New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #3
Ranked #421
4.38 | pDev: 9.36%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: Severe Drought, we shared the farmer’s horror as Wisconsin’s cherry crop failed! Dan bought what cherries he could. The Apple crop fared better. Then joy! A grand Wisconsin cranberry harvest. What will Dan brew with Apples, Cranberries and Cherries? Oh my! You hold the happy accident of Wisconsin’s favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation. Serendipity is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate. A kaleidoscope of flavor discovered by accident in a sour ale!

Cheers to the unexpected.
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Dark russet brown liquid capped by a light brown fizzy cap, settles to a layer with some lacings

Aroma is cherries, apples, cinnamon, cranberry

Taste is fruiity, apple, cherry, cranberry

Good sudsing , crisp, not too sweet with some gentle tartness

Good beer, i want this on the table at thanksgiving

Apr 25, 2021
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kemoarps from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Garnet red pour that immediatelymakes me think of my favourite season: autumn. Generally clear, with a smart buzz cut of non-white foam. Recedes to a ring, leaves decent lacing, but it is easily washed away as I drink.

Nose is juicy cranberry/apple cocktail... like a jolly rancher augmented with the cherry that was present in their Wisconsin Belgian Red as well.

Flavour follows the same cues, but isn't quite so overwhelmingly sweet. This is a fruit beer through and through, though. Cranberry offers tart, the apple offers sweet, and the cherry meets the two in the middle. I happen to quite enjoy cranberry, so this works, but I have to constantly reframe my mind as this doesn't taste like beer as much as mildly alcoholic fruit juice, which is exactly what I think it's supposed to be, so I don't meant hat as a derogatory descriptor. There's a little more tart to the back half as I sip through, and it starts to contradict the middle of my paragraph, but this is still carnberry/cherry first and foremost, sweetened with apple juice, and carbonated with a compliment to the cranberry tartness to finish it off.

Sticky jammy sweet body with carbonation that compliments the tartness quite nicely.

I always have a hard time rating beers like this, because this is incredibly well made as far as what they are aiming for. However, I am learning, through drinking, that it's not necessarily quite what I'm looking for in a beer. Even approached just as juice, it's more box-juice sweet than I really would go for on my own, and hews very close to liquid candy. But, again, for what they are aiming for, which is the candied fruit juice, it nails it, and it oozes competence neigh mastery at the process of what they do, so I have to give credit where credit is due, and I do ultimately enjoy it, even if is more sweet than fits my personal taste preferences.

Thanks Frank for sending this my direction, and letting me explore and learn about myself as much as about the fantastically crafted beers contained in the glass!

Apr 18, 2021
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Grounder from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours the shade of red that a port drinker would call tawny, half an inch of light peach head that doesn't stick around for long. The aroma is fruity, pleasant but not too distinctive. The taste is dominated by tart apple with some cherry undertones. I now want to try it side by side with some mixed fruit apple cider for comparison. I know that cranberry is there but I don't taste it, instead I keep asking - is it hints of black currant that I taste. The beer is more tart than sweet, as opposed to Raspberry Tart that leans towards the sweeter side, and I think Serendipity does it better. Light body, ample carbonation. Overall - excellent.

Apr 15, 2021
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red with brown undertones. White foamy off white head. Nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma Is cherries, apples and tart cranberries.

T - The taste is cherries, apple, tart cranberry and a light oaky finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This a fruit explosion & tremendous example of the style. Each drink leaves you wanting more. No one does fruited beers better than New Glarus.

Mar 20, 2021
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Snakesolds from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed this beer both in the old large format and in the new 12oz. This was 12oz poured in a glass. Wonderfully tart and refreshing the fruit is well mixed and makes this beer extremely enjoyable. Feel is thin and effervescent which compliments the flavor and make this beer superbly refreshing.

Jan 05, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle reads 'K280'

Pours a clear, deep, ruddy brownish-amber body topped with multiple fingers of rocky, off-pink foam; good head retention leaves a slight, frothy cap and collar along with a a generous spatter of dense, webby/spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma opens with green apple Jolly Ranchers quickly introducing a more robust and slightly medicinal cherry twang, which soon phases to a more decadent cherry sorbet, jellied Thanksgiving cranberry, and lighter apple peel over the middle; hints of cinnamon-raisin bagel off in the distance cap a slow-building complexity to the bouquet.

Taste bursts with rich, lactic sweet/tart cherry sherbet immediately upfront, eased with a light green apple note beneath; biscuity malt is subtle, but provides further balance over the mid-palate as both cherry and cranberry tones begin to mesh and evolve; fig accents softly into the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a rounded, medium body with a prickly, mild-moderate carbonation; a mild acidity is evenly dispersed across the palate, while a taut tartness phases to a juicy texture into the back end before a spritzy, dry finish.

While the fruit trifecta doesn't meld seamlessly, this beer has all of the familiar richness, touch, and layered, fruity depth so common in this brewery's single-fruited brews, making it yet another stellar, comprehensively high-quality fruit beer from New Glarus.

Sep 13, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer. Very sweet - almost like a cider. Definitely taste apple with cherries and cranberries as well. Overall a very good beer - solid offering!

Aug 12, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a ruby-ish red with an off-white, half finger width head that fizzes away fairly quickly, leaving a thin, broken layer of suds. A few broken lines and some small spots make up the lacing.

Smell - Apple fills the vicinity as the bottle is cracked. Lesser cherry tartness with a hint of berry. Really enticing balance of, sweet, fruity and tart aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Apple character is somewhere between granny apple and golden delicious, while the cherry adds some additional tartness. Cranerry comes through near the finish, with it's signature tart dryness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth and easy drinker upfront, then gets a little sticky and dry in the finish.

Overall - This is a great fruit beer. A wonderful balance of all things fruit going on here. That apple is the driving force, while the cherry and cranberry add just enough to almost make it a juggernaut.

Mar 13, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of JohnnyHops.
Dark cranberry juice color. Little pink head.
Smells like cherries and sweet and sour apples.
Tastes like a fruit extravaganza. The dominant would be apple then cherry.
This one has a bit more body and biscuity Malt and yeasty esters than their other two popular ones. The taste isn’t quite as strong as the smell.
Overall very good.

Mar 04, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to The-Adjunct-Hippie for this one. I've really enjoyed these NG bottles you've sent me.

12oz bottle - coded date - poured into a classic tulip at 44F.

Pours a moderately cloudy rusty brown, sitting garner red in the glass. The beer is topped with three fingers of sticky, puffy, maple head, which recedes with big deflating bubbles. Plenty of visible effervescence.

Nose: Man, I've had three New Glarus fruit ales, and it never ceases to amaze me how they coax these fruit juice aromas out of their beer. This is all sweet cranberry sauce and apple juice. There's some subtle sweet cherry character in the mix, as well as a faint clean, earthy note. Not a musty earthy note, but rather a fresh, outdoor, bright earthy note. Like a garden. No detectable malt, no hops, I'm not sure I'd know this was beer if nosing it blind. It smells like a fresh-pressed homemade juice blend. Wild!

Palate: The beer greets the palate with this impeccable balance of sweet and tart - something New Glarus seems to have perfectly dialed-in. Sweet cherries, cranberries, and a hint of apple. The apple is much stronger on the nose, but is much more integrated into the flavour profile, and acts to support the other fruits. The cherry is subtle on the nose, but really shines on the palate. The sweetness isn't artificial, syrupy, or cloying in any way. It comes across as a very natural ripe fructose. There's a healthy dose of tartness, but it isn't an oak-aged wild ale sourness, full of vinegar and lemon juice. No, this is a bright, fruity tang, with just the faintest zip of pediococcus that hasn't become acetic yet. There is a hint of dusty brett, like still-edible fruit skin that has Sat just a little too long. The finish brings this wonderful secondary tart note that's hard to describe. Ever let strawberries, pinepple, or melon sit in a fruit salad too long, and when you taste it, it has that almost sparkling little zip to it, as if it really wants to ferment? Precisely that, as well as that little fermented fruit note. It builds up as the primary tartness subsides, and the fruit skin and brett notes come into focus, before falling back and leaving a very subtle note of leather and dusty attic, which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Body: This is not a heavy beer. The lack of malt means there's practically zero heft to it. The only weight present is from the fruit sugars, meaning it drinks with the feel of fruit juice. Effervescence is spot on. It isn't seltzer, it isn't flat, and it doesn't mean towards either directly. Perfectly sparkling.

Overall: I'm really torn with these New Glarus fruit ales. They possess very little complexity, and basically drink like alcoholic juice. Not anything like those flavoured malt drinks from the gas station. This is super organic tasting, and really has these wonderful little wild ale hints to it. Because they're sweet, though, you aren't going to get the complexity of a wild ale. However, if you can look past that whole "purist" thing, you can't deny these are some of the most delicious and drinkable beers on earth. I for one, absolutely love it, and let me tell you, if I could actually get these locally, my refrigerator would be stocked pretty regularly.

Side note: If you're trying to find a beer that the girlfriend/wife/lady in your life will almost certainly enjoy...these New Glarus fruited ales are a near surefire bet.

Jan 01, 2020
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours out a deep burgundy while a finger worth of white crown with a reddish tint.

The nose brings a wonderful mix of cherries, apples and cranberries. There is a cough syrup note detectable, which throws me off. Luckily, it’s not too prominent.

The taste is beautiful with cherries and cranberries with slight apple in the background. It’s like a juicy juice. All natural fruit.

Beautifully balanced with a tartness that is not too much or too little.

Overall, this is just a beautiful fruit beer.

Nov 10, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was ambrosia in a bottle. Sweet, juicy, and refreshing. I don't think a fruit beer could ever top this. Berry taste and berry smell and berry, berry good.

Sep 07, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

This beer pours a deep tea color. It appears brown with burnt orange highlights when held to the light. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is tart cherry and cranberry. I get some graham cracker. It has a dessert smell. It has a sweet smell to go with the sour.

The taste is sweet and tart cherry. The cranberry compliments the cherry wonderfully. I get some brown sugar and again some graham cracker. It is sweet but has a tart to sour finish.

Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel

This is a excellent dessert fruit beer. It has aged very well. The tartness cuts the sweetness and makes for a great tasting experience.

Sep 02, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thanks Jessica.
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a beautiful ruddy amber/red color with a sly transparency about it. Accompanied by a two finger white foamy head softly dieing off in a rocky sort of way. Not much lace - what was there seemed to pinch off fairly quick.
The aroma was magical! Boatloads of sweet to tart cherry flesh and skin just seemingly throttling themselves through red delicious apples, green apples and cranberries. A subtle mustiness rolls in underneath with some grassiness and clean wax.
The flavor moderately leaned towards the sweet side but does bring in a substantial tart character as it warms. Some oak further underneath. Aftertaste of cranberries, red delicious apples and maraschino cherries.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair in between quality of being sessionable and being a sipper. Good carbonation. Nice finish of sticky sweet maraschino cherries, red delicious apples and cranberry sweetness. Almost cloying but not really.
Overall, an absolutely stunning fruit beer based on various fruits. And to think this was an accident, haha, I wish my homebrewing accidents were remotely this good!

Jul 27, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with no dates, served in a Rastal Harmony glass.

Appearance: The one finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind some lacing in patches and small spots. Its a beautiful, bright, crimson color.

Smell: It's a sweet aroma of cherries and cranberries with a hint of musty oak in the background.

Taste: It's tart, fruity and very sour with notes of cherries, cranberries and blueberries. The softer apple flavor appears as it goes down. A hint of breadiness and a sugary sweetness come through in the aftertaste to balance things out a bit but it's mostly just tart fruit.

Mouthfeel: It's easy to drink, medium to light bodied and crisp with medium-high carbonation. It's a tad cloying but not in an overwhelming way.

Overall: Another simply wonderful beer from New Glarus. Even under the circumstances from which this beer came to be, it turned out beautiful. The label says this is a "Happy Accident Fruit Ale". Happy accident indeed.

Jul 01, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thin beige head.
Smells of apple, cherry, cranberry as advertised.
Taste follows with tart apples leading the way, cherries, and cranberries compliment very well. Each one distinctly making itself known. A touch of oaky funk on the end.
Medium body with good carb level.
Overall an excellent fruit beer, very refreshing!

Jun 30, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 1/2 finger beige head atop an opaque brownish purple body.

S - mixed berry. Brown sugar.

T - cherry and apple to start, then the cranberry pushes in. No bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - light body with ample carb.

O - super refreshing.

Jun 23, 2019
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark red to brown in color, mostly opaque. Two fingers of off white foam that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is like a fruit basket with complexity. Berries, cherries, apples, mild funk and earthiness. The taste follows, with an additional mild-medium tartness on the finish. Very dry, somewhat acidic finish. Superb brew from New Glarus.

May 16, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very reddish, murky, tea-like color with a finger of red-tinted light tan head that quickly settles into a soupy crown. It clings to the side of the glass, and leaves a little webbed lacing.

Apple, cranberry and cherry shine in the nose. Super juicy and ripe, as expected. It’s a very nice blend with the cherry laying a nice base and the apple and cranberry balancing each other out on top of that.

Wow, the first sip is really tart tasting up front (Granny Smith and cranberry), and shockingly sweet on the backend. Apple juice definitely shines more in the taste than in the nose, but with both the cranberry and cherry still very distinctive. There’s a very slight medicinal element to the aftertaste.

Full bodied and slick feeling with very fizzy carbonation.

Another delicious fruit and field beer from these guys. Belgian Cherry is still my favorite, but all the ones I’ve been lucky enough to try have been excellent.

Apr 14, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell is so good. I think the style lends itself to a high score on smell as it's prominent. I love the apple, cherry, cranberry mix. You really can taste all the flavors at once. The carbonation is enough to keep my tongue interested. It looks like something you'll want to drink with the color and bit of lacing that stays after the pour. I haven't been let down by New Glarus' sours yet and will always seek them out. I think Raspberry Tart or Strawberry Rhubarb may still be my favorites, but this ranks high.

Apr 06, 2019
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Would I buy this again? Possibly, simply because NG is so tough to come across in my area.

That said, this beer is very sweet. The nose is sweet and taste follows. However, the cranberries offer a really unique backbone.

One other note - this beer is beautiful. Excelleny head retention and color.

Feb 28, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like plum and grape juice. Mellow vinegar and acidity. Interesting beer but a little too sweet. The bottle is a few years old I don't know the date.

Jan 12, 2019
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greenhousedrummer from Tennessee

4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Objectively extremely well done, subjectively the best beer ever concocted. I cannot find another beer or alcoholic beverage for that matter, that gives me the feeling of pure bliss that this one does. The fruit-forward taste is a balanced mix of tart and sweet, with a light woody/malty finish that is simply indescribable. The smell is equally delightful. As my good friend says, this is quite simply the nectar of the gods if there ever was such a thing.

Dec 24, 2018
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socon67 from New York

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sorry, I have yet to see a brewery make fruit beers of the quality of NG. This is no exception. Very robust fruit flavor as it pours a cabernet red in the glass. Bubble carbonation in the finish. Well worth my drive over from Duluth to score a 4pk for the trip home.

Dec 02, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper colored and hazy. There's a fingernail of beige on the top. The aroma is a truly unique but very enticing blend of apples, cranberries, and cherries along with cinnamon. I'm tasting a decadent blend of cinnamon, apples, cranberries, and cherries. The mouth is dry and highly carbonated.

Oct 26, 2018
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