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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,525 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,525
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 443 | FT: 42
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.

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Photo of BeerCheese
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pretty much looks like a bottle of wine, and the whole red wax seal thing was kind of interesting. Poured a cloudy redish orange brown. Kind of the color of rust. Pretty big fruity smell, mostly of cherries and maybe a little hint of citrus. What little head there was dissipated very quickly. Very lively on the tongue. Both sweet and tart with a nice cherry fruit taste. Be sure to lick your lips after taking a drink of this one, because the taste you'll find there is delicious! Carbonation was just right, and the balance was perfect with the tartness offsetting the sweetness. Not sure I detected much hop flavor. Overall a very drinkable beer, which is good with such a huge bottle!

BeerCheese, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to oakbluff in Winterpeg for hooking me up with this. Sampled with some fellow BA's, DrJay, biegaman, and grub.

Pours a very murky red/brown, thick off white head forms, settles down to a think layer and ring, nice lacing on the glass. Smell is amazing, rich real cherries, very earthy, toffee, brown sugar, nice sourness from the cherries, quite amazing. Taste is cherry cake, toffee, nice sour cherries through the middle, spices, some ginger, more cherries and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick, silky smooth low carbonation. Fucking amazing beer, just insane, I can't wait to try again! Thanks Scott, I owe you for this one!

Viggo, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have been sitting on this bottle for awhile now and I'm not really sure why? It pours a rusty/brick shade of nearly opaque quality. Head is nice and full and an off white with a pinkish hue. Thick carbonation bubbles with no lace. Good retention.

What a nose! Hugely complex with layer upon layer of sweet cherry. Hard to grasp much else, hence the overwhelming cherry olfactor overload. Hints of woody character, with a barley, wheat intersection. Full and chewy in the nose. Cherry's galore.

If only all fruit beers were of this magnitude and structure and we might as well throw balance and complexity in there as well. Although very sweet a nice barley induced mid palate with a bright tingly carbonation keep this from any cloying-ness. Again layers of sweet/sour cherry's with a hints of milk chocolate on the lingering pleasant finish.

This beer is just a complete treat to drink. If only it was available in Ohio. New Glarus has a complete knockout here.

mcallister, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of grub
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Viggo was nice enough to share this truly excellent beer. huge thanks eric!

750ml bottle, topped in dark red wax.

pours hazy pinkish red with a bit of dense pink head. some spotty lace.

aroma is fantastic. tons of cherry. at a distance it seemed vaguely cough-syrupy, but up close it is great. sour cherries with a nice fresh earthy character. light sweetness. bit of sourness. excellent.

taste is excellent. wow. lots of cherry, but not at all cloying or syrupy. slight sour cherry. bit of spiced cake. hint of brown sugar and spice. truly great stuff.

mouthfeel is awesome. super silky smooth carbonation. nice body, but not at all cloying.

drinkability is excellent. this is a truly excellent beer.

grub, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mac300 for bringing this beer to SkinnyElvis's place on Saturday. This is a very approachable easy beer if you like sweet beers. It has a light tart nip but is overwhelmingly cherry sweet.

Appearance: pours a gorgeous hazy red with an off white head.

Smell: This beer want to be a Kriek but it is not lactic or acidic. It is a beer that has a cherry tartness to it but as a *sour* beer fan I did not find it sour. I thought the aroma is more sweet red berries, cherry strawberry and candi sugar.

Taste: Like the nose this beer is sweet and jolly rancher flavored with only a light tartness pucker in the finish. This is a very easy friendly fruit beer that has depth and vinous character while maintaining a simple flavor. The gentle tartness does balance the sweet and keep either from becoming cloying.


Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a sugary grit thick feel that mellows as it crosses the tongue.

Drinkability: Many people will enjoy this who don't like a traditional Kriek Lambic. If you are looking for a sour beer this is not it. This is a sweet fruit beer with a tart nip. That said it is very tasty and worth seeking out.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle thanks to nflmvp

Pours a hazy red color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Big, tart, fresh cherry aroma. Mild hints of sweetness peek through now and then.

Immediate slightly sweet fresh cherry taste that rushes into a puckering tartness. The tartness lingers and creates a mouth watering effect, which makes me eager for the next sip.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Wow, this is a fantastic fruit beer. Once I got started on the bottle, I couldn't stop until it was finished. Truly a pleasure. Not a daily drinker, but certainly one to enjoy on a regular basis. I've never tried anything that I could even remotely suggest as a substitute.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving 22oz bottle, thanks to nflmvp and sinstaineddemon

Reveals a mixed tawny brown and venitian red through a slightly hazy body, ample miniscule bubbles race upwards toward a fine frothy pink tinted head. The head dissapates within a minute leaving just a very faint ring of tightly packed bubbles.

A medley of cherry aromas dominate a hugely aromatic nose, sweet cherry aromas take center stage supported by some tart and sour cherries with a bit of fruit punch and light floral aromas hanging in the background.

Sweet cherries flavor leads a suble entry followed closely by tart cherries on a soaring mid palate; flavors slowly evolve into a off-dry lingering sour cherry flavor thast lasts over half a minute. Tart cherry pie filling is the best description for this beer's flavor. Wow, this undoubtly hits the mark on a pure cherry ale.

Full on the palate with a delectable syrupy character, this goes down with ease offering awesome balance and nothing but delicious cherry flavors.

Barnone, this is one of the best cherry ales and fruit/vegetable beers available. It delivers on all accounts and sets a high standard by which all other fruit beers can be judged.

Cheers!

Jwaks, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of dherling
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my blond friend Sarah for bringing this to me from a trip home to cheeseland recently. Poured out a brownish red brick-like color with a small segregated chunky greyish pink head. The nose is cherry, sour, more cherry, a little bit of cherry, some sour cherry, some ripe cherry, some fruit punch, some super concentrated cherry. You get the idea. The taste was better balanced, but still hit you over the head fruity cherry. This is more like sucking on cherry pits with just a little cherry meat left. Not exceptionally complex on the palate, but really fun to drink. Has a slightly prickly mouthfeel, and finishes exceptionally smooth and fairly clean. Tremendously drinkable.

dherling, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750 mL capped and wax-sealed bottle courtesy of CH3CH2OH.

A: The ale pours with a hazy red color with some intermittent orange and brown notes. It looks like an unfiltered apple cider, minus a shade or two of brown. The head is nothing to get excited about.

S: The aroma is all cherry. Specifically, it has the sweetness of a black cherry, as though the ale itself is a black cherry soda.

T: The flavor does not disappoint if you like sweet cherries. The sugary sweetness of cherries is evident from first sip. The cherries straddle a very fine line between overly sweet maraschino and sour Liefmans lambic cherries.

M: This doesn't taste like beer at all, a very interesting change of pace in the intense sweetness. I should note though that the cherry flavor is not as sweet as Lindeman's kriek.

D: I think that one dinner bottle of this is enough. The sweetness is pleasant in small doses but could easily overpower the taste buds.

akorsak, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great "dessert" beer from New Glarus, probably the best one.
Beautiful, cherry-red hazy beer with a small white head that quickly fades away.
Potent smell of cherries, sugar, malts and some alcohol, and a potent, full-bodied sweet and sour taste mostly of cherries, but multiple other fruits, citric and non-citric make their way into the rich taste.
The bitterness/sourness in there makes it easier than most "sweet" beers, quite easy to drink.

brdc, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta give a shout-out to thefatkid13 for the trade on this one. Kept the bottle in my fridge from last May until now, though I don't really know why I didn't have it sooner.
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Body is a strange, opaque pink-brown hybrid with just a few wisps of creamy white head. Very sweet aroma of cherries, cherries, and more cherries, with maybe some confectioner's sugar mixed in. Palate is again thoroughly dominated by sweet cherries - this almost comes across like a soda rather than a beer. A mild hoppy bitterness emerges on the finish, but there is still plenty of residual sweetness. Body is smooth and creamy, which does provide a little bit of an indication that this isn't in fact soda. A bit too sweet for me to drink in large quantities, but still a very unique and enjoyable brew.

ElGordo, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 4 oz tasting glass...reviewed from notes over several samplings.

A - Pours a hazy red with good carbonation and a quick-lasting, off-white head. This color definitely stands out...I'm used to the typical fruit beer light-golden color, similar to an APA. I definitely like this - a raspberry beer should have a color like this.

S - Sweet scents of berries on a malty backbone. Wheat notes come through as it warms...makes me excited for a fruit beer.

T - Thanks to Phatz, I'm beginning to enjoy tart and sour beers...so I'm very glad this wasn't my first one! Despite the expected rush of berry tartness, there were plenty of complexities not usually associated with fruit beers. A bready malt formed a solid backbone on which the berry flavors developed. Juicy hops followed the sweet tones, until finally a fruity bitterness finished it off. Probably the best-tasting fruit beer I've ever had.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Tart-bitter finish.

D - Overall, I really enjoyed this beer...just not sure I could ever handle more than one, which sounds like it might contradict my high taste ranking. I'm liking the juicy sourness, but the fruit is more than I'm used to. That being said...it's still the best fruit beer I've ever had.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Iguana
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle gotten via a trade with JeffKrenner

A: Poured a bright reddish with brown hues. 1 inch pink head that went down to lacing after a couple minutes.

S: Smells like fresh cherry pie.

T: Taste is simply amazing. Cherries, sour cherries, and umm cherries. As it warms up a nice chocolate taste starts coming through that took me awhile to nail down, but I thought it was tootsie roll flavored. Man thats a nice combo.

M: Smooth, very full and kinda tart which really brought everything together.

D: Quite probably the most enjoyable beer I have had to date. Gave my parents a try and neither of them who really cares for beer both said that 1 they would go out and buy. I know if I ever get the chance to get more of this, I will stock up. This beer is a must try for anyone especially if you enjoy cherries.

Iguana, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with no freshness date. The bottle has a wax seal on top and the label has a story about the beer and the cherries in it. The color is a cloudy ruby color (wife called it blood plasma). It had a small head and tons of initial carbonation that quickly dissipated. The aroma was heavy on cherries obviously and also had a noticeable wine smell. The mouthfeel was mild and went down smooth with just the right carbonation on the tongue. The taste was amazing. It had the expected cherry taste but was perfectly balanced to not be overpowering. Granted I wouldn't want to have more than one and not all the time but having this every couple months would be perfect. Highly recommend unless you don't like cherry. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of mnesporov
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: An 750ml Bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pours a Dark almost red wine red. Fizzy head that disappears almost instantly.

Smell: A very cherry smell to it with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: A rich sweet taste of cherries that take over on this beer. A little hopy taste that turns out to balance real well.

Mouth-Feel: a medium bodied brew with a lot of carbonation.

Drink-Ability: I really enjoyed this brew but I could not drink a lot of it.

mnesporov, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of fisherman34
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sampled with rudge75 and my friend Reid. Dark red in colour with hints of brown. Low to medium carbonation. Huge sweet cherry aroma with additional notes of vanilla, and some pale barley malt. Very large in the mouth with the cherries obviously taking centre stage, along with a bit of other red berry fruit. As sweet as it is, there are more dimensions than sweet fruit to this beer, with notes of vanilla and earth. It’s smooth on the palate, yet there’s enough earthy bitterness to keep things in check. Not something you could knock back a lot of, but this is one heck of a dessert beer.

fisherman34, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out with a white head that falls right away. The deep red color is cloudy and very inviting. The smell is slightly tart, but very fruity. The taste is a blast of cherries, just wonderful stuff. I have had at least 6 bottles of this beer and it never gets old. The aftertaste is of slight barly once it warms up, deep down it is a beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Overall this is a great beer and I will continue to enjoy a lot of it.

Erdinger2003, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of oakbluff
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a champagne flute. Poured a murky red color, slight head and lacing. Smell is hard to describle- kind of a musty sweet smell. I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer and it met my non expectations. Wow- what a different flavour! Huge cherries, with a really sour finish, but yet sweet at the same time. the sweetness seems to be like a honey flavour. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. I'm not a huge cherry, so the flavour of this beer is probably wasted on me. I due to have to give credit for an awesome effort and a very complex brew. I am very glad I had a chance to try this, but probably a one time try.

oakbluff, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber supplied to me by demcorhip. Poured into a wine glass, shared with my Girlfriend.

Pors and opaque reddish-orange colour with tons of sediment (all those cherries I assume!), minimal head with just a smattering of lace. Smell is exactly like cherry pie, or cherry pie filling I guess. There's nothing fake or artificial about this aroma though, and it's not even too sweet. Very simple, but exactly what I'd want a cherry beer to smell like.

Taste is extremely mellow off the bat, with the lovely cherry sweetness throughout. Tart on the tongue with a slight sourness that you might expect. A light maltiness as an afterthought appears along with a bit of yeasty goodness. In the mouthfeel, the tartness dries the palate with a little carbonation sparkling the sweetness across the tongue. Body is quite hefty.

Final verdict on this one Is that although it's a delightful brew, and would be a great after-dinner beer, I had a hard time finishing my half of the bottle because as with most fruit beers they give me some nasty heartburn. That said, don't let it stop you from trying this one, just share the bottle with a few friends after dinner, you don't need more than one glass.

trevorwideman, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of mghotbi
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Supplied by a buddy from Milwaukee via UPS - Thanks, Doug.

Pours a murky cherry red with copious off-white head and a bit of lace. Smells like a big bowl of cherries, I detect no hop or malt aroma at all.

Taste is perfectly fruity, with little in the way of notable malt or hop notes. More like a cider or even a sweet wine. Finish is pinpoint and clean with no cloying or candy sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is pronounced.

This is a perfect after-dinner or dessert drink. I could also see serving this as a wine substitute during a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This is the best fruit ale I've ever tasted, but it's certainly no session beer.

mghotbi, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few store bought cherry beers and always been disappointed. Invariably they taste artificial and worst case artificial and cloying. I got this via trade and was uncertain how it would taste. Would it be a worst case? Would it be sour beyond belief?

Surprise! This beer rocks! From pour to taste it is an unadulterated, incredibly balanced beer which screams real cherries used! I felt as though I might actually be snacking on a ripe, fresh from the tree bowl of cherries! Best of all, this is done in a very complimentary beer and yeast combination. No worst case, no fruit cooler here. Just a wonderful blend of malt, yeast and cherries. Enjoy if you can get it!

barleywinebrewer, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Lindemans flute. Pours very murkey and muddy orangy-red with a tightly bubbled creamy pinkish head. You can smell the tartness and acidity of the cherries. Very nice. Some yeastiness. Absolutly spectacular flavor. Sweet up front. Tart at the end. Slight drying affect. Full luscious body. Lively carbonation. I bet I could get in a lot of knickers with this beer.

tjthresh, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Faro for sending me this bottle in our trade earlier this fall. Murky scarlet, almost like watered-down blood with a thin dusky-pink foam cap. The aroma is almost an exact sensory replica of the scent one detects when opening a can of naturally sweetened (i.e. without high fructose corn syrup or any other goo) organic cherries; pure fruit, thick, pulpy, skins-and-all. There's a hint of tartness, too, so it's not all just a sickly-sweet mess of fruit. The flavor is more of what the aroma foretells: thick, chewy cherry pulp, intensely sweet but not syrupy with a tart, dry edge at the finish. There is little in the way of grain flavor; perhaps only a little funky tartness from the wheat malt. A small and indistinct spice note weaves in and out of the middle as well, sort of like faint cinnamon. Dry and tart on the palate; not too puckery, but the intense sweetness is all fruit and no residual sugar syrupy crap. I don't know that a cherry-flavored beer that isn't a lambic could be done any better than this. Very nicely done fruit beer, and very special beer generally speaking. This paired quite well with the vegan chocolate mousse I had for dessert tonight. My wife didn't like it too well, but she's a hophead.

orfeu, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been sitting on this for a couple of months, couldn't wait any longer. Faro sent me this in my first trade, much love, as it's the first brew I actively sought out that I can't obtain in my area.

Pours out a murky/muddy-looking darkened raspberry/caramel bottom. Nice, creamy foam head with a light red tint that dissipates slowly. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell is subtle, and not overwhelming. Very fresh cherries, with a hint of raspberry like tart/sourness. Subtle blend of malts. Smooth aroma.

Tinge of tartness on the tip of my tongue, and then a wash of sweet, plump cherries. Fruity with a little carbonation. Light malts and cherries work together harmoniously. Very lightly hopped finish with a bit of mouth puckering. Creamy mouthfeel holds this incredible brew together and really is the highlight.

The thing I love most about this brew is that it is subtle and delicious, without being over-the-top or too pretentious. Yeah, it's brewed with a whole lot of real cherries, but the fruit is used to accentuate the beer rather than to overpower it. Perfect blend of beer and fruit, and by far the best fruit beer I've ever tried.

nouseforotacon, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of trep
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle thanks to JeffKrenner

Pours ruby red with a huge pink-tinted head that fades to leave a small ring around the glass. Delicious cherry aroma that I could smell for hours. So rich and sweet smelling, with a lil tartness and funk.

Sweet, like drinking Cherry Kool-aid, but much thicker and more delicious. Robust cherry flavors dominate throughout and leave you wanting more after every sip. So very smooth also.

Medium bodied, fairly thick for what I was expecting. Nice amount of carbonation to keep it bubbly. Incredibly easy drinking. Like I said earlier, like drinking cherry kool-aid. Truely an exceptional beer experience.

trep, Nov 02, 2006
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.