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:
3,582
Reviews:
1,007
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
1,171
Gots:
822
For Trade:
92
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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%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Roze
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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

Photo of Jlabs
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Bammer21
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ivegot3Dvision
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a light cola color with lots of red accents. 2 finger dense tan head that lingers for a while. 4.5

Straight up cherries on the nose. Sugary. Some wafers . Mostly cherry pie. 4

Quite sweet. Massive amounts of cherries again. Intensely sweet, but remains fairly balanced. 3.75

A quick carbonation burn towards the start. Drinks very easy. 4

O- One of the better fruit beers I have tried. Cherry pie in a glass. Perfect desert beer 4

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Photo of Filabee
2.89/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Oxymoron
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Is cherrirific a word? Pours a darker shade of red with definite brown hues. Almost like a Flanders red. Good clarity with a slight haze, although I did pour in a bit of sediment on the bottom. A reddish white head when poured but did dissipate complete. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is very unique. Some sweeter malt notes mixes with a sugary cherry aroma. Almost like a masaccio cherry in a way but more of a syrup like smell. Very complex with a lot of different esters and malt notes. A citrus and tart notes, apples, figs, caramel and a hint of rose.

The taste is also very unique. The cherry flavor balances well with the malt but definitely cherry wins out. Almost has a wine spritzer taste with a sweet, sweet fruit flavor coming out. The malt is easy to pick out though. There is a Flanders red quality with some Belgian malt notes. Some caramel/Special B notes and a distinct yeasty notes as well. Some esters and woody characteristics as well. The taste continues long after you taste it with a sugar and cherry finish. Very good flavor.

The body is hard to pin down with a moderate feel but with the sweetness that lasts into the finish gives it more of a fuller texture. Because this is so sweet it deters from drinking too much and leaves a lot of aftertaste. Overall a fun beer and must try at least once.

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Photo of Schlafly33
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of speedvagen
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jwinship83
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this bottle was picked up by my sister, who was living in WI at the time. review from ages ago (notes of course). drank from a champagne flute.

A- this one pours out a reddish pink colored body with a small pinkish hued head. the head fades quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the smell is unlike any beer ive ever smelled before. cherries are the only things that come through. cherries and sweetness. real cherry juice, not artificial syrup.

T- the taste is once again straight cherry. very sweet. very natural tasting (again nothing artificial). theres a little hint at sourness, but not the lambic like brew i was expecting.

M- a little thin and watery with little carbonation. very much juice like.

D- if youre in the mood for a cherry beer and youve had this before, there probably isnt a suitable substitute. its truly one of a kind. low enough ABV to be sessionable, but im not sure how much i could have before needing a change of pace.

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Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of sposter4
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of soupyman10
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rdooley
3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back by AM and shared, much thanks
2011 edition, poured into a New Glarus flute

The New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red is perhaps the extreme fruit-dessert beer. Unapologetically sweet in its combination of fruit and malt, there is no escaping the cherries that were sacrificed in the making of this beer. All the components work together to form a highly drinkable ale, though I would have enjoyed more tartness. Because of its intensity on a single-focus flavor and its sweetness, I'm not sure how often I'd crave this beer, but it is good to have tried it.

Pours a pale pink head of medium-sized bubbles that fades, slowly, to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing seems to have been left. Beer's body is reddish hued, with active carbonation streaming from the bottom.

Aroma is dominated by sweet, ripe cherries in sweetened cherry juice, with just a hint of tartness. Could be cited as being one-dimensional, but the fruit is meant to be the focus of this beer.

Taste opens with cherry sweetness, a little like a cherry lifesaver. Quickly followed by full cherry flavors, layers of them, deep, reminiscent of cherry pie filling with a bit of tartness to balance. Enjoyable, complex cherries with some serious depth of flavor. Surprised at the low ethanol content. Closes out with a faint maltiness, which lets you know you're still drinking beer. Aftertaste, not surprisingly, of sweet cherries.

Medium to medium-light bodied with the carbonation giving this a crisp, almost champagne-like quality to it. Carbonation is not antagonistic, which is pleasant. Finish is quite dry.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 3,582 ratings.
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