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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,348 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 978
Gots: 412 | FT: 39
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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dbc5

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-03-2014 03:30:06 | More by dbc5
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yummybeer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

11-07-2013 23:42:40 | More by yummybeer
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HopsJunkiedotcom

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-25-2012 00:48:25 | More by HopsJunkiedotcom
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dmadsen

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-26-2014 01:51:38 | More by dmadsen
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-30-2013 16:21:40 | More by Rimbimhoot
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-11-2014 00:08:30 | More by GatorLCA
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-11-2013 17:21:54 | More by Ragnarok88
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -3%

09-13-2012 17:11:10 | More by udubdawg
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep reddish brown, not much head but very bubbly. Smells heavy of cherries, very good smell. Taste is just as heavy with the cherries. Nice light, tastes more like juice than beer but it's definitely a nice taste. Very flavorful and a nice change of pace, but I probably can't drink more than a glass at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:56:42 | More by richkrull
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta give a shout-out to thefatkid13 for the trade on this one. Kept the bottle in my fridge from last May until now, though I don't really know why I didn't have it sooner.
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Body is a strange, opaque pink-brown hybrid with just a few wisps of creamy white head. Very sweet aroma of cherries, cherries, and more cherries, with maybe some confectioner's sugar mixed in. Palate is again thoroughly dominated by sweet cherries - this almost comes across like a soda rather than a beer. A mild hoppy bitterness emerges on the finish, but there is still plenty of residual sweetness. Body is smooth and creamy, which does provide a little bit of an indication that this isn't in fact soda. A bit too sweet for me to drink in large quantities, but still a very unique and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 07:38:58 | More by ElGordo
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DontCallMeSurly

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Figured it was about time to review this one.

I love the color of this one, it pours out a sexy cherry (really!!) with hints of mahogany around the edges. There is a medium amount of head on this one as it doesn't leave much lacing either. A very powerful tart cherry character is present. Taste is pretty much the same; a lot of tart cherries with a slightly sweet finish. This bottle had a very bitter aftertaste, which I don't recall from previous batches. Maybe my palate was off. There's a lot of carbonation to this and it's kind of similar to champagne in mouthfeel. I enjoy the hell out of this one and look forward to drinking plenty of this in the upcoming summer months!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 14:15:44 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty looking murky red with a nice pink head that takes its time. Smells mildly tark, the cherries come out to play along with some sweetness. Taste is mostly the sweet cherries, mildly tart with a smooth finish. Medium in the mouth, flat on the finish and a sipping fruit beer too enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:56:57 | More by franksnbeans
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tvv375ia

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 25oz bottle into flute glass

A-nice light red color with about a 2 finger head that recedes quickly

S-lots of cherry smell and a little oak coming through

T-cherry is about all I get for the flavors in this one not really any oak

M-lots of carbonation maybe a little too much

O-with the carbonation in this it tastes pretty much like cherry soda, not bad but a little too sweet and fizzy for me

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 18:57:16 | More by tvv375ia
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SDDanC

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my god. Poured from bottle into goblet. Poured a cherry red with a touch of amber, almost no head. Nose is alll sweet cherry candy and vanilla, some roses mixed in there. The tongue matches well to the nose. Sweet cherries, vanilla, no sour its all sweet. I cannot stress enough how sweet this is. Mouthfeel is good, could use a bit more carbonation, but it might take away from the sweetness. Overall, awesome beer, I want more.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 04:08:32 | More by SDDanC
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A highly coveted and hard to get brew if you aren't from the right part of the country. A frequent member of my trading fleet.

This beer is highly drinkable and delicious especially considering it has a strong potential to be overly sweet and syrupy. The beer pours with a nice color and a fairly nice head. I little bit thicker than I would like but much more drinkable than many other cherry beers. I prefer it with some age over fresh and would recommend others to age this if possible (I know it is tempting to bust open).

This is a beer with a lot of hype that can commands a premium on the trade forums and actually deserves it. It deserves at least one shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 08:10:17 | More by cadaugherty
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tarheels86

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL red wax on numerous occassions. Pours a bright, translucent deep pink to red with a small, pink, creme head. Aroma is cherry Sucrets, cough medicine, thankfully moving to maraschino cherries and clafoutis/cherry pie. Taste is sweet, black cherries, cherry pie, rich and viscous with a major spiced note of cinnamon and nutmeg. Palate is rich, creamy, dessert like, not oily or watery. It’s not the show stopper that NG Raspberry Tart and NG Apple Ale are, but it is evident that if you like true cherry beer and aren’t in the mood for kriek, this is the ultimate non-sour cherry fruit beer. Just impossible for anyone to compete with New Glarus in the fruit beer category.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 21:50:13 | More by tarheels86
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Cavery

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared by Klym, cheers to the trader that hooked him up with a ridiculous sub-24 hour trade notice.

Poured into New Glarus Tulip (amazing throw-in!)

A: Carbonated red jello with some continents of film on an ocean of red. Amazing light reds amidst darker tones; and a noticeable near translucency in certain angles. Darker reds give the lighter tones a deep red rose cloak. This is a beer full of optical illusions.

S: This smells exactly like a cherry icee. I feel like i've gone to see some summer mega-flick, and someone poured a slurpee into my glass. Sweet and very candy-like. Late notes of almond vanilla make for an unexpected guest. It's there I swear, give it a whiff then take 3-4 breaths in and out your nose away from the glass. See? Magic!

T: Light and sweet pickled cherry spritzers that rides a peaking tartness to give the smallest notes of alcohol a cloak of invisibility. Carbonated cherry skins that stick on the tongue for a relentless bludgeoning of tingly cherry otter pops. Bright flavors that do a good job of avoiding syrupy concentrations. Great flavor with perhaps even more reservation of sweetness than Raspberry Tart. An excellent balance of all cherry flavors. A slightly drying almond flake in the end that hits just before the vinegar pinch in the throat. This is alive with tartness.

M: Medium-full cotton ball softness in the mouth that disappears like dissolving grains of sugar. The carbonation is mellow, but just welcome enough to prevent any overly syrupy feelings. My mouth never feels coated in grenadine or simple syrups. This also helps the flavors escape the monotone flavors of cherry skins, and transforms the berry into a fruit of more subtle substance. A sugary plum-like character arrives with a familiar cherry finish. The mouth-feel allows this all to happen.

O: This beer is extremely good, and honestly for me is preferable to Raspberry Tart. I think both are great beers, but after having them side by side tonight I think this one is a bit more of a revelation. I think I've seen other beers go similar places to Raspberry Tart in the use of raspberries (perhaps just not as well); however, this is a first for cherries. I didn't know they could be so light and candy-like. I was really impressed how this stayed away from syrupy qualities; which is where I see this being divergent from Raspberry Tart. I wouldn't say grenadine flavors aren't in here, but most certainly the mouthfeel avoids stereotypical coating syrups. It's juicy, it's concentrated, but it's not syrup. I don't even like cherries that much to eat as a form of food, but I'll be damned if I don't drink them again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 06:44:39 | More by Cavery
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Larrytown

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with little head and a little bit of lacing. The nose has cherry, obviously and some cinnamon.

The taste surprised me at first. The cherry is there, sure, but the first sip tastes a lot like apple cider with the cherry rushing in a few seconds later. We've got a distinct sour taste at the end which is nice as it helps prevent the sweetness from being overpowering. It's very crisp in the mouth, lots of carbonation, but not in a distracting way.

This is an unusual beer, no doubt, and perhaps too unique to return to every day. It's certainly interesting though and quite delicious. I'll pick up another bottle without question.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 23:45:05 | More by Larrytown
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is no doubt that this is a cherry beer based on the pour. Comes out very red with about a finger thick head that disappears quickly.
Smells very cherry with nothing else really standing out.
Taste is as you would expect, just better. There is a ton of sour and sweet cherry in here. It is just pure cherry, no hint of sugar or syrupy tastes. Everything is balanced very well.
Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. The cherry coats the tounge from side to side and leaves a dry taste like a sherry wine. Higher carbonation than I expected, but good. I'ld give it a five, but it doesn't have the feel of a trappist so I can't.
Very drinkable, I am glad I live where this is easily available.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 20:48:23 | More by Homerbag
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GClarkage

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/18/07- Received as a gift from former BA member Irishsnake.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with a nice coating of red wax over the cap and neck of the bottle. Not sure what vintage it is, but I've had it in my possesion for at least 2 years. Assuming 2004 or 2005. Poured into my Alesmith tulip.

Appearance- Murky and sludgly looking dark blood red pour. Ultra light spritzy head upon pour, fades quickly. Leaves light spots of lace behind.

Smell- Sadly..not much of any. Was expecting a blast in the face of harvested cherries instead I just get a tiny whiff. If you dig in you get some fresh cherries and a bit of malt, but it really doesn't assert itself.

Taste- Very sweet and a touch of a sour note. Fresh orchard black and bing cherries flourish in the mouth. Cherries...that's it. Simple and straight forward. The only thing that would make it perfect taste is a lasting flavor after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick, viscous, syrupy. Almost like cherry cough syrup. Aftertaste is not much. It's like fruit stripe gum...great flavor that lasts for a few chews and poof!! Gone like that.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, but limited a tad because of the sweetness factor. Still blows most cherry beers away.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 01:40:47 | More by GClarkage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml wax dipped bottle care of younger35. Split with the wife and poured into wine glasses. This brew appears a pretty clear ruby red color with less than a finger of white fizzy head that dissolves fast leaving just a thin layer of bubbles sitting atop. Constantly rising bubbles provides a lasting ring around the inside perimeter of the glass and a bit of patchy lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew immediately reminds me of luden's cherry cough drops. Medicinal cherry nose has a little bit of spice added in the backend smelling like cinnamon. It also has a bit of an earthy quality that brings it all together with a pleasant aroma overall that is a mix of fresh cherries meets cherry medicine.

The taste is a cherry mixture of sweet and sour upfront. Just like in the aroma, the cherry flavor is a mixture of medicinal cherry along with a fresh, natural cherry pit flavor. Through the medium light body there is a bit of a spiced flavor that is somewhat reminescent of cinnamon with a touch of oak. The tartness of this brew along with the spiced character makes this one finish quite dry with an aftertaste of cherry pits and spices left lingering in the mouth.

Quite drinkable with a lively level of carbonation. Overall a fine example of the style. My only gripe is that I find myself half way through the experience drinking it faster just because it starts to get a bit too acidic and agitate the back of my throat.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 20:29:27 | More by stakem
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great "dessert" beer from New Glarus, probably the best one.
Beautiful, cherry-red hazy beer with a small white head that quickly fades away.
Potent smell of cherries, sugar, malts and some alcohol, and a potent, full-bodied sweet and sour taste mostly of cherries, but multiple other fruits, citric and non-citric make their way into the rich taste.
The bitterness/sourness in there makes it easier than most "sweet" beers, quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 02:22:40 | More by brdc
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birchstick

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby red in appearance with a pretty small head. There is a huge amount of lacing though, which makes it look very sexy in my flute glass.

S - I am glad the label said cherries were in this, otherwise I wouldn't have ever guessed (j/k). Cherries and spices (cinnamon?) pop out immediately. Smells quite delicious.

T - Wow. Starts off with a spiciness that is reminiscent of cinnamon. This is followed by the sweet cherries and a little bit of malt. Ends with a tart sourness to it. The flavors blend really well together, making for a very enjoyable, unique drinking experience. This would make an excellent beer to drink during the fall.

M - Surprisingly great mouthfeel. Due to all of the lacing I figured this would be packed with carbonation. The carbonation is there, however it merely tickles your throat as the Belgian Red slides down rather smoothly.

D - This is the best fruit beer I have tried without a doubt

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 03:47:07 | More by birchstick
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chefmikeanderson

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours perfect see through cherry color. a nice pink tinted white fluffy head that settles down to a thin coating

S: Huge cherries as expected. real close to cough syrup but then a more fresh smell shows its face and says this isnt cough syrup

T: So much flavor! I was in the mood for this beer so the sweetness doesn't bother me. a nice real cherry flavor rather than just a flavoring agent with big sweetness. No real malt or hop flavor but thats expected

M: just enough carbonation to keep the beer going. mouth finishes off dry surprisingly

D: for a 5% beer its not crazy drinkable compared to others but this is just different from others. it will take me a minute to kill the bottle but I opened it on a hot day and was in the mood for this so the beer is just what i wanted. if you're not in the mood for big fruit then you wont like it

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:28:07 | More by chefmikeanderson
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Presented in a 750 ml. bottle that's capped and sealed in red wax. Label promises over a pound of Door County cherries in every bottle. Hard to fathom.

A: Pours a bright, cranberry red in color with active carbonation and a thin, beige head that fades to a rimming of pink lace.

S: Cherry bomb: Tart cherries with hints of hazelnuts and vanilla.

T: Wow! Like diving into a Bing cherry pie. Completely natural tasting with little evidence of hops or malts, just loads of tart cherry goodness without any cloying effects or artificial essence. Finishes somewhat dry with a touch of Belgian yeast. Easily the best fruit beer I've experienced to date.

M: Luscious, creamy and well carbonated.

D: The consummate libation to savor while enjoying a cherry-hued, Door County sunset.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 02:13:00 | More by CaptainIPA
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.