Raspberry Tart | New Glarus Brewing Company

936 Reviews
Raspberry TartRaspberry Tart

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml. Deep deep red in a color with a hint of brown; head is ruddy. Smell is raspberry and vanilla, like a raspberry creamsicle. The taste is probably too much like juice or some kind of juice cocktail. Very thirst quenching. Makes me take gulps unlike with other beer. Feel is definitely sticky sweet, but the taste is quite faithfully retained throughout the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of Sails_Ambassador
1/5  rDev -77%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't know whether to laugh or cry...... Living in WA I have access to de grade and cascade, I'm sorry this beer is a disgrace, not fresh fruit but fruit extract? This is the most disgusting fruit beer I have ever had, this made cough syrup taste good. How Todd and Jasom gave it a 100.... I wish I got paid that money......

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml wax top bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep purple color with a small fizzy white head that eventually dissipates completely to leave nothing behind

S- smells of raspberry puree, raspberry cobbler, simmered cranberries & vanilla. Pure raspberry all around

T- raspberry cobbler flavor follows the nose with some notes of sweet raspberry jam, there's a slight grainy background before finishes with a hint of tartness, but overall just raspberry throughout

M- medium-thick body with medium spritz carbonation leads to a bubble mouthfeel and a syrupy sweet finish

O- a wonderful showcase of raspberry that is sweet, but not cloying and leaves you wanting more

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Photo of Laxadaisical
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Before you even pour this beer, the aroma explodes out of the bottle, filling the room with the scent of freshly picked raspberries and sweet raspberry jam. As you pour it, the slightly murky ruby red liquid produces a wonderful pink head. The aroma just continues to burst with juicy raspberry, raspberry jam, and a slight wheat body behind it. The flavor is equally mind-blowing, with a perfect mixture of sweet, jammy raspberry and tart, fresh raspberry character. The body is medium full but the carbonation is medium high, leaving your mouth coated in wonderful raspberry flavor long after your last sip. If you like real, fresh, sweet/tart raspberry flavor, then you will be hard-pressed to find a better beer than this.

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Photo of richj1970
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Reddish brown with two finger creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Ripe red raspberries, tart lemons, and a touch of honey.

T: Tons of ripe raspberry flavor explodes in your mouth. True to fruit flavor. Not too tart and not too sweet.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish has a nice balance between sweet and tart. A little bit of effervescence that gives a champagne like feel to it.

O: Another fantastic fruit beer from NG. Very well done indeed.

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Photo of Beer_Line
2.36/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Did not enjoy. A very syrup'y like liquid. The sweetness is ridiculous. No beer present it feels like, just artificial raspberry syrup taste. I guess if that is what you are looking for, get one of these. But I like beer, not fruit syrup like beverages. THIS is not sour in any way. Just throwing that out there, to all you sour fans, its not a sour, so don't address it as so.

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Photo of TH28
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Appearance: Deep burgundy and clear, with a moderate pink/brown foam head. Aroma: Fresh raspberries and blackberries. No noticeable malt or hop aromas. Taste: Sweet raspberry up front, giving way to a sharp, tart, acidic bite. A slight malt breadiness is there after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation that accentuates the tartness of the beer. Finish: Lingering tart raspberry/blackberry with a hint of bready malt. Overall: World class fruit beer. Perfect balance of fresh berry aromas, and contrasting sweet/tart berry flavors. Well carbonated to accentuate the tartness. Great dessert beer

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle. Cap and neck dipped in red wax.
Reviewed on June 13th, 2015
Served in a Pilsner flute

Poured a bubbly cherry wood body. Very pretty deep red glow. A white head with the slightest hue of pink towered right off of the pour, well over two fingers deep. The head quickly collapsed and left a sparse amount of lacing.

Rich aroma of raspberries. Very reminiscent to the aroma of a fresh jar of raspberry preserves. Very subtle notes of sweet oak lingered in the background.

Overwhelming hit of banana.
I jest.
Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries. Very fresh. Good amount of sweetness up front, almost too much, but the tartness kicked in before things became too overwhelmingly sweet. Faint hit of grain, but this one is all about the raspberries. High carbonation, nearing champagne consistency. Medium/light bodied.

This one really lives up to the hype. Whether it's beer or not is certainly debatable but whatever you want to call it, I'm sold.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is overly sweet with almost the taste of raspberry extract. After swallowing you get almost a acidic burn from the sourness that is completely masked with so much sugar and raspberry syrup/extract taste. I dumped this beer out. To each his own.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous, clear, deep ruby color with a 1 finger creamy, yet fluffy pink-tan head. Smell just bursts our of the glass with a huge fresh raspberry bouquet. Wow, it's juicy, it's leafy (I swear I can smell the raspberry leaves/bush), it's slightly earthy with just the faintest touch of woodiness. Taste follows with strong intensity. FRESH raspberry juice, chalky skin and all. Nice notes of apple, a touch of sour pear, and a bit of white grape, and a green leafiness. Wow, so complex. Has a beautifully soft, yet prickly mouth feel that finishes dry, but leaves you with a puckering finish that morphs to sweet at the very end, leaving you coming back for more and more. This 750 doesn't stand a chance. Amazing beer.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty, just tart enough, and tastes very fresh. The yeast adds complexity, but this is a very strong tasting Raspberry beer and one that is much sweeter than a Founder's raspberry beer. An excellent choice as a dessert beer. If it were available in my area, I'd be seeking it out regularly.

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Photo of Beric
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into champagne flute
Served: 28 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a pinkish ruby color, clear, with a soapy white head that diminishes quite quickly. Big carbonation coming up from the bottom. Does not look syrupy.

Smell: Big notes of tart raspberry, not like raspberry jam. You can almost smell the plant, not just the berries. Really inviting nose.

Taste: Wow. If you've only every had Lindemann's, you need to try this. Incredible notes of fresh, fresh raspberry with a pleasantly tart finish on the back of the tongue and without any weird malt graininess like some of the cheap Belgian lambics. Incredibly smooth and pure flavor. Tastes like raspberries of course, but that pure finish is world class.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent. Almost fleeting. Very much like champagne.

Overall: A marvelous beer from one of the best brewers in the country. Absolutely top notch.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from a friend (might have been cellared):
Pours a murky reddish-brown with a reddish-tan head that grows nicely, but recedes in time.
Nose of raspberries hit you as soon as the beer top seal is broken. The smell is lightly sweet in nature.

The taste follows the nose, with a sweet raspberry puree taste being the main taste. In fact, I really get little else. The raspberry taste is quite enjoyable, but I keep searching to find something more. As the beer warms, the sweetness lessens, and some berry tartness comes out. I think I might detect a hint of spice and/or lemon, but it comes with the sensation of the wonderful level of carbonation, so it is the feel that I may be interpreting as a bite.

The feel is incredibly smooth, with a very nice level of carbonation that begins the beer before fading into the smooth, almost creamy sensation for the rest of the drink.

I had been anticipating New Glarus beers after seeing how they are regarded on this site. This is a good beer, for certain, but I think I also expected a higher level of tartness or even sour (thought I don't know way).

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Photo of swanfungus
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I almost feel like this one needs to be laid down for a few months, the fruitiness was so powerful. It was incredibly delicious, though...so I'll probably end up drinking it sooner rather than later.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

They actually have Raspberry Tart at the gas station right down the road now...sounds like trouble. I poured this from the fridge into a stemless wine glass.

L: Pours a cherry juice/cola color with an inch of pink-tinged off-white head that dissipates after a little while and leaves just a bit of cling on the glass. Some moderate carbonation visible.

S: Heavenly. It's actually a bit incredible how much fruit flavor comes out in the bouquet. Cherry and raspberry are the predominant notes, but there's also some fig and plum in there, as well.

T: Big fruit all the way. Cherry, raspberry, plum/prune, and just a hint of grape are there at the start and the finish, only changing tone and melding beautifully as the taste progresses. The middle and back allow a bit of the malts to show their character. Despite the name--and it certainly does have some beautiful tartness from the raspberries--this one is decidedly sweet. In a very good way.

F: As the name suggests, this one gets you on the ol' tart receptors. But it's also quite smooth, well-balanced, and expertly carbonated. It goes down so nice, you'll swear that you just drank 8 oz, instead of the whole 750 ml.

O: I'm a huge fan of what New Glarus does with fruit in its beers. They really are expert craftsmen, and they continue to deliver new and intriguing brews. This was actually the first fruit beer of theirs I tried, and I still marvel at how good it is. This one is well-worth seeking out.

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Photo of cvm4
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours a deep raspberry color with a one finger eggshell head with a bit of tan to it. Very opaque body. Decent retention and no lacing.

S - So much tart raspberry and then when you think it moves on, there is more raspberries. Some sweetness on the nose and faint oak.

T - Tart at first and then the flood gates of sweet raspberries are opened and ends with a medium tartness. The sweetness is rich and from time to time come off as cloying.

F - Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. The raspberries really coat your mouth and let you taste it long as the beer has been swallowed.

O - This beer is so raspberry forward. Very delicious, if a bit too sweet at times.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sent from Wisconsin by a friend. Poured into a champagne flute from a 750 ml. From notes of 3/20.

Color is hazy red, purple color with a pinkish white head that has good retention. Smell is most definitely raspberry, followed by more raspberry. If I concentrate, I can pick up some oak notes. Taste is initially tart, but quickly overwhelmed by the raspberry flavors and a lot of sweetness. Almost tastes like a raspberry soda, with really bright fruit flavor. Body is light/medium with a lot of carbonation. Overall, it's a really good and enjoyable drink, just a bit on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful purpley-rusty-red, two-finger, fluffy head that dissipates to thin lacing. S: juicy, tart raspberries, slight scent of biscuits. T: just like the nose - juicy, sweet, tart raspberries; jammy, but not overly cooked; a little biscuity; very much like a baked raspberry tart. Delicious, but a bit sweeter than I like.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into champagne flutes. Dark red opaque body with a finger of red-brown head. Aroma is fresh raspberries, raspberry coulis, tart raspberry. Taste is briefly tart then a rush of sweetness comes in. Some light grainy maltiness on the swallow. Light body, thicker silky texture that is nicely offset by the spritzy carbonation, sweet finish.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red, looks like a raspberry puree. Smells like fresh raspberries you can tell it's going to be tart right away. Fruity citric acid makes you pucker up but in a good way. Tastes more like a fruit juice than a beer. Desert drink rather than an everyday beverage.

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Photo of pmbasile06
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

was really looking forward to drinking this one after trying the belgian red, and was not nearly as satisfied with it. very sweet, rasberry flavor just doesnt seem to work as well as the cherry did in the belgian red. was hoping for some tartness that wasnt there, just fruity sweetness. not a terrible beer, just not what i was hoping for

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Photo of trippytbta
2.96/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into Flute glass

A: Pours reddish light brown with light foam on top

S: Smells very sweet

T: Does not taste like a Lambic or framboise like it is supposed to. It tastes like a sub par beer with too much raspberry sweetness. Syrupy sweet.

M: Light and crisp but the sweet syrup will overpower your judgement

Overall: Some argue that this brew is not supposed to be sour (which it def is not sour what so ever), but the they call it a framboise (lambic) and traditionally the style is a little funky or sour. This was only fruit syrup tasting. So incredibly sweet.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a purple, brown-reddish color with a frothy, off-white-pinkish head. The retention is certainly there and holds on for a bit, while the lacing is only delicate

S: There is no doubting the raspberries or the tartness in this treat. Although, notes of blackberries, cranberries, cherries, strawberries, and oak can be identified in there as well

T: Sweet, sour, tart, and a little bitterness complement the notes: raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, and strawberries

M: Medium (bubbly) carbonation and a light (crisp) body

O: Extremely refreshing and drinkable

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Photo of chrisinroch
2.08/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

There isn't a way that I can see on this site to log in a flawed or spoiled beer, so my rating may not make much sense.

On tap...beer was "corked" (TCA) contaminated. Nose was soggy cardboard. You still got nice tart fruit in the mouth, but the smell was a deal killer. I will revisit with two bombers that I just bought.

FWIW, it would be helpful for beer drinkers to log flaws. That would help establish patterns among producers/distribution chains..

EDIT: Bomber #1 had the same wet cardboard TCA nose.

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Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has an enormous raspberry nose. After the pour I can smell raspberries with the glass sitting on the table a couple of feet away. It pours a raspberry red with a quickly dissipating pink tinted white cap. The palate is all raspberries with the light malt way in the background, starting with a light sweetness and the finishing lemony tart. The texture is very foamy - its highly carbonated but it is not harsh. It is just on the edge of Bartle's and James territory but it manages to step back from the precipice of falling into raspberry soda territory.

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