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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,526 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,526
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 443 | 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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4/5  rDev -8.7%

denimdemon, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

KC9LDB, Mar 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

pwoody11, May 18, 2014
Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Moderate head development, tan dehydrated oatmeal froth, and mild retention. Large bubbles from the very carbonated burgundy body disrupt the creamy presence it had at first pour. Lacing is a bit fine, low sticky nature prevents it from forming anything significant in terms of artwork.

S- Sharp sweet cherry on the opening. Crisp maraschino flavors with only the minor of tart balance. Bit of vanilla from the oak on the second wave gives it. Faint bit of wheat malt gives it that earthy presence as the final waft.

T- First hits are of course that sweet cherry body, bit of minor tart that I was hit harder. Sweetness of the oak flow in the middle and dominate the finish with the hints of vanilla and earthy wood body. One other notable element would be a mild bitterness in the middle that is easily drowned out.

M- Crisp carbonation in the beginning create a harsh oral sensation that benefits the overall presentation from becoming over attenuated. Nice clean finish with the woody nature not lasting too long. Mild body, watery at times.

D- Overall this beer is very tasty. It never becomes cloying, it never burns out in presenting flavors, and it is something I'd drink again. Probably one of the better fruit beers out there.

Khazadum, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of OgreSanchez
4/5  rDev -8.7%

OgreSanchez, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear reddish brown that's appears to be carbonated like a cola. A small white head clings to the side of the glass. Smells of world class cherries a not much else. First sip is tart full of cherries with a tad of oak and vanilla note present but lacking in malt. Very lightly carbonated. Super sweet - closer to wine than beer.

ATLbeerDog, Apr 18, 2009
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3/5  rDev -31.5%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

kjrod20, Mar 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

cfh64, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of krl2112
2.75/5  rDev -37.2%

krl2112, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of zimm421
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Appears a nice red color that is somewhat hazy, and has hints of orange as well as pink. Has a nice light pink head head. The head is more off-white than pink, but definitely has pink notes in it. Leaves good lacing, very bubbly.

Nose is very sweet. The cherry is all up front, with a nice light, sweet malt backing. Not much else in the nose, but very inviting. Taste is fairly sweet up front, but very quickly becomes tart and stings the tongue. The cherry comes through very nicely, and the sweet malts are only noticeable right at the beginning before the tartness sets in.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy but still with a bite on the tip of the tongue. Overall, a great beer. The fruitiness is something different, but the cherries come through in a great way. The tartness finishes off each sip perfectly. Couldn't be much better.

zimm421, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -31.5%

RayUF07, Apr 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.5%

jbuddle, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of deebo
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this several times and enjoyed as a change of pace. Here's a review from a fresh bottle.
A-cloudy. Looks like rusty water. A weak tan head that quickly breaks down. Tons of lively carbonation
S-cherries and lots of them!
T-again lots of tart cherries. A bit sour and puckering. A nice balance of sweetness and sourness and of course cherry flavor.
M- lots of carbonation, light refreshing body. Slightly puckering at the end
O-amazing amount of fruitiness. Hard to believe there isnt cherry flavor added but with a pound of Cherries in every bottle I guess that is the ticket. A wonderfully unique delicious beer

deebo, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

leschkie, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of KFBR392
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of slight red/pink head. Thin layer retained while drinking with random sticky lacing left behind. Medium amount of active carbonation in glass while drinking. The color is ruby red and is very clear and transparent.

Smell: Juicy, sweet, sugary wonderfulness explodes out of the glass. The cherries make your mouth absolutely water with a sweetness that is so potent but kept in check from being obnoxiously sweet with true mastery. Some grassy earthy hops can be picked up on the back end.

Taste: Sugary cherries hit right away with a perfect amount of lingering sourness. Its unbelievable how potent and perfectly the cherries are about to dominate this brew. The sourness continues to linger through on the body with some light oak character. Grainy earthy hops sit on the palate after with of course continuing cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light dryness, lingering sugary rounded sweetness, and some grainy hop character.

Overall: Cannot help but love these masterpieces from New Glarus. No other brewery I've had can bring out the fruit character more potently and perfectly. Their sweetness is always kept from going too far. These are an absolute must try.

KFBR392, Dec 17, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. what an impressive, well-made beer. purplish, dark, dark red with a pink head that holds for a bit. nose is cherry pie, cherry, cherry, and dark cherry with a malt backbone that comes off to me like fresh-baked pie crust with cinnamon. everything awesome about WI cherries is hiding in here, and the essence seems to be near perfectly captured. some nutty, pitty notes, and a bit of earth/dirt for good measure. incredibly clean with not a trace of artificial. taste is clean, sweet cherry pie, but tartness comes in and balances everything out. so much so that it doesn't even seem tart... or sweet. brilliant in that aspect. this is a fruit bomb, and one of the only times i think i have used that term positively. medium almost medium-full body. sweetness is almost sticky, but delivers itself cleanly. great beer from New Glarus here. a modern classic!

timtim, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of vacax
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared with jerz.

A: Quick white head rises and falls like champagne bubbles. Great cherrywood color coming from the cherries.

S: Cherry cider. Cherry juice. Fresh cherries. Cherries.

T: All about the cherries. Tantalizingly tart with and a mild to moderate sour finish plays all over the tongue. Bushels of cherry flavor and an acidic presence and tartness that prevents it from being "too sweet."

M: Medium bodied with champagne-like bubbles to lighten it up.

D: New Glarus's fruit beers are a testament to why we should all move to Wisconsin, or at least befriend someone from this great state. Already famous for its cheese, I think beer is a good pairing. I would buy this beer often and drink it on many occasions were I able to. Drank half of a bottle, savoring it all. The only thing slowing me down drinking this was making sure to savor every drop. Strong acidity is the only drawback, but no problem here as this is a perfect beer to share with friends and family.

vacax, Nov 27, 2008
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

pearljam118, Sep 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

jaminjohnson, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Prospero, Feb 07, 2013
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,526 ratings.