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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,062 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2062
Reviews: 887
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: 2,062 | Reviews: 887 | Show All Ratings:
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BadBadger

New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truely an amazing beer. It pours a dark color with red hints of the cherries contained within the beverage. The head was more than descent and lasted long enough to enjoy. The smell was an olfactory delight. Yum, the taste was absolutely amazing: first thoughts are of fresh homemade cherry pie. While rather pleasantly strong, the sweetness is nicely balanced by the hops. This is a beer to enjoy with friends after a nice meal. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 14:51:31 | More by BadBadger
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thoover

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark red, very cloudy. Not much head at all, and what head there is dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Smells like fresh sour cherries, the sort that you'd use for a cherry pie.

Taste: Full burst of cherries at the start, tastes like a tart cherry pie. The bitterness comes out in the end, for a clean, sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Not a light beer, lots of fruit in it, but it is very smooth.

Drinkability: I finished all 750 ml of the bottle, and it was great...

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 02:33:11 | More by thoover
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

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

Wow. Everytime I have this beer I just have to savor it. (Especially since it's so tough to get for a North Carolinian!!) Special occasions...like Thanksgiving...are great times to break one of these out.

Sorry I had to give this a relatively low score in appearance, but this bottle poured a very hazy rusty red, but still had the nice pink head. I think I may have jostled the beer a bit before pouring it.
edit --> after trying two other bottles of this beer, I have to raise my appearance score. They have looked clear and very inviting.

The aroma is pure cherries. Pounds of cherries. Fresh cherries. Very clean.

The taste is what makes this beer. Sip and experience this; don't simply drink it. The cherries come through and the yeast adds a complexity along with a slight sourness.

Light and enjoyable, some effervesence.

A truly enjoyable beer. If you know about lambics and belgian beers, you'll appreciate this all the more. I wish I had another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 22:23:16 | More by ncbrewerbun
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skybluewater

Minnesota

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

Pours a deep, dark cherry-red. Smells like cherry cobbler, or one of those cherry pies you ate as a kid. Taste is quite the same, a huge, massive cherry explosion. It also tastes a bit sour.

This is certainly an odd beer. It doesn't even taste like one even. I'm sharing the bottle with family, because I don't think I could drink a whole bottle alone. Nevertheless, this is quite tasty, certainly the bridge between beer and wine.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 23:01:13 | More by skybluewater
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much more needs to be said about New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red. It's easily and without a doubt one of the best cherry beers in the world. It reeks of cherries, it tastes like cherries.... it is cherries! A pound per bottle, in fact. And it's completely authentic, there are no extract flavors here! It's rich and sweet and somewhat tart. And unlike some other examples (ie. Gluhkriek) it's not cloyingly sweet or too full-bodied to be enjoyed as anything more than a dessert beer. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 02:39:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful wax sealed 750ml bottle courtesy of BDitty.
The beer pours the color of cherry juice, initially peachish, turning a deeper red with depth. Evenly hazed. A large bubbled head fizzles and pops, finally settling into a white island surrounded by a bright red sea. The head actually grows some about halfway through, nearly covering the liquid.
The aroma is almost entirely pure, sweet cherry. Combined with the malt, it's very reminiscent of one of those packaged cherry pie snacks they sell at the gas station. Cookie sweetness, cherry and Inviting, but lacking somewhat in complexity.
Taking a sip, the beer opens with an explosive cherry sweetness. A good bit of toasty, cookie-like yeast and malt. Almost overwhelming on the palate, it would probably be cloying if not for a lurking cherry and cranberry acidity. Bright cherry, with hints of plum juice and and red grape lingering in the aftertaste. Fizzy, vibrant carbonation, supporting a strangely light yet full body. Sticky mouthfeel, almost crunching with cherry skin. Wow.
It's really amazing that this is beer. It tastes almost exactly like liquid cherry pie. While not the deepest beer, it certainly does have appeal and character. I don't know if I'd buy it again, there's certainly no way I could drink a whole bottle in one sitting, but I'd immediately think of it when introducing people to the world of beer. I'd bet it'd turn a few people into good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 02:59:10 | More by UnionMade
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great googly-moogly! This nectar pours with a creamy off-white/light pink head that settles over cloudy crimson colored liquid. The nose (and what a nose it is) is comprised of sour cherry, light maltiness and apple pie spice scents...very appetizing to me. Taste is sour and somewhat acidic, almost astringent...with more cherry sourness and apple-like flavors. Not the most complex beer, but very soothing and drinkable...a perfect blend of taste and mouthfeel. Ends up long and ultra tasty with a nice dry sour tanginess at the end...I like this beer, I really like this beer! I could drink gallons of this stuff...or better yet, swim in it!

Thanks to Chip (faernt) for the chance to try this long sought after gem. It was as good as I had expected!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 05:06:16 | More by beerluvr
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a neon red and caramel candy apple mix. Big carbonation bubbles that sit on top of a moderate bright white foam.
Aroma has heavy does of cherry, along with some aplle, cinnamon and mulled spices. Reminds me of a carbonated apple cider. Almost wine-like.
flavor is sweet and hyper-tart cherries with a solid mild amber ale underneath. Picked up a hint of cinnamon and apple as well.
Mouthfeel is lip-puckering tart with some lingering sherry sweetness but finishes surprisingly dry.
Drinkability is OK for my taste. Great fruit beer without a doubt just didn't fit me. My wife became addicted to this and is begging me to find more.
Thanks to trbeer for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 19:12:38 | More by CRJMellor
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elmocoso

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dull red color(not dull-dull), pulpy looking. and weaker in the thin parts. decent head with a darker collar around the edge. Most of the head disappears. Cloudy. Beautifully big and authentic cherry nose. Deep and fruity - tart. A multitude of bubbles in the glass. Flavor hits a tart note early with a sweetness that soon follows. there is a bitterness that reminds me of a pit of the cherry. This is a treat, but kind of overbearing. A long tall drink of cherry pie!
Mouthfeel is nice and rounded.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 01:10:44 | More by elmocoso
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faernt

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a beer! Big bottle with wax opening into a champagne flute with the aroma of Door County. A pie crust colored head appears and grows to colossal size on top of a slightly brownish red body that looks like cherry jelly. The taste is sweet and then tart bringing me back to chopped cherry preserves on toast. It's like breakfast. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected but if it were heavier the jelly thing would take over the experience. This is a very drinkable beer. I don't like fruit beer much but this is always on hand.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 23:22:36 | More by faernt
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper, amber color with a small slightly off white head and some light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet fresh cherries. Taste is sour cherries, alittle yeast, but the cherries are extremely fresh! This was not sickly sweet artificial syrup taste. Hey, I may need another one of these

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 23:19:27 | More by egajdzis
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beerinator

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Red. Cloudy with slightly pink head.

Aroma: Hard core cherry aroma. Super sour aroma with a smattering of cherry candy bitterness lingering.

Taste: Sourness lingers through the aftertaste along the end of the tongue. Sweet through the middle of the swallow. Cherryness is dominate with heavy sweetness. Mouthfeel is solid, with smooth flavors. Finish is complete with lingering sourness and bitterness.

Notes: Excellent, almost perfect.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 19:28:00 | More by beerinator
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle with red waxed neck, poured into a champagne flute. Pours out orange, with a reddish tinge to it, and sits a light reddish-orange in the glass with a small white head on top. Nice color display in the flute, light yellow-orange all the way up to a crimson red near the top.

Smells like a combination of marichino and tart cherries. All cherries, all the way. Light spiciness on the nose too. I think the Raspberry tart has a much better nose than this, but that is just my opinion.

Taste is tart, semi-sour and goes super sweet at the end. Delicious 100%. Blends of marichino-like sweetness and the classic Door County tartness of cherries gives this a unique taste and makes for one great fruit beer (even though Door County cherries are the only cherries used, it still tastes like a blend to me). A bit of wheat flavor comes out inbetween and finishes sweet, refreshing and not the least bit dry or bitter.

Smooth, rich and bold in the mouth, I'd call it a medium-light body. Goes down easy, probably too easy. Try and drink one alone and you'll feel sorry, and lonely. A top of the line fruit beer who definately deserves its reputation. Pair it with a nice chocolate dessert or another rich sweet, but I'd say having it with cherry pie would be going overboard.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 02:52:30 | More by Skidz
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep red color, there is no real head, though there is a bit of wispy pink bubbles. A sweet full cherry flavor dominates the nose, notes of vanilla and sour cherry. No surprise, this beer has a sweet full flavored cherry taste. This beer is by no means traditional, but it is at least cherry sweet and not sugary sweet. This does not approach the complexity of a Flemish sour or a Lambic, but it is a well made exploding celebration of the cherry. This is a perfect after dinner/ desert beer.

The beer itself is quite sweet and refreshing, though reasonably viscous with a medium body. As a beer I might not have to much respect for this one, but it is damn tasty and a perfect desert beer. Has a sour, tart, fruity, tannic-cherry stone thing going on. The aroma is so intensely cherry, it is quite wonderful. I am gonna have to say that this would be much better, more authentic, if they had used a beer such as La Folie as the base beer. I really can't get over how intense the cherry flavor and aroma are. This is certainly quite an experience. As a desert it is a 4.6, but unfortunately my biases and prejudices come into play.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 18:56:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit much carbonation. Sour cherry ale. Faciniating pinkish red colour with pink head. Spicy aftertaste similar to good soda. Warms to the mouth. Sweetness only in mid-sip. Definately something to split with ,Tip of the hat to Feloniousmonk for the sample.
Bottle 8.3 years later asnd just as good.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 02:25:40 | More by Sammy
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woh! Impressive appearance. Muddy reddish brown with pink hints, but most of all: a monstruous cloud (darker than the rest of the pour) stalls scarily in suspension in my glass. Superior head, white, very sticky and foamy. Stellar visual. I'll be damned if this doesn't smell quite as good as the raspberry tart, of course both are very similar besides being made from distinct fruits. Pure cherry pie made of pure fresh cherries. Moreover, this is a children's puree, cherry flavoured, this stuff used to be good, admit it, we had some all over our clothes when we used to eat the stuff. Decadent dessert material, fresh, lovely, crisp, sweet, superb focus, chocolatey, caramelic.
Barry: "Oh my god, oh my god"
Martin: "I'm gonna try and find some defaults for you"
Well this is very sweet, but damn, one can't help but help it and anyone who hates beer would love it. Just decadent pie flavor with restrained oakiness. My only complaint (severe judging) is that the acidity could be more pronounced as this is extremely sweet. It tasted like it was baked.. spicy with vanilla notes. And a "wow" creamy velvety body with a surprisingly above average carbonation, biting actually. Legendary beer from the world's best non-lambic fruit flavored beers brewer hands down. Thanks again Nexxus.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 04:54:39 | More by Rastacouere
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got to love the wax sealed 750ml bottle.Pours a really wild looking candy apple red. Not much of a head but lots of fizz up from the bottom.

Smells quite cherryish. Shocker eh?

Tastes like liquid pie. There's really not a whole lot to tell about it. Very sweet up front with a slight drying sweetness in the back. It's complexity lies in the fact that it tastes like eating a cherry man!

Mouthfeel is quite syrupy, which I enjoy in my pie.

I like pie.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 01:38:41 | More by yankeeheel
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, yes: 200 review time! What better way to commemorate than with a top 50 brew (one I know I like at that!). Shared this with my girlfriend Sus over our Valentine's Day dinner. Was this fine concoction a suitable aphrodisiac? Why yes it was. Poured a muddy, ruby red with a small off-white head. The smell of rich, fresh sweet and sour cherry pie just pours off this beauty. Amazing! How did they get this to not smell like cough syrup (like SA cherry wheat)? Taste is...guess what? Yep cherries. Sweet at first with a pie crust maltiness. Sourness kicks in and finishes nice and tangy. Delicious. Nice bubbly mouthfeel (think cherry champagne), that I could drink more often than I can afford to!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 05:08:35 | More by alexgash
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep murky ruby red pink grapefruit tone with a nice white pink tinted head leaves nice fine evenly dispersed lacing nice and intricate. Aroma: A full on flail of cherries nice tart and sweet with a candy like tone to it, but what makes this is the creamy edge that surrounds the fruit bouqet. Taste: A parfait dessert like tart cherry tone very sweet and creamy, just so good. I am by no means a fan of fruit infused ales but this Wisconsin bred cherry beast is definitely a winner definitely based off of legendary Belgian style ales lacks some of the farmhouse and woody cask aged flow of a Cantillon but delivers something a Lindemann's isn't capable of. Mouthfeel: A fuller bodied creamy textured heavenly dessert beer. Drinkability: I just polished off a bottle and I didn't think I was going to drink it all, but once I started sipping on it the bottle emptied into my snifter faster than anticipated it was excellent, not ready for a second but extremely satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 06:55:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

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

750 mL bottle served chilled in a Lindemann's flute.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown colored liquid (almost like a Snapple or something) topped by a tall pinkish head that shrinks to a small layer of foam after a few minutes. Delicate and small sheets of lacing are left on the glass.

Smell: Funky sour cherries fill the nostrils and don't let go. Some oaky notes and a wee bit of horse blanket, too. Guess there be some brettanomyces action here.

Taste: Intensely sweet and tart cherries explode in the mouth. Very ripe and bursting with juice, this ain't no alcoholic version of Luden's Cherry Cough Drops, but the real deal. God-honest natural cherry flava. Hot Damn!

Mouthfeel: Quite puckering from th high acidity, sweetness, and tartness. Incredibly light in body and very refreshing. It's a mite too acidic, though. Perhaps I should have had something to eat with this.

Drinkability: My first, and hopefully not last, beer from New Glarus. This is an exquisite beer that reminds me of some chimera of Cantillon and Lindemann's lambics. It's got some of the funkiness I associate with Cantillon, but the mass appeal and sweetness of Lindemann's. I could drink this with abandon. I betcha this would go great with some plain cheesecake or a chocolatey dessert.

Huge thanks to tavernjef for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 04:53:44 | More by ManekiNeko
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wisconsin Belgian Red was served from a wax sealed 750 ml bottle into a champagne flute. The beer was a lovely orangish-ruby hue, and murky like fresh unfiltered cider. Topping this off was a fine and ample whitish head, which left excellent lacing. It looked beautiful in the champagne glasses. The nose was curious and seducing, with notes of fresh tart cherries and cinnamon spice. I don't believe I have ever experienced such a marvelous combonation. The peak of enjoyment came with the flavor. The beer starts with a massive sweet and tart cherry bomb, hitting the palate with tingling fizzy delight. This sensation smoothly transitions into a semi-dry finish with delicious lingering flavors of cherry and subtler winey cinnamon. All of this is perfectly balanced but charged with life, with perfect carbontion and a sleek mouthfeel. The tartness level was much lower than a kriek, but in this case was just right, leaving me completely satisfied and ready to drink another bottle of this if I had one. This is a phenomenal fruit beer that completely blew me away. Endless thanks to ngandhi for "deliverating" this into my possession.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 05:30:41 | More by HiroProtagonist
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a goblet. The color is cherry-red, with a wisp of white head. The smell is a sweet, tangy cherry. The taste is a very tangy, sour cherry that seems to be just perfectly balanced; no particular sense seems to dominate, but they just meet perfectly. Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. As for drinkability, I could have quite a few of these.

A fine accomplishment from a fine brewery. Even better than the Raspberry Tart, as the cherry seems to fit the beer much more. Simply fantastic, and one I'd give to someone who didn't much care for beer. Thank you to Bighuge for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 02:13:39 | More by beergeek279
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky, opaque red liquid topped by a moderate cream colored head. Aroma is very much like cherry pie filling, with a noticeable sweetness. Taste is also much the same, but with a sharp tartness on the finish. This beer is so acidic on the finish it tasted more like strong cherry lemonade at first. Even after 40 minutes of sipping on this, I still get occasional chills from the sharp bite on the finish. Every once in a while, a slight medicinal bitterness comes through, only to get smacked into submission by the sourness. Mouthfeel is good, with a medium body a supple carbonation. Drinkability is average. It seemed to take me forever to finish this beer. While I'm not trying to question the ingredients in this beer, it just tasted somewhat artificial. I don't know why, but to me it just does. It's interesting, and I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 03:16:09 | More by aaronh
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StevieW

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool artisial green bottle with red wax seal over the cap and neck. Murky, dingy reddish-brown color. Pink tinged beige rocky head. Fades to a nice thin sheet over the beer. WOW ! is right, incredible full, fresh cherries. Earthy, stems, skins, the whole damn thing in there. Unbelievable aromas. Taste is tart, sweet, and chock full of fresh cherries. Liquid cherry pie. Sweetness shines more that sour, although there is a sharp sour after-taste that finishes up, but doesn't distract. Full cherry taste is every sip. Tight full carbaonation. Medium to light bodied, but more medium. Very good, either as a refreshing guzzler or a sipper. Wow an impressive beer and a treat to be sure. Thanks to bditty, I think this is the last beer of our blockbuster trade last year.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 14:19:27 | More by StevieW
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grynder33

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty ruby red color surprisingly long lasting head, cherry vanilla aroma and then it goes downhill. A taste so sour you could never serve it with food, if it had been a little thinner, sour cherry might work, but this had a thick texture. Maybe if you pour a very small amount, you could work with this.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 01:26:13 | More by grynder33
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.