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Red Dog | Miller Brewing Co.

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Red DogRed Dog

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 742
Reviews by mrseano:
Photo of mrseano
1.46/5  rDev -33.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of twb0392
1.25/5  rDev -43.2%

probably unrelated?; but I had to poop pretty bad after drinking this.

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Photo of Mtcarini
4.84/5  rDev +120%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When the ancient Babylonians first conceived of alcohol they could scarcely have conceived that craft brew would reach such heights. In a word, Red Dog is magnificent. Cosmopolitan yet accessible. Pedestrian but somehow suave. Red Dog is the great equalizer, taking the complex flavor and exquisite texture of an expensive craft Beer but offering it a price point that puts it firmly in reach of the average 8th grader. If you drink no other beer before you die, drink a Red Dog.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
1.5/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Great stuff when you're eighteen and working up the courage to feel up your girlfriend for the first time. Sub-turpentine.

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Photo of drose23
3.3/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a great budget beer and one that I truly enjoy to have from time to time. In Indianapolis a 30 pack is around $15, and it is much better than some beers at the same price. For 50 cents a beer, it is an A plus. For beer overall, I would give Red Dog a solid B. It is a very good and refreshing CHEAP AAL.

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Photo of cjnuxoll
4.59/5  rDev +108.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i like cheap beers, and this one is near perfect. crisp and refreshing, with a light, wheaty flavor and very refreshing. i know that by beer drinker's standards this is not a high quality item, but that's what i like. it's mild and not at all overpowering. very drinkable. i'm not one to savor the event of drinking a beer - this is one you can guzzle and consume mass quantities without it going to your head or feeling full and bloated. in my opinion, almost the perfect beer.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
1/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Red Dog. I didn't even drink this when I was in college. I wouldn't drink this if I was that guy from 127 hours. This is worse than any beer (including malt liquor). I have ever had. By a wide margin. And I have drank a lot of awful beers. I would rather siphon (and drink) the oil from my lawnmower than taste this "beer" again. It is not safe for human consumption. It is not safe for rat consumption. You may use it to kill the weeds in your yard that survive other products advertised for such purposes which fail to work.

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Photo of reddogman1776
5/5  rDev +127.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My story with Red Dog began a long while ago. It was a typical morning and I was headed to my local liquor store here in Rice Lake, WI, where I was planning on purchasing my usual 24 ounce miller lite. I had brought exact change to buy the Miller, but to my dismay, there had been a sudden increase in price of Miller and I no longer had enough for it. Because of this, I was forced to settle for a less expensive beer, and quickly took a Red Dog out of the cooler instead. I was disappointed while leaving the liquor store, but my sadness was quickly alleviated when I took my first sip of Red Dog. I found both its flavor and smoothness to be uncommon. Since then, I have not bought any other kind of beer. Red Dog's flavor is bold, yet smooth, and takes the edge off of a stressful morning at work. Red Dog is a beer that pairs perfectly with a nice carton of Marlboros and in my experience is best enjoyed early in the morning (around 8am). Red Dog is an overall flawless beer that perfectly embodies all qualities that an American stout should want to present.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.06/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly golden color with a thin lace of head. Slightly sweet adjunct aromas. Not much taste, but not really any adjunct flavor either. Goes down quite smooth, slightly dry. I reviewed this poured in a glass, but I'm giving this a 5 for overall, because for some reason it's much better out of the can and it's the only good macro/adjunct beer I like.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, clear yellow with a faint tinge of orange. The head came up nicely but, as is customary, went down in about ten seconds.

Smell – This has a big grainy corn aroma that actually seems to be kind of smooth as the advertising promises.

Taste – The creamed corn and grain mix together well enough, although I wouldn’t call the flavor good by any stretch of the imagination. The unavoidable sweet finish wasn’t as bad as most.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and crisp. Alas, the big red bulldog is as thin as a continental spaniel with its hair shaved off.

Drinkability – I can’t actually recommend the Red Dog, but if you have to choose between this and an MGD I’d go for this one.

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Photo of tbryan5
1/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of BeerDreadz
1.9/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of CaeserTits
3/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of generallee
3.14/5  rDev +42.7%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
1.25/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Jason
2.06/5  rDev -6.4%
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?

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Photo of NilocRellim
1/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.96/5  rDev -10.9%
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 valkyre65
2/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
2/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cmwilliq
1.5/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of JIMTRK16
1.25/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of TimMack
1/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of richkrull
2.97/5  rDev +35%
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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Red Dog from Miller Brewing Co.
2.2 out of 5 based on 742 ratings.
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