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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,517
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,015
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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4.72/5  rDev +7.8%

Shared a 750ml. poured into flute. From notes.
A: A hazy body, that is ruby red in color. A red nose, retreats into a faint layer. No lacing left on glass.
S: Like diving into a bowl of fresh cherries, or the sensation of s mashing a pound of cherries. Undertones of barley are also present.
T/M: As far as Fruit beer goes and cherries for that matter, this is the cats meow. Smooth mouthfeel, with great amount of carbonation. Nice layering of cherries, with a bit of an acidic finish. Much like a Belgian sour with no sour undertones, mainly sweet and amazing.
D: This is the most drinkable brew around, I find is light and enjoyable and could drink a bottle to the dome each day. But slightly pricey and needs some traveling to get. If you could pick this one up in every bottle shop in America then a full 5.0 would be granted.
Notes: A friend was having an un-named cherry brew and told me she is looking for the perfect cherry beer, but has not yet to find it. I reply with "finish your glass and we're going to my place, I have got what you are looking for." Needless to say, now she has found a new cherry favorite. Another friend of the family does not drink beer, but when we insisted she try this one, she had a glass. This is a beer (lack of better words) that can get people into sour beers and who know into what from there on.
Cheers and New Glarus this one is a staple.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 17, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev -17.1%

750ml bottle into a snifter. Had to have this in several sittings, as noted below. Courtesy of RTrain12 (thanks Ryan!).

A - Looks like fetid pond water. No head, and no lacing. Just a weird, cloudy, reddish-brown. It may be one of the worst-looking beers I've ever seen, which seems out of place for a beer of this quality. I absolutely do not understand all the high ratings for appearance for this beer. Luckily, it gets better.

S - Unsurprisingly, cherries are everywhere. Somehow sweet and tart at the same time.

T - Wow, this is delicious. Tart cherries are dominant, and maybe a hint of apples lurking in the background, but that's it. Like a liquid Luden's cough drop. It begins tart, then becomes sweet, and then back to tart on the finish. There's really not much more to say about it other than that. Somewhat one-dimensional, but it handles that one dimension SO well. The alcohol, although there's not much to begin with, is not noticeable in any way.

M - Medium bodied, with a fairly short finish. Perfect carbonation.

D - The cherries definitely got to me after a couple of glasses. I had to drink this over the course of two days, as there was no way I could go through an entire 750 in one sitting. While the flavor is nice, it can just be too much of a good thing.

O - Very glad I got the chance to try this. I could see it as a fantastic dessert beer, but it would definitely have to be split among the entire table.

djmichaelk, Sep 16, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

A big thanks to Kyle & Mark for bringing me this gem!

Dark, cherry russet brown with a creamy pink tinted tan head that settles slow and leaves sheets of lace on the glass. The aroma is stunning.. big cherries, and not artificial cough syrupy cherry either, more like a freshly baked cherry pie with mildly toasted oak. Velvety smooth tart cherry flavors with a soft, caramelized oakiness. Full bodied and creamy with seltzery carbonation. Finishes sticky. This is really nice, proof that great beer can be under 5% ABV.

biggred1, Sep 15, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

750mL bottle served into a mason jar

Sorry for the "quick hits" reviews tonight; I could only take so many notes at this tasting. I'll be back to long reviews next time.

Pours a slightly hazy cranberry color. The finger's worth of pink head dissipates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. This looks like what is smells and tastes like; there's something to be said for that.

One expects this beer to smell like cherries. It does. Lots of ripe cherries and cherry puree. Not tart on the nose. A very small amount of funk. Maybe a little spice.

The beer doesn't taste exactly like the nose. For one, the cherries are more tart on the tongue. Secondly, there are a lot of spices in this beer. Holiday spices; I search for a flavor but what my mind calls forth are holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some malt taste way behind all the cherry. Many reviewers say "cherry pie" is what this beer tastes like. They're pretty much right.

Light body. Nice, active carbonation. This is a very drinkable fruit beer. It isn't all sweetness all the time like a lot of the beers of the style can be. Plus, it is only 4% ABV!

This is the same beer as Raspberry Tart, only with cherries. They have similar malt profiles and similar levels of spices. If you like one then you will like the other. And trust me: you will like one.

Reaper16, Sep 12, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

Huge thanks to zimmerbloke for the bottle! 750 mL waxed bottle into my trusty DFH signature glass.

A- Dark ruby red into brown with a fizzy off-white head. Quickly dissipates into a thin film.

S- Huge, heavenly tart cherry aroma. A little biscuity malt in the background, but mostly wet, juicy cherry.

T- Oh man. I may be biased, as cherry is one of my favorite flavors, but this is incredible. Big, wet, authentic cherry taste, balanced with a little spice and some biscuit malt. Tastes like a cherry pie.

M- Thin and fizzy, which works perfectly for a beer like this.

D- Can I give it a 6? This goes down so easily, and at 4%, I don't feel so guilty enjoying the whole bottle.

This stuff is phenomenal. One of all-time big wants since I started on BA, and no disappointment here. I could drink this everyday and be happy. So good.

geryeb624, Sep 12, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Thanks to Nappie for hooking me up with a bottle of this!

Poured into New Glarus flutes.

Pours a murky, dark red. Very small pinkish head. Smells like cherries, I should say like real cherries, wow. Taste is cherries, tart cherries, kind of like a homemade cherry pie, very, very good! Mouthfeel and drinkability are exceptional on this one. This beer lives up to all of it's hype. My girlfriend and I got done this bottle and just sat there, sad that we couldn't just go and buy another one. I would LOVE to get more of this and try pairing it up with some desserts and maybe some entrees. Seek this beer out!

Lukafer, Sep 04, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from the bottle into my Lindeman's flute. Got this one in a trade with portia99. Thanks man!

A - Orange-brown body with a ruby glow. Small white head rests on top.

S - Sweet cherry flavor. A little artificial smelling. Smells nice and sweet like cherry pie. Yum.

T - Sweet cherry flavor similar to the nose with a nice tartness at the end. A bit sweeter than I'd really like and that makes it taste a tad artificial. However this is is spot on for what I would think a cherry fruit beer should be.

M - medium body, a bit syrupy with a ton of carbonation

D - Nice cherry flavor. What a fantastic brew. However I think I liked the raspberry tart a bit better. This has a slight artificial taste but it's still good. Definitely would have this as a constant in the fridge if it were readily available.

jpmclaug, Aug 25, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -11%

Interesting beer, thanks to my trading buddy hu5om for this one!

Very deep cherry smell, pretty much caught all cherry ever since the bottle was opened. Nice red color to it, wasn't quite sure if this was the beer I was looking for tonight, though.

I pretty much got the same taste as I did smell. It was like cherry pie all the way through, with a nice sweet taste to it. Not a fizzy carbonation or anything like that either, just a very fruity beer.

rhodeska, Aug 24, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

750ml bottle, split with a couple people...served in small red wine glasses

A - thin and quickly vanishing champagine-like light pink foam. the beer is very cloudy, red/pink in color...exactly as expected.

S - bright fresh, lightly tart, freshly picked and insanely juicy cherries. picking up some extracurricular oak and vanilla sweetness.

T - cherries...picked by the dozens, squished, squeezed and pulverized directly into a light ale. naturally sweet and slightly tart. perfect.

M - lighter but slick body with tight sprakling and playful carbonation, just about spot-on.

D - its only flaw is in its simplicity.

Stigs, Aug 21, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

The ulltimate cherry pie beer. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, thick, light tan head and a little lace. Color is red amber. Aroma is malt, sour cherries, and spice. Flavor's exactly like nose. Body is perfect and carbonation is the ultimate and cuts through the flavors exactly right. Finish is fairly long and exquisite. Not a session for me, but a great beer for desert or on a picnic.

drpimento, Aug 21, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown hued color with a slight red head that pillows to the top of the glass. Honestly, the aroma is strong smell of cherry fruit punch! When you drink this I think it would be totally possible to not really know it is beer. Ever so slight tart beginning that transitions to a full boddied cherry flavor. Very clean tasting. Light/medium mouthfeel. You do not taste the alcohol at all! For a fruit beer this is just outstanding. Full of fruit flavors AND alcoholic. mmm

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

this bottle was picked up by my sister, who was living in WI at the time. review from ages ago (notes of course). drank from a champagne flute.

A- this one pours out a reddish pink colored body with a small pinkish hued head. the head fades quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the smell is unlike any beer ive ever smelled before. cherries are the only things that come through. cherries and sweetness. real cherry juice, not artificial syrup.

T- the taste is once again straight cherry. very sweet. very natural tasting (again nothing artificial). theres a little hint at sourness, but not the lambic like brew i was expecting.

M- a little thin and watery with little carbonation. very much juice like.

D- if youre in the mood for a cherry beer and youve had this before, there probably isnt a suitable substitute. its truly one of a kind. low enough ABV to be sessionable, but im not sure how much i could have before needing a change of pace.

jwinship83, Aug 20, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

Loved the raspberry tart, thanks to Chico1985 I now get to try this one. Reviewed from notes.

A- Dark red, can only see through it holding it up to light. Small pink, frothy head that dies down to a nice creamy cloud with big bubbles. Good fine random, spotty lacing.

S- All fruit. Amazing cherry and sweet aroma. Some vine hints, very similar to the Raspberry Tart in this catergory.

T- Fresh cherry overload. You get all the aspects of the cherry throughout the beginning and aftertaste, so unique. Tart and sweet at the same time. Fruity bliss. Slight vine.

MF- Syrup-like body with light carbonation and a tart sting. Very smooth and appropriate for such a fruit heavy drink. Amazing flavors coat the palate.

DB- This and the Raspberry Tart give me a reason to go to Wisconsin some time, absolutely awesome beers. Amazing flavor with a great sweet to tart balance. A eye-opening experience.

cbutova, Aug 16, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

750ml wax dipped bottle care of younger35. Split with the wife and poured into wine glasses. This brew appears a pretty clear ruby red color with less than a finger of white fizzy head that dissolves fast leaving just a thin layer of bubbles sitting atop. Constantly rising bubbles provides a lasting ring around the inside perimeter of the glass and a bit of patchy lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew immediately reminds me of luden's cherry cough drops. Medicinal cherry nose has a little bit of spice added in the backend smelling like cinnamon. It also has a bit of an earthy quality that brings it all together with a pleasant aroma overall that is a mix of fresh cherries meets cherry medicine.

The taste is a cherry mixture of sweet and sour upfront. Just like in the aroma, the cherry flavor is a mixture of medicinal cherry along with a fresh, natural cherry pit flavor. Through the medium light body there is a bit of a spiced flavor that is somewhat reminescent of cinnamon with a touch of oak. The tartness of this brew along with the spiced character makes this one finish quite dry with an aftertaste of cherry pits and spices left lingering in the mouth.

Quite drinkable with a lively level of carbonation. Overall a fine example of the style. My only gripe is that I find myself half way through the experience drinking it faster just because it starts to get a bit too acidic and agitate the back of my throat.

stakem, Aug 15, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

750 Capped and waxed bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Bright hazy red body with an impressive but fleeting pink frothy head. Just what I expected.

S: Cherries, cherries, cherries. Sweet and tart cherries. Say no more.

T: Begins with a pure deluge of rich, sweet, long-lasting cherry flavor, then finishes with just enough sharp tartness to keep it from being cloying in the least. Absolutely amazing. I might take off a half-point for excessive sweetness if this were listed as a lambic, but for a fruit beer it's almost miraculously perfect.

M: Medium-bodied with some sweet stickiness and lively carbonation.

D: Incredibly drinkable for being such a dessert beer.

Notes: What is there to say about this classic beer? If you like cherries, you'll love it. If you hate cherries, you might still love it it - it's that good. I know that the "Belgian" in the name confuses some people and makes them expect something wild like Cantillon Kriek, but for what it is and what it's trying to be, Wisconsin Belgian Red is practically perfect.


woosterbill, Aug 15, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +6.8%

After having Raspberry Tart last week I've been quite stoked to try this. 750ml split 4 ways, thanks jmp485 for trading this.

Dark red with a nice bubbly pinkish-white head. Retains very well and leaves nice lacing.

Smells like an entire field of cherries, cherry pie, and cherries. Such a strong, obvious cherry scent it almost smells like fake fruit syrup. Crazy smell.

Tons of super fresh cherries are rounded out nicely by oak, grassy/stem tastes, some hops. Much more complex than the smell hints towards. Lots of sweetness and a little bit sour. Amazing aftertaste.

VERY high carbonation, very tingly on the tongue, I wish it was a bit smoother.

Very drinkable but definitely not as much as Raspberry Tart, crazy carbonation, kind of hindered it for me. Not sure which one I liked more, the flavors for this one had a bit more complexity which I dug. What can I say, another amazing fruit-hard-to-believe-it's-beer from New Glarus.

Chico1985, Aug 14, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +5%

A-pours a clear ruby red that is quite attractive, the head is a faint pink color, dense and creamy with a decent lace left behind.

S-wow, I've never smelled cherries like this, the are absolutely beautiful, tons of ripe fresh wet cherries with just a hint of sourness to it, notes of sugar and a touch of bready malt.

T-the taste is much of the same, bready malts, sugar, and the tastiest, ripest, juiciest cherries I've ever tasted. There is a light sourness but definitely present and adds some champagne like qualities to this.

M-medium bodied, smooth, creamy and syrupy with a champagne like feel as there is a ton of carbonation to add balance to the full texture of this brew. it is also somewhat dry in the finish.

D-this is just tasty, it isn't complex or adventurous, its just tons of delicious cherries with a light to even moderate amount of sourness with a great feel to it and enough malt body to give it some balance.

cpetrone84, Aug 10, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

Thank you Mark for this beer. We don't get New Glarus in IN, so this was a real treat.

A: Reminds me of the inside of a chocolate covered cherry. The amber hue when the chocolate and the cherry mix together.

S: I knew I was in for a good beer when I could taste it before the first sip. An overwhelmingly balanced yet intense smell of tart cherries, with a backdrop of some mild sweetness.

T: Strong but amazingly well balanced cherry taste. It is definitely real cherry here, no extract. Tart and sweet all at the same time.

M/D: Normally, I would say you couldn't drink more then one or two of these throughout the course of a night, not this one. It has a nice rich body with perfect carbonation. I really want to drive the four hours to Wisconsin to buy this again right now. For my first beer from New Glarus I would have to start the slow clap and build up to a thunderous roar...

kylehayworth, Aug 10, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a bomber bottle

App- Bright, bright red with a lacy white head

Sm- Tart cherries and that's about it.

Ta- Incredible cherry flavor. Tasted like real cherries, not an extract, artificial flavor. No detectable malt or hop flavors.

MF- Good sharp carbonation to play off of the tartness of the cherries.

Dr- For those that like cherries, hard to get enough of.

You don't feel like you are drinking beer, but get rid of those preconceived notions and this is an absolute treat. Highly recommended.

gueuzer, Aug 09, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

Thank you Les White for such a generous gift!

A- An aggressive pour yielded a thin, rose-tinged-tan-colored head, which quickly evaporated... no visible lacing, not much of a haze layer. The body is a completely opaque cherry-juice red (i.e. a medium reddish brown), with some little traces of carbonation.

S- WOW! The aroma is magnifiscent- like a bucket full of fresh cherry juice. The nose is incredibly rich, detected inches from the glass, and nothing about it seems synthetic! But it's hard to believe that such a wonderfully rich and dynamic nose could be fashioned without synthetic intervention! It's predominantly sweet, with just a touch of acetic notes there. Just amazing!

T- In the mouth, you get impressions of ripe natural cherry juice up front. Nothing that jumps-out as malt... just fresh delicious cherry juice. On the midpalate, this mild to moderate acetic quality jumps right in... whose acidity perfectly balances out the sweetness that was up-front. This slight acidic quality lingers into the finish, which is further dried-out by some mild tannins and some faint almondy notes. A very clean aftertaste. So rich and elegant.

M- Thin to medium body. Carbonation that walks the line between soft and coarse... perhaps "spritzy" is the word... and this spritzy carbonation works very well with the acidic bite you get on the palate. A fair amount of astringency, which is to be expected for the style.

D- This stuff goes down so incredibly well. I never would have expected so much aroma and flavor from a lower alcohol beer. Perfect for hot summer weather. This is definitely one of the biggest treats I have experienced all year!!!

jgasparine, Aug 08, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

A: Pours perfect see through cherry color. a nice pink tinted white fluffy head that settles down to a thin coating

S: Huge cherries as expected. real close to cough syrup but then a more fresh smell shows its face and says this isnt cough syrup

T: So much flavor! I was in the mood for this beer so the sweetness doesn't bother me. a nice real cherry flavor rather than just a flavoring agent with big sweetness. No real malt or hop flavor but thats expected

M: just enough carbonation to keep the beer going. mouth finishes off dry surprisingly

D: for a 5% beer its not crazy drinkable compared to others but this is just different from others. it will take me a minute to kill the bottle but I opened it on a hot day and was in the mood for this so the beer is just what i wanted. if you're not in the mood for big fruit then you wont like it

chefmikeanderson, Aug 04, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +6.8%

Had this when I was in Wisconsin. Man This beer was a eye opener. Smell great with the tart cherries and the drink was smooth as wine. The taste was great. Not what I aspected from a beer but it was great.They are on there game. New Glarus have fans out on the east coast.Wish they could at least shipped to PA.

SamuelJackson45, Aug 03, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 750ml bottle, vintage 2008, into my Ommegang snifter. Pours a deep cherry red color with large white head. Appearnace is slightly hazy. Leaves excelent semi-sticky lacing.

Aroma is crazy! Reminds me of smarties, the candy. Cherry notes throughout. Reminds me of flinstone vitamins and Robitussin. Despite this being a beer and having such a sweet smell, I love it! Afterall, you should know what kind of beer you're getting into.

Flavor is tasty...very sweet, high carbonation, light to medium body. Flavor is mostly cherry...and not much else. This is a great dessert beer. Even though it's not your every day beer...it's a great alternative if you're in the mood for something similar to a fruity champaigne. Nice fruit beer!

ShadesOfGray, Aug 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks Weibull for the extra...

A- Nice hazy ruby red with bright edges and 1-2 fingers of head that died leaving light lacing on my glass.

S- Wow, Cherries, Cherries and Cherries. Definately sweet and sour cherries but a very nice balance.

T- Again with the overwhelming cherries, basically a balanced sweet/sour cherry juice, very nice dry slightly puckering finish that gets your mouth watering.

M- Light/Medium body with loads of carbonation that pricle lightly on the tounge but not too much, just right.

D- Really easy to drink this beer. Wife had a few sips but I finished the bottle very easily. Very refreshing and mouthwatering, highly reccomend.

Schmaltzy, Jul 30, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

Big thanks go out to Zimmerbloke for yet another great concoction from Wisconsins finest! I split the 750 with my wife as a dessert beer.

The pour into two tulips is straight up cranberry juice with a 3 finger ecru head atop. No lacing is evident.

Smell is sweet and sour cherries. A little medicinal quality gives it a little kick.

Taste is sweet tart cherry pie with the spice to boot. Nutmeg and allspice help round out the flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderate and sticky. The drinkability is way to easy. I drank my portion way to quickly and wished for another glass immediately.

ISO more! Amazing beer I would enjoy frequently if I lived in Wisconsin. Track this down and drink it now! You will not regret it.

hopsbreath, Jul 19, 2010
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,517 ratings.