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Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Reviews: 982 | Ratings: 3,384
Photo of farrago
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour yields a decent finger worth of reddish tan foam, for the beer type the retention is actually admirable, the lacing wispy to nonexistent. Cherry red wood colored liquid, as close to brown as orange, starts off with a sizable amount of bubbles which stop streaming after a few minutes, has a clean glow to it. Pure cherry pie nose, equally sweet and sour albeit the level of concentration makes the former linger longer, pie crust flakes, vanilla, touch of orange reduction, has a more vinous texture if allowed to warm some. Medium to full-bodied, here too the carbonation starts off well put seems to lack the strength to persist. The oak more prominent, brings added sourness rather than creamy sweetness. The cherries are fresh and lively even if you would be hard pressed for greater flavor concentration and ripeness. The dough and brown sugar accents ensure it keeps feeling like pie. The touch of orange citrus aligns with the sour dimension to bring greater balance. This is a beer which needs simply to be taken at face value for what it is. If you can do that, and like cherries, it is pretty rocking.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark red color. The head was fairly thick, and a nice pink color. The nose is very strong with cherries. The taste is outstanding. It has a strong cherry profile. It doesn't feel like you're drinking beer, but a delicious glass of juice. If it were a higher ABV, that could be dangerous.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass.
A-Looks like red crème soda.
S-Sweet cherry.
T-Sweet cherry soda, tartness even suggests
a hint of cherry limeade at times. It's a big flavor.
Not particularly complex but big.

M-Big carbonation, almost like soda.
O-Pretty good for a sweet fruity style.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage 750mL

L-brownish red, big pinkish red head
S-sweet cherry and oak
T-sweet cherry with a mild tartness and oak. very refreshing
F-smooth but pretty carbonated, almost like a soda but not in a bad way at all
O-love this offering from NG. Big fan of this beer

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Photo of chinchill
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Large shared bottle.
Given that this is a fruit beer, it really couldn't taste any better.
The feel too is about perfect.
Aroma: cherry dominated. Appealing but a bit too much cherry candy in the nose.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color, very low clarity. Small tan head, just a tinge of red. Doesn't last long but does leave a bit of lacing.

Aroma is big cherry, mostly sweet but there is a hint of tartness. Oak. Pretty much pure cherry juice.

Taste like the aroma, just straight cherry. Missing the hint of tartness though. Fairly sweet.

Medium body with a fairly crisp mouth feel. Pretty high carbonation. Sweet but not syrupy. Very fruity.

Nice fruity beer. Very low complexity but still very tasty.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Takes on the appearance of red and brown, mostly red, very pretty. The head is almost a full inch of pink and light purple color.

More cherry than any beer I've ever smelled before. Just pungent, delectable.

So much cherry to taste, barely perceptible oak and super mild tartness. These are juicy way more than tart. This is the best fruit beer of all time possibly. They also seem to keep quite well with age. Just pumped full of cherry all the time, mild wheat contribution.

Always on the lookout for this beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared a bottle - pours light into glass. Smell is very fruity. Little head. Not as tasty as Serendipity or Raspberry Tart, but still very pleasant. Feel is very light - almost wine-like.

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Photo of vainosuomi
2.78/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had a 12-oz glass when I visited the brewery, as it was the only beer they had on tap that I had not tried before.

Look: deep brownish red, no head
Smell: Lots of cherries
Taste: Lots of cherries, very sweet and syrupy. Tastes like some sort of cherry soda.
Feel: Smooth, fairly carbonated, medium bodied.

I couldn't taste much besides the cherry. There was way too much cherry and sweetness for me to be able to enjoy more than the first third. I'm sure it's better in smaller amounts and paired with some desert food.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep rich mahogany-like purple. Almost a plum color. The cherry aroma emanates. It tastes like cherries, but with enough tartness to balance some of the sweetness. It is very sweet though. A very good dessert beer, but not sure I'd like this if it opened my night.

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Photo of FBarber
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours crisp brownish-red hue with pretty little head.

Strong smell of tart cherries. Taste strongly of tart cherries - but somehow without being overly sweet.

Very light beer for the strength of the cherries with a good carbonation.

This beer is best served with dessert - chocolate is best - as its almost too much to drink on its own, although I do often do just that.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 3/4 inch pinkish off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some streaks of sheer surface foam. Sticky sheet of lacing.

S- Huge fresh raspberry aroma.

T- Just straight sweet raspberry but not in a cough syrupy way. Slight tartness but really just a thick raspberry soda.

M- Tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This beer works best two ways: paired with chocolate or used as a cocktail mixer. On its own, only 4-6 oz is tolerable at a time. Just too sweet and very one-note.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This New Glarus offering redefines the word beer for me as the Belgian Red is basically a cider like wine. They use over a pound of cherries per bottle to give it that deep red hue, significant carbonation, a full-bodied sweetness, yet a balanced tart finish that leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a lovely hazy red with an off-white head that leaves spotty lacing.
Nice aroma! Cherry and dark berries hit my nostrils with a nice bit of funk.
Taste is tart cherry all over but with a hint of sweetness and that underlying bit of nice funkiness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly.
Damn this is excellent, palate-cleansing goodness.

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Photo of WilliamIrwin
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark, ruby red with a 1/2 finger reddish cream colored head

S: Light, sweet, cherries

T: Cherries, cherries, cherries. Very fruity and tart

F: Medium bodied

O: A very nice lambic. Job well done New Glarus!

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burguny red, with a large amount of foamy white head. Smell is strong on dark cherries, some strawberry and light fruit. Taste is super fruity, lots of cherry, raspberry and some cranberry; slightly tart. Very little carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Excellent fruit beer, just tastes like I'm drinking juice. Well done.

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Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a 1 finger high frothy/sudsy head that a dissipates quickly to nothing. The head is off white in color, while it lasts. Beer itself is garnet in color and clear in appearance with moderate carbonation rising at a moderate pace towards the surface. 4/5

S - Aroma is very strong on the cherry front, almost medicinal (somewhat reminds me of cherry flavored Nyquil). Very sweet and syrupy aroma. Somewhat of a malty/white bready base along with an herbal hop undertone. Candy sweetness throughout. 4/5

T - Sweet dark stone fruit and raspberry jam hits me straight away which transitions into the tartness of the cherries. A moderate malty undertone is present throughout the first third of the sip. Somewhat of an earthy middle which transitions to an herbal hop finish to this beer along with a tart cherry tartness that cleanses the palate of the herbal hop and its associated bitterness. 4.25/5

M - Carbonation tickle up front reminds me of a soda pop fizziness. Wheat provides a nice smoothness to the remainder of the sip. Light to medium in body, crisp and slightly drying on the back end. 4.5/5

O - Interesting Belgian Red here with a huge concentration on tart cherries. There is some sweetness that balances out the tartness but the tartness does override the sweetness for the most part. Transitions between flavors are stark and obvious, allowing for this beer to be approachable and not overly complicated. A bit too much like cherry Nyquil or cough drops to warrant anything higher than a 4 overall from me. 4/5

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Photo of jweaver95
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to buying this, and I was not disappointed. It actually reminded me a lot of Very Cherry, which used to be a sparkling, non-alcoholic drink made by Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, Wis that I used to enjoy as a kid. You can't taste the alcohol but you can definitely taste the cherry.

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Photo of vicinandp
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer until I got halfway through my glass. Its great fruit beer but its very very sweet. Starts to coat the back of your throat like when you ate too much candy on halloween as a kid. Very jammy, tons of cherry in this, basically its like drinking a liquid cherry Jolly Rancher. There is a good amount of tart cherry in this beer I just wish it was less sweet.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy copper, lacing almost throughout the beer itself.

Everyone knows this is a fruit beer. The wheat however comes through kind of like a crispy Belgian waffle, if you can imagine that. There's a grainy, savory undertone that balances the sweet tartness of the cherry, which is not an artificial candy sort of cherry, and it comes off like a home-made cherry compote for the waffle.

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Photo of -Rick
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was quite the unique beer. Pours a raspberry like red, with an off white/red head. Great smell to this beer, fresh jam, sweet, and a tad bit tart to the nose. The taste was full of fruit flavors. Fresh cherries, Raspberry jam, not tart at all. Almost tastes like a cherry jolly rancher.. A nice amount of carbonation and fizz in this. A great fruit beer, would make the perfect summer drink!

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Photo of JISurfer
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a friend bring this by for a bottle share. Amazing. Easily the best fruit beer I've ever had. It was like drinking cherry juice, but not overly sweet, and definitely not fake tasting at all. I wish I could drink this regularly.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Big sweet cherry aroma with a slight sourness.

A: Brown in color, totally opaque with a slight reddish hue moderate tannish head that slowly receded.

T: Huge sweet cherry flavor that is followed by an estery light sourness.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a mild acidity.

O: The sweet cherry aroma and flavor overpowers the tart sourness. While tasty, the flavor leans a little too far toward cherry juice and needs to bring out other complimentary components, such as the wood and light sourness.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dingy, copper, natural cherry color, slightly Brown. Smells of tart cherry, cough drops. Taste isn't as overpowering as the smell would indicate. More raw cherry, effervescent, carbed up

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

liked this quite a bit more than Serendipity. Appearance is dark red. smell is lots of cherry. Taste is sweet cherry followed by a slight tartness, not overly sweet like i thought Serendipity was. medium mouthfeel, really smooth and easy to drink. great fruit beer.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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