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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,360 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,360
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 984
Gots: 415 | FT: 38
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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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a kriek glass.

Pours a murky brownish-pink with a small brownish/red head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is black cherry soda.

Taste is of cherries, not too sweet and very little tartness. Some farmhouse/hay taste.

Mouthfeel is med-light and somewhat flat.

Overall, very nice taste and quite drinkable. I wouldn't call this a typical kriek, but it is good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 05:39:35 | More by atigerlife
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brow1901

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wax top green bottle, something you don't see every day.

A- Pours a bright and ruby red. Initially there is a nice one finger off white head, the head has a nice pink undertone to it. Unfortunatly the head never lasted long, maybe it was my glass. Once the head dissapeared it looked like a glass of rose wine. The beer left no lacing either.

S- The smell is just pure cherries, but not fresh cherries. It smells more like a cherry pie. The smell is more earthy and nutty than fruity and tart.

T- The frist thing I notice is the tartness, it almost gets to the point where I make a sour face but backs off. After the sourness comes the delicious cherry flavor, this time more grassy and fruity than the smell. Finally the taste shifts to a dry oak and buttery taste, this really reminds me of a white wine.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The carbonation is nessicary the keep the tartness in line.

D- One or two glasses is pleanty for me so a whole bottle is too much. The tartness and fruit flavors become too much for my palete. I enjoyed this beer when it was cold, like fridge cold, it was fun to taste it as it warmed but I found it better cold. Also I really regret not pairing this beer with some food or cheese.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 14:57:01 | More by brow1901
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crowned-and-waxed 750ml, courtesy of MrFacto. Thanks, Matt!

New Glarus Belgian Red pours rosy-amber and is capped with a thin layer of lively pink foam. The head is comprised of fast-fading, snappy bubbles that are continually replaced by the steady streamers of carbonation surging from the depths of my pokal glass. A few freckles of lacing left behind are all that marks the passing of the drink.

The smell is of tart and tangy fruits with a caramel candy-scented note languishing in lazy, token support. The fruitiness is crisp, mildly vinous, fresh, and potently cherry-laden.

Cherries are front-and-center in the flavor profile, and are backed with... well, more cherries. Sweet, tart, acidy, syrupy... all the cherry family of flavors show up for the big fruity hoedown in my glass. A mellow, earthy dryness, a touch of herbal spice, and a cooling note of oak work hard to assert themselves, but truthfully, the non-cherry notes only succeed at doing so after the fruitiness has washed over the palate and the elixir is long gone down the gullet.

The drink is crisp, medium-bodied, and quaffable with a snappy spritz of refreshing carbonation. A super-easy drinker on a hot June afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 18:42:06 | More by cvstrickland
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost clear brown with red hues. Very thin tan head that doesn't stick around. Nose is cherry juice. Flavor is much of the same. Tastes like cherry cough syrup almost. Almost seems like a touch of apple cider on the back there as well. Eck. Feel is much like the flavor. Syrupy. Carbonation is a bit lower I guess. Good lord. What a disappointment. I think this is going to be a bit of a challenge to drink. I put this on the level of all those overly sugared fruit beers from Belgium. This just makes me miss Liefmans Kriek even more.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 06:16:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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hardy008

Minnesota

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy dark red color with a small off white head which disappears quickly.

Smell - Cherries which have a nice balance of sweetness and tartness.

Taste - Just like the smell. The balance of sweetness and tartness in the cherry flavor is outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, medium bodied, has a bit of a sweet and sticky feeling to it, almost like a soda.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Another outstanding effort from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 02:47:35 | More by hardy008
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The last of the reviews I'm gonna write up on the beers we had last night. I wouldn't trust my palate or memory to accurately recall anything more than the first couple we had. Fortunately the first couple were classics.

Deep blood red body with a foamy off-white head. Sticky lace. Full on kriek aroma - sour cherries, leather and a touch of cider. Sour cherry flavour with a great deal of funk, leather and sugar. A pound of cherries in each bottle and you can tell. In terms of its profile and intensity it reminded me a lot of ice cider. Full, decadent mouthfeel and slightly sticky. This would make a great dessert beer.

Its fascinating and special. I hope my wife can bring me some of this back from the midwest... it may well make up for her chickening out on the growler of masala mama.

Cheers Troy!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 01:36:24 | More by bobsy
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infestaxion

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

nflmvp brought me this one. Big thanks.

A - Hazy muted red with a white head that fades quickly. Looks sort of like carbonated juice.

S - Sweet, tart cherries dominate the smell.

T - Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! Yeah. I went there. Very sweet cherry flavor. Tastes like a carbonated version of French Lick Winery's Montmorency Cherry. Very good. Slight malt in the finish.

M - I love the way it coats your mouth and sticks with you. The carbonation really adds to the whole experience.

D - Goes down really smooth. No alcohol detected at all. But that's not really a surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 05:20:14 | More by infestaxion
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tedpeer

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured red, with a thin white head that quickly became a whispy layer with ring around. Some spotty lacing that sticks to the end.

S - Cherries. That's it.

T - Both tart and sweet cherries. It's sweet but finishes tart.

M - Crisp carbonation. Medium thickness.

D - This is a pretty good fruit beer.

Fruit doesn't belong in beer. That being said, this was a pretty good fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 01:57:51 | More by tedpeer
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a taster-sized nonic and shared with my girlfriend.

A - A pretty straight forward red color, off-white fizzy head, some lacing.

S - Cherries, cherries, and cherries. Some sweet, some tart. A small hint of a beer, but not really, more like a fruit drink.

T - Sweet cherries up front and a nice tartness on the finish. Some creamy flavors, very good. I really love the cherry flavors and it's better then I would have expected with this beer.

M - Rich and smooth, like yogurt or sorbet, medium in body. Very good, and perfectly constructed for this type of beer.

D - Split this with my girlfriend but probably could have easily split this three ways. We finished it easily, but my craving for this type of beer has been satisfied for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 17:57:57 | More by Sean9689
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KI9A

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, red. Reddish/tan head.

S: Screams sweet cherry candy. Almost too much to handle...gotta dive right in!!

T: Obviously cherry. Some hints of vanilla, and light malts. The cherry blows away everything, but, at a pound of cherries per bottle, why not? The sweetness gives away to a fairly tart, not sour, finish.

M: Lighter than the the Rasberry tart. Not as gooey-sweet.

D: Too much fruit for one person to finish off a whole bottle, but, found it to be a superior after dinner drink. Nicely done, Dan!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 17:31:20 | More by KI9A
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On to the Wisconsin Belgian Red. Another beautiful beer from NG. Clear reddish amber, slightly less red than the Raspberry Tart. A nice pinkish hued head rose to sit atop the brew in the NG flute. It has settled to leave a nice collar, and leaves some intricate sticky lacings.

Ripe cherry, a touch of vanilla, and hints of pale malts greet the nose. A mild level of funkiness also present in the aroma.

Nice flavour of ripe cherry with a touch of vanilla. Some hints at pale malts. Some decent funkiness adds depth to the brew.

Quite tart and well attenuated, although there is some residual sweetness. Light bodied and almost effervescent, much like a champagne.

Another excellent desert brew from NG. Much like the Raspberry Tart this would pair well with anything chocolate. Highly recommended to any fan of cherries and tart and funky fruit brews. Ill be enjoying this one again soon enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 21:55:43 | More by demcorhip
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davexisxrabid

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LJArsenal for the trade!

Poured into a champagne flute; nice clear red color with a little bit of visible carbonation. Half inch white head with not much retention but it did have good lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Aroma of funk/mildew, cherries, and cinammon sugar.

Flavor was all tart sour cherries. A little zing of funk/vinegar at the end. Good sweet/sour balance.

Medium bodied, well carbonated with a good sweet/sour aftertaste that lingered on the tounge. Did feel a bit syrupy though after a while.

Good for after dinner or a single drink, I believe it may be too syrupy to have any more than a single glass. I'm glad (and she's glad too) that I shared this with my girlfriend. She loved it. Looking forward to more of this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 15:39:50 | More by davexisxrabid
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Half poured into a brandy snifter and half poured into a flute, per the bottle's suggested glassware.

A: Beautifully bright dark cherry color with an off-white, red-tinted head that recedes rather quickly. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Sweet and tart cherries. Not that anyone outside of Chicago would recognize this reference, but it reminds me of the smell of a Jewel cherry lattice coffee cake, which in my book is a very good thing. Don't want to harp on this too much, but it's unbelievable how much cherry smell there is without at all smelling like cherry cough drops or medicine.

T: Quite tart at the outset, fading into an incredible cherry sweetness. Cherry perfection.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a constant tartness. Beautiful.

D: Absolutely sublime. If I were able to get this at all times, I would never have a mimosa ever again. The perfect fruit-flavored concoction and a wonderful almost-summer treat. So long lawnmower ales, hello Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:32:21 | More by Thorpe429
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Mauerhan

California

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cracked this open with mom for mothers day.

pours a rich red with a one finger head that has a hint of red. head falls quickly but is revived with a few quick swirls of my glass. some splotchy lacing but nothing that clings for to long.

smell is probably my favorite part of this beer. sweet but not overbearing wisps of cherries pretty much fly out of the glass. malts present but the star of the show is the cherry.

taste is sweet. smooth. obvious notes of cherry ride the senses throughout the sip. tastes very good. my mother would like to make shandies with this. sounds like it would work well.

mouth is medium with a hefty amount of carbonation. this is a great ride.

overall this is probably one of the better fruit beers i have had the joy of drinking. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 02:25:39 | More by Mauerhan
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into champagne flute. Big thanks to STLWill for the chance to try this fantastic treat. Thanks, Will!

Pours red, a bit of brown comes through, lightly hazy, with a fizzy off-white head.

Nose starts and ends with gorgeous cherries, sweet and absolutely fresh. Like you squeezed the juice from a bushel of fresh black cherries - perfect balance of sweet and tart, no trace of artificial flavor at all.

Taste is exactly the same. Fantastic, vibrant cherry, perfectly balanced between sweet and tart. Acidity perfectly balances the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, very crisply carbonated, a bit sticky. Beautiful.

This gets a bit much towards the end. The flavor is fine, but man you start to really feel the sugar. This and the Raspberry Tart are so close when it comes to preference it's almost ridiculous; the Tart may have a slight edge in taste, but not much. Both fantastic beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:49:21 | More by JohnQVegas
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ironarrow42

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright, cloudy red with a hint of apricot mixed in, capped by a beige-pink layer of thick foam. Leaves some fairly heavy lace sheeting on the glass.

Aroma: Fresh, tart cherry pie aroma with a hint of apple.

Texture: Mouth-filling, creamy texture with moderately full body.

Flavor: Cherries, baby - tart, fresh cherries with a pie-like character and a hint of fresh apple cider. Real, all-natural fruit flavours. Ultra-refreshing. Hint of a drying, oaky note in the finish.

Overall Impression: Cherries! Dessert in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 23:07:33 | More by ironarrow42
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly murky, apple cider brown with some cherry highlights. It poured with a smallish fizzy head that quickly faded.

s: A combination of sweet, sugary, candy cherries and tart cherries.

t: All cherry here as well. There is some sugary sweetness here, but overall the tartness prevails. Still, I wish this had been a bit more tart.

m: Thick and chewy with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Thanks to imperialking for this one. Very good, but I prefer the Raspberry Tart.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 22:03:45 | More by DIM
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear reddish brown that's appears to be carbonated like a cola. A small white head clings to the side of the glass. Smells of world class cherries a not much else. First sip is tart full of cherries with a tad of oak and vanilla note present but lacking in malt. Very lightly carbonated. Super sweet - closer to wine than beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 21:04:47 | More by ATLbeerDog
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KBomb

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open for dessert on Easter Sunday...

Cloudy ruby color with a small head that lingers for a long time. Smell is dominated by tart and sweet cherries, with a little bit of malt in the background. Taste: cherries, delicious cherries. The perfect balance of tart, sour, and sweet. Whatever beer flavor is in here is very subtle; think of Wisconsin Belgian Red as more of a fruit wine than a lambic. So while the beer-lover in me might wonder what the hype is about, my tastebuds will not deny how fantastically delicious this is. High sugar content makes for a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, though high carbonation keeps it from being unpleasant. Sweetness limits drinkability, but yummy cherry flavors beckon me for another glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 15:34:50 | More by KBomb
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank on 4.11.09 with the wifey while hanging out at my neighbor's house. mega thanks to the kindness and generosity of natasharai for sending this to me (and my wife).

I am a big fan of fruit beers, lambics etc. so I was pumped to have the opportunity to try this one. It pours a beautiful reddish copper color - a very inviting look to this beer. It produced a tantilizing off white reddish head. The head didn't stick around very long and also produced little to no lacing - but otherwise, it was a great looking beer. The smell was absolutely what you would expect it to be - cherry. A great cherry smell without being over the top. if i sniffed hard enough, I can get a super subtle malt smell in the background. it has a crisp and sparkling smell to it.

the taste is simply wonderful. it is crisp and delicious. As you would expect from the smell, the cherry aroma translates through in the taste as well. It is a very bing cherry taste (not sure what kind of cherries they use). The cherry taste goes away pretty quick leaving a small amount of sour 'pucker' in your mouth but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel is light on the body but a good amount of sparkly carbonation, as you drink more of it - the sour left behind is a tad much (but not enough to make me not like drinking this baby).

what a great brew! and my non-beer drinking wife thoroughly enjoyed it as well (in addition to my wine drinking only neighbors).

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 13:23:33 | More by Hophead101
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raoulduke37

California

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to LJArsenal, my Wisconsin pipeline, for this trade. I have to say that I wasn't expecting great things from a fruit beer, but god damn this is hitting the spot right now.

A - Bottle is sealed with red wax. Pours a deep red and brown with a beautiful 1/2 inch pinkish off-white head. Lacing goes all around the glass.

S - Lambic sourness with cherries prevalent in the background.

T - Syrupy cough medicine from childhood. Cherry and malt with other dark ripe fruit.

M - Thick and syrupy, mild carbonation tingle at the end. Coats the tongue similar to tannic wines.

D - A beer I'd want to drink around Christmas instead of those shitty macro Christmas beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 05:01:00 | More by raoulduke37
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured this from the 750 ml bottle into a New Glarus Brewing flute. Although only a small volume was poured into the glass there was a nice off white head that faded to a lace within a couple of minutes. The body is clear, rich, and red.

S - Cherries hit your nose right off the bat. The smell is enough alone to get your mouth watering.

T - Lots of carbonation in this one along with the obvious cherries and other sweet notes. Outstanding balance.

M - The cherries hit your mouth first with a nice medium body transition to a carbonated but smooth finish.

D - This is a very enjoyable beer for special occasions or holidays and one that can be used to supplement or replace wine. The cost alone makes it a beer I couldn't have frequently, but when the moment is right I certainly wouldn't pass it up. I could put a bottle of this down rather easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 00:01:02 | More by Wisconsin
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml green bottle, capped and waxed, with a nice old-school label

Appearance: Beautiful light garnet beer; there is extremely fine Champagne-like carbonation, and a thin white ring of a head

Smell: Tart, and extremely natural cherries and cherry pie notes; this is highly aromatic

Taste: Cherry. Pie. In a glass. It's all here; tart cherries, sweet filling, buttery crust, etc.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and tart

Drinkability: Scary high

Conclusion: Perfect. Dessert. Beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 03:19:16 | More by BedetheVenerable
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erosier

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Scoobydank for this one!

L: Pours a cherry red color from the bottle with a tall and thick white with pink tint colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and sweet cherries.
T: Big cherry flavor that isn't artificial tasting, it tastes like sweet cherries on top of a nice malt base.
M: Very smooth, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, I wish this was available in CT all the time. Really not what I expected and I was blown away.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 15:38:50 | More by erosier
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not really a fan of fruit beer or cherries but this one still tasted good to me, so if you are a fan of either you will probably be in love with this beer. The only knock I have on it is the drinkability because, like I said, I haven't gotten into the style yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 23:39:32 | More by alcstradamus
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,360 ratings.