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Redd's Apple Ale - Miller Brewing Co.

Redd's Apple AleRedd's Apple Ale

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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 29.1%

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

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Pegasus on 11-18-2012)
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Photo of DrDemento456


2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Should have known from the commercials that this was a miller product. Still a tick is a tick.

A - What head? Fizzes out to nothing and the color looks like crushed apple pee.
S - Smell agreed is skunky apple (is that even possible? Do they brew with moldy apples?) Regardless its not totally unpleasant but its not great.
T - Well it's not as bad or "evil" as most say. Frankly its somewhat refreshing with granny smith sour apple flavor, some cider, and some malt.
M - Not much beer body more of like a wine cooler.

Overall I kind of dig dig it but no repeat purchase. I can kind of appreciate what miller did making a less sour or dry apple cider based alcohol beverage. Still I prefer beer so I am wondering why this is even on a beer site.

Is this cideradvocate.com?

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 04:17:19 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Brian3737


1.76/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

My Girlfriend decided to bring this home one night wanting to give it a try. It tastes like an extremely sour beer from a rotting corpse. The taste of this "Apple Ale" is more like "Asshole smell". I do not recommend this "Apple Ale" to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:59:17 | More by Brian3737
Photo of alphagnome


3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color and it's clear as water. No head present despite my best efforts with a hard pour and carbonation is minimal.

This one smells of nothing but apples, not a problem if you like apples, but nothing else is present. Personally, I love apples, so naturally I find the aroma quite pleasant.

Sweet up front with a tart finish that is distinctly apple - surprise! It's very crisp and refreshing with the alcohol being nearly impossible to detect. Aftertaste is sweet and slightly malty and sticks around for awhile.

When taking a sip, there is no noticeable carbonation from this light-bodied beverage.

If you like apple then this is worth checking out. It's good. it's cheap. And it's incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:17:39 | More by alphagnome
Photo of Stinkypuss


1.23/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Clear very light golden color, no real head to speak of. Smells like apple cider and a skunks ass. Tastes really artificial with apple sweet tarts or apple antacid being primary with a stewed grain aftertaste. No hops to speak of, no real ale character, what character is there, remains a despicable apple tinged disaster. Slightly heftier than light bodied, spritsy carbobation. Cloying, artificial, yet insanely popular. Hard apple cider is fine, but this is a totally different concoction. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 22:17:53 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of raznug


3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear golden color and is topped with no head that is never there.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all apple with no malt or hops smells at all.
Taste: The taste is all granny smith apples to me it is tart clean and crisp.
Mouthfeel: This is a smooth very light bodied beer that goes down easy if you can handle the apple flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 20:06:13 | More by raznug
Photo of NilocRellim


2.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everything about this apple seemed like a cider. It had an orangey amber and gold colour, and smelled like an apple cider. It was very carbonated, and yet again, tasted like a cider. Crisp finish, no lingering flavors or aftertaste. It wasn't that bad, but was not that remarkable either.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:54:24 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of ckollias


2.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this bottled brew out a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Mild fruity aroma – mostly apple.

T: Similar to the smell there is a fruity apple aroma.

M: Light body and minimal carbonation.

O: Ok fruity drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 15:58:47 | More by ckollias
Photo of dcall384


2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Drank this straight from the bottle. Appearance was a clear pale yellow. Smelled like an apple cider. The taste wasn't that bad. Tasted like cold apple cider. It was kind of refreshing on a hot summer Indiana day. The mouth feel was thin and fizzy. Overall, it is nothing to rave about but if I was in the mood for something with a different taste this isn't a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 14:18:58 | More by dcall384
Photo of CFHMagnet


2.28/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I always find fruit beers to be difficult to rate. They seem to be one of the most subjective styles out there. I man-lawed a bottle of this from a friend who brought it over. I keep on hearing "You're a beer guy, right? Have you tried Redd's? It's fantastic!" Here goes nothing.

It pours like sparkling apple juice. Has a head like apple juice too: None. Looks like apple juice.

This smells like alcoholic apple cider.

The taste is to the nose. Alcoholic apple cider. It says it's an apple ale but I taste all apple and no ale.

The mouthfeel is light bodied. Apple cidery.

All in all, I tried to keep an open mind. But I don't think this ought to be marketed as beer. It ought to be in the same vein as Mike's Hard or Smirnoff Ice products. I'm sure it has it's audience, but as a beer, I rate this bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 02:15:44 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of sayrekulp


3.63/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decided to try this because it was on sale. Not necessarily a good reason - I understand that - but I'm glad I did. While this has the apple aroma and apple juice taste I expected, I must admit that it is also quite refreshing when imbibed ice cold. The mouth feel is light and crisp. The finish is much more pleasant than a cider and is great in the Florida summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:50:48 | More by sayrekulp
Photo of DagenhamDavis

New York

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Never would have tried this on my own, but was given a 6 pack by a friend who doesn't know my taste all that well.

I'm not going to pour this since I can see the beer through the clear bottle. The color is a very diluted caramel, you could hardly tell this from a ginger ale soda.

S- Smell is very nice, but it's worth noting that a lot of it is probably artificial. "Natural apple flavors and caramel color" added.

T- This can't be considered beer. It tastes remarkably like hard cider, but without any funky aftertaste. In fact, it's very similar to apple soda. Just the one apple note, no hops or malt, surprisingly clean and drinkable.

M- Thin, seriously fizzy.

O- This is a pretty tasty drink, but it's not beer. It couldn't even be a gateway for people to get into 'real' beer because it has no beer flavor to speak of. A fruity, crisp refreshing drink that is mislabeled and advertised as 'ale.'

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 21:26:42 | More by DagenhamDavis
Photo of bakoebel


2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I did not care for this beer at all. It smelled of apples, but as soon as you take a drink it tasted like apple juice. Very disapointed in this beer. Just goes to show, just because there's a big flashy advertising campaign, you can present a turd in a golden wrapper, but it's still a turd.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:28:54 | More by bakoebel
Photo of AstronomySloth


2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

I tried this ale with no research going in. After the first few sips I thought it wasn't to bad, but after this "ale" warms up to room temperature the flavor becomes disgusting to me. I found that I have to finish these quickly due to the better tasting part disappearing so quickly. The smell is that of sort sort of chemical mixed with low quality apple juice. Just by reading some small print at the bottom of the sticker on the bottle, one can see that Redd's Apple Ale is an "Ale with natural apple flavor and caramel coloring." Immediately this made me realize that I'm most likely drinking unhealthy high fructose corn syrup (Just speculation), and most likely some sort of strong apple concentrate. However, I would recommend this to someone who wants the alcohol content of beer, but can't stand the taste. It falls into the same category as a Mike's Hard Lemonade, but I personally believe that it doesn't have the flavor to compete.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:07:56 | More by AstronomySloth
Photo of Ryno2591


4.78/5  rDev +78.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily my favorite "cheap" beer. Many cheap beers have a bitter taste even for beer. This one, has a fairly sweet and crisp taste to it. Like an apple. To me it pretty much does look like a normal beer, a yellowish color and all, but don't let that fool you. It's one of the tastier cheap beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 01:22:35 | More by Ryno2591
Photo of davey101


3.06/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a lambic flute...because I'm a loser. BB DEC0913. Pours a crystal clear light amber body that sort of resembles apple juice? Plenty of rising carbonation but with zero head. Aroma is that of stale sparkling apple cider with a lingering unidentifiable chemical. This was not meant to be smelled. Taste is at least pleasing. Apples like the freeze dried kind found in Quaker oatmeal mashes up with some light malt sweetness and a faint spice. It's not horribly fake tasting or at all offensive. It's actually somewhat tasty and drinkability is high. Mouth feel is crisp with flavors fading away quickly. Unlike ciders its not syrupy or too sweet. Smells awful, tastes all right. It's not the worst thing ever.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:21:03 | More by davey101
Photo of rashley


3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A The beer was clear yellow, and poured with almost no noticeable head, and no lacing.
There were carbonation bubbles but not many, and they gave a false impression of what
was to come.

S The smell was slightly malty to me, and had the distinct smell of apple.

T This is where the beer really let me down. Having seen the carbonation bubbles I was
hoping for a beer that would tingle on the tongue, but instead it was more like what could
be described as apple juice poured into a flat beer.

M Mouth feel was rather thin and watery. Had this beer been more carbonated, I would
have enjoyed it more.

O Overall I would drink this beer if it was given to me, but if I am after an apple flavored
alcoholic drink I would much rather have an Angry Orchard hard cider.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 04:59:40 | More by rashley
Photo of cadizkyguy


2.84/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad alternative option from miller coors. Saw a single can where i play lottery and figured 'what the heck.' poured into plastic cup halfway thru. Much better out of can chilled. Will buy again when i want something different. Paired well with takeout pizza from Casey's.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 02:14:04 | More by cadizkyguy
Photo of ChuckHardslab


2.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. No real head and no lacing. Smell is sweet apple with no discernible beer characteristics.

I tried this in a pick 6. This in no way resembles an ale. It's sort of hard cideresque, but more like apple juice meets Zima. There are no hops at all. It's pretty sweet. The only qualities it shares with ale is that it has bubbles and is golden in color. All that said, it's not a bad warm weather beverage. It is moderately refreshing and a happy little buzz.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:28:52 | More by ChuckHardslab
Photo of ExtraStout


2.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this at the Orlando Gaylord, pool side, in a can poured into a plastic cup.

Okay, first off, I don't think this is in any way an Ale. It's way more like a hard cider and that's how I'm going to review it.

A: clear golden colored body leaving a half finger white fizzy head that rapidly died. Lots of fast rising bubbles were seen.

S: apple cider with faint caramel in the background.

T: extremely sweet with apple cider and caramel dominating.

M: light with some harshness on the tongue. It was somewhat smooth as it warmed. It was very sessionable, leaving a sweet dry aftertaste and finish.

Ice cold on a hot day this can work but otherwise I'm staying away.

Serving type: can

08-01-2013 12:58:13 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of stixfix


3.98/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot day on the golf course and an ice cold Redd's! Excellent! Plus it is going to help save the Apple industry. Anyone thinking that it is going to taste like a regular ale did not read the label for Apple. It may not be your every day always go to hear but it is extremely refreshing what you are hot and cold. I would guess that nine out of 10 people that I have had try it enjoyed it also and they are true Dear drink. Don't be afraid to give it a try you will enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 02:47:58 | More by stixfix
Photo of lighthabit


2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

not bad, just confused. clear bottle (?), pours thin, no beer-like head or lacing. goes down like a carb'd apple cider. sweet. a bit too sweet for my tastes, but not necessarily unpleasant. i don't see or taste any beer qualities whatsoever. my friends insisted i check this out ("it's awesome!"), so i finally tried it, with reservations. i'm not sure why it says ale on the bottle, it clearly (pun intended) isn't, but on a hot summer day, it might hit the spot. i'm rating it against what i think miller is trying for, because if i reviewed it as an ale, it'd be a flop.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 15:53:40 | More by lighthabit
Photo of KYGunner


2.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

When you label a beverage an ale you subject yourself to the scrutiny of the BA Community, so despite this being an easy buzz I feel that it should be reviewed as an ale.

The color is much like a ginger ale, with loads of carbonation and a pale amber hue. No head to speak of and absolutely no lacing.

The scent is of Apple juice/cider with an airy sweet aroma. Pleasant for an alcoholic beverage but not particularly substantive.

This tastes like a carbonated cider with artificial flavoring and no actual beer quality. It leaves one perplexed as to how to rate it because it is sweet and easy to drink and if one was looking for easy inebriation this will do it. As an actual ale, perhaps brewed with apples it is not but a drink to get your girlfriend drunk, it's a sure bet.

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 03:09:55 | More by KYGunner
Photo of bmwats


2.59/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Golden hue. Effervescence is pervasive. No real head and no lacing.

S: Crisp, sour apple and a little grain, and a little vomit or diarrhea.

T: Light sweet apple, not much else.

M: Light body, crisp and refreshing. Has something of a synthetic sweet character to it.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is fair. Lots of effervescence but no head or lacing. A little sour apple and that's it. Similarly, light and crisp body with a light sour apple flavor, and synthetic sweet finish. Overall, this is a serviceable quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:09:20 | More by bmwats
Photo of Shackleford

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beverage surprised me. Its not overly flavorful which works to its advantage. It tastes like diluted carbonated apple juice. Its not heavy like cider and it doesn't taste like a beer at all. But, it goes down easy and is very refreshing. This drink will fill a similar niche as Mike's Hard, but for people who prefer apple flavoring to lemon. I had mine out of an ice cold bottle. I enjoyed it. I won't be stocking my fridge with Redd's but who knows I might be ordering one at a bar next time I'm sick of light beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 05:24:45 | More by Shackleford
Photo of AlcoholEnthusiast


2.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Best served ice cold. Appearance isn't bad since it does have a nice golden color but smell is somewhat like baby wipes and apple juice. Reminds me of a day care. Taste is like a light lager beer flavor with a cider-apple taste mixed in and mouthfeel is like water. It is smooth and thin and goes down easy and best of all, no bad after taste. It's certainly not the craft style beer they try to make it out to be but on a hot summer day or after yard work, this might be a nice refreshing way to cool off. I most likely won't buy it again but at roughly $1 a bottle, it wasn't a total waste.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 00:40:53 | More by AlcoholEnthusiast
Redd's Apple Ale from Miller Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.