Wisconsin Belgian Red
New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #1
ABV:
4%
Score:
97
Ranked #583
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 10.27%
Reviews:
1,078
Ratings:
2,745
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 24, 2022
Added:
Sep 22, 2001
Wants:
  1,201
Gots:
  852
SCORE
97
World-Class
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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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
great cherr ale slightly sweet great drinking
Oct 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Oct 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by robotic_being from Florida

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by tzbel013 from Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Friend of mine went to Wisconsin and brought this back. Poured into a snifter as recommended and immediately caught the whiff of the cherries. This followed with the sweet and tart flavor of cherry and some hint of the bitterness on the finish. Expected more of the oak like a Cabernet but none to be found. Overall a great beer for it's kind.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by BeerBeast from Florida

Aug 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by Xyvos00 from Illinois

Aug 02, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Sweet and sour cherry goodness.
Jul 24, 2022
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Rated by chemicaltranshumanist from Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Made me see god.

More detailed review when I find a way to try again and properly appreciate the experience. This beer is something special.
Jun 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.12 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.85 by vol4life88 from Tennessee

Apr 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by Try-em-all from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.62 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
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Rated by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very tart beer. Nose is strong. For what it is very good.
Mar 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a solid burgundy with a firm haze / fog to the transparency. Head is two fingers of fluffy off-white foam.

Aroma is big cherry with a ripe fleshy quality. Cherries lean mostly sweet, but possess a slight funky tartness at the back. The only other dominating note is red grape, which comes in at the mid-way point, lingering through the finish. It adds a jammy sweet note to the mix. Despite the listing of numerous sweet notes, the aroma remains well balanced, with a mild funky twist at the end. It's not a lactic sour, jaw tensing sourness, instead, a playful nudge back to balance.

Flavor profile is fresh cherry right out front. It's sweet, plump, and carries a very light funk to it. The back of the flavor profile is adorned by red grapes. The rest of the mix is green apple, pear, lemongrass, cellar stone, and herbal and medicinal hops. There is a twist of cough drop syrup cherry at the back, which is the detriment to each sip. It's lead with sweetness, which carries through the whole profile, being countered right at the end by a twang of funky sourness. It's not overtly sour though, acting just enough to tip the scale from sweet to balanced.

Mouth feel has a crisp texture adorned by a consistent, tight effervescence. It has a medium effervescence, neither hard, nor soft. Thickness is medium as well.

Overall, a delicious beer driven by cherries. It remains remarkably well balanced, despite leaning on the sweet fruit of cherry to flavor it.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 12oz bottle.
Mar 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.81 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin

Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours a nearly-opaque deep garnet red, and forms a couple fingers of off-white foam with decent retention.

S: Sweet and laden with plenty of cherry.

T: Follows the nose precisely. This drinks quite sweet, with just a hint of subtle tartness to offset that as it moves along. It is rich with cherry flavor, and manages to be so without veering even slightly into medicinal territory. There are some soft woody notes in the backdrop, alongside some faint malt.

F: Medium and sticky.

O: A delight.
Feb 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Rhetion from Florida

Jan 20, 2022
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
If you like fruity beers or ciders, this is awesome. Deep cherry tartness, with a hint of what tastes like gingerbread and smooth maltiness. Almost sweet but not at all cloying.
Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.45 by lewdwig from Michigan

Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by turfy from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.01 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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
 
 
Rated: 4.59 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.54 by EdFed from Illinois

Jun 24, 2021
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Reviewed by 0bb from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.39 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Apr 13, 2021
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.8 by Jimmylikesbeer from Michigan

Apr 05, 2021
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