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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 122 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Keith_R, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of manguero
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

manguero, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
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.

tjsdomer2, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of 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.

Brewnah, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
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.

cyclonece09, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of j0501
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

j0501, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Dieck
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Dieck, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of jwc215
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.

jwc215, Aug 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

AllHailBeercules, Aug 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

brandon911, Aug 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

vcoggins, Aug 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

ejimhof, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

eheinz, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of razordm
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Shiner beer, but I also do like and drink grapefruit juice as well. Despite that fact, I was a bit apprehensive about "beer and grapefruit" but it was quite good. The amount and flavor of grapefruit was just right; not overbearing but enough to tell (without knowing the name) what fruit was included. Will definitely buy this again.

razordm, Aug 26, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

CCRaise, Aug 25, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

GMB, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

ryko, Aug 21, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -45%

Renegrenade, Aug 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Tech_Savy, Aug 20, 2012
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1/5  rDev -68.6%

thetinymite, Aug 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Cougar990, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Tenente, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

bradleypatter, Aug 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Optifron, Aug 17, 2012
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.