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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
96
world-class

2,627 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,627
Reviews: 913
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 471 | FT: 43
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 rhodeska
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer, thanks to my trading buddy hu5om for this one!

Very deep cherry smell, pretty much caught all cherry ever since the bottle was opened. Nice red color to it, wasn't quite sure if this was the beer I was looking for tonight, though.

I pretty much got the same taste as I did smell. It was like cherry pie all the way through, with a nice sweet taste to it. Not a fizzy carbonation or anything like that either, just a very fruity beer.

rhodeska, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of LordFoul
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

LordFoul, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of koko2315
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

koko2315, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

maroon-brown in color...
nose is cherry cobbler-- stewed cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg
flavor is similar to the nose-- cherries, cinnamon, a lot of nutmeg and a hint of vanilla...
mouthfeel is full and well-carbonated, with a dry finish...
Overall-- this is an exceptional beer, not my usual style but very well done. Sweet but not cloying, dry enough that I could drink more than one.

Ready4aHeady, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of BarrelBrother
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Luckily living in the greater Chicagoland area the New Glarus Brewery is only about a 3 hour trip away, so its' easy to justify a "beer run" for their beers, especially this one. One special note: the pound of cherries is from the famous Door County Penninsula of Wisconsin, where they proudly claim there are "more cherries than people". If you've ever been in Door County you know its' not far from the truth. But the point is that Door County cherries are by themselves an incredible taste treat and a reason why this fruit ale is so special.

A: The appearance is deep reddish brown, quite murky with swirling cascades as the foam rises. Head retention is average with thin lacing as the foam subsides. Very interesting.

S: The aroma from this brew is incredible! Cherries, over a pound of Door County cherries make this olfactory explosion. There is also some toasty, nuttiness the floats through the aroma so one might almost think "cherry turnover". Not sweet but with a tart, crisp tingle to the nostrils.

T: I'm not a big fan of lambics, a little too sweet for my taste, but this fruit ale is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Cherries galore and more cherries make this a explosion of taste on the palate. I also taste some caramel notes and a little biscuit toastiness. No syrupy sweetness to this finish. It finishes crisp, clean and tart. One of the most unusual and memorable beers I've sampled in some time.

M: Creamy, smooth, tingling the tounge as you roll this complex ale across your palate.

D: I can see having a glass or two of this wonderful complex nectar. Much more so than any lambic I've tasted as it doesn't overwhelm your taste buds with sweetness. The tart finish keeps this fruit ale quite drinkable, but hardly a session beer.

Overall: Give kudos to a small brewery like New Glarus for creating such an unusual taste treat. It rightly deserves a place on BA top 100 list. Even if you're not a fruit beer fan, this one is well worth your time to sample.

BarrelBrother, May 13, 2007
Photo of TARDIS
5/5  rDev +14.2%

TARDIS, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of chikunwing
4.25/5  rDev -3%

chikunwing, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of amaass2
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%

amaass2, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of strattor
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a large wine glass. Opaque crimson color with white head.

Smell is of sweet cherry pie. I know it sounds weird to be so specific, but that's what it is: cherry pie filling. Delicious.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, cherry pie. However, it's a little more complex, with hints of malt on the front of the palate. The overall effect is of slightly tart cherries, with a hint of breadiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, but not harsh. In fact, it's prerry smooth.

Though I couldn't drink a lot of this on one sitting, it's so delicious I wanted to gulp it down, lest it should disappear before I could finish it. A tremendously tasty treat.

strattor, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Mandark
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Mandark, May 10, 2013
Photo of DanimalFL
5/5  rDev +14.2%

DanimalFL, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Obscure05
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Obscure05, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of cheers405
5/5  rDev +14.2%

cheers405, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of RavyneChyylde
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

RavyneChyylde, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Duffman
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An absolute cracker...

The appearance of the beer is simply gorgeous. A shade of brownish red, perhaps a mahogany red. Whatever color you would call it, it is beautiful and not far short of perfect. Wonderful smell, with cherries and oakiness, a touch of hoppiness and malt coming through in harmony. The taste is even better. Cherries dancing on the tongue with the smooth oakiness balancing perfectly. A touch of sourness adds some contrast as well with the traditional beer-like tastes of hoppiness and malt delicately coming through towards the end. A long and smooth finish that is about as delicious and drinkable as beer gets. Exquisite.

Duffman, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of VancouverHops
4/5  rDev -8.7%

VancouverHops, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of TheoV
4.25/5  rDev -3%

TheoV, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Jimbo33
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Jimbo33, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of comat0se
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! First you have to consider the elegant packaging... the green 750ml bottle, the red wax, even the label is classy. Then you pour... aroma is a blast of fresh pie cherries. And the color, a hazy beautiful dark pink-red complete with a light pink head which fades quickly. Taste is a refreshing, sweet-tart, complex sour, acetic, cherry flavor. Not for amateurs! My friend and girlfriend didn't really care for it and they gave me theirs. She said the tartness and carbonation reminded her of the inside of Zots candy. More for me! Just one drop of this beer is loaded with flavors. Medium body with a medium, brisk, carbonation accentuating the tartness. I look forward to trying it again at the GABF.

comat0se, May 16, 2003
Photo of sundevil21
4/5  rDev -8.7%

sundevil21, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of strangebrew52
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

strangebrew52, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of PurpleCloud
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Scarlet red with a foamy, dissipating, pink head.

S: Heavy on cherries, as it should be, but also a distinct barley/grain nose.

T: Tart cherry taste at first with medium carbonation. Extremely faint barley taste, finishes with delicious cherry flavor. Tastes a lot like cherry juice. Quite sweet.

M: Good carbonation, not dry at all either.

D: Too sweet to have more than about two.

Overall: As a native Wisconsinite, New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red is in nearly every grocery store. I've had it before, but this is my first time rating it. The appearance is really great, deep scarlet, almost blood red. The taste is extremely heavy on cherry, but not unpleasant. There are hints, although faint, of barley, and the smell is quite nice as well. Give it a shot for its uniqueness!

PurpleCloud, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of TulipSnifter
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my husband, hopsbreath, who has nurtured an amazing trade relationship with zimmerbloke. In nearly every trade, zimmerbloke is sure to send a Wisconsin Belgian Red and a Rasberry Tart... Just for me ;-)

Appearance: Dark red in color.
Smell: Dark sweet cherries.
Taste: Delicious!!! This really tastes like sweet cherry juice. It is refreshing and not syrupy.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated, refreshing and clean.
Drinkability: A M A Z I N G. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

TulipSnifter, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Chadster1975
2.25/5  rDev -48.6%

Chadster1975, May 31, 2012
Photo of LucyReg
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

LucyReg, Jun 30, 2014
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,627 ratings.