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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,061
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 alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not really a fan of fruit beer or cherries but this one still tasted good to me, so if you are a fan of either you will probably be in love with this beer. The only knock I have on it is the drinkability because, like I said, I haven't gotten into the style yet.

Photo of thehand
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One pound of cherries per bottle? I'm there!

Poured from wax sealed bottle into New Belgium goblet. Pours a clear medium ruby red with about 1/2" foamy pinkish head that settles to a bubble film with some sticky lacing. Aroma is very strong sugary sweet but very tart cherries. Cherry is the only thing I can smell in this beer, but that's ok because I love cherries. The aroma literally makes my mouth water. Taste is intensely rich, sweet and tart cherries. I love it. It's like liquid cherry pie. Medium bodied, high carbonation, feels a little sticky sweet. The sweetness limits the drinkablility just a tad, it's a little cloying, but this beer is so delicious, I can't put the glass down. Couldn't drink this beer very often, but it makes a great treat once and a while.

Photo of jjanega08
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a thick dark red color very dark red with a tiny pinkish head rising from it and no lacing. Pretty much what I expected.
S= Cherries all around. Somehow it also keeps the beer character to it as well though. Pretty good odor from it.
T= Cherry Pie!!! Wow tastes just like cherry pie so much that I'm actually starting to believe I can taste the crust in it. Toward the end there is a very very slight Belgian beer character which is prolly why I think I can taste crust.
M= Great carbonation and Sweet medium body
D= Amazing. I would expect nothing less. This beer actually tastes like cherry pie and is a delicious dessert beer. Great brew.

Photo of thirdeye11
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a good friend in Wisconsin for shipping me some of this! I have the Raspberry Tart up next.

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter style glass.

A: Beer pours an absolutely gorgeous red color that is clear, effervescent, but has little to no head or lacing.

S: Smells like cherries and nothing else. Reminds me of a cherry pie from the smell, slightly tart and slightly sweet.

T: I can't imagine a fruit beer tasting any better than this. It's straight cherry pie filling that is refreshing and so good. Goes down really easy, but I like to sip it because the tartness coats my mouth with each sip and I want more.

M: A little undercarbonated maybe, but aside from that I have no complaints. This one is great.

D: I don't think I could drink more than 2 8oz glasses of this due to its tartness, but man does it taste good.

This may be the best fruit beer on the planet. I know I haven't had a better one yet, but it is very delicious and ANYONE beer drinker or not should seek this one out if they get a chance. This could convert some non-beer drinkers to start.

Photo of jwolfie70
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Have had this a couple of times out of the bottle and finally thought I would get around to reviewing. Pours a very bright, deep red. Smell is of cherries, cherries and more cherries. The taste is of a wonderful, fresh cherry. It has some tartness, the sweetness is a little overpowering. However, it is abundantly clear that this is not an artificial cherry flavoring but the real deal.

If I would have one compliant about this beer, is that it is too sweet to drink more than a glass of. I tried to sit down and drink a bottle by myself and couldn't finish it. Plan to drink this with friends (especially non-beer lovers, who may be converted with this sweet nectar).

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

It poured a hazy red. It had a slightly pink one finger head. No carbonation activity could be seen.

It smelled like a delicious like malt and cherries.

It had a perfect balance of cherry punch, malt texture and mild oak flavor. It had a wonderful medium body that went down easy and finished with a nice fruit tart.

This is an amazingly drinkable beer. I have had it more times than I can count. Every time that I have this beer I am amazed by how good it is.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a ruby red color with a two inch pink head. It falls down to a skim eventually and leaves some moderate lacing.

Aroma is basically straight up cherries. Like the Raspberry Tart, it's kind of a mix between sweet and tart, both trying to dominate but in the end they just blend to a wonderful cherry bomb.

Taste is quite sweet up front, of course exploding with cherry flavor. It gets more tart right at the beginning of the swallow and stays that way into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with perfect carbonation that lends to a nice and creamy yet refreshing drink. Highly drinkable.

Yet another excellent brew from New Glarus. I like the Raspberry Tart better personally, but this is crafted just as well. Seek this one out if you are a fan of kriek.

Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a slightly hazed, ruby body with a small pinkish head. Minimal wispy lacing.

Aroma is freshly crushed, ripe cherries with a hint of caramel.

Light medium body with low medium carbonation. Clean and smooth.

Taste is freshly crushed cherries, tart and sweet. A hint of caramel and a kiss of yeastiness. Nothing cloying or artificial. Amazing how the essence of fresh ripe cherries is so seamlessly integrated into the body of this beer. A hint of oak creeps into the finish.

Not at all complex, just an exquisitely crafted fruit beer that has exceptional drinkability. Fans of cherries and/or fruit beers should seek this one out. Thanks to dancinwillie for the opportunity to savor this Wisconsin treasure.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle aquired through Thomashardy, split with Birradr14.

A- Wisconsin Belgian Red is ruby red with some brighter spots here and there. A very clean looking beer with some bubbles upon pouring but no head.

S- This fruit beer is a blessing with a ton of cherries in the nose literally. At times this has scents of a cherry jolly rancher.

T- I had this twice in one week and the 1st was way to sweet like sucking on a cherry jolly rancher. That was present in this bottle also but to a lesser degree. A nice sweet fruit beer with just a touch of sour twang, ever so slight. This is cherry juice.

M- A step up from the lighter side of brews with some carbonation felt on the mouth. Very sweet and a bit much at times so sippin is prefered. It's like i'm sippin on some szzurp.

D- This 5% beer would fill my fridge if I lived near NG. This is great on it's own or paired with some dessert or with other beer's. You really can't go wrong with it. Probably would be a great hit with the ladies as well.

Photo of drizzam
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby red color, topped by very little head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving a minute amount of lacing down the inside of my pint glass. What little head there was showed as a bright bubbly white with a pinkish hue.

S - Smells like fresh tart cherries. Not a real effervescent brew...but does smell tasty.

T - Tastes like I took a hunk of my Grandmas homemade cherry pie and took a big old bite out of it. Fresh cherry taste...quite yummy. Some might find the lack of complexity a little one dimensional, but I think that's what makes this brew work.

M & D - Finishes dry and crisp, leaving little aftertaste. Can't taste the alcohol at all in it. I think this is a highly sessionable brew, if you've got deep pockets. Some people don't like the sweet brews like this, but I think I could drink this one all day long.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into dimpled pub mug

A: Dark Ruby Red, crystal clear. Poured a small head, but that went away quick. No lacing, some active carbonation. I really looks like cherry pop

S: Smells like cherry pop too. If this is anything like the Apple Ale...I will be happy. Very Cherry sweet. Some maltyness, but not really.

T: Smooth cherry taste, a little like cough syrup though. Very similar to fruit wine, but with a beer....ness to it. Nothing too complex in the profile though

M: Much smoother than I thought based on the pop look and smell. Heavy, too.

D: Great, if you can over the cough syrup.

Photo of yeastsipper
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped this one open with friends at the end of a great dinner party. I had been wanting this beer for a while, and after finally obtaining one, get the right opportunity to enjoy it.

I was not disappointed!

Pours a deep, ruby mahogany red. Head appears but goes away quickly. Beautiful color. Smell is not surprisingly of cherries. Big, dark, perfectly ripe cherries. Only knock is the lack of other aromas, but this beer is what it is, and it does it well. Taste, again, cherries. Not complex in the sense that other beers are, but just fantastic. Not at all syrupy or overly sweet, just intense cherry flavor. What can I say - I absolutely loved it. Would not want this every day, or even every week, but this beer at the right time and place is simply amazing.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to justn for the opportunity on this one.

Pours a deep Marion color with pink head that turns into a crown.

Smell at first was really bad vinegar but as it warmed a little it became much more plesant cherries.

Taste is tart cherry with a dry Belgian finish. Very tasty and sweet.

Mouth is thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

This is probably the first beer I could drink with a meal. Incredibly tasty and I will seek this out any chance I get.

Photo of jera1350
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly cherry red. Really looks like lightly diluted cherry juice with carbonation. Bubbly head is gone quickly.

Smell is like ripe red cherries. Very fresh, crisp and fruity! There is a little maltiness as well.

Cherry explosion! I'm not kidding, it's like someone just squeezed the juice out of some fresh cherries into my glass. There is a nice sweet, crisp cherry taste. This would be outstanding in the summer. Nice malt flavor to back it up.

Nice tart mouthfeel makes the tongue pucker a bit. Pretty heavily carbonated.

This is very drinkable. Some may get sick of the cherry flavor after a while, but I could drink a bottle or two myself on a nice warm day.

Overall, very crisp, fresh and fruity. As stated before, this would be perfect on a summer day outdoors. Plus, my wife, who is not a big beer fan enjoys it alot too. Plus one for me!

Photo of csmiley
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is red with deep hints of brown. Or is it brown with deep hints of red? Head is almost white (maybe a light pink hue) and tops out at around half inch. Not much retention to speak of. Nice rings of lace remain behind in the glass.

S - Ripe cherries hit the nose first. Hints of malt come through at the tail end. Smells a little like caramel malt. More cherry aromas finish it up. Did I mention the ripe juicy cherries?

T - Loads of cherry flavors attack the palate immediately. It is very close to a maraschino cherry flavor. Hints of malt are barely noticed at the end - caramel and brown sugar. There is no doubt about what this beer is trying to be.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that helps to make this brew smooth and slightly creamy. Finish is tart and only sticks around for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a one-dimensional brew but the Wisconsin Belgian Red really does the cherry profile very well. The cherry flavors come through as fresh and in no way artificial. The alcohol stays completely out of the way which also helps this category out. Very nice brew from New Glarus that is easily recommended.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Presented in a 750 ml. bottle that's capped and sealed in red wax. Label promises over a pound of Door County cherries in every bottle. Hard to fathom.

A: Pours a bright, cranberry red in color with active carbonation and a thin, beige head that fades to a rimming of pink lace.

S: Cherry bomb: Tart cherries with hints of hazelnuts and vanilla.

T: Wow! Like diving into a Bing cherry pie. Completely natural tasting with little evidence of hops or malts, just loads of tart cherry goodness without any cloying effects or artificial essence. Finishes somewhat dry with a touch of Belgian yeast. Easily the best fruit beer I've experienced to date.

M: Luscious, creamy and well carbonated.

D: The consummate libation to savor while enjoying a cherry-hued, Door County sunset.

Photo of Birchgrove77
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up from Woodmans Liquor on 12/26/08.

Appearance: The color of fresh transmission fluid. Bright, sparkling red with a slight pink head.

Smell: To me the smell was more fresh cherry Pop-Tarts then beer. Some background bready notes, but was dominated by cherries.

Taste: Expected to have a dominant sweet cherry flavor, but the cherry flavor was more sour than sweet. Kind of like drinking sparkling maraschino cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: Expected a thin body, but ended up being quite filling on the palette. Some lingering on the tongue, but definitely heavier on the palette than I expected.

Overall: Excellent beer, and I was kind of leery of this going into the tasting. Ended up being something that I would maybe by one of on visits to Wisconsin, but this is defintely a dessert beer.

Photo of craytonic
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick cherry red with a hint of blood red; pink head, some lacing

Smell: Apple pie & maraschino cherries. Nothing else. Thankfully not cherry cough syrup in the smell or taste.

Taste: Tart cherries. Verry different from the maraschino aroma. Sweet and sour. I actually prefer tart cherry juice (with no alcohol), but this is good.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not in a bad way. It never gets thin. Lots of sugar, coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Sweet, but still drinkable. A very nice desert. It is delicious, but nothing like beer. Glad I got to try it once, but no desire to ever try it again.

My complaints are no real complexity (It tastes like cherries. the end.) and it could use some oak.

Photo of CoalCellar
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my goblet....

A: Pours a murky red w/golden hues and a tiny red-tinged head, head dissipates quickly.

S: Rich, delicious, tart cherries, and some wheaty funk....

T: This beer tastes exactly like cherry pie. Rich, luscious cherry flavor w/nice tartness up front, finishes with a sweet candy flavor.

M: Average body

D: Outstanding. If this stuff was more readily available for me I could drink it all night long. This stuff is liquid desert. An absolute treat for beer geeks with a sweet tooth.

Photo of srandycarter
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- No head to speak of. Small ring. Pours a muddy reddish brown, a bit like the color of mashed cooked cherries.

S - Maybe a little too cold yet, but mild aroma. Cherries, of course, tart and sugary.

T - Taste follows smell. Really does taste like cherry pie. Sweet yet tart, with that earthy undertone of the cooked fruit. SORTA reminds me of Boones Farm, in a good way, if that is possible.

M - Medium body, great carb, coating and somewhat velvety.

D - Low ABV and not cloying at all. It's a keeper. Hey. maybe I will learn to like sour beers yet!

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

Pours a red-orange with a 1/2" head that recedes down to nothing.

Taste is a perfect balance between sweet and tart. Huge cherry sweetness hits you up front, then fades flawlessly into a tart bite.

Mouthfeel is great for the taste, carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability is excellent.

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

Poured into a taster glass, pours a ruby red with little carbonation bubbles and a nice pink head. Smell is simply amazing but you must like cherries to enjoy, this litterly smells like fresh warm cherry pie. Taste is very similar to the smell nice heavy carbonated cherrie flavor, this reminds me of a liquid cherry candy. A bit of tart in the middle and a nice smooth finish. Overall this is the best fruit beer that I have enjoyed to date. I could easily drink a few bottles of this at one time which could be a dangerous thing. The master crafters at New Glarus really know how to make impressive fruit beers.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby red with a rustic almost dirty look. Nice big head.

Aroma was fantastic. Lots of malt tones of caramel and toffee with tons of cherry.

Taste was smooth and not too sweet. Very malty flavors.

Mouthfeel was heavy and very rich.

Drinkability wasn't too high. I'd have a hard time drinking an entire bottle. Good thing I had a buddy to share it with.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Silky pink two inch head. Awesome head retention and great lacing. Translucent red beer that looks much like a rose wine.

S- Huge cherry nose with hints of tartness and raisins. Some syrupy sweetness, it smells a lot like a berry wine.

T- Sweet cherry that drops into a nice tartness. Tastes like a champaign infused with cherries and hints of raisin.

M- Light and fruity, perfect carbonation.

Overall- Delicious fruity beer much like a champaign or sparkling wine. Great as a desert beer.

Photo of treyrab
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to cracking this one. Shared it last night with my girlfriend and jac5084. Poured into three tulip glasses...

A: Pours a murky, complete hazy rusty copper red. This one is not a looker by any means. There is a lot of active carbonation though, but it does not create a large head.

S: The smell is great and very inviting, but not complex really. Smells of tart and sweet cherries blended with some oak and slight vanilla. One sniff and you get all the flavors in there.

T: Fantastic, sweet and sour cherry taste that envelopes the mouth with a spritzy carbonation. This is such an easy drink. Some oak comes through on the taste as well but it is very subtle.

Overall, I preferred the Raspberry Tart a little more, but this is a great beer nonetheless. Very easy to drink and could drink one for dessert all the time.

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,811 ratings.