Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#289
Reviews:
1,021
Ratings:
3,639
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,174
Gots:
828
Trade:
91
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Ratings: 3,639 |  Reviews: 1,021
Photo of jakemn91
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phatz
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mac300 for bringing this beer to SkinnyElvis's place on Saturday. This is a very approachable easy beer if you like sweet beers. It has a light tart nip but is overwhelmingly cherry sweet.

Appearance: pours a gorgeous hazy red with an off white head.

Smell: This beer want to be a Kriek but it is not lactic or acidic. It is a beer that has a cherry tartness to it but as a *sour* beer fan I did not find it sour. I thought the aroma is more sweet red berries, cherry strawberry and candi sugar.

Taste: Like the nose this beer is sweet and jolly rancher flavored with only a light tartness pucker in the finish. This is a very easy friendly fruit beer that has depth and vinous character while maintaining a simple flavor. The gentle tartness does balance the sweet and keep either from becoming cloying.


Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a sugary grit thick feel that mellows as it crosses the tongue.

Drinkability: Many people will enjoy this who don't like a traditional Kriek Lambic. If you are looking for a sour beer this is not it. This is a sweet fruit beer with a tart nip. That said it is very tasty and worth seeking out.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CoolEthan
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Blaze5445
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nh2032
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewcrew76
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy brick red with 2 fingers of off white pinkish head and a thin layer of lace.

S - Huge sweet cherry aroma. Some woodiness can be detected if you search but the bold dark cherries dominate.

T - Sweet cherries mixed in with just a touch of tart cherries. Wow there is a lot of cherry flavor. Some oaky notes blend with the cherry.

M - Light smooth and creamy. Very refreshing.

D - Best fruit beer I have tasted. A great balance of sweet and tart.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A highly coveted and hard to get brew if you aren't from the right part of the country. A frequent member of my trading fleet.

This beer is highly drinkable and delicious especially considering it has a strong potential to be overly sweet and syrupy. The beer pours with a nice color and a fairly nice head. I little bit thicker than I would like but much more drinkable than many other cherry beers. I prefer it with some age over fresh and would recommend others to age this if possible (I know it is tempting to bust open).

This is a beer with a lot of hype that can commands a premium on the trade forums and actually deserves it. It deserves at least one shot.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IntriqKen
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a maderate amber with a nice half finger head of white that melted to a faint ring of lace.

Aromas are all cherries....wonderful sweet cherries that give way to a sweet amber malt.

Taste is just plain yummy.
This is a fruit beer that really, really works. Sweet cherries but with a bit of bitter bite at the end that dry your mouth and make you wish for more.
I don't know what else to say except for sweet cherries. This is absolutely delicious with many, many subtle flavors I can't begin to identify...only enjoy.

Yes...yes...I love it.

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Photo of Deltoro
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of PG2G
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of JKV96
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of WesM63
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A: Pours an opaque brownish amber with a tiny 1inch head. Lacing and retention are pretty much non-existent.

S: Tart Cherries! Honestly, just amazing tart cherries. Not the fake stuff either.

T: Spot on the nose. Huge amounts of semi tart cherries. Some sweetness hiding in there as well.

M: High carbonation, light to medium body.

O: Phenomenal! Honestly, after having New Glarus's offerings on Fruit beers, now sure ill be able to go drink any others. Buy it. Drink it. Enjoy it!

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Photo of ALC82
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of granger10
2.76/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a dark dirty cherry color. It doesn't look exactly like a fruit beer but not really a normal beer either. Fizzy white head, medium in size, not really too much lacing. Aroma is exactly like cherry fruit gushers. I mean it's identical. I can't really get past it, I like it but in my beer? Taste once again has that cherry fruit gusher quality to it. Cherries aren't as tart as I expected. They're more sweet and almost taste fake. Body is somewhat thick and has a nice fizzyness to it. The first glass of this bottle was good but the second glass was tougher. Started to get cloying and too much cherry. Reminiscent of cherry juice. Sorry, I didn't care for this one.

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Photo of BUNZILLA
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a small snifter

Appearance : deep dark red with a light pink head that quickly fades away leaving a thin ring of Smell bubbles behind ans micro lacing

Smell : very pungent tart cherries .

Taste : this one is all tart cherries all the way though from start to finish. Very subtle malt backbone .

Mouthfeel : light bodied brew with pleasant carbonation and somewhat sticky

Overall : I really enjoy this beer very solid fruit beer.Kind of reminds me of Blushing Monk.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,639 ratings