Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.38 w/ 3,593 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
Ranking:
#280
Reviews:
1,009
Ratings:
3,593
Liked:
3,379
Avg:
4.38/5
pDev:
10.27%
Alströms:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,172
Gots:
825
Trade:
91
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,593 |  Reviews: 1,009
Photo of Oxymoron
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Is cherrirific a word? Pours a darker shade of red with definite brown hues. Almost like a Flanders red. Good clarity with a slight haze, although I did pour in a bit of sediment on the bottom. A reddish white head when poured but did dissipate complete. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is very unique. Some sweeter malt notes mixes with a sugary cherry aroma. Almost like a masaccio cherry in a way but more of a syrup like smell. Very complex with a lot of different esters and malt notes. A citrus and tart notes, apples, figs, caramel and a hint of rose.

The taste is also very unique. The cherry flavor balances well with the malt but definitely cherry wins out. Almost has a wine spritzer taste with a sweet, sweet fruit flavor coming out. The malt is easy to pick out though. There is a Flanders red quality with some Belgian malt notes. Some caramel/Special B notes and a distinct yeasty notes as well. Some esters and woody characteristics as well. The taste continues long after you taste it with a sugar and cherry finish. Very good flavor.

The body is hard to pin down with a moderate feel but with the sweetness that lasts into the finish gives it more of a fuller texture. Because this is so sweet it deters from drinking too much and leaves a lot of aftertaste. Overall a fun beer and must try at least once.

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Photo of Schlafly33
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of speedvagen
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jwinship83
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this bottle was picked up by my sister, who was living in WI at the time. review from ages ago (notes of course). drank from a champagne flute.

A- this one pours out a reddish pink colored body with a small pinkish hued head. the head fades quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the smell is unlike any beer ive ever smelled before. cherries are the only things that come through. cherries and sweetness. real cherry juice, not artificial syrup.

T- the taste is once again straight cherry. very sweet. very natural tasting (again nothing artificial). theres a little hint at sourness, but not the lambic like brew i was expecting.

M- a little thin and watery with little carbonation. very much juice like.

D- if youre in the mood for a cherry beer and youve had this before, there probably isnt a suitable substitute. its truly one of a kind. low enough ABV to be sessionable, but im not sure how much i could have before needing a change of pace.

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Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soupyman10
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back by AM and shared, much thanks
2011 edition, poured into a New Glarus flute

The New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red is perhaps the extreme fruit-dessert beer. Unapologetically sweet in its combination of fruit and malt, there is no escaping the cherries that were sacrificed in the making of this beer. All the components work together to form a highly drinkable ale, though I would have enjoyed more tartness. Because of its intensity on a single-focus flavor and its sweetness, I'm not sure how often I'd crave this beer, but it is good to have tried it.

Pours a pale pink head of medium-sized bubbles that fades, slowly, to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing seems to have been left. Beer's body is reddish hued, with active carbonation streaming from the bottom.

Aroma is dominated by sweet, ripe cherries in sweetened cherry juice, with just a hint of tartness. Could be cited as being one-dimensional, but the fruit is meant to be the focus of this beer.

Taste opens with cherry sweetness, a little like a cherry lifesaver. Quickly followed by full cherry flavors, layers of them, deep, reminiscent of cherry pie filling with a bit of tartness to balance. Enjoyable, complex cherries with some serious depth of flavor. Surprised at the low ethanol content. Closes out with a faint maltiness, which lets you know you're still drinking beer. Aftertaste, not surprisingly, of sweet cherries.

Medium to medium-light bodied with the carbonation giving this a crisp, almost champagne-like quality to it. Carbonation is not antagonistic, which is pleasant. Finish is quite dry.

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Photo of rdooley
3.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep red topped by a dense two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a small pool with minimal lacing
S: Smells of bright juicy and delicious cherries. It's one note but it smells fantastic
T: Taste is tart with tons of sweet and sour cherry flavors. Swallow is more sweet and sour cherry with some lingering tartness on the finish along with even more cherry flavor.
M: This beer has a medium amount of body with a slightly silky mouthfeel. The carbonation on this beer is just slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a fantastic representative for the style. I'd go so far as to call it the gold standard. It has great flavor even if it is lacking in complexity. The authenticity of the cherry flavor is perfect.

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Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wellsnb
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Photo of brdc
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great "dessert" beer from New Glarus, probably the best one.
Beautiful, cherry-red hazy beer with a small white head that quickly fades away.
Potent smell of cherries, sugar, malts and some alcohol, and a potent, full-bodied sweet and sour taste mostly of cherries, but multiple other fruits, citric and non-citric make their way into the rich taste.
The bitterness/sourness in there makes it easier than most "sweet" beers, quite easy to drink.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of eldoctorador
2.25/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Basically soda

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Photo of ahbithwabm
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +14.2%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 3,593 ratings
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