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Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company

Strawberry RhubarbStrawberry Rhubarb

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662 Ratings
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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ri0 on 07-20-2013)
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Treebs

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml green waxed bottle served in a stemmed wine glass. Enjoyed 7/20/13.

A: Pours a murky brownish color with some red tints to it. An off-white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Mild lace.

S: Fresh squeezed strawberry with a nice oaky profile to it. There is a light spice from the rhubarb. A little stemmy and pithy as well.

T: Same as the nose. Lots of freshy strawberry juice with a little sweetness and tartness to it all at the same time. Light oaky profile with some malty breadiness that provides even more sweetness, but in a different way. Nicely cuts the juiciness and fruitiness from strawberry. Light touches of spiced rhubarb.

M: Extremely drinkable. Light bodied with a fruity and sweet finish. Light and airy mouthfeel.

O: As with all New Glarus fruit beers this one is dangerously drinkable as it borders on a nice fruity juice. Nice balance of fruitiness and sweetness. Extremely fresh and juicy. Would enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 20:26:28 | More by Treebs
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

@ Mikey's Top Shelf Pub, Pleasant Prairie WI

Ugly muddy pond water brown color beer. Sticky lace drapes itself all down my glass. Not a sexy looking brew.

Assertive sweet strawberry and rhubarb aroma and flavor, New Glarus nailed it. And strawberry is a tough fruit to carryover into brewing. At least there are a lot of bad strawberry beers.

I know a 5'er when I smell/taste one. Honestly I can't think of how this beer could be much better. I'd like to see it funked up a little but I suppose that would be a different beer entirely. Phenomenal ugly beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 03:57:40 | More by donkeyrunner
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dirtylou

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:31:02 | More by dirtylou
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brock146

Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper color and cloudy with a slightly red tinted fizzy head that lingers.

S: Fermented strawberries. Sour strawberry aroma is strong.

T: It tastes exactly like strawberry flavored yogurt with a sour kick.

M: Medium bodied and bubbly.

O: Really good beer. Fantastic actually. Like I said earlier it tastes A LOT like strawberry yogurt. The only problem I have with New Glarus's fruit beers (and most of their regular beers) is that they ABV is so damn low. If I wanted a soda I would drink a Pepsi.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:50:10 | More by brock146
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:31:55 | More by BeerLover99
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy brown, one finger head, with some lacing.

S-Strawberies, some rhubabrb. Sugary sweet, not artificial at all. Just amazing smelling strawberries.

T-The right amount of sweetness. Lots of strawberries, Rhubarb comes in to balance it out.

M- Lighter to medium in bodied, nice carbonation, maybe slightly on the watery side.

O-One of the best fruit beers out there. Had alongside Serendipity and Raspberry Tart. Not as good as Serendipity though.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 12:55:56 | More by rlee1390
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy brown, look is similar to that of apple cider. Thin half go get off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is good, earthy rhubarb tart wild yeast sweet strawberry a and a nice straw like malt.

Taste is great, sweet and tart strawberries are upfront wild an earthy tart vegetable rhubarb flavor. Some straw like malt adds some complexity in the finish and there is a pleasant residual sweetness and tartness.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 03:36:38 | More by Fcolle2
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joe1510

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Wax Top
$8.99
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee

Strawberry Rhubarb has a mysterious looking murky, tarnished copper body. I can't see anything through the liquid besides the carbonation bubbles streaming to the foam along the glass. An off white cap rests on the rests atop the body and leaves patchy lacing here and there.

The nose is bright with fresh strawberries and a mild but welcomed lactic acidity that brings to mind strawberries & cream. There's a vegetal quality lurking around in the background that I'm assuming is a product of the rhubarb. Snappy and zesty.

The flavor kicks of with graham cracker maltiness I couldn't pick up in the nose. The strawberries are still bright but not quite as potent as the aroma. Tartness, although mild, is noticeable on the cheeks from the rhubarb and that lactic acidity.

The body is light, airy, and sports a moderate carbonation that keeps things moving. A mild sweetness lingers in the back of the throat while the cheeks and gums catch more of the acidic aspect.

This is another good fruit beer from New Glarus but it seems the flavors are a little muddled. This opinion is based on their other fruit beers, which are near perfect for that style, so with that said Strawberry Rhubarb is still one of the better fruit beers out there but my least favorite of the New Glarus bunch.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 01:19:50 | More by joe1510
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I must admit that I am somewhat a sucker for quality fruit beers. Call me a wimp, not a real beer drinker, etc., I don't care. But at times, I like to have a nice piece of pie or cake along with a delightful fruit beer. When it comes to fruit beers, New Glarus seems to have the lock on the style so I was anxiously awaiting the opportunity to try their newest concoction - Strawberry Rhubarb.

I will give props to both CaseyK and Maximum12 for hooking me up with delicious NG goodness and not confining their generosity to just the S-berry. Thanks chaps, much appreciated.

A - Poured with that "Anticipation"song going around and round in my head. I must say it is not a particulary appealing looking beer. Pours a ruddy brownish red with a pretty excited white head that leaves some lacing. The raz and cherry pour much more ruby like in appearance and fill the flute in fine style, the S-berry looks a little rougher sitting in my New Glarus flutes.

S - Outstanding aroma of strawberries tickle my nose hairs and have that great fruit smell that I find the backbone of all NG fruit beers. Fresh strawberry smell, sweet and delicious.

T - What a treat. New Glarus seems to always find the right flavor profile. This is exceptionally difficult in beers that have the real chance of falling off the rails. I would say that there is the requisite sweetness that might bother some but the sweetness pulls back just enough to make it interesting in that the rhubarb provides some contrast to peel back the sweetness. Not sour, just a little tart contrast to go with the wonderful sweet strawberry. A little bread or biscuit as well rounds it out to make it approach perfection.

M - Really well done. Some creamy element to it which makes it wonderful.

O - One of the great things about NG is that you constantly approach their fruit beers saying that you already like another one of them the best. And then you drink the new one and you start wondering if that is the best one. Really a reflection of how well they do this style. For my vote, I would say Red>S-berry>Raz>Serendipity.

Thanks to the gentlemen from the Midwest for the hookup of NG goodness.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 15:12:38 | More by Beerisheaven
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

NG does it again with a fruit beer. In the NG tradition, this beer wallops you with fruity sweetness draped across a sour brown ale background. For me, this is the ideal way to mix fruit and beer. I'll ding the beer a little bit for a cloudy appearance, but in all likelihood, this my fault for the way the beer was stored (I had to thaw it to serve it...).

The beer is brown and translucent, with a whitish red had that persists for several minutes and laces the glass. The aroma delivers on strawberry like there's no tomorrow. Or at least, like there won't be any stawberries tomorrow because they are all in the beer. Needless to say, the flavor is strawberry. It is like a cooked strawberry sauce made from fresh fresh strawberries, maybe like a strawberry jam. There is tartness, to be sure, but it is supported by sweetness You could easily serve dessert with this beer, but it also works on its own.

The rhubarb comes into play in at least one way, and possibly two ways. Rhubarb is tart, so it is probably contributing to the beer's sour profile, but it is a sour ale, so it is hard to tease out the rhubarb's contribution. However, it lends a tannic finish to the beer that causes the insides of my cheeks and tongue to pucker a bit, which makes me want to have another sip. For me, this means that mouthfeel is integrated into the beers profile in a positive way. If you don't mind sweet with your sour (and I don'!), you'll find this beer delicious and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 19:22:23 | More by pweis909
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:09:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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guardian55309

Minnesota

4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another winner from new glarus. if you are not a fruity beer person stay away from this beer but for everyone else this is wonderfull nice balance between the sweetness of strawberry and just the right amount of tartness from the rhubarb. I would buy this beer all the time if i could but unfourtently i live in north central minnesota which is about a two hour drive from where i can buy new glarus but if you are ever in wisconson defintly pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:35:28 | More by guardian55309
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:38:16 | More by Dreadnaught33
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:18:38 | More by zeledonia
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb

Split the 750 ml bottle with my wife. Served chilled in accompanying New Glarus glassware.

A) Hazy red brew... Big frothy 2 finger head. Great retention, and lacing all the way down the glass.

S) Like strawberry rhubarb pie with a dusting of table sugar.

T) What a pleasing balance of sugared strawberries and tart rhubarb stalks. A little grassy at the finish. Refreshing....

M) Lighter medium body with mild carbonation. A soft feel to it, and easy drinking. Nice aftertaste...

O) This was a pleasure to drink. The flavors really played off of each other with near perfection. I know I'm in the minority here, but I enjoyed this even more than Serendipity...

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 22:32:42 | More by RoamingGnome
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Glarus Pint glass

A) Ruby red, clear, no color on sides of class, two finger head that stays

S) Fruit juice

T) tasted upfront like a strawberry fruit roll up and tartness at the back of the mouth

M) Left the mouth dry, but very smooth beer.

O) Well, i am not trying to knock this beer. Not Dan's best fruit beer or "sour" I don't know if any Brett was used tasted like it. Overall, try it I enjoy Serendipity more than this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 13:57:45 | More by NewGlarusFan
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle liberated from the brewery, & I just finished packing a few more into a box for an All-Pro trader. 750ML with the trademark thin cheese wax sealing the bottle, split with my wife.

My ten-year old daughter loves pouring beer, so she decants for us...she lets me know it smells good. The pour is like farmer's market apple cider, muddled brown with L'Oreal reddish highlights. Minimal carbonation. Smell is fantastic, perfectly ripe strawberries; I hope my patch, planeted this summer, smells so good next year! Rhubarb is faint & I would have missed it if not for the label. Wonderful.

Strawberry Rhubarb just proves once again: the master of Fruit Beers lives in New Glarus. Nobody is even close. The rhubarb that's skulking in the nose emerges in the taste, lending a sharp, tangy counterpoint to the light sweetness of the strawberries. I can almost taste the cream on top. Light & summery, I could sit out on the deck, look over the lake, listens to the loons, & drink this all night.

This phrase is usually a curse, but here I use it with admiration: perfectly balanced. I don't know how New Glarus makes these magical potions without veering into cloying or nauseating, but I hope they never stop. Excellent, & gets damn near to elite status.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 02:29:36 | More by maximum12
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:48:33 | More by homebrew311
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jayhass

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is a cloudy brownish red until you hold it up to the light when a light cloudy ruby red color comes through. Aroma - Light strawberry with some caramel malt and light acidic character from the sourness. Taste - Again strawberry but not as strong as other New Glarus fruit beers. Medium malt sweetness with some sourness maybe some from the rhubarb. No noticeable hop flavor probably from aged hops. My favorite New Glarus Fruit beer by far.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:25:37 | More by jayhass
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

split a750ml bottle

A-pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a tan small finger head that recedes to a fresh staying collar
S- strawberry pie and fresh cherries some must notes
T- strawberries with fresh tart cherry/rhubarb such a great taste of fruit with a musty finish
M- medium body with lower carbonation nice tartness
O- what a great wild ale this one is delicious

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 22:18:18 | More by gatornation
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy frothy pinkish-brown head atop a murky reddish brown brew.

Huge smell of fresh strawberries.

It really is just like strawberry-rhubarb pie. A bit of a sour cherry taste to the end (the rhubarb?) slightly reminiscent of belgian red. Somewhat lacking in complexity or zest to the finish.

Carbonation a bit low for me.

I'd probably rank this as my lowest of the big 4 fruit beers, but it's still a nice diversion and gets big points for creativity.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:48:06 | More by Strix
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky, turbid, opaque cider-brown color with a small white head.

S: Awesome strawberry-rhubarb aroma. Not too sweet, with both the strawberry and rhubarb balanced together nicely.

T: Rush of sweet strawberry, lightly tart rhubarb, a hint of vanilla, grain, and yeastiness on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied with light yet crisp carbonation.

O: Don't let the appearance of this beer mislead you: it's damn tasty and not quite as cloyingly sweet as Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:06:06 | More by Etan
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Man, can these guys do fruit beers. This is so good. Shared with a couple of buddies and it was unanimous.
Nice red color, but pale enough to look more like strawberry. Smallish head.
Great strawberry aroma. So on that it almost seemed not real, but consistent and always pleasing. Just a slight tartness, which is also how the rhubarb shows in the flavor. Never any excess and always enjoyable. Just enough sweetness in flavor to enjoy the strawberry. Prickly carbonation, which seems right for style and heavy enough body, but also light enough.
I was quite sad as I finished this glass as I wanted to keep enjoying both the aroma and flavors.
So good.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:54:55 | More by garymuchow
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very muddy looking brown with pinkish, reddish hues. Good sized off white head that leaves patchy lacing.

S - Smells like strawberry jam. Sweet with a hint of tartness.

T - Fresh, ripe strawberries. Sweet strawberry upfront, followed by tart rhubarb with a lingering fruitness. Someone mentioned it tastes like a Snapple and not sure I would disagree.

M - Light with spritzy carbonation. Very creamy and interesting mouthfeel.

D - Amazing the strawberry/rhubarb flavor and aroma in this beer. Only complaint is it is a bit Snapple like.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:08:40 | More by brewcrew76
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy red color, with a one finger off white head, which has nice retention, and leaves generous lacing. The aroma has ripe strawberries and tart rhubarb. Has a nice combination of sweetness and tartness, like most other New Glarus Fruit Beers.

Tastes just like I thought it would, with sweet strawberries and some tart rhubarb. The strawberries have a ripe, sweet taste, and they have a stronger presence than the rhubarb, but the combination of the strawberries and rhubarb together really work well together to make a well balanced tasty beer.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. This beer is another definite winner from New Glarus. Nobody makes Fruit Beers as good as they do, as consistently as they do.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 02:12:44 | More by hardy008
Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
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