Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,041 | Ratings: 3,715
Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L A nice bready rocky head, a beautiful ruby red coloring

S: Cherries, Cherries, Cherries. Sweetness that's delicate and spring like. Maybe a crisp granny smith apple in here too.

F: What can you say, It's a cherry pie with cinnamon, sugar, and crust. This beer is such a light and fun beer.

F: Light and crisp, very easy drinking

O: Fantastic, no complaints. NG is King over the fruit beers.

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Photo of superspak
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off light khaki with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge sweet/tart red/black cherries, berries, pear, apple, fruit jam/skin, cherry pits, almond, and brown sugar; with light notes of vanilla, oak, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with amazing complexity and balance of cherries, fruity yeast, sweet malts, and light oak notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sweet/tart red/black cherries, berries, pear, apple, fruit jam/skin, cherry pits, almond, and brown sugar; with light notes of vanilla, oak, funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tang/tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sweet/tart red/black cherries, berries, pear, apple, fruit jam/skin, cherry pits, almond, brown sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity yeast, sweet malts, and light oak flavors; with a nice malt/tartness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Mildly increasing dryness from fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/syrupy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an insane fruit beer! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity yeast, sweet malts, and light oak flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink, with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. The definition of cherry jam as a beer. You get some backing yeast complexity, but this is just all cherries with some sweet malt balance. I couldn't possibly taste any more ripe authentic cherry flavor, even if I bought them from the store. An absolutely mind blowing offering, and the best fruit beer I have ever had.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, deep garnett red with relative clearness. Sandstone, near finger width head that hangs for a fair amount of time before dissolving to a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing aside from a small handful of minuscule spots.

Smell - Rich cherry aroma that's more sweet than tart. Not picking up much else.

Taste - Follows the nose. Rich cherry flavor upfront and throughout. Sweet with a nice, tart undertone. Vague trace of oak near the finish? Aftertaste rings of cherry for days.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Texture is slick at before turning slightly syrupy as it dries in the finish.

Overall - Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-Cherry Bomb! It's interesting and it's tasty, but not especially impressive due to the lack of flavor outside the strong cherry profile. Where's the oak? There's a ghostly trace, maybe, if you dig deep enough to find it; maybe that's projecting on my part. Great dessert beer, but buyer beware. Don't expect more than 'cherry juice' cleverly disguised as a beer. I was more impressed with Founders BA cherry ale, Frootwood.

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Photo of Kegger37
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I honestly don't know how any beer could be a better representation of this style. It's just incredible! You can clearly tell they used real cherries, not some syrup when they made this beer. Very well done!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear and thin looking dark-ish red, with a small fizzy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like pure and unadulterated cherry- sweet Maraschino, and slightly tart, with a spicy finish, and the lightest amount of malt.

This is purely a vehicle for cherry goodness, It's got a better cherry flavor than actual cherry juice, given the somewhat invisible boosting from the malt backbone in the background. It's got just the slightest hint of tartness to it. There's barely any flavor that's not directly cherry-related, but that's ok, because the flavor is just dynamite as is.

This is light bodied, with a pretty intensely juicy mouthfeel.

New Glarus makes the best straight up fruit beers in the country, hands down. This is pretty absurd. It's what I imagine cherry heaven is like.

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Photo of Zeeck
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, not the cough syrup-y fake cherry flavor I've had in other beers and that typically causes me to stay away from cherry beers. This is excellent!!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a bright ruby red with a medium sized pink head. The aroma is bright and sweet cherry, not quite medicinal, but with a hint of mint. The flavor again features strong cherry, bordering on medicinal but not in an unpleasant way, with mild brown vinegar flavors, though balanced more sweet than sour. The mouthfeel is soft, with fluffy carbonation. Overall is a renown for a reason, it is a good sweet sour balance, though definitely on the dessert side, but it maintain a solid tension and drinkability.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter- cherries greet the nose; pleasant -- Nice ruby color; great carbonation. Sweet, semi-tart taste that is easy on the palate. 6/14/17

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Photo of Jetlag767
2.89/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What's the big deal? Full disclosure is I am not a Feuit beer guy. The reviews were the cherry flavor is mild. Not so. Tastes like a tart lambic. Pass my Spotted Cow please....

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If it was possible to take a cough drop, liquefy it, and make it into a fermented beverage, something along the lines of this would be the end result. Can't say that I've had anything like this and this wasn't even close to being a typical Fruit / Vegetable Beer that I've been quick to dismiss in years past!

Not quite a cherry red, a transmission fluid red, or a brick red, the hue of this beer was clear, somewhat muted, and more rustic than I initially expected. Not much head on this but what was present held it's own and was amazingly thinner than the copious rings of lacing that were left behind. Cherry, juice, and a everlasting tartness were present in the nose with much more of those coming through in the taste. Earthy oak and a slick, addicting syrup kicked in immediately afterwards but never did this feel contrived or artificial. Quite a slick mouthfeel here as there seemed to be tasteless but solid presence of resin here. Combine that with a lively carbonation and extremely low amount of alcohol and this bottle didn't seem quite so big once I dug into the liquid.

Session beers don't get much more addicting or easygoing than this, as evidenced by how easily I polished this off. If there was a beer that combined old world craftsmanship with new world innovation, this would be it. Can't say that I ever had anything like this or will ever find something out there on this level - this was a must-try that deserves a better categorization than to be lumped in with beers with fruit syrups added and Pumpkin Ales. This made me want to have some cherry pie, tart pastries, and a one-way ticket back to where I was born in the Badger State. If you love beer, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on a bottle of this!

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Photo of Blackop555
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours brownish red. Foamy, medium, pinkish off white head fades shortly.

Smells sweet cherry, tart apple, cider and hint of brown sugar.

Tastes sweet cherry, tart apple and hints of lemon. Finish is semi sweet with just a touch of tartness and some cherry. Medium to full body and smooth lightly fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a nice light ruby red with 2 inch frothy tan head with good retention. Faint lacing on the glass.
S: Cherries...mostly sweet with some sour/tart too. Smells juicy...delicious.
T: Cherries...at first tart and sour (a bit mouth-puckering as I wasn't expecting this from the aroma). Then the sweet kicks in and from there it is a nice balance. Perfect. With warming, hints of oak tannins.
M: Light body. Sweet, tart, and sour all rolled into one.
D: Another amazing fruit beer from New Glarus! I really enjoyed the different cherry notes--sweet, tart, and sour. Perfect balance. The subtle note from the oak aging is a nice touch.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty (dare I say dirty?) red with a reddish-white, effusive head with some chunky islands that stay behind. Label says this will be "ruby red" but no such luck for me, unless I have mistaken idea of what a ruby looks like. Aroma is cherries, no doubt about it, but in a jammy, preserved way, not as fresh fruit. Taste, thankfully, gets away from that sugary jamminess with a real nice tartness that cuts through everything. Mouthfeel smooth with a carbonation that melts on the tongue. Unlike the tartless Raspberry Tart, this is one I would revisit.

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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 henry_lansing
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer for so many reasons, I think the presentation in the bottle with the wax drip is fantastic. I feel the label gives it a classic old feel. I love the taste, you can really taste the Door County Cherries.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells strongly of cherries. Pours a lovely deep red color with little head. Tastes sweet at first with a slightly sour finish. Very fruity and juicy. Feel is light, dry-ish, and carbonated. As far as fruit beers go, this is top-notch! If you enjoy cherry pie, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: ruby to ruby-brown with a light tan head that fades to near-nothing immediately. Extremely bright. This has to be one of the brightest beers I've tried.

Aroma: have you ever had Luden's cherry cough drops?... Cherry with a hint of cough medicine (but in no way medicinal).

Flavor: this is very fruit forward. The cherry flavor is almost identical to a mouthful of dried montmorency cherries - with maybe a slight bit of Tootsie Roll. Damn good. This beer is not sour other than from the cherries, but is not a wild/sour beer. There is a slight red wine taste at very low levels. There is no "Belgian" flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy. Not as thick - syrupy - as Raspberry Tart, but dense nonetheless.

Overall: If New Glarus were distributed to my market, I'd drink this regularly. Fantastic! So good: at the very top any beer style with cherries.

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

Clear, bright red pour with a moderate ivory head
Smells like sweet tart fruit: apples, black cherries, cranberry
Lovely balance of sweet and tart, sweet like cherry laden cider that follows into a slightly acidic tartness for a dry finish
Crisp and refreshing!

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Photo of edthehead
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright red with thick lasting white head. Nose and taste is cherry life saver, but with a little bit of background funk to keep it interesting. Good job for the style.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright ruby colour. Smells like sweet cherry juice. Tastes like a sparkling cherry juice, sweet throughout, tartness at the end, with a lingering juicy-cherry finish.

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

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy light brown reddish color with an off white pinkish head. Aroma is apple cider, cherries, mild tartness. Better tartness in the flavor than a lot of the other New Glarus fruit beers, balancing out the sweetness. Sweet cherry apple tartness in the finish.

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

Now as too sweet as Serendipity was for me I loved Belgian Red. It is also super sweet but really was well done. The cherries are strong and sweet. Definitely a nice red color too.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red cherry pour with a quick pink low frothy head. Aroma is immediate cherry, sweet and tart. On taste its all cherry. Low sugar level; awesome cherry mash. Tartness spot on. Mouthfeel is luxurious bright and balanced. I'm not sharing this one. This taste just like natural tart juice and get this baby ice cold. Fantastic summer refresher. Best cherried brew I've ever had.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. One of my oldest (but not most desirable) 'wants'. It poured a dark red. The aroma was sweet cherry juice with an earthy element to it. A shimmer of tartness? Flavor was like a Luden's Cough Drop. Sweet and almost medicinal. Maraschino cherry juice. Earth. A little tartness. Sticky feel. Really full for a beer clocking in at 4%. Not necessarily what I expected and I am sorta disappointed but I can now un-check the 'want' button.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell: sweet cherry black cherries cherry slushy some oakiness
Taste: a really good mix of semi sweet cherries and a mild tartness that coats the pallet in the middle of the mouth that taste resembles a cherry slushy syrupy and sweet and also some Belgain yeast spice, and cinnamon. In the finish you get a hint of oak and brown sugar.
Feel: Medium Body dry in the finish
Overall: I've had all three of the 750ml fruit beers by new Glarus. I would have to say the raspberry tart is definitely the best followed by Serendipity and then Belgain Red. All three of them are awesome fruit bombs that are balanced and have a nice hint of oak. New Glarus makes the best fruit beers period!

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,715 ratings