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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

969 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 969
Hads: 3,299
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 19.04%
Wants: 1,153
Gots: 732 | FT: 82
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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer | 4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Photo of sommersb
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750 ml green bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Clear, with a ruby red color. The cream-colored head is about a finger's worth and fades fairly quickly, leaving a good amount of lace.

Smell: Wow! Extreme cherry fruit aromas are bursting from the glass. I don't smell anything beyond the cherries, but they are delightfully clean, sweet and fruity.

Taste: Just like the aroma, this beer is all about the cherries in flavor. Rich fruity taste, with intense and flavorful cherries, with some tartness but primarily sweet notes. As the beer warms, it tastes more tangy.

Mouthfeel: The fruits combined with high carbonation make for a zesty mouthfeel. The aftertaste is of cherry fruit, with a balance between sweet and tart.

Overall: An excellent and elegant beer; a real treat!

Thanks to Crass3000 for this one!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy ruby with a frothy and tall off-white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was very fruity with sweet cherry pie with a slight graham aroma and coupled with a very subtle and yet enticing cinnamon spice.

The flavor was crisp with a nice light tartness coupled with mounds of cherries that start on the palate as sweet but immediately dry and leave a very nice fruity impression with a light graham character and slight spice complexity.

The finish was dry with a lasting cherry impression, grapham flavor and light cinnamon spice. The body was medium or just a bit less with a nice level of carbonation. A very nice and complex fruit beer. Very well done with the tartness and fruit.

750 ml capped and waxed bottle.

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Photo of afksports
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm currently licking my lips mid-glass, and tasting the beer on them. Opened this in honor of Halloween, and a Packers / Jets game. Shared it with my girlfriend and my roommate.

The appearance is maybe where I can find some fault, but honestly that might just be looking to nitpick. It appears thick and bit heady, great sustaining head. The smell just fills the nose with cherries and floral notes. Sweet. Tart. Cherries up front, puckery in the middle. Clean finish. Lovely.

Taste does a fruit beer as well as I've ever had. It's medium bodied, carbonated, feels thick. Extremely drinkable. I could have this all day.

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Photo of malcontent
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yup, it's red. A mall amount of head but it dies in a hurry. Good lacing however.

Cherries!!! Totally one-dimensional but absolutely enticing.

Yeah, it's completely delicious. Very sweet without any notion of cloying-ness. The very essence of ripe cherries; dark sugar, crisp tartness and the feeling of being outdoors in the late summer. Lame? Go to Hell.

Feels great in body and crispness; just a touch of slickness on the finish.

It's a fruit beer, so what? It tastes so good and is absurdly easy to drink. This the first beer that worries me about having my kids get into and starting a habit. So good.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 Capped and waxed bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Bright hazy red body with an impressive but fleeting pink frothy head. Just what I expected.

S: Cherries, cherries, cherries. Sweet and tart cherries. Say no more.

T: Begins with a pure deluge of rich, sweet, long-lasting cherry flavor, then finishes with just enough sharp tartness to keep it from being cloying in the least. Absolutely amazing. I might take off a half-point for excessive sweetness if this were listed as a lambic, but for a fruit beer it's almost miraculously perfect.

M: Medium-bodied with some sweet stickiness and lively carbonation.

D: Incredibly drinkable for being such a dessert beer.

Notes: What is there to say about this classic beer? If you like cherries, you'll love it. If you hate cherries, you might still love it it - it's that good. I know that the "Belgian" in the name confuses some people and makes them expect something wild like Cantillon Kriek, but for what it is and what it's trying to be, Wisconsin Belgian Red is practically perfect.

Cheers!

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Photo of drseamus
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a million times before but never taken the time to rate it.

Deep red body with a small white head. The body is very opaque. The aroma is outstanding. Sour cherries blast out of the glass. The flavor on this beer is crazy good. Good sour cherry flavor with a bit of carbonation which seems to make the flavor pop. Ends on a pretty sweet note. The body is a bit heavy for the flavor but it's pretty light overall. This is a great beer. If I ever get married, I'll use this in place of champagne for the toast.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a lively pinkish red under a 1” off-white foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Very cherry nose
T: Perfectly balanced cherry pie in a glass. The hops are very faint in the background. There is a touch of oak but not overstated.
F: Very creamy elegant body, very fine soft full effervescence.
O: A world champion beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml wax topped bottle into a 1/2 pint glass. Special thanks to Deuane for sharing.

Pours a crystal clear blood red with a finger width of off-white (but with a pinkish tint) head that retained rather nicely into a thing creamy layer that left some good lacing. The aroma is OMG cherries right up the ole' nostrils with a little residual sweetness behind it.

The taste is just OK. A pound of cherries per bottle? Really? Just kidding! This is absolutely insane with a fresh, thick slap of cherry awesomeness right up side the ole' tastebuds that is perfectly balanced by just the right amount of tartness. What can I say? It isn't very complex but still hugely effective. The mouthfeel is a nice full medium with some lovely prickly carbonation.

Much like the Raspberry Tart, this is just a magnificantly made Fruit Beer and hugely drinkable despite a big does of sweetness that would indicate it shouldn't be. You Wisconsinite Bastards are very lucky. Very lucky...

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Photo of nortmand
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy rusty red with an inch of white foam.

Sweet cherry pie in the nose. Acidic plum and apple notes.

Starts with a thick, sweet cherry. Perfectly balanced tart end. Leaves a delicious sweet cherry aftertaste.

Incredibly full wheat body. Almost chewy. Very refreshing, I could literally drink quarts of this.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep ruby red with a rather pretty strawberry colored head. Very well carbonated.

Smells incredible. Lush cherries that smell like you dove in a pool of them.

Floored instantly. Delicious in every way. Not so much a beer but like drinking a liquified, fermented cherry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshingly carbonated to help cut down on the sweetness.

Overall this is perfect.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out with a white head that falls right away. The deep red color is cloudy and very inviting. The smell is slightly tart, but very fruity. The taste is a blast of cherries, just wonderful stuff. I have had at least 6 bottles of this beer and it never gets old. The aftertaste is of slight barly once it warms up, deep down it is a beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Overall this is a great beer and I will continue to enjoy a lot of it.

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Photo of Deuane
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Clear blood red with a pinkish white head.

S-CHERRIES! What else? This beer is like sniffing the ultimate cherry Yankee Candle.

T-LIke a cherry sweet-tart. Has some underlying sweetness. Even with the awesome overpowering cherry flavor it is incredible appealing.

M-Lively carbonation keeps this from being sickly syrupy. Feels very nice despite the lack of "real" body.

D-This is one damn fine fruit beer. You had better like tart cherries, which I do! This beer balances the fruit sweetness and sourness perfectly.

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Photo of marksto
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been fortunate enough to have had many samples of this one through the years, but waited until I had a new tasting opportunity to write a review.

Pours a deep, translucent red with off-white head made of dense bubbles. The nose displays a huge cherry essence along with some faint almond and a light mustiness. Flavor features a huge, juicy cherry flavor with just the right amount of sourness and tartness. This is not the "cough syrup" cherry you get from a lot of these fruit beers, but an exceedingly pleasant fruit flavor.

In the background is also a tangy "brown sugar/apple skin" element that really completes the complex flavor profile, and this represents a signature profile in this beer that I have tasted in no other. The complexity lends a vinous character that is marvelous.

NGBR is an absolute world classic, and a worthy recipient of it's excellent reputation and many awards. The perfect example of a beer that can make people who don't like beer, like beer. I've seen it happen many times.

I consider it the best fruit beer I've ever had. A must-try for anyone who can get their hands on it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 5/29/10 notes.

a - Pours a ruby red color, with a little bit of reddish, off white head.

s - Smell is wonderful. Lots of cherries, both sweet and sour. Also some other citrus and dark fruits.

t - Taste is great as well. Tastes of sour cherries, sweet cherry, raspberries, and citrus.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was an amazing beer; one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Very easy to drink, and would love to have again.
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EDIT on 11/09/12: Have had this many times over the years, most recently last weekend on 11/02/12. Possibly my favorite fruit beer ever; this beer is amazing.

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Photo of LisaBarker
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Went to New Glarus Brewery a few years ago and fell in love with this beer. It just royally sucks that we cannot get it here in Oregon. It is the best tasting cherry beer. The cherry is fresh, tart yet sweet and the bubbles are amazing. It is a beer I still talk about to this day, very worth while.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, dipped in dark red wax. Poured into a flute. Thanks Brian23456 (I think)!

A near perfect fruit beer for my tastes in most every regard. Aroma and flavor are dominated by rich, complex and completely natural fresh cherries. Thick, syrupy body with fine carbonation and a long lasting sour and tart cherry finish. Appearance is murky, thick rust and blood color with a large cream colored head with a light rosy tint. Long lasting retention and thick rings of web like lacing. Only thing keeping this from being all 5s for me is that I would prefer a little more tart to sweet cherry flavor, but it's a minor concern.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From tiny flower on a tree to a ripe red fruit for use in this wonderful brew, the cherry has not been featured quite like this before. The whole cherry is the star here, skin,fruit,pit, probablly even stem. Poured into a rounded glass, it's the color of ripe cherry red with a very pink and creamy thick head. The aroma is bursting with ripe whole fresh cherrys, pits and all- nothing artificial about it. The flavor follows suit with a sweet and tart whole fresh cherry flavor with a toasted oak finish. It is medium body holds a very rich but refreshing drink. The carbonation is mellow not bubbly, allowing the complex cherry flavor to stand tall.It could have hit a "5" in taste with a little more malt in the backround but I'm not complaining. This is good stuff !! This isn't what you may have had in other fruit beers, this is unique- try it.

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Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on one of these.

A: Beautiful deep red in color with shades of brown and some haze. Looks like unfiltered cranberry juice. Creamy, bubbly, frothy, slightly off-white head that leaves good lacing and retention.

S: Mix of tart/sour cherries, cream, sugar. Superb.

T: Well, as expected, it's all tart/sour cherry. A fizzy, well-carbonated, cherry beverage.

M: Incredibly refreshing, massive flavor, perfect fizzy finish. Never cloying or too sweet.

O: This is the definition of a fruit beer. Utterly incredible. Could drink at least one a week. Divine stuff.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a flute at the brewery on 4/28/12

A - A beautiful mostly clear brilliant pinkish-cherry red with 1 finger light cherry head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - The soul of a cherry, these fruit are so abundant it is intoxicating, nice oak, and fruity soda, bubble gum notes.

T - A very sweet cherry taste hits you so smooth you'll be charmed immediately followed by a bit of tartness and delicate oak notes and just a hint of hop floral aroma.

M - Moderate body, highly carbonated, effervescent.

O - So complex and satisfying and easily among the most drinkable fruit beer. Pairs well with a nice creamy Wisconsin cheese.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just a wonderful fruit beer. Thick and luscious like a true apple cider only pink. Loads of tart cherries and hints of spices. Smells great, tastes great. Feels like velvet on your tongue. Not overly sweet at all and therefore very drinkable.

Over the weekend I sat out on a lake in Northern Wisconsin and consumed a bottle that I had kept in a cupboard for at least three years. I was a bit nervous that the beer would have spoiled but it hadn’t. It tasted exactly as I remembered it tasting fresh from the brewery.

Moreover, the beer was a perfect pick for the colorful fall day. It feels very much like a homemade cider and this makes it fit naturally with changing leaves and fire pit conversation.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great googly-moogly! This nectar pours with a creamy off-white/light pink head that settles over cloudy crimson colored liquid. The nose (and what a nose it is) is comprised of sour cherry, light maltiness and apple pie spice scents...very appetizing to me. Taste is sour and somewhat acidic, almost astringent...with more cherry sourness and apple-like flavors. Not the most complex beer, but very soothing and drinkable...a perfect blend of taste and mouthfeel. Ends up long and ultra tasty with a nice dry sour tanginess at the end...I like this beer, I really like this beer! I could drink gallons of this stuff...or better yet, swim in it!

Thanks to Chip (faernt) for the chance to try this long sought after gem. It was as good as I had expected!

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loved the raspberry tart, thanks to Chico1985 I now get to try this one. Reviewed from notes.

A- Dark red, can only see through it holding it up to light. Small pink, frothy head that dies down to a nice creamy cloud with big bubbles. Good fine random, spotty lacing.

S- All fruit. Amazing cherry and sweet aroma. Some vine hints, very similar to the Raspberry Tart in this catergory.

T- Fresh cherry overload. You get all the aspects of the cherry throughout the beginning and aftertaste, so unique. Tart and sweet at the same time. Fruity bliss. Slight vine.

MF- Syrup-like body with light carbonation and a tart sting. Very smooth and appropriate for such a fruit heavy drink. Amazing flavors coat the palate.

DB- This and the Raspberry Tart give me a reason to go to Wisconsin some time, absolutely awesome beers. Amazing flavor with a great sweet to tart balance. A eye-opening experience.

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Photo of Brewfan
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2 year old bottle. I've been sitting on this bottle for a while now. Drank the first one I had about a year ago. Decided to crack this one tonight. Why? Just because.
Poured into my Houblon Chouffe snifter.
Pours a clear garnet hue with a quick off white head. Head disapates to a nice ring of lace with some clinging lace up the sides. Lace is long lasting and clings throughout the entire session. Even roughing up the beer a bit, the secondary head drops very quickly. Frothy but quick. No signs of carbonation.
First whif is straight cherry reduction. Deeper than any cherry could give straight from nature though. Deep and rich and sugary, but definitely inviting. No hops present. No discernable malt overtones. Just cherries. Lucious, slightly smokey cherries.
Now for the goods. The taste. First thing that comes to mind is blood soaked cherries. I thought that the first time I tried this beer, and a year later, that's still what I think. You get a rich, tart, almost coppery tang. I can't expliain how deep the flavors go. Slightly sour, not like a lambic, but there is some "twang" there. Sweet and extremely drinkable.
EXTREMELY drinkable. No alcohol is present. Medium mouthfeel fills the mouth with cherry goodness.
This is a gorgeous beer. Albiet not for everyone, but I love cherries. This is the best fruit beer I've ever had. I dare someone to try to one-up this one. Good luck.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wisconson Belgian Red pours a hazy ruby color with a small, frothy head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving behind several spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and loaded with cherry. Reminds me of a cherry coughdrop.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft, rich and chewy on the palate. Mild carbonation. The flavor is like a cherry pie. Sweet with loads of cherry and a touch of toasted malt. Towards the end a touch of spice and sour notes poke through. Once gone the cherry flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a fantastic beer. I was lucky enough to get a bottle from a friend of a friend who was going to Wisconsin. Very flavorful and easy to drink. It's a dessert in a glass!

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.