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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,854 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,854
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,077
Gots: 554 | FT: 58
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bit hazy and purplish/red; no real head or lacing unless really forced with vigorous swirling

S: Cherry candy up front: jolly rancher, kool-aid, bubble gum; this smells so sweet with SO MUCH cherries; a bit tart and maybe a touch of a biscuity base but mostly just sweet cherry candy

T: Sweet but not cloyingly so, which I attribute to the pleasant tartness that balances this beer out; loads and loads of cherry of course; this really is tasty but man it doesn't taste like beer, so much tart cherries with even a touch of alcohol in the end; a bit dry of a finish with a touch of a medicinal finish as well

F: Good, decent mouth feel--this beer sticks to the roof of the mouth nicely

O: This is a good, interesting beer; I am not sure I would drink a ton and as it warms it gets a touch on the medicinal side but I still like it

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of botham
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a wine glass. pours a rich and vibrant ruby red color with minimal pink head that leaves no lacings. artificial looking in the glass as far as color goes.

aroma is of fresh maraschino cherries with a very light acidity and a touch of sweetness in the background. very fruity in the nose.

taste is rich with cherries and a mild sweetness along with a vinous base and light tartness on the back end. nicely proportioned with a light acidity on the back end as well. overall, this is a pleasant brew for those who like cherries.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with an attractive quality and a lightly tart finish.

drinkability is good. the brew is pleasant and drinkable; the only complaint here is that it could be less sweet and a bit more acidic or tart. oh well.

Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Williaar
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of johntfox
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of chcfan
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ChrisPro
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #4 thanks to Khazadum

Blind Beer #1 (2nd opened) from Khazadum.

750 mL (hand?) waxed bottle poured into a pint glass per the instructions.

Pours an absolutely beautiful ruby amber with an uneven frothy light khaki head.

The nose blasts me with cherry and biscuit and I'm immediately reminded of Selinsgrove Kriek. This packs a huge punch as I'm inundated with some apple as well as caramel. It smells like a cherry apple pie.

The first sip reminds me of candied apples as a child. It also has that very distinct candied cherry flavor like the old dairy queen red dipped soft serve. There's an abundance of sweetness, but i'm not overpowered as there is a beautiful tart finish to balance this. I wouldn't call it a sour by any means, but I could see there being some sort of wild yeast just starting to cut its teeth into this beer.

Mouthfeel is unlike most beers. Its quite full and the flavors jump around as the carbonation dances across my tongue. There's some thick syrup lingering around the mouth which really helps the flavor stick around.

Overall, this beer is going down waaay too easily. The flavor is intense, yet not overwhelming. Despite the sweetness, it's still well-balanced and I could drink many many more of these bottles.

I'm guessing it's gotta be something like New Glarus Belgian Red. If not, this is still the top 2 best fruit beers I've ever had.

The reveal: New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red

Rating as a fruit beer: 4/5.0/5.0/4.0/4.5

Photo of cnbrown313
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To me, this is the epitome of what a fruit beer should be. I have had it many times, but I finally decided to actually write a review after drinking a whole bottle to myself on the 4th of July! Purchased just over the IL / WI border, for $9.49 a bottle.

A - It pours a pure, cherry red with a good amount of carbonation and an off white head that recedes quickly.

S - The smell is of strawberry jam / cherry pie. With a little bit of earthiness to it. It smells like it is going to be overly sweet, unless you have tasted one before.

T - The taste is perfect. The only way I can describe it is that it literally tastes like the filling from the freshest cherry pie you've ever had. Or like fresh strawberry jam. Surprisingly though, this beer is not all that sweet and it is pretty easy to drink. No boozy taste at all, but it is only 4%. Usually sweet beers or drinks will give me a headache after the first glass, but I gladly poured myself a 2nd, and 3rd from the bottle. I should also note that if you like sour beers, you should try the Raspberry Tart instead of this, as the Belgian Red isn't really sour at all. The RT is also quite good, but in my opinion, this is much better.

M - The carbonation is almost perfect and the bubbles float nicely across the palate.

O - If you have access to this, pick a bottle up. My favorite fruit beer, period.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of funkyaudio
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's snifter. It pours a hazy, but beautiful, ruby-red color with a nice pink head that dissipates quickly. There are lots of fresh, tart cherries on the nose as well as hints of almonds and bubblegum.

The beer has a medium-light body. The carbonation is lower than I expected, but it still has a nice firm, silky feel. Very strong flavors of sweet cherries (skins and all - I can almost feel them in my teeth) and fruit juice on the front of the palate. Flavor then becomes slightly acidic and tart, yet still maintains a nice appetizing balance between sweet and sour. Other flavors include mild notes of apple, red grape, and a hint of cranberry. The finish has some mouth-drying tannins and is very refreshing.

Overall, an outstanding beer. Very fruity, nicely-balanced, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face (and a pucker on your lips). It probably won't appeal to all beer fans, but I thought it was delicious.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.61/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Goliath
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this one in my first trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve.

Pours a hazy brown with ruby hues. No real head is produced on the pour. Aroma is nice, and fairly gentle. Notes of tart cherry, and tangy wheat. Taste is also quite nice. Tart cherry and tangy wheat mostly with a bit of a drier finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very lightly carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high as low alcohol and good flavors make for easy consumption.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,854 ratings.