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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 69 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

06-18-2013 02:00:08 | More by BlueMoon10
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-13-2012 04:30:19 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

12-30-2013 15:49:07 | More by rudabegga9
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-24-2014 00:37:58 | More by Bartos
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

12-01-2012 15:21:14 | More by dkw0063
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South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

05-21-2014 13:04:44 | More by jaswilson2
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3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange color with no head and lots of noticable carbonation.

S: Smells like malt and ginger.

T: A bready, honey malt background gives way to a ginger and grapefruit flavor. The flavors aren't strong and then disappear quickly.

M: highly carbonated.

O: Call me crazy, but for a summer seasonal beer, this is pretty good. But I do love ginger ale, so I may be biased here. It's light, refreshing, easy drinking, and not overbearing. A great summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:45:55 | More by Kromes
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-30-2013 02:57:21 | More by abex44
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

02-22-2014 19:09:44 | More by DOCRW
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-12-2014 19:57:57 | More by atlbravsrno1
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

06-14-2013 20:32:37 | More by Zuidman
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3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with hints of orange. Non-existent head. Nice pickled ginger aroma. Taste begins with a big blast of ginger, followed by a bit of grapefruit sweetness. After that is a little bready maltiness. Very clean, neutral finish. Not bitter at all despite the grapefruit flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall a pretty good beer, light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 23:48:35 | More by tronester
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-20-2013 00:47:35 | More by hockeyfighter19
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3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I don't love the foam or the lacing. I like the carbonation. I absolutely love the color! It's glowing amber-red-pink, almost radiant, but not unnaturally so.

Smell: Sour/bitter grapefruit. Extremely refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I have to admit I really liked this. It's amazingly refreshing on a hot summer day in Chicago. It definitely tastes like grapefruit, but doesn't seem artificial (although I don't actually know if this is the case or not). To be fair, the grapefruit does make it fairly one dimensional.

Overall Drinkability: A fruit beer that actually tastes like beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:21:58 | More by tjsdomer2
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New York

3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale to medium amber beer in a pint - very brief finger of off-white head left no trace and no lace

S: grapefruit - the fruit not the hop aroma - right up front - was interesting, but also conflicted with the malt and hop aromas

T: its beer with red grapefruit juice in it - take it for what you will - I served it ice cold, as suggested on the label, but I didn't notice any perceptible changes for the better or worse as it warmed

M: thin, crisp, light, sparkly

O: perhaps its just not my cup of tea, and I do enjoy grapefruit juice, and i obviously enjoy beer, but this marriage didn't appeal to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:02:57 | More by Greywulfken
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2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

Pours to a thin white head that falls to a tiny white ring that eventually fades and no lacing. Honey gold color. Aroma is ruby red grapefruit juice and ginger ale. Flavor is a burning acidic grapefruit and spicy ginger with not much else standing out. Mouthfeel is like ginger ale with a slight burning sensation and not like beer at all. Overall, what;'s the point? It's practically "alcopop" anyway. It was recommended by the store owner, but perhaps just to get rid of it?

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 20:44:39 | More by EagleTalon
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

10-21-2012 21:24:20 | More by NilocRellim
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-16-2012 23:36:43 | More by carrollmel7
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4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

05-16-2013 20:49:26 | More by djre4orm
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-19-2013 00:58:12 | More by gshackles
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

05-14-2013 00:36:37 | More by deadliest
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2.41/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Orange copper color with no head or lacing. A lot of bubbles stuck to the side initially.

S: I just get malty citrus in the form of grapefruit, plus a a tinge of ginger.

T: Grapefruit flavored ale, period. Ugh. As I was eyeing it up, a person in the aisle grabbed a six pack and said that he loved it, so I figured that would be the last one in my mix six.

M: Smooth, with just a bit of carbonation.

O: This was a letdown. I'd recently had Harpoon's Big Squeeze, which is a shandy with grapefruit juice and I'd loved it. But this is billed as a fruit/vegetable beer, so I guess that is the big difference. Anyways, not a fan and didn't finish it (cooked with it instead).

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 03:38:28 | More by gillagorilla
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

06-10-2012 21:19:24 | More by braican
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

03-29-2012 18:03:46 | More by gleemonger
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Summer is a tough season for me with beers. Refreshment is generally not my main reason for drinking beer, flavor is. So summer seasonals, with a few exceptions, usually leave me wanting. Despite trying something different, Shiner Ruby Redbird is no exception.

Appearance was light golden blonde with the tiniest hint of amber/red. Little to no head retention.

Smell was heavy on the ginger with hints of citrus, more lemon than grapefruit. Also a bit of a must I usually associate with a macro lager.

Taste was that of a dry, slightly sweet ginger ale that someone had squeezed a lemon wedge in. There was very little hint that you were drinking a beer and not a slightly alcoholic ginger ale. Grapefruit was nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel was light and heavily carbonated with tiny bubbles.

Overall, while it tasted fine, it did not taste like beer. Shiner attempted to do something pretty interesting here, and while a crisp lager with notes of ginger and grapefruit still appeals to me, this unfortunately, is not that beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 00:15:34 | More by BKBassist
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.