Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Photo of MA_hops
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red, thin white head. Smells of cherries, tastes like cherries/cherry syrup. Mouthfeel of a soda. Thin body with a balance between tart/sweet.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of klewis
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky reddish brown with a nice sized head that subsides to a bubbly layer of foam. Good lacing.

S: Nothing exciting here, just cherries.

T: Sweet cherry and vanilla flavors followed with a bit of tartness in the finish. Tastes like cherry candy.

M: Less carobnated than most fruit beers or lambics. This is a good thing, I think. Slightly puckering on the first sip, but the sourness smooths out.

D: Not an everyday beer, of course, but very good. The cherry flavor isn't obnoxious like in some fruit beers, but rather you get just the right amount of flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 4 oz tasting glass...reviewed from notes over several samplings.

A - Pours a hazy red with good carbonation and a quick-lasting, off-white head. This color definitely stands out...I'm used to the typical fruit beer light-golden color, similar to an APA. I definitely like this - a raspberry beer should have a color like this.

S - Sweet scents of berries on a malty backbone. Wheat notes come through as it warms...makes me excited for a fruit beer.

T - Thanks to Phatz, I'm beginning to enjoy tart and sour beers...so I'm very glad this wasn't my first one! Despite the expected rush of berry tartness, there were plenty of complexities not usually associated with fruit beers. A bready malt formed a solid backbone on which the berry flavors developed. Juicy hops followed the sweet tones, until finally a fruity bitterness finished it off. Probably the best-tasting fruit beer I've ever had.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Tart-bitter finish.

D - Overall, I really enjoyed this beer...just not sure I could ever handle more than one, which sounds like it might contradict my high taste ranking. I'm liking the juicy sourness, but the fruit is more than I'm used to. That being said...it's still the best fruit beer I've ever had.

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

Photo of Florida9
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dirty reddish brown. On the first pour there was a significant oxidized pinkish head, but it reduced quickly and was never really seen again on the successive pours. Reduced to nothingness - not even a surface coating. No lacing.

S: Oddly, this has a huge cranberry nose. Smells like some sort of sweet candy.

T: The cherry flavor returns in a big way. Actually, that is really the only flavor I get out of this beer. Aside from the copious amounts of cherry flavor, there isn't much else going on.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. A very quick finish.

D: I found this beer impressive, though I've got to admit I think it takes more like fermented cherry juice than it does like beer. Being sweet and loaded with cherry flavor, I found this one to be a very easy drinker. However, being sweet and loaded with cherry flavor, I don't think I'll be making this a regular beer anytime soon.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color, very low clarity. Small tan head, just a tinge of red. Doesn't last long but does leave a bit of lacing.

Aroma is big cherry, mostly sweet but there is a hint of tartness. Oak. Pretty much pure cherry juice.

Taste like the aroma, just straight cherry. Missing the hint of tartness though. Fairly sweet.

Medium body with a fairly crisp mouth feel. Pretty high carbonation. Sweet but not syrupy. Very fruity.

Nice fruity beer. Very low complexity but still very tasty.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to soonami for this bottle.

Solid, slightly cloudy red; not much of a head. Pie cherry aroma, hints of forest floor. Super cherry flavor, very clear and fresh. Moderate effervescence keeps this from being cloying despite a definite sweetness.

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

Photo of Studfarm69
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, and thank you Craig.

The appearance itself is a paragon of cherry. It looks like cherry juice with a cherry blossom colored head of small proportions. The initial pour is crystal clear, though I'm guessing at the bottom of the bottle is some nice trub. It looks like it smells and tastes.

Syrupy Maraschino cherry; the nose is very sweet. Cough syrup comes through a bit medicinally with some bite. No denying that this thing is loaded with cherries.

I really can't imagine the fitting of cherry flavor into a beer better than this liquid in front of me. It's a huge juicy sweetness like cherry Jolly Ranchers. There is a cough drop/syrup heavy turn at the end, a slight tingle on the tongue. Goodness this stuff is sweet, but like fruit is, not like 10% super sweet Barleywine. Low level of oak tannin help close it out and lift some of the sweetness.

Fairly high level of carbonation works on keeping things from being perceived as syrupy. The body is right there. It is thick and sweet. Even more carbonation would not be out of line.

I'm slightly confused about the difference between this and sparkling cherry juice. Since it is beer, it seems like an example of some exceptional brewing skill. Some may find the medicinal character to be objectionable, but I don't.

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Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a 1 finger high frothy/sudsy head that a dissipates quickly to nothing. The head is off white in color, while it lasts. Beer itself is garnet in color and clear in appearance with moderate carbonation rising at a moderate pace towards the surface. 4/5

S - Aroma is very strong on the cherry front, almost medicinal (somewhat reminds me of cherry flavored Nyquil). Very sweet and syrupy aroma. Somewhat of a malty/white bready base along with an herbal hop undertone. Candy sweetness throughout. 4/5

T - Sweet dark stone fruit and raspberry jam hits me straight away which transitions into the tartness of the cherries. A moderate malty undertone is present throughout the first third of the sip. Somewhat of an earthy middle which transitions to an herbal hop finish to this beer along with a tart cherry tartness that cleanses the palate of the herbal hop and its associated bitterness. 4.25/5

M - Carbonation tickle up front reminds me of a soda pop fizziness. Wheat provides a nice smoothness to the remainder of the sip. Light to medium in body, crisp and slightly drying on the back end. 4.5/5

O - Interesting Belgian Red here with a huge concentration on tart cherries. There is some sweetness that balances out the tartness but the tartness does override the sweetness for the most part. Transitions between flavors are stark and obvious, allowing for this beer to be approachable and not overly complicated. A bit too much like cherry Nyquil or cough drops to warrant anything higher than a 4 overall from me. 4/5

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Photo of jmalex
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this while listening to the Brewing Network on a rainy Sunday night.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Hennepin tulip cloudy and deep crimson amber in color. A small white head forms on top and shrinks immediately to a tiny collar with a few straggling patches.

SMELL: Sweet cherry with a hint of tartness and a trace of cough syrupy bitterness. Not a whole lot of base beer getting through, but that's ok since this cherry aroma is so nice.

TASTE: The cherry stays sweet and soda-like the entire time, but here in the taste the base beer is allowed to come through a bit. It's slight caramelly with maybe even a hint of chocolate. It's hard to believe this a beer, but it is. And it's delicious.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly slick and syrupy with a medium body. Carbonation is on the lower side of average.

DRINKABILITY: It's delicious and I'll gladly finish the bottle, but it really is pretty sweet. This should last me the better part of the night though, and for that I'm grateful.

A shining beacon for fruit beers in an sea of otherwise extract-laden crap. I don't know how they do these, but the beer world would be a better place if more people knew.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's snifter. It pours a hazy, but beautiful, ruby-red color with a nice pink head that dissipates quickly. There are lots of fresh, tart cherries on the nose as well as hints of almonds and bubblegum.

The beer has a medium-light body. The carbonation is lower than I expected, but it still has a nice firm, silky feel. Very strong flavors of sweet cherries (skins and all - I can almost feel them in my teeth) and fruit juice on the front of the palate. Flavor then becomes slightly acidic and tart, yet still maintains a nice appetizing balance between sweet and sour. Other flavors include mild notes of apple, red grape, and a hint of cranberry. The finish has some mouth-drying tannins and is very refreshing.

Overall, an outstanding beer. Very fruity, nicely-balanced, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face (and a pucker on your lips). It probably won't appeal to all beer fans, but I thought it was delicious.

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Photo of twbrewer
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a deep red color with very little to no head.

very aromatic, was able to smell sour cherries before lifting the glass.

the taste was all cherry,tart and sour.the warmer the beer got the sweeter it tasted.

it seemed to be a lighter in body than expected.nice carbonated bubbly feel.

this is a great beer by itself but is also a great dessert beer.
hard to beat for this style of beer.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickynick
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Belgian Red poured a brownish reddish color. Smell was all of cherries. Very sweet nose. The taste was sweet and sour cherries. Tasted close to a Belgian Flemish Red. Not overly sweet, and a nice tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit thick. Drinkability was nice. Overall a good beer. I wish that New Glarus would send some of their beer to Illinois.

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Photo of tvghost
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glazeman
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split with my girlfriend, poured into a snifter.

A: This beer pours amber with big ruby red hues. There is a one finger pinkish white head that has medium retention and medium lacing.

S: Intense sour cherries and a yeasty funk define this beer's nose. It's a very pleasant smell, but is not overly complex in nature.

T: Even though this tastes more like a sparkling juice than a beer, it is still delicious. This beer is sour at the start, sweet in the middle, and slightly tart at the finish. This is almost like a slightly sweeter, liquefied version of sour gummy candies. This beer also reminds me a little bit of maraschino cherries and Shirley Temples.

M: On the higher end of carbonation, but still sits very well on the tongue. Appropriate level of viscosity, and great aftertaste.

D: This beer is easy to drink, but I feel that I would get sick if I drank this too fast, or if I had more than one bottle due to the high level of residual sugar and the carbonation.

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Photo of adrock7309
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a 2011 vintage into a cigar city snifter.

With an aggressive pour, almost no head. What little head there was faded quickly to a small ring around the edge of the glass with some minimal bands of foam stuck to the glass - no lacing.

Smell is huge on cherries, pie crust, some bready yeast, and some floral/leafy notes. There is also a bit of tartness there too.

Flavor is big on cherry flesh, cherry syrup, and some tangy cherry candy. There is zero hops and the malt is very subdued here. Almost non-existent.

This is such a great beer. Just wish it had a bit more complexity to the flavor as it is dominated by cherries only.

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Photo of mwbbq
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dotes_on_dipas
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schimschim
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,657 ratings