Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 937
Hads: 3,085
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 5.75%
Wants: 1,112
Gots: 650 | FT: 74
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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Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours an amber color with a 1/2 inch quick fading bubbly head that leaves some lining on the glass. Smell is full of cherries.. not much else going on. Taste is full of cherries as well. Very sweet but delicious. Mouthfeel is fully carbonated while light bodied. Overall this is delicious. Pretty cherry forward but still very delicious. (378 characters)

Photo of WesM63
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A: Pours an opaque brownish amber with a tiny 1inch head. Lacing and retention are pretty much non-existent.

S: Tart Cherries! Honestly, just amazing tart cherries. Not the fake stuff either.

T: Spot on the nose. Huge amounts of semi tart cherries. Some sweetness hiding in there as well.

M: High carbonation, light to medium body.

O: Phenomenal! Honestly, after having New Glarus's offerings on Fruit beers, now sure ill be able to go drink any others. Buy it. Drink it. Enjoy it! (537 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Tulip.

Pour: Deep, hazy ruby red with hints of brown. A finger plus of light pink head that surprisingly great lacing and forms a light film.

Smell: A huge up front cherry, that resembles what I get from cherry jam. There is complexity of caramel sweetness, and dough in the background, mingled with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Taste: Oh my. At first sip, sticky cherry couch drop with a substantial sweetness, but at this warms it becomes incredible. Cherry pie filling complete with crusty dough sweetness and light spiciness I can describe as cinnamon or allspice. Really like a cherry pie.

Mouthfeel: Really, really sticky and sweet. Definitely detracts from my ability to drink a whole 750ml bottle, but I'll make it,

Overall: One of my longest running wants, and it did not disappoint. Absolutely delicious. (859 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, red in color, clear

Smell: sweet cherries and fresh fruit

Taste: sweet and tart cherries, light cinnamon. The cherries are layered here so there is excellent depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: super light body, sweet with a touch of tartness, high carbonation, prickly

Overall:This sets the new bar for me in fruit beers. I love the depth of the cherry flavors. This one is borderline wine-like, but still has some beer flavor. The fruit seems natural and not in any way artificial. When I am back in Wisconsin next year, I will bring back several. One of my favorite beers in any style. (672 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.62/5  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 (619 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wisconson Belgian Red pours a hazy ruby color with a small, frothy head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving behind several spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and loaded with cherry. Reminds me of a cherry coughdrop.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft, rich and chewy on the palate. Mild carbonation. The flavor is like a cherry pie. Sweet with loads of cherry and a touch of toasted malt. Towards the end a touch of spice and sour notes poke through. Once gone the cherry flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a fantastic beer. I was lucky enough to get a bottle from a friend of a friend who was going to Wisconsin. Very flavorful and easy to drink. It's a dessert in a glass! (712 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a a rusty brown/ maroon with tan-red head that fades quickly without lacing. The nose is very bright with notes of cherries, plumb, cane sugar, and slush puppie. The taste is similar to the aroma--a huge cherry sweetness that sugar-coats the palate followed by a very slight tartness to keep things interesting. Honestly this beer tastes and feels like a cherry soda...not nearly as attenuated as I'd hoped. However, it's been such a long time since I've had a beer like this that it's still enjoyable... I don't foresee myself getting this beer again, but it's still a great beer to suck down on a hot summer evening! (633 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a deep garnet / ruby color with a brief flash head and no lacing. Body is on the lighter side of medium thickness, silky smooth, and carbonation is on the higher side of medium strength.

Straight away, the cherry pie aroma fills the room upon cracking open the bottle, upon warming up a faint vanilla-oak essence joins up with the aroma. So...much...cherry deliciousness! If there could be any criticism to be had, it would be that it is difficult to find beer characteristics in the nose at higher than a faint garnishing level.

Maintains all of the juicy cherry pie sweet-tartness in the flavor as well, in fact I would dare say that oak wood shows up even more around the edges in the flavor than on the nose. Just an amazing dessert beer, especially when considering how it never gets medicinal or cloying at all despite how beefy all of the fruit aspects are. (906 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A- Pours a deep red with a one finger head that dissipates into a thin cap that leaves a few lines of lacing.

S- Tart and sweet cherry pie filling, bready malt and cherry juice. Smells like cherry pie in a bottle.

T- Follows the aroma closely with plenty of cherry pie filling, peppery spice, freshly squeezed cherry juice and a hint of caramel.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a tart and dry finish.

O- I've throughly enjoyed both the Raspberry Tart and now Belgian Red from New Glarus. Fruit beers are not typically a style I enjoy, however, NG has succeeded in making a fruit ale with a nice balance of sweetness and tartness. (651 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of AlAlvarez, split with my cousin with my end being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Wisconsin Belgian Red pours a very nice polished ruby red, with gorgeous cherry highlights. A little more than two fingers of bone colored foam crown the beer, with minimal head head retention and lacing left behind. The nose has a huge ripe, sweet cherry skin aroma, with just a bit of earthiness behind it. The flavor is an absolute cherry bomb. It's still predominantly sweet, but there is a bit of a tart cherry edge to things as well. There's a slight malty sweetness present at the open, and the earthiness comes through in the finish. The body is on the light side, though with a little more heft than I might have expected for a 4% beer. The carbontion, while on the bubbly side, does let the sweetness mellow for a second or two before really kicking in. Wisconsin Red is, outside of one or two sours, the best fruit beer I've ever had. Fantastic all the way around. (991 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.25/5  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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a half finger of a white foamy head. Hazy deep amber/red body which clears as it warms. Minimal lacing with no head after a short time.

Smells like a big sweet cherry pie filling. Some simple carmel sweetness and light confectionery frosting notes.

Big medium tart cherry flavor. Light puckering acidity and sourness. Sweet forward and fairly refreshing.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Lightly sticky on the finish with an obvious cherry taste.

Great beer, great fruity flavors and well balanced for the style.

$9 a 750/bomberish (545 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into large tulip

Pours a bright ruby red color with some black cherry darkness. Little head comes through, although a small collar of white film rests along the beer.

Boatloads of fresh cherry scent in the nose - almost like a fresh baked cherry pie or homemade jam. A bit sweet with a very light natural tartness from the fruit. Mellow and wall received by the senses.

Pure cherry flavor right up front on the tongue with a soft tartness. Almost like slightly unripe fruit, but with a tempered sweetness. Touch of sugar with juiciness. Finishes with more cherry and a lingering dry tartness.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, smooth yet bubbly on the tongue. This is easily one of the better fruit (not sour) beers I've had in recent memory. (785 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -8%
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.   (1,781 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
4.83/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,358 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pickup from my early May trip to Madison. 7-8 oz. in a Cantillon Flute on July 1st, 2012.

A - Looks a lot like Raspberry Tart. Darker red mahogany with a thin film of off-white head. Poor retention. Good lacing.

S - Fantastically ripened cherries and cherry pits. Lightly pruny. A bit of grass and other herbaceous notes which I'm attributing to the yeast.

T - Straight cherry juice, sweet strawberries, and a bit of sourness into the rear palate. Simple but wholly natural.

M - High carbonation, light body, semi-sweet finish with a tart cherry aftertaste.

D - Not quite as good as Raspberry Tart but as excellent as I'd hoped. (641 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from mscarpen, 750ml into a tulip. Thanks a ton Scott!

Ruby red, with an offwhite head. Some retention and nice lacing. Nose holds loads of the beautiful Wisconsin cherries, dark fruit notes, spice and lots of jammy/pie filling characteristics. Taste of cherry pie filling, spice, pie crust and cherry jams. Dense feel, full and just an immense amount of flavour packed into this beer. Another brilliant NG fruit beer. Next to the Raspberry Tart as one of the best fruit beers (and any beer) I've ever had. Wisconsin cherries are fucking boss. (551 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Ehammond1's bottle share after the bruery RS event party

Look: Pours a deep mahogany color with a slightly pinkish head about 1/4 with ok retention and some spotty lace

Smell: Lots of cherries on the nose and a slight musty funk

Taste: Like the nose it is just tons of cherries. Unlike the raspberry tart the fruit flavor does not seem artificial but more yet like cherries put in a blender with some sugar added. I really like the flavor here

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body with mild carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: I actually quite enjoyed this beer and would drink again (605 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: mahogany red/gold shimmer, trace white head,
quite nice lacing

S: CHERRIES! big fresh, ripe bushel

T: same as the nose with a sour pucker finish

M: light bubbly body, sour/pucker,
big carbonation

O: I had this before at New Glarus, but just a
sip and didn't care for it. This must be better
batch. Rather refreshing, would be crowd pleaser
to share with lambic newbies. I would get
this again, but a once in a while brew.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (457 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hand on this while on a family trip to Milwaukee. 22 ounce bottle sealed in red wax, $9.99. My expectations were very high and at first, I thought they were met. However, after the third sip or so, I realized how overrated it was. Worth trying for sure, but there's great fruit beers that are much easier to find. (328 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Glarus flute

A: Two finger head (yellowish pink), reddish amber brown, lots of bubbles.

S: Sour cherries, some barnyard smell, jam

T: Delicious. I think this one is slightly sweeter than Rasp Tart. It's not really sour or tart, but it's definitely more tart than sour. Taste lingers in your mouth in a pleasant manner.

M: Perfect. Light to medium thickness with sharp carbonation. Less dry than Rasp Tart.

O: I prefer Raspberry Tart over this (Raspberry tart is more refreshing, although less complex), but NG never disappoints. World class beer for sure. (585 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: reddish brown to orange in color with a pinkish brown head that dissipates but leaves some lacing and a good rink around the edges.

S: sweet and sour with cherry

T: cherry, sweetness, some tartness, very juice-like

M: pretty thick and syrupy for such a light beer, medium light carbonation

O: not really impressed with this, but I thought it was better than the raspberry tart even though I don't like cherry flavor too much. (433 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear ruby red with a good two finger light tan head that slumps to leave a nice creamy thick blanket and good side lacing.

S - Nice and sweet, like cooked cherries. Smells like sweet, lightly spiced cherry pie filling.

T - Oh yah, definitely cherry pie filling. Nice nutmeg/cinnamon flavours and even a little bit of crust/dough. This is cool. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, not heavy or syrupy. Perhaps a slight bit too sweet, but this isnt cloy.

O - Overall this is a delicious fruit beer. Very very cherry without being cloy. I love this. (650 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aromatic fruit is rich and purposeful, making for a strong perfume. It shares a similar smell to its raspberry-brewed sister beer; this beer smells as much like raspberry fruit/seeds/tea as it does cherries.

T: Begins sweet, with refined malt that contributes just a touch of bread to what is otherwise pure fruit. There is an acidic thread present, which together with even less assertive earthy hops cultivate the expected tea-like quality. Fruit flavors lose some of their intensity in the clean finish, allowing the cherry component to stand out more there than at any other time.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic at times but otherwise balanced on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: To many, yeast and its metabolites are what distinguish Belgian-styled beers from those inspired by other brewing traditions. Despite being called Belgian, this fruit beer lacks any detectable Belgian yeast qualities. It, like New Glarus' other famous fruit beer Raspberry Tart, is a delivery vehicle for fruit qualities. This beer gains an advantage over its sister, projecting more honest cherry that the other was able to do for raspberries. Pair with dessert and women. (1,359 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. Courtesy of biglobo8971

A- Slightly brownish hued red pour with a two finger egg shell soapy pour with decent lacing.

S- Simply put... cherry pie filling. Slightly artificial and sweetened but still very enticing smelling. The sweetness is a sign that it won't be as tart as I first thought.

T- Full on cherry pie, I get the filling of course (dead on by the way) slight crust with a touch of cinnamon. Slightly artificial but very fresh tasting.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy with a low carbonation. (535 characters)

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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