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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Photo of jwinship83
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this bottle was picked up by my sister, who was living in WI at the time. review from ages ago (notes of course). drank from a champagne flute.

A- this one pours out a reddish pink colored body with a small pinkish hued head. the head fades quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the smell is unlike any beer ive ever smelled before. cherries are the only things that come through. cherries and sweetness. real cherry juice, not artificial syrup.

T- the taste is once again straight cherry. very sweet. very natural tasting (again nothing artificial). theres a little hint at sourness, but not the lambic like brew i was expecting.

M- a little thin and watery with little carbonation. very much juice like.

D- if youre in the mood for a cherry beer and youve had this before, there probably isnt a suitable substitute. its truly one of a kind. low enough ABV to be sessionable, but im not sure how much i could have before needing a change of pace.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bubbles and hardly any no head. But the color is just a dark, cherry red. Reminds me of fruit punch and wine mixed together. The aroma is almost a buttery cherry aroma. Very unique, and still pretty funky. The taste is a medium tart cherry juice. A little odd creaminess somewhere upfront, but very quickly fades. Strong, funky cherry flavors hit the mddle hard along with a slow lasting sweetness.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome waxed 750 from laymansbeerfan, thanks! Into wine glasses with the wife...

A: Dark tawny red, unfiltered it would seem, with a significant off-white head and some decent lacing.

S: Fresh cherries immediately, more sweet than tart, lending to suggestions of pie filling and Maraschinos. Underlying sweetness, could be the cherries but could also be the bready malt base lending hints of brown sugar. Vinous fruitiness on the nose as well.

T: More of the same, sweet cherries followed by a flash of tartness. Sweeter bready malt base is there, tasting like the underlying graham cracker crust on a cherry pie.

MF: Very creamy for 4% abv fruit beer. Proper carbonation to cleanse the palate from the sweetness.

O: Pretty nice. Sweet cherry character isn't cloying but dominates the nose and palate until the tartness shows up on the finish. A very well executed cherry beer, yet more tartness would have been awesome.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to northyorksammy for sending an awesome Wisconsin box - been looking forward to having this again since I visited WI several years ago. Poured from a wax-capped 750mL bottle into my Lindemens flute.

Hazy fire brick liquid with carmine and orange-ish highlights topped by an active pale lavender head which dissipates to a fine collar. Average lacing and retention.

Sweet dark cherry aroma which is pure fruit with a faint malt backing. Not as entrancing as Luxardo, but not as cloying as cough syrup.

Sweet cherry-suffused palate entry with an intensifying tartness accompanied by a light clean hoppy bitterness. Bright pungent finish with vague oak complexity.

Creamy, medium-light body, with modest but sufficient carbonation.

Again, like Raspberry Tart, this is not a sour per-se...but simply encapsulates and elevates the fruit with subtle craft and pure (largely local) ingredients. Well done, and likewise well worth seeking out (unless you dislike cherries).

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 3/4 inch pinkish off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some streaks of sheer surface foam. Sticky sheet of lacing.

S- Huge fresh raspberry aroma.

T- Just straight sweet raspberry but not in a cough syrupy way. Slight tartness but really just a thick raspberry soda.

M- Tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This beer works best two ways: paired with chocolate or used as a cocktail mixer. On its own, only 4-6 oz is tolerable at a time. Just too sweet and very one-note.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Half poured into a brandy snifter and half poured into a flute, per the bottle's suggested glassware.

A: Beautifully bright dark cherry color with an off-white, red-tinted head that recedes rather quickly. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Sweet and tart cherries. Not that anyone outside of Chicago would recognize this reference, but it reminds me of the smell of a Jewel cherry lattice coffee cake, which in my book is a very good thing. Don't want to harp on this too much, but it's unbelievable how much cherry smell there is without at all smelling like cherry cough drops or medicine.

T: Quite tart at the outset, fading into an incredible cherry sweetness. Cherry perfection.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a constant tartness. Beautiful.

D: Absolutely sublime. If I were able to get this at all times, I would never have a mimosa ever again. The perfect fruit-flavored concoction and a wonderful almost-summer treat. So long lawnmower ales, hello Wisconsin Belgian Red.

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Photo of genog
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a creamy, and frothy brown head on top that remains for quite a while with plenty of lacing along the side. Smell is strong on cherry, and a cider type smell fills the nostrils. Taste is ridiculously sweet, with some sour tart notes finishing. Mouthfeeling is filled with carbonation making this seem like a cherry Italian soda /cherry cough syrup/cherry wine cooler. I have not usually liked the tart, wild ales in the past, this one finally works for me. Maybe I'm not a huge fan, or maybe I am finally used to this hybrid type style.

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Photo of danh53
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of cherries, especially cherry skins provide a nice puckering effect. Not very sweet. Bright red color. This one comes exactly as advertised. I look forward to drinking it again.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A warm, sumptuous burgundy-fuschia rouge. No head to speak of, but what an interesting color.

Smell: Tart, crisp, and irresistably appetizing, but rather one-dimensional. I smell cherries and that's about it.

Taste: When my brother first told me about this beer, he said it tastes just like cherry pie, and man, he wasn't kidding. Sweet, tart, very natural-tasting cherries, a touch of cinnamon spice, and some doughy notes, most likely from the wheat and roasted malts. Such a festive ale! I don't usually like sweet beers, but this is just plain delicious. Not artificial or syrupy in the least. Finish is clean and sour.

Mouthfeel: Sparkly and light, matches the tartness perfectly.

Drinkability: Since it is so sweet, I don't think I could handle more than a few glasses of this... but what a pleasure to savor slowly after dinner. I will definitely buy more when I return to Wisconsin for the holidays.

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Photo of tewaris
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Brilliantly clear, bright scarlet colored with a medium sized creamy pink hued head. Average head retention and little lacing, but very beautiful looking beer, especially when help up to light.

Aroma is very sweet, loaded with cherries and some softer floral notes. The taste is similar, but stronger: very sweet but in a light and tart way, with a bare hint of hops at the end. Lip smacking good. Medium bodied with good carbonation, but not enough to scrub the sweetness off the palate, or it could be the temperature of the beer, which has gotten warmer. Overall a very good and unique beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hand on this while on a family trip to Milwaukee. 22 ounce bottle sealed in red wax, $9.99. My expectations were very high and at first, I thought they were met. However, after the third sip or so, I realized how overrated it was. Worth trying for sure, but there's great fruit beers that are much easier to find.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

VERY hazy....no clear light coming through....peach and pink. Head is foamy and just peach tinged.

The smell s overly powdery-sweet, and a little fruity. I actually rather like it, as it takes me back to the smell of the mild sedatives I used to have to take in my childhood. I rather liked them. ;)

I think I'm one of the few who really likes this one. Very fruity, overly sweet. It has a sort of sour-sweet cherry flavour throughout, with no hop to speak of. It reminds me of the cherry soup my father used to make.

Hearty liquid, but not thick. Carbonation is minimal, and hits near the end, very quickly.

While it's not the type of beer most folks here seem to like, it's hard to deny it goes down easy and is extremely drinkable. Very nice dessert beer, r just one for when your cravng smething fruity and cold.

Be well

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from brewMane. Thanks! Shared with beastmaster. Pours deep opaque ruby red with cream and Reddish one finger head Huge cherry aroma omfg style. Flavor is straight up jolly rancher cherry. Then more cherry. Bit of sour and mostly sweet. Light mouthfeel with medium heavy carbonation. So obvious these are actual fruit and not some flavored syrup. Over the top cherry and very good fruit beer. Still not as amazing as Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL poured into an oversized tulip.

Marvelously luscious and foamy khaki head. Lace wall forms as it recedes. The pour shows a sherry-like liquid, burgundy in color and cloudy. It's sexy. 5

Fascinating aroma of cherry and vanilla and buttery pie crust. Yeah, there's a buttery aroma alongside some bread notes but it works here in a peculiar way. Cherry skin and pulp are laid on heavy. Tartness is there too. 4

True to the nose, initially it's sweet cherry and vanilla, syrupy sweetness that's thick with cherry pulp, and a cherry pie sort of finish. Lots and lots of cherry in different incantations. The finish brings in tarter cherries. 4

It's intensely sweet and syrupy. About 8 ounces is plenty. Thankfully a sharp tart flavor reels this in a bit. 4

Unique and a memorable but sweet as all hell.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: This is the most red beer I've ever seen, ever - it's a rich, dark red - off-white, kind of pink head, keeps a bubbly cap - minimal lacing, especially as it warms

Smell: Borderline disturbing, but also good - so, so much cherry - like a bowl of cherries floating in cherry juice topped with cherry jam and flavored cough syrup - more or less no hint of malt, just cherries - a touch of sour, too - kind of scary, unpleasant until I actually tasted the beer

Taste: Absolutely ridiculous - so much cherry - kind of reminds me of a cherry Popsicle - tons of cherry, but the overall taste is better than just the cherry flavor - tastes like carbonated cherry juice, maybe a carbonated cherry pie, utterly no hint of alcohol - it's kind of a stretch to call this beer - a little tart - sweet, but not excessively so for half a 750mL

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, juicy, sticky cherry juice

Overall: Is this beer?

This is the fruitiest fruit beer that I've ever encountered. The smell is a little intimidating, but the flavor is excellent. Bonus points for the style. I would love to share this with a group of people that think they don't like beer. I'll be making efforts to acquire more!

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Photo of PDXHops
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this 750ml bottle, poured into a LaChouffe tulip. The massive cherry pie aroma more than makes up for the pedestrian appearance. Just the right level of carbonation to keep the rather oily body from becoming too sticky. Multiple layers of cherry deliciousness. Light biscuity malt and light caramel sweetness bring crust to mind; you might as well be drinking cherry pie. Quite a treat on its own, and fun to blend with a nice stout as well.

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Photo of calir1
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zizzybalubba for this one. Pops good with a bit of bubbles. Smell is cherry candy and all cherry. There is no doubt this is a cherry beer. Thick and full of flavor and pretty sweet. Tates like a kids drink or something like that. Very different beer, but for a fruit beer, this is awesome. I drank the bottle and was wore out doing so. I think the first glass was great, but at 4% I thought I would be able to do this on my own. The last glass was starting to get to me, but the first glass was wonderful.

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Photo of SQNfan
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep yet bright ruby in color with thin lacing when swirled. The nose shows off an abundance of rotting cherries. This continued into a medium-bodied palate with lots of carbonation and crispness. While simple this is very well-balanced, refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My fifth or so time with this beer due to a generous relative of mine who lives in Wisconsin. About time I gave it a review.

Appearance- Pours a really nice shade of ruby-crimson into my snifter with about two fingers of pink head sitting on top. Head gradually dies down to a thin sheet across the top. Mild lacing and beading as i drink.

Smell- Wow, a whole lot of fresh cherries here. Smells like a fresh cherry pie, just a little bit sweet and jammy. Hard to really detect anything else beyond the cherries, but very fresh and not artificial at all.

Taste- Again, really up front on the fresh cherries. Lots of fresh, sweet cherry and cherry preserves. Mixed in however is a little bit of cherry pit woodiness as well, which adds a little bit more depth. Very nice for dessert, and I imagine it would go very well with cheesecake. Finishes off with a very mild tartness at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is solid with adequate carbonation and not too thick. Drinkability suffers just a touch because this one got a little sweet towards the end of my glass.

Overall, a great cherry inspired fruit beer. Can lean a little towards sweet at the end of your glass, but it never struck me as an artificial fruitiness. Give it a shot

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus- Wisconsin Red

Big thanks go out to Sholland119(Scott) for sending me this!

A- Reddish brown with heavy carbonation and a moderate bubbly head. Quick dissipation though.
S- Slight grainy malt aroma with cherries.
T- Big sour cooked cherries. Just like fresh cherry pie! Cherries, Cherry puree, crust, cinnimon, and nutmeg.
M- Big soury tart start but mellows out into a sweet tangy cherry pie feel.

Overall- Another great dessert beer. Exactly like Cherry pie! (Thanks Scott!)

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Photo of elmore
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz bottle, which I purchased at Market Place Grocery Store in Hayward, WI. Turbid, murky pink color. Minimal head that rapidly receded with scattered lacing.

Not suprisingly this smells of cherries as the bottle reads "over a pound of Door County cherries in each bottle". Not of artificial cherries, but rather the cherry streusel I used to get on Sundays at a local German bakery. No hops, no alcohol, no malt - pretty much only cherries.

Taste is very sweet with a tart sour aftertaste. Thick syrupy mouthfeel, similar to grenadine or maybe the syrup from marichino cherries. Sweetness limits drinkability.

Very unique beer and a lot of fun to try, but not something I would regularly drink. I can barely identify this as a beer. Similar to a lambic possibly. I think it would be great as an after meal drink similar to a dessert wine.

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Photo of rayjay
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an undersized pilsner glass since I don't own a flute.

Nice deep red color that leans toward brown. Mild haze, but generally a brite beer. Not much in the head or lace department.

Nose reminds me of a cherry flavored Icee. Mild hints of dusty old wood and Luden's cough drops. Not what I was expecting but smells quite appetizing.

More of the same in the flavor department. Mild and pleasant tartness, with a more-than-normal amount of sweetness. Almost as sweet as a lambic from Lindemanns. Lots of cherries that lean towards the medicinal end of the spectrum, almost cloying but still quite balanced. The sweet fruitiness doesn't go over the top, but certainly walks on the ledge the whole time. Hops are undetectable. Mild pepper hotness and spiciness in the finish.

Very light carbonation (which I love), coupled with some sticky sweetness (not so into that).

Refreshing and drinkable. Recommended for fans of the style, but I prefer more dryness and tartness.

Thanks to DontCallMeSurly for the trade!

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of the bottle on Friday night, celebrating the finishing of college. Thanks erocks for the trade, much appreciated!

Appearance: Hazy red-pink with a pinkish head and lacing that is sticky and wavy. Looks unlike much other beer I've ever had, and I really fail to see where the beer is in the appearance, but it still looks quite nice.

Smell: Very, very cherry. Sweet, sour, puckering cherry. Sugars still seem pretty present, and quite heavy in the fruity aroma. Wow, no hop presence nor any real maltiness, either, just fresh, flavorful cherries.

Taste: Identical to the smell, except more soda-like than beer. If I had not known better, I'd swear this is a cherry soda with no alcohol and certainly no hops. They just aren't there. Sour but not over-the-top, very sweet, and highly intense cherry flavors. I know this is the style, but man this is a very sweet beer, and it's tough to remember that it is, indeed, beer.

Mouthfeel: A little too syrupy for my liking, but also effervescently carbonated, a little too much so. It was like carbonated cherry syrup, which made it feel more soda-like once again. It could actually be a little scaled back and probably still be okay, but still, the sourness covers a lot of ground and makes up for a lot of that by giving a distinct and memorable mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not excellent, for me anyway. Too sweet to really be consumer en masse, but not bad, either. Paired with the right dessert, I'm sure it's exquisite, and with the right lady, I'm sure it's even more so. An experience for sure, and worth trying.

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Photo of jamescain
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Bright red with a pink head about two fingers thick that fades into a lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Tart cherries, almost to the point of cough syrup, but the tartness helps keep it away from that area.

Taste: Tart and sweet, bit cherry flavor. I would have preferred more tartness and less sweetness, but it was still not overly sweet (even for me).

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and light body that is both enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall: I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this one. I was expecting it to be way to sweet for me.

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Photo of DIM
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly murky, apple cider brown with some cherry highlights. It poured with a smallish fizzy head that quickly faded.

s: A combination of sweet, sugary, candy cherries and tart cherries.

t: All cherry here as well. There is some sugary sweetness here, but overall the tartness prevails. Still, I wish this had been a bit more tart.

m: Thick and chewy with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Thanks to imperialking for this one. Very good, but I prefer the Raspberry Tart.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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