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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,050 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2050
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.98%


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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GameFreac

Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a red/pink color with a film of a white head. Just looks like a fruit beer.

Smell: Smells of straight up sweet cherries and tartness. So inviting.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose. Not too sweet. Not too syrupy. Just perfect.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Just right. If I traded, this, Raspberry Tart and Serendipity would be on my permanent ISO list. I could drink this every day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 05:13:15 | More by GameFreac
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LeRose

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at several bars in Madison, WI. Not a big fruit beer fan, but really loved this stuff. Lots of cherry flavor, a nice tartness to balance the sweet, some malty character in the background. DIdn't get the artificial cherry flavor I've had in some other kriek-type brews. Definitely a good job by New Glarus on that aspect. Way in the background I thought I found some malty (ie real beer) backbone underlying the whole thing vs. the more soda pop varieties. Very nice, balanced taste and certainly drinkable. Sort of explosive flavor - very strong, competent flavor profile overall. The only knock for me is the "fizzy bubbly" - not a huge deterrent as the bar tabs would reveal...

Review from notes

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 16:36:51 | More by LeRose
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from straight from the source in New Glarus Wisconsin at the Brewery.

Appearance: Dark and murky; yet still a brilliant red. White colored head that has a really nice lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: heres a surprise... CHERRYS. Big fruity cherries and some added sweetness from the malt profile. Its almost like cherry pie smell.

Taste: Both sweet and tart cherries, with a decent balance of the cherry profile. Its also got a mild oak and earthy note to it. Great fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: drinks like a medium bodied beer even though its only 4%. moderate carbonation levels. The carbonation is almost seltzer like and lively. Just enough carbonation to keep the beer from becoming syrupy. Easy drinker here.

Overall: Drank this beer many time, just finally reviewed it. I really love this fruit beer and the raspberry tart is just as tasty. New Glarus is known for the fruit beers for a reason! They are World Class!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 10:49:06 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Trifecta1

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the New Glarus Brewery in New Glarus, WI.

A - Rust red, small pearl-red head. Good amounts of carbonation present.

S - Cherry pie like momma used to make, but holding back on the heavily-sweetened scent.

T - Sweet and tart cherries, with a classic malty taste squeaking in near the end. Nectar of the gods, a must try for cherry lovers.

M - Heavily carbonated, kind of champagne-like qualities. Light, lack of that syrupy feeling.

O - Must try for sweet beer lovers, cherry lovers, and highly recommended for anyone wanting to try something a little different. New Glarus works wonders with fruit beer, as displayed by this fantastic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 07:08:10 | More by Trifecta1
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Duff27

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a clear, ruby red with a small white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Cherries, hints of vanilla?

T- More cherries...fresh and above all else, real. Tart. Dare I say orgasmic?

M- Dances on the tongue like its sister Raspberry Tart.

D/O- I've had many a beers in my day but this remains one of the best beers I've ever had. Light and fruity, its an easy drinker although I find myself taking small sips just to savor. The epitome of "world class".

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 19:39:06 | More by Duff27
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landhoney

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, despite it being almost more of a cherry cider than a beer. This beer is all about the cherry, although the base beer must be solid to build the cherry goliath on top of. The cherry aroma, taste, sourness, and sweetness are all there, so intense it borders on medicinal but it is NOT, it's a natural/real cherry taste that is so enjoyable and refreshing. I could guzzle this stuff by the gallon and never tire of it, can't think of a negative except maybe there are more complex beers out there. I wish they made a sour variant of this, but they should never change this beer, it is exceptional on its own and for what it is; a cherry beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 21:06:00 | More by landhoney
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this bad-boy on tap and HAD to have it as the bottle I had before was quite excellent. Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. poured red with a three finger very light pink head that subsided to one and a half very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, and slight sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, sugar, slight tart, and slight sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew is nothing short of excellent. Really can't believe I got the opportunity to try this one on tap. It was really just as good as out of the bottle. Everything in this one just WORKS! Nothing at all missing for the style and is likely my favorite brew of the style only compeating with Raspberry Tart. If you haven't had this brew before regardless of the serving type, you need to do so as soon as you possibly can.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 13:28:11 | More by thagr81us
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one while walking the swanky small craft - large scale brewery.

A: Pinkish head with good retention and lacing. Reddish brown hue. Sparkling wine-esque hue but darker in glass.

S: Tart. Maltiness notes but overwhelmingly cherry mash.

T: Pure raw cherries, no extract sweetness. Meaty cherry taste with light malts and little to no hops detectable.

M: Bites a bit on the tongue with the tartness and in the throat. But the lasting coating of the massive 1lb of cherries per bottle makes it linger for days.

D: Really enjoyed this as a special and unique brew. Desert anyone?

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 15:54:02 | More by BasementBer
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oreo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served into my New Glarus tasting glass during the tour.

Pours a light red with minimal head.

Smells like a ton of cherries. Lots and lots of cherries.

Taste is very good. Nothing but cherries in my mind. Hard to believe this is actually beer. Almost like kool-aid.

Thicker beer than I had imagined this would be. Carbonation was perfect.

Wouldn't drink more than a few oz's at a time. Too sweet to be considered a session-able beer to me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 21:36:30 | More by oreo
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The ulltimate cherry pie beer. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, thick, light tan head and a little lace. Color is red amber. Aroma is malt, sour cherries, and spice. Flavor's exactly like nose. Body is perfect and carbonation is the ultimate and cuts through the flavors exactly right. Finish is fairly long and exquisite. Not a session for me, but a great beer for desert or on a picnic.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2010 22:04:04 | More by drpimento
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from tap, poured into a tulip glass.

A: red and slightly hazy. one finger red/pink head that dissipated quickly.

S: cherries, but in a way resembled cough syrup (not in a bad way).

T: cherries. kind of tart at first but ended up sweet in the finish.

MF: full bodied, high carbonation.

Drinkability: i think this is a well crafted beer, but not my style. i would like to try it with ice cream or other dessert. i think people who appreciate fruit beers would definitely enjoy this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 00:09:30 | More by porterwoobie
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jdoherty

New York

3.13/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I suppose fruit beers and lambics just aren't my thing, but I could not help but try this belgian red at the New Glarus Brewery.

Appearance: About as close to red as beer can get, you can see the carbonation bubbles flying towards the top

Smell: Cherries, a whole pound of cherries! You can smell it from a mile away

Taste: Incredibly sour, obviously I know this is a matter of palate, but I just could not handle it.

Mouthfeel: Champagne dry, almost needed a glass of water afterward.

Drinkability: You're not exactly going to drink this down fast, to be served in small doses. Definetely a beer for non-beer people, and the big fruit beer fan's holy grail, just not for me

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2006 20:24:04 | More by jdoherty
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Landmark 1850.

Belgian Red pours a dark, thick reddish color, as befits a cherry beer, with almost no head and no lacing. If only it had a nice, fluffy, pink head, this would be a beautiful beer.

It smells and tastes distinctly of...cherry! Not sickeningly sweet cherry syrup like in a kiddie cocktail, but like real cherries, still sweet, but also tart. As a result, the mouthfeel has a cool puckering effect to it. This beer isn't very "beery," but tastes extremely good--if you like cherries, of course.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2005 00:21:32 | More by battlekow
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pour yielded 1 finger of cotton candy pink head and dissipated quickly. No Lacing and Ruby Red in color.

Smell - Cherries. Sweet Cherries. That's about it but it smells great

Taste - Sweet Cherries and some malt. It has the classic New Glarus yeast flavor that is found in all of their fruit beers.

Mouth feel - Medium carbonation and body. Very smooth

Overall - This is a well executed fruit beer but I prefer NG's strawberry rhubarb to this. That said, it is better than the raspberry tart. All of NG's fruit beers are amazing though, so I'd drink any of them gladly.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:08:07 | More by shadetree67
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Clearish ruby red not much carbonation, nice lacing.

S-Sweet sweet cherries, slight oak.

T-Wonderful cherries, slight tartness, rather sweet but in a good way.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Like other New Glarus fruit beers, it is much more sweet than sour, but the sweetness is not artificial at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 19:07:55 | More by rlee1390
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome waxed 750 from laymansbeerfan, thanks! Into wine glasses with the wife...

A: Dark tawny red, unfiltered it would seem, with a significant off-white head and some decent lacing.

S: Fresh cherries immediately, more sweet than tart, lending to suggestions of pie filling and Maraschinos. Underlying sweetness, could be the cherries but could also be the bready malt base lending hints of brown sugar. Vinous fruitiness on the nose as well.

T: More of the same, sweet cherries followed by a flash of tartness. Sweeter bready malt base is there, tasting like the underlying graham cracker crust on a cherry pie.

MF: Very creamy for 4% abv fruit beer. Proper carbonation to cleanse the palate from the sweetness.

O: Pretty nice. Sweet cherry character isn't cloying but dominates the nose and palate until the tartness shows up on the finish. A very well executed cherry beer, yet more tartness would have been awesome.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 13:26:46 | More by Scotchboy
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark pink to red with pink, lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of ripe cherries.

The ripe cherries come across so fresh that I can sense biting it to avoid the pit (which I can almost taste). A touch of caramel is in the back. Sweet with a tart balance.

It has a creamy texture. Effervescent carbonation fits it almost perfectly. The aftertaste lingers in a pleasant way.

This is an exceptional brew. Again, the brewery created a fruit beer with no artificial taste. It has enough malt in the back to let you know it's a beer. Not too sweet, not too tart. A great dessert brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 00:31:30 | More by jwc215
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. No date.

Reddish color with good clarity and a big head. The aroma is huge with cherries, more sweet than tart. The flavor follows with boatloads of fresh cherry flavor. It has a slight tartness and a higher sweetness without being overly sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth with a low carbonation.

This is a very good beer in most respects but just isn't my thing. The cherry flavor is amazing but I'd much prefer the additional depth and complexity of a true Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 12:45:26 | More by GJ40
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ebones

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle with friends. Nice carbonation and warm cherry color. Nose is of a big red wine full of fruit. Smoooth stuff, Rich, ripe fruit but without the sugary sweetness. Lingers on and on. Don't know if this could be a regular consumption, but I'd like to try!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:46:34 | More by ebones
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle picked up at the store today to celebrate being done with Step 2 CS. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/4/2014. Surprisingly I have never reviewed this beer despite having it many times over the years.

App- A dark ruby body with a thick, effervescent brown-pink head, fair retention, nice thick bubbly collar. Some lacing.

Smell- Tart cherry pie. Base is sweet candied sugars and perhaps subtle biscuit malts, all of which are dominated by tart cherries. Lots and lots of cherries.

Flavour- Similar to the nose- but the base biscuity malts are more apparent, providing the crust to the tart cherries to complete the pie combination. As it warms up, the cherry flavours become slicker and sweeter- making this more of a cherry-flavoured Jolly Rancher! No acidity or vinegar to be found.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thick bodied, on the verge of syrupy. Slick and resinous; tart fruit aftertaste that sticks around. However, incredibly easy to drink. No surprise that it's 4% ABV. Will probably dust off the bottle on my own.

Overall- Very sweet and cherry-forward, no acidity. Most certainly the best in the fruit beer style, and one of Wisconsin's best beers that isn't an one-off (looking at you, VSB). Clearly New Glarus has the market cornered on this category.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:07:44 | More by Stevedore
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JayCheG

Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A very deep inviting red. Pours a light head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Lightly carbonated.
S: Overwhelming smell of cherries. Brings back memories of browsing Door County markets in the summer.
T: Very tart cherry taste throughout with quite a bit of sweetness.
M: Has a full feel to it that hangs around. Slight carbonation but not much. Very smooth.
O: Nice beer with a ton of cherry flavor. The bottle says there is a pound of cherries in every bottle and you definitely taste it. I know its a cherry beer but was hoping for a bit of other flavor that I could not seem to find. Still a very good drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:13:05 | More by JayCheG
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a teku glass. 2013 vintage

Pours a crisp, dark ruby red with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates. The smell is of tart Door county cherries...very big aroma. The taste is just absolutely incredible. It starts out with a sharp tartness that quickly dissipates and turns into a sweet cherry juice flavor and then ends with this lingering dryness that leaves the taste in your mouth for awhile. im blown away at this beer. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall the best fruit beer in the world.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 00:30:42 | More by Axnjxn
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a ruby/brown color with a one finger white head. The head dissipates to a ring with soapy lacing.
S: Big cherry fills up the nose, almost cough syrup but not as harsh. Light malt at the back end.
T: Again, lots of cherry. I am glad it doesn't taste like cough syrup. Very sweet and a little sour pucker. The cherry leaves the palate almost as quickly as it enters, keeps me wanting more.
M: Light on the palate. Medium carbonation.
O: This brewery knows how to make fruit beers. This one doesn't dissipoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:38:01 | More by N_Schleret
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TheSSG

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, white-red head with good persistence. A wonderful aroma of yeasty wood and cherries. GLORIOUS, radiant crimson color. Flavor is tart and BURSTING with cherry flavor. Near the end, that yeasty-woody aspect makes an appearance.

Jesus, this is glorious. Still my favorite New Glarus Lambic of them all. The cherry flavor is bold and delicious, and I don't really like cherries that much...which says a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 02:03:42 | More by TheSSG
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost like a bubbly cranberry juice this poured a bright and attractive hue of red. The head was a pinkish cloud of tight knit bubbles.

Not to wax on about childhood but I remember Ludens cough drops and how they were like candy. The aroma holds tight to that reminiscent cherry sweetness...just like candy.

The taste is tart and somewhat tangy with a sweet yet natural cherry flavor. It's like liquid Jolly Rancher cherry candy!

The feel is moderately carbonated and though this seems unbeerlike in taste it definitely feels like a beer.

New Glarus is the brewery that makes me exclaim "wow!" every time I try one of their fruit beers and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 17:13:11 | More by KYGunner
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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,050 ratings.