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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 jsh420


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
Photo of armock

New York

3.08/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to turfy for hooking this up in a trade.

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is mostly of ginger with some pale malt

T - Wow this is more like drinking ginger ale than a beer lots of ginger in the flavor and thats about it for me

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - While this isn't the first beer I'd grad its still a decent midday beer for a summer day if you like ginger ale then chances are you'll like this one

05-30-2011 03:38:26 | More by armock
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.93/5  rDev +23.2%

Shiner Ruby Redbird has a thick, white head that doesn’t last long and leaves behind no lacing. The appearance is clear old gold, with very few streaming bubbles. Aroma is of sharp, tart grapefruit zest and some sweet white bread, with a ginger background. Taste is of red grapefruit, citrus sweetness, a touch of ginger, and tap water. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Shiner Ruby Redbird finishes dry, refreshing, easy-drinking, and sweet. Overall, this is a good fruit beer.


06-03-2013 23:43:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Zach136


3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-22-2013 15:14:59 | More by Zach136
Photo of HardTarget


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: Firm pour gives me no head on an extremely clear amber glass.

Smell: Grapefruit rind with fresh ground ginger, pretty much what it says on the tin. There is some classic Shiner yeast and a bit of a soapy, candle scent, but all in all I like the core smell.

Taste: A small let down from the nose, much more of a soda taste, a ginger ale if you will. The ginger does leave a light heat behind, encouraging the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light body, fizzy carbonation, pretty dry finish.

Overall: Ok, I'm a bit of a fanboy for Shiner, but I could see picking up another 6er of this for a Summer sipper, and one I could see offering to guests. Walks a crazy line, but glad to see Shiner willing to take some risks.

04-19-2011 04:15:35 | More by HardTarget
Photo of inlimbo77


3.24/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz, spring '13
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly pink, light orange color. Initially I got a thin layer of bright white. Then nothing. Carbonation but not head.

S: Ginger and fruit. Grainy grain.

T: Up front some spice. That ginger I assume. Sharp tart grapefruit. Clean dry finish.

M: Light bodied.

06-27-2013 18:54:15 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of JohnBender


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-01-2012 23:41:26 | More by JohnBender
Photo of Jame515


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-17-2013 21:59:39 | More by Jame515
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.05/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from the bottle a clear amber orange with a thin off-white head.

Aroma was primarily ginger with a hint of light fruit.

Like the aroma, ginger is the primary taste. I note a hint taste of grapefruit and light cracker.

Lighter bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

This was more of a ginger beer than anything. I wish the grapefruit had been more bold. Probably won't have again.

06-12-2012 22:56:10 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Somewhat of an orange-ish tan color, clear, not a lot of head or lacing.

Aroma is pleasant, you can definitely smell the ginger. The grapefruit is less pronounced, but it's probably there in what I would describe as more of a citrusy note. There's a light background of malts as well.

The taste follows the smell pretty nicely. Plenty of ginger, especially on the finish. Citrus notes all the way. Malts are basic but ample. There's not a lot of hops.

Body is light and refreshing, and despite the lackluster appearance, it's amply carbonated.

It's a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. I wouldn't mind having a few of these while messing around in the shed in the back yard on a summer day.

05-01-2013 20:26:26 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of bmwats


2.49/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

07-27-2013 23:46:34 | More by bmwats
Photo of atlbravsrno1


3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

05-12-2014 19:57:57 | More by atlbravsrno1
Photo of budgood1


3.03/5  rDev -5%

pours out a clear dark gold colour with athin fizzy head reducing to nothing in a heartbeat. fruity aroma...of course there is grapefruit, then a mix of malty sugar and other sweet, slightly tropical smells. flavour follows suit with fruity overtones of grapefruit and sweet malts. pretty dry in the finish and there is the slightest hint of some herbal and astringent hopping. crisp and clean mouthfeel with a bottomless body. i could pound the hell out of this on a hot day, like today.

overall...another shiner product that appeals to the least sophisticated of us...BUT...this has a certain appeal to those of us that enjoy and like marguiritas, etc. on hot days and in the sun. a summer quencher for sure that can be drank right out of the bottle with no regrets.

the label does say serve ice cold on a hot day...fair enough!!

07-17-2011 20:43:36 | More by budgood1
Photo of soju6


2.6/5  rDev -18.5%

A: Pours a clear bright copper color with a small head that fades quickly to no lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus primarily grapefruit and ginger.

T: Taste of ginger and grapefruit with a hint of grain in the background. More of a tart than bitterness and a bit of lingering ginger.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Not bad for what it is. Goes best with hot summer days.

07-21-2012 19:14:39 | More by soju6
Photo of bigbeers84


2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

03-26-2013 09:18:04 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of Hopmodium


3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

05-25-2012 00:33:02 | More by Hopmodium
Photo of JeffTheJuice


2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

07-04-2013 14:21:10 | More by JeffTheJuice
Photo of GABrew


3/5  rDev -6%

08-07-2014 22:43:11 | More by GABrew
Photo of JohnnieNepal


3/5  rDev -6%

06-17-2013 12:59:43 | More by JohnnieNepal
Photo of Keith_R


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-05-2012 16:45:16 | More by Keith_R
Photo of UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -53%

10-14-2012 17:11:24 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -6%

07-06-2013 22:26:56 | More by mikeincharleston
Photo of avisong


2/5  rDev -37.3%

05-06-2012 03:18:01 | More by avisong
Photo of shand


3.85/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Well, if nothing else this is sure to be interesting. This one pours out an orange-gold color with a tiny head, no lace. Smells a touch like sugar-sweet ginger ale, with just a touch of maltiness. The taste is a lot like ginger ale, with some sweet red grapefruit on the back. The taste is nice, the ginger and grapefruit are really up front, with just a little bit of nutty malt on the very backend. A very drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. This is a pretty solid summer brew that's quite unique.

05-31-2011 01:58:11 | More by shand
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

hazy amber pour with a giant release sound of carbonation when twisting off, yet no visible head. smells of bread, lemongrass, grapefruit. a tart funky grapefruit taste with a slightly bitter finish. hints of bread, and grass.

the mouthfeel is perfect for a summer beer. seltzer-like carbonation, light body.

overall, this is nice for a one-off. i don't think i'd ever get a 6-pk of this (though i did last year but only drank half), even though it's probably the most refreshing beer i've ever had. could use a bit more definition in the appearance, and the smell/taste may be fine where it is. it's pretty subtle for a grapefruit beer (expected it to be IN YOUR FACE)

05-31-2012 21:05:25 | More by facundoCNB
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
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