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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
96
world-class

2,627 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,627
Reviews: 913
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 471 | FT: 43
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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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

MrVonzipper, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of mkennedy119
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

mkennedy119, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of afksports
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm currently licking my lips mid-glass, and tasting the beer on them. Opened this in honor of Halloween, and a Packers / Jets game. Shared it with my girlfriend and my roommate.

The appearance is maybe where I can find some fault, but honestly that might just be looking to nitpick. It appears thick and bit heady, great sustaining head. The smell just fills the nose with cherries and floral notes. Sweet. Tart. Cherries up front, puckery in the middle. Clean finish. Lovely.

Taste does a fruit beer as well as I've ever had. It's medium bodied, carbonated, feels thick. Extremely drinkable. I could have this all day.

afksports, Oct 31, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

CarolinaKev, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

teamwiggum, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

speedvagen, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

fehrminator, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Quackus
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Quackus, Mar 11, 2013
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.

SportsandJorts, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

jriggins6, Aug 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

moarmare, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Mark000, Aug 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

MNBeer1017, Jun 07, 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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4/5  rDev -8.7%

bschinelli, Nov 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

johnyb, Jan 26, 2013
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
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
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JCam9981, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of sendsilk
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a couple of times and received one recently from Barrythebear, thank you!

A- Looks great, a very inviting burnt red. Not much in the way of carbonation at all and no lacing/film on the glass.

S- Nice pleasant cherries and a slight tartness. Really smells good but not overpowering.

T- Ahh, this is where it comes together. What you think is going to be indercarbonated turns out perfect. Wonderful sweet cherries with just a TOUCH of tart. Fantastic!

M- Very good for the style.

O- If I could get this beer regularly I would drink it all the time. Probably the best fruit beer that I have ever had with it being tied with Blushing Monk IMO.

sendsilk, Nov 30, 2011
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
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
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,627 ratings.