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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,809 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,809
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,060
Gots: 534 | FT: 54
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mrand01
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared with nicoco poured in to Weyerbacher Tulips. Bottle sent by richkrull. Thanks dude!

A: A hazy deep red with about 1/4" of cream colored head. Head settles rather quickly to leave a ring around the outside of the pour. Light lacing.

S: Cherry tootsie pops! Smells like any cherry flavored candy with faint hints of chocolate. Pretty one dimensional.

T: CHERRY! Cherry? Yeah...maybe a little cherry. Did I say cherry? Also, a little bit of chocolate, but damn...mostly sweet cherries!

M: Very light carbonation, light bodied, yet sticky.

O: Well, if they were trying to make a beer taste like candied cherries, I'd say they nailed it. If you were expecting any tartness to the flavor, you're going to be disappointed. Remember, this is a fruit beer, not a wild ale or a lambic. That said, this is excellent.

Photo of davey101
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip glass. Thanks to bobbypaulson for this want of mine!

A - Clear red/dark pink body with a bubbly pink head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Amazing cherry aroma. It smells like a cherry chap stick...in a good way. Fresh and spicy with a bit of vanilla in the background.

T - Extremely strong cherries. Slightly tart and acidic with a smooth spicy backbone. Mouth feel is crisp and incredibly smooth and velvety.

O - Hands down the best cherry beer I've ever tried. The aroma and mouth feel are excellent, but the taste is a bit too tart for me. Amazing stuff here!

Photo of ShanePB
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared with friends and family. Served into multiple snifters.

A: Hazy ruby red and mahogany colored body with an off-white, slightly pink/brown head. Amazing sticky lacing around the entire glass, and a decent retention ring with a center patch. For being aged in oak barrels with tons of cherries, this seems about right. Really nice looking beer.

S: Maraschino cherry juice and flesh, pureed cherry and blueberry skins, sweet and somewhat of a tart red fruit juice aroma. Very aromatic and fruity; it's hard to pick out much of anything past that. No hops, but some very pale grains towards the back end...

T: Sweet red cherries, certainly a bit more akin to a fake or preserved cherry flavor (again, Maraschino comes to mind). Somewhat of a fresh cherry flesh and pits mid-palate with a gritty, grainy backbone. Sugary cherry and red fruit candy flavor lasts well into the finish and linger.

M: Bubbly but very creamy and silky on the palate. Medium-bodied, sweet and dry in the finish. A nice feeling beer, very lively.

Even split a few different ways, more than 8 ounces of this was starting to really get to me. In terms of drinkability, this isn't very high - it's just very sweet and the flavor profile starts to wear you down. Personally, I'd split this with as many people as possible and when not forced to drink a lot to finish the bottle, this is good.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Halcyondays raved about it. kbm told me it's crazy to not like it. That's a good enough record to justify a taste. On to the beer:

Spotty lacing is left around the glass from this orangish red colored beer. It kind of looks like punch. The aroma is beauty. Sometimes cherries in beer can be over the top and very acidic, but the cherries in this one are mellow yet very aromic. Sweet cherries and cherry skins, yeah.

Its taste is a beautiful and simple. Sweet succulent cherries crash into the palate wave after wave. It's never really tart, and never really acidic. In fact, it's almost like a cherry punch. With a flavor so rich and full of the fruit, the body seems medium full, which is amazing at 4% ABV. As a bonus, unlike the Raspberry Tart, the WBR is much too easy to drink.

Like the Raspberry Tart which I'm in love with, the Wisconsin Belgian Red is tops in its class. Any doubter of fruit beers should take a look at the offerings that New Glarus is producing, which are beautiful beverages to drink. The next mission will be securing a full bottle to myself.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friends from Milwaukee brought this to us during a recent visit. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a small chalice, this ale pours a slightly opaque ruddy rouge, with minimal creme colored head that reduces to a ring clinging around the edge of the glass.

Has a sweet cherry aroma, with honey, strawberry, and grape. Almost smells like a melted cherry popsicle or cherry creme soda, the aroma is so sweet, clean and fruity.

A strong, almost overpowering cherry taste greets you, with spritzes of sweet underlaid with plenty of tart. Lemon, vanilla, raspberry and mild malt combine for a very fruit brew.

Tart, almost to the point of an involuntary pucker of the mouth, this ale leaves the tongue and gums tingling.

This "beer" is so tart and fruity, it's more fermented fruit juice than it is beer. The tart and sweet are so strong that they are almost too much; I have to sip this slowly to avoid pucker face as I drink this. While I'm sure this is a really good fruit beer for those who live fruit beers, this is just a little much for me.

Photo of zimm421
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Appears a nice red color that is somewhat hazy, and has hints of orange as well as pink. Has a nice light pink head head. The head is more off-white than pink, but definitely has pink notes in it. Leaves good lacing, very bubbly.

Nose is very sweet. The cherry is all up front, with a nice light, sweet malt backing. Not much else in the nose, but very inviting. Taste is fairly sweet up front, but very quickly becomes tart and stings the tongue. The cherry comes through very nicely, and the sweet malts are only noticeable right at the beginning before the tartness sets in.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy but still with a bite on the tip of the tongue. Overall, a great beer. The fruitiness is something different, but the cherries come through in a great way. The tartness finishes off each sip perfectly. Couldn't be much better.

Photo of amphion1065
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64 oz. Half Acre Growler shared with friends - I enjoyed the lion's share from a Duvel tulip. This particular growler was a replacement for one that fell prey to a delivery exception, and the box in which it came provided me with enough packing material for untold future trades.

The carbonation of this five-day-old growler is absolutely phenomenal. An audible burst of air upon unscrewing the cap! This pours a gorgeous, deep dark ruby shade, with stunning clarity. A 1.5-finger cherry-tinted white head has very tight bubbles and fantastic retention. Moderate lacing as well.

I will never tire of smelling this beer. Pure, unadulterated cherries. The fruit is so crisp and pure. This seems sweeter than the bottled version, as if some subtle vanilla crept in.

That wonderful cherry tartness really comes through in the taste. One of the truly unique things about this beer is the "natural" taste of the fruit addition: in this case, the cherries impart a wonderful sourness in perfect balance with the sweetness present. This is such a light and wonderful beer, but the taste is really huge - cherries coat the palate with every sip.

The mouthfeel of this growler is actually unreal. The carbonation is flawless, the mouthfeel lush but just so spot on. I was so sad to see this growler go, but it was so worth it.

Better than the bottle? Very possible, though absence does make the heart grow fonder. I’m totally enamored of this beer, and actually can't fathom that there's a better representation of the style. Forever ISO this work of art.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium bodied bright cherry red in color with an off white lacing around the snifter. The aromas are of sweet cherries and not much else. It's almost medicinal. It's kind of like cherry pie. The flavors too, of cherry pie. You get a light tartness with a lot of sweet cherry. It's to the point and not overly complex. It does taste "good" but is just so straight forward and doesn't offer a whole lot of complexity. It drinks pretty light in body but due to the sugar, is pretty sticky. Overall it is a decent beer but just so sweet. It's hard to get past the cough syrup.

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

The color is a deep red that's so cloudy and thick I can only call it murky. A a cap of head, the color of which is a pink dark enough that it's nearly red, begins about a finger and a half in height. It retains its form well and leaves patchy lacing along the glass.
The smell belies what this beer will be: authentic and complex. No cough syrup, fake sweeteners, or anything of the like are detectable. Cherries hit the nose with a bang, and it's powerful stuff. Sweet without cloying serves to offset a bit tartness, along with a bit of a vanilla-like sweetness. It's a bit spicy and a touch woody/earthy as well. While not as complex as the flavor, this aroma is quite good.
While the smell is very nice, the flavor is as close to perfectas it gets. Hops are in the aroma but really come out in the flavor, and so perfectly that nothing about the cherry is detracted from. Deliciously woody with that same very gentle spiciness and woodiness offsetting the sweet and tart, this is one of those beers in which everything comes together just right.
This beer's body is medium with a creamy heft and plenty of depth. Just crisp enough with a steady carbonation, this beer goes creamy smooth and heavier without getting too filling. I'd take down the crispness an almost infinitesimal degree.

Photo of nickhiller
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: clear and ruby red, thin pink head with some nice lace

S: cherry Lifesavers, Halls cough syrup/drops

T: same as the nose, but with intense cherries, tart and sweet like cherry pie, dark fruits--like fruit leather.

M: medium body, well balanced carbonation, crisp and tart with a syrupy finish

O: I'm growing to like this style more and more. You have to go in with the understanding that it's not your traditional beer made of malts and hops, but it sure is refreshing

Photo of schoolboy
3.18/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am the one who usually likes the unusual fruit beer.Not this time. This is way too tart and way too cherry.

I dragged this back from Wisconsin last week. It seemed like a great value, but now I'm not looking forward to finishing it. Throwing it out would be alcohol abuse.

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

Shared one of these with family to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Served in a champagne tulip.

A - A finger of tan-brown foam settles to a thin partial cap and collar, leaving behind splotches of lace. The body is a reddish brown color that is mostly opaque but reveals a hint of bubbly cider-esque transparency at the bottom of the glass.

S - Super ripe and sweet cherries, vanilla, pie crust, sugary malt. Very authentic, without any fake cough syrup or synthetic flavors. Somewhat mono-dimensional, but with enough cherry tartness and acidity to avoid being cloying.

T - Again, sweet fruity cherries, pie crusts, a hint of oaky vanilla, and a lightly tart finish. Ridiculous amounts of flavor for 4% ABV. Not a very subtle beer, but a delicious one.

M - Chewy, surprisingly hefty medium body. Sticky, somewhat juice-like texture, with moderate carbonation to keep things from getting too heavy.

D - This is one of those beers that everyone likes, even if they don't like beer at all. If I could buy this locally I'd have it all the time - it's delicious, low in alcohol, and pleases even the most disparate palates. The only knock is that I like Raspberry Tart more.

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

This champagne bottle of New Glarus Belgian Red has been cellared at 42.5 degrees F since October of 2010, (one year).

A - Poured into a champagne glass this beer pours a purplish ruby with an eggshell white head that started at less than an eighth of an inch but quickly retreated to a simple ring at the glass leaving the surface free to witness the rising carbonation.

S - Sweet and tart cherry aroma with a yeasty hint. I think it to have lost a tinge in the scent character while in the cellar.

T - Slight sour apple flavor with the sweet cherry I would expect. Like the aroma I feel the flavor has lost a hair in the cellar.

M - Dry and sticky with a feeling of pucker left after each pull. The feel I believe has gotten just a bit better.

~ This is a great beverage. I'm always happy to crack open a bottle of this sweet and tart cherry beer. I would certainly recommend it to a friend and I'll definitely drink it again in the future.

Review above completed on October 11, 2011.
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Review below completed on October 10, 2010.

A - Deep reddish to a light hazy purple body. The head is about a half inch tall in the color of white. It fades to a thin layer allowing the body to show through its wisps. (4)

S - Pungently sour cherries. Very inviting. It smells nothing like any other brew I've encountered. I can't imagine a fruit beer offering a better aroma. (5)

T - The sour cherry is prevalent with a tart edge. The pungency is not prevalent as it is in the scent. This is a superb tasting fruit brew. (5)

M - The feel is wet and slightly coarse. I almost wish it was a bit softer as a wine would be. Nonetheless, it goes down well. (4)

~ Easy to drink. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, desert. This is a beer that has stood and I imagine will continue to be on the brew calendar for the folks in Southern Wisconsin. (4.5)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. tulip glass.

A- Dark amber with 1 finger light pink head. Very little lacing.

S- Wow! Cherry lifesavers and that about sums it up.

T- Super sweet cherries, some tartness, a little acidity.

M- Light body, lower carbonation with a bit of an acidic finish.

O- Not a huge fruit beer fan, other than lambics, but this is an awesome cherry beer! Wish it could have a bit more tart/sourness too it, but still a very good beer.

Photo of joefuzz
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been really trying lately to not rate beers all 5. This beer is unlike anything I have ever tried. Pours a murky red with a nice sized slightly pink head amazing lacing. Smell is nothing but cherries and cranberries. Taste is a nice tart cherry which mellows down to a great fruit taste. Mouthfeel and carbonation are wonderful. Could drink this stuff by the truckload. Overall one of the best beers I have ever tried.

Photo of GradyS1
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into an Allagash Tulip. Red, with a slight brownish tent. Small amount of carbination with a small head, poured very, very cold.

Fresh Cherry pie filling on the smell, really awesome. Does not smell like cherry cough syrup, this is fresh pie filling. Such a sweet smell that it is almost cherry candy by the finish.

Taste almost exactly as it smells. Predominately cherry pie filling. Fresh and sweet with a small amount of tartness. Very small hints of alcohol at all, especially for a fruit beer

Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. This is refreshing, especially for the amount of sweetness that it has in it. Almost perfect as far as taste and mouth feel good.

This beer is very tasty, as close as a desert beer as I would think you could get. There is really no malt characteristic to this at all, Its like you are drinking a fruit soda, that is the only downfall

Photo of beerfan99
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml wax capped bottle

A: Dark Red/Amber in color. Low carbonation creates a small white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Powerful cherry aroma, no doubt about it. I looked at the label and read over a pound of cherries in each bottle. That sounds about right, just based on the smell.

T: Very strong cherry flavor and on the sweet side. Not too sweet though, balanced pretty well. Unable to detect alcohol tastes.

M: Light and refreshing on the palate, very easy to drink. Probably would have liked more carbonation on this one.

O: A very drinkable and refreshing beer, I wish I had another one of these. I was kind of hoping this beer was going to be a little more tart and sour, since the label indicates the style is a Flanders Red. From that point of view, I'm a little disappointed. However, overall I was impressed by this beer and look forward to trying more from New Glarus.

Photo of devilben02
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a much appreciated gift from my in-laws after they visited the brewery. Shared with a number of friends, this one pours a rich red-amber color with an only slightly tinted white foamy head. The presence of the fresh fruit that goes into this beer is immediately apparent, with an aroma of freshly-pressed cherry juice just exploding from the beer's surface.

As enticing as that fresh fruitiness is in the aroma, however, the fact that the flavor is much the same is a bit of a let down. This beer just doesn't have the depth that I would have wanted. I wanted to sense some complexity from the interplay of the fruit with the grains, some degree of balance from the hops, and especially some earthy/woodsy character from the oak aging. Instead, all I got was an all-natural version of Cherry 7-Up.

Make no mistake, this is an easy-to-drink, lightly sweet, pleasant drink. The light, soft carbonation keeps the sweetness from overwhelming, and this beer can almost be considered refreshing. In the end, though, I was expecting a world class beer and instead got what tasted more like a world class soda.

Photo of nsp73
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers.
Every bottle is made with over a pound of cherries and you can tell the moment you open the bottle.
It's a reddish color with a huge foamy head. As you drink you can smell and taste the cherries. Pretty much tastes like your drinking cherry pie.
It leaves a nice lacing as you go down but I feel the head can be a bit obnoxious at times. Especially towards the end because you really do savor and enjoy every sip of this beer. Fantastic.

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

From a bottle received in a trade.

The beer pours a ripe red color with a little fizz on top that quickly recedes leaving nothing between me and the aromas emanating forth. The nose is cherries all the way with a sweetness that dominates. Taste falls right into step behind the nose and floods your mouth with pure cherry goodness. Maybe a touch of oak to round out the flavor. Just like it's kin, Raspberry Tart, this brew coats your mouth with sweet and sticky. The bubbles help break it up a bit, though.

Sweetness hurts the drinkability a touch but not enough for me to consider leaving any in the bottle. A classy brew.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep burgundy, red-amber with a tan-pink head.

S - Cherry, plain and simple. Great nose. Cherries and brown sugar. Very tart nose with this.

T - Very good with the cherry the huge star of course. Not as tart as I would have thought. And the grains add just the right backing to this. Just outstanding.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick finish.

O - Awesome brew from New Glarus. Never been to Wisconsin before but made sure I tried this before I left. Wish we could get this out East.

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,809 ratings.