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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

2,686 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,023
Gots: 478 | FT: 43
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Finally got to try the beer that eluded me for so long, thanks to a friend that randomly had some. Wow, this lived up to the hype and is one of the best fruit beers I've ever had!

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red with a nice off-white head. Looks pretty damn good.

S - Awesome aroma of cherries and spices. Mostly sweet, only a hint of tartness.

T - Sweet cherry pie with cinnamon and brown sugar. Bready pie crust notes really add to it, as do pie spices. Cherry flavor is really intense and dominates.

M - Incredibly smooth and silky. Medium body.

D - Very high. I could easily finish a big bottle of this.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Jw347, cheer John!

Pours an effervescent orange/burgundy with a pinkie of ruby pink head. No head retention or lacing

S: Tart cherry, vanilla & oak

T: Tart cherries, oakyness, vanilla, tartness, persimmons & dryness up front. Tartness, cherry & oak dominate as this warms. Finishes tart, dark fruit & cherries

MF: Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation that fades quickly

Pretty drinkable, but the tartness would get to me after 2 or 3 bombers. A beer that both my wife & I enjoyed (that's a rarity when we both like it!).

A classic, shame about the lack of head retention & lacing, but I'd have this in the rotation if I lived in the Dairy State for sure!

russpowell, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Out of the bottle the beer pours a little off red/orange, but hits with a great clear ruby body. Head forms a nice off pink and creamy texture and some spotted leopard like lacing while drinking. Looks real nice. Finishes with champagne bubble bath suds of red.

Bouquet is unique and distinct but mostly a surprise. Candy store cherry wrapper candy notes and spicy. A very big burst of cinnamon red hots sensations. Strong but not overpowering and completely tolerable. Incredibly impressive.

Taste follows the nose but brings some nice sensations. Very mild tartness with cherry candy store fruit. Finish with cinnamon red hot candy chews without the burning acid.

Texture is almost creamy from the head play with body, but it's still quite light in feel. Mouthwash like teeth coating effect as well.

Overall this is pretty easy drinking, an immense flavor profile, unique, and so refreshing. Well done.

smakawhat, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Very red with a finger of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, natural somewhat tart cherry.

Taste: Sweet and natural cherry, like carbonated cherry juice. Mildly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: A very nice fruit beer, like this slightly more than the raspberry. Surprisingly, not too sweet.

oline73, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of sukwonee
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Glarus flute

A: Two finger head (yellowish pink), reddish amber brown, lots of bubbles.

S: Sour cherries, some barnyard smell, jam

T: Delicious. I think this one is slightly sweeter than Rasp Tart. It's not really sour or tart, but it's definitely more tart than sour. Taste lingers in your mouth in a pleasant manner.

M: Perfect. Light to medium thickness with sharp carbonation. Less dry than Rasp Tart.

O: I prefer Raspberry Tart over this (Raspberry tart is more refreshing, although less complex), but NG never disappoints. World class beer for sure.

sukwonee, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of nleaders
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

nleaders, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle split between two snifters.

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

S - Cherry chapstick. I feel like I am in the 4th grade again.

T - Cherry goodness? I really can't explain it.

D - Good carbonation, a touch oily in the mouth.

O - Strong cherry, but not overly sweet. Surprised how much I liked this one.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of veachster
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Closest there is to Lambic Kriek (that I'm aware of). This beer has a very tart cherry taste. It is reddish brownish in color, like a maroon. This is a good sipping beer. You will salivate soon as it hits your tongue. Not exactly something I would reccomend drinking all night long. It comes in a 750ml green bottle with wax covering the cap and upper half of the bottle. It is not corked, but a pry cap.
For my 29th birthday, I had 48 bottles to give out to all my friends, but we could not drink them all. 4 months later... I have a 12 pack left.

veachster, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

A delicious example of what New Glarus fruit brews offer.

In the front, Luden's cough drops and Starburst cherry flavors. A touch of tart quality with lots of red candy cherry fruit flavor. A touch of malt in the middle and a tart quality that dries out the beer.

A good amount of flavor for the ABV. They stand pretty similar in quality for me so far.

dar482, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of warmstorage
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped bottle, topped with melted red wax. No date evident.

Deep hazy opaque pinkish red. Moderate, dense, pink head, leaves light lacing. Head dissipates rapidly. The appearance is perhaps the only place where the beer suffers a bit, but this was shipped to me, so it hasn't been treated the most kindly.

Aroma: intense fruity tart cherries, sugar, and little else. Yummy! Dessert!

Taste: the perfect sweetness of cherries, with very slight tartness, and a thick sweet sugary mouth. Slightly tingly carbonation.

The taste lingers on and on, with sweet sweet tart cherry. Yummy, candy-like stuff. Very, very slight vegetal taste in the finish.

I almost wonder if this has been formulated to be even sweeter than when I first had it in 2000, but it's difficult to say. It's delicious now, and it was delicious then.

I love this stuff. I could drink it every damn day, all damn day. It's damned delightful.

warmstorage, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's basically a desert. Every bit as full, thick, and rich as a Framboise. And must be sipped like one. The tart aromas become mouthpuckering immediately. Sweet cherry scents come across as vigorously as a Yankee Candle. Flavors are intese cherries. That's it. It's basically cherry puree. Maybe with a little belgian beer to thin it down to a drinkable level. All the flavors are worthy of a 5 rating. I just wish there were bigger 'beer' flavors in there to ease the drinkability. Very full and rich on the palate. Another savoury brew. Finishes very sweet and tart. Great taste, just less beer-like than I wanted.

BEERchitect, May 07, 2006
Photo of Lemke10
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a 750mL bottle from Woodman’s in early Fall 2012 for $8.79 when I heard about the shortage of Belgian Red until early 2013.

It pours a dark maroon color with a slightly pink, bubbly head. The scent is rich with fermented cherries giving it a very sweet aroma. The taste is rich, sweet, and fruity with an overall great cherry flavor. It’s smooth, refreshing, delicious, and slightly tart. One of New Glarus’ signature brews that is regarded as one of the best fruit beers one the market. Definitely something you have to try.

Lemke10, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of thirdeye11
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a good friend in Wisconsin for shipping me some of this! I have the Raspberry Tart up next.

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter style glass.

A: Beer pours an absolutely gorgeous red color that is clear, effervescent, but has little to no head or lacing.

S: Smells like cherries and nothing else. Reminds me of a cherry pie from the smell, slightly tart and slightly sweet.

T: I can't imagine a fruit beer tasting any better than this. It's straight cherry pie filling that is refreshing and so good. Goes down really easy, but I like to sip it because the tartness coats my mouth with each sip and I want more.

M: A little undercarbonated maybe, but aside from that I have no complaints. This one is great.

D: I don't think I could drink more than 2 8oz glasses of this due to its tartness, but man does it taste good.

This may be the best fruit beer on the planet. I know I haven't had a better one yet, but it is very delicious and ANYONE beer drinker or not should seek this one out if they get a chance. This could convert some non-beer drinkers to start.

thirdeye11, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big huge thanks to Homerbag for this one!!

Pours a brilliant and beautiful deep cranberry color, nice fluffy pinkish head hangs around for a bit, and leaves a few spots of lacing. Thousands of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. The smells and flavors are just perfectly in sync: big, robust, tart, and rich cherry insanity. Wow. Sticky sweet moutfheel, tartness zinging the tongue and taste buds. This is just an absolute treat, and the beer drinkers in Wisconsin are extremely lucky to have a brewery like New Glarus.

corey0212, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of admiralcrunch
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CapitalAmber for bringing this back from WI.

750 ml bottle into big snifter (not the whole bottle)

A) Smells like cherry Italian ice. Wow!

S) The beer is quite opaque, and red to reddish brown depending on how the light hits it. Not a whole lot of head on top, but when it is there it has a pink hue.

T) The taste is all cherry and wheat. It's tart, but in a soft and mellow way.

M) It feels fairly sweet even though it doesn't taste particularly sweet.

D) I could probably have the whole thing but I'd feel bad about not sharing - it's too good to hog.

admiralcrunch, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of PSUDREW
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LeviFunk for this
A: a rudy, ruby color, with hints of brown along the edges. no head, no sense of carbonation
S: like Neil Diamond sings "cherry cherry"
T: well, is is pretty obvious - cherry pie, or turnovers cherries from the summer, or that cherry juice drink you had as a kids. This fruit is the star in the brew, and it is a good thing. A solid measure of tartness is present here too. Little bit (very little) of Belgian spice for good measure
M: heavier then expected, but not a bad thing
D: high. just really solid, and a low ABV

PSUDREW, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with new friends and neighbors at our first neighborhood block party. The lady and myself were new to the neighborhood and wanted to make a nice impression. This did the trick. Everyone loved this and wanted to know where to buy one. Looks like I'll need to stock up for the next get-together.

Red and fizzy, this looks more like a cherry soda than a beer. Great head, looks like a pillows atop a red sheet of lush beer.

Smell is wonderful cherry juice. Wow, this is incredible. No beer qualities at all, just natural (no Ludens here) cherries. Just a touch too sweet, otherwise it would be a 5.

Taste is wonderful Cherry is of course the leader on this journey. Some non-lacto tartness from the natural cherries. Just perfect fruit flavor, such depth, all of it natural layers - a deep dive into this lovely fruit. Never fake or cloying. How did they do this? I know, if they told me they'd have to kill me. Well, if there are 72 cases of this in heaven, I'm in.

Mouthfeel is perfect and IMO is easily the best feature of this wonderful beer. Wow, just enough body to be substantial and a perfect lively carbonation. Nectar of the gods I tell ye! And drinkability is close to perfect too. Just a bit too much cherry overload to do a bottle by myself. A perfect party beer to share with good friends and new friends.

Funny story, I wandered away from the group to do a quick audio rating and it turns out I ran into a neighbor who was having a smoke. We discussed the beer and, in the course of the conversation with the recorder running, I made my observations that are captured here over the course of a 5 minute conversation.

This will be a staple of our future tastings with the neighbors!

jampics2, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz wax dipped bottle poured into Pilsner glass.

A. 2+ fingers of very fine bubbled head. Decent retention. Not a lot of lacing. Color is a ruby red brown.

S. Smell is somewhat vegetal. Has a subdued sourness too it. Has cherry smell that comes out as it warms. Cherry smell is of actual cherries and not syrupy or artificial smelling like some fruit beers. I think that is one reason that the smell is a bit restrained.

T. Taste is pretty much all a showcase to the cherries. Really lovely cherry flavor. All natural and not artifical or syrupy flavor. Nice marriage of sweet and sour. Really delicous. When you drink this you can understand why the bottle says a marriage of beer and wine.

M. Medium/light bodied. Well carbonated. Actually quite a bit of mouthfeel for a 4% beer. Finishes with just a little sweetness.

O. Probably one of the best fruit beers I have had yet. Just a real natural fresh taste that most breweries are unable to pull off. This beer is all about the fruit, and I can't imagine a better showcase than Belgian Red. New Glarus is a top notch brewery.

siradmiralnelson, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A trip to this brewery was well worth it. This beer comes in a larger bottle with wax over the cap.

The "red" pours with a nice powerful head and is bright red in color. The nose is very fruity.

Taste is fresh, sweet, very cherry and clean and at the same time a little earthy. The sweet and earthy seems like an impossible combination. The mouth feel is like sweet tarts. Lots of bite. This is such a refreshing beer for a summer day. Best served cool. The only reason I discounted the drinkability is the sweetness. It may be hard to drink much of this at once. I would be hard pressed to find a better beer in this category. It is easy to see how this beer won the Belgian beer contest IN BELGIUM!!

daledeee, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of light pinkish white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, sweet, and very juicy aroma with a huge scent of cherries and some yeast. Very fruity and juicy throughout with a big upfront scent of fresh cherries. The fruit smells nicely sweet and tart but far from cloying. Bready presence of wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, yeast, and cracker. Also some hints of oak and vanilla. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. A really great juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a juicy, sweet, and spritzy taste with a huge presence of cherries along with some malt and subtle hops. Big dominate taste of fresh cherries which taste nicely tart with a good restrained sweetness. Solid backing presence of bready wheat and malt with notes of grain, cracker, and yeast. Some notes of oak and light vanilla come through. Subtle background notes of earthy hops as well. A very good juicy fruit taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very juicy, spritzy, and creamy. Sweetness is nicely balanced. Very smooth feel.

Overall: A really great fruit beer. One of the best American takes on the style. Great taste of real fresh cherries.

MattyG85, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Deltoro
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%

Deltoro, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of yankeeheel
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got to love the wax sealed 750ml bottle.Pours a really wild looking candy apple red. Not much of a head but lots of fizz up from the bottom.

Smells quite cherryish. Shocker eh?

Tastes like liquid pie. There's really not a whole lot to tell about it. Very sweet up front with a slight drying sweetness in the back. It's complexity lies in the fact that it tastes like eating a cherry man!

Mouthfeel is quite syrupy, which I enjoy in my pie.

I like pie.

yankeeheel, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish red with a reddish white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is awesome. Smells like a Cherry Crisp fresh out of the oven; tartness of the cherries mingled with the sweetness of the brown sugar and cinnamon. I could sniff this one endlessly. Taste is dominated by cherries, but a wonderful balance between sweet and tart has been struck. Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is maintained by the balance between the sweetness and tartness; my 750ml bottle was gone too quickly. While I'd still prefer a good IPA or porter overall, this is a very good beer that is excellent within it's style and can make for a nice change of pace.

PhantomVodoo, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of hopsbreath
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks go out to Zimmerbloke for yet another great concoction from Wisconsins finest! I split the 750 with my wife as a dessert beer.

The pour into two tulips is straight up cranberry juice with a 3 finger ecru head atop. No lacing is evident.

Smell is sweet and sour cherries. A little medicinal quality gives it a little kick.

Taste is sweet tart cherry pie with the spice to boot. Nutmeg and allspice help round out the flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderate and sticky. The drinkability is way to easy. I drank my portion way to quickly and wished for another glass immediately.

ISO more! Amazing beer I would enjoy frequently if I lived in Wisconsin. Track this down and drink it now! You will not regret it.

hopsbreath, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#100th Review

Poured and shared with friends, as part of bday celebration for a work buddy and myself.

Poured into 4 seperate glasses. Body is dark red, near amber. Has a hazy hue that is rather glowing when held up to light. Faint head, with a finger post pour, but which quickly dissipates. No real head to speak of.

Wow. Umm...wow. The nose reminds me of (dare I say it?)...watermelon jolly ranchers. Seriously. I mean, I thought I was crazy, but it is so dang potent. I think it is more of an insult to Jolly Rancher than New Glarus, but so much candied cherry comes off the nose it is divine. Mild dryness, but the cherries are the main attraction.

More of the same. Watermelon Jolly Rancher. Seriously. Oak notes come in through the mid body, which leaves a mild tingling sensation through the finish. Incredible cherry domination though. Cherry, cherry, and more cherry. Sweet, light and playful. Not cloying in any sense. The beer is there, but the cherry flavor is most pleasant. So well done and balanced, even for the amount of raw cherry flavor that is there.

Mild carbonation, with an oily mouthfeel that lingers well into the next sip.

I am super impressed. An exceptional beer. Makes me look forward to their Raspberry Tart with much more anticipation and longing.

Cheesemoose, Aug 31, 2011
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.