Redd's Apple Ale | Miller Brewing Co.

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Redd's Apple AleRedd's Apple Ale

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Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.35/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

way worse than the honeycrisp from shock top, this is at least a step below, hardly beer. pours an headless pale straw color with soda bubbles popping. it smells like fake red apple, sweet and syrupy, very little grain or hops in this, if any at all. the flavor starts for just a second with some decent fresh apple, but its quickly overcome by an onslaught of sugar thats too much for me. im missing the essential beer elements again, and it feels more like a low budget apple juice with heaps of carbonation than beer. finish is all sugar, turns the stomach. the flavors are good but the sweetness is through the roof, rendering this undrinkable. apple definitely has a place in beer, and this new trend has me thinking and inspired, but this is a far cry from well made beer, its a soda pop. hopefully i wont encounter this one again but given its witty add campaign and instant popularity, thats not looking particularly likely.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.46/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with no head at all and no lacing.

S: The aroma contains apples as you would expect and very light malts.

T: The taste is very cider-like and has a strong apple flavor of course. There’s no hops presence at all and the malt character is very thin. It is fairly well-balanced though since the sweetness isn’t too intense. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, to me it seems like a cider with carbonation. Overall, there aren’t a lot of beer-like qualities to it and therefore I didn’t score it very low.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.08/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color (not dissimilar to Mott's Apple Juice) with some light orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a very thin sudsy off-white head that reduces to nothing almost instantly. No lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of apple juice with light amounts of sweetness.

T: Upfront it has the sweetness of apple juice with moderate apple flavors, underneath which is the very slight hint of malts though it is fairly buried and fades instantly. Maybe some extremely light hints of caramel. No bitterness is detected, this is lightly sweet like apple juice and seltzer.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Very thin/watery.

O: Not sure why this is not a cider or malt beverage (like Smirnoff Ice) as this tastes and smells just like apple juice without the slightest hint of alcohol. I would likely never have another one of these as it seems like it is not a beer at all - even though they market it as a beer with the crispness of apples. Very easy to drink and I could see this being dangerous to folks how get it knowing they do not like beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Goin' for my third apple ale, the second with the focus being more on the apples than the malts (ostensibly...I mean, who know how far they went with "flavoring", right?). This stuff pours a clear pale amber topped by a a half-finger of short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose is a blast of watered-down apple juice, with a vein of mild caramel in the distance. The taste pretty much brings more of the same, but with an increased sense of blandness. Honestly, I expected a cider-like quality of apple with some spices or something, but this takes the spice-less path and them some. To sum: watered-down apple juice that wasn't all that great to begin with. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a feel I can only describe as sorta/kinda creamy. Overall, I just didn't get this beer. It certainly eschews the cider route, but it also goes away from the apple-y beer route as well, coming across as, like I've said before, a watered-down version of apple juice. Not my thing, this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.14/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Here we go Redd's the commercials are funny the beer is an apple ale a combination of an ale with natural apple flavor and caramel color. Fizzy white head dwindles to nothing in no time at all, large bubbled fizzy carbonation disappears in literally no time at all, apple juice looking body. Aroma apple hand soap or shampoo with tart sliced natural apple flavoring, no real signs of beer. "It's not a cider" (in my best Arnold from Kindergarten Cop "it's not a tumor" voice, it's Redd's Apple Ale, dammit...the flavor is of stale beer and natural apples is not overwhelming nor is it beer it's pseudo cider. When I grow up I want to be made of real Fuji apples not some concentrated apple flavoring that was naturally made in a chemistry lab. Body is light with fizzy carbonation really not offensive I wish I could tell you this was as tasty as any of the Angry Orchard or more established ciders out there however, it's just's a Miller fabrication brewed by Redd's Brewing Co. in Albany, GA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
1.76/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

I'm not sure what possessed me to make this purchase, but here we have a brilliantly clear deep golden liquid with a small smattering of white bubbles that disappears almost instantly. The aroma is initially sulfur and apples with a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. Its hard to find anything ale like in the aroma, this smells like an alcopop cider. The flavor is wow pretty bad actually. Brown sugar mixed with apple flavoring and a headache inducing artificial sweetener flavor that I can't get out of my mouth. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet sickly artificial mouthfeel. I couldn't finish this.

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Photo of tdm168
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - gold with no head

S - sour apple jolly rancher

T - apple cider, a bit tart, grainy

M - light, very crisp

This is what it claims to be. It's apple through and through. It's a bit tart and tastes exactly like apple cider. It achieves what it set out to achieve, but I'll definitely pass in the future.

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Photo of jwc215
1.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by Aug 5, 2013:

Pours light golden with a heavy fizz sound that quickly ends. There is no head or lacing.

The smell is awful. Stale bread and rotten apple.

The taste isn't much better. There is a hint of caramel under the bland yeast and sweet apple skin.

It is fizzy and light-bodied. Leaves a tingle on the tongue.

I think I overrated this. This is horrible. Is this beer or a sweet fruity malt beverage? I'm leaning towards the latter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, straw coloring with no head and a ton of carbonation bubbling. Aromas of apple sweetness, with not much else behind it. Cloying, oversweet nose. Flavors of apple tart and sweetness, with a slide unbalance to the sweet side. Leans itself more towards a cider than an ale based on the palate. The aftertaste is slightly spiced with light cinnamon, but the apple tart and sweetness overtakes anything as you drink. Sweet, cloying finish that is lightened by the carbonation. The sweetness builds as you drink, which can overpower and make this beer difficult to session.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a pale apple juice amber with very little head, but a ring around the glass. Aroma is a light apple juice and an unidentifiable, somehwhat off-putting vegetable odor, it might be the light malt interacting to the apple in a way that I was not expecting. Flavor is mild hard apple cider mixed with light sweet malt. The same oddly flavored interaction between the malt and the apple juice flavors affects the taste as well. Light bodied. The flavor combination did not work for me, but fortunately, it is all so attenuated in flavor that it is not difficult to finish. I was also lucky that we got our first really warm day, so a cheap, light tasting 16 oz. can filled a niche in the day. I was fooled into to buying this beer from the "new" brewery "Redd's Brewing". I now know this is one the of the many BMG fake brewery names. The good news is that at least I have reviewed my first Miller product. Tick. Glad I did this one after mowing the grass, it was at least refreshing while dehydrated.

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Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light golden color with no head and lots of carbonation. Smell is like apple juice. Taste has some tartness up front, sweetness at the finish, lots of apples in between. Feels light in the mouth and overall is more like an apple soda than a beer, but is highly drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
1.24/5  rDev -53.9%
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 carbonation. Cloying, artificial, yet insanely popular. Hard apple cider is fine, but this is a totally different concoction. Pretty cloying and not so tasty even with added fruit. Avoid.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From the clear 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Feb 15-2016. Sampled on December 13, 2015

Yellow-golden pour with great clarity and a quick lasting fizzy champagne-like head.

Aroma of apples, apples and apples with a buried malt sweetness. Kind of a wet cardboard thing too.

Thin body.

OK, the taste is a tad better than what the aroma suggests...that is if one likes apples. I happen to like apples so in that regard this beer did what it was supposed to do. Sweet but nothing I will go for again.

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Photo of Zorro
2.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light gold colored beer with no head whatsoever looks like an apple cider.

Smells like apple cider. strong apple with a little corn, very much more like cider than beer in scent.

Starts out tasting like watered down apple cider with a little sweet and sour apple flavor going on. What this tastes like and probably is Apple Cider mixed with miller lite. Not sure who this is for beer drinkers ashamed to drink cider or cider drinkers who want to drink beer? Tastes OK, but seriously pick one don't mix them in to what amounts to watered down cider or sweetened lite beer?

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly again sort of like cider.

Overall it is Miller Lite and Apple Cider, I fail to see the point.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of barnzy78
2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, drank from the bottle. The ale is caramel in color, aroma smells like apple juice, some faint grain. Tastes very sweet, much like apple juice, a bit cider, very faint caramel, grain, and yeast, overly sweet, especially on the finish. Mouth-feel is very thin. Overall, I'm glad I didn't purchase this myself, but I was curious to try it. I did drink the entire bottle, but I didn't enjoy it too much.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is a golden color with a big pure white head that forms upon pouring. The head fades super fast leaving almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very hard cider like with a strong apple juice smell mixed with just a hint of a caramel sweetness as well as a tiny amount of a bready smell.

Taste- The taste begins very sweet and of a big apple juice like flavor. There are notes of a caramel sweetness upfront as well which last till the end of the taste. While quite sweet upfront, the sweetness does fade slightly more toward the end, but still remains rather sweet leaving a very hard cider flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is very crisp and light with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. Both are quite appropriate for the hard apple cider flavor of the brew and make it rather crisp and refreshing.

Overall – I am not sure what part of this is actually an ale. This tastes exactly like a sweet hard cider to me. Not bad, but more sweet cider like then beer like that is for sure.

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Photo of mynie
2.18/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First off--this is not a hard cider, you simpletons.

I'll drink ciders. There are some excellent craft ciders out there, and even the easy to find macro stuff is still plenty quaffable. Heck, I'll even drink an alcopop here and there. And fruit beers? Fruit beers are awesome! Not just the New Glarus stuff, either. I'm fond of trashy, accessible stuff, like Magic Hat's #9, and Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

What I'm getting at is that I'm not so much of a snob to refuse to drink fruity booze. I am, however, quite leery of macro fruit beers, as they tend to, well, they tend to suck.

Redd's was the best thing at a recent party. It smelled horrendous, like a bad yeast starter, but tasted like a low-hopped, very light adjunct ale mixed with actual apple juice. Like something high school kids would mix together to make Natty Ice more palatable, basically.

Not the worst thing I've ever had, and not even particularly bad aside from the aroma. But I'm a fan of the style, and more open-minded than most, and this is just not a very good fruit beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off clear bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.0% ABV, APR1413 in yellow on neck.

A - Redd's Apple Ale pours with an effervescent roar that rivals the sound of some soda. The loose white head disappears before it can even be captured on camera leaving the clear "beer" a pale golden yellow color.

S - Redd's has a distinct aroma of apple akin to a cider but it disappears almost as quickly as the head which helped retain it. No real beer aroma here. Poor show.

T - A blend of apples presents itself with two varieties coming to my mind, but it's not quite as cider-like as the aroma is, instead, the flavor has some grainy, cheap pale malt in the background, grounding it to the "ale" part of it's name.

M - Redd's Apple Ale is just as effervescent as the loud sound makes it out to be. It's harshly carbonated with a bite on the finish but a nicely balanced level of dry sweetness that's neither cloying nor bland. This light bodied ale drinks very similar to a lager.

O - Redd's Apple Ale barely passes for a beer with apple flavor as opposed to a cider with a splash of malt (which it basically is). New to the scene, this ale drinks like a lager, and hops on the trend wagon of ciders but, without a memorable, unique product, all that's left are their ads and I have a feeling people will move on. That's not to say it's a bad product, Redd's Apple Ale is just forgettable.

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Photo of Brenden
2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's a cool idea. There are some great ciders out there, and everyone knows about cider. An apple beverage that's a beer seems like a good idea, and few breweries make one. looks like a macro from the start. It's a very pale, thin-looking brew. Granted, it looks a bit like a cider ought to look, but not like a beer ought to. The struggling little white head barely stays up for a minute or two, and very little spotty lacing is left behind.
The aroma is a bit cidery but as thin and as the appearance would make it seem and somewhat listless. I don't see too much difference between this and a cider until a whiff of corn husk comes through. Adjuncts don't make it better, and the same goes for the flavor. While the apple element presented is sharp, it loses the tartness in the flavor. there's a bit more tangy bite on the nose. Pale malts present themselves from middle to finish; again, thin.
Speaking of, the feel is that of a cider rather than a beer, and it's only the fact that this is an apple ale that the fact doesn't completely sink it.

I was interested to try this beer and wasn't surprised to discover it was Miller after I'd had it poured for me. For the masses into bland, weak and watery beers, this works if cider's too much.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If it's supposed to be an ale then it should have some head... none. The body is caramel colored because it says "caramel color" added on the bottle.
The aroma is a sickly smell of old beer.
The taste is quite sweet with apple flavor dominating. No real beer flavors at all.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's this decade's Tequiza.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Redd’s Apple Ale has a thin, white, fizzy head, which dies right away, no lacing, and a very bubbly, clear, golden appearance (think apple juice). The aroma is much like an inexpensive, sparkling apple wine, and the taste is the same. One does pick up the slightest shade of barley malt in this, but bitterness is nonexistent. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Redd’s Apple Ale finishes crisp, fairly refreshing, and drinkable. It is more lager-like than ale-like, really. For what it is (and, that’s a style I don’t particularly like), I rate it as "good" (or a "B"). If you like flavored beer, you’ll probably like it. If you don’t, you probably won’t be thrilled with it.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.06/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16 fl oz. can, with freshness date on the bottom reading August 12, 2013. My dad got this as a freebie somewhere along the line, and gave it to me because he only drinks Miller Lite. Expectations are low considering the source.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a clear fizzy yellow, consistent with the appearance of apple juice mixed in with a little bit of beer. Is easily distinguishable as a Miller product, thin fizzy head that dies out quick.

S - Smells of nasty artificial apple, nail polish remover alcohol fumes, and vinegar. Smells pretty awful. The smell reminds me of what dyeing eggs for Easter smells like.

T - Taste isn't awful, in this beer's defense, but it is bland, generic, and highly artificial. Hardly any apple in the flavor at all, and very little else happening. Definitely fails as an apple beer.

M - Feel is mildly sticky / sugary and watery.

Overall, a failure of an apple beer, but it is to be expected from Miller. Not something I would try again, I would definitely rather drink an actual cider, & I am relieved that no one in my family had to pay for this. I couldn't see why anyone would choose to drink this even as a standard alcohol delivery vehicle when you could just as easily grab a cheap cider from Angry Orchard or Woodchuck. Avoid.

Redd's Apple Ale ---2/5.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.67/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
1/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with some white fizz that fades fast, there are lots of bubbles in the glass at first but they go away after a minute or two.

S - it smells like apple juice.

T - I imagine this is what you'd taste if you mixed apple juice and zima.

F - fizzy feel.

O - not enjoyable.

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