Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,566
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
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1,167
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815
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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BeerNutz324
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rockernino
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrw1zard
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zachpaschal
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cubbyZilla
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MiScusi
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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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Photo of erushing
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this when I was in Wisconsin. Man This beer was a eye opener. Smell great with the tart cherries and the drink was smooth as wine. The taste was great. Not what I aspected from a beer but it was great.They are on there game. New Glarus have fans out on the east coast.Wish they could at least shipped to PA.

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Photo of Bretribution
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 5EKF
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of supercolter
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ok so wow... never been this impressed with a beer before

The appearance is quite good- looks heavy, alomst like melting shake, peachish red in color. Some head, decent retention.
Smell is quite good, smells like cider or Grandma's home cooked cherry pie, not too complex but very distinct
Taste- ok um if beer gets better tasting than this sign me up- tastes like you just sank your teeth into a bing cherry, finishes with a very slight alcohol taste and a bit of nutty flavor, maybe pecan
M- just like it appears, heavy, a little carbonation, but goes down smooth
D- this is a dessert in a bottle, sip it

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Photo of liamt07
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from mscarpen, 750ml into a tulip. Thanks a ton Scott!

Ruby red, with an offwhite head. Some retention and nice lacing. Nose holds loads of the beautiful Wisconsin cherries, dark fruit notes, spice and lots of jammy/pie filling characteristics. Taste of cherry pie filling, spice, pie crust and cherry jams. Dense feel, full and just an immense amount of flavour packed into this beer. Another brilliant NG fruit beer. Next to the Raspberry Tart as one of the best fruit beers (and any beer) I've ever had. Wisconsin cherries are fucking boss.

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Photo of kels
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

NorthsideFred is the best.

Pours a bright cherry red with pretty good clarity and good visible carbonation running throughout. The initial 1 finger fizzy head fades quickly but retains at a nice, soft white skim.

Aromas of cherry and raspberry syrups kick into an overall profile that reminds me of cranberry juice cocktail.

This beer is incredibly refreshing and delicious. It is crisp and bright and juicy with just a little bit of syrupyness in the overall very sweet taste. The cherry is actually pretty authentic, and raspberry juice comes through in a tart accompaniment. It is sweet-tart and well carbonated, keeping things light. Drinks more like a sparkling wine than a beer, and leaves behind tasty sweetness in a stickiness that coats the palate well.

Love this beer. Can't wait until we meet again!

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Photo of portia99
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle received in trade with busch03. Thanks! Poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a tinge of amber in there that keeps it from being pure red. A 1 1/2 finger tannish and pinkish head forms. Tight, tiny caronation bubbles make a thick whipped creamy head. Head fades after a couple of minutes leaving a steady layer of foam on the surface. Thick even lacing chases the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

S - Ripe, sweet and tart cherries. Smells like a fresh baked cherry pie. Not very multi-dimesional, but amazing anyway.

T - Relatively sweet. Cherry flavor sets the pace...as intense as the cherry aroma is, the flavor is even more so. There is a sugary sweetness up front that seems to enhance the fruit. This gives way to an underlying tart and sour aspect that complements and adds some complexity. Some wheat malt character appears too, but can't really hold up to the powerful cherry taste.

M - Very highly carbonated. This has an almost champagne like effervescence. Body is light. This beer is quite sweet, but this gets scrubbed away by the offseting tartness leaving the mouth feeling cleansed and ready for another sip.

D - This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. Alcohol level is low, and it's presence is undetectable while drinking it. Very much like cherry champagne. This would go great with any kind of dark chocolate based dessert.

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Photo of Jmikepow
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Shango42, i've been holding this one for a while. had some friends over and poped it.

a - poured a chestnut red with a think off white frothy head. lacing was chunky.

s - cherry bomb. sour cherries. smells great.

t - sour cherry deliciousness. this is shocking that a beer can be like this. what a flavor! some brown sugar mixed in with the cherry.

m - not overly fizzy...decent body.

o - overall, this is a really impressive brew. it is unique and a great representation on what a beer can be and still be great. short's should take note...these guys know how to make a vegetable beer.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,566 ratings.
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