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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.01% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 03-17-2011)
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Photo of dalygnus
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden reddish pour -- head quickly dissipates, no lacing -- l like some head and lacing so this was a sore spot for my tastes
Smell: fruity as expected, no problem
Taste: l liked it a lot -- the grapefruit and carbonation resembled a Fresca, my fave soda
Mouthfeel: ok, very drinkable due to carbonation and low alcohol content
Overall: done in by no head. Sam Adams Summer Ale still the summer beer of choice

dalygnus, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber mostly light in color with a 1/2 inch of head that actually sticks around for quite a while.

Smell is pretty nice I do get some grapefruit and maybe ginger. The wheat base in this smells very fluid.

Taste was actually quite impressive since it makes for a pretty sweet/tart summer beer. Grapefruit isn't bitter but it does seem very natural with the balance of wheat. Not getting much ginger but it contributes to the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Not bad.

Overall I could see picking up a six pack since most places around here have Shiner for around 9 bucks a six pack. Not a bad fruit based beer at all.

DrDemento456, May 29, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +19.5%

riordancm, Aug 29, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +19.5%

Bishtx, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of nothunder
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

nothunder, Aug 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

briandaube, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

bkeller04, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

hophugger, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

ByMySword, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Links41, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

GinjaSlice, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

harty83, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Bigben0328, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

tommy5, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Chugs13, Aug 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Inglewood, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

cousineddy, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

A: clear gold with a short-lived white head.

S: Ginger beer, with a vague grapefruit undertone. Judging by the smell alone, this should taste like some sort of sweet soft drink with a strong ginger kick.

T/M: Soft drink mouthfeel -- quite thin, minimal body. Impressive ginger kick that serves to mask some of the grapefruit's bitterness in the finish. Pleasant sweetness up front, most likely from the malt and the grapefruit. (Texas grapefruits are sweet.)

Overall: Does not taste like beer and is quite dangerous in that respect. Though the alcohol content is fairly low, it drinks like a good ginger beer and, thus, can lead to unexpected intoxication. It's great as a thirst quencher and balances ginger bite, sweetness and bitterness well enough to be quite effective as a session beer. Except that 4%ABV is sneaky.

MurphyMacManus, May 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

NickyBox, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of DuncanIdaho86
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This new seasonal from shiner cut the heat like A lightsaber. Even though most any frosty cold beer will cool you down on a hot summers day, The Ruby Rerbird did it with style.

I poured right into the pint glass, and though I was expecting a deep, sanguine red ale (on account of the name), I was surprised to see a hazy, rustic yellow ale. Either way it smelled fantastic, biting at my senses with that ginger aroma. Whooo-eee! If anything, the ginger kick dominates the grapefruit addition - but its still there. The fruity notes are undeniably there on the palette.

Good mouth feel, if not a little fizzy right? Better try a second to be absolutely sure.

DuncanIdaho86, Jul 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

get_bentley, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

puuj, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

craigpatt5, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

beans923, Jul 15, 2013
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.