Wisconsin Belgian Red
New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #1
ABV:
4%
Score:
98
Ranked #320
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 10.18%
Reviews:
1,074
Ratings:
3,804
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New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
Notes: You hold the marriage of wine and beer. Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This beer is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin Farmed Wheat and Belgian Roasted Barleys, lagered in oak tanks and balanced by Hallertau hops we aged in our brewery one full year.

Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this beer uniquely "Wisconsin." So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this beer to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet. Serve your friends Belgian Red in a brandy snifter or champagne flute and toast life with beer from the land of Wisconsin.
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turfy from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown color with a light tan head with a touch of pink. Huge cherry aromas! Taste is
predominantly cherries with a taste of malt. Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Just a superbly balanced fruit beer that is not overly sour or cloying. Well done.

Nov 06, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cherry, cherry, and cherry! In some beers, that can be overwhelming and even cloying, a touch medicinal - like cough syrup. That's not the case here. The cherry flavors are huge, but natural and balanced, not unlike biting into a ripe, semi-sweet cherry.

The cherry notes are balanced by a very light but noticeable sourness; the cherries themselves aren't overly tart, but combined with the mild sourness of the beer, it creates a lovely overall experience. Additional tasting notes of oak and vanilla.

This beer is 100% as advertised, and delicious.

Oct 31, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 9 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a wine glass
2013

This beer pours mahogany with some rust colored highlights when held to the light. It is topped with a minimal tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Wonderful tart cherry aroma. I also get some maraschino cherry. Cherry juice. It smells a lot like cherries.

And I thought it smelled like cherries. the taste is a cherry medley. I get tart and sweet cherry flavor. Very subtle acidity.

Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel

Pure cherry goodness. I am amazed at how well this beer held up for 8 years. I was worried I held onto it for too long. Fears have been allayed. Great beer. Sad that I have no more now.

Sep 25, 2021
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, no date (but from 2021) served in a snifter.

Appearance: Clear ruby red color with a thin off-white rocky foam. Lots and lots of fine strands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Tart fresh cherry and a bit of underlying floral aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Tart cherry perfectly balanced with sweet malt and a mildly bitter finish that complements the whole thing. Some additional fruity esters noted in all of this.

Mouthfeel: Slick, very nick thickness, a bit sticky, light carbonation, but it works with the overall character of this beer.

Overall / Drinkability: Very very nice. I want to pair this with a dessert, but by itself it's a great beer. I can see why this beer is rated so highly. Definitely does fit the profile of a Belgian ale, and not exceedingly tart or sour - just right all around. Well done!

Aug 21, 2021
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale burgundy/cherry juice color; fast fizzy pinkish off-white head; excellent clarity; no cap, ring nor lace. Strong cherries nose. Taste is cherries; semi sweet with a touch of tartness. Clean feel; light body; moderate minus carbonation. A wonderful fruited ale; overall, a world class beer!

Aug 12, 2021
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akaizer from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Pour has a very thin layer of white foam that leaves some wisps behind floating atop a vibrant clear and red body. Scent is cherry forward with notes of the wine/barley pairing and the long cask time lingering on the nose. Taste is a fascinating journey: cherry sweet/tart flavors bounce around on the nose, a bit of carbonation erupts on the tongue, and lingering and muted wine-like tastes are evident. Feel is medium bodied, at times on the heavier side, with a phenomenal aftertaste of cherry sweetness welcoming another quaff. A very interesting brew!

Jul 10, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into my New Glarus stemmed glass. This beer is a rusty red, clear, with plenty of carbonation. The head is one finger of off white foam that settled back to a thin cap after a few minutes.
The aroma is light, sweet cherry and malt.
The flavor is tart, but sweet cherries, and a very subtle hint of oak.
There is a fizzy feel, almost like champagne. The tart cherry flavor keeps you coming back for more. This is very easy to slip this offering down.
Is it beer or wine? I don't know, but it is good!

Jun 28, 2021
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0bb from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious beer. Intense cherry flavor with a slight hop finish. This is a very well balanced brew hats off to New Glarus. This is an awesome beer!!!!!

Jun 02, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review 1499

I have wanted to try this beer for quite some time now. I finally have the chance to try this beer, thank you, Jay, much appreciated. The beer is 40 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer created a two-fingered pinkish tint with good retention. I was not expecting much retention in the head of the beer, this is a fruit beer. The beer having some retention is impressive, I have seen similar styles fall flat quickly. The head did not leave any lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a dark reddish hue with a dark copper hue. This beer is clear, considering this is a fruit beer. I was expecting some sediment or something. It does not distract from the appearance. The overall appearance is above average.

The initial aromas in the beer are cherries, sugar syrup, and lightly toasted malts. Nosing further, I detect oak, malty sweetness, a touch of herbal, grassy, and a hint of floral. The aromas are cherry dominant, it is hard for me to pull any other aromas out.

The flavors in the beer are cherries, malts, grass, lightly toasted malts, oak, wheat, a note of earth, floral esters, a hint of phenols, and a note of pharmaceutical.

The mouthfeel is slightly tart and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-light carbonation, and full finish.

Is this a beer? It is simply one awesome beer. The fruit flavors are bright and vibrant. The malt and wheat are subtle but there and the oak finishes the beer perfectly. I wish I had many more in the fridge.

Apr 27, 2021
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kemoarps from Washington

3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice rich red that's got some brown to it. Dirty head that sticks to the sides, before retreating to swirl and ring.

Nose is boldly sweet cherries. Candied cherries. It's just straight candied cherries. Maybe a hint of spices (clove, cinnamon), but through and through this is sweet sweet cherries. Not quite maraschino, but almost. The missus loves it. It's sweeter than I was anticipating, almost sickly so, and I think sweeter than I'd like.

Thankfully it's not quite as sweet tasting as it smells. I think my mis-expectations were driven by the 'belgian red' aspect of the name, so I was thinking something significantly more sour. There's a definite tartness to the taste, but even then I wouldn't call it sour, and it doesn't match up with my limited experience with belgian reds (flanders style). But I am drilling into the wrong things here.
The flavour is a pleasant blend of the sweetness from the cherries and a nice tart finish that actually has elements of tart cherries/tart cherry juice, which I enjoy quite a bit. Also a lot of 'red' flavour a la fruit punch, but again, thankfully not as cloyingly sweet.

As stated, it's got some tart acidity, and some bright effervescence, but is otherwise very smoothe.

This is a masterfully put together beer. I can see why it gets the love it does. It doesn't happen to match straight up with my personal preferences, especially when it comes to cherries (and primarily on the nose), but I can see why people love it, and it is undeniably very well put together.

Much gratitude to @FBarber for sending this along my way during NBW BIF #13! Thanks Frank!

Apr 14, 2021
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a stemmed new glarus glass

One finger fizzy off white foam cap settles to a thin layer over a translucent deep ruby brown liquid. Some lacings

Aroma is cherries,

Taste is cherries, spice, cinnamon , sweet tart, crisp , mouth watering

Low sudsing

Delicious beer, repeatable

Apr 10, 2021
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dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good Belgium red which i would buy again. Taste a lot like another Wisconsin berry wrasse beer that I like as well. Good job New Glarus well done.

Mar 21, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear and bright ruby color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has great retention before leaving some lacing behind

S- bold and fresh cherries dominate the nose up front, followed by undertones of vanilla, chocolate, red licorice, wheat and some dry vinous notes

T- Sweet and rich cherries hit the tongue, providing bold authentic cherry flavor, followed by undertones of vanilla and some earthy spice. Mid-palate is mouth watering, with just a hint of tartness kicking in from the cherries, followed by chocolate. The finish turns slightly vinous, but remains sweet, adding another layer of cherry that continues into the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy and silky finish

O- a near perfect cherry showcase, the standard bearer of fruit beers

Mar 20, 2021
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Evanlwiggins from Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark red almost mahogany color. Minimal head and good lacing.

S: Cherry and spice. Smells like nostalgia. Rides the line between being fresh and artificial on the nose

T: Cherry, spice, vanilla, and cinnamon. Medium body with good carbonation. Definitely sweet but enough of a bite that it's not too much sweetness. I could drink a lot of them in one sitting.

O: Perfect for what it is. It isn't kriek-like and it isn't sour, but it doesn't claim to be. A good choice any time of year. One of my go-to's and unbeatable for $10 a 4-pack.

Jan 22, 2021
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Stooven from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. The cherry flavor is so rich there's a ghost choclatey sense like a cherry stout. Very light in the mouth, very complex and highly drinkable. Wish I'd grabbed more. (Although, they've obviously made this before despite the label saying they'd only do it once.)

Dec 02, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a tan head that dissipates quickly. It smells like very sweet red cherries with a slightly acidic finish. The taste is intense fresh cherries that is kept from being too sweet by a tart finish with no bitterness at all. It's almost like a fusion of wine and beer it's so fruity and has so little malt presence, but overall it's a fantastic fruit beer, but not the best from new glarus.

Nov 05, 2020
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loudmacleod from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous deep red color with no transparency at all. Lots of sour cherry on the fragrant nose. Taste agrees with the aroma - sweet, tart cherry and delicious.

Sep 06, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not bottling date I can find but at least a year old, perhaps 2.

Consumed 8/20/20

This beer is phenomenal. The color is more brown than red and isn’t a pretty beer color really to me. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel which is perfect. It’s a sweet one, but not cloying and there’s a hint of funk and so many other flavors. It’s more cherry pie than cherry on its own. I haven’t had a fruited sour from NG that wasn’t amazing, but this is one of their best. Always worth seeking out.

Aug 21, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with some brown accents in it as well. This seems like a marriage between beer as well as a fruity cider drink. Very enjoyable to drink and a solid beer that’s readily available when you’re in Wisconsin.

Aug 19, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads 'J240'

Pours a clear, vivid ruby red hue (with brownish accents almost reminiscent of an oud bruin) topped with just over a finger of frothy, beige-white foam; decent head retention leaves a paper-thin cap, moderate, frothy collar, and a uniform spread of eclectic, dense, webby lacing surrounding the inner walls of the glass.

Aroma is expectedly saturated with cherry depth as a subtle prickle builds with an earthy melange to add an earthy layer; savory lactic acid steadily feeds into deeper tones of cherry sorbet through the middle of the bouquet, with a dirty, vinous quality just underneath.

Taste of punchy cherry Jolly Ranchers opens, developing in density to fresh cherry nectar and an attenuated pie-filling sweetness as the profile intermingles suggestions of vanillin alongside lactic acid over the mid-palate; becomes a touch jammy on the back end, with further esters of red berries beneath the already dominant fluctuations of cherry notes offering a slightly more layered fruit experience.

Mouthfeel brings a semi-dense, medium-full body in harmony with a moderate-high carbonation; juicy upfront with a savory peak over the mid-palate; a mild acidity and tartness grows before giving in to a spritzy grit into back end, drying quickly to an exceedingly quenching level on the finish and imploring another sip.

Intense with waves of authentic cherry in tandem with a body crafted for preserving its most refreshing and fruit-forward qualities, New Glarus strikes again with a beautifully conceived, straightforward and yet highly nuanced fruit beer; I'm admittedly not huge in cherry, but this is yet another undeniable achievement from the brewery.

Jul 31, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of JohnnyHops.
Looks like cherry juice (not surprisingly).
Pink foamy head. A little lace. Fairly high carbonation.
Smells and Tastes like cherries. Almost an artificial sweet cherry jolly rancher candy flavor. It’s super good, and super sweet. Maybe a little tartness but not a lot. Mouthfeel fairly fluffy. Very lambic-like or fresh squeezed cherry juice (not sure I’ve ever had that).

Feb 14, 2020
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DesMorris from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours little to no head although I had it at colder temps. It looks copperish brownish, kind of a deep red, like cherries I guess.
S - Not much smell to it that I noticed, a hint a cherries was all I got.
T - It tastes like my mom's cherry pie, a little tart up front but well balanced with the grain.
F - Even though the description says it's highly carbonated, I think it's medium carbonated which I think gives it kind of a chewy aspect.
O - I think if you love cherry pie, then you'll love this beer, because to me it's the liquid version of cherry pie. Very good balance of cherry and grain bill, not too sweet, just right. To me it seems like a Belgian brown ale mixed with a cherry lambic, good stuff.

Dec 28, 2019
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KyleJMcK

2.05/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overbearing sweetness, like cherry-flavored Jolly Ranchers. I love Belgian reds and found this beer offensively sweet. Any earthy sour complexity was smothered by an American-sized dose of those damned Door County cherries. Disgustingly sweet to me. I will admit that the cherry flavor maintains the complexity of real fruit, so if you like cherries more than beer, this might be great to you.

Oct 20, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely incredible beer. And that's saying something, as I'm not a huge Belgian fan and don't typically like cherry-heavy beers or ciders. But this one blew me away.

Bottle from a Chicago friend poured into a Teku. No idea how old it is, but guessing around 4-6 months based on when he was last in Wisconsin. Fully opaque, deep ruby-plum body with moderate carbonation. A slight but creamy light tan head of microscopic bubbles that leaves surprisingly strong lacing for the small amount of initial film. A little swirling brings and eruption of additional velvety foam that compliments the liquid beautifully. Gorgeous and extremely inviting.

Aroma profile like I've never experienced before. Midwest cherry-heavy, with distinct sugar, vanilla, and pastry notes that give it a wonderful cherry pie persona up front. Floral hops, cracked wheat, freshly-cut oak, and just a touch of dank grass. There's also a slight cinnamon note (or some other baking spice?), which gives it a warm apple cider vibe on the back end. Perhaps that's simply the cherry pie reflection playing tricks on me. Regardless, the nose is incredibly delicate and nuanced, even with the cherry dominance. Really amazing.

No surprises on the tongue, as the cherry juice (which isn't sugary sweet or sour in any way, but a highly appealing, natural juice flavor), oak barrel, barley, Belgian spice, and cidery notes wash over the tongue blissfully. It's initially sweet, but that sweetness falls off quite quickly and provides a faint, lasting tartness and tang. I wouldn't call it dry, but the sweetness is lovely and fits the rest of the beer perfectly. So well executed. It doesn't scream beer by any means, but it's not one-note and overly sweet like a cider. And I can see the wine reference by the brewer, as fermented fruit is clearly the star of the show, but there are honest grain and hop notes that pull it back into the middle. Whatever it is, it tastes incredible. I rarely drink the same beer multiple times in a sitting anymore, but I could sip on this all day.

Feel is medium-thin, soft, well carbonated, and incredibly easy to drink.

Truly remarkable beer. Possibly the best I've had this year, certainly the biggest surprise, and far and away the best fruit and field beer I've ever tried.

Sep 11, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is incredible. Poured into a snifter, this was a clear orange-ruby color with a modest off-white head. Aroma and taste lined up perfectly, showcasing bright fresh cherries that was as intense as advertised. A subtle wheat flavor balanced this, reminding me that this was beer and not fruit juice. Slightly tart enough to be refreshing but remain crushable. Medium bodied, clean-tasting, and lively carbonated. Wow was this great.

Aug 27, 2019
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