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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

2,522 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,522
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,015
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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

psmith161, Aug 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

mkennedy119, Jul 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Quackus, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

HopsHopenstein, Aug 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

ari32, Aug 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Booner818, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a color I've not seen before in beer. a sort of peach that fills out to a burnt amber body. somewhat cloudy, thin white head. and I mean white.

S - very clear cherries, a bit of alcohol sweetness, some floral background notes. it really smells fantastic.

T - great balance of sweet and tart, cherries come through on the front, some earthy tones on the back. pretty interesting, and tasty.

M - tartness detracts a bit here, but its a pretty nice and full body, especially for something only 4% alcohol.

D - it's pretty smooth and enjoyable, but the tartness that lingers in your mouth is again hurting this category a bit.

ColdPoncho, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of MiScusi
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10-21-07
Thanks to umustdrink for this beer.

Poured into champagne flute glasses, poured a dark red with a more vibrant red shining through at the edges. The bubbly heads dissipated quite fast into nothing. The smell was quite simply of sour cherries. The taste was more of sweet cherry pie filling which also had the slightest tart aspect to it as well. The mouthfeel was pretty fizzy with carbonation but the body had a nice smoothness to it, probably from the wheat malt. The last glass of this poured from the bottle contained a lot of the yeast sediment and also gives a little different tasting beer- most muted on the sweet cherry and a slicker mouthfeel. Not a very complicated beer but a damn tasty one, and a great beer to drink while celebrating a USC win over the Irish.
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11-9-08
This stuff is pure cherry juice. It seems less tart than before, and sweeter.

MiScusi, Oct 21, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

johnyb, Jan 26, 2013
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.  

zac16125, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool artisial green bottle with red wax seal over the cap and neck. Murky, dingy reddish-brown color. Pink tinged beige rocky head. Fades to a nice thin sheet over the beer. WOW ! is right, incredible full, fresh cherries. Earthy, stems, skins, the whole damn thing in there. Unbelievable aromas. Taste is tart, sweet, and chock full of fresh cherries. Liquid cherry pie. Sweetness shines more that sour, although there is a sharp sour after-taste that finishes up, but doesn't distract. Full cherry taste is every sip. Tight full carbaonation. Medium to light bodied, but more medium. Very good, either as a refreshing guzzler or a sipper. Wow an impressive beer and a treat to be sure. Thanks to bditty, I think this is the last beer of our blockbuster trade last year.

StevieW, Dec 07, 2003
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4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra from a very generous individual from whom I do business with regularly. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a 9oz. Cigar City snifter. This pours a cloudy, cherry red color without any semblance of a head whatsoever. The beer is plenty carbonated, but you wouldn't know it from the way it pours. The nose is loaded with cherries...in a Loudon's cough drop kind of way, minus the medicinal aspect. I know that's odd to say, but it smells really good. The nose leave's NO doubt this is a cherry based beer. The taste reminds me of the gelatinous part of a cherry pie. Seriously loaded tart cherry flavor profile. Absolutely fabulous. The mouthfeel is tart, with that lingering cherry pie aftertaste. This is just unique all around. This would be a perfect summer beer. It's light, very enjoyable, and would also complement a good meal or even dessert.

Retail1LO, Nov 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

TheSamKuehn, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

JellyJacket, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Inglewood, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of kevanb
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the New Glarus brewery, served in the NG Logo pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice bright garnet/ruby red color, slightly off white head, no retention or lacing to speak of. Looks pretty much exactly what you'd expect a beer with a pound of cherries to look like. The aroma is super heavy on the cherry, so powerful it at times reminds me of cough syrup, not in the best way either. However, it does also remind me of cherry jams, preserves and most importantly, delicious cherry pie. The flavor is much more approachable, obviously packed with cherries, slight malt backing, not enough to act as a pie crust, but enough to balance out the sweet and tart cherries with something earthy and neutralizing. The body is wonderful, light, crisp, bubbly, spritzing, juicy and full all at once.

Verdict: This is a fantastic fruit beer, probably the best fruit based beer you can find other than the fruit lambics that we love so much. New Glarus has hit a home run with this and almost all their fruit beers, hell, all their beers are dynamite, but this might be the star performer of their line.

kevanb, Jul 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

schmidtmattsays, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of KAP1356
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine brought back 3 bottles for me after his last trip to WI. Split 3 ways with him and another friend. Poured into a red wine glass...

A - Pours a gorgeous, shiny ruby red color with no real head whatsoever. At times, with no light hitting it, it appears slightly brownish. Slight agitation produces a miniute fzz, but no head to speak of.

S - Sweet cherries and some slight spice to it as well. No malt or hop presence is noticeable. Most cherry aroma I've ever gotten from a brew.

T - Sour, sweet but not cloying in any way, slight spice. Like drinking a cherry pie; absolutely delicious and unlike any cherry beer I have ever had before.

M - Light body with mild carbination. Great crispness with a nice tart finish.

D - I could easily drink several of these. Not too sweet like I thought it would be and quite a nice refreshing beer to have. Would go great with desserts.

KAP1356, Sep 27, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Beeradelphia, Oct 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

topdown, May 05, 2014
Photo of SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep burgundy, red-amber with a tan-pink head.

S - Cherry, plain and simple. Great nose. Cherries and brown sugar. Very tart nose with this.

T - Very good with the cherry the huge star of course. Not as tart as I would have thought. And the grains add just the right backing to this. Just outstanding.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick finish.

O - Awesome brew from New Glarus. Never been to Wisconsin before but made sure I tried this before I left. Wish we could get this out East.

SkiBum22, Sep 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

MNBeer1017, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Striking dark red appearance. Just a bit of head. One sniff gives away what this beer is all about - cherries. Real ones, and plenty of them. The flavor is a wheat beer body with cherries throughout. Not those canned cherries, not cherry juice. If the flavor was just a little more tart, and not quite so sweet, it would be perfect. High carbonation helps prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying. I really like this beer, and I don't usually like fruit beers.

beveragecaptain, Apr 08, 2005
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,522 ratings.