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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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world-class

2,889 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,889
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,079
Gots: 583 | FT: 65
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,889 | Reviews: 928
Photo of ojgio
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TmKeisySC
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 julian
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had this before, but recently acquired another bottle in trade for review purposes and so the gf could try.

A: Beautiful shimmering crimson color with golden brown rum-like highlights when held up to the light. Nice clarity! Lots of fluffy off-white head, decent retention with a little oily lacing. This looks tasty!

S: Holy cherry tootsie roll aroma batman! This has an intense sweet cherry aroma wrapped in caramel and dipped in vanilla. Stings the nostrils, but in a good way :) This kickstarts the taste buds and makes your mouth water.

T: Tastes even better than it smells, if that's possible. This is a beautifully delicious concoction of concentrated cherry flavors, mixed with an amazing melody of caramel, oaky vanilla and marshmallow. Nice body thanks to the wheat addition, and well balanced by some hops. The bitterness is barely noticeable but clearly this would be a lot sweeter and possibly cloying without what seems to be a perfect balance of bittering making this beer absolutely a delight to drink.

M: Nicely carbonated, great balance and flavor, finishes on the sweet side but leaves an awesome taste anyway.

D: I could drink this all night. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. Amazing.

Photo of VashonGuy
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WeisGuy
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - hazy, ruby red with lots of bubbles, small head around the edges with a little retention, small lacing as well

s - tart cherries exploding from the glass, the description on the label doesn't lie, smells like there is a pound of fresh cherries in there

t - intense sweetness up front with the tart cherries then engulfing the mouth, finish is long and sweet with lingering cherry flavor, slight sourness as well

m - light bodied, lots of carbonation, feels more like a slightly flat champagne in the mouth than any beer I've had, finish is quite dry

d - although quite sweet, I think I could sip on this stuff all night, definitely a change of pace beer though, not an everyday drinker

I've had this bottle sitting around since my trip to Madison over a month ago. Finally decided to crack it open tonight, and it was well worth the wait. New Glarus has certainly produced a beer like no other beer I'm familiar with. Great beer for something different and I can't imagine a better example of the style. Well worth any trouble you have getting your hands on this one.

Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to GV for getting this to me! Shared w/ sckressler.

Wow! This beer is a winner on all counts. Even the bottle is cool. It poured a nice bold red into the glass with some carbonation popping up to the top. Not much head, or lacing but everything else seems to be in place here.
Smells absolutely terrific. Cherry explosion. Smells like I fell into a vat of red cherries with some malt backbone.
Tastes amazing. Super smooth with a slight maltiness to balance it out. Tiny bit of tartness does not linger and is pleasant to the finish. I would come back again and again.

Finger licking good!

Photo of Robloc303
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mgbickel
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml bottle with the wife. Poured into a Piraat tulip.

A thin layer of buttercream colored foam formed from the semi-aggressive pour. The body is a murky brownish-maroon. The bubbles vanished quickly leaving behind very, very little lace.

Man...there is no denying what the main ingredient is here...cherries all day long! Think Smith Bros. meet your grandpap's pipe tobacco.

The cherry sweetness starts the taste off. A fizzy center turns tart before a sour aftertaste creeps under your tongue. Once again,
I am getting a tobacco flavor lingering in the background.

Medium bodied...fizzy with bunches of carbonation.

This is a wonderful offering. Complex flavors, body and fantastic nose. I really, really wish this was available closer to home!!

Photo of Shaimless
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of KI9A
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, red. Reddish/tan head.

S: Screams sweet cherry candy. Almost too much to handle...gotta dive right in!!

T: Obviously cherry. Some hints of vanilla, and light malts. The cherry blows away everything, but, at a pound of cherries per bottle, why not? The sweetness gives away to a fairly tart, not sour, finish.

M: Lighter than the the Rasberry tart. Not as gooey-sweet.

D: Too much fruit for one person to finish off a whole bottle, but, found it to be a superior after dinner drink. Nicely done, Dan!

Photo of ebones
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle with friends. Nice carbonation and warm cherry color. Nose is of a big red wine full of fruit. Smoooth stuff, Rich, ripe fruit but without the sugary sweetness. Lingers on and on. Don't know if this could be a regular consumption, but I'd like to try!

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice ruby red color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Cherry, some sweet, some tart but mainly tart cherry

T: As we talked about while drinking this cherry Luden cought drops, light tart and sweet cherry exchanging blows

M: Smooth feel, well carbonated and little booze

D: Great beer and representation of the style.

Photo of Tafyob41
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alexgash
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, yes: 200 review time! What better way to commemorate than with a top 50 brew (one I know I like at that!). Shared this with my girlfriend Sus over our Valentine's Day dinner. Was this fine concoction a suitable aphrodisiac? Why yes it was. Poured a muddy, ruby red with a small off-white head. The smell of rich, fresh sweet and sour cherry pie just pours off this beauty. Amazing! How did they get this to not smell like cough syrup (like SA cherry wheat)? Taste is...guess what? Yep cherries. Sweet at first with a pie crust maltiness. Sourness kicks in and finishes nice and tangy. Delicious. Nice bubbly mouthfeel (think cherry champagne), that I could drink more often than I can afford to!

Photo of locthebloke
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A.) - Shines a rusty, ruby hue in the glass. .5'' to 1'' frothy head that dissipates quickly. Fleeting lace as the glass is tipped.

S.) - Cherries, cherries, cherries. Fresh ones, at that. What would you expect?

T.) - A blast of sweet, tart cherries and not much else. Some pleasant malt sneaks in the back door. This hardly tastes like beer at all, and that is not a bad thing. Unforgettable taste. At only 4% ABV, hardly a tinge of alcohol, as one would expect.

M.) Smooth and sprightly. Utterly drinkable. Probably the least beer-like beer I have ever had, and I mean that in a good way.

O.) - Won't find a fruit beer much better than this. Picked up a bottle of this stuff at a liquor store 5 minutes from my house. Fortunate to be in Wisconsin where it is available. A good brew for the summer months. I see myself sitting on a lawn chair in the sun and going through 2 of the wine-style bottles myself. Mild, unique and utterly delicious.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date but likely 2014; poured into their flute-ish pint glass (obtained at the brewery); drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - ruby red coloration; high clarity (can both read and see through); initially frothy, pinkish head settles into a subtle glass lacing; small carbonation bubbles arising off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - total cherry bomb from the first opening of the bottle and essentially overwhelms all other flavors - no hops, no malts, no yeast

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is lite bitterness; this is immediately overtaken by huge cherry pie and Robitussin notes; very little alcohol or yeast flavors on the back end but finishes semi-sweet and inviting

M: 4/5 - high carbonation, low-to-moderate body, refreshing finish

T: 9/10 - essentially a one-dimensional fruit bomb but that's what the style is about? I'd put it up there with the best Belgian krieks; for $9.25/750 mL bottle at the brewery, this is a total steal that is recommended for trade if not in WI

TOTAL - 43/50

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

Bottle. Poured a cloudy reddish-purple color with a light white head. No lacing. Aroma is very strong with a nice sour cherriness to it. Mouthfeel is excellent as it is very smooth. Flavor is a nice tart cherry taste with a nice sour aftertaste. An excellent beer.

Photo of gator79
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hu5om
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy. One of the perks of living in Wisconsin. It's at most grocery stores, local bar has is on tap, and super delic.

Looks like a cherry soda and tastes like straight, sweet cherries. The closest thing to eating actual cherries in flavor that I have ever encountered. Probably because there is a pound of Door County cherries per bottle.

The Raspberry Tart is very good, too. But I just like cherries more so I give this one the edge.

It would be interesting to do a side by side with the unplugged cherry stout, if I can still find some.

If you haven't had this, get on it! New Glarus is my life...

Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Out of the bottle the beer pours a little off red/orange, but hits with a great clear ruby body. Head forms a nice off pink and creamy texture and some spotted leopard like lacing while drinking. Looks real nice. Finishes with champagne bubble bath suds of red.

Bouquet is unique and distinct but mostly a surprise. Candy store cherry wrapper candy notes and spicy. A very big burst of cinnamon red hots sensations. Strong but not overpowering and completely tolerable. Incredibly impressive.

Taste follows the nose but brings some nice sensations. Very mild tartness with cherry candy store fruit. Finish with cinnamon red hot candy chews without the burning acid.

Texture is almost creamy from the head play with body, but it's still quite light in feel. Mouthwash like teeth coating effect as well.

Overall this is pretty easy drinking, an immense flavor profile, unique, and so refreshing. Well done.

Photo of erosier
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Scoobydank for this one!

L: Pours a cherry red color from the bottle with a tall and thick white with pink tint colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and sweet cherries.
T: Big cherry flavor that isn't artificial tasting, it tastes like sweet cherries on top of a nice malt base.
M: Very smooth, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, I wish this was available in CT all the time. Really not what I expected and I was blown away.

Photo of Lupe
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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 meathookjones
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes of a 750ml bottle sampled on 1/15/05. The bottle was dipped in red wax. About an inch of light red head formed over the murky dark red body. Some lacing was left as the head stayed in tact. Strong cherry aroma hits you first with a bit of tartness backing it. There is a slight malty sweetness lingering in the back as well. A sweet tart like flavor hits the palate first before all the cherry flavor rushes in. The cherry flavor is great in that tastes like real cherries not sweetened cherry juice or something artificial. A good amount of tartness that lingers for bit rounds this one out. About a medium body to it with an effervescent feel to it. Pretty much what you would hope for with the style. This stuff is hugely drinkable with the tartness being very present but not overpowering and the other flavors complementing each other so well. This would be a regular for me if it was local. Thanks for the bottle slander.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.