard to hold that against it. For those who don't think they care for 'fruit beers,' this will change your mind.

Photo of jgasparine
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Les White for sharing this tasty brew!

A- Poured from the bottle with a diffuse white head over a red-tinged dark amber. No carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of fresh fruity raspberries and a faint lactic tartness. Simple yet elegant.

T- Sweet up front... tart and dry on the finish with the wonderful flavor of fresh raspberries. Somewhere between Lindemans and a traditional Fruit Lambic. Perfect flavor profile for a hot summer afternoon.

M- Medium body with a little syrupy visocicy... And an abundant moderately soft carbonation.

D- Super drinkable... quaffable... and sessionable! Wonderful warm-weather beer for mixed company!

Photo of samie85
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/18/10.

A-Pours a deep, reddish grape juice color with a crisp, white, tightly bubbled head.

S-Tart, raspberry with some grain and light malt notes.

T-Tart, ripe and delicious acidic raspberry and finishes with slightly acidic, almost sour, dry character.

M-Really well carbonated, slightly slick, and on the light side of medium bodied.

D-Another wonderful fruit beer from New Glarus. As always, not cloying, just the balance of sweet and tart. Way too easy to polish off a bottle of this.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle of Wisconsin framboise, something like $7.99 a few months ago outside of Madison. According to the label the Raspberries are from Oregon, fermented spontaneously in large oak vats. Wisonsin wheat and year-old Hallertau hops are added to round out the flavor.

The beer is a dark and clear ruby color with a light pink foam. The aroma is sweet and fruity, lots of fresh raspberry. It tastes like raspberry soda, just a little tartness to offset the sweetness, no real bitterness. Light bodied and delicious, the bottle emptied quickly. Worth its ratings.

Photo of beertunes
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Poured a clean, clear red with over an inch of reddish-tan head that took over a minute to settle out and left no lacing.

The aroma is a very pleasant, sharp, tart raspberry scent with just a hint of grain in the background. The flavors are also very sharp and focused with crisp raspberry flavors. I live in the county that produces over 30% of the USA's raspberry crop and this beer smells just like harvest time out in the county.

The body is light, crisp, clean and sharp with a dry finish. Drinkability will depend on your taste for raspberries and sweetness, but I found this beer to have a great balance between the sweet and tart.

Overall, a great beer that I enjoyed a lot and will try to get more of for our short summer here in the Fourth Corner.

Photo of seh410
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Props to Blake (kickinthechalice) for sending me this bottle! Great trader and excellent beers sent, this is my first taste of the package that I received, oh... 2 hours ago.

Appearance: Beautiful garnet color with a pale pink head. The head is pretty minimal, though on the second pour, I poured a lot harder and got about a finger's worth. The head dissipates quickly my there is some lacing

Aroma: Deep raspberry aroma with a definite alcohol note when first poured, which I found interesting since it is only 4.0% ABV. It has a winey smell to it, which I guess isn't too surprising. Some malts and oakiness in the background

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow, that raspberry taste is right up front. Feels super creamy in the mouth with a bite of carbonation. The "Tart" part is right on - there is a definite tangy sourness to the beer that hits you on the back side. The wine aroma in the nose is evident in the taste as well. Every sip I take, it taste more and more like raspberry jam. I feel like I can even taste the flavor of the seeds within the jam, it's that right on. I like it.

Drinkability: Not sure what to saw about drinkability - it's a light beer but the heavy raspberry taste and sweetness would get overpowering for me after one glass.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of smokepot23 thanks joe

A: poured a brownish burgundy with a thin head and left good lacing on the glass.

S: lovely bouquet of raspberries salute the nose first with slight vinegar and strawberries and other berries as well. After a couple whiffs I also get a little oakiness.

T: nice raspberry tartness like the label indicates with srawberry jam characteristics oak notes hints of vinegar but has great puckering power.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that has a sweet tart flavor and finish.

D: this has to be one of the best fruit beers I've ever had that is not too sweet, and sourness that balances it out beautifully. Will definitely seek out more of this raspberry bomb.

Photo of Reaper16
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass. Thanks, GbVDave!

Pours a cranberry-looking shade of red. It looks dark in the center of the body but you can see all the way through it. The head jumps out with size - a two fingers of tiny bubbles comprising a mass of light tan/beige foam. The head doesn't retain for any longer than a minute and leaves precious little lacing.

Man, does this smell like raspberries. This beer is not kidding around. Fruit juice everywhere. Past the sweet, slightly tart, berry juice smells you get some very mild spice, more akin to potpourri than anything else. There is some trace wood/syrup thing going on. Like syrup barrels? It is hard to describe accurately; it isn't as sweet as "syrup" would denote but the woodsy quality hints at it.

This is nearly a perfectly balanced beer. You want fruit sweetness? You got it - the sweetness of berry flesh is combined with the sweetness of, like, a syrup that sits between maple and molasses. But this isn't all sweet. The raspberry flavor also has a mild tartness at the front end of the drink; nowhere near lambic-strength but substantial enough to matter. There are some spices used in this beer and they provide a lingering astringency on the swallow and on the aftertaste, providing balance and a rustic feeling.

I am pretty 'meh' on the mouthfeel. At first it is too prickly with carbonation for me to savor the interplay between sweet and spice. As it warms and dies down the feel turns to something too slick to get a handle on. I make it sound terrible and it isn't, just wanting of better characteristics. The low ABV of 4%, along with the general deliciousness make for a very drinkable beer.

This feels very American to me. This beer tastes like November, like Thanksgiving, like an old tradition kept alive.

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Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,216 ratings.