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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,599
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,014
Gots: 465 | FT: 45
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 gueuzer
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of jgasparine
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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
Photo of hopsbreath
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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
Photo of RTrain12
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Poured into my snifter.

A: Pours a clear bright cheery red, with a 1/2" off white head that disapated quickly. Nice even ring of lacing in the glass left behind from the head.

S: Very tart and sweet cherries sent. Reminds me of cherry pie.

T: Wow! Thats nice! I read below that some one said this tatse like cherry ludens cough drops. They hit the nail on the head with that one. Its tart at first then finishes sweet.

M: I'd say on the heavier side of medium bodied. Very small carbonation, but hits the tonge just right.

D: This is a good beer! Definitley a sipper. I'm gona have no problem finishing this one on my own! Glad I got another one in the cellar waiting for me!

RTrain12, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of djhowell
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an opaque ruby red into my tulip with about a finger of pinkish-white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Lot's of cherries, both sweet and sour. Smells fantastic!

T: Tastes just like it smells. There's not much complexity to the flavor but it's not just one note either. It starts off a touch sour, then very sweet and finishes tart and sticky.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Refreshing and delicious. Having an entire bottle to yourself proves to be a bit too much but it is great to share with friends.

djhowell, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of semibaked
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a dark cherry red that yields very little head, has alot of carbonation and poured pretty thin.

S - Fresh and Dried Cherries, cherry cough medicine, raw sugar, and cherry candy.

T - Amazing amount of cherry flavor bombard my tongue, fresh, tart, sour, and dried cherries. Has a little cough medicine qualities too.

M - Light, super refreshing, and has world class carbonation.

D - The flavor of this is just outstanding. New Glarus is very quickly becoming one if not my favorite brewery. Everything I have from them is really good. Definitely don't pass this up if you get a chance. For $8.99 for a 750 it is just an absolute steal too.

semibaked, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:
Pours a deep red with a hint of amber, a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is cherries. Just delicious cherries but not overly sweet.

Taste is like fermented cherry pie. Sweet, mildly tart and very full. Fairly complex but also straight forward with delicious cherries, fresh tasting but also not overly sweet.

Very good :) Though a bit sweet for my taste.

trevorjn06, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my way through Wisconsin a few weeks ago. Bottle was shared with the girlfriend to celebrate the 4th.. poured into my tulip.

A: Strong, aggressive pour yields a deep ruby red with a creamy white/red-tinted head. Maybe my pour was a bit too strong because man did that head build fast! I ended up with a bit of an overflowing head over the narrowing top of my tulip glass. The head lasts a few minutes and leaves some small spotty lacing.

S: Wow! Very, very dominating scent of cherries! Usually a strong fruit aroma would steer me away, but man this just amazes me. I can't stop smelling it. I would like a bit more complexity, but the cherry scent is still very intriguing.

T: I expected this to almost be one note considering how much the cherries dominated the scent.. and in a sense it was, but in an enjoyable way. The cherry flavor started off very sweet, but actually finished on a sour note with a slight tartness and maybe some slight Belgian characteristics.

M: Very light and very well carbonated. Little bubbles form across your tongue and make this drink like a champagne.

D: Low in abv and enticing flavor make this a very enjoyable beer and a good choice for a celebratory beer with friends.

SeasonalBrew, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of theghost3
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to XaulZan11 for this.

Pours a cloudy, rusty red with 1-finger light pink head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is strong of juicy sweet cherries; slightly medicinal. The taste is sour cherries up front but settles into the sweetness of ripe, red cherries after a few moments along with some wood flavors. There is a sort of medicinal and tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied, and a little sticky.

This is a drinkable fruit beer. It's sweeter than a lambic but much smoother. If you don't love cherries, you'll probably not like it, but if you are a cherry lover, this will be quite a treat. It goes well with chocolate or any cherry dessert.

theghost3, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Risser09
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a wine tulip - fridge - probably 2009

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with cherry red hues at the edges. A vigorous, but short-lived brown, red-tinted head builds and falls down just like soda would. A minimal lace ring stays behind.

Smell: Tons and tons of cherry aroma indicates the shear amount that they put in every batch. It's so strong, on the verge of medicinal, but is showing signs of sweetness and barrel aging (wood). Excellent, mouthwatering.

Taste: Super cherry intensity. The cherries are again on the border of medicinal, but they are curbed by the wheat malt flavor. It really tastes just like a sweet cherry picked off the tree, with an alcohol boost. Top notch.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and lively, compared to the raspberry tart. Sweet, tart, quenching and intense. Some lingering alcohol.

Drinkability: This beer is a superb dessert. I could have one every night if I could afford it and it was actually available in PA. I think this might be better than the raspberry tart.

Risser09, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a lovely reddish color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet cherries. Taste is the same but insanely intense and potent with some additional tartness coming through. Very bubble and lively as you sip this is a delicious and unique beer. Would definitely drink this again. YUM!

thetomG, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of newk340
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: BR has an opaque ruby red color upon pouring with a hint of brown hue to it when held to the light. Little to no head when poured into a champagne flute (poured during a celebration immediately following Dom Perignon... hopefully that doesnt mess with my review... haha)

S: one word: CHERRIES. the strong smell of cherries blasts the olfactory senses, invoking thoughts of a Wisconsin summer on a lake.

T: an explosion of cherries tingles the tongue while emitting undertones of beer and wine with a champagne finish.

MF/D: an intensely fruity beer with the smoothest carbonation possible (considering how much it has). not a fruit beer kind of guy, but i could practically be content with a case of this for the night.

newk340, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mattolesh for hooking me up with this beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a crimson red into my Russian River tulip. About a finger of light burgundy head is achieved that quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - Holy cow. The smell is captivating...I'm just sitting here smelling how wonderful this beer is. Mounds of cherries, sweet up front with sour cherries right behind. Slight raspberry is noticeable in the nose also. An overwhelming sweet fruit aroma continues to pour from this great smelling beer.

Taste - Cherries! Despite the nose leading one to believe one would experience sour then sweet cherries, the taste is the opposite. The initla burst of flavor is slight sour cherries followed by a deep, dark, ripe sweet cherry flavor. There is an ever so slight tartness to the beer, and through the cherries I can taste other darker fruits such as plums, along with some earthy/wood taste and slight spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, syrupy thick, decent carbonation, finishes a bit tart.

Drinkability - For fruit beers, quite so; for normal drinking not so much. Granted, I would not drink this just for the hell of it. This is a very tasty desert beer, or just a beer to enjoy around the holidays. I have another one of these coming via a trade and look forward to pairing it with some dark chocolate and/or brownies. A very good beer.

SpdKilz, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of hu5om
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy. One of the perks of living in Wisconsin. It's at most grocery stores, local bar has is on tap, and super delic.

Looks like a cherry soda and tastes like straight, sweet cherries. The closest thing to eating actual cherries in flavor that I have ever encountered. Probably because there is a pound of Door County cherries per bottle.

The Raspberry Tart is very good, too. But I just like cherries more so I give this one the edge.

It would be interesting to do a side by side with the unplugged cherry stout, if I can still find some.

If you haven't had this, get on it! New Glarus is my life...

hu5om, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This and the Raspberry Tart have been two very unique beers. Two very excellent unique beers. That Dan Carry knows how to make some amazing beers. Seek out all the NG stuff you can, it's always a treat.

This is a dark redish-purple color, about the color of pomegranite juice. with a cap that is white but tinted more toward a pink color. crazy.

Cherries. Just smells like cherries really. almost has a sugary powdery kool-aid presence that remind me of making it when i was a kid. Not a bad aroma, but not such a standout that the taste and mouthfeel are.

Oh yes. tart cherry juice, your hired, all others need not apply. The tartness matching with the sweetness is what makes this beer as amazing as it is, that and the dry and fine tight carbination playing around. I wish i could say more about something other then cherries...but i can't, and really there is no need to have anything else in this beer.

ChadQuest, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of kels
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

NorthsideFred is the best.

Pours a bright cherry red with pretty good clarity and good visible carbonation running throughout. The initial 1 finger fizzy head fades quickly but retains at a nice, soft white skim.

Aromas of cherry and raspberry syrups kick into an overall profile that reminds me of cranberry juice cocktail.

This beer is incredibly refreshing and delicious. It is crisp and bright and juicy with just a little bit of syrupyness in the overall very sweet taste. The cherry is actually pretty authentic, and raspberry juice comes through in a tart accompaniment. It is sweet-tart and well carbonated, keeping things light. Drinks more like a sparkling wine than a beer, and leaves behind tasty sweetness in a stickiness that coats the palate well.

Love this beer. Can't wait until we meet again!

kels, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruby red with a thin mauve head.

Smell -- Sweet cherries, muscatel.

Taste -- Cherry every which way: sweet, tart. Yup.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, abundance of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- The flavor is one-dimensional, but so perfectly captures the flavor of ripe cherries that it is easily overlooked. Drinks easy, but I probably couldn't do a whole bottle. This is a worthy beer for one who loves cherries.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of EddieTheTrooper
3.03/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I was quite surprised at this beer, surprised and disappointed. Normally I am a fan of all things new glarus but this beer was just too damn fruity. It smells like cherries, it tastes like cherries, it's cherry red. I mean, I like cherries and all but this stuff is like cough syrup. I wanted some beer with my fruit salad. One glass was enough, one bottle was far too much. For a brewery that ordinarily makes such well-balanced beers, this cherry thing has gotten a little out of hand. If I wanted juice, I wouldn't be drinking beer.

EddieTheTrooper, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip. Poured a pretty red color with an inch of pinkish-tan head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is strongly cherry and not much else. On the tongue the cherry flavor is backed up by a bit of a grain taste.The body was very effervescent and crisp, sweet without being sticky. Drinkability will depend on how you like sweet and fruity brews, I loved it and would lots more if it were available to me.

beertunes, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of nectar14
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer makes me long for my home state... Wisconsin.

A: Ruby amber in color, with a fluffy 2-finger off white head. Not much lacing. Looks fruity.

S: Scent of crunchy, tart cherries, with just a whiff of malt/wheat.

T: All about the cherries. Tart, delicious, beautiful cherries. Some sweetness balances it well, and it is never cloying. Finishes with a lingering cherry taste.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is perfect. Mildly effervescent.

D: ALL DAY. Light in alcohol, big in delicious flavor.

I don't know if it's possible to improve upon a beer like this... absolutely delicious. I wish I'd brought another back from WI after my last trip. Kudos to New Glarus.

nectar14, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Slightly opaque bright ruby red color with a 2 cm off-white head. It fades somewhat quickly but still leaves a bit of sticky lace on the glass. Very full color.

Smell: Tart cherries dominate. A little bit sweet as well.

Taste: Strong tart cherry all the way through. Some sweetness sneaks in more and more as it warms, but cherry is in control the entire time. Nothing about this is incredibly complex, but it represents cherries very well without anything synthetic tasting or out of place.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light on the tongue. Bubbly carbonation. Sweetness leaves the lips a bit sticky.

Drinkability: This is not the kind of beer I would normally think about sessioning, but it has such a great balance of sweet and (mostly) tart cherry flavor that this could be a surprise addition to my regular stash.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 12, 2010
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,599 ratings.