Strawberry Rhubarb
New Glarus Brewing Company

Strawberry RhubarbStrawberry Rhubarb
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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #4
Ranked #545
4.35 | pDev: 8.74%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Strawberry RhubarbStrawberry Rhubarb
Notes: Diploma Master Brewer Dan employed juicy sweet Strawberries to tame the barbaric wild tart fermentation of rhubarb. Bright sour and effervescent.
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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one is less of a backlog find than one that was simply awaiting my attention. My latest trivia partners are a husband & wife team who are both into watching sports & I was a tad surprised when they recently traveled to Minneapolis, MN for the NCCA Volleyball championships. She is from SW Wisconsin so when they made a foray to visit her family, I became the lucky recipient of a hook-up.

From the Bottle: "Drink Indigenous"; "'Some people paint, some sing, others write ... I brew.'
—Daniel Carey"; "A few times a year we will cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses, uncensored, uncut, unplugged. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again."; "Teased from the loam by the kiss of the Sun. Mom's Strawberry Rhubarb delights are the happy memories of childhood. Diploma Master Brewer Dan employed juicy sweet Strawberries to take the barbaric wild tart fermentation of rhubarb. Escaped from the far corners of neighboring yards, local rhubarb was incorporated into the wild sour fermentation to create this drinkable dream. Bright sour and effervescent. Toast chilled cold to bright skies, fireflies, bare feet and rhubarb pies!"

I was very curious to try this one since strawberry-rhubarb pies were my late-paternal grandmother's specialty in the Summer! I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. The finger-plus of fizzy, foamy, soapy head that quickly reduced to wisps was the pink of freshly-spun cotton candy. 8=O Its color was a Magenta-Amber (SRM = N/A). Nose had the old familiar sweet & sour quality that I remember from those days of yore. The strawberry was VERY sweet, which is why people tend to cut it with the VERY sour rhubarb.

I never heard of anyone eating plain, raw rhubarb until a local Elementary school offered it to the kids as a snack! 8=O I tried some & it was as powerful as I had always imagined it to be. The kids were spitting it out L, R & center. I got some down, but it was tough. Phew!

Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but pretty close. The taste was definitely sour, catching me in the hinges of my jaw & making my ears ring as my eyes began to water. However, that is NOT to say that it was unpleasant! Since it exists as a Fruit & Field Beer, both the fruit & the vegetable (field) matter were easily discernible from the first sip. Tastykake puts out a seasonal strawberry-only pie & it is VERY sweet, leading to a greater understanding & appreciation for my grandmother's pies. This was quite evocative of that, with the yin of the strawberry offsetting the yang of the rhubarb & vice versa. Yum. That said, I would not neccesarily want a steady diet of either the pie or the beer. I have GIRD & enough sours & tarts will simply ruin my day. Finish was dry & sour, but a very pleasant interlude in total. YMMV.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date (presumably bottled in 2019)

Pours a murky, almost brownish blood-red hue capped with two and a half of foamy light pink head; ok head retention leaves chunks of bubbly cap, expansive collar, and a limited spread of thin, webby lacing.

Aroma enters with fruity Starbursts with light bubble gum accents, a natural candied tone; a lactic twist sees the bouquet transition seamlessly into vivid strawberries and an herbal rhubarb lingering, with fresh strawberry sherbet on the close and earthy vine fading in the distance.

Taste is rife with strawberry sherbet from start to finish, with lactic acid lingering against an exceptionally level fruity sweetness throughout; touches of vines and vague doughy/biscuit develop quietly as detailed notes of strawberry jam round out a freshness in the profile.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with a pulpy density, while a spritzy effervescence swiftly cuts any thickness to the texture; a perfectly evened lactic tartness is cut delicately with a vinous, earthy grit as a slick sweetness dries to a refreshing finish with a low-moderate carbonation just beginning to show.

A spritzy refresher; a vibrant, light dessert-like exposition of the depth of fruit in a beer. This is stunning, raw, and comprehensively delicious; a beautiful addition to New Glarus' brilliant portfolio of fruit beers.

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Photo of Buck89
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass. A slightly hazy reddish-copper color with a modest but persistent tan head. The aroma and taste lined up perfectly, with rich, sweet strawberries met with tart rhubarb. The tartness was mild and cut by the sweetness. A faint bready, biscuity malt presence. Light bodied and easy drinking. Outstanding.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy strawberry red color with a thin foamy head. Small pour. Minimal retention and good lacing. Amazing strawberry aroma. Same with taste. Like strawberry jam. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass this beer pours out a dark cranberry in color and forms two fingers worth of sea foam pink crown tinted with gold.

The nose brings strawberry hard candies, and a bit of spice or something in the back. Biscuit, dry air of a garden, like smelling a strawberry patch in the wild.

The taste comes in with more of that strawberry hard candy mixing with a biscuit and jammy pie notes.

Dry, slightly tart and coats with a slick sweetness.

Overall, very tasty beer with strawberry hard candy being the most prominent aspect.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Press in Orange, CA.

First and foremost, New Glarus is in SoCal? What in the sweet hell? But like Ma Kettle cooking me breakfast, I’m into it. Yeah, it’s kind of like a Shirley Temple beer; no, not that disgusting beverage, but it’s petite and light and everything nice. My favorite part is that it was poured into a ice cold shaker pint... LO to the L!

All this being said, your main man expected a lil more - but maybe I just don’t know. It’s only 4%, so it kind of just sparkles at you. Again, it’s a lite one, yet it’s still tasty like Jane Greer in a onesie.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-thick dark red to purple color with a good two fingers worth of white foamy head. This slid off at a decent pace to leave some messy semi-sticky lace.
The aroma was magical, it was absolutely amazing authentic strawberries to rhubarb, sweet and tart then a subtle vanilla/biscuit/pie posing a slight glance at the end.pie
The flavor leaned slightly into a structured sweet blend of strawberries/rhubarb and pie crust enthusiastically! Quick aftertaste of strawberry and rhubarb sweet and tartness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable to sipping quality to it. Nothing distracting. Good carbonation. Smooth finish of strawberry/rhubarb filling with pie crust-like to vanilla quality.
Overall, hot damn, what an absolutely amazing fruit beer! Makes me wanna move to Wisconsin! Thank you, Jessica!

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish color. 1 finger white head. The head retention was ok.
The nose hit me as I opened the bottle. Rich deep fruit aroma. Strawberry an rhubarb aroma that is quite pleasing.
Taste - it has a pop of flavor. The strawberry seems to be more pronounced than the rhubarb, but both are there and work together.
Crisp feeling. Nice pop from the carbonation. Decent body.
Just a nice refreshing beer that combines 2 fruit flavors well.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: The pink, one finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a lot of lacing in small patches and spots. it's a hazy, bright, ruby red color.

Smell: There's notes of strawberries, pie crust and powdered sugar. Just a wonderful, fruity yet warm aroma.

Taste: It tastes just like strawberry rhubarb pie and it's fantastic. It's sweet, fruity, slightly tart and with a soft, bready pie crust warmth as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: It's quite robust, creamy and very smooth with medium-low carbonation. It never gets cloying despite the sweetness.

Overall: Liquid strawberry rhubarb pie, that about sums it up. And it's very well executed to boot. It has a great aroma, flavor and texture. The whole package.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - 1/2 finger beige head atop a purple-tinged brownish body.

S - sweet strawberry and rhubarb pie. Wow.

T - follows the nose. Very much tastes like the pie. No bitterness. Moderate-high sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with average carb.

O - damn tasty.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, reddish-brown, cider-looking color with a finger-and-a-half of tan head. Relatively short-lived with solid lacing.

Big strawberry pie aroma with a creamy element. Not sure I can pick out rhubarb, but it’s definitely more than just strawberry.

The taste follows pretty much directly. Strong creamy strawberry-and-something (presumably rhubarb). There’s almost a yogurt-like impression. Maybe a hint of lemon, too. Wish there was a little pie crust; it’s pretty much pure fruit.

A little heavier than medium bodied with a very creamy feel and just enough carbonation.

The strongest strawberry I’ve ever tasted in a beer. Strawberry rhubarb isn’t my first choice in a fruit-and-field beer, but this is everything you’d expect from New Glarus. Really, really nice.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear light reddish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

The aroma on this is just lovely - there's some tart but refreshing juicy strawberry, earthy rhubarb, lemon peel, pilsner malt, and some wheat, maybe?

New Glarus makes some of the best straight up fruit beers in the country, and this is a fantastic example of that. It's possibly the best strawberry beer that I've ever had. Rhubarb is obviously a classic combo with the fruit - I don't need to tell you that. It's herbal, funky, and slightly sour. There's a light crackery and slightly sweet bready malt character underpinning all of it, too.

This is light bodied and super drinkable, with such a fresh feel to it. It's so clean and sunny-tasting.

This is really quite wonderful, as you would honestly have to expect at this point.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours deep ruby red with a deep pink head that settles to some big random bubbles. Spotty sheets of lacing.

Aroma - Smells like strawberry pie lots of fresh strawberries, pie crust, vanilla really jammy/preserve aroma nice and sweet.

Taste - Same as the nose, strawberry rhubarb pie tons of sweet candied strawberries, light pastry crust, tastes a lot like strawberry preserves.

Feel - Medium bodied good carbonation sightly syrupy

Overall - Super taste and aroma big strawberries.

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Photo of larryi86
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Blackop555 for this
12 oz bottle poured into a flute

A- A clear ruby red with a two finger off white head.

S- Fairly strawberry jam with a great tartness from the rhubarb.

T- Strawberry jam, tart, rhubarb, a touch of oak, a slightly earthiness.

M- Smooth, medium body, surprisingly creamy.

O- This is another amazing fruited sour from New Glarus.

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Photo of TheGent
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque ruby red / brownish color with a pink head that disappears, leaving a ring of foam around the edge of the glass and some lacing along the way.

Smell: Strawberry jam, strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberry yogurt, caramel candy apple, and some dark dried fruits including raisins and dates. Juicy, sweet plum.

Taste: Fresh strawberry jam sweetness up front. Sweetness also comes through to me strawberry jolly rancher. A slight fresh berry tartness to the beer that helps it from becoming sweet. Some more intense sweetness on the finish akin to the dark fruits described above.

Mouthfeel: Very low level of carbonation. But freels bright on the palate. Semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a delicious beer that I would gladly drink a lot of. The dark, dried fruit aspect almost makes it too sweet for me, but it never quite goes over the top.

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Photo of farrago
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thin head of reddish tan, even surface, retention seems good for the category, that said there’s minimal stickiness to the lacing. Translucent pinkish red with some orange at the edges, has a semi-metallic sheen to it, delivers a few consistent beads of micro tiny bubbles. Flaky pie crust and of course strawberry and rhubarb fill the nose, more the former, touch of lemon peel and a vinous sourness, finishes with something reminiscent of lactose, overall staying power is good plus. Full-bodied, starts out on the heavy side yet the carbonation keeps churning away until it moves well across the palate. Good tartness to the strawberry and rhubarb flavors, at no point does it strike you as unnecessarily sweet. That said, the pie crust comes off as honey dappled and fruit soaked. Very good but seems to lack the focus and thrust of some of the brewery’s other fruit beers.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rick. Murky dark pink pour, small ring of head. Aroma is fresh baked pie. Taste too, big jelly jar flavor. Just awesome throughout. Tasty.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yet another great fruit beer from the masters at New Glarus. Excited to finally be able to have it.
Pours a wonderful dark red with a nice light red head that lingered well.
The aroma is big strawberry and some tart rhubarb. A bit muted compared to some of their other fruit beers.
The taste follows the nose with a big punch of strawberry mixing with the tartness of the rhubarb.
The palate is clean and effervescent with a nice drying finish.
Overall this is another very good beer but not quite as good as other NG fruit beers in my opinion.

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Photo of leantom
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just loved this one. Probably my favorite from New Glarus (maybe because I love Strawberries?). Here goes:

A: Looks very good. Slightly hazy, but still quite clear. The beer pours a moderately dark red with a fairly large, slightly red head. The lacing is just OK, however.

S: Exquisite. Lots of strawberry greatness. Some wineyness too, which is also good.

T: Follows the nose, which is great. Strawberries, and also some rose-like qualities which I suppose are imparted by the yeast and bacterial strains. Excellent.

F: Amazing. Well carbonated and crisp and clean.

O: A great beer.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The strawberries are front and center and amazing. Perfect amount of tart and carbonization too. The color looks very appealing. If this was around when I was 16 and cheap, I would have readily drank it over the fruit wine coolers I stole from my mother. That’s not a knock, only saying that it hides the alcohol so much that I wish it were a little stronger. New Glarus knocks this one out as they always do for their fruit beers. Don’t pass it up.

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Photo of Frus77
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is absolutely fantastic. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had, and definitely the best fruited beer I've had. While Short's strawberry shortcake is amazing, I think this one is the better strawberry beer.

Not overly sweet nor sour. It's a perfect medium. Definitely lives up to all the hype. Please go out of your way to try this.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Solid amount of head on this one. Color is a mix between a dark pink and light purple.

S - Strong smell of strawberries

T - Taste follows the nose, lots of strawberries but not overwhelming. Reminds me of homemade strawberry jam.

F - About what you'd expect from a well-done New Glarus fruit beer. Not too thin as some of the more mass-produced fruit beers can be.

O - I think Serendipity, Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red have all been my favorite New Glarus fruit beer at one time or another. Yep, its now Strawberry Rhubarb (until I change my mind again). Great fruit beer!

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Photo of gibgink
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I've finally run the gamut of NG fruited beers with this addition to my repertoire. Pours a darker pink, almost red. Good amount of head can be created for effect, if needed. Nice strawberry notes on the nose, and taste pretty much follows suit. A sweet, almost jammy flavor hits the palate, rounded out by just a smidge of tartness. Flavor just as good as the beer warms as well. Overall, probably the best strawberry flavor I've gotten out of a beer. Will have many times more.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May be the best thing i have ever drank. Smell is strawberries, country time lemonade and warm pie crust. Taste is the same without much tartness. The rhubarb is subtle and wonderful. Everything about the mouthfeel and body is smooth and perfect.

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Photo of Squire
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somewhat hazy bronze color with beige cap and lacing.

I am not sufficiently familiar with rhubarb to say whether or not this smells like rhubarb but it does smell of something very pleasant supported by strawberry.

Taste like a light, fresh, pleasant, almost herbaceous mixture of vegetable and fruit with strawberry popping in and out adding a high note here and there.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I like the way this both drinks and finishes dry which is a welcome step away from the sweetness sometimes found in fruit theme beers.

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