Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.2/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by grapefruit. Taste is tart, grapefruit, a touch of malt, not terrible but not really my thing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.
11-28-2012 02:17:34 | More by tone77
3.7/5 rDev +16%
This beer seems to be pretty polarizing, either you like it or hate it. One thing is for sure though - it IS different. 12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a small off-white head. Dissipates quickly to near nothingness.
Nose is mostly ginger but some of the grapefruit pokes out if you look for it. Not much in the way of malt and a faint citra hop presence is barely detectable. I would love for the hops to be more bold on the aroma, but this is Shiner were talkin about.
Taste is out there, that is for sure. More depth than a ginger beer, but the asian root still dominates for the most part. The grapefruit is a nice addition and the malts are kept light and grainy. Hops are low-key but the bitterness is not really missed with the zesty grapefruit and ginger. If it were my recipe, I would dial down the ginger and dry hop it with lots more amarillo and citra. Having said that, I am really enjoying this seasonal offering and am already on my 3rd sixer of it. It is a very good, refreshing summer beer to go with the hot, humid dog days of summer soon to be here. Say what you will about Shiner’s regular lineup, but their seasonals have been innovative and for the most part quite good.
04-17-2011 18:02:27 | More by twiggamortis420
3.68/5 rDev +15.4%
Pours a pretty clear, slightly reddish amber - no head, but that must have been an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has a dusty tone, like powdered fruit drink. Malty flavor has a fruity undertone, apple and cherry with a hint of pear, and a subtle sour undertone. Texture has about average body and fizz. I didn’t seem to get any grapefruit, but this is a tasty and distinctive beer. Let it fly down your throat.
08-05-2012 22:05:13 | More by Cyberkedi
4.04/5 rDev +26.6%
Served on tap at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a DFH pint glass
Pours a light golden color with a very minor head. It has a very pronounced sweet and fruity nose. Very pleasant. The taste is best described as refreshing. Extremely easy to drink. Medium carbonation and a light feel make the drinkability extremely high.
Overall a solid, enjoyable summer beer. Probably my go to beer for the summer. If you dont like this beer, then you dont like summer!
04-13-2013 00:31:14 | More by Axnjxn
2.95/5 rDev -7.5%
A: Clear orange/gold color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that immediately dissipated to a ring of bubbles around the inside edge of the glass. Decanted lightly. No lacing.
S: Ginger and grapefruit. Just like the bottle said. that's it.
T: Sweet malt character more prominent right up front. Quick transition to ginger and grapefruit in the middle. Both linger, somewhat crisply, in a very muted bitter. Certainly not clean, but relatively crisp and refreshing.
M: Very light body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Actually, I think the carbonation "saved" this one a bit in cleaning-up the ginger and grapefruit. Relatively refreshing.
O: Pretty one-dimensional; actually two - ginger and grapefruit. Easy to drink, but why why?
05-16-2011 21:49:58 | More by Haybeerman
2.58/5 rDev -19.1%
A-Pours a cloudy red grapefruit juice color. Head fizzles off to nothing. Actually does look like fruit juice. Doesn't really lace.
S-Ginger ale. Grapefruit too (and not derived from hops) Just grapefruit doused in granulated sugar. The creepy spawn of a Schweppes and Schlitz.
T-Ginger ale with sugary grapefruit. Then an odd yeasty component. Flavors combat one another. The ginger ale is very off putting. Beer?
M-Light but sugary. Plenty of bubbles. Like a soft drink; not surprising.
O/D-Ale brewed with ginger and grapefruit? About $6.75 a six-pack? I guess I'll give her a shot. Bad idea. My girlfriend loved it because it tasted so much like ginger ale. I hated it for the same reason. And boy, when this beer warmed, it really became frightening.
09-10-2012 02:27:41 | More by VelvetExtract
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a amber color with a tiny white foam of a head. The foam head faded fast to give almost no lacing.
Smell – The aromas were of a light wheat maltiness with a good deal of sweet grapefruit aroma.
Taste – The taste was very similar to the nose. It had a light wheat base which in the beginning that was mixed with a sweeter grapefruit flavor. The grapefruit bittered a bit as the taste went on leaving a light sour taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was quite light and the carbonation level was very average. The light body suited the grapefruit flavors well, although a more robust level of carbonation may have been more fitting for the beer.
Overall – Very easy to drink on a warm summer day (which is how I had it). With the low abv and easy drinking style it makes for a good session beer.
06-10-2012 19:56:04 | More by Darkmagus82
3/5 rDev -6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. No visible best before date.
A: Head dissipates before it can even form, leaving nothing on the top. A view bubbles inside a clear, dull golden beer.
S: The ginger overwhelms almost everything. Seriously, it smells like ginger ale. Underneath, the nose catches a glimpse of citrus and maybe hops, it's hard to tell.
T: The grapefruit does serve to partially balance the gingerness, but most of the flavour and feel still comes from the sharp, pervasive spice. Otherwise, the beer is watery (to avoid the pejorative, perhaps I should say 'quenching') and plain. The label claims Citra and Cascade hops, but I can't find them, unless it's the within the gingery dryness right at the end. More likely, they're buried under the copious amounts of (pleasant) grapefruit. I still think this beer tastes like a soft drink -- lemon-lime ginger ale?
M: Well done. Both interesting and thirst-quenching. Nice on a hot day. I suspect this beer is meant to be drunk from the bottle; perhaps I would find it improved if the emphasis were on feel than smell and taste.
O: An interesting beer, if not a good one. I didn't mind drinking it. I wouldn't have another, but I wouldn't say anything against ordering one.
08-09-2011 22:58:33 | More by AgentMunky
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
Gold in color. Light tinge of ruby/amber. Goes flat in under a minute.
Big ginger in the nose with a citrusy backdrop. Notes of treacle and faint grapefruit.
Tastes a little like ginger ale. Prominent ginger note comes off very refreshing. Faint citrus notes. Grapefruit is actually a bit of a stretch. A little minty in the finish. I think that's a hop contribution.
Higher carbonation. Weak, because the beer doesn't hold its own in the body.
Refreshing, I guess. Totally one-note. Works like an alcoholic ginger ale. That's pretty more much it.
06-10-2013 00:51:52 | More by thecheapies
3.88/5 rDev +21.6%
Appearance - this beer has a golden color with a touch of red. Observe the head quickly because it disappears fast.
Aroma - the initial hit is sweet, pink grapefruit. Only after it settles down can I pick up some spicy ginger. I like the combo.
Taste - only a hint of sourish grain at first sip. Lots of grapefruit and ginger flavor. It could easily go sweet but does not. The flavors stay light and with good balance between the two flavorings. The finish is clean if not plain. Tastier as a fruit beverage than a beer, but I do like it.
Mouthfeel - bubbly and crisp, light and refreshing.
Drinkability - these are good. I think pounding through them short-circuits the mild but interesting flavors, yet they are easy to drink down. Toasting this one to my in-laws down in Katy, dodging firestorms tonight. Be safe folks, and to all my Lone Star pals down there, too. Safe home.
06-22-2011 03:22:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
1.44/5 rDev -54.9%
Got real excited for this, I love grapefruit raddlers, maybe this can be my summer 2013 beer?!
Pours a copper ale with brilliant clarity and no foam. Smells like sugar, some grapefruit (way too sweet), some pear and a little english malt. Pretty unimpressed so far. Tastes like a hot dog with some artificial sweetener and a little grapefruit - horrible. Thin with moderate carb and an off dry finish. That is a shitty beer.
04-27-2013 04:26:40 | More by harrymel
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.