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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,518
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,014
Gots: 441 | 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:
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Photo of cdkrenz
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

This champagne bottle of New Glarus Belgian Red has been cellared at 42.5 degrees F since October of 2010, (one year).

A - Poured into a champagne glass this beer pours a purplish ruby with an eggshell white head that started at less than an eighth of an inch but quickly retreated to a simple ring at the glass leaving the surface free to witness the rising carbonation.

S - Sweet and tart cherry aroma with a yeasty hint. I think it to have lost a tinge in the scent character while in the cellar.

T - Slight sour apple flavor with the sweet cherry I would expect. Like the aroma I feel the flavor has lost a hair in the cellar.

M - Dry and sticky with a feeling of pucker left after each pull. The feel I believe has gotten just a bit better.

~ This is a great beverage. I'm always happy to crack open a bottle of this sweet and tart cherry beer. I would certainly recommend it to a friend and I'll definitely drink it again in the future.

Review above completed on October 11, 2011.
Review below completed on October 10, 2010.

A - Deep reddish to a light hazy purple body. The head is about a half inch tall in the color of white. It fades to a thin layer allowing the body to show through its wisps. (4)

S - Pungently sour cherries. Very inviting. It smells nothing like any other brew I've encountered. I can't imagine a fruit beer offering a better aroma. (5)

T - The sour cherry is prevalent with a tart edge. The pungency is not prevalent as it is in the scent. This is a superb tasting fruit brew. (5)

M - The feel is wet and slightly coarse. I almost wish it was a bit softer as a wine would be. Nonetheless, it goes down well. (4)

~ Easy to drink. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, desert. This is a beer that has stood and I imagine will continue to be on the brew calendar for the folks in Southern Wisconsin. (4.5)

cdkrenz, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

Served in a 16 oz. tulip glass.

A- Dark amber with 1 finger light pink head. Very little lacing.

S- Wow! Cherry lifesavers and that about sums it up.

T- Super sweet cherries, some tartness, a little acidity.

M- Light body, lower carbonation with a bit of an acidic finish.

O- Not a huge fruit beer fan, other than lambics, but this is an awesome cherry beer! Wish it could have a bit more tart/sourness too it, but still a very good beer.

kawilliams81, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of joefuzz
5/5  rDev +14.2%

I have been really trying lately to not rate beers all 5. This beer is unlike anything I have ever tried. Pours a murky red with a nice sized slightly pink head amazing lacing. Smell is nothing but cherries and cranberries. Taste is a nice tart cherry which mellows down to a great fruit taste. Mouthfeel and carbonation are wonderful. Could drink this stuff by the truckload. Overall one of the best beers I have ever tried.

joefuzz, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of GradyS1
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a 750 into an Allagash Tulip. Red, with a slight brownish tent. Small amount of carbination with a small head, poured very, very cold.

Fresh Cherry pie filling on the smell, really awesome. Does not smell like cherry cough syrup, this is fresh pie filling. Such a sweet smell that it is almost cherry candy by the finish.

Taste almost exactly as it smells. Predominately cherry pie filling. Fresh and sweet with a small amount of tartness. Very small hints of alcohol at all, especially for a fruit beer

Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. This is refreshing, especially for the amount of sweetness that it has in it. Almost perfect as far as taste and mouth feel good.

This beer is very tasty, as close as a desert beer as I would think you could get. There is really no malt characteristic to this at all, Its like you are drinking a fruit soda, that is the only downfall

GradyS1, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of beerfan99
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

750 ml wax capped bottle

A: Dark Red/Amber in color. Low carbonation creates a small white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Powerful cherry aroma, no doubt about it. I looked at the label and read over a pound of cherries in each bottle. That sounds about right, just based on the smell.

T: Very strong cherry flavor and on the sweet side. Not too sweet though, balanced pretty well. Unable to detect alcohol tastes.

M: Light and refreshing on the palate, very easy to drink. Probably would have liked more carbonation on this one.

O: A very drinkable and refreshing beer, I wish I had another one of these. I was kind of hoping this beer was going to be a little more tart and sour, since the label indicates the style is a Flanders Red. From that point of view, I'm a little disappointed. However, overall I was impressed by this beer and look forward to trying more from New Glarus.

beerfan99, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%

This was a much appreciated gift from my in-laws after they visited the brewery. Shared with a number of friends, this one pours a rich red-amber color with an only slightly tinted white foamy head. The presence of the fresh fruit that goes into this beer is immediately apparent, with an aroma of freshly-pressed cherry juice just exploding from the beer's surface.

As enticing as that fresh fruitiness is in the aroma, however, the fact that the flavor is much the same is a bit of a let down. This beer just doesn't have the depth that I would have wanted. I wanted to sense some complexity from the interplay of the fruit with the grains, some degree of balance from the hops, and especially some earthy/woodsy character from the oak aging. Instead, all I got was an all-natural version of Cherry 7-Up.

Make no mistake, this is an easy-to-drink, lightly sweet, pleasant drink. The light, soft carbonation keeps the sweetness from overwhelming, and this beer can almost be considered refreshing. In the end, though, I was expecting a world class beer and instead got what tasted more like a world class soda.

devilben02, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of nsp73
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%

One of my favorite beers.
Every bottle is made with over a pound of cherries and you can tell the moment you open the bottle.
It's a reddish color with a huge foamy head. As you drink you can smell and taste the cherries. Pretty much tastes like your drinking cherry pie.
It leaves a nice lacing as you go down but I feel the head can be a bit obnoxious at times. Especially towards the end because you really do savor and enjoy every sip of this beer. Fantastic.

nsp73, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of harrymattcody
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

From a bottle received in a trade.

The beer pours a ripe red color with a little fizz on top that quickly recedes leaving nothing between me and the aromas emanating forth. The nose is cherries all the way with a sweetness that dominates. Taste falls right into step behind the nose and floods your mouth with pure cherry goodness. Maybe a touch of oak to round out the flavor. Just like it's kin, Raspberry Tart, this brew coats your mouth with sweet and sticky. The bubbles help break it up a bit, though.

Sweetness hurts the drinkability a touch but not enough for me to consider leaving any in the bottle. A classy brew.

harrymattcody, Sep 25, 2011
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 jsanford
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. HUGE thanks to THECPJ for this, you rock Shane!

A - Pours a dark ruby-red with a generous rose-colored head that recedes to a creamy cap, leaving spotty lacing as it settles.
S - Big cherry aromas, very similar to maraschino syrup but more authentic. Slight sweet malt and brown sugar in the background, but the cherry is the star here!
T - More delicious cherry, somewhere between a real cherry and a Jolly Rancher, but not in an artificial way. Slightly tart, with a touch of brown sugar and oak. This stuff is amazingly balanced, you'd think it would be cloyingly sweet, but in actuality I could drink it all day!
M - Smooth, slightly slick, with a medium body and good, crisp carbonation that dances on the palate. I would love to pair this with a dessert, or perhaps an appetizer.
O - Such an amazing beer, this completely blew me away! Thanks again, Shane!

jsanford, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

Shared this bottle at a family tasting.
Ruby red with a creamy white head

The aroma is wonderful cherries sweet and tart very fresh aroma almost earthy

The taste matches the aroma wonderful cherries sweet and real flavor. The carbonation is sweet and wispy wonderful and fills the mouth

bishopdc0, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Big thanks to northyorksammy for sending an awesome Wisconsin box - been looking forward to having this again since I visited WI several years ago. Poured from a wax-capped 750mL bottle into my Lindemens flute.

Hazy fire brick liquid with carmine and orange-ish highlights topped by an active pale lavender head which dissipates to a fine collar. Average lacing and retention.

Sweet dark cherry aroma which is pure fruit with a faint malt backing. Not as entrancing as Luxardo, but not as cloying as cough syrup.

Sweet cherry-suffused palate entry with an intensifying tartness accompanied by a light clean hoppy bitterness. Bright pungent finish with vague oak complexity.

Creamy, medium-light body, with modest but sufficient carbonation.

Again, like Raspberry Tart, this is not a sour per-se...but simply encapsulates and elevates the fruit with subtle craft and pure (largely local) ingredients. Well done, and likewise well worth seeking out (unless you dislike cherries).

augustgarage, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

Thanks to soonami for this bottle.

Solid, slightly cloudy red; not much of a head. Pie cherry aroma, hints of forest floor. Super cherry flavor, very clear and fresh. Moderate effervescence keeps this from being cloying despite a definite sweetness.

kscaldef, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of vobr0002
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

A- redish color with a slightly pink head.

S- cherry, tart smell. No hops detected at all.

T- tart sourness and cherries are the first things I notice. Not really sour, but enough that you notice it.

M- fuller body, higher carbonation.

O- its a very good beer for its style. I enjoyed it and would like to have some time again.

vobr0002, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of TVolt1
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Beautiful light red clear beer with light pink finger width of head.

S: Smells very strongly of cherries. Reminds me of children's cough syrup but one i would like to actually drink/taste.

T: Its a very good beer, reminds me of a wine more than a beer though. Tastes of cherry and berries. It is a drinkable beer and I think it has a great taste.

M: Great crisp, light, moderately carbonated drink.

O: Overall, i love this beer. Very easy to drink and pleasant taste.

TVolt1, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%

Appearance: Pours a ruby red color with a fair amount of carbonation. A couple inches of light tan head with a tinge of pink forms, which has very nice retention and lacing. Pretty nice looking beer.

Smell: A ton of sweet, maraschino cherries form on the nose. Maybe a touch of spices. As it warms I get a lot of cherry cough syrup as well, which is not nearly as enjoyable. That dimension gets stronger as this beer goes along.

Taste: A lot of sweet, syrupy cherry character comes out immediately, along with some spices. Again, a lot of cough syrup comes out as well, which retracts somewhat for me. Not enough to make it unpleasant, just not quite as enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation. It goes down quite easily. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, though less than Raspberry Tart. Still, definitely one of the best fruit beers you can get in the States. A should try, for sure.

zhanson88, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

750mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 9/2/11.

A: Pours deep red with light pinkish head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Lots of cherries in the aroma, not wild cherries but more of a maraschino - candy - cough syrup cherry aroma, some malt and no alcohol or hops.

T: Like the aroma, lots of maraschino cherries, sweet and slightly tart as well. no alcohol or hops and a long lingering taste of cherries.

M: Light, crisp and slightly tart light-medium body and semi-dry finish.

O: Lots of cherry flavor from start to finish, but I am not a fan of the artificial tasting cherries in this opposed to the natural cherry flavor of a kriek.

Azurescens, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a murky brown color with a thin bubbly off white head that quickly fades to very light lacing and spotting.

Smells like apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and cherry coke.

Tastes very sweet with an ever so slight cherry tartness. Not mouth puckering by any means. More apple cider comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall is pretty good but maybe a touch too sweet for me.

daveytheformer, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Bright red with a pink head about two fingers thick that fades into a lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Tart cherries, almost to the point of cough syrup, but the tartness helps keep it away from that area.

Taste: Tart and sweet, bit cherry flavor. I would have preferred more tartness and less sweetness, but it was still not overly sweet (even for me).

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and light body that is both enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall: I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this one. I was expecting it to be way to sweet for me.

jamescain, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

#100th Review

Poured and shared with friends, as part of bday celebration for a work buddy and myself.

Poured into 4 seperate glasses. Body is dark red, near amber. Has a hazy hue that is rather glowing when held up to light. Faint head, with a finger post pour, but which quickly dissipates. No real head to speak of.

Wow. Umm...wow. The nose reminds me of (dare I say it?)...watermelon jolly ranchers. Seriously. I mean, I thought I was crazy, but it is so dang potent. I think it is more of an insult to Jolly Rancher than New Glarus, but so much candied cherry comes off the nose it is divine. Mild dryness, but the cherries are the main attraction.

More of the same. Watermelon Jolly Rancher. Seriously. Oak notes come in through the mid body, which leaves a mild tingling sensation through the finish. Incredible cherry domination though. Cherry, cherry, and more cherry. Sweet, light and playful. Not cloying in any sense. The beer is there, but the cherry flavor is most pleasant. So well done and balanced, even for the amount of raw cherry flavor that is there.

Mild carbonation, with an oily mouthfeel that lingers well into the next sip.

I am super impressed. An exceptional beer. Makes me look forward to their Raspberry Tart with much more anticipation and longing.

Cheesemoose, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

750 ml bottle poured into Efes tulip. Thanks Cheesemoose! Leathery brown in color, small head, low retention. Clear, sticky lacing. Aroma dominated by cherry (of course). I suppose that it would be easy to screw this flavor up but its done perfectly. Not medicinal, not cough syrup. Splendid. Taste is fascinating, unique and certainly delicious. Cherry sweetness and tartness is front stage and center and just awesome. Amazing and unique beer.

KickbacksSteve, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of GlassFreeek
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into a champagne flute from a 750ml bottle.

A: Pours, an amber/ruby red color w/ a eggshell/pink some what creamy looking head. About 3 fingers worth of head.

S: A mix between a ripe cherry and cherry pie. Just amazing, really catches the essence of a cherry in here.

T: Just the same as the smell, it's sweet, but not too sweet. And's it's tart and but too tart, just like it should be. Very perfectly well executed.

MF: Great dense, creamy mouthfeel, that is actually quite unique and enjoyable.

Overall, I'd suggest you get one of these bottles immediately, and drink it. You won't be disappointed! Wow, this is a great fruit beer right here.

GlassFreeek, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Almost like a carbonated cranberry juice in appearance - medium red color, quite visible bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass all around. Almost no head. Translucent with no sediment and minor haze.

S: Cherry, grenadine, cherry ricola or ludens drops, black cherry candy, sweet tarts, and most notably, Ginja (a liqueur made in Spain by infusing ginja berries / sour cherries in alcohol).

T: Definitely has the black cherry candy, Ginja, and sweet tart flavors that I detected in the scent. It's also vaguely reminiscent of a sparkling grape beverage my grandmother used to buy at Thanksgiving for the kids to have instead of wine. My description definitely doesn't do it justice - this is fantastic.

M: Very ample carbonation. Almost "effervescent" but without seeming too bubbly. Amazingly dense mouthfeel for something with only 4% alcohol.

O: Sweet and very fruity, but without seeming syrupy or overly sweet at all. Dry and somewhat tart without being sour. Pretty much as balanced in flavor as an actual ripe black cherry.

jnn4v, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of doppelme
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. The body of this beer is red with light red or pink along the outside of the glass. It leaves behind great lacing. It smells of fresh tart cherris. The taste of this beer is of tart cherries with a seetness through the whole taste. Not overly sweet so you are easily able to finish off the bottle. Overall this beer is delicious. If you are a fan of cherries you cant deny that this beer is king.

doppelme, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Brilliant ruby color with good clarity-absolutely gorgeous. Moderate pale-pinkish head with decent retention.

Aroma-Smells like a ludens cough drop. Very sweet cherry aroma, almost cloyingly so. The cherry notes are extremely intense, but somewhat one-dimensional, and the sweetness is a bit deterring, but as it warms it shows a slight hint of oak character, which helps temper the sweetness.

Flavor-Not quite as sweet as the aroma, which is relieving. Up front there is a lot of cherry flavor, but fortunately there's a little more depth than in the aroma. Subtle dark fruit flavors (plum and prune) linger in the background, along with some light tartness and a hint of tannic oak. Finish is still rather sweet, and has a soft cherry note to it, along with a smidgeon of malt.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate to moderately low carbonation. I personally would prefer it a little bit lighter and a bit more carbonated.

I'm just okay on this one. It's a bit overly sweet for my tastes, and the Cherry notes are somewhat one-dimensional, especially in the nose. Tastes more like Cherry Soda than a complex Belgian-style kriek.

plfahey, Aug 14, 2011
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,518 ratings.