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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Ruby RedbirdShiner Ruby Redbird

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BA SCORE
73
okay

855 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 73 | 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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enusbaum

Texas

2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd heard mixed reviews of this beer from folks around town and needless to say the almost bi-polar reviews on here intrigued me. Like another reviewer before me, I've never actually written a review on BA for anything, but felt that I should chime in on this one.

A: Poured into a pint glass straight down the middle looking for a head to really release the aroma. About a 1/2 finger head was present for a few seconds before quickly dissipating. Has a nice amber color and visible carbonation.

S: Fresca. No joke. You get a nose full of citrus-y grapefruit which I think it just amped up by the ginger.

T: The first thing I noticed about this beer as it hit the tongue was the carbonation. Next you get a mouthful of grapefruit and citrus notes. Mild, mild hops are present but are just blown away by the grapefruit. Leaves a bitter citrus aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

M: Light and heavy carbonation. Like drinking a 7-Up or Fresca.

O: I'm not sure where I stand on this one. Compared to other "fruit beers" such as Dogfish Head Aprihop or Magic Hat #9, this is falls terribly short. I wouldn't put it in the same flavor category as a Lambic due to how watered down this would taste in comparison.

The closest comparison I can think of would be Miller 64 with a slice ruby red grapefruit added. Very drinkable, but worth it?

Opinions are mixed though. Some people really love it, and some like myself feel let down. All in all, I'd at least say give it a try and reach your own opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:38:35 | More by enusbaum
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light tangerine color with a fizzy head that fizzles away like a soda. The remaining liquid looks like a deep colored ginger ale, complete with active carbonation.

Smells like ginger ale as well, with a sweet gingery aroma, with undertones of malt. I'm doing a double take at this point to make sure that this is, in fact, a beer and not a soda.

Taste is... odd. Like unsweetened ginger-ale, or ginger-flavored soda water. The carbonation is present in the taste, with a dry maltiness underlying the beer. Absolutely no bitterness exists whatsoever. This is almost more like a lightly flavored malted wine cooler, and not a beer.

Light bodied, heavily carbonated with CO2 and not yeast, this is not the most enjoyable mouthfeel I've ever had.

Can you say chick-beer? Give this a pass, unless slightly flavored soda water is your idea of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:56:19 | More by TheHoppiest
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Klassicchris

Tennessee

2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strong smell of grapefruit and ginger. Called the perfect summer beer but I have had many that were better. I generally prefer dark beer and reds but this red didn't work. Taste was unpleasant and fruit overpowered the beer. Bad aftertaste. Prefer regular Shiner to this. Not for me and I like just about any beer..

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:26:26 | More by Klassicchris
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a lifeless deep gold bordering copper, no head or retention. Aroma of grated citrus peel and ginger, light malts. In the flavor, twangy ginger, yeast and sour citrus. Flaccid bitterness and bone dry. Over carbonated, too much grapefruit, not enough balance. Unless you love dry grapefruit juice, I'd select a different beer than this.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:52:39 | More by Stinkypuss
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BenFS4505

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was recommended by a clerk in my favorite beer store when another customer asked about it. It sounded appealing because grapefruit and ginger are favorites and I'm open to trying fruit beers. I bought a six-pack to try and what a disappoinment. I like ginger a lot but the bitter ginger flavor in this overpowered all other flavors. I tried a small serving again with friends a few days later during a meal and it was slightly better with food. Others thought it would be good on a hot summer day but I can think of many other beers I'd rather drink as an afternoon cooler. I will defintely pass on this.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 00:51:28 | More by BenFS4505
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LordHammer

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my River Horse glass.

A: Light gold with the faintest hint of pink? Or is that my imagination? Head faded very quickly to nothing.

S: Some sweetness, but the nose is dominated by spice, strangely enough. Just a big ginger smell, maybe a bit of clove. Much more intriguing if this were soda.

T: Bit of sweet malt out front, then a total grapefruit/tart citrus bomb. The ginger is present at the end. Seems to get a little better with each sip, perhaps that's my palate being obliterated?

M: Thin, watery, and highly carbonated. Refreshing? I guess.

O: Hard to call this beer. The fruit and spice flavors are the huge majority of the flavor. I get that it is supposed to be refreshing, but I can't imagine enjoying this no matter how thirsty I was.

EDIT: Based on having a second one out of the bottle whilst hot and sweaty, I've adjusted the scores slightly. Not good, but a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:19:17 | More by LordHammer
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.13/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured this seriously nasty brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The brew (and I'm calling that because its not beer) was slightly red/pinkish and poured a really weak head. It smelled like coca cola believe it or not and was just about as carbonated tasting. The taste was fruity/sour yuk!. I love Shiner Bock but I'll never put another of these up to my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 17:47:51 | More by Minkybut
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droomyster

Virginia

2.1/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gets off to an unpromising start by topping its orangish golden body with a head as thin and short lived as soda fizz. Aromas are subdued to the point of barely existing. I get a whiff of something like sparkling mineral water, a hint a citrus, and light grains. The grapefruit is only slightly more prominent on the palate. Has flavors of light, nondescript grains, with a few drops of watery fruit punch, with nothing really popping or asserting its presence. I don't detect much in the way of ginger (which the label says it was brewed with). Easily my least favorite of the Shiner lineup.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:42:50 | More by droomyster
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dcevans

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

11-27-2011 07:36:55 | More by dcevans
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jaredseaman77

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

01-04-2012 17:18:19 | More by jaredseaman77
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Djenx

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

07-18-2012 20:14:41 | More by Djenx
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avisong

Virginia

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-06-2012 03:18:01 | More by avisong
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -37.1%

07-15-2013 18:29:26 | More by TheMrFarnham
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thagr81us

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks goes out to Mississipping and StayWhatYouAre2’s dad for sharing this one at a tasting recently! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to none extremely quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, ginger, and rice. The flavor was of sweet malt, ginger, wheat, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty bad brew. I was wondering why their dad was laughing as he brought this one out from the garage fridge to share. He even got more of a kick when I went to smell it. This was definitely not what I was looking for when I came to this tasting. The ginger on this one was what made it so bad in my opinion. While I usually like ginger, this one presented it in a way that I did not enjoy at all. Definitely would make a rather amusing prank on someone if you feel the urge, so keep that in mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 13:36:30 | More by thagr81us
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MadBurgerMaker

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

04-04-2012 14:03:47 | More by MadBurgerMaker
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pin

Australia

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-22-2013 00:42:41 | More by pin
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Drinking_Milkshakes


2/5  rDev -37.1%

03-10-2012 06:12:15 | More by Drinking_Milkshakes
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bundy462

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-17-2013 05:20:06 | More by bundy462
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baustard

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

02-11-2012 00:43:31 | More by baustard
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-26-2012 20:44:08 | More by ChaseTheAce
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phattman073

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

12-14-2011 14:45:19 | More by phattman073
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JLSIV

Georgia

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-18-2014 18:56:16 | More by JLSIV
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dustyonbass


2/5  rDev -37.1%

07-27-2012 06:31:13 | More by dustyonbass
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klmcmachen

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

01-03-2012 22:51:05 | More by klmcmachen
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AmandaSchaefer

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-18-2013 12:46:55 | More by AmandaSchaefer
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.