Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 291
Gots: 265 | FT: 45
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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

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Beer added by: Ri0 on 07-20-2013

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Photo of phishsihq
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another fruit beer from New Glarus Brewing Co., another example why they are the best in the fruit beer business!

Reddish orange with highlights of ruby, Strawberry Rhubarb leaves a thin, white head that provides plenty of sticky lace. The expectant aromas of strawberry and rhubarb are joined by a cascade of other notes like brown sugar, wild yeast funk, and earthiness. Overall, the aromas create a delectable pie-filling like wonderment for the senses. The strawberry flavors open on the palate and are quickly met with less pronounced notes of rhubarb tanginess that helps to cut the sweetness of the strawberries. Lurking under the main flavors, a slight aceticness creates hints of sourness that blend wonderfully with the overall impression of homemade pie. Creamy and lightly carbonated, this medium bodied ale proves that Dan and Deb are truly the king and queen of fruit beer.

Photo of Cresant
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The pour created a cloudy dull brown body. The head was tan and short lived.

The smell was strawberry jam. Yummy!

The taste was of strawberry pie. Pie crust malts and a tart snap of fresh strawberries and I suppose rhubarb. Rich and delicious. Not too sweet.

The body was medium density and the carbonation was plentiful.

I would drink this at any chance.

(reviewed from notes)

Photo of Beerlover
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not a fan of sweet beers or fruit unless they are done right, aaand New Glarus does it right yet again!
A: Clear pinkish reddish brown color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissipates
S: smells like a tart strawberry rhubarb dessert, very fruity on the nose
T: here is where the weakness is, very rich, almost overly so mainly from the tartness which I love and am a fan of only because it reminds me of a nice Belgian sour flanders only lighter in body similar to a cider but with less carbonation, id say medium low, leaves kind of a sour dirty fruit taste in the mouth.
O.A. Perfect appertif beer. great in small quanties, share this with 2 or 3 other people!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears mildly hazy and a grapefruit pinkish color. The aroma is classic New Glarus. Sweet and fresh fruit abounds. Teeming with strawberry and rhubarb, akin to a homemade pie. Just delicious. Quite possibly the best beer I have had from this brewery. As with other beers of this ilk, I prefer to enjoy in small quantities, as the sweetness can become cloying. Overall, this was fantastic.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is insanely accurate to how it is advertised. Great look, just reddish enough to be a fruit beer, nice sticky lacing.

Basically, this beer smells and tastes like fresh blended strawberry and rhubarb to a T, what an accomplishment. Not tart, but not too sweet, just a great level of fresh produce in the flavor and taste. It's quite an accomplishment in the fruit beer style, these guys take it to a new level.

Feel is good, nice carbonation overall solid. A really interesting and impressive beer, a great change of pace in the new brewing world of bigger abv and crazier flavors. They nailed this. I can't think of a better beverage to pair with a dessert that features fresh fruit.

If this had more tartness, I don't know if I couldn't have given it an even better rating.

Photo of dirtylou
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

Hopleaf tulip. An odd looking beer - dark garnet, extremely cloudy. New Glarus are the undisputed (not open to debate) champions of the fruit beer style and its really exciting to see the line of 750's expand in the past year or so. Strawberry is an ingredient I have rarely seen translate well in a beer, until now. This is bursting with fruit flavor - a little tartness from the berry and a little sweetness from the rhubarb. This is an instant-classic and an incredible summer beer.

Photo of mlhyatt
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml into pint glass

A- a muddy brown with pinkish hues. A decent head but not too much. Honestly, this beer looks awful. If I just saw it without having had it I would drain pour it.

S- it gets better from here. Tons and tons of strawberries. Delicious delicious sweet strawberries. There's a little hint of tartness to it as well.

T- reminds me of strawberry jam. God I wish I could put this on a peanut butter sandwich. Sugary and sweet. Just like you're biting into a strawberry topped with sugar. Great taste.

M- perfect. Not thick but not thin. Good carbonation. Smooth and a little bit of tartness.

O- other than the look of the beer, this is a fantastic beer. I was worried it would taste like Red's atrawberry ale, but you can definitely tell its brewed with real strawberries and it has a natural taste.

Photo of thebigredone
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Felt the need to give this a try.

Pours a dark, murky orange. Not what I was expecting.

The nose smells identical to the strawberry pie sauce I make a couple of times each year. Fantastic.

Taste is similar, but had a noticeable tartness that cuts though the sweetness. Better than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Nice carbonation and a oh-so slightly puckering tartness.

Overall, this may be my favorite of the New Glarus 750's. I was expecting a sugar bomb like Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red. Instead, I get a well balanced and slightly tart beer that tastes like strawberry pie. Wonderful job!

Photo of shadetree67
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark peach in color. Cloudy appearance. Pouring yielded 1/4 finger of head which dissipated quickly.

Smell - Strawberry jam and a hint of rhubarb.

Taste - A rush of strawberry upfront with some tartness from the rhubarb on the back end. It has the perfect amount of sweetness. Big strawberry flavor and finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and refreshing with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a great offering from New Glarus. The flavor is very balanced and the amount of carbonation is perfect for the style. Definitely the best strawberry beer I've ever had.

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep reddish brown color with a medium sized head that retains well. Smells of freshly squeezed strawberries, honey, sweet cream and tart fruits. Tastes of sweet strawberries, tart fruit comes through at the back of the palate and it balances out the sweetness well. Pretty rich and full bodied for such a low alcohol brew, but it works well. Just a damn good beer overall. Sweetness is matched by the tartness of the rhubarb and the light alcohol is matched by a full, creamy body with a crisp finish. Probably my favorite beer.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dirty orange/amber honeycomb, 2 finger off-white fluffy head
beautiful lacing sticking to champagne flute

S: powerful/heavenly fresh strawberry fields with rhubarb balance
mild sour apple in background

T: strawberry jam earthy rhubarb, long slow sour apple pucker finish

M: med body, sticky/pucker mouth

O: Big fan of New Glarus, tried tons of their beers
and visited their brewery (nice Swiss looking village).
Honestly, was a little timid about buying it...not huge
rhubarb fan...i was wrong! This is refreshing and complex
for such a low ABV beer.

PHENOMENAL; TRY SOME!

Photo of cbutova
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml purchased in July in Madison, WI. Shared over this past weekend with a few friends.

A- Murky pink and red infused pour to a snifter with plenty of things in solution providing haze. A white head rises up to one finger with a frothy texture falling to a ring and big bubbly islands. Pretty good retention and lacing ends up mostly spotty but plentiful.

S- Strawberry. Strawberry. Strawberry. A blast of fresh picked berries rises out of the glass with the feel of jam and fresh berries. I don't really know the smell of rhubarb but beyond the berries is a classic sweet syrup aroma found in all of these NG beers.

T- Fresh strawberries mixed with a tastefully sweet strawberry jam with a hint of tartness which must carry in from the massive amount of fruits. Rhubarb a bit for me but it blends in well with the strawberries.

MF- Fairly light bodied with a certain thickness from the fruit long chain sugars left unfermented. Slightly oily with medium carbonation. Smooth foamy, puffy consistency and a mildly tart finish.

I wish I had more words to say besides strawberry but that describes it very well. Once again, New Glarus captures a fruit flavor better than anyone else.

Photo of homebrew311
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is somewhat cloudy with an orange/brownish color, minimal head, and some lace. The aroma starts with bright and fruity strawberry with notes of tart rhubarb and mild oak. The strawberry is very nicely represented here, the best strawberry aroma I have encountered in a beer. The taste is full on ripe strawberries which presents a very fresh juicy flavor. This is wrapped around a hint of rhubarb and finishes very clean. Not quite the tart bite that I've grown accustomed to with other New Glarus fruited brews, but the clean finish is very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, another amazing New Glarus fruit beer. Not sure how the Carey's do it, but they know how to incorporate fruit into beer!

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head that slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very fruity and jammy aroma with lots of strawberry rhubarb esters. Literally smells like a mix of fresh squeezed strawberry juice and rhubarb pie with lots of fruit scents upfront. Fairly jam like scent as well. Light hints of apple and cherry in the mix. Fruit aroma is sweet and fairly tart. Subtle pale malt presence with a hint of biscuit and yeast. Aroma is fairly straight forward but very good.

Taste: As good and fruity as it smells, huge taste of strawberries throughout. Strawberry fruit juice and pie like rhubarb flavors are the dominant notes. Fruit flavor is sweet but not excessively syrupy. Nicely tart with a decent bitter balance. Jam like notes with some sugar. Also some subtle fruit notes of cherry and apple behind the strawberry. Background notes of soft pale malt with some biscuit and yeast. A very good fruit beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Sweet, creamy, and somewhat syrupy. Very juicy and smooth.

Overall: Another great fruit beer from New Glarus. Great strawberry fruit flavor with a good balance of sweetness and tartness.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml wax dipped bottle poured into a tulip.
4% ABV

A - Muddy pond water brown, the color leaves something to be desired but, the combination of strawberries and rhubarb obviously don't look sexy. That said, the loose and bubbly head of foam that tops the beer retains aroma and looks nice.

S - Earthy rhubarb notes peek through the bushel of ripe strawberries this beer offers with the classic brown ale malty notes from the fruit beers providing a base. Dusty and rustic in aroma, this fruit beer isn't as vibrant and explosive as the others New Glarus produces but it smells delicious in its own right.

T - Firm, juicy strawberry flavor explodes across the tongue like taking a bite right through the fruit itself. Tart notes of rhubarb follow through before the beer finishes with a touch of caramel and bread sweetness from the malts.

M - Strawberry Rhubarb's initial sweetness and medium body is offset by light tartness and a dry finish, respectively, leaving the beer pleasing and balanced across the tongue!

O - The outpouring of strawberries in New Glarus' Strawberry Rhubarb is by far one of the best examples of a strawberry beer actually tasting like fresh fruit, not artificial flavoring, which is stellar. When it comes down to the brass tacks though, Strawberry Rhubarb, as fantastic as it is, still doesn't measure up to New Glarus' other award-winning fruit beers. I'll still opt for a Serendipity!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The success of New Glarus' fruit beers is well documented. As it's reputation precedes it, the strawberry-rhubarb marriage is an ideal fit. Just read the label: "New Glarus", "Strawberry", Rhubarb". The review is not even needed- (drops the mic)

But here I go anyway... Its pour is a turbulent champagne bubbly crescendo where its racy effervescence topples the glass. Its body beneath is a mostly-gold, but slight pinkened hue with a mild pectin haze. Easily mistaken for sparkling rose wine, the ale looks like its meant for New Year's Eve.

Bright, sweet and tart aromas kinda jump right up there and smack ya in the face with that vibrant aroma that's unmistakably of strawberry. Where its easy to read other fruit like tart green apple, green grape, cranberry or pomegranate could be present; instead its the tangy and earthy rhubarb that gives its scent something extra that's hard to put the finger upon. Still, a wine like and sulfur scent rounds out the fruit with common ale sensibilities.

Its taste is a direct follow-through of aromas. Its dainty sweetness is lightly bready as light wheat contributions keep things somewhat fresh and doughy. But its candied taste that takes on "Pez-like" proportions of powdered sugar and tangy fruit set in. But once its sweetness folds in the strawberries and rhubarb character- its culmination is masterfully tart, zesty, earthy and fresh. Tangy throughout, the malt breadiness reminds the taste buds of fresh rhubarb pie. Its finish is as much of champagne as it is ale with a dry malt taste and elevated acidity.

Likewise, its body is modestly bready and creamy as it prefers the dry effervescence of sparkling white wine. Even as the fruit and sweet-tart tones play out in taste, the body remains light and slightly creamy. Finishing tart, dry and refreshed- the palate is further rewarded by echoes of strawberry and light graham crackers.

Where the Rapberry Tart, Belgian Red and Apple Ale are obvious leaders in their class, they strike me as being overly fruit (if ever so slightly). But this Strawberry Rhubarb may be the best fruit beer to have ever grazed my palate.

Photo of zeledonia
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus are the masters of fruit beers, so when they released a new one, I quickly snapped it up. Tasted 22 August 2013.

The pour is really interesting. In the glass by itself, it looks like murky unfiltered apple cider. With light behind it, it's quite clear, and some lovely reddish and orange tones come out. Half-finger of off-white head, good retention, decent lacing. Not bad.

Smell is fantastic. I really don't know how they get such stunning fruit aromas into their beers. It's jam-packed with ripe strawberries, complemented with a slightly lighter dose of rhubarb, with the gaps filled in by gentle sugary sweetness. Wow.

Taste is fabulous as well. Tartness is more prominent than sweetness, which is a relief, as otherwise it would be overpoweringly sweet. The strawberry and rhubarb blend quite well. Biggest complaint is a bitterness in the finish that I just don't think works with the rest of the beer.

Feel is nice. Light-bodied, pleasant, and lasting. Sticky, indicative of the high amount of residual sugar. Carbonation could be a bit higher.

Dan Carey is just a master of fruit beers. They've come out with two new high-production ones (this and Serendipity) in the last year or so, and both have been amazing. Really delicious, and really impressive.

Photo of cubs943
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was pretty good.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Yep. Strawberry & rhubard... its there. Yum. Just a bit on the sweet side for me, but still another awesome New Glarus beer.

Photo of JohnG190
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Atoneworks. Pours a murky brown with red highlights and a thick fluffy white head that fades quickly. OK lacing. Smells like a slice of warm Strawberry Rhubarb pie, it's safe to say that I've never smelled a beer like this! The taste is tart with lots of strawberries. It finishes with a sour aftertaste that lingers, very refreshing. I've never sampled a Flemish Red, but this is how I imagine it would taste. It's got a lot of flavor for such a light body. Crisp carbonation. Overall, an extremely well crafted fruit (if rhubarb is considered a fruit) beer that makes a perfect aperitif or accompaniment to a salad on a warm summer, or early fall, evening.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is plenty of carb in this bottle. Really makes the presentation impressive with the foamy white head. The body has a cloudy light brown color like cooked rhubarb. The smell is tart strawberry. Really inviting. The taste delivers the strawberry flavor like no other beer I've had. The beer finishes with a light tartness that does give the tang of rhubarb. This is like a clean, crisp version of strawberry rhubarb pie. Really delicious fruit beer and easily the best strawberry flavor I've had.

Photo of mverity
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky brown with some red hues and a brownish off white head. Smell is big time fresh strawberries and some tart rhubarb. Flavor follows with up front sweet strawberry followed by a tinge of malts and a tad of sour rhubarb to finish. Light mouthfeel with high carbonation makes this super easy to put down the gullet. I was worried I wouldn't like this as other strawberry drinks have not been up my alley. But as usual New Glarus hit it on the nose with another fruit beer. Very nicely done. This was a hit all around.

Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just got this bottle today from bman_85, thanks muchly!

A: Pours a cloudy dark red. Very tall, very frothy reddish-tan head. Very fine bubbles gives it a super dense appearance. Top-notch head retention. Lots of thick spiderweb lacing everywhere.

S: I'm not sure how I expected anything else, but well, it smells like strawberry rhubarb. Bright, bold sweet strawberries and a tart rhubarb underneath to balance it out. Crisp and refreshing aroma, a joy to take in. Basically tastes like strawberry jam at points.

T: Welp, pretty much exactly like the aroma indicates. There is lightly tart rhubarb initially and then a wave of sweet strawberries kicks in and balances it out. Perfectly, I might add. Great combination of tart and sweet. Lingering strawberry flavor in the aftertaste that is just wonderful. I half expect to need to pick strawberry seeds out of my teeth after each sip, it's that good.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Refreshing. Feels way more robust than just 4%.

O: Wow, another fantastic fruit beer by New Glarus. I don't even like rhubarb and I'm not particularly a fan of strawberries for that matter. But the combination is stellar. Smooth, refreshing mouthfeel leads to great drinkability. Great balance of tart and sweet only makes it drink even better. Top, top, TOP tier fruit beer. The only competition I've ever had is other NG fruit beers (big surprise, I'm sure). Obviously I can't give it top marks for complexity or something like that but it is a perfect example of the style.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steve for this extra

Served at 45-50 degrees into a snifter

A - Appearance was a little weird with this one, almost a mix between reddish and light brown/copper color with a 1 inch creamy off white foam head.

S - The smell was awesome on this beer. Huge notes of fresh strawberries and strawberry rhubarb

T - Fresh strawberries, nothing artificial coming from the taste with bread and sugary notes on the finish. The overall taste is definitely of liquid strawberry rhubarb pie

M - Light bodied beer for sure with creamy notes. Carb is medium for this beer and definitely stays smooth through the finish

O - Overall, I am somewhat new to this style but the naturalness of the flavors really caught me by surprise. This was refreshing and definitely a treat. Will be looking for more fruit beers from NG in the future

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer has the typical New Glarus pink lemonade color; not much of a head nor much lacing

Smell: Smells like a strawberry rhubarb pie

Taste: Tastes like liquid strawberry rhubarb pie; just a hint of malt for the crust and a nice element of subtle tartness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; a touch prickly

Overall: A great fruit beer; just love the way this one tickles the tastebuds

Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.