Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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3,040 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,040
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 1,104
Gots: 627 | FT: 74
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 cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Moose21
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Catracho5
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of ttango
3.64/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


L: Cloudy red with white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Boom! Big cherry! No mistaking this one for what it might be.

T: Huge, delicious cherry. Best fruit beer I've ever had. Hint of cinnamon. Perfect sour-ish-ness (not too much, not too little) with tart.

F: Light carbonation that tickles the tongue. Smooth mouthfeel.

O: Best. Fruit. Beer. Bar none.

Photo of JonnyRebel
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Because it tastes like cough syrup

Photo of M_chav
3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

so sweet, hardly beer. Just not my style I guess

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal fruit beer.... Tastes like alcoholic cherry Kool-Aid.

Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is just packed with cherries. From reddish hue to cherry nose and tart cherry flavor. Some deep malt and wood flavors in the background.

Photo of taylor714914
2.36/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This screams cough syrup. It's a beautiful beer but too medicinal

Photo of pmbasile06
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

not too fruity, a little sour or tart. perfect balance. really enjoyed this, easy drinking and very refreshing

Photo of Redfoxrun
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have one or two of these a year at the end of a hot day, really tasty, enjoy outdoors with friends.

Photo of spoonhawk
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

There is significant aggressive carbonation, and the mouthfeel is crisp.

The flavor of tart cherries is fully developed, potent, and anchor the beer through to the finish. As the cherry dissipates a bit a sweet doughy quality comes through on the back end midsip, and gives the beer a pastry like flavor. That however is short lived, as drier oaky wood notes clear things out.

The lingering flavor is sharply tart cherries and light wood.

A great beer at the near pinnacle of the style. It leans towards the one-dimensional, but there is just enough to open the beer up to make it a real worthy beer of seeking out.

Photo of Scottf17
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unexpectedly fantastic! Very different, yet great!

Photo of Lundste
3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too sweet. The cherry flavor overpowers all other flavors.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Great tannish reddish head and great lasting on this brownish red
Smell - sour cherry smell
Taste - fantastic slightly sour cherry taste
Feel - creamy medium body and soooo smooth
Fantastic sour. Great cherry taste!

Photo of oldmankoch
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherry Pie in my mouth. A touch sweeter than the Raspberry Tart as the nice malted finish is a bit lost however the beer finishes clean and dry.

Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

An amazing beer that tastes like sweet cherries, the taste is exceptional but I am not sure I could drink more than a glass at any time.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Beer pours ruby red in color with a light pink head.

Cherry aroma, sweet cherry taste with a slightly tart finish.

This beer is a cherry bomb through and through. It is absolutely delicious. The cherry flavor, aroma, and color is very authentic and not cough syrupy like a lot of commercial cherry beers. Beer is not very sour but just tart enough in the finish to give the impression of tart cherries.

Photo of mtomlins
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 750ml bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends.
Thanks to Gotti311 for the bottle!

I have never had a beer that was so singular in flavor profile that was so absolutely delicious! This brew is a psalm to cherries from start to finish. The dark brown-reddish body, the tan/pinkish head and the blast of cherries in the nose and on the palate all scream ripe, red, juicy cherries. It also achieved an impressive body and mouthfeel at only 4%. Truly delicious!

Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date but likely 2014; poured into their flute-ish pint glass (obtained at the brewery); drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - ruby red coloration; high clarity (can both read and see through); initially frothy, pinkish head settles into a subtle glass lacing; small carbonation bubbles arising off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - total cherry bomb from the first opening of the bottle and essentially overwhelms all other flavors - no hops, no malts, no yeast

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is lite bitterness; this is immediately overtaken by huge cherry pie and Robitussin notes; very little alcohol or yeast flavors on the back end but finishes semi-sweet and inviting

M: 4/5 - high carbonation, low-to-moderate body, refreshing finish

T: 9/10 - essentially a one-dimensional fruit bomb but that's what the style is about? I'd put it up there with the best Belgian krieks; for $9.25/750 mL bottle at the brewery, this is a total steal that is recommended for trade if not in WI

TOTAL - 43/50

Photo of gcamparone
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Lindeman's flute. Acquired in a trade with moonman14, thanks!

Pours a hazy, effervescent dark amber body with a big gushing light pink head that reduces quickly at first, then slows down to leave frothy foam which sticks around for a while. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is BIG cherries.. cherry candy, marischino cherries, all cherry! Slight metallic aroma in he background.

Taste follows the nose, big cherries, pretty sweet but not cloyingly, slightly tart finish. It might be my imagination but I got a hint of cinnamon on the finish. High carbonation, extremely refreshing and tasty. Medium body, slightly syrupy.

I'm a sucker for a cherry bomb, and WBR didn't disappoint.. straight cherries all around. Comparable to Lindemans but a little less sweet and more full body. If you like a lot of cherry flavor, seek it out.

Photo of LisaBarker
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Went to New Glarus Brewery a few years ago and fell in love with this beer. It just royally sucks that we cannot get it here in Oregon. It is the best tasting cherry beer. The cherry is fresh, tart yet sweet and the bubbles are amazing. It is a beer I still talk about to this day, very worth while.

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.

Photo of Vogie
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Served in a Duvel Tulip glass. Pours a nice dark ruby color with a thin white head reminiscent of pancake batter. Smell is full of fresh cherry sweetness with maybe a slight hint of pie crust. Taste follows the noise with gooey fresh cherries, oak, and pie crust. Decent carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel.

As close to a liquid cherry pie as you will get. Great execution and balance. Definitely share this one with others. Its too rich to have more than one class.


Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,040 ratings.