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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

980 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 123 | 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 chinchill
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Hmmm, beer made with grapefruit ... from a large brewery. I have to admit it occurred to me that Shiner may be replacing some hops with the fruit juice.

Pours way more orange than red; medium amber tone with a slight haze, at least after adding a bit of sediment found at the bottom of the bottle. Visible coarse carbonation. The smallish head dies quickly.

Aroma & Flavor: Red grapefruit may be the featured ingredient, at least in the "Ruby Redbird" name, but ginger take the front seat in both aroma and flavor. Grapefruit, hops and vague spices are also evident. The mild tartness and bitterness are less strong than might be expected.

M: crisp but rather astringent; light/medium body; somewhat aggressive carbonation; dry finish.

O: a flavorful, lower ABV beer that may appeal to those who like ginger and don't mind a rather astringent brew.

chinchill, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of BeerIsGood88
5/5  rDev +57.2%

BeerIsGood88, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ccbass22
1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

ccbass22, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Moose44
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Moose44, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of MammothTarantula
3/5  rDev -5.7%

MammothTarantula, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of tigrstylz
3/5  rDev -5.7%

tigrstylz, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -5.7%

kew, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of schnay90
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

schnay90, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mbabble
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

mbabble, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of rocklibster
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Sarunas7
1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

Sarunas7, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of MitchellMank92
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

MitchellMank92, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another fine Texan beer shared by Bobby.

Light amber color with a white head. Smells slightly citrusy, maybe some of the grapefruit coming though, but the ginger is much more prominent. Quite light overall. The flavor is quite heavy on the ginger, perhaps too much. A little bit of citrus, too. Quite refreshing, actually. Light body with medium carbonation.

womencantsail, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of khargro2
1/5  rDev -68.6%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
072 11 on the bottom, no info, "Beer brewed with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit juice and ginger."

A - Cloudy golden amber in color and topped by a dense and effervescent off-white head. Good retention but no lace is left over.

S - Distinctive ginger spice overlaps the Ruby grapefruit aroma a touch more than I'd like to see. The ginger mellows out fairly quickly though. Soft wheat and light pale malt mingle nicely in the background.

T - Spicy, mellow ginger notes play off the citrusy grapefruit nicely while soft wheat and pale malt fill in the cracks. The taste is a lot thinner than the aroma makes it out to be unfortunately.

M - Light-bodied and highly carbonated, Ruby Redbird is a touch bitter from the grapefruit and dry too. It could actually use a bit more grapefruit bitterness but more body to balance it out. Like the taste, the feel of this beer is very thin.

O - The fact this beer was brewed with grapefruit juice and ginger really jazzed me up for something exciting; refreshing delicious summer knock-around brew, but the flavor and feel were pretty lacking, unfortunately. Refreshing? Yeah, definitely. Will I pick up some more? Sadly, no.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of jaredseaman77
2/5  rDev -37.1%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

klmcmachen, Jan 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -45%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

DakotaJim, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -5.7%

zbooks, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Amp, Dec 22, 2011
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.