Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 22.57%
Wants: 18
Gots: 223 | FT: 0
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.01% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: wagenvolks on 03-17-2011

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Photo of Deatherage
4.74/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unique flavor that grows on you. Good breakfast beer!

Photo of klastinger
4.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, light, refreshing beer with a very good citrus taste and great finish.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a solo cup. (2015 batch)

A: The only underwhelming part of this here beer. Clear copper with 1/4" white head that sits down immediately. Lacing & retention are nonexistent.

S: Grapefruit, ginger & crackery malt. Delivers everything promised by the label.

T: Ruby red grapefruit & this batch has an exceptionally well-defined ginger note. A bit of caramel & maybe a faint melon note. Altogether bright flavors working in perfect harmony. Nice citrus/ginger bite on the finish, leaves a little spice lingering on the tongue.

M: Medium-bodied with next to no carb. Straddles the line between syrupy & oily, yet it all works well for the flavors. Finishes short & crisp.

O: Unbelievably well-executed brew from Shiner. Once you get past the blah appearance, it just gets better & better with each sip. They really seemed to have upped the ginger content this year & that's not a bad thing.

Photo of gardengurl71
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I thought this one was pretty good. different. not one I would want to have again.

Photo of Lahoi
2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I should've known better. Why did I buy a six pack? I could barely finish it. It's not a terrible summer beer, but Im not sure I wouldn't prefer a PBR on a hot summer day. I know I would if I'm buying.

Photo of wesk74
1.71/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I had this on Tap and in a bottle to make sure the first one wasn't spoiled or tainted. This beer is a decent amber color and smells like grapefruit and ginger. Not sweet Grapefruit and spicy ginger, but more like the essential oils used for perfumes. It tastes just like it smells, perfume and beer. I guess I give it points for the style and trying something new, but this is one of the worst beers I have ever had in my life. Not for me.

Photo of JamesGrove
1.46/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I can't imagine a worse beer than this.

Photo of Spooky_Action
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz amber bottle poured into glass mug. Could not locate a manufacturing date on bottle.

A – Clear & golden-red in color. The head only lasted during the pour - the carbonation hissed and ultimately left behind no head or lacing. Some bubbling observed.

S – Mild citrus peel aroma, subtle spiciness. Smell is mild and does not
linger. Nothing unpleasant.

T – Initially I am hit with mild citrus fruitiness - grapefruit and perhaps strawberries (neither sweetness nor tartness dominates). The ginger flavor is less intense than a ginger ale. Hard to notice other flavors. A slight fruity aftertaste - almost no bitterness.

M – A little watery at first, but the carbonation is enough to produce foam to tickle the tongue.

O - An easy, pleasant and simple beer. The overall flavor profile is not robust enough for my liking, but is still refreshing.

Photo of Dirtydee5
2.37/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Blaahhhhhh it's like cough syrup and ginger mixed together....so really good am I right?

Photo of LizT
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's a very good ginger taste, but I don't get any grapefruit flavor

Photo of Kataco16
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I great tasting beer to have

Photo of StrayteEDGE
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cannot taste the grapefruit at all, just tastes like I'm drinking pork dumpling sauce

Photo of spacecake9
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer. Is the spice clove or ginger? The combination with grapefruit works for me.

Photo of bluehende
2.04/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A macro lager with mostly ginger. Not good at all.

Photo of willc321
2.01/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I did not enjoy this beer. Too bitter.

Photo of Renegade25
4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yummmm! My wife says she'd "drink the hell out of it."

Photo of FriedSlug
3.86/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice orange gold color. Smells of grapefruit with floral notes. Taste is crisp clean grapefruit followed by ginger with a nice warning effect. It is good and refreshing.

Photo of Lare453
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great smelling and tasting beer. Lots of ginger and grapefruit.

Photo of magicmoose66
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tastes more of ginger than of grapefruit. Not bad but, except for the alcohol, I'd rather just have a ginger ale.

Photo of TopherBreski
1.3/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Cranberry Shandy... Not very good.

Photo of tlema1
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is good for what it is, lots of grapefruit, some ginger in the background, very refreshing

Photo of sokol_1993
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Smell: Totally of ginger, did not feel any grapefruit. Smelled like ginger ale

Taste: Has some ginger ale taste to it, but extremely bland. Could taste something on the tip of my tongue, but the rest of my tongue just felt like some liquid had passed through it without any taste at all

Feel: Somewhat viscous, but that's about it.

I won't probably have it again. Taste like bland ginger ale.

Photo of ShaneVillarreal
4.06/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love how refreshing this beer can be on a hot day. Crisp ginger flavor with underlying grapefruit notes. Very light mouth feel with a lingering ginger taste.

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkable and not very sweet.

Photo of ryho
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably expired. I got a bomber of this for $1.99, it's February, and this is a summer beer.
That asside, I just bought a grapefruit sculpin and decided I needed this as well.
Obviously pales in comparison to the former.
The head fades fast, no lacing
Smells of grapefruit and ginger. Not much else.
Tastes like the same.
Could be a great refreshing summer beer, but I would like it to have a little more beer flavor to it.
If it were a bit worse, I might guess it was a mass produced flavored beer.

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Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
73 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.