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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,809 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,809
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,061
Gots: 533 | 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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Photo of Gavage
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nrbw23
2.45/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of slaintemhor
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

Photo of brownbeer
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RJUGA03
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of samie85
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of porterwoobie
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mdcrouser
2.79/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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)

Photo of ricke
3.64/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Casey10
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 !!

Photo of AgentZero
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of mjl21
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured an amber red that is a bit transparent and have a very, very minimal head that recedes quickly.
S- Once I cracked open the bottle, the smell of cherries exploded out. You can tell this is real cherry all the way and not some artificial syrup. You can definitely tell why they say its beer meets wine.
T- Tastes a lot like cherry pie. Sweet but not overly so. Also a nice amount of bite to counteract the sweetness. Pretty much to sum it up, it tastes like it smells.
M- This is a nice medium body with a a good amount of carbonation that works really well for the style.
D- Could drink this all the time. Plus I would choose this over wine every time. This beer is deserving of all the praise that it gets.

Photo of nickd717
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Finally got to try the beer that eluded me for so long, thanks to a friend that randomly had some. Wow, this lived up to the hype and is one of the best fruit beers I've ever had!

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red with a nice off-white head. Looks pretty damn good.

S - Awesome aroma of cherries and spices. Mostly sweet, only a hint of tartness.

T - Sweet cherry pie with cinnamon and brown sugar. Bready pie crust notes really add to it, as do pie spices. Cherry flavor is really intense and dominates.

M - Incredibly smooth and silky. Medium body.

D - Very high. I could easily finish a big bottle of this.

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

750 mL bottle, shared by kbm,

A: Pours a medium vermillion red, with a light fizzy off-white head, nice colour.

S: Baked cherry pie, that sums it up. A beautiful fragance.

T: A lot more cherry pie, cherries soaking in maple syrup is another way to describe it. Notes of graham cracker in the finish and sugar. A completely real cherry flavour. I'd describe the sugar level as off-sweet/demi sec for a wine term.

M: Soft carbonation, light-bodied. Very easy going on the palate and so drinkable.

D: This is the best fruit beer I've ever had. I could drink this forever if it wasn't so rare. New Glarus took the time and fermented real cherries and it shows in the taste, there's just no substitute for the real thing. With all the artificial flavour out there in the fruit beers today, you've got to look to New Glarus for the best. If I ever get to Wisconsin I'm buying a case of this stuff, and I've never bought a case of anything in my life. I've been wanting to try this forever, and it did not disappoint. Wow!

Photo of portia99
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle received in trade with busch03. Thanks! Poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a tinge of amber in there that keeps it from being pure red. A 1 1/2 finger tannish and pinkish head forms. Tight, tiny caronation bubbles make a thick whipped creamy head. Head fades after a couple of minutes leaving a steady layer of foam on the surface. Thick even lacing chases the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

S - Ripe, sweet and tart cherries. Smells like a fresh baked cherry pie. Not very multi-dimesional, but amazing anyway.

T - Relatively sweet. Cherry flavor sets the pace...as intense as the cherry aroma is, the flavor is even more so. There is a sugary sweetness up front that seems to enhance the fruit. This gives way to an underlying tart and sour aspect that complements and adds some complexity. Some wheat malt character appears too, but can't really hold up to the powerful cherry taste.

M - Very highly carbonated. This has an almost champagne like effervescence. Body is light. This beer is quite sweet, but this gets scrubbed away by the offseting tartness leaving the mouth feeling cleansed and ready for another sip.

D - This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. Alcohol level is low, and it's presence is undetectable while drinking it. Very much like cherry champagne. This would go great with any kind of dark chocolate based dessert.

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

750ml capped and waxed green bottle. A "World Champion" according to the label.

Pours into my oversized wineglass with a borwn/red hue. A small bubbly white head rises a centimeter high with a vigorous pour.

Smell is of cherries, nothing much more than that. It does smell delicious though.

Has a solid tart Wisconsin cherry flavor that mixes with a tad bit of malt giving a cherry pie feel. I really like the taste of the cherries, there not the crappy sweet variety but there is an ample amount of sugar backing. It seems like there might be a few spices thrown in as well. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation that coats the tongue.

Drinkability is that of fruit juice.

Its a great fruit beer if a bit sweet.

Photo of blackie
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like I gave this beer - one of my all-time favorites - a 4.0 back in 2005, what a joke...delete and re-review

a: st. louis flute glass, the beer is a deep cherry red garnet, almost bloodlike though transparent, and capped with a tight pink head that eventually goes absent

s: no better way to describe this than cherry pie filling, not that canned shit but pure and fresh pureed cherries baked in their own liquid, a variety of overripe cherries, the barley lurks as a supporting unit and adds only a complimentary grainy depth, a pleasure to take in

m: delicate carbonation and a full, luscious body that borders becoming slick or syrupy but doesn't quite reach that point

t: this one wows me every time, it's absolutely flawless and the taste is easily the best feature of the beer, stewed cherries and fresh cherry pie, cherry fruit leather, sweetness delicately balanced with a touch of vitamin c acidity on the back of the tongue, barley sits in the back but adds a sweet toasty depth - the crust to this pie

d: had this many times over the years, both bottled and on-tap, and it's always a treat, hard to conceive how this ever gets a rating below 4

750 from the last Wisco voyage

Photo of CoolJosh
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generously shared by my right hand man Treyrab. Poured from a capped 750mL into a tulip. Pours an orange red, incredibly hazy, with a light pink head head. Kind of an odd look, but I'm guessing a really tasty beer is to follow.

Tons of really sweet cherries, smells like a cherry pie. Really well done, some vinegar adds slight acidity in the nose. Some lemon citrus notes as well, Really nice well rounded scent, slight breadiness.

Acidic right off the bat, very tart cherry. Nice sweet malts uncovered with no hop presence. Bready tastes as well. Not as thin as I was expecting which adds a really nice texture to this beer. Very easy drink with slight wine characteristics. Very acidic again on the end. This was an easy drink, and to all you young cats out there trying to get your groove on with some honey, pop one of these and let the night begin.

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