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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,519 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,014
Gots: 441 | FT: 42
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle aquired through Thomashardy, split with Birradr14.

A- Wisconsin Belgian Red is ruby red with some brighter spots here and there. A very clean looking beer with some bubbles upon pouring but no head.

S- This fruit beer is a blessing with a ton of cherries in the nose literally. At times this has scents of a cherry jolly rancher.

T- I had this twice in one week and the 1st was way to sweet like sucking on a cherry jolly rancher. That was present in this bottle also but to a lesser degree. A nice sweet fruit beer with just a touch of sour twang, ever so slight. This is cherry juice.

M- A step up from the lighter side of brews with some carbonation felt on the mouth. Very sweet and a bit much at times so sippin is prefered. It's like i'm sippin on some szzurp.

D- This 5% beer would fill my fridge if I lived near NG. This is great on it's own or paired with some dessert or with other beer's. You really can't go wrong with it. Probably would be a great hit with the ladies as well.

BARFLYB, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slcbrewer for this one.

My first New Glarus brew.

750ml/Waxed

Pours a cloudy reddish/brown color, some carbonation, nice litty fizzy head, basically no lacing at all. The nose is of malts, cherries, tangyness, and slight spices, maybe some caramel. The taste is much better than I was expecting it to be, nice tangy/sweet bite, with lots of cherries thrown in, slight cinimmon, very tasty thirst quenching brew. Medium body, a nice complex brew. Very drinkable, I really like this one, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

Served in a champagne flute, this renowned beer appears remarkably similar to cherry juice. The color is a beautiful, vibrant ruby hue. There is about an inch of head that fades over a few moments.

The smell, which is easily detectable from a few feet away, is reminiscent of cherry pie, with the cherries being predominantly of the sweet variety.

The taste is exactly what the aroma would indicate. Cherry pie, cherry juice, cherry cobbler, cherry soda - you name it. This beer is all about the cherries.

At a mere 4% abv, the alcohol is an afterthought. The feel is pretty good, though the beer is intensely sweet.

Like a great dessert, this is best enjoyed in small quantities. After about 4 ounces, I have had my fill and the beer begins to become cloying.

Huhzubendah, Oct 05, 2010
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5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cherry red color with an off white head. Aroma is full of fresh ripe cherries. Exactly. Amazing to just breathe this beer in. The flavor is big on the tart, delicious cherries. Doughy malts back the full on sweet cherries leaving you feeling like you just ingested the best cherry tart in liquid form. This is exceptional fruit beer. Medium bodied brew with soft to dry cherries. Overall, an American classic, made with care in small batches as long as the local cherry crops allow. Almost impossible to find outside of Wisconsin and surrounding areas.

Stinkypuss, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Gonzoillini, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with somebody, or maybe a BIF. Thanks for the opportunity... Capped and sealed in red wax.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1/4" pinky white head over the almost opaque cloudy red brew. Head is swiftly down to a film with bubbles around the rim, with average lasting lace. Aroma is sweet candied cherries. Taste is sweet, sour, and tart, cherries. All about the cherries here. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is pretty good, although sweetness slows the drinking pace.

(4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4 reviewed 12/17/07)
750ml bottle obtained via trade with BeerTruth. Thanks for the opportunity... Capped and sealed in red wax.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed 1/4" pinkish head over the cloudy bright red brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly film, with fleeting sheeting lace. Aroma is sweet cherries. Taste is creamy sweet, yet tart, cherries. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is good, although possibly cloying when drinking a bottle alone.

(4.5/5/5/5/5 reviewed 1/19/05)
750ml bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity... Capped and sealed in red wax.

Poured into Rapscallion glass, formed 1" of creamy light pink head over the murky deeply red brew. Head lasts, a novelty for many fruit beers I've seen, and lacing was good. Aroma is deeply of cherries, but the real thing, not those sickly sweet maraschinos or anything, with corners rounded with some malt presence. Taste is starts off with somewhat sweet cherries, smooths with some light malt input, and then the curtain rises on the sour, with none of the preceding overdone. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, just as I had hoped for. Look forward to revisiting this one again sometime, for sure.

ppoitras, Mar 01, 2008
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

BillRoth, Jul 11, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A friend of mine brought this back from Wisconsin to drink while watching the GB game.
Pours a thick ruby color, hazey, some floaters. Off white/red head, minimal strength, some staying power.
Aroma hits at first as a cherry bomb-cough syrup, but it has a nice biscuit hint mixed in there. Semi sweet. Not as strong as the Lindeman's Kriek, a bit more complex.
Taste was cherry filled, sweet, sticky. Phenols make the cherries feel fake and syrupy. A thick feel to it with a small bite in the back to soften the syrup feel. A good brew, but not very drinkable to me.

Mebuzzard, Jan 21, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep red color, lots of bubbles and a nice pink head that dissipates quickly.

S: Lots of fresh tart cherries, reminds me of a Ludens coughdrop.

T: Tons of cherry flavor, very sweet. A slight malt bready taste, but dominated by the cherries.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with a nice carbonation feel. Very clean and crisp. It is very sweet, but extremely drinkable. One of the best fruit beers I have had. Wish I could get my hands on some more of this.

mdaschaf, Jan 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge, massive thanks to Viggo for sharing this one!
750ml, waxed, claiming a pound of cherries in each bottle!
Pours with big patches of bubbles. A murky ruby colour. Dots of lacing stick thickly to the glass. Deep, deep cherry filled aroma, unmistakebly. Pure sour cherry. Flavour carries more complexity than the aroma. A thick mouthfeel. Chunky, "ale" like, not fruit beer. Dominated by this thick, choke cherry taste and with complimenting spices definitely. Bits of "outdoor" funk-esque character. Mild texture, carbonation good.
Another insanely tasty and well crafted fruit beer from New Glarus. I have no hesitations calling this and their Raspberry Tart two of the best beers (overall, not just fruit beers) I've had the pleasure of trying. They are remarkably well made and so damn pleasing!

biegaman, Apr 29, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one.

Pour into my corsendonk glass, this beer pours a bright ruby red color with an amber overtone. Head retention is fair, with no more then minimal lacing. As for the nose on this beer, my initial reaction was not very positive. This beer has very sweet, distinctly hawaiin punch aroma, along with considerable sweet cheery. However, as the beer warmed, I started to get some vanilla, cinnamon, and even light funk. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there was something of a sour cherry flavor in the finish that helped to cut some of the sweetneess in this beer. The sour component also tended to enhance this beer's drinkability, and I enjoyed it more and more as I went along. Mouthfeel is medium bodied in this beer, with some pleasant prickliness from the good carbonation.

This is a very interesting beer, and it reminds me very much of some fruit infused lambics I've tried (would be interested in trying this beer side by side with Lindeman's cherry lambic). However, the intensity of flavor in this beer really impressed me, and sets it apart from most Belgian fruit lambics I've tried. Good stuff!

John_M, Jan 11, 2010
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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
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

rab53, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to oakbluff in Winterpeg for hooking me up with this. Sampled with some fellow BA's, DrJay, biegaman, and grub.

Pours a very murky red/brown, thick off white head forms, settles down to a think layer and ring, nice lacing on the glass. Smell is amazing, rich real cherries, very earthy, toffee, brown sugar, nice sourness from the cherries, quite amazing. Taste is cherry cake, toffee, nice sour cherries through the middle, spices, some ginger, more cherries and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick, silky smooth low carbonation. Fucking amazing beer, just insane, I can't wait to try again! Thanks Scott, I owe you for this one!

Viggo, Mar 30, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a set of New Glarus flute glasses. poured a ruby red color with a significant amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. It poured with a small white head that quickly retreated to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is is all sweet cherries. Almost smells like a cherry syrup or cherry juice. The taste is pretty much again cherry dominated. It has some sweetness but is also offset by a little dry tartness in the finish. It still leans towards the sweeter side but the tartness helps it from being cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Drinkability is very good for as fruity as a beer as this is. it would probably pair great with a lot of deserts.

Overall I really loved this beer, but I absolutely love cherries. Cherries are probably my favorite fruit and this beer really tastes like real cherries instead of the fake extract in a lot of cherry beers.

billab914, Mar 26, 2010
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4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Luscious cranberry-like red hue. Unbelievable aroma. Great cranberry/vanilla sweet smell with quite a bit of cherry too. It's a sweet aroma, but not a malty sweet aroma. Fruity sweet. The taste is exceptional. Woody, vinous, dry and of course, loads of cherry. This is one of my all-time favorites and it never fails. Every time I have had this, it has been exceptional. A true classic.

Bighuge, Apr 21, 2002
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool dark red, cherry appearance to it, thin head. Aroma is massively cherry, like you just opened a can of cherry pie filling. Bottle says a fuggin pound of cherries in every bottle! Every bottle! Damn!

Taste is exquisite, cherry, slight oak finish to it, sweetness takes the high road, counterbalanced by the wood and a slight tartness that is miniscule in comparison to the hearty cherry mouthfeel. Malt base keeps it from becoming overly sweet, good carbonation keeps it from feeling syrupy.

This is pretty much the holy grail of fruit beers in America, maybe the world. Blows away any other beer w/ cherry in it, here, the cherry is so dominate, don't even think of trying this beer unless you really like cherry. Not for hophead only guy. You can't understand the cherry dominance in this (but again, the nuances of everything else make it work even better) until you try it. Next time I'm in Wisconsin, I'm getting like 10 of these. Hopefully the fruit don't fade. Fresh is definitely very good here.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 07, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a cloudy, dull pinkish red colour. The head was composed of fine bubbles and showed excellent retention, with plenty of foam remaining at the bottom of the glass. Streaky, spotty lacing throughout. The aroma was amazing! Very fresh sour cherries, earthy cherry pits and skins, with mild toffee/caramel in the background - kind of reminded me of a fresh baked cherry pie. The flavour was intense with sour cherries, an excellent combination of sweet and tart. There was also some cakey spiciness and brown sugar. Full bodied and palate coating with low carbonation. Refined texture. This beer is incredible. I was sure it was over-rated, but I was very happy to find out it wasn't at all. Easily the best fruit beer I've had. I'd love to get my hands on another bottle (or twelve).

Thanks for sharing this Viggo!

DrJay, Apr 05, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Zaphog, May 30, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 green wine bottle received in a recent trade with brdc.. I have a couple others in the cellar from umustdrink.. tonight I am sharing a Belgian Red with a coworker... Mine out of my New Belgium snifter.

Cap it and immediatly .. I can smell it from 3 feet away. Fizzy pour produces an orange/burgandy color brew.. head is a light tan.. not pink as expected.

Aroma is McConnellsburg Johnnie's Diner Cherry pie.. overwhelming deep cherry with touches of dough and vanilla ... a little cherry wine as it warms. I don't know how else to describe this brew.

Flavor is thick cherry without ever feeling like a cough syrup.. tastes very natural albeit concentrated.. I honestly believe there are a pound of cherries in every bottle... Sweet for sure.. but it is a sweetness that ties it together. Almonds show with room temperature. High carbonation works to cut through the sweeness.. I am getting quite a bit of dough and vanilla.. touches of cinnamon. I could drink this for days before getting tired.. but I do see an end of the tunnel. 1/2 a bottle was fine for tonight.. just enough to make me want another.. but I will really need to be in the mood. Moreover, it makes me want to share it with friends again. I had 3 bottles of the WBR after my trip to Madison in '06 .. I drank them way too fast with people who didn't appreciate the brew. It will not happen again.

JohnGalt1, Mar 07, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from mscarpen, 750ml into a tulip. Thanks a ton Scott!

Ruby red, with an offwhite head. Some retention and nice lacing. Nose holds loads of the beautiful Wisconsin cherries, dark fruit notes, spice and lots of jammy/pie filling characteristics. Taste of cherry pie filling, spice, pie crust and cherry jams. Dense feel, full and just an immense amount of flavour packed into this beer. Another brilliant NG fruit beer. Next to the Raspberry Tart as one of the best fruit beers (and any beer) I've ever had. Wisconsin cherries are fucking boss.

liamt07, Jul 05, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

4/7/2012

Thanks!

A: Light red with some transparency and a long lasting beige head.

S: Strong cherry presence but the fruit comes across as artificial and medicinal, like cherry cough syrup. Malt is sweet and crackery.

T: Again, cough syrup. Candied cherry cough medicine. Very sweet.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: I recall liking this quite a bit when I've had it before, but this was too similar to cherry cough syrup. The Raspberry Tart blew it away.

HopHead84, Apr 08, 2012
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,519 ratings.