Strawberry Rhubarb
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #4
Ranked #585
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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Roguer from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark red brew, sharing what appears to be a nearly equal amount of brown and pink. Good head production and retention.

Strawberry dominates the nose. In the words of my partner: "Oh - it smells like strawberry rhubarb pie. I love it." I certainly get that impression, as the sweet and slightly tangy strawberry notes float above an almost crusty dough-like malt base, along with earthy rhubarb.

Flavor follows. There's a bit of light sour sharpness up front, never really fading, but delaying the entrance of the strawberry. When that hits, it hits hard; the rhubarb is primarily complementary. Only lightly sour, and moderately sweet; this is very much a fruit beer first, a sour distant second.

Sunday at 05:25 PM
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip

Translucent red liquid, carbonation, two finger creamy pink foam cap, good retention, settles to a thick layer

Waves of strawberry aroma, smells great on the pour

Taste is sweet strawberry, tart rhubarb,

Low sudsing, fizzy mouthfeel, hint of sour on the finish

Delicious beer

Sep 26, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: bold, wild strawberry, sweet, then tart, slight sour, rhubarb notes. Sweet strawberry nose. Burnt orange color hue, hazy, smaller white head. Medium body. Good after dinner beer as it like a Strawberry Rhubarb pie.

Jun 17, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

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

Review 1494

Thank you Jay for this beer. I am stoked to have New Glarus beer in my hand. The beer is 44 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer created a two-fingered pinkish head. The head is airy and foamy with excellent retention. The color of the beer is a dark reddish color. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles. The head did leave some lacing on the glass as it dissipated. A simple-looking head but elegant.

The aromas in the beer are strawberries, rhubarb, lightly toasted malts, fruity sweetness, and a touch of sour.

The flavors in the beer are loads of strawberries, rhubarb, lightly toasted malts, fruity sweetness, a touch of sourness, and a hint of floral esters.

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated and crisp.

The body of the beer is light, medium-plus carbonation, and medium finish.

Stupid Good is all I have to say. How is this a beer? I could drink several of these a night. Love the subtle sourness with carbonation. The strawberries are ripe and full of flavor. I would love 30 more of these, although they would not last a week.

Apr 14, 2021
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Evanlwiggins from Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites. Would be hard to find a beer of this style with a better aroma, and the taste is almost just as good. Creamy mouthfeel. Just hard enough to come by that it feels like a treat every time you drink a bottle, but there's enough distro to go around. New Glarus just never disappoints

Jan 23, 2021
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Bignastyfrog from Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Both the GOAT and OG Strawberry beer. It looks a little funky and the mouth feel is a bit thin. But in the end it's kind of perfect; the thinness is nice on a summer day, and the amount of strawberry is perfect - strong but not overly sweet. It tastes true to the fruit, not artificial at all. Not that you should, but you could drink a 6 pack in a sitting pretty easy - they're that good and easy to drink.

Jan 13, 2021
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Snakesolds from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another spectacular offering from New Glarus, and probably my favorite from them. A great balance of sweet and tart with an excellent aroma of strawberry.

Jan 06, 2021
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep burgundy color with a thin layer of moderate density head. Aroma is pure strawberry. It's driving me crazy as to what it reminds me's just not coming to me. Whatever it is, it smells really good. Taste also plenty of strawberry, with the rhubarb also present. Minimal tartness. This beer is exponentially better than the fruited sours that so many breweries have been kicking out that are like drinking fruit puree. It has a balance and nuance to it that I just don't find as often as I'd like. Very good beer.

Dec 13, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a slightly pink head that dissipates quickly. This beer is one of the best smelling beers I've come across. Its a rich of intense sour strawberries, it's like a jar of smuckers plus some of rhubarb's sourness. The taste follows the nose but isn't as dominated by strawberry. It's like a fresh starwberry that's cut from being too sweet by the perfect amount of rhubarb sour. This beer is delicately carbonated and goes down incredibly smoothly. Overall one of the best fruit beers I've ever had.

Nov 02, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful dark ruby red with a two finger foamy pink head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is huge ripe stawberries.

T - The taste is jammy with sweet and tart strawberries and rhubarb.

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

O - New Glarus make exceptional fruit beers and this is one of them.

Sep 26, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of JohnnyHops.
L: dark purple/red. Moderate creamy peach head that hangs around forever.
S: strawberry fields forever. The rhubarb almost translates as cheesy. Or maybe dairy like ice cream.
T: very jam-like. Definitely get the strawberry and rhubarb. Sweet and tart.
F: good.
Overall: another winner from new glarus. I think rhubarb might appeal to less fans than other more loved fruits, but I love it.

Sep 20, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New Glarus - Strawberry Rhubarb

12oz bottle - no date

Pours a semi-clear brilliant polished ruby red, barely forming an earthy pink head that quicjly fizzles out to a thin ring. No visible effervescent.

Nose: Wow. Pure strawberry preserves. Like strawberry parfait topping. Strawberry compote. If a strawberry star went supernova, imagine that, but topped with strawberry nebulae. I'm not getting much rhubarb, but there is a slight earthy, flowery note, as well as a hint of darkness to come. It isn't terribly complex, but it is mouthwatering and divine in its own strawberry way.

Palate: Immediately, this thing is jammy. I mean JAMMY. Yes, it is a sweet beer. As sweet as a ripe strawberry itself. It's also tart, but it stays behind the line of sour, mostly due to the sweetness. It's seedy as well - pure fruit seed. That slightly earthy, leafy, seedy...seed flavour. Surprisingly, I actually taste rhubarb. Ive never even had rhubarb, but I can definitely tell that there's something else in here, and it must be that. Slightly vegetal, slightly herbal, a bit...stalky, but in a fruity way. Almost an unripe character. The tartness tries to build, and there's even the faintest underlying wild yeast funk note, but it's quickly washed out by all that jamminess. It finishes with a slight tannic note - almost like red grape skin, and an interesting dusty bitter whisper that may actually be brett. The sweetness fades out, and you're left with this seedy, dry, fruity backdrop, with a thin veil of wild fermentation.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale itself is very light and about as crisp and drinkable as a beer can be. However, the sweetness does lend the illusion of body, so it's not even close to thin it watery. It does leave some stickiness around the lips. Effervescence ia incredibly bright and fizzy, but it's not aggressive. Wet and sweet, with a slightly drying finish.

Overall: I'm so torn on these New Flarus fruit ales. Are they insanely delicious? Undoubtedly. Could I easily drink three? No question. Are they superb examples of how much fruit you can jam into a beer? Yes. Now, are they complex like fruit lambics and the insane wild ales from MO and OR? No. Do they have the crazy nuance and depth of a finely aged wild ale? No. Are they simple fruity beer wine coolers for the girlfriend/wife? No. No, honestly, they're something in between. A style all its own, toeing the line between two very different beer worlds. The one thing they are, is insanely delicious, and they're gone before you even realise it. Sour ale of the year? No way. Insanely crushable jammy alcoholic fruit? Oh yeah.

Aug 27, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours crimson red with a mild white head. This is probably the best sour I've had - it is a perfect blend of sweetness and mild tartness with a taste of beer at the same time. Smell is light, but that doesn't stop this beer from being absolutely terrific!

Aug 10, 2020
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hhughes2008 from Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pour into a slender kolsch glass. Pours crimson with a pale pink head. Moderate head retention.
S: mostly strawberry jam with a hint of earthiness
T: Tastes like a jammy, funky red wine. Perfect balance of sweet and tartness.
F: Sprtitzy mouthfeel with the slightest acidity
O: This beer has a depth of flavor that keeps you coming back for more. Not too acidic--5 out of 5 dentists recommend.

Jul 18, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 06, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Mar 07, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Jan 30, 2020
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

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.

Nov 30, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

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.

Oct 19, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.


*Ima keep up my “original” review for the sake of things. But clearly after this REAL bottle of Strawberry Rhubarb, they are different beers.

Oh my sweet hell... I can’t. I just can’t. It’s almost like the devil whispered in my ear, “Wanna go for a ride?” And I’m tempted. It’s almost as if Old Scratch promised me Ariana, Selena, and Taylor all at the same time - and hot damn I am tempted! I just cannot go on...

Sep 23, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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!

Jul 21, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.

Jul 01, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

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.

Jun 25, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 16, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 12, 2019
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1592 ratings