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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,516 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,516
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,013
Gots: 442 | 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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Photo of caskstrength
2.65/5  rDev -39.5%

Been wanting to try this, I do like cherries and Founders Cerise is a beer I enjoy. Had it with a monster tasting of the New Glarus fruit beers.

Pours a darker pink. white head. looks like what I expected a fruity cherry beer to look.
Good carbonation.

Smell is a little off-putting. given reviews thusfar, was hoping for a rich, real cherry vibe. literally smelled like cough syrup or some sort of cherry flavored medicine to my nose.

taste backed up the smell. too sweet. medicinal fake cherries dominate. Compared to the Cran-bic (excellent) and the Raspberry tart (decent), this beer rated the lowest.

Mouthfeel was fine for a medicinal oversweetened cherry beer.

Move along, this isn't the fruit/cherry beer you're looking for. I'm certainly surprised at the ratings around these parts.

caskstrength, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

750ml bottle. Pours a muddy red-brown with a small wispy head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet cherries, slightly tart with some wood.

The flavor is sweet yet tart cherries and wood with a dry slightly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is full and smooth with velvety carbonation.

Overall, it's kind of one-dimensional (cherry!), but I liked this a lot.

Beaver13, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

bottle poured into a wine glass. pours a rich and vibrant ruby red color with minimal pink head that leaves no lacings. artificial looking in the glass as far as color goes.

aroma is of fresh maraschino cherries with a very light acidity and a touch of sweetness in the background. very fruity in the nose.

taste is rich with cherries and a mild sweetness along with a vinous base and light tartness on the back end. nicely proportioned with a light acidity on the back end as well. overall, this is a pleasant brew for those who like cherries.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with an attractive quality and a lightly tart finish.

drinkability is good. the brew is pleasant and drinkable; the only complaint here is that it could be less sweet and a bit more acidic or tart. oh well.

botham, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.17/5  rDev -50.5%

Got this as an extra in a trade from TPatuto. Thanks giving me the opportunity to try this!

One of the bottles from New Glarus I was looking forward to opening on Thanksgiving.

This beer was a dark cherry color. I was expecting maybe a fiery red but the beer was kind of dark. My nose was engulfed in a storm of black cherries. That's about all I could smell. Not even a hint to it being a beer. I would think this is just black cherry soda.

The taste was very sweet. In fact, I thought it was way too sweet and a strong black cherry flavor overpowered the beer. There was a slight ketchup taste that I find in flemish sours. It was very hard to get through the bottle by myself. By the end I was in celebration that I was able to finish it.

I feel their Raspberry Tart is a much better fruit beer than this one.

BearsOnAcid, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

I'm really impressed with this one. I poured it out and I could already smell the fresh cherries! It looks like a Belgian dubbel, but with a bit more burgundy color to it--decent off-white head that fades to wisps on the surface of the beer. Aroma is outrageous--straight fresh cherries! It tastes pretty amazing too, with big sweet and tart cherry flavors, followed by a spicy wheat/malt backbone with some cinnamon spice. It tastes almost exactly like cherry pie. A fantastic cherry beer here, medium mouthfeel, creamy carbonation. My only complaint is that it is a bit too sweet for me, definitely tough to move through the whole bomber, but a great beer to share with friends after a meal.

LordAdmNelson, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of drowland
5/5  rDev +14.2%

FANTASTIC! The aroma is full of ripe, sweet cherries with a hint of malt. The flavor is absolutely full of cherry flavor perfectly balanced with a wonderful malt/wheat backbone that makes it taste like a fresh cherry pie, including subtle spices that remind you of cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top. One of my favorite beers!

drowland, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

Light red with a solid white head that dissipates fast. The color is unlike anything I've ever seen, and this makes the mouth water.

Nose is a powerhouse of cherries without any cloying sweetness, and a malt backbone so you know this is not just cherry juice.

Outstanding balance between the cherry and malt backbone, notes of deep stone fruit. If this is not a beer I don't know what is. Might be my favorite based on the clean cherry malt flavor, unmistably balanced perfectly. What a beer.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation, almost fizzy in the mouth, accentuates the fruit. Oh so drinkable, a bomber for one is my kind of evening, though I usually have to share it with the spouse.

I know it's hard to make, but keep it up, Dan!

robbyc1, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance: hazy reddish amber color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: an abundant cherry aroma is extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: cherry flavor dominate here with some softer pear tones, a hint of spiciness, and a mild bitterness. There is a touch of tartness late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Super long cherry aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this one goes down easily despite the sweetness. Great after dinner beer.

Gavage, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
2.45/5  rDev -44.1%

A- Poured a red color that was pretty bright and clear. I knew I was in trouble right then.

S- Smells like a cup of freshly mashed cherries, and some yeast thrown in there.

T- Big and strong cherry flavour and I'm not digging it at all.

M- Great for the style.

D- Way to sweet for me. Glad I got to try it and split this one with a few others.

nrbw23, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Got to try a bottle of this last summer thanks to a beer trade friend. The colour was cloudy and amber with a temporarily thick head. The aroma was cherries, cherries and more cherries! On the palate, it was like getting a cherry pie in the face, and thoroughly enjoying it! Loads of pie cherry flavour, and even pie crust with hints of cinnamon and baking sugar. What a nice beer!!

slaintemhor, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

This beer is always a treat. Thanks to Thirdeye11 for this one.

A- Bright cherry red

S- Like sweet cherry candy with graham cracker malt. Not too complex, just brilliance.

T&M- Soft and delicate. Sweet and slightly tart cherry at the same time.

D- Refreshing and delicious. The kind of beer my mom(or anyone who doesn't like beer) would and should drink.

brownbeer, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

I drank from a 750ml bottle into a champagne flute.

This fruit beers pours a deep red, almost purple with a light pink head that has a dash of brown in it. The head rises about 2 inchecs and has decent retention, no significant lacing.

The aroma is big and bold with lots of sweetness. It smells totally of cherries, like a nice cherry slushy. There is a hint of cola and smidge of tartness.

The taste is very sweet, once again almost all cherries is what you get. The sweet is very nice, but lightly let down and not rewarded with any sour or tart bite to it. The sweetness is great but makes it hard to drink a lot of it without it being balanced between sweet and tart.

The mouthfeel is light and its very drinkable despite how sweet it is.

jrallen34, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of RJUGA03
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

A-Pale rose bubbly body with a speckled white head.
S-Deep cherry and fruit.
T-Sweet cherry draw with a smooth, but slightly tart finish.
M-Thick and syruplike with ample carbonation.
D-A good special occasioned beer. I really enjoyed this one very much as an after dinner treat.

RJUGA03, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of samie85
4.6/5  rDev +5%

A- Pours a hazy, dark red sort of looks like cranberry juice with a quickly dissipating head.

S- Smells like juicy, tart cherries.

T- The main taste is that of tart cherries, then transitions a bit of sweetness and finishes with a tart crispness that makes me want to keep drinking.

M-Very well carbonated but manages to have a kind of smooth, slick mouthfeel. Pretty nice.

D- This is one of most easy drinking beers I've had, even with the sweetness. Whenever I take a drink, I just want to keep drinking.

samie85, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%

from tap, poured into a tulip glass.

A: red and slightly hazy. one finger red/pink head that dissipated quickly.

S: cherries, but in a way resembled cough syrup (not in a bad way).

T: cherries. kind of tart at first but ended up sweet in the finish.

MF: full bodied, high carbonation.

Drinkability: i think this is a well crafted beer, but not my style. i would like to try it with ice cream or other dessert. i think people who appreciate fruit beers would definitely enjoy this one.

porterwoobie, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
2.75/5  rDev -37.2%

Kinda ticked, as I'd reviewed a few nights ago while enjoying, and posted, but it's no longer here, so I'm reviewing based solely on memory.

Red in the glass so that when held up to the light, it looks like the cherry on a policecar. Pretty for a bright red beer.

Smells like a cup of freshly mashed cherries, but with obvious undertones of a Belgian - I'm intrigued!

If you're into drinking alcoholic jam, this one's for you. While it is pretty incredible what they've done to incorporate cherries here, it's just not a right for a beer in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is definitely the high-point here, being exceptionally smooth and inviting.

Because it's just so overloaded in sweet cherry, it's just not something that should be enjoyed more than as a dessert beer. (as I was left to enjoy the entire bomber by myself)

mdcrouser, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%

A: Ruby red with a small off-white head that settles into a ring of lacings.

S: Lots of sweet cherries dominate. The cherry aromas are rather candy-like (guess that's what happens when you put so much cherries in the brew). Hints of grass and something in the line of cookies. Not a complex smell, and not very interesting, but my god does it smell like cherries.

T: The taste is way better than the smell. Sweet cherries up front (the cherries are still candy-like but not as much as in the smell). Notes of sweet malts. A gentle but noticeable tart note develops and is really welcome since it levels the sweetness nicely and really balances everything. Notes of cookies and earth. The finish is nicely dry and light with grassy notes and chemical cherries. Not very complex, but still with enough hints of other things than cherries to make it interesting and most importantly tasty.

M: Somewhat sticky in the mouth with a nice dryness in the finish. Medium body.

D: A good beer. The taste is better than the smell, thankfully. Impressive flavors considering the low ABV. I could really see this one working well as a dessert or coupled with dessert. But it's too sweet to drink a lot of.

ricke, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Josievan
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance: Beautiful dark red hue.

Smell: Aroma of tart cherries.

Taste: Very authentic cherry taste. It's apparent this was brewed with real cherries. Slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, yet somehow delicate, almost like the marriage of beer and a fine dessert wine, just as indicated on the bottle

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but any beer so sweet and tart is best drunk in sips. Ideal for sharing a 750 ml bottle with a few friends after dinner.

Overall, this is a perfect example of what a fruit beer can and should be. New Glarus has many beers worth making the hour-long trip from my home to Wisconsin, and this is certainly one of them.

Josievan, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

A fantastic beer that I aquired through trade nice special sweet delicious.

A - Beatifull red hue with a small head hazy.

S - Fresh cherries, some wheat.

T - Again Cherries, some wheat taste mostly cheery very nice.

M sort of sticky, leaves a nice clean feeling.

D - could drink over and over fantastic !!

Casey10, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

A - It definately looks like cherries. Red with a touch of brown, looked a tad cloudy in the low-lighted area I was in. Quick dissipation of a pinkish, small head that left no lacing.

S - It smells like cherries.

T - Very, very good. Never been a fan of fruit beers, but this is quite tasty. Nice tart taste with a little wheat on the end, but cherries are definately dominating. Doesn't taste fake at all, really tastes like cherries.

M - Thought the mouthfeel on this one was fantastic. Medium-light bodied with some decent carbonation and a very clean, dry finish.

D - Drank the whole 25 oz bottle. Wanted more. Easy to drink. Fantastic.

AgentZero, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%

Joe was kind enough to send me one of these long time wants in the LNBA BIF a while back. Thanks, Joe! I split this with 2 friends last night.

The pour is quite gorgeous, hazy and turbid ruby red with a large, dense off white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is pure cherry juice, fresh and refreshing with a delicious blend of tartness and sweetness. Mildly jammy, this is glorious! The palate is similar, with sweet cherries, rich and pure. Mild tartness is present and the acidity and funk are very restrained (almost non-existent) for a beer that's supposed to have wild yeast and bacteria. The finish is a touch disappointing, with the sweetness fizzling out rather rapidly. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is a treat, but my 8oz were sufficient. I would never turn this down, though.

DefenCorps, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to cvaypai for hooking me up with this bottle. I shared it with my girlfriend as a "desert" beer.

A: Wisconsin Belgian Red pours a cloudy, cherry red color with some hints of brown. A layer of pink foam sits atop the beer.

S: The first thing I thought of when smelling this beer was cherry pie. A slight tartness is present as well, but diminishes as the beer warms.

T: The flavor profile is very similar to the nose. An absolutely amazing cherry pie taste. The tartness is a bit more noticeable than in the nose. But once again, the sweetness comes through more and more as the beer warms up.

M: A fairly high level of carbonation gives a feeling of a dryer finish than this beer really has.

D: A really great and tasty beer. I don't think I could drink the whole 750ml though, as it is very sweet.

womencantsail, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a very hazy red color - and I mean red, not amber, but like ripe cherries or pomegranates. The head is thin and fizzy, with loose bubbles - white colored, kind of fades fast and only leaves tiny bits of lacing. Looks pretty normal for a fruit beer, but not extremely exiting. The smell is just full of ripe cherries. There a not unsurprising tartness, probably both from the fruit and the yeast, but the fruit is incredibly dominant, which is what is supposed to happen here. The smell isn't like candied cherries, or like cough syrup (well, maybe only a little bit), but the cherries smell amazing. When you taste it, you can kind of sense the beer in this - slightly bready, with a little bit of pale grainy sweetness. But still the cherries are allowed to shine, and enhanced by the yeast profile. The cherries come out first, like the tart orange/yellow cherries - rainier cherries I think, then it becomes like a darker, deep red, fully ripe sweet cherry - like bing cherries, then it takes on an aspect of black cherry cola with a rush of carbonation, and finishes with a yeasty tartness, still mingled with some cherry sweetness. Really a nice fruit profile on this. The body on this is nice and light and crisp, but the fruit actually makes it feel a little more full, but the crisp bite of carbonation keeps it in check. A very enjoyable beer. The depth of fruit is very interesting, a bit slowing, but not cloying. And at barely over 5%, you could stick with this for quite a bit.

taylorhamrick, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

A pint sized bottle poured into a stemmed glass. No bottled date. Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a dark red maroon with ruby red highlights with an off-white to pink head that quickly disspated.

(S)- Sweet yet tart cherries that smell so creamy, that it smells just like a cherry pie with whipped cream! Biscuity/ sugary pie crust; amazing!

(T)- Mountains of sweet yet tart cherries that pretty much is equivalent to how it smells. New Glarus has officially bottled and liquified cherry pie into beer form! Delicious.

(M)- Ample carbonation level that borders on fizzy, but it fits the beer perfectly. Sweet, yet near puckered levels. Fantastically balanced and complex.

(D)- I could drink this all day if I could. A great dessert or apertif beer that would even please and surprise those non-beer drinkers that you know!

sweemzander, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Acquired via trade...thanks Tom. 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-Pours a somewhat hazy dark cherry red that is very reminiscent of the wax that covers the top of the bottle. It starts with a nice one finger off white head that quickly fades into a small ring.

S-Fresh cherries are abound in the nose. It smells like a freshly baked cherry pie or homemade cherry soda. You can tell that they use a pound of cherries in each bottle. As it warms a tad bit of wheat is noticeable.

T-Just like the nose, tons of fresh cherries dominate the palate. The taste is pure and not artifical. There is a subtle level of tartness that the cherries bring that is reminiscent of a cherry sweet tart. It finishes a tad grainy in the back and is quite dry and crisp. There is also a little hint of spice in between sips.

M-Medium bodied with a nice effervescent carbonation level. It is very dry.

D-This is one that is best to share and enjoy either before dinner or with some good chocolate. I would find drinking a whole 750ml bottle to be too much for myself.

Fruit beers don't get much better than this one. You can tell that this is a truly artisinal beer that goes above and beyond the usual fruit flavoring added to these types of beers. This is one that would please most crowds.

mjl21, Sep 11, 2009
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,516 ratings.