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:
3,577
Reviews:
1,006
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
1,171
Gots:
819
For Trade:
90
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Ratings: 3,577 |  Reviews: 1,006
Photo of yamar68
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip glass:

Pours a bright pinkish red with a soft pink, sticky head that fades to a thin cap. Nice lacing and hazy beading.

Very pungent on the nose. So much fruit it's ridiculous. Rich cherry, floral bits, white sugar, some honey... massive aromas.

Sweet. Tart. Sour. All cherries. I could never finish a whole bottle. Way too much flavor. Definitely an experience. Like no other beer that I can think of.

Drinkability is relatively low but it's part of the experience. It's a sweet, aggressive sipper.

I can see why people go nuts over this stuff but it's a bit much for me.

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Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of scubahood
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.54/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 5/3/12

Thanks to smurfbeer for the chance to try this long time want.

Though a dirty rose color while being poured, the beer takes a darker turn toward rust and light plum. Held to the light, however, it has a nearly crimson sheen; it's quite bright. The head didn't pass more than half an inch an wisps out in no time. Some collar retention.

The aroma is a deep and sugary cherry: cherry pie, cherry concentrate, cherry preserves. Overtones of vanilla as it begins to warm. Faint cracker grains. I like the smell enough, but I'm afraid this is going to be a sugar bomb.

Huh. Not quite as sugary as I was expecting, but pretty close. The cherries are undeniable; sugary and heavily outfitted. Though it adds some to the sweetness, I'm glad there is a somewhat decently proportioned cracker and pie crust malt offset to flesh out the overall flavor. A bit tart, but it could stand for more stimulation in that respect.

The feel is a bizarre cross between a medium-light body and a sticky sugar bent. The beer feels far heavier than it actually is. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall impression - It's like hearty cherry soda. It's like a good, shitty port... without all that pesky alcohol.

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Photo of Snowrs
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of beerhan
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a couple pint glasses. Ruby red body with a pink two finger head. Lots of carbonation

S-Lots of candied sugar and sweet cherries and what I am going to call magic dust.

T-Sweet cherry juice dominates with a little yeast presence in the background. Just delicious.

M-A little tart with puckering carbonation.

O-Probably the best fruit beer out there. Worth seeking out and is perfect for warm weather.

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Photo of markasparov
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of zvanwink
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MClow
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Yabev15
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Chisfinest84
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Dizzle32
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Doyle
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a flute at the brewery on 4/28/12

A - A beautiful mostly clear brilliant pinkish-cherry red with 1 finger light cherry head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - The soul of a cherry, these fruit are so abundant it is intoxicating, nice oak, and fruity soda, bubble gum notes.

T - A very sweet cherry taste hits you so smooth you'll be charmed immediately followed by a bit of tartness and delicate oak notes and just a hint of hop floral aroma.

M - Moderate body, highly carbonated, effervescent.

O - So complex and satisfying and easily among the most drinkable fruit beer. Pairs well with a nice creamy Wisconsin cheese.

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Photo of sami
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cfh64
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beer3laura
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,577 ratings.
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