Red Dog - Miller Brewing Co.

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699 Ratings

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 2.01
pDev: 38.31%
Wants: 15
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Photo of twb0392
1.25/5  rDev -37.8%

probably unrelated?; but I had to poop pretty bad after drinking this.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
1.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Great stuff when you're eighteen and working up the courage to feel up your girlfriend for the first time. Sub-turpentine.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, clear yellow with a faint tinge of orange. The head came up nicely but, as is customary, went down in about ten seconds.

Smell – This has a big grainy corn aroma that actually seems to be kind of smooth as the advertising promises.

Taste – The creamed corn and grain mix together well enough, although I wouldn’t call the flavor good by any stretch of the imagination. The unavoidable sweet finish wasn’t as bad as most.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and crisp. Alas, the big red bulldog is as thin as a continental spaniel with its hair shaved off.

Drinkability – I can’t actually recommend the Red Dog, but if you have to choose between this and an MGD I’d go for this one.

Photo of BeerDreadz
1.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

10 onz can

Appearance: pale yellow color with a small head that disappear in seconds

Smell : cooked corn, sugars and grains

Taste : Sweetness,cooked veggies in the mix,carbonation and grains light bodied.

Drinkability : Not the best around, I would go with this one,

Note: The funny thing is they try to introduced this beer as a high quality beer in Puerto Rico, everybody knows this is sub-premiun , cheap beer.

Photo of generallee
3.14/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 16oz can into a pint glass. The color was a very pale yellow. [The dog is red not the beer] It formed a small head that quickly faded out. Red Dog has a light malt smell of cornflakes and hay. The palate is light and thin with light cereal like malt favor. At a little over three bucks for a six-pack of 16oz cans this one is good if you are really low on cash. It's also good at putting out the fire of an extra hot taco. Ha ha.

Photo of Jason
2.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz can with a few freshness codes that I was unable to decipher. Brewed by Plank Road Brewery on the label … a.k.a. Miller.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a medium sized bubble head that foams as quick as it dissipates to a thin, almost transparent lace. Clarity is crystal clear.

Smell: Boiled corn with a mildly acrid husk twang and strained malt sweetness in the aroma, grain and cereal grain to smell.

Taste: Moderate bodied with a lost carbonation from the rush during the pouring, most likely this beer is meant to be consumed out of the can. Faint crispness with a watered down malt mouth feel and flavour. Cereal grains leave a marked twang and the sweetness of the malt stays just below cloying. Hop bitterness is minimal and wrenched with the flavour being muted. Oddly the bitterness of the hops stays for a bit while it makes room for a light astringent grain to finish things up.

Notes: Hmm … one of the BIG “red” named beers. Funny thing is that it is not red in colour at all … not even close. You get what you pay for with this one, the taste reminds me of going out to clubs and drinking cheap beer and feeling like crap the next morning. You get the picture right?

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of richkrull
2.97/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Dog is really not as bad as most people think. It's a pretty easy to drink beer and for the price, it's tough to beat. Another beer that I'm surprised they bottle though as this beer is really meant to be drank from a 30-pack.

A - It's a very light golden color.

S - Not good. Smells like a stale fart.

T - Pretty decent. Not much aftertaste.

M - OK, feels like a light beer.

D - You can drink this stuff all day and not worry about getting full.

Photo of drose23
3.3/5  rDev +64.2%
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.

Photo of SetarconeX
1.39/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I really tried hard to come up with a raison d'etre for this one. I bought it thinking it might be somewhat red, but it poured out of the bottle the usual piss-yellow cheap lager color. No smell whatsoever. Tastes just like what it is, a cheap generic lager. I'm impressed. I didn't think "Plank Road" could come up with something even less interesting than Icehouse. Good shot, Miller!

Photo of tdm168
2.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Dog delivers a crystal-clear yellow body and short-lived head of bright white. Standard-sized bubbles rise quickly. Some yeasty sulphur resides in the aroma with a bit of sweetish, adjunct-laden malt. In the mouth it's medium-bodied and crisply effervescent. Sweetish, lightly corny-like malt dominates the flavor. Some yeasty sulphur comes through as well, and there's a smear of leafy hop flavor in the background. Restrained bitterness. A clean, easy-drinking American lager with a touch more malt and body than usual.

Photo of Rootdog316
2.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I actually really did enjoy this beer. I heard quite a few bad things about it, but certainly for the price of 3.26 for a six pack ya gotta at least like that. It had a decent aroma, and had a pretty good mouthfeel as well. It was nothing spectacular, but its definitely something I'd buy again in the future.

Photo of Roguer
2.83/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not terrible; less sweet than typical BMC swill. Still certainly hop-barren and slightly over-sweet, but pretty drinkable.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.26/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of bditty187
1.1/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is alot like Eliot Ness: Untouchable. In the world of beers this dog is at the bottom of the barrel. It is beer... that is the best thing I can say about it. Very few brews are this bad. I just don't think it tastes good at all, or smells good... well I have said enough. There are so many better beers.

Photo of benmiliron
1.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Paid $5.99 for a 12-pack.

As you might expect, this stuff is pretty ass. Drink it for the novelty, or because it's cheaper than Bud. Either way, for beer in this price range, it's tough to beat the Red Dog.

We used to call our diet "Body by Red Dog". For good reason.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.65/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah yes, the dog's red, not the beer. Light golden color, slightly bubbly, champagne like presence. Tender sweetness, combined with the ever-present adjunct offerings, yet they mask themselves well, mainly behind some malty sweetness; crisp and slightly carbonated, a tiny notch above the standard macro. A mid-90's staple that has since disappeared, a dear old friend with many memories, a friend that I may see again.

Photo of KTCamm
2.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

We all have a beer that got us to where we are today. it would be easy to bag on Red Dog, but I have found memories of Thirty Thursdays at Finnegans in Huntington, LI, with $3 Red Dog pints. Back then quantity was as important as quality.

Today...ok, so its not great. Its a pale yellow color that looks close enough to piss to pass for a urine sample. The smell is standard cheap lager mix of grain and can. The taste is beer - nothing more, nothing less.

Two keys to making the most:
- Pour out of the can
- Keep really, really cold. The second this gets warm, its beyond terrible.

Photo of woodske1
1.15/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Is there anything lower than awful for taste? There should be in Red Dog's case. I am still shocked to see this around every once in awhile. Who drinks this?

After one beer I can't see how you could want another. There are plenty better cheap beers out there.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

When it first came out, I thoght it was a great beer, until I tasted it. The ads said it was "uncommonly smooth"--a claim that I tried to verify with no such luck. This beer lacks the flavor and mouthfeel to be considered a smooth beer. It is cheap domestic swill that was originally advertised to take drinkers away from Bud and real "red" beers. It was an ambush. Tasted it again and my original conclusions about Red Dog still stand today. It is cheap and unadvertised now and that's where it belongs--in obscurity.

Photo of tone77
2.99/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poued from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, corn and malts. Taste is crisp, corn and finishing slightly bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has pretty good drinkability. Overall this is an average low cost brew.

Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can no. 02099-C50979. Sampled Jan 30, 2009. Taste buds can be an amazing thing. Either that or I just got a better sample than some of the previous reviewers.

Appearance - Typical golden-yellow like all the other cheaper macros. However my can ended up with about a two inch deep foamy, bubbly head that diminished afoter about 2 minites.

Smell - Better than most. I actually did notice a hint of barley malts. In fact that aroma was more noticeable to me than the usual grassy, corny, and metallic aroma you tend to get in these cheaper macros.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special here. After swirling it around the tongue it breaks down into straight carbonation within seconds.

Taste - A tiny touch of malts in the flavor but it is a bit overpowered by that corny, grassy, metallic taste you get in cheap macros. It finishes dry.

Its commecial description declares that it won awards in 1994 and 2002 and I have to say the taste is better than I expected. So the fact that it might have picked up the random trophy along the way is not necessarily surprising to me.

Photo of diabecktic
2.41/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew looks pretty standard for the style. The name might lead you to believe that this beer is at least colred red, but it's not; it's a cystal clear golden color. Head formation (~1/2 finger), retention, and lacing are all quite poor.

Again, there isn't much to say here given the style. Like many cheap macros, the aroma is an uninticing mix of grain, metal, and hops. The former two scents are the dominant ones, but there is a little detectable hoppiness. It smells like your standard crappy college beer.

The taste matches the nose well; unfortunately, this isn't saying much. Strong graininess and mellow hop flavor lead to a very metallic aftertaste. This beer has plenty of bite, but not the good kind - it makes me cringe. The flavor also gets worse as the temperature of the beer rises.

It's not as light as I was expecting. I'd rate the body as medium to medium-light. The beer is fairly smooth given the metallic flavor, but this isn't really saying much.

I have a feeling that this is what the beer was crafted for (if you can say "crafted"). If there was a redeeming characteristic, I would say that this is probably it. It's easy to drink many of these quickly because you're not skimping out on any flavor.

I'm not impressed, but I guess that's easy to say when you're not expecting much. From what I read, this beer's price point is just above that of Milwaukee's Best. It's not too terrible if served very cold and eaten with some food, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again. If you're just looking to get drunk, then I suppose this wouldn't be a bad option. I'd say it's a step up from the standard college fare (Keystone, Natural Ice, etc.), but nothing special.

Photo of BierFan
2.58/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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Red Dog from Miller Brewing Co.
50 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.