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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,696
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,025
Gots: 481 | FT: 44
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

huddyball, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

mbw314, Dec 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

dav2080, Dec 29, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml wax-dipped green bottle poured into tulip.

A - Deep blood red in color, Wisconsin Belgian Red pours with a frothy dirty pink foam that subsides to loosely packed bubbles and a smattering of thin lace on the tulip.

S - Cherries, cherry skins, and more cherries! The aroma is of fresh fruit, not that cough syrup artificial BS you get in some cherry beers. While New Glarus' fruit beers are spontaneously fermented, many of them don't show the slightest hint of wild yeast. Wisconsin Belgian Red is the most forthcoming with it's wild profile, though; behind the cherries lies the distant aroma of a forgotten, dusty wooden barn and trails of horse blankets it once held.

T - Beautiful cherry flavor coats the tongue with true fruitiness from the pit to the skin's sharp tannins while the spontaneous fermentation trickles traces of dry wild yeast across the back of the tongue. Perfection!

M - Effervescent carbonation livens up the sweet cherry profile of Wisconsin Belgian Red before it's finish is punctuated with a nicely balancing level of tart, relaxed cherry skin acidity.

O - New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red is not only one of the greatest cherry beers available anywhere, it's also one of the most quintessential fruit beers on the planet. Packed to the brim with fresh cherries, this beer smells and tastes sublime, finishing semisweet with a perfect level of tart cherry skin acidity!

BeerFMAndy, Dec 29, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of light pinkish white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, sweet, and very juicy aroma with a huge scent of cherries and some yeast. Very fruity and juicy throughout with a big upfront scent of fresh cherries. The fruit smells nicely sweet and tart but far from cloying. Bready presence of wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, yeast, and cracker. Also some hints of oak and vanilla. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. A really great juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a juicy, sweet, and spritzy taste with a huge presence of cherries along with some malt and subtle hops. Big dominate taste of fresh cherries which taste nicely tart with a good restrained sweetness. Solid backing presence of bready wheat and malt with notes of grain, cracker, and yeast. Some notes of oak and light vanilla come through. Subtle background notes of earthy hops as well. A very good juicy fruit taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very juicy, spritzy, and creamy. Sweetness is nicely balanced. Very smooth feel.

Overall: A really great fruit beer. One of the best American takes on the style. Great taste of real fresh cherries.

MattyG85, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BullBearHawk, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

lonewolfcry, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

TubaDan, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

teamwiggum, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

roger617, Dec 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

FrankJCurtin, Dec 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Rado, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

kustard, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

HeadyTheElder, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

maDUECEgunner, Dec 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Huolis72, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

vonnegut21, Dec 20, 2013
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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
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4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear dark ruby red in color with some very faint amber hues. Lots of carbonation bubbling up from the etching. Head is about one finger light pink and has great retention.

Smell is awesome. Lightly sweet mostly tart dark cherry dominates the nose. Some light grainy aromas near the end along with almost undetectable herbal earthy hops.

Taste is awesome also. Ripe fresh sweet dark cherries are forward followed by a very nice cherry tartness that balances the sweet to near perfection. Cherries persist throughout the entirety of the been blanketing the grainy and earthy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is awesome light, tart, crisp, incredibly refreshing, this beer has everything great would would want from a fruit ale.

Best fruit ale I have had

Fcolle2, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

RobinLee, Dec 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Braden, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

vinny21bal, Dec 12, 2013
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,696 ratings.