Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
97
world-class
3,567 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
Ratings:
3,567
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
1,167
Gots:
816
For Trade:
91
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1/5  rDev -77.1%

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1/5  rDev -77.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of timmy2b
1/5  rDev -77.1%

Photo of gasseran42
1/5  rDev -77.1%

Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -65.6%

Photo of wapavz
2/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of gameface23
2/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of bnelson997
2/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of sweetpaulie73
2/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of LockeSD
2/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of Lundste
2/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too sweet. The cherry flavor overpowers all other flavors.

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Photo of thedindaniel
2/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of Crosling
2.12/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Notes cannot describe my complete disgust with this beer. I’ve tasted it several times and I am still flabbergasted that people actualy enjoy it. I can't stand the sweetness and I don’t want to taste pie crust in a fruit beer. I do love the raspberry tart though, but that is very balanced and succulent.

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Photo of Luk13
2.14/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp. Beautiful ruby pour with a bit of frothy pinkish foam. What can I say about this beer, let's see, at first the aroma was super intriguing, tons of real cherries. Very intense and inviting. Shortly after the initial whiff though, it starts to smell like cough medicine (still okay but not quite my favorite smell) and then it actually starts to literally smell sweet. Okay, taste now. The first few sips are like the first few whiffs of smell. Great real cherry taste, sweet and definitely not sour.
5 minutes in and I'm sick and tired of the syrupy flavor. Palate is flat and super sticky. I wanted to like this beer so bad, but in the end three of us ended up drinking a quarter of the bottle. I do believe it will make great ice cream sauce.

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2.24/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this as an extra in a trade from TPatuto. Thanks giving me the opportunity to try this!

One of the bottles from New Glarus I was looking forward to opening on Thanksgiving.

This beer was a dark cherry color. I was expecting maybe a fiery red but the beer was kind of dark. My nose was engulfed in a storm of black cherries. That's about all I could smell. Not even a hint to it being a beer. I would think this is just black cherry soda.

The taste was very sweet. In fact, I thought it was way too sweet and a strong black cherry flavor overpowered the beer. There was a slight ketchup taste that I find in flemish sours. It was very hard to get through the bottle by myself. By the end I was in celebration that I was able to finish it.

I feel their Raspberry Tart is a much better fruit beer than this one.

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2.24/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

750 ml bottle poured into my lambic glass.

A- Body is beautiful. Its a nearly transparent, rich, dark, gem-like, cherry hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy pink head. Head retains well at about 1/2 finger and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.

S- Ripe cherry. Like when you open a jar of cherries soaked in cherry juice. Very rich. Cherry pits, cherry tartness, cherry sweetness. Not artificial whatsoever.

T- Taste is similar to the smell. Its very cherry all the way through. A hint more tart than sweet but there is a slight cherry pit woodiness to it as well. Taste is pretty consistent the whole way through and the flavor lingers for a while.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a rich, thick, and sticky mouthfeel.

D- In short I didn't really like this beer at all. I drank one lambic glass full and gave the rest away-which is easy because this is a very popular beer. To me it gave the impression of cough syrup without the medicinal aspect (which would have been an improvement...IMO). I really respect that this beer is all cherry without being artificial...which is why I am trying not to slam it too much...but this brew is just not for me.

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Photo of Chadster1975
2.25/5  rDev -48.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -48.4%

Photo of eldoctorador
2.25/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Basically soda

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Photo of taylor714914
2.36/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This screams cough syrup. It's a beautiful beer but too medicinal

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2.4/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.43/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: cloudy reddish brown with a quickly diminishing light tan head receding to a collar of thin lace.
S: cherry cough syrup and some woody/earthy notes.
T: cherry cough syrup and some woody earthy notes as above. medium/full sweetness, tartness and sourness equally so. these two intermingle in a long sweet and sour dark cherry finish.
M: light to medium body, much bigger than the abv would suggest, i suppose from the residual sugars. kinda slick from the remaining sugars as well.
D: was excited to try this, but somewhat let down. a darkish cherry 7-up mixed with some children's cherry cough syrup would be an apt comparison. hopefully this review (with it's high rDev and low score on a high rated beer) won't get deleted.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.45/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Poured a red color that was pretty bright and clear. I knew I was in trouble right then.

S- Smells like a cup of freshly mashed cherries, and some yeast thrown in there.

T- Big and strong cherry flavour and I'm not digging it at all.

M- Great for the style.

D- Way to sweet for me. Glad I got to try it and split this one with a few others.

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2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,567 ratings.
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