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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

2,515 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,515
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,013
Gots: 442 | FT: 41
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JCam9981, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of scottyshades
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

First off, thanks to beerwolf77 for this beauty. Secondly, this is hands down the best cherry flavored beer on the planet.

A: Pours a cherry wood/pinkish color with a small white cap that retains for a minute or two then fades away.

S: Fresh, ripe, delicious cherries! Sweet smelling for sure, with a little twang. I don't pick up on any hops, and malts are pretty faint and hardly noticeable amongst the mass amounts of cherries. The cherries do not smell artificial at all, sweet and sour.

T: Wow...this is what a fruit beer should taste like. No artificial fruit, just ripe, sweet & sour cherries! Tastes like cherry cheesecake pie filling. Highly addicting, and completely different than "beer." Tastes more like a cherry flavored soda. The flavor makes you pucker, but then a sweet side comes out.

MF/D: Expect high carbonation because this is a light brew, light body, lingering sweet & sour cherry finish.

As far as fruit beers go, amazing...but not like typical beers. There were definitely moments where I just wanted to tip the glass back and chug, so be careful and refrain from doing so.

scottyshades, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of warriorsoul
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks to stonecrusher for this one...huge thanks.
Pours a cloudy red color with half a finger of pinkish, off-white head...some sporadic lacing as it fades.
Beautiful in the nose...huge cherry aroma with a gentle sweetness to complement things.
The taste is, as fruit beers go...simply phenomenal.
Tremendous cherry profile with a tart finish that makes you crave this brew more and more. Perfect summer beer...has the belgian feel, but with the local cherries added, brings it closer to home.
Medium bodied mouthfeel...quite carbonated, but perfect for the style.
Goes down so easy...especially on a day like today.
If you are into fruit beers at all, this one is a must...even if you are not, you should find enough in this brew to at least be impressed with its creators.

warriorsoul, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of dstc
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Pours a brown color with a whole lotta red in it. Thick, tan head has a pink hue to it. Head falls to about nothing. Thin lacing.

Smells like cherries. Some malts down in there but man it smells like cherries.

Tastes like cherries too. A lot. Man, there are a lot of cherries in this bottle. Big sweetness with underlying Belgian flavors.

Medium bodied in the mouth with low carbonation.

Nice brew. Very big on sweet cherry flavors and a very nice sipper.

dstc, Jan 04, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -37.2%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

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
Photo of seaoflament
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Got this one through a trade with Initiative, thanks.

Pours a murky crimson color with no foam whatsoever. Obvious sweet and sour cherry aroma; it smells like cherry Fruit-Roll Up.

Sweet cherry flavor upfront with a light tart finish; this is a great, refreshing beer. It would be perfect for dinner or as a dessert.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good dose of carbonation. The finish is semi-dry and clean

A cherry treat.

seaoflament, Oct 01, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

TheSamKuehn, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of walleye
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

thanks to bieristgut for this. had this a few months ago. poured a nice bubble red with a pink head. aroma I know this will make bieristgut upset and maybe others but it smelled like a wine cooler, but it was good got cherries, spices, and a little bit of hops. flavor, wow those cherries come right out and grab your taste buds, like a lot of other reviews tart cheery pie. normally I am not into the high carbonated fruit beers but this one was good

walleye, Aug 07, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

VaTechHopHead, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

topdown, May 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

rjp217, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Agold, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Piddmeista, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of sendsilk
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

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
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a faded ruby red with a white head similar to a soda's in the way that it starts large, but quickly shrinks to just a small ring around the outside of the glass. Despite the quickly dissipating head, there is a little bit of lacing. Just a few rings show the previous levels of the liquid.

The nose is pretty much the most intense smelling cherry liquid of any kind I've ever smelled. Very acidic and vinegary, almost wine like. The best way for me to describe this is a cherry cider. Very sweet and very tart at the same time.

The taste is straight up cherries. Sweet and tart, more leaning towards the sweet side, but not overly sweet. To me, this is a combination of ripe sweetened cherries mixed with unripe tart cherries. There is literally nothing else here, just cherries. Me not being a cherry fan at all (I much prefer raspberries) this is great stuff. Cherry flavor is real cherries (over a pound in every bottle), and in no way artificial, which was a big relief.

Light bodied and slightly tart, with a lively carbonation. This has the mouthfeel of a slightly flat cherry pop. Great drinkability.

Overall, a solid offering from New Glarus, who ceases to amaze me. Every single time they satisfy me.

I have to say, I am a much bigger fan of Raspberry Tart, but this is still a more than stellar offering. Highly recommended and it definitely earned it's spot in the Top 100.

Mistofminn, Jul 20, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -11.4%

This one pours a nice bright maroon. There was a thin head, but it disappeared rather quickly. Lacing isn't an issue with this one.

The aroma is, just as I thought, filled with cherries. Tart cherries, at that. Oh, and some cherries.

The flavor brings to mind....cherries. Sweet, yet a tad tart. Very fresh cherry flavor, not fake at all. The sweetness is almost too much for me at times, though.

Syrupy mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation when compared to the Raspberry Tart. The sweetness knocks this one down a rung for me as far as drinkability is concerned. Very different, yet enjoyable. I do prefer the Raspberry Tart over this one, however.

Imstillthegman, Jan 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

jriggins6, Aug 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Ri0, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Risser09
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%

750ml bottle poured into a wine tulip - fridge - probably 2009

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with cherry red hues at the edges. A vigorous, but short-lived brown, red-tinted head builds and falls down just like soda would. A minimal lace ring stays behind.

Smell: Tons and tons of cherry aroma indicates the shear amount that they put in every batch. It's so strong, on the verge of medicinal, but is showing signs of sweetness and barrel aging (wood). Excellent, mouthwatering.

Taste: Super cherry intensity. The cherries are again on the border of medicinal, but they are curbed by the wheat malt flavor. It really tastes just like a sweet cherry picked off the tree, with an alcohol boost. Top notch.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and lively, compared to the raspberry tart. Sweet, tart, quenching and intense. Some lingering alcohol.

Drinkability: This beer is a superb dessert. I could have one every night if I could afford it and it was actually available in PA. I think this might be better than the raspberry tart.

Risser09, Jul 05, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

beersdmf17, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Jeffrey2310, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Kadonny
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured from a 750 waxed top bottle into a tulip glass. Shared with my wife on Christmas evening.

A: A deep reddish mahogany color with a one finger reddish fizzy head. No glass lacing and the head does disappear.

S: Cherries galore! Wow, smells just like a cherry soda with some tartness. I'm not getting much else on the smell.

T: Cherries, cherries, cherries. A huge cherry flavor that starts, stays and finishes. Some slight oak and yeast that keep the beer somewhat tart and doesn't allow the sweetness to totally take over, but the sweetness still wins in the end. After a few sips, this starts to get very "cherry cough syrupy" with the flavor.

M: Fizzy, tart, sweet with no alcohol.

O: Ok, I struggle to see how people are rating this beer so high. Where is the complexity? There is none in my eyes, it's all cherry all the time with flavors that start to wear on you after awhile. Am I missing something here?

I normally like fruit beers, but this one to me is just one dimensional and starts to taste like cough syrup to me. Not totally digging that. I enjoyed the experience, but I won't seek it out again.

Kadonny, Dec 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

ThreeFishes, Oct 08, 2013
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,515 ratings.