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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

2,687 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,687
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,024
Gots: 478 | FT: 43
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 StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

StevieW, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of Rastacouere
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Rastacouere, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

sweemzander, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - in need of something fruity, guaranteed to wash away the taste of a few spoiled bottles. I've had this one since last April - it's time. Pours a clouded, dirty red into a lambic flute. The layer of foam has a purplish ring at the top, like the cherry sediment is trapped and can't fall through the head.

Aroma - earthy, intense, pulpy cherries, outstanding. Not over the top sweet or sugary. For its intensity it's not a heavy aroma, very nice.

Taste - sweet cherry juice, then a hit of green apple tartness. Mmmm... There is a faint hint of graininess behind the tart, it peeks out when I'm not paying attention. The aftertaste is dry and tart with an acidic fruit finish.

Mouthfeel - almost a soft drink level of carbonation. The smoothness is like orange juice; it really amplifies the fruit and carries the beer up a notch.

Drinkability - what a fruit beer. Too heavy for sessioning, but awesome for sharing and tastings.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of emmasdad
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although I have had this beer many times over the last 7 or 8 years, I never felt rushed to review it, figuring I'd just get it next time.

The time is now, after we split a five year old bottle last weekend (thanks so much Marty) in the backyard.

I was amazed that the fruit presence was still so prevalent, the cherries as fresh and juicy as the day they went into the barrels. I was blown away by how well this one held up for such a low alcohol beer.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a suggestion of slightly pinkish foam on top. The aroma is all fresh cherries, with a very light tartness, some vanilla and malt. Light bodied and refreshing, lightly tart, a little malt, but mostly delicious fresh cherries.

Incredible.

emmasdad, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade: thanks RRC87! My first winter shipment so I had to have a cold one right out of the box. Split with my wife.

A. Pours a hazy deep red with brown and burnt orange highlights. A small off-white head rises up ever so slightly and leaves night trails of residual lacing down the glass.

S. Tart cherry with vanilla, a touch of oak, and a bit of medicinal character.

T. Tart cherries with some oaky wood character. These give way to a bit more sweetness with some vanilla and a touch of lemon juice. Ends fairly dry with just a touch of residual tartness.

M. On the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation that helps pick up the residual flavors on swallow.

D. Incredibly drinkable - I wasn't a big fan of the raspberry tart so I got these for my wife not expecting to like them too much. It looks like I'll be trading for some more of these in the near future.

BeerAndBourbon, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired this beer from dunt via Support Your Local Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a very light reddish, brown color with one finger of sudsy almost rose colored head. Head recedes rapidly and leaves sticky spider webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of extremely sweet candied cherries. Somewhat like a chocolate covered cherry.

T: Taste starts with a nice sweet candied cherry flavoring. Taste then moves in to an almost chocolate covered cherry flavoring before a nice tartness comes in and really holds through the finish.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, nice crisp with a dry finish.

D: Goes down ridiculously easy, not too filling, mild kick, this is a great beer that I could have again and again.

Jayli, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a murky cranberry juice red with a tiny 1/2 light red head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of fresh sweet cherries in their own juice. A very fresh and mouthwatering smell. Taste is very much like the liquid form of a cherry flavored Jolly Rancher. Very sweet yet slightly tart at the same time in a perfect balance. This is a very carbonated beer that is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, an awesome fruit beer all around and probably the best cherry flavored beer I have ever had. I will seek out more of these for sure.

UCLABrewN84, May 13, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml green waxed and crown-capped bottle into my New Glarus tall flute glass.

A= This beer poured a light and bright red color with thin fizzy pink and white head. The head quickly dropped to zero and did not leave any lace on the glass.

S= There was an incredible aroma on this beer. I found lots of fresh cherry and almond/marzipan in the nose. It was simple and perfect.

T= Very good flavor profile of cherries (obviously fresh - not canned or concentrate) and almond paste. Sweet but not cloying in any way. Slightly tart in the finish with a lingering cherry aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level that felt great on the tongue.

D= A world class beer for sure and deserved of all the hype. Easily my favorite fruit beer ever and one I will gladly have again and again.

spointon, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A dark cherry red body crowned with a minimal light pink fizzy head that dissipates to island foam rather quickly.

S: Sweet tart cherries (duh!) that tickles the nose. Smells wonderful with almost a medicinal hint to it. Reminds me of Ludens cough drops, but in a good way.

T: Cherries. Cherries. Cherries. Almost a sweet/tart cherry cider with not hops of malts detected. A dry finish, but long lasting. Not a fan of fruit beers, but this is very pleasant.

M: Spritzy texture, lively carbonation, and a light body.

D: Truly enjoyed this beer. This is the first fruit beer I've really enjoyed and wished I had a second bottle. Easy to drink and amazing flavor.

BrewCrew2010, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A cloudy rich red color. Poured aggressively, a full finger off white head that fades quickly, light lacing remains. The smell initially came across to me as being very sweet and similar to maraschino cherry syrup. The aroma really led me to think that what would follow would be as sweet. Full bodied, the mouth feel is lightly carbonated and complemented by a cherry sourness that flows through the mouth like a syrup. Full flavored, the big cherry taste reminds me of a tart cherry pie filling. This is way too easy to consume.

jjayjaye, Oct 03, 2007
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!

rhinos00, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of punkrkr27
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ruddy red colored pour with a small loose head. Tart cherry and sweet pie aroma with a hint of funk. Sweet tart cherry pie flavor with slight cane sugar, vinegar, apple cider and biscuit. The body is sticky, medium full with lots of effervescent carbonation.

punkrkr27, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of josephwa
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

josephwa, Oct 08, 2012
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4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

amaass2, Sep 16, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

mitchelmay, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of jhawkvol
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

jhawkvol, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of slight red/pink head. Thin layer retained while drinking with random sticky lacing left behind. Medium amount of active carbonation in glass while drinking. The color is ruby red and is very clear and transparent.

Smell: Juicy, sweet, sugary wonderfulness explodes out of the glass. The cherries make your mouth absolutely water with a sweetness that is so potent but kept in check from being obnoxiously sweet with true mastery. Some grassy earthy hops can be picked up on the back end.

Taste: Sugary cherries hit right away with a perfect amount of lingering sourness. Its unbelievable how potent and perfectly the cherries are about to dominate this brew. The sourness continues to linger through on the body with some light oak character. Grainy earthy hops sit on the palate after with of course continuing cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light dryness, lingering sugary rounded sweetness, and some grainy hop character.

Overall: Cannot help but love these masterpieces from New Glarus. No other brewery I've had can bring out the fruit character more potently and perfectly. Their sweetness is always kept from going too far. These are an absolute must try.

KFBR392, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

DanGeo, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

jono0101, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Schlais, Dec 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Ben7773, Feb 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

supa0525, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

NWer, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2014
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,687 ratings.