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Strawberry RhubarbStrawberry Rhubarb

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 1,348
Photo of kawilliams81
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a 2 finger cream head. Thick ring of lacing and trails.

Has a vegetal and somewhat medicinal aroma with a nice strawberry accent.

Sweet honey, sugar, some tartness I am guessing from the rhubarb? And very nice strawberry flavor.

Another amazing fruit beer from NG. Has some tartness and rhubarb, vegetal notes as well as a nice amount of strawberry.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No freshness dating

A= Pours a gross brownish color similar to an oud bruin. It kinda looks like natural strawberry preserves also without the artificial coloring. The head is about a finger and rises and falls fast with little lacing.

S= The smell is pungent of strawberries and sour rhubarb. A little vegetable aroma from the rhubarb. A pleasant lactic odor as well.

T= The taste is heavy on the strawberry front with the rhubarb holding only a backup role supporting the strawberry with a sourness that is pleasant. If rhubarb turns you off because of the vegetable taste fear not. The rhubarb is only there as a souring component from what I can tell.

M= The mouth has a solid cleanses to it.

O= This is an awesome beer. The looks are pretty nasty but the flavor is awesome. Check it out fo sho.

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Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky, turbid, opaque cider-brown color with a small white head.

S: Awesome strawberry-rhubarb aroma. Not too sweet, with both the strawberry and rhubarb balanced together nicely.

T: Rush of sweet strawberry, lightly tart rhubarb, a hint of vanilla, grain, and yeastiness on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied with light yet crisp carbonation.

O: Don't let the appearance of this beer mislead you: it's damn tasty and not quite as cloyingly sweet as Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of kevanb
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a super cloudy, hazy, murky pinkish color, looks a lot like strawberry rhubarb pie filling in color. A thick, slightly off white head rises about 2 fingers high, that has nice retention and leaves a nice amount of lace. The aroma is really nice, plenty of tart rhubarb, sweet strawberry, fleshy, ripe and pungent, like a great pureed smoothie. The fruit component is of course the dominating profile on the tongue, loads of tart rhubarb, seedy and fleshy strawberry, sweet and lively, a touch of malt is present, perhaps the crust to a pie, but for all intents and purposes, the beer is exactly what it set out to be, strawberry and rhubarb. The body is great, lively, thick, chewy that coats the mouth perfectly, just enough zip to be lively, but quite creamy and full of fruit bits.

Verdict: Absolutely delicious fruit beer from New Glarus and in my mind, the pinnacle of their fruit program. Wonderful tart rhubarb flavor, nice complimenting strawberry flavor, just the amount of each I'd like, rhubarb in focus, my favorite fruit (yes it's a root, but I like it more than any other fruit).

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is insanely accurate to how it is advertised. Great look, just reddish enough to be a fruit beer, nice sticky lacing.

Basically, this beer smells and tastes like fresh blended strawberry and rhubarb to a T, what an accomplishment. Not tart, but not too sweet, just a great level of fresh produce in the flavor and taste. It's quite an accomplishment in the fruit beer style, these guys take it to a new level.

Feel is good, nice carbonation overall solid. A really interesting and impressive beer, a great change of pace in the new brewing world of bigger abv and crazier flavors. They nailed this. I can't think of a better beverage to pair with a dessert that features fresh fruit.

If this had more tartness, I don't know if I couldn't have given it an even better rating.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a deep dark earthy red color, almost a leathery brown. half a finger of an off white head with decent retention and a sticky lacing all along the sides. completely hazy and opaque.

Smell: fresh strawberry preservatives. herbaceous rhubarb aroma. some tart fruit. end is full of sweet graham cracker like pie crust. some strawberry candy towards the end

Taste: opens up with a strawberry candy and fresh strawberry preservatives. graham crack pie crust. some slightly tart flavors come through along with rhubarb and more herbaceous character.

Mouthfeel: very sweet but enough tartness to balance it out. pretty juicy and refreshing. medium body.

Overall: another killer fruit beer from new glarus. This one works out well with both the tartness and rhubarb to balance out the super sweet strawberry candy like flavors.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a green 750 mL bottle and poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Thanks to Stevedore for getting this to me.

Appearance - Very unique looking for a beer. Body is a burgundy, reddish clay color and very cloudy, which gives the impression of fruit puree. Head is a finer and a half of sudsy sandy-colored bubbles. Takes its time dissipating and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell - An explosion of sweet and tart fruit characteristics, with very ripe strawberry being the dominant profile. The fruit is definitely the star, and the aroma has me a tad worried that this beer might be too sweet. On the positive side, there is a hint of tartness, like there may be a little pucker factor to this beer.

Taste - Delivers on the fruity promise of the nose, but this is not an artificial fruitiness that you get from syrups or the way crappy flavored malt beverages like Smirnoff Ice tastes. This is fresh, flavorful and tangy sweetness, with a semi-dry finish. Unfortunately, the hint of tart from the nose turned out to just be the natural acidity from the fruit. On the tastebuds, the tartness clearly comes from the natural punch of rhubarb, rather than any souring cultures or bacterial. Even so, it's quite delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, providing an effervescent but substantial feel. In some ways, the feel--not the smell or taste--reminded me of a mimosa or bellini. Very refreshing.

Overall, a fantastic fruit beer. I can't say it's my favorite out of the incredibly broadly-defined style, but it's certainly up there. They manage to make the fruit the focal point of the beer without creating something cloying and overly-sweet. Rather than making it mouth-puckeringly sour with bacteria, they've tapped into the natural tartness of strawberry and rhubarb, to excellent results.

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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 Treebs
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml green waxed bottle served in a stemmed wine glass. Enjoyed 7/20/13.

A: Pours a murky brownish color with some red tints to it. An off-white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Mild lace.

S: Fresh squeezed strawberry with a nice oaky profile to it. There is a light spice from the rhubarb. A little stemmy and pithy as well.

T: Same as the nose. Lots of freshy strawberry juice with a little sweetness and tartness to it all at the same time. Light oaky profile with some malty breadiness that provides even more sweetness, but in a different way. Nicely cuts the juiciness and fruitiness from strawberry. Light touches of spiced rhubarb.

M: Extremely drinkable. Light bodied with a fruity and sweet finish. Light and airy mouthfeel.

O: As with all New Glarus fruit beers this one is dangerously drinkable as it borders on a nice fruity juice. Nice balance of fruitiness and sweetness. Extremely fresh and juicy. Would enjoy again.

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Photo of deebo
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

Pours a burnt orange color with a slight haze. A prominent beige head with a bit of stickiness. Aromas of jammy strawberries are strongest. A little of that distinct rhubarb aroma if you look for it. Taste is fruity for sure. Strawberry (fruity, a bit seedy and fresh) with a bit of astringent sour rhubarb noted too. Light bodied with medium to slightly high carbonation. A bit of tartness to balance the upfront sweetness. Overall a refreshing easy to drink tasty beer. Yet to have anything but a super fruit beer from New Glarus. Good dessert beer/strawberry rhubarb torte-like

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is fairly clear with a slight murky haze and is light reddish-brown in color. It sports a nice fluffy off-white head that has good retention given the acidity. It also has a bright, fruity nose with notes of white wine and strawberry preserves.

The beer has a nice tart flavor with plenty of sweetness to balance it out.
The high carbonation complements the flavor well. The sweetness is in the front of the palate and is all fruit, primarily berry flavors. At mid-palate, the acidity creeps in and brings with it some wine-like flavors and tannins, which pinch your cheeks and dry out your mouth a bit. The fruity sweetness stays on the palate the entire time and lingers a bit on the finish.

Overall, another marvelous fruit beer from New Glarus. I don't think this one is as good as Raspberry Tart or Wisconsin Belgian Red. The flavor is milder than those other two beers, but it's still highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't get enough of New Glarus's fruit beers, so I can't thank laymansbeerfan enough; thank you brother! Split with the wife into wine glasses.

A: Darker crimson brown, unfiltered towards the bottom of the 750, well carbonated with plenty of head but no lacing really.

S: Strawberry is upfront and full of life, sweet and fruity. Rhubarb is a bit buried but its tartness shines through lightly. Suggestions of honey, brown sugar, and other sweeter malt characters lie underneath all of the fruitiness.

T: Sweet strawberry dominates with rhubarb pulling in a distant second. Fruity and jammy; preserves/dessert/pie all come to mind. I could be imagining it but there does seem to be a sweeter malt backbone, with ghostly hints of caramel and brown sugar. Fruit-dominated though, for sure.

MF: Good carbonation keeps this from being cloying; lighter medium body.

O: I like strawberry, so this was a win for me. Would have loved a bit more balance from a tart rhubarb character but I'm nit-picking really. Awesome stuff.

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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 JohnnyHopps
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was poured into a snifter and appeared a cloudy brown color with a reddish tint. There was not much of a head on this beer, but there really is not supposed to be. The highlight of this beer seems to be the aroma as it smells much like homemade strawberry jam. If I could not see it, I might not know it was beer. On the initial taste, one gets an incredible amount of sweetness like strawberry jam. I am told that the tartness in the background is the rhubarb. To be honest, I do not know what a rhubarb tastes like. So in regard to the rhubarb, I am just going by the word of others. The sweetness of the strawberry fades as the tastes continues from sweetness to a more seedy berry taste. It makes me curious as to whether the aroma's impact on the initial was exaggerated. The sweetness continues into the aftertaste and is allowed to linger because of the thickness of the beer. The fruit dominates the taste in this beer. I would not say it is better than Belgian Red of Serendipity, but it is another strong effort by New Glarus.

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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 u2carew
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, amber to ruby colored body.
S) Bold aromatics - strawberry, rhubarb.
T) Tart strawberry and rhubarb. Subtle sweetness from the malts. Finishes with a pleasant strawberry and rhubarb aftertaste.
M) Medium body. Some mouth puckering.
O) A delicious concoction. Well balanced flavor profile. I'd definitely drink another.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very hazy, very deep orange to medium tan/brown in color. A big and frothy, light tan head forms and retains very well. Lacing on this one is pretty great too.

S- A strong and dominant strawberry fruitiness is what hits first on the nose. The rhubarb is definitely in there too, but the scent is predominantly strawberry. It is all fruit all the way through the smell and on the sweeter end of the scent spectrum.

T- The taste of this beer follows the same arc as the scent, except the rhubarb is a little stronger than the strawberry. At the beginning, the fruit is the prominent flavor and it continues to be through the majority of the drink, but at the back end a bit of funky grain kicks in. The grain tastes mostly like wheat, but there is also a touch of musty barnyard funk in there. Fruit lingers on the palate after the drink.

M- For the low alcohol and fruity flavor profile of this beer, the mouthfeel is rather thick and creamy. The carbonation is somewhat less than expected, but still at an acceptable level. It really goes down smooth and would be perfect on a hot summer day.

Overall, this is pretty much exactly what I expected after having Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red. This beer is a delicious and fruity summer beer that is well made, easy to drink, and delicious.

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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 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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Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 43°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled on October 2015) into a pint glass. Consumed on 10Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarters worth within 40 seconds. Grayish brownish red in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness (this looks horribly unappealing). There are no rising bubbles once the foam head settles. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Very strong sweet and tart strawberry jam flavors are quite evident up front. There is also a mild tart and earthy aroma that I can only assume is the rhuarb since I have never had it before. It complements the strawberry jam very well.
TASTE: Extremely strong sweet and tart strawberry flavors combine with strong earthy and sour rhubarb (once again, I'm assuming here) to create the initial taste. Hints of spicy hops immediately follow.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish. Tartness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: Very basic in taste, yet so delicious. If you like strawberries and rhubarb, I can't see any reason as to why you wouldn't love this beer. The reason this rating wasn't higher was because it was so aesthetically unappealing. It looked like toxic sludge to be honest.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep burgundy. Initial pour yields three fingers head. Solid looking beer.

Smells of strawberry jam. Primarily sweet if the nose but there is a bit of tartness.

Taste is sweet with the strawberries but it goes a bit deeper than the nose. Rhubarb tartness balances the sweetness. As with other NG fruit beers the fruit flavors are the star.

Love the mouthfeel on all of NG fruit beers. This is no different.

Pretty much all I expected but perhaps I would like just a bit more tartness. Not disappointed.

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Photo of weonfire
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish purple - thick head & lacing, slightly transparent

S - Strawberry, rhubarb, raspberry, light sugar

T - slightly tart strawberry - finish has a sweet rhubarb. does taste a mix bag of pleasantly sweet fruits.

M - frothy, not too thick, full coverage, excellent carbonation, little bit of fiz

O - Outstanding. Frothy head retention last entirety of beer. Fruit flavors are excellent. I did hope the rhubarb brought a much higher sourness while its only mildly tart. Low ABV makes this an superb choice as a desert beer. Very refreshing. If your lucky to get your hands on one - it won't be a let down.

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Photo of Strix
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy frothy pinkish-brown head atop a murky reddish brown brew.

Huge smell of fresh strawberries.

It really is just like strawberry-rhubarb pie. A bit of a sour cherry taste to the end (the rhubarb?) slightly reminiscent of belgian red. Somewhat lacking in complexity or zest to the finish.

Carbonation a bit low for me.

I'd probably rank this as my lowest of the big 4 fruit beers, but it's still a nice diversion and gets big points for creativity.

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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 kkleu357
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%

From notes on 1/11/14

Brownish purple in color. Fruity, sour, kind of soapy smell. Nice sweet taste. Tartness from the strawberries, but still sweet. This is good, but the cherry one us better.

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Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing Company
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