Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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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
Ranking:
#289
Reviews:
1,021
Ratings:
3,639
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,174
Gots:
828
Trade:
91
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Ratings: 3,639 |  Reviews: 1,021
Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BasementBer
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of Sticket
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- wax tops a 25oz bottle.

A- Pours a garnet color with a tan head that dissipates into thin lacing.

S- cherries, kind-of reminds me of grandma's Door County cherry pie.

T- sweet cherries with a well-balanced tartness.

M- medium bodied and refreshing.

D- a great choice served chilled on a warm summer night.

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Photo of shopk
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with fellow BA dertbert.

A - Poured into a champagne glass, a reddish orange hue with a small, white, soapy head. Really didn't leave any lace.

S - It smelled of cherry and malt. Somewhat sour aroma.

T - The cherry taste was very balanced. It could've been overdone but it was very smooth.

M - Mouthfeel was champagne-like, bubbly and crisp. It was light to medium-bodied.

D - This was really good. I generally have not enjoyed many cherry brews, but this was quite good. It even reminded me of a sparkling cider.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerzebub
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Azurelimits for trading me this.

Poured in a big wine glass at F/ C.

Deep brownish-red color, quite pretty, topped with a small amount of beige froth. Fine, intricately patterned lace.

Big aroma of cherries, like good all natural cherry pie, sour and sweet. There's also a distinct almond aroma like bearclaws, presumably from the cherry pits, big but very well integrated with the fruit. That's all there is to it - cherries with their pits - but it's great, and even pretty complex, with different aspects of the cherries coming through in waves.

The flavor is fruity and sweet, sweeter than suggested by the aroma. A medium level of acidity cuts the sweetness just enough to achieve some balance. The pits' almond flavor is there, but more subdued than in the aroma. The sweetness begins to fade towards the finish. Long finish, cherry and almond, moderately tart, with some mild bitterness emerging at the very end as dryness is achieved, in the finish of the finish. Very tasty, but I would probably prefer a little less sweetness.

Smooth wheaty texture, with very fine bubbles. Refreshing and drinkable, but a slightly drier version might be even more so.

Stuffed with great cherry character. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Brian700
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a ruby red with an off-white head that fizzled down to a foamy island in the middle of my glass. The smell was an abundance of cherries. Smells amazing. The taste is tart and with an incredible amount of cherry flavor. There is also a light decection of alcohol. The mouthfeel is good, swish it around a bit and nurse those flavors. This is a great beer to drink with friends. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- maroon with a bit of good head. Clean and clear

Smell- tart cherries on the nose... Very powerful

Taste- tart cherries very strong flavour profile. Very very tasty!

Mouthfeel- thin and crisp and well carbonated

Drinkability- very drinkable. Like drinking juice... Very very good juice

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Photo of stace
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, quite a pleasant brew. Can't get New Glarus in IL, so whenever I drive through WI I try to pick up a good variety to sample. This bottle came back with me from my Thanksgiving road trip.

A: Cloudy, reddish brown. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Cherries. Surprise! Reminiscent of a lambic.

T: Cherries! Surprise, again! This is close to a lambic, again, with just a hint of sour, but not too much. There's a definite sweetness, but after that there's a little bite in the finish.

M/D: I'm having a hard time describing it. It's bright on the palate with good bubbly nature, but after the swallow, there's a certain... stickiness?

I'm enjoying this. Will definitely buy again -- it's a nice addition to the fruit beers in the fridge.

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Photo of phishbfm
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip. Poured a pretty red color with an inch of pinkish-tan head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is strongly cherry and not much else. On the tongue the cherry flavor is backed up by a bit of a grain taste.The body was very effervescent and crisp, sweet without being sticky. Drinkability will depend on how you like sweet and fruity brews, I loved it and would lots more if it were available to me.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sender for this bottle...

A: Pours a cloudy dark red with brown hues. There is about a half finger of light red head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is little lacing to be seen on the glass as it drinks.

S: I get a good amount of cherries out of this beer, along with a mix of vegetation slight spice, and that familiar New Glarus funk. It's nice, even for someone who isn't a huge cherry fan.

T: Definite cherries, with a great play between sweet and sour. I get that earthy vegetable like quality, but it's not overwhelming. It's earth. This beer reminds me a bit of the cherries found atop a Sarah Lee Cheesecake.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's wet to start and the sweet and sour notes linger of the palate for some time. It's a "sticky" beer, but it's highly drinkable.

O: This is a really nice beer, and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try it again. If you like cherries/cherry pie/cherry cheesecake, give it a whirl. It won't disappoint.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoneast
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arbitrator
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with badbeer. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a delicious ruby-chestnut body with a light rose-colored head that rises to 1.5". The head recedes into a thick collar and some filming on the brew, with washes of lacing that track each swig and slide slowly down the glass. Magnificent.

S: Tons of oak, cherry, and earth on this one. I couldn't pick out anything else. Good points for its sheer pungency.

T: The taste is where the complexity really shines. An initial light spice (cinnamon?) pricks the tongue, segueing into a tart, juicy dark cherry flavor. The finish is earthy with some oak tannins giving it a little acidic bite.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly fizzy carbonation that cleanses the palate pretty well and prevents the beer from becoming too cloying. Still, it is slightly syrupy. No alcohol burn, as expected for a mid-range ABV.

D: I'm not the hugest fan of fruit beers, so I won't go out of my way to trade for this. But I'm glad it was suggested to me as a trade, because it turned out to be damn good. If I saw it in person, I'd get it again.

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Photo of acbe
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KAP72
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monty79_1997
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

The evolution of beer took a huge step forward over ten years ago with this brew. It's unlike any other Fruit Beer to the extent that it deserves more than the Fruit Beer label. There are well over a pound of cherries in every bottle and it's lagered in oak tanks for a year. Not many American breweries are doing that now--let alone ten years ago.

Pours with a light, spritzy carbonation, and its murky burgundy color shows no light at all. Just a thin ring of lace from the fizz of the head. The aroma is heavenly: a nose full of cherries in cherry juice. Sweet-tart cherry bouquet. Underlying crispness in the slick, medium body. Big bang of cherry sweetness to start. A balanced tartness sets in with mild oak, earth and a pinch of maltiness. Layers of cherry unravel slowly to finally reach a faint biscuit finish.

One of the most complex beers in the US to date, yet still very approachable and drinkable. Excellent balance of sweetness to tartness. It's a beer worth driving to Wisconsin for, or at least finding a friend to ship you some. A mild yogurt cheddar cheese with tart apples sounds like a great pairing.

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Photo of rastaman
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yep, liked it. Extremely fresh. Soft texture, with a wonderfully lightly tart, soft, natural cherry sourness. Never candyish, always natural (except the aroma kinda smelled like lollypops or soemthing). Mix the cherrys in with some light oak and mayne some nuttyness. If i had one complaint it would be that its not assertive enough (more sour, more stink), but hey, the balance couldn't really be any better right? Thanks Feloniousmonk for this truly classic beer.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,639 ratings