Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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97
world-class
3,576 Ratings
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:
3,576
Reviews:
1,006
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
1,171
Gots:
818
For Trade:
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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kevanb
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the New Glarus brewery, served in the NG Logo pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice bright garnet/ruby red color, slightly off white head, no retention or lacing to speak of. Looks pretty much exactly what you'd expect a beer with a pound of cherries to look like. The aroma is super heavy on the cherry, so powerful it at times reminds me of cough syrup, not in the best way either. However, it does also remind me of cherry jams, preserves and most importantly, delicious cherry pie. The flavor is much more approachable, obviously packed with cherries, slight malt backing, not enough to act as a pie crust, but enough to balance out the sweet and tart cherries with something earthy and neutralizing. The body is wonderful, light, crisp, bubbly, spritzing, juicy and full all at once.

Verdict: This is a fantastic fruit beer, probably the best fruit based beer you can find other than the fruit lambics that we love so much. New Glarus has hit a home run with this and almost all their fruit beers, hell, all their beers are dynamite, but this might be the star performer of their line.

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Photo of ahbithwabm
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sposter4
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Bertram for sending this one out my way. Served alongside Thanksgiving dessert.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with a thin pinkish head. Smell is awesomely cherry, like a cherry pie with a great mix of both sweet and tart notes. Taste follows the nose and is really quite excellent. The cherry pie flavor is incredibly well done, and it's got a bit of tartness happening here too. The beer manages to be sweet without being overly so, and actually is rather well-balanced and drinkable, which is what separates this from most other fruit beers. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is probably the best fruit beer out there, at least that I've ever had. It's incredibly well made and is much more complex than you'd expect from a cherry beer. The only thing that keeps this beer from getting a higher score is that it's not something I'd want to drink with any sort of regularity. This makes for an excellent dessert pairing beer, but I have a hard time seeing myself just sitting around and drinking a glass while watching a football game.

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Photo of Chingringo
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 DCon
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. tulip glass.

A- Dark amber with 1 finger light pink head. Very little lacing.

S- Wow! Cherry lifesavers and that about sums it up.

T- Super sweet cherries, some tartness, a little acidity.

M- Light body, lower carbonation with a bit of an acidic finish.

O- Not a huge fruit beer fan, other than lambics, but this is an awesome cherry beer! Wish it could have a bit more tart/sourness too it, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just a wonderful fruit beer. Thick and luscious like a true apple cider only pink. Loads of tart cherries and hints of spices. Smells great, tastes great. Feels like velvet on your tongue. Not overly sweet at all and therefore very drinkable.

Over the weekend I sat out on a lake in Northern Wisconsin and consumed a bottle that I had kept in a cupboard for at least three years. I was a bit nervous that the beer would have spoiled but it hadn’t. It tasted exactly as I remembered it tasting fresh from the brewery.

Moreover, the beer was a perfect pick for the colorful fall day. It feels very much like a homemade cider and this makes it fit naturally with changing leaves and fire pit conversation.

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Photo of Bammer21
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrankHammer
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_Dave
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaximus
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of fehrminator
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of warpedrevolution
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AltBock
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Green 750ml wax sealed bottle. They didn't do a good job on the cap waxing. Half of the cap was missing wax. Simple beige label with 3 bright cheeries and a "World Champion" square right next to it. No back label because everything was found on the large front label including 2 small paragraphs that talk about the beer and t tiny printed signatures of the brewmaster/owners. I wish there was a vintage date on the bottle.

A beer of this caliber deserves a special glass so I poured it into my Maudite Snifter. The beer didn't pour a solid cherry red color. It was a mixture of red colors. There was some cherry red, ruby, crimson, and even some raspberry red in there. This was one murky red beer. It was so murky that I couldn't even see the silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. That's murky! The head of foam was a disappointment. A super tiny beige skim of foam emerged from the pour, but it quickly faded into oblivion. No rings, no lace, nothing. Cool color, but that head of foam took it down a bit.

Wow! What an aroma! This is one potent beer. It wasn't sour, but the beer's tartness made up for the sourness. It smelled like cherry lifesavers mixed in with cherry wine and a large cherry Slurpee. As you can tell, the aroma was all about the tart cherries. If you're looking for more than just one strong aroma in a beer, then you're not going to like this aroma. There was nothing before or after the tart cherries. I really enjoyed it. It was hard for me to stop sticking my nose in this beer to grab the occasional large whiff of tart cherries.

This is of course where you get to taste the tart cherries that were in the aroma. Yes, the one and only aroma. It tasted like it smelled. It tasted like liquefied cherry (red) Life Savers and blended into a cherry Slurpee. If you've never had a cherry Slurpee before, then imagine drinking a cherry slushie. If you never had a slushie before, then you're screwed. The cherries in the taste had a cool tartness. The tartness was subtle in the beginning and then it slowly built up. If you want a little diversity in your beer, then its best you stay clear of this beer. Cherries all the way!

This was a light bodied beer with a low level of carbonation. It may have been light bodied, but the aftertaste was full flavored. Like the aroma and taste, the aftertaste was strong with tart cherries. This strong tart cherry based aftertaste lingered on for a long time. It took a few glasses of water to cleanse my palate.

Cherry this and cherry that. This review sounded like a broken record. I'm sorry, but this beer was just tart cherries and nothing more. No malt, no raspberry, no hops. Just tart cherries. This was an extremely easy drinking beer. The ABV% won't sneak up on you. It was hard for me to put this beer down. I wish I could find a steady supply of this beer. Big thanks to my good BA friend Meatyard for hooking me up with this delicious beer.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with no head and some carbonation with a very thin ring of lacing.

Scent of tart maraschino cherries, and that's pretty much it, good stuff.

Taste of tart cherries with a hint of cinnamon, some sugars and a hint of banana in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and biting, similar to the Raspberry Tart.

I prefer the Raspberry Tart over this because this one is a little shallow to me. It is good though and I will likely purchase it again.

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Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.4/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer offers lots of big cherry flavor, replete with a puckering mouthfeel of cherry sourness. It is good, but doesn’t really rank among my most enjoyable beer experiences. It offers a cherry tartness so rich, I feel like Pac-Man (level one) when drinking it. I would almost prefer something a bit more understated and nuanced, like the Lindemans kriek. Still, I love sour, so it is difficult for me to badmouth this beer.

Its color was not as pleasant as I expected (more of a red brown than a brilliant ripe-fruit red), and aroma was just so-so, but that flavor was a big punch of flavor that I really enjoyed.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,576 ratings.
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