Dixie | Dixie Brewing Co.

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Dixie Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: a 2" white head falls rapidly, color is light gold and slightly hazy. Abundant streaming carbonation.
Aroma: standard light barley and mild hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: sweet grain and barley malt, some grassy hops and a slight metallic flavor.
Overall: a decent, adjunct style lager.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

4.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flake, and sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and sweetened corn flake flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is pretty much just grain and sugar qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Squire123
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Breakfast beer.

Or so I've heard it called in New Orleans, one of the premier food cities in the Country. Contract brewed now it's not very different from the original which may have been developed as a food beer from the beginning. As a Native Southerner that sounds right to me. The beer is a lightly colored, standard AAL that is a little more flavored than one would expect of it's ilk. Historically not the best brew in the city, (anybody remember Jax?) but decent enough to wash down some shellfish at the Acme Oyster House. I think it's appeal now is mainly nostalgic.

Worth trying but not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of stevoj
2.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another malt bomb. Pure cereal grains and malt aroma and taste. Just a normal North American lager, but kudos for bringing back the classic label and brand

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Photo of JoLight
3.71/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: straw colored, filtered body with a white head.

Aroma: grassy hops, very reminiscent of PBR; grainy.

Taste: Grainy, grassy hops, metallic notes. Very full-flavored.

Finish: dry, crisp.

It reminds me a great deal of Old Milwaukee, but with a stronger, bolder flavor.

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Photo of tone77
2.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, grains. Taste has some malts, grains, a touch of green apples, a light sweetness. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of humuloner22
2.25/5  rDev -21.1%

I guess they use city water to brew this beer. New Orleans is not known for its water quality. This is an alright lager. But to be honest it is overprice for what it is and I am not sure how old it was. It might be much better should I be in NOLA drinking it.

Color: Lager yellow, straw clear and faint in depth.

Aroma: Adjuncts, malts, not much else. Smells like an American adjunct lager.

Taste: I would rather have a Miller High life over this one. Like I said I may not have gotten this the freshest in the world but its not really that good of a beer. I swear I can taste swamp water in this beer. Maybe that is part of the character.

Overall: Not the best, certainly not the worst beer I have had, but I have been spoiled lately.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

for what it is, its really not all that bad. it has some real body for an adjunct lager, creamy feeling and really well carbonated. the only part of the mouthfeel i dont like is the sweetness is finishes with, unbecoming in a lager for sure, especially one designed to drink in hot humid weather. what i like about it is its intense bubbles and the fact that it actually has some flavor, albeit not the best one out there, its not watery, and its one of the few beers in its class that can proudly declare that. sweet corny grain thing, a minor metallic tang, and not much hops going on. i really dont think its as bad as its ratings, but you can do a lot better than this one if you are in new orleans, thats for sure. i can see the appeal of the sweet in a spicy oily food context, but i still would like it to be a bit drier. not horrible, way better than a bud light, but not one i will move towards again unless necessity strikes.

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Photo of FLima
2.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden color with with a thin head with low retention.
Light aroma of grassy hops and lager yeast.
Flavor of bread malt, herbal hops and some honey. Hints of grains and mild cardboard. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to watery body with medium carbonation. A bit creamy, though.
Appropriate lager for New Orleans hot summer. Above average Adjunct Lager with flaws that are not too distracting.

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Photo of ordybill
2.19/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass Aroma- smells of rice and maybe yeast with a hint of citrus (?) Appearance- Light golden color with some cloudiness. This often foreshadows the flavor Taste- Yep, has a weak corn flavor. not the way I remember it 20 years ago. Palate- Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Overall- not good, this used to taste a lot better several decades ago.

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Photo of emerge077
2.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at Analogue, companion to their excellent cajun food.

Pours a pale orange gold, thin limp cluster of bubbles on the surface and clinging to the glass. No lace or head. Seems pretty well carbonated.

Aroma is nondescript, slightly sweet and crackery, touches of honey graham cracker.

Taste is bland, seltzer and crackers. Feel is limp and watery, it sort of fizzles out mid-palate with ebbing carbonation and a slight residual slickness. Overall it's not something to seek out, more of a novelty knowing the brewery's history. Minhas isn't the best choice for a contract brewer for anybody though.

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Photo of Pigs
3.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Man! I used to love this Dixie Beer! It's kinda weird to me now. Don't get me wrong, it is good. I just wish it was a bit better. It most likely has to do with the fact that it is not made in Louisiana anymore. Bummer. Anyway, it's a good beer to get when sitting outside on a nice day, sitting inside on a bad weather day, beachin' it with babes, eating gumbo, eating mudbugs, eating fried chicken, walking through the woods, fishing in a secret fishing hole, driving a tractor, listening to Taj Mahal, or really anything else. Get yer Dixie on!

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Photo of u2carew
3.79/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head - white, tight, small bubbles. Slightly haze to the body. Straw colored. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral notes. Hints of peach.
T) Sweet malts up front, but slightly fruity. Hints of vanilla. Starts sweet finishes sweet. Subtle vegetal notes in the finish.
M) Light body. Clean. Creamy.
O) I believe my rating will be an anomaly, but a rather tasty adjunct lager. I would drink another.

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Photo of biboergosum
1.82/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, at Pizza Brew in Calgary.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few specks of islet lace around the glass as it quickly burns off.

It smells of rancid butter, turned corn mush, paint thinner, and little else. The taste is musty corn and rice cakes, diacetyl up the yin yang, stale yeast, a touch of plastic phenols, and a dry, non-hop oriented mustiness.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, barely registering on any level, the body medium-light in weight, and way more pithy than smooth. It finishes semi-sweet, the corniness sort of apologetic, but hardly making up for the lingering musty plastic notes.

Another Minhas contract brew, where they seemingly just rename one (I'm not about to investigate which) of their large stable of skanky adjunct lagers. This time, it appears to be one whose corners are thoroughly and duly ravaged.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 4/29/14. Found this bottle for $1.79 last week. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pale straw yellow in color with about a 1/2-finger white fizzy head that settles down to just along the sides of the glass. Very little spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of grains and sweet corn. The taste is grains upfront followed by very sweet corn flavor. Very surprised with the sweet corn taste which is different. Lots of carbonation as small streaming bubbles were rising from the bottom of the glass. Actually very easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a very large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly filled with flavors of corn adjuncts and has a light amount of associated sweetness. Slight hints of grainy malts are also perceptible. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad for an adjunct lager and doesn't have any "off" flavors.

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Photo of bnes09
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pale straw color. Transparent. Descent head on the pour is short lived. Minimal lacing.
White bread, corn and rice aroma. Hint of fruit.
Flavor follows the nose with weak grassy hop.
Light body. Over carbonated. Slick feel. Little texture.
Typical adjunct beer. I'll pass.

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Photo of WunderLlama
2.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a glass

Golden yellow liquid. Two finger white foam cap quickly settles into a bubbly lid. A few lacings on the glass.

Smells sweet. Adjutant beer of grains, rice and corn syrup.

Whoa boy. Sweet beer, definitely an adjunct. Soft carbonation , honey sweet taste on the front of the tongue and has a smooth, sweet finish. Sweet aftertaste. Did I mention this beer tastes sweet?

Well suited for a drunken binge fest leading to a massive hangover. Not my style of my beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of grainy malts with significant amounts of corn adjuncts and a hint of honey.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with a moderate amount of corn adjuncts. There is just a hint of sweetness with a light amount of a metallic flavor towards the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and definitely sessionable... Not overly interesting but it goes with everything.

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Photo of Libationguy
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Slightly hazy medium straw color with golden hues. Head is bright white with short retention.

Malt, rice, very light citrus, cabbage and a mild yeastiness.

Round soft maltiness, creamed corn with hops being noticably absent.

Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel that somehow manages to be watery around the edges. Collapses on the finish.

After a less than stellar review, I have to say that it fits in with its style. I have had worse.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
1.98/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hoo boy. This might be the worst beer I've yet had.

Typical golden adjunct lager appearance; smelled like simple syrup with some artificial fruit juice notes.

Tasted like Welch's white grape juice that had spoiled. So vinously sweet; no hops to speak of. Cloyingly syrupy mouthfeel. Boo.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.22/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 13-159-08. Sampled on January 22, 2013.

It pours a golden yellow color with no head and zero lacing. It looks kind of flat because of that.

The aroma really smells like a locally brewed adjunct with barley malts, grains, and a light hop note thrown in.

The body was light to medium but quite creamy in texture.

The taste is full of grainy malts but a slight hop bite at the end that balances it out pretty well. It fits the adjunct lager bill and is slightly better than some.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden, with a fizzy white head. Lace is thin and weak.

Aroma is malty, grainy, and lager-like. Very average.

Tastes sweet -- very much like a thin adjunct character. As with other beers brewed by Minhas (as this apparently was contracted brewed by), this one's an unbalanced mess that lacks complexity and wallops the taste buds with heavy, syrupy sweet malts. Ugh.

As near to a drainpour as I've had in some time.

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Photo of beergoot
3.36/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden body, persistent foamy, white head. Lightly grainy aroma with a like flavor (perhaps corn more so than grain?). There is a bit of bitterness near the finish. Clean, dry feel with a slightly sweet undercurrent...

Not a bad beer for the adjunct style. Nothing earth-shattering, but decent overall. I'd take this over a Coors or Budweiser any day...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was really stunned to see this on the shelf of the beer section of Giant Eagle's megastore in Altoona during my (at least) annual visit and decided to spring for a bottle. I remember one of my navy buddies, "Famous" Dave Ray, raving about this to the point that, during one of my many early visits to the Crescent City, I tried it on draft, in a bottle and from a CAN. I just remember being unimpressed in all of those versions back then, but I kept the CAN, indicative of things to come, I suppose.

From the bottle: "Dixie Beer captures the essence and is characteristic of the gracious charm and joy of living so inherent in the proud New Orleans and Southern way of life."; "The century-old Dixie Brewery was almost destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but restoration is underway. With the help of our friends, we're working hard to re-beer New Orleans and the rest of the country."; "New Orleans Slow Brewed, Brewed with Crystal Clear Water, Original and Genuine, Brewing since 1907, Purity, Pride, Slowly aged and brewed with crystal clear water, genuine barley malt, choice hops, select grains, and pure yeast."

How appropriate for me to be drinking this today as I have transformed my house into as close to a shotgun shack as you can get up here in the north. I have magnetic closure screens across the front and back doors on the first floor and on the balcony door on the second floor to create some air flow.

I began with a finger of fizzing bone-white head that quickly dissipated its way out of existence. Color was a pretty sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was silage, but not as intense as I was expecting. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not quite watery, but close. A previous reviewer mentioned an odd flavor of peaches and I definitely got that on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and it was much better than what I remembered from 1987, but it still was not all that great. At least it did not have the metallic tang which is what I really remember from back then.

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2.85 out of 5 based on 369 ratings.
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