Red Brick Dog Days Ale | Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick Dog Days AleRed Brick Dog Days Ale

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Red Brick Summer Unfiltered Wheat, and prior to that Summer Hefeweizen.

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 106
Photo of mothmanscott
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dull gold producing slightly more than a finger of off-white, shortlived head that leaves only a few motes of lacing. Aroma is wheat, dough, sweet fruity esters & maybe a hint of caramel, floral hops & faint coriander. Taste is sweet, pie dough & wheat malt, banana, clove, peach & candy apple with a little pepper in the finish. Maybe a faint hint of coriander & floral hops but hardly enough to mention. Especially fruity from mid-sip into aftertaste. The aftertaste is a thin mirror image of the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp & lightly prickly.

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Photo of ordybill
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a fairly nice wheat and fruit aroma.
Appearance- Pours a murky golden amber with a small white head.
Taste- A standard hefeweizen, nothing spectacular.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a crisp finish.
Overall- An ok beer, not bad but completely forgettable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint glass of Dog Days on tap at the brewery. 4.1% ABV

Hazy golden-amber with a weak but semi-durable head.

Feel: crisp and lovely carbonation; near medium body is not as light as average for style.

Aroma: fruity with wheat; appropriately spicy.

Flavorful and particularly fruity. Some banana but also hints of pear, apple and pineapple. Nice complexity.

O: A very good, fruity hefe.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Brick Dog Days Ale has a the thinnest, off-white head and an initially clear, golden, bubbly appearance, with clouds up, once the caked bottom contents are swished and poured in. There is no lacing to speak of. Aroma is strongly of banana and maybe some white wheat bread, and the flavor is also predominately banana, with some background coriander, white bread, lemon, and a shade of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Red Brick Dog Days Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable. Really good stuff!


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Photo of harveystarr
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle bought at Knightly Spirits Kissimmee in August/2013.
A pale, clear pour with no lacing or head. Looks like apple juice within minutes.
Smell is nice, interesting. Floral hope notes, just the right amount....just a kiss.
Taste, mild malts balance the light floral hop notes. Slightly juicy. Refreshing.
Little aftertaste, nothing offensive.

Hard to tell it's even a Hefe. Just a basic craft with some interesting qualities, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a mottled layer of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with lighter aromas of lemon citrus and banana.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat followed by some lighter flavors of lemon citrus and a light flavor of banana. Very faint hints of clove in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and definitely sessionable due to the low ABV but not one of the most interesting hefeweizens that I have tried - a little too clear in appearance and a little lacking in the banana/clove aromas and flavors. It almost tastes like a light version of a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%

2014 Batch. Pours hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma has huge clove and banana notes, flavor is slightly less intense but still very flavorful and yeast driven. Slight grassy hop character is also present. Mouthfeel is light, semi-dry and refreshing. Overall a great example of a hefe. Nothing to blow your mind, but a great summer time drinker and very true to style.3

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy, hazy yellow with a lot of thick yeast coming out of the bottle; the head is thick, bubbly, soft and white; little retention

S - clove, coriander, wheat, pepper, faint banana, bubblegum

T - bread, pepper, lemon, orange, clove

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This isn't a bad wheat beer, but it is a bit malty and bready. The malt doesn't fit the style. The spice and faint fruit characters fit nicely though. Overall, not bad, but it doesn't truly fit the style.

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Photo of maleman
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating was noted on the bottle. Poured a cloudy, straw color, one finger head that quickly disappated into a tight cap. Noticed slippery, oily lacing. Something sweet was there in the nose along with pepper and clove. While I'm not a fan of the genre, the taste wasn't bad. It was fairly light with little aftertaste. A little bit of straw was the major flavor. Light-bodied, tasted in the top rear of the mouth. Carbonation was about average. Overall, a decent, light summer brew. As posted earlier, I'm not a hef fan, but as far as hefs go this one is more than tolerable. RB!

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Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow with a thin head that settles to a patchy haze. Nice aromas of banana, wheat, a touch of clove, and a good amount of grassy hops. Surprisingly hoppy for a Hefeweizen, at least in the nose. More typical flavors of banana, clove, and wheat with a fairly clean Hefeweizen yeast and a generous helping of slightly grassy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a pretty nice American Hefeweizen, but I'll likely stick with the German ones.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Brick's Dog Days Ale is a Hefeweizen style ale. As a summer seasonal, it's a bigger challenge to find this in select stores by comparison to SweetWater and Terrapin beers, as Red Brick has seemingly always suffered from limited popularity in the area despite being Georgia's oldest craft brewery. The prices are always attractive for Red Brick beers. Should you find some at a specialty grocer, expect to take one home starting at $7.99/6.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Red Brick pint glass. Served at 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin crisp frothy head with average retention. Body color is a very pale yellow, quite hazy with relaxed and sparse carbonation. Appearance could improve significantly, as this beer is lacking a decent head quality and even looks a bit shallow in color too. 2.5

(Smell) Smell is a very potent blend of clove and banana bread, nearly a 50/50 split, certainly making it the dominant flavor in the aroma. Wheat malt base and a very low Alpha acid german hop is harder to detect in the aroma, overshadowed by the typical Hefeweizen yeast tones. There's certainly nothing too new or original in this aroma, but it's certainly a good stab at the aroma, with plenty to smell and savor here. 4

(Taste) Spicy clove in the front followed by a softer banana wheat tone in the back, tart lemon peel hovering by the wayside all the way through. Flavor is very sharp and acidic by comparison to other Hefeweizens, and the clove is a key figure in this beer. The beer is quite drinkable, but not quite as drinkable as it could be with a slightly lower acidic flavor and a less dominating spice profile on the front. If you don't like bold clove in Hefeweizens then this may not be a good choice for you. I personally find it enjoyable to drink but not quite my ideal Hefeweizen choice. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is both tangy from lemon flavor and crisp from carbonation. Semi-dry finish prolongs the intensity of the acidic flavors. Body is light. Alcohol presence is light as well. A decent pairing, although the fizzy carbonation and dry yeast accentuates even further the spice front of the flavor. 3.5

(Overall) While it's not capable of standing with the big boys of traditional German-brewed Hefeweizens, this is actually one of the more adventurous American Hefeweizen interpretations that I've had. Flavors are on the front, most notably the spice profile, making for a bold flavor. This extra zest may make or break how the beer is interpreted depending on the drinker. Overall, I didn't find it disastrous, but not the most drinkable Hefeweizen based on a heavy yeast-based flavor emphasis, but to each, his/her own. 3.5

Red Brick Brewing Company's
Dog Days Ale Hefeweizen

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Photo of Dudeletter
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First is one of the new Red Brick Beers, though there is a caveat when I say new. In the last few years, if not last year, Red Brick must have had a major crisis/overhaul. The result is rebranding from Atlanta Brewing Company, Relabeling, and the refreshing of many recipes. In fact on the website the Dog Days Ale is still listed as the Summer Beer. This being said the new version is really impressive as a wheat beer. The fruit zests come through clearly and the spices are right on. As opposed to the problem I mentioned in a previous post this beer is neither too sweet or too hoppy, while still not being to dry as a German Wheat would be. This is a great summer beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

r light amber, yellow with a huge hite pillow like head, and tons of carbonation. Very lively aroma, lots of grains and cereal hints, with some subtle fruit like flavors mixed in. Bananas and apples were the most prominant. Taste was exhilirating. Such a lively, frothy and light flavor. Quite possibly the best warm weather beer I have ever tried. Flavor just exploded in your mouth and the lightness of it along with the remarkable carbonation are unmatched. This is now going to be summer beer of choice until or if something can uproute it.

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Photo of Paincane
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color with one finger head leaving nice amount of lacing in pint glass.
S: Wheat and orange peel
T: Wheat dominates the flavor with a hint of citrus.
M: Smooth, light bodied, moderate carbonation
D: Very drinkable, but simple beer. I would drink another given the opportunity.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden color with very little head, but good lacing

S - Not too much of an aroma, but has some light citrus notes

T - Yummy wheat taste with a hint of orange and hops

M - Good mouthfeel, nice and chewy at the end

D - Very high drinkability! I was trying to save this for the pool, but after a long day in the ceramics studio and a bike ride in the heat, it was very refreshing!

I really enjoyed this beer! It's so light and refreshing, and really perfect for hot southern days.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy solar yellow with a thick and fluffy, it not too persistent, white head. Aroma is strong, yeasty and wheaty with a citrus hint. Crisp flavor is wheaty and yeasty, slightly lemony, rather refreshing - this ain’t no sippin’ beer! ;) Texture is rather smooth with a subtle tingle. This is indeed a good beer for the "dog days."

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale&Witch

A - It pours a visibly thin and cloudy hue, and is capped with a thin wispy white film.

S - The nose is spritzy, lemony and refreshing. I think that is what they were going for. Banana and ripe fruit aromas are subdued.

T - The taste is more of the same. A focus on refreshing citrus flavors is notable, as is a mildness of flavor. It works for a Summer beer.

M - Thin and lighly carbonated, refreshing; again, they achieved their desired result.

O - Not my cup of tea, per se, but well-done for what it is.

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Photo of rjhaupt
2.47/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Murky straw color, minimal head even after a vigorous pour, bits of years on the bottom of the glass (it is unfiltered after all).

S - Sweet smell almost like wet hay or fresh cut grass but not as crisp. Hints of banana (shocking!).

T - Tart astringent first taste followed by a fruity banana main event. Finishes with a bit of a stale sourdough situation. Unfortunately, does not open up well as it warms.

M - Kind of watery and bland, definitely not the chewy years broth I like in a Hefeweizen.

D - Subpar taste really drags down looked and smelled like it could have been an alright beer.

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Photo of Thur123
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The brew pours a very hazy tan-ish golden color with one and a half finger of fluffy white head. I can't tell how carbonated it may be but I'm sure its fine. The head fades kind of quickly for the style. Looks good. The smell is sweet bananas with a bit of clove and a bit of yeasty funk.

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The flavor is the same, with and slightly astringent banana with a yeasty finish. Overall this is a standard unfiltered wheat but certainly nothing bad. Has all the flavors and texture it should.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Looks like your average hefe: very hazy and deep amber with some floaties. The head, however, is much more voluminous than I'm used to seeing. It's soapy white and craggy with decent retention. Lacing is also pretty decent.

S: Lots of spice and musty yeast. Not much on the fruity side, it seems to be covered up by the slightly sweet wheat.

T: It's very bitter, though not in a hoppy way. It tastes like the flavor has gone bad, and all I'm getting is chalky, yeasty, bread. Again, not much in the way of citrus notes.

M: It's on the light side, and it almost feels flat on the tongue.

D: I don't know how long it takes for a beer like this to go bad (since this is a summer brew and I'm drinking it in October) but this one tastes off. The carbonation has almost disappeared, and some of the flavor profile seems to have died. There's enough hefeweizen character here that I think it's probably pretty good in season, but I'll have to wait a while and try it fresh.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a hint of orange and an off-white head.

S- The aroma is wheat with some lemon and citrus along with some spices and a hint of banana and yeast as well. The aroma is pretty faint, but there is some nice subtle nuances in the nose.

T- The taste has some wheat up front with some citrus and a nice spiciness as well. The finish is dry with some lingering spiciness. Like the aroma, the taste is not overly complex but is very refreshing and is flavorful enough for a summer session beer.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this one. This is a solid beer for what it is, an easy drinking light bodied beer for the summer with a decent amount of flavor.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a 0.5 L Franziskaner weizen glass. Nice "Beer from around here" logo on the bottle cap. Produced a 2 finger off white head which reduced to a minimal foam cap with nice lacing. Very nice hazy pale straw color.

Aroma was zesty lemon with light yeast and wheat/malt. Taste opens up tangy to sourish lemon into banana then finishing with a nice breadiness and lightly bitter aftertaste.

Carbonation was zippy and nice, giving a light bodied feel but not drying at all. Made my mouth feel very wet and drooly!

Drinkability is good because this is an easy and pleasant brew to drink, not too sweet, just right. Very good though my personal preference is for a bigger yeasty wheat and malt center to the beer. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Totally hazed yellow with a strange greenish hue. Dishwater looking head doesn't stick around very long.

S- Lemon, some banana, spicy wheat.

T- Lemony. Its even a little sour and tangy like lemons. Some wheaty spiciness, dishwater and very faint hops.

M- Prickly and light. Not as fluffy and smooth as I would like from a hefe.

D- Goes down easy, nothing too negative about this beer. I just don't find it totally delicious.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with a very white head that is a little thinner than I'd like for the style, but very finely beaded. Sweet smells of banana, light clove, and a bare touch of lemon. The taste isn't quite as full as the aroma suggests it will be. Light and somewhat soft with more pronounced lemon and much less banana and clove, although both are there in subtle representation. Quite drinkable, but could be a bit crisper and more fully flavored for me. The softness doesn't quite take the edge off the summer heat like a crisper beer does, and the relatively subdued and simple flavor makes me lose interest after awhile. This is not exactly a complex beer, but it was pleasureable enough for me not to regret buying one six pack.

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Photo of Drew966
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red Brick Summer Hefe-Weizen pours a hazy lemon yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very citrusy with a touch of clove popping out of the background. The mouthfeel is thin. Unfortunately this beer smells better than it tastes, it is poorly balanced. There are citrus flavors and clove flavors but this beer tastes watery. Very disappointing.

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