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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,041 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2041
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.98%


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.

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Fuller

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thefatkid13 for sending this to me. I wish it was available here in TN.

poured a hazy reddish brown color with a nice head. The head is white with some pinkish tones. Had decent retention but disappeared completely and had almost no lacing. Smells and tastes are exactly the same - cherries, sweet and sour. Low carbonation with a smooth medium body.

A delicious dessert drink. The only thing that affects the drinkability for me is that it may be a little too sweet to drink more than one bottle. Well maybe two or three, but definitely no more than that.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 02:04:33 | More by Fuller
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westweasel

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a hazy, ruby/orange color from a 750ml champaign bottle.
A quarter-inch of ivory head floats on top, that looks almost pink as
you stare into the red liquid. The smell is fully dominated by tart,
sweet cherries.

The taste is excellent. A nice sour/tart cherry taste that is strong but
not so overpowering that you feel that you're not enjoying a beer. The
taste is also sweet, but more a sweet cherry taste than a malt flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium, with a tart, but not bitter finish.

This beer is very drinkable and easy to enjoy. It would be excellent
to enjoy it outside on a shady deck during a warm summer day. I could
definitely see drinking a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 17:50:57 | More by westweasel
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to nflmvp for this bottle;

A - as expected this ale pours a rich red color with a reddish tinted head, looks a shade like cranberry juice

S - wow, could smell the cherries immediately after the cap pop, before it was even off the bottle, and what an aroma! like fresh sweet cherries right off the tree, not that cherry cough syrup aroma either, real cherries, not even the sweetened but good pie filling cherries, real fresh cherries

T - HMOG! (thats Holy Mother Of God!) this is absolutely amazing, such rich great flavor, so silky smooth, such palatable carbonation, with a subtle hoppy background, simply incredible, fruit beer perfection!

M - silky smooth as i mentioned, a great mouthfeel, as smooth as soda but light years beyond

D - even a BMC drinker will enjoy this this is amazing

if this were weighted only as fruit beers, it would get a 5 across the board, but its not, but its still damn close, thanks again nflmvp and keep'em coming (j/k)

edit 1/23/07: well thanks to nflmvp, i got a few more bottles of this divine nectar, and it is even more amazing than i remember. if you do not live in the Wisconsin area, contact a BA from round there and trade for some of this. it is worth its weight in gold. try nflmvp, he always seems to be up for a trade.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 03:23:38 | More by sinstaineddemon
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very murky in color when held to light. Nice red hues when moved about. Very interseting and full cherry aroma-reminds me of a red Life Saver actually! Fantastic flavor-a mix of sweet cherries and malt. Has a great sort of tang to it. Sweet but with a nice drying finish. Doesnt have any of the tartness I expected. Great body for the low abv. While "bright" on the palate at first it finishes quite mellow and even. What a fantastic beer. I am almost gulping it down it is so enjoyable. I have read about this brewery for years and never had any of its products. Just a great, great beer. A million thanks to buckeyenation for the bottle.

Edit: 7/28/07 Another bottle. Fuckin A-simply great. Outstanding flavor and body. Move me to WI...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 01:36:55 | More by lackenhauser
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 21:04:25 | More by BillyB
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt, 9 oz. bottle into a thin pilsner.

hazy glowing red with hints of orange and pink. a thick foamy slightly pink head that retains well and leaves thick rings of lace, even inside the bottle.

sugary-sweet candied cherries in the aroma. smells more like cherries than cherries do. difficult to pick out anything else; comes off like cherry candy or a cherry icee.

light mouthfeel with a light carbonation. powerfully sweet cherry taste. impressive that they can get this much sweet cherry flavor without any syrup or extract; just cherries and beer. light feel avoids any cloying, and even the big bottle was gone pretty quickly. an impressive brew, even if it doesn't quite match my tastes; with no hints of alcohol, malt or hops, i'd prefer it to be a little more beerlike.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 13:39:47 | More by Prufrock
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne bottle brought back from WI for our anniversary. Thick, brownish red and opaque. Nice head turns creamy after a couple of minutes. smells like cherries and wine. Tastes like a liquid cherry pie, not very beer-y but some malt can be picked up on the finish. Texture of liquified fruit with heavy carbonation. Very nice overall. Best of the best as fruit beers go, I would say. New Glarus has the type down well...what with Raspberry tart on their menu as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 12:55:47 | More by aforbes10
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Zorro

California

2.75/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.

Pours a completely opaque reddish brown beer with not a great deal of head. In the looks department this one looks like real crap.


Smell is sweet and sour fruit aroma of raspberries. Not much more in the smell here except the fruit and a lemon edge. Scent is very much like Raspberry Lemonade.

Taste is extremely sweet with the favor of raspberry and tobacco in the first sip. Shockingly sweet with a sour after taste to match it. The after taste of this is all pipe tobacco. Quite powerful and not all that complex.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well this is official not a favorite beer of mine. Far too sweet and sour this is something like over sweetened Kool aid with tobacco thrown in it. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 04:18:53 | More by Zorro
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ok so wow... never been this impressed with a beer before

The appearance is quite good- looks heavy, alomst like melting shake, peachish red in color. Some head, decent retention.
Smell is quite good, smells like cider or Grandma's home cooked cherry pie, not too complex but very distinct
Taste- ok um if beer gets better tasting than this sign me up- tastes like you just sank your teeth into a bing cherry, finishes with a very slight alcohol taste and a bit of nutty flavor, maybe pecan
M- just like it appears, heavy, a little carbonation, but goes down smooth
D- this is a dessert in a bottle, sip it

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 01:31:23 | More by supercolter
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phisig137

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy reddish brown. A one finger head emerges and sticks around for a while.

Aroma is incredibly full and delicious. Sweet bing cherries dominate, while hints of sour cherries and caramel are also present. This amazingly smells like real cherries, not medicinal or fake at all. Very very nice aroma.

The flavor is just as incredible as the aroma. Cherries, both sweet and sour are here in abundance, as well as a bit of graininess, and almost a thin flaky pastry flavor. Tastes like liquid cherry pie. Again, I am blown away by how "real" this tastes. Seems like the majority of other fruit beers I drink either don't have enough fruit flavor, or have an artificial type smell. This one is just right, and I can't imagine it getting any better. Mouthfeel is sheavy and oily, but aggressive carbonation and tiny bubbles lift it up, leading to a flavor that lingers forever. Drinkability is somewhat low, due to the hue amounts of flavor in this beer. Thanks go out to badbeer for trading this one to me.

I was expecting this to be good, but I had no idea it would be this nice. I am blown away, and can't wait to try some other things from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 00:37:11 | More by phisig137
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a very hazy muddy read body with a reddish-white (no it wasn't pink) creamy foam that turns to a film pretty quickly. The body was to hazy to see any carbonation.

S- The strong smell of tart fresh cherries has a faint dry cola note to it.

T- The taste starts with a sharp tart bright juicy cherry note that follows with a dark cherry note with a faint hint of wood. There is a taste of cola but note really sweet like cola and a finish that has a cherry fruit punch and soft alcohol note to it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel.

D- This beer is big fruit but it has a great amount of depth to the cherry flavor. The fruit is not to tart and not sweet at all. They have a really great balance of sugars and a good depth of complexity. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 15:28:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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Westsidethreat

California

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bizarre color for a beer, I suppose it looks like cherry juice. Ruby amber red, burnt raspberry. White head with a tinge of red has fallen to just an o-ring around the glass.

S: Lots of cherry. Touch of kool aid.

T: Cherry up the wazoo. Fresh cherry juice leads to cherry pie sweetness flavors. Aftertastes with ginger, honey and nutmeg. Refreshing yet satisfying.

M: Sticky and sweet, but not too cloying.

D: Perfect balance of sweet, sour and tart. Friggin amazing

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 23:06:57 | More by Westsidethreat
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hoffman

Nebraska

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is amazing that anyone could capture the smell and taste of this beer. The beer is ruby red in the glass with a smallish white head. The smell is purely cherry like pie filling or marachino (sp) cherries. An amazing smell for a legitamate beer. I absolutley love it. The taste is largely sweet, and quite tart in the finish. Possibly some slight hops in there but mostly just cherries. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and good very nice. If you can get your hands on this one...try it. It is what it is and it is damn fine at that. Drink it after a big meal and you cannot help but be satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 04:06:34 | More by hoffman
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UncleFlip

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

VERY hazy....no clear light coming through....peach and pink. Head is foamy and just peach tinged.

The smell s overly powdery-sweet, and a little fruity. I actually rather like it, as it takes me back to the smell of the mild sedatives I used to have to take in my childhood. I rather liked them. ;)

I think I'm one of the few who really likes this one. Very fruity, overly sweet. It has a sort of sour-sweet cherry flavour throughout, with no hop to speak of. It reminds me of the cherry soup my father used to make.

Hearty liquid, but not thick. Carbonation is minimal, and hits near the end, very quickly.

While it's not the type of beer most folks here seem to like, it's hard to deny it goes down easy and is extremely drinkable. Very nice dessert beer, r just one for when your cravng smething fruity and cold.

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 03:52:41 | More by UncleFlip
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's basically a desert. Every bit as full, thick, and rich as a Framboise. And must be sipped like one. The tart aromas become mouthpuckering immediately. Sweet cherry scents come across as vigorously as a Yankee Candle. Flavors are intese cherries. That's it. It's basically cherry puree. Maybe with a little belgian beer to thin it down to a drinkable level. All the flavors are worthy of a 5 rating. I just wish there were bigger 'beer' flavors in there to ease the drinkability. Very full and rich on the palate. Another savoury brew. Finishes very sweet and tart. Great taste, just less beer-like than I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 22:54:08 | More by BEERchitect
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artusory

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, reddish body with a whispy white head. The aroma is lots of cherries, some sour notes as well. The flavor is moderately sweet, a touch sour, cheeries, vanilla, caramel and a hint of lemons. When the beer is allowed to warm up, a hint of chocolate begins to comes through. Champange mouthfeel, light and lively. Very tasty, but a good one to split with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 06:50:11 | More by artusory
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours muddy brown in color with hints of red and orange. Very murky and opaque. Mmm, smells like a freshly baked cherry pie. Damn, I can almost smell the crust too. Sweet cherry jam and lemon/green apple tartness aromas in there too. Taste is like a sweet cherry-apple cider with a tart finish. Effervescent-tingling on the tongue, carbonated like a sparkling wine. High points for uniqueness and although I couldn't drink many of these back to back for the fruitiness, this beer is quite the experience and and an incredible fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 21:59:49 | More by hoppymeal
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hero27

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9 fl oz, red wax shrouded bottle.

Hazy red color with a light pink sticky head.
Brewed with Montmorency cherries..and my best guess is that they use a helluva lot of them..the aroma is ridiculous..fresh sour cherry. The bittersweet cherry flavor is overwhelming at first, but it really settles in with each sip. The flavors also smooth out quite a bit as it warms, yet it's still pretty tart even at room temp. Medium-bodied & slightly dry..the drinkability is insane despite the boldness of flavor. I finished the entire bottle much quicker than I anticipated.
I'm not big on fruit beers generally, but this one is the pick of the litter as far as I'm concerned, and certainly worth tracking down.

Thanks again go to badbeer for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 03:15:25 | More by hero27
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strattor

Idaho

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a large wine glass. Opaque crimson color with white head.

Smell is of sweet cherry pie. I know it sounds weird to be so specific, but that's what it is: cherry pie filling. Delicious.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, cherry pie. However, it's a little more complex, with hints of malt on the front of the palate. The overall effect is of slightly tart cherries, with a hint of breadiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, but not harsh. In fact, it's prerry smooth.

Though I couldn't drink a lot of this on one sitting, it's so delicious I wanted to gulp it down, lest it should disappear before I could finish it. A tremendously tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 02:58:40 | More by strattor
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HardTarget

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Deep cherry pit with hints of vanilla. All in all, it smells like cherry pie filling, this is going to be good!

Appearance: Murky blood red topped with a few fingers of very light grey/white head that retreat to a thin collar without lacing

Flavor: Terribly rich! Deep crust cherry pie filling is spot on! No hops noted, but they must be there to keep the sweet cherry taste from going cloy.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body and low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Burp! Wow that’s good. My wife loved it as well. Great beer, great drinking. Big props to Goldorak who graciously brought this one out from his cellar. Strongly recommended! Wish it was available in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 19:04:10 | More by HardTarget
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klewis

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky reddish brown with a nice sized head that subsides to a bubbly layer of foam. Good lacing.

S: Nothing exciting here, just cherries.

T: Sweet cherry and vanilla flavors followed with a bit of tartness in the finish. Tastes like cherry candy.

M: Less carobnated than most fruit beers or lambics. This is a good thing, I think. Slightly puckering on the first sip, but the sourness smooths out.

D: Not an everyday beer, of course, but very good. The cherry flavor isn't obnoxious like in some fruit beers, but rather you get just the right amount of flavor. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 19:06:05 | More by klewis
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wingnutter

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Pured a hazy reddish color with a slightly pink head.

Smells like cherry pie filling with sugary icing.

Taste is awesome cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Sweet at first with a great tart finish. I definately detect something underneath that reminds me of iced pie crust. At least I think so. Maybe Im just imagining it, but its definately something. Effervescent carbonation but not to the point of being overdone. This is one incredible beer, and something Im glad I seeked out. A must try for anyone who wants to try a unique and expertly crafted beer. Dessert in a bottle.

Due to the sweetness, Im glad my girlfriend was willing to drink the other half -- a whole 750ml may be too much at one time.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 06:53:50 | More by wingnutter
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to bennetj17 for the beer trade.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a oversized wine glass.
Sampled bottle with fellow BA nisjer05.

Amazing beer!!!! Bright hazy, reddish color, very small white head. Lots of carbonation, very little lacing. Looks like some kind of fruit juice. Fantastic smell!!! Smells exactly like fresh cherry pie filling. Yummy!! I can't believe this is beer! Very sweet and tart, a true pleasure to drink. Light and slightly fizzy mouthfeel. My first offering from New Glarus, and the best fruit I've tried so far. Only available in Wisconsin, so do whatever it takes to get this beer. You will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 02:20:28 | More by BigDaddyWil
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reddish-brown in color. I take a whiff.... WOW... cherry! Smells like delicious, fresh-baked cherry pie, big time! Oh, and the flavor? Stunningly delicious-- tastes like the most wonderful homemade cherry pie filling with the slightest hint of spice. Can cherry beer (or any fruit beer for that matter) possibly taste any better than this?? Oh I surely would bet not! This beer is so smooth and lusciously drinkable... simply remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 02:57:49 | More by VoodooBrew
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Sprinkle for this awesome brew. Pours a murky brown shade of red, with nice lacing. Smells of sweet and slightly tart cherries. Cranberries too, though I know they were not an ingredient in the beer.

Initial the taste is sweet cherry, this soon gives way to sour cherry, delicious, and more complex than I can adequately describe. Malt is there, but completely blends in with the cherries. Mouthfeel is smooth and lively, the bubbles are tiny. I believe this qualifies as a session beer under BA guidelines, if only I had another one or ten or so, I'd drink them all now.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 08:35:49 | More by Sephiroth
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,041 ratings.