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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,571
Reviews:
1,005
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
1,169
Gots:
817
For Trade:
91
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Ratings: 3,571 |  Reviews: 1,005
Photo of beerkittycat
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy orange with red and pink hues. A rocky white head settles after a moment to a thin layer. Aroma has cherry pie upfront but behind that there is some nice malty notes and other interesting finds like buttery graham cracker crust and cheesecake. Flowery hops dance around the malt and cherries. Very complex nose. Right out of the gate in the taste is fresh Door-county cherry pie! What follows is an interesting mix of malt and rose-like hop flavors. Hop bitterness, however, is fairly restrained and it could be ramped up a bit to balance the moderate sweetness. I'm shocked this is only 5%ABV because the mouthfeel is like a Belgian Strong Ale. A very complex beer that you could spend all night finding new things to discover within. Don't miss it!

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a thin bubbly off white head that quickly fades to very light lacing and spotting.

Smells like apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and cherry coke.

Tastes very sweet with an ever so slight cherry tartness. Not mouth puckering by any means. More apple cider comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall is pretty good but maybe a touch too sweet for me.

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Photo of thoover
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark red, very cloudy. Not much head at all, and what head there is dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Smells like fresh sour cherries, the sort that you'd use for a cherry pie.

Taste: Full burst of cherries at the start, tastes like a tart cherry pie. The bitterness comes out in the end, for a clean, sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Not a light beer, lots of fruit in it, but it is very smooth.

Drinkability: I finished all 750 ml of the bottle, and it was great...

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dingy reddish brown. It's much more of a red with splash of the brown. The head is tight and tall with a pinkish hue.

Tons of cherries in the smell and I pick up a little vanilla. It's extremely aromatic.

The taste is saturated with cherries and hits with a sticky sweetness with tart following through. There's a light vinegar touch.

The mouthfeel is amazing in that it is extremely sweet yet remains crisp without being syrupy. Sparkling carbonation.

This is a fun beer to drink and truely unique. One of the best fruit beers I've had without question.

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Photo of kmoen
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KDawg
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750 into tulip. Pours a nice medium red color with a small head

Very cherry dominated with some orchard fruits as well. Excellent depth and while a bit singular it brings a ton of various cherry aromas

medium bodied but on the lighter side with a real nice feel. All sorts of various cherry flavors with a nice tart finish

this is a real delicious beer. This brings a lot of great cherry flavors and does it great

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Photo of tedpeer
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured red, with a thin white head that quickly became a whispy layer with ring around. Some spotty lacing that sticks to the end.

S - Cherries. That's it.

T - Both tart and sweet cherries. It's sweet but finishes tart.

M - Crisp carbonation. Medium thickness.

D - This is a pretty good fruit beer.

Fruit doesn't belong in beer. That being said, this was a pretty good fruit beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. I apologize for not writing down who sent me this but I do that you for the trade.

A: Pours a dark woody-cranberry with a thin dark white head that fizzed away rather quickly into a faint collar leaving no lace.
S: As expected, the smell is consumed by rich dark cherries, sweet cherry syrup, and musty cherry pits and skins. There is a touch of musty oak as well. Very delicious and inviting.
T: Follows the nose with a big fresh cherry flavor. There is nothing synthetic tasting about this beer. The cherry taste is sweet, lightly tart, and most importantly, tastes like I’m eating an actual cherry. Just like the nose, the oak barrel and cherry skins translate into a nice woody, musty flavor that adds depth and counteracts the sweetness from the cherries. I also pick up a note or two of brown sugar and dried prunes.
M: Feels like soda in my mouth with very fizzy carbonation, medium body and drying finish. Pretty bubbly.
O: One of the more complex and well-rounded fruit beers I’ve consumed. I enjoyed putting away this whole bottle.

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Photo of italianstallion
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmhurdle
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chewpendous
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml Bottle care of garymuchow (thanks!)

Poured into a small champange flute as it seemed appropriate.
Reddish pink with very good carbonation and a small 1 finger head. Very little lacing.
Smell is cherry..oh boy is it cherry. Very little else, there is some astringency in the smell as well, but not in a bad way.
Tastes very much of cherry and a malt sweetness that is quite pleasant. Perhaps this is a bit too sweet though.
This is a great beer with desert but I feel that perhaps it would be great with a meal as well. This is not as sickeningly sweet as some other cherry beers that I have had, the tartness (even sour at some times) of this beer makes it feel very dry.
I would have to say that this is by far the best cherry beer that I've tried. I certainly wouldn't pass up a chance to try it again.

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Photo of BierReise
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange red looking ale with an initially towering head that subsides rather quickly to a thin disorganized layer of froth. Outstanding aroma of whole cherries with a touch of cinniman in the mix. Has an almost full body witha tart crispness to it.Flavor is sour and crisp with a big cherry flavor and a dry mouth puckering finish. Wasn't sure what to expect with this one but am extremely pleased. A very flavorful ale and paired nicely with my gorgonzola and chicken salad.

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Photo of vicinandp
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer until I got halfway through my glass. Its great fruit beer but its very very sweet. Starts to coat the back of your throat like when you ate too much candy on halloween as a kid. Very jammy, tons of cherry in this, basically its like drinking a liquid cherry Jolly Rancher. There is a good amount of tart cherry in this beer I just wish it was less sweet.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a champagne flute. Poured a murky red color, slight head and lacing. Smell is hard to describle- kind of a musty sweet smell. I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer and it met my non expectations. Wow- what a different flavour! Huge cherries, with a really sour finish, but yet sweet at the same time. the sweetness seems to be like a honey flavour. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. I'm not a huge cherry, so the flavour of this beer is probably wasted on me. I due to have to give credit for an awesome effort and a very complex brew. I am very glad I had a chance to try this, but probably a one time try.

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Photo of mrand01
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared with nicoco poured in to Weyerbacher Tulips. Bottle sent by richkrull. Thanks dude!

A: A hazy deep red with about 1/4" of cream colored head. Head settles rather quickly to leave a ring around the outside of the pour. Light lacing.

S: Cherry tootsie pops! Smells like any cherry flavored candy with faint hints of chocolate. Pretty one dimensional.

T: CHERRY! Cherry? Yeah...maybe a little cherry. Did I say cherry? Also, a little bit of chocolate, but damn...mostly sweet cherries!

M: Very light carbonation, light bodied, yet sticky.

O: Well, if they were trying to make a beer taste like candied cherries, I'd say they nailed it. If you were expecting any tartness to the flavor, you're going to be disappointed. Remember, this is a fruit beer, not a wild ale or a lambic. That said, this is excellent.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium cherry amber color, 1" head that slowly drops away, strips of lace. Like the best krieks, starts with straw and malt, followed by real tart/sweet cherry taste to burst in quickly and smoothly. This continues blissfully through the finish. Surprising taste for 4%, and somehow delivers the fruit without cloying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle as an extra from gford217 - many, many thanks! Per gford's suggestion, I split this one with my girlfriend. Poured my portion into a weizen glass, hers into a chalice.

Appearance: A deep hazy brown beer with red highlights - or is that a red beer with brown highlights? - with a fast fading, dirty brown head. Like dirty, murky, brackish water (all that cherry goodness, I s'pose). Streaky, runny lacing.

Aroma: Cherries! Sweet and syrupy cherry smell, tart in places. Lemons and plums, as well. The malt that's there is doughy and spicy, almost like graham crackers, which is complimented by a honey sweetness ... starting to smell like cherry pie here ... and there's also some woody earthyness which I'm assuming is coming from the oak.

Taste: A little more tart here, and that's good, because it balances itself very, very well. Some faint spice again, more nutmeg than cinnamon here with a little bit of allspice. The tartness has a certain spiciness to it. There's some vanilla and oak again, as well as that same honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and effervescent, medium thickness and medium-bodied and very uneven. Left only the faintest hint of a cloying afterfeel, which is actually in its favor given how bad it potentially could have been with all this cherry action!

Drinkability: As a fruit dessert beer? Outstanding. A very impressive natural cherry flavor that I imagine was pretty tough to achieve. A completely manageable abv, as well. You gotta be in the mood for this one though, as it's definitely all cherries, all the time. Give it a go.

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Photo of Denzo
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iabeerbaron
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this while in Madison. Poured a dark red color with a off white head. Aroma heavy of cherries. This beer is always on hand at my house; perfect for dessert and great for people looking to try something different. First drink was very sweet. Very delicious fruit beer.

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Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this bottle with us.

A-Pours a murky reddish brown with a thin off white head.

S-The aroma has a ton of sweet maraschino cherries and not much else.

T-The taste, however, is a whole different matter. Very nice tart cherry flavors with a mild creamy finish. Nicely balanced between acidic and sweet.

M-Medium bodied and creamy.

D-A delicious beer. Next to Selin's Grove's Kriek, this is perhaps my favorite fruit beer.

HV

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Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a maroon tint and has a good cream colored head than thins

S-faint dark belgian malts with a nice hint of cherry

T-comes in with a nice spiced cherry flavor. the cinnamon and cherry last awhile before transitioning to an after-taste of a good cherry yogurt. it also reminds me of a good cherry pie. this is fairly tasty.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is definitely more complex and better balanced than its raspberry brother. its definitely sweet, but not overly sweet that it sticks to your mouth like many sweet beers. i could actually drink this all night. this is much more sophisticated than any other fruit beer i've had.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,571 ratings.
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