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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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994 Ratings
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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 133 | 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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Photo of Oakenator
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance is orange and brown in the glass. Soda pop carbonation that due palates hickory to nothing. Mouthfeel is also somewhat flat. Smell is not remarkable - smells like an ale with a hint of citrus. Grapefruit is present on the taste. It is upfront and provides a semi interesting twist to this beer. Probably it's best feature is the low ABV and sessionable nature. Best for a hot summer day served real cold.

Oakenator, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of jbaezner
1.75/5  rDev -45%

jbaezner, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Chucker17
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Chucker17, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint: Transparent light gold with no head.

Smells of grapefruit & ginger (duh, I know, but yeah), lemon, a little tea.

Taste is citrus soda (Fresca, like) with ginger & a light, slightly musty & dry Euro-ish lager taste. Moderately crisp bitter at the end with nice grapefruit peel & ginger aftertaste.

Light-bodied with an assertive dryness & kick from carbonation that's apparently hidden visually. Leave a sort of heavy bristle in aftertaste.

Good summer sipper, & this is my own bias but I'm very into ginger late so that maybe gives it an extra little boost for me right now. Half-soda, half-beer.

OneDropSoup, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Lukebell15
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Lukebell15, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Jimboe
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of buzzed
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

buzzed, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Mullinger1980
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Mullinger1980, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of JoostFricke
3/5  rDev -5.7%

JoostFricke, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of RuthL
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

RuthL, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of tronester
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.

tronester, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Yjt2
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Yjt2, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of ReyG006
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

ReyG006, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of 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.

DerbeerSlug, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jivex5k
4/5  rDev +25.8%

jivex5k, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Packman4IL
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Packman4IL, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Johnny2stixx
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

Johnny2stixx, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of HopHeadInOhio
4/5  rDev +25.8%

HopHeadInOhio, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Mortarforker
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
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.