Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
998
Ratings:
3,540
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
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1,167
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814
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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my way to Darkness day, from Woodman's in WI.

By style:

[L] This one pours a reddish brown into tulip. An unclear beer; with an apple juice hue.

[S] Smells like a Jolly Rancher. Sweet, juicy cherries overwhelm the sense in a very pleasant way.

[T] Taste is enjoyably sweet. With more juicy cherry on the palate. Simply delightful.

[F] Mild feel, with a touch of tartness.

[D] Overall, this one deserves some serious credit. It probably is THE BEST fruit beer I may ever enjoy, as its blown away its predecessors. I would have loved to crack another 750 behind this one, but unfortunately I only picked one up. Not at all artificial, or hard to put down, as I find most fruit beers are.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this for a while. The beer pours an interesting dark red to mahogany color with a nice cap of foam. The aroma of the beer is dominated by cherries with an air of dryness to it. Some earthy tones linger around as well. Carbonated and light on the palate. Clean cherry sings through. The sweetness is beautifully balanced by the tartness of the cherries. For such a cherry-laden brew, complexity abounds. It has wonderful depth and makes me want to keep drinking.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for sharing this ale.
Served slightly chilled
A - Deep red like cherry syrup w/ good clarity and a small pink head

S - Lots of ripe cherry juice in the nose w/ subtle sweetness in the aroma

M - Very lively w/ sweetness and a nice tart fresh cherry acidity

T- An incredibly tasty cherry flavor w/ freshly crushed cherry intensity and gentle sweetness like Grandma's tart fresh picked cherry pie. The flavor is fresh w/ enough of a malt foundation to make it clear this is a fruit beer and not a cherry wine cooler. The carbonation is crisp enough to allow the taste to expand across the palate instead of becoming cloying. This is very complex w/ sweet tart and juicy flavors that aren't quit sour or sugary, but quenching and fulfilling all the way.

D - I wouldn't call this the ultimate fruit ale...yet, but it ranks very high. It has so many flavors and doesn't hold back. It tastes fresh, sweet yet is something that can be sipped and savored for hours. New Glarus has really made a fine Cherry beer - I will definitely seek this one out again

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Photo of slyke
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I came across a couple of bottles of this on a Sunday trip into the land of modernity [Wisconsin (at least in relation to alcohol sales)]. My brother had tried it a while back and liked it so I decided to give it a try.

Last night a friend who is a fan of the New Glarus Spotted Cow came over to break into a bottle since it was new to both of us.

Wow!

Appearance was outstanding - a deep opaque red with a nice little head of white.

Smell was heavily laden with cherries, but natural sweetness, not syrupy sweetness.

The taste was outstanding - I think it lived up to it's bill of a "perfect marriage of wine and beer." It was a very cherry taste - almost like a cherry juice.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, not too thin, not too thick.

Drinkability was great - we intended to share a bottle, then move on to something else, but finished both of the bottles I had and could have emptied another if It had been there.

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Photo of chumba526
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears clear ruby read with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

There is a strong aroma of sweet yet tart pie cherries. It is like smelling the filling of a natural homemade cherry pie. I also get a slight bit of an oak smell as well.

It tastes of amazing fresh tart yet sweet cherries. I get a nice earthy sweetness. There is a bit of an oak flavor. Sweet great cherries are the star of this beer. The balance between the sweetness and tartness of the cherries is fantastic.

There is a thin and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall an amazing refreshing sweet yet tart fruit beer. One of the best beers I have had recently. I could drink this beer all day.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EliteDigger for hooking me up with this one!

This beer pours a beautiful, cloudy, deep mahogany with a warm reddish hue, almost purple. There is a fizzy quality that creates a nice, off-white head with a red tint. Some lines of lacing are left behind.

First smell to hit my nose is sweet cherries. It reminds me of a black cherry soda.

Taste is sweet black cherries with a tart finish. The flavor coats the inside of my mouth and the tartness lingers for a while. It becomes even more tart as it warms. I actually enjoyed this beer at a colder temperature; I found it very refreshing.

This beer reminds me of a nice black cherry soda, except the beer's sweetness is not as overbearing, its body is more robust, and its carbonation bubbles are much smaller, giving it an enjoyable mouthfeel. This is a very unusual beer, like nothing I've ever tasted before.

This is a great fruit beer; just thinking about some other fruit beers that I think missed the mark (Southern Tier's Raspberry Porter comes to mind), this beer is right on. The sweetness is accompanied by a thick, full body and enticing tartness that makes me want to keep drinking.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgrous dark red. Small white head doesn't last for more than a few seconds. Aroma is HUGE! The fresh juicy cherry aroma is massive. Perfect level of tartness, more so than the raspberry tart. Feel is light to moderate with a light tingle from the carbonation. This is brilliant. Super juicy drinkable.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange in color, a little lighter at the bottom...very opaque. The head is about 1/2 inch thick, light tan color. It falls quickly, leaving decent lacing behind. The major scents here are cherry and cinnamon. There is also oak and sugar with a deep spice character. The taste is much the same, cherry and oak, sherry, hops, sugary-malt, fruit juice...tangy with bits of citrus. Highly carbonated, but incredibly smooth and balanced, slightly syrupy...dry finish. This is so freaking good - easy to drink, wonderful, but not an everyday thing by any means.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a friend bring this by for a bottle share. Amazing. Easily the best fruit beer I've ever had. It was like drinking cherry juice, but not overly sweet, and definitely not fake tasting at all. I wish I could drink this regularly.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks maDUECEgunner for the trade and the opportunity to have this outstanding beer!

Pours a hazy ruby red with a thick, quickly dissipating red head. No lacing to speak of. Lots of sweet red cherries on the nose with hints of light malt. On the palate, more cherries. Finishes slightly tart. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Overall, possibly the finest example of a fruit beer I've yet had!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much more needs to be said about New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red. It's easily and without a doubt one of the best cherry beers in the world. It reeks of cherries, it tastes like cherries.... it is cherries! A pound per bottle, in fact. And it's completely authentic, there are no extract flavors here! It's rich and sweet and somewhat tart. And unlike some other examples (ie. Gluhkriek) it's not cloyingly sweet or too full-bodied to be enjoyed as anything more than a dessert beer. Excellent!

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Photo of trep
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle thanks to JeffKrenner

Pours ruby red with a huge pink-tinted head that fades to leave a small ring around the glass. Delicious cherry aroma that I could smell for hours. So rich and sweet smelling, with a lil tartness and funk.

Sweet, like drinking Cherry Kool-aid, but much thicker and more delicious. Robust cherry flavors dominate throughout and leave you wanting more after every sip. So very smooth also.

Medium bodied, fairly thick for what I was expecting. Nice amount of carbonation to keep it bubbly. Incredibly easy drinking. Like I said earlier, like drinking cherry kool-aid. Truely an exceptional beer experience.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured this from the 750 ml bottle into a New Glarus Brewing flute. Although only a small volume was poured into the glass there was a nice off white head that faded to a lace within a couple of minutes. The body is clear, rich, and red.

S - Cherries hit your nose right off the bat. The smell is enough alone to get your mouth watering.

T - Lots of carbonation in this one along with the obvious cherries and other sweet notes. Outstanding balance.

M - The cherries hit your mouth first with a nice medium body transition to a carbonated but smooth finish.

D - This is a very enjoyable beer for special occasions or holidays and one that can be used to supplement or replace wine. The cost alone makes it a beer I couldn't have frequently, but when the moment is right I certainly wouldn't pass it up. I could put a bottle of this down rather easily.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

More like drinking a fruit juice or drinking a liquid cherry pie than like drinking any other fruit beer. Huge cherry flavor and aroma. Only very slightly sour. Nice deep rich red color. Very, very drinkable. The perfect beer to give to a girl who says that they don't like beer, but why bother wasting such a good beer on a girl that you shouldn't be going out with in the first place.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Cosmohophead for lugging this one back from Darkness Day for me.

This beer pours a muddy ruby with a nice 3 inch cap that disappears into just a thin ring around the inside of the glass. The head lingers and leaves decent lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is undiluted organic cherry juice. No added sweeteners, no preservatives, just cherry. The flavor reminds me of organic cherry fruit roll ups. Concentrated tartness intermingled with cherry sweetness. Tasty, tasty stuff. For some reason, I also pick up just a hint of chocolate. Maybe some chocolate malts are added. This beer is utterly fantastic. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy for me but really, that's a little thing. I don't know if this is the best American fruit beer (because that distinction could go to Raspberry Tart) but its damn close.

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Photo of orfeu
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Faro for sending me this bottle in our trade earlier this fall. Murky scarlet, almost like watered-down blood with a thin dusky-pink foam cap. The aroma is almost an exact sensory replica of the scent one detects when opening a can of naturally sweetened (i.e. without high fructose corn syrup or any other goo) organic cherries; pure fruit, thick, pulpy, skins-and-all. There's a hint of tartness, too, so it's not all just a sickly-sweet mess of fruit. The flavor is more of what the aroma foretells: thick, chewy cherry pulp, intensely sweet but not syrupy with a tart, dry edge at the finish. There is little in the way of grain flavor; perhaps only a little funky tartness from the wheat malt. A small and indistinct spice note weaves in and out of the middle as well, sort of like faint cinnamon. Dry and tart on the palate; not too puckery, but the intense sweetness is all fruit and no residual sugar syrupy crap. I don't know that a cherry-flavored beer that isn't a lambic could be done any better than this. Very nicely done fruit beer, and very special beer generally speaking. This paired quite well with the vegan chocolate mousse I had for dessert tonight. My wife didn't like it too well, but she's a hophead.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

A - Body is a beautiful deep garnet color. Mildly hazy. Steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Approximately one finger of off-white head that lasts about 3 minutes. Medium amount of lacing.

S - Wow. Rich, tart cherries take center stage here. A candy-like sweetness from the cherries and the malty backbone make for a mouthwatering and enticing nose.

T - Homemade cherry pie filling! This is damn tasty stuff. Despite the overwhelming cherry essence up front, the belgian character does have its moment in the spotlight. Toward the finish and most definitely in the aftertaste, there is a distinct crisp, dry and somewhat spicy flavor indicative of belgian yeast, delicately toasted malts, and a healthy dose of candi sugar.

M - Incredibly drinkable. I only wish I had gotten a bottle of this stuff during the summer instead of early January. Tart, sweet, clean and refreshing. Thinner body, but just enough thickness to hammer down the fact that this is an excellent craft beer and not some watery mass-produced "flavored malt beverage."

Overall - It's not hard to see why this is one of the top-rated brews from New Glarus. They've most definitely hit the mark for providing the drinker with a true taste of cherries at their finest.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh what a joy this stuff is! Its been a while since the last time I had this stuff, all I remember is, "me want more". I take it all in stride as the bottle itself is awesome with the bottle dipped in red wax covering the cap and neck. Very cool. Then the color is very gem-like when put up to the light, glowing with reddish, pinky/orange thats slightly opaque with a very unique pinkish/orangy head of light bubbly froth, with some large bubbles, and poured out to be about two inches high and settled down to a small bubbly froth with some curtain-like lacing of tiny-tight bubbles.
Smells of nice fruity tart cherries and a bit sour, like a lemonade.
Taste is a heavenly nice sweetly sour and tart cherry thats easily smooth and a bit like a fruit juice or wine cooler but much nicer flavor. It's medium body and generously carbonated with a huge sweet feel in the front, then just lays down smooth and slightly drying to the finish leaving a great sour tart bite in the back of my mouth. Take a cherry lambic and lighten it up a bit and here ya go, a very interestingly, very drinkable treat of yumminess.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy brick red with 2 fingers of off white pinkish head and a thin layer of lace.

S - Huge sweet cherry aroma. Some woodiness can be detected if you search but the bold dark cherries dominate.

T - Sweet cherries mixed in with just a touch of tart cherries. Wow there is a lot of cherry flavor. Some oaky notes blend with the cherry.

M - Light smooth and creamy. Very refreshing.

D - Best fruit beer I have tasted. A great balance of sweet and tart.

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Photo of rye726
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy red with a thin pinkish head. Good lacing and retention.

Lots of ripe wild cherries up front. Very natural and no extract presence or artificial flavors.

A delicous mix of fresh cherries and sweet malts. Some oak, but mostly cherries.

Medium body with crisp carbonation. Refreshing and delicate on the palate.

Great stuff, well balanced for the amount of cherries used. One of the best fruit beers ever.

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped this one open with friends at the end of a great dinner party. I had been wanting this beer for a while, and after finally obtaining one, get the right opportunity to enjoy it.

I was not disappointed!

Pours a deep, ruby mahogany red. Head appears but goes away quickly. Beautiful color. Smell is not surprisingly of cherries. Big, dark, perfectly ripe cherries. Only knock is the lack of other aromas, but this beer is what it is, and it does it well. Taste, again, cherries. Not complex in the sense that other beers are, but just fantastic. Not at all syrupy or overly sweet, just intense cherry flavor. What can I say - I absolutely loved it. Would not want this every day, or even every week, but this beer at the right time and place is simply amazing.

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Photo of tclipse
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another phenomenal offering from New Glarus. In between Serendipity and Strawberry Rhubarb on the sweetness scale, cherry forward (obviously) with a bit of barnyard funk at the end. A+

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Photo of fmbrewing
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfectly sweet beer to have for desert. Best during the holiday times or when you happen to enjoy other's company. This brew is perfect for sharing with those who love wine to test their beer-boundaries and bring them over from the dark side with beer force. Besides the quality and enjoyment of this high gravity fruity wonder is the overall look of elegance and class with this beer's offering of a champagne style container with dripping red wax covering the neck of the bottle and capped top. And, only available in Wisconsin! My home State now!

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Photo of Xul
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for hooking this up.

A: Pours a moderately hazy ruby, capped by a finger of frothy, faintly pink head. Retention is somewhat poor as the head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving scattered lacing atop the beer.

S: Gee, it smells like cherries...weird, right? Sweet, dark cherries out front, not unlike what you'd find in black cherry ice cream, along with some light tart cherries, a faint medicinal quality, and some vanilla and oak character around the edges.

T: Sweet, dark cherries are up front with an extremely juicy quality, but that's quickly balanced by tart cherries with light to moderate lactic acidity. Oak, vanilla and light lemon xest come in on the mid-palate, while some very light spices come in near the backend to complement the sweet cherries. Finish has components of sweet and lightly tart cherries along with hints of vanilla.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels very lively on the tongue.

D: Incredibly drinkable, I'd be a happy camper if I could drink several glasses of this.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #4 thanks to Khazadum

Blind Beer #1 (2nd opened) from Khazadum.

750 mL (hand?) waxed bottle poured into a pint glass per the instructions.

Pours an absolutely beautiful ruby amber with an uneven frothy light khaki head.

The nose blasts me with cherry and biscuit and I'm immediately reminded of Selinsgrove Kriek. This packs a huge punch as I'm inundated with some apple as well as caramel. It smells like a cherry apple pie.

The first sip reminds me of candied apples as a child. It also has that very distinct candied cherry flavor like the old dairy queen red dipped soft serve. There's an abundance of sweetness, but i'm not overpowered as there is a beautiful tart finish to balance this. I wouldn't call it a sour by any means, but I could see there being some sort of wild yeast just starting to cut its teeth into this beer.

Mouthfeel is unlike most beers. Its quite full and the flavors jump around as the carbonation dances across my tongue. There's some thick syrup lingering around the mouth which really helps the flavor stick around.

Overall, this beer is going down waaay too easily. The flavor is intense, yet not overwhelming. Despite the sweetness, it's still well-balanced and I could drink many many more of these bottles.

I'm guessing it's gotta be something like New Glarus Belgian Red. If not, this is still the top 2 best fruit beers I've ever had.

The reveal: New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red

Rating as a fruit beer: 4/5.0/5.0/4.0/4.5

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,540 ratings.
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