Redd's Strawberry Ale | Miller Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Darkmagus82 on 08-21-2013

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45
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264
Avg:
2.62
pDev:
75.57%
 
 
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 264
Photo of Zorro
2.15/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Super clear golden colored beer with the tiniest ring of a head.

Well it sure as hell smells like strawberries. Intense strawberry aroma that is a good match for strawberry soda pop. Nothing but strawberry can be sensed.

Starts out sweet and sour strawberry flavor and that is all there is. Tastes EXACTLY like strawberry soda! No beer like qualities remain.

Mouthfeel is soda.

Overall, might as well be sold as strawberry soda.

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Photo of rmargeson
3.42/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

As for drinking this as an ale - I wouldn't give it a second thought, but in retrospect, this makes a decent desert beer. Forget the fine wines, ports or whatever, try this after dinner. Or, maybe try it on the patio or deck in the summer. Interesting as a beverage - but not so great as an ale.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
1.92/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pee colored with no head. Smells like artificial strawberry flavoring. It tastes like green apples and strawberries. Very sour. I wouldn't really call this beer. It might as well be a Mike's Hard or Bacardi Ice. The only reason I would buy this again would be if I was with a girl who doesn't like the taste of beer.

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Photo of scratch69
2.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Looks like a carbonated apple juice. No head or lacing at all.

Smell- Green apple and strawberry candy aromas.

Taste- Same as the smell with the green apple flavor a little more pronounced than the strawberry. Doesn't taste like a real beer at all. Has an almost sickening artificial strawberry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. This is the best thing going for this concoction which isn't saying much.

Overall- I got this as part of a pick six and I'm wondering why I even grabbed it. I won't be having this ever again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.23/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, with best by date February 24, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Expectations are relatively poor based on my experience with Redd's Apple Ale, the original.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a clear brassy apple juice color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Looks the same as it did in the bottle.

S - Smell is of artificial apple and strawberry candy and that's about it. There is nothing about this that is reminiscent of real beer.

T - Taste is of crisp fruity artificial green apples and strawberry candy. Crisp and carbonated, and I guess it could be considered refreshing.

M - Feel is crisp, mildly tart, with lingering artificial strawberry.

Overall, a cheap quick attempt to capitalize on the success of Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita, which is a far more preferable beverage, albeit still ridiculously artificial tasting swill. Avoid.

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

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.11/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, pale amber. Almost no head, and thus no lacing.

S: Very strong strawberry aromas, actually fairly inviting. I'm reminded of strawberry jam cooking on the stove. There may be some apple notes as well, but otherwise there aren't any other obvious aromas.

T: Initially sweet, then some fruity tartness. I liked the strawberry flavors, but it was too one-dimentional. Certainly none of the grainy malt I'd expect from a true "ale," and absolutely no hops. Late in the finish I got a hint of artificial sweetener or another "off" flavor -- I can't quite place it.

M: Moist and thirst-quenching, but no real crispness (despite the label's claims).

O: Just OK. It's wet and unoffensive, but totally lacks the nuanced complexity and amazing drinkability of Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer

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Photo of AGust82
1/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Literally tastes like chap stick. Thin, super sweet, and headache inducing. Absolutely terrible. I didn't expect to enjoy this but my wife was interested so I picked some up. Most of the time I'm pleasantly surprised and actually find something like this somewhat drinkable. Not this one. Not even close. The fact that it is even classified as a fruit beer is laughable. Shameful, even for Miller.

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Photo of Brenden
2.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I can't say this beer doesn't look the way I expect It to, and similar to the apple version: like carbonated apple juice. There's about five seconds of fizzy white head that spritzes like a soda and drops off completely. Little spotting is left but, hey, it's there.
Strawberry is there, kind of like those wrapped candies that always somehow got out of the wrapper and stuck to the bottom on the inside and got sticky pick stuff all over your fingers when you finally pulled it out covered with white fuzz. There's also a pressed cider/apple aspect, and I wonder if, like juice blends, this beer utilizes some of the original apple. It's sweet with a little dusty malt, and I think maybe some caramel malts were used as a hint comes out on the tongue. This will satisfy the crowd who likes wine coolers but wants to look cool by drinking a beer. To borrow a more recent colloquialism, it's alcopop.
The feel isn't too bad. It's thin, to be sure, but not too watery, and the crispness keeps things going. It could be cleaner on the end, but it's not too grainy and, fortunately, not sticky.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Looks a lot like champagne, very bubbly. Zero head and lace.

S - Artificial strawberry, and light apple. Incredibly sweet.

T - Fruity, a lot like hawaiian punch.

M - Light and bubbly.

O - Surprisingly not awful, but obviously nothing special.

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Photo of JMad
2.68/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden pee color with no head at all and very clear.

The aroma reminds me of strawberry starburst and flat malt liquor.

Good thing it tastes better than it looks and smells. I tasted mostly strawberry and apple with hints of macro beer.

The drink is light bodied with sharp carbonation and you can feel a tart bite in the cheeks.

Not really something you'll find me drinking normally.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
1.94/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No foam head at head.

Light Pale Color.

It's way to sweet for my taste, sugary sweet with sour aftertaste. Also this beer is way carbonated like a pop drink. Taste more like cider than a Ale beer.

Had a hard time to finishing this beer. Won't drink again and won't recommend.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Redd’s Strawberry Apple Ale has a thin-to-medium, root beer-like head, which quickly fizzes away, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is very much of strawberry juice, with maybe a slight, underlying bread aspect. Flavor is of strawberry juice and apple juice mixed, but the strawberries predominate. There is also that underlying bread aspect that one gets in the smell. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Redd’s Strawberry Apple Ale finishes sweet, easily drinkable, and refreshing enough. Overall, this is very good, and even excellent, for a flavored ale, but only just good as a beer, so called.

RJT

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.02/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Head? What head? Other than that, its a generic amber color.

Smells like cold apple cider with a hint of strawberry candy.

Taste is to the nose.

Smooth, sugary drink the whole way through.

I don't know why I drink these. If I know I'm going to have a bad time, why do it? They are sugary and not what I want in a beer.

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

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a small white head, which fades to the vanishing point in mere seconds. Lacing is absent, The carbonation is slight in quantity and slow-rising.

Aroma: A strong punch of candy-like strawberry dominates the aroma. There is a bit of maltiness beneath, but it is very slight.

Taste: Opens with an intense rush of what seems to be natural strawberry and apple flavoring. As the taste progresses, the strawberry and apple flavors back off a bit, and some understated light lager characteristics can be discerned. There is a slight bit of hop bitterness at the close, which helps to beat back, be it ever so slightly, the lingering fruit flavors.

Mouth feel: Thin, with stinging, champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This seems like a less-revolting version of a "malt cooler", though it is called an ale. Interesting and refreshing on a late summer day, but if you are expecting a traditional ale with a hint of strawberry flavoring, prepare to be disappointed.

Presentation: Packaged in a clear glass (!) twelve-ounce long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at HEB in Texas in September of 2013 for $6.99 six-pack plus tax.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.58/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's been years since I'm done a review. Nothing has really struck my fancy, and the craft beer market has quickly over saturated, leaving me feeling that the crest has peaked... Nevertheless...

This one is worthy of noting.

Clear yellow color with good carbonation. Not much of a head. Very similar to a cider. Strong notes of strawberry which are not cloying or overly sweet and artificial. Tastes rather sweet, with a undeniable malt presence, albeit rather weak. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel, with not aftertaste. Not a traditional beer, but I certainly enjoy it.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.95/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle as part as a make your own 6-pack. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a 16 ounce pilsner glass. Pours a golden yellow close to apple juice but with bubbles streaming form the bottom of the glass. No head or lacing was seen actually. The aroma is of fresh strawberries, apples and hops. The taste is exactly as the aroma. Very pleasing with the just right amount of carbonation. No harsh aftertaste. Overall this one is pretty good and is a great summer brew.

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Photo of jwc215
2.35/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Freshness date of February 17, 14.

Pours clear golden with no head despite fizzy sound. Looks like apple juice. No lacing sticks.

The smell is of sour/rotten apples with strawberry and something chemical-ish. The strawberry part itself is not terrible.

The taste is of sweet, rotten apples. The strawberry part does taste like strawberry. A bland beer-ish taste backs it up. It finishes rather sweet.

It is fizzy, though pretty easy to drink despite its shortcomings.

It is closer to a sweet fruity malt beverage than an ale, though there is a beer-like backing to it. One was enough. I wouldn't recommend this to a true beer lover.

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Photo of BOOSTED_GSX
2.9/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I like this beer it's very refreshing if your really trying to quench your your thirst.. One thing. I noticed I found my self drinking alot cause its so light and fruity so it's like drinking cool aid... But fun and cheap if you wanna get hammered due to the 5% alc/vol

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Photo of dcall384
1/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A friend had this so I thought I would give it a try. Big mistake. The color was just a pale, clear yellow. The beer smelled of artificial strawberry flavors. The taste was so sweet that I instantly got a stomach ache. Plus, it didn't even taste like strawberry; more of a artificial, candy strawberry taste. The mouth feel was thin and fizzy. Overall, just a bad drink. I say drink because this should not be classified as a beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.15/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – As could be seen from the clear bottle, the beer pours a golden amber color with a lot of carbonation streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring there is a super fizzy white head of one finger that fades almost instantly leaving absolutely no lace or foam.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of hard cider and a hard candy strawberry smell. Really nothing else could be discerned.

Taste – The taste begins with a big apple juice taste mixed with some lighter notes of caramel and strawberry. As the flavor advances the caramel fades with the apple and strawberry getting stronger in flavor. These flavors take the taste to its end, leaving a sweet apple –strawberry juice mixed with a hard cider flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are appropriate for the cider like characteristics of the brew.

Overall – Very sweet and cider like and not really beer like at all. If you want a cider with some strawberry flavor then this is a decent choice, but if looking for something with beer characteristics then you may want to steer clear.

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Redd's Strawberry Ale from Miller Brewing Co.
2.62 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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