Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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3,658 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#290
Reviews:
1,028
Ratings:
3,658
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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1,174
Gots:
830
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Ratings: 3,658 |  Reviews: 1,028
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 aletrailky81
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NappyB
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngEo
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 rogacks
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 J_Mueller
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jchanley
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LostHighway
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chambersjames94
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Way too sweet for what i was expecting on this; holy shite. Smells great.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ale_addin
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vidblain
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of n2pux
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 ZombPumpkin
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,658 ratings