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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,811 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,062
Gots: 537 | FT: 55
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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 John_M
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one.

Pour into my corsendonk glass, this beer pours a bright ruby red color with an amber overtone. Head retention is fair, with no more then minimal lacing. As for the nose on this beer, my initial reaction was not very positive. This beer has very sweet, distinctly hawaiin punch aroma, along with considerable sweet cheery. However, as the beer warmed, I started to get some vanilla, cinnamon, and even light funk. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there was something of a sour cherry flavor in the finish that helped to cut some of the sweetneess in this beer. The sour component also tended to enhance this beer's drinkability, and I enjoyed it more and more as I went along. Mouthfeel is medium bodied in this beer, with some pleasant prickliness from the good carbonation.

This is a very interesting beer, and it reminds me very much of some fruit infused lambics I've tried (would be interested in trying this beer side by side with Lindeman's cherry lambic). However, the intensity of flavor in this beer really impressed me, and sets it apart from most Belgian fruit lambics I've tried. Good stuff!

Photo of srroos
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a flute.

Pours a hazy brownish red with a short lived earthen tone head. The aroma is juicy tart cherries. The taste is tart cherries upfront with a sweet and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Easy drinking, but well suited for sharing due to the tartness.

An excellent brew and a definite must try!

Photo of WesWes
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a rosy red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a killer cherry scent that's so tart and refreshing. I love sour cherries in beer. This is very much like the aroma of Lindeman's Kriek. The taste is perfect! It captures the essence of what a fruit beer can and should be. It's bold and refreshing with tons of tart fruit character. The mouthfeel is perfect as well. It's medium bodied with good carbonation. This and their Raspberry tart are by leaps and bounds the best fruit beers on the planet. I only wish it wasn't so hard to get my hands on them. Thanks to Tim and Mary Anderson for the opportunity to try these.

Photo of homebrew311
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into New Glarus flute glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy deep red with a bone white head, lots of lacing

S: smell is filled with wonderful cherry aromas. I can smell some sweet candied red cherries up front followed by some tartness. The fruit is the dominating aroma, but it is incredibly pleasant.

T: The taste is a lot like the nose but even more prominent. The cherry flavors are so bright and fresh, its like the flavor is popping in your mouth. The sweet cherries are on the front again followed by a pronounced tartness with some dark cherry flavors on the finish. The cherries are take center stage in this beer and they shine!

MF: a bit bubbly, high carbonation, thin body

D: each sip keeps you coming back for more, this beer is expertly balanced between sweet and tart and is the best fruit beer I have ever tried. The abv is undetectable and the drinkability is through the roof

Photo of mikey711
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra some time ago from Youbrewidrink! Thanks

A: Murky red almost mahogany in color with a pinkish off white head that fluffs up on top. Not much in terms of lacing, and not much transparency. Head retention is perfect as a quarter inch layer sits throughout the time i drank it

S: The cherries are very prominent in the nose and it reminds me slightly of either a shirley temple or a cherry dr. pepper.

T: It also tastes slightly like a cherry doctor pepper or shirley temple. It also reminds me a bit of a cherry wine spritzer or a cocktail of some sort. Very fruity and unlike another beer i have had before

M: The body and richness of this is actually very good and enjoyable. No acidity and very mild.

D: I dont think I would be able to have more than a glass of this becaus it does get to be a little bit on the sweet side and i typically like my fruit beers to be sour

Photo of Popkas
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy froth with pinkish tones.

S: Wow, the cherries hit me upon opening the bottle and continue to dominate the nose. Very tart and a tiny bit of fink. Lovely.

T: More tart cherries. Very sweet complimented with a little sourness.

M: Thick and syrupy with loads of carbonation. Reminds me of a flavored soda.

D: Very enjoyable, but certainly only one in a sitting and it should be shared. I will certainly be enjoying more of these in the future.

Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours reddish-orange with a white head. Aroma is unmistakable, lots of sugar, cherries and something that reminds me of red wine. The flavor is more cherries, with a ton of sweetness. This tastes like cherry filling inside of a fried pie. Mouthfeel is syrupy and carbonation is medium-low. Easily the best fruit beer I have ever sampled.

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that I have not rated this one to-date and since I just split a bottle tonight watching college football, why not rate it now.

A - Poured from the wax topped bottle into my waiting New Glarus flutes, supplied by one of the best cheeseheads I know and have the pleasure of trading with, wisconsinbeer1. Pours a beautiful garnet red with a fizzy white fluff that quickly settles down.

S - Tart cherries and cherry pie. Beautiful!

T - Tart cherries and cherry pie. Not overly sweet as it has a slight tart sensation with subtle oak accents from sitting in the barrels for a period of time. Really a sensational taste.

M - Highly carbonated and thin but not a problem.

D - Really good but you have to remind yourself that you are drinking a beer. Really, it is a cross of beer and wine.

One of the really great fruit beers that is always a pleasure to have. Regularly supplied by maximum12 and wisconsinbeer1 so I don't know who to thank for this particular bottle. I guess I'll just have to thank you both.

Get this one and make yourself popular.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle into Flute glass.

Pours a brilliant, bright red color with a couple fingers of pink colored head that dissolves into a thin ring around the glass. This beer actually does have a cherry like appearance. Fantastic. The aroma is strictly tart fresh cherries. The flavor is the same, straight up cherry juice with a little lambic flair. Its light-medium bodied with a prickly amount of carbonation and finishes dry. The simplicity of the aroma and the flavor is what makes this an amazing beer. Another top-notch fruit beer from New Glarus.

Photo of hrking
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a sweet syrupy beer.. If you want to know what this taste like get a Hostess Cherry fruit pie and eat the filling puree inside of it and well you get the picture. This is without a doubt a desert beer and would be awesome for any after dinner treat..Worth the effort!..recommend

Photo of MysterySwirl
3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I had this alongside with the Raspberry Tart.

It is a reddish brown in my glass with sticky lacing and some red/pinkness as I swirl my glass. Almost reminds me of apple cider with cherries.

Oh lord - this is a cherry bomb. Cherries and cherries dominate. There's a sour tartness and very fruity taste to it. I don't really get a sense of other flavors but that's because it's supposed to be cherries.

Had this out of the bottle on Friday night, celebrating the finishing of college. Thanks erocks for the trade, much appreciated! The carbonation is very present and the mouthfeel is a bit sticky and thick. It's a good beer but I'd pair this up with something sweet for food so it feels balanced.

We preferred this beer over the Raspberry Tart which seemed a bit dryer when swallowing.

Photo of becktone
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Murky red going brown in the glass. No head formation or retention. Still looks good though in the glass.

Nose: Strong sour cherry aroma. Very nice. Not cloyingly sweet smelling like many beers that use cherry or other fruits. Its not just cherry either, its like I get the entire cherry, from the fruit itself to the stem to the pit and even almost to the tree.

Tongue: Slightly tart and sour, big cherry tones with some soda-like qualities. This kinda reminds me of what a fermented cherry wine would taste like but less forward with the cherry, less alcohol, presence of carbonation, and a touch of sweetness with more acidity than a fruit wine. Some oaky tones come through as well. Not sour or tart or sticky sweet as many of the bigger named and more popular fruit lambics.

Feel and Drinkability: Spritzy and fine carbonation, almost like it burns, it attacks the palate and fills the mouth in a most pleasing way....but not like soda and yet it doesn't interfere with the beer's flavor. Body is a bit heavier than I expected, medium in body going toward heavy. Very champagne like. This is one that I'd regularly celebrate with if only I could get my hands on it.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of the bottle on Friday night, celebrating the finishing of college. Thanks erocks for the trade, much appreciated!

Appearance: Hazy red-pink with a pinkish head and lacing that is sticky and wavy. Looks unlike much other beer I've ever had, and I really fail to see where the beer is in the appearance, but it still looks quite nice.

Smell: Very, very cherry. Sweet, sour, puckering cherry. Sugars still seem pretty present, and quite heavy in the fruity aroma. Wow, no hop presence nor any real maltiness, either, just fresh, flavorful cherries.

Taste: Identical to the smell, except more soda-like than beer. If I had not known better, I'd swear this is a cherry soda with no alcohol and certainly no hops. They just aren't there. Sour but not over-the-top, very sweet, and highly intense cherry flavors. I know this is the style, but man this is a very sweet beer, and it's tough to remember that it is, indeed, beer.

Mouthfeel: A little too syrupy for my liking, but also effervescently carbonated, a little too much so. It was like carbonated cherry syrup, which made it feel more soda-like once again. It could actually be a little scaled back and probably still be okay, but still, the sourness covers a lot of ground and makes up for a lot of that by giving a distinct and memorable mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not excellent, for me anyway. Too sweet to really be consumer en masse, but not bad, either. Paired with the right dessert, I'm sure it's exquisite, and with the right lady, I'm sure it's even more so. An experience for sure, and worth trying.

Photo of jmalex
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this while listening to the Brewing Network on a rainy Sunday night.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Hennepin tulip cloudy and deep crimson amber in color. A small white head forms on top and shrinks immediately to a tiny collar with a few straggling patches.

SMELL: Sweet cherry with a hint of tartness and a trace of cough syrupy bitterness. Not a whole lot of base beer getting through, but that's ok since this cherry aroma is so nice.

TASTE: The cherry stays sweet and soda-like the entire time, but here in the taste the base beer is allowed to come through a bit. It's slight caramelly with maybe even a hint of chocolate. It's hard to believe this a beer, but it is. And it's delicious.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly slick and syrupy with a medium body. Carbonation is on the lower side of average.

DRINKABILITY: It's delicious and I'll gladly finish the bottle, but it really is pretty sweet. This should last me the better part of the night though, and for that I'm grateful.

A shining beacon for fruit beers in an sea of otherwise extract-laden crap. I don't know how they do these, but the beer world would be a better place if more people knew.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger coarse whitish-pink, fluffy head with moderate retention.Brew is semi-clear red. Lacig is spotty and stringy.

S: Nose is overwhelming, musty candied cherry juice. Very clean and pronounced.

T: Opens a musky, subdued earthy cherry. Mild cinnamon brown sugar, slightly tart, and quite sweet throughout. Some other type of red fruit syrup is apparent towards the end. Finishes with cherry tartness that lingers long after the beer does.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. Rather silky for the style with a clean, watery finish that almost stains the inside of the mouth.

D: Fuller bodied than most other fruit beers which really works here. A bit more complex and the silkiness ties all the flavors together. Deserving of the hype in its style.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip, thanks to alcstradamus for sending this to me for FREE!

Pours a bright yet dirty red with a small one finger head that quickly dissipates. Little to no lacing as the beer is drank.

Smells likes cherries with a hint of Belgian tart/sour/funk, and an even less present smell of oak.

Taste was fresh, real cherries with a bit of tartness to it. The oak could barely be tasted.

Mouthfeel was good. Spritzy and light with some stickyness to it due to the sugars.

Drinkability is very good on this one. Refreshing, low ABV and great flavor. Yum!

A great beer, one that I hope to have again. New Glarus definitely has their ducks in a row when it comes to these fruity tart beers!

Photo of beefnbarley
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a reddish hue which was expected given the amount of cherries added.

Poured with a white, fine head that tended to settle quickly.

Strong cherry aroma immediately and dominated the odor. Slight hint of tartness or sour behind the cherries was evident and pleasant.

Sweet, cherry, effervescent beer that was quite refreshing. Beer is light on sour/tartness and tends to lean more towards a sweet, dry finish.

Medium body, high level of carbonation.

Great beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded with justn. Split two ways and poured into large flute glass.

A- Deep red cherry color. Gorgeous off-white rocky head with nice retention. Lacing all the way down the flute looks great.

S- Cherries, cherry cough drops (Ludens), wheat and chocolate. No identifiable hops or barley, pure fruit beer.

T- Are there cherries actually in the bottle? Cherry medicine, with a bit of tartness, but not sour. Again, no hop or barley character. The taste really sticks between sips. Maybe a bit more dry and this would be incredible.

M- Much more body than I expected. Silky, with a tingle of carbonation.

D- For such a strong cherry flavor, extremely drinkable. I wish I didn't split the bottle.

Great fruit beer. Its nice to have a pure fruit beer and not a beer with fruit. A little drier and more carbonation and this would be perfect.

Photo of scaliasux
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark, off-red. Initial short off-white head quickly dissipates into a short film.

Smell - Moderate aroma of authentic cherries. Sweet, but not cloying.

Taste - Starts moderately sweet then turns nicely tart. Straight from the orchard cherry flavor - nothing artificial about tasting here. Reminds me of the summer cherry picking sessions in Wisconsin's Door County of my youth.

Mouthfeel - Light and well-carbonated.

Drinkability - Fruit beers are, for me, generally a fairly unimpressive category. New Glarus does these right, though. Really captures the essence of the fruit.

Photo of Florida9
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dirty reddish brown. On the first pour there was a significant oxidized pinkish head, but it reduced quickly and was never really seen again on the successive pours. Reduced to nothingness - not even a surface coating. No lacing.

S: Oddly, this has a huge cranberry nose. Smells like some sort of sweet candy.

T: The cherry flavor returns in a big way. Actually, that is really the only flavor I get out of this beer. Aside from the copious amounts of cherry flavor, there isn't much else going on.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. A very quick finish.

D: I found this beer impressive, though I've got to admit I think it takes more like fermented cherry juice than it does like beer. Being sweet and loaded with cherry flavor, I found this one to be a very easy drinker. However, being sweet and loaded with cherry flavor, I don't think I'll be making this a regular beer anytime soon.

Photo of caskstrength
2.69/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this, I do like cherries and Founders Cerise is a beer I enjoy. Had it with a monster tasting of the New Glarus fruit beers.

Pours a darker pink. white head. looks like what I expected a fruity cherry beer to look.
Good carbonation.

Smell is a little off-putting. given reviews thusfar, was hoping for a rich, real cherry vibe. literally smelled like cough syrup or some sort of cherry flavored medicine to my nose.

taste backed up the smell. too sweet. medicinal fake cherries dominate. Compared to the Cran-bic (excellent) and the Raspberry tart (decent), this beer rated the lowest.

Mouthfeel was fine for a medicinal oversweetened cherry beer.

Move along, this isn't the fruit/cherry beer you're looking for. I'm certainly surprised at the ratings around these parts.

Photo of Beaver13
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours a muddy red-brown with a small wispy head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet cherries, slightly tart with some wood.

The flavor is sweet yet tart cherries and wood with a dry slightly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is full and smooth with velvety carbonation.

Overall, it's kind of one-dimensional (cherry!), but I liked this a lot.

Photo of botham
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a wine glass. pours a rich and vibrant ruby red color with minimal pink head that leaves no lacings. artificial looking in the glass as far as color goes.

aroma is of fresh maraschino cherries with a very light acidity and a touch of sweetness in the background. very fruity in the nose.

taste is rich with cherries and a mild sweetness along with a vinous base and light tartness on the back end. nicely proportioned with a light acidity on the back end as well. overall, this is a pleasant brew for those who like cherries.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with an attractive quality and a lightly tart finish.

drinkability is good. the brew is pleasant and drinkable; the only complaint here is that it could be less sweet and a bit more acidic or tart. oh well.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.24/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this as an extra in a trade from TPatuto. Thanks giving me the opportunity to try this!

One of the bottles from New Glarus I was looking forward to opening on Thanksgiving.

This beer was a dark cherry color. I was expecting maybe a fiery red but the beer was kind of dark. My nose was engulfed in a storm of black cherries. That's about all I could smell. Not even a hint to it being a beer. I would think this is just black cherry soda.

The taste was very sweet. In fact, I thought it was way too sweet and a strong black cherry flavor overpowered the beer. There was a slight ketchup taste that I find in flemish sours. It was very hard to get through the bottle by myself. By the end I was in celebration that I was able to finish it.

I feel their Raspberry Tart is a much better fruit beer than this one.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm really impressed with this one. I poured it out and I could already smell the fresh cherries! It looks like a Belgian dubbel, but with a bit more burgundy color to it--decent off-white head that fades to wisps on the surface of the beer. Aroma is outrageous--straight fresh cherries! It tastes pretty amazing too, with big sweet and tart cherry flavors, followed by a spicy wheat/malt backbone with some cinnamon spice. It tastes almost exactly like cherry pie. A fantastic cherry beer here, medium mouthfeel, creamy carbonation. My only complaint is that it is a bit too sweet for me, definitely tough to move through the whole bomber, but a great beer to share with friends after a meal.

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,811 ratings.