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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 111 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

thebeeler, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

TrojanRB, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

random846, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.99/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Mebuzzard, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Whiskeydeez, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Hugh37, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of beerdiablo
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a love-hate beer and I find myself in the hate camp and surprised to see it still on store shelves.

The body and taste is "watery"/thin -plenty of citrus yet is more like a lager than a radler/shandy. I do enjoy the citrus aspect of hops and like grapefruit -which is showcased in this beer but the flavor comes from the fruit and not the hops in the case of Shiner Ruby Redbird. Perhaps as a Pale ale with grapefruit the beer would be more appealing.

beerdiablo, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of JG-90
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JG-90, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

SicemWT, Aug 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

rpenterics, Aug 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Ballard, Aug 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mpalestino, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

MatthewD4, Aug 03, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

msturek, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerForMuscle, Jul 31, 2013
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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%

craigpatt5, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Miami66, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up at Fairway in Woodland Park for a dirt cheap price of $5.99 (or was it $6.99), figuring that it would be a steal at best and a lawnmower beer at worst. My expectations were low for this given that I'm not a fan of this style of beer, but I wanted to see if this would buck that trend. Although it didn't, there wasn't anything not to like about this and it was so unoffensive that I actually had to pace myself when drinking this, in order to actually take the time and see if there was anything worth savoring.

Other reviewers on here saw a bit of a head on this when it was poured out but this was the first beer that I've ever seen where there wasn't a head at all to be found. Zero. Zilch. Nada - just like the lacing from start to finish. This allowed for the dull goldenrod hue to stand out a bit more and since there was hardly any carbonation to be seen, this had the appearance of flat soda. Not much of an aroma here either and the taste was that of a ginger beer, along with lemon zest and flat champagne. Any alcohol here was along the taste and feel of Zima and only the snap of ginger remained in the aftertaste, well into the next sip.

Sure, this was a session beer...but that's only assuming that more than one would be had in a sitting. For me, I could have a few at a time but it's easy to see why most people would only drink one of these before moving onto something else. There's not much to love here and unless you're looking to kick back with a few on a hot afternoon, there's not much to take away from this. This was pretty much a textbook example of what a Summer seasonal should be.

JerzDevl2000, Jul 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

OgreSanchez, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of bmwats
2.49/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Lots of rising effervescence. Pours a slight, bubbly head, which disappears quickly. No lacing.

S: Malt, grapefruit, and copious amounts of ginger.

T: Tastes like it smells. Bitter pecan shells, fruit pith, and raw ginger.

M: Light body, syrupy palate-coating feel. Bitter finish. Kind of washed out and shallow.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Dark amber, with rising effervescence that eventually taps out, very slight head, and no lacing. Grains with lots of ginger and some grapefruit. Bitter fruit and raw ginger. Overall, this is a serviceable quaff.

bmwats, Jul 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jkoogler, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

StoutHunter, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

drherrma, Jul 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Bear1964, Jul 24, 2013
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.