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Red Dog - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
50
awful

637 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 2
pDev: 38.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 38 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001)
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2.25/5  rDev +12.5%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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1/5  rDev -50%

djrn2, Nov 19, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev +25%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -12.5%

acurtis, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.9/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This review is part of Macro Smackdown VI, my ongoing attempt to make the consumption of macro lagers more interesting. This edition pits Red Dog against Michelob in a no-holds-barred grudge match between two of the Big Three. Miller has attempted to give this beer some cachet by putting Plank Road Brewery on the can instead of SABMiller. Same old dreck in new clothing or good beer? Let's find out...

Medium amber with slightly more vigorous carbonation. I like the color of this beer better since it's darker and richer looking, but the head is a mess. It's a ghastly shade of grey with a mealy texture, falls to near nothing in minutes and leaves the glass clean. Red Dog has the slight edge on color, although it's more than wiped out by the miserable looking cap. Advantage: Michelob.

The nose is below average, even when taking style into account. The graininess borders on spoiled and there's no hint of hops. I can also appreciate an underlying, chemical-like nastiness that can't be ignored... and is the reason why Michelob wins this round.

Given the smell, I was expecting the full monty of foulness from Red Dog. To its credit, that isn't the case. It's as grainy as its competitor, but is less harsh. It's also a little sweeter (as are many Miller beers), which makes me like it a bit more. Not sweet in the corn syrupy malt liquor sense, but still modestly sweet. Edge to RD in the most important category of all.

The mouthfeel is light and is enthusiastically bubbled. That makes it more interesting in the mouth, even as the flavor is supremely uninteresting.

I'm not sure how the final tally will come out since I haven't put in the scores yet, but the only score that really matters to me is taste. In the end, Red Dog is the slight winner over the more highly heralded Michelob Lager. I could drink a can or two of this stuff if I absolutely had too. Ice cold and accompanied by tongue-numbing spicy food ideally.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 27, 2005
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1.5/5  rDev -25%

kjkinsey, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev +71.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Number two of the three macro cans I went through tonight. Not really sure why I decided to go for all of these tonight but it was fun none the less. Served ice cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 10/28/2009.
 
The pour was bit darker then the straw color I was expecting but again I would not really say it was anything really to write home about, but the fizzy white head did decide to hang out a little bit longer then I thought it would have. Nice even aroma here, light corn again and loads of grain but nothing really terrible or off putting about it at all. I took the first sip and I was really quite shocked. Nice caramel malts here and a decent shot of light grain flavor. Not bad. I have to admit, one of the better lagers I have had recently. Clean finish and virtually no aftertaste at all left me with a totally clean taste on the palate and a light and crisp refreshing taste. I have to admit I would probably drink this one again, can't believe I am saying that but I honestly think I would.

mikesgroove, Oct 29, 2009
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1/5  rDev -50%

ygtbsm94, Jun 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev 0%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.63/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of zeff80
1.08/5  rDev -46%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Words can't describe this beer, but I'll try. It is bitter and painfully bitter, almost sour. It is watery and tastes like corn. There is nothing remotely hoppy about it. It hardly tastes like any other beer i've had. The mouthfeel is watery and heavier than it should be for an American Macro Lager. I don't think I'll ever have another Red Dog.

zeff80, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev +57.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Jason
2.05/5  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?

Jason, Aug 17, 2001
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains adjuncts, light malts, grain and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with the typical adjunct sweetness that is quickly followed by bready flavors of grain and light malts. The hops presence is as faint as you would expect from this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and is not too filling since there isn't much to this beer, mild kick, yet another fizzy yellow beer that is nothing but marketing, marketing, marketing.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 10, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev +37.5%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
1.1/5  rDev -45%
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.

Rifugium, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of WesWes
2.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a spotty white lace head. The aroma is less than average. It boasts of pale malts, rice, and lager yeast; simply awful. The taste is awful as well. It is light and without flavor. It has zero malt character and finishes with a musty aftertaste; very watered down. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a low bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This was my beer of choice when I was 16, but now I wouldn't drink another if I was paid.

WesWes, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of jwc215
2.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear straw yellow with a decent-sized foamy head that fizzles down slowly, leaving minimal trailing lace.

The smell is of cooked veggies and popcorn - mild though. Otherwise, pretty vacant.

The taste is sweet, mild grain and tonic water. Not overly sweet, though, with no detectable hops. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and a watery nothing. Nothing to it, really.

It has a somewhat oily, light body. Not too fizzy for the style, giving it a smoothness in a "chugging" sense.

A bland, mildly sweet cheap beer. It might be alright for a quick refresher when breaking out in a sweat. Not a terrible cheap macro lager, but not good either. Scored for what it is... but - there are so many out there like this it would get lost in a sea of bland cheap macro lagers...

jwc215, Mar 09, 2010
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1.75/5  rDev -12.5%

oriolesfan4, May 09, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What CAN this beer make me say? "Bad Dog!" or "Good Dog!"? I CAN't wait to find out.

A finger of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic cereal sweetness so prevalent in the style. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of sweetness on the tongue. This was a lot more drinkable than the Genny products that I reviewed earlier, but it was still kinda bland. The finish was lightly sweet, pleasant, but not worth seeking out. Ho hum. Good dog, but now you need to sit and stay.

woodychandler, Aug 14, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev +12.5%

wrightst, Sep 12, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -12.5%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
2.45/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

dbrauneis, May 29, 2013
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