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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
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944 Ratings
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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 109 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Chugs13, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

Cyberkedi, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Mat_Rampson
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Mat_Rampson, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of bbcd
3/5  rDev -5.7%

bbcd, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
2.13/5  rDev -33%

I poured this seriously nasty brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The brew (and I'm calling that because its not beer) was slightly red/pinkish and poured a really weak head. It smelled like coca cola believe it or not and was just about as carbonated tasting. The taste was fruity/sour yuk!. I love Shiner Bock but I'll never put another of these up to my mouth.

Minkybut, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of nothunder
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

nothunder, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of gata
4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

gata, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JohnBender, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Gatordaddy, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of SvenHayden
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

SvenHayden, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of dustyonbass
2/5  rDev -37.1%

dustyonbass, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of zildjian2800
4/5  rDev +25.8%

zildjian2800, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Nihilistkid
5/5  rDev +57.2%

Nihilistkid, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of RickS95
2.83/5  rDev -11%

Doesn't look like much, but it's not a total loss. Dark golden straw colored, think Bud only darker. There is the faintest of red mixed in. The head is white and you can hear the bubbles start to explode immediately. The head is thick, and gone, in no time.

I like the smell. Candy notes envelope the nose almost as soon as the cap is off the bottle. Has more of a cherry smell than anything.

Has a fruit-ish flavor to it, but not something I'd guess to be red grapefruit. It's clearly citrus of some sort, but it tastes like juice concentrate more than anything.

Little feel. Watered down. Slight carbonation. Tart. Almost a medicinal feel. Some heat on the throat in the swallow, but not sure where it comes from because it's not alcohol and it's not very hoppy (it's the ginger as it turns out).

Another swing and miss by the Shiner folks. Not something I'd want to drink again, even on a hot day as the bottle suggests. No character.

RickS95, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of dubmax
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

dubmax, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of CowboyRob
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CowboyRob, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of mzeld
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

mzeld, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Ranz
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Ranz, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of JSchock7
3/5  rDev -5.7%

JSchock7, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of soju6
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%

A: Pours a clear bright copper color with a small head that fades quickly to no lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus primarily grapefruit and ginger.

T: Taste of ginger and grapefruit with a hint of grain in the background. More of a tart than bitterness and a bit of lingering ginger.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Not bad for what it is. Goes best with hot summer days.

soju6, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of GRE680
3/5  rDev -5.7%

GRE680, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of raznug
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%

Appearance: It pours a clear golden color and is topped with no head at all, when I poured it the carbonation that appeared left quicker than I could get it to show up.
Smell: The beer smells rather clean with just a hint of malt and hop aromas.
Taste: The beer tastes exactly as it smells clean and simple just like a beer on a hot day should be.
Mouthfeel: Redbird is a rather thin bodied easy drinking beer that I would have liked a lot more if it had a better flavor profile. This is a rather disappointing beer out of Shiner, TX.

raznug, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jeffack
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%

Appearance: pale yellow-orange. Hardly any head.

As one other reviewer has said, this smelled like ginger ale.

It tasted like less-sweet ginger ale. Not much bitterness to speak of. I got the grapefruit flavor, but only because I was looking for it. As a grapefruit lover, I wish there had been more; it certainly could have helped balance the very-sweet flavor.

This is the first gingery-beer I've had, and I think I liked the idea of it more than the result; I'd rather it be a little more beer and less ginger-ale; mixing this 50-50 with a good wheat beer might result in a pretty good product.

Overall, it was a nice change and decent summer brew.

jeffack, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Djenx
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

ScubaSteve00, Jul 16, 2012
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.