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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#287
Reviews:
1,028
Ratings:
3,657
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Ratings: 3,657 |  Reviews: 1,028
Photo of warpedrevolution
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 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 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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Photo of jmarsh123
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 ricecracker420
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bbadger
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

This is one of my favorites and could easily be considered a gateway craft beer for some. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the red was a murky maroon color with a very modest off-white head. From the top of the glass, one can detect a waxy cherry aroma that alomst brings to mind penny candies. I wonder if the wax top of the bottle affects the aroma. The initial taste brings a tall shot of tart and sour cherry, the best qualities of a cherry. The taste really grabs the attention of the sides of the tongue, making them tingle with delight. A backbone of a biscuity bread allows the cherry to shine, while still having a subtle quality. This Beligan certainly has some thickness to it, almost like a beer milkshake. Mildly fizzy, the carbonation and the thickness allow the taste to linger for several pleasant minutes. A sour cherry aftertaste continues the fun, not straying much from the initial taste. However, I find the aftertaste slightly more sour.

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Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on one of these.

A: Beautiful deep red in color with shades of brown and some haze. Looks like unfiltered cranberry juice. Creamy, bubbly, frothy, slightly off-white head that leaves good lacing and retention.

S: Mix of tart/sour cherries, cream, sugar. Superb.

T: Well, as expected, it's all tart/sour cherry. A fizzy, well-carbonated, cherry beverage.

M: Incredibly refreshing, massive flavor, perfect fizzy finish. Never cloying or too sweet.

O: This is the definition of a fruit beer. Utterly incredible. Could drink at least one a week. Divine stuff.

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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 brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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 Prager62
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roze
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Big sweet cherry aroma with a slight sourness.

A: Brown in color, totally opaque with a slight reddish hue moderate tannish head that slowly receded.

T: Huge sweet cherry flavor that is followed by an estery light sourness.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a mild acidity.

O: The sweet cherry aroma and flavor overpowers the tart sourness. While tasty, the flavor leans a little too far toward cherry juice and needs to bring out other complimentary components, such as the wood and light sourness.

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Photo of djtomain
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of vkv822
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into tulip.

Pours a cloudy rhubarb red with a foamy tan head.

Wow. The nose is just straight up sweet cherry. Good or bad, your opinion, but cherry is all it is.

The taste is again of sweet cherry, though there is thankfully a bit of a tart cherry in the finish to keep this from being carbonated cherry juice. There is very little malt, though it does have a light bread characteristic, which makes this almost reminiscent of cherry pie.

Very nice, active and bubbly carbonation blends with a tart, medium body. The carbonation is a bit like champagne, but then the faint tartness and medium body take over.

This beer was incredibly drinkable, especially at only 4% ABV! This really gives what I expect when I am told I am going to drink a fruit beer . . .which is fruit. It's really quite impressive, when I taste this beer I think "cherry beer" not just beer, with cherry flavor.
If you don't like cherries, or sweet beers. . . don't even bother.

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Photo of Thishops4u
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbutler1
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown hued color with a slight red head that pillows to the top of the glass. Honestly, the aroma is strong smell of cherry fruit punch! When you drink this I think it would be totally possible to not really know it is beer. Ever so slight tart beginning that transitions to a full boddied cherry flavor. Very clean tasting. Light/medium mouthfeel. You do not taste the alcohol at all! For a fruit beer this is just outstanding. Full of fruit flavors AND alcoholic. mmm

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful blood red with a tiny bit of head and lots of little carbonation bubbles that float to the top. The smell is of rich cherries. There's a slight whiff of alchohol and a little earthy grassiness. The flavor is so intense with cherry you swear you were drinking a glass of s straight cherry juice. I get a mild alcohol flavor more akin to wine then beer but it's faint. The flavor comes on sweet and tart and finishes so smooth it's scary. The carbonation dances with every gulp. Gulp is the proper word too. You find yourself taking drink after drink because NG made it so damn enjoyable. I've yet to meet anyone who can't enjoy this lambic.

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

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,657 ratings