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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Reviews: 187 | Ratings: 751
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 putnam
1.03/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

awful, dull, soggy, rubbery tasting beer here
I guess it wants to be "Malt Liquor" when it grows up, but for now it tastes like puree of canned green beans and vodka.
"Uncommonly Smooth" means "flacid" or "limp" or "mushy" to me. Spun sugar watery glazed blah!
Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of phillipzayas
1.03/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I actually went and got a six pack of this stuff to give it a fair chance. I figured it had a nice puppy on the front and was being sold along with Old Mil and Mickey's, how bad could it be??

So I can't believe I am reviewing this beer but I am. Pale color, smells like burnt corn, tastes like corn and has the carbonation of a bad soda. Mouthfeel = water. HOLY BITE ON IT! You take a sip and this one kicks you right back in the mouth in an unpleasant way. It fizzes like soda.

On par with Old Milwaukee. Still, this is one for if you just want to get really trashed and don't care about beer at all. If you want a bit of alcohol in water then here's your beer.

It actually smelled a bit like homeless people.


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Photo of hardy008
1.03/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Pale yellow color with a white foamy head with poor retention. Smells of cooked corn, and tastes like it too. Very unappealing on many different levels. Over carbonated, extremely watery, and a poor excuse for beer. I will try anything once, but this will not get a second chance.

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Photo of rye726
1.06/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have always been curious about this interesting looking can of beer. However, one can has answered all curiosity. Pours a watery amber with a bubbly white head. Nose is of old cut grass and stale grains. Taste is bitter and a tad harsh. Thin body over carbonated.

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Photo of goblue3509
1.08/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a light clear yellow with visible carbonation and a small head. The head goes away very quickly. The smell is of some malt and metal, the smell is a little stale. The taste is very bitter, but not hops bitter, just bitter and metalic. There is maybe a hint of grain. The mouthfeel is carbonated moderately and watery. Overall you would not drink more than one of these.

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Photo of zeff80
1.08/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Words can't describe this beer, but I'll try. It is bitter and painfully bitter, almost sour. It is watery and tastes like corn. There is nothing remotely hoppy about it. It hardly tastes like any other beer i've had. The mouthfeel is watery and heavier than it should be for an American Macro Lager. I don't think I'll ever have another Red Dog.

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Photo of bditty187
1.1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is alot like Eliot Ness: Untouchable. In the world of beers this dog is at the bottom of the barrel. It is beer... that is the best thing I can say about it. Very few brews are this bad. I just don't think it tastes good at all, or smells good... well I have said enough. There are so many better beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.1/5  rDev -50%
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 TechMyst
1.1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

FRESH: yes
PURCHASED @: anywhere
COST: cheap
HEAD: none
LACE: none
COLOR:pale yellow
AROMA: metallic urine
COMMENTS: Another BMC, but with a little character. Why are they allowed to put "Premium" on the bottle?!

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Photo of walleye
1.1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

from the 22. cheaper to buy this than a 12oz. poured a yello with a white head. aroma metallic, corn, straw,hints of malt and hops. flavor, corn husks, wheat, light malts and hops. the only reason I bought this that bieristgut said I should rate this I’ll get even with him

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Photo of woodske1
1.15/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Is there anything lower than awful for taste? There should be in Red Dog's case. I am still shocked to see this around every once in awhile. Who drinks this?

After one beer I can't see how you could want another. There are plenty better cheap beers out there.

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Photo of BeerBeing
1.2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12oz brown glass US-generic longneck bottle, red and brown on white label

Appearance: pale yellow color, medium head, a little lacing

Smell: sweet malt, grain

Taste: medium body, watery mouthfeel, grainy, minimal maltiness and hops

Notes: not a good one

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Photo of Schlitz74
1.25/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Poured from a 24 oz. can, it pours your typical pale yellow color, and has very little head. It is not very good, it is watery and bland tasting. Nothing special here.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
1.25/5  rDev -43.2%

A trip down memory lane in the worst way. The beer pours a near clear yellow with a fizzy head. The smell is metallic with some rice smells coming through. Taste was the same. I remember it as one of the first beers I ever had and almost turned me away from beer as a whole. Not good by any stretch but it was interesting to relive this one.

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Photo of SebastianMandeville
1.25/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Buddies and I used to drink this madness when were underage and had no choice. Now I wouldn't even serve it to prisoners at Gitmo because it would be too cruel a torture.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
1.26/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 5/21/08. Can. Light amber and very carbonated, typical appearance of a pale lager. For a beirut/beer pong beer, it's better than Bud Light or similar beers, a little smoother to drink and less skunky and watery, but else can I say? I drank a few too many of these and had a pretty bad night, so I don't have fond memories of this beer at all, to say the least!
1/2/1/1/3 (0.8/5)

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Photo of dontgimmeheadachebeer
1.33/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

God awful brewski. If you want a headache and the shits, this is the beer for you. Only suitable for your guests whom you want to get rid of, or get even with. This is NOT the 'Nectar of the Gods'. I've been throwin' 'em down the hatch for many years, and this has got to be right up their with worst.

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Photo of ethosx19
1.35/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Not red at all in color, more of a light yellow. I didn't expect much taste from this, and what I got was not pleasant. The small hop flavor isn't enough to save this beer. The quality reminds me of Armour Potted Meat Food Product with "partially defatted cooked pork fatty tissue," a step below spam. I dumped out about half this beer and grabbed the only other beverage at the alcopop. It wasn't a good night for drinking.

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Photo of SetarconeX
1.39/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I really tried hard to come up with a raison d'etre for this one. I bought it thinking it might be somewhat red, but it poured out of the bottle the usual piss-yellow cheap lager color. No smell whatsoever. Tastes just like what it is, a cheap generic lager. I'm impressed. I didn't think "Plank Road" could come up with something even less interesting than Icehouse. Good shot, Miller!

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Photo of KACK1533
1.41/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This is corn water. Mouthfeel was disturbing, as it coated my tongue with something that felt greasy. It didn't give me the shits, but it did give me indigestion and I was belching this up for hours. Found it at some hole in the wall liquor store near St. Louis and decided to try it. When I was younger I remember the advertising for it, but that's neither here nor there. Avoid this as if it were the bubonic plague. The head dissipated into nothing moments after I poured it into my glass, nary a lace to be had. Smell was stale gym locker room after a football team has careened through it, leaving their equipment all over the place. This was so bad, not even my uncle wanted some, and he drinks just about anything when it comes to beer.

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Photo of Squire123
1.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Who comes up with these names? I've never once seen a red dog.

But then I've never seen a Leprechaun wearing a green hat either. Or the St. Pauli girl in person. Ah, imagery. I suppose the Big Bad Dog is to conger up thoughts of manly drinking but real men don't drink labels, real men drink what they like. This stuff is lightly colored, lightly flavored (what flavor there is) and is beer by definition only. I don't know where we came across it but didn't remember drinking it until seeing it listed here.

I don't know anyone I dislike enough to force this on them. Now I remember why I couldn't remember it.

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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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Photo of DogFood11
1.46/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Keeping with my American tour of Macro's I picked up some red dog from miller brewing. I'm in search of the finest from our big brewing monopolies and this one I hope is not it.

Golden in color very similar to its sister macro lagers. Has an off type smell ....this is a fresh sample. seems skunky but this is how I remember it so I doubt every sample I've tried is oxidized. Tons of medium to large sized carbonation give it a bit of a sizzly mouth.

What you would expect. Maybe a touch more malt presence than usual in this style. Ehhh this could be the last time I confront the red dog.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
1.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The mighty Red Dog. It's never bad when it's free. It pours the typical golden macro color and has no head. The aroma is bitter, a chemical bitter so it is wise not to smell it before you drink it. The bland corn flavor is not terrible when ice cold, but can become quite gross if allowed to warm up. This is not the worst beer made, but it is by no means worth drinking if MGD or Bud is available.

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