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Red Dog - Miller Brewing Co.

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651 Ratings

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 2.01
pDev: 38.31%
Wants: 12
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of Mistofminn
1.55/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Just an awful brew. I can't believe I used to drink this stuff. In my defense, I only drank it for a quick buzz, which is for all intensive purposes the only reason to actually buy it.

The smell and taste are just plain awful. I smells like cardboard and water. At least there is a noticeable amount of carbonation.

This brew isn't all that drinkable either. Considering there are hundreds of other macro's that would be easier to drink, this is not a good choice under any circumstances. I do, however, remember it being $12 bucks a case, which for the college kid on a budget, isn't all that bad.

Mistofminn, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of monkeyevil
2.25/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A friend who will remain nameless (Nuzzy) convinced me to try this beer. He came on a long weekend wheeling trip with us, only bringing one change of clothes and a case of the Dog. I figured it must be good if that is all he needed.

I was wrong. It tastes like wet dog... and smells just as bad.

monkeyevil, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Duhast500
2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew has a very light amber color with a slight sweet taste but also a little bitter. Does not have a very strong taste, a bit watered down. The smell of the beer is bit yeast like but not very appetizing just the same.

This is something you might want to try if on a budget or maybe something you might get for a frat party.

Duhast500, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Contagion
2.33/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color is a pale gold color. It's clear, you can see through it easily with no distortion. You can see the carbonation bubbles rise through it easily. What head there is made up of tiny ultra-white bubbles. It disappears quickly leaving nothing on the top of the beer or any lacing on the side of the glass.

There is a scent of malts and yeast to the beer that combine to remind me of boiled corn. It's not the most pleasant smell, but yet not a horrible turn off either. The flavor is very subtle grain combination. There is almost no hint of hops or even bitterness to it at all. There was no noticeable aftertaste.

This is a light bodied beer that borders on almost being medium bodied. There is a very mild carbonation level to it.

I remember when this beer first came out. I was in college and you could buy it cheap. This is not a beer I would go out of my way to buy, but it's not undrinkable. There are a ton of other beers that I would pick up before buying Red Dog. Basically the only way I'd drink this is if it is free or if it was really cheap and I was hard up for money.

Contagion, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of changeup45
1.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden colored with hardly any head or lace. It's actually a pretty bad beer. The aroma is a musty foul smell with the taste not much better. There really is no flavor, other than the musty wheat taste with a tough to get down finish. Something I'd have considered in College. No surprise that it is brewed by Miller...

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.98/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much just another macro, but I don't mind it. No head to speak of and smells rather average for cheap beer. Tastes malty sweet and corny. Mild grassy hop helps the balance, but not by a lot. This beer is passable and that's about it. For the ultra cheap price (3.99 for a six-pack of tall boys) its a great alternative if you're on a budget.

Hoagie1973, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.53/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light toasty sweet grainy malt with a sour hopped edge.

Pours a little darker than pale golden yellow with good clarity and a little fizzy head with poor retention.

Malty attack - grainy and toasty with a mild caramel sweetness. Very dry. Fairly void of unpleasant flavors. Very mild astringent edge hiding in and around a hop-laced tartness. Moderately ostentatious cooked veggie flavor - particularly corn.

Spicy carbonation with a medium-light body. I wouldn't call it uncommonly smooth.

The Verdict:
A conventional beer: an alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops and the like for a slightly bitter taste. This one lies in the nether-region between good and bad.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of kguyty
3.18/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice golden/clear yellow. The head fizzes and quickly disappears with a faint ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Corny and sweet with a faint tinge of hops.

Taste: Not bad, not bad... corny and sweet, just like the smell... I would compare it to Budweiser.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing - a little heavy, but not too heavy.

Drinkability: I do not really think that I will drink this all of the time, but I must say that after mowing the grass last week this beer tasted damn fine... a good lawnmower/hot summer day beer.

kguyty, May 03, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.15/5  rDev +56.7%
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.

generallee, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Offa
2.1/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is pretty bad, but to me it beats out some like because it at least has some ok flavour.

It's appearnace is pretty standard, but slightly on the higher side for cheap/basic US macro lager due to a decent head: it's gold and bubbly with a very big white head thar diminishes only slowly to a thin, lasting foamy top.

The aroma is the weakest point of the beer: it smells of dust, a hint of moldy towels, and perfume. It's actually slightly unpleasant.

The taste and feel are better, but not much. It is slightly roughly alcoholic and has a slightly rough, watery feel. There is a strong, corn tortilla taste and nothing else. This at least gives it flavour but it gets really tiresome. Also, although watery, its strong corn quality gives it a soft fullness that makes it a bit heavy and results in a beer that is not even crisp or refreshing, usually one of the strong points of decent cheap lagers.

Offa, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.1/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24oz can (99 cents), served in a frosted pint glass.

A - golden color with a small white head that completely went away after a few minutes.

S - grainy malt aroma.

T - light malty flavor with a slight bitterness on the finish.

M - light bodied with ok carbonation feel.

D - easy enough to drink a few of these, but it tastes much better in a glass than it does from the can.

Final Note: it is what it is and IMO this beer's flavor beats the same style beers at the same price (Coors, Keystone & Icehouse).

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of mynie
2.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fast pour into a pilsener glass yields a tiny white head that dies really fast. That's the best thing I can saw about the pour.

Smells halfway decent, for the style. The malt slightly weedy with no off nodes, no chemicals or adjunct metal. None of the sour breath of a hobo you get with many other 30-for-$10 beers.

Tastes bland and uninspired but not offensive or completely without appeal. There's a sweet little kick of beeriness in there, some dry cereal malt that's almost worth drinking. Very smooth mouthfeel, surprisingly, and its complete lack of off nodes make it quite drinkable.

A fine lawnmower beer, I guess.

mynie, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
2.1/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks like white grape juice. Little carbonation is noted and no head is erected. I hate it when no head is erected. Aroma is sweet and corny. That's it. Taste is like a mixture of 3 parts water, 1 part craft brewed lager, with a little corn to add some depth. The body of the beer is actually approaching medium and the carbonation is not overly fizzy as many macros are. Still, this isn't one I'd revisit. Give me a choice of this or water on a hot summer day and I'll drink water all day.

Bighuge, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
2.4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing really outstanding about this beer. It's not particularly good but it's far from the worst I've had. It's darker than I expected it to be after sipping it from the can. The taste leaves a bit to be desired, but if you throw it in the freezer and let it get really cold it's not half bad.

donteatpoop, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

People are going to think I am crazy but this beer is not too bad. Maybe it is because when I was a kid they had the ads with the bulldog running around, or because I drank a whole case at an overnight jam band festival at my college (24 beers in 15 hours is not too much, nor very nutritious). The only outstanding characteristic is the corn adjuncts that stand out and a hint of the grains. But it doesn't taste too bad or go down horrible. I wouldn't drink this again if I was at the same festival and it was offered to me, but it isn't too horrible.

clayrock81, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of skeetermoses
2.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I used to drink this beer when I was in college. It is a cheap beer and it is not all that grand. Usually you can taste the cheapness of a beer when you crack into it. I however had my first taste as an Amber beer with this one. I do enjoy this beer as a cheap amber. Really cheap amber. The only thing I could say about this beer is the bottle caps.

skeetermoses, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I remember when I thought this was a microbrew. *sigh*

Pours the familiar yellow. Not as putrid a scent or flavor as others of its ilk, still not very good. Taste is not of malt ... but rather some other base. Is that what corn malt tastes like? Not so good. No hops, no fruit flavors ... just some sweetness from the malt and carbonation bubbling through it.

Pours with an inch or two head.

Overlord, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of happygnome
2.8/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: pours a pale yellow color with about a quarter inch of head when aggresively poured, head dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: deffinate strong notes of corn malts with a certain crispness that is common to the style
t: corn malts, no hop flavor and kind of a tin flavor, not the best but it does have some flavor so it deserves a better grade
m: light to medium bodied with a lot of crisp carbonation

overall, this is a cheap beer that must be served ice cold

happygnome, Oct 31, 2007
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.

BeerDreadz, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of giblet
2.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

cool label.

cool marketing and sayings under the cap.

oh yeah, the beer. well the beer is ok. not great but not terrible for a macro. it is cheap and between the price the marketing and the cool red dog, i bought it. another cookout or lawnmowing beer.

bow wow!

suckem up and moovem out.


giblet, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of jayw414
3.18/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to review this beer, mainly for nostalgiac reasons.

This is definitely a "college beer"; still available for under $13 for a 30-pack. It was our beer of choice for Beer Pong; the greatest sport ever conceived. It brings me back just to think about those gorgeous silver cans from the Plank Road Brewery.

The reason we chose this beer (time and time and time again) is because it actually was a step above the other domestic macros that are out there... It has a mild aroma; mostly corn; thin body; and a yellow-to-amber color. It does have a decent flavor (nothing to write a review on the Internet about, but I digress), and it doesn't seem to get bitter when it warms like MGD & Bud.

Certainly a decent choice for (a) an emergency beer in the event of a pickup game of Beer Pong, (b) an emergency beer in the event that your last two paychecks bounced, and (c) an emergency beer in the event that a spontaneous Buffalo wing eating contest breaks out.

Beyond the above contingencies, look elsewhere on this site for better choices.

jayw414, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

man, this used to be primo shit for me! plank road brewery? no way!!! this must be some real beer. at least that's what i thought as a zit-faced little shit. the cool dog logo, the marketing suggestion that it was somehow a bigger beer, the fact that it had a slightly deeper gold compared to the usual pale straw of other macros...man, this was steppin' it up back in the day. other than that and some barely discernable extra corn characterisitics this is not any different than your basic macro lager.

MrMcGibblets, May 15, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.05/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Red Dog
12 oz can
Recent brewing, smoothed down 02/07
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured a straw color with a large frothy somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate cooked corn and sweet bread.

Taste was upfront light to moderate sweet bread followed by moderate to light sweet corn and light raw dough on a short finish.

Palate was fizzy, light bodied, watery, and slightly metallic.

Overall, nothing great happening here, but for the style it seems heavier and tastier than the norm. Balances wateriness and taste excellently. I would pick it over Bud Light...

xav33, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of mcerka
2.78/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this beast up for $12 a 30 pack. Split it with a marine friend of mine. This beer reminded me of Budweiser Select, not much of a solid flavor. The first sip I thought it had a fruity taste but then I realized it was the Blistex Lip protectant stuff my girlfriend gave to me that was causing the interesting clash. There was no real head and it was a pale yellow color.

I prefer this over Bud Light (the beer that my friends drink) because it taste the same but is about $6 cheaper.

Another cheap beer you want to buy if you're going to a frat party.

mcerka, Feb 20, 2007
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 13, 2007
Red Dog from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.