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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,469
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,002
Gots: 436 | FT: 40
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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-05-2012 01:33:20 | More by JellyJacket
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-02-2012 17:15:51 | More by JohnQVD
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Striking dark red appearance. Just a bit of head. One sniff gives away what this beer is all about - cherries. Real ones, and plenty of them. The flavor is a wheat beer body with cherries throughout. Not those canned cherries, not cherry juice. If the flavor was just a little more tart, and not quite so sweet, it would be perfect. High carbonation helps prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying. I really like this beer, and I don't usually like fruit beers.

04-08-2005 01:29:55 | More by beveragecaptain
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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

4/5  rDev -8.7%

750mL bottle with the initial glass poured into a champagne flute (as instructed by the label, and the subsequent glasses from the bomber poured into a snifter)
no born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A big thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over in a trade.  

A: Pours a translucent amber with reddish accents and 1.5 fingers width of white head with a subtle pink hue.  The head takes a fair amount of time to dissipate away and leaves a firm layer of lace after each sip with cobwebs in between.

S: Smells of cherry of course, both fresh cherry along with a medicinal cherry cough syrup character.  Not much else going on here.  

T: Again cherry, and again more of the medicinal artificially flavored cherry.  No doubt its sweet, but it also is surprisingly tart, which I like and think is absolutely necessary to balance out the sweetness.  Its  more tart than the raspberry tart, which is quite ironic.  Its also a touch oaky, and has some herbaceous, earthy notes.  

M/D: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy, moderate to highly carbonated, and slightly drying.  Drinkability is moderate at best, as the combination of the high carbonation and sweetness make this one just sit in my stomach and make me feel full and bloated.  When I review beers I like to drink the whole thing, but this one is definitely for sharing.  So grab a buddy or loved one before you break the wax seal on this one.  

O: Overall, good not great.  As far as fruit beers go, this one is far better than most, but in my opinion the raspberry tart is much better.  This one seems much more artificial and generically flavored than the RT, which literally tastes like you are drinking fresh raspberries.  Certainly worth a try, but I probably wont seek it out again.  

07-07-2012 22:29:42 | More by zac16125
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3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

750 m bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A semi-clear ruby red color. The pour produces about a finger of off white reddish head the receeds to a thin rim, and left no lace.

A: Cherries all the way. Tart cherries, sweet cherries, more cherries. There are some bready malts and a little earthy hop presence, but the sweetness of the cherries is strong.

T: Very nice if your in the mood for this type of beer. Tastes like cherry juice with a hints of hops and bread. Super sweet and very fruity.

M: Medium body, high level of carbonation give it a strong tingle at the back of the throat. Semi-creamy, nice.

D and overall impression: For me, it is too sweet. I really enjoy the flavor component, but I had to share the bottle with a good buddy of mine. So it doesn't get high marks here. Overall, I think this could be a beer my wife would like,(she's not a craft beer lover). I like it, just don't love it. Skal.

07-14-2009 12:58:53 | More by Gtreid
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-09-2014 17:22:33 | More by Kenai4
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

08-11-2012 16:56:48 | More by HopsHopenstein
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-11-2012 16:13:43 | More by JSchock7
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2011 08:29:44 | More by ithinkimasofa
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

06-19-2013 01:07:39 | More by fehrminator
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-14-2011 18:39:53 | More by nanobrew
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-12-2013 04:48:38 | More by schmidtmattsays
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

09-13-2012 17:11:10 | More by udubdawg
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

08-08-2014 23:39:43 | More by Mark000
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

First off, thanks to beerwolf77 for this beauty. Secondly, this is hands down the best cherry flavored beer on the planet.

A: Pours a cherry wood/pinkish color with a small white cap that retains for a minute or two then fades away.

S: Fresh, ripe, delicious cherries! Sweet smelling for sure, with a little twang. I don't pick up on any hops, and malts are pretty faint and hardly noticeable amongst the mass amounts of cherries. The cherries do not smell artificial at all, sweet and sour.

T: Wow...this is what a fruit beer should taste like. No artificial fruit, just ripe, sweet & sour cherries! Tastes like cherry cheesecake pie filling. Highly addicting, and completely different than "beer." Tastes more like a cherry flavored soda. The flavor makes you pucker, but then a sweet side comes out.

MF/D: Expect high carbonation because this is a light brew, light body, lingering sweet & sour cherry finish.

As far as fruit beers go, amazing...but not like typical beers. There were definitely moments where I just wanted to tip the glass back and chug, so be careful and refrain from doing so.

04-18-2010 00:34:43 | More by scottyshades
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks to stonecrusher for this one...huge thanks.
Pours a cloudy red color with half a finger of pinkish, off-white head...some sporadic lacing as it fades.
Beautiful in the nose...huge cherry aroma with a gentle sweetness to complement things.
The taste is, as fruit beers go...simply phenomenal.
Tremendous cherry profile with a tart finish that makes you crave this brew more and more. Perfect summer beer...has the belgian feel, but with the local cherries added, brings it closer to home.
Medium bodied mouthfeel...quite carbonated, but perfect for the style.
Goes down so easy...especially on a day like today.
If you are into fruit beers at all, this one is a must...even if you are not, you should find enough in this brew to at least be impressed with its creators.

08-03-2006 01:17:55 | More by warriorsoul
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Pours a brown color with a whole lotta red in it. Thick, tan head has a pink hue to it. Head falls to about nothing. Thin lacing.

Smells like cherries. Some malts down in there but man it smells like cherries.

Tastes like cherries too. A lot. Man, there are a lot of cherries in this bottle. Big sweetness with underlying Belgian flavors.

Medium bodied in the mouth with low carbonation.

Nice brew. Very big on sweet cherry flavors and a very nice sipper.

01-04-2011 15:58:37 | More by dstc
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2.75/5  rDev -37.2%

08-20-2012 12:30:54 | More by ajs4bd
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-24-2013 21:19:48 | More by speedvagen
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Got this one through a trade with Initiative, thanks.

Pours a murky crimson color with no foam whatsoever. Obvious sweet and sour cherry aroma; it smells like cherry Fruit-Roll Up.

Sweet cherry flavor upfront with a light tart finish; this is a great, refreshing beer. It would be perfect for dinner or as a dessert.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good dose of carbonation. The finish is semi-dry and clean

A cherry treat.

10-01-2007 01:40:01 | More by seaoflament
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

thanks to bieristgut for this. had this a few months ago. poured a nice bubble red with a pink head. aroma I know this will make bieristgut upset and maybe others but it smelled like a wine cooler, but it was good got cherries, spices, and a little bit of hops. flavor, wow those cherries come right out and grab your taste buds, like a lot of other reviews tart cheery pie. normally I am not into the high carbonated fruit beers but this one was good

08-07-2005 13:45:26 | More by walleye
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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

05-08-2008 01:15:01 | More by ncvbc
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-19-2013 21:04:35 | More by VaTechHopHead
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

06-20-2014 18:36:33 | More by Ncpogs
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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