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 jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
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 spycow
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of metter98
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 biboergosum
1.82/5  rDev -35%
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 BEERchitect
2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A friend thought he was doing me a favor by getting a six pack of these for us. Looks like every other lager. Yellow and carbonated. Foamy head that ran quickly. Smells like every other ordinary lager, slightly earthy, slightly sweet. Tastes like every other ordinary lager; mildly sweet, vegetable like, hopped only for bitter balance. Mouthfeel is neutral to raw. Finish is non-existent. If your buddy buys them for you, then drink it--it won't kill you. I promise. I won't recomend buying this one.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of emerge077
2.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 zeff80
1.61/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this one and it fell short. I was hoping it was surprisingly tasty like PBR but it wasn't. It looked like most of these lagers do with a pale gold color and a small, white, fizzy head. No lacing. The smell and taste were mostly corn and unappealing bitterness. An okay mouthfeel, crisp, sharp and very light. This is not worth trying unless you are attempting to sample every beer around.

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Photo of superspak
3.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, light toast/biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit too fruity on aromas. Poor aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, light toast/biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, light toast/biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a decent pale adjunct lager. Other than the poor aromas, it had nice robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV, and not too heavy on adjuncts. Clean pale malt/grain flavors and mild earthy hop balance. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LXIXME
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored beer rests below a small white head that quickly died into a thin lacing.

A light citrus hops aroma with a slight sourness mixed with a even lighter bready maltiness.

The taste was light and lightly dry and tasted of light hops on the citrus side and a very light maltiness that bordered on bready and grainy.

A medium body and lightly dry aftertaste.

This beer seems to me to be a model for average, seemed like everything about it was average at best or maybe average at worst.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.94/5  rDev +5%
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 NeroFiddled
2.84/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, straw golden in color but with a brass cast. Unusual - light, but with a darkish tint? The head is white, creamy, and leaves some good lace. The aroma is of grainy malt, with what I tend to think of as an "adjunct" note, and some vegetal character. The vegetal is not real bad, but definitely not good either! The body is light-medium with a very fine, and gentle carbonation giving it a very soft and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor definitely expresses a good use of adjunct with a thin grainy - almost husky - maltiness that is sweet more out of lacking bitterness than residual sugars. The alcohol is noticeable, even in such a light beer - very odd It finishes lightly sweet with a lingering grainy/husky character that's somewhat astringent. Although it does have it's own unique character, this is not a well brewed beer and I'd imagine that even if it's sold at a price point a better beer can be had for less.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.44/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering Baton Rouge is only about an hour from New Orleans, it's fairly difficult to find Dixie around here. Supermarkets don't have it (or for the most part anything too interesting), and only one liquor store I've been to has it. Too bad, because it's a nice little beer. Appearance is an unimpressive light golden color, head is small and quickly goes away. Smell is nice and malty, smells like a weaker version of their Blackened Voodoo. Taste is lightly malty, with flavor that reminds me of molasses. This isn't overpowering so it's easy to drink. Standard Dixie seems like a much lighter version of Blackened Voodoo, or actually vice versa. Dixie isn't too challenging or that special of a beer, but it's tasty easy-to-drink character won me over.

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Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.47/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to AndrewNations for bringing this bottle back. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a pretty good white head and some spotty lacing. The nose is dominated by DMS and the accompanying creamed corn character. Not much else. Maybe some grain. The taste is nothing but corn and quite gross. Really just bad. Feel is creamy and full of things reminding me of vegetables. Light with not enough carbonation. Drinks very, very poorly.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Wisconsin refugee beer, vice from the original source

Pours an effervescent golden with 2+ fingers off eggshell white head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Corny & some perfumy hops

T: Corny & grainy with some lemon hops up front. Slight metallic hops & caro syrup-like sweetness, along with apricot as this warms. Finishes with a slight metallic & lemon hop profile & hints of grapes, apples & honey

MF: Thin bodied & lively carbonation

Drinks easy enough, just a typical macro, maybe slightly better. I remember there being more of dry rice profile back in the day, but we're talking 10 years & one brewery ago

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I tried this a some bar on Bourbon Street. It poured a clear yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent was common to most American lagers....grain. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's decent.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a small, short-lived white head.

Smell: Light aroma of pale malts and cooked corn with a single, lone drop of honey.

Taste: Exceedingly pale maltiness with a sweet corn taste. Hops give a little zip of grassiness and a mild (and I do mean mild) bitterness. Fairly clean and crisp on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A "slow brewed" beer made for quick chugging. Tastes like a Pabst Plus.

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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie Land I'll take my stand
To live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie.

--"Dixie" by Daniel Decatur Emmett (from Mount Vernon, Ohio)

Lightly dusty, burnished gold with butter colored accents.... and a far, far better head than I'm accustomed to seeing on a macro lager. The cap is parchment in color with a firm stickiness about it that results in persistence and a more than adequate display of lace. It isn't a stunner, but this beer, at least in terms of its appearance, has more character than the vast majority of its style peers.

The nose is an unqualified disappointment. The good new is that it smells nothing like a macro lager. The bad news is that it doesn't smell like much of anything at all. Meagerly malty, mildly musky, slightly sweet and very little else. Is this a hop-free beer?

Dixie isn't bad, it isn't good, it's just sort of... there. Thankfully, it doesn't have that bordering on nasty quality that is so prevalent in offerings from BMC. Believe it or not, I think that I can actually appreciate the fact that it was aged in cypress barrels (although if I hadn't read the label, I never would have come up with that on my own). There's a mild, spicy woodiness to the flavor that makes it semi-interesting and makes me wish that it played a more assertive role.

There was a moderate metallic character during the first several ounces, but all vestiges of it have now faded. Lightly sweet throughout, the beer manages to finish clean, dry, herbal and woody. Although the mouthfeel (light, properly carbonated) is no great shakes, it keeps my mouth interested all the way to the bottom of the bottle.

Dixie Beer is a New Orleans classic. It doesn't exactly rock my world, but it does make my mouth water for some of those gastronomic delights that only the Crescent City can provide. I'm sure that it's a more than adequate mouth cleanser for Po-boys, red beans and rice, etc. and it's just fine on its own as well. Old times there are not forgotten.

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Dixie from Dixie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 390 ratings