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Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 1,311
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 304
Gots: 276 | FT: 44
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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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 1,311
Photo of u2carew
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, amber to ruby colored body.
S) Bold aromatics - strawberry, rhubarb.
T) Tart strawberry and rhubarb. Subtle sweetness from the malts. Finishes with a pleasant strawberry and rhubarb aftertaste.
M) Medium body. Some mouth puckering.
O) A delicious concoction. Well balanced flavor profile. I'd definitely drink another. (426 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, a murky brown with little to no head. This kind of looks gross. The smell is AMAZING though. The smell is straight up Strawberry Preserves. Go to the store, pick up a jar of Smuckers Strawberry preserves, open and inhale and that's what this beer smells like. Taste perfectly mirrors the smell. Not getting much of the rhubarb, but I really don't care. The only complaint I guess is that the sweetness starts to naw at you after about 4 ounces. It's like getting too much of a good thing. In small doses, this is amazing. (547 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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) (384 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My fourth of the fruit beers from New Glarus Brewing Co. Expectations are excellent based on how amazing the others all were.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a pinkish coppery ruby colored body with a finger of frothy pinkish tan head. Some thin spotty lacing.

S - The smell is very juicy & fruity smelling. This thing literally smells like a fruit roll-up in beer form.

T - Taste follows the nose - deliciously authentic and fruity strawberries. I'm not entirely sure what rhubarb tastes like, but I'm more than confident I'm tasting it. Some light earthy / woodsy elements to the beer, but it is mainly fruit forward.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, fruity, and juicy. Perfectly tart. Smooth, creamy, and ridiculously easy drinking.

Overall, another wonderful and delicious fruit beer from New Glarus. I feel like this one is more on par with the New Glarus Serendipity, but I rated all four of the beers the same since they were all equally delicious and authentic tasting.

New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb ---4.5/5 (1,092 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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! (1,422 characters)

Photo of cervezango
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a strawberry rhubarb sweet and sour beer. There is strong carbonation that can be compared to sparkling champagne. You can't see through the amber brown color. It smells like a sweet bruised apple. This is a good beer to introduce people to craft beer and it is also one that experienced beer connoisseurs can enjoy. (324 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strawberry Rhubarb
New Glarus Brewing
Fruit beer
4% ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured a murky, muddy brown color. Very slight reddish/pink variations around the rim and sides of the glass. With the smallest halo of a head that just kinda lazily dissipated into nothingness.

AROMA: As I was pouring the smell of fresh made strawberry jam came rushing up at me. I got my nose in it and it literally smells like pie, you get the internees strawberry with nice hints of rhubarb. Then the malty pie crust comes through. This is one of the most intense bouquets I've had on a beer in a while.

TASTE: Like little tiny Keebler elves are baking a fresh pie in my mouth! That jammy, sweet strawberry is undeniable. Nice bit of tartness from the rhubarb, then those sweet malty aromas I got come in with a good balance. This beer taste so fresh and juicy, it is sweet but not overly or artifice sweet.

MOUTHFEEL: Light body with a medium prickly carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel I'm assuming from all the sugars in the fruit. There is a slight creaminess that really makes it drink nicely.

OVERALL: This was such a treat to drink, really enjoyed it. The only thing that kinda threw me off was the odd murky color but that's really just nit picking. I'm excited to get into the rest of the new glarus line up and see how they stack up against each other. I really do feel that new glarus is on top of the fruit beer world.

RATING: 4.2/5 Zombie Heads! (1,447 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cyclone8 for this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: This is…ugly. Even from the first pour it's ugly. Normally I'd call it opaque, but despite careful decantation - murky is a better word here. Like brown pond water. Thin white head atop essentially no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, fruity strawberries, candied sugar, and a touch of rhubarb tartness in the background.

T: Real natural strawberries up front. It's such a natural flavor, you almost expect to have to strain the fruit pulp from the drink. Less rhubarb than strawberry but it's still definitely there, with tartness in moderation. Some candied sugar, yeasty, and a small bready malt presence. The strawberry flavor lasts into the hang. As it warms during the drink, maybe a hint of toasted caramel develops.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation towards the low side, and no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Really quite enjoyable – a great dessert beer with tartness and sweetness in balance. Not so much funk, not a sour bomb, and not the most complex beer ever. But really quite enjoyable. I don't know how they pull these fruit beers off, but New Glarus is quite good at them. Recommended for sure. Just don't look at it first. (1,283 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass. 4/23

Pours earthy brown, murky, touch of white foam on top. Strong fruity smell very strawberry. Bursts forth. Rich fruit taste, some tart but evolves into a sweeter fruit. Full mouthfeel, really flavorful. Another winner. (265 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 9 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

L - It is murky and tea colored with rose highlights. It is topped with several inches of tan head.

S - I get the strawberry smell immediately. Then I can pick up the tartness of the rhubarb.

T - Again the strawberry is the first thing that I notice. It has a nice tart finish from the rhubarb. It is very good.

F - Medium and sticky

O - This is a very tasty brew and very enjoyable. I paired it with my mom's homemade strawberry and rhubarb pie. Awesome pairing! (517 characters)

Photo of Svyturys30
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was very refreshing and delicious. I like strawberries, but would much rather have a citrusy fruit. This beer tasted better than any plain strawberries I've ever had.

A- brownish with a hint of maroon. Had a nice head that lingered for a while.

S- The beer smelled sweet with fruity notes.

T- This beer tasted even better than it smelled. Had a sweet start with the strawberries and a tart finish with the Rhubarb. It kind of follows the saying- "the beer is sweet like a pretty girl, but don't blink, she can bite you at any second". ;)

M- The mouth feel was pleasant, and sort of stick (but that is what you should expect with a fruit beer).

O- I would recommend this beer to people who are fruit fans or like sweet beers!
I will be drinking this beer again.

Cheers! (785 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, shared at a tasting and reviewed from notes.

A: Clear, deep purple-brown body under an inch of off-white head. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Rich, sweet strawberry and not much else. Incredibly authentic, fresh, and intense.

T: Sweet, candied strawberry up front, with some tart rhubarb adding further complexity and intensity toward the end. Amazing, and infinitely more delicious than any strawberry beer I've ever had - including the sublime Allagash Avance.

M: Lively, frothy medium body. A little sticky, but good.

O: All other strawberry beers I've had have failed utterly to convey the sweet, juicy delight of a fresh strawberry. Most have been dull messes, others have survived by making the strawberry an afterthought in an otherwise good beer (e.g. Avance, Oudbeitje). Leave it to New Glarus to make a fruit beer that perfectly captures the essence of the fruit in question.

Cheers! (921 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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 (833 characters)

Photo of BeerDazed
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent offering from New Glarus! (So glad I live in Wisconsin.)

I poured this into a tulip, and had a copper-reddish color with a two finger off-white/tannish head which stuck to the sides of the glass as it went down. I held my glass into the (direct) sunlight, and it was cloudy/hazy. Not opaque, but definitely not letting much light through.

Medium to high carbonation, and had a definite strawberry aroma.

The taste was definitely more toward the strawberry as it hit the tongue, and the rhubarb hit several seconds later.

I would consider this more of a dessert beer, but I could see enjoying this on any hot summer night - whether I've had dessert or not. New Glarus does such an excellent job with their fruit beers. (740 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sticky sweet, overripe strawberry nose. Color is a dirty red. Luscious, huge berries that are very sweet, a touch of rhubarb tartness. This is definitely on the sweeter, fruity side than tart and astringent. This is pretty straightforward, but it's wonderfully light and refreshing. Perfect summer sipper. (305 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a super cloudy, hazy, murky pinkish color, looks a lot like strawberry rhubarb pie filling in color. A thick, slightly off white head rises about 2 fingers high, that has nice retention and leaves a nice amount of lace. The aroma is really nice, plenty of tart rhubarb, sweet strawberry, fleshy, ripe and pungent, like a great pureed smoothie. The fruit component is of course the dominating profile on the tongue, loads of tart rhubarb, seedy and fleshy strawberry, sweet and lively, a touch of malt is present, perhaps the crust to a pie, but for all intents and purposes, the beer is exactly what it set out to be, strawberry and rhubarb. The body is great, lively, thick, chewy that coats the mouth perfectly, just enough zip to be lively, but quite creamy and full of fruit bits.

Verdict: Absolutely delicious fruit beer from New Glarus and in my mind, the pinnacle of their fruit program. Wonderful tart rhubarb flavor, nice complimenting strawberry flavor, just the amount of each I'd like, rhubarb in focus, my favorite fruit (yes it's a root, but I like it more than any other fruit). (1,146 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light murky brown/reddish color ale with a sizeable foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of tart rhubarb notes with some lightly sweet raspberry notes. Taste is a lot more tart than I had expected with rhubarb notes being more dominant than the strawberry notes. Taste is more tart than the sweeter side associated with some of the New Glarus beers. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I enjoyed this beer quite lot but this is definitely more complex and bit less drinkable than I was expecting. (549 characters)

Photo of Boski
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml poured into a tulip glass

A: Hazy brownish golden... 2 finger head. Great lacing and above average head retention.

S: Unicorns, no wait... Narwhals. Either way I could take whiffs of this beverage all day long. Rich, sweet strawberry. Not subtle at all.

T: One of the few beers I have imbibed that the taste matched the smell spot on. Cream and strawberry. Rhubarb adds some very subtle tartness. Savory for days. Jam.

M: Perfect body in that it has plenty of substance w/ out being overwhelming.

O: Flat out a glorious beverage regardless of alcohol. Was a treat to try. Will clear the shelf if I ever see it anywhere in the future. (660 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't get enough of New Glarus's fruit beers, so I can't thank laymansbeerfan enough; thank you brother! Split with the wife into wine glasses.

A: Darker crimson brown, unfiltered towards the bottom of the 750, well carbonated with plenty of head but no lacing really.

S: Strawberry is upfront and full of life, sweet and fruity. Rhubarb is a bit buried but its tartness shines through lightly. Suggestions of honey, brown sugar, and other sweeter malt characters lie underneath all of the fruitiness.

T: Sweet strawberry dominates with rhubarb pulling in a distant second. Fruity and jammy; preserves/dessert/pie all come to mind. I could be imagining it but there does seem to be a sweeter malt backbone, with ghostly hints of caramel and brown sugar. Fruit-dominated though, for sure.

MF: Good carbonation keeps this from being cloying; lighter medium body.

O: I like strawberry, so this was a win for me. Would have loved a bit more balance from a tart rhubarb character but I'm nit-picking really. Awesome stuff. (1,022 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy tan head into a tulip glass that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a ruddy reddish-brown color.
s - strawberry then rhubarb.
t - same as above. very fruity.
m - medium mouthfeel.
o - had this beer back to back with westbrook's rhubarb remix. i love new glarus and this beer hit me just like their others. an absolutely delicious beer. (395 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into DT snifter. Thanks Matt!

A: Pours a very murky dirty brown color with ruddy highlights beneath two fingers of active light brown head that faded into a fuzzy thin film and collar. Wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: Strawberry dominates the nose and is fairly sweet but not cloying. There’s a light tartness from the rhubarb.
T: Tastes like pie filling. The strawberry is prominent, sweet and fruity, and tastes like jam/preserves. Unfortunately much sweeter than the nose. The rhubarb is tart and earthy, but could be more prominent. Jammy overall, with an earthy finish. I get a touch of apple juice as well.
M: Tingly splashy carbonation, gritty mouthfeel that burns back of throat it’s so sweet. Cloying as it warms. Tartness is drying but doesn’t overshadow the syrupy sweetness.
O: Wish more of the tart rhubarb was present and less of the cloyingly sweet strawberry. As sweet as this was it’s not as sweet as Serendipity. Good but not great. I’ll cellar my other bottle for a few years and see if it even out. Thanks again for this bottle, Matt! (1,084 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clouded/hazed cider-colored with a bubbly head. Plenty of spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of musty, sour strawberry and rhubarb.

The taste is of sweet strawberry with just enough rhubarb to give it a bitter balance. Some malt sweetness adds just a caramel. It has tart finish.

Smooth. Carbonation level fits this brew well.

It is another well-made fruit beer from this brewery! It tastes like the fruits that it is brewed with. Nice sweettart character. (467 characters)

Photo of JerUrbans
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy applesauce color with off white head. Smells fantastic, like sweet fresh strawberries with slight hint of rhubarb. Tastes like eating strawberry rhubarb pie, finishing with a creamy vanilla ice cream flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated with such a great sweetness. Surprisingly not tart or sour considering the rhubarb.

Overall excellent beer, one of the best I've ever had. Another excellent example of New Glarus fruit beers. (451 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity Todd!
Pours the murkiest light grey brown color with a hint of head on top. Huge aromas of juicy sweet strawberries and a hint of earthy and tartness. Hops yeah maybe. The flavor is rich and sweet with lots of sugary sweet strawberries with just a hint of earthy tartness to not make it cloying. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet just short of syrupy mouthfeel. Another great fruit beer from New Glarus. Cast from the same mold as the other beers with a different fruit and the same wonderful results. (587 characters)

Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.