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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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73
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861 Ratings
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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 78 | 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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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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scottblaze

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I guess I gotta hand it to Spoetzl for doing something a little different. (fondly recollecting the "peachy" Holiday Cheer...I got along with that one okay). This unusual concoction sparked me to stroke a review, the first one in a while.

Worked really hard to get a 1/2" head...very short lived. zero lacing

Redish amber...looks OK. Almost like bourbon in a glass.

Can detect a little lemon and grapefruit in the nose, a little rosemary.

First taste catches me totally off guard... Rosemary! Almost as if I had bitten into a fresh sprig! Was not expecting that..I guess it is the ginger, cascade, grapefruit combo.

A little thin on the mouthfeel

At first, the unusual nature of this struck me as, well, astrigently off the mark. After a couple more, and then a couple more the next day, I am coming to embrace it as a decent summer refresher. On one of those scorching hot summer days, its low alcohol, light bodied, citrusy nature could cause me to beg for more.

EDIT (10/23/11) : After this long long HOT HOT HOT and DRY summer, it seemd that I could not get enough of this one. Ice cold on a hot days straight out of the bottle, went down several 12 packs.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 19:43:32 | More by scottblaze
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SitkaSteve

Alaska

3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Changed my mind on just "ticking." Let's see what I can say about this one.
I took one from the six pack and poured into a pint glass.
It had a semi - clear yellow color with lots of carbonation to be seen rising throughout a bubbly looking head that quickly died down.
It smelled exactly as the can said, ginger with some grapefruit and it tasted the same as well.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh but didn't bother me too much as I just figured it was the ginger.
Overall, huh, well how about that, when I sit down and take the time to actually take a look at this beer, it's not that bad. Refreshing, heck yeah, I could be wrong but I'm not sure if I could find anything more refreshing in at least Southeast Alaska.

Serving type: can

07-24-2014 06:21:44 | More by SitkaSteve
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - this beer has a golden color with a touch of red. Observe the head quickly because it disappears fast.

Aroma - the initial hit is sweet, pink grapefruit. Only after it settles down can I pick up some spicy ginger. I like the combo.

Taste - only a hint of sourish grain at first sip. Lots of grapefruit and ginger flavor. It could easily go sweet but does not. The flavors stay light and with good balance between the two flavorings. The finish is clean if not plain. Tastier as a fruit beverage than a beer, but I do like it.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and crisp, light and refreshing.

Drinkability - these are good. I think pounding through them short-circuits the mild but interesting flavors, yet they are easy to drink down. Toasting this one to my in-laws down in Katy, dodging firestorms tonight. Be safe folks, and to all my Lone Star pals down there, too. Safe home.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 03:22:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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shand

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Well, if nothing else this is sure to be interesting. This one pours out an orange-gold color with a tiny head, no lace. Smells a touch like sugar-sweet ginger ale, with just a touch of maltiness. The taste is a lot like ginger ale, with some sweet red grapefruit on the back. The taste is nice, the ginger and grapefruit are really up front, with just a little bit of nutty malt on the very backend. A very drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. This is a pretty solid summer brew that's quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:58:11 | More by shand
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dalygnus

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden reddish pour -- head quickly dissipates, no lacing -- l like some head and lacing so this was a sore spot for my tastes
Smell: fruity as expected, no problem
Taste: l liked it a lot -- the grapefruit and carbonation resembled a Fresca, my fave soda
Mouthfeel: ok, very drinkable due to carbonation and low alcohol content
Overall: done in by no head. Sam Adams Summer Ale still the summer beer of choice

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:40:35 | More by dalygnus
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber mostly light in color with a 1/2 inch of head that actually sticks around for quite a while.

Smell is pretty nice I do get some grapefruit and maybe ginger. The wheat base in this smells very fluid.

Taste was actually quite impressive since it makes for a pretty sweet/tart summer beer. Grapefruit isn't bitter but it does seem very natural with the balance of wheat. Not getting much ginger but it contributes to the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Not bad.

Overall I could see picking up a six pack since most places around here have Shiner for around 9 bucks a six pack. Not a bad fruit based beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:28:04 | More by DrDemento456
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nothunder

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

08-02-2012 19:43:05 | More by nothunder
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briandaube

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

06-02-2012 23:12:12 | More by briandaube
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bkeller04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

02-07-2014 01:55:10 | More by bkeller04
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ByMySword


3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-20-2012 07:00:07 | More by ByMySword
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-12-2014 14:54:15 | More by pat_usher
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Links41

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-24-2014 01:38:58 | More by Links41
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-06-2014 23:58:09 | More by GinjaSlice
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harty83

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

06-29-2014 03:10:57 | More by harty83
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Bigben0328

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-23-2012 03:44:10 | More by Bigben0328
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-06-2014 00:31:02 | More by tommy5
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

08-07-2012 02:48:24 | More by Chugs13
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Inglewood

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

02-25-2014 17:00:15 | More by Inglewood
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cousineddy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-15-2012 00:52:42 | More by cousineddy
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

A: clear gold with a short-lived white head.

S: Ginger beer, with a vague grapefruit undertone. Judging by the smell alone, this should taste like some sort of sweet soft drink with a strong ginger kick.

T/M: Soft drink mouthfeel -- quite thin, minimal body. Impressive ginger kick that serves to mask some of the grapefruit's bitterness in the finish. Pleasant sweetness up front, most likely from the malt and the grapefruit. (Texas grapefruits are sweet.)

Overall: Does not taste like beer and is quite dangerous in that respect. Though the alcohol content is fairly low, it drinks like a good ginger beer and, thus, can lead to unexpected intoxication. It's great as a thirst quencher and balances ginger bite, sweetness and bitterness well enough to be quite effective as a session beer. Except that 4%ABV is sneaky.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 06:15:45 | More by MurphyMacManus
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NickyBox

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-11-2013 00:43:59 | More by NickyBox
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DuncanIdaho86

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This new seasonal from shiner cut the heat like A lightsaber. Even though most any frosty cold beer will cool you down on a hot summers day, The Ruby Rerbird did it with style.

I poured right into the pint glass, and though I was expecting a deep, sanguine red ale (on account of the name), I was surprised to see a hazy, rustic yellow ale. Either way it smelled fantastic, biting at my senses with that ginger aroma. Whooo-eee! If anything, the ginger kick dominates the grapefruit addition - but its still there. The fruity notes are undeniably there on the palette.

Good mouth feel, if not a little fizzy right? Better try a second to be absolutely sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 17:01:22 | More by DuncanIdaho86
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get_bentley

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-30-2013 04:35:32 | More by get_bentley
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puuj

California

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-30-2013 20:57:20 | More by puuj
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.