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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,805 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,805
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,059
Gots: 529 | FT: 51
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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Photo of tjkinate
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from New Glarus!

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass that created a single fingered white head with little retention fading to a soapy film atop this cloudy red bodied brew.

S: Tart cherries, like a jolly rancher. Sour notes make your mouth salivate, uncontrollably.

T: Follows the scent almost exactly, did surprise me being less sweet than I anticipated (which is good.) Seriously, this is melted cherry jolly rancher with alcohol and carbonation.

M: Perfectly carbonated, crisp front, smooth finish.

O: Tasty brew, not one I would have often, but great when you are looking for something sweet.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of raznug
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a lot of red in a single glass of beer. It pours a blood red color topped with a finger of pinkish head. No head retention.
Smell: Nothing really else to say than CHERRIES.
Taste: Cherries dominate the palate in every way shape and form very sweet. This is a very tasty fruit beer that is the class with Blushing Monk.
Mouthfeel: Very sweet and sticky if the carbonation wasn't there it would be almost hard to drink.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: This is the most red beer I've ever seen, ever - it's a rich, dark red - off-white, kind of pink head, keeps a bubbly cap - minimal lacing, especially as it warms

Smell: Borderline disturbing, but also good - so, so much cherry - like a bowl of cherries floating in cherry juice topped with cherry jam and flavored cough syrup - more or less no hint of malt, just cherries - a touch of sour, too - kind of scary, unpleasant until I actually tasted the beer

Taste: Absolutely ridiculous - so much cherry - kind of reminds me of a cherry Popsicle - tons of cherry, but the overall taste is better than just the cherry flavor - tastes like carbonated cherry juice, maybe a carbonated cherry pie, utterly no hint of alcohol - it's kind of a stretch to call this beer - a little tart - sweet, but not excessively so for half a 750mL

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, juicy, sticky cherry juice

Overall: Is this beer?

This is the fruitiest fruit beer that I've ever encountered. The smell is a little intimidating, but the flavor is excellent. Bonus points for the style. I would love to share this with a group of people that think they don't like beer. I'll be making efforts to acquire more!

Photo of MammothBrew
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of s1ckboy
3.05/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a dull red with a white head.

S - a ton of cherries. Also a bit of cinnamon

T - a ton of cherries, a bit of cinnamon. Slight tart/ sour.

M - thin side of medium.

O - yep it's a fruit beer. I'm glad I tried it? I will not be seeking this out again. Could not drink more than 1/2 a glass, just too much.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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2/5  rDev -54.3%

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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%

Photo of lurpy1
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sky high anticipation for this one. Have already had Raspberry Tart and loved it. Raspberry Tart is the #2 beer in its style. This is #1. No pressure, New Glarus, you just have to be out of this world to meet expectations. No pressure.\

Belgian Red tumbles out of the glass a cross between gold, orange and red. The head that appears is incongruous because without the head, it doesn't really look like a beer.

Wisconsin Belgian Red presented me with the weirdest "smells lousy, tastes great" conumdrum ever. Could be me, could be my many bad experiences with vile, vaguely Cherry flavored 70s vintage asthma and cold elixirs, but on first whiff, my brain registers "Robitussin", and I start to get queasy. Once I persuade myself to taste, it's really good. Not nearly as tart as I expected, but still really good. Cherry Jolly Ranchers come to mind.The aftertaste, though, brings the asthma elixir taste back into play though, and that knocks the taste score down.
Modestly carbonated,yet another New Glarus beer that doesn't taste like beer.

Overall verdict, this was a mixed bag for me due to the aroma and the flashbacks it caused. Still a good beer, but I definitely think Raspberry Tart's the better choice.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of codysjb
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Vanilla101 in a trade, poured from bottle into a goblet glass
A: Pours a cherry red, with a decent head.
S: Cherries, some cherries, a few more cherries, (almost a little syrupy) with a lot of carbonation. Smells like it’s been aged for a while (in a barrel) as opposed to a new, right into the bottle beer.
T: Cherries, very tangy and sour with a lot of carbonation.
M: Cherries, tons of them that settle on the palate but no syrup flavor (very natural). Tastes more like juice than beer. Very sour and lots of carbonation that fills the nose.
O: Good, more like a Lambic or Wild ale than a fruit beer, very sour and just lots of cherries. Not all that complex, gave me somewhat of a stomach ache due to the sourness and the carbonation. Not something to drink a lot of but pretty good.( B+) – (A-) range

Edit: Tried this again with a year on it, no longer as much carbonation but a lot of sour fruit going on. Very delicious, the way it aged made it smooth out but didn't get rid of the fruit, IMO holds up to some of the best cherry krieks. (A)

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,805 ratings.