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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 2057
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.98%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,057 | Reviews: 886 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of beerhan


4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a couple pint glasses. Ruby red body with a pink two finger head. Lots of carbonation

S-Lots of candied sugar and sweet cherries and what I am going to call magic dust.

T-Sweet cherry juice dominates with a little yeast presence in the background. Just delicious.

M-A little tart with puckering carbonation.

O-Probably the best fruit beer out there. Worth seeking out and is perfect for warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 16:08:22 | More by beerhan
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 01:29:59 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of sulldaddy


4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im sampling a 750 bottle wax sealed and cellared for a year. The beer is poured into a snifter and exudes a cloudy orange-red color with some bright cherry red highlights when held up to the light.
Very minimal fizzy, off white head after the pour that is nothing fairly quickly after the glass settles.
Aroma is sweet candi sugar and cherries with a bit of tartness hiding out in the background.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with minimal fine carbonation that gives just enough texture to this brew.
Flavor is sweet candi sugar and cherries almost like a ludens cough drop. Nothing but sweet fruit and a bit of tartness on the finish. No booze, no hops anywhere. Sticky on my lips and sweet but still fairly good drinker, next time I will split the 750 though.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 04:06:09 | More by sulldaddy
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Generously shared by Rutager.

A: 3/4" tan head that dissipated quickly over red liquid.

S: Cherries and candy sugar predominate.

T: Cherries, candy sugar and yeast flavours.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Extremely drinkable. A beautiful treat of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 16:07:01 | More by DaftCaskBC
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, hazy amber-red with over a finger of off white head.

Smell. Sweet cherries and a slight earthy funkyness.

Taste. Sweet cherry juice, a little yeast and malt, but mostly sweet, slightly sour cherry juice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall. Really nice beer. Tastes so fresh and so much like real juice.

Thanks yeahnatenelson for this killer treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:44:32 | More by Rutager
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3.03/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A ~2-year old WBR

Not an overly impressive offwhite foam head... No lacing either. Brew is hazy beet red.

Phew! Tons of syrup-y, sugary, cherry... A bit over whelming. Slight horse blanket funk too, is this normal?

Very dry, not as I expected. Slight off cherry flavor, very sweet, almost too much so. Perfect carbonation. Near offensive, pungent, cherry flavor.

A bit all over the place and a bit over done... This brew is a bit over rated, IMO. I wont seek it again, it would also be hard for me to recommend. I much prefer Raspberry Tart. Thanks Nick for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:59:44 | More by chugalug06
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with no dating. I assume from the trader that this is a newer bottle. Poured this into a white wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, pinkish orange/red color. About a half finger of off white head. Seems to be good carbonation. You do get some sticky lacing. The head does die down rather quickly, which surprised me.

S: Epic cherry smells. This is totally natural cherry not fake medicinal notes or anything. It's all fruit notes. I don't get any mild hop or malt notes at all.

T: Amazing natural cherry flavors. Again, this is not the fake cherry from life savers or medicinal products. This is delicious, natural fruit flavor here. And I am not even a cherry fan. Really light and refreshing. Perfect spring/summer beer. And the wife really enjoyed it too.

M: Light bodied (even though the bottle mentioned medium).

O: A beer for the style and for just being a delicious brew to escape to occasionally.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 18:20:47 | More by inlimbo77


4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a small snifter

Appearance : deep dark red with a light pink head that quickly fades away leaving a thin ring of Smell bubbles behind ans micro lacing

Smell : very pungent tart cherries .

Taste : this one is all tart cherries all the way though from start to finish. Very subtle malt backbone .

Mouthfeel : light bodied brew with pleasant carbonation and somewhat sticky

Overall : I really enjoy this beer very solid fruit beer.Kind of reminds me of Blushing Monk.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 20:26:10 | More by BUNZILLA
Photo of HopHead84


2.68/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5



A: Light red with some transparency and a long lasting beige head.

S: Strong cherry presence but the fruit comes across as artificial and medicinal, like cherry cough syrup. Malt is sweet and crackery.

T: Again, cough syrup. Candied cherry cough medicine. Very sweet.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: I recall liking this quite a bit when I've had it before, but this was too similar to cherry cough syrup. The Raspberry Tart blew it away.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 19:06:45 | More by HopHead84
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry Tart was fantastic and I got this one in the same trade, but was waiting for a special event to open it. It's my brother's birthday today, so that's good enough for me.

Not all that red in color, more like rust...like a burnt orange with a little red in it. The head rise quickly from the active carbonation, but doesn't last too long. The lacing is wispy and in bands.

The smell and the taste are identical and that's a wonderful thing. So many American-brewed cherry beers, and those from England as well, taste like cherry-flavored cough lozenges. It doesn't matter if they use real cherries or not, the mixture of alcohol and cherry flavor makes for Smith Brothers. This one is different, it tastes like sweet Bing cherries with a sour element introduced. Or maybe the other way around, tart cherries with sugar added to balance the tartness. Whichever way, the balance is really nice and makes this beer quite enjoyable on the tongue. Oh yeah, the malts are present, showing as a touch of graham cracker adding some base.

It's also gulpable due to the medium, slick body being nicely cut by the carbonation. The low alcohol content makes it sessionable (if you can get it) and is probably why it doesn't come off as a cough drop.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:38:45 | More by Naugros
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1 pint 9oz bottle.

Pours a very nice strong cooper color with some awesome reddish and pink hues. Nice and bright and slightly translucent. There is a nice half dense and half chunky white head with some pink tints to it that recedes fairly quickly.

Aroma of sweet maraschino cherries comes through. Some slight syrupy sweetness and some nice. There is some nice chalky yeast notes and some slight funk and mild tartness.

Flavor starts off similar to the nose with some nice cherry sweetness and some nice fruit juice notes. There is some nice tartness that follows through the rest of the brew with some nice light yeasty funk notes. Mouthfeel is nice light and fluffy.

Delicious brew. SImple yet refreshing and well crafted. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 21:40:12 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Jammies


3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for 8 mos.

A-pours a light orangish brown with deep red notes The inch of foam immediately retreats

S-sweet and fruity odor. The cherries are quite evident

T-sweet and a bit carbonated on the finish. Almost like apple juice with cherries. Not too sweet though

M-medium body and icredibly smooth

O-not an overly huge admirer of the fruit beers, but this one is pretty good. very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 19:20:07 | More by Jammies
Photo of Rifugium


4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Tired Hands stem/wine glass, a mostly clear, cherry red color tinted brown, with a 1-2 finger puff of pinkish-white head that receded to a wispy layer and left decorative lacing throughout the session. Aroma of cherries--naturally--and distant biscuity malts. Tasted pretty much spot on like cherry pie, black cherries, and doughy malts, good balance of tart and sweet, with the sweetness taking a slight edge and the breadiness of the malt keeping everything under control. Medium body, slightly chewy, moderate carbonation, very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 12:37:21 | More by Rifugium
Photo of emerge077


3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous crimson red, pinkish pastel foam. Slightly murky and unfiltered, a little bit of spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell is nice initially, pie cherry dominates, but then it starts smelling like a musty dishrag. Flinty minerals and attic must.

Sweet and vaguely tart, it's like a Chinotto spritzer but with pie cherry, definitely Door county in origin. Straight up cherry pie, crust and all, sweet cherry hard candy, with a soda spritzer level of carbonation. At the riverside brewery, this used to be aged in large oak foeders, not sure if that's still the case as it doesn't have much oak character at all. Mainly an apertif with cheese, or paired with a dense chocolate dessert. Not something to put down solo really, more of a crossover for wine cooler drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:10:02 | More by emerge077
Photo of tobelerone


4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple and delicious cherry ale; barely beer-like. Rich cherry color with a pinkish head. Retention is good as is lacing. Put your nose in it and you get a face full of fresh, tart and sweet cherries. Flavor follows suit; there’s not much complexity here, just a load of fresh, very natural tasting cherries that are well balanced between sweet and tart. Not a puckering beer by any means but a true fruit beer in the best sense. No robitussin here either, thankfully. Very little hop presence. Needless to say the ladies loved it.

Body is medium-thin, soda-like, with strong but not fizzy carbonation. The finish is dry, leaving you headed back for another sip. Basically a low-alcohol fresh cherry soda. Delicious but not profound.

Thanks Hellomisterp!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:42:14 | More by tobelerone
Photo of KDawg


4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750 into tulip. Pours a nice medium red color with a small head

Very cherry dominated with some orchard fruits as well. Excellent depth and while a bit singular it brings a ton of various cherry aromas

medium bodied but on the lighter side with a real nice feel. All sorts of various cherry flavors with a nice tart finish

this is a real delicious beer. This brings a lot of great cherry flavors and does it great

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 06:26:10 | More by KDawg
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4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome in your face cherry smell right up front, poured into a champagne flute a reddish amber color, head dissipated almost immediately to just a ring of foam, taste is tart cherries up front with a sweet finish, this is one great beer that left me wanting more

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:37:11 | More by BadgerBrewer16
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber/reddish colored with an off white head. This has really good retention and good lacing.
Smells like cherry ludens cough drops, so sweet and so pleasant.
Semi sweet cherry flavor with a little tartness, and very delishious.
It's light bodied for sure, crisp from good amount of carbonation and a really good sweet aftertaste.
A very tasty beer, great flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:48:02 | More by JCaweinstein
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4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back by AM and shared, much thanks
2011 edition, poured into a New Glarus flute

The New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red is perhaps the extreme fruit-dessert beer. Unapologetically sweet in its combination of fruit and malt, there is no escaping the cherries that were sacrificed in the making of this beer. All the components work together to form a highly drinkable ale, though I would have enjoyed more tartness. Because of its intensity on a single-focus flavor and its sweetness, I'm not sure how often I'd crave this beer, but it is good to have tried it.

Pours a pale pink head of medium-sized bubbles that fades, slowly, to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing seems to have been left. Beer's body is reddish hued, with active carbonation streaming from the bottom.

Aroma is dominated by sweet, ripe cherries in sweetened cherry juice, with just a hint of tartness. Could be cited as being one-dimensional, but the fruit is meant to be the focus of this beer.

Taste opens with cherry sweetness, a little like a cherry lifesaver. Quickly followed by full cherry flavors, layers of them, deep, reminiscent of cherry pie filling with a bit of tartness to balance. Enjoyable, complex cherries with some serious depth of flavor. Surprised at the low ethanol content. Closes out with a faint maltiness, which lets you know you're still drinking beer. Aftertaste, not surprisingly, of sweet cherries.

Medium to medium-light bodied with the carbonation giving this a crisp, almost champagne-like quality to it. Carbonation is not antagonistic, which is pleasant. Finish is quite dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:02:34 | More by falloutsnow
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a 2011 vintage into a cigar city snifter.

With an aggressive pour, almost no head. What little head there was faded quickly to a small ring around the edge of the glass with some minimal bands of foam stuck to the glass - no lacing.

Smell is huge on cherries, pie crust, some bready yeast, and some floral/leafy notes. There is also a bit of tartness there too.

Flavor is big on cherry flesh, cherry syrup, and some tangy cherry candy. There is zero hops and the malt is very subdued here. Almost non-existent.

This is such a great beer. Just wish it had a bit more complexity to the flavor as it is dominated by cherries only.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:54:26 | More by adrock7309
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a champagne glass. Thick cream colored foam on top of a light burgundy red beer. Slowly dissipates to a ring with nice lacing. Smell is sweet cherry reminiscent of candy. Taste is more of a sweet darker cherry. Not very complex.  Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall a very nice cherry ale. Not overly sweet and easy to drink. I've not found anyone that doesn't like it. 

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 23:29:42 | More by Kbogac
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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this while in Madison. Poured a dark red color with a off white head. Aroma heavy of cherries. This beer is always on hand at my house; perfect for dessert and great for people looking to try something different. First drink was very sweet. Very delicious fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 19:32:39 | More by iabeerbaron
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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Burgundy with a little haze as it is able to be seen through. Off white head dissipates until it becomes small and patchy with a ring around the glass.

S- Sweet and slightly tart cherries push through this beer. Malt accompanies with a little bit of a musty character.

T- The cherries hit you right away coming at you first a little sweet but quickly becoming tart. Thick malty taste is beneath as the cherries continue throughout. The finish seems to have a cherry skin flavor to it with a lingering tart flavor in the back of the mouth.

M- Medium-body, sweet throughout.

O- More than just any fruit beer. Very rich in character and full in taste. Would be great after dinner or for the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:57:14 | More by Lolli1315
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4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/red with a rapidly vanishing foamy pinkish/white head. Not much lacing - steady carbonation rising up the glass while drinking. Smells pretty much just like a cherry Jolly Rancher. My mouth immediately starts to salivate. The flavor of this 'beer' is perfect. Liquified cherry Jolly Rancher. New Glarius really hits a home run with the balance between the cherry sweetness and sour cherry tartness. No aftertaste, and finishes real dry. Leaves you puckering for the next drink. I can't imagine this being improved at all. This is a very refreshing and crisp drink. A nice body that was much thicker than I expected.

This is the perfect fruit beer. Ranked #1 in the world for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 08:08:57 | More by stealth
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New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear crisp looking red, nice carbonation, no head at all

S - my face was in awe after smelling what must be 1-1/2 tons of cherries.. it smelled like a jolly rancher candy

T - just like the smell, it was delicious like candy, and just like jolly ranchers it leaves a tarty taste behind

M - nice and fizzy like a champagne, the tartness makes your cheeks quench making this a little harder to drink which is good because i got to savor every last drop of it

O - i wish i had a constant supply of this. it's honestly my favorite fruit beer i have ever tasted. the only thing close to this was smuttynose's hanami ale which was discontinued so i am very glad i got a chance to feel that taste in my mouth again (but better)

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 11:34:53 | More by facundoCNB
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.