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Red Dog - Miller Brewing Co.

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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 2.05
pDev: 37.56%


Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001)
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drose23

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev +62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a great budget beer and one that I truly enjoy to have from time to time. In Indianapolis a 30 pack is around $15, and it is much better than some beers at the same price. For 50 cents a beer, it is an A plus. For beer overall, I would give Red Dog a solid B. It is a very good and refreshing CHEAP AAL.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:46:34 | More by drose23
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MarkSmith86

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I mean i cant really complain at $11.06 for a 30 pack here in wisconsin The appearance is your old regular american adjunct lager, the smell is questionable on what the hell am i drinking, the taste is bold but cheap in flavors. Its a adjunct lager folks made of knock off products, id stick with Icehouse its big brother from the ficticious "plank road brewery".

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 04:30:24 | More by MarkSmith86
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Schwarz

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is exactly what you would expect, so for the price I'm rating it a 3 because for 10 bucks a 30-pack, I don't think one should be all that judgmental. This is the beer I buy for large parties to sell to new drinkers. It's not anything close to tasty, but it goes down easy and gets you drunk after enough of them. If you view it for what it is, Red Dog is a perfectly acceptable bottom shelf beer.

Edit: After pounding a few, I reaffirm my previous review. For an adjunct, I'd give it a not bad

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 01:45:04 | More by Schwarz
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scottfrie

California

1.95/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

24oz can purchased at a gas station for 99 cents.

A: Pours light yellow with a huge fizzy, bright white head that quickly faded into a thin film.
S: Crackery cereal grains, lager yeast, dry, slight black pepper. Not much.
T: Watery bleh. Nothing much to taste, even less so than normal for this style of beer. Some sweet malts, faint adjuncts, cereal grains and peppery lager yeast. Pretty boring.
M: Super light body, super water mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation.
O: Like slightly flavored water. Pretty plane and bland. Not worth the dollar.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 00:06:42 | More by scottfrie
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keeganfrank

Ohio

2.81/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright gold lager with a thin, sudsy head that disappears right away. It's a little on the pale side, looking more like a light lager. Aroma of sugary grain with a faint musty scent. Dry corn and grain flavor with a metallic aftertaste. I used to love this stuff back in the 90s, but it doesn't do it for me anymore. I wonder if this is even the same beer. I remember it being darker.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 13:57:49 | More by keeganfrank
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on bottle of 7/8/13.

Appearance: The sort of light honey color of weak iced tea with visible effervescence and the kind of impeccable clarity you expect for the style. Thin cap of white head fizzling away on top.

Aroma: Classic adjunct nose with that slight skunk and empty corn can musk. Not revolting but not enticing.

Taste: Usually at this point in a review I remark on the different flavors and intricacies due to the complexity of the brew. With Red Dog I find myself at a bit of a loss because there really isn't any flavor. It's like soda water thats had creamed corn and a pinch of yeast added to it… yet it's oddly enjoyable. The finish is surprisingly smooth and there is a lack of any aftertaste. Can't believe it's 5% ABV because it seems like it could be so much lower.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body but not watery (no idea how that's possible). Lively carbonation that gives it a refreshing quality. Highly drinkable and easily sessionable at a BBQ or during other outdoor social gatherings.

Final Thoughts: I've never had Red Dog before and only tried it now because one was left in my fridge. I couldn't find any off-flavors, only a refreshing brew that caught me by surprise. I think it sells for something like $10 a 30-pack. Probably go good with a lime. Would I drink it again? Drink it, yes. Buy it, unlikely.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 02:23:23 | More by JamesMN
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a can at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of slightly sweet adjunct malts - rice dominates with slighter amounts of corn and grain. Very light hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront this beer is slightly sweet with light to moderate flavors of adjunct malts - rice, grain, and then just a hint of corn. Minimal amounts of grassy hops flavors and barely any bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but not too watery.

O: I mostly decided to order this one for nostalgia's sake - I remember having this beer when I was in high school/college and before there were a lot of decent craft beers to enjoy. I had no illusion that this was going to be a good beer but honestly it was not as bad as I remembered it.

Serving type: can

05-29-2013 18:26:35 | More by dbrauneis
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cjnuxoll

California

4.65/5  rDev +126.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i like cheap beers, and this one is near perfect. crisp and refreshing, with a light, wheaty flavor and very refreshing. i know that by beer drinker's standards this is not a high quality item, but that's what i like. it's mild and not at all overpowering. very drinkable. i'm not one to savor the event of drinking a beer - this is one you can guzzle and consume mass quantities without it going to your head or feeling full and bloated. in my opinion, almost the perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:27:59 | More by cjnuxoll
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - completely clear, light yellow with a big, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - very sweet, grainy, a hint of metal

T - same as the nose; sweet, grainy, metallic

M - light bodied, crisp

When i was in college we bought this for $6 a 12-pack. That was 2001-2003. This is a pretty simplistic, tasteless beer. It's definitely better out of the can. I will avoid this in the future.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 00:36:52 | More by tdm168
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Watching some Saints Row, drinkin' some Red Dog. Welcome home, Jonny-Cakes. This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises corn, light wheat, and a smattering of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with the corn coming through sweeter and the water harder. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, given this beer's reputation, I feel it's not all that bad, but it ain't anywhere near good. If I needed a cheap sixpack in some random place, I wouldn't be as completely averse to Red Dog as I would be toward other similar options.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 15:39:52 | More by TMoney2591
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BuckettOfBeer

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +92.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just wanted give this a go because I got a good laugh out of the review below me by HeyBeerSnobFU. I can't tell if he's totally joking, but I think it's mostly truth behind the review. It's certainly not the best light lager in the world but when comparing beers at a similar price , it is unmatched. Just good ol' grainy fizzy yellow beer. For macro lagers sometimes "not that bad" means a lot.

I would be lying if I said I don't get nostalgic whenever I pound a few cans. Just look at the badass packaging. Also I was just in Madison a couple of weekends ago where I saw a place selling a 30 pack for $10.99. God bless America!

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 00:09:15 | More by BuckettOfBeer
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HeyBeerSnobFU


4.4/5  rDev +114.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ignore the beer snobs that trash this beer, their uber sophisticated palletes will never be able to appreciate the awesomeness of this beer. This beer won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival last year for a reason, it's one of the best American adjunct lagers on the planet. This beer pours from the can looking like liquid gold. The smell would probably bring Bob Mckenzie to his knees. It tastes like God just gave me a golden shower. Overall this is one of the easiest drinking beers ever created and should be a constant in everyones beer rotation. Good luck finding a better beer for the price, because it isn't about to happen.

Serving type: can

10-03-2012 06:42:44 | More by HeyBeerSnobFU
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DewTheBrew


2.1/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured from a can into a 16oz draft class.

The head on this beer is actually pretty thick, but it is filled with large air pockets.

Appearence was a clear dark yellow/gold and the aroma was that of any generic macro brew. Nothing to write home about to be sure.

The taste is actually where the divide is set for me and why I felt compelled to write a review for this beer. Let's be fair and honest, at $12.99 a 30-rack where I'm from, you know exactly what you're getting when you set you're money on the counter. But, inexplicably, it tastes better to me than a lot of other comparable beers (i.e. American, Genny, Milwaukee). Hard alcohol bite that shows it's more than just water. My friends and I have dubbed it "The bite of the dog". The price and RELATIVELY good taste make it perfect for a basement frat party or a trashy family reunion.

Serving type: can

09-25-2012 12:45:54 | More by DewTheBrew
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.15/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a see through yellow with a three finger frothy white head. Actually leaves a good amount of lacing

S - Stale corn adjunct upfront, followed by some ever so slight rice adjunct.

T - Pretty bland, slight corn adjunct in the distance but not offensive in any way.

M - Adds some sweet rice with a moderately carbonated body.

O - Overall, it's a cheap beer. In the price range you either get this or Hamm's, And I guess I'd take this since it doesn't have the same sticky consistency that Hamm's has

Serving type: can

09-05-2012 01:50:45 | More by SometimesIfart
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MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.8/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 pack purchased for $5.99 American. Poured into hotel room glass for appearance. Drank rest from bottle.

Typical adjunct lager. Clear and yellow.

Frosted flakes, with apple juice and booze. Not very good.

Not horrible. Similar to a Highlife, Mickey's or Old Milwaukee with a hint more booze twang.

Again like a Highlife, Mickey's or Old Milwaukee. Not too carbonated but finishes clean. Alcohol vapors evaporate off the tongue.

Nothing special but you could purchase far worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 05:21:38 | More by MirkoCroCough
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like an adjunct lager. Smells like an adjunct lager with an extra metallic smell.
The taste is quite unique though, I find. It's got an odd sweetness to it that I don't like. Normally, I have no problem with sweetness. But this is a strange type of sweet like it had a packet of artificial sweetener poured into what was otherwise a bland, dry beer. It's not terrible. It's probably a wee bit better than Budweiser, but there are better beers in this price range. Old Milwaukee is what I'll be sticking with. Much better than this garbage.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 06:27:48 | More by ElCommodoro
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dBmV

Florida

2.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fairly heavy body a little dry lots of malt, but the skunkiness and the "rusty pipes" after taste still lingers with me to this day.
It does its job as what its intended to be an alcohol delivery system. Its got to be ice cold or its nasty. I like its little brother southpaw better.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 02:18:04 | More by dBmV
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RossPeterson

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First review, figured I should do it on my most recent beer I had, and I gotta say, this is probably the number one on what I call my "Shit beer list." For just a few bucks and to get this kind of beer, going in with low expectations, it isn't bad.

A: Pale straw color. Impressive 4-finger head with little retention.

S: The weak point; musty and corny. Not awful smelling, but certainly not appealing.

T: Decent amount of hops with a stale corn after-taste, but if you're chugging it, it doesn't really matter.

M: Extremely light, but in terms of an adjunct, better than most.

O: Best "Shit beer." If I need beer and I got a few bucks, my money is on this.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 08:46:34 | More by RossPeterson
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bornridiculous

Connecticut

1.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found one of these left over from a party, I figured I would rate it. It pours a pale golden color with a strong head that fades quickly. It smells faintly like a floor that has had beer spilled on it a week ago. The taste is tangy sweet with a crapload of carbonation. This beer is an adjunct lager that is cheap and a vehicle for alcohol, not much more.

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 01:00:11 | More by bornridiculous
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BierFan

Michigan

2.58/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Clear pale body, 1-2 fingers of white foam. Smells and tastes like what it is, a cheap adjunct lager. You know exactly what you're getting when you buy this. It tastes exactly like dozens of others in the style. This isn't really better or worse than any of the others. Just another mediocre example of mass-produced cheap beer.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 05:49:44 | More by BierFan
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

1.1/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: bottle from a friend's fridge somewhere, sometime

General adjunct lager by Miller, under the guise of something else. Pours a pale, straw-yellow, fizzy, with a thin, bubbly head that recedes to just about nothing. Aroma of pale malts, grains, and light indistinct hops. Taste of beer juice. Light mouthfeel, fizzy and weak, not flavorful at all, but goes down like water, if you want to get wasted that way.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 07:32:11 | More by Rifugium
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.95/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Amazing clarity, straw yellow, mild head to it. Standard. Industrial metallic bitterness and corn syrup mixed with water from the aroma. Nothing red in appearance about this one.

Hops are present, or something that makes this bitter and tingly. Plenty of corn. Carbonation is high.

Rough aftertaste, flows from bitter to rancid. A very musty taste, like they wanted it to compliment a smoky bar with such an aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 21:27:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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outlawstar102

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +91.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this beer is unfairly bashed. When I judge beers, i factor in how much i paid for it, and honestly, when i can get a 30 pack of cans for $12 or a 12pk of bottles for $6, i am not expecting an amazing beer. When compared to all the other cheap beers: Milwaukee's Best, Busch Light, Keystone, etc. It is definitely the best out of all of them. It is not my favorite beer, but when money is an issue, or if it is the only thing to drink, i would not be upset. I really do think it is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 21:19:58 | More by outlawstar102
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yea! Rde Doggy Daw-u-dogg! Yeah its a throw back but gots to review it. The Dawg is a typical miller product. Golden clear good carbonation that gives a sudsy white head for a short time. There is no smell beside grain. The taste is typical nothing real notible. The mouthfeel is standard...lawn mower beer!

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 23:20:04 | More by WoodBrew
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JMad

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I drank this from a tall pub glass...

The beer looks like your average macro, yellow with a thin white head that was gone in seconds. It smells like sweet and sour corn. Whoa, it's very watery, tastes like old water, it's musty. This is not anything I would ever want to drink again, it is very thin and the taste is not pleasant at all.

Serving type: can

06-26-2011 22:50:22 | More by JMad
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Red Dog from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.