Red Brick Dog Days Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick Dog Days AleRed Brick Dog Days Ale

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-27-2002

Formerly Red Brick Summer Unfiltered Wheat, and prior to that Summer Hefeweizen.
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by Dudeletter:
Photo of Dudeletter
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First is one of the new Red Brick Beers, though there is a caveat when I say new. In the last few years, if not last year, Red Brick must have had a major crisis/overhaul. The result is rebranding from Atlanta Brewing Company, Relabeling, and the refreshing of many recipes. In fact on the website the Dog Days Ale is still listed as the Summer Beer. This being said the new version is really impressive as a wheat beer. The fruit zests come through clearly and the spices are right on. As opposed to the problem I mentioned in a previous post this beer is neither too sweet or too hoppy, while still not being to dry as a German Wheat would be. This is a great summer beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint glass of Dog Days on tap at the brewery. 4.1% ABV

Hazy golden-amber with a weak but semi-durable head.

Feel: crisp and lovely carbonation; near medium body is not as light as average for style.

Aroma: fruity with wheat; appropriately spicy.

Flavorful and particularly fruity. Some banana but also hints of pear, apple and pineapple. Nice complexity.

O: A very good, fruity hefe.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Atlanta Brewing Company.

Pours a cloudy lemon color with a two-finger white head. Head dissipates after a while, but sticks around for a bit. Ends up as a ring around the glass.

Smells good. Mostly banana, has an almost sucrose-like smell. Very sweet.

Tastes a little better than it smells. Lots of banana up front, and as it warms there's a bit more spiciness. There's also a slight orange rind flavor.

Mouthfeel isn't that great. Very carbonated, it doesn't go down as smoothly as it could. If there was a little less carbonation it would help things a bunch.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit too sweet, but as it warms it gets better. Again, the carbonation hurts it here.

Apparently this won an award given out by Great Lakes Brewing Company in 2008. It's certainly not bad, but there are better hefeweizens out there.

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy, hazy yellow with a lot of thick yeast coming out of the bottle; the head is thick, bubbly, soft and white; little retention

S - clove, coriander, wheat, pepper, faint banana, bubblegum

T - bread, pepper, lemon, orange, clove

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This isn't a bad wheat beer, but it is a bit malty and bready. The malt doesn't fit the style. The spice and faint fruit characters fit nicely though. Overall, not bad, but it doesn't truly fit the style.

Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a hint of orange and an off-white head.

S- The aroma is wheat with some lemon and citrus along with some spices and a hint of banana and yeast as well. The aroma is pretty faint, but there is some nice subtle nuances in the nose.

T- The taste has some wheat up front with some citrus and a nice spiciness as well. The finish is dry with some lingering spiciness. Like the aroma, the taste is not overly complex but is very refreshing and is flavorful enough for a summer session beer.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this one. This is a solid beer for what it is, an easy drinking light bodied beer for the summer with a decent amount of flavor.

Photo of ordybill
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a fairly nice wheat and fruit aroma.
Appearance- Pours a murky golden amber with a small white head.
Taste- A standard hefeweizen, nothing spectacular.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a crisp finish.
Overall- An ok beer, not bad but completely forgettable.

Photo of Southernbrew
2.18/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange, little head. Smells slightly fruity, some banana, not a very powerful aroma, however. Medium body, definite banana notes, lots of carbonation. Light aftertaste, not much to it. Really not a spectacular beer. Offers very little in any department. Many better beers from ABC.

Photo of maleman
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating was noted on the bottle. Poured a cloudy, straw color, one finger head that quickly disappated into a tight cap. Noticed slippery, oily lacing. Something sweet was there in the nose along with pepper and clove. While I'm not a fan of the genre, the taste wasn't bad. It was fairly light with little aftertaste. A little bit of straw was the major flavor. Light-bodied, tasted in the top rear of the mouth. Carbonation was about average. Overall, a decent, light summer brew. As posted earlier, I'm not a hef fan, but as far as hefs go this one is more than tolerable. RB!

Photo of Thur123
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The brew pours a very hazy tan-ish golden color with one and a half finger of fluffy white head. I can't tell how carbonated it may be but I'm sure its fine. The head fades kind of quickly for the style. Looks good. The smell is sweet bananas with a bit of clove and a bit of yeasty funk.

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The flavor is the same, with and slightly astringent banana with a yeasty finish. Overall this is a standard unfiltered wheat but certainly nothing bad. Has all the flavors and texture it should.

Photo of Jredner
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty wheat malt aroma with mild citrus notes. Pale golden/yellow in color wih a lasting finger thick white head. Ever so slightly bitter fore is followed by low key wheat malt and bannana notes. Thinnish and has an odd peanutskin flavor in the finish, but also has a curious quaffability I enjoyed.

Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow with a thin head that settles to a patchy haze. Nice aromas of banana, wheat, a touch of clove, and a good amount of grassy hops. Surprisingly hoppy for a Hefeweizen, at least in the nose. More typical flavors of banana, clove, and wheat with a fairly clean Hefeweizen yeast and a generous helping of slightly grassy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a pretty nice American Hefeweizen, but I'll likely stick with the German ones.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

r light amber, yellow with a huge hite pillow like head, and tons of carbonation. Very lively aroma, lots of grains and cereal hints, with some subtle fruit like flavors mixed in. Bananas and apples were the most prominant. Taste was exhilirating. Such a lively, frothy and light flavor. Quite possibly the best warm weather beer I have ever tried. Flavor just exploded in your mouth and the lightness of it along with the remarkable carbonation are unmatched. This is now going to be summer beer of choice until or if something can uproute it.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Brick Dog Days Ale has a the thinnest, off-white head and an initially clear, golden, bubbly appearance, with clouds up, once the caked bottom contents are swished and poured in. There is no lacing to speak of. Aroma is strongly of banana and maybe some white wheat bread, and the flavor is also predominately banana, with some background coriander, white bread, lemon, and a shade of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Red Brick Dog Days Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable. Really good stuff!

RJT

Photo of barefootbrewer
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a very, very light straw color with a thick head that was persistent. The smell is spicy and a bit skunky. The flavor is too mild for a hefeweizen. It has a touch of citrus flavor in it. The moutfeel is thin and highly carbonated to the point of detraction. This is not a highly drinkable beer for my taste. On a side note – this has been in my refrigerator for a while, so perhaps it has lost something over time?

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a mountainous peak of white foam that sticks around for an eternity.

Smells spicy, with a hint of sweet banana hiding in there as well.

Taste is the usual banana/clove combination, with a bit of the spiciness that shows in the nose, and a hint of hop bitterness in the middle. Medium-bodied with good carbonation; finish is rather dry and mildly bitter.

A fairly typical example of the style; very Germanic in its execution. Not was I was really in the mood for, sadly; it would have probably been perfect after a bike ride in the Georgia heat or after mowing the lawn on a sweltering morning. Sadly, this rainy afternoon just didn't favor it.

Photo of aracauna
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very lackluster. Wheat beers are hit or miss with me. A good wheat beer (imported hefe, good American wheat with yeast) is an impressive, delicious beer. A bad one is just bland. This, as one of the latter, had very little character as a beer while still managing to show off a tiny bit of ABC's trademarked wet dog.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.09/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a mottled layer of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with lighter aromas of lemon citrus and banana.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat followed by some lighter flavors of lemon citrus and a light flavor of banana. Very faint hints of clove in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and definitely sessionable due to the low ABV but not one of the most interesting hefeweizens that I have tried - a little too clear in appearance and a little lacking in the banana/clove aromas and flavors. It almost tastes like a light version of a hefeweizen.

Photo of Paincane
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color with one finger head leaving nice amount of lacing in pint glass.
S: Wheat and orange peel
T: Wheat dominates the flavor with a hint of citrus.
M: Smooth, light bodied, moderate carbonation
D: Very drinkable, but simple beer. I would drink another given the opportunity.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After reading the description of this and the retired Red-Brick Hefe, I almost wonder if I had that instead, but not knowing, I’ll rate this. Had on tap at a church casino night. Poured to a hazy golden color with medium white head that lingered thru entire drink, and left okay lacing. This had an aroma of floral hops, wheat and a hint of citrus. Smelled like a mixture of a Hefe and a Pale Ale. Flavor was more of the same tasty mix of citrus and wheat, along with a traces of clove spice. All led to a nice, smooth finish.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale&Witch

A - It pours a visibly thin and cloudy hue, and is capped with a thin wispy white film.

S - The nose is spritzy, lemony and refreshing. I think that is what they were going for. Banana and ripe fruit aromas are subdued.

T - The taste is more of the same. A focus on refreshing citrus flavors is notable, as is a mildness of flavor. It works for a Summer beer.

M - Thin and lighly carbonated, refreshing; again, they achieved their desired result.

O - Not my cup of tea, per se, but well-done for what it is.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atlanta Brewing continues to impress. Who would have thunk it... an American brewery brewing a worthy Hefeweizen? The beer pours a murky, sometimes dull, sometimes bright straw color with slightly fizzy carbonation, but with a body to stand up. The aromas are strongly malted (pilsner and wheat) with spicy, fruity esters, lightly musk-ey, earthy with a soft (confectionate) sweetness and nearly-Belgian tartness. The feel is light and airy, with a mild weight due to the sweetness. Finishes mildly sweet and with lingering earthy flavor and evaporative alcohol. Good beer.

Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%

2014 Batch. Pours hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma has huge clove and banana notes, flavor is slightly less intense but still very flavorful and yeast driven. Slight grassy hop character is also present. Mouthfeel is light, semi-dry and refreshing. Overall a great example of a hefe. Nothing to blow your mind, but a great summer time drinker and very true to style.3

Photo of rjhaupt
2.47/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Murky straw color, minimal head even after a vigorous pour, bits of years on the bottom of the glass (it is unfiltered after all).

S - Sweet smell almost like wet hay or fresh cut grass but not as crisp. Hints of banana (shocking!).

T - Tart astringent first taste followed by a fruity banana main event. Finishes with a bit of a stale sourdough situation. Unfortunately, does not open up well as it warms.

M - Kind of watery and bland, definitely not the chewy years broth I like in a Hefeweizen.

D - Subpar taste really drags down looked and smelled like it could have been an alright beer.

Photo of milkbaby9
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a 0.5 L Franziskaner weizen glass. Nice "Beer from around here" logo on the bottle cap. Produced a 2 finger off white head which reduced to a minimal foam cap with nice lacing. Very nice hazy pale straw color.

Aroma was zesty lemon with light yeast and wheat/malt. Taste opens up tangy to sourish lemon into banana then finishing with a nice breadiness and lightly bitter aftertaste.

Carbonation was zippy and nice, giving a light bodied feel but not drying at all. Made my mouth feel very wet and drooly!

Drinkability is good because this is an easy and pleasant brew to drink, not too sweet, just right. Very good though my personal preference is for a bigger yeasty wheat and malt center to the beer. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with a very white head that is a little thinner than I'd like for the style, but very finely beaded. Sweet smells of banana, light clove, and a bare touch of lemon. The taste isn't quite as full as the aroma suggests it will be. Light and somewhat soft with more pronounced lemon and much less banana and clove, although both are there in subtle representation. Quite drinkable, but could be a bit crisper and more fully flavored for me. The softness doesn't quite take the edge off the summer heat like a crisper beer does, and the relatively subdued and simple flavor makes me lose interest after awhile. This is not exactly a complex beer, but it was pleasureable enough for me not to regret buying one six pack.

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Red Brick Dog Days Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
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