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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ri0 on 07-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
1,349
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
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261
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Photo of ONUMello
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy light brown with a one-finger head that lingers quite a while
S: Strawberry & rhubarb with a light caramel malt backbone
T: Strawberry primarily with rhubarb taking a strong secondary note with caramel/malt in the background. Sweet from the freshness of the fruit, but not overly so and backed by refreshing acidity from the rhubarb
M: Very smooth, somewhat light, sweetness balanced by acidity with a fairly long finish. Tasty across the initial attack/midpalate and finish
O: Another winner from New Glarus. Follow the advice on the bottle and drink a bit colder than cellar temp. IMO it would creep closer to 5s if the rhubarb & its acidity were closer to the intensity of the strawberry though still fantastic and no complaints as is

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy brown, look is similar to that of apple cider. Thin half go get off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is good, earthy rhubarb tart wild yeast sweet strawberry a and a nice straw like malt.

Taste is great, sweet and tart strawberries are upfront wild an earthy tart vegetable rhubarb flavor. Some straw like malt adds some complexity in the finish and there is a pleasant residual sweetness and tartness.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a murky golden brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that eventually disappears completely, leaving just some bubbles shooting to the top

S- exactly as described, it smells like a fresh strawberry pie, plenty of fresh strawberries, slight rhubarb tartness, even picking up a bit of malty flaky pie crust aroma. The strawberry doesn't smell artificial either, like with most fruit ales, pretty much spot on

T- immediately notice the contrast of sweet and tart, with the sweetness of strawberry and tartness of rhubarb. The strawberry sweetness is reminiscent of the syrup of a strawberry pie, or fresh strawberry jam. The finish continues sweet, with more strawberry on a slightly dry linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a sweet finish that coats the mouth

O- a fruit beer that is true to it's description, it's pretty sweet and best shared, but a nice switch up from the usually mundane world of fruit beers

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Photo of barczar
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fairly clear medium brown with a gray tinge from the rhubarb, it's not a pretty beer. Strawberry dominates the aroma, but the rhubarb is the star in the flavor, adding a tangy tartness. Fairly good balance reminiscent of the pie. Definitely a dessert beer, a bit of a guilty pleasure.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head almost nothing, hazy murky brown pink copper color.

Nose is everything, sweet candy, caramel and molasses, nutty, brown sugar and mild spices like lots of pie filling, then tons of fruit, nice strawberry, more of the rhubarb, little generic berry like almost raspberry, more like a jammy cooked fruit.

Taste is quite nice, good strawberry jam, rhubarb bitter and tartness but not a ton, into plenty of sweetness, brown sugar and molasses like, again pie filling, little candy like, mild overall tartness, very little base beer. Big acetic acid bite too, and light grainy bready. Finish is dry and flemmy, more acidic bite, nice lingering cooked jammy strawberry and rhubarb.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little jammy sweet, nice acidic bite and decent carb.

Overall quite nice. Sweet but not overly, and good tartness nice acid level. Ugly ducking with a great beer underneath.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a reddish amber color with a fluffy cream colored head. There is a very strong aroma of strawberries. The taste is a sweet clash of strawberries and rhubarb. It basically reminded me of a strawberry fruit roll-up from when I was a kid only in a beer form. I don’t see this having quite the hype as Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart, or Serendipity but its still quite good.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cam for sharing another slice of New Glarus fruit goodness. Reviewed from notes.

Pour is hazy dull red with an off-white head. Good retention with some lace left.

Smell, as expected, pure strawberry jam and fruit snacks. Sugary bread and poundcake come to mind. Sweet fruitiness all the way.

Like the smell, as expected, straight up authentic strawberry, pretty sweet with very light tartness. Some leafy/seed flavors, shortcake, general fruity jam. Nice but maybe overly simplistic, not sure how much the rhubarb contributed.

Great body and flavor for the ABV. ... As expected.

Very good and authentic, but a little more cloying and not as drinkable as their other fruit 750s. A small pour of this one is best I think. Still probably the best (only?) straight-up, non-sour strawberry ale around.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb

Split the 750 ml bottle with my wife. Served chilled in accompanying New Glarus glassware.

A) Hazy red brew... Big frothy 2 finger head. Great retention, and lacing all the way down the glass.

S) Like strawberry rhubarb pie with a dusting of table sugar.

T) What a pleasing balance of sugared strawberries and tart rhubarb stalks. A little grassy at the finish. Refreshing....

M) Lighter medium body with mild carbonation. A soft feel to it, and easy drinking. Nice aftertaste...

O) This was a pleasure to drink. The flavors really played off of each other with near perfection. I know I'm in the minority here, but I enjoyed this even more than Serendipity...

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

This poured with a strawberry colored murkiness that grew a fizzy fleeting head.

The scent is sweet Strawberry coupled with a caramel malt. Combined it has a waxy fruit roll up aroma.

Wow! This is freaking awesome. Giant Strawberry flavor but it has a sweet candy flavor that holds some grain and malt. The thing that impresses me most is that it holds all the sweetness of artificial strawberry yet still has a very natural tone.

The feel is very light, super crisp and easy to drink. Obviously the fact that it's only 4 pct helps this ease.

I am a fan of fruit beers and this is exceptional and should be other fruit beer fans Holy Grail.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy brown, one finger head, with some lacing.

S-Strawberies, some rhubabrb. Sugary sweet, not artificial at all. Just amazing smelling strawberries.

T-The right amount of sweetness. Lots of strawberries, Rhubarb comes in to balance it out.

M- Lighter to medium in bodied, nice carbonation, maybe slightly on the watery side.

O-One of the best fruit beers out there. Had alongside Serendipity and Raspberry Tart. Not as good as Serendipity though.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) purchased at the brewery on Fall 2013 vacation, unknown brewing/packaging dates (2014 vintage), poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of Benish
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with a friend, poured into two snifter glasses. No head appeared while pouring. Appearence was that of cloudy orangish-red, it was like looking at strawberry jam.

Aroma was very pleasant, it was like smelling a jar of strawberry preserves. It was a fruity strawberry aroma, no aroma of rhubarb noted.

Upon first sip instantly tasted strawberries, in fact it tasted like strawberry jam! It is sweet but not cloying in any way. Just perfect. The tartness contributed by the rhubarb is there. Unfortunately I had a cough the last three days therefore the tartness of the beer almost felt abrasive on my throat. I'll be trying the beer again once I fully recover to see how the tartness stands out. The tartness and sweetness seems well balanced. The beer has a light bodied and fizzy mouthfeel - almost along the lines of drinking a mimosa.

Overall this is a good beer. Not too sweet and easily drinkable. Right now I'm somewhere on the fence with the tartness. While it's certainly tart, I'm just not sure how like it, seemed a little bit abrasive. However this could be bias due to my cough. I look forward to trying this again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.22.13

A - Pours a dirty medium brown with a large fizzy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Strawberry, fruity, earthy.

T - Lots of strawberry, earthy, creamy.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Actually tastes like strawberry. Earthy, dirty and not overly sweet. Nice.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I must admit that I am somewhat a sucker for quality fruit beers. Call me a wimp, not a real beer drinker, etc., I don't care. But at times, I like to have a nice piece of pie or cake along with a delightful fruit beer. When it comes to fruit beers, New Glarus seems to have the lock on the style so I was anxiously awaiting the opportunity to try their newest concoction - Strawberry Rhubarb.

I will give props to both CaseyK and Maximum12 for hooking me up with delicious NG goodness and not confining their generosity to just the S-berry. Thanks chaps, much appreciated.

A - Poured with that "Anticipation"song going around and round in my head. I must say it is not a particulary appealing looking beer. Pours a ruddy brownish red with a pretty excited white head that leaves some lacing. The raz and cherry pour much more ruby like in appearance and fill the flute in fine style, the S-berry looks a little rougher sitting in my New Glarus flutes.

S - Outstanding aroma of strawberries tickle my nose hairs and have that great fruit smell that I find the backbone of all NG fruit beers. Fresh strawberry smell, sweet and delicious.

T - What a treat. New Glarus seems to always find the right flavor profile. This is exceptionally difficult in beers that have the real chance of falling off the rails. I would say that there is the requisite sweetness that might bother some but the sweetness pulls back just enough to make it interesting in that the rhubarb provides some contrast to peel back the sweetness. Not sour, just a little tart contrast to go with the wonderful sweet strawberry. A little bread or biscuit as well rounds it out to make it approach perfection.

M - Really well done. Some creamy element to it which makes it wonderful.

O - One of the great things about NG is that you constantly approach their fruit beers saying that you already like another one of them the best. And then you drink the new one and you start wondering if that is the best one. Really a reflection of how well they do this style. For my vote, I would say Red>S-berry>Raz>Serendipity.

Thanks to the gentlemen from the Midwest for the hookup of NG goodness.

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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a grayish, brownish, red with s thin half finger head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas pop of jam strawberries and rhubarb, cooked though not fresh fruit. Like taking deep inhaled breathes from the bottom of a pie tin, super fruity.

T - Taste is very, very strawberry, light rhubarb tart flavours, mostly pie filing, natural sweetness not cloy like most new glarus beers, very fruity and easy drinking.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and almost sticky sweet, light carbonation.

O - Overall this beer screams rhubarb and strawberry. The strawberry is so intense here, would like a bit more rhubarb tartness though.

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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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Photo of Stevedore
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle shared by Benish today, 8/1/2013. Poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

This beer looks to be a very well carbonated, bubbly brownish-amber body with a solid 1cm white head, very bubbly and leaves a good bit of lacing out there. Very effervescent beer.

Sniffing it makes me think of strawberry preserves with a little bit of tart earthiness which I'm assuming is from the rhubarb. But its strawberry preserves or jam, straight up in the nose. Very nice nose and smells incredibly sweet and refreshing.

Drinking this beer is a pleasure- tons and tons of sweet strawberry jam that is balanced out a little bit by an earthy yet light tartness. It's not particularly complex though, but it really delivers in the strawberry department. I love strawberries so I really enjoy it.

The body of this beer is light bodied, maybe a bit on the thicker side. It's very, very well carbonated and refreshing. There is a bit of an odd tart aftertaste on the back of my throat that I can't quite describe but it takes a little bit away from the beer I thought. I want that tart aftertaste on my palate, not in the back of my throat. Still, it's easily drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, I put this up as an equal to Serendipity, which is above Raspberry Tart and below Belgian Red which is still king in my book. New Glarus produces probably the best non-sour fruit beers in the country so this follows in the same tradition of the others. Delicious, refreshing brew for sure. Recommend trying this at least once.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy red color, with a one finger off white head, which has nice retention, and leaves generous lacing. The aroma has ripe strawberries and tart rhubarb. Has a nice combination of sweetness and tartness, like most other New Glarus Fruit Beers.

Tastes just like I thought it would, with sweet strawberries and some tart rhubarb. The strawberries have a ripe, sweet taste, and they have a stronger presence than the rhubarb, but the combination of the strawberries and rhubarb together really work well together to make a well balanced tasty beer.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. This beer is another definite winner from New Glarus. Nobody makes Fruit Beers as good as they do, as consistently as they do.

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Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

split a750ml bottle

A-pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a tan small finger head that recedes to a fresh staying collar
S- strawberry pie and fresh cherries some must notes
T- strawberries with fresh tart cherry/rhubarb such a great taste of fruit with a musty finish
M- medium body with lower carbonation nice tartness
O- what a great wild ale this one is delicious

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the minnesotaryan/kwmiles/Sender collective for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed ruddy reddish orange brown. Small loose bubbly off-white head. Drops to a spotty cap and collar in short order. Spotty lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Loaded with strawberry. Fresh fruit coupled with some serious jam-like qualities. A touch of lingering bitterness through the back, but it's buried under the strawberry. Pale, clean light malts. Sweet and fruity as to be expected. A tiny but of buttery breadiness in there as well.

Taste: Blend of bitter and slightly tart rhubarb coupled with the jammy sweetness of strawberry. Rich strawberry flesh. A touch of something akin to green apple. Deeply fruity with some strawberry juice. A touch of pale malt sweetness rounds out the back. Just shoves straight strawberry in a bottle. Very slightly tart. A nice compliment, for obvious reasons.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high bubbly carbonation. Smooth and bright. Mediumish body. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Wisconsin is the land of magic.

It's a New Glarus fruit beer. Do yourself a favor and buy all of it and send it to me.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cyclone8 for this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: This is…ugly. Even from the first pour it's ugly. Normally I'd call it opaque, but despite careful decantation - murky is a better word here. Like brown pond water. Thin white head atop essentially no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, fruity strawberries, candied sugar, and a touch of rhubarb tartness in the background.

T: Real natural strawberries up front. It's such a natural flavor, you almost expect to have to strain the fruit pulp from the drink. Less rhubarb than strawberry but it's still definitely there, with tartness in moderation. Some candied sugar, yeasty, and a small bready malt presence. The strawberry flavor lasts into the hang. As it warms during the drink, maybe a hint of toasted caramel develops.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation towards the low side, and no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Really quite enjoyable – a great dessert beer with tartness and sweetness in balance. Not so much funk, not a sour bomb, and not the most complex beer ever. But really quite enjoyable. I don't know how they pull these fruit beers off, but New Glarus is quite good at them. Recommended for sure. Just don't look at it first.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with an inch head that dissipates quickly, kind of an ugly beer but in a good way. On the nose I get fresh squeezed cider and strawberry preserves. On the palate the strawberry preserves really come forward with a little rhubarb in the background. Perfect level of sweetness and a light tartness. Full mouthfeel. Overall really good and strawberry is probably one of my least favorite fruits, really looking forward to the other New Glarus Fruit beers as this was my first.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jdiddy for breaking this one out. Pours the color and clarity of unpasteurized cider with a loose, cream-colored head that dissipates into an oily slick. Nose is reminiscent of strawberry preserves. Taste consistent with nose; however, the rhubarb cuts the sweetness and keeps the flavor profile from being too cloying. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a light, even carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, another awesome fruit beer from NG. It's amazing how much flavor is packed into such a low abv brew.

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Photo of jjdc
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sticky sweet, overripe strawberry nose. Color is a dirty red. Luscious, huge berries that are very sweet, a touch of rhubarb tartness. This is definitely on the sweeter, fruity side than tart and astringent. This is pretty straightforward, but it's wonderfully light and refreshing. Perfect summer sipper.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy tan head into a tulip glass that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a ruddy reddish-brown color.
s - strawberry then rhubarb.
t - same as above. very fruity.
m - medium mouthfeel.
o - had this beer back to back with westbrook's rhubarb remix. i love new glarus and this beer hit me just like their others. an absolutely delicious beer.

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Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
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