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Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 1,324
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 318
Gots: 277 | 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: 139 | Hads: 1,324
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy brownish-red with a thin white head. The smell is total strawberry jam! Taste is a wonderful blend of sweet strawberry and bland rhubarb. The slight sour does kick the salivary glands. Nice balance for some bold flavors. Very enjoyable. Finishes busy.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulipp glass.

Appearance: light to medium amber and tinge of crimson color beer. Small cap of bubbly white foam that drops down to nothing.

Smell: Overripe and juicy strawberries. Lots of strawberries without being overwhelming. Slight tart note which I am assuming is the rhubarb.

Taste: Lots of strawberries! Just the right amount of them too. They taste very close to what real strawberries taste like. A touch of tartness of rhubarb that balances out the sweetness of the strawberries almost flawlessly. This beer is all about the balance between the strawberries and the rhubarb.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Rediculous how drinkable this beer is... It makes your mouthwater after every sip. Carbonation is adequate and mellow; slightly creamy.

Overall: Another masterpiece by New Glarus. This guys are doing amazing things with fruit beer. Serendipity and Strawberry Rhubarb within less than a year apart... New Glarus and company; we are going to expect even more fruit beer experiments since you nailed the last two that you brewed. I highly anticipated this fruit beer from Dan and crew...I gotta day that I am not dissapointed!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a 2 finger cream head. Thick ring of lacing and trails.

Has a vegetal and somewhat medicinal aroma with a nice strawberry accent.

Sweet honey, sugar, some tartness I am guessing from the rhubarb? And very nice strawberry flavor.

Another amazing fruit beer from NG. Has some tartness and rhubarb, vegetal notes as well as a nice amount of strawberry.

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Photo of deebo
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

Pours a burnt orange color with a slight haze. A prominent beige head with a bit of stickiness. Aromas of jammy strawberries are strongest. A little of that distinct rhubarb aroma if you look for it. Taste is fruity for sure. Strawberry (fruity, a bit seedy and fresh) with a bit of astringent sour rhubarb noted too. Light bodied with medium to slightly high carbonation. A bit of tartness to balance the upfront sweetness. Overall a refreshing easy to drink tasty beer. Yet to have anything but a super fruit beer from New Glarus. Good dessert beer/strawberry rhubarb torte-like

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep burgundy. Initial pour yields three fingers head. Solid looking beer.

Smells of strawberry jam. Primarily sweet if the nose but there is a bit of tartness.

Taste is sweet with the strawberries but it goes a bit deeper than the nose. Rhubarb tartness balances the sweetness. As with other NG fruit beers the fruit flavors are the star.

Love the mouthfeel on all of NG fruit beers. This is no different.

Pretty much all I expected but perhaps I would like just a bit more tartness. Not disappointed.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Ruby red, cloudy.

S - Strawberries all the way.

T - Strawberries, strawberries, and a bit of rhubarb tartness comes in at the end. Excellent. The only downside; it's kind of hard to taste the malt.

M - Not syrupy at all. Medium bodied, almost creamy.

O - Dan Carey is my brew-idol. He NEVER cranks out a disappointment. Seek this one out, especially if you love fruit beer/strawberries/rhubarb/pie/NG.

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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 Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

pours a murky brown with a slight head. smell is amazing..EXACTLY like strawberry rhubarb pie!! awesome. taste starts out very slightly tart with a big rhubarb flavor. it lingers on your palate for a while , the tartness fades very quickly. medium bodied with mild carbonation

overall impressive nose..maybe the best of any beer. recommended

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Photo of KFBR392
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a large luscious head. Murky, brownish ruby red color to this brew. Above average active carbonation with plenty of thick lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A wonderfully rounded bright strawberry aroma hits the nose right away. The rhubarb adds some subtle bittering accents which add quite a bit of complexity. Taken all together, this aroma comes off quite a bit like the Raspberry Tart also from New Glarus with just a little less tartness.

Taste: A highly carbonated tart rhubarb feeling is the first to arrive on the scene. That is quickly washed away by an overpowering strawberry sugary feeling which just takes over the palate. Waves and waves of strawberries keep coming, so fresh and clean. My only gripe is that the rhubarb is not nearly as much of a player as I hoped it would be. The finish is light and refreshing. Simply what a fruit beer should be.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, crisp, with some very slight dryness that I imagine is from the rhubarb.

Overall: Of course I had high expectations from this brew and it did not disappoint. Like I said above, this beer feels a little off balance in the strawberry to rhubarb ratio. The fruit accents are incredibly bright and vibrant, like no other fruit beer in the business.

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Photo of weonfire
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish purple - thick head & lacing, slightly transparent

S - Strawberry, rhubarb, raspberry, light sugar

T - slightly tart strawberry - finish has a sweet rhubarb. does taste a mix bag of pleasantly sweet fruits.

M - frothy, not too thick, full coverage, excellent carbonation, little bit of fiz

O - Outstanding. Frothy head retention last entirety of beer. Fruit flavors are excellent. I did hope the rhubarb brought a much higher sourness while its only mildly tart. Low ABV makes this an superb choice as a desert beer. Very refreshing. If your lucky to get your hands on one - it won't be a let down.

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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).

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was poured into a snifter and appeared a cloudy brown color with a reddish tint. There was not much of a head on this beer, but there really is not supposed to be. The highlight of this beer seems to be the aroma as it smells much like homemade strawberry jam. If I could not see it, I might not know it was beer. On the initial taste, one gets an incredible amount of sweetness like strawberry jam. I am told that the tartness in the background is the rhubarb. To be honest, I do not know what a rhubarb tastes like. So in regard to the rhubarb, I am just going by the word of others. The sweetness of the strawberry fades as the tastes continues from sweetness to a more seedy berry taste. It makes me curious as to whether the aroma's impact on the initial was exaggerated. The sweetness continues into the aftertaste and is allowed to linger because of the thickness of the beer. The fruit dominates the taste in this beer. I would not say it is better than Belgian Red of Serendipity, but it is another strong effort by New Glarus.

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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 brock146
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 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 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.

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

Pours a murky brown with an inch head that dissipates quickly, kind of an ugly beer but in a good way. On the nose I get fresh squeezed cider and strawberry preserves. On the palate the strawberry preserves really come forward with a little rhubarb in the background. Perfect level of sweetness and a light tartness. Full mouthfeel. Overall really good and strawberry is probably one of my least favorite fruits, really looking forward to the other New Glarus Fruit beers as this was my first.

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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 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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle shared by Benish today, 8/1/2013. Poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

This beer looks to be a very well carbonated, bubbly brownish-amber body with a solid 1cm white head, very bubbly and leaves a good bit of lacing out there. Very effervescent beer.

Sniffing it makes me think of strawberry preserves with a little bit of tart earthiness which I'm assuming is from the rhubarb. But its strawberry preserves or jam, straight up in the nose. Very nice nose and smells incredibly sweet and refreshing.

Drinking this beer is a pleasure- tons and tons of sweet strawberry jam that is balanced out a little bit by an earthy yet light tartness. It's not particularly complex though, but it really delivers in the strawberry department. I love strawberries so I really enjoy it.

The body of this beer is light bodied, maybe a bit on the thicker side. It's very, very well carbonated and refreshing. There is a bit of an odd tart aftertaste on the back of my throat that I can't quite describe but it takes a little bit away from the beer I thought. I want that tart aftertaste on my palate, not in the back of my throat. Still, it's easily drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, I put this up as an equal to Serendipity, which is above Raspberry Tart and below Belgian Red which is still king in my book. New Glarus produces probably the best non-sour fruit beers in the country so this follows in the same tradition of the others. Delicious, refreshing brew for sure. Recommend trying this at least once.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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