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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,856 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,856
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,077
Gots: 555 | FT: 58
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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 Homebrew35
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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 deebo
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this several times and enjoyed as a change of pace. Here's a review from a fresh bottle.
A-cloudy. Looks like rusty water. A weak tan head that quickly breaks down. Tons of lively carbonation
S-cherries and lots of them!
T-again lots of tart cherries. A bit sour and puckering. A nice balance of sweetness and sourness and of course cherry flavor.
M- lots of carbonation, light refreshing body. Slightly puckering at the end
O-amazing amount of fruitiness. Hard to believe there isnt cherry flavor added but with a pound of Cherries in every bottle I guess that is the ticket. A wonderfully unique delicious beer

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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 beerhan
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a couple pint glasses. Ruby red body with a pink two finger head. Lots of carbonation

S-Lots of candied sugar and sweet cherries and what I am going to call magic dust.

T-Sweet cherry juice dominates with a little yeast presence in the background. Just delicious.

M-A little tart with puckering carbonation.

O-Probably the best fruit beer out there. Worth seeking out and is perfect for warm weather.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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 infestaxion
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

nflmvp brought me this one. Big thanks.

A - Hazy muted red with a white head that fades quickly. Looks sort of like carbonated juice.

S - Sweet, tart cherries dominate the smell.

T - Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! Yeah. I went there. Very sweet cherry flavor. Tastes like a carbonated version of French Lick Winery's Montmorency Cherry. Very good. Slight malt in the finish.

M - I love the way it coats your mouth and sticks with you. The carbonation really adds to the whole experience.

D - Goes down really smooth. No alcohol detected at all. But that's not really a surprise.

Photo of Mooch273
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber red bod reminiscent of a zinfandel with a white head containing a pinkish hue.

A: Quite inviting and reminds me of canned cherry pie filling. This is going to be sweet and tart.

T: Sweetness hits immediately with a pleasant tartness on the follow-through. Reminds me of a Shirley Temple I had as a kid.

M: Medium body; nice carbonation, almost like a slightly flat cherry 7-up.

D: I was expecting to be overwhelmed with an overly sweet cherry bomb explosion in my mouth. But after a few sips, I found myself quite pleased. It's a nice change of pace from the beer world I've grown accustomed to. I think I may explore a few other fruity/sour beers in the future. Thanks to my girlfriend for sharing her bottle.

Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BigFrank71
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jjanega08
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a thick dark red color very dark red with a tiny pinkish head rising from it and no lacing. Pretty much what I expected.
S= Cherries all around. Somehow it also keeps the beer character to it as well though. Pretty good odor from it.
T= Cherry Pie!!! Wow tastes just like cherry pie so much that I'm actually starting to believe I can taste the crust in it. Toward the end there is a very very slight Belgian beer character which is prolly why I think I can taste crust.
M= Great carbonation and Sweet medium body
D= Amazing. I would expect nothing less. This beer actually tastes like cherry pie and is a delicious dessert beer. Great brew.

Photo of letsgopens
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ballz50401
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red with steady carbonation. Nice head that is reddish/tan in appearance.

Smell: I get a nice spicy belgian yeast character paired with a bold cherry aroma. Very pleasent and inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A very good, smooth cherry flavor. Nice and sweet with a touch of oak character. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: A nice little treat that doesn't disappoint.

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Anniefannies
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a semi-dark, ruby red color. Mostly hazy in body, with a medium, 1.5 finger head when poured into a New Glarus flute glass. Retention is decent, sticking around a little before fading into a thin film on the top of the beer. Lacing is pretty good throughout.

S- Big, sweet cheery notes hit the nose right off the bat and persist throughout. The scent is mostly sweet, but the cherries do carry some sour bite to them as well in the scent.

T- Similar to the scent, starting with big cherries flavors up front. Cherries start sweet and inviting, then move a little toward the sour end before making a small retreat towards sweetness. In the middle of all of the cherries, there is definitely wheat and grain flavors, as well as a mustiness, I think from the Belgian style malts. No hops bitterness detectable as mentioned in the description on the label.

M- Light to medium body as far as flavor goes. The cherry is strong, making it feel slightly heavier than it really is. This is highly carbonated, making it feel a little like a champagne.

Overall, a terrific American take on the Belgian Kriek style. Not quite a sour as a Belgian Kriek might be, but attribute that to the lack of a lambic base. Glad I got around to this before they ran dry in Wisconsin, but sad to here that we'll be without it this year.

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 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 AlCaponeJunior
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Co-reviewed with Jesus Quintana

I gave it a 4, Jesus gave 4. Great reddish color with a touch of chill haze, keeps about the same head which is not that much, but has fantastic lacing, with sheets adhering to the glass on every sip.

Smell, me 4.5, Jesus 4. Smells like a wonderful carbonated fruit juice.

Taste. Me 4.5, Jesus, 5. You would expect a syrupy content coming from a beer made of fruit, but yet I gotta say it's almost wine-wooler-esque, with a finish of beer. A strange descriptor, to be sure, but make no mistake, this stuff tastes damn good.

Syrupy, and very tart, yet still very sweet. Lingering sweet and sour cherries. Me 4, Jesus 4.

Overall drinks GREAT. I give it a five, and Jesus concurs.

With the weighted average, I give Jesus the tie-breaker on the weighted average, for taste.

Hail New Glarus!

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 RocketCityVol
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz. Snifter

A: dark red and brown haze with a thin white head.
S: a heavy cherry, sugary aroma.
T: great cherry flavor with a very tart finish.
M: medium bodied with a smooth finish that lingers on the tongue.
O: amazing beer. Slightly better than serendipity.

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.

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,856 ratings.