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:
3,577
Reviews:
1,006
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
1,171
Gots:
819
For Trade:
90
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,577 |  Reviews: 1,006
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1/5  rDev -77.1%

Photo of vkv822
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into tulip.

Pours a cloudy rhubarb red with a foamy tan head.

Wow. The nose is just straight up sweet cherry. Good or bad, your opinion, but cherry is all it is.

The taste is again of sweet cherry, though there is thankfully a bit of a tart cherry in the finish to keep this from being carbonated cherry juice. There is very little malt, though it does have a light bread characteristic, which makes this almost reminiscent of cherry pie.

Very nice, active and bubbly carbonation blends with a tart, medium body. The carbonation is a bit like champagne, but then the faint tartness and medium body take over.

This beer was incredibly drinkable, especially at only 4% ABV! This really gives what I expect when I am told I am going to drink a fruit beer . . .which is fruit. It's really quite impressive, when I taste this beer I think "cherry beer" not just beer, with cherry flavor.
If you don't like cherries, or sweet beers. . . don't even bother.

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Photo of SveNss0N
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kbutler1
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown hued color with a slight red head that pillows to the top of the glass. Honestly, the aroma is strong smell of cherry fruit punch! When you drink this I think it would be totally possible to not really know it is beer. Ever so slight tart beginning that transitions to a full boddied cherry flavor. Very clean tasting. Light/medium mouthfeel. You do not taste the alcohol at all! For a fruit beer this is just outstanding. Full of fruit flavors AND alcoholic. mmm

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful blood red with a tiny bit of head and lots of little carbonation bubbles that float to the top. The smell is of rich cherries. There's a slight whiff of alchohol and a little earthy grassiness. The flavor is so intense with cherry you swear you were drinking a glass of s straight cherry juice. I get a mild alcohol flavor more akin to wine then beer but it's faint. The flavor comes on sweet and tart and finishes so smooth it's scary. The carbonation dances with every gulp. Gulp is the proper word too. You find yourself taking drink after drink because NG made it so damn enjoyable. I've yet to meet anyone who can't enjoy this lambic.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml red waxed bottle poured into a wine glass. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for sending this!

Pours a dark ruddy reddish color, quite hazy with a nice small white head. Nose is somehow very well done, it is fruity and sweet, there's a bit of tartness, but somehow, they've kept it from being overly sweet and cough-syrupy.

Taste is also amazingly well done. The fruity is there, nice light cherry flavor and tartness, but it's not too sweet, the tartness is there but it's not so much that I can't drink a whole bottle. Nice thick and chew mouthfeel, much more than most lightly carbonated, over sweetened fruit beers.

As much as I've gone on about how not sweet this is, it still is sweet enough that I wouldn't want more than a bottle, that being said this is phenomenal!

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Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -65.6%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Thishops4u
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of frasergrove
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

I kind of liked the bottle. Label even looks kind of old fashioned like a early 1900s european wine ad. Hazy medium red w/ ok head. Aroma is big fruity cherry and floury wheat. Big juicy cherry up front, tart finish. Very active carbonation tingles the tongue and complements the cherry acidity nicely.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta give a shout-out to thefatkid13 for the trade on this one. Kept the bottle in my fridge from last May until now, though I don't really know why I didn't have it sooner.
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Body is a strange, opaque pink-brown hybrid with just a few wisps of creamy white head. Very sweet aroma of cherries, cherries, and more cherries, with maybe some confectioner's sugar mixed in. Palate is again thoroughly dominated by sweet cherries - this almost comes across like a soda rather than a beer. A mild hoppy bitterness emerges on the finish, but there is still plenty of residual sweetness. Body is smooth and creamy, which does provide a little bit of an indication that this isn't in fact soda. A bit too sweet for me to drink in large quantities, but still a very unique and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of krl2112
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,577 ratings.
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