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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,566
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
1,167
Gots:
815
For Trade:
91
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Ratings: 3,566 |  Reviews: 1,003
Photo of mrand01
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared with nicoco poured in to Weyerbacher Tulips. Bottle sent by richkrull. Thanks dude!

A: A hazy deep red with about 1/4" of cream colored head. Head settles rather quickly to leave a ring around the outside of the pour. Light lacing.

S: Cherry tootsie pops! Smells like any cherry flavored candy with faint hints of chocolate. Pretty one dimensional.

T: CHERRY! Cherry? Yeah...maybe a little cherry. Did I say cherry? Also, a little bit of chocolate, but damn...mostly sweet cherries!

M: Very light carbonation, light bodied, yet sticky.

O: Well, if they were trying to make a beer taste like candied cherries, I'd say they nailed it. If you were expecting any tartness to the flavor, you're going to be disappointed. Remember, this is a fruit beer, not a wild ale or a lambic. That said, this is excellent.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium cherry amber color, 1" head that slowly drops away, strips of lace. Like the best krieks, starts with straw and malt, followed by real tart/sweet cherry taste to burst in quickly and smoothly. This continues blissfully through the finish. Surprising taste for 4%, and somehow delivers the fruit without cloying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle as an extra from gford217 - many, many thanks! Per gford's suggestion, I split this one with my girlfriend. Poured my portion into a weizen glass, hers into a chalice.

Appearance: A deep hazy brown beer with red highlights - or is that a red beer with brown highlights? - with a fast fading, dirty brown head. Like dirty, murky, brackish water (all that cherry goodness, I s'pose). Streaky, runny lacing.

Aroma: Cherries! Sweet and syrupy cherry smell, tart in places. Lemons and plums, as well. The malt that's there is doughy and spicy, almost like graham crackers, which is complimented by a honey sweetness ... starting to smell like cherry pie here ... and there's also some woody earthyness which I'm assuming is coming from the oak.

Taste: A little more tart here, and that's good, because it balances itself very, very well. Some faint spice again, more nutmeg than cinnamon here with a little bit of allspice. The tartness has a certain spiciness to it. There's some vanilla and oak again, as well as that same honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and effervescent, medium thickness and medium-bodied and very uneven. Left only the faintest hint of a cloying afterfeel, which is actually in its favor given how bad it potentially could have been with all this cherry action!

Drinkability: As a fruit dessert beer? Outstanding. A very impressive natural cherry flavor that I imagine was pretty tough to achieve. A completely manageable abv, as well. You gotta be in the mood for this one though, as it's definitely all cherries, all the time. Give it a go.

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Photo of Denzo
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iabeerbaron
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this while in Madison. Poured a dark red color with a off white head. Aroma heavy of cherries. This beer is always on hand at my house; perfect for dessert and great for people looking to try something different. First drink was very sweet. Very delicious fruit beer.

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Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this bottle with us.

A-Pours a murky reddish brown with a thin off white head.

S-The aroma has a ton of sweet maraschino cherries and not much else.

T-The taste, however, is a whole different matter. Very nice tart cherry flavors with a mild creamy finish. Nicely balanced between acidic and sweet.

M-Medium bodied and creamy.

D-A delicious beer. Next to Selin's Grove's Kriek, this is perhaps my favorite fruit beer.

HV

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Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a maroon tint and has a good cream colored head than thins

S-faint dark belgian malts with a nice hint of cherry

T-comes in with a nice spiced cherry flavor. the cinnamon and cherry last awhile before transitioning to an after-taste of a good cherry yogurt. it also reminds me of a good cherry pie. this is fairly tasty.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is definitely more complex and better balanced than its raspberry brother. its definitely sweet, but not overly sweet that it sticks to your mouth like many sweet beers. i could actually drink this all night. this is much more sophisticated than any other fruit beer i've had.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flexabull
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2nd bottle courtesy of brandonman63. First bottle was a casualty to my laundry room floor. Thanks again!

Poured into a Spiegelau wine glass.

Beer is a cloudy amber/brown color with a small white head.

Aroma is intense. A very tart cherry smell that is quite strong.

Flavor is dominated by sweet and sour cherries. But there is also and underlying malty creaminess that is very supple and smooth. The finish is tart and crisp, with a slight wine vinegar like flavor. Interesting beer. I personally would prefer the cherry flavors to be a bit more subtle. This just strikes me as being more "fruit" than "beer"... reminds me more of a lambic.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Very full and supple in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. This isn't really my favorite style. But it certainly is an interesting and very well crafted beer.

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Photo of indianabeerman
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndrewSmith
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandy21
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xnicknj
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into large tulip

Pours a bright ruby red color with some black cherry darkness. Little head comes through, although a small collar of white film rests along the beer.

Boatloads of fresh cherry scent in the nose - almost like a fresh baked cherry pie or homemade jam. A bit sweet with a very light natural tartness from the fruit. Mellow and wall received by the senses.

Pure cherry flavor right up front on the tongue with a soft tartness. Almost like slightly unripe fruit, but with a tempered sweetness. Touch of sugar with juiciness. Finishes with more cherry and a lingering dry tartness.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, smooth yet bubbly on the tongue. This is easily one of the better fruit (not sour) beers I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tedgelee
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayGreezy
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLeege
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance- Pours a deep amber, when held to the light, some ruby red grapefruit colors. Two finger off white head. Good lace.

Smell- Freshly picked cherries. Smells good, but very one note.

Taste- Dark cherries again... Suprise! A bit of oak influence on the finish. Not syrupy or artificial like some other fruit beers. Sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel- medium body and carbonation. I thought it was going to be spritzy, but it is thankfully not.

Overall- Not much to review, pretty straightforward, and pretty tasty.

Edit: Share this with a friend or two, I made the mistake of opening this up by myself. About half way through it feels like it is ripping the enamel off my teeth. It is great, but I wouldnt want to try to drink this bottle alone again!

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lawson's Pilsner glass. Looks pretty much how you'd expect a cherry beer to look. Bright ruby coloration and lots of bubbles under a thin pinkish-white cap of foam.

Smells fantastic...BIG on cherry aroma. Notes of cherry jolly ranchers, maraschinos, that tasty goop on the inside of a Hostess cherry pie, some cinnamon and maybe a touch of honey.

Tastes good too...sweet with a little bit of tart bite. Packed full of cherry pie flavor. The sugary sweetness become a little too much after a while. No way I could finish this by myself. Lingering finish a bit like cherry cough syrup, but not in a bad way (if that makes sense).

Medium body and carbonation. Sticky and slick feel.

A really nice fruit beer...New Glarus really can do no wrong in this category. Unique and worth seeking out if you love cherries.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into dimpled pub mug

A: Dark Ruby Red, crystal clear. Poured a small head, but that went away quick. No lacing, some active carbonation. I really looks like cherry pop

S: Smells like cherry pop too. If this is anything like the Apple Ale...I will be happy. Very Cherry sweet. Some maltyness, but not really.

T: Smooth cherry taste, a little like cough syrup though. Very similar to fruit wine, but with a beer....ness to it. Nothing too complex in the profile though

M: Much smoother than I thought based on the pop look and smell. Heavy, too.

D: Great, if you can over the cough syrup.

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Photo of BDCannon
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BasementBer
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one while walking the swanky small craft - large scale brewery.

A: Pinkish head with good retention and lacing. Reddish brown hue. Sparkling wine-esque hue but darker in glass.

S: Tart. Maltiness notes but overwhelmingly cherry mash.

T: Pure raw cherries, no extract sweetness. Meaty cherry taste with light malts and little to no hops detectable.

M: Bites a bit on the tongue with the tartness and in the throat. But the lasting coating of the massive 1lb of cherries per bottle makes it linger for days.

D: Really enjoyed this as a special and unique brew. Desert anyone?

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,566 ratings.
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