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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,808 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,808
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,061
Gots: 532 | FT: 53
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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 orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep, vibrant cherry red that explodes in the light. A light, fizzy off pink head rises and falls. Looks nice in the glass for sure. Aromas start with a blast of bountiful sweet and tart cherry scents. Crisp, light malts lurk within. Reminds me of a fresh made cherry pie! Quite intoxicating and no holding back on the cherry here.

First sip brings a solid, crisp malt body upfront along with an instantaneous burst of sweet cherry flavor. As it flows down tart notes move in as well. Juicy, with a massive cherry fruit flavor. Cherry pie in a glass. Just an awesome fruit beer bursting with flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat slick with a touch of a syrupy quality to it from the residuals sugars of the fruit I assume. Quite an easy drinking beer that the girlfriend enjoys as well. I could probably drink the whole bottle though too! The top tier of fruit beers for me and one I always enjoy drinking. Worth a trip to Wisconsin - grab some Raspberry Tart as well.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice bright maroon. There was a thin head, but it disappeared rather quickly. Lacing isn't an issue with this one.

The aroma is, just as I thought, filled with cherries. Tart cherries, at that. Oh, and some cherries.

The flavor brings to mind....cherries. Sweet, yet a tad tart. Very fresh cherry flavor, not fake at all. The sweetness is almost too much for me at times, though.

Syrupy mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation when compared to the Raspberry Tart. The sweetness knocks this one down a rung for me as far as drinkability is concerned. Very different, yet enjoyable. I do prefer the Raspberry Tart over this one, however.

Photo of walshclimb
3.1/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Attractive bottle with wax melted over the cap. No dates of any kind. I sort of wonder if I got an older bottle. Read on... Pours clear cherry red with thin head that almost immediately dissipated to a thin film. Obvious sweet cherry aroma with a little sour yeast. Taste follows smell - almost like an alcoholic cherry soda but with a somewhat pleasant lingering aftertaste of candied cherries. Not at all complex. I feel like this beer could use a little more balance, maybe a little more in the hops department. I couldn't taste any as it is. Medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky syrup. Overall, this is interesting and worth a try, but I would recommend splitting the bottle between four people. Try it with something of considerable contrast like salty rye or pumpernickel crackers and mild cheese like gouda.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing. Served in a tulip. Poured a bright maroon with some light penetration. Pour revealed a quarter inch, wispy, thin off-white head that quickly dissipated into a soapy swirl. Nose was cherry Sucrets and cinnamon. Taste follows nose with some additional cinnamon heat. Mouthfeel fell between light and medium with very little carbonation. This is by far the easiest drinking fruit beer I've ever had. Extremely flavorful (without being sickeningly sweet) and low abv makes it a great dessert beer.

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

Overall, quite a pleasant brew. Can't get New Glarus in IL, so whenever I drive through WI I try to pick up a good variety to sample. This bottle came back with me from my Thanksgiving road trip.

A: Cloudy, reddish brown. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Cherries. Surprise! Reminiscent of a lambic.

T: Cherries! Surprise, again! This is close to a lambic, again, with just a hint of sour, but not too much. There's a definite sweetness, but after that there's a little bite in the finish.

M/D: I'm having a hard time describing it. It's bright on the palate with good bubbly nature, but after the swallow, there's a certain... stickiness?

I'm enjoying this. Will definitely buy again -- it's a nice addition to the fruit beers in the fridge.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/16/08. Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx. Pours a dirty brown/red with a small tan head. Aroma of those cherry icepops that come in 100-per box and you squeeze out of plastic wrapping. Flavor is lots of cherry syrup, cinnamon, baked cherry pie, and tartness. Not as luscious as Raspberry Tart, but still tasty. Slightly artificial to me though.

Update 11/01/08: Had this again and noticed a lot more tart cherry candies this time. Nice tartness!
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at the GABF. I feel so lucky to have tried this beer. Poured a dark red color, with a thick creamy reddish head. Smelled sweet of cherry, tart cherries not sweet ones. Tasted just like cherry pie, not overly sweet and sticky though, just the actual taste of cherry pie. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had, and it makes me sad everyday that Colorado can't get it.

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

A: Murky amber to dark copper, something akin to a reddish cider, half of a finger of foam which quickly dropped, after the initial burst there are no signs of lingering carbonation - 4.50, S: Intensely aromatic of cherries, smells like a cherry pie filling, ever so slightly sour - 5.00, T: Like the nose this beer is overpoweringly cherry, a hint of champagne sparks/bubbly, beyond the cherry is a touch of what I perceive as prune juice, intensely sweet - 5.00 M: The sweetness seems to hang on the tongue like a syrup, otherwise medium bodied - 4.50, D: This is one special treat of a beer, one of the best dessert beers out there, a standout if you are a fan of the fruit beers - 4.50

Photo of JoeMayo
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish-brown with very little head.

S- It smells exactly like fresh cherries. Not like cheap beer with cherry extract, not like cherry-scented car freshener, not like artificial candy, but exactly like the real fruit and it's out of this world.

T- Very sweet with a strong cherry flavor. Reminiscent of fresh bing cherries. Bright and sweet. There is a somewhat medicinal character as well, but not necessarily bad and definately not overpowering.

M- Borderline syrupy with nice carbonation.

D- Although this beer is absolutley delicious, it's certainly not super-drinkable. Its somewhat heavy and the sugar content is a bit excessive. I felt like I got a sugar rush and then crashed after half a bottle. Overall: make sure to share because one bottle is a lot for one person, but a very good beer with a really fresh flavor and smell.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the bottles provided to me by Hwwty4 in the 08 Secret Santa. Thanks for a chance to try this beer Bill.

A reddish colored body. From different angles of light I can see amber, copper, rust, a red wine color and just plain red. I'll settle on a heavy amber with red wine coloring mixed in. Small light red colored head that disappears quickly without leaving any lace to show that it was ever there in the first place.

Huge cherry aroma here. Sweet, tart, real-not-artificial cherry smell. A little bit of malt sweetness comes through, but only to be beat back again by more cherry. No sense in trying to get a lot of complexity out of this nose, it's almost all cherries and I like it. Wonderful in fact. The type of beer the entire room smells and for the most part appreciates.

Well, after the aroma there certainly isn't any surprise as to what the dominant flavor in this beer is...it's cherries. Once again big real-cherry notes dominates overwhelmingly,but this time in the flavor instead of the aroma. Of course the smell is still there with every sip you take, enhancing your taste of the beer. It fills your mouth with all sorts of sweet and tart notes. Underneath the cherry, if you care to investigate any farther, there are some other fruit notes. I notice some very faint mixed berry flavors in there (could be my imagination though, who knows?). Also a sweet backbone helps to balance this beer, keeping it from being cloying or overbearing. A tasty beer for sure.

The mouthfeel on this one is great. Light, thin body with a ton of carbonation. Makes it feel and even taste a little like a cherry soda or some sort of flavored champagne. Holding this beer and working it through your mouth wil also give you a slight puckering sensation.

Pretty drinkable beer, but something you will mostly sip because of the big flavor. I finished the whole bottle myself, but it didn't go quickly.

Photo of spointon
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of WJVII
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a champagne flute as recommended this brew is a wonderful sparkling ruby red with a pink head that bubbles to the top of the glass and settles to a paper thin cap. The aroma of this brew is amazing with strong cherry and a sweetness that dances in your nostrils. The taste is bold as the carbonation tickles your throat and the bold cherry flavor explodes with every sip. The tart aftertaste is a great balance of the sweet cherry taste. Even a hint of dark chocolate on the back of my tongue. What can I say, it has taken me too long to try this beer. Everyone who has pointed me in this direction was right!

Photo of Soneast
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a champagne flute as per instructions on the bottle. Pours a mahogany color with dark red highlights. The head is a light reddish brown color, about 1-finger thick, dissipates rather quickly to a ring of bubbles. Minor lacing.

Smells like chocolate covered cherries. Not so much chocolate maybe, but the syrupy filling and cherry center.

Tastes like tart cherries all around with a very mild malt backbone and tart yet sweet finish.

Light bodied and it really leaves a nice, sweet cherry slick on your palate. A perfect amount of carbonation, I think if it had less carbonation it would be too syrupy. This is very drinkable, with the low ABV and refreshing quality, these go down like nothing. Bears little resemblance to your typical beer, but all around a really good brew. Easily one of the best fruit beers available, anywhere really.

Photo of katan
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mil bottle - no date that I can find. poured into a snifter

A - I would have thought a cherry beer would be completely red. Not so the case here, it is a brown beer that does have a red hue to it. A bit hazy. Little head formation, but it does leave a small film behind.

S - There are the cherries - very potent on the nose. Sweet smelling. Almost has a cideresque background to it.

T - Very acidic. Cherries are the dominant flavor for certain, however it is backed up via some sweet more general fruit flavors like apples. Some phenolic flavors - not sure the potency here, but it seems apparent. Aftertaste is certainly stronger than the actual feel - more of that acidic flavor.

M - Moderate body - solid but not syrupy. There is a bite to the body from the acidity, not so much the carbonation. I'm surprised at the low carbonation after how the beer label draws it out specifically.

D - Easy to drink - light on the palette and the stomach. ABV is low and doesn't hurt me. For the style, which obviously isn't in my cellar very often, I would fine this very drinkable.

I find this beer similar to the Red and White from DFH - an interesting melding of flavors. I would consider keeping this in the cellar for when guests come around for something different as a dessert drink.

Photo of inhoc00
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got one of these. Friend bought it at a gas station in Wisconsin!?!? That's wisconsin for you.

This is one beer that MUST be reviewed in its class as a fruit beer.

A- pours... well... red and bubbly.

S- Cherry 7up? Yeah. Cherries are present. So not really cherry 7 up because that stuff is fake. This stuff is REAL cherries.

T- It almost is like a healthy fruit drink. Is there alcohol in here? Perfect cherry taste. Not to sweet or tart.

M- Good bit of carbonation

D- I mean its not really like drinking a beer. There is little resemblance of a beer. So very easy to drink but I think I might get sick of it. This is a weird drink, but weird done perfectly.

Photo of abfraser
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to waltonc for this one. He opened up as a dessert beer on Thanksgiving and shared the wealth amongst several friends. It was made even better by this being the best fruit beer I've ever had by far.

A: A darker rose (the wine, not the flower), with a bubbly effervescence and small tannish head

S: Cherry, with a big dose of caramel malt. The cherry is definitely the highlight here. Totally reminds me of the cherries in wine and throughout Door County, where my grandparents lived for years and cherry country of Wisconsin. Just awesome.

T/M: Everything on the smell, with a nice refreshing spritzer-like mouthfeel. Too many fruit beers are heavy and cloyingly sweet. This was the exact opposite. Clean, fruity, refreshing.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. It only gets dinged by the fact that it's difficult to be had.

Overall, a truly awesome beer that I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try.

Photo of budgood1
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it's my seven year BA anniversary today and i've been sitting on this bottle for almost a year, so i find it appropriate to toast this day with a special brew.

WBR pours out of the 25 ounce bottle a cherry red infused dark bronze colour, with a magnificent cream to tan head that seems to want to stay. plenty of lace to be had, also. the aroma is a deftly balanced mixture of delicious tart cherries and sweet maltiness, with an oaken note from the aging in oak vats. the taste is sublime! it's cherry centric, but with enough of a malt backbone to come across as beery and balanced. definitely tart, and a touch yeasty, too. there are wheat malt nuances and a grainy/grassy flavour from the hopping i suppose...and a slight bitterness that never asserts itself in any way. this is by far the best tasting fruit beer i've had the pleasure of quaffing. the mouthfeel is alive and spritzy, holding up all that fantastic cherry goodness, complimenting the full body and robust nature. drinkability is spectacular...WBR never comes off as cloying or artificial, just delicious and satisfying in a way i've never experienced before. FANTASTIC.

highly recommended. about as perfect a brew as one can think of. it's more than a fruit beer; it's the nectar of the beer gods.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jonstubb for this beer. Poured out in to a wine glass a murky dark pink, with lighter hues towards the top, and a small white/pink head. Smell is of fresh cherries and other fresh red fruits, jolly rancher, some vinous properties, hints of oak and wine. Flavor is composed of luscious cherries, pie crust, more oak, bits of tart funk here and there, but overall more sweet. Body is light, with wonderful carbonation that prickles the tongue ever so slightly. It is hard to believe that this is made up of malt and hops, as the fruit is so damn prevalent. Drinking this is far too easy, I could probably go through two bottles. This is close to being a perfect beer for me. If I lived in Wisconsin this would be in my fridge at all times.

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

I saved this to open on Thanksgiving as a dessert beer. I half expected that this would be a cloying, sweet, syrupy cherry overload. Thankfully it is none of the above. Nice red color with lots of carbonation. Smells and tastes, as everyone has already noted, like tons of fresh cherries. Amazing that New Glarus was able to pull off a fruit beer that has tons of fruit flavor without hampering drinkability. Low abv and light to medium body plus fairly high carbonation make this chuggable.

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

One of the spoils from a trip to Wisconsin. Shared on Thanksgiving with the family to some mixed feelings, but here is what I thought.

A - Small off white head, cloudy, reddish brown color looks like a glass of apple cider with some red food coloring.

S - The smell reminds of a sour cherry cobbler that we make after picking fresh sour cherries in the summer. Really nothing else in the smell but cherries.

T - The taste is a unique mixture of sweet and tart cherries. For me not too much of either just right in both departments.

M - Generally smooth with some dryness at the end. The carbonation was perfect for the style, very similar mouth feel to champagne - just toned on the dryness and carbonation.

D - I couldn't drink this everyday, but it truly is a great drink and would never complain when I get my hands on a bottle. If you have friends who don't like beer get them to try this it should open their eyes to the versatility of beer styles.

Photo of vacax
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared with jerz.

A: Quick white head rises and falls like champagne bubbles. Great cherrywood color coming from the cherries.

S: Cherry cider. Cherry juice. Fresh cherries. Cherries.

T: All about the cherries. Tantalizingly tart with and a mild to moderate sour finish plays all over the tongue. Bushels of cherry flavor and an acidic presence and tartness that prevents it from being "too sweet."

M: Medium bodied with champagne-like bubbles to lighten it up.

D: New Glarus's fruit beers are a testament to why we should all move to Wisconsin, or at least befriend someone from this great state. Already famous for its cheese, I think beer is a good pairing. I would buy this beer often and drink it on many occasions were I able to. Drank half of a bottle, savoring it all. The only thing slowing me down drinking this was making sure to savor every drop. Strong acidity is the only drawback, but no problem here as this is a perfect beer to share with friends and family.

Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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 davedahl
3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle I picked up at Woodman's in south-west Wisconsin.

Appearance is ruby-red. Red red red. So much so that it makes me slightly nervous. Hard pour gives a couple fingers of pink head which dissipates very quickly - snap crackle pop.

Not much to the nose - slight cherry scent. Smells vapid cold and cherry.

First sip is a blast of cherry sweetness. Whoa. Some tart too which makes it less of a cherry popsicle. If you look for it you'll find a slight, but interesting, roasted malt flavor in back.

The mouthfeel starts syrupy then quickly gets crisp and thin.

I bought two bottles, will let the other age a bit and hopefully the sweetness will relax a bit. Glad I had the young one, but won't likely have another till the second bottle ages 6 months or so.

Photo of PatronWizard
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came unexpectedly in a trade from orbitalr0x. Thanks!!!

Red tinted glad to say. Off white head, fell quickly. Caramel colored out of direct light. "Marriage of wine and beer" it says.

Smells like a wild cherry life saver, with just a hint of sour. I happen to love wild cherry life savers, so this should be a good night.

Taste is the same as the scent, but the first drink is like a shockwave to the whole mouth. Eyeopener! Tons of sweetness in here.

Smooth. Dry on the finish. Carbonation is mellow.

Overall: a great treat

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,808 ratings.