New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #3
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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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Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

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Photo of bret27
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.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
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.

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Photo of egrandfield
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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!

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Photo of VoodooBear
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.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
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!

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Photo of CanConPhilly
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.

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Photo of BSiegs
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.

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Photo of thebeers
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.

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Photo of 5toutman75
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.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
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.

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Photo of greenhousedrummer
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.

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Photo of socon67
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share courtesy of Tracy.. Not enough superlatives for this. Gorgeous. Ruby body with small ring of head. Big fruity, jelly jar aroma. Taste is sweet and smooth, nice feel, sweetness lingers. Just damn near perfect.

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Photo of Squire
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant cherry apple color with pinkish cap and lace.

Aroma bursting with ripe apple, cherry and cranberry.

Flavor is a combination of the scents writ large. Apple provides the body, cherry the richness and cranberry the tartness with both apple and cherry adding sweetness. All well knit together and beautifully balanced.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Altogether a Goldilocks beer that's just right. I do get an airy citrus, almost lemony presence that I suspect is the underlying beer and I don't know if there are other berry/fruits in the mix but if there are the add to rather than detract from the whole.

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Photo of kitch
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark reddish brown colour with a big three finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, jammy, cherry, apple juice, cranberries.

Taste: Sweetarts, sweet and lightly tart, cherry, oak, apple and cranberry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: Although sweet, I think the apple/apple juice flavours balanced out that sweetness really well, and I easily preferred this over Raspberry Tart which was almost too sweet. Very drinkable goodness!

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

Received in a BIF box from the generous BA @swenny916. Poured into pint glass. It pours a pretty, hazy, ruby-cherry color with a thin, ecru-colored head and a thin but creamy sheen of lacing. The smell features bold apple, cherry, raspberry, cranberry, and other berries. There is also a whiff of vanilla. It has big taste of both sweet and tart cranberry and apple; when first sipped it's cloyingly sweet but toward the end it is nicely tart. I'm surprised by the viscosity: it is thick, almost chewy, with moderate carbonation, and at only 4% ABV it's certainly drinkable. But it isn't crushable - the sweetness and viscosity aren't conducive to drinking multiple pours. This is truly a dessert beer - and a mighty tasty one. In fact, it would pair really well with vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/31/18; drank 4/21/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through purple/red appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small off-white head; decent lace.

Cherry, cranberry & candied sugar notes in the nose; a bit of a Luden's cough drop vibe.

Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Cherry soda & mildly tart cranberry flavors up front; candied sugar notes on the finish.

A bit syrup-y & candy like; however, it's an indulgent once in a while treat.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker red color. The head is slightly red, 2 finger, frothy, with nice lacing. Retention is fairly good.
The nose is very fruity. Cherries, cranberries. Slightly tart smelling, at the same time, slightly sweet.
Taste - really pleasing. A smooth fruity flavor. Yes, I get the cranberries, cherries and apples advertised. The apple seems to come in on the back, where the other 2 are more up front. There's a slight tartness to it, but also a sweetness that balances it out well.
The body is a lot more full than I'd expect from the ABV. There's also a nice carbonation feel to this beer.
Solid beer, and I highly recommend that all BAs try it at least once. Well worth it.

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Photo of leantom
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Joy. Absolute bliss. Here goes:

A: Clear but dark red - like cranberry juice. Can see through to the other side. Head is a massive red that leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Delicious. Lots of sour apples, cranberries, and pomegranate. Delightful.

T: Follows the nose. Emphasis on sour applies and cranberries - very sour. Excellent.

F: Refreshing.

O: A great find. Will have again.

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