Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
BA SCORE
4.38/5
3,601 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:
#279
Reviews:
1,010
Ratings:
3,601
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,171
Gots:
825
Trade:
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Photo of jsanford
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. HUGE thanks to THECPJ for this, you rock Shane!

A - Pours a dark ruby-red with a generous rose-colored head that recedes to a creamy cap, leaving spotty lacing as it settles.
S - Big cherry aromas, very similar to maraschino syrup but more authentic. Slight sweet malt and brown sugar in the background, but the cherry is the star here!
T - More delicious cherry, somewhere between a real cherry and a Jolly Rancher, but not in an artificial way. Slightly tart, with a touch of brown sugar and oak. This stuff is amazingly balanced, you'd think it would be cloyingly sweet, but in actuality I could drink it all day!
M - Smooth, slightly slick, with a medium body and good, crisp carbonation that dances on the palate. I would love to pair this with a dessert, or perhaps an appetizer.
O - Such an amazing beer, this completely blew me away! Thanks again, Shane!

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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 mfnmbvp
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Gifted to me from my mom on a recent trip to Wisconsin. My first of the glorious fruit beers from New Glarus Brewing Co., and my first review of a New Glarus beer. Expectations are excellent based on this beer's high ratings.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a bright juicy cherry red colored body. Just over a finger of pinkish tinted foam for a head. Leaves some thin lacing behind. Looks beautiful.

S - The smell is beautiful & natural. Tart, juicy, ripe, natural cherries dominant the aroma.

T - This thing is truly some next level type shit right here. Cherries, cherries, cherries. Sticky, lightly sugary, perfectly tart. So juicy and delicious.

M - The feel is smooth, fluid, and juicy. Perfectly sweet & tart. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, this has got to be the most delicious and most authentic fruit beer I've had to date. I'd say it is even much more cherry forward than the Drie Fonteinein Intense Red Oud Kriek. Absolutely delicious & highly recommended.

New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red ---4.5/5

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

One of a kind brew here! Pours a dark ruby color, with a pinkish foam. You can smell this is bursting with cherries the minute you open the container. Its unlike any fruit beer I have ever tasted, They say theres a pound of cherries in every bottle ( 20+ oz bottle) And I don't doubt them for a moment. This beer just rushes to the palate. Its quite bubbly, but that works wonderfuly with the flavor, which is cherry, cherry, and more cherry. If i could put cherry pie in liquid form, this is what i'd come up with. Simply amazing.

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Photo of stumac
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours up a deep reddened brown color with a decent size white head. the nose is like a red Life Saver candy. and oddly enough, it has a slight aroma of ketchup! the taste is candy sugar and cherries! very delicious! a straight dessert beer!

interested in trying some of this brewery's other concoctions

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ironarrow42
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright, cloudy red with a hint of apricot mixed in, capped by a beige-pink layer of thick foam. Leaves some fairly heavy lace sheeting on the glass.

Aroma: Fresh, tart cherry pie aroma with a hint of apple.

Texture: Mouth-filling, creamy texture with moderately full body.

Flavor: Cherries, baby - tart, fresh cherries with a pie-like character and a hint of fresh apple cider. Real, all-natural fruit flavours. Ultra-refreshing. Hint of a drying, oaky note in the finish.

Overall Impression: Cherries! Dessert in a glass.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz. bottle into glass tulip.
55°F

$8.99 / ea.

A: Hazy deep garnet body with hints of brown topped with a big loose off-white head that tends toward red and quickly dissipates leaving moderate cascading lace and a thin creamy cover. Lovely.

S: Wow... Cherry pop tarts. Huge fruit aroma blended seamlessly with a baked pastry bread character. Absolutely stunning.

T: Sweet cherries, so fresh. Very light tart flavor and just the slightest hint of bread. No hop flavor, and very little aftertaste. Very well balanced, it would have been easy for this selection to become unbearably cloying. By far the best fruit beer I have ever tasted.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Viscous sugar smoothness.

D: The flavor isn't something I would drink on a Saturday night at a bar, but over the holidays this is a nectar of the gods. Sublime and so easily accessible.

O: Tried this one back-to-back with Founders Cerise, and there was no competition. This represents nearly everything you could hope for in a cherry fruit beer.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cranberry color--clear, bright, and effervescence in the light. Has a 1/2 inch head that falls almost immediately and disappears, leaving no cling on the sides of the champagne flute. The bouquet is cherries all the way, with just very subtle grape coming across. Very pleasing nose. The cherries announce themselves loud and clear at first taste--both sweet and tart. Much more subdued wheat cracker, hop zest, muddling spice notes, and blood orange are also present. The flavors really burst throughout the beer's life on the palate, with quite a bit of carbonation helping out. Aside from the carbonation, the feel is medium bodied and surprisingly light despite the "heaviness" of the flavor. Crisp and clean-finishing.

This is a really outstanding fruit beer from every angle. It walks a fine line between beer and wine, and it walks it very well. New Glarus has a real command of brewing fruit beers, and this is one of the shining examples of that expertise. Pairs great with a lot of foods, especially rich cheeses. Not to be missed.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very murky in color when held to light. Nice red hues when moved about. Very interseting and full cherry aroma-reminds me of a red Life Saver actually! Fantastic flavor-a mix of sweet cherries and malt. Has a great sort of tang to it. Sweet but with a nice drying finish. Doesnt have any of the tartness I expected. Great body for the low abv. While "bright" on the palate at first it finishes quite mellow and even. What a fantastic beer. I am almost gulping it down it is so enjoyable. I have read about this brewery for years and never had any of its products. Just a great, great beer. A million thanks to buckeyenation for the bottle.

Edit: 7/28/07 Another bottle. Fuckin A-simply great. Outstanding flavor and body. Move me to WI...

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a deep garnet / ruby color with a brief flash head and no lacing. Body is on the lighter side of medium thickness, silky smooth, and carbonation is on the higher side of medium strength.

Straight away, the cherry pie aroma fills the room upon cracking open the bottle, upon warming up a faint vanilla-oak essence joins up with the aroma. So...much...cherry deliciousness! If there could be any criticism to be had, it would be that it is difficult to find beer characteristics in the nose at higher than a faint garnishing level.

Maintains all of the juicy cherry pie sweet-tartness in the flavor as well, in fact I would dare say that oak wood shows up even more around the edges in the flavor than on the nose. Just an amazing dessert beer, especially when considering how it never gets medicinal or cloying at all despite how beefy all of the fruit aspects are.

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Photo of becktone
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Murky red going brown in the glass. No head formation or retention. Still looks good though in the glass.

Nose: Strong sour cherry aroma. Very nice. Not cloyingly sweet smelling like many beers that use cherry or other fruits. Its not just cherry either, its like I get the entire cherry, from the fruit itself to the stem to the pit and even almost to the tree.

Tongue: Slightly tart and sour, big cherry tones with some soda-like qualities. This kinda reminds me of what a fermented cherry wine would taste like but less forward with the cherry, less alcohol, presence of carbonation, and a touch of sweetness with more acidity than a fruit wine. Some oaky tones come through as well. Not sour or tart or sticky sweet as many of the bigger named and more popular fruit lambics.

Feel and Drinkability: Spritzy and fine carbonation, almost like it burns, it attacks the palate and fills the mouth in a most pleasing way....but not like soda and yet it doesn't interfere with the beer's flavor. Body is a bit heavier than I expected, medium in body going toward heavy. Very champagne like. This is one that I'd regularly celebrate with if only I could get my hands on it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep ruby brown color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades pretty slowly down to a thin right and laces nicely in the process.

S - Aroma is packed full of sweet cherry. Really rich and tart. There is also some Belgian yeast beneath the cherry.

T - Starts off with rich slightly tart cherry flavor. The is some background oak and earthy flavor. Through the middle, the tartness builds a bit but stays really fresh tasting (not sugary). The finish is full of light tart cherry flavor that lingers just right.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Just a but syrupy without feeling thick. Finish is a bit more syrupy but surprisingly not overly sweet and tart.

D - Really drinkable. Super bold flavors that just feel well balanced and never feel out of control. The fruit flavor is excellent in this beer. Finish is really nice, and not as palate blasting as expected.

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Photo of mschrei
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cherry bomb. Good carb, healthy foam. Tart, sweet, and fruity. Doesn't even strike me as an ale, more like a carbonated fruit drink. Not that that is a bad thing at all.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark ruby red in color with some very faint amber hues. Lots of carbonation bubbling up from the etching. Head is about one finger light pink and has great retention.

Smell is awesome. Lightly sweet mostly tart dark cherry dominates the nose. Some light grainy aromas near the end along with almost undetectable herbal earthy hops.

Taste is awesome also. Ripe fresh sweet dark cherries are forward followed by a very nice cherry tartness that balances the sweet to near perfection. Cherries persist throughout the entirety of the been blanketing the grainy and earthy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is awesome light, tart, crisp, incredibly refreshing, this beer has everything great would would want from a fruit ale.

Best fruit ale I have had

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

Murky, rust red with highlights the color of not quite ripe cherries. I expected the cap to be girlie pink, but it's actually simple beige in color. Large initially due to a generous amount of carbonation, the head is dense with a stickiness that promotes perseverance and lacing. Soapy, pocked sheets cover a good portion of the glass and stay for the duration.

This beer doesn't smell much like beer due to the all-encompassing aroma of sweet cherries. Forget malt, forget hops, forget anything that isn't pure, unadulterated essence of cherry juice. Thankfully, there are no medicinal (i.e. cough syrup) aromas present. Simply put, this is one of the best fruit beer noses that I've ever smelled.

I love it! Wisconsin Belgian Red tastes deeper and more hearty than most cherry beers. Along with the bright fruit flavor is a more earthy, muscular flavor that is more akin to dried fruit or fruit jerky than it is to fresh cherries or cherry juice. The degree of acidity is nigh on perfect. As noted in the nose description, there isn't a whole lot present that isn't cherry related, just variations on the theme and layers upon layers of flavor.

The body is full in the best sense of the word, with a lush, mouthfilling, thickly coating feel. The sugar content is high and limits drinkability for me. Unless I can get my wife to drink some (extremely doubtful) I won't be able to finish this big bottle in one sitting. Despite the note on the label ('highly carbonated') and the loud 'pffft' upon opening, I don't really appreciate an excessive amount of carbonation. The CO2 does its part to aerate the thick, syrupy body without calling attention to itself.

WBR seems to be a 'love it or hate it' kind of beer. I recognize that though it's beer in the technical sense, it doesn't much resemble beer in the classic sense. I've decided to judge it on its own merits with my enjoyment as the sole criterion. It's hard for me to imagine a fruit beer in general and a cherry fruit beer in particular that is more delicious than Wisconsin Belgian Red. I've waited quite a while to taste this one and I have to say that it has exceeded my expectations with room to spare.

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Photo of clemson14
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BeerNutz324
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rockernino
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrw1zard
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zachpaschal
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cubbyZilla
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MiScusi
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10-21-07
Thanks to umustdrink for this beer.

Poured into champagne flute glasses, poured a dark red with a more vibrant red shining through at the edges. The bubbly heads dissipated quite fast into nothing. The smell was quite simply of sour cherries. The taste was more of sweet cherry pie filling which also had the slightest tart aspect to it as well. The mouthfeel was pretty fizzy with carbonation but the body had a nice smoothness to it, probably from the wheat malt. The last glass of this poured from the bottle contained a lot of the yeast sediment and also gives a little different tasting beer- most muted on the sweet cherry and a slicker mouthfeel. Not a very complicated beer but a damn tasty one, and a great beer to drink while celebrating a USC win over the Irish.
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11-9-08
This stuff is pure cherry juice. It seems less tart than before, and sweeter.

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Photo of zimm421
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Appears a nice red color that is somewhat hazy, and has hints of orange as well as pink. Has a nice light pink head head. The head is more off-white than pink, but definitely has pink notes in it. Leaves good lacing, very bubbly.

Nose is very sweet. The cherry is all up front, with a nice light, sweet malt backing. Not much else in the nose, but very inviting. Taste is fairly sweet up front, but very quickly becomes tart and stings the tongue. The cherry comes through very nicely, and the sweet malts are only noticeable right at the beginning before the tartness sets in.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy but still with a bite on the tip of the tongue. Overall, a great beer. The fruitiness is something different, but the cherries come through in a great way. The tartness finishes off each sip perfectly. Couldn't be much better.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,601 ratings
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