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Redd's Apple Ale | Miller Brewing Co.

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Redd's Apple AleRedd's Apple Ale

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 1,018
Photo of mike83
4.48/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was skeptical, like many, but that all changed yesterday. I had a Redd's for the first time and it was delicious. It was deceptively appley tasting, but you could tell it had an alcohol kick to it. Wonderfully different. I highly recommend this to anyone who isn't into the traditional "beer" taste of beer.

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Photo of NearBeerPlease
2.07/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As far as apple ales, this one is one is on par with wood chuck.... I would definitely not recommend redd's to anyone. There are other apple ales such as angry orchard and magners, that blow this watered down version away. Real shocker it comes from miller brewing.... Anyone who gave this 5/5 is drunk.

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Photo of Rhf9120
3.33/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Decent is all I have to say about this. It has good flavor but is hardly a beer. I pours very pale in color and is headless. The flavor however has pretty enjoyable however it contained little to no qualities of beer. It is a nice beer for maybe a cook out or something like that but I would not buy it again.

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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 dicookie
2.37/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

You'd be hard pressed to actually categorize this beer as beer. Based on nearly every quality about this apple ale, it should more likely be grouped with Mike's Hard and the like. Upon tasting, flavors had almost no complexity or bitterness. It is very sweet. I would call Redd's a hard cider, or maybe even a hard apple juice.

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Photo of Iuseryoucpu
3.6/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice ale. Smells good like apple juice with some alcohol mixed in. It is pretty carbonated and orange in color. The taste is crisp and of apples and easy to drink. Although this is not something i would get drunk on terrible hangover and after mourning taste of pure coffee it has happened more than once to me. It is perfect for a hot day or occasional drink the price is good to so i do recommend this ale.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - a clear dark golden color, with zero head.

Smell - It smells like apples of course.

Taste - Like the smell, apples; with a bit of malt/hops to it.

Mouthfeel - Light beer, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall - a decent apple beer, an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of tantin1
5/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drank all sorts of beer,did for years ( darks,lites,full flavor and less filling ) and noticed that all domestic beer started to taste the same so I began buying the foreign brews . I tried Redds apple ale this past weekend expecting wine-cooler copy but was pleasantly surprised. The taste was crisp from start to Finnish and is one I will continue to buy and turn my friends and family onto.

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Photo of MelEM711
5/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Redd's apple ale is awesomely refreshing. Taste best with a glass of ice while taking nice hot bubble bath. I don't drink anything else. If you want to get drunk, It gets the job done without making you sick. It taste great and doesn't hurt your tummy like other beers. It must have real fruit because it keeps people regular as well. I don't a beer gut, or a hang over the next morning.

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Photo of Boggdogg
1.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a transparent yellow color with no head and no lacing a lot of fizz like a soda. Smell is rank like rotting apples in a field. Taste is sweet apples with no complexity, spice or bitterness. Absolutely no hop taste. This not a beer but more like a hard cider soda.

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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 jimmah120
2.52/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a duvel glass for the goof.

Look is like apple cider, small fizzy head like sodey pop that fades quickly. Smell is very odd and unpleasant. I can't put my finger on it, but it's dead and rotting. Taste is much better - like a mild cider with a slightly wheaty beer finish.

Okay "beer" I might drink it again if there are no other options.

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Photo of tkazar
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out of bottle into glass aggressively. The Ale formed a 2 finger head that had no retention. There was a constant stream of very small bubbles rising to the top. The Ale itself was around the same color as apple juice.

S - I enjoyed the smell of the Ale considering the style. It had a pleasant apple smell to me followed by a little alcohol.

T - The first thing to cross the palette is the sweetness of the apple. The apple taste was almost a little stale to me or musty. After that fades it turns towards the malt and alcohol which fades quickly.

M - The mouthfeel on this was just carbonation and almost a little chalky.

O - Overall i did not care for this Ale. It was week tasting and seemed watered down to me. Despite being weak the mouthfeel stuck with me and took over everything else. It left almost a film in my mouth. The apple taste wasn't terrible but certainly not excellent. I wouldn't care to have it again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.45/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like carbonated apple juice. Is it weird that the carbonation bubbles are sort of spiraling upwards instead of heading straight up? No head to speak of. Good clarity. Smells VERY sweet. Think Musselman's apple juice. The taste? Musselman's apple juice with an alcoholic kick. Mouthfeel Is fairly carbonated. Fail.

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Photo of ShamusOGrady
2.71/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Left it in the bottle,didn't seem it would matter if I poured it, has no beer/ale properties so why waste the time and effort. It is standard apple juice yellow.

S-Has a spoiled apple smell, no bueno.

T-Kinda has an weak apple taste, but does appear afterwards, could be better.

M-Crisp, carbonated.

O- It is alright, would be good on a hot day, kinda like sparkling apple juice with a small kick.
Would not recommend to persons I liked.

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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 cideradvocate.com?

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Photo of Brian3737
1.81/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.31/5  rDev +23%
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.

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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 carbobation. Cloying, artificial, yet insanely popular. Hard apple cider is fine, but this is a totally different concoction. Avoid.

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Photo of raznug
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.9/5  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.

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Photo of ckollias
2.69/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dcall384
2.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.24/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of sayrekulp
3.64/5  rDev +35.3%
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.

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Redd's Apple Ale from Miller Brewing Co.
2.69 out of 5 based on 1,018 ratings.
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