Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 937
Hads: 3,090
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 1,112
Gots: 648 | FT: 75
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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 Etan
3.27/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip, shared by Agold at last night's tasting.

A: Ruby with a small off-white head.

S: Syrupy. Cherry cough syrup. Hrm...

T: Better than the aroma. Cherry pie - candied cherry flesh, sugary pastry dough, heavy spice like nutmeg and cinnamon.

M: Slight carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Pretty interesting - tastes just like cherry pie - but I could barely kill my 8oz pour, let alone a whole bottle. Good for a one-time experience. (447 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Poured cherry red with a slight glow around the edges. One finger of light brown/cream coloured head formed and receded to a thin layer full of big bubbles.

S - Dark cherries dominate the nose but the aroma is very fresh and not artificial. Lighter notes of spice and sweet bready malts in the background. Almost smells like fresh baked apple pie.

T - Huge fresh baked cherry pie flavour full of dark cherries and sweet flaky pie crust. A touch of spice is present as well. An amazing flavour profile.

M - Almost full bodied. Creamy and thick. Light carbonation.

O - This was by far the best fruit or vegetable beer have had. (664 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip glass:

Pours a bright pinkish red with a soft pink, sticky head that fades to a thin cap. Nice lacing and hazy beading.

Very pungent on the nose. So much fruit it's ridiculous. Rich cherry, floral bits, white sugar, some honey... massive aromas.

Sweet. Tart. Sour. All cherries. I could never finish a whole bottle. Way too much flavor. Definitely an experience. Like no other beer that I can think of.

Drinkability is relatively low but it's part of the experience. It's a sweet, aggressive sipper.

I can see why people go nuts over this stuff but it's a bit much for me. (611 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 5/3/12

Thanks to smurfbeer for the chance to try this long time want.

Though a dirty rose color while being poured, the beer takes a darker turn toward rust and light plum. Held to the light, however, it has a nearly crimson sheen; it's quite bright. The head didn't pass more than half an inch an wisps out in no time. Some collar retention.

The aroma is a deep and sugary cherry: cherry pie, cherry concentrate, cherry preserves. Overtones of vanilla as it begins to warm. Faint cracker grains. I like the smell enough, but I'm afraid this is going to be a sugar bomb.

Huh. Not quite as sugary as I was expecting, but pretty close. The cherries are undeniable; sugary and heavily outfitted. Though it adds some to the sweetness, I'm glad there is a somewhat decently proportioned cracker and pie crust malt offset to flesh out the overall flavor. A bit tart, but it could stand for more stimulation in that respect.

The feel is a bizarre cross between a medium-light body and a sticky sugar bent. The beer feels far heavier than it actually is. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall impression - It's like hearty cherry soda. It's like a good, shitty port... without all that pesky alcohol. (1,242 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a couple pint glasses. Ruby red body with a pink two finger head. Lots of carbonation

S-Lots of candied sugar and sweet cherries and what I am going to call magic dust.

T-Sweet cherry juice dominates with a little yeast presence in the background. Just delicious.

M-A little tart with puckering carbonation.

O-Probably the best fruit beer out there. Worth seeking out and is perfect for warm weather. (418 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a flute at the brewery on 4/28/12

A - A beautiful mostly clear brilliant pinkish-cherry red with 1 finger light cherry head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - The soul of a cherry, these fruit are so abundant it is intoxicating, nice oak, and fruity soda, bubble gum notes.

T - A very sweet cherry taste hits you so smooth you'll be charmed immediately followed by a bit of tartness and delicate oak notes and just a hint of hop floral aroma.

M - Moderate body, highly carbonated, effervescent.

O - So complex and satisfying and easily among the most drinkable fruit beer. Pairs well with a nice creamy Wisconsin cheese. (652 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im sampling a 750 bottle wax sealed and cellared for a year. The beer is poured into a snifter and exudes a cloudy orange-red color with some bright cherry red highlights when held up to the light.
Very minimal fizzy, off white head after the pour that is nothing fairly quickly after the glass settles.
Aroma is sweet candi sugar and cherries with a bit of tartness hiding out in the background.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with minimal fine carbonation that gives just enough texture to this brew.
Flavor is sweet candi sugar and cherries almost like a ludens cough drop. Nothing but sweet fruit and a bit of tartness on the finish. No booze, no hops anywhere. Sticky on my lips and sweet but still fairly good drinker, next time I will split the 750 though. (769 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Generously shared by Rutager.

A: 3/4" tan head that dissipated quickly over red liquid.

S: Cherries and candy sugar predominate.

T: Cherries, candy sugar and yeast flavours.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Extremely drinkable. A beautiful treat of a beer. (291 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, hazy amber-red with over a finger of off white head.

Smell. Sweet cherries and a slight earthy funkyness.

Taste. Sweet cherry juice, a little yeast and malt, but mostly sweet, slightly sour cherry juice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall. Really nice beer. Tastes so fresh and so much like real juice.

Thanks yeahnatenelson for this killer treat. (396 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.07/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A ~2-year old WBR

Not an overly impressive offwhite foam head... No lacing either. Brew is hazy beet red.

Phew! Tons of syrup-y, sugary, cherry... A bit over whelming. Slight horse blanket funk too, is this normal?

Very dry, not as I expected. Slight off cherry flavor, very sweet, almost too much so. Perfect carbonation. Near offensive, pungent, cherry flavor.

A bit all over the place and a bit over done... This brew is a bit over rated, IMO. I wont seek it again, it would also be hard for me to recommend. I much prefer Raspberry Tart. Thanks Nick for sharing! (571 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with no dating. I assume from the trader that this is a newer bottle. Poured this into a white wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, pinkish orange/red color. About a half finger of off white head. Seems to be good carbonation. You do get some sticky lacing. The head does die down rather quickly, which surprised me.

S: Epic cherry smells. This is totally natural cherry not fake medicinal notes or anything. It's all fruit notes. I don't get any mild hop or malt notes at all.

T: Amazing natural cherry flavors. Again, this is not the fake cherry from life savers or medicinal products. This is delicious, natural fruit flavor here. And I am not even a cherry fan. Really light and refreshing. Perfect spring/summer beer. And the wife really enjoyed it too.

M: Light bodied (even though the bottle mentioned medium).

O: A beer for the style and for just being a delicious brew to escape to occasionally. (916 characters)

4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a small snifter

Appearance : deep dark red with a light pink head that quickly fades away leaving a thin ring of Smell bubbles behind ans micro lacing

Smell : very pungent tart cherries .

Taste : this one is all tart cherries all the way though from start to finish. Very subtle malt backbone .

Mouthfeel : light bodied brew with pleasant carbonation and somewhat sticky

Overall : I really enjoy this beer very solid fruit beer.Kind of reminds me of Blushing Monk. (487 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
2.69/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5



A: Light red with some transparency and a long lasting beige head.

S: Strong cherry presence but the fruit comes across as artificial and medicinal, like cherry cough syrup. Malt is sweet and crackery.

T: Again, cough syrup. Candied cherry cough medicine. Very sweet.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: I recall liking this quite a bit when I've had it before, but this was too similar to cherry cough syrup. The Raspberry Tart blew it away. (491 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry Tart was fantastic and I got this one in the same trade, but was waiting for a special event to open it. It's my brother's birthday today, so that's good enough for me.

Not all that red in color, more like rust...like a burnt orange with a little red in it. The head rise quickly from the active carbonation, but doesn't last too long. The lacing is wispy and in bands.

The smell and the taste are identical and that's a wonderful thing. So many American-brewed cherry beers, and those from England as well, taste like cherry-flavored cough lozenges. It doesn't matter if they use real cherries or not, the mixture of alcohol and cherry flavor makes for Smith Brothers. This one is different, it tastes like sweet Bing cherries with a sour element introduced. Or maybe the other way around, tart cherries with sugar added to balance the tartness. Whichever way, the balance is really nice and makes this beer quite enjoyable on the tongue. Oh yeah, the malts are present, showing as a touch of graham cracker adding some base.

It's also gulpable due to the medium, slick body being nicely cut by the carbonation. The low alcohol content makes it sessionable (if you can get it) and is probably why it doesn't come off as a cough drop. (1,249 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1 pint 9oz bottle.

Pours a very nice strong cooper color with some awesome reddish and pink hues. Nice and bright and slightly translucent. There is a nice half dense and half chunky white head with some pink tints to it that recedes fairly quickly.

Aroma of sweet maraschino cherries comes through. Some slight syrupy sweetness and some nice. There is some nice chalky yeast notes and some slight funk and mild tartness.

Flavor starts off similar to the nose with some nice cherry sweetness and some nice fruit juice notes. There is some nice tartness that follows through the rest of the brew with some nice light yeasty funk notes. Mouthfeel is nice light and fluffy.

Delicious brew. SImple yet refreshing and well crafted. Very nice. (776 characters)

Photo of Jammies
3.74/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for 8 mos.

A-pours a light orangish brown with deep red notes The inch of foam immediately retreats

S-sweet and fruity odor. The cherries are quite evident

T-sweet and a bit carbonated on the finish. Almost like apple juice with cherries. Not too sweet though

M-medium body and icredibly smooth

O-not an overly huge admirer of the fruit beers, but this one is pretty good. very smooth. (395 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Tired Hands stem/wine glass, a mostly clear, cherry red color tinted brown, with a 1-2 finger puff of pinkish-white head that receded to a wispy layer and left decorative lacing throughout the session. Aroma of cherries--naturally--and distant biscuity malts. Tasted pretty much spot on like cherry pie, black cherries, and doughy malts, good balance of tart and sweet, with the sweetness taking a slight edge and the breadiness of the malt keeping everything under control. Medium body, slightly chewy, moderate carbonation, very good overall. (574 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous crimson red, pinkish pastel foam. Slightly murky and unfiltered, a little bit of spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell is nice initially, pie cherry dominates, but then it starts smelling like a musty dishrag. Flinty minerals and attic must.

Sweet and vaguely tart, it's like a Chinotto spritzer but with pie cherry, definitely Door county in origin. Straight up cherry pie, crust and all, sweet cherry hard candy, with a soda spritzer level of carbonation. At the riverside brewery, this used to be aged in large oak foeders, not sure if that's still the case as it doesn't have much oak character at all. Mainly an apertif with cheese, or paired with a dense chocolate dessert. Not something to put down solo really, more of a crossover for wine cooler drinkers. (780 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple and delicious cherry ale; barely beer-like. Rich cherry color with a pinkish head. Retention is good as is lacing. Put your nose in it and you get a face full of fresh, tart and sweet cherries. Flavor follows suit; there’s not much complexity here, just a load of fresh, very natural tasting cherries that are well balanced between sweet and tart. Not a puckering beer by any means but a true fruit beer in the best sense. No robitussin here either, thankfully. Very little hop presence. Needless to say the ladies loved it.

Body is medium-thin, soda-like, with strong but not fizzy carbonation. The finish is dry, leaving you headed back for another sip. Basically a low-alcohol fresh cherry soda. Delicious but not profound.

Thanks Hellomisterp! (759 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750 into tulip. Pours a nice medium red color with a small head

Very cherry dominated with some orchard fruits as well. Excellent depth and while a bit singular it brings a ton of various cherry aromas

medium bodied but on the lighter side with a real nice feel. All sorts of various cherry flavors with a nice tart finish

this is a real delicious beer. This brings a lot of great cherry flavors and does it great (428 characters)

Photo of BadgerBrewer16
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome in your face cherry smell right up front, poured into a champagne flute a reddish amber color, head dissipated almost immediately to just a ring of foam, taste is tart cherries up front with a sweet finish, this is one great beer that left me wanting more (263 characters)

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber/reddish colored with an off white head. This has really good retention and good lacing.
Smells like cherry ludens cough drops, so sweet and so pleasant.
Semi sweet cherry flavor with a little tartness, and very delishious.
It's light bodied for sure, crisp from good amount of carbonation and a really good sweet aftertaste.
A very tasty beer, great flavor and aroma. (373 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back by AM and shared, much thanks
2011 edition, poured into a New Glarus flute

The New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red is perhaps the extreme fruit-dessert beer. Unapologetically sweet in its combination of fruit and malt, there is no escaping the cherries that were sacrificed in the making of this beer. All the components work together to form a highly drinkable ale, though I would have enjoyed more tartness. Because of its intensity on a single-focus flavor and its sweetness, I'm not sure how often I'd crave this beer, but it is good to have tried it.

Pours a pale pink head of medium-sized bubbles that fades, slowly, to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing seems to have been left. Beer's body is reddish hued, with active carbonation streaming from the bottom.

Aroma is dominated by sweet, ripe cherries in sweetened cherry juice, with just a hint of tartness. Could be cited as being one-dimensional, but the fruit is meant to be the focus of this beer.

Taste opens with cherry sweetness, a little like a cherry lifesaver. Quickly followed by full cherry flavors, layers of them, deep, reminiscent of cherry pie filling with a bit of tartness to balance. Enjoyable, complex cherries with some serious depth of flavor. Surprised at the low ethanol content. Closes out with a faint maltiness, which lets you know you're still drinking beer. Aftertaste, not surprisingly, of sweet cherries.

Medium to medium-light bodied with the carbonation giving this a crisp, almost champagne-like quality to it. Carbonation is not antagonistic, which is pleasant. Finish is quite dry. (1,602 characters)

Photo of adrock7309
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a 2011 vintage into a cigar city snifter.

With an aggressive pour, almost no head. What little head there was faded quickly to a small ring around the edge of the glass with some minimal bands of foam stuck to the glass - no lacing.

Smell is huge on cherries, pie crust, some bready yeast, and some floral/leafy notes. There is also a bit of tartness there too.

Flavor is big on cherry flesh, cherry syrup, and some tangy cherry candy. There is zero hops and the malt is very subdued here. Almost non-existent.

This is such a great beer. Just wish it had a bit more complexity to the flavor as it is dominated by cherries only. (639 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from straight from the source in New Glarus Wisconsin at the Brewery.

Appearance: Dark and murky; yet still a brilliant red. White colored head that has a really nice lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: heres a surprise... CHERRYS. Big fruity cherries and some added sweetness from the malt profile. Its almost like cherry pie smell.

Taste: Both sweet and tart cherries, with a decent balance of the cherry profile. Its also got a mild oak and earthy note to it. Great fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: drinks like a medium bodied beer even though its only 4%. moderate carbonation levels. The carbonation is almost seltzer like and lively. Just enough carbonation to keep the beer from becoming syrupy. Easy drinker here.

Overall: Drank this beer many time, just finally reviewed it. I really love this fruit beer and the raspberry tart is just as tasty. New Glarus is known for the fruit beers for a reason! They are World Class! (935 characters)

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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