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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,456 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,456
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,000
Gots: 434 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001)
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Reviews by PeprSprYoFace:
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.97/5  rDev +13.5%

This is easily on my top 5 beers tried and I have had around 32 of the top 100. This is my 3rd bottle that I have drank and I'm finally starting to review the beers I drink.

Poured into a lindemans flute glass. Pours a nice looking bright red color with almost no head.

Smells of straight sweet and tart cherries. Smells amazing.

Taste just punches you in the face with how much cherry flavor is in here. So good with the sweetness and tartness balanced well.

Mouthfeel is great with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very high with me though I have been told by friends that they could not drink alot if this because of the sweetness. But for me I could drink the whole 750ml bottle. I stocked up on this after my first taste. Awesome brew that everyone should seek out. Can see the ladies liken this one...

06-10-2008 06:54:50 | More by PeprSprYoFace
More User Reviews:
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

Just a wonderful fruit beer. Thick and luscious like a true apple cider only pink. Loads of tart cherries and hints of spices. Smells great, tastes great. Feels like velvet on your tongue. Not overly sweet at all and therefore very drinkable.

Over the weekend I sat out on a lake in Northern Wisconsin and consumed a bottle that I had kept in a cupboard for at least three years. I was a bit nervous that the beer would have spoiled but it hadn’t. It tasted exactly as I remembered it tasting fresh from the brewery.

Moreover, the beer was a perfect pick for the colorful fall day. It feels very much like a homemade cider and this makes it fit naturally with changing leaves and fire pit conversation.

10-03-2005 21:48:01 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-23-2014 10:40:17 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-13-2014 13:58:48 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%

A: Ruby red with a small off-white head that settles into a ring of lacings.

S: Lots of sweet cherries dominate. The cherry aromas are rather candy-like (guess that's what happens when you put so much cherries in the brew). Hints of grass and something in the line of cookies. Not a complex smell, and not very interesting, but my god does it smell like cherries.

T: The taste is way better than the smell. Sweet cherries up front (the cherries are still candy-like but not as much as in the smell). Notes of sweet malts. A gentle but noticeable tart note develops and is really welcome since it levels the sweetness nicely and really balances everything. Notes of cookies and earth. The finish is nicely dry and light with grassy notes and chemical cherries. Not very complex, but still with enough hints of other things than cherries to make it interesting and most importantly tasty.

M: Somewhat sticky in the mouth with a nice dryness in the finish. Medium body.

D: A good beer. The taste is better than the smell, thankfully. Impressive flavors considering the low ABV. I could really see this one working well as a dessert or coupled with dessert. But it's too sweet to drink a lot of.

10-20-2009 22:07:32 | More by ricke
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MadScientist

New York

5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-24-2012 01:09:24 | More by MadScientist
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-05-2014 04:14:06 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

This beer is always a treat. Thanks to Thirdeye11 for this one.

A- Bright cherry red

S- Like sweet cherry candy with graham cracker malt. Not too complex, just brilliance.

T&M- Soft and delicate. Sweet and slightly tart cherry at the same time.

D- Refreshing and delicious. The kind of beer my mom(or anyone who doesn't like beer) would and should drink.

11-12-2009 03:01:46 | More by brownbeer
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-31-2012 03:54:50 | More by Schlais
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SkiBum22

New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Pours a deep burgundy, red-amber with a tan-pink head.

S - Cherry, plain and simple. Great nose. Cherries and brown sugar. Very tart nose with this.

T - Very good with the cherry the huge star of course. Not as tart as I would have thought. And the grains add just the right backing to this. Just outstanding.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick finish.

O - Awesome brew from New Glarus. Never been to Wisconsin before but made sure I tried this before I left. Wish we could get this out East.

09-23-2011 20:43:45 | More by SkiBum22
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

The evolution of beer took a huge step forward over ten years ago with this brew. It's unlike any other Fruit Beer to the extent that it deserves more than the Fruit Beer label. There are well over a pound of cherries in every bottle and it's lagered in oak tanks for a year. Not many American breweries are doing that now--let alone ten years ago.

Pours with a light, spritzy carbonation, and its murky burgundy color shows no light at all. Just a thin ring of lace from the fizz of the head. The aroma is heavenly: a nose full of cherries in cherry juice. Sweet-tart cherry bouquet. Underlying crispness in the slick, medium body. Big bang of cherry sweetness to start. A balanced tartness sets in with mild oak, earth and a pinch of maltiness. Layers of cherry unravel slowly to finally reach a faint biscuit finish.

One of the most complex beers in the US to date, yet still very approachable and drinkable. Excellent balance of sweetness to tartness. It's a beer worth driving to Wisconsin for, or at least finding a friend to ship you some. A mild yogurt cheddar cheese with tart apples sounds like a great pairing.

09-27-2010 18:32:55 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Ben7773

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-12-2014 21:47:08 | More by Ben7773
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +13.5%

A: BR has an opaque ruby red color upon pouring with a hint of brown hue to it when held to the light. Little to no head when poured into a champagne flute (poured during a celebration immediately following Dom Perignon... hopefully that doesnt mess with my review... haha)

S: one word: CHERRIES. the strong smell of cherries blasts the olfactory senses, invoking thoughts of a Wisconsin summer on a lake.

T: an explosion of cherries tingles the tongue while emitting undertones of beer and wine with a champagne finish.

MF/D: an intensely fruity beer with the smoothest carbonation possible (considering how much it has). not a fruit beer kind of guy, but i could practically be content with a case of this for the night.

07-04-2010 07:44:32 | More by newk340
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -8%

Pours a deep, dark cherry-red. Smells like cherry cobbler, or one of those cherry pies you ate as a kid. Taste is quite the same, a huge, massive cherry explosion. It also tastes a bit sour.

This is certainly an odd beer. It doesn't even taste like one even. I'm sharing the bottle with family, because I don't think I could drink a whole bottle alone. Nevertheless, this is quite tasty, certainly the bridge between beer and wine.

11-25-2004 23:01:13 | More by skybluewater
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours from the bottle a deep, vibrant cherry red that explodes in the light. A light, fizzy off pink head rises and falls. Looks nice in the glass for sure. Aromas start with a blast of bountiful sweet and tart cherry scents. Crisp, light malts lurk within. Reminds me of a fresh made cherry pie! Quite intoxicating and no holding back on the cherry here.

First sip brings a solid, crisp malt body upfront along with an instantaneous burst of sweet cherry flavor. As it flows down tart notes move in as well. Juicy, with a massive cherry fruit flavor. Cherry pie in a glass. Just an awesome fruit beer bursting with flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat slick with a touch of a syrupy quality to it from the residuals sugars of the fruit I assume. Quite an easy drinking beer that the girlfriend enjoys as well. I could probably drink the whole bottle though too! The top tier of fruit beers for me and one I always enjoy drinking. Worth a trip to Wisconsin - grab some Raspberry Tart as well.

01-18-2009 00:52:24 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-08-2013 05:32:43 | More by blitz134
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supa0525

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-16-2013 03:11:25 | More by supa0525
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-06-2014 02:32:53 | More by bulldogg915
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dlorton0844


3/5  rDev -31.5%

07-13-2014 23:35:23 | More by dlorton0844
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-07-2013 21:21:44 | More by NWer
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-28-2014 20:31:17 | More by DaftPatrick
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-27-2014 22:42:48 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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equinox1

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-20-2013 00:45:29 | More by equinox1
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warnerry

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -16%

Pors clear deep red with minimal head.

Initial aroma is intense tart cherry. The smell of real cherries is nice. Hints of candy sweetness mix in with the tartness. Pretty simple, but good.

Taste is tart cherry up front, giving way to a slightly medicinal taste too often found with cherry flavors. Again, not complex, but simple and good.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with minimal aftertaste.

Overall I wanted to like this more. It is pretty tasty, except for the slight medicinal notes, but this is something I wouldn't want too much of.

05-25-2011 21:20:48 | More by warnerry
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grynder33

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -17.1%

Pretty ruby red color surprisingly long lasting head, cherry vanilla aroma and then it goes downhill. A taste so sour you could never serve it with food, if it had been a little thinner, sour cherry might work, but this had a thick texture. Maybe if you pour a very small amount, you could work with this.

11-14-2003 01:26:13 | More by grynder33
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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,456 ratings.