R&D Wild Peach
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4.61 | pDev: 6.94%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Cave #2

L: Cloudy golden brown pour with big foamy off-white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Peach preserves and a bit of funk. Fruit and oak.

T.F: Sweet-tart peach jam... low acidity with some funk and oaky barrel flavor. Very balanced... medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. More peach at the finish.

O: An outstanding peach wild ale. New Glarus does outstanding work and this beer was excellent. Very enjoyable.

May 17, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled August 2014; drank 4/21/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Aged in cave #2; beers blended from 2011, 2012 & 2013.

Murky orange rust appearance.

Fluffy khaki head; minimal lace.

Sweet peach jam notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet peach & mild caramel flavors up front; effervescent soda water bite on the finish.

An elegant beer; simple yet perfect. The best fruit beer I've ever had.

Aug 01, 2019
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gibgink from Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Never thought I would get to try this beer, but as release luck would have it, someone cracked one...thanks Jerry! This beer is not a looker. Pours a light brown doo doo water, along the lines of a sour brown. Great peach aroma on the nose, and the flavor still shines after 4 years in the bottle.

Nov 13, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bubbly copper-amber with a bubbly khaki collar.

Smell is peach cobbler with fresh, juicy and ripe peaches. Wow grandma, you nailed it!

Taste is lightly tart peach with shortbread, semi-bitter oak and toasted seeds delivered by a bubbly airy froth, finishing dry finish.

Apr 02, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.69/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was somewhat there but dissipated within about less than a slim minute. The smell had a sour to sweet peach to soured apple/maybe pear maybe glossed over orange to mango engrossing aroma. The taste encompasses a nice citrus to piney to bitter/sour apple to pear to sweet fruit. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still carried it’s own as far as everything is required. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Wild ale with the peach thing going on.

Jun 24, 2017
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WI-Beer-Man from Wisconsin

4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
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.


Sep 28, 2015
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Mangbus from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Sep 21, 2015
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Aug 10, 2015
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popery from California

3.92/5  rDev -15%
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.

Aug 03, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Jul 26, 2015
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antoines15 from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
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...

Jul 04, 2015
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kbwalters from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Jun 28, 2015
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madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

May 31, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

May 08, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -25.2%
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-

May 08, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Apr 17, 2015
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blockdude from California

4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Mar 30, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Mar 23, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Mar 20, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.02/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Mar 15, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Mar 11, 2015
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Mar 01, 2015
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TampaRainman from Florida

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Feb 21, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Feb 09, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Feb 08, 2015
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