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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 SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep burgundy, red-amber with a tan-pink head.

S - Cherry, plain and simple. Great nose. Cherries and brown sugar. Very tart nose with this.

T - Very good with the cherry the huge star of course. Not as tart as I would have thought. And the grains add just the right backing to this. Just outstanding.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick finish.

O - Awesome brew from New Glarus. Never been to Wisconsin before but made sure I tried this before I left. Wish we could get this out East.

SkiBum22, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of bschinelli
4/5  rDev -8.7%

bschinelli, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of TCgoalie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev -3%

johnyb, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of MiScusi
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10-21-07
Thanks to umustdrink for this beer.

Poured into champagne flute glasses, poured a dark red with a more vibrant red shining through at the edges. The bubbly heads dissipated quite fast into nothing. The smell was quite simply of sour cherries. The taste was more of sweet cherry pie filling which also had the slightest tart aspect to it as well. The mouthfeel was pretty fizzy with carbonation but the body had a nice smoothness to it, probably from the wheat malt. The last glass of this poured from the bottle contained a lot of the yeast sediment and also gives a little different tasting beer- most muted on the sweet cherry and a slicker mouthfeel. Not a very complicated beer but a damn tasty one, and a great beer to drink while celebrating a USC win over the Irish.
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11-9-08
This stuff is pure cherry juice. It seems less tart than before, and sweeter.

MiScusi, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a color I've not seen before in beer. a sort of peach that fills out to a burnt amber body. somewhat cloudy, thin white head. and I mean white.

S - very clear cherries, a bit of alcohol sweetness, some floral background notes. it really smells fantastic.

T - great balance of sweet and tart, cherries come through on the front, some earthy tones on the back. pretty interesting, and tasty.

M - tartness detracts a bit here, but its a pretty nice and full body, especially for something only 4% alcohol.

D - it's pretty smooth and enjoyable, but the tartness that lingers in your mouth is again hurting this category a bit.

ColdPoncho, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of JCam9981
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JCam9981, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of sendsilk
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a couple of times and received one recently from Barrythebear, thank you!

A- Looks great, a very inviting burnt red. Not much in the way of carbonation at all and no lacing/film on the glass.

S- Nice pleasant cherries and a slight tartness. Really smells good but not overpowering.

T- Ahh, this is where it comes together. What you think is going to be indercarbonated turns out perfect. Wonderful sweet cherries with just a TOUCH of tart. Fantastic!

M- Very good for the style.

O- If I could get this beer regularly I would drink it all the time. Probably the best fruit beer that I have ever had with it being tied with Blushing Monk IMO.

sendsilk, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
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.

KAP1356, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

StevieW, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of Retail1LO
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra from a very generous individual from whom I do business with regularly. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a 9oz. Cigar City snifter. This pours a cloudy, cherry red color without any semblance of a head whatsoever. The beer is plenty carbonated, but you wouldn't know it from the way it pours. The nose is loaded with cherries...in a Loudon's cough drop kind of way, minus the medicinal aspect. I know that's odd to say, but it smells really good. The nose leave's NO doubt this is a cherry based beer. The taste reminds me of the gelatinous part of a cherry pie. Seriously loaded tart cherry flavor profile. Absolutely fabulous. The mouthfeel is tart, with that lingering cherry pie aftertaste. This is just unique all around. This would be a perfect summer beer. It's light, very enjoyable, and would also complement a good meal or even dessert.

Retail1LO, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Jeffrey2310, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of WVUbrew
4.25/5  rDev -3%

WVUbrew, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Ri0
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Ri0, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of topdown
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

topdown, May 05, 2014
Photo of Beeradelphia
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Beeradelphia, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of beersdmf17
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

beersdmf17, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Kenai4, May 09, 2014
Photo of JohnQVD
5/5  rDev +14.2%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Flabbyjandro, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beveragecaptain, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of Gtreid
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gtreid, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Williaar
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Williaar, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

sourdog, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Prospero, Feb 07, 2013
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,627 ratings.