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 | website

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:
992
Ratings:
3,461
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
19.27%
 
 
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1,170
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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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Photo of semibaked
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a dark cherry red that yields very little head, has alot of carbonation and poured pretty thin.

S - Fresh and Dried Cherries, cherry cough medicine, raw sugar, and cherry candy.

T - Amazing amount of cherry flavor bombard my tongue, fresh, tart, sour, and dried cherries. Has a little cough medicine qualities too.

M - Light, super refreshing, and has world class carbonation.

D - The flavor of this is just outstanding. New Glarus is very quickly becoming one if not my favorite brewery. Everything I have from them is really good. Definitely don't pass this up if you get a chance. For $8.99 for a 750 it is just an absolute steal too.

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Photo of pweis909
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been saving this one for months and opened it on my birthday, served with chocolate-almond cake for dessert. Given the fruit/vegetable beer category isn't that well defined, it is hard to review within any sort of style guidelines, but this is really enjoyable and really different. Sure, it is beer, but if you want something that tastes like beer, this isn't it, because this taste more like a cherry pop.

A: reddish brown, cloudy.
S: Yep. They really do use a pound of cherries per bottle.
T: A really good cherry pop, sweet, tart, not filling. Sparkling cherry wine? Cherry Cherry Cherry.
M: Lighter than beer (generally), not as dry as champagne.
D: Easy.

This is a good one to spring on someone who is not expecting to like it. My wife usually doesn't go for beer -- she was happy with this. Try it because it is different, because it is delicious. Pair it with dessert. Drink it one special ocassions. Like birthdays. Mmm.

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

Tasted On: 01-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750 ml green bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Clear, with a ruby red color. The cream-colored head is about a finger's worth and fades fairly quickly, leaving a good amount of lace.

Smell: Wow! Extreme cherry fruit aromas are bursting from the glass. I don't smell anything beyond the cherries, but they are delightfully clean, sweet and fruity.

Taste: Just like the aroma, this beer is all about the cherries in flavor. Rich fruity taste, with intense and flavorful cherries, with some tartness but primarily sweet notes. As the beer warms, it tastes more tangy.

Mouthfeel: The fruits combined with high carbonation make for a zesty mouthfeel. The aftertaste is of cherry fruit, with a balance between sweet and tart.

Overall: An excellent and elegant beer; a real treat!

Thanks to Crass3000 for this one!

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

The beer poured into the chalice hazy ruby with a frothy and tall off-white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was very fruity with sweet cherry pie with a slight graham aroma and coupled with a very subtle and yet enticing cinnamon spice.

The flavor was crisp with a nice light tartness coupled with mounds of cherries that start on the palate as sweet but immediately dry and leave a very nice fruity impression with a light graham character and slight spice complexity.

The finish was dry with a lasting cherry impression, grapham flavor and light cinnamon spice. The body was medium or just a bit less with a nice level of carbonation. A very nice and complex fruit beer. Very well done with the tartness and fruit.

750 ml capped and waxed bottle.

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

I'm currently licking my lips mid-glass, and tasting the beer on them. Opened this in honor of Halloween, and a Packers / Jets game. Shared it with my girlfriend and my roommate.

The appearance is maybe where I can find some fault, but honestly that might just be looking to nitpick. It appears thick and bit heady, great sustaining head. The smell just fills the nose with cherries and floral notes. Sweet. Tart. Cherries up front, puckery in the middle. Clean finish. Lovely.

Taste does a fruit beer as well as I've ever had. It's medium bodied, carbonated, feels thick. Extremely drinkable. I could have this all day.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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