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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
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855 Ratings
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Ratings: 855
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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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-13-2012 04:30:19 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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redraiderme2


3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-13-2012 03:25:57 | More by redraiderme2
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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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Danielbt

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

05-10-2012 18:06:40 | More by Danielbt
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RyanRiley

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-10-2012 14:15:08 | More by RyanRiley
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Beerfreak676


3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basically it has a light taste of ginger, fresh grapefruit, lemongrass and other citrus characteristics.It all comes together perfectly.To be honest with y'all,look at all the reviews on tap.Not many huh...but there aren't any bad ones.Where as the bottle has horrible reviews mixed in with OK(& great ones scattered around). Sounds like with the bottle of this beer sometimes there is too much carbonation and off tap that problem has not come up at Bombay bar.I have a 32oz bottle of this in my fridge right now but I'm leaving this review for the "tap" because it's simply better and every connoisseur "knows this".In my opinion if you thought it tasted like "bad soda" then I recommend you look up a bar in your area and ask if they have it on tap,guarantee that shit won't happen to you again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 07:49:22 | More by Beerfreak676
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lumpy1126

Ohio

3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-06-2012 19:16:58 | More by lumpy1126
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avisong

Virginia

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-06-2012 03:18:01 | More by avisong
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UncleE

Florida

4/5  rDev +25.8%

05-06-2012 00:53:57 | More by UncleE
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CommonRider

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-04-2012 22:17:37 | More by CommonRider
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DAVEnHOPS

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

05-02-2012 19:26:04 | More by DAVEnHOPS
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acevenom

Louisiana

1.58/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours light clear caramel yellow wtih a quickly dissipating fizzy white head. No lacing is left behind. The bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass are plentiful. This is very carbonated. It reminded me of pouring a soda with how the carbonation rushed out of it. The aroma is very faint. I can pick up some ginger, though it's pretty faint. There is some wheat in the smell as well. For being a grapefruit flavored beer, I can't really pick that up much of it in the aroma. There flavor is slightly tart from the grapefruit and spicy from the ginger. The flavors of the wheat malt are overpowered here. The grapefruit isn't as forward as the ginger, which is a little overpowering. The excessive carbonation is prickly on the palate. The body is light and the carbonation, as noted, is intense. What should be an easy drinker is actually very difficult to consume. It reminds me of a soda in many ways, but a low quality one. Overall, this is easily one of the worst beers I've ever had. Plenty of other breweries have produced better fruit beer that embraces the fruit while not betraying the beer characteristics. Shiner gets a failing grade for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 19:06:37 | More by acevenom
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going_todash


3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-02-2012 06:20:17 | More by going_todash
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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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Schumatrix

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-01-2012 16:48:21 | More by Schumatrix
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julian89

Georgia

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

I've been told that this is an excellent beer to drink cold on a summer afternoon, which is what I did. It's also been considered a good session beer... I can see that.
Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a yellow orange with a small white head with zero retention. A few bubbles seen rising to the top.

Smell: More ginger than grapefruit. It smells like a ginger ale honestly, with maybe a splash of citrus.

Taste: Man it's exactly like a ginger soda with a little malt and grapefruit thrown in. I can't feel or taste much alcohol at all. It's highly drinkable, but somehow for 4% it doesn't seem like a beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Definitely more of a girl beer than guy. Light and simple, not bad, but I prefer the traditional bock if I'm going in the Shiner direction.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:52:02 | More by julian89
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RDW

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-28-2012 01:41:06 | More by RDW
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RandyWood


2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Amber/Gold, almost no head and what head is there dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S-Grapefruit/Ginger. It kinda reminds me of lemon lime Alka Seltzer.

T-Citrus/Ginger. Similar to Zima.

M-Dry with good carbonation.

O-If your are really hot and thirsty, you can pound these like water. Good beer for cutting grass. The fruity taste may appeal to women.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 01:02:51 | More by RandyWood
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Seattleman

Arizona

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-26-2012 04:51:56 | More by Seattleman
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BenSnowden


2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

04-22-2012 16:39:39 | More by BenSnowden
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WritersBlock

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-20-2012 16:20:14 | More by WritersBlock
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truesolution

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

04-20-2012 02:40:14 | More by truesolution
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Rozyravens

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-15-2012 20:40:40 | More by Rozyravens
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ret3

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-13-2012 00:48:35 | More by ret3
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BryanCarey

Texas

2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shiner Ruby Redbird pours to a light golden/straw color with almost no foam and very little carbonation. Even an aggressive pour in the center of a glass does little to improve the appearance and no matter how much foam you get, it fizzles away in less than a minute.

This beer has a nose that features light spice and citrus. The flavor follows suit, with the taste of ginger, lemon and grapefruit, and pale malt. The beer has a light, clear body and is sweet overall, even though it finishes a little bit on the tart side.

Shiner Ruby Redbird might serve well as a summer refresher and I would surmise that most who buy it and consume it do so for this reason because other than a means to cool off, I cannot find much memorable about this beer. It does have potential and I like the combination of citrus and ginger. But the glimpses of flavor have an almost teasing characteristic. You like what you taste, but you wish there was more and you are left puzzled at the end, wondering why Shiner didn’t add more ingredients when the brewery formulated this beer.

The taste of this beer is certainly a letdown, but I also have an issue with the appearance. It has very little carbonation and no head of foam, making it look more like a glass of tea than a serious malt beverage. This, coupled with the lack of much body or flavor, make Shiner Ruby Redbird a beer to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:07:21 | More by BryanCarey
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.