Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Raspberry TartRaspberry Tart

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

893 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

(Read More)
Reviews: 893
Hads: 3,435
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 1,163
Gots: 773 | FT: 94
Brewed by:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Raspberry Tart Alström Bros
Reviews: 893 | Hads: 3,435
Photo of irv2424
3.32/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Similar to Strawberry Rhubarb, I just don't get the hype around this beer. Overly sweet, not much tart and very syrupy. Not my style of beer, just feel like sugar overtook any other flavor. (189 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.04/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint.

Look--A rather dark brownish red...not very appealing...looks nothing like a beer. Frothy white head lasted almost a minute.

Smell--Raspberry syrup.

Taste--Also, raspberry syrup...no hint of malt or hops. A bit tart, but with a subtle touch of sweetness.

Feel--Moderate carbonation, moderate body.

Overall--This lacks any of the beer characteristics of their Apple Ale; this is more like a soda, or a raspberry wine. I am not likely to purchase this again, as it does not remind me of an ale whatsoever. (537 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown-red, light pink coarse head that fizzes out, no lace and only thin islands to serve as reminders that it was ever there. Single weak stream of bubbles. The wax topping on this bottle is gross.

S: Sickly sweet fruit. Cherry and strawberry, sure raspberry could be hidden in there, too.

T: Stop beating around the bush and drink the damn thing! Much better on the tongue, the nose has improved with plenty of red fruit profiles yet only bits of the former sweetness. Weak 'beer' flavors in the background. SO friggin' drinkable, like soda with more wholesome ingredients. Not a manly beer but good God is it refreshing and easy to pour down the hatch.

F: Light bodied, light carbonation. Only reinforces how easy it is to make a bomber disappear. Only drawback is a bit of filminess.

O: I'm almost sorry I gave myself time to appraise this thing. Once you taste it, it's a slippery slope to chugging it. It's not a 'thinking' beer, but in its simplicity there is greatness. (984 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep ruby red with a pink laced healthy head. The moment you open this bottle the raspberry scent wafts across. The taste lives up to the nose here - somehow the tartness does not overpower the sweetness here or vice versa. I get no sour feel here - this is a pure dessert beer. Somehow the mouthfeel and lasting taste here give the sense that you have been drinking a squeezed/pressed bagful of freshly picked raspberries. (437 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While this beer leans toward the sweet side, there's plenty of acidity from the berries to provide a mouth puckering pop. Pours with a creamy khaki colored head that produces lots of wispy lace. Plenty of raspberry aroma with a bit of grain in the background. Tart to start, leading to a sweet, but not cloying middle and finish. Big raspberry flavor predominates. Clean fruit finish with no bitterness. Medium light body and medium carbonation. (445 characters)

Photo of oldmankoch
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Raspberries galore in this beer. Smells of the delectable berry with a touch of toast in the background from the malt. Tastes like raspberry cobbler with an initial rush of berry sweetness that's quickly overcome by slight sour puckering and just when you think the beer is becoming too sweet the malt & hop make their grand beer saving entrance and balances everything out. Finishes slick and wet leaving my palate craving for the next sip. Outstanding from the masters of fruit beers (485 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL waxed bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich red hue with no haze at all; head pours a thick finger of pinkish-ivory foam. It think it's very attractive indeed.

Smell: very lightly tart with a beautiful, enticing raspberry aroma. I can't wait to taste it!

Taste: rich raspberries, a light, smooth tartness, sweet caramel malt underneath and just a wonderful joy to experience. Definitely the best fruit beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a magnificent beer. I would buy it regularly if I lived in Wisconsin. (615 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

To me This tasted much more like a cocktail then a beer. all i really got in the taste was an overly sweet taste that to me was more reminiscent of a raspberry syrup then fresh raspberries. i got no tartness or malt balance whatsoever. (236 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep earthy raspberry red with some hints of amber and no foam to speak of but a rapidly dissipating pink froth.

Raspberry and funk all the way, but a perfect, crisp bouquet of fresh raspberries.

This is a perfectly tart and sweet blend of raspberry and funk, really dig it.

Mouthfeel is champagne-esque with a tart bite that goes well with chessecake.

Overall, a damn fruity beer, but a damn good one. (415 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 750ml bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends.
Thanks to Gotti311 for the bottle!

Poured a rich reddish brown color with a short tannish/pink head. The nose and taste of this beer is fantastic and mouthwatering. There is some toasted malt and bread in there, but the raspberries are truly the star and dominate all aspects of the brew. There is a hint of acid and some mild hop spiciness to counterbalance some of the sweetness. The fruit is the true star and this beer is just dripping overripe, luscious raspberries. (555 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date but likely 2014; poured into their flute-ish pint glass (obtained at the brewery); drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - amber-red coloration; high clarity (can both read and see through); initial frothy, khaki head settles into a subtle glass lacing; small carbonation bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - rasberry, subtle tartness, no hops, no malts, no yeast

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is lithe bitterness; this is immediately overtaken by large rasberry and tart notes; very little alcohol or yeast flavors on the back end but finishes semi-sweet and inviting

M: 4/5 - high carbonation, low-to-moderate body, refreshing carbonation

T: 9/10 - the most tart of the fruit/vegetable NG beers but subtle at best - the raspberries still steal the show; for $9.25/750 mL bottle at the brewery, this is a total steal that is recommends for trade if not in WI

TOTAL - 42/50 (997 characters)

Photo of handcrafty
5/5  rDev +15.5%

This is a treat.. If we're going directly based on the fruit beer category, this one takes one of the top 3 prizes.
Pours a vibrant dark burgundy with a pink/tan cross head.
The smell of fresh raspberries permeates from the bottles as it pours into the glass.
The taste matches the smell scent for sip. Sweet, fresh fruit. Tart, then sweet again.
A low alcohol beer, but one to appreciate because of the pure artisanship that goes into each bottle.
Magnificent. (462 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in a trade recently.

Pours a gorgeous dark red color, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

Smells just outstanding, big bouquet of raspberries, some slight tartness, and just the tiniest bit of oak.

This has to be the most authentic fruit flavor I've ever gotten in a beer. This one is intensely sweet, cut by by a slight, but very welcoming tartness, some oak, etc. I get both raspberries and raspberry juice. With the lower ABV, there is no alcohol feeling whatsoever. It's almost wine-like, and barely feels like beer. No malt flavor that I can detect, just a huge expression of my favorite fruit.

This one is light bodied, with a slightly-higher-than-I'd like amount of carbonation. It's got a fizzy, crisp mouthfeel.

An outstanding achievement here. It's barely beer, but it tastes so good that I don't care. (835 characters)

Photo of Lucular
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you like Founders Rübæus even a little then you will love this beer. Raspberries, raspberries, and more raspberries. Slightly tart - don't expect a sour beer - but not too sweet either. Simply delicious. (208 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
1/5  rDev -76.9%

Ugh! Been really looking forward to trying this and I'm pretty sure I got a dud. When poured into the glass it has a very nice looking head that was very thick. Then after inspecting the beer I didn't notice a jewel like sparkle and my nose detected a very acidulous smell. The brew poured very brown and muted looking in color. After the first sip it was obvious that the beer was off. Lots of vinegar and a very acidic burn down the throat. Barely any berries to speak of and just a huge disappointment. I'd love to try it again, but not for $20.00. (551 characters)

Photo of Jsmick
2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

After reading all of the reviews, I was expecting amazingness. This beer just didn't do it for me. It was so incredibly sweet, and not in a good way.... it burned the back of my throat. There was absolutely nothing to balance out the sweetness either.... this was as sweet as Sunny Delight, and I can't stand Sunny Delight. (326 characters)

Photo of Hesscabob
5/5  rDev +15.5%

A - As the geniuses behind New Glarus states on the glass... Pour in a flute and enjoy the sparkle. I think for New Years instead of popping champagne I'll pop open this beauty. Pink/ Red color with lingering off-white head.
S - Fantastic, fruity, fizzy berry aroma.
M - Perfectly carbonated but does not overwhelm sinuses with bubbles. Oak adds a silky component that is often imitated in framboises, geuzes, flanders, but this brew has it perfected.
T - Liquid perfection, the appearance and smell come through with a sip or a gulp.
O - Usually buy as many as I can when the opportunity presents itself. Also, New Glarus may be the best run business/brewery on their scale... even though they are in the land of Packer nation... everything from their outside area, copper kettles, sanitation. A place for other breweries to learn from for sure. (846 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Look:A beautiful deep ruby red with a thin rose colored head. Lots of legs in this active beer. One of the prettiest beers I've seen.

Smell: An immediate a aggressive fresh berry nose shines over a nice tart fresh framboise body with some wheat barely there and a slight farmhouse funk finish of more fresh berries. Smells fantastic and fresh!

Taste: Bright and fresh framboise hits the tongue then a beautiful refreshing fresh picked raspberry notes sparkle on and coat the palate. Like fresh pie filling with a framboise body. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: The body is wet and quenching but the flavors pop and sparkle with fresh crispness. The finish is extra dry and leaves the berry notes on the palate.

Overall: I am blow away by this brew. I've traveled with it for about a month and there is no telling how old it is but it taste so fresh and bright. The framboise body alone would be a world class beer but the fresh berry notes push it to legendary. Bright, fresh, delicate, and artfully brewed. I would feel bad drinking this every night because it's so good it demands to be consumed after a world class meal or something of that caliber. This beer is outstanding and is well worth the pain of getting it (trust me I had some pains getting it). Get your hands on this beer (1,287 characters)

Photo of toolbrew
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Stored colder than my beer fridge and poured into champagne flutes. Effervescent with a thick head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing and slight head retention. Clear, but dark red. Not that it needs mentioning, but fruity aromas and sweet, light crisp taste with a tart finish. An easy drinker and pairs perfectly with brunch! Will definitely revisit this classic. (377 characters)

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. A healthy head develops atop a rose colored brew. Scent of berries is pleasant, not overpowering. Tastes to me exactly like whole wheat toast with butter and raspberry jam; not the "tart" I was expecting but I can't say I was disappointed by that. Medium bodied and smooth. I could drink this all night. (329 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely ruby-purple color. The nose is red fruit and sugar. Starts off a bit tart like an underripe raspberry and then rounds out to a sticky, heavy raspberry sweetness. Light enough to drink all night long. This is probably my favorite from New Glarus to date. Perfect summer drinking. (285 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml wax capped bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Tawny ruby red-brown colored, this murky beer is capped by an off-ivory-hued loose white head that topples to a ring of bubbles which leave dots of lace on the glass.

S - Devoid of any real "beer" smell, one can behold Raspberry Tart's perfumy aroma of crushed raspberries feet away. Subtle suggestions of the oak this spontaneously fermented beer is brought to maturation as the beer warms but any wild yeast aromas are nowhere to be found.

T - Heaven in a bottle, raspberry sweetness overwhelms the palate with pure, unadulterated fruit flavor, cut just in the nick of time by a tart finish for the perfect balance that keeps it from becoming cloying. It's time in the oak vessels lends delicate earthiness to compliment the fruit and undertones of spontaneous fermentation.

M - Raspberry Tart's instantaneous sweetness sticks to the palate quite forcefully but allow this beer to wander around your mouth and you'll find it's tartness perfectly balances the sweetness for a wonderful and slightly dry finish, punctuated by Wisconsin wheat, which softens the mouthfeel, rounding the spritzy Champagne-like carbonation out.

O - One of the most exceptional fruit beers from one of the world's greatest fruit beer brewers, New Glarus' Raspberry Tart is dessert in a glass; pure raspberry pleasure, starting sweet and finishing dry and tart. There is absolutely nothing else like it. (1,436 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Muddy reddish brown appearance with a minimal off white head. Leaves a minimal amount of lacing.

S. Raspberries, brown sugar and baking spice jump out of the glass. Really nice.

T. Tart cherry and raspberry compote with hints of brown sugar and watermelon. Lively, crisp and very refreshing.

M. Light bodied with lively carbonation.

O. New Glarus knows how to brew fruit beers - period. This is an easy drinking, low alcohol beer that is perfect to have after a meal to share with friends. (499 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My third of the fruit beers from New Glarus Brewing Co. Expectations are exceptional based on my experience with the last two.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark cranberry red colored body that hardly passes much light at all. About two fingers of pinkish-tan foam head that leaves some nice spindly lacing.

S - The smell is truly beautiful - the raspberries come through very pure, natural, and juicy. The oak barrel aging is also very apparent, maybe more so than with the others. Earthy, woodsy, creamy, maybe some perceived vanilla. Either way, the fruit juice is natural and beautiful.

T - The taste comes off the same - beautiful tart authentic raspberries dominate. The oak barrel aging is also apparent, again more so than with the others. Earthy & oaky. Light vanilla presence. Absolutely delicious.

M - Crisp & tart. Fruity & juicy. Absolutely delicious.

Overall, another wonderful fruit beer from New Glarus. These guys should definitely consider doing more of these beers with more varieties of berries. Blueberries, boysenberries, blackberries, etc. I could see any and all of them being as equally amazing as this.

New Glarus Raspberry Tart ---4.5/5 (1,246 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy ruby red color with a two finger pink head.
Aroma is jammy, farm fresh fruit with raspberry being the front runner.
Smells more sweet than tart.
Flavor is raspberries mixed with apples and other fruit. Extremely jammy. A perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.
Mouthfeel is creamy and perfectly carbonated. Not much lingering flavor but enough to make is perfect. Extremely refreshing.
This is my favorite of the new glarus beers now having had them all.
The little sour tartness this one gives puts it at the top for me.
I'd you haven't had new glarus fruit beers do yourself a favor and track them down. (630 characters)

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.