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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 960
Hads: 3,231
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 1,138
Gots: 714 | FT: 81
Brewed by:
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 1000lbgrizzly
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: New Glarus, I am appealing to your better senses: STOP it with the wax. It is thin and cheap looking, melts in your hand, crumbles when you open it, falls into your glass when pouring, and is generally a bad idea. Please stop. Anywho, the beer is a beautiful clear ruby-brown, red-tinged fine head, good lace.

S & T: Smell is red fruit- tons of cherry, some apple, and more than a hint of cinnamon. Flavor follows, real cherries, although it comes across more as something like a Rainier cherry. Sweeter than a cherry, but not cloying or artificial. Fleshy.

M: Medium body, refreshing.

O: Hand down the most realistic fruit flavor I've ever had in a beer. I like the cinnamon spice on the nose- not sure where it came from, but I liked it. Easy to enjoy, simple flavor profile, but I'm sure not a simple process to make such a great brew.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get a bottle in a trade. Really have been into fruit beers recently, and this one did not disappoint.

red cherry appearance. Big foamy head. Strong carbonation is visible.

Tons of cherry in the nose. I saw someone mention a creamy/buttery scent, and I definitely picked up on that.

Taste was a fantastic representation of cherry freshness. Extremely addictive taste. Very refreshing. Easily drinkable. Not overly sweet.

Light-body with strong carbonated feel. Creamy.

Wonderful beer that I had on my Want list for a very long time. Exceeded expectation. Would purchase over and over.

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Photo of Feelmebone
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Loved the flavor on the juicey juice of a beer. Strong cherry flavor that turned out to be way better then I was expecting . I feel like out of all the New Glarus fruit beers this delivered the best .

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Photo of nonpo
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured red cherry with good carbonation resulting in a 1 finger reddish hard.... Not
Much on the nose.... Hard to get aroma... Slight sweet cherry tones..... Taste is very balanced.... Not as tart as I expected more on the sweet side, but not overly so... Good acidity... Finishes clean... Refreshing beer!!!

Overall it went well with homemade mac and Cheese with bacon and Panko crust.... Acidity paired well!!!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL poured into an oversized tulip.

Marvelously luscious and foamy khaki head. Lace wall forms as it recedes. The pour shows a sherry-like liquid, burgundy in color and cloudy. It's sexy. 5

Fascinating aroma of cherry and vanilla and buttery pie crust. Yeah, there's a buttery aroma alongside some bread notes but it works here in a peculiar way. Cherry skin and pulp are laid on heavy. Tartness is there too. 4

True to the nose, initially it's sweet cherry and vanilla, syrupy sweetness that's thick with cherry pulp, and a cherry pie sort of finish. Lots and lots of cherry in different incantations. The finish brings in tarter cherries. 4

It's intensely sweet and syrupy. About 8 ounces is plenty. Thankfully a sharp tart flavor reels this in a bit. 4

Unique and a memorable but sweet as all hell.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best fruit "beer" I have tasted thus far.

This beer looks fantastic! Pours a deep red with white head. Some lacing left behind.

The smell is enticing (if you enjoy cherries or fruit forward beers).

I truly enjoy this. It is amazingly refreshing and makes you want to continue drinking more of it. It's a touch on the sweet and tart side. I will gladly purchase again and prefer this over their raspberry offering.

I wish New Glarus distributed outside of Wisconsin so more people could enjoy this and their other offerings.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily my favorite of the fruit beers from New Glarus. Pours a beautiful red color. Aroma of fresh door county cherries. Nice slick, but not that sticky, mouthfeel. Sweet semi tart cherry flavor. Cherry dominates the taste for this one. It’s sort of like drinking a thick fresh cherry juice. So darn delicious.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best fruit type beers that I have had. It's the perfect marriage between tart and sweet. This is the beer for those who don't want a fruit beer to be too sweet or too tart. Looking forward to trying their other beers

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Photo of KTCamm
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/12...this is the stuff. Pours deep cloudy crimson brown. Light tan foam on top, murky below. Sweet cherry fruit smell, almost like an Italian ice. Tart cherry flavor blended in with a woodsy backbone. Loaded with fruit. Really darn tasty.

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Photo of BIN29
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best fruity beers, maybe second to serendipity (haven't had strawberry rhubarb yet). I don't really like fruity beers, but new glarus makes the best fruity beers out there. Very balanced, delicious, intense and enjoyed by everyone even people who don't like beers.

This one is strong cloudy red in appearance. Aroma of cinnamon, apples, cherries. Sweet upfront and lightly tart in finish. Wonderful in a hot summer day, for light breakfast or with muffin. Has a nice refreshing and palate cleansing carbonation.

Worth all the hype. New glarus are one of my favorite breweries and would highly recommend any beer lover to try at least some of their sours or fruity beers.

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Photo of danh53
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of cherries, especially cherry skins provide a nice puckering effect. Not very sweet. Bright red color. This one comes exactly as advertised. I look forward to drinking it again.

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Photo of tclipse
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another phenomenal offering from New Glarus. In between Serendipity and Strawberry Rhubarb on the sweetness scale, cherry forward (obviously) with a bit of barnyard funk at the end. A+

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Photo of TheBrewBrotha
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent brew by NG. Pours a nice fruit punch like red color with a white foam head that hangs around a bit. Great on the nose like cherry gummies with the taste to follow. Reminded me of drinking a slightly carbonated cherry fruit juice, could imagine definitely drinking this brew during the hot summers here in CA. A must try and have by NG, very satisfied with this one.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look = 4.25 Pours a clear, vibrant deep red with 2 fingers of red tinted head composed of big bubbles. Active carbonation streams up through the glass. Relatively weak retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Sweet cherries and other fruity notes, tart. Smells great but a little one dimensional.
Taste = 4.5 Tart cherries is the dominate flavor, pretty sweet but balanced by a nice tartness too.
Feel = 4.25 Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very fizzy feel.
Drinkability = 5.0 Incredibly drinkable, low ABV.
Overall = 4.35 Terrific beer, very unique and easily the best fruit beer I’ve ever had.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a lively pinkish red under a 1” off-white foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Very cherry nose
T: Perfectly balanced cherry pie in a glass. The hops are very faint in the background. There is a touch of oak but not overstated.
F: Very creamy elegant body, very fine soft full effervescence.
O: A world champion beer.

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Photo of KeithE
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love cherries as much as the next guy, but this beer reminded me more of the cherry wines from door county than any highly rated fruit or sour beer. It is way too sweet. The bottle was super fresh as I bought it less than a mile from the brewery and drank it within a few days after purchase. Lucky I rated it over 3.5. If it was from Illusive Traveler or a Blue Moon seasonal I would have probably have rated it lower without giving it the benefit of the doubt. I finished the bottle the next day and it seemed slightly better but still can't go over 4. The sour seemed a little more prevelent but the sweetness of the cherries still was very strong. I think the anticipation of each testing affectedme in that I expected a great beer the first day and a horrible beer the second tasting and neither met those expectations.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.01/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml capped/red waxed green bottle. Arrived here indirectly via @mr-jj. 238 A3 2333 is printed on the bottom of the bottle. Wax is wrecked. Looks like this bottle endured some heat before arriving with me.

Pours ruby/pinkish with a small, very light pink (white with a slight reddish tinge) head. Smell is sweet, cherry, a little soap.

Taste is godawful sweet. Makes me think of Mort Subite, although not quite so bad. There is a little tartness to this (not so with Mort Subite). Sweet cherry, cough medicine. Cherry syrup. Seriously makes me think of the sweetened cherry concoction on the cherry kijafa crepes my wife likes to get when we go out for breakfast.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and dry for the sweetness. Overall, it's OK. It's way too sweet to be great.

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Photo of TH28
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Appearance: Deep ruby red, clear, with a pinkish khaki frothy head. Aroma: Black cherry dominates, light maltiness Taste: Tart black cherries, giving way to chocolate and toasted malt sweetness. Bitterness only enough to balance. Has a vinous quality. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some silliness. Carbonation is high. Finish: A mix on lingering chocolate and cherry. Overall: Top notch fruit beer with a wonderful balance of cherry and chocolate components. Acidity and high carbonation would make this angriest dessert beer.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The cherries predominate, and it tastes almost like a cherry-flavored soda or sparkling wine. Straddles the divide between beer and wine, to paraphrase the label. Interesting, quality product, but not sure I'd call it a beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9 fl oz. Green glass. Red wax-ed over iconic branded pry-off cap. Good label design. Courtesy of the very generous Duff27.

Served cold into a Cantillon flute at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a Belgian red ale per the label, though its obvious fruit component is a big factor.

Allowed to come to temperature as it warms.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 inches wide. Pinkish white colour. Nice complexion. Not real thick or full. Retention is nice - round 4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear vibrant deep red. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a nice looking red ale, but it's not stunning or unique. I recall the other New Glarus fruit beers looking brilliant; this pales in comparison.

AROMA: The dominant cherry is nice, but some North American drinkers will definitely note medicinal cough syrup character. Powdered white sugar. Very tart, to its benefit. The tartness plays well with the cherries - as least here in the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is average.

I find no oak character, roasted barley, wine, or hop notes (as mentioned on the label).

It's appealing overall, but I worry it will be medicinal.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Cherry rightly dominates, and is complemented beautifully by the soft powdery mouthfeel. The tartness plays off the cherry, delivering a gorgeous one-two punch of synergistic flavours, but I can't help but wonder if some souring bacteria additions would really set this off in a direction I'd love. It's beautifully balanced, though it does flirt with what some North American drinkers will associate with a medicinal or cough syrupy taste.

Balanced as it is, it's not the most intricate brew, and doesn't boast the level of nuance and subtlety that the other beers in this series do. Still, it's a lovely build for a fruit ale, and I'd definitely call it gestalt. That said, the ostensible Belgian character is lacking; nothing about this screams Belgian yeast.

I also find no oak - which is a missed opportunity - and no roasted barley (Belgian or otherwise) or overt hop character.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, boasting perfect carbonation, an ideal light to medium body, and perfect heft and weight on the palate for this kind of beer. It's sticky, sure, but not syrupy - which helps it avoid the pitfall of a medicinal cherry taste to me. Acidity is well above average.

Well put-together and enjoyable to drink.

The mouthfeel exceeds the taste in quality, and its excellent execution helps make the beer more expressive. Nice pairing of texture to taste.

OVERALL: It's a lovely albeit simple fruit ale from New Glarus that is devilishy easy to drink and pretty high in quality. That said, it's not the world-class offering the other New Glarus fruit beers are, and there are missed opportunities for increased intricacy and subtlety. I'll love putting this bottle down, but I don't think I'd buy it again if I had access to other better New Glarus beers. It's disappointing if only because I expected greatness given the brewery, but it's still a hell of a fruit ale, and always tastes like a beer - never a candy or fruit soda. Easily one of the better genuine fruit ales brewed in the U.S.A.

Enormous thanks to Duff27 for this long-time want.

Low B (3.52)

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Photo of GrahamDN
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The hazy and bright tawny-ruby color practically sparkles in the glass--gorgeous. The smell is forward with fleshy cherry fruit and cherry juice, accompanied by a tartness, some funk, apple cider, and baking spice.

The palate and mouthfeel are a combined masterclass in finesse and balance. Over-ripe cherries and cider with plenty of sweetness, but balanced against a beautifully integrated, mouth-watering acetic component, all amplified by tongue-tingling cinnamon-peppery spice. Precise use of wheat keeps the body right where it needs to be. This beer is the complete package.

I will buy it again whenever the opportunity presents itself. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a cranberry red color with an eggshell one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Smashed cherries, light tartness, sweet and medicinal.

T - Falls in line with the smell. Really a huge amount of cherries up from, some tartness and a sweetness to it. The medicinal taste is there, but not as up front as it was during the smell.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. A little syrupy feel. Has a dry finish.

O - The sweet and medicinal theme really can go across the big bottle fruits NG puts out.

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Photo of Moose21
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got via trade- thanks Jared Mathys!

L- pours a light red with small white head which disappears quickly. Leaves a nice white lace with no legs.

S- Boom! great cherry burst. Intoxicating cherries and sour. My favorite part of this beer.

T- Cherry heavy upfront, pie, light undertones. I was worried it would be too much, but it fades quickly.

F- has a nice mouth, finishes clean. Very heavy upfront, but finishes nicely.
Has a little cherry weight on the back, but is crisp.

Overall- great beer! An amazing American interpretation of the style. Compare to a Kriek, but with american cherries- a truly unique beer.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

25.9 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Nice mahogany, dark cherry red color, with a reddish pinkish head, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, head vanished quickly after the pour, some minor lacing, clear.

A: Cherry bomb, big cherry, tart aromas, not getting much else, no alcohol on the nose, very nice aroma, it's not a medicinal cherry aroma, it smells like real crushed cherries, very nice.

T: Cherries, tart, slight sour, sweet, very balanced, flavors blend very well, very good.

M: Light, carbonation not as big on the mouthfeel, semi-dry finish.

O: Very impressed, almost reaches the tart and sourness of a sour or wild ale but then pulls back, it's sweet, and the cherries are overwhelming on the nose and flavor. I'd love to have access to this beer too bad it's not distributing in Southern California. I would love to try some of the other New Glarus fruit beers. This would be a great beer to sip on during hot California summers.

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Photo of ttango
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet. Given that the word "Belgian" is used in the name its closest relations to beers from that country would be the lesser, sweetened lambics. Fans of Cantillion and Oude-styles will probably want to avoid this beer. Otherwise it stands-out in the overly sweet lambic genre with unusual roastiness and tones of molasses.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.