1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

Not Rated.
Shiner Ruby RedbirdShiner Ruby Redbird

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

945 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 945
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 110 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 945 | Reviews: 211 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of vcoggins
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

vcoggins, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of dkw0063
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

brpendergast85, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of GreenEggsHam1
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

GreenEggsHam1, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of cmarshall0
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

cmarshall0, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Buster
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Buster, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

SonOfKyuss, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of JeffTheJuice
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of ReyG006
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

ReyG006, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

djrn2, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of HamdenHector
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

A: clear; bronze; less than 1 finger of white head that receded quickly to almost no sign of any carbonation;

S: muted; what was there was ginger, with a touch of grapefruit in the background;

T: like flat, watered down ginger ale; I really had to search for the grapefruit;

M: medium bodied; light carbonation;

O: not much positive to say; I expect a fruit beer to distinctly smell like the fruit it's brewed with - not the case here; also, even without real red grapefruit, it's so easy to impart grapefruit flavor in a beer with hops; finally, my bottle was poorly carbonated;

HamdenHector, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Beerlover, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of ChaosKittyXJ9
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

ChaosKittyXJ9, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

kylehay2004, May 18, 2013
Photo of sanitarium16
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

sanitarium16, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of tkdchampxi
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

tkdchampxi, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of scottwurst
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

scottwurst, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

BeerOps, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Leschber
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Leschber, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of magnusdave
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

magnusdave, May 05, 2013
Photo of bmwats
2.49/5  rDev -21.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Lots of rising effervescence. Pours a slight, bubbly head, which disappears quickly. No lacing.

S: Malt, grapefruit, and copious amounts of ginger.

T: Tastes like it smells. Bitter pecan shells, fruit pith, and raw ginger.

M: Light body, syrupy palate-coating feel. Bitter finish. Kind of washed out and shallow.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Dark amber, with rising effervescence that eventually taps out, very slight head, and no lacing. Grains with lots of ginger and some grapefruit. Bitter fruit and raw ginger. Overall, this is a serviceable quaff.

bmwats, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of mralphabet
2.48/5  rDev -22%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a golden color.... no head, no lacing... Not a good start... looks flat.. giving a 1.5 because it looks a little like beer.

S: I'm getting the grapefruit right up front.... little hint of ginger.

T: OK, the ginger and malt hit first.... when a wave of tart grapefruit hits you and it hits hard... Finish is pretty clean with a little tart after taste.. Not much else here.

M: Light to mid bodied with no carbonation. A little flat.

O: Strangely not a horrible beer... I'm thinking I got a bad beer here... The tartness of the grapefruit was a little different from most fruit beers I've had.

mralphabet, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of videofrog
2.48/5  rDev -22%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date on bottle.

A: Apple juice. 1/2 finger white head dissipated almost instantly. No carbonation bubbles rising.

S: Ginger and grapefruit. As advertised.

T: Grapefruit bitterness and tartness with a bit of the ginger there, too. Citrus hops are in the background.

M: Thin. Also lacking in carbonation.

O: Not on par with last two Shiner seasonals (Winter Warmer & Dortmunder). I worry that I may have gotten a bad bottle from an HEB make your own 6 pack. But no skunk or oxidation symptoms. I totally missed the Munich malt and the Mt. Hood & Cascade hops mentioned on the back label.

videofrog, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
2.45/5  rDev -23%

Pours a medium amber with a pinkish hue. Zero head upon pour, looks like a glass of fruit juice. The nose feature musty grainy notes paired with notes of wheat, vegetal notes reminiscent of squash, no real discernible grapefruit. The taste is a mess. It starts with tart citric grapefruit notes which are undercut by strong husky grain flavor. No hops to speak of, and no real balance between flavors. Mouthfeel is absent of appropriate carbonation... all I get is a bit of prickle sensation, but it seems out of place. Overall, not impressed. A grapefruit beer with citrus hops would be way more exciting than this, all we get here is an artificial tasting lackluster brew.

homebrew311, Oct 20, 2013
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.