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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
98
world-class

2,745 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,745
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,032
Gots: 502 | FT: 49
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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Photo of Birchgrove77
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up from Woodmans Liquor on 12/26/08.

Appearance: The color of fresh transmission fluid. Bright, sparkling red with a slight pink head.

Smell: To me the smell was more fresh cherry Pop-Tarts then beer. Some background bready notes, but was dominated by cherries.

Taste: Expected to have a dominant sweet cherry flavor, but the cherry flavor was more sour than sweet. Kind of like drinking sparkling maraschino cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: Expected a thin body, but ended up being quite filling on the palette. Some lingering on the tongue, but definitely heavier on the palette than I expected.

Overall: Excellent beer, and I was kind of leery of this going into the tasting. Ended up being something that I would maybe by one of on visits to Wisconsin, but this is defintely a dessert beer.

Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick cherry red with a hint of blood red; pink head, some lacing

Smell: Apple pie & maraschino cherries. Nothing else. Thankfully not cherry cough syrup in the smell or taste.

Taste: Tart cherries. Verry different from the maraschino aroma. Sweet and sour. I actually prefer tart cherry juice (with no alcohol), but this is good.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not in a bad way. It never gets thin. Lots of sugar, coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Sweet, but still drinkable. A very nice desert. It is delicious, but nothing like beer. Glad I got to try it once, but no desire to ever try it again.

My complaints are no real complexity (It tastes like cherries. the end.) and it could use some oak.

Photo of CoalCellar
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my goblet....

A: Pours a murky red w/golden hues and a tiny red-tinged head, head dissipates quickly.

S: Rich, delicious, tart cherries, and some wheaty funk....

T: This beer tastes exactly like cherry pie. Rich, luscious cherry flavor w/nice tartness up front, finishes with a sweet candy flavor.

M: Average body

D: Outstanding. If this stuff was more readily available for me I could drink it all night long. This stuff is liquid desert. An absolute treat for beer geeks with a sweet tooth.

Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- No head to speak of. Small ring. Pours a muddy reddish brown, a bit like the color of mashed cooked cherries.

S - Maybe a little too cold yet, but mild aroma. Cherries, of course, tart and sugary.

T - Taste follows smell. Really does taste like cherry pie. Sweet yet tart, with that earthy undertone of the cooked fruit. SORTA reminds me of Boones Farm, in a good way, if that is possible.

M - Medium body, great carb, coating and somewhat velvety.

D - Low ABV and not cloying at all. It's a keeper. Hey. maybe I will learn to like sour beers yet!

Photo of darklordlager
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red-orange with a 1/2" head that recedes down to nothing.

Taste is a perfect balance between sweet and tart. Huge cherry sweetness hits you up front, then fades flawlessly into a tart bite.

Mouthfeel is great for the taste, carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability is excellent.

Photo of gunnerman
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass, pours a ruby red with little carbonation bubbles and a nice pink head. Smell is simply amazing but you must like cherries to enjoy, this litterly smells like fresh warm cherry pie. Taste is very similar to the smell nice heavy carbonated cherrie flavor, this reminds me of a liquid cherry candy. A bit of tart in the middle and a nice smooth finish. Overall this is the best fruit beer that I have enjoyed to date. I could easily drink a few bottles of this at one time which could be a dangerous thing. The master crafters at New Glarus really know how to make impressive fruit beers.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby red with a rustic almost dirty look. Nice big head.

Aroma was fantastic. Lots of malt tones of caramel and toffee with tons of cherry.

Taste was smooth and not too sweet. Very malty flavors.

Mouthfeel was heavy and very rich.

Drinkability wasn't too high. I'd have a hard time drinking an entire bottle. Good thing I had a buddy to share it with.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Silky pink two inch head. Awesome head retention and great lacing. Translucent red beer that looks much like a rose wine.

S- Huge cherry nose with hints of tartness and raisins. Some syrupy sweetness, it smells a lot like a berry wine.

T- Sweet cherry that drops into a nice tartness. Tastes like a champaign infused with cherries and hints of raisin.

M- Light and fruity, perfect carbonation.

Overall- Delicious fruity beer much like a champaign or sparkling wine. Great as a desert beer.

Photo of treyrab
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to cracking this one. Shared it last night with my girlfriend and jac5084. Poured into three tulip glasses...

A: Pours a murky, complete hazy rusty copper red. This one is not a looker by any means. There is a lot of active carbonation though, but it does not create a large head.

S: The smell is great and very inviting, but not complex really. Smells of tart and sweet cherries blended with some oak and slight vanilla. One sniff and you get all the flavors in there.

T: Fantastic, sweet and sour cherry taste that envelopes the mouth with a spritzy carbonation. This is such an easy drink. Some oak comes through on the taste as well but it is very subtle.

Overall, I preferred the Raspberry Tart a little more, but this is a great beer nonetheless. Very easy to drink and could drink one for dessert all the time.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I figure I'll finally review this since it's always at my house and we (my wife) drinks a ton of it.

This beer is fantastic! It pours a cherry red with a bubbly little head. The scent is awesome! Smells like a cherry juice with carbonation. Everything else on this beer is Amazing! It deserves the #37 spot in the top 100!

Everyone should try this beer.

Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big huge thanks to Homerbag for this one!!

Pours a brilliant and beautiful deep cranberry color, nice fluffy pinkish head hangs around for a bit, and leaves a few spots of lacing. Thousands of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. The smells and flavors are just perfectly in sync: big, robust, tart, and rich cherry insanity. Wow. Sticky sweet moutfheel, tartness zinging the tongue and taste buds. This is just an absolute treat, and the beer drinkers in Wisconsin are extremely lucky to have a brewery like New Glarus.

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

This one is in Top 100 BA territory and available only in little ole Wisconsin, from the husband and wife @ New Glarus.

A: Nice dark red, textured with some carbonation, an enticing look after staring at endless amounts of IPAs and Black as oil stouts. Nice saliva looking head.

S: Mellow to strong cherry scent, acidic, and sugary.

T: Holy saccharine batman, this thing is sweet. Started out more zesty and tart, but the more I drank the more it tasted like a creamy cherry. Completely palatable, especially for those with a sweet tooth.

M: Thinner than cherry cough syrup with a crisp bite.

D: Pretty drinkable if you are not diabetic, I enjoy the occasion sweet, good desert beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep, vibrant cherry red that explodes in the light. A light, fizzy off pink head rises and falls. Looks nice in the glass for sure. Aromas start with a blast of bountiful sweet and tart cherry scents. Crisp, light malts lurk within. Reminds me of a fresh made cherry pie! Quite intoxicating and no holding back on the cherry here.

First sip brings a solid, crisp malt body upfront along with an instantaneous burst of sweet cherry flavor. As it flows down tart notes move in as well. Juicy, with a massive cherry fruit flavor. Cherry pie in a glass. Just an awesome fruit beer bursting with flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat slick with a touch of a syrupy quality to it from the residuals sugars of the fruit I assume. Quite an easy drinking beer that the girlfriend enjoys as well. I could probably drink the whole bottle though too! The top tier of fruit beers for me and one I always enjoy drinking. Worth a trip to Wisconsin - grab some Raspberry Tart as well.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice bright maroon. There was a thin head, but it disappeared rather quickly. Lacing isn't an issue with this one.

The aroma is, just as I thought, filled with cherries. Tart cherries, at that. Oh, and some cherries.

The flavor brings to mind....cherries. Sweet, yet a tad tart. Very fresh cherry flavor, not fake at all. The sweetness is almost too much for me at times, though.

Syrupy mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation when compared to the Raspberry Tart. The sweetness knocks this one down a rung for me as far as drinkability is concerned. Very different, yet enjoyable. I do prefer the Raspberry Tart over this one, however.

Photo of walshclimb
3.08/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Attractive bottle with wax melted over the cap. No dates of any kind. I sort of wonder if I got an older bottle. Read on... Pours clear cherry red with thin head that almost immediately dissipated to a thin film. Obvious sweet cherry aroma with a little sour yeast. Taste follows smell - almost like an alcoholic cherry soda but with a somewhat pleasant lingering aftertaste of candied cherries. Not at all complex. I feel like this beer could use a little more balance, maybe a little more in the hops department. I couldn't taste any as it is. Medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky syrup. Overall, this is interesting and worth a try, but I would recommend splitting the bottle between four people. Try it with something of considerable contrast like salty rye or pumpernickel crackers and mild cheese like gouda.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing. Served in a tulip. Poured a bright maroon with some light penetration. Pour revealed a quarter inch, wispy, thin off-white head that quickly dissipated into a soapy swirl. Nose was cherry Sucrets and cinnamon. Taste follows nose with some additional cinnamon heat. Mouthfeel fell between light and medium with very little carbonation. This is by far the easiest drinking fruit beer I've ever had. Extremely flavorful (without being sickeningly sweet) and low abv makes it a great dessert beer.

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

Overall, quite a pleasant brew. Can't get New Glarus in IL, so whenever I drive through WI I try to pick up a good variety to sample. This bottle came back with me from my Thanksgiving road trip.

A: Cloudy, reddish brown. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Cherries. Surprise! Reminiscent of a lambic.

T: Cherries! Surprise, again! This is close to a lambic, again, with just a hint of sour, but not too much. There's a definite sweetness, but after that there's a little bite in the finish.

M/D: I'm having a hard time describing it. It's bright on the palate with good bubbly nature, but after the swallow, there's a certain... stickiness?

I'm enjoying this. Will definitely buy again -- it's a nice addition to the fruit beers in the fridge.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/16/08. Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx. Pours a dirty brown/red with a small tan head. Aroma of those cherry icepops that come in 100-per box and you squeeze out of plastic wrapping. Flavor is lots of cherry syrup, cinnamon, baked cherry pie, and tartness. Not as luscious as Raspberry Tart, but still tasty. Slightly artificial to me though.

Update 11/01/08: Had this again and noticed a lot more tart cherry candies this time. Nice tartness!
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at the GABF. I feel so lucky to have tried this beer. Poured a dark red color, with a thick creamy reddish head. Smelled sweet of cherry, tart cherries not sweet ones. Tasted just like cherry pie, not overly sweet and sticky though, just the actual taste of cherry pie. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had, and it makes me sad everyday that Colorado can't get it.

Photo of deereless
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky amber to dark copper, something akin to a reddish cider, half of a finger of foam which quickly dropped, after the initial burst there are no signs of lingering carbonation - 4.50, S: Intensely aromatic of cherries, smells like a cherry pie filling, ever so slightly sour - 5.00, T: Like the nose this beer is overpoweringly cherry, a hint of champagne sparks/bubbly, beyond the cherry is a touch of what I perceive as prune juice, intensely sweet - 5.00 M: The sweetness seems to hang on the tongue like a syrup, otherwise medium bodied - 4.50, D: This is one special treat of a beer, one of the best dessert beers out there, a standout if you are a fan of the fruit beers - 4.50

Photo of JoeMayo
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish-brown with very little head.

S- It smells exactly like fresh cherries. Not like cheap beer with cherry extract, not like cherry-scented car freshener, not like artificial candy, but exactly like the real fruit and it's out of this world.

T- Very sweet with a strong cherry flavor. Reminiscent of fresh bing cherries. Bright and sweet. There is a somewhat medicinal character as well, but not necessarily bad and definately not overpowering.

M- Borderline syrupy with nice carbonation.

D- Although this beer is absolutley delicious, it's certainly not super-drinkable. Its somewhat heavy and the sugar content is a bit excessive. I felt like I got a sugar rush and then crashed after half a bottle. Overall: make sure to share because one bottle is a lot for one person, but a very good beer with a really fresh flavor and smell.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the bottles provided to me by Hwwty4 in the 08 Secret Santa. Thanks for a chance to try this beer Bill.

A reddish colored body. From different angles of light I can see amber, copper, rust, a red wine color and just plain red. I'll settle on a heavy amber with red wine coloring mixed in. Small light red colored head that disappears quickly without leaving any lace to show that it was ever there in the first place.

Huge cherry aroma here. Sweet, tart, real-not-artificial cherry smell. A little bit of malt sweetness comes through, but only to be beat back again by more cherry. No sense in trying to get a lot of complexity out of this nose, it's almost all cherries and I like it. Wonderful in fact. The type of beer the entire room smells and for the most part appreciates.

Well, after the aroma there certainly isn't any surprise as to what the dominant flavor in this beer is...it's cherries. Once again big real-cherry notes dominates overwhelmingly,but this time in the flavor instead of the aroma. Of course the smell is still there with every sip you take, enhancing your taste of the beer. It fills your mouth with all sorts of sweet and tart notes. Underneath the cherry, if you care to investigate any farther, there are some other fruit notes. I notice some very faint mixed berry flavors in there (could be my imagination though, who knows?). Also a sweet backbone helps to balance this beer, keeping it from being cloying or overbearing. A tasty beer for sure.

The mouthfeel on this one is great. Light, thin body with a ton of carbonation. Makes it feel and even taste a little like a cherry soda or some sort of flavored champagne. Holding this beer and working it through your mouth wil also give you a slight puckering sensation.

Pretty drinkable beer, but something you will mostly sip because of the big flavor. I finished the whole bottle myself, but it didn't go quickly.

Photo of spointon
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml green waxed and crown-capped bottle into my New Glarus tall flute glass.

A= This beer poured a light and bright red color with thin fizzy pink and white head. The head quickly dropped to zero and did not leave any lace on the glass.

S= There was an incredible aroma on this beer. I found lots of fresh cherry and almond/marzipan in the nose. It was simple and perfect.

T= Very good flavor profile of cherries (obviously fresh - not canned or concentrate) and almond paste. Sweet but not cloying in any way. Slightly tart in the finish with a lingering cherry aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level that felt great on the tongue.

D= A world class beer for sure and deserved of all the hype. Easily my favorite fruit beer ever and one I will gladly have again and again.

Photo of WJVII
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a champagne flute as recommended this brew is a wonderful sparkling ruby red with a pink head that bubbles to the top of the glass and settles to a paper thin cap. The aroma of this brew is amazing with strong cherry and a sweetness that dances in your nostrils. The taste is bold as the carbonation tickles your throat and the bold cherry flavor explodes with every sip. The tart aftertaste is a great balance of the sweet cherry taste. Even a hint of dark chocolate on the back of my tongue. What can I say, it has taken me too long to try this beer. Everyone who has pointed me in this direction was right!

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

Poured into a champagne flute as per instructions on the bottle. Pours a mahogany color with dark red highlights. The head is a light reddish brown color, about 1-finger thick, dissipates rather quickly to a ring of bubbles. Minor lacing.

Smells like chocolate covered cherries. Not so much chocolate maybe, but the syrupy filling and cherry center.

Tastes like tart cherries all around with a very mild malt backbone and tart yet sweet finish.

Light bodied and it really leaves a nice, sweet cherry slick on your palate. A perfect amount of carbonation, I think if it had less carbonation it would be too syrupy. This is very drinkable, with the low ABV and refreshing quality, these go down like nothing. Bears little resemblance to your typical beer, but all around a really good brew. Easily one of the best fruit beers available, anywhere really.

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.