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Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#274
Reviews:
1,014
Ratings:
3,614
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,168
Gots:
823
Trade:
92
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Ratings: 3,614 |  Reviews: 1,014
Photo of SveNss0N
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites from NG, this is definitely a cherry bomb. While not mouth-puckering, this beer has just enough cherry tartness to be considered a "sour". Drink it out of a flute and admire it's beauty. And at 4% it is a perfect replacement for the mimosa at the breakfast/ brunch table.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into my Hennepin flute, pours its own special haze of dirty red, with a very nice full finger head settles down to a thin film, with bunches of lacing all over the place.

The aroma and taste are delightful, and something you just don't get from any other cherry beer: an un-cloying sweetness. It just won't overdo it, which is a testament to the quality of this beer, in both the ingredients and the craftsmanship that went into it. This beer is most certainly about the fruit, a tart and slightly sweet and wholly delicious cherry, thats balanced with aged hop, roasted barley and wheat that keep this beer tasting like a beer, and not a fruit juice.

The mouth is also delightful, an almost full body with a fine carbonation and slightly tart, puckering ending that nevertheless stays sweet and satisfying after every drink. Truly, this is must have for all fruit beer fans, and to so thoroughly satisfy a guy who doesn't even particularly like cherries, its just great, this beer is worth every bit its rep.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Cubsfan1087
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer. It reminds me of Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry. It pours a dark red and smells like cherry, of course. The taste is great, sweet like cherry but not too sweet. I highly recommend this beer for anyone who likes fruit beers, Samuel Smith's Cherry, or New Glarus beers.

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Photo of rdchitown
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of homebrew311
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into New Glarus flute glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy deep red with a bone white head, lots of lacing

S: smell is filled with wonderful cherry aromas. I can smell some sweet candied red cherries up front followed by some tartness. The fruit is the dominating aroma, but it is incredibly pleasant.

T: The taste is a lot like the nose but even more prominent. The cherry flavors are so bright and fresh, its like the flavor is popping in your mouth. The sweet cherries are on the front again followed by a pronounced tartness with some dark cherry flavors on the finish. The cherries are take center stage in this beer and they shine!

MF: a bit bubbly, high carbonation, thin body

D: each sip keeps you coming back for more, this beer is expertly balanced between sweet and tart and is the best fruit beer I have ever tried. The abv is undetectable and the drinkability is through the roof

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Photo of joepais
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ughsmash for the trade

Bottle poured into my tulip formed a nice white head the goes to a ring of white around the glass all sitting on top of a Hazy red body

Tons of cherry aromas fill the room smells like moms cherry pie

Again cherry flavor not to sweet not to tart just right a great treat for the taste buds

Clean and crisp mouthfeel nice carbonation on the tongue

Will search this one out again, I really want more. My wife even had a few glasses with me and she is not into beer at all.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Luckily living in the greater Chicagoland area the New Glarus Brewery is only about a 3 hour trip away, so its' easy to justify a "beer run" for their beers, especially this one. One special note: the pound of cherries is from the famous Door County Penninsula of Wisconsin, where they proudly claim there are "more cherries than people". If you've ever been in Door County you know its' not far from the truth. But the point is that Door County cherries are by themselves an incredible taste treat and a reason why this fruit ale is so special.

A: The appearance is deep reddish brown, quite murky with swirling cascades as the foam rises. Head retention is average with thin lacing as the foam subsides. Very interesting.

S: The aroma from this brew is incredible! Cherries, over a pound of Door County cherries make this olfactory explosion. There is also some toasty, nuttiness the floats through the aroma so one might almost think "cherry turnover". Not sweet but with a tart, crisp tingle to the nostrils.

T: I'm not a big fan of lambics, a little too sweet for my taste, but this fruit ale is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Cherries galore and more cherries make this a explosion of taste on the palate. I also taste some caramel notes and a little biscuit toastiness. No syrupy sweetness to this finish. It finishes crisp, clean and tart. One of the most unusual and memorable beers I've sampled in some time.

M: Creamy, smooth, tingling the tounge as you roll this complex ale across your palate.

D: I can see having a glass or two of this wonderful complex nectar. Much more so than any lambic I've tasted as it doesn't overwhelm your taste buds with sweetness. The tart finish keeps this fruit ale quite drinkable, but hardly a session beer.

Overall: Give kudos to a small brewery like New Glarus for creating such an unusual taste treat. It rightly deserves a place on BA top 100 list. Even if you're not a fruit beer fan, this one is well worth your time to sample.

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Photo of sirdavidofbrent
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jae61
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a really nice looking red with a two finger light pink head. Tons of bubbles everywhere. Looks awesome

S- cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Comes off more sweet than tart...really nice.

T- sweet cherries, and it is absolutely beautiful. Tastes like Kool-Aid, but not nearly as cloyingly sweet. This is AWESOME

M- it actually has a tad bit of body too it, but not too much. It's not watery at all. Pleasantly surprised

D- I thought the Raspberry Tart was good. This is better. Amazing beer, I will begin to demand it to seal the deal when making deals with guys from the midwest

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Photo of FoodFan101
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of harrymattcody
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle received in a trade.

The beer pours a ripe red color with a little fizz on top that quickly recedes leaving nothing between me and the aromas emanating forth. The nose is cherries all the way with a sweetness that dominates. Taste falls right into step behind the nose and floods your mouth with pure cherry goodness. Maybe a touch of oak to round out the flavor. Just like it's kin, Raspberry Tart, this brew coats your mouth with sweet and sticky. The bubbles help break it up a bit, though.

Sweetness hurts the drinkability a touch but not enough for me to consider leaving any in the bottle. A classy brew.

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Photo of GabrielDreher
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of esktime
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ale_addin
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wisconsin Belgian Red was served from a wax sealed 750 ml bottle into a champagne flute. The beer was a lovely orangish-ruby hue, and murky like fresh unfiltered cider. Topping this off was a fine and ample whitish head, which left excellent lacing. It looked beautiful in the champagne glasses. The nose was curious and seducing, with notes of fresh tart cherries and cinnamon spice. I don't believe I have ever experienced such a marvelous combonation. The peak of enjoyment came with the flavor. The beer starts with a massive sweet and tart cherry bomb, hitting the palate with tingling fizzy delight. This sensation smoothly transitions into a semi-dry finish with delicious lingering flavors of cherry and subtler winey cinnamon. All of this is perfectly balanced but charged with life, with perfect carbontion and a sleek mouthfeel. The tartness level was much lower than a kriek, but in this case was just right, leaving me completely satisfied and ready to drink another bottle of this if I had one. This is a phenomenal fruit beer that completely blew me away. Endless thanks to ngandhi for "deliverating" this into my possession.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As good a fruit beer is as there is out there

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Photo of Matthew607
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jayluf
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nsola
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RedNeckBeerDude
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am judging this based on style, not preference over other great beers.

A- Dark framboise in color, medium lacing with small thin pool of head in the middle of the glass. This brew is really murky, dank looking

S- Big big cherry upfront, light flavored malt with a big presence. Cherries and cherries

T- So much fresh sweet cherry; if only Cherry Rye was made with this process of cherry integration. Just a bit of sour; but this screams fruit beer; and a damn good one at that!!

M- Very smooth and creamy. I need to pay more attention to NG fruit beers. Just the right amount of carb/if not borderline not enough.

O- Judging on style; this is almost perfect thus my rating. Sure I would take other beers before this, but this is top notch fruit beers. Thanks Aaron!!!

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Photo of Graetzj
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,614 ratings
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