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Red Dog - Miller Brewing Co.

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178 Reviews

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 708
Avg: 2.21
pDev: 71.49%
Wants: 16
Gots: 104 | 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 DewTheBrew
2.05/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
2.76/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.16/5  rDev +43%
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.

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Photo of dBmV
2.26/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of RossPeterson
3.13/5  rDev +41.6%
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.

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Photo of bornridiculous
1.89/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of BierFan
2.58/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of Rifugium
1.1/5  rDev -50.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.96/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of outlawstar102
3.92/5  rDev +77.4%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.26/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of JMad
1.78/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of mrseano
1.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Straw colored.

S: Terrible. Possibly the worst smelling beer with an odor that smells musty and like corn.

T: Fairly hoppy, unexpectedly, for this type of beer. After slight hops diminish it has no real taste except for a slight hint of fermented stale corn.

M: Light and watery. Disappears from palate very quickly.

O: Avoid. Bad, cheap beer that I got for free. Would never buy, as it has no quality taste and smell is awful.

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Photo of NaLoGra
2.9/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ok this beer serves one purpose: to get drunk. If you have that goal in mind, this is the perfect penny pinching beer for you!

My favorite "poor mans beer," Red Dog tops natural light or milwaukee's best for me in every category. Beer store in my area sells red dog for $17 a 24-pack of bottles. Sold me on it.

Im not going to review it like a normal beer because it doesnt really apply....but I will say that it tastes a hell of a lot better than other college beers out there, for only a few more bucks.

Attitude going in to a night of red dog drinking: "why not?"

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Photo of MikeRa
2.56/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Turf Club Center City:

A: A pale golden color with little or no head and lacing

S: This beer is a hoppy beer, with traces of corn, rice, and earthy musty hops

T: This beer has a averave taste

M: This beer is crisp and goes down smooth

D: This is a beer to drink if you are drinking all day

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Photo of JayS2629
2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- pale yellow with fast fading frothy head and minimal soapy lace.

S- Surpringly hoppy compared to most miller products. Corn, water, rice, earthy musty hops

T- Musty, watery, corn and faint light grains

M- Crisp, light, watery

D- Easy to drink but boring. Musty taste is a turn off. Just another cheap watered down BMC beer.

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Photo of richkrull
2.97/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

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Photo of Distilled10
2.37/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Red Dog! The poor mans, "lets get piss drunk" drink of choice!

A: A dehydrated piss yellow color.

S: A strong sent of hops.

T: A surprising amount of hops, as well as corn. On top of that it's watery as hell.

M: A light, crisp feel, with a mild amount of carbonation,

D: If you asked me if I wanted one of these to drink, while knowing there are better choices, I would laugh and say no.
But for those of you college dorm room kids out there with little to no money in your pocket and are looking for a way to say you drank a beer or two, this is your best choice, just make sure you don't tell anyone who knows a little and or anything about beers, they'll just laugh.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.42/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I bummed a can of this off a friend of mine since I had no desire to buy a 30-pack of this for $12 knowing that it was not going to be good.

If you're in college with no money, then Red Dog is your beer! But if you like a good flavor with your beer, this is one to avoid. Red Dog pours a very pale yellow color and has the familar scent that American Adjunct Lagers have. There is very little flavor almost to the point that it tastes like beer flavored water. On the upside it does drink fairly smooth and does not leave a bad after taste.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are the normal macro ingredients.This beer is fresh and pretty drinkable.I imagine this is at it's best during the hot summer months when it's ice cold.I would recommend and would purchase again.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.67/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of white head. This offering is straw colored. The smell is sweet and grassy. The taste isn't as sweet as some adjuncts. It really doesn't have a whole lot of flavor. There is plenty of carbonation that offers a slight bite. It goes down like water and has the consistency to match.

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Photo of UpNorthLager
2.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dull gold into my pilsner glass, a nice head quickly subsided. Definitely has a flavor, though I'm not yet adept enough to describe it. If pressed, I would say it has that Miller Flavor, the beer-like flavor that Lite has, just a little more of it. There's little aroma, and the flavor quickly fades away.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank from the bottle. There is nothing Red about this beer. Pale yellow, goldish color with large head that is pretty foamy. Basic bland flavorless brew, very refreshing and thirst quenching. Crisp over cooked rice flavors, mouthfeel is somewhat dry.

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Photo of GNR4life2
3.3/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Red Dog! I can drink this all night and still wake up with no hang over whats so ever except a little cotton mouth but thats easily cured with a glass of water. This is my go to beer when I am dead broke and wanna get piss poor drunk.

A:very very yellow

S: Very hoppy and corn scent

T: I tasted a lot of corn and hops. Its one of those beers that no matter how fast you drink or how much you drink you will never get sick.

M: Crisp, refreshing, light and a bit of carbonation.

D: If given a case I could drink it all day, especially on a hot day. Good and cheap, can't complain!

Serving type: can

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Red Dog from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.