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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
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952 Ratings
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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 111 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Dello, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

TCJosh, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of grg001
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

This is my "mowing the lawn" beer.. or admiring the lawn after I pay someone else to do it... it's freakin hot in Texas. Easy to love.

grg001, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

HideYaBeer, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

smarkham24, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

jpd026, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

k-grey, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of sarahski
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

sarahski, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Steven21805, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of razordm
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Shiner beer, but I also do like and drink grapefruit juice as well. Despite that fact, I was a bit apprehensive about "beer and grapefruit" but it was quite good. The amount and flavor of grapefruit was just right; not overbearing but enough to tell (without knowing the name) what fruit was included. Will definitely buy this again.

razordm, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of lesslikemath
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

lesslikemath, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Tenente
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Tenente, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

jryanj927, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

bobtheseventh, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of titusgroan
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I... Like... this... beer! and i did NOT think i would! GO SHINER!!! I love SB and the black and some of the others but when my wife brought this home i was beyond skeptical - flash back to smokearse... i mean smokehaus... but it was a sorta hot day... i was ready for cold beer so... and the cute little label was so inviting. so i poured one in a cold glass - no much head, some bubbles nice gold color. but the smell was quite nice - i walked outside... the grapefruit and ginger were there and the hops too... somewhere back there... i walked out in the yard... the wind blew the trees around... kids where yelling... my neighbor was mowing. i downed a redbird and got another - and another... next day we had some friends over. we chilled out back and knocked back some redbirds... it was a good day... its gonna be a nice long summer... thanks shiner. its about DAMN time... this beer is unique- the grapefruit and ginger are up front but not overpowering - very tart and almost dry but very refreshing when its hot and humid... best ice cold. it is not sweet at all - i hate sweet beer but this is not sweet at all. i love to slosh it around in the glass it bubbles up and goes crazy - also lets that grapefruit smell out...

have not tried with food yet - i bet it would be great with pho!

i love ipa etc but this is something different and i'm so glad shiner did it. totally makes up for the smokehaus! i knew you had it in you shiner - now keep it up - GO CRAZY!!!

titusgroan, May 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Rkeller93, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Danielbt, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

rw1992, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.23/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love grapefruit and it's my favorite out of all of the various citrus fruits. It would have been nice if the grapefruit flavor was more prominent. I definitely smell grapefruit but I get more ginger flavor than anything else. It's not necessarily a bad thing either. Overall, very refreshing to drink and not too sweet either.

iheartmyTHO, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of victorylow
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%

victorylow, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A very light amber. Pours with a very tiny head that dissipates instantly.

Smell: Frankly, it's bizarre. Not in a bad way, but definitely not a conventional beer whatsoever. The ginger and the grapefruit hit you in the nose right away, and that's all I'm getting out of it.

Taste: Again, bizarre, but in the best of ways. Has a very crisp, gingery bite, which mellows quickly. Finishes with a slight tanginess, and a bit of bitterness at the rear of the palate from the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light. Moderately carbonated. Extremely drinkable.

Overall: This ain't your normal glass of beer. It's pretty out there, and definitely the most adventurous Shiner brew that I've ever had. It's nice to have a citrusy beer that doesn't taste like chemicals and failure (Bud Light Lime, anyone?) The bottle brags that it's the "Perfect Summer Beer", and it might be right. I think it would also pair pretty well with asian or asian fusion dishes. It would be especially good with sushi. I'm sure a lot of BeerAdvocate users are going to give this beer poor reviews ("WHY DOES IT NOT REEK OF HOPS?!?!?", they'll scream), because they seem to love rating beers without regard for their intended drinking context. But if you're looking for an unpretentious, unusual session beer - give this a shot.

BrandonWardlaw, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of lwootton
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Arnolds Pint Glass.

Appearance: Dark golden with a straw colored head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Dominated by ginger, very much like ginger ale soda with earthy malt tones underneath.

Taste: A moderate ginger taste supplemented by the characteristic Shiner earthy malt taste, with a tart aftertaste added by the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, not particularly distinctive.

Overall: This would be a great session beer for me. I love the taste, it's refreshing, and it's crisp. It would be nice if it had a bit more complexity but overall I enjoyed it very much.

lwootton, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a DFH pint glass

Pours a light golden color with a very minor head. It has a very pronounced sweet and fruity nose. Very pleasant. The taste is best described as refreshing. Extremely easy to drink. Medium carbonation and a light feel make the drinkability extremely high.

Overall a solid, enjoyable summer beer. Probably my go to beer for the summer. If you dont like this beer, then you dont like summer!

Axnjxn, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of TownDunkel
4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner makes a great product, I may be biased due to it being the beer of Texas.

Appearance - The grapefruit makes the usual shiner look a reddish brown. It matches the taste and expectations well

Smell - It has a decent smell of the usual shiner but I didn't pick up any citrus. If it would have just a little bit more scent to it I would have been very satisfied

Taste - Now this is a summer beer! It is a great lambric style with a shiner front along with the beautiful sour/sweet grapefruit. I never would have thought it would be good mix, but it works well.

Mouthfeel - Superb mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation with citrus.

Overall - This is my summer beer. I usually do the Shiner 102 or hefeweizen but I have a new daily drinker

TownDunkel, May 21, 2012
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.