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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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97
world-class

2,805 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,805
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,059
Gots: 529 | FT: 51
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Photo of ojgio
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Homebrew35
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a half finger of a white foamy head. Hazy deep amber/red body which clears as it warms. Minimal lacing with no head after a short time.

Smells like a big sweet cherry pie filling. Some simple carmel sweetness and light confectionery frosting notes.

Big medium tart cherry flavor. Light puckering acidity and sourness. Sweet forward and fairly refreshing.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Lightly sticky on the finish with an obvious cherry taste.

Great beer, great fruity flavors and well balanced for the style.

$9 a 750/bomberish

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool dark red, cherry appearance to it, thin head. Aroma is massively cherry, like you just opened a can of cherry pie filling. Bottle says a fuggin pound of cherries in every bottle! Every bottle! Damn!

Taste is exquisite, cherry, slight oak finish to it, sweetness takes the high road, counterbalanced by the wood and a slight tartness that is miniscule in comparison to the hearty cherry mouthfeel. Malt base keeps it from becoming overly sweet, good carbonation keeps it from feeling syrupy.

This is pretty much the holy grail of fruit beers in America, maybe the world. Blows away any other beer w/ cherry in it, here, the cherry is so dominate, don't even think of trying this beer unless you really like cherry. Not for hophead only guy. You can't understand the cherry dominance in this (but again, the nuances of everything else make it work even better) until you try it. Next time I'm in Wisconsin, I'm getting like 10 of these. Hopefully the fruit don't fade. Fresh is definitely very good here.

Photo of mondegreen
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a gorgeous ruby red with a half finger off white head. Minimal lacing.

Smells vibrant. Sweet cherries abound. A hint of tartness in Terry somewhere.

Taste is wonderfully refreshing. Obviously, the cherries are front and center. Slight earthy tones and a sharp, yet abbreviated tartness round out the finish.

Mouth is medium with bright carbonation. Coats nicely and fits the flavor profile spot on.

Overall, this is the epitome of a fruit beer. Well balanced, vibrant, and beautiful. I can only hope other American breweres are taking notes.

Photo of Brenden
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep red that's so cloudy and thick I can only call it murky. A a cap of head, the color of which is a pink dark enough that it's nearly red, begins about a finger and a half in height. It retains its form well and leaves patchy lacing along the glass.
The smell belies what this beer will be: authentic and complex. No cough syrup, fake sweeteners, or anything of the like are detectable. Cherries hit the nose with a bang, and it's powerful stuff. Sweet without cloying serves to offset a bit tartness, along with a bit of a vanilla-like sweetness. It's a bit spicy and a touch woody/earthy as well. While not as complex as the flavor, this aroma is quite good.
While the smell is very nice, the flavor is as close to perfectas it gets. Hops are in the aroma but really come out in the flavor, and so perfectly that nothing about the cherry is detracted from. Deliciously woody with that same very gentle spiciness and woodiness offsetting the sweet and tart, this is one of those beers in which everything comes together just right.
This beer's body is medium with a creamy heft and plenty of depth. Just crisp enough with a steady carbonation, this beer goes creamy smooth and heavier without getting too filling. I'd take down the crispness an almost infinitesimal degree.

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Bernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours an opaque, black cherry red. Small, bubbly, pinkish-colored head that leaves a bit of lace.

S: Big aromas of black cherry and sweet fruit.

T: Wonderful spicy black cherry. I also noticed a hint of yeast or wheat lurking in the background.

M: Creamy and prickly, too.

D: So easy to drink. What an incredible beer!

Photo of wingnutter
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Pured a hazy reddish color with a slightly pink head.

Smells like cherry pie filling with sugary icing.

Taste is awesome cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Sweet at first with a great tart finish. I definately detect something underneath that reminds me of iced pie crust. At least I think so. Maybe Im just imagining it, but its definately something. Effervescent carbonation but not to the point of being overdone. This is one incredible beer, and something Im glad I seeked out. A must try for anyone who wants to try a unique and expertly crafted beer. Dessert in a bottle.

Due to the sweetness, Im glad my girlfriend was willing to drink the other half -- a whole 750ml may be too much at one time.

Photo of samie85
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy, dark red sort of looks like cranberry juice with a quickly dissipating head.

S- Smells like juicy, tart cherries.

T- The main taste is that of tart cherries, then transitions a bit of sweetness and finishes with a tart crispness that makes me want to keep drinking.

M-Very well carbonated but manages to have a kind of smooth, slick mouthfeel. Pretty nice.

D- This is one of most easy drinking beers I've had, even with the sweetness. Whenever I take a drink, I just want to keep drinking.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured an amber red that is a bit transparent and have a very, very minimal head that recedes quickly.
S- Once I cracked open the bottle, the smell of cherries exploded out. You can tell this is real cherry all the way and not some artificial syrup. You can definitely tell why they say its beer meets wine.
T- Tastes a lot like cherry pie. Sweet but not overly so. Also a nice amount of bite to counteract the sweetness. Pretty much to sum it up, it tastes like it smells.
M- This is a nice medium body with a a good amount of carbonation that works really well for the style.
D- Could drink this all the time. Plus I would choose this over wine every time. This beer is deserving of all the praise that it gets.

Photo of garymuchow
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is a very pleasing sweet/sour presentation of cherries.
Pours a pinkish,darkish cherry red with ambers of brown and orange. Pinkish/tannish head with some girth and stamina.
Flavor is nice sweet/sour cherry with a cherry phosphate quality that's not exceedingly sweet. No extract type flavors. A small yeasty quality.
Adequately carbonated leaving a bubbly effect on the tongue. Thick enough.
Really nice dessert beer, but it also maintains a refreshing quality, leaving it as a summer drink too. So nice all around.

Photo of mattmarka1
4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Domingo
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has managed to get me to make several road trips to the Midwest just to bring it (and the Raspberry tart) back. Yup, it's that good. On my last trip I literally just bought the entire display at Woodman's.
Pours a deep maroon color with a pinkish head that levels out to a thick sheen across the top. Not really seeing a lot of fruit bits, so they likely filtered this pretty well, or they all sank to the bottom of the bottle with the yeast.
Smells like cherry pie. No artificial candy-like scents here. A little bit of grain and yeast lets you know it's a beer instead of a cherry wine.
The taste is fruity and delicious. Cherries, vanilla, cinnamon, and the barley still holds up to keep it from being too sweet or tart. Everything focuses on the cherry flavor, but it somehow balances.
Texture is moderate with a decent amount of carbonation to keep it a little thicker than what you might expect.
After finishing my glass I just keep wanting more. I think that's why I keep making that trip to Kenosha...
I love this stuff. It and it's raspberry brother are the best fruit beers in the world. I'll never quite understand why fruit-beer hating geeks love these as they're the fruitiest of them all...but who cares? This is GREAT.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a clear ruby red that is quite attractive, the head is a faint pink color, dense and creamy with a decent lace left behind.

S-wow, I've never smelled cherries like this, the are absolutely beautiful, tons of ripe fresh wet cherries with just a hint of sourness to it, notes of sugar and a touch of bready malt.

T-the taste is much of the same, bready malts, sugar, and the tastiest, ripest, juiciest cherries I've ever tasted. There is a light sourness but definitely present and adds some champagne like qualities to this.

M-medium bodied, smooth, creamy and syrupy with a champagne like feel as there is a ton of carbonation to add balance to the full texture of this brew. it is also somewhat dry in the finish.

D-this is just tasty, it isn't complex or adventurous, its just tons of delicious cherries with a light to even moderate amount of sourness with a great feel to it and enough malt body to give it some balance.

Photo of Dope
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy blood red pour. Large soda-like red-tinged head. Retention is decent. Small amount of lacing.

S: Tart, overripe cherries. Then sweet cherries. Then cherry soda. Interesting.

T: Whoa. Up front it's like carbonated super sweet cherry syrup. Then it turns tart and very drying. Crisp. Very little aftertaste. The combination of sweet and tart flavors is I dare say, perfect for the style. I've never had a cherry fruit beer that even comes close. How can I not give it a 5?

M: Smooth, clean, crisp. Just right. Not watery or thin at all which I was worried about given the low ABV.

O: This is a hard one to rank. It's barely beer, BUT it's SO GOOD. For the style it is one of the very best - perhaps even THE best.

Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge, massive thanks to Viggo for sharing this one!
750ml, waxed, claiming a pound of cherries in each bottle!
Pours with big patches of bubbles. A murky ruby colour. Dots of lacing stick thickly to the glass. Deep, deep cherry filled aroma, unmistakebly. Pure sour cherry. Flavour carries more complexity than the aroma. A thick mouthfeel. Chunky, "ale" like, not fruit beer. Dominated by this thick, choke cherry taste and with complimenting spices definitely. Bits of "outdoor" funk-esque character. Mild texture, carbonation good.
Another insanely tasty and well crafted fruit beer from New Glarus. I have no hesitations calling this and their Raspberry Tart two of the best beers (overall, not just fruit beers) I've had the pleasure of trying. They are remarkably well made and so damn pleasing!

Photo of beerinator
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Red. Cloudy with slightly pink head.

Aroma: Hard core cherry aroma. Super sour aroma with a smattering of cherry candy bitterness lingering.

Taste: Sourness lingers through the aftertaste along the end of the tongue. Sweet through the middle of the swallow. Cherryness is dominate with heavy sweetness. Mouthfeel is solid, with smooth flavors. Finish is complete with lingering sourness and bitterness.

Notes: Excellent, almost perfect.

Photo of ductape28
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigFrank71
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since i do most of my drinking in Wisconsin, I have become a big fan of New Glarus. This Beligian red was very tasty. Nice ruby red color with a pink head. perfect tart cherry flavor, not overly sweet and not too tart. This served with a good cheescake or even a sorbet would be the cats ass. New Glarus did a fantastic job with this one

Photo of mothman
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Bruery Snifter

Poirus 1/2 finger of pink hued creamy white head. Fades t a ring and has good retention. Leaves some nice lace walls. Color is a hazed raspberry hued brown. Very nice looking.

Aroma: The cherries are amazing. Some yeast, but mainly fruity. It is mainly tart and filled with fruits. Very fresh. It is pretty solid. Wow. The cherries are so amazing.

Taste: Fresh cherries (along with some other fruit flavors). I get some yeast here, but not a lot. A nice malt backbone. This beer is fresh and the fruit is amazing. It doesn't have a lot of flavors, but this beer is drinking great.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and fruity, somewhat clean.

Overall, this beer is fantastic. I have had it multiple times and it always delivers. It is just so amazing. This is a beer I love to have access to. Very drinkable and it packs a huge fresh flavor.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pt 9 oz green glass bottle, capped, with red wax on the cap and neck. No freshness date. I estimate this bottle to be a few years old.

The bottle states that each bottle contains a pound of cherries, and I believe it! This is a very delicious cherry lambic-style (is there such a thing?) ale.

Pours a hazy, red-amber with good off-white foam that leaves nice lace down the glass (a flute, in this case). The smell was very pleasant: cherries, citrus, and a hint of spice. The taste was sweet and tart cherries with a little hint of cinnamon. Not too sweet, not too tart. The mouthfeel was creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a very nice and refreshing cherry ale. I enjoyed it very much. I can see why this is an award winner.

Photo of Svyturys30
4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of krazyboi
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a fluted glass.

A: Mahogany color with small foamy head that dissipates quickly.
S: Tart cherries. Very similar to the smell of Luden's cherry flavored cough drops.
T: Sweet and tart cherry notes in the beginning, full cherry flavor in the middle and tartness in the ending.
M: Low to medium body with high carbonation.
D: This is pretty darn tasty if you're into cherries. A bit hard to finish the whole bottle, unless you really love cherries. Very good stuff. Try it, at least!

Photo of billab914
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a set of New Glarus flute glasses. poured a ruby red color with a significant amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. It poured with a small white head that quickly retreated to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is is all sweet cherries. Almost smells like a cherry syrup or cherry juice. The taste is pretty much again cherry dominated. It has some sweetness but is also offset by a little dry tartness in the finish. It still leans towards the sweeter side but the tartness helps it from being cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Drinkability is very good for as fruity as a beer as this is. it would probably pair great with a lot of deserts.

Overall I really loved this beer, but I absolutely love cherries. Cherries are probably my favorite fruit and this beer really tastes like real cherries instead of the fake extract in a lot of cherry beers.

Photo of egajdzis
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper, amber color with a small slightly off white head and some light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet fresh cherries. Taste is sour cherries, alittle yeast, but the cherries are extremely fresh! This was not sickly sweet artificial syrup taste. Hey, I may need another one of these

Photo of letsgopens
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This intriguing Cherry Beer pours amber brown with ruby highlights. The light, bubbly head leaves a bit of lace.

The aroma is sweet and candyish (maraschino cherries), with a heavy fruitiness: cherries, strawberry, and (for lack of a better term) fruit punch.

The flavor exhibits amazingly sweet and tart cherries, cherries, and more cherries. It reminds me of pie filling made with freshly picked cherries. The carbonation adds to the sweet and sour almost candy-like (not in a bad way) flavor. Juicy and flavorful with a short hint of brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is light a tangy with nice carbonation. Although it is very sweet, the drinkability is still good.

I strongly suggest giving this beer a try, even if fruit beers aren't your personal favorite. You will not be disappointed.

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,805 ratings.