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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,349
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 980
Gots: 414 | FT: 39
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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Photo of sonicdescent


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

Cheers to justn for the opportunity on this one.

Pours a deep Marion color with pink head that turns into a crown.

Smell at first was really bad vinegar but as it warmed a little it became much more plesant cherries.

Taste is tart cherry with a dry Belgian finish. Very tasty and sweet.

Mouth is thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

This is probably the first beer I could drink with a meal. Incredibly tasty and I will seek this out any chance I get.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:20:36 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of jera1350


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

Pours a bubbly cherry red. Really looks like lightly diluted cherry juice with carbonation. Bubbly head is gone quickly.

Smell is like ripe red cherries. Very fresh, crisp and fruity! There is a little maltiness as well.

Cherry explosion! I'm not kidding, it's like someone just squeezed the juice out of some fresh cherries into my glass. There is a nice sweet, crisp cherry taste. This would be outstanding in the summer. Nice malt flavor to back it up.

Nice tart mouthfeel makes the tongue pucker a bit. Pretty heavily carbonated.

This is very drinkable. Some may get sick of the cherry flavor after a while, but I could drink a bottle or two myself on a nice warm day.

Overall, very crisp, fresh and fruity. As stated before, this would be perfect on a summer day outdoors. Plus, my wife, who is not a big beer fan enjoys it alot too. Plus one for me!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:05:04 | More by jera1350
Photo of csmiley


4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is red with deep hints of brown. Or is it brown with deep hints of red? Head is almost white (maybe a light pink hue) and tops out at around half inch. Not much retention to speak of. Nice rings of lace remain behind in the glass.

S - Ripe cherries hit the nose first. Hints of malt come through at the tail end. Smells a little like caramel malt. More cherry aromas finish it up. Did I mention the ripe juicy cherries?

T - Loads of cherry flavors attack the palate immediately. It is very close to a maraschino cherry flavor. Hints of malt are barely noticed at the end - caramel and brown sugar. There is no doubt about what this beer is trying to be.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that helps to make this brew smooth and slightly creamy. Finish is tart and only sticks around for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a one-dimensional brew but the Wisconsin Belgian Red really does the cherry profile very well. The cherry flavors come through as fresh and in no way artificial. The alcohol stays completely out of the way which also helps this category out. Very nice brew from New Glarus that is easily recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 00:16:19 | More by csmiley
Photo of CaptainIPA


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Presented in a 750 ml. bottle that's capped and sealed in red wax. Label promises over a pound of Door County cherries in every bottle. Hard to fathom.

A: Pours a bright, cranberry red in color with active carbonation and a thin, beige head that fades to a rimming of pink lace.

S: Cherry bomb: Tart cherries with hints of hazelnuts and vanilla.

T: Wow! Like diving into a Bing cherry pie. Completely natural tasting with little evidence of hops or malts, just loads of tart cherry goodness without any cloying effects or artificial essence. Finishes somewhat dry with a touch of Belgian yeast. Easily the best fruit beer I've experienced to date.

M: Luscious, creamy and well carbonated.

D: The consummate libation to savor while enjoying a cherry-hued, Door County sunset.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 02:13:00 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of Birchgrove77


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up from Woodmans Liquor on 12/26/08.

Appearance: The color of fresh transmission fluid. Bright, sparkling red with a slight pink head.

Smell: To me the smell was more fresh cherry Pop-Tarts then beer. Some background bready notes, but was dominated by cherries.

Taste: Expected to have a dominant sweet cherry flavor, but the cherry flavor was more sour than sweet. Kind of like drinking sparkling maraschino cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: Expected a thin body, but ended up being quite filling on the palette. Some lingering on the tongue, but definitely heavier on the palette than I expected.

Overall: Excellent beer, and I was kind of leery of this going into the tasting. Ended up being something that I would maybe by one of on visits to Wisconsin, but this is defintely a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 17:30:43 | More by Birchgrove77
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Thick cherry red with a hint of blood red; pink head, some lacing

Smell: Apple pie & maraschino cherries. Nothing else. Thankfully not cherry cough syrup in the smell or taste.

Taste: Tart cherries. Verry different from the maraschino aroma. Sweet and sour. I actually prefer tart cherry juice (with no alcohol), but this is good.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not in a bad way. It never gets thin. Lots of sugar, coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Sweet, but still drinkable. A very nice desert. It is delicious, but nothing like beer. Glad I got to try it once, but no desire to ever try it again.

My complaints are no real complexity (It tastes like cherries. the end.) and it could use some oak.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 22:10:27 | More by craytonic
Photo of CoalCellar


4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my goblet....

A: Pours a murky red w/golden hues and a tiny red-tinged head, head dissipates quickly.

S: Rich, delicious, tart cherries, and some wheaty funk....

T: This beer tastes exactly like cherry pie. Rich, luscious cherry flavor w/nice tartness up front, finishes with a sweet candy flavor.

M: Average body

D: Outstanding. If this stuff was more readily available for me I could drink it all night long. This stuff is liquid desert. An absolute treat for beer geeks with a sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 00:16:41 | More by CoalCellar
Photo of srandycarter


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- No head to speak of. Small ring. Pours a muddy reddish brown, a bit like the color of mashed cooked cherries.

S - Maybe a little too cold yet, but mild aroma. Cherries, of course, tart and sugary.

T - Taste follows smell. Really does taste like cherry pie. Sweet yet tart, with that earthy undertone of the cooked fruit. SORTA reminds me of Boones Farm, in a good way, if that is possible.

M - Medium body, great carb, coating and somewhat velvety.

D - Low ABV and not cloying at all. It's a keeper. Hey. maybe I will learn to like sour beers yet!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 04:53:07 | More by srandycarter
Photo of darklordlager


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

Pours a red-orange with a 1/2" head that recedes down to nothing.

Taste is a perfect balance between sweet and tart. Huge cherry sweetness hits you up front, then fades flawlessly into a tart bite.

Mouthfeel is great for the taste, carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:21:43 | More by darklordlager
Photo of gunnerman


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass, pours a ruby red with little carbonation bubbles and a nice pink head. Smell is simply amazing but you must like cherries to enjoy, this litterly smells like fresh warm cherry pie. Taste is very similar to the smell nice heavy carbonated cherrie flavor, this reminds me of a liquid cherry candy. A bit of tart in the middle and a nice smooth finish. Overall this is the best fruit beer that I have enjoyed to date. I could easily drink a few bottles of this at one time which could be a dangerous thing. The master crafters at New Glarus really know how to make impressive fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 15:31:28 | More by gunnerman
Photo of gonzo46and2


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby red with a rustic almost dirty look. Nice big head.

Aroma was fantastic. Lots of malt tones of caramel and toffee with tons of cherry.

Taste was smooth and not too sweet. Very malty flavors.

Mouthfeel was heavy and very rich.

Drinkability wasn't too high. I'd have a hard time drinking an entire bottle. Good thing I had a buddy to share it with.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 20:50:52 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of br3wmeister


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

A- Silky pink two inch head. Awesome head retention and great lacing. Translucent red beer that looks much like a rose wine.

S- Huge cherry nose with hints of tartness and raisins. Some syrupy sweetness, it smells a lot like a berry wine.

T- Sweet cherry that drops into a nice tartness. Tastes like a champaign infused with cherries and hints of raisin.

M- Light and fruity, perfect carbonation.

Overall- Delicious fruity beer much like a champaign or sparkling wine. Great as a desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 04:21:47 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of treyrab


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to cracking this one. Shared it last night with my girlfriend and jac5084. Poured into three tulip glasses...

A: Pours a murky, complete hazy rusty copper red. This one is not a looker by any means. There is a lot of active carbonation though, but it does not create a large head.

S: The smell is great and very inviting, but not complex really. Smells of tart and sweet cherries blended with some oak and slight vanilla. One sniff and you get all the flavors in there.

T: Fantastic, sweet and sour cherry taste that envelopes the mouth with a spritzy carbonation. This is such an easy drink. Some oak comes through on the taste as well but it is very subtle.

Overall, I preferred the Raspberry Tart a little more, but this is a great beer nonetheless. Very easy to drink and could drink one for dessert all the time.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 20:00:03 | More by treyrab
Photo of madtowndmb1


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

I figure I'll finally review this since it's always at my house and we (my wife) drinks a ton of it.

This beer is fantastic! It pours a cherry red with a bubbly little head. The scent is awesome! Smells like a cherry juice with carbonation. Everything else on this beer is Amazing! It deserves the #37 spot in the top 100!

Everyone should try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 03:49:47 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of corey0212


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big huge thanks to Homerbag for this one!!

Pours a brilliant and beautiful deep cranberry color, nice fluffy pinkish head hangs around for a bit, and leaves a few spots of lacing. Thousands of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. The smells and flavors are just perfectly in sync: big, robust, tart, and rich cherry insanity. Wow. Sticky sweet moutfheel, tartness zinging the tongue and taste buds. This is just an absolute treat, and the beer drinkers in Wisconsin are extremely lucky to have a brewery like New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 01:23:18 | More by corey0212
Photo of MPLS


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

This one is in Top 100 BA territory and available only in little ole Wisconsin, from the husband and wife @ New Glarus.

A: Nice dark red, textured with some carbonation, an enticing look after staring at endless amounts of IPAs and Black as oil stouts. Nice saliva looking head.

S: Mellow to strong cherry scent, acidic, and sugary.

T: Holy saccharine batman, this thing is sweet. Started out more zesty and tart, but the more I drank the more it tasted like a creamy cherry. Completely palatable, especially for those with a sweet tooth.

M: Thinner than cherry cough syrup with a crisp bite.

D: Pretty drinkable if you are not diabetic, I enjoy the occasion sweet, good desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:54:24 | More by MPLS
Photo of orbitalr0x


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

Pours from the bottle a deep, vibrant cherry red that explodes in the light. A light, fizzy off pink head rises and falls. Looks nice in the glass for sure. Aromas start with a blast of bountiful sweet and tart cherry scents. Crisp, light malts lurk within. Reminds me of a fresh made cherry pie! Quite intoxicating and no holding back on the cherry here.

First sip brings a solid, crisp malt body upfront along with an instantaneous burst of sweet cherry flavor. As it flows down tart notes move in as well. Juicy, with a massive cherry fruit flavor. Cherry pie in a glass. Just an awesome fruit beer bursting with flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat slick with a touch of a syrupy quality to it from the residuals sugars of the fruit I assume. Quite an easy drinking beer that the girlfriend enjoys as well. I could probably drink the whole bottle though too! The top tier of fruit beers for me and one I always enjoy drinking. Worth a trip to Wisconsin - grab some Raspberry Tart as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 00:52:24 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice bright maroon. There was a thin head, but it disappeared rather quickly. Lacing isn't an issue with this one.

The aroma is, just as I thought, filled with cherries. Tart cherries, at that. Oh, and some cherries.

The flavor brings to mind....cherries. Sweet, yet a tad tart. Very fresh cherry flavor, not fake at all. The sweetness is almost too much for me at times, though.

Syrupy mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation when compared to the Raspberry Tart. The sweetness knocks this one down a rung for me as far as drinkability is concerned. Very different, yet enjoyable. I do prefer the Raspberry Tart over this one, however.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 19:21:10 | More by Imstillthegman
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3.08/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Attractive bottle with wax melted over the cap. No dates of any kind. I sort of wonder if I got an older bottle. Read on... Pours clear cherry red with thin head that almost immediately dissipated to a thin film. Obvious sweet cherry aroma with a little sour yeast. Taste follows smell - almost like an alcoholic cherry soda but with a somewhat pleasant lingering aftertaste of candied cherries. Not at all complex. I feel like this beer could use a little more balance, maybe a little more in the hops department. I couldn't taste any as it is. Medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky syrup. Overall, this is interesting and worth a try, but I would recommend splitting the bottle between four people. Try it with something of considerable contrast like salty rye or pumpernickel crackers and mild cheese like gouda.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 03:50:53 | More by walshclimb
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Rhode Island

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

Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing. Served in a tulip. Poured a bright maroon with some light penetration. Pour revealed a quarter inch, wispy, thin off-white head that quickly dissipated into a soapy swirl. Nose was cherry Sucrets and cinnamon. Taste follows nose with some additional cinnamon heat. Mouthfeel fell between light and medium with very little carbonation. This is by far the easiest drinking fruit beer I've ever had. Extremely flavorful (without being sickeningly sweet) and low abv makes it a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 14:24:32 | More by Jwale73
Photo of stace


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, quite a pleasant brew. Can't get New Glarus in IL, so whenever I drive through WI I try to pick up a good variety to sample. This bottle came back with me from my Thanksgiving road trip.

A: Cloudy, reddish brown. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Cherries. Surprise! Reminiscent of a lambic.

T: Cherries! Surprise, again! This is close to a lambic, again, with just a hint of sour, but not too much. There's a definite sweetness, but after that there's a little bite in the finish.

M/D: I'm having a hard time describing it. It's bright on the palate with good bubbly nature, but after the swallow, there's a certain... stickiness?

I'm enjoying this. Will definitely buy again -- it's a nice addition to the fruit beers in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 01:25:08 | More by stace
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/16/08. Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx. Pours a dirty brown/red with a small tan head. Aroma of those cherry icepops that come in 100-per box and you squeeze out of plastic wrapping. Flavor is lots of cherry syrup, cinnamon, baked cherry pie, and tartness. Not as luscious as Raspberry Tart, but still tasty. Slightly artificial to me though.

Update 11/01/08: Had this again and noticed a lot more tart cherry candies this time. Nice tartness!
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:37:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of onecrazybreeze


4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at the GABF. I feel so lucky to have tried this beer. Poured a dark red color, with a thick creamy reddish head. Smelled sweet of cherry, tart cherries not sweet ones. Tasted just like cherry pie, not overly sweet and sticky though, just the actual taste of cherry pie. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had, and it makes me sad everyday that Colorado can't get it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 10:58:39 | More by onecrazybreeze
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky amber to dark copper, something akin to a reddish cider, half of a finger of foam which quickly dropped, after the initial burst there are no signs of lingering carbonation - 4.50, S: Intensely aromatic of cherries, smells like a cherry pie filling, ever so slightly sour - 5.00, T: Like the nose this beer is overpoweringly cherry, a hint of champagne sparks/bubbly, beyond the cherry is a touch of what I perceive as prune juice, intensely sweet - 5.00 M: The sweetness seems to hang on the tongue like a syrup, otherwise medium bodied - 4.50, D: This is one special treat of a beer, one of the best dessert beers out there, a standout if you are a fan of the fruit beers - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 20:57:45 | More by deereless
Photo of JoeMayo


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish-brown with very little head.

S- It smells exactly like fresh cherries. Not like cheap beer with cherry extract, not like cherry-scented car freshener, not like artificial candy, but exactly like the real fruit and it's out of this world.

T- Very sweet with a strong cherry flavor. Reminiscent of fresh bing cherries. Bright and sweet. There is a somewhat medicinal character as well, but not necessarily bad and definately not overpowering.

M- Borderline syrupy with nice carbonation.

D- Although this beer is absolutley delicious, it's certainly not super-drinkable. Its somewhat heavy and the sugar content is a bit excessive. I felt like I got a sugar rush and then crashed after half a bottle. Overall: make sure to share because one bottle is a lot for one person, but a very good beer with a really fresh flavor and smell.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 15:28:04 | More by JoeMayo
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