Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
BA SCORE
4.38/5
3,600 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:
3,600
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,171
Gots:
825
Trade:
91
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,600 |  Reviews: 1,010
Photo of Homerbag
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is no doubt that this is a cherry beer based on the pour. Comes out very red with about a finger thick head that disappears quickly.
Smells very cherry with nothing else really standing out.
Taste is as you would expect, just better. There is a ton of sour and sweet cherry in here. It is just pure cherry, no hint of sugar or syrupy tastes. Everything is balanced very well.
Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. The cherry coats the tounge from side to side and leaves a dry taste like a sherry wine. Higher carbonation than I expected, but good. I'ld give it a five, but it doesn't have the feel of a trappist so I can't.
Very drinkable, I am glad I live where this is easily available.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pecorasc
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded with justn. Split two ways and poured into large flute glass.

A- Deep red cherry color. Gorgeous off-white rocky head with nice retention. Lacing all the way down the flute looks great.

S- Cherries, cherry cough drops (Ludens), wheat and chocolate. No identifiable hops or barley, pure fruit beer.

T- Are there cherries actually in the bottle? Cherry medicine, with a bit of tartness, but not sour. Again, no hop or barley character. The taste really sticks between sips. Maybe a bit more dry and this would be incredible.

M- Much more body than I expected. Silky, with a tingle of carbonation.

D- For such a strong cherry flavor, extremely drinkable. I wish I didn't split the bottle.

Great fruit beer. Its nice to have a pure fruit beer and not a beer with fruit. A little drier and more carbonation and this would be perfect.

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Photo of brdc
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great "dessert" beer from New Glarus, probably the best one.
Beautiful, cherry-red hazy beer with a small white head that quickly fades away.
Potent smell of cherries, sugar, malts and some alcohol, and a potent, full-bodied sweet and sour taste mostly of cherries, but multiple other fruits, citric and non-citric make their way into the rich taste.
The bitterness/sourness in there makes it easier than most "sweet" beers, quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a champagne glass. Thick cream colored foam on top of a light burgundy red beer. Slowly dissipates to a ring with nice lacing. Smell is sweet cherry reminiscent of candy. Taste is more of a sweet darker cherry. Not very complex.  Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall a very nice cherry ale. Not overly sweet and easy to drink. I've not found anyone that doesn't like it. 

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that I have not rated this one to-date and since I just split a bottle tonight watching college football, why not rate it now.

A - Poured from the wax topped bottle into my waiting New Glarus flutes, supplied by one of the best cheeseheads I know and have the pleasure of trading with, wisconsinbeer1. Pours a beautiful garnet red with a fizzy white fluff that quickly settles down.

S - Tart cherries and cherry pie. Beautiful!

T - Tart cherries and cherry pie. Not overly sweet as it has a slight tart sensation with subtle oak accents from sitting in the barrels for a period of time. Really a sensational taste.

M - Highly carbonated and thin but not a problem.

D - Really good but you have to remind yourself that you are drinking a beer. Really, it is a cross of beer and wine.

One of the really great fruit beers that is always a pleasure to have. Regularly supplied by maximum12 and wisconsinbeer1 so I don't know who to thank for this particular bottle. I guess I'll just have to thank you both.

Get this one and make yourself popular.

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark ruby red color with a thin fizzy pink head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left.

Slightly tart and earthy aroma with a huge blast of cherry. It smells slghtly syrupy but the nose is dominated by the fresh cherries without much else to talk about.

Soft carbonation up rent with a huge sweet cherry flavor that dominates and lingers throughout into a slightly tart sweet finish. There is a subtle oak presence and some earthy wooden notes possibly from the cherry pits. This beer is very sweet but somehow manages not to be over the top with just a touch of balance that smooths things out. Very faint syrupy texture but not cloying.

I'm usually not the biggest fan of dessert beers but this is delicious and extremely quaffable. Much better than he Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a cute beer. I really enjoyed it, a lot. Beer poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is red and clear. White head but really thin, carbonation moderate and of small bubbles. Lacing is really high. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and tart, smells like cherries.

This is an easy drinking beer. Its sweet and has a good fruit flavor to it. Carbonation sours the beer a little but it just serves to bring out the fruit flavor more. Drinkability high mouthfeel good.

Resampled February 8, 2010:

Beer is poured into a snifter glass. Beer is dark red and hazy. Froms a thin white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is much stronger than I remember, very cherry, almost like cherry candy jolly ranchers.

Lots of carbonation on the tongue, great sour / tartness. I seriously love this beer.

Its less like beer and more like cherry soda.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Listed on the "1001", this ale deserves it. One of the great ales to pair with particular foods.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3.5 of 4 stars and called it "almond, bittersweet."
I usually bring Wisconsin Belgian Red to dinner parties of wine drinkers to introduce them to the best of another world and about half say something positive that seems to be meant. Of that half the ration of women-to-men is 3 to 1. Call this a check beer, if you must.
It remains one of my favorites on a hot day or with a fruit pie or in the presence of cranberries or chocolate. But my days of buying a case of this are over as I have developed a clear preference for New Glarus' sister beers, Raspberry Tart and, more recently, Serendipity.

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Photo of beerfairy
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice cloudy red/orange w/ a nice small head. Decent lacing is present.

S- Very fresh cherries. Very reminiscent of the little debbie cherry pies, but classier.

T- Very nice sweet yet a bit dry cherry taste, outstanding.

M- Low carbination, smooth feel.

D- I will definitely drink this again. It's easily drinkable. One of the best fruit beers I've ever had.

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Photo of TH28
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Appearance: Deep ruby red, clear, with a pinkish khaki frothy head. Aroma: Black cherry dominates, light maltiness Taste: Tart black cherries, giving way to chocolate and toasted malt sweetness. Bitterness only enough to balance. Has a vinous quality. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some silliness. Carbonation is high. Finish: A mix on lingering chocolate and cherry. Overall: Top notch fruit beer with a wonderful balance of cherry and chocolate components. Acidity and high carbonation would make this angriest dessert beer.

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Photo of Kylo76
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nightcrawler
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The liquid pours a creamy red with a quick-dying head. The smell was of sweet cherries and the taste was exactly the same. I expected this and enjoyed it for what it was, even though it bordered on coy for me. Personally, I would have *preferred* a beer I could see through, lighter body and a bit cleaner on the finish. But the effervescent tingle in my mouth after each sip was wonderful.

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Photo of Stefko
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sirsteve42
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwarbi
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a liquid cherry! A beautiful, cloudy red beer with a pinkish head that won't give, except for some lacing. Smells predominantly of cherries, obviously, with some spice. Even though it really does not taste like a beer (is there alcohol in this? if so, you can't tell) it tastes wonderful. Sour spice and, again of course, cherry. Very smooth on the tongue. Delicious aftertaste that lingers for just the right amount of time. Once it's gone, you want another taste. Very drinkable, all of it's strong qualities make it so, but the fruitiness keeps the drinkability from being perfect.

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

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

Photo of N_Schleret
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a ruby/brown color with a one finger white head. The head dissipates to a ring with soapy lacing.
S: Big cherry fills up the nose, almost cough syrup but not as harsh. Light malt at the back end.
T: Again, lots of cherry. I am glad it doesn't taste like cough syrup. Very sweet and a little sour pucker. The cherry leaves the palate almost as quickly as it enters, keeps me wanting more.
M: Light on the palate. Medium carbonation.
O: This brewery knows how to make fruit beers. This one doesn't dissipoint.

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

Photo of awalk1227
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/30/10

Poured into a Bruery tulip

A: Pours a DEEP ruby red that glows wonderfully in the light. Highly carbonated and pours a lovely white-pink head that fizzles out after a few seconds.

S: I can smell cherries when I open the bottle. All I smell are fresh, juicy, tangy cherries.

T: Wow! It's like sucking on a cherry Jolly Rancher, without the high fructose corn syrup. Bright, punchy fruity flavor comes at my mouth fast, and the 4.0% alcohol isn't tasted at all, but lends to the overall construction, letting me know this is a beer.

F: Glazes my tongue in a red bath with a few fizzles here and there. Goes down very smooth.

D: Certainly not a gulper, but it's not too strong to declare it strictly a sipper. My first glass I finished very quickly and my second glass I nursed a bit more, tasting all the nuances as it warmed.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Is cherrirific a word? Pours a darker shade of red with definite brown hues. Almost like a Flanders red. Good clarity with a slight haze, although I did pour in a bit of sediment on the bottom. A reddish white head when poured but did dissipate complete. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is very unique. Some sweeter malt notes mixes with a sugary cherry aroma. Almost like a masaccio cherry in a way but more of a syrup like smell. Very complex with a lot of different esters and malt notes. A citrus and tart notes, apples, figs, caramel and a hint of rose.

The taste is also very unique. The cherry flavor balances well with the malt but definitely cherry wins out. Almost has a wine spritzer taste with a sweet, sweet fruit flavor coming out. The malt is easy to pick out though. There is a Flanders red quality with some Belgian malt notes. Some caramel/Special B notes and a distinct yeasty notes as well. Some esters and woody characteristics as well. The taste continues long after you taste it with a sugar and cherry finish. Very good flavor.

The body is hard to pin down with a moderate feel but with the sweetness that lasts into the finish gives it more of a fuller texture. Because this is so sweet it deters from drinking too much and leaves a lot of aftertaste. Overall a fun beer and must try at least once.

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Photo of Evan
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mgm54
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,600 ratings
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