Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.38 w/ 3,593 ratings
Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#279
Reviews:
1,009
Ratings:
3,593
Liked:
3,379
Avg:
4.38/5
pDev:
10.27%
Alströms:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,172
Gots:
825
Trade:
91
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Ratings: 3,593 |  Reviews: 1,009
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

Photo of Zatch90
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of codysjb
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Vanilla101 in a trade, poured from bottle into a goblet glass
A: Pours a cherry red, with a decent head.
S: Cherries, some cherries, a few more cherries, (almost a little syrupy) with a lot of carbonation. Smells like it’s been aged for a while (in a barrel) as opposed to a new, right into the bottle beer.
T: Cherries, very tangy and sour with a lot of carbonation.
M: Cherries, tons of them that settle on the palate but no syrup flavor (very natural). Tastes more like juice than beer. Very sour and lots of carbonation that fills the nose.
O: Good, more like a Lambic or Wild ale than a fruit beer, very sour and just lots of cherries. Not all that complex, gave me somewhat of a stomach ache due to the sourness and the carbonation. Not something to drink a lot of but pretty good.( B+) – (A-) range

Edit: Tried this again with a year on it, no longer as much carbonation but a lot of sour fruit going on. Very delicious, the way it aged made it smooth out but didn't get rid of the fruit, IMO holds up to some of the best cherry krieks. (A)

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Photo of Stigs
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split with a couple people...served in small red wine glasses

A - thin and quickly vanishing champagine-like light pink foam. the beer is very cloudy, red/pink in color...exactly as expected.

S - bright fresh, lightly tart, freshly picked and insanely juicy cherries. picking up some extracurricular oak and vanilla sweetness.

T - cherries...picked by the dozens, squished, squeezed and pulverized directly into a light ale. naturally sweet and slightly tart. perfect.

M - lighter but slick body with tight sprakling and playful carbonation, just about spot-on.

D - its only flaw is in its simplicity.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with no freshness date. The bottle has a wax seal on top and the label has a story about the beer and the cherries in it. The color is a cloudy ruby color (wife called it blood plasma). It had a small head and tons of initial carbonation that quickly dissipated. The aroma was heavy on cherries obviously and also had a noticeable wine smell. The mouthfeel was mild and went down smooth with just the right carbonation on the tongue. The taste was amazing. It had the expected cherry taste but was perfectly balanced to not be overpowering. Granted I wouldn't want to have more than one and not all the time but having this every couple months would be perfect. Highly recommend unless you don't like cherry. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of jsanford
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. HUGE thanks to THECPJ for this, you rock Shane!

A - Pours a dark ruby-red with a generous rose-colored head that recedes to a creamy cap, leaving spotty lacing as it settles.
S - Big cherry aromas, very similar to maraschino syrup but more authentic. Slight sweet malt and brown sugar in the background, but the cherry is the star here!
T - More delicious cherry, somewhere between a real cherry and a Jolly Rancher, but not in an artificial way. Slightly tart, with a touch of brown sugar and oak. This stuff is amazingly balanced, you'd think it would be cloyingly sweet, but in actuality I could drink it all day!
M - Smooth, slightly slick, with a medium body and good, crisp carbonation that dances on the palate. I would love to pair this with a dessert, or perhaps an appetizer.
O - Such an amazing beer, this completely blew me away! Thanks again, Shane!

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 3,593 ratings
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