Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
BA SCORE
4.38/5
3,602 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:
#278
Reviews:
1,010
Ratings:
3,602
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,171
Gots:
825
Trade:
91
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 3,602 |  Reviews: 1,010
Photo of CraftFan5
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerzebub
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Azurelimits for trading me this.

Poured in a big wine glass at F/ C.

Deep brownish-red color, quite pretty, topped with a small amount of beige froth. Fine, intricately patterned lace.

Big aroma of cherries, like good all natural cherry pie, sour and sweet. There's also a distinct almond aroma like bearclaws, presumably from the cherry pits, big but very well integrated with the fruit. That's all there is to it - cherries with their pits - but it's great, and even pretty complex, with different aspects of the cherries coming through in waves.

The flavor is fruity and sweet, sweeter than suggested by the aroma. A medium level of acidity cuts the sweetness just enough to achieve some balance. The pits' almond flavor is there, but more subdued than in the aroma. The sweetness begins to fade towards the finish. Long finish, cherry and almond, moderately tart, with some mild bitterness emerging at the very end as dryness is achieved, in the finish of the finish. Very tasty, but I would probably prefer a little less sweetness.

Smooth wheaty texture, with very fine bubbles. Refreshing and drinkable, but a slightly drier version might be even more so.

Stuffed with great cherry character. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Brian700
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a ruby red with an off-white head that fizzled down to a foamy island in the middle of my glass. The smell was an abundance of cherries. Smells amazing. The taste is tart and with an incredible amount of cherry flavor. There is also a light decection of alcohol. The mouthfeel is good, swish it around a bit and nurse those flavors. This is a great beer to drink with friends. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- maroon with a bit of good head. Clean and clear

Smell- tart cherries on the nose... Very powerful

Taste- tart cherries very strong flavour profile. Very very tasty!

Mouthfeel- thin and crisp and well carbonated

Drinkability- very drinkable. Like drinking juice... Very very good juice

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Photo of stace
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, quite a pleasant brew. Can't get New Glarus in IL, so whenever I drive through WI I try to pick up a good variety to sample. This bottle came back with me from my Thanksgiving road trip.

A: Cloudy, reddish brown. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Cherries. Surprise! Reminiscent of a lambic.

T: Cherries! Surprise, again! This is close to a lambic, again, with just a hint of sour, but not too much. There's a definite sweetness, but after that there's a little bite in the finish.

M/D: I'm having a hard time describing it. It's bright on the palate with good bubbly nature, but after the swallow, there's a certain... stickiness?

I'm enjoying this. Will definitely buy again -- it's a nice addition to the fruit beers in the fridge.

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Photo of phishbfm
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip. Poured a pretty red color with an inch of pinkish-tan head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is strongly cherry and not much else. On the tongue the cherry flavor is backed up by a bit of a grain taste.The body was very effervescent and crisp, sweet without being sticky. Drinkability will depend on how you like sweet and fruity brews, I loved it and would lots more if it were available to me.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Dankacheese
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoneast
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arbitrator
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KAP72
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monty79_1997
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 mtstatebeer
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mauerhan
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,602 ratings
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