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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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73
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850 Ratings
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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 73 | 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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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant soft aroma with hints of the grapefruit and slightly stronger the ginger. The grapefruit grows in time making an interesting and enjoyable nose presentation.
Smallish fairly dense white head caps a brilliantly clear dark gold body.
Soft malt flavors going towards breadiness. Tartness from the grapefruit leads to a very extended dryness closing in on more astringency than I appreciate. Pick ups of the grapefruit primarily and the ginger secondarily add interest to the flavors.
Lighter body with a wee bit bigger carbonation that fits the beer well.
Ya' know this is an all right beer. There are several components that are quite good, but the flavors for me ultimately aren't satisfying, however, as a summer seasonal, it's an interesting and unique alternative of which I give the brewery kudos.
Thanks Dave.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 18:09:29 | More by garymuchow
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

While the initial, crackling head doesn't stick around (or to the sides of the glass) for long, the ample supply of carbonation provides a consistent cap of spittle foam. Body is a deep golden-straw color, and crystal clear. The aroma is equal parts Ginger Ale and 7UP. I wish the Citra hops were more prominent. Lots of spicy ginger sweetness, though, with a pleasant undertone of fresh, fleshy grapefruit. A bit of bleached crackers and wheat in the background.

Ginger picks up in intensity with the flavor of Ruby Redbird. Spicy, crisp, and pickled. Grapefruit is an afterthought, and struggles to maintain relevance behind a drying cereal graininess in the finish. A bit too vegetal for my liking. Effervescent mouthfeel is thin and clean with a lingering sharpness from the ginger root. Overall, one of Spoetzl's more unique offerings. Definitely worth trying, if only for the novelty.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 00:10:46 | More by wagenvolks
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.7%

07-08-2013 15:10:26 | More by tommyguz
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-21-2013 18:25:56 | More by brez8791
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allengarvin

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright clear amber-gold with a very small head. Little lacing. Aroma is bland, with some hints of ginger. Flavor: about what can be expected: a mix of solid ginger with citrus tartness. The ginger is fine, but the grapefruit doesn't really work; it's not identifiably grapefruit, to me. Malt and hops are barely detectable at all.

A very average beer. Shiner has one really good beer in their line-up: Holiday Cheer. I was hoping for this one to show off Texas grapefruit like the Cheer does Texas peaches, but this is another forgettable beer from the "little" brewery in Spoetzl.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 17:19:05 | More by allengarvin
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-30-2013 23:51:49 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

07-30-2012 05:36:42 | More by Gatordaddy
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duff247

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

12-18-2011 07:38:35 | More by duff247
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev -5.7%

12-18-2012 17:56:41 | More by cliff1066
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Redrover

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this one on tap during my last visit to Houston. I like some of Shiner’s offerings so I thought I would give this one a try.

Served in a standard shaker, the beer is copper with minimal head. It has a nose of citrus, sugars and malts.

Taste starts sweet. Red grapefruit, minimal hops some grainy malt. Beer turns citrus puckering midglass. In fact it becomes more unbalanced as it warms.

Mouth is bordering thin but zippy carbonation makes it average. Glad I tried it, would only repeat on occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 17:52:33 | More by Redrover
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +25.8%

12-15-2011 03:07:18 | More by jheezee
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KevMo84

California

2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

06-09-2014 00:13:37 | More by KevMo84
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-12-2014 20:40:14 | More by JohnK17
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Pegasus

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium amber in color, with a large, persistent and coarse off-white head. Streams of miniscule bubbles drift lazily to the surface. The lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Ginger and grapefruit rind dominate the aroma. Thankfully, the aroma is more spicy than sweet, avoiding disturbing comparisons to "malternatives". There is a moderate pale malt note as well.

Taste: Citrus and ginger flavors dominate from start to finish, but, thankfully, without any syrupy sweetness. Clean malt notes are present as well, but in a supporting role. The taste finishes with a mild, lingering grapefruit rind note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Its different, but not at all bad. Served very cold, it is actually quite refreshing on a hot Texas summer day. Cheers to Shiner for something out of the ordinary.

Presentation: Packaged n a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsenerr glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:08:12 | More by Pegasus
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

08-07-2012 02:48:24 | More by Chugs13
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-31-2013 04:00:38 | More by thatoneguymike
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JamLand

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

06-30-2013 01:18:19 | More by JamLand
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egrace84

Illinois

3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-14-2013 18:54:01 | More by egrace84
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-09-2013 01:42:29 | More by Falcone
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-25-2013 21:08:48 | More by StoutHunter
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armock

New York

3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 03:38:26 | More by armock
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TX-Badger

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-09-2014 18:23:00 | More by TX-Badger
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jsh420

Illinois

1.63/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:41:40 | More by jsh420
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-11-2012 22:56:13 | More by bumchilly25
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 18:54:15 | More by inlimbo77
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.