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Strawberry Rhubarb - New Glarus Brewing Company

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139 Reviews
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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 BeerLover99
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.


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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a murky golden brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that eventually disappears completely, leaving just some bubbles shooting to the top

S- exactly as described, it smells like a fresh strawberry pie, plenty of fresh strawberries, slight rhubarb tartness, even picking up a bit of malty flaky pie crust aroma. The strawberry doesn't smell artificial either, like with most fruit ales, pretty much spot on

T- immediately notice the contrast of sweet and tart, with the sweetness of strawberry and tartness of rhubarb. The strawberry sweetness is reminiscent of the syrup of a strawberry pie, or fresh strawberry jam. The finish continues sweet, with more strawberry on a slightly dry linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a sweet finish that coats the mouth

O- a fruit beer that is true to it's description, it's pretty sweet and best shared, but a nice switch up from the usually mundane world of fruit beers

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. My girlfriend's super excited! 750ml bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, frothy, 3 finger light cream colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear mahogany rust. Lacing is stringy and spotty with great stick. Great looking brew!

Nose is sweet and aromatic. Strawberry rhubarb pie. Juicy with a ton of fruit puree. Excellent.

Opens sweet strawberry puree and juice. More of the same in the middle with a slight cinnamon sweetness and that signature New Glarus yeast flavor. Ends sweet and syrupy. Aftertaste is more of the same. Simple but enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and carbonated in the mouth and goes down syrupy. Finishes quick and abrasive with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

This is pretty in line with the rest of New Glarus' fruit offerings. Clean, simple and delicious. I'm glad to have gotten to try this and I hope they keep this in the regular lineup.

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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 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 Beerlover
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not a fan of sweet beers or fruit unless they are done right, aaand New Glarus does it right yet again!
A: Clear pinkish reddish brown color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissipates
S: smells like a tart strawberry rhubarb dessert, very fruity on the nose
T: here is where the weakness is, very rich, almost overly so mainly from the tartness which I love and am a fan of only because it reminds me of a nice Belgian sour flanders only lighter in body similar to a cider but with less carbonation, id say medium low, leaves kind of a sour dirty fruit taste in the mouth.
O.A. Perfect appertif beer. great in small quanties, share this with 2 or 3 other people!

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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 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 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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured a murky amber color with a nice bubbly off-white head.
S - strawberry preserves, sugar, some maltiness.
T - sweet strawberry jam with some tart fruit and rhubarb balancing out the sweetness on the back end.
M - good carbonation with a velvety smoothness. A little dry finish rounds out the sip
O - a very good fruit beer. If sweetness is your thing, NG is one of the better makers of these types of beer.

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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 joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Wax Top
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cam for sharing another slice of New Glarus fruit goodness. Reviewed from notes.

Pour is hazy dull red with an off-white head. Good retention with some lace left.

Smell, as expected, pure strawberry jam and fruit snacks. Sugary bread and poundcake come to mind. Sweet fruitiness all the way.

Like the smell, as expected, straight up authentic strawberry, pretty sweet with very light tartness. Some leafy/seed flavors, shortcake, general fruity jam. Nice but maybe overly simplistic, not sure how much the rhubarb contributed.

Great body and flavor for the ABV. ... As expected.

Very good and authentic, but a little more cloying and not as drinkable as their other fruit 750s. A small pour of this one is best I think. Still probably the best (only?) straight-up, non-sour strawberry ale around.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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)

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a very murky opaque copper/brown/orange in color. 2 fingers of head with excellent retention - especially for this style! lots of lacing as well (which is also unusual for the fruit beer style). the aroma of this beer is just heavenly - strawberry jam, a slight tartness, bread crust, strawberries strawberries strawberries. my goodness the balance on this is phenomenal.. you'd think it would be all sweet and tart, but holy crap it's all full on strawberry rhubarb pie.. the subtle tartness of fruity strawberries and a bready pie crust like dryness to follow.. my goodness, am i liking this more than belgian red????
light in body, sweetly refreshing.. tart and fruity.. high carbonation

my goodness, it doesn't get any better than this. i would have loved a pink looking beer, but seriously, when a beer tastes this damn good - who gives a flying fuck?

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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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is plenty of carb in this bottle. Really makes the presentation impressive with the foamy white head. The body has a cloudy light brown color like cooked rhubarb. The smell is tart strawberry. Really inviting. The taste delivers the strawberry flavor like no other beer I've had. The beer finishes with a light tartness that does give the tang of rhubarb. This is like a clean, crisp version of strawberry rhubarb pie. Really delicious fruit beer and easily the best strawberry flavor I've had.

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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 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 ONUMello
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy light brown with a one-finger head that lingers quite a while
S: Strawberry & rhubarb with a light caramel malt backbone
T: Strawberry primarily with rhubarb taking a strong secondary note with caramel/malt in the background. Sweet from the freshness of the fruit, but not overly so and backed by refreshing acidity from the rhubarb
M: Very smooth, somewhat light, sweetness balanced by acidity with a fairly long finish. Tasty across the initial attack/midpalate and finish
O: Another winner from New Glarus. Follow the advice on the bottle and drink a bit colder than cellar temp. IMO it would creep closer to 5s if the rhubarb & its acidity were closer to the intensity of the strawberry though still fantastic and no complaints as is

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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 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 Etan
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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