R&D Wild Peach | New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Wild PeachR&D Wild Peach

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! The smell of peaches overwhelmed me when the bottle was popped and poured into a snifter.

Dark amber pour with a finger and a half of white bubbly head. Amazing scent of freshly cut peaches or peach jolly ranchers.

The flavor follows the smell. Funky peach candy.


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Photo of Mangbus
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared at Zwanze day - what an amazing brew. Looked a cloudy light brown. This smelled of ripe mashed peaches with a hint of funk. Taste matched up perfectly with the smell. This was high on my list to try and it lived up to the hype.

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Photo of rjp217
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good lord, there is not a better smelling beer on the planet. This is a peach bomb. Just perfectly ripe and tasty. Slightly tart but again the peach is the standout here. Some oak but again sits in the background comparatively. Can't believe how fruity and well balanced this is, especially after a year in the bottle. Winning.

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Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a dusky amber, quite cloudy, with a light tan head. Very good retention for a sour. The aroma is big on peaches. It’s a clean sweet flavor. There’s a some jammy depth. Mild funk. A moderate woody, earthy note that could just be from the yeast. Taste is moderate to medium sour. Less peach flavor in the taste but more nice sour and funk bouncing around. Some oak flavor. Medium body. A little bit of malt sweetness but less than I expected. Good stuff.

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Photo of Ri0
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

poured 500ml into teku. Brewed 12/2011, bottled 8/2014, consumed 7/2015.

A - Cloudy and dirty orange with a dirty sand colored 2.5 finger head on a gentle pour. Excellent retention that fades into a frothy head and leaves clumps of lacing.

S - Aromas of very tart peaches with musty wood. It is very inviting and pleasant. I've not smelled a peach beer this good before.

T - Sharp and biting tartness of unripe peach. Oddly enough there is a very juicy ripe peach flavor. I'm not sure what barrels were used, but I can almost detect hints of bourbon, oak, and musty funk. A pleasant sweetness is overcome by more tartness.

M - Excellent carbonation with a medium body that is thirst quenching and easy to drink.

O - Best peach beer I have ever had. I'll have to open my Fou some day soon and compare.

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Photo of antoines15
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could smell this beer All. Day. Long. Like everyone has said, it smells like straight up peach rings that you can purchase while in line at Woodman's. The taste is also good but not as excellent as that nose. Yow! A bit oaky, sour, kinda peachy. A sipper as this gets better once warmed. Just need that VSB now...

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Photo of kbwalters
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brought up from cellar and put in fridge to cool; poured into a tapered New Glarus sour glass, bottled in August 2014.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear brown with orange highlights and 4 fingers go off white head, great retention and lace. Really carbonated, tons of streaming bubbles. Cool look.
Aroma = 5.0 Fresh peach aroma dominates and comes in bursts; really comes out more and more as it warms. It’s an all around sweet aroma and some acidity but mostly just tons of peach with some mild oak notes. Really, really good.
Taste = 4.5 Moderate sour throughout, starts at the front of the tongue but fades a lot by the end of the glass. The sweet malty base comes in on the back end and a rush of peach flavor hits and lingers into the aftertaste. Light oak notes too.
Feel = 4.25 Medium body with high carbonation, fizzy on the tongue and on the swallow.
Drinkability = 4.5 Tons of peach keep you coming back for more; the sour level is reasonable too, enough to be interesting but doesn’t detract from the drinkability.
Overall = 4.5875 Huge score here for Wild Peach. The peach really pops now, especially in the aroma.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I finally opened one of these and am I glad I did tonight.

S. Just like peach rings, crazy delicious

T. Not as pronounced but great for a peach sour, let it warm up a bit, into the 50's for the flavors to come out.

M. smooth, nice little sour bite, enough to draw you back in from the puckering sour.

O. Very solid beer, best R&D yet!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had this one a few times prior but dang if this aint in the sweet spot right now. honestly tastes better than a fresh peach. color is peach skin. nose is perfect peach and taste, well it is peach. everything is right abut this beer. best peach beeri have ever had far and away and this is the best peach beer I have had.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. I've been saving this one for a long time; expectations are sky-high.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

7.25%. Batch cave 2.

BOTTLE: Classy label art. Iconic green/gold pry-off cap.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 inches wide. Full and even. Good consistency and complexion. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is excellent - easily ~10 minutes.

BODY: Copper hazy tangerine with muted brown hues. A bit murky. Translucent and glowing. Nontransparent.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a nice looking wild ale, but isn't unique or special.. I'm excited to try it.

AROMA: Expressive peach - both orchard peach and candied peach. Wild yeast characteristics. There's not much sourness here at all. It just bursts with fresh fruit. There's not overt bacterial character; I don't find intense lactobacillus bacteria or anything. Not much oak or funk.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Not the sour tart aroma I anticipated. Enticing, but not saliva-inducing.

TASTE: Expresses peach aplenty, and the faint oak is nice and ties it together, but it lacks the intricacy I've come to associate with New Glarus' best offerings. Not a real subtle beer either; in fact, it's a bit plain. The orchard peach, nice as it is, dominates, but there isn't a whole lot to supplement. Sourness is mild in intensity, and this isn't real tart. It's maybe a 2/10 in terms of sourness - which is disappointing. This is closer to their fruit beers than to sours. There's no crazy wild yeasts or evidence of true spontaneous fermentation. Not funky or puckering. More of a bacterial flavour profile would help.

Not a gestalt flavour profile. I do like it, but I'm a bit disappointed given the brewery.

Has no overt hop notes, booze, or spice.

TEXTURE: Aptly medium-bodied. A bit overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing. Soft and comforting on the palate, with a nice overall presence. Adequate thickness.

Lacks a harmony of texture to taste, but this mouthfeel complements the taste nicely.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. It's an enjoyable fruit beer, but it isn't amazing or mind-blowing, and is one of the only New Glarus beers I've had which is highly anticipated that falls short of expectations. I'd buy it again, sure, but it's not exceptional. Those hoping for a stellar sour will be let down, but it's a nice fruit beer bursting with orchard peach.

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle.

High B-

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Photo of aleigator
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wild Peach '14 vintage

Thanks to Kevin for providing the bottle!

Pours a vibrant, dark orange color, with a big, froth head.

Has a very intriguing nose, perfectly balanced between funk and fruitiness. First thing you get is a mellowed tartness with some barnyard and wood, from which a lovely aroma of ripe peaches leads. There is also a note of glue and yogurt, adding to the well pronounced peach impression, while the aromas dont become too loud in general.

Has a pleasant, lively carbonation with a refreshing light body.

Tastes of tart lime from the first split-second, with earthy, leathery malts providing the necessary balance for the beer. Accompanied by a sour funkiness, with a hint of vinegar to it, the peaches become visible, providing a smooth, soft mouthfeel, as well as a ripe fruitiness together with wooden, toasted stone fruit qualities. The high carbonation changes the direction of the beer after this first impression, by giving the beer its thirst-quenching character, without overruling the peaches at all. Reveals flavors of slightly honeyed malts during the finish, providing a nice juiciness, wrapped up by an enjoyable dryness at the very end.

The peach is unbelievable well pronounced in this beer. The brew establishes typical sour beer characteristics from the beginning, while it seems to be a bit more mellow than usual, allowing to emphazise the peach. Once the fruits hit the palate, they wont leave it until the very end, although the other flavors continously change and develop on the tongue throughout. This allows the beer to become insanely profound and interesting, while it never looses its initial, fruity focus.

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Photo of blockdude
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very impressive! Sort of reminded me of supplication but the Michigan peaches made me like this that much more. Despite being close to 2 years old, the peaches could not have tasted any more fresh along with the other ingredients. Very nice blend of fresh peaches, oak, bourbon, leather, and supposedly horse (not a flavor familiar to me, just reading from the label). Would like to obtain another bottle in the future or if I'm lucky enough to try the elusive vsb.

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Photo of Rutager
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much peach as its poured, floral and fruity. Same with the taste, floral peach, nicely sour. So much peach!!! Amazing (but not quite vsb).

Steasy66, unnatural feelings for you bro.

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Photo of rlee1390
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Cloudy amber in the glass, two finger head that lingers.

S-Peaches, bourbon, oak, leather, tartness.

T-Amazing balance. Nice peach followed by mild bourbon and oak. Leather notes and well. Some grass, nice tartness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and super smooth.

O-The best sour I have ever had.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt orange pour, with a small wispy layer of off-white bubbles that held pretty good. In the nose, funk and peach, not overly sour. Lots of fresh peach flesh in the taste, again, not overly tart and sour, somewhat earthy and mulchy, leather and a little farmhouse. Also some almond in there; wonder if they left the pits in the peaches. Body was medium, mouthfeel wasn't really crisp like I prefer in beers like this, more chewy, with a toned-down acidity. Not bad.

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Photo of brentk56
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a modest head that leaves a few dashes around the collar

Smell: The bouquet of fresh peaches is enormous, with some bready character underneath; just a touch of funk and sour tones

Taste: Peach juice dominates, with crusty bread, leathery funk and a hint of maple; slightly lactic, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly puckery

Overall: New Glarus is gifted when it comes to fruit beers and while this one is more of a fruit beer than a wild ale it is still incredible

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Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light color in the glass. The nose was all peach, as expected. The taste...Was this an actual beer or was I drinking a peach? This was very very good.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into HF Tulip.

A: Pour reveals a murky shade of copper. Turns up a but if head that quickly fades. Wisps of bubbles linger in rim.

S: Peach candy hits you in the face. Very sweet-smelling. Tangerine/sweet citrus zest.

T: Sweetness upfront. You can tell that this beer is related to the standard NG Fruits. Really nice oaky notes push through the peach juice and a really pleasant dry tartness finishes to balance it out.

F: Really nice carb level. Finishes dry but not mouth-puckeringly sour.

O: Delicious Peach Bomb. The dry tart finish brings balance that I imagine might only improve with a little more time in the bottle.

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma hits of straight peach rings with that creaminess, sweetness, candy quality, and almost artificial peach gummy bear flavor.

The flavor follows with that same peach ring flavor, both being candy sweet and creamy. There's then some apple cider vinegar as the Oud Bruin base gently comes through. Medium plus tart and a fun fun beer with that candy quality.

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Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up at the release during the Great Taste weekend last year. 500 ML bottle with the minimalist New Glarus R&D artwork split with my wife.

Three quarters of the bottle poured just for fun & to keep any potential yeasties at bay. Plenty of carbonation & a clear brew that could pass for a filtered amber (& it might be fun to pass it off as one to some unsuspecting Leine’s drinker). The nose is canned peaches, & nothing is getting through that veil of peach. Interesting opening gambit.

Wild Peach, wow, I’m going to keep saying it. Wild Peach. Wild Peach. This kicks ass. The peach melds with the sour tartness like two pieces of a three piece puzzle, laser-etched. Funky wood follows, with a drying earthiness. Bit of white wine on the end. Fritzy & spritzy, & probably the most drinkable wild ale I’ve ever tasted.

This. Is. Amazing. I had a taste of Very Sour Blackberry a while back & it was excellent & this continues the trend. New Glarus might be the new masters in this country of the wild ale. Excellent beer that’s only a spare whiskers away from the elite.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at great taste, but forgot to review.

It was a nice peach beer with a bit of sour character, but I expected more from New glarus. Waiting in line for 20 minutes was not worth it.

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Photo of Graffy
2.61/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

At best this is a slightly soured fruit beer. Calling this a wild ale is a shame. If you like fruit beers you will enjoy this. If your actually looking for a wild ale with any sort of complexity steer clear. This is definitely the last beer I'll be having from ng

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from @jbwimer. Thanks man! Excited for this one. Poured to my Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku. Pours dark hazy orange with a big fluffy off white head that sticks around a bit with some big bubbles. Aroma is insane fresh peaches, even feels like I can smell the peach fuzz, a bit of dry oak, then more juicy peaches. Flavor follows with a lightly sour fresh peach flavor, hints of oak throughout, just a tad bit of bourbon, a light sweetness. The tart-sweet-dry balance here is rather incredible. Medium bodied, some prickly plus carbonation, sweet and smooth. Yep. This is good. Nobody integrates fruit like New Glarus.

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Photo of deebo
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at ABR. Remember how peachy it was. This bottle is still the same. This beer does such a great job of bringing the peach flavor into the mix. This is the best fruit sour I've had.

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Photo of anteater
4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber-orange with a thin white head. Smell is peach schnapps, gummy peach candy. The smell is good in a way, but not what I expected to find in a beer. Very artificial. Taste follows the nose a bit along with a very slight tartness. I would not call this beer sour at all. Big peach punch at the beginning and then the taste disappears, nothing on the finish. Mouthfeel is light as a cloud, very interesting. Overall I thought this beer tasted very good but was let down by high expectations.

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