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Raspberry Tart | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by xlperro on 04-21-2002

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Reviews: 919 | Ratings: 3,672
Photo of VetsPackage
3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber ruby red, no hiding the fact they loaded fruit into this. Nose is a bit offputting, musty funk with a little raspberry but something seems off. Taste is thick, syrupy raspberry that is both overly sweet and artificial in nature. No real sourness for something with "tart" in the name. Very jammy but the sweetness surpasses cloying and takes away from what little I enjoyed about this one. Not as impressed as other reviews had lead me to believe I would be.
Side note: the wax on these bottles are terrible. Thin, sticky, and doesn't even make a seal totally defeating the purpose.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a tall, tan head. The nose leaves the assumption of a slight sour, but this is super fruity! Awesome fruit presence with a super raspberry jam taste. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic fruit beer, if not one of the ugliest beers I've laid my eyes on. I really have to swallow hard before taking a sip because it looks disgusting. The taste comes through and makes it all worth it. Very sweet, but a perfect amount of lip puckering light tartness to cut through and avoid cloying levels. Delightful summery fruit beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, I don't understand the rave reviews for this beer. The aroma lends a bit of funk and complexity but, as a whole, it drinks like an intensely sweet Framboise, even by St. Louis and Lindeman's standards. Syrupy mouthfeel that gets worse as it warms. Only recommended for those who like things on the border of sickly sweet. Luckily, I can stand it, since I like sweet stuff.

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle.

Appearance - Dark burgundy .

Smell - Raspberry Jam. Holy shit! Incredible!

Taste - Like fresh raspberry preserve. Very sweet. Slight tartness. Super delicious. Seriously mid blowing!!

Feel - Perfect carbonation. Low attenuation. Thick and chewy. WOW!!!

Overall - One of the very best beer I've ever had. Highly recommended!

Grade (A+)

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Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every time I am about to try a new beer from New Glarus I think that there is no chance I will like it as much as the last one, but once again I am proven wrong. Of all the tart fruit beers I have tried from New Glarus, this one, at least as of now, is my absolute favorite. New Glarus somehow manages to find that perfect medium between being sweet, but not too sweet and tart, but not lip puckering tart. These beers are seriously good enough to move to Wisconsin for. :-)

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really try not to give beers such a terrible rating but this one if worth losing every point. Way to overly sweet and syrupy and the flavor was just too artificial for me. Would not drink this beer again if I was in the sahara and stuck in head deep sand.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

My second favorite of the tart beers. This one pours a reddish pink color. Aroma is all fruit berries. Taste is pretty much raspberry juice. Some tartness, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml. Deep deep red in a color with a hint of brown; head is ruddy. Smell is raspberry and vanilla, like a raspberry creamsicle. The taste is probably too much like juice or some kind of juice cocktail. Very thirst quenching. Makes me take gulps unlike with other beer. Feel is definitely sticky sweet, but the taste is quite faithfully retained throughout the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of Sails_Ambassador
1/5  rDev -77%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't know whether to laugh or cry...... Living in WA I have access to de grade and cascade, I'm sorry this beer is a disgrace, not fresh fruit but fruit extract? This is the most disgusting fruit beer I have ever had, this made cough syrup taste good. How Todd and Jasom gave it a 100.... I wish I got paid that money......

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml wax top bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep purple color with a small fizzy white head that eventually dissipates completely to leave nothing behind

S- smells of raspberry puree, raspberry cobbler, simmered cranberries & vanilla. Pure raspberry all around

T- raspberry cobbler flavor follows the nose with some notes of sweet raspberry jam, there's a slight grainy background before finishes with a hint of tartness, but overall just raspberry throughout

M- medium-thick body with medium spritz carbonation leads to a bubble mouthfeel and a syrupy sweet finish

O- a wonderful showcase of raspberry that is sweet, but not cloying and leaves you wanting more

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Photo of Laxadaisical
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Before you even pour this beer, the aroma explodes out of the bottle, filling the room with the scent of freshly picked raspberries and sweet raspberry jam. As you pour it, the slightly murky ruby red liquid produces a wonderful pink head. The aroma just continues to burst with juicy raspberry, raspberry jam, and a slight wheat body behind it. The flavor is equally mind-blowing, with a perfect mixture of sweet, jammy raspberry and tart, fresh raspberry character. The body is medium full but the carbonation is medium high, leaving your mouth coated in wonderful raspberry flavor long after your last sip. If you like real, fresh, sweet/tart raspberry flavor, then you will be hard-pressed to find a better beer than this.

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Photo of richj1970
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Reddish brown with two finger creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Ripe red raspberries, tart lemons, and a touch of honey.

T: Tons of ripe raspberry flavor explodes in your mouth. True to fruit flavor. Not too tart and not too sweet.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish has a nice balance between sweet and tart. A little bit of effervescence that gives a champagne like feel to it.

O: Another fantastic fruit beer from NG. Very well done indeed.

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Photo of Beer_Line
2.36/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Did not enjoy. A very syrup'y like liquid. The sweetness is ridiculous. No beer present it feels like, just artificial raspberry syrup taste. I guess if that is what you are looking for, get one of these. But I like beer, not fruit syrup like beverages. THIS is not sour in any way. Just throwing that out there, to all you sour fans, its not a sour, so don't address it as so.

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Photo of TH28
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Appearance: Deep burgundy and clear, with a moderate pink/brown foam head. Aroma: Fresh raspberries and blackberries. No noticeable malt or hop aromas. Taste: Sweet raspberry up front, giving way to a sharp, tart, acidic bite. A slight malt breadiness is there after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation that accentuates the tartness of the beer. Finish: Lingering tart raspberry/blackberry with a hint of bready malt. Overall: World class fruit beer. Perfect balance of fresh berry aromas, and contrasting sweet/tart berry flavors. Well carbonated to accentuate the tartness. Great dessert beer

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle. Cap and neck dipped in red wax.
Reviewed on June 13th, 2015
Served in a Pilsner flute

Poured a bubbly cherry wood body. Very pretty deep red glow. A white head with the slightest hue of pink towered right off of the pour, well over two fingers deep. The head quickly collapsed and left a sparse amount of lacing.

Rich aroma of raspberries. Very reminiscent to the aroma of a fresh jar of raspberry preserves. Very subtle notes of sweet oak lingered in the background.

Overwhelming hit of banana.
I jest.
Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries. Very fresh. Good amount of sweetness up front, almost too much, but the tartness kicked in before things became too overwhelmingly sweet. Faint hit of grain, but this one is all about the raspberries. High carbonation, nearing champagne consistency. Medium/light bodied.

This one really lives up to the hype. Whether it's beer or not is certainly debatable but whatever you want to call it, I'm sold.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is overly sweet with almost the taste of raspberry extract. After swallowing you get almost a acidic burn from the sourness that is completely masked with so much sugar and raspberry syrup/extract taste. I dumped this beer out. To each his own.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous, clear, deep ruby color with a 1 finger creamy, yet fluffy pink-tan head. Smell just bursts our of the glass with a huge fresh raspberry bouquet. Wow, it's juicy, it's leafy (I swear I can smell the raspberry leaves/bush), it's slightly earthy with just the faintest touch of woodiness. Taste follows with strong intensity. FRESH raspberry juice, chalky skin and all. Nice notes of apple, a touch of sour pear, and a bit of white grape, and a green leafiness. Wow, so complex. Has a beautifully soft, yet prickly mouth feel that finishes dry, but leaves you with a puckering finish that morphs to sweet at the very end, leaving you coming back for more and more. This 750 doesn't stand a chance. Amazing beer.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty, just tart enough, and tastes very fresh. The yeast adds complexity, but this is a very strong tasting Raspberry beer and one that is much sweeter than a Founder's raspberry beer. An excellent choice as a dessert beer. If it were available in my area, I'd be seeking it out regularly.

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Photo of Beric
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into champagne flute
Served: 28 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a pinkish ruby color, clear, with a soapy white head that diminishes quite quickly. Big carbonation coming up from the bottom. Does not look syrupy.

Smell: Big notes of tart raspberry, not like raspberry jam. You can almost smell the plant, not just the berries. Really inviting nose.

Taste: Wow. If you've only every had Lindemann's, you need to try this. Incredible notes of fresh, fresh raspberry with a pleasantly tart finish on the back of the tongue and without any weird malt graininess like some of the cheap Belgian lambics. Incredibly smooth and pure flavor. Tastes like raspberries of course, but that pure finish is world class.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent. Almost fleeting. Very much like champagne.

Overall: A marvelous beer from one of the best brewers in the country. Absolutely top notch.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from a friend (might have been cellared):
Pours a murky reddish-brown with a reddish-tan head that grows nicely, but recedes in time.
Nose of raspberries hit you as soon as the beer top seal is broken. The smell is lightly sweet in nature.

The taste follows the nose, with a sweet raspberry puree taste being the main taste. In fact, I really get little else. The raspberry taste is quite enjoyable, but I keep searching to find something more. As the beer warms, the sweetness lessens, and some berry tartness comes out. I think I might detect a hint of spice and/or lemon, but it comes with the sensation of the wonderful level of carbonation, so it is the feel that I may be interpreting as a bite.

The feel is incredibly smooth, with a very nice level of carbonation that begins the beer before fading into the smooth, almost creamy sensation for the rest of the drink.

I had been anticipating New Glarus beers after seeing how they are regarded on this site. This is a good beer, for certain, but I think I also expected a higher level of tartness or even sour (thought I don't know way).

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Photo of swanfungus
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I almost feel like this one needs to be laid down for a few months, the fruitiness was so powerful. It was incredibly delicious, though...so I'll probably end up drinking it sooner rather than later.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

They actually have Raspberry Tart at the gas station right down the road now...sounds like trouble. I poured this from the fridge into a stemless wine glass.

L: Pours a cherry juice/cola color with an inch of pink-tinged off-white head that dissipates after a little while and leaves just a bit of cling on the glass. Some moderate carbonation visible.

S: Heavenly. It's actually a bit incredible how much fruit flavor comes out in the bouquet. Cherry and raspberry are the predominant notes, but there's also some fig and plum in there, as well.

T: Big fruit all the way. Cherry, raspberry, plum/prune, and just a hint of grape are there at the start and the finish, only changing tone and melding beautifully as the taste progresses. The middle and back allow a bit of the malts to show their character. Despite the name--and it certainly does have some beautiful tartness from the raspberries--this one is decidedly sweet. In a very good way.

F: As the name suggests, this one gets you on the ol' tart receptors. But it's also quite smooth, well-balanced, and expertly carbonated. It goes down so nice, you'll swear that you just drank 8 oz, instead of the whole 750 ml.

O: I'm a huge fan of what New Glarus does with fruit in its beers. They really are expert craftsmen, and they continue to deliver new and intriguing brews. This was actually the first fruit beer of theirs I tried, and I still marvel at how good it is. This one is well-worth seeking out.

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Photo of cvm4
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours a deep raspberry color with a one finger eggshell head with a bit of tan to it. Very opaque body. Decent retention and no lacing.

S - So much tart raspberry and then when you think it moves on, there is more raspberries. Some sweetness on the nose and faint oak.

T - Tart at first and then the flood gates of sweet raspberries are opened and ends with a medium tartness. The sweetness is rich and from time to time come off as cloying.

F - Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. The raspberries really coat your mouth and let you taste it long as the beer has been swallowed.

O - This beer is so raspberry forward. Very delicious, if a bit too sweet at times.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sent from Wisconsin by a friend. Poured into a champagne flute from a 750 ml. From notes of 3/20.

Color is hazy red, purple color with a pinkish white head that has good retention. Smell is most definitely raspberry, followed by more raspberry. If I concentrate, I can pick up some oak notes. Taste is initially tart, but quickly overwhelmed by the raspberry flavors and a lot of sweetness. Almost tastes like a raspberry soda, with really bright fruit flavor. Body is light/medium with a lot of carbonation. Overall, it's a really good and enjoyable drink, just a bit on the sweet side for me.

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