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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,857 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,857
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,078
Gots: 556 | FT: 58
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Winter
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 100th review had to be something special. Fortunately, an award winning, unique and local ale can be had in New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red. It was hard waiting to review this spectacular offering, but the time has finally arrived...

Belgian Red comes in a 750 ml green bottle with red wax dripped over the cap and top of the neck. I grabbed a brandy snifter and began pouring it into the glass. The color is a clouded, tawny red with a thin light-pink head. The aroma consists of sweet cherries and oak. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp from the carbonation. Initial taste is of sweet cherries followed by a tartness that balances out the initial sweetness. This never-ending act of sweet & sour tartness is played out to perfection as both of the oppossite flavors are kept in check by each other somehow in an ideal balance. Pleasant carbonation hits the middle of the tongue. Belgian Red retains the earthy and wood flavors of the oaken casks that were used to age this ale followed by a mild tartness in the finish.

This is the perfect beer to replace wine at the dinner table with Thanksgiving Turkey. Or great to share with a loved one on Valentine's Day. Wisconsin Belgian Red is an ale that's meant to be savored and enjoyed. Perfect for special occasions, and holidays, yet it's great beer to have on hand and serve anytime.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of marburg
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A picture perfect cloudy, reddish brown brew -- hawthorn berries, rose hips, the bottoms of dried rose petals -- with thick, fluffy pink head. The lacing is so delicate and randomly strewn about the glass, forming natural-looking abstractions. It clings to the sides and the bottom as one tilts the glass for a sip. Simply gorgeous.

The cherry aroma is strikingly sweet in the vein of marischino cherries or store-bought cherry pie. Hostess thanks New Glarus for buying a mega-ton of their cherry filling.

Powerful cherry flavors dominate. This is Alexander taken to its extreme with the cherries overtaking the natural fruit flavors of the style, and it fills a niche as a prime dessert or before- or after-dinner drink. Perhaps to be used in cooking too...if you're willing to sacrifice not drinking it. The point: excellent flavor. Sweeter than all hell and balanced with just a touch of sour cherry tartness, but if you're not opposed to that taste in beer, you're sure to love this.

Well-carbonated and lively to start, it loses a little punch as you drink it. It's not bad -- just different from its initial feel. What starts as a lively lambic feel drifts to the Dutchess, which is hardly a bad thing. Just interesting...a mouthfull of red satin sheets. Nonetheless, it's very drinkable. It's sweetness limits its drinkability a tiny bit, even for someone with as big a beer sweet tooth as I have. Highly recommended, though.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. Courtesy of biglobo8971

A- Slightly brownish hued red pour with a two finger egg shell soapy pour with decent lacing.

S- Simply put... cherry pie filling. Slightly artificial and sweetened but still very enticing smelling. The sweetness is a sign that it won't be as tart as I first thought.

T- Full on cherry pie, I get the filling of course (dead on by the way) slight crust with a touch of cinnamon. Slightly artificial but very fresh tasting.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy with a low carbonation.

Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kevanb
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the New Glarus brewery, served in the NG Logo pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice bright garnet/ruby red color, slightly off white head, no retention or lacing to speak of. Looks pretty much exactly what you'd expect a beer with a pound of cherries to look like. The aroma is super heavy on the cherry, so powerful it at times reminds me of cough syrup, not in the best way either. However, it does also remind me of cherry jams, preserves and most importantly, delicious cherry pie. The flavor is much more approachable, obviously packed with cherries, slight malt backing, not enough to act as a pie crust, but enough to balance out the sweet and tart cherries with something earthy and neutralizing. The body is wonderful, light, crisp, bubbly, spritzing, juicy and full all at once.

Verdict: This is a fantastic fruit beer, probably the best fruit based beer you can find other than the fruit lambics that we love so much. New Glarus has hit a home run with this and almost all their fruit beers, hell, all their beers are dynamite, but this might be the star performer of their line.

Photo of dleiner
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not really a fan of fruit beer or cherries but this one still tasted good to me, so if you are a fan of either you will probably be in love with this beer. The only knock I have on it is the drinkability because, like I said, I haven't gotten into the style yet.

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Ri0
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into my Hennepin flute, pours its own special haze of dirty red, with a very nice full finger head settles down to a thin film, with bunches of lacing all over the place.

The aroma and taste are delightful, and something you just don't get from any other cherry beer: an un-cloying sweetness. It just won't overdo it, which is a testament to the quality of this beer, in both the ingredients and the craftsmanship that went into it. This beer is most certainly about the fruit, a tart and slightly sweet and wholly delicious cherry, thats balanced with aged hop, roasted barley and wheat that keep this beer tasting like a beer, and not a fruit juice.

The mouth is also delightful, an almost full body with a fine carbonation and slightly tart, puckering ending that nevertheless stays sweet and satisfying after every drink. Truly, this is must have for all fruit beer fans, and to so thoroughly satisfy a guy who doesn't even particularly like cherries, its just great, this beer is worth every bit its rep.

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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of drseamus
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a million times before but never taken the time to rate it.

Deep red body with a small white head. The body is very opaque. The aroma is outstanding. Sour cherries blast out of the glass. The flavor on this beer is crazy good. Good sour cherry flavor with a bit of carbonation which seems to make the flavor pop. Ends on a pretty sweet note. The body is a bit heavy for the flavor but it's pretty light overall. This is a great beer. If I ever get married, I'll use this in place of champagne for the toast.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml green bottle, capped and waxed, with a nice old-school label

Appearance: Beautiful light garnet beer; there is extremely fine Champagne-like carbonation, and a thin white ring of a head

Smell: Tart, and extremely natural cherries and cherry pie notes; this is highly aromatic

Taste: Cherry. Pie. In a glass. It's all here; tart cherries, sweet filling, buttery crust, etc.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and tart

Drinkability: Scary high

Conclusion: Perfect. Dessert. Beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reaper16
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a mason jar

Sorry for the "quick hits" reviews tonight; I could only take so many notes at this tasting. I'll be back to long reviews next time.

Pours a slightly hazy cranberry color. The finger's worth of pink head dissipates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. This looks like what is smells and tastes like; there's something to be said for that.

One expects this beer to smell like cherries. It does. Lots of ripe cherries and cherry puree. Not tart on the nose. A very small amount of funk. Maybe a little spice.

The beer doesn't taste exactly like the nose. For one, the cherries are more tart on the tongue. Secondly, there are a lot of spices in this beer. Holiday spices; I search for a flavor but what my mind calls forth are holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some malt taste way behind all the cherry. Many reviewers say "cherry pie" is what this beer tastes like. They're pretty much right.

Light body. Nice, active carbonation. This is a very drinkable fruit beer. It isn't all sweetness all the time like a lot of the beers of the style can be. Plus, it is only 4% ABV!

This is the same beer as Raspberry Tart, only with cherries. They have similar malt profiles and similar levels of spices. If you like one then you will like the other. And trust me: you will like one.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of beveritt
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a wine bottle into a champagne flute. The label is a typical New Glarus, unbelached paper with a short description about the beer. This bottle has over a pound of cherries used.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of slightly pink faom. This settles into a luscious, creamy head, with a fair amount of lacing left behind. The beer itself is a deep reddish brown.

Smell: Tart cherry aroma. What can I say, not much else.

Taste: Tart sour cherries again. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lots of tiny bubbles, like they used a partial methode champenoise. Body is okay.

Drinkability: A great beer, definitely off the beaten path. Like a liquid version of sour cherry jam. Very refreshing.

Photo of stealth
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/red with a rapidly vanishing foamy pinkish/white head. Not much lacing - steady carbonation rising up the glass while drinking. Smells pretty much just like a cherry Jolly Rancher. My mouth immediately starts to salivate. The flavor of this 'beer' is perfect. Liquified cherry Jolly Rancher. New Glarius really hits a home run with the balance between the cherry sweetness and sour cherry tartness. No aftertaste, and finishes real dry. Leaves you puckering for the next drink. I can't imagine this being improved at all. This is a very refreshing and crisp drink. A nice body that was much thicker than I expected.

This is the perfect fruit beer. Ranked #1 in the world for a reason.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,857 ratings.