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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
97
world-class

2,355 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 982
Gots: 412 | FT: 38
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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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

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

A buddy of mine brought back 3 bottles for me after his last trip to WI. Split 3 ways with him and another friend. Poured into a red wine glass...

A - Pours a gorgeous, shiny ruby red color with no real head whatsoever. At times, with no light hitting it, it appears slightly brownish. Slight agitation produces a miniute fzz, but no head to speak of.

S - Sweet cherries and some slight spice to it as well. No malt or hop presence is noticeable. Most cherry aroma I've ever gotten from a brew.

T - Sour, sweet but not cloying in any way, slight spice. Like drinking a cherry pie; absolutely delicious and unlike any cherry beer I have ever had before.

M - Light body with mild carbination. Great crispness with a nice tart finish.

D - I could easily drink several of these. Not too sweet like I thought it would be and quite a nice refreshing beer to have. Would go great with desserts.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 20:46:34 | More by KAP1356
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a wine tulip - fridge - probably 2009

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with cherry red hues at the edges. A vigorous, but short-lived brown, red-tinted head builds and falls down just like soda would. A minimal lace ring stays behind.

Smell: Tons and tons of cherry aroma indicates the shear amount that they put in every batch. It's so strong, on the verge of medicinal, but is showing signs of sweetness and barrel aging (wood). Excellent, mouthwatering.

Taste: Super cherry intensity. The cherries are again on the border of medicinal, but they are curbed by the wheat malt flavor. It really tastes just like a sweet cherry picked off the tree, with an alcohol boost. Top notch.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and lively, compared to the raspberry tart. Sweet, tart, quenching and intense. Some lingering alcohol.

Drinkability: This beer is a superb dessert. I could have one every night if I could afford it and it was actually available in PA. I think this might be better than the raspberry tart.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 01:03:54 | More by Risser09
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Rado

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-23-2013 18:06:42 | More by Rado
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 waxed top bottle into a tulip glass. Shared with my wife on Christmas evening.

A: A deep reddish mahogany color with a one finger reddish fizzy head. No glass lacing and the head does disappear.

S: Cherries galore! Wow, smells just like a cherry soda with some tartness. I'm not getting much else on the smell.

T: Cherries, cherries, cherries. A huge cherry flavor that starts, stays and finishes. Some slight oak and yeast that keep the beer somewhat tart and doesn't allow the sweetness to totally take over, but the sweetness still wins in the end. After a few sips, this starts to get very "cherry cough syrupy" with the flavor.

M: Fizzy, tart, sweet with no alcohol.

O: Ok, I struggle to see how people are rating this beer so high. Where is the complexity? There is none in my eyes, it's all cherry all the time with flavors that start to wear on you after awhile. Am I missing something here?

I normally like fruit beers, but this one to me is just one dimensional and starts to taste like cough syrup to me. Not totally digging that. I enjoyed the experience, but I won't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 16:05:12 | More by Kadonny
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-02-2014 20:32:48 | More by Hendrick24
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-09-2014 17:22:33 | More by Kenai4
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -3%

09-13-2012 17:11:10 | More by udubdawg
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Lucnifter

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-26-2014 05:16:24 | More by Lucnifter
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kbnooshay

New York

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgrous dark red. Small white head doesn't last for more than a few seconds. Aroma is HUGE! The fresh juicy cherry aroma is massive. Perfect level of tartness, more so than the raspberry tart. Feel is light to moderate with a light tingle from the carbonation. This is brilliant. Super juicy drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:17:07 | More by kbnooshay
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-25-2013 15:56:48 | More by lonewolfcry
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swgwilt

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-18-2012 22:56:31 | More by swgwilt
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-03-2014 20:25:06 | More by Jeffrey2310
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hand on this while on a family trip to Milwaukee. 22 ounce bottle sealed in red wax, $9.99. My expectations were very high and at first, I thought they were met. However, after the third sip or so, I realized how overrated it was. Worth trying for sure, but there's great fruit beers that are much easier to find.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:40:06 | More by Backer2004
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

Poured into a wine glass. Brilliantly clear, bright scarlet colored with a medium sized creamy pink hued head. Average head retention and little lacing, but very beautiful looking beer, especially when help up to light.

Aroma is very sweet, loaded with cherries and some softer floral notes. The taste is similar, but stronger: very sweet but in a light and tart way, with a bare hint of hops at the end. Lip smacking good. Medium bodied with good carbonation, but not enough to scrub the sweetness off the palate, or it could be the temperature of the beer, which has gotten warmer. Overall a very good and unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:00:30 | More by tewaris
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is always a treat. Thanks to Thirdeye11 for this one.

A- Bright cherry red

S- Like sweet cherry candy with graham cracker malt. Not too complex, just brilliance.

T&M- Soft and delicate. Sweet and slightly tart cherry at the same time.

D- Refreshing and delicious. The kind of beer my mom(or anyone who doesn't like beer) would and should drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 03:01:46 | More by brownbeer
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denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-20-2011 14:42:20 | More by denimdemon
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Khazadum

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Moderate head development, tan dehydrated oatmeal froth, and mild retention. Large bubbles from the very carbonated burgundy body disrupt the creamy presence it had at first pour. Lacing is a bit fine, low sticky nature prevents it from forming anything significant in terms of artwork.

S- Sharp sweet cherry on the opening. Crisp maraschino flavors with only the minor of tart balance. Bit of vanilla from the oak on the second wave gives it. Faint bit of wheat malt gives it that earthy presence as the final waft.

T- First hits are of course that sweet cherry body, bit of minor tart that I was hit harder. Sweetness of the oak flow in the middle and dominate the finish with the hints of vanilla and earthy wood body. One other notable element would be a mild bitterness in the middle that is easily drowned out.

M- Crisp carbonation in the beginning create a harsh oral sensation that benefits the overall presentation from becoming over attenuated. Nice clean finish with the woody nature not lasting too long. Mild body, watery at times.

D- Overall this beer is very tasty. It never becomes cloying, it never burns out in presenting flavors, and it is something I'd drink again. Probably one of the better fruit beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:38:03 | More by Khazadum
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OgreSanchez

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-17-2014 04:25:30 | More by OgreSanchez
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 21:04:47 | More by ATLbeerDog
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-12-2013 04:48:38 | More by schmidtmattsays
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PhineasGage

Iowa

3/5  rDev -31.5%

12-14-2011 05:05:40 | More by PhineasGage
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mjw1200

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-02-2014 01:45:25 | More by mjw1200
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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-07-2014 04:37:26 | More by imyourhero21
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-30-2012 04:12:38 | More by slimntubbs
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ncvbc

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky reddish brown, thin fizzy head and big carbonation. Well, it looks like cider and smells the same way. Cherry and a spicy cider character. Very sweet and fruity, plain and simple. Taste has a lot of cider-like flavor to it...right as it hits my tongue that's what I think of. It's quite sweet and sugary with a little hint of yeast. Somewhat tart cherry finish. Mouthfeel is alive with carbonation and tart. Hmm, I don't think this is my style. There's not much wrong with this beer, it just doesn't sit well. I really don't feel like I'm drinking beer right now. I can see why some people would love the hell out of this one, I guess it's not my style. Funny thing is...the drinkability score is lower for me simply because I'm not digging it completely. If you enjoy this type of beer, I bet you could drink the hell out of it aside from how much it would cost. No alcohol at all and doesn't seem like beer. Close your eyes and imagine.

Cheers to jw347 and scoobydank for sending bottles my way

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:15:01 | More by ncvbc
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.