Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#287
Reviews:
1,028
Ratings:
3,657
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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1,173
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830
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,657 |  Reviews: 1,028
Photo of flyinhawaiian
3.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloyingly sweet finish, amazing dark red color, low carbonation after the initial pour.

Good as a dessert beer, almost like a “sour gumdrop” type of taste. You’ve been warned.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 5/1/18 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy, ruby red appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small off-white head; decent lace.

Cherry & candied sugar notes in the nose; slight Luden's cough drop vibes here.

Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Mildly tart cherry & candied sugar flavors; mild honeyed grain finish.

Sweet as hell but enjoyable; 6oz is probably enough, though.

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Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received this from @swenny916. Poured into cylindrical glass. It pours a pretty clear ruby color with orange hues at the top and bottom of the glass. The thin, ecru-colored head dissipated quickly. It features a fragrant aroma of fresh cherry with some subtle yeast and spice. It has a strong malt backbone but the taste is overwhelmingly cherry and it's cloyingly sweet. with a subtle cracker taste at the finish. The mouth feel is viscous and syrupy with moderate carbonation, and with an ABV of only 4% it's almost like drinking soda. Overall, this is a fascinating beer. The cherry taste is amazing! Although I'm generally not a fan of sweet fruit beers, this is worth trying. I'm glad I did.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of evergreen_machine
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As forewarning I accidentally cellared this for about a year.

The beer pours a dark red, almost opaque, color with lots of carbonation but very light off-white head. Some lacing is present. The nose is a clean, crisp sour cherry aroma. The taste is a rich, honest cherry taste with a sweet malty back to finish the taste. The cherry taste is like the platonic ideal of cough-syrup. The mouth feel is a rich, round and full bodied. It boarders on syrupy but doesn't cross over that bridge.

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Photo of JoeLev
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of porters4life
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leantom
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Splendid! Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pours a dark but crystal-clear red. The head is large, red, and leaves a lot of lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Scents are of beautiful, fresh cherries and some bready yeast. Rather simple, but it works very well.

T: Follows the nose in terms of the cherries, but also adds other types of fruit, making this a fairly complex beer. Lots of delicious dark fruit, including cherries and raspberries. Also green apple and oaky vanilla. Very syrupy for such a light beer. Wonderful!

F: Great, but maybe too syrupy for some people.

O: Great stuff.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fossage78
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I admired the particular shade of red and light-catching translucence of the pour. As soon as I took a sniff, though, I was transported back to my teenage years, in which Jell-O featured heavily. I don't mean that in a bad way: not being a cherry aficionado, I couldn't identify a "Door County cherry," but I could tell you that this beer smells like Jell-O. Delicious gelatin treats of my youth. I've half a mind to put this in the freezer overnight and see what happens.

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Photo of Jinx989
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bouncepass
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle.
Ruby red colored body, slightly cloudy. Pinkish white head settles to ring fed by bubbles. Some strings of lacing.
Cherry aroma, complimented by oak barrel.
Sweet and tart cherry taste, joined by green apple, oak, slightly spicy hops, and light malt. Slight vinous wine like aspect.
Medium and syrupy mouth feel. Good carbonation support.
A magnificent fruit beer is expressed here. Cherry is the emphasis but the beer is not too sweet nor too cloying. Beautiful presentation. An excellent use of Door County cherries; the aroma and taste are authentic. More than just cherry juice, and enhanced and balanced by the malts/wheat and hops used in the brewing process.

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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soundaurora
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edc20
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense intense intense cherry flavor. Fruity and sour and medium carbonation. Pours an intense cherry color and tastes relatively light. Might be a little too cloying if I had an entire bottle, but 4-6 ounces is about right.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,657 ratings