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:
3,571
Reviews:
1,005
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
1,169
Gots:
817
For Trade:
91
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,571 |  Reviews: 1,005
Photo of SveNss0N
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml red waxed bottle poured into a wine glass. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for sending this!

Pours a dark ruddy reddish color, quite hazy with a nice small white head. Nose is somehow very well done, it is fruity and sweet, there's a bit of tartness, but somehow, they've kept it from being overly sweet and cough-syrupy.

Taste is also amazingly well done. The fruity is there, nice light cherry flavor and tartness, but it's not too sweet, the tartness is there but it's not so much that I can't drink a whole bottle. Nice thick and chew mouthfeel, much more than most lightly carbonated, over sweetened fruit beers.

As much as I've gone on about how not sweet this is, it still is sweet enough that I wouldn't want more than a bottle, that being said this is phenomenal!

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Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -65.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brittanylicious
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kind of liked the bottle. Label even looks kind of old fashioned like a early 1900s european wine ad. Hazy medium red w/ ok head. Aroma is big fruity cherry and floury wheat. Big juicy cherry up front, tart finish. Very active carbonation tingles the tongue and complements the cherry acidity nicely.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta give a shout-out to thefatkid13 for the trade on this one. Kept the bottle in my fridge from last May until now, though I don't really know why I didn't have it sooner.
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Body is a strange, opaque pink-brown hybrid with just a few wisps of creamy white head. Very sweet aroma of cherries, cherries, and more cherries, with maybe some confectioner's sugar mixed in. Palate is again thoroughly dominated by sweet cherries - this almost comes across like a soda rather than a beer. A mild hoppy bitterness emerges on the finish, but there is still plenty of residual sweetness. Body is smooth and creamy, which does provide a little bit of an indication that this isn't in fact soda. A bit too sweet for me to drink in large quantities, but still a very unique and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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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%

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thankfully I got 3 bottles of this so far in the Birthday BIF 2010/2011. Thanks big time for all the guys in this group.
Split my first bottle 3 ways.

A- Pours out a pretty dark red. I thought this beer was in a brown glass, but its actually a green bottle. The color of the beer through the green makes it look like a brown bottle. The shade of red is almost exactly like the waxed used to seal the crown. A small head fizzes out but there is still lots of pearls of lacing left behind.

S- Holy cow this smells huge of cherries. Big, sweet black cherries, skin and all. There is some earthiness that has suggestions of yeast but this aroma is dominated by cherries.

T- The perfect level of tartness that balances the sweetness of black cherries. Its huge on cherry. There is some plum skin that adds to the tartness. The grains and yeast play into the base creating ground for the cherries to stand on.

M- Lighter but not super light. Soft, prickly carbonation. Clean, smooth finish.

D- This stuff is great. I dont mind having extra bottles around.

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Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle with the initial glass poured into a champagne flute (as instructed by the label, and the subsequent glasses from the bomber poured into a snifter)
no born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A big thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over in a trade.  

A: Pours a translucent amber with reddish accents and 1.5 fingers width of white head with a subtle pink hue.  The head takes a fair amount of time to dissipate away and leaves a firm layer of lace after each sip with cobwebs in between.

S: Smells of cherry of course, both fresh cherry along with a medicinal cherry cough syrup character.  Not much else going on here.  

T: Again cherry, and again more of the medicinal artificially flavored cherry.  No doubt its sweet, but it also is surprisingly tart, which I like and think is absolutely necessary to balance out the sweetness.  Its  more tart than the raspberry tart, which is quite ironic.  Its also a touch oaky, and has some herbaceous, earthy notes.  

M/D: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy, moderate to highly carbonated, and slightly drying.  Drinkability is moderate at best, as the combination of the high carbonation and sweetness make this one just sit in my stomach and make me feel full and bloated.  When I review beers I like to drink the whole thing, but this one is definitely for sharing.  So grab a buddy or loved one before you break the wax seal on this one.  

O: Overall, good not great.  As far as fruit beers go, this one is far better than most, but in my opinion the raspberry tart is much better.  This one seems much more artificial and generically flavored than the RT, which literally tastes like you are drinking fresh raspberries.  Certainly worth a try, but I probably wont seek it out again.  

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4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sixpoint
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great beer from the first craft brewery I had an allegiance to growing up. This brewery was only about 30-40 miles from where I grew up in Wisconsin.

Exceptional brilliant red hue eminating from my goblet. Sort of a deep amber and brown, the red shines through like garnet.

An aroma of deep caramel and cherries. You might as well have your nose stuck inside a cherry pie. This is ridiculous.

The taste is SWEET! A bit of sourness in the finish, and even a hint of oak. However, the taste is definitely dominated by SUGAR SUGAR!

Very complex and amazing beer. Not too drinkable for me, as I like the drier and funkier fruit beers. Nevertheless, an American Classic. Bravo.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,571 ratings.
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