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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,858
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,077
Gots: 555 | FT: 58
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750 ml green bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Clear, with a ruby red color. The cream-colored head is about a finger's worth and fades fairly quickly, leaving a good amount of lace.

Smell: Wow! Extreme cherry fruit aromas are bursting from the glass. I don't smell anything beyond the cherries, but they are delightfully clean, sweet and fruity.

Taste: Just like the aroma, this beer is all about the cherries in flavor. Rich fruity taste, with intense and flavorful cherries, with some tartness but primarily sweet notes. As the beer warms, it tastes more tangy.

Mouthfeel: The fruits combined with high carbonation make for a zesty mouthfeel. The aftertaste is of cherry fruit, with a balance between sweet and tart.

Overall: An excellent and elegant beer; a real treat!

Thanks to Crass3000 for this one!

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3/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of rundocrun
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

A - Body is a beautiful deep garnet color. Mildly hazy. Steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Approximately one finger of off-white head that lasts about 3 minutes. Medium amount of lacing.

S - Wow. Rich, tart cherries take center stage here. A candy-like sweetness from the cherries and the malty backbone make for a mouthwatering and enticing nose.

T - Homemade cherry pie filling! This is damn tasty stuff. Despite the overwhelming cherry essence up front, the belgian character does have its moment in the spotlight. Toward the finish and most definitely in the aftertaste, there is a distinct crisp, dry and somewhat spicy flavor indicative of belgian yeast, delicately toasted malts, and a healthy dose of candi sugar.

M - Incredibly drinkable. I only wish I had gotten a bottle of this stuff during the summer instead of early January. Tart, sweet, clean and refreshing. Thinner body, but just enough thickness to hammer down the fact that this is an excellent craft beer and not some watery mass-produced "flavored malt beverage."

Overall - It's not hard to see why this is one of the top-rated brews from New Glarus. They've most definitely hit the mark for providing the drinker with a true taste of cherries at their finest.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to redbird!

Well, this is just a little embarrassing. I held on to this for a long time. Probably longer than I should have, since I got this bad boy about 8 months ago, and who knows how long it was around before then. Hoping for the best! Pours a very hazy red color with a tiny head that drop fast. The smell? Dear GOD that smells good! Cherries! There are cherries in this beer. Lots of cherries. I love cherries. This smells very good. It also tastes like there's cherries in this beer. It does a great job of balancing the sweet and the tart. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the drinkability is amazing. Why did I wait so long to pop this one? This is seriously a world-class beer. If you like cherries, you will like this beer. No way around that.

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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  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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2/5  rDev -54.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy ruby with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like sugary sweet cherry. Surprising lack of complexity here.
T: It tasted like super sweet cherry, with a tart finish. Nice clean aftertaste. That's about all.
M: It was watery with lots of natural carbonation. Nice light body.
D: This was basically one-dimensional, which was somewhat disappointing to me. It had a terrific natural cherry taste, but nothing else. It must be sipped, since it's so sweet. This could go well with vanilla ice cream, but it's challenging to drink a full glass by itself. Nice to try once, but I probably won't have this one again.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -42.9%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,858 ratings.