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:
3,569
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
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1,167
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817
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Ratings: 3,569 |  Reviews: 1,003
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sender for this bottle...

A: Pours a cloudy dark red with brown hues. There is about a half finger of light red head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is little lacing to be seen on the glass as it drinks.

S: I get a good amount of cherries out of this beer, along with a mix of vegetation slight spice, and that familiar New Glarus funk. It's nice, even for someone who isn't a huge cherry fan.

T: Definite cherries, with a great play between sweet and sour. I get that earthy vegetable like quality, but it's not overwhelming. It's earth. This beer reminds me a bit of the cherries found atop a Sarah Lee Cheesecake.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's wet to start and the sweet and sour notes linger of the palate for some time. It's a "sticky" beer, but it's highly drinkable.

O: This is a really nice beer, and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try it again. If you like cherries/cherry pie/cherry cheesecake, give it a whirl. It won't disappoint.

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Photo of JC333
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoneast
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Arbitrator
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with badbeer. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a delicious ruby-chestnut body with a light rose-colored head that rises to 1.5". The head recedes into a thick collar and some filming on the brew, with washes of lacing that track each swig and slide slowly down the glass. Magnificent.

S: Tons of oak, cherry, and earth on this one. I couldn't pick out anything else. Good points for its sheer pungency.

T: The taste is where the complexity really shines. An initial light spice (cinnamon?) pricks the tongue, segueing into a tart, juicy dark cherry flavor. The finish is earthy with some oak tannins giving it a little acidic bite.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly fizzy carbonation that cleanses the palate pretty well and prevents the beer from becoming too cloying. Still, it is slightly syrupy. No alcohol burn, as expected for a mid-range ABV.

D: I'm not the hugest fan of fruit beers, so I won't go out of my way to trade for this. But I'm glad it was suggested to me as a trade, because it turned out to be damn good. If I saw it in person, I'd get it again.

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Photo of acbe
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KAP72
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monty79_1997
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

The evolution of beer took a huge step forward over ten years ago with this brew. It's unlike any other Fruit Beer to the extent that it deserves more than the Fruit Beer label. There are well over a pound of cherries in every bottle and it's lagered in oak tanks for a year. Not many American breweries are doing that now--let alone ten years ago.

Pours with a light, spritzy carbonation, and its murky burgundy color shows no light at all. Just a thin ring of lace from the fizz of the head. The aroma is heavenly: a nose full of cherries in cherry juice. Sweet-tart cherry bouquet. Underlying crispness in the slick, medium body. Big bang of cherry sweetness to start. A balanced tartness sets in with mild oak, earth and a pinch of maltiness. Layers of cherry unravel slowly to finally reach a faint biscuit finish.

One of the most complex beers in the US to date, yet still very approachable and drinkable. Excellent balance of sweetness to tartness. It's a beer worth driving to Wisconsin for, or at least finding a friend to ship you some. A mild yogurt cheddar cheese with tart apples sounds like a great pairing.

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Photo of rastaman
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yep, liked it. Extremely fresh. Soft texture, with a wonderfully lightly tart, soft, natural cherry sourness. Never candyish, always natural (except the aroma kinda smelled like lollypops or soemthing). Mix the cherrys in with some light oak and mayne some nuttyness. If i had one complaint it would be that its not assertive enough (more sour, more stink), but hey, the balance couldn't really be any better right? Thanks Feloniousmonk for this truly classic beer.

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Photo of SMark
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a 1 pint 9 fluid ounce bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The beer was cherry ruby red with a nice 1 finger plus pink head which quickly dissipated. There was no lacing as in the Raspberry Tart but there was a lot of carbonation also.

The first scent was of chocolate covered cherries, then maraschino cherry and finished off with a cough syrup smell.

The taste was quite carbonated with the slightly tart cherries present.

I did not notice the amount of prickly sensations as in the Tart as this was smoother. This proved to be something to mull over but not obsessively.

This is also more of a refreshing drink you could have all year round. There is more noticeable lacing as I consume the beer. I do not think I would want to consume a lot of this at a time as the taste could become tiring after a while but for now it is enjoyable. Tasted better with food later on.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours a deep dark cherry red color with a light pinkish colored head. The deliciously enticing aroma is filled with cherries, not the typical artificial cherry flavoring in most fruit beers, but a really fresh cherry aroma. The taste is sweet but not overly sweet, with a good dose of cherries. Wow, this is a really great beer that I enjoyed quite a bit. Definitely not overly sweet and artificial like your typical fruit beer. Would make for an awesome dessert beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small pink head that quickly settles to large bubbles around the edge. Spotty lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell fresh cherries. Not much else is going on in the aroma.

Starts with big cherry flavor and then finishes tart. Leaves a lingering cherry aftertaste. Definate vinous qualities.

Light body and low carbonation. The texture is delicate and smooth.

Captures the flavor of cherries but I would of liked more beer qualities. The bottle goes quickly and the low ABV helps drinkability.

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Photo of copyguyadam
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this pop? I swear I used to drink this cherry soda when I was a kid. This smelled so sweet and looked so much like a wine cooler, I thought I was going to be disappointed. Disappointed? Not with this one!

Bomber into New Glarus glass. The bottle recommended a tulip or flute, but I thought the branded glass would do just fine.

A - Red wine color with a light head... for soda.
S - Big blast of montmorency cherries. Really strong with this one. I made my wife smell it (the beer) and she said "Wow, that's stong!"
T - Really great tasting sweet/tart fruit beer.
M - I hope all the sugar in this soda doesn't rot my teeth :) Felt like a fizzy wine in the mouth... but in a good way.
D - Could drink another bottle or three of this.

Overall thoughts are I can't believe I passed this bottle up so many times. I will be in WI again this week and will definitely be on the lookout for another bottle. This may be a good gateway beer for the right person. Great alternative to someone who likes wine coolers.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy copper, lacing almost throughout the beer itself.

Everyone knows this is a fruit beer. The wheat however comes through kind of like a crispy Belgian waffle, if you can imagine that. There's a grainy, savory undertone that balances the sweet tartness of the cherry, which is not an artificial candy sort of cherry, and it comes off like a home-made cherry compote for the waffle.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy, reddish-cranberry color with a small frothy off-white/pink head, good lacing. Aroma is cherries mostly with a hint of caramel malt. Flavor is sour cherries, a hint of oak, and some wine/grape flavors. Mouthfeel is medium, sour and a fairly active carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mauerhan
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cracked this open with mom for mothers day.

pours a rich red with a one finger head that has a hint of red. head falls quickly but is revived with a few quick swirls of my glass. some splotchy lacing but nothing that clings for to long.

smell is probably my favorite part of this beer. sweet but not overbearing wisps of cherries pretty much fly out of the glass. malts present but the star of the show is the cherry.

taste is sweet. smooth. obvious notes of cherry ride the senses throughout the sip. tastes very good. my mother would like to make shandies with this. sounds like it would work well.

mouth is medium with a hefty amount of carbonation. this is a great ride.

overall this is probably one of the better fruit beers i have had the joy of drinking. very nice.

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Photo of arkurzynski
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pink/red and slightly hazy. Fizzy champagne bubbles. Aroma is amazing. No harsh chemically or plastic aroma. Spicy cherry aroma. Warm inviting cherry flavor, alcohol, spice, aged wood. Dry, warm finish. Lingering tart cherries. Just enough background malt ot make it a beer. #2 New Glaurus fruit beer, just behind the Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Blood red with a slightly pinkish/white read. Good clarity. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

S: Sweet and sour cherries. Mainly a tart red cherry. Kind of reminds me of the smell of a cherry filled pastry.

T: Cherry, what a surprise! The first few sips are very odd, but it gets better after you get to know it. Great combination of sweet and tart cherries. Its sweet, its a fruit beer, but its not overly sweet since the tartness balances it out. There also is a hint of another odd earthy/woody taste, can't quite figure what it is exactly. Doesn't taste artificial, just not used to having fruit beers I guess.

M/D: Medium to fuller body. Lots of zippy, small carbonation. A very rich fruit beer. Drinkability is hard to rate for this one. Its easy to drink, more like a pop than a beer, but I couldn't do much of this. Split a 750 and that is plenty. Good overall.

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Photo of Fuller
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thefatkid13 for sending this to me. I wish it was available here in TN.

poured a hazy reddish brown color with a nice head. The head is white with some pinkish tones. Had decent retention but disappeared completely and had almost no lacing. Smells and tastes are exactly the same - cherries, sweet and sour. Low carbonation with a smooth medium body.

A delicious dessert drink. The only thing that affects the drinkability for me is that it may be a little too sweet to drink more than one bottle. Well maybe two or three, but definitely no more than that.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm really impressed with this one. I poured it out and I could already smell the fresh cherries! It looks like a Belgian dubbel, but with a bit more burgundy color to it--decent off-white head that fades to wisps on the surface of the beer. Aroma is outrageous--straight fresh cherries! It tastes pretty amazing too, with big sweet and tart cherry flavors, followed by a spicy wheat/malt backbone with some cinnamon spice. It tastes almost exactly like cherry pie. A fantastic cherry beer here, medium mouthfeel, creamy carbonation. My only complaint is that it is a bit too sweet for me, definitely tough to move through the whole bomber, but a great beer to share with friends after a meal.

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Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into 2 snifters. It pours a fizzy, quava color, with lots of white head and lacing. The smell is pure cherries. At first the cherry flavor is a bit much, and overly sweet. But by the second sip the cherry flavor really comes through making it very refreshing. The beer is highly carbonated, light in body and very wine like. For me this is more of a sipper. The best fruit beer I have ever had, IMO a must try for any BA.

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Photo of Coorsy
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thankfully I got 3 bottles of this so far in the Birthday BIF 2010/2011. Thanks big time for all the guys in this group.
Split my first bottle 3 ways.

A- Pours out a pretty dark red. I thought this beer was in a brown glass, but its actually a green bottle. The color of the beer through the green makes it look like a brown bottle. The shade of red is almost exactly like the waxed used to seal the crown. A small head fizzes out but there is still lots of pearls of lacing left behind.

S- Holy cow this smells huge of cherries. Big, sweet black cherries, skin and all. There is some earthiness that has suggestions of yeast but this aroma is dominated by cherries.

T- The perfect level of tartness that balances the sweetness of black cherries. Its huge on cherry. There is some plum skin that adds to the tartness. The grains and yeast play into the base creating ground for the cherries to stand on.

M- Lighter but not super light. Soft, prickly carbonation. Clean, smooth finish.

D- This stuff is great. I dont mind having extra bottles around.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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