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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,741 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,741
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,030
Gots: 499 | FT: 48
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of daledeee
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A trip to this brewery was well worth it. This beer comes in a larger bottle with wax over the cap.

The "red" pours with a nice powerful head and is bright red in color. The nose is very fruity.

Taste is fresh, sweet, very cherry and clean and at the same time a little earthy. The sweet and earthy seems like an impossible combination. The mouth feel is like sweet tarts. Lots of bite. This is such a refreshing beer for a summer day. Best served cool. The only reason I discounted the drinkability is the sweetness. It may be hard to drink much of this at once. I would be hard pressed to find a better beer in this category. It is easy to see how this beer won the Belgian beer contest IN BELGIUM!!

Photo of birchstick
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

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with badbeer. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a delicious ruby-chestnut body with a light rose-colored head that rises to 1.5". The head recedes into a thick collar and some filming on the brew, with washes of lacing that track each swig and slide slowly down the glass. Magnificent.

S: Tons of oak, cherry, and earth on this one. I couldn't pick out anything else. Good points for its sheer pungency.

T: The taste is where the complexity really shines. An initial light spice (cinnamon?) pricks the tongue, segueing into a tart, juicy dark cherry flavor. The finish is earthy with some oak tannins giving it a little acidic bite.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly fizzy carbonation that cleanses the palate pretty well and prevents the beer from becoming too cloying. Still, it is slightly syrupy. No alcohol burn, as expected for a mid-range ABV.

D: I'm not the hugest fan of fruit beers, so I won't go out of my way to trade for this. But I'm glad it was suggested to me as a trade, because it turned out to be damn good. If I saw it in person, I'd get it again.

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

From a 750 ml bottle this poured a very rich and dark cherry head with almost no head. The nose is very strongly cherries and some hard to identify spices. Very lively mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet with the cherries dominating. This is a remarkable fruit beer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to brdc for the trade.

750ml green glass with red wax-coated cap. no date. tasted in late april/early may 2009. poured into tulip.

dark, natural cherry juice color, skins and all, with no artificial dyes. slightly dulled by brown tint. no haze (slight dusting of sediment in the bottle). faintly pink, 1-finger head soon fades to wispy layer and ring, and eventually just wisps. nice, multiple rings of lace.

aroma: fruity, whole cherries - fresh and dried, with skins, pits and all. touch of earthiness? whiff of acidity.

taste: rich cherry fruitiness, similar to aroma. nicely fresh (and NATURAL), mild tartness matches well and has its own deep fruity character. dried grass and more fruit skins in the finish. possible touch of caramel maltiness underneath. just a trace of oak.

medium body, smooth, almost lightly syrupy, but with acidic texture towards the end. mild to moderate carbonation is crisp and refreshing, matching with acidity, and gives flavor lift.

would have liked just a touch more acidity and even just a trace of funk or farmhouse. oh well. still, this is nice, although the sweetness keeps the drinkability from scoring higher.

Photo of nightcrawler
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The liquid pours a creamy red with a quick-dying head. The smell was of sweet cherries and the taste was exactly the same. I expected this and enjoyed it for what it was, even though it bordered on coy for me. Personally, I would have *preferred* a beer I could see through, lighter body and a bit cleaner on the finish. But the effervescent tingle in my mouth after each sip was wonderful.

Photo of atigerlife
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a kriek glass.

Pours a murky brownish-pink with a small brownish/red head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is black cherry soda.

Taste is of cherries, not too sweet and very little tartness. Some farmhouse/hay taste.

Mouthfeel is med-light and somewhat flat.

Overall, very nice taste and quite drinkable. I wouldn't call this a typical kriek, but it is good nonetheless.

Photo of brow1901
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wax top green bottle, something you don't see every day.

A- Pours a bright and ruby red. Initially there is a nice one finger off white head, the head has a nice pink undertone to it. Unfortunatly the head never lasted long, maybe it was my glass. Once the head dissapeared it looked like a glass of rose wine. The beer left no lacing either.

S- The smell is just pure cherries, but not fresh cherries. It smells more like a cherry pie. The smell is more earthy and nutty than fruity and tart.

T- The frist thing I notice is the tartness, it almost gets to the point where I make a sour face but backs off. After the sourness comes the delicious cherry flavor, this time more grassy and fruity than the smell. Finally the taste shifts to a dry oak and buttery taste, this really reminds me of a white wine.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The carbonation is nessicary the keep the tartness in line.

D- One or two glasses is pleanty for me so a whole bottle is too much. The tartness and fruit flavors become too much for my palete. I enjoyed this beer when it was cold, like fridge cold, it was fun to taste it as it warmed but I found it better cold. Also I really regret not pairing this beer with some food or cheese.

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

Crowned-and-waxed 750ml, courtesy of MrFacto. Thanks, Matt!

New Glarus Belgian Red pours rosy-amber and is capped with a thin layer of lively pink foam. The head is comprised of fast-fading, snappy bubbles that are continually replaced by the steady streamers of carbonation surging from the depths of my pokal glass. A few freckles of lacing left behind are all that marks the passing of the drink.

The smell is of tart and tangy fruits with a caramel candy-scented note languishing in lazy, token support. The fruitiness is crisp, mildly vinous, fresh, and potently cherry-laden.

Cherries are front-and-center in the flavor profile, and are backed with... well, more cherries. Sweet, tart, acidy, syrupy... all the cherry family of flavors show up for the big fruity hoedown in my glass. A mellow, earthy dryness, a touch of herbal spice, and a cooling note of oak work hard to assert themselves, but truthfully, the non-cherry notes only succeed at doing so after the fruitiness has washed over the palate and the elixir is long gone down the gullet.

The drink is crisp, medium-bodied, and quaffable with a snappy spritz of refreshing carbonation. A super-easy drinker on a hot June afternoon.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost clear brown with red hues. Very thin tan head that doesn't stick around. Nose is cherry juice. Flavor is much of the same. Tastes like cherry cough syrup almost. Almost seems like a touch of apple cider on the back there as well. Eck. Feel is much like the flavor. Syrupy. Carbonation is a bit lower I guess. Good lord. What a disappointment. I think this is going to be a bit of a challenge to drink. I put this on the level of all those overly sugared fruit beers from Belgium. This just makes me miss Liefmans Kriek even more.

Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy dark red color with a small off white head which disappears quickly.

Smell - Cherries which have a nice balance of sweetness and tartness.

Taste - Just like the smell. The balance of sweetness and tartness in the cherry flavor is outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, medium bodied, has a bit of a sweet and sticky feeling to it, almost like a soda.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Another outstanding effort from New Glarus.

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

The last of the reviews I'm gonna write up on the beers we had last night. I wouldn't trust my palate or memory to accurately recall anything more than the first couple we had. Fortunately the first couple were classics.

Deep blood red body with a foamy off-white head. Sticky lace. Full on kriek aroma - sour cherries, leather and a touch of cider. Sour cherry flavour with a great deal of funk, leather and sugar. A pound of cherries in each bottle and you can tell. In terms of its profile and intensity it reminded me a lot of ice cider. Full, decadent mouthfeel and slightly sticky. This would make a great dessert beer.

Its fascinating and special. I hope my wife can bring me some of this back from the midwest... it may well make up for her chickening out on the growler of masala mama.

Cheers Troy!

Photo of infestaxion
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

nflmvp brought me this one. Big thanks.

A - Hazy muted red with a white head that fades quickly. Looks sort of like carbonated juice.

S - Sweet, tart cherries dominate the smell.

T - Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! Yeah. I went there. Very sweet cherry flavor. Tastes like a carbonated version of French Lick Winery's Montmorency Cherry. Very good. Slight malt in the finish.

M - I love the way it coats your mouth and sticks with you. The carbonation really adds to the whole experience.

D - Goes down really smooth. No alcohol detected at all. But that's not really a surprise.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured red, with a thin white head that quickly became a whispy layer with ring around. Some spotty lacing that sticks to the end.

S - Cherries. That's it.

T - Both tart and sweet cherries. It's sweet but finishes tart.

M - Crisp carbonation. Medium thickness.

D - This is a pretty good fruit beer.

Fruit doesn't belong in beer. That being said, this was a pretty good fruit beer.

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a taster-sized nonic and shared with my girlfriend.

A - A pretty straight forward red color, off-white fizzy head, some lacing.

S - Cherries, cherries, and cherries. Some sweet, some tart. A small hint of a beer, but not really, more like a fruit drink.

T - Sweet cherries up front and a nice tartness on the finish. Some creamy flavors, very good. I really love the cherry flavors and it's better then I would have expected with this beer.

M - Rich and smooth, like yogurt or sorbet, medium in body. Very good, and perfectly constructed for this type of beer.

D - Split this with my girlfriend but probably could have easily split this three ways. We finished it easily, but my craving for this type of beer has been satisfied for a while.

Photo of KI9A
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, red. Reddish/tan head.

S: Screams sweet cherry candy. Almost too much to handle...gotta dive right in!!

T: Obviously cherry. Some hints of vanilla, and light malts. The cherry blows away everything, but, at a pound of cherries per bottle, why not? The sweetness gives away to a fairly tart, not sour, finish.

M: Lighter than the the Rasberry tart. Not as gooey-sweet.

D: Too much fruit for one person to finish off a whole bottle, but, found it to be a superior after dinner drink. Nicely done, Dan!

Photo of demcorhip
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On to the Wisconsin Belgian Red. Another beautiful beer from NG. Clear reddish amber, slightly less red than the Raspberry Tart. A nice pinkish hued head rose to sit atop the brew in the NG flute. It has settled to leave a nice collar, and leaves some intricate sticky lacings.

Ripe cherry, a touch of vanilla, and hints of pale malts greet the nose. A mild level of funkiness also present in the aroma.

Nice flavour of ripe cherry with a touch of vanilla. Some hints at pale malts. Some decent funkiness adds depth to the brew.

Quite tart and well attenuated, although there is some residual sweetness. Light bodied and almost effervescent, much like a champagne.

Another excellent desert brew from NG. Much like the Raspberry Tart this would pair well with anything chocolate. Highly recommended to any fan of cherries and tart and funky fruit brews. Ill be enjoying this one again soon enough.

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

Thanks to LJArsenal for the trade!

Poured into a champagne flute; nice clear red color with a little bit of visible carbonation. Half inch white head with not much retention but it did have good lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Aroma of funk/mildew, cherries, and cinammon sugar.

Flavor was all tart sour cherries. A little zing of funk/vinegar at the end. Good sweet/sour balance.

Medium bodied, well carbonated with a good sweet/sour aftertaste that lingered on the tounge. Did feel a bit syrupy though after a while.

Good for after dinner or a single drink, I believe it may be too syrupy to have any more than a single glass. I'm glad (and she's glad too) that I shared this with my girlfriend. She loved it. Looking forward to more of this stuff!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Half poured into a brandy snifter and half poured into a flute, per the bottle's suggested glassware.

A: Beautifully bright dark cherry color with an off-white, red-tinted head that recedes rather quickly. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Sweet and tart cherries. Not that anyone outside of Chicago would recognize this reference, but it reminds me of the smell of a Jewel cherry lattice coffee cake, which in my book is a very good thing. Don't want to harp on this too much, but it's unbelievable how much cherry smell there is without at all smelling like cherry cough drops or medicine.

T: Quite tart at the outset, fading into an incredible cherry sweetness. Cherry perfection.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a constant tartness. Beautiful.

D: Absolutely sublime. If I were able to get this at all times, I would never have a mimosa ever again. The perfect fruit-flavored concoction and a wonderful almost-summer treat. So long lawnmower ales, hello Wisconsin Belgian Red.

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

cracked this open with mom for mothers day.

pours a rich red with a one finger head that has a hint of red. head falls quickly but is revived with a few quick swirls of my glass. some splotchy lacing but nothing that clings for to long.

smell is probably my favorite part of this beer. sweet but not overbearing wisps of cherries pretty much fly out of the glass. malts present but the star of the show is the cherry.

taste is sweet. smooth. obvious notes of cherry ride the senses throughout the sip. tastes very good. my mother would like to make shandies with this. sounds like it would work well.

mouth is medium with a hefty amount of carbonation. this is a great ride.

overall this is probably one of the better fruit beers i have had the joy of drinking. very nice.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into champagne flute. Big thanks to STLWill for the chance to try this fantastic treat. Thanks, Will!

Pours red, a bit of brown comes through, lightly hazy, with a fizzy off-white head.

Nose starts and ends with gorgeous cherries, sweet and absolutely fresh. Like you squeezed the juice from a bushel of fresh black cherries - perfect balance of sweet and tart, no trace of artificial flavor at all.

Taste is exactly the same. Fantastic, vibrant cherry, perfectly balanced between sweet and tart. Acidity perfectly balances the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, very crisply carbonated, a bit sticky. Beautiful.

This gets a bit much towards the end. The flavor is fine, but man you start to really feel the sugar. This and the Raspberry Tart are so close when it comes to preference it's almost ridiculous; the Tart may have a slight edge in taste, but not much. Both fantastic beers.

Photo of ironarrow42
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright, cloudy red with a hint of apricot mixed in, capped by a beige-pink layer of thick foam. Leaves some fairly heavy lace sheeting on the glass.

Aroma: Fresh, tart cherry pie aroma with a hint of apple.

Texture: Mouth-filling, creamy texture with moderately full body.

Flavor: Cherries, baby - tart, fresh cherries with a pie-like character and a hint of fresh apple cider. Real, all-natural fruit flavours. Ultra-refreshing. Hint of a drying, oaky note in the finish.

Overall Impression: Cherries! Dessert in a glass.

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

a: This was a slightly murky, apple cider brown with some cherry highlights. It poured with a smallish fizzy head that quickly faded.

s: A combination of sweet, sugary, candy cherries and tart cherries.

t: All cherry here as well. There is some sugary sweetness here, but overall the tartness prevails. Still, I wish this had been a bit more tart.

m: Thick and chewy with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Thanks to imperialking for this one. Very good, but I prefer the Raspberry Tart.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear reddish brown that's appears to be carbonated like a cola. A small white head clings to the side of the glass. Smells of world class cherries a not much else. First sip is tart full of cherries with a tad of oak and vanilla note present but lacking in malt. Very lightly carbonated. Super sweet - closer to wine than beer.

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

Cracked this open for dessert on Easter Sunday...

Cloudy ruby color with a small head that lingers for a long time. Smell is dominated by tart and sweet cherries, with a little bit of malt in the background. Taste: cherries, delicious cherries. The perfect balance of tart, sour, and sweet. Whatever beer flavor is in here is very subtle; think of Wisconsin Belgian Red as more of a fruit wine than a lambic. So while the beer-lover in me might wonder what the hype is about, my tastebuds will not deny how fantastically delicious this is. High sugar content makes for a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, though high carbonation keeps it from being unpleasant. Sweetness limits drinkability, but yummy cherry flavors beckon me for another glass.

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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