Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery
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1.58/5 rDev -50.5%
Poured into a pint glass. Pours light clear caramel yellow wtih a quickly dissipating fizzy white head. No lacing is left behind. The bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass are plentiful. This is very carbonated. It reminded me of pouring a soda with how the carbonation rushed out of it. The aroma is very faint. I can pick up some ginger, though it's pretty faint. There is some wheat in the smell as well. For being a grapefruit flavored beer, I can't really pick that up much of it in the aroma. There flavor is slightly tart from the grapefruit and spicy from the ginger. The flavors of the wheat malt are overpowered here. The grapefruit isn't as forward as the ginger, which is a little overpowering. The excessive carbonation is prickly on the palate. The body is light and the carbonation, as noted, is intense. What should be an easy drinker is actually very difficult to consume. It reminds me of a soda in many ways, but a low quality one. Overall, this is easily one of the worst beers I've ever had. Plenty of other breweries have produced better fruit beer that embraces the fruit while not betraying the beer characteristics. Shiner gets a failing grade for this one.
05-02-2012 19:06:37 | More by acevenom
1.63/5 rDev -48.9%
pours clear bright copper gold with a 1/2 finger fizzy white head that left no lacing
smells like a fruity seven up with hints of ruby red grapefruit
taste is absolutely awful - it reminds me of a zima i drank in jr. high almost 20yrs ago
mouthfeel is thin - this is an over carbonated soda water they are passing off as beer
overall this might be the worst thing i have ever drank called beer - i got more beer flavor from bud select 55
04-16-2011 23:41:40 | More by jsh420
1.68/5 rDev -47.3%
Pours a clear golden amber color, spritzy, but with no head formation whatsoever.
Aroma is strong ginger spice, with a lemony fresh scent.
Flavor follows. Ginger dominates, finishing with a hint of bitterness from a hint of lemon rind.
Medium-light body, with bright carbonation. In all honesty, the lemony freshness of this beer tastes more and more like dish soap the more this warms. After a good run of new beers from Shiner, I have to say this one is ill conceived.
In six years on BA I have never rated a beer an F. Unfortunately, that string is now broken.
04-23-2011 03:16:12 | More by briman
1.78/5 rDev -44.2%
Picked up a 6pack at The Smoke Stack in Westpoint MS, I promise I won't hold this beer against them...
Poured a pretty golden color, promising!
Then I smelled it... and I should have stopped right there, soapy ginger smell, kinda like pickled ginger but more unpleasant. Tasted even worse to me, overwhelmingly ginger flavored with a bad almost stale beer undertone. I couldn't get past my 2nd sip. Maybe this is right to its style, if there even is such thing, but it sure isn't for me. I have no clue what I'll do with the remaining 5 bottles, too bad, I like most of their other offerings
04-29-2011 20:33:59 | More by yesferro
1.83/5 rDev -42.6%
Had seen this recently and took a chance on a single for $1.49. Oh well...
A - Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A deep gold color with a fizzy, one finger head that dissapated in 30 seconds. No lacing whatsoever.
S - Reminded me of ginger-ale, which makes sense because of the ginger added to beer. Also a faint resin/grapefruit smell.
T - A sour, tart taste with some hop bitterness. A strange experience for my tasttebuds.
M - Very light with more than adequate carbonation. Not much body at all.
D - Bodywise you could drink a ton of these. Taste-wise, one was more than enough for me.
I could see how a combination of Ruby red grapefruit and ginger could make for a very nice summer beer. I imagined it in a well-made wheat or Kolsch with at least some quality and body to it. But for me, this was not it.
04-01-2011 23:35:01 | More by turfy
1.83/5 rDev -42.6%
I actually like beers with fruits brewed in them, but this just wasn't for me. The ginger side of things was a little strange. I feel it was too light for my taste. Seemed thin although it has flavor. The alcohol content is very low for a Shiner beer as well.
Overall I'm not very impressed, but to some that enjoy their beers brewed with fruit, it could be acceptable.
04-15-2011 15:01:50 | More by PossumPissBrews
1.9/5 rDev -40.4%
12 bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance - Clear light golden bronze body with no real head to speak of, just a very thin lace that doesn't stick at all.
Smell - Reminds me of a Squirt softdrink. Maybe a little grapefruit. Very familiar smell, just can't pinpoint it. Maybe a Capri Sun or Hi C...
Taste - Extremely bland. Slight citrus bitter aftertaste. Tastes like seltzer water with an exceedingly small splash of artificial grapejuice.
Mouthfeel - Very slight effervescence. Feels pretty flat overall .
Overall Drinkability - This beer has no redeeming value. It is among the most bland beers I've ever had. Basically a michelob ultra with a worse mouthfeel.
04-19-2011 16:16:48 | More by ZenAgnostic
1.93/5 rDev -39.5%
I knew this beer would suck as soon as I heard Shiner had released it. Honestly, I don't wish to bash a Texan brewery but this beer is so God awful that bashing is deserved. Whoever thought it was a good idea to brew this beer needs to be tarred and feathered, at least. "The perfect summer beer," my ass!
Now, the Ruby Redbird doesn't look too too bad...if it was a ginger ale, because that's what it looks like. When a beer looks like a soda and sounds like it when you pour it out it's never a good sign. It has a sort of deep orange color, clear, and the head is overly bubbly. Wait, check that. It's fizzy and recedes quickly and completely. The head is gone before you know it.
How does it smell? It smells awful. I almost didn't drink it because it smelled so bad. Have you ever smelled bathroom cleaner? Well, this smells like grapefruit-smelling cleaner. It doesn't smell natural at all.
As my friend said, it tastes like the sweaty asshole of an illegal migrant worker. Now, I don't know how my friend knows what that tastes like, but if it's an accurate description of the Ruby Redbird then I'll be steering clear of sexual encounters with illegal migrant workers. Hell, I've worked with (possibly) illegal migrant workers and I bet everything I own they'd spit this beer out after tasting it, claiming it to be some evil gringo poison. And I would agree with them. But seriously, all tastes like a soda with grapefruit flavoring. Ginger adds shittiness to the end, not complexity.
It has a light...fizzy body. The carbonation is more like a soda than a beer, as I've emphasized already. I can't really tell if it's drinkable or not because it tastes so bad.
DON'T GET THIS BEER! If this was the last beer on Earth I'd refuse it. Thankfully I chose not to finish the whole thing.
06-14-2011 03:44:46 | More by BeardedRiker
1.98/5 rDev -37.9%
Served in New Belgium globe glass
A: Pours clear pale amber with a fizzy head that fizzles out immediately. Very good effervescence.
S: Smells like I cracked open a Vernor's. Beyond the ginger ale, I find no additional aromas.
T: No beer in taste, either. Grapefruit peels to ginger ale then medium bitterness and something like stewed vegetables. Bone dry. Finish is thin and faded ginger and grapefruit bitterness.
M: Light body and bright carbonation. Fizzy and crisp mouthfeel.
O: After a couple of drinks of Ruby Redbird, I thought to myself, "Are Texans really drinking this shit?" Honestly, the smell of freshly grated is such a tease when you follow it up with this beer. Gimmicky, one-trick pony.
07-31-2011 01:54:50 | More by Wadsey
1.99/5 rDev -37.6%
This sells pretty well at my store, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.
Pours darker than expected. Like a marzen, light copper/caramel. No head after a burst of bubbles.
Aroma is stale or rotten apple skins with some grapefruit rind thrown in there.
Flavors are worse. The grapefruit certainly isn't ruby red. Maybe green grapefruit skins and pulp. That rotten apple is still there in the background. Provides some sweetness, but the bitterness from citrus rinds is too much.
Too much rind and not enough grapefruit flavor. Although that would be unfavorable, too.
08-13-2013 19:43:24 | More by Mebuzzard
2/5 rDev -37.3%
Big thanks goes out to Mississipping and StayWhatYouAre2’s dad for sharing this one at a tasting recently! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to none extremely quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, ginger, and rice. The flavor was of sweet malt, ginger, wheat, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty bad brew. I was wondering why their dad was laughing as he brought this one out from the garage fridge to share. He even got more of a kick when I went to smell it. This was definitely not what I was looking for when I came to this tasting. The ginger on this one was what made it so bad in my opinion. While I usually like ginger, this one presented it in a way that I did not enjoy at all. Definitely would make a rather amusing prank on someone if you feel the urge, so keep that in mind.
12-31-2012 13:36:30 | More by thagr81us
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.