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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,606 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,606
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,013
Gots: 466 | FT: 44
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a really nice looking red with a two finger light pink head. Tons of bubbles everywhere. Looks awesome

S- cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Comes off more sweet than tart...really nice.

T- sweet cherries, and it is absolutely beautiful. Tastes like Kool-Aid, but not nearly as cloyingly sweet. This is AWESOME

M- it actually has a tad bit of body too it, but not too much. It's not watery at all. Pleasantly surprised

D- I thought the Raspberry Tart was good. This is better. Amazing beer, I will begin to demand it to seal the deal when making deals with guys from the midwest

bigfnjoe, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice, clear deep red pour with a very small, but bubbly, off white head.

S: Cherries, some cherries, and wait is that? Yes I think it is. Cherries.

T: The cherries aren't lip puckering sweet, but dominant.

MF: Nice bite of carbonation. Tangy, but light with a slight creaminess.

D: A very nice sipping beer. Not an overpowering taste, but one you want to keep tasting. Gotta find more krieks!

russwbeck, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep reddish brown, not much head but very bubbly. Smells heavy of cherries, very good smell. Taste is just as heavy with the cherries. Nice light, tastes more like juice than beer but it's definitely a nice taste. Very flavorful and a nice change of pace, but I probably can't drink more than a glass at a time.

richkrull, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of PurpleCloud
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Scarlet red with a foamy, dissipating, pink head.

S: Heavy on cherries, as it should be, but also a distinct barley/grain nose.

T: Tart cherry taste at first with medium carbonation. Extremely faint barley taste, finishes with delicious cherry flavor. Tastes a lot like cherry juice. Quite sweet.

M: Good carbonation, not dry at all either.

D: Too sweet to have more than about two.

Overall: As a native Wisconsinite, New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red is in nearly every grocery store. I've had it before, but this is my first time rating it. The appearance is really great, deep scarlet, almost blood red. The taste is extremely heavy on cherry, but not unpleasant. There are hints, although faint, of barley, and the smell is quite nice as well. Give it a shot for its uniqueness!

PurpleCloud, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

222nd review on BA
bottle to flute (wife) snifter (me)
Red waxed cap

So, I posted a long time ago my wife is a Reisling fan and in almost 6 years has taken 3 sips of beer so after much debate, I traded for a bottle this JUST for her. Well I had to split it with her and this just wasn't meant to be. Still doesnt like beer even after this one.

App- A crimson red with almost no head at all (Flute). A blood red with a nice one finger head to it (snifter)

Smell- Cherries and wheat. It's a cherry beer. Smells awesome. Little bit of tart to it as well.

Taste- Well she didn't like it but thats okay. I didn't think she would but hell I spend $ on my beer why not try to get her into it. For me, the cherries dominate this beer and I expected that and was glad they do. I didn't want a beer that claims as high as they do to be a watery cherry mess.

Mouth- A light/medium body with a nice high carb level to it. Tart cherry wheat aftertaste.

Drink- For something so different this was a great tasting beer to enjoy on a nice 70 degree So. Cal day while cleaning the house. Looking forward to that Raspberry tart I traded for as well now.

FosterJM, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really excited for this one. Probably should have drunken it earlier, but was saving it. Had a terrible day today, so figured it was a good time to crack it. THanks a bunch to kkipple for this beauty.

The bottle pops off with a loud ppppfffftttt... but no head rush. It pours with a reddish light fizzy head that barely covers the spread of the beer, with many big bubbles that pop their way down to almost nothing. THe beer itself consists of a rosy almost neon bright red, a whitened cranberry color, with a decent clarity.

The nose smells just like a candi cherry lollipop! Wow! It has some light tart sour cherry aroma, a bit of Bolotin cherry, and very slight Maraschino cherry, a light sour dry tart funk way in the background. I'm starting to feel dizzy and sugar high just from the aroma, but a bit of cherry cough syrup aroma also wafting out helps cure my sickness. A slight anise and peppermint are barley detectable, but there. A slight bit of vanilla and oak balance it a bit, but I can't really get any malts out of it.

Taste starts pretty much as I was expecting, bringing a sweet slap in the face, or kick to the glands at least. Tons more cherry of course, bringing more Bolotin cherry, but less Maraschino this time. Again more candy cherry lollipop, but a tart flavored one. A slight spicy acidic bite gives it some edge, a little lactic acid taste, followed by a creamy smooth malt, with a hint of vanilla and oak. A bit of a cherry cough syrup warms the mouth, and leaves it almost anesthetized, but also tingles and soothes the throat. A bit of a sticky sweet taste turns to a slightly dry and tingly acidic finish, with more lactic acid, and a really long cherry candy taste, and surprisingly not really flemmy. A slight bit more creamy oak feel very late on the finish, like a couple minutes later as the tartness and sweet candy cherry die down.

The mouth is medium bodied, good carbonation, with a bit of a tingly acidic bite. The carbonation helps air out the mouth between the tart, sweet, and acidic hits.

Drink is surprisingly well for all the craziness of this beer. Lots of bite from the tingly feel and acidic bits, but the carbonation and sweetness balance that, and the tart plus sweet candy flavors really give your mouth a rollercoaster ride it keeps wanting to board. It's like that kid who gets beat up on teh rollercoaster, but as soon as the ride ends he wants back on. I can barely put the glass down to type a sentence before I need to take the next sip. Sessionable.

jlindros, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dingy reddish brown. It's much more of a red with splash of the brown. The head is tight and tall with a pinkish hue.

Tons of cherries in the smell and I pick up a little vanilla. It's extremely aromatic.

The taste is saturated with cherries and hits with a sticky sweetness with tart following through. There's a light vinegar touch.

The mouthfeel is amazing in that it is extremely sweet yet remains crisp without being syrupy. Sparkling carbonation.

This is a fun beer to drink and truely unique. One of the best fruit beers I've had without question.

Vonerichs, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of SiepJones
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrewHamm on this one.

A: Pours a Brownish/Pink body(Ruby) with an inch of off white pinkish head. Leaves a pretty nice lacing on the sides of the glass as I spin it around.

S: Smells like glass of cherry Kool Aid. I hope it's not too sweet.

T: Full cherry flavor, as if I were eating a cherry which had a slightly tart finish.

M: The body is full and juicy, with a hint of tartness to the finish.

D: Extremely drinkable. I have no desire to share the rest of the bottle I opened with anyone. Yes I will have this beer again.

SiepJones, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Moderate head development, tan dehydrated oatmeal froth, and mild retention. Large bubbles from the very carbonated burgundy body disrupt the creamy presence it had at first pour. Lacing is a bit fine, low sticky nature prevents it from forming anything significant in terms of artwork.

S- Sharp sweet cherry on the opening. Crisp maraschino flavors with only the minor of tart balance. Bit of vanilla from the oak on the second wave gives it. Faint bit of wheat malt gives it that earthy presence as the final waft.

T- First hits are of course that sweet cherry body, bit of minor tart that I was hit harder. Sweetness of the oak flow in the middle and dominate the finish with the hints of vanilla and earthy wood body. One other notable element would be a mild bitterness in the middle that is easily drowned out.

M- Crisp carbonation in the beginning create a harsh oral sensation that benefits the overall presentation from becoming over attenuated. Nice clean finish with the woody nature not lasting too long. Mild body, watery at times.

D- Overall this beer is very tasty. It never becomes cloying, it never burns out in presenting flavors, and it is something I'd drink again. Probably one of the better fruit beers out there.

Khazadum, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark ruby red color with a thin fizzy pink head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left.

Slightly tart and earthy aroma with a huge blast of cherry. It smells slghtly syrupy but the nose is dominated by the fresh cherries without much else to talk about.

Soft carbonation up rent with a huge sweet cherry flavor that dominates and lingers throughout into a slightly tart sweet finish. There is a subtle oak presence and some earthy wooden notes possibly from the cherry pits. This beer is very sweet but somehow manages not to be over the top with just a touch of balance that smooths things out. Very faint syrupy texture but not cloying.

I'm usually not the biggest fan of dessert beers but this is delicious and extremely quaffable. Much better than he Raspberry Tart.

corby112, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep red color, lots of bubbles and a nice pink head that dissipates quickly.

S: Lots of fresh tart cherries, reminds me of a Ludens coughdrop.

T: Tons of cherry flavor, very sweet. A slight malt bready taste, but dominated by the cherries.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with a nice carbonation feel. Very clean and crisp. It is very sweet, but extremely drinkable. One of the best fruit beers I have had. Wish I could get my hands on some more of this.

mdaschaf, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of thebarnesbomb
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heard many good things about this beer from this website and other reliable sources, so I decided to seek it out during my most recent trip Milwaukee. So glad I did, too!

As stated on the bottle, it was "the marriage of wine and beer." Poured into a tulip glass from the 22 oz. wax capped bottle.

A- Deep red pour, champange bubbles (same yeast?), very hazy

S- CHERRY ORCHARD! Not sweet, syrupy or artificial cherries- very natural, ripe cherries.

T- As expected, cherries galore. An upfront sweetness lingers and dissolves to a tart aftertaste. SO rich, so good.

M- Very unique, and extremely enticing. Though the bubbles make it light on the tongue, there is still plenty of body in this beer with a curiously creamy mouthfeel.

D- The low abv of 4% lends to its high drinkability, as well as how delicious it is. Unfortunately, with its decadent, rich sweetness you'll be limited to drinking only a few small glasses.

OUTSTANDING!

thebarnesbomb, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of vkv822
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into tulip.

Pours a cloudy rhubarb red with a foamy tan head.

Wow. The nose is just straight up sweet cherry. Good or bad, your opinion, but cherry is all it is.

The taste is again of sweet cherry, though there is thankfully a bit of a tart cherry in the finish to keep this from being carbonated cherry juice. There is very little malt, though it does have a light bread characteristic, which makes this almost reminiscent of cherry pie.

Very nice, active and bubbly carbonation blends with a tart, medium body. The carbonation is a bit like champagne, but then the faint tartness and medium body take over.

This beer was incredibly drinkable, especially at only 4% ABV! This really gives what I expect when I am told I am going to drink a fruit beer . . .which is fruit. It's really quite impressive, when I taste this beer I think "cherry beer" not just beer, with cherry flavor.
If you don't like cherries, or sweet beers. . . don't even bother.

vkv822, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of StormKing47
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by therealnomayo on New Years Eve with him and cmurren25. What a desert, here's why...

A- What a bright and vibrant ruby red color with a slight pinkish hue. Has a slight carb leading up to a nice and bright white with a pink tinge head. Reminds me of a refreshing glass of Hi-C cherry.

S- Sweet and succulent cherry pie. Has a nice mix of fresh cherries, tart cherries and sweet cherries. As it warms a sugary sweetness joins and a slight pie crust like maltiness. Unbelievable words can't express the crazy smell. (It's beer right?)

T- A crazy balance of sweet and tart cherries up front and in the sweet finish. As it warms there really isn't much else a faint syrupy sweetness and a touch of doughiness.

M- A light a refreshing juice smoothness with a tart and semi-sour pucker. Love it. It's really quite refreshing and tastes like cherry juice. It's slippery, coating and smooth.

D- HA! A very funny joke. This beer is the reason there's a drinkability category for reviewing. Although the sweetness could get to some people.

Cherry pie in a glass, that is all!

StormKing47, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a color I've not seen before in beer. a sort of peach that fills out to a burnt amber body. somewhat cloudy, thin white head. and I mean white.

S - very clear cherries, a bit of alcohol sweetness, some floral background notes. it really smells fantastic.

T - great balance of sweet and tart, cherries come through on the front, some earthy tones on the back. pretty interesting, and tasty.

M - tartness detracts a bit here, but its a pretty nice and full body, especially for something only 4% alcohol.

D - it's pretty smooth and enjoyable, but the tartness that lingers in your mouth is again hurting this category a bit.

ColdPoncho, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of oreo
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served into my New Glarus tasting glass during the tour.

Pours a light red with minimal head.

Smells like a ton of cherries. Lots and lots of cherries.

Taste is very good. Nothing but cherries in my mind. Hard to believe this is actually beer. Almost like kool-aid.

Thicker beer than I had imagined this would be. Carbonation was perfect.

Wouldn't drink more than a few oz's at a time. Too sweet to be considered a session-able beer to me.

oreo, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Small head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing but does have the added sound of bubbles popping vigorously in the evening.

Smell: Like cherries almost like a halls but alluring, not so much like medicine, but like a cherry soda.

Tastes: Very tart, lots of cherry, and sweet. Tart sticks to your lips and gentle bitterness left on the back of tongue.

Body: Little carbonation but balances well with the tart. The sweetness is a little more then I care for but is refreshingly different then most that try to capture the sweet side.

Fruit is not my favorite style but NG does this nicely in an unthreatening way. I wouldn't have another by myself but would share one with some wine loving friends.

UMNbeerhunter, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of dstc
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a whole lotta red in it. Thick, tan head has a pink hue to it. Head falls to about nothing. Thin lacing.

Smells like cherries. Some malts down in there but man it smells like cherries.

Tastes like cherries too. A lot. Man, there are a lot of cherries in this bottle. Big sweetness with underlying Belgian flavors.

Medium bodied in the mouth with low carbonation.

Nice brew. Very big on sweet cherry flavors and a very nice sipper.

dstc, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgrous dark red. Small white head doesn't last for more than a few seconds. Aroma is HUGE! The fresh juicy cherry aroma is massive. Perfect level of tartness, more so than the raspberry tart. Feel is light to moderate with a light tingle from the carbonation. This is brilliant. Super juicy drinkable.

kbnooshay, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with my dad on Christmas Day.

Appearance: Ruby red with a finger of slightly red head.

Smell: 100% tart cherries.

Taste: Sweet and sour cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and tart.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer a lot and will be seeking it out to drink it myself.

Axic10, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of zackinthebox
2.95/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle looks great with its red wax seal over the cap. The beer pours nice with a decent head. The color is a burnt orange red. I would opt to drink this over many desert wines. It is not the type of beer that I would want to drink in larger quantities. I was surprised how strong the cherry flavor was until I read they put a pound of cherries in every bottle. Honestly I would have liked it better if it tasted more like beer.

zackinthebox, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of davod23
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the waxed-dipped bottle into a NG flute.

The pour is a clear, light red color with an off-white cap. It's not as dark or as striking a red as you might expect. It's okay looking.

I don't know if I even want to put separate "Smell" and "Taste" sections here. This beer is cherries, cherries, cherries, and more cherries. On the sweet side, but not cloying. If you like a good cherry beer, this is it.

Mouthfeel is fairly syrupy, with low-medium carbonation. Smooth. This would be a perfect score with precisely 13 more bubbles.

Drinkability is pretty good. If you split the bottle with another person, you're in good shape - any more than that, and the sweetness of the brew might start to wear on you.

davod23, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- maroon with a bit of good head. Clean and clear

Smell- tart cherries on the nose... Very powerful

Taste- tart cherries very strong flavour profile. Very very tasty!

Mouthfeel- thin and crisp and well carbonated

Drinkability- very drinkable. Like drinking juice... Very very good juice

Urbancaver, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of calir1
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zizzybalubba for this one. Pops good with a bit of bubbles. Smell is cherry candy and all cherry. There is no doubt this is a cherry beer. Thick and full of flavor and pretty sweet. Tates like a kids drink or something like that. Very different beer, but for a fruit beer, this is awesome. I drank the bottle and was wore out doing so. I think the first glass was great, but at 4% I thought I would be able to do this on my own. The last glass was starting to get to me, but the first glass was wonderful.

calir1, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy brownish blood orange with a 1+ finger off white creamy head that left spotted lacing

smells of nutty oak vanilla cherries

taste is the same woody oak vanilla cherries and a nice aftertaste of malts

mouthfeel - medium body with good carboantion but it stings my mouth a little bit harsh

drinkability - i want to give this beer a 5 the flavors are so mind blowing but the way it stings my mouth i will deduct .5 - this beer went right back oback on my want list

jsh420, Dec 22, 2010
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,606 ratings.