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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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837 Ratings
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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 69 | 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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Mullinger1980

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

09-28-2012 03:11:00 | More by Mullinger1980
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JoostFricke


3/5  rDev -5.7%

09-26-2012 03:02:44 | More by JoostFricke
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RuthL

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

09-23-2012 18:49:58 | More by RuthL
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tronester

Oklahoma

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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Yjt2


3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

09-18-2012 03:30:31 | More by Yjt2
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ReyG006

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

09-17-2012 13:04:08 | More by ReyG006
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DerbeerSlug


2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me start off by saying that I'm not a big fan of grapefruit, but my wife is. So, my review of this has this as a starting point. To start off, it had a nice looking color in the glass but not much in the way of head. You can definitely smell the ginger and grapefruit. It's a very interesting conversation. The taste is an interesting mix of grapefruit, ginger, and beer. I can't say that I preferred the taste, but my wife loved it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 15:55:33 | More by DerbeerSlug
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jivex5k

Florida

4/5  rDev +25.8%

09-11-2012 14:11:30 | More by jivex5k
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4/5  rDev +25.8%

09-11-2012 04:58:32 | More by Packman4IL
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Johnny2stixx


4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

09-10-2012 04:32:03 | More by Johnny2stixx
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:27:41 | More by VelvetExtract
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HopHeadInOhio

Ohio

4/5  rDev +25.8%

09-09-2012 13:51:11 | More by HopHeadInOhio
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Mortarforker

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

09-08-2012 21:10:32 | More by Mortarforker
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-05-2012 16:45:16 | More by Keith_R
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manguero


3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

09-03-2012 08:30:13 | More by manguero
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

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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Brewnah


4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To me this is one of the best summer seasonal beers. In my experience the summer seasonal beers can either be way too fruity or a bit lacking in body and flavor. I found this both refreshing and full of flavor.

As weird as grapefruit beer sounded it was just what my taste buds expected. The balance of citrus and bitter taste on my tongue was perfect. Top that off with a hint of ginger and they have me coming back for more. It is a shame that this one can only come once a year.

The color was what I expected from the shiner family. It had a slight hue of red or amber. The head was only 1/8 inch but that could be to to a poor pour on my part.

All in all my favorite summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:46:03 | More by Brewnah
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cyclonece09

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark straw color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of very light grain and a little citrus, but not that strong. Tastes of grain with citrus flavoring added, not that great. Beer is very smooth with its light body, but has a little too much carbonation. Overall, a very average beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 02:32:07 | More by cyclonece09
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j0501

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-29-2012 23:15:14 | More by j0501
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Dieck

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

08-29-2012 21:25:28 | More by Dieck
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with no head and no real lacing.

The smell is of sweet grapefruit and some ginger. There is a slight "beer" smell, but it smells more like a fruity malt drink.

The taste is of sweet grapefruit juice. Grapefruit from the juice, slightly "artificial", certainly not from the hops. There is some dryness from the ginger in the finish.

It is light-bodied and crisp.

If you want a nicely carbonated summer refresher with grapefruit juice and ginger that has some "beer" character it's not a bad choice. It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 20:34:47 | More by jwc215
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AllHailBeercules

Missouri

3/5  rDev -5.7%

08-28-2012 04:14:46 | More by AllHailBeercules
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brandon911

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

08-28-2012 02:12:27 | More by brandon911
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vcoggins

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

08-28-2012 01:30:52 | More by vcoggins
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-27-2012 02:03:40 | More by ejimhof
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.