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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,441 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,441
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 993
Gots: 429 | FT: 40
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.

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djhowell

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

A: Poured an opaque ruby red into my tulip with about a finger of pinkish-white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Lot's of cherries, both sweet and sour. Smells fantastic!

T: Tastes just like it smells. There's not much complexity to the flavor but it's not just one note either. It starts off a touch sour, then very sweet and finishes tart and sticky.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Refreshing and delicious. Having an entire bottle to yourself proves to be a bit too much but it is great to share with friends.

07-13-2010 16:19:39 | More by djhowell
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semibaked

Kentucky

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a dark cherry red that yields very little head, has alot of carbonation and poured pretty thin.

S - Fresh and Dried Cherries, cherry cough medicine, raw sugar, and cherry candy.

T - Amazing amount of cherry flavor bombard my tongue, fresh, tart, sour, and dried cherries. Has a little cough medicine qualities too.

M - Light, super refreshing, and has world class carbonation.

D - The flavor of this is just outstanding. New Glarus is very quickly becoming one if not my favorite brewery. Everything I have from them is really good. Definitely don't pass this up if you get a chance. For $8.99 for a 750 it is just an absolute steal too.

07-06-2010 22:17:50 | More by semibaked
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trevorjn06

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

From Notes:
Pours a deep red with a hint of amber, a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is cherries. Just delicious cherries but not overly sweet.

Taste is like fermented cherry pie. Sweet, mildly tart and very full. Fairly complex but also straight forward with delicious cherries, fresh tasting but also not overly sweet.

Very good :) Though a bit sweet for my taste.

07-06-2010 00:57:19 | More by trevorjn06
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SeasonalBrew

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

Picked this up on my way through Wisconsin a few weeks ago. Bottle was shared with the girlfriend to celebrate the 4th.. poured into my tulip.

A: Strong, aggressive pour yields a deep ruby red with a creamy white/red-tinted head. Maybe my pour was a bit too strong because man did that head build fast! I ended up with a bit of an overflowing head over the narrowing top of my tulip glass. The head lasts a few minutes and leaves some small spotty lacing.

S: Wow! Very, very dominating scent of cherries! Usually a strong fruit aroma would steer me away, but man this just amazes me. I can't stop smelling it. I would like a bit more complexity, but the cherry scent is still very intriguing.

T: I expected this to almost be one note considering how much the cherries dominated the scent.. and in a sense it was, but in an enjoyable way. The cherry flavor started off very sweet, but actually finished on a sour note with a slight tartness and maybe some slight Belgian characteristics.

M: Very light and very well carbonated. Little bubbles form across your tongue and make this drink like a champagne.

D: Low in abv and enticing flavor make this a very enjoyable beer and a good choice for a celebratory beer with friends.

07-05-2010 04:45:11 | More by SeasonalBrew
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to XaulZan11 for this.

Pours a cloudy, rusty red with 1-finger light pink head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is strong of juicy sweet cherries; slightly medicinal. The taste is sour cherries up front but settles into the sweetness of ripe, red cherries after a few moments along with some wood flavors. There is a sort of medicinal and tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied, and a little sticky.

This is a drinkable fruit beer. It's sweeter than a lambic but much smoother. If you don't love cherries, you'll probably not like it, but if you are a cherry lover, this will be quite a treat. It goes well with chocolate or any cherry dessert.

07-05-2010 04:19:47 | More by theghost3
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%

750ml bottle poured into a wine tulip - fridge - probably 2009

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with cherry red hues at the edges. A vigorous, but short-lived brown, red-tinted head builds and falls down just like soda would. A minimal lace ring stays behind.

Smell: Tons and tons of cherry aroma indicates the shear amount that they put in every batch. It's so strong, on the verge of medicinal, but is showing signs of sweetness and barrel aging (wood). Excellent, mouthwatering.

Taste: Super cherry intensity. The cherries are again on the border of medicinal, but they are curbed by the wheat malt flavor. It really tastes just like a sweet cherry picked off the tree, with an alcohol boost. Top notch.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and lively, compared to the raspberry tart. Sweet, tart, quenching and intense. Some lingering alcohol.

Drinkability: This beer is a superb dessert. I could have one every night if I could afford it and it was actually available in PA. I think this might be better than the raspberry tart.

07-05-2010 01:03:54 | More by Risser09
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thetomG

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -8%

Wow.

Pours a lovely reddish color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet cherries. Taste is the same but insanely intense and potent with some additional tartness coming through. Very bubble and lively as you sip this is a delicious and unique beer. Would definitely drink this again. YUM!

07-05-2010 00:21:35 | More by thetomG
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +13.5%

A: BR has an opaque ruby red color upon pouring with a hint of brown hue to it when held to the light. Little to no head when poured into a champagne flute (poured during a celebration immediately following Dom Perignon... hopefully that doesnt mess with my review... haha)

S: one word: CHERRIES. the strong smell of cherries blasts the olfactory senses, invoking thoughts of a Wisconsin summer on a lake.

T: an explosion of cherries tingles the tongue while emitting undertones of beer and wine with a champagne finish.

MF/D: an intensely fruity beer with the smoothest carbonation possible (considering how much it has). not a fruit beer kind of guy, but i could practically be content with a case of this for the night.

07-04-2010 07:44:32 | More by newk340
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

A big thanks to mattolesh for hooking me up with this beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a crimson red into my Russian River tulip. About a finger of light burgundy head is achieved that quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - Holy cow. The smell is captivating...I'm just sitting here smelling how wonderful this beer is. Mounds of cherries, sweet up front with sour cherries right behind. Slight raspberry is noticeable in the nose also. An overwhelming sweet fruit aroma continues to pour from this great smelling beer.

Taste - Cherries! Despite the nose leading one to believe one would experience sour then sweet cherries, the taste is the opposite. The initla burst of flavor is slight sour cherries followed by a deep, dark, ripe sweet cherry flavor. There is an ever so slight tartness to the beer, and through the cherries I can taste other darker fruits such as plums, along with some earthy/wood taste and slight spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, syrupy thick, decent carbonation, finishes a bit tart.

Drinkability - For fruit beers, quite so; for normal drinking not so much. Granted, I would not drink this just for the hell of it. This is a very tasty desert beer, or just a beer to enjoy around the holidays. I have another one of these coming via a trade and look forward to pairing it with some dark chocolate and/or brownies. A very good beer.

07-04-2010 00:34:11 | More by SpdKilz
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hu5om

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%

Yummy. One of the perks of living in Wisconsin. It's at most grocery stores, local bar has is on tap, and super delic.

Looks like a cherry soda and tastes like straight, sweet cherries. The closest thing to eating actual cherries in flavor that I have ever encountered. Probably because there is a pound of Door County cherries per bottle.

The Raspberry Tart is very good, too. But I just like cherries more so I give this one the edge.

It would be interesting to do a side by side with the unplugged cherry stout, if I can still find some.

If you haven't had this, get on it! New Glarus is my life...

06-30-2010 15:02:52 | More by hu5om
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -11%

This and the Raspberry Tart have been two very unique beers. Two very excellent unique beers. That Dan Carry knows how to make some amazing beers. Seek out all the NG stuff you can, it's always a treat.

This is a dark redish-purple color, about the color of pomegranite juice. with a cap that is white but tinted more toward a pink color. crazy.

Cherries. Just smells like cherries really. almost has a sugary powdery kool-aid presence that remind me of making it when i was a kid. Not a bad aroma, but not such a standout that the taste and mouthfeel are.

Oh yes. tart cherry juice, your hired, all others need not apply. The tartness matching with the sweetness is what makes this beer as amazing as it is, that and the dry and fine tight carbination playing around. I wish i could say more about something other then cherries...but i can't, and really there is no need to have anything else in this beer.

06-28-2010 05:04:03 | More by ChadQuest
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kels

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

NorthsideFred is the best.

Pours a bright cherry red with pretty good clarity and good visible carbonation running throughout. The initial 1 finger fizzy head fades quickly but retains at a nice, soft white skim.

Aromas of cherry and raspberry syrups kick into an overall profile that reminds me of cranberry juice cocktail.

This beer is incredibly refreshing and delicious. It is crisp and bright and juicy with just a little bit of syrupyness in the overall very sweet taste. The cherry is actually pretty authentic, and raspberry juice comes through in a tart accompaniment. It is sweet-tart and well carbonated, keeping things light. Drinks more like a sparkling wine than a beer, and leaves behind tasty sweetness in a stickiness that coats the palate well.

Love this beer. Can't wait until we meet again!

06-24-2010 00:47:32 | More by kels
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruby red with a thin mauve head.

Smell -- Sweet cherries, muscatel.

Taste -- Cherry every which way: sweet, tart. Yup.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, abundance of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- The flavor is one-dimensional, but so perfectly captures the flavor of ripe cherries that it is easily overlooked. Drinks easy, but I probably couldn't do a whole bottle. This is a worthy beer for one who loves cherries.

06-22-2010 01:50:32 | More by yeahnatenelson
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EddieTheTrooper

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -30.8%

I was quite surprised at this beer, surprised and disappointed. Normally I am a fan of all things new glarus but this beer was just too damn fruity. It smells like cherries, it tastes like cherries, it's cherry red. I mean, I like cherries and all but this stuff is like cough syrup. I wanted some beer with my fruit salad. One glass was enough, one bottle was far too much. For a brewery that ordinarily makes such well-balanced beers, this cherry thing has gotten a little out of hand. If I wanted juice, I wouldn't be drinking beer.

06-17-2010 09:27:34 | More by EddieTheTrooper
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beertunes

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into tulip. Poured a pretty red color with an inch of pinkish-tan head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is strongly cherry and not much else. On the tongue the cherry flavor is backed up by a bit of a grain taste.The body was very effervescent and crisp, sweet without being sticky. Drinkability will depend on how you like sweet and fruity brews, I loved it and would lots more if it were available to me.

06-14-2010 01:51:35 | More by beertunes
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nectar14

California

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

This beer makes me long for my home state... Wisconsin.

A: Ruby amber in color, with a fluffy 2-finger off white head. Not much lacing. Looks fruity.

S: Scent of crunchy, tart cherries, with just a whiff of malt/wheat.

T: All about the cherries. Tart, delicious, beautiful cherries. Some sweetness balances it well, and it is never cloying. Finishes with a lingering cherry taste.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is perfect. Mildly effervescent.

D: ALL DAY. Light in alcohol, big in delicious flavor.

I don't know if it's possible to improve upon a beer like this... absolutely delicious. I wish I'd brought another back from WI after my last trip. Kudos to New Glarus.

06-13-2010 02:57:26 | More by nectar14
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Served from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Slightly opaque bright ruby red color with a 2 cm off-white head. It fades somewhat quickly but still leaves a bit of sticky lace on the glass. Very full color.

Smell: Tart cherries dominate. A little bit sweet as well.

Taste: Strong tart cherry all the way through. Some sweetness sneaks in more and more as it warms, but cherry is in control the entire time. Nothing about this is incredibly complex, but it represents cherries very well without anything synthetic tasting or out of place.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light on the tongue. Bubbly carbonation. Sweetness leaves the lips a bit sticky.

Drinkability: This is not the kind of beer I would normally think about sessioning, but it has such a great balance of sweet and (mostly) tart cherry flavor that this could be a surprise addition to my regular stash.

06-12-2010 07:42:54 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jampics2

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

A bottle split with new friends and neighbors at our first neighborhood block party. The lady and myself were new to the neighborhood and wanted to make a nice impression. This did the trick. Everyone loved this and wanted to know where to buy one. Looks like I'll need to stock up for the next get-together.

Red and fizzy, this looks more like a cherry soda than a beer. Great head, looks like a pillows atop a red sheet of lush beer.

Smell is wonderful cherry juice. Wow, this is incredible. No beer qualities at all, just natural (no Ludens here) cherries. Just a touch too sweet, otherwise it would be a 5.

Taste is wonderful Cherry is of course the leader on this journey. Some non-lacto tartness from the natural cherries. Just perfect fruit flavor, such depth, all of it natural layers - a deep dive into this lovely fruit. Never fake or cloying. How did they do this? I know, if they told me they'd have to kill me. Well, if there are 72 cases of this in heaven, I'm in.

Mouthfeel is perfect and IMO is easily the best feature of this wonderful beer. Wow, just enough body to be substantial and a perfect lively carbonation. Nectar of the gods I tell ye! And drinkability is close to perfect too. Just a bit too much cherry overload to do a bottle by myself. A perfect party beer to share with good friends and new friends.

Funny story, I wandered away from the group to do a quick audio rating and it turns out I ran into a neighbor who was having a smoke. We discussed the beer and, in the course of the conversation with the recorder running, I made my observations that are captured here over the course of a 5 minute conversation.

This will be a staple of our future tastings with the neighbors!

06-11-2010 19:05:16 | More by jampics2
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mdfb79

New York

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

From 5/29/10 notes.

a - Pours a ruby red color, with a little bit of reddish, off white head.

s - Smell is wonderful. Lots of cherries, both sweet and sour. Also some other citrus and dark fruits.

t - Taste is great as well. Tastes of sour cherries, sweet cherry, raspberries, and citrus.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was an amazing beer; one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Very easy to drink, and would love to have again.
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EDIT on 11/09/12: Have had this many times over the years, most recently last weekend on 11/02/12. Possibly my favorite fruit beer ever; this beer is amazing.

06-08-2010 02:14:29 | More by mdfb79
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Shumista

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -30.8%

Split a bomber 3 ways; from notes.

Pours deep red, head has a slight pink hue. A very strange yet enticing look that really begs you to find out more.Smells like cherry syrup, kind of a "cherry burnetts (vodka) smell" as someone else around the table said. Unfortunately the cherries in the nose are a little bit too candy-like to smell fresh. Tastes like black cherry soda pop, fresh cherries, citrus rind, and bubble gum. Honestly it tastes closer to cherry soda then it does beer. Lively carbonation, medium bodied but a touch syrupy. Drinkability suffered for me, it was just too sweet and too cherry-y. A few people at the table were getting frustrated because they wanted to move to the next beer in our tasting and I was taking too long to finish my pour. I think that says something about its drinkability.

I fear this one doesn't live up to the hype for me. I was especially let down because I had just had New Glarus's Unplugged Cranbic the night before which really impressed me so I had especially high expectations.

06-03-2010 19:21:49 | More by Shumista
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herman77

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Blood red with a slightly pinkish/white read. Good clarity. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

S: Sweet and sour cherries. Mainly a tart red cherry. Kind of reminds me of the smell of a cherry filled pastry.

T: Cherry, what a surprise! The first few sips are very odd, but it gets better after you get to know it. Great combination of sweet and tart cherries. Its sweet, its a fruit beer, but its not overly sweet since the tartness balances it out. There also is a hint of another odd earthy/woody taste, can't quite figure what it is exactly. Doesn't taste artificial, just not used to having fruit beers I guess.

M/D: Medium to fuller body. Lots of zippy, small carbonation. A very rich fruit beer. Drinkability is hard to rate for this one. Its easy to drink, more like a pop than a beer, but I couldn't do much of this. Split a 750 and that is plenty. Good overall.

06-01-2010 02:18:57 | More by herman77
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Poured a nice ruby red color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Cherry, some sweet, some tart but mainly tart cherry

T: As we talked about while drinking this cherry Luden cought drops, light tart and sweet cherry exchanging blows

M: Smooth feel, well carbonated and little booze

D: Great beer and representation of the style.

05-31-2010 15:04:48 | More by barleywinefiend
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squaremile

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -26.3%

Poured at a recent BA tasting event. Someone said that these NG beers are what you give to people who say they don't like beer as a way to convert them and I can easily see that. This pours a hazy auburn and smells overwhelmingly like maraschino cherries. The taste is like drinking a cherry dum-dum pop. Very sweet. Light on the tongue but the sweetness for me was overwhelming and I didn't want any more than about 2oz of it. Warrant would love this beer.

05-31-2010 06:35:30 | More by squaremile
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into 2 snifters. It pours a fizzy, quava color, with lots of white head and lacing. The smell is pure cherries. At first the cherry flavor is a bit much, and overly sweet. But by the second sip the cherry flavor really comes through making it very refreshing. The beer is highly carbonated, light in body and very wine like. For me this is more of a sipper. The best fruit beer I have ever had, IMO a must try for any BA.

05-23-2010 02:10:41 | More by bonkers
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -49.8%

750 ml bottle poured into my lambic glass.

A- Body is beautiful. Its a nearly transparent, rich, dark, gem-like, cherry hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy pink head. Head retains well at about 1/2 finger and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.

S- Ripe cherry. Like when you open a jar of cherries soaked in cherry juice. Very rich. Cherry pits, cherry tartness, cherry sweetness. Not artificial whatsoever.

T- Taste is similar to the smell. Its very cherry all the way through. A hint more tart than sweet but there is a slight cherry pit woodiness to it as well. Taste is pretty consistent the whole way through and the flavor lingers for a while.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a rich, thick, and sticky mouthfeel.

D- In short I didn't really like this beer at all. I drank one lambic glass full and gave the rest away-which is easy because this is a very popular beer. To me it gave the impression of cough syrup without the medicinal aspect (which would have been an improvement...IMO). I really respect that this beer is all cherry without being artificial...which is why I am trying not to slam it too much...but this brew is just not for me.

05-21-2010 14:21:36 | More by PittBeerGirl
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,441 ratings.