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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 Ri0
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured 750ml bottle into wine chalice

A - Muddled dark red with flecks of orange. Fat 2 finger brilliant white head that fades into a bubbly ring around my glass. Generous amounts of splattered lacing.

S - Smells like I just got done at a “U-pick-em” strawberry patch and was rolling around in rhubarb. Very fresh strawberry fruit with bits of tart rhubarb.

T - Like grandma’s homemade Strawbarb pies. Damn this is good. It is sweet, but there is enough tart from the rhubarb to give you a decent pucker. Fresh strawberries are the stars of this beer and they make it known.

M - Light bodied with good amount of carbonation. Makes it fizzy, but rich and delicious. Slight tart lingers for a bit.

O - Another outstanding fruit beer creation by New Glarus and Dan Carey. Keep them coming!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a green 750 mL bottle and poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Thanks to Stevedore for getting this to me.

Appearance - Very unique looking for a beer. Body is a burgundy, reddish clay color and very cloudy, which gives the impression of fruit puree. Head is a finer and a half of sudsy sandy-colored bubbles. Takes its time dissipating and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell - An explosion of sweet and tart fruit characteristics, with very ripe strawberry being the dominant profile. The fruit is definitely the star, and the aroma has me a tad worried that this beer might be too sweet. On the positive side, there is a hint of tartness, like there may be a little pucker factor to this beer.

Taste - Delivers on the fruity promise of the nose, but this is not an artificial fruitiness that you get from syrups or the way crappy flavored malt beverages like Smirnoff Ice tastes. This is fresh, flavorful and tangy sweetness, with a semi-dry finish. Unfortunately, the hint of tart from the nose turned out to just be the natural acidity from the fruit. On the tastebuds, the tartness clearly comes from the natural punch of rhubarb, rather than any souring cultures or bacterial. Even so, it's quite delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, providing an effervescent but substantial feel. In some ways, the feel--not the smell or taste--reminded me of a mimosa or bellini. Very refreshing.

Overall, a fantastic fruit beer. I can't say it's my favorite out of the incredibly broadly-defined style, but it's certainly up there. They manage to make the fruit the focal point of the beer without creating something cloying and overly-sweet. Rather than making it mouth-puckeringly sour with bacteria, they've tapped into the natural tartness of strawberry and rhubarb, to excellent results.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't get enough of New Glarus's fruit beers, so I can't thank laymansbeerfan enough; thank you brother! Split with the wife into wine glasses.

A: Darker crimson brown, unfiltered towards the bottom of the 750, well carbonated with plenty of head but no lacing really.

S: Strawberry is upfront and full of life, sweet and fruity. Rhubarb is a bit buried but its tartness shines through lightly. Suggestions of honey, brown sugar, and other sweeter malt characters lie underneath all of the fruitiness.

T: Sweet strawberry dominates with rhubarb pulling in a distant second. Fruity and jammy; preserves/dessert/pie all come to mind. I could be imagining it but there does seem to be a sweeter malt backbone, with ghostly hints of caramel and brown sugar. Fruit-dominated though, for sure.

MF: Good carbonation keeps this from being cloying; lighter medium body.

O: I like strawberry, so this was a win for me. Would have loved a bit more balance from a tart rhubarb character but I'm nit-picking really. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a reddish amber color with a fluffy cream colored head. There is a very strong aroma of strawberries. The taste is a sweet clash of strawberries and rhubarb. It basically reminded me of a strawberry fruit roll-up from when I was a kid only in a beer form. I don’t see this having quite the hype as Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart, or Serendipity but its still quite good.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a deep dark earthy red color, almost a leathery brown. half a finger of an off white head with decent retention and a sticky lacing all along the sides. completely hazy and opaque.

Smell: fresh strawberry preservatives. herbaceous rhubarb aroma. some tart fruit. end is full of sweet graham cracker like pie crust. some strawberry candy towards the end

Taste: opens up with a strawberry candy and fresh strawberry preservatives. graham crack pie crust. some slightly tart flavors come through along with rhubarb and more herbaceous character.

Mouthfeel: very sweet but enough tartness to balance it out. pretty juicy and refreshing. medium body.

Overall: another killer fruit beer from new glarus. This one works out well with both the tartness and rhubarb to balance out the super sweet strawberry candy like flavors.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep strawberry red and looks literally like I poured a strawberry rhubarb pie.

The aroma of strawberry and rhubarb just penetrates the nostrils deep and is marvelous.

The flavor is quite pungent but a little sweet for my taste.

The mouthfeel is exactly like a Red Bull.

Overall, great freaking beer, but a little sweet for my taste.

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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 u2carew
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, amber to ruby colored body.
S) Bold aromatics - strawberry, rhubarb.
T) Tart strawberry and rhubarb. Subtle sweetness from the malts. Finishes with a pleasant strawberry and rhubarb aftertaste.
M) Medium body. Some mouth puckering.
O) A delicious concoction. Well balanced flavor profile. I'd definitely drink another.

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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 RoamingGnome
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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...

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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 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 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 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 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 Strix
4.17/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very hazy, very deep orange to medium tan/brown in color. A big and frothy, light tan head forms and retains very well. Lacing on this one is pretty great too.

S- A strong and dominant strawberry fruitiness is what hits first on the nose. The rhubarb is definitely in there too, but the scent is predominantly strawberry. It is all fruit all the way through the smell and on the sweeter end of the scent spectrum.

T- The taste of this beer follows the same arc as the scent, except the rhubarb is a little stronger than the strawberry. At the beginning, the fruit is the prominent flavor and it continues to be through the majority of the drink, but at the back end a bit of funky grain kicks in. The grain tastes mostly like wheat, but there is also a touch of musty barnyard funk in there. Fruit lingers on the palate after the drink.

M- For the low alcohol and fruity flavor profile of this beer, the mouthfeel is rather thick and creamy. The carbonation is somewhat less than expected, but still at an acceptable level. It really goes down smooth and would be perfect on a hot summer day.

Overall, this is pretty much exactly what I expected after having Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red. This beer is a delicious and fruity summer beer that is well made, easy to drink, and delicious.

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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 Fcolle2
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 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 kkleu357
3.7/5  rDev -14%

From notes on 1/11/14

Brownish purple in color. Fruity, sour, kind of soapy smell. Nice sweet taste. Tartness from the strawberries, but still sweet. This is good, but the cherry one us better.

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