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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
97
world-class

2,813 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,063
Gots: 537 | FT: 55
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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 egajdzis
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper, amber color with a small slightly off white head and some light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet fresh cherries. Taste is sour cherries, alittle yeast, but the cherries are extremely fresh! This was not sickly sweet artificial syrup taste. Hey, I may need another one of these

Photo of j_rod22
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours dark to light red with tons of carbonation. very light white/pinkish head that leaves a fantastic lace on the glass. Bubbles are spectacular on this too.

S - Aroma hints of apples and cranberries on the nose, and bouquets of fruits but the cherries really shine through on this. When I first tried this didn't expect the aroma to be as strong as it did, it's a very pleasant aroma.

T - Smell complements the taste, up front you get a nice sweetness and towards the end you get the sour tart cherries. Awesome dessert beer.

M - very nice complexity and balance with the sweetness and sour/tart. Carbonation goes well with the taste to tone down the sweetness of this.

O - Belgian Red is one of my favorites from New Glarus' line of Fruit Beer. This is great on a hot day or picnic, even a great dessert pairing beer. Nonetheless this beer is great definitely recommend to any lambic/fruit lover.

Photo of pheathers
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of phishsihq
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours a rusty, red color with a thin beige head. Cherry aromas engulf the nose - sweet, tart, and fresh. The amazing nose follows on the palate with a dose of cherry pie sweetness blending into a welcome tartness. Lively carbonation and a medium body round out this perfect example of what a fruit beer should be. We still have one bottle left....

Cheers!

Photo of jeffwright
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Beaver13
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep red that's so cloudy and thick I can only call it murky. A a cap of head, the color of which is a pink dark enough that it's nearly red, begins about a finger and a half in height. It retains its form well and leaves patchy lacing along the glass.
The smell belies what this beer will be: authentic and complex. No cough syrup, fake sweeteners, or anything of the like are detectable. Cherries hit the nose with a bang, and it's powerful stuff. Sweet without cloying serves to offset a bit tartness, along with a bit of a vanilla-like sweetness. It's a bit spicy and a touch woody/earthy as well. While not as complex as the flavor, this aroma is quite good.
While the smell is very nice, the flavor is as close to perfectas it gets. Hops are in the aroma but really come out in the flavor, and so perfectly that nothing about the cherry is detracted from. Deliciously woody with that same very gentle spiciness and woodiness offsetting the sweet and tart, this is one of those beers in which everything comes together just right.
This beer's body is medium with a creamy heft and plenty of depth. Just crisp enough with a steady carbonation, this beer goes creamy smooth and heavier without getting too filling. I'd take down the crispness an almost infinitesimal degree.

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 oline73
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Very red with a finger of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, natural somewhat tart cherry.

Taste: Sweet and natural cherry, like carbonated cherry juice. Mildly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: A very nice fruit beer, like this slightly more than the raspberry. Surprisingly, not too sweet.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woh! Impressive appearance. Muddy reddish brown with pink hints, but most of all: a monstruous cloud (darker than the rest of the pour) stalls scarily in suspension in my glass. Superior head, white, very sticky and foamy. Stellar visual. I'll be damned if this doesn't smell quite as good as the raspberry tart, of course both are very similar besides being made from distinct fruits. Pure cherry pie made of pure fresh cherries. Moreover, this is a children's puree, cherry flavoured, this stuff used to be good, admit it, we had some all over our clothes when we used to eat the stuff. Decadent dessert material, fresh, lovely, crisp, sweet, superb focus, chocolatey, caramelic.
Barry: "Oh my god, oh my god"
Martin: "I'm gonna try and find some defaults for you"
Well this is very sweet, but damn, one can't help but help it and anyone who hates beer would love it. Just decadent pie flavor with restrained oakiness. My only complaint (severe judging) is that the acidity could be more pronounced as this is extremely sweet. It tasted like it was baked.. spicy with vanilla notes. And a "wow" creamy velvety body with a surprisingly above average carbonation, biting actually. Legendary beer from the world's best non-lambic fruit flavored beers brewer hands down. Thanks again Nexxus.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks brdc for sending me fresh bottles.

This beer is close to absolute perfection.

The coloring is a festive red with a wimpy pink head. The flavor and aroma is of course cherry. Fresh cherries and not "cherry" flavor or artificial.
An ever so slight tartness begs you take another sip. A little fizz adds to the fun of drinking this. Thick and creamy.

This isn't overly sweet so drinkability is pretty high. Really an occasion beer. One of the best fruit beers I've had.
I hope to always keep this one on hand.

Outstanding beer experience.

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

Bottle poured into New Glarus flute

A: Two finger head (yellowish pink), reddish amber brown, lots of bubbles.

S: Sour cherries, some barnyard smell, jam

T: Delicious. I think this one is slightly sweeter than Rasp Tart. It's not really sour or tart, but it's definitely more tart than sour. Taste lingers in your mouth in a pleasant manner.

M: Perfect. Light to medium thickness with sharp carbonation. Less dry than Rasp Tart.

O: I prefer Raspberry Tart over this (Raspberry tart is more refreshing, although less complex), but NG never disappoints. World class beer for sure.

Photo of nleaders
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

A delicious example of what New Glarus fruit brews offer.

In the front, Luden's cough drops and Starburst cherry flavors. A touch of tart quality with lots of red candy cherry fruit flavor. A touch of malt in the middle and a tart quality that dries out the beer.

A good amount of flavor for the ABV. They stand pretty similar in quality for me so far.

Photo of Dope
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy blood red pour. Large soda-like red-tinged head. Retention is decent. Small amount of lacing.

S: Tart, overripe cherries. Then sweet cherries. Then cherry soda. Interesting.

T: Whoa. Up front it's like carbonated super sweet cherry syrup. Then it turns tart and very drying. Crisp. Very little aftertaste. The combination of sweet and tart flavors is I dare say, perfect for the style. I've never had a cherry fruit beer that even comes close. How can I not give it a 5?

M: Smooth, clean, crisp. Just right. Not watery or thin at all which I was worried about given the low ABV.

O: This is a hard one to rank. It's barely beer, BUT it's SO GOOD. For the style it is one of the very best - perhaps even THE best.

Photo of kajerm
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours somewhere between brown and red with a one-finger head of extremely fine ivory-colored carbonation that quickly recedes into a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Agitation brings up new head and splashes lacing all over the glass. Not as striking as the Raspberry Tart, but pretty stunning.

Smells like fresh cherries, maybe better cherries than I've ever actually eaten, with lots of acidity and a little bit of sweetness. That's all there is, but that's all there needs to be.

Tastes like it smells, and oh my god, is that good. Opens up with a splash of fruity, concentrated cherry flavor leading into a huge snap of mouth-puckering, eye-watering tartness. The sour cherry flavor lingers forever, to the point that I'm tempted to stop brushing my teeth so that I can taste this beer forever.

I'm using the term "beer" loosely here, because with this and the raspberry tart, New Glarus has really pushed the limits, even further than any Belgian brewery. A bit more beerlike than the raspberry tart, if only by virtue of not being screaming purple.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation, and is defined almost entirely by tartness.

Drinkability is outstanding, although I want to and have to drink it slow.

I want to be buried with this beer. Or the raspberry, that'd be fine too.

Photo of krazyboi
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a fluted glass.

A: Mahogany color with small foamy head that dissipates quickly.
S: Tart cherries. Very similar to the smell of Luden's cherry flavored cough drops.
T: Sweet and tart cherry notes in the beginning, full cherry flavor in the middle and tartness in the ending.
M: Low to medium body with high carbonation.
D: This is pretty darn tasty if you're into cherries. A bit hard to finish the whole bottle, unless you really love cherries. Very good stuff. Try it, at least!

Photo of jampics2
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with new friends and neighbors at our first neighborhood block party. The lady and myself were new to the neighborhood and wanted to make a nice impression. This did the trick. Everyone loved this and wanted to know where to buy one. Looks like I'll need to stock up for the next get-together.

Red and fizzy, this looks more like a cherry soda than a beer. Great head, looks like a pillows atop a red sheet of lush beer.

Smell is wonderful cherry juice. Wow, this is incredible. No beer qualities at all, just natural (no Ludens here) cherries. Just a touch too sweet, otherwise it would be a 5.

Taste is wonderful Cherry is of course the leader on this journey. Some non-lacto tartness from the natural cherries. Just perfect fruit flavor, such depth, all of it natural layers - a deep dive into this lovely fruit. Never fake or cloying. How did they do this? I know, if they told me they'd have to kill me. Well, if there are 72 cases of this in heaven, I'm in.

Mouthfeel is perfect and IMO is easily the best feature of this wonderful beer. Wow, just enough body to be substantial and a perfect lively carbonation. Nectar of the gods I tell ye! And drinkability is close to perfect too. Just a bit too much cherry overload to do a bottle by myself. A perfect party beer to share with good friends and new friends.

Funny story, I wandered away from the group to do a quick audio rating and it turns out I ran into a neighbor who was having a smoke. We discussed the beer and, in the course of the conversation with the recorder running, I made my observations that are captured here over the course of a 5 minute conversation.

This will be a staple of our future tastings with the neighbors!

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

A trip to this brewery was well worth it. This beer comes in a larger bottle with wax over the cap.

The "red" pours with a nice powerful head and is bright red in color. The nose is very fruity.

Taste is fresh, sweet, very cherry and clean and at the same time a little earthy. The sweet and earthy seems like an impossible combination. The mouth feel is like sweet tarts. Lots of bite. This is such a refreshing beer for a summer day. Best served cool. The only reason I discounted the drinkability is the sweetness. It may be hard to drink much of this at once. I would be hard pressed to find a better beer in this category. It is easy to see how this beer won the Belgian beer contest IN BELGIUM!!

Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of light pinkish white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, sweet, and very juicy aroma with a huge scent of cherries and some yeast. Very fruity and juicy throughout with a big upfront scent of fresh cherries. The fruit smells nicely sweet and tart but far from cloying. Bready presence of wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, yeast, and cracker. Also some hints of oak and vanilla. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. A really great juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a juicy, sweet, and spritzy taste with a huge presence of cherries along with some malt and subtle hops. Big dominate taste of fresh cherries which taste nicely tart with a good restrained sweetness. Solid backing presence of bready wheat and malt with notes of grain, cracker, and yeast. Some notes of oak and light vanilla come through. Subtle background notes of earthy hops as well. A very good juicy fruit taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very juicy, spritzy, and creamy. Sweetness is nicely balanced. Very smooth feel.

Overall: A really great fruit beer. One of the best American takes on the style. Great taste of real fresh cherries.

Photo of BillyB
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over a pound of cherries in every bottle! This is an amazing fruit beer. The best cherry flavored fruit beer I've had thus far. Brewed with, " whole Montmorency cherries, Wisonsin farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barley".

This was a deep rich red color with a pinkish foamy head.

Aroma was of cherries and a slightly belgian candi sugar smell, but not too sweet and the taste was not cloying at all.

Flavor was Cherry, Cherry, Cherry with some slightly sweet belgian yeasty, sugary notes. A little bready, wild, farmhouse taste.

I can't drink too many fruit beers but if I had to this would be the one.

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

Pours a hazy brownish red with a reddish white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is awesome. Smells like a Cherry Crisp fresh out of the oven; tartness of the cherries mingled with the sweetness of the brown sugar and cinnamon. I could sniff this one endlessly. Taste is dominated by cherries, but a wonderful balance between sweet and tart has been struck. Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is maintained by the balance between the sweetness and tartness; my 750ml bottle was gone too quickly. While I'd still prefer a good IPA or porter overall, this is a very good beer that is excellent within it's style and can make for a nice change of pace.

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

#100th Review

Poured and shared with friends, as part of bday celebration for a work buddy and myself.

Poured into 4 seperate glasses. Body is dark red, near amber. Has a hazy hue that is rather glowing when held up to light. Faint head, with a finger post pour, but which quickly dissipates. No real head to speak of.

Wow. Umm...wow. The nose reminds me of (dare I say it?)...watermelon jolly ranchers. Seriously. I mean, I thought I was crazy, but it is so dang potent. I think it is more of an insult to Jolly Rancher than New Glarus, but so much candied cherry comes off the nose it is divine. Mild dryness, but the cherries are the main attraction.

More of the same. Watermelon Jolly Rancher. Seriously. Oak notes come in through the mid body, which leaves a mild tingling sensation through the finish. Incredible cherry domination though. Cherry, cherry, and more cherry. Sweet, light and playful. Not cloying in any sense. The beer is there, but the cherry flavor is most pleasant. So well done and balanced, even for the amount of raw cherry flavor that is there.

Mild carbonation, with an oily mouthfeel that lingers well into the next sip.

I am super impressed. An exceptional beer. Makes me look forward to their Raspberry Tart with much more anticipation and longing.

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

Cool artisial green bottle with red wax seal over the cap and neck. Murky, dingy reddish-brown color. Pink tinged beige rocky head. Fades to a nice thin sheet over the beer. WOW ! is right, incredible full, fresh cherries. Earthy, stems, skins, the whole damn thing in there. Unbelievable aromas. Taste is tart, sweet, and chock full of fresh cherries. Liquid cherry pie. Sweetness shines more that sour, although there is a sharp sour after-taste that finishes up, but doesn't distract. Full cherry taste is every sip. Tight full carbaonation. Medium to light bodied, but more medium. Very good, either as a refreshing guzzler or a sipper. Wow an impressive beer and a treat to be sure. Thanks to bditty, I think this is the last beer of our blockbuster trade last year.

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!

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,813 ratings.