Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
Pours a clear, golden straw color. Head is 1/3 inch and white. Lots of bubbles rising throughout, head retention and lacing were average at best.
Beer smells of sweet citrus and some straw malt. For some reason I'm getting the aroma of Sprite or 7-up. Ginger or cinnamon is also detected.
Taste is unique, part mexican lager, part fruit flavored malt beverage ie: Smirnoff. Ginger is probably the most dominant flavor in the beer. Light, crisp malts are also present, hops are not. Alcohol is non existent.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and well carbonated. Head didnt contribute to beer, grapefruit left a bitter citrus-y aftertaste
Overall this was a good, light, thirst quenching summertime beer. Definitely unique with the ginger/grapefruit combo. Wish I could take a growler of this to the pool, great outdoor/patio beer.
06-13-2012 02:44:46 | More by angelmonster
3.05/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured from the bottle a clear amber orange with a thin off-white head.
Aroma was primarily ginger with a hint of light fruit.
Like the aroma, ginger is the primary taste. I note a hint taste of grapefruit and light cracker.
Lighter bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.
This was more of a ginger beer than anything. I wish the grapefruit had been more bold. Probably won't have again.
06-12-2012 22:56:10 | More by Monkeyknife
2.78/5 rDev -12.9%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average.
Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Paired with pretzel rods.
A: Pours a half finger head of white colour, awful thickness, no cream, and pathetic retention. Colour is a boring predictable clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Heavy fruit citrus hops - primarily weak grapefruit. Watery ginger. A poor aroma. Fairly strong.
T: Heavy ginger, water, and grapefruit. Maybe some clean malts. A hint of cannabis. Not particularly full-bodied. Boring and bland. Balanced poorly; water should not be a note. I'm severely disappointed. Not at all complex or subtle.
Mf: Smooth, wet, and watery. A bit undercarbonated. Thin.
Dr: Drinkable and decent for a ginger beer, but severely lacking. It's got flavour, but is overly watery. I wouldn't get it again - maybe on draught I guess. A disappointing beer from Spoetzl.
06-11-2012 05:26:28 | More by kojevergas
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a amber color with a tiny white foam of a head. The foam head faded fast to give almost no lacing.
Smell – The aromas were of a light wheat maltiness with a good deal of sweet grapefruit aroma.
Taste – The taste was very similar to the nose. It had a light wheat base which in the beginning that was mixed with a sweeter grapefruit flavor. The grapefruit bittered a bit as the taste went on leaving a light sour taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was quite light and the carbonation level was very average. The light body suited the grapefruit flavors well, although a more robust level of carbonation may have been more fitting for the beer.
Overall – Very easy to drink on a warm summer day (which is how I had it). With the low abv and easy drinking style it makes for a good session beer.
06-10-2012 19:56:04 | More by Darkmagus82
3.08/5 rDev -3.4%
Appearance: Dark golden brown. The small white head dissipates immediately and there's no lacing. The cabonation looks OK.
Taste: Grapefruit juice in water.
M: Light body, nice carbonation, thin and watery.
Beer shouldn't taste like grapefruit. It should be reclassified as cider or something. I'll never drink it again.
06-09-2012 05:03:27 | More by donmonkey1
3.38/5 rDev +6%
Poured a amber with no head or lace.
Aroma of citric, earth and pine.
Taste of a slight citric grapefruit with a ginger dryness.
The mouth is left with a sweet tart lingering grapefruit tartness.
Overall an ok summer beer but not a fan of lower abv brews that tip-toe into its flavor profile.
06-07-2012 00:04:03 | More by chilidog
3.25/5 rDev +1.9%
hazy amber pour with a giant release sound of carbonation when twisting off, yet no visible head. smells of bread, lemongrass, grapefruit. a tart funky grapefruit taste with a slightly bitter finish. hints of bread, and grass.
the mouthfeel is perfect for a summer beer. seltzer-like carbonation, light body.
overall, this is nice for a one-off. i don't think i'd ever get a 6-pk of this (though i did last year but only drank half), even though it's probably the most refreshing beer i've ever had. could use a bit more definition in the appearance, and the smell/taste may be fine where it is. it's pretty subtle for a grapefruit beer (expected it to be IN YOUR FACE)
05-31-2012 21:05:25 | More by facundoCNB
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.