Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#296
Reviews:
1,031
Ratings:
3,667
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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1,175
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Ratings: 3,667 |  Reviews: 1,031
Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received this from @swenny916. Poured into cylindrical glass. It pours a pretty clear ruby color with orange hues at the top and bottom of the glass. The thin, ecru-colored head dissipated quickly. It features a fragrant aroma of fresh cherry with some subtle yeast and spice. It has a strong malt backbone but the taste is overwhelmingly cherry and it's cloyingly sweet. with a subtle cracker taste at the finish. The mouth feel is viscous and syrupy with moderate carbonation, and with an ABV of only 4% it's almost like drinking soda. Overall, this is a fascinating beer. The cherry taste is amazing! Although I'm generally not a fan of sweet fruit beers, this is worth trying. I'm glad I did.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of evergreen_machine
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As forewarning I accidentally cellared this for about a year.

The beer pours a dark red, almost opaque, color with lots of carbonation but very light off-white head. Some lacing is present. The nose is a clean, crisp sour cherry aroma. The taste is a rich, honest cherry taste with a sweet malty back to finish the taste. The cherry taste is like the platonic ideal of cough-syrup. The mouth feel is a rich, round and full bodied. It boarders on syrupy but doesn't cross over that bridge.

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Photo of JoeLev
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of porters4life
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Splendid! Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pours a dark but crystal-clear red. The head is large, red, and leaves a lot of lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Scents are of beautiful, fresh cherries and some bready yeast. Rather simple, but it works very well.

T: Follows the nose in terms of the cherries, but also adds other types of fruit, making this a fairly complex beer. Lots of delicious dark fruit, including cherries and raspberries. Also green apple and oaky vanilla. Very syrupy for such a light beer. Wonderful!

F: Great, but maybe too syrupy for some people.

O: Great stuff.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fossage78
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I admired the particular shade of red and light-catching translucence of the pour. As soon as I took a sniff, though, I was transported back to my teenage years, in which Jell-O featured heavily. I don't mean that in a bad way: not being a cherry aficionado, I couldn't identify a "Door County cherry," but I could tell you that this beer smells like Jell-O. Delicious gelatin treats of my youth. I've half a mind to put this in the freezer overnight and see what happens.

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Photo of Jinx989
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bouncepass
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle.
Ruby red colored body, slightly cloudy. Pinkish white head settles to ring fed by bubbles. Some strings of lacing.
Cherry aroma, complimented by oak barrel.
Sweet and tart cherry taste, joined by green apple, oak, slightly spicy hops, and light malt. Slight vinous wine like aspect.
Medium and syrupy mouth feel. Good carbonation support.
A magnificent fruit beer is expressed here. Cherry is the emphasis but the beer is not too sweet nor too cloying. Beautiful presentation. An excellent use of Door County cherries; the aroma and taste are authentic. More than just cherry juice, and enhanced and balanced by the malts/wheat and hops used in the brewing process.

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Photo of TylerJ
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of edc20
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense intense intense cherry flavor. Fruity and sour and medium carbonation. Pours an intense cherry color and tastes relatively light. Might be a little too cloying if I had an entire bottle, but 4-6 ounces is about right.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm an unabashed fanboy of New Glarus when it comes to their fruited beers. For me, they consistently nail the best-in-class designation, and this is no different. If you're in the mood for this style of beer, this is your beer. The taste, mouthfeel and body all clearly exceed the low-ABV chassis, which makes the risk v. reward calculus incredibly favorable.

Ruby red pour with a white puffy head tinged with pink. Color is unabashed cherries.

Aroma is like the tart and sweet filling of a cherry pie without any crust or dusting of sugar. Sweet, earthy and tart are the calling cards. Sets the mouth watering.

Taste is right there - sweet and tart cherry puree with a mix of other jammy berries, but it's all balanced by a toasted-cracker malt. It's hard to find but it's there, way more in taste than in smell, which prevents this beer from turning into a puree-parody of a beer.

Light on the palate with a slightly sweet and tart pucker at the end. Beautiful sipper for any time of the year.

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

Photo of Bstoeckel
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,667 ratings