Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 291
Gots: 262 | 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 stakem
4/5  rDev -7%

750ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clouded murky copper to dirty brown color with white bubbles resting atop. They fade relatively quick but a swirl revives. This brew looks like dirty water.

The smell is pretty darn intense like all NG fruit offerings are. The nose is filled with a complete essence of strawberry jam leaving little to no room for anything else. Candied strawberries coupled with fresh cut strawberries...and then more strawberry.

The taste is jammy and sweet with strawberry jam leading the way so much so that the residual sugar seemingly has a bite to the back of the throat. Then the tartness of the rhubarb comes into focus with a little earthy hop touch to round things out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It falls in line with all the other New Glarus fruit offerings, plenty of fruit and sticky sugars. Yet somehow balanced and not too over the top. I could never see myself drinking more than a half glass of this but it certainly is my wife's jam and she can rock this back like its nothing.

Photo of kkleu357
3.7/5  rDev -14%

From notes on 1/11/14

Brownish purple in color. Fruity, sour, kind of soapy smell. Nice sweet taste. Tartness from the strawberries, but still sweet. This is good, but the cherry one us better.

Photo of UnionMade
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

The basic gist I got from this one was "strawberry fruit roll-up". Very sweet, with a heavy body, although it does have a surprisingly dry finish. Fruit rollups were a treasured luxury of my childhood, so the ultrasweet experience is not without its merits. I'm not sure what rhubarb tastes like, aside from my mother subjecting me to unpleasant prickly sensations from her garden as an infant, and warning me not to eat the leaves. I left rhubarb alone after that. All I know is a 12oz pour of this is a study in strawberry, and by the end I was schooled. My wife drank about 3oz, declared she was "over it", and poured her share into my glass.
I'd like this a lot more if I could glean something other than strawberry from uncapping to finish. It's just a strawberry sugar bomb that's not unpleasant, just not suited for 750ml quantities.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Pour is a murky copper with some ruby edges and a tight tan head. Nose is earthy up front, root notes, strong strawberry fruit rollup comes in behind. Taste is more clean strawberry jam with a faint earthiness to balance. Really soft body and fairly assertive carbonation with a semi dry finish. A hint if tartness in back as the bright strawberry jam lingers.

Photo of barczar
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fairly clear medium brown with a gray tinge from the rhubarb, it's not a pretty beer. Strawberry dominates the aroma, but the rhubarb is the star in the flavor, adding a tangy tartness. Fairly good balance reminiscent of the pie. Definitely a dessert beer, a bit of a guilty pleasure.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep strawberry red and looks literally like I poured a strawberry rhubarb pie.

The aroma of strawberry and rhubarb just penetrates the nostrils deep and is marvelous.

The flavor is quite pungent but a little sweet for my taste.

The mouthfeel is exactly like a Red Bull.

Overall, great freaking beer, but a little sweet for my taste.

Photo of u2carew
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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 mfnmbvp
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible sour that taste just like the name says.

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 cervezango
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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 BeerZombies1
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of Svyturys30
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of woosterbill
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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 BeerDazed
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of jjdc
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of kevanb
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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).

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.