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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,852 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,852
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,075
Gots: 553 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
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 Casey10
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fantastic beer that I aquired through trade nice special sweet delicious.

A - Beatifull red hue with a small head hazy.

S - Fresh cherries, some wheat.

T - Again Cherries, some wheat taste mostly cheery very nice.

M sort of sticky, leaves a nice clean feeling.

D - could drink over and over fantastic !!

Photo of sblanton83
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zookerman182
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is ruby red with a foamy red/white head.
Aroma is farm fresh cherries, berries, sugar, some faint spice.
Flavor is deep tart cherry, almost black cherry. Sugar sweetness to balance it out.
It's just a great back and forth balance of tart and sweet cherry.
Mouthfeel is medium to full. It coats your mouth and lingers for a little bit.
Really good beer.

Photo of rkarimi
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of hawks10
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into my Ithaca Beer Co. tulip glass...

Pours a nice ruby red with two fingers of fluffy pink head, some lacing is left behind...

Cherry, very sweet and fruity. A bit, and I stress "bit" of sourness and oaky dryness, but it is very subdued...pretty much just a cherry bomb, ha...

Cherry Ludens cough drops with a bit of a drying oak flavor. Slightly bitter in the finish but mostly this is just a sweet blend of alcoholic cherry juice with a bit of a drying, woody character and slight tart flavors at the end...kind of feel guilty liking this beer so much...

Medium bodied and very well carbonated. Tingly and crisp on the palette...

I really doubt there is any alcohol in this beer, but New Glarus insists there is. I feel kinda stupid enjoying this juice box so much, but it is great, a nice after meal treat...

Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alysmith4
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with the neighbors, and only managed about a four ounce pour. Wish I could have had more than that! It tasted like cough syrup, but in the best way possible. Like a bunch of those really good Luden's cough drops melted down in beer form. Mouthfeel was ok, but smell and taste were borderline perfection. WIll have to try this beer again (and not share next time!)

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of theghost3
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to XaulZan11 for this.

Pours a cloudy, rusty red with 1-finger light pink head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is strong of juicy sweet cherries; slightly medicinal. The taste is sour cherries up front but settles into the sweetness of ripe, red cherries after a few moments along with some wood flavors. There is a sort of medicinal and tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied, and a little sticky.

This is a drinkable fruit beer. It's sweeter than a lambic but much smoother. If you don't love cherries, you'll probably not like it, but if you are a cherry lover, this will be quite a treat. It goes well with chocolate or any cherry dessert.

Photo of Gavage
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy reddish amber color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: an abundant cherry aroma is extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: cherry flavor dominate here with some softer pear tones, a hint of spiciness, and a mild bitterness. There is a touch of tartness late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Super long cherry aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this one goes down easily despite the sweetness. Great after dinner beer.

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best brew New Glarus has on offer. Simply a fabulous fruit beer from all angles.

A: This beer pours a rich red translucent color with a pink finger of head. The beer sparkles with bubbles and foam, very appetizing appearance.

S: Sour cherries! The fruit smell will make the mouth water.

T: In my opinion this is a dessert beer. The first taste is sweet fruitiness but as it moves further back turns a sour cherry; the sourness intensifies with the aftertaste. This is such a strong flavor and it becomes richer.

M: Feels like a fresh crisp ale. The effervescence of this beer is on the high end of the scale, but this feels right with the sweetness of the beer; the feel makes it feel like your drinking fresh squeezed sour cherries. Nice touch.

O: This is a very unique and exciting beer. I absolutely believe every beer connoisseur should try this offering. In fact, this is a beer that people who hate beer will enjoy (for instance, my wife). If it pleases the boss, that says a lot. Well done New Glarus!

Photo of gford217
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep hazy reddish brown with a small, dense pinkish head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Holy Moses, this stuff smells spectacular. Obviously, a lot of cherries in the nose, but not intensely tart. It's like someone dumped some ripe cherry juice into the beer with a heavy sweetness that balances the tartness out. There was a hint of the wheat, some molasses and cinnamon.

T: The taste is fantastic as well and a tad more tart than the smell. Again, a touch of grains in the finish along with a hint of oak, but not a lot is getting through the cherries in there. That's a compliment for this beer.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and highly carbonated.

D: Drinkability isn't as high as it could be because of the heavy sweetness, but that's really nitpicking. I am not the biggest fan of fruit beers, but this is, without a doubt, the best one I have ever tasted.

Photo of strattor
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jj21 and EliteDigger for this wonderful brew.

750 mL bottle with a red waxed top. Poured into my universal Ommegang glass.

This beauty displays a thick ruby red hue with a thin head that dies down to a thin lacing soon after pour that remains throughout tasting. Smell is of what else, fresh cherries. The bottle claims they use over a pound of cherries in each bottle and I don't doubt that for a second. No alcohol on the nose at all, scary good odor. A bit of acidity seems to tickle the senses too. Taste is once again of what else, cherries. Starts off sweet and smooth and ends up tart and sour. I also detect a bit of bready malt in the flavor which helps balance some of the acidity. I think this beer tastes better than any juice I've ever had. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a generous amount of carbonation bite. Drinkability is pretty good and goes down fairly easy but the acidity got to me a bit. If I could fill a pool with this beer and swim around in it, I would be the happiest man alive...I would be like Scrooge McDuck in Ducktales swimming in his coins. Well done New Glarus, can't wait for the Raspberry Tart.

Photo of nilesschmidt
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of equinox1
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,852 ratings.