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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
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world-class

2,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,896
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,081
Gots: 583 | FT: 65
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Ratings: 2,896 | Reviews: 929
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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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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nataku00
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Denzo
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of marine1975
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of kevanb
4.25/5  rDev -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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Capped and waxed bottle poured into a Smuttnose tulip glass. Served at room temperature and split with two friends.

Appearance: Ruby red to crimson in color with not much head. No sediment in the glass at all.

Aroma: Nice balance of sweet and tart cherries with the sweet notes really taking center stage. Really bright and fruity and avoids being medicianal or artificial.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the cherries are the main attraction. Really nice balance of sweetness and tartness. Approachable for anyone, yet not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smoooth. Realtively crisp, but not overcarbonated by any means.

Overall, a fruit beer that really is so much more. Immensely enjoyable for me and approachable for anyone. A really nice beer that lives up to the hype.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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