Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery
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1.99/5 rDev -37.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
This sells pretty well at my store, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.
Pours darker than expected. Like a marzen, light copper/caramel. No head after a burst of bubbles.
Aroma is stale or rotten apple skins with some grapefruit rind thrown in there.
Flavors are worse. The grapefruit certainly isn't ruby red. Maybe green grapefruit skins and pulp. That rotten apple is still there in the background. Provides some sweetness, but the bitterness from citrus rinds is too much.
Too much rind and not enough grapefruit flavor. Although that would be unfavorable, too.
Serving type: can
08-13-2013 19:43:24 | More by Mebuzzard
1.98/5 rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1
Served in New Belgium globe glass
A: Pours clear pale amber with a fizzy head that fizzles out immediately. Very good effervescence.
S: Smells like I cracked open a Vernor's. Beyond the ginger ale, I find no additional aromas.
T: No beer in taste, either. Grapefruit peels to ginger ale then medium bitterness and something like stewed vegetables. Bone dry. Finish is thin and faded ginger and grapefruit bitterness.
M: Light body and bright carbonation. Fizzy and crisp mouthfeel.
O: After a couple of drinks of Ruby Redbird, I thought to myself, "Are Texans really drinking this shit?" Honestly, the smell of freshly grated is such a tease when you follow it up with this beer. Gimmicky, one-trick pony.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2011 01:54:50 | More by Wadsey
1.93/5 rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
I knew this beer would suck as soon as I heard Shiner had released it. Honestly, I don't wish to bash a Texan brewery but this beer is so God awful that bashing is deserved. Whoever thought it was a good idea to brew this beer needs to be tarred and feathered, at least. "The perfect summer beer," my ass!
Now, the Ruby Redbird doesn't look too too bad...if it was a ginger ale, because that's what it looks like. When a beer looks like a soda and sounds like it when you pour it out it's never a good sign. It has a sort of deep orange color, clear, and the head is overly bubbly. Wait, check that. It's fizzy and recedes quickly and completely. The head is gone before you know it.
How does it smell? It smells awful. I almost didn't drink it because it smelled so bad. Have you ever smelled bathroom cleaner? Well, this smells like grapefruit-smelling cleaner. It doesn't smell natural at all.
As my friend said, it tastes like the sweaty asshole of an illegal migrant worker. Now, I don't know how my friend knows what that tastes like, but if it's an accurate description of the Ruby Redbird then I'll be steering clear of sexual encounters with illegal migrant workers. Hell, I've worked with (possibly) illegal migrant workers and I bet everything I own they'd spit this beer out after tasting it, claiming it to be some evil gringo poison. And I would agree with them. But seriously, all tastes like a soda with grapefruit flavoring. Ginger adds shittiness to the end, not complexity.
It has a light...fizzy body. The carbonation is more like a soda than a beer, as I've emphasized already. I can't really tell if it's drinkable or not because it tastes so bad.
DON'T GET THIS BEER! If this was the last beer on Earth I'd refuse it. Thankfully I chose not to finish the whole thing.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2011 03:44:46 | More by BeardedRiker
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.