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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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917 Ratings
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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 98 | 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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4/5  rDev +25.4%

12-08-2011 20:05:40 | More by ROGUE16
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3/5  rDev -6%

12-07-2011 18:04:55 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of leinie13


4/5  rDev +25.4%

12-06-2011 00:55:59 | More by leinie13
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%

- Beer brewed with ruby red grapefruit juice and ginger. Served cold as suggested.

A: Rustic oxidized orange with a translucent clarity and a quickly diminishing fizzy beige head that showed a polished clean surface. Carbonation was quick at pace of fine misty bubbles while no window dressing was evident.

S: The aroma was distinct of fresh pink grapefruit, juice like in character, fresh pulp variety. Beyond the pink grapefruit you may be hard pressed to pick up much else.

T: The flavor was fresh grapefruit juice, sweet and tart notes. Again hard to distinguish hop, yeast, or malt character, but this isn’t uncommon per style. Some ginger notes come on, but is the grapefruit juice that is front and center focus of this beer. Smooth and refreshing.

M: Good amount of body, though only a slight amount of carbonation.

O: You may forget your drinking a beer here, though it keeps within the guidelines, low malt and low hop profile, clean yeast, with a forefront of the fruit/vegetable highlighted. Has no mention of alcohol, and drinks like a dream if you are a fan of grapefruit juice (of which I am). Labeled as a great summer time beverage, consumed cold on a hot day, hell I will go as far to say this is the ultimate breakfast beverage as you may not be able to tell this apart from virgin grapefruit juice. Overall as a beer would call this worthy per style, and a solid good rating if you’re a fan of grapefruit juice.

12-05-2011 23:05:34 | More by beerthulhu
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

12-01-2011 08:18:43 | More by gtermi
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3/5  rDev -6%

11-28-2011 22:21:37 | More by RustyBoltz
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1/5  rDev -68.7%

11-27-2011 21:22:47 | More by bbadger
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

11-27-2011 07:36:55 | More by dcevans
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3/5  rDev -6%

11-27-2011 06:24:32 | More by TheBishopco
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3/5  rDev -6%

11-24-2011 22:41:03 | More by chapcat
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

11-24-2011 19:19:45 | More by RedWeizen83
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3/5  rDev -6%

11-23-2011 08:46:27 | More by blinx64
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5/5  rDev +56.7%

11-21-2011 23:07:17 | More by KC9LDB
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

11-21-2011 16:19:15 | More by RobJTejas
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5/5  rDev +56.7%

11-19-2011 17:00:06 | More by sigtau200ws
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

11-16-2011 20:48:10 | More by horrorspecialty
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-16-2011 05:40:35 | More by martyl1000
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1/5  rDev -68.7%

11-15-2011 00:50:40 | More by wyatt
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

2.53/5  rDev -20.7%

Pours with a small off white to light tan head that quickly fades into nothing above a clear carbonated honey golden colored beer.

Aroma is laced with ginger and lemon with some other fruits coming through, maybe grapefruit, with a very light washed out grassy malt hint.

Taste is more ginger, lemon, washed out sweet malts, with other light citrus fruits coming through.

Not very impressed with this outing from Spoetzl.

11-08-2011 22:58:29 | More by LXIXME
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%

A. Poured a amber copper color with a short diminishing off white head no lacing on the glass.

S. Grapefruit, cinnomon, lemmon, grass,some ginger

T. Slightly sourand aslight spiciness.strange taste but I liked it, has tea like quality

M. Light and effervecent. A good duration

O. Even though this brew has a verry strange flavor I liked it I would have to say it would be even better on a really hot summer day.

11-06-2011 23:33:19 | More by smibroncos
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West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev +5%

Pours clear and the color of a dark apple cider with no head or lacing. Smells of citrus and ginger, very similar to Bud Light Lime, slightly artificial.

Taste-Light and refreshing, well balanced. The grapefruit gives is a sweet taste with a faint taste of giner lingering on the back end. Seems to have more of a malt presence than most other summer fruit beers. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall this beer serves it's purpose well. Very refreshing on a hot summer day or for grilling out.

10-27-2011 00:12:27 | More by Treyliff
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Sort of a hazy brownish gold color. No head or lacing.

S: Grapefruit, citrus.

T: Bitter but strangely nice and refreshing. Grapefruit is the most prominent w/some citrus.

M: Not much body or carbonation.

O: I'm kind of torn on how to wrap this up. When I break it apart into the above sections nothing really stands out as great, but overall I thought it worked in a weird way. Especially when this beer is served ice cold on a hot, humid, summer day (which was when I tried it). Sort of a polarizing beer, as opinions on it were divided right down the middle at the BBQ I had it at. But I'll definitely pick some up next summer to give it another shot.

10-14-2011 13:25:07 | More by alohaspicoli
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3.05/5  rDev -4.4%

This was an interesting beer. Pours a pale, dingy yellow with a fizzy body, medium head, low retention and ok lacing.

The aroma is of pale malts, grapefruit, and ginger.

The taste follows with over the top ginger and grapefruit juice, pale bready malts underneath and a touch of caramel sweetness. Interesting, but tart and strange.

Thin, crisp and watery..a little overcarbonated.

Overall, interesting, not bad, wouldn't drink more than one.

10-03-2011 19:55:40 | More by JayS2629
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New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a sickly off yellow color with a finger of foam that disappears almost instantly. No lacing whatsoever. Does not looks very nice. Aroma is strong with ginger... reminds me of sushi.

First sip is just a strong ginger flavor. Very lightly carbonated, so it tastes kind of stale as well. I will say it is refreshingly dry, but the flavor itself is pretty unappealing. Thin bodied.

All I really get is the ginger flavor. No sweetness or anything else appealing. I wouldn't get this again.

09-11-2011 01:17:03 | More by FickleBeast
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3.33/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of ginger, pale malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of ginger, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, and hint of citrus. Overall, session-able, not complex, and almost completely a ginger beer.

08-30-2011 19:56:10 | More by Tone
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.