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Strawberry Rhubarb | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Ri0 on 07-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#526
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
1,441
pDev:
9.05%
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and strawberry pie aromas. Taste is much the same with strawberry and rhubarb pie flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite sweet but tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love all of the new glarus fruit beers, and this one is awesome too. its sweet, but its supposed to be, more strawberry than rhubarb in both nose and taste. hazy wit beer color with a good inch of white head. a little tartness but a lot of jammy sweetness from the berries and rhubarb. a simple wheat malt base lets the fruit shine strong in this. i love the aftertaste the most, where the tartness of the rhubarb comes back to fight the sugar, a very cool sensation on the tongue. prickly carbonation and a lighter medium body keeps this drinking easy, but its not a bottle i want to tackle alone, it is far better shared. very authentic use of fruit, something of a special occasion beer, but one of the better uses of strawberries in beer out there. all of the new glarus fruit beers are killer, and i am thankful for the opportunity to try this special one as well. i had hoped for more prominent rhubarb, but it still works very well with a low dose of it.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured out looking something like a V* fruit drink with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is pretty intense, lots of strawberry on the nose. The taste is of sweet strawberry mixed with a subtle tartness in the finish. The feel is medium bodied, kinda thick though and creamy. Overall I thought it's a really good beer, it just looked ugly.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The success of New Glarus' fruit beers is well documented. As it's reputation precedes it, the strawberry-rhubarb marriage is an ideal fit. Just read the label: "New Glarus", "Strawberry", Rhubarb". The review is not even needed- (drops the mic)

But here I go anyway... Its pour is a turbulent champagne bubbly crescendo where its racy effervescence topples the glass. Its body beneath is a mostly-gold, but slight pinkened hue with a mild pectin haze. Easily mistaken for sparkling rose wine, the ale looks like its meant for New Year's Eve.

Bright, sweet and tart aromas kinda jump right up there and smack ya in the face with that vibrant aroma that's unmistakably of strawberry. Where its easy to read other fruit like tart green apple, green grape, cranberry or pomegranate could be present; instead its the tangy and earthy rhubarb that gives its scent something extra that's hard to put the finger upon. Still, a wine like and sulfur scent rounds out the fruit with common ale sensibilities.

Its taste is a direct follow-through of aromas. Its dainty sweetness is lightly bready as light wheat contributions keep things somewhat fresh and doughy. But its candied taste that takes on "Pez-like" proportions of powdered sugar and tangy fruit set in. But once its sweetness folds in the strawberries and rhubarb character- its culmination is masterfully tart, zesty, earthy and fresh. Tangy throughout, the malt breadiness reminds the taste buds of fresh rhubarb pie. Its finish is as much of champagne as it is ale with a dry malt taste and elevated acidity.

Likewise, its body is modestly bready and creamy as it prefers the dry effervescence of sparkling white wine. Even as the fruit and sweet-tart tones play out in taste, the body remains light and slightly creamy. Finishing tart, dry and refreshed- the palate is further rewarded by echoes of strawberry and light graham crackers.

Where the Rapberry Tart, Belgian Red and Apple Ale are obvious leaders in their class, they strike me as being overly fruit (if ever so slightly). But this Strawberry Rhubarb may be the best fruit beer to have ever grazed my palate.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 fl oz green glass (come on, New Glarus!) bottle with waxed-over branded iconic green-and-brass pressure cap and stylish label art acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again!) and served into Cantillon stemware in my gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery. Reviewed as a fruit beer. No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold, straight from my fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one-finger wide head of restrained off-white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Decent even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass when I tilt it.

Body colour is a murky copper-tan; sort of hard to place. It's an odd duck. Certainly nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Somewhat dull.

Overall, it's atypical of the norm, but that's to be expected given the brewery. I'm optimistic, but admittedly the appearance won't be winning any awards. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Fresh strawberries; not strawberry preserves, not strawberry extract, not syrup - actual strawberries. Fruity and evocative without ever feeling artificial. I hope the head brewer for Lost Coast is taking notes. Clean barley, brown malts, munich malts. The malts are seamlessly layered and allow the strawberry to dominate elegantly. A detect a touch of tart fruit and wild yeast - hard to determine which yeast; it's certainly not the usual obvious lactobacillus character of most American wild ales. Teasing and inviting. I can't quite recall the scent of rhubarb, but there's certainly a vegetable note of some sort in there; I wouldn't have noticed it explicitly if I tried the beer blind. Overall, it comes down slightly on the sweeter side. Pie filling comes to mind, but it doesn't have the acetic pie crust notes of a beer like, say, Rodenbach. It definitely evokes jam or jelly. It's also quite cidery, which works well here.

No hop profile or alcohol presence is noticeable.

A clean aroma of moderate strength. I can't wait to try it.

T: Oh, wow. Lovely jam/jelly/preserve notes for both strawberry and rhubarb, with delightful pie filling notes and the perfect amount of sweetness, which is itself complemented beautifully by an exquisite tartness. The malt layering is seamless; I can hardly guess which malts were used - clean barley, Belgian pale, Belgian brown? I love how the flavour profile develops, blossoming into the rewarding tartness on the climax. I love the fresh strawberry paired with the vegetable (rhubarb I guess). Lightly acetic. Ripe. A biteen cidery. Light bread crust. Juicy succulent fruit - not just strawberry but subtle cherry and apple as well. The kiss of sourness is so well hidden by the tartness that even opponents of sour beers would likely enjoy this one. Hop presence is near imperceptible; what little I can guess at is just complementary fruity hop character. I can't identify the wild yeast used; I imagine lactobacillus but with how refined and subtle the sourness is here, it could well have lambic yeast as well for all I know.

It's like Jesus is making preserves in my mouth. It's clean and teasing; just a very satisfying taste overall. Quite subtle and complex for its modest 4% ABV. Balance is incredible; this is a gestalt beer with flawless cohesion and superb execution.

Incredible depth of flavour for a 4% fruit beer. High duration of flavour, with a pleasant lingering aftertaste that makes you crave the next sip. Above average intensity of flavour.

Hard to pick a highlight in the flavour profile; I guess the jam notes are what really do it for me, but the tartness is lovely too.

No alcohol is in any way perceptible.

As it warms, I pick up some honey and nectary notes on the open.

Mf: Soft, supple, smooth, wet, quenching, and refreshing. Perfect body and thickness. Fantastic presence on the palate; it's a very welcoming approachable beer. Carbonation is perfect. This'll induce some lip-smacking. Definitely feels carefully custom-tailored to the flavour profile; there's an undoubtable marriage of texture to taste. Incredible execution across the board.

Not oily, harsh, boozy, hot, gushed, or astringent.

Dr: Boy am I glad I greedily kept this bottle for myself. I'll kill the entire bottle with ease, and I'll enjoy every drop of it. Yet another insanely drinkable and endlessly enjoyable fruit beer from New Glarus. I'd recommend this to friends and trading partners, and I'm glad as hell Duff27 included a bottle in my last box. I'd stock up on this stuff if I had the ability to; $10 or so is more than fair for the quality. I could see myself drinking it everyday in the summertime; it's a damn fine brew - and a refreshing one. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

A-

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Photo of emerge077
2.89/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

May 6, 2017
Thumbprint 12 oz. bottle, released 2017. Thanks to EehaiCJ for the assist.
Deep dark red with a thin layer of foam and spotty lace. Nice color.
Smells like artificial strawberry candy, strawberry kool-aid, off brand strawberry jam.
Tastes very sweet, cloying strawberry candy in liquid form. Gross.
Sticky sweet, light to medium bodied with a slick artificial strawberry aftertaste.
Nowhere near the balanced sweet/tart/natural fruit of the original batch, 2017 is a complete bizarro version. Avoid.
Gave away the rest of the 4-pack. Tried it a 2nd time, and it still tasted like artificial strawberry candy, though there was a very mild rhubarb tartness present. Not really enough to redeem it.

This reminds me of stuff clueless underage kids might try to buy at the liquor store.
Worse than Four Loko or similar fruit flavored malternatives out there. Sad!

Jul 21, 2013
4.04/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml bottle with family and it went over pretty well.
Reddish orange with a crimson highlight, lasting foam with arcs of sticky lace in the glass. Patchy skim on the surface after a few sips. Body has a bright clarity and the occasional stray rising bubble. Flecks of spotty lace in the glass.

Sweet strawberry in the nose, hints of light acid and mild funk, though fairly restrained.
Tart and creamy, big strawberry flavor with acidic tartness from the rhubarb. Light and spritzy, lingering fruitiness in the aftertaste. On par with the other fruit beers they make, about as tart as Serendipity, the strawberry taste is pretty assertive.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer has the typical New Glarus pink lemonade color; not much of a head nor much lacing

Smell: Smells like a strawberry rhubarb pie

Taste: Tastes like liquid strawberry rhubarb pie; just a hint of malt for the crust and a nice element of subtle tartness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; a touch prickly

Overall: A great fruit beer; just love the way this one tickles the tastebuds

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light murky brown/reddish color ale with a sizeable foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of tart rhubarb notes with some lightly sweet raspberry notes. Taste is a lot more tart than I had expected with rhubarb notes being more dominant than the strawberry notes. Taste is more tart than the sweeter side associated with some of the New Glarus beers. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I enjoyed this beer quite lot but this is definitely more complex and bit less drinkable than I was expecting.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/8/2017. Pours very hazy deep ruby/pink/brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge strawberry jam, rhubarb, red grape, wheat, cracker, brown sugar, brown bread, and light herbal. Incredible aromas with awesome balance of strawberry, rhubarb, and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge strawberry jam, rhubarb, red grape, wheat, cracker, brown sugar, brown bread, and light herbal. Light herbal bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of strawberry jam, rhubarb, red grape, wheat, cracker, brown sugar, and brown bread on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and balance of strawberry, rhubarb, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tang/tartness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly drying from fruit tang/tartness. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly acidic/tannic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an amazing fruit beer! All around incredible robustness and balance of strawberry, rhubarb, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the balanced tart/tangy fruit finish. Unbelievable levels of fruit presence, with nice malt balance to keep it drinkable. Tastes like a jar of Smucker’s jam as a beer. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight jam! - b1

B2- pink head. Dark raspberry color.

This is a massive amount of strawberry and rhubarb tartness. Very fruity. Sweet and tart.

Light bodied. Easy drinking. 1/2 bottle to a bottle is plenty.

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Photo of chinchill
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Smells like strawberry rhubarb pie, complete with baked crust, and a really good pie at that. The taste doesn't disappoint, instead living up to the promise of the aroma.
Excellent smooth body with perfect carbonation.
Overall: Super. A new favorite for me from New Glarus?

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