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Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Out of the bottle the beer pours a little off red/orange, but hits with a great clear ruby body. Head forms a nice off pink and creamy texture and some spotted leopard like lacing while drinking. Looks real nice. Finishes with champagne bubble bath suds of red.

Bouquet is unique and distinct but mostly a surprise. Candy store cherry wrapper candy notes and spicy. A very big burst of cinnamon red hots sensations. Strong but not overpowering and completely tolerable. Incredibly impressive.

Taste follows the nose but brings some nice sensations. Very mild tartness with cherry candy store fruit. Finish with cinnamon red hot candy chews without the burning acid.

Texture is almost creamy from the head play with body, but it's still quite light in feel. Mouthwash like teeth coating effect as well.

Overall this is pretty easy drinking, an immense flavor profile, unique, and so refreshing. Well done.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared one of these with family to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Served in a champagne tulip.

A - A finger of tan-brown foam settles to a thin partial cap and collar, leaving behind splotches of lace. The body is a reddish brown color that is mostly opaque but reveals a hint of bubbly cider-esque transparency at the bottom of the glass.

S - Super ripe and sweet cherries, vanilla, pie crust, sugary malt. Very authentic, without any fake cough syrup or synthetic flavors. Somewhat mono-dimensional, but with enough cherry tartness and acidity to avoid being cloying.

T - Again, sweet fruity cherries, pie crusts, a hint of oaky vanilla, and a lightly tart finish. Ridiculous amounts of flavor for 4% ABV. Not a very subtle beer, but a delicious one.

M - Chewy, surprisingly hefty medium body. Sticky, somewhat juice-like texture, with moderate carbonation to keep things from getting too heavy.

D - This is one of those beers that everyone likes, even if they don't like beer at all. If I could buy this locally I'd have it all the time - it's delicious, low in alcohol, and pleases even the most disparate palates. The only knock is that I like Raspberry Tart more.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I tried this gem at a friends house. While it might not be my favorite beer style this one was quite good. It poured a rose color with white head that left a spotty lace. From the moment the bottle open until the last drink it was cherry awesomeness. The taste was like a cherry pie. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a special beer and well worth the try.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a cute beer. I really enjoyed it, a lot. Beer poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is red and clear. White head but really thin, carbonation moderate and of small bubbles. Lacing is really high. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and tart, smells like cherries.

This is an easy drinking beer. Its sweet and has a good fruit flavor to it. Carbonation sours the beer a little but it just serves to bring out the fruit flavor more. Drinkability high mouthfeel good.

Resampled February 8, 2010:

Beer is poured into a snifter glass. Beer is dark red and hazy. Froms a thin white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is much stronger than I remember, very cherry, almost like cherry candy jolly ranchers.

Lots of carbonation on the tongue, great sour / tartness. I seriously love this beer.

Its less like beer and more like cherry soda.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/18/07- Received as a gift from former BA member Irishsnake.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with a nice coating of red wax over the cap and neck of the bottle. Not sure what vintage it is, but I've had it in my possesion for at least 2 years. Assuming 2004 or 2005. Poured into my Alesmith tulip.

Appearance- Murky and sludgly looking dark blood red pour. Ultra light spritzy head upon pour, fades quickly. Leaves light spots of lace behind.

Smell- Sadly..not much of any. Was expecting a blast in the face of harvested cherries instead I just get a tiny whiff. If you dig in you get some fresh cherries and a bit of malt, but it really doesn't assert itself.

Taste- Very sweet and a touch of a sour note. Fresh orchard black and bing cherries flourish in the mouth. Cherries...that's it. Simple and straight forward. The only thing that would make it perfect taste is a lasting flavor after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick, viscous, syrupy. Almost like cherry cough syrup. Aftertaste is not much. It's like fruit stripe gum...great flavor that lasts for a few chews and poof!! Gone like that.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, but limited a tad because of the sweetness factor. Still blows most cherry beers away.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared with friends and family. Served into multiple snifters.

A: Hazy ruby red and mahogany colored body with an off-white, slightly pink/brown head. Amazing sticky lacing around the entire glass, and a decent retention ring with a center patch. For being aged in oak barrels with tons of cherries, this seems about right. Really nice looking beer.

S: Maraschino cherry juice and flesh, pureed cherry and blueberry skins, sweet and somewhat of a tart red fruit juice aroma. Very aromatic and fruity; it's hard to pick out much of anything past that. No hops, but some very pale grains towards the back end...

T: Sweet red cherries, certainly a bit more akin to a fake or preserved cherry flavor (again, Maraschino comes to mind). Somewhat of a fresh cherry flesh and pits mid-palate with a gritty, grainy backbone. Sugary cherry and red fruit candy flavor lasts well into the finish and linger.

M: Bubbly but very creamy and silky on the palate. Medium-bodied, sweet and dry in the finish. A nice feeling beer, very lively.

Even split a few different ways, more than 8 ounces of this was starting to really get to me. In terms of drinkability, this isn't very high - it's just very sweet and the flavor profile starts to wear you down. Personally, I'd split this with as many people as possible and when not forced to drink a lot to finish the bottle, this is good.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Poured cherry red with a slight glow around the edges. One finger of light brown/cream coloured head formed and receded to a thin layer full of big bubbles.

S - Dark cherries dominate the nose but the aroma is very fresh and not artificial. Lighter notes of spice and sweet bready malts in the background. Almost smells like fresh baked apple pie.

T - Huge fresh baked cherry pie flavour full of dark cherries and sweet flaky pie crust. A touch of spice is present as well. An amazing flavour profile.

M - Almost full bodied. Creamy and thick. Light carbonation.

O - This was by far the best fruit or vegetable beer have had.

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Photo of tempest
3.34/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't think I got a bad bottle, the the beer store had this one in the fridge, I just think I'm not a fan. It did look gorgeous, I've never seen a pink cascading head before. The aroma, however, just reminded me of Juicy Juice, not a fine beer. The taste was a little more complex with a mild tartness and sweet cherry flavor. I really couldn't find much depth here. I'd go back to the Raspberry Tart before this one.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a vibrant crimson red in color with pale ruby highlights and a thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: tons of cherry fruit oozes out of the aroma with slight citrus qualities, tons of noticeable sweetness, maybe a little booze but not much. the cherries are definitely overwhelming but not in a bad way.

T: the story here is cherries cherries cherries, almost like a cherry puree but with slight booze. In the middle of all that cherry character I did manage to get a little citrus and hunts of funk but barely.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had very fruity, slight citrus, mild funky, and sweet finish.

O: This beer is a cherry bomb all the way. It surprised me that the cherry profile was still potent even after I sat on this bottle for 2 years; trip out.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.43/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A friend of mine brought this back from Wisconsin to drink while watching the GB game.
Pours a thick ruby color, hazey, some floaters. Off white/red head, minimal strength, some staying power.
Aroma hits at first as a cherry bomb-cough syrup, but it has a nice biscuit hint mixed in there. Semi sweet. Not as strong as the Lindeman's Kriek, a bit more complex.
Taste was cherry filled, sweet, sticky. Phenols make the cherries feel fake and syrupy. A thick feel to it with a small bite in the back to soften the syrup feel. A good brew, but not very drinkable to me.

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Photo of WesWes
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a rosy red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a killer cherry scent that's so tart and refreshing. I love sour cherries in beer. This is very much like the aroma of Lindeman's Kriek. The taste is perfect! It captures the essence of what a fruit beer can and should be. It's bold and refreshing with tons of tart fruit character. The mouthfeel is perfect as well. It's medium bodied with good carbonation. This and their Raspberry tart are by leaps and bounds the best fruit beers on the planet. I only wish it wasn't so hard to get my hands on them. Thanks to Tim and Mary Anderson for the opportunity to try these.

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Photo of Gavage
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy reddish amber color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: an abundant cherry aroma is extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: cherry flavor dominate here with some softer pear tones, a hint of spiciness, and a mild bitterness. There is a touch of tartness late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Super long cherry aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this one goes down easily despite the sweetness. Great after dinner beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Halcyondays raved about it. kbm told me it's crazy to not like it. That's a good enough record to justify a taste. On to the beer:

Spotty lacing is left around the glass from this orangish red colored beer. It kind of looks like punch. The aroma is beauty. Sometimes cherries in beer can be over the top and very acidic, but the cherries in this one are mellow yet very aromic. Sweet cherries and cherry skins, yeah.

Its taste is a beautiful and simple. Sweet succulent cherries crash into the palate wave after wave. It's never really tart, and never really acidic. In fact, it's almost like a cherry punch. With a flavor so rich and full of the fruit, the body seems medium full, which is amazing at 4% ABV. As a bonus, unlike the Raspberry Tart, the WBR is much too easy to drink.

Like the Raspberry Tart which I'm in love with, the Wisconsin Belgian Red is tops in its class. Any doubter of fruit beers should take a look at the offerings that New Glarus is producing, which are beautiful beverages to drink. The next mission will be securing a full bottle to myself.

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Photo of liamt07
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from mscarpen, 750ml into a tulip. Thanks a ton Scott!

Ruby red, with an offwhite head. Some retention and nice lacing. Nose holds loads of the beautiful Wisconsin cherries, dark fruit notes, spice and lots of jammy/pie filling characteristics. Taste of cherry pie filling, spice, pie crust and cherry jams. Dense feel, full and just an immense amount of flavour packed into this beer. Another brilliant NG fruit beer. Next to the Raspberry Tart as one of the best fruit beers (and any beer) I've ever had. Wisconsin cherries are fucking boss.

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Photo of Duff27
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a clear, ruby red with a small white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Cherries, hints of vanilla?

T- More cherries...fresh and above all else, real. Tart. Dare I say orgasmic?

M- Dances on the tongue like its sister Raspberry Tart.

D/O- I've had many a beers in my day but this remains one of the best beers I've ever had. Light and fruity, its an easy drinker although I find myself taking small sips just to savor. The epitome of "world class".

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Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours reddish-orange with a white head. Aroma is unmistakable, lots of sugar, cherries and something that reminds me of red wine. The flavor is more cherries, with a ton of sweetness. This tastes like cherry filling inside of a fried pie. Mouthfeel is syrupy and carbonation is medium-low. Easily the best fruit beer I have ever sampled.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium bodied bright cherry red in color with an off white lacing around the snifter. The aromas are of sweet cherries and not much else. It's almost medicinal. It's kind of like cherry pie. The flavors too, of cherry pie. You get a light tartness with a lot of sweet cherry. It's to the point and not overly complex. It does taste "good" but is just so straight forward and doesn't offer a whole lot of complexity. It drinks pretty light in body but due to the sugar, is pretty sticky. Overall it is a decent beer but just so sweet. It's hard to get past the cough syrup.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slcbrewer for this one.

My first New Glarus brew.


Pours a cloudy reddish/brown color, some carbonation, nice litty fizzy head, basically no lacing at all. The nose is of malts, cherries, tangyness, and slight spices, maybe some caramel. The taste is much better than I was expecting it to be, nice tangy/sweet bite, with lots of cherries thrown in, slight cinimmon, very tasty thirst quenching brew. Medium body, a nice complex brew. Very drinkable, I really like this one, highly recommended.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.98/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being a huge fan of New Glarus and pretty much everything I've had from them, I was pretty excited to finally try this one. I love cherries, so this has been a want for a bit.

The appearance and smell were awesome. Nice reddish hue and big cherry smell. Good carbonation. Not a huge head. Looking good so far.

Then....I tasted it and I felt like I was a kid again when Mom was trying to shove that synthetic flavored 'cherry' swill down my throat when I had a boo boo. I took another sip, then another, then another...then stopped. Wife tried it and like it...wife gets bottle of Belgian Red.

Really disappointed, esp after how much I love Raspberry Tart and Serendipity. This was not good, at least to me. Wife thought otherwise.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle aquired through Thomashardy, split with Birradr14.

A- Wisconsin Belgian Red is ruby red with some brighter spots here and there. A very clean looking beer with some bubbles upon pouring but no head.

S- This fruit beer is a blessing with a ton of cherries in the nose literally. At times this has scents of a cherry jolly rancher.

T- I had this twice in one week and the 1st was way to sweet like sucking on a cherry jolly rancher. That was present in this bottle also but to a lesser degree. A nice sweet fruit beer with just a touch of sour twang, ever so slight. This is cherry juice.

M- A step up from the lighter side of brews with some carbonation felt on the mouth. Very sweet and a bit much at times so sippin is prefered. It's like i'm sippin on some szzurp.

D- This 5% beer would fill my fridge if I lived near NG. This is great on it's own or paired with some dessert or with other beer's. You really can't go wrong with it. Probably would be a great hit with the ladies as well.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep red color, there is no real head, though there is a bit of wispy pink bubbles. A sweet full cherry flavor dominates the nose, notes of vanilla and sour cherry. No surprise, this beer has a sweet full flavored cherry taste. This beer is by no means traditional, but it is at least cherry sweet and not sugary sweet. This does not approach the complexity of a Flemish sour or a Lambic, but it is a well made exploding celebration of the cherry. This is a perfect after dinner/ desert beer.

The beer itself is quite sweet and refreshing, though reasonably viscous with a medium body. As a beer I might not have to much respect for this one, but it is damn tasty and a perfect desert beer. Has a sour, tart, fruity, tannic-cherry stone thing going on. The aroma is so intensely cherry, it is quite wonderful. I am gonna have to say that this would be much better, more authentic, if they had used a beer such as La Folie as the base beer. I really can't get over how intense the cherry flavor and aroma are. This is certainly quite an experience. As a desert it is a 4.6, but unfortunately my biases and prejudices come into play.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 green wine bottle received in a recent trade with brdc.. I have a couple others in the cellar from umustdrink.. tonight I am sharing a Belgian Red with a coworker... Mine out of my New Belgium snifter.

Cap it and immediatly .. I can smell it from 3 feet away. Fizzy pour produces an orange/burgandy color brew.. head is a light tan.. not pink as expected.

Aroma is McConnellsburg Johnnie's Diner Cherry pie.. overwhelming deep cherry with touches of dough and vanilla ... a little cherry wine as it warms. I don't know how else to describe this brew.

Flavor is thick cherry without ever feeling like a cough syrup.. tastes very natural albeit concentrated.. I honestly believe there are a pound of cherries in every bottle... Sweet for sure.. but it is a sweetness that ties it together. Almonds show with room temperature. High carbonation works to cut through the sweeness.. I am getting quite a bit of dough and vanilla.. touches of cinnamon. I could drink this for days before getting tired.. but I do see an end of the tunnel. 1/2 a bottle was fine for tonight.. just enough to make me want another.. but I will really need to be in the mood. Moreover, it makes me want to share it with friends again. I had 3 bottles of the WBR after my trip to Madison in '06 .. I drank them way too fast with people who didn't appreciate the brew. It will not happen again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cherry red color with an off white head. Aroma is full of fresh ripe cherries. Exactly. Amazing to just breathe this beer in. The flavor is big on the tart, delicious cherries. Doughy malts back the full on sweet cherries leaving you feeling like you just ingested the best cherry tart in liquid form. This is exceptional fruit beer. Medium bodied brew with soft to dry cherries. Overall, an American classic, made with care in small batches as long as the local cherry crops allow. Almost impossible to find outside of Wisconsin and surrounding areas.

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Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge, massive thanks to Viggo for sharing this one!
750ml, waxed, claiming a pound of cherries in each bottle!
Pours with big patches of bubbles. A murky ruby colour. Dots of lacing stick thickly to the glass. Deep, deep cherry filled aroma, unmistakebly. Pure sour cherry. Flavour carries more complexity than the aroma. A thick mouthfeel. Chunky, "ale" like, not fruit beer. Dominated by this thick, choke cherry taste and with complimenting spices definitely. Bits of "outdoor" funk-esque character. Mild texture, carbonation good.
Another insanely tasty and well crafted fruit beer from New Glarus. I have no hesitations calling this and their Raspberry Tart two of the best beers (overall, not just fruit beers) I've had the pleasure of trying. They are remarkably well made and so damn pleasing!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, dipped in dark red wax. Poured into a flute. Thanks Brian23456 (I think)!

A near perfect fruit beer for my tastes in most every regard. Aroma and flavor are dominated by rich, complex and completely natural fresh cherries. Thick, syrupy body with fine carbonation and a long lasting sour and tart cherry finish. Appearance is murky, thick rust and blood color with a large cream colored head with a light rosy tint. Long lasting retention and thick rings of web like lacing. Only thing keeping this from being all 5s for me is that I would prefer a little more tart to sweet cherry flavor, but it's a minor concern.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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