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Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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3,614 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#274
Reviews:
1,014
Ratings:
3,614
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,168
Gots:
823
Trade:
92
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Ratings: 3,614 |  Reviews: 1,014
Photo of Phoenix2443
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Erish
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 25 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: cloudy reddish-amber color, 1-finger pinkish head quickly diminishes into a scant cap with decent lacing.

S: pure cherry aroma, sweet, pie crust like malt; this smells like a fresh baked cherry pie!

T: sour cherry, sweet malt, the middle shows a fruity yeast character, the finish is slightly sour and surprisingly dry. I'm sure there are hops somewhere in there, but they are buried under a mountain of cherries. The taste is cherry, cherry, and more cherry, and while this was to be expected, I also expected just a bit more complexity and finish.

M: light-bodied, lightly carbonated, watery/lightly silky up front with a crisp, tart finish, wait for it... like a cherry.

D: It felt like drinking a bowl of cherries, which is heaven for some people, but just sort of cool for me. As I said before, I was expecting a little more from a "Belgian" red. The pink head is cute!

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Photo of Orlando
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hopyard57
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of geryeb624
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to zimmerbloke for the bottle! 750 mL waxed bottle into my trusty DFH signature glass.

A- Dark ruby red into brown with a fizzy off-white head. Quickly dissipates into a thin film.

S- Huge, heavenly tart cherry aroma. A little biscuity malt in the background, but mostly wet, juicy cherry.

T- Oh man. I may be biased, as cherry is one of my favorite flavors, but this is incredible. Big, wet, authentic cherry taste, balanced with a little spice and some biscuit malt. Tastes like a cherry pie.

M- Thin and fizzy, which works perfectly for a beer like this.

D- Can I give it a 6? This goes down so easily, and at 4%, I don't feel so guilty enjoying the whole bottle.

This stuff is phenomenal. One of all-time big wants since I started on BA, and no disappointment here. I could drink this everyday and be happy. So good.

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Photo of Akeah
4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Jeremy6566
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MJsGhost
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grfilwett
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Ragnarok88
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of J_Mueller
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmb987
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wisconsin Belgian Red was served from a wax sealed 750 ml bottle into a champagne flute. The beer was a lovely orangish-ruby hue, and murky like fresh unfiltered cider. Topping this off was a fine and ample whitish head, which left excellent lacing. It looked beautiful in the champagne glasses. The nose was curious and seducing, with notes of fresh tart cherries and cinnamon spice. I don't believe I have ever experienced such a marvelous combonation. The peak of enjoyment came with the flavor. The beer starts with a massive sweet and tart cherry bomb, hitting the palate with tingling fizzy delight. This sensation smoothly transitions into a semi-dry finish with delicious lingering flavors of cherry and subtler winey cinnamon. All of this is perfectly balanced but charged with life, with perfect carbontion and a sleek mouthfeel. The tartness level was much lower than a kriek, but in this case was just right, leaving me completely satisfied and ready to drink another bottle of this if I had one. This is a phenomenal fruit beer that completely blew me away. Endless thanks to ngandhi for "deliverating" this into my possession.

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mnbearsfan
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SF_Posse
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of gotek
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reddish-brown in color. I take a whiff.... WOW... cherry! Smells like delicious, fresh-baked cherry pie, big time! Oh, and the flavor? Stunningly delicious-- tastes like the most wonderful homemade cherry pie filling with the slightest hint of spice. Can cherry beer (or any fruit beer for that matter) possibly taste any better than this?? Oh I surely would bet not! This beer is so smooth and lusciously drinkable... simply remarkable.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost like a carbonated cranberry juice in appearance - medium red color, quite visible bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass all around. Almost no head. Translucent with no sediment and minor haze.

S: Cherry, grenadine, cherry ricola or ludens drops, black cherry candy, sweet tarts, and most notably, Ginja (a liqueur made in Spain by infusing ginja berries / sour cherries in alcohol).

T: Definitely has the black cherry candy, Ginja, and sweet tart flavors that I detected in the scent. It's also vaguely reminiscent of a sparkling grape beverage my grandmother used to buy at Thanksgiving for the kids to have instead of wine. My description definitely doesn't do it justice - this is fantastic.

M: Very ample carbonation. Almost "effervescent" but without seeming too bubbly. Amazingly dense mouthfeel for something with only 4% alcohol.

O: Sweet and very fruity, but without seeming syrupy or overly sweet at all. Dry and somewhat tart without being sour. Pretty much as balanced in flavor as an actual ripe black cherry.

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Photo of alexipa
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Tiburon
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jwelsh
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,614 ratings
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