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Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,242 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 267
Gots: 254 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,242 | Reviews: 140
Photo of dowen17
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy grapefruit color with minimal head. Leaves a nice ring around the glass.

On the nose is huge fresh strawberries. Strawberry jam. Unreal how fresh it smells. Sour rhubarb. Like a big heaping scoop of strawberry cobbler.

Tastes like a slice of pie. Unreally fresh strawberries. Tart rhubarb. A little bit of bready notes on the finish. Big huge juicy strawberry flavor all the way throughout the beer. Wow. Amazingly fruity and fresh. So good.

Perfect mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied. Not watery at all. Perfectly carbonated. Just enough to keep the flavor alive and prick the tongue.

This beer is perfect for me. Would absolutely drink again and well worth what I traded to get it. Makes me want to make a trip to Wisconsin.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a750ml bottle.

Pours a murky tawny color with some pinkish hues. There is a medium dense head that grows up to 1 inch and recedes at a moderate pace leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma starts off with some nice fresh strawberry notes. Notes of slight sugary jam are present as well. Light tartness in the nose as well as some earthy notes. The nose is so fresh and very inviting. Not overly sweet. The earthy notes are quite nice in the nose with some mild wild yeast aromas.

Favor starts of with fresh Strawberry juice notes. Perfect balance of fruit sweetness with tartness. It is not overly sweet or overly tart just right down the middle. The sour notes are ever so fain but so delightful. They balance what could be a overly sweet brew. The earthy notes of grain and rhubarb compliment the fruit notes perfectly. Nice notes of jam and preserves get more intense as the brew warms up and the grain and bred notes are more perceived as well. Body is nice and light with great fluffy carbonation and a nice chalky yeasty finish.

What can i say. NG knows their fruit beers. This is delicious. The strawberry notes are very fresh and perfectly balanced.

Photo of IronTom
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kojevergas
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 fl oz green glass (come on, New Glarus!) bottle with waxed-over branded iconic green-and-brass pressure cap and stylish label art acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery. Reviewed as a fruit beer. No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one-finger wide head of restrained off-white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Decent even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass when I tilt it.

Body colour is a murky copper-tan; sort of hard to place. It's an odd duck. Certainly nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Somewhat dull.

Overall, it's atypical of the norm, but that's to be expected given the brewery. I'm optimistic, but admittedly the appearance won't be winning any awards. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Fresh strawberries; not strawberry preserves, not strawberry extract, not syrup - actual strawberries. Fruity and evocative without ever feeling artificial. I hope the head brewer for Lost Coast is taking notes. Clean barley, brown malts, munich malts. The malts are seamlessly layered and allow the strawberry to dominate elegantly. A detect a touch of tart fruit and wild yeast - hard to determine which yeast; it's certainly not the usual obvious lactobacillus character of most American wild ales. Teasing and inviting. I can't quite recall the scent of rhubarb, but there's certainly a vegetable note of some sort in there; I wouldn't have noticed it explicitly if I tried the beer blind. Overall, it comes down slightly on the sweeter side. Pie filling comes to mind, but it doesn't have the acetic pie crust notes of a beer like, say, Rodenbach. It definitely evokes jam or jelly. It's also quite cidery, which works well here.

No hop profile or alcohol presence is noticeable.

A clean aroma of moderate strength. I can't wait to try it.

T: Oh, wow. Lovely jam/jelly/preserve notes for both strawberry and rhubarb, with delightful pie filling notes and the perfect amount of sweetness, which is itself complemented beautifully by an exquisite tartness. The malt layering is seamless; I can hardly guess which malts were used - clean barley, Belgian pale, Belgian brown? I love how the flavour profile develops, blossoming into the rewarding tartness on the climax. I love the fresh strawberry paired with the vegetable (rhubarb I guess). Lightly acetic. Ripe. A biteen cidery. Light bread crust. Juicy succulent fruit - not just strawberry but subtle cherry and apple as well. The kiss of sourness is so well hidden by the tartness that even opponents of sour beers would likely enjoy this one. Hop presence is near imperceptible; what little I can guess at is just complementary fruity hop character. I can't identify the wild yeast used; I imagine lactobacillus but with how refined and subtle the sourness is here, it could well have lambic yeast as well for all I know.

It's like Jesus is making preserves in my mouth. It's clean and teasing; just a very satisfying taste overall. Quite subtle and complex for its modest 4% ABV. Balance is incredible; this is a gestalt beer with flawless cohesion and superb execution.

Incredible depth of flavour for a 4% fruit beer. High duration of flavour, with a pleasant lingering aftertaste that makes you crave the next sip. Above average intensity of flavour.

Hard to pick a highlight in the flavour profile; I guess the jam notes are what really do it for me, but the tartness is lovely too.

No alcohol is in any way perceptible.

As it warms, I pick up some honey and nectary notes on the open.

Mf: Soft, supple, smooth, wet, quenching, and refreshing. Perfect body and thickness. Fantastic presence on the palate; it's a very welcoming approachable beer. Carbonation is perfect. This'll induce some lip-smacking. Definitely feels carefully custom-tailored to the flavour profile; there's an undoubtable marriage of texture to taste. Incredible execution across the board.

Not oily, harsh, boozy, hot, gushed, or astringent.

Dr: Boy am I glad I greedily kept this bottle for myself. I'll kill the entire bottle with ease, and I'll enjoy every drop of it. Yet another insanely drinkable and endlessly enjoyable fruit beer from New Glarus. I'd recommend this to friends and trading partners, and I'm glad as hell Duff27 included a bottle in my last box. I'd stock up on this stuff if I had the ability to; $10 or so is more than fair for the quality. I could see myself drinking it everyday in the summertime; it's a damn fine brew - and a refreshing one. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

A-

Photo of MITCHELLMPLS
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head almost nothing, hazy murky brown pink copper color.

Nose is everything, sweet candy, caramel and molasses, nutty, brown sugar and mild spices like lots of pie filling, then tons of fruit, nice strawberry, more of the rhubarb, little generic berry like almost raspberry, more like a jammy cooked fruit.

Taste is quite nice, good strawberry jam, rhubarb bitter and tartness but not a ton, into plenty of sweetness, brown sugar and molasses like, again pie filling, little candy like, mild overall tartness, very little base beer. Big acetic acid bite too, and light grainy bready. Finish is dry and flemmy, more acidic bite, nice lingering cooked jammy strawberry and rhubarb.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little jammy sweet, nice acidic bite and decent carb.

Overall quite nice. Sweet but not overly, and good tartness nice acid level. Ugly ducking with a great beer underneath.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a grayish, brownish, red with s thin half finger head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas pop of jam strawberries and rhubarb, cooked though not fresh fruit. Like taking deep inhaled breathes from the bottom of a pie tin, super fruity.

T - Taste is very, very strawberry, light rhubarb tart flavours, mostly pie filing, natural sweetness not cloy like most new glarus beers, very fruity and easy drinking.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and almost sticky sweet, light carbonation.

O - Overall this beer screams rhubarb and strawberry. The strawberry is so intense here, would like a bit more rhubarb tartness though.

Photo of WesM63
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
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