Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,001 | Ratings: 3,558
Photo of henry_lansing
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer for so many reasons, I think the presentation in the bottle with the wax drip is fantastic. I feel the label gives it a classic old feel. I love the taste, you can really taste the Door County Cherries.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells strongly of cherries. Pours a lovely deep red color with little head. Tastes sweet at first with a slightly sour finish. Very fruity and juicy. Feel is light, dry-ish, and carbonated. As far as fruit beers go, this is top-notch! If you enjoy cherry pie, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: ruby to ruby-brown with a light tan head that fades to near-nothing immediately. Extremely bright. This has to be one of the brightest beers I've tried.

Aroma: have you ever had Luden's cherry cough drops?... Cherry with a hint of cough medicine (but in no way medicinal).

Flavor: this is very fruit forward. The cherry flavor is almost identical to a mouthful of dried montmorency cherries - with maybe a slight bit of Tootsie Roll. Damn good. This beer is not sour other than from the cherries, but is not a wild/sour beer. There is a slight red wine taste at very low levels. There is no "Belgian" flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy. Not as thick - syrupy - as Raspberry Tart, but dense nonetheless.

Overall: If New Glarus were distributed to my market, I'd drink this regularly. Fantastic! So good: at the very top any beer style with cherries.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright red pour with a moderate ivory head
Smells like sweet tart fruit: apples, black cherries, cranberry
Lovely balance of sweet and tart, sweet like cherry laden cider that follows into a slightly acidic tartness for a dry finish
Crisp and refreshing!

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Photo of edthehead
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright red with thick lasting white head. Nose and taste is cherry life saver, but with a little bit of background funk to keep it interesting. Good job for the style.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright ruby colour. Smells like sweet cherry juice. Tastes like a sparkling cherry juice, sweet throughout, tartness at the end, with a lingering juicy-cherry finish.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy light brown reddish color with an off white pinkish head. Aroma is apple cider, cherries, mild tartness. Better tartness in the flavor than a lot of the other New Glarus fruit beers, balancing out the sweetness. Sweet cherry apple tartness in the finish.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now as too sweet as Serendipity was for me I loved Belgian Red. It is also super sweet but really was well done. The cherries are strong and sweet. Definitely a nice red color too.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red cherry pour with a quick pink low frothy head. Aroma is immediate cherry, sweet and tart. On taste its all cherry. Low sugar level; awesome cherry mash. Tartness spot on. Mouthfeel is luxurious bright and balanced. I'm not sharing this one. This taste just like natural tart juice and get this baby ice cold. Fantastic summer refresher. Best cherried brew I've ever had.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. One of my oldest (but not most desirable) 'wants'. It poured a dark red. The aroma was sweet cherry juice with an earthy element to it. A shimmer of tartness? Flavor was like a Luden's Cough Drop. Sweet and almost medicinal. Maraschino cherry juice. Earth. A little tartness. Sticky feel. Really full for a beer clocking in at 4%. Not necessarily what I expected and I am sorta disappointed but I can now un-check the 'want' button.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell: sweet cherry black cherries cherry slushy some oakiness
Taste: a really good mix of semi sweet cherries and a mild tartness that coats the pallet in the middle of the mouth that taste resembles a cherry slushy syrupy and sweet and also some Belgain yeast spice in the finish you get a hint of oakiness.
Feel: Medium Body dry in the finish
Overall: I've had all three of the 750ml fruit beers by new Glarus. I would have to say the raspberry tart is definitely the best followed by Serendipity and then Belgain Red. All three of them are awesome fruit bombs that are balanced and have a nice hint of oak. New Glarus makes the best fruit beers period!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I tried this gem at a friends house. While it might not be my favorite beer style this one was quite good. It poured a rose color with white head that left a spotty lace. From the moment the bottle open until the last drink it was cherry awesomeness. The taste was like a cherry pie. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a special beer and well worth the try.

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Photo of skiking70
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of cherries overwhelms you upon pouring this beer. The beer pours a small white head with little to lacing. The taste is of sweet cherries from the first sip to the last. One of the best fruit beers I have tried.

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Photo of Pauken
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NG really knows how to make a fruit beer... Now that I've completed the trilogy of their standard 750ml fruit beers, I'm a believer! Even if you don't like fruit beers, you'll probably like this (as well as Raspberry Tart and Serendipity). I think RT is my favorite of the 3 but it would take a side by side to really tell. All around fantastic and search this out.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was happy to get to try this and two other NG beers with some friends. Nose is bright, fresh, but not quite indicative of how intensely fruity their flavor is here. Impeccable mouthfeel - would drink this again any chance I got.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This drinks like a big beer despite the 4% abv
Looks like sone one took a frozen juice concentrate and cutoff the end of it and plopped the juice sickle in my glass where it melted
Smells of fruit skin and tannins reminds me of a grape or cherry you that has been washed and air dried you don't smell the juiciest yet but you know ow it's right around the corner waiting to fill your mouth and take you on a trip you may be ready for but at this point it's too late and this is happening like right fuckin now
Taste is a cherry pureé big rich perfectly ripe cherry stuffed in a blender obliterated for my drinking pleasure it is so thick and juicy it amazes me there isn't a category for just New Glarus fruit beers because no one does it quite like this fills your mouth like over excited high-school quarter back on prom night and it coats everything and it's a flavor that lasts. Great mouth feel
Overall great beer would revisit at anytime it's put in front of me it's a little rich but oh so worth it once you get a hold of it and try it for the first time. I'd bang this again and again.

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Photo of farrago
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour yields a decent finger worth of reddish tan foam, for the beer type the retention is actually admirable, the lacing wispy to nonexistent. Cherry red wood colored liquid, as close to brown as orange, starts off with a sizable amount of bubbles which stop streaming after a few minutes, has a clean glow to it. Pure cherry pie nose, equally sweet and sour albeit the level of concentration makes the former linger longer, pie crust flakes, vanilla, touch of orange reduction, has a more vinous texture if allowed to warm some. Medium to full-bodied, here too the carbonation starts off well put seems to lack the strength to persist. The oak more prominent, brings added sourness rather than creamy sweetness. The cherries are fresh and lively even if you would be hard pressed for greater flavor concentration and ripeness. The dough and brown sugar accents ensure it keeps feeling like pie. The touch of orange citrus aligns with the sour dimension to bring greater balance. This is a beer which needs simply to be taken at face value for what it is. If you can do that, and like cherries, it is pretty rocking.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Listed on the "1001", this ale deserves it. One of the great ales to pair with particular foods.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3.5 of 4 stars and called it "almond, bittersweet."
I usually bring Wisconsin Belgian Red to dinner parties of wine drinkers to introduce them to the best of another world and about half say something positive that seems to be meant. Of that half the ration of women-to-men is 3 to 1. Call this a check beer, if you must.
It remains one of my favorites on a hot day or with a fruit pie or in the presence of cranberries or chocolate. But my days of buying a case of this are over as I have developed a clear preference for New Glarus' sister beers, Raspberry Tart and, more recently, Serendipity.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark red color. The head was fairly thick, and a nice pink color. The nose is very strong with cherries. The taste is outstanding. It has a strong cherry profile. It doesn't feel like you're drinking beer, but a delicious glass of juice. If it were a higher ABV, that could be dangerous.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass.
A-Looks like red crème soda.
S-Sweet cherry.
T-Sweet cherry soda, tartness even suggests
a hint of cherry limeade at times. It's a big flavor.
Not particularly complex but big.

M-Big carbonation, almost like soda.
O-Pretty good for a sweet fruity style.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage 750mL

L-brownish red, big pinkish red head
S-sweet cherry and oak
T-sweet cherry with a mild tartness and oak. very refreshing
F-smooth but pretty carbonated, almost like a soda but not in a bad way at all
O-love this offering from NG. Big fan of this beer

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Photo of chinchill
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Large shared bottle.
Given that this is a fruit beer, it really couldn't taste any better.
The feel too is about perfect.
Aroma: cherry dominated. Appealing but a bit too much cherry candy in the nose.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color, very low clarity. Small tan head, just a tinge of red. Doesn't last long but does leave a bit of lacing.

Aroma is big cherry, mostly sweet but there is a hint of tartness. Oak. Pretty much pure cherry juice.

Taste like the aroma, just straight cherry. Missing the hint of tartness though. Fairly sweet.

Medium body with a fairly crisp mouth feel. Pretty high carbonation. Sweet but not syrupy. Very fruity.

Nice fruity beer. Very low complexity but still very tasty.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Takes on the appearance of red and brown, mostly red, very pretty. The head is almost a full inch of pink and light purple color.

More cherry than any beer I've ever smelled before. Just pungent, delectable.

So much cherry to taste, barely perceptible oak and super mild tartness. These are juicy way more than tart. This is the best fruit beer of all time possibly. They also seem to keep quite well with age. Just pumped full of cherry all the time, mild wheat contribution.

Always on the lookout for this beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared a bottle - pours light into glass. Smell is very fruity. Little head. Not as tasty as Serendipity or Raspberry Tart, but still very pleasant. Feel is very light - almost wine-like.

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