New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #3
Ranked #819
4.35 | pDev: 9.43%
Feb 23, 2022
Oct 15, 2012
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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4.69 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin on Feb 23, 2022
4.4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 06, 2022
4.25 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Jan 15, 2022
4 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
3.05 by BigIronH from Michigan on Oct 10, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TedHead from Illinois

Pours a reddish brown with a tan head that dissipates very quickly. It smells like sour apples and cherries with no malt or hop character present. It tastes like tart cherries and apples that's finished off by a slightly acidic finish from the cranberries that keep it from being too sweet. It goes down more than easily without feeling like a sugary bomb and you'd probably even be able to drink the whole 4 pack if you really like it. Overall a very very good fruit beer.

Sep 08, 2021
4.1 by Taybeh from Minnesota on Aug 14, 2021
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Tart, sweet, an absolute treat.

Jun 29, 2021
4.49 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Jun 28, 2021
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4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

Kind of an odd sour cranberry apple beer. But all the fruit works well together and it is really refreshing.

Jun 20, 2021
4.43 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin on May 28, 2021
4.49 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Apr 29, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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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3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by kemoarps from Washington

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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4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Grounder from Illinois

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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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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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4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Jmilton from Michigan

Love this mix of three Wisconsin fruits. Great solution to a failed cherry crop.

Mar 14, 2021
4 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2021
4.46 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Feb 14, 2021
4.25 by UIR1983 from Iowa on Jan 12, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Snakesolds from Illinois

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
4.15 by kramacam from Kentucky on Dec 28, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by npolachek from New York

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
4.49 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Jul 19, 2020
4.48 by EMH73 from New York on May 15, 2020
4.65 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania on Apr 15, 2020
3.93 by zachkrauter from Indiana on Mar 31, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TheSixthRing from California

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
4.41 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Mar 07, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

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
4.24 by SWChi from Illinois on Feb 21, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Z-man from Michigan

Super sweet.

Jan 12, 2020
4.37 by dunklevice from Wisconsin on Jan 08, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

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
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
4.33 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Nov 28, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

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
4.73 by Hopelessly0 from California on Nov 01, 2019
4.25 by user785335 from Florida on Sep 22, 2019
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