Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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97
world-class

2,753 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,753
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 507 | FT: 50
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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Photo of closisinthehouse
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not really a fan of fruit beer or cherries but this one still tasted good to me, so if you are a fan of either you will probably be in love with this beer. The only knock I have on it is the drinkability because, like I said, I haven't gotten into the style yet.

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into my Hennepin flute, pours its own special haze of dirty red, with a very nice full finger head settles down to a thin film, with bunches of lacing all over the place.

The aroma and taste are delightful, and something you just don't get from any other cherry beer: an un-cloying sweetness. It just won't overdo it, which is a testament to the quality of this beer, in both the ingredients and the craftsmanship that went into it. This beer is most certainly about the fruit, a tart and slightly sweet and wholly delicious cherry, thats balanced with aged hop, roasted barley and wheat that keep this beer tasting like a beer, and not a fruit juice.

The mouth is also delightful, an almost full body with a fine carbonation and slightly tart, puckering ending that nevertheless stays sweet and satisfying after every drink. Truly, this is must have for all fruit beer fans, and to so thoroughly satisfy a guy who doesn't even particularly like cherries, its just great, this beer is worth every bit its rep.

Photo of drseamus
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a million times before but never taken the time to rate it.

Deep red body with a small white head. The body is very opaque. The aroma is outstanding. Sour cherries blast out of the glass. The flavor on this beer is crazy good. Good sour cherry flavor with a bit of carbonation which seems to make the flavor pop. Ends on a pretty sweet note. The body is a bit heavy for the flavor but it's pretty light overall. This is a great beer. If I ever get married, I'll use this in place of champagne for the toast.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml green bottle, capped and waxed, with a nice old-school label

Appearance: Beautiful light garnet beer; there is extremely fine Champagne-like carbonation, and a thin white ring of a head

Smell: Tart, and extremely natural cherries and cherry pie notes; this is highly aromatic

Taste: Cherry. Pie. In a glass. It's all here; tart cherries, sweet filling, buttery crust, etc.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and tart

Drinkability: Scary high

Conclusion: Perfect. Dessert. Beer.

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Reaper16
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a mason jar

Sorry for the "quick hits" reviews tonight; I could only take so many notes at this tasting. I'll be back to long reviews next time.

Pours a slightly hazy cranberry color. The finger's worth of pink head dissipates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. This looks like what is smells and tastes like; there's something to be said for that.

One expects this beer to smell like cherries. It does. Lots of ripe cherries and cherry puree. Not tart on the nose. A very small amount of funk. Maybe a little spice.

The beer doesn't taste exactly like the nose. For one, the cherries are more tart on the tongue. Secondly, there are a lot of spices in this beer. Holiday spices; I search for a flavor but what my mind calls forth are holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some malt taste way behind all the cherry. Many reviewers say "cherry pie" is what this beer tastes like. They're pretty much right.

Light body. Nice, active carbonation. This is a very drinkable fruit beer. It isn't all sweetness all the time like a lot of the beers of the style can be. Plus, it is only 4% ABV!

This is the same beer as Raspberry Tart, only with cherries. They have similar malt profiles and similar levels of spices. If you like one then you will like the other. And trust me: you will like one.

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.

Photo of beveritt
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a wine bottle into a champagne flute. The label is a typical New Glarus, unbelached paper with a short description about the beer. This bottle has over a pound of cherries used.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of slightly pink faom. This settles into a luscious, creamy head, with a fair amount of lacing left behind. The beer itself is a deep reddish brown.

Smell: Tart cherry aroma. What can I say, not much else.

Taste: Tart sour cherries again. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lots of tiny bubbles, like they used a partial methode champenoise. Body is okay.

Drinkability: A great beer, definitely off the beaten path. Like a liquid version of sour cherry jam. Very refreshing.

Photo of stealth
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/red with a rapidly vanishing foamy pinkish/white head. Not much lacing - steady carbonation rising up the glass while drinking. Smells pretty much just like a cherry Jolly Rancher. My mouth immediately starts to salivate. The flavor of this 'beer' is perfect. Liquified cherry Jolly Rancher. New Glarius really hits a home run with the balance between the cherry sweetness and sour cherry tartness. No aftertaste, and finishes real dry. Leaves you puckering for the next drink. I can't imagine this being improved at all. This is a very refreshing and crisp drink. A nice body that was much thicker than I expected.

This is the perfect fruit beer. Ranked #1 in the world for a reason.

Photo of wiltznucs
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of KCBeerNerd
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of yamar68
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip glass:

Pours a bright pinkish red with a soft pink, sticky head that fades to a thin cap. Nice lacing and hazy beading.

Very pungent on the nose. So much fruit it's ridiculous. Rich cherry, floral bits, white sugar, some honey... massive aromas.

Sweet. Tart. Sour. All cherries. I could never finish a whole bottle. Way too much flavor. Definitely an experience. Like no other beer that I can think of.

Drinkability is relatively low but it's part of the experience. It's a sweet, aggressive sipper.

I can see why people go nuts over this stuff but it's a bit much for me.

Photo of swgwilt
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nataku00
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Beer pours a reddish brown, hazy, with a finger of reddish white foamy head consisting of tight bubbles. Plenty of lacing as the head dissipated to a pale red film and a thin collar of small bubbles. Some fine champagne like carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, but can't really see through the beer.

Nose is intense sweet red cherries, with just a hint of tartness and mild tannins like aroma. Nuttiness similar to almonds as well, maybe from the cherry pits, floral honey, biscuit malts, and some light fruity esters round out a nice aroma.

Flavor follows the nose, intense cherry fruit flavor, not fake cherry syrup at all. Some light tartness as well, and the nutty almond like flavor. Sweet floral honey and biscuit malts joins the cherry flavor mid tongue. Finish is just more light fruity sweet cherries and a bit of tartness. Not cloyingly sweet at all, very enjoyable flavor.

Medium body, slightly syrupy with some light tingly carbonation. Would have like more carbonation, to be honest, as the beer gets a little sticky on the tongue. Bits of cherry flesh in the beer as well, which is fine by me. Very easy to drink as it is a low abv beer, but packed full of flavor.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woh! Impressive appearance. Muddy reddish brown with pink hints, but most of all: a monstruous cloud (darker than the rest of the pour) stalls scarily in suspension in my glass. Superior head, white, very sticky and foamy. Stellar visual. I'll be damned if this doesn't smell quite as good as the raspberry tart, of course both are very similar besides being made from distinct fruits. Pure cherry pie made of pure fresh cherries. Moreover, this is a children's puree, cherry flavoured, this stuff used to be good, admit it, we had some all over our clothes when we used to eat the stuff. Decadent dessert material, fresh, lovely, crisp, sweet, superb focus, chocolatey, caramelic.
Barry: "Oh my god, oh my god"
Martin: "I'm gonna try and find some defaults for you"
Well this is very sweet, but damn, one can't help but help it and anyone who hates beer would love it. Just decadent pie flavor with restrained oakiness. My only complaint (severe judging) is that the acidity could be more pronounced as this is extremely sweet. It tasted like it was baked.. spicy with vanilla notes. And a "wow" creamy velvety body with a surprisingly above average carbonation, biting actually. Legendary beer from the world's best non-lambic fruit flavored beers brewer hands down. Thanks again Nexxus.

Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9 fl oz, red wax shrouded bottle.

Hazy red color with a light pink sticky head.
Brewed with Montmorency cherries..and my best guess is that they use a helluva lot of them..the aroma is ridiculous..fresh sour cherry. The bittersweet cherry flavor is overwhelming at first, but it really settles in with each sip. The flavors also smooth out quite a bit as it warms, yet it's still pretty tart even at room temp. Medium-bodied & slightly dry..the drinkability is insane despite the boldness of flavor. I finished the entire bottle much quicker than I anticipated.
I'm not big on fruit beers generally, but this one is the pick of the litter as far as I'm concerned, and certainly worth tracking down.

Thanks again go to badbeer for the bottle.

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PappyVans
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.41/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep brownish garnet color. bright red garnet colors when held to the light. not quite opaque. a finger of a reddish tan head that leaves a strong lacing on the sides.

Smell: sweet cherry juice, some wheatiness. some caramel malts. very sweet and not overly complex

Taste: opens up with cherries. comes off as sweetened cherry juice. wheat and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and sweet. fairly sticky too

Overall: very sweet. too much so. taste a bit too much like a kids cherry juice. not as impressive as raspberry tart.

Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle with the initial glass poured into a champagne flute (as instructed by the label, and the subsequent glasses from the bomber poured into a snifter)
no born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A big thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over in a trade.  

A: Pours a translucent amber with reddish accents and 1.5 fingers width of white head with a subtle pink hue.  The head takes a fair amount of time to dissipate away and leaves a firm layer of lace after each sip with cobwebs in between.

S: Smells of cherry of course, both fresh cherry along with a medicinal cherry cough syrup character.  Not much else going on here.  

T: Again cherry, and again more of the medicinal artificially flavored cherry.  No doubt its sweet, but it also is surprisingly tart, which I like and think is absolutely necessary to balance out the sweetness.  Its  more tart than the raspberry tart, which is quite ironic.  Its also a touch oaky, and has some herbaceous, earthy notes.  

M/D: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy, moderate to highly carbonated, and slightly drying.  Drinkability is moderate at best, as the combination of the high carbonation and sweetness make this one just sit in my stomach and make me feel full and bloated.  When I review beers I like to drink the whole thing, but this one is definitely for sharing.  So grab a buddy or loved one before you break the wax seal on this one.  

O: Overall, good not great.  As far as fruit beers go, this one is far better than most, but in my opinion the raspberry tart is much better.  This one seems much more artificial and generically flavored than the RT, which literally tastes like you are drinking fresh raspberries.  Certainly worth a try, but I probably wont seek it out again.  

Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,753 ratings.