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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:
#275
Reviews:
1,013
Ratings:
3,609
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
1,170
Gots:
826
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,609 |  Reviews: 1,013
Photo of amalburg
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of derkfromwi
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of scxcrunner
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

liked this quite a bit more than Serendipity. Appearance is dark red. smell is lots of cherry. Taste is sweet cherry followed by a slight tartness, not overly sweet like i thought Serendipity was. medium mouthfeel, really smooth and easy to drink. great fruit beer.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of shand
4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to redbird!

Well, this is just a little embarrassing. I held on to this for a long time. Probably longer than I should have, since I got this bad boy about 8 months ago, and who knows how long it was around before then. Hoping for the best! Pours a very hazy red color with a tiny head that drop fast. The smell? Dear GOD that smells good! Cherries! There are cherries in this beer. Lots of cherries. I love cherries. This smells very good. It also tastes like there's cherries in this beer. It does a great job of balancing the sweet and the tart. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the drinkability is amazing. Why did I wait so long to pop this one? This is seriously a world-class beer. If you like cherries, you will like this beer. No way around that.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msumike89
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep red topped by a dense two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a small pool with minimal lacing
S: Smells of bright juicy and delicious cherries. It's one note but it smells fantastic
T: Taste is tart with tons of sweet and sour cherry flavors. Swallow is more sweet and sour cherry with some lingering tartness on the finish along with even more cherry flavor.
M: This beer has a medium amount of body with a slightly silky mouthfeel. The carbonation on this beer is just slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a fantastic representative for the style. I'd go so far as to call it the gold standard. It has great flavor even if it is lacking in complexity. The authenticity of the cherry flavor is perfect.

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

A - a clear crisp looking red, nice carbonation, no head at all

S - my face was in awe after smelling what must be 1-1/2 tons of cherries.. it smelled like a jolly rancher candy

T - just like the smell, it was delicious like candy, and just like jolly ranchers it leaves a tarty taste behind

M - nice and fizzy like a champagne, the tartness makes your cheeks quench making this a little harder to drink which is good because i got to savor every last drop of it

O - i wish i had a constant supply of this. it's honestly my favorite fruit beer i have ever tasted. the only thing close to this was smuttynose's hanami ale which was discontinued so i am very glad i got a chance to feel that taste in my mouth again (but better)

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Photo of sposter4
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful wax sealed 750ml bottle courtesy of BDitty.
The beer pours the color of cherry juice, initially peachish, turning a deeper red with depth. Evenly hazed. A large bubbled head fizzles and pops, finally settling into a white island surrounded by a bright red sea. The head actually grows some about halfway through, nearly covering the liquid.
The aroma is almost entirely pure, sweet cherry. Combined with the malt, it's very reminiscent of one of those packaged cherry pie snacks they sell at the gas station. Cookie sweetness, cherry and Inviting, but lacking somewhat in complexity.
Taking a sip, the beer opens with an explosive cherry sweetness. A good bit of toasty, cookie-like yeast and malt. Almost overwhelming on the palate, it would probably be cloying if not for a lurking cherry and cranberry acidity. Bright cherry, with hints of plum juice and and red grape lingering in the aftertaste. Fizzy, vibrant carbonation, supporting a strangely light yet full body. Sticky mouthfeel, almost crunching with cherry skin. Wow.
It's really amazing that this is beer. It tastes almost exactly like liquid cherry pie. While not the deepest beer, it certainly does have appeal and character. I don't know if I'd buy it again, there's certainly no way I could drink a whole bottle in one sitting, but I'd immediately think of it when introducing people to the world of beer. I'd bet it'd turn a few people into good beer.

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3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish brown with a finger of pink tinged white head with good retention and lacing.

Wow definitely cherries. Smell almost like one of those Luden's cough drops that's really candy. A little bit of tartness and some spice.

Starts off with some sweeter cherry notes and is quickly overpowered by tart cherry, finishing dry and somewhat oaky. Just a touch of band-aid flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with good carbonation levels.

This one is unique. I very much enjoy a few sips, but the drinkability isn't terribly high as the tartness/sweet cherry flavors get overpowering by the end of the glass. Still a solid beer, just not great.

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Photo of Rihup
3/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of SveNss0N
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ricecracker420
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bbadger
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to angrybabboon for splitting his bottle:

Appearance: Deep ruby red. Slight haze. Opaque as can be despite the haze. Head is bubbly and a light pink/rose. Thin vestiges of head at edges of glass. Loads of carbonation. Very pretty.

Smell: So much cherry. Fresh dark cherry mixed with some sweet maraschino cherries to compliment. Cherry juice. Faint edge of tartness, but it's really just a cherry explosion.

Taste: Slightly tart. Loads of cherry flavor. Flesh, skin and juice. Sweetness is off the charts, but it works. So much cherry in every way. Almost like a melted cherry Jolly Rancher. Edge of tartness helps cut some of the sweetness, but just barely.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Carbonation is high and it's a good thing. Drinks like a big, slightly syrupy fruit booze juice.

Overall: Holy hell. This is the most ridiculous fruit beer ever. It's barely beer, and yet it's everything a fruit beer should be.

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Photo of brystmar
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dear New Glarus,
The candle wax you guys drizzle atop bottles of Wisconsin Belgian Red and Rasp Tart is ugly as sin. Not only does it look cheap, it's flimsy enough to fall into the beverage after opening the bottle. Either use a wax with heavier consistency or avoid waxing altogether. Thanks.

Anyway, WBR pours a handsome dark-red hue in my glass. Bubbly off-white head churns on the surface. Strong cherry-spice aroma fills my nostrils, reminiscent of the dark maroon cherries at my grocery store being dunked in a spicy cider.

Taste follows suit: fall spices meet fruit. The juicy mash retains a mild amount of sweetness -- just enough to keep things interesting. I remember this being much sweeter (overly so, a la Rasp Tart), which is simply not the case here. Delicious.

Yeah, I don't remember liking this as much as I did today. My last bottle was medicinal, yet today's sample was a well-crafted example of craft brewing. Would love to grab another bottle, preferably un-waxed :)

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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 tclipse
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another phenomenal offering from New Glarus. In between Serendipity and Strawberry Rhubarb on the sweetness scale, cherry forward (obviously) with a bit of barnyard funk at the end. A+

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Photo of djtomain
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of krl2112
2.75/5  rDev -37.2%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,609 ratings
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