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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,346
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 972
Gots: 407 | 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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5/5  rDev +14.2%

09-11-2013 17:13:34 | More by pearljam118
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-13-2013 23:56:04 | More by MordorMongo
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-17-2013 13:10:01 | More by ant880
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-01-2012 22:44:31 | More by cfh64
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Belgian Red

From 3/18/14 tasting notes... Enjoyed on tap at Champps Americana Brookfield, WI. This was served in a 12 oz stemmed tulip. Served chilled...

A) Ruby red brew with a small pinkish head that quickly dissipates. Good clarity...

S) Wonderful aroma of cherries, that manages to be both sweet and tart. Nothing artificial about this scent at all. It's fresh and inviting.

T) Near the nose... The cherries are more sweet than tart, but it's not overly sweet. Although admittedly, I used to find this beer uncomfortably sweet, and I'd never tackle a bottle on my own. I've had it many times over the years, and it's really grown on me. Now I enjoy the balance and complexities of this brew. There is an earthy quality and you can pick up the oak as well. I prefer this chilled, but there's nothing wrong with taking your time, and letting it warm a bit. Obviously, the 4% ABV is a non-factor.

M) Medium bodied with lively carbonation that keeps this one going down nicely.

O) A fantastic beer... New Glarus brews amazing fruit beers. Just amazing. The fact that I can go get some solar salt at Walmart, and grab a bottle of this for $8.99 almost makes tolerating Wisconsin's shitty winters worth the trouble. Almost...

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2014 01:29:19 | More by RoamingGnome
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-23-2014 01:05:01 | More by JCam9981
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-27-2012 20:46:32 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a remarkably delicious beer...

Thanks to Joe1510 for my first bottle (although not the one I'm reviewing now), and DontCallMeSurly for the bottle I'm drinking now.

Pours a distinctly reddish amber brown that's slightly hazy with a fizzy, thin finger of head that actually smooths out into a nice creamy layer. Attractive, organic lacing. Head lasts on the perimeter until the bitter end.

Aroma is a wallop of cherries... fresh baked cherries. Slightly sweet, but not quite candy.

The taste backs this up... a cherry-centric middle with a balancing tartness and maybe a suggestion of bitterness on the back-end. Warm malt sweetness underlies the cherry but stays in the back. Leaves a slight candy aftertone on the tongue.

Smooth, medium-bodied, with nice carbonation. Easy to enjoy without being syrupy thick or too spritzy and thin.

Amazingly drinkable except for the slightly heavy sweetness. But then... this isn't a lambic.

Great great great... and something I wish I could always have a bottle or two of stowed away. And of course... the lady loves it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 06:53:56 | More by errantnight
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours muddy brown in color with hints of red and orange. Very murky and opaque. Mmm, smells like a freshly baked cherry pie. Damn, I can almost smell the crust too. Sweet cherry jam and lemon/green apple tartness aromas in there too. Taste is like a sweet cherry-apple cider with a tart finish. Effervescent-tingling on the tongue, carbonated like a sparkling wine. High points for uniqueness and although I couldn't drink many of these back to back for the fruitiness, this beer is quite the experience and and an incredible fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 21:59:49 | More by hoppymeal
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3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a kriek glass.

Pours a murky brownish-pink with a small brownish/red head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is black cherry soda.

Taste is of cherries, not too sweet and very little tartness. Some farmhouse/hay taste.

Mouthfeel is med-light and somewhat flat.

Overall, very nice taste and quite drinkable. I wouldn't call this a typical kriek, but it is good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 05:39:35 | More by atigerlife
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-27-2014 23:35:08 | More by beersdmf17
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

01-19-2013 14:17:26 | More by Ri0
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4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle with red waxed neck, poured into a champagne flute. Pours out orange, with a reddish tinge to it, and sits a light reddish-orange in the glass with a small white head on top. Nice color display in the flute, light yellow-orange all the way up to a crimson red near the top.

Smells like a combination of marichino and tart cherries. All cherries, all the way. Light spiciness on the nose too. I think the Raspberry tart has a much better nose than this, but that is just my opinion.

Taste is tart, semi-sour and goes super sweet at the end. Delicious 100%. Blends of marichino-like sweetness and the classic Door County tartness of cherries gives this a unique taste and makes for one great fruit beer (even though Door County cherries are the only cherries used, it still tastes like a blend to me). A bit of wheat flavor comes out inbetween and finishes sweet, refreshing and not the least bit dry or bitter.

Smooth, rich and bold in the mouth, I'd call it a medium-light body. Goes down easy, probably too easy. Try and drink one alone and you'll feel sorry, and lonely. A top of the line fruit beer who definately deserves its reputation. Pair it with a nice chocolate dessert or another rich sweet, but I'd say having it with cherry pie would be going overboard.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 02:52:30 | More by Skidz
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-29-2013 14:03:14 | More by throwback
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-28-2014 17:17:21 | More by WVUbrew
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, slightly brown shade of red with a light white head.

S: Deep cherry aroma with light vanilla and banana. Strength of cherries is very impressive, yet still authentic.

T: As expected, flavor is a primarily cherries. Lightly sweet, with a nice tartness, tannin, and a faint cracker malt that tempers the intensity of the fruit just enough. Finish is on the short, clean side.

M: Light-medium body, with a moderate level of sharp carbonation. Crisp feel.

Very drinkable for such an intense beer. Easily my favorite of the New Glarus fruit beers and one of the better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 05:08:11 | More by GeezLynn
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

08-26-2013 20:51:12 | More by ari32
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4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into Efes tulip. Thanks Cheesemoose! Leathery brown in color, small head, low retention. Clear, sticky lacing. Aroma dominated by cherry (of course). I suppose that it would be easy to screw this flavor up but its done perfectly. Not medicinal, not cough syrup. Splendid. Taste is fascinating, unique and certainly delicious. Cherry sweetness and tartness is front stage and center and just awesome. Amazing and unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 05:29:09 | More by KickbacksSteve
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-18-2011 04:27:45 | More by jjheinrichs
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-13-2012 04:49:49 | More by tripledbrew
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-04-2013 21:29:53 | More by Twal
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-19-2014 16:42:01 | More by Schlafly33
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3.41/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep brownish garnet color. bright red garnet colors when held to the light. not quite opaque. a finger of a reddish tan head that leaves a strong lacing on the sides.

Smell: sweet cherry juice, some wheatiness. some caramel malts. very sweet and not overly complex

Taste: opens up with cherries. comes off as sweetened cherry juice. wheat and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and sweet. fairly sticky too

Overall: very sweet. too much so. taste a bit too much like a kids cherry juice. not as impressive as raspberry tart.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2014 02:29:39 | More by SportsandJorts
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-07-2013 21:03:53 | More by Prospero
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3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby red color with a fair amount of carbonation. A couple inches of light tan head with a tinge of pink forms, which has very nice retention and lacing. Pretty nice looking beer.

Smell: A ton of sweet, maraschino cherries form on the nose. Maybe a touch of spices. As it warms I get a lot of cherry cough syrup as well, which is not nearly as enjoyable. That dimension gets stronger as this beer goes along.

Taste: A lot of sweet, syrupy cherry character comes out immediately, along with some spices. Again, a lot of cough syrup comes out as well, which retracts somewhat for me. Not enough to make it unpleasant, just not quite as enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation. It goes down quite easily. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, though less than Raspberry Tart. Still, definitely one of the best fruit beers you can get in the States. A should try, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 05:15:49 | More by zhanson88
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,346 ratings.