Wisconsin Belgian Red
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
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4.42 | pDev: 10.18%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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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Photo of bret27
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).

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Photo of DesMorris
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
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.

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Photo of Buck89
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.

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Photo of adab123
4.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An almost perfectly balanced cherry beer, sweet and sour are in moderation. This is the best beer I've ever had and better than any cider. It makes me want to move to Wisconsin.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz "World Champion" bottle with no date

No head, ruby red with orange edges. Smell is all cherries, taste is 90% fresh cherry juice with hints of a mild belgian beer lurking around the edges. Unique and amazingly flavorful. Even if it is almost exclusively cherry flavor, it is an authentic one and never dips into robotussin-esque artificiality.

Over a pound of cherries per bottle! And it shows

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with no dates, served in a Rastal Harmony tumbler.

Appearance: The one finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick foam ring that stays until the end and a lot of lacing in patches all over the glass. It's a beautiful, deep, bright, crystal clear garnet color.

Smell: It's a beautiful, warm smell of fresh baked cherry pie. There's a base of grainy pie crust and wood, balanced by the sweet cherries and powdered sugar notes. There's a hint of a floral aroma in the background as well.

Taste: Everything from the nose translates wonderfully into the palate but amplified and in a slightly different manner. The tart cherries start things out, followed by rich, earthy and warm notes of pie crust and oak. The cherries come back in the aftertaste with a rich, sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It's soft, smooth and medium bodied with medium carbonation. It gets cloying pretty quickly within the first couple of sips which is to be expected from the rich sweetness.

Overall: This beer is simply fantastic and a testament to why New Glarus is one of the best breweries in the United States, if not the world. The aroma and flavor are great and it looks stunning. It does get cloying fairly quickly, but that's just a small complaint on an otherwise almost perfect beer.

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Photo of dcotom
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brewer's description of this as "the marriage of wine and beer" is spot on. Think sweet Door County cherry wine, with a light malt backbone and a touch of hop bitterness. Beautiful pour into a champagne flute. Brownish-tinged deep red, with ruby highlights and thick off-white head that left some spotty lacing as it settled. Fruit forward on the nose and palate, with tons of tart cherry as expected. Good carbonation, with a surprisingly dry finish for as sweet as this is. Not sour or "funky," just pleasantly sweet and tart. Perfect vehicle for the Montmorency cherry, and a fabulous pairing with Wisconsin cheese curds.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: is like a cherry hard candy deep amber and clear
S:pure sweet cheery fruit
T: with the smell I thought this is going to be a sweet sticky fruit bomb but not the case the font is cherry but well in balanced and nice finsh.

O: I stay away fro fruit beers and not something I would search on my own but so glad it was sent in a bif as I enjoyed it

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Photo of thebeers
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red Kool-Aid color — clear, but very dark, with a brownish and purplish hue. It’s very rich looking, and is topped by a half-finger of tannish head that quickly settles into a soupy crown that leaves thin, sloppy lacing.

Huge waves of cherry syrup stand out in the aroma before bringing the beer anywhere close to my face. It’s sweet, almost like a sugary convenience-store cherry pie pastry. There’s a slight medicinal and even nail polish element beneath. Maybe even a ghost-like impression of cherry pits, if those have a smell.

The taste is straight-up, just-about-to-brown cherries. Fleshy, overripe, cherry juice excellence. Lightly sour. Lightly tart. Just a hint of solvent-like astringency in the finish.

The feel is full-bodied, smooth and creamy, with a hint of stickiness and some light, but peppery carbonation.

I’m not sure what makes this Belgian, but that’s okay. It’s cherry juice at its finest. Not something I’d want to session, but delicious as a sipper. Superior beer from start to finish.

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

The best fruit and field beer ever made? Makes me want to move to Wisconsin. Guess I’ll need to make a steady trade partner instead.
Sweet, but not medicinal. Completely crushable. So good. Wish I had an unlimited supply.

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Photo of adosen01
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this a helluva lot more than I thought I would. Easy access to New Glarus beer is a huge benefit of living near the MN/WI border. Nothing much more to say that others haven't. Delicious. Not only tart cherry excellence, but they got a subtle pie crust taste deep in there as well. Getting me through a bitter cold night properly.

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Photo of Seattlebierman
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great treat. Would love to have just a pint with dinner or after work. Wouldn’t make a night of it because I’m sure the hangover would be crippling. Rumor has it that this last batch was cut short due to a lack of cherries produced. Love the quality put into each bottle/pint. Must try if you are in Wisconsin, brought home a 4 pack to Seattle for Christmas.

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Photo of moonman1994
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Super drinkable and very refreshing. Flavor is somewhere in between a cherry beer and a cherry cider. It was more sweet than I was expecting but certainly not in a overpowering way and it has a nice sourness to it as well. This is the type of beer that is certainly to be a crowd pleaser. Nice coloration with the only negative, in my opinion, being the smell which smells a bit like artificial cherry (but don't worry the flavor is superb).

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass shows a cloudy brownish-red body briefly supporting a fluffy 1in cream colored head and leaving a clean glass behind.

Aroma of tart cherries joins the flavor of sweet cherries for an enjoyable palate adjustment. Some deep darkness in those sweet cherries.

Mouthfeel is a ccrisp, medium-leaning lighter and clings to the mouth.

Overall, better than good.

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Photo of EMV
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax-topped bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2016 edition.

L: Clear mahogany red pour with thin fizzy off-white head. Falls fast... modest lacing.

S: Cherry pie... sweet/tart and fruity.

T/F: Follows the nose. Baking cherries... tart and sweet without being too sweet or 'sour'. Gets the salivary glands going. Complex... red wine and plum but mostly cherry juice/pie/candy. Light bodied... leaves the tongue sticky. The finish is more cooking cherry.

O: The best fruit beer I've ever had. Just delicious... the perfect mix of sweet/tart cherry. Now to find more of it....

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Photo of stevoj
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle st share. Murky pour, muddy violet color, thin ring of head. Aroma recalls a freshly opened jar of jam. Taste is wonderfully sweet and smooth, superb feel too. Sweet, hint of tartness. Juicy. Excellent.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours a deep, dark cranberry color with a pinkish off-white head of 1 finger.

Aroma is mouth-watering, full of cherries and cherry preserves, cherry sucker, and cherry sours.

Flavor is explosive and intense! So many facets of cherry here. It's like a cherry filled cherry. Cherry pucker, cherry sours, cherry sucker, with plenty of sour elements of funk as well.

Feel is puckering and tart, squeezes your mouth of every last salival drop. Nice finish.

Overall, a cherry-lover's beer. The hateful reviews are the stuffed shirts of the beer community. Fabulous sour, tons of cherry flavor, unbelievable saturation of pure cherries and an almost incomprehensible feat. New Glarus is simply unmatched in their fruit ales. End of story.

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Photo of dustin22martin
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Like drinking cherry juice. It can get a little cloying towards the end, but oh my god is it tasty. It's that thing about too much of a good thing, but once you taste this beer it's hard to stop drinking it.

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Photo of Squire
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep cherry red gold color with white cap and lacing.

An aroma that immediately reminds me of tart wild cherries followed by a sweeter cherry scent as if two species had been blended.

Taste is cherry in abundance, I can't say that eating ripe cherries would taste any more cherry. The combination is complex with sweet cherry leading and tart puckery cherry finishing. There is an over riding sweetness throughout that may not be to everyone's taste.

Texture is medium-full with enough carbonation to give a sprightly lift to things.

If you like cherry or know someone who does this may be a good choice.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of fruit beers but boy this is pretty good. Acquired in a trade over the winter and drinking on the first ninety degree day poolside, perfect drink for that occasion!

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Photo of kitch
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A cloudy deep purple red with a big two finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving some lacing.

Aroma: Tart, cherry, artificial candied cherry with hints of oak and almond.

Taste: Tart, lightly sweet, lightly sour, cherry, oak and almonds.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Wonderful as the tart and sour balanced out the sweetness leaving behind cherry and almond fruity goodness.

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

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red with a two finger off white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is huge sweet and tart cherries.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sweet and tart cherries and light toasted malts.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is really good. Tons of sweet and tart cherries in the aroma and flavor. New Glarus are the kings of fruit beers.

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Photo of flyinhawaiian
3.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloyingly sweet finish, amazing dark red color, low carbonation after the initial pour.

Good as a dessert beer, almost like a “sour gumdrop” type of taste. You’ve been warned.

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