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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

2,742 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,742
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,031
Gots: 499 | FT: 48
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 budgood1
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it's my seven year BA anniversary today and i've been sitting on this bottle for almost a year, so i find it appropriate to toast this day with a special brew.

WBR pours out of the 25 ounce bottle a cherry red infused dark bronze colour, with a magnificent cream to tan head that seems to want to stay. plenty of lace to be had, also. the aroma is a deftly balanced mixture of delicious tart cherries and sweet maltiness, with an oaken note from the aging in oak vats. the taste is sublime! it's cherry centric, but with enough of a malt backbone to come across as beery and balanced. definitely tart, and a touch yeasty, too. there are wheat malt nuances and a grainy/grassy flavour from the hopping i suppose...and a slight bitterness that never asserts itself in any way. this is by far the best tasting fruit beer i've had the pleasure of quaffing. the mouthfeel is alive and spritzy, holding up all that fantastic cherry goodness, complimenting the full body and robust nature. drinkability is spectacular...WBR never comes off as cloying or artificial, just delicious and satisfying in a way i've never experienced before. FANTASTIC.

highly recommended. about as perfect a brew as one can think of. it's more than a fruit beer; it's the nectar of the beer gods.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jonstubb for this beer. Poured out in to a wine glass a murky dark pink, with lighter hues towards the top, and a small white/pink head. Smell is of fresh cherries and other fresh red fruits, jolly rancher, some vinous properties, hints of oak and wine. Flavor is composed of luscious cherries, pie crust, more oak, bits of tart funk here and there, but overall more sweet. Body is light, with wonderful carbonation that prickles the tongue ever so slightly. It is hard to believe that this is made up of malt and hops, as the fruit is so damn prevalent. Drinking this is far too easy, I could probably go through two bottles. This is close to being a perfect beer for me. If I lived in Wisconsin this would be in my fridge at all times.

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

I saved this to open on Thanksgiving as a dessert beer. I half expected that this would be a cloying, sweet, syrupy cherry overload. Thankfully it is none of the above. Nice red color with lots of carbonation. Smells and tastes, as everyone has already noted, like tons of fresh cherries. Amazing that New Glarus was able to pull off a fruit beer that has tons of fruit flavor without hampering drinkability. Low abv and light to medium body plus fairly high carbonation make this chuggable.

Photo of dashirey
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the spoils from a trip to Wisconsin. Shared on Thanksgiving with the family to some mixed feelings, but here is what I thought.

A - Small off white head, cloudy, reddish brown color looks like a glass of apple cider with some red food coloring.

S - The smell reminds of a sour cherry cobbler that we make after picking fresh sour cherries in the summer. Really nothing else in the smell but cherries.

T - The taste is a unique mixture of sweet and tart cherries. For me not too much of either just right in both departments.

M - Generally smooth with some dryness at the end. The carbonation was perfect for the style, very similar mouth feel to champagne - just toned on the dryness and carbonation.

D - I couldn't drink this everyday, but it truly is a great drink and would never complain when I get my hands on a bottle. If you have friends who don't like beer get them to try this it should open their eyes to the versatility of beer styles.

Photo of vacax
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared with jerz.

A: Quick white head rises and falls like champagne bubbles. Great cherrywood color coming from the cherries.

S: Cherry cider. Cherry juice. Fresh cherries. Cherries.

T: All about the cherries. Tantalizingly tart with and a mild to moderate sour finish plays all over the tongue. Bushels of cherry flavor and an acidic presence and tartness that prevents it from being "too sweet."

M: Medium bodied with champagne-like bubbles to lighten it up.

D: New Glarus's fruit beers are a testament to why we should all move to Wisconsin, or at least befriend someone from this great state. Already famous for its cheese, I think beer is a good pairing. I would buy this beer often and drink it on many occasions were I able to. Drank half of a bottle, savoring it all. The only thing slowing me down drinking this was making sure to savor every drop. Strong acidity is the only drawback, but no problem here as this is a perfect beer to share with friends and family.

Photo of rhinos00
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark, murky copper color. Very little off-white head formed and dissipated quickly.

S- Pungent acidic cherry smell hits the nose. As soon as I took a whiff, I knew I was in for a treat.

T- Unbelievably good. Imagine cherries piled upon cherries just sitting in your beer, giving off all their flavor. Very surprised as to how defined the cherry taste remained throughout consumption.

M- Light, refreshing, and slightly carbonated. Nice touch of fizz in their as well. Perfect all the way.

D- The tart and sour taste got to be a little too much after a while. I think this beer is better if shared with another person.

Huge thanks to Jeremy (drseamus) for sending this my way. This may be one of the first beers of mine that my fiance actually approved of. Definitely a must try!

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

Brewed with Montmorency Cherries (purportedly a pound of whole cherries per bottle), locally grown wheat, and Hallertau hops, the beer is then left to mature in 12 ft. tall oak tanks. Okay, great, let's get to it. Murky ruby-hue capped by a flamingo-pink head appearance and harbors an aroma reeking of unabashed cherrynicity, there's nothing fake or artificial about this beer. With a taste reminiscent of fruit leather, the flavor is certainly aggressive in it's sheer determination to cram that pound of cherries down your damn throat. It deftly walks the fine line between sweet and tart and carries with it a jolt of juicy, cheek-pinching acidity. The malted wheat and hops definitely take a backseat to the deep, strong cherry fruitiness. God, I hope you like cherries. The high level of carbonation in the beer does well to bring a much-needed levity to what otherwise would be a heavy body. You do like cherries, right? Overall, a deliciously unique beverage, though I suspect some may be left angrily shouting the catchphrase "Where's the Beer?"

Photo of davedahl
3.23/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle I picked up at Woodman's in south-west Wisconsin.

Appearance is ruby-red. Red red red. So much so that it makes me slightly nervous. Hard pour gives a couple fingers of pink head which dissipates very quickly - snap crackle pop.

Not much to the nose - slight cherry scent. Smells vapid cold and cherry.

First sip is a blast of cherry sweetness. Whoa. Some tart too which makes it less of a cherry popsicle. If you look for it you'll find a slight, but interesting, roasted malt flavor in back.

The mouthfeel starts syrupy then quickly gets crisp and thin.

I bought two bottles, will let the other age a bit and hopefully the sweetness will relax a bit. Glad I had the young one, but won't likely have another till the second bottle ages 6 months or so.

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

Came unexpectedly in a trade from orbitalr0x. Thanks!!!

Red tinted glad to say. Off white head, fell quickly. Caramel colored out of direct light. "Marriage of wine and beer" it says.

Smells like a wild cherry life saver, with just a hint of sour. I happen to love wild cherry life savers, so this should be a good night.

Taste is the same as the scent, but the first drink is like a shockwave to the whole mouth. Eyeopener! Tons of sweetness in here.

Smooth. Dry on the finish. Carbonation is mellow.

Overall: a great treat

Photo of rayjay
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an undersized pilsner glass since I don't own a flute.

Nice deep red color that leans toward brown. Mild haze, but generally a brite beer. Not much in the head or lace department.

Nose reminds me of a cherry flavored Icee. Mild hints of dusty old wood and Luden's cough drops. Not what I was expecting but smells quite appetizing.

More of the same in the flavor department. Mild and pleasant tartness, with a more-than-normal amount of sweetness. Almost as sweet as a lambic from Lindemanns. Lots of cherries that lean towards the medicinal end of the spectrum, almost cloying but still quite balanced. The sweet fruitiness doesn't go over the top, but certainly walks on the ledge the whole time. Hops are undetectable. Mild pepper hotness and spiciness in the finish.

Very light carbonation (which I love), coupled with some sticky sweetness (not so into that).

Refreshing and drinkable. Recommended for fans of the style, but I prefer more dryness and tartness.

Thanks to DontCallMeSurly for the trade!

Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color bordering on pink, with a light amount of foam into a brandy snifter. Nice waft bright tart cherries and not much else in the nose. Do you need anything else when they use a pound of WI cherries per bottle? Taste is tart cherry, a nice base beer flavor, semi-sweet and somewhat dry on the finish. Medium bodied and oh so very tasty. Probably the best fruit beer I've ever tasted. So much cherry goodness in this one, but it's hard to drink more than one glass at a time. Perfect for dessert with a slice of cheesecake.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with no head and some carbonation with a very thin ring of lacing.

Scent of tart maraschino cherries, and that's pretty much it, good stuff.

Taste of tart cherries with a hint of cinnamon, some sugars and a hint of banana in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and biting, similar to the Raspberry Tart.

I prefer the Raspberry Tart over this because this one is a little shallow to me. It is good though and I will likely purchase it again.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body is natural cherry colored, cloudy, with a light white head.

Nose is surprisingly bland, sweet and bready. It smells really good, I just expected a more intense aroma based on the flavor.

Flavor is both sweet and tart fresh cherries. Reminiscent of cherry pie filling, but not as sweet with more tartness.

Mouthfeel is tart and quenching, slightly astringent.

Drinkability is good, limited by sweetness. As I do not have much of a sweet tooth, I would not want more than about half of one bottle at a sitting.

Photo of tuo
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red body with golden highlights and a very nice white/reddish head that is persistent throughout the glass.

Smell: All kinds of cherries up front smelled absolutely fantastic. There is also a faint smell of oak underneath.

Taste: Nice in your face sour/tart cherry flavor that finishes in a sweet cherry pie flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Perfect carbonation with a fizzy and smooth feel. Fizzy upfront but in the back nice and smooth. This beer could be drank all night long. Absolutely fantastic.

Photo of EGledhill
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ncbvc for this gem. Poured into snifter glass.

A. Redish brown with white fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing the whole way through.

S. Great smell of cherries and a slight maltiness.

T. Simply fantastic. A wonderfully balanced cherry flavor, slightly tart and mildly oaky. Possibly the most fantastic taste I've ever tried.

M. Light and crisp with a mild carbonation.

D. Exceptional drinkability. Could easily drink this all night and not get bored.

Overall this is one fantastic brew. Glad to have tried this and sorry to see this bottle empty. I knew I shouldn't have shared this with my girlfriend and her mother.

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

I can't thank Paul Springs (best bestman ever) enough for bringing this gem to my wedding. Reviewed from notes from my mindbogglingly awesome beer infused pre-wedding party on 10/10/08.

I couldn't believe my eyes: Wisconsin Belgian Red in MY glass.

a: Hazy ruby red body and a big head.

s: Sweet and slightly tart cherry pie, just like grandma used to make.

t: Just like the smell: homemade cherry pie. A pound of cherries in every bottle and I can taste every last one of them.

m: Medium body, smooth and clean.

d: Super easy drinking. Just enough tartness to balance the sweetness. Best damn fruit beer I have ever had. My favorite beer of the night and that is saying something.

Photo of SykDoc
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from the bottle into a brandy snifter. It has minimal head that quickly dissipates to little more than some small bubbles around the edge. It appears a brown/deep red color and is almost opaque when held to the light, which was odd to me.
The smell was the first thing to really make me say this might be a very good beer. There is a heavy scent of fresh cherries and some minimal floral undertones.
Initially, I was struck by the amount of carbonation with the first taste. This ends rapidly and the taste of cherries and malt begin to kick in. It also leaves a cherry aftertaste, which is quite pleasant. It has a medium-light body and sits on the palate nicely. It is the flavor and mouth feel, which will keep me coming back.
Overall, it is similar to the raspberry tart by New Glarus, because it seems to lack some of the beer flavors. However, it is still a great beer and deserving of both its rank. I will definitely drink this again.

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small pink head that quickly settles to large bubbles around the edge. Spotty lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell fresh cherries. Not much else is going on in the aroma.

Starts with big cherry flavor and then finishes tart. Leaves a lingering cherry aftertaste. Definate vinous qualities.

Light body and low carbonation. The texture is delicate and smooth.

Captures the flavor of cherries but I would of liked more beer qualities. The bottle goes quickly and the low ABV helps drinkability.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly fluffy two fingers of light tan head sits on top of a murky brownish red body. Nose is amazing like crisp suger glazed perfectly ripe cherries. Wow! is what comes to mind with first sip. An interesting combination of cherry pie filling, fruit wine and malt liquer. It is just bursting with juicey cherries and even a hint of raspberry. A hint of tartness balances out all the sweetness nicely. Mouthfeel is lush and you really cant stop drinking, so split the bottle or drinkability would suggest maybe you keep it all to yourself. I would love to see how this beer blends with a good smooth porter. So many possibilities with this one.

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

Pours a cloudy burnt red with a small tan head. Not much lacing or retention, and moderate carbonation.

Huge fresh cherry aroma, sweet and tart with some earthiness. Smells like real cherries, not candy impostors.

Cherry flavor is upfront - sweet and tart. Malt backbone is sturdy enough to keep the cherries from overpowering in a bad way. Like the aroma a touch of earthiness is present, along with some faint oak. Finishes dry with lingering cherry notes. Delicious.

Light bodied, delicate and crisp on the tongue. Perfect level of carbonation. Incredible drinkability, especially for a fruit beer - that bottle went quick. Time to find someone to trade with.

Big thanks to unclejedi for sending this as part of my Powerball winnings.

Photo of beerfairy
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice cloudy red/orange w/ a nice small head. Decent lacing is present.

S- Very fresh cherries. Very reminiscent of the little debbie cherry pies, but classier.

T- Very nice sweet yet a bit dry cherry taste, outstanding.

M- Low carbination, smooth feel.

D- I will definitely drink this again. It's easily drinkable. One of the best fruit beers I've ever had.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this into a Champagne Flute and a tulip glass as the label says enjoy in either a brandy snifter or champagne glass. Poured one for my wife and one for myself.

Neither pour produced any sort of head. In the snifter I tried to aggressively pour and still nothing built up. The color is a cloudy reddish/purple color. Speckled lacing dots the glass as the beer is consumed.

The aroma is certainly of cherries and also has an earthy quality to it. You can detect a sharpness or tart nature to the aroma. This is certainly consistent with cherries.

The taste is certainly very interesting and obviously different. Is it a cider? A sparkling wine? Beer? Starts a bit sweet, then heads to a tartness that lets you know we are dealing with real cherries. It then finishes with a slight bread like quality that lingers in the background of the tartness. Yes, it has a fruity cherry nature to it from front to back.

The mouth feel is certainly sparkling and vibrant. The drinkability is the real question for me. It's a slow drinker in a different way than an Imperial Russian Stout. The tart nature is almost shocking with every sip.

I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this, but I'm not sure it's my cup of tea.

You can tell it's a well built beer though.

Photo of Lothore
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a translucent reddish brown with a 1.5 finger frothy head after a vigorous pour that dissipates quickly.

S- Smells is candy sweet, cherries, rich malty backbone.

T- Taste is earthy, hints of cherry, a tad sour, maybe hints of toffee.

M- Fairly thick and maybe a bit too carbonated for my taste.

D- Well crafted but I can barely drink 1 glass. Way too fruit forward for me. I like fruit beers a little more subtle than this.

Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice cloudy red/orange w/ a nice small head. Decent lacing is present.

S- Very fresh cherries. Very reminiscent of the little debbie cherry pies, but classier.

T- Very nice cherry that has a nice balance between sweet/dry/funk. There is an oakiness presence to it that was very nice that almost gave a dry chocolate note. The finish is dryer.

M- Nice low carb and the oakiness is great on the palette.

D- I will definitely drink this again. It's easily drinkable. I'm glad I'm moving to WI so I can have more of this.

Photo of nickynick
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Belgian Red poured a brownish reddish color. Smell was all of cherries. Very sweet nose. The taste was sweet and sour cherries. Tasted close to a Belgian Flemish Red. Not overly sweet, and a nice tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit thick. Drinkability was nice. Overall a good beer. I wish that New Glarus would send some of their beer to Illinois.

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,742 ratings.