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Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 1,319
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 318
Gots: 278 | 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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Photo of JerUrbans
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clearish rusty-red color with a fizzy off-white head that nearly completely disappeared, some tiny carbonation bubbles blipping from the bottom of the glass; no real lacing to speak of. Wafts of strawberry from the glass before I even held it to my nose. Unlike other NG fruit beers I've had, this one came off really strong and really artificial, like those little strawberry hard candies. The taste was similar, very sweet, loads of strawberry, with any rhubarb tartness being incidental and/or overwhelmed by the candy sweetness of the strawberry. Artificial and nearly medicinal, yet still strangely alluring. Body was medium, mouthfeel was syrupy and cloying. I didn't hate this, it had its charm, but it was just way to one-sided, sweet, fake-tasting for me to want more than a sample at a time.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love all of the new glarus fruit beers, and this one is awesome too. its sweet, but its supposed to be, more strawberry than rhubarb in both nose and taste. hazy wit beer color with a good inch of white head. a little tartness but a lot of jammy sweetness from the berries and rhubarb. a simple wheat malt base lets the fruit shine strong in this. i love the aftertaste the most, where the tartness of the rhubarb comes back to fight the sugar, a very cool sensation on the tongue. prickly carbonation and a lighter medium body keeps this drinking easy, but its not a bottle i want to tackle alone, it is far better shared. very authentic use of fruit, something of a special occasion beer, but one of the better uses of strawberries in beer out there. all of the new glarus fruit beers are killer, and i am thankful for the opportunity to try this special one as well. i had hoped for more prominent rhubarb, but it still works very well with a low dose of it.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unassuming murky reddish brown with one to two fingers of dense and fluffy head that settles nicely.back into itself. Absolutely amazing nose. Incredibly intense strawberry character that borders on fresh jam. Ephemeral berry sweetness and light tartness with a touch of earthy notes. Very light berry sweetness in the flavor with a bit more acidity than the nose lets on. Light bodied and tart with a dry finish.

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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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No freshness dating

A= Pours a gross brownish color similar to an oud bruin. It kinda looks like natural strawberry preserves also without the artificial coloring. The head is about a finger and rises and falls fast with little lacing.

S= The smell is pungent of strawberries and sour rhubarb. A little vegetable aroma from the rhubarb. A pleasant lactic odor as well.

T= The taste is heavy on the strawberry front with the rhubarb holding only a backup role supporting the strawberry with a sourness that is pleasant. If rhubarb turns you off because of the vegetable taste fear not. The rhubarb is only there as a souring component from what I can tell.

M= The mouth has a solid cleanses to it.

O= This is an awesome beer. The looks are pretty nasty but the flavor is awesome. Check it out fo sho.

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Photo of Jslay013
3.06/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from an over the border trip while staying in MN for the holidays. Part of a 2 bottle gift-pack with some branded flutes.

A - Hazy reddish-orange with a thin head. light lacing on the glass as it empties.

S - Hints at a bit of tartness, but overpowering strawberry and rhubarb.

T - Nicely tart rhubarb for a split second, then your taste buds are knocked out with sweet strawberry that lingers long after the sip. I was hoping for a bit of wild yeast funk, but it is either non-existent or completely hidden by the fruit. More like a fruit smoothie than a beer. I know this is blasphemy to some, but 3/4 of the way through my glass, "wine cooler" comes to mind, albeit one with real fruit flavoring.

M - Syrupy and slick.

O - Having had this a few weeks after Serendipity, I just don't get these New Glarus "sours." The BA ratings are awesome, but to me, they are just too sweet. Lambics and sour styles are among my favorite beers, but I just can't get past the incredibly overpowering sweet strawberry taste on the finish. It isn't bad, I just am having a hard time thinking of when I would want it again. It's more like candy, a dessert, or a beer I bring out when a bunch of people are over and I want to share something interesting from the cellar that I don't really care for but think others will. I can appreciate why people like New Glarus fruit brews, but half a glass is more than enough for me.

I am glad I got to try this, but give me the nice, tart bite and general funkiness of a good Belgian fruit lambic over this any day. Maybe some age would help lessen the strawberry taste and let some of the tart shine through more.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A “bottled on” date could be located. Poured into a tulip.

Too sweet! Cloyingly sweet without the necessary tartness to balance. Could not finish even half the bottle. I took a flier on this bottle because it was New Glarus. I was on travel and it was “buy it” or miss my chance. I had heard that New Glarus does fruit beers well. In my opinion this is not one of their better beers. Very disappointed. 3

A – Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a small rocky head that dissipates quickly. A swirl brings back a nice but short lived head. 3.75

S – Strawberry, tartness, sour/acidic, rhubarb is evident as well. 4

T – Fruity sweet, slight tartness, strawberry. 3

MF – Delicate, light bodied, sweet, a bit acidic. 3.5

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Dad for the holidays. 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 worries 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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Wine glass.

A: Pours an opaque apple cider color with a modest cola like tan head which fizzles out promptly. Decent enough retention.

S: Strong strawberry and rhubarb flavors waft several inches out from the glass. Really fresh, natural smelling strawberry like frozen fruit pops with some other red fruit like cherry.

T: Similar, almost like drinking a puréed strawberry smoothie. Lots of residual sweetness, a little bark, and only a pinch of tartness which doesn't offset the sugar.

M: Thick like a purée with medium-light carbonation that is engulfed by the body.

O: Just not my cup of tea. The Serendipity is my fave of the series, this is by far the sweetest and least drinkable. Almost a caricature of a beer

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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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured with a strawberry colored murkiness that grew a fizzy fleeting head.

The scent is sweet Strawberry coupled with a caramel malt. Combined it has a waxy fruit roll up aroma.

Wow! This is freaking awesome. Giant Strawberry flavor but it has a sweet candy flavor that holds some grain and malt. The thing that impresses me most is that it holds all the sweetness of artificial strawberry yet still has a very natural tone.

The feel is very light, super crisp and easy to drink. Obviously the fact that it's only 4 pct helps this ease.

I am a fan of fruit beers and this is exceptional and should be other fruit beer fans Holy Grail.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.22.13

A - Pours a dirty medium brown with a large fizzy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Strawberry, fruity, earthy.

T - Lots of strawberry, earthy, creamy.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Actually tastes like strawberry. Earthy, dirty and not overly sweet. Nice.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I generously received this from wisconsinbeer1. Thank you! The color is a bit of a murky brown with slightly orange hues. There is a nice half inch head.

The aroma is full of strawberry with notes of rhubarb. As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell the deliciousness. This smells nice and sweet; very excited.

The taste is mildly sweet. There is a subtly sweet, mildly tart strawberry taste. The tartness isn't prevalently from wild yeast, but from tartness inherent in the berry flavor. The finish is dry and not cloying. Very nice.

The body is medium to full with a bit of a cola-like mouth-feel. Overall I like this. I generally prefer fruit beers that are a bit more tart, but this is not too sweet and the flavor is genuine.

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Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glad to finally try this.

Appearance: Pours a murky red/brown color. Looks really muddy.

Smell: Smells amazing. Fresh strawberries, tart jam, sweetness, very malty, no bitterness.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose - tart upfront then very sweet strawberries. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and a lot of carbonation. No alcohol. Super drinkable. I was drinking this so fast.

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had. New Glarus fruit beers are perfect.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem. I assume it's a gem because it's a New Glarus fruit beer. This is a safe assumption.

Consumed 12/11/13

Appearance: Somewhere between medium amber and light brown, with some reddish and pink tones - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to a small, wispy cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Strawberry rhubarb pie, in liquid form - lots of strawberry flesh and a ton of rhubarb - very fresh - usual juicy-smelling strain of yeast apparent in most New Glarus fruit beers - some sugary, fruity sweetness - some pale malts and some light biscuits - some light funkiness and light tartness

Taste: Juicy, fruity, pie-y goodness - lots of strawberry flesh and rhubarb - very fruity and flavorful - tart rhubarb - lightly spicy - definitely tastes like pie filling - light, fruity sweetness - touch of fruity funk and some overall tartness - some nice pale malts, some doughy biscuits

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, clean finish

Overall: Want.

New Glarus makes great fruit beers. Everyone knows that. This is great, even for their high standards. I've had pies with less flavor.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the minnesotaryan/kwmiles/Sender collective for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed ruddy reddish orange brown. Small loose bubbly off-white head. Drops to a spotty cap and collar in short order. Spotty lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Loaded with strawberry. Fresh fruit coupled with some serious jam-like qualities. A touch of lingering bitterness through the back, but it's buried under the strawberry. Pale, clean light malts. Sweet and fruity as to be expected. A tiny but of buttery breadiness in there as well.

Taste: Blend of bitter and slightly tart rhubarb coupled with the jammy sweetness of strawberry. Rich strawberry flesh. A touch of something akin to green apple. Deeply fruity with some strawberry juice. A touch of pale malt sweetness rounds out the back. Just shoves straight strawberry in a bottle. Very slightly tart. A nice compliment, for obvious reasons.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high bubbly carbonation. Smooth and bright. Mediumish body. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Wisconsin is the land of magic.

It's a New Glarus fruit beer. Do yourself a favor and buy all of it and send it to me.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Summer 2013
Deschutes TEKU

A: Pours a pale pinkish brown. Initially two fingers of off white head. Leaving some lacing bits.
Highly carbonated.

S: Strawberry jam. Tart rhubarb. Smells amazing. Sweetness.

T: Tartness on the tip of tongue from rhubarb. Sweet strawberry jam blast in the mid palate. I mean, natural amazing strawberry. Finish is fairly dry with high carb.

M: Lighter side of medium. High carb.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is fairly clear with a slight murky haze and is light reddish-brown in color. It sports a nice fluffy off-white head that has good retention given the acidity. It also has a bright, fruity nose with notes of white wine and strawberry preserves.

The beer has a nice tart flavor with plenty of sweetness to balance it out.
The high carbonation complements the flavor well. The sweetness is in the front of the palate and is all fruit, primarily berry flavors. At mid-palate, the acidity creeps in and brings with it some wine-like flavors and tannins, which pinch your cheeks and dry out your mouth a bit. The fruity sweetness stays on the palate the entire time and lingers a bit on the finish.

Overall, another marvelous fruit beer from New Glarus. I don't think this one is as good as Raspberry Tart or Wisconsin Belgian Red. The flavor is milder than those other two beers, but it's still highly enjoyable.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus champagne flute.

A - A murky orange color. Wasn't really expecting it, but it looks okay... Carbonation is very apparent. Nice lacing and about 1 finger worth of bright white head.

S - Oh my goodness. Ripe strawberries with rhubarb coming in at the end of the smell. Right when I popped the bottles I could smell it!

T - Amazing notes of strawberry. Green apples and other light fruits are present as well. Rhubarb comes in at the end of the sip and makes for a very desirable beer.

M - Very carbonated, like the other New Glarus fruit beers I've had. Quite easy on the palate and very drinkable.

O - Another home-run by New Glarus! I don't think they can do anything wrong with fruit and this beer is up there with the best. Try this if you can!

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Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, crimson-amber color with a minimal head that quickly settled to a thin film. Not much for lacing is left down the glass.

One of the most aromatic beers I have had in quite some time. I can smell the strawberry from across the room. Sort of the strawberry schnapps aroma I remember from being a teenager. If I really dig my nose into the glass there is a sharp fruitiness that comes from the rhubarb.

Has a very sharp twang without being very acidic. The strawberry and rhubarb, not surprising many in the upper Midwest, is an excellent combination. Good strawberry flavor. Not really surprised that New Glarus was able to capture the essence of strawberry/rhubarb crisp in a bottle. New Glarus are leaps and bounds above everyone else when it comes to fruit beers.

Light body and feels the same as their other excellent fruit beers. I think this one could be a little undercarbonated however. Not much of a complaint though.

I am not the biggest strawberry/rhubarb fan, but this is an astonishing beer. I think they have done the best of the rhubarb beer attempts.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jdiddy for breaking this one out. Pours the color and clarity of unpasteurized cider with a loose, cream-colored head that dissipates into an oily slick. Nose is reminiscent of strawberry preserves. Taste consistent with nose; however, the rhubarb cuts the sweetness and keeps the flavor profile from being too cloying. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a light, even carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, another awesome fruit beer from NG. It's amazing how much flavor is packed into such a low abv brew.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a reddish-brown color that's cloudy with a reddish-tan frothy head.

Intensely incredible aroma of ripe, fresh strawberries and sweet malt.

The taste begins with a strawberry sweetness that subsides a bit then the tartness appears with a sour finish. Strawberry, green apple, rhubarb, all blend together into a heavenly combination.

the mouthfeel is creamy with initial tingling on the tongue. Light to medium body.

This is another soon-to-be legendary fruit creation from the masters of the style! Way to go New Glarus!

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Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a murky orangy-brown with a thin off-white head.

Smell. Ripe juicy strawberries and a touch of that NG yeast that always smells a little bit dusty to me.

Taste. Big strawberry and a touch of tart rhubarb when I look for it. That NG yeast flavour is there (like I mentioned before, slightly dusty tasting to me) and a bit of smooth and sweet light malt.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with fine, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Very nice beer that would be made better if I could get to like the NG yeast flavour.

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Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.