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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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73
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850 Ratings
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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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RandyWood


2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Amber/Gold, almost no head and what head is there dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S-Grapefruit/Ginger. It kinda reminds me of lemon lime Alka Seltzer.

T-Citrus/Ginger. Similar to Zima.

M-Dry with good carbonation.

O-If your are really hot and thirsty, you can pound these like water. Good beer for cutting grass. The fruity taste may appeal to women.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 01:02:51 | More by RandyWood
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suspect

New York

2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Big thanks to my friend Audrey who brought some up with her from the ATL.

A: Crystal clear pale golden. Aggressive pour has head foam up big and fast and disappear almost as quickly. Strong bubbles come up from the middle. No lacing to speak of.

S: Hmmm...the grapefruit and ginger are there but so is the smell of pale malt. It literally smells like a weak ginger ale. Interesting smell but I've definitely smelled better from fruit/vegetable beers.

T: Yeesh. Um. A weak mix of ginger and um...beer. Sorta. Man. This is a tough one to power through. Like a flat not-so-sweet ginger ale.

M: Light-bodied, highly carbonated, watery even. Leaves a weird stickiness that disappears quickly.

O: Thankfully this was a freebie. There are just so many good summer beers, I'm not sad that this one is available in a store near me. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:31:00 | More by suspect
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KYGunner

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess my impression of this was to be a Radler but a bit more beer, instead this never appealed to me. The color and appearance was thin and watery, as was the feel but it seemed to be more nothingness. The taste and nose are acrid and saccharine with an artificial grapefruit. The ginger is sour and earthy, very vegetative, with little malt. Not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 21:44:07 | More by KYGunner
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a cloudy red grapefruit juice color. Head fizzles off to nothing. Actually does look like fruit juice. Doesn't really lace.

S-Ginger ale. Grapefruit too (and not derived from hops) Just grapefruit doused in granulated sugar. The creepy spawn of a Schweppes and Schlitz.

T-Ginger ale with sugary grapefruit. Then an odd yeasty component. Flavors combat one another. The ginger ale is very off putting. Beer?

M-Light but sugary. Plenty of bubbles. Like a soft drink; not surprising.

O/D-Ale brewed with ginger and grapefruit? About $6.75 a six-pack? I guess I'll give her a shot. Bad idea. My girlfriend loved it because it tasted so much like ginger ale. I hated it for the same reason. And boy, when this beer warmed, it really became frightening.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:27:41 | More by VelvetExtract
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justinjj1280

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange/amber, and the head dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is very strong on citrus, and the taste follows. It's grapefruit, but tastes more like lemon to me. The acidic citrus flavor and the ginger are just overpowering, and overshadow any other beer flavors that might be there.

This is a confusing beer. It is crisp and refreshing, but just tastes out of balance. If they tweaked the recipe a bit, they might be on to something. For summertime concept fruit beers, I'd go with 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon or Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. This is not a repeat buy for me, even though I give them credit for creativity.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:21:49 | More by justinjj1280
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

Pours to a thin white head that falls to a tiny white ring that eventually fades and no lacing. Honey gold color. Aroma is ruby red grapefruit juice and ginger ale. Flavor is a burning acidic grapefruit and spicy ginger with not much else standing out. Mouthfeel is like ginger ale with a slight burning sensation and not like beer at all. Overall, what;'s the point? It's practically "alcopop" anyway. It was recommended by the store owner, but perhaps just to get rid of it?

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 20:44:39 | More by EagleTalon
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soju6

Missouri

2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear bright copper color with a small head that fades quickly to no lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus primarily grapefruit and ginger.

T: Taste of ginger and grapefruit with a hint of grain in the background. More of a tart than bitterness and a bit of lingering ginger.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Not bad for what it is. Goes best with hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 19:14:39 | More by soju6
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Anthogonist


2.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Im usually a huge fan of Shiner beer, however this one didn't settle too well with me. I had picked up this beer last summer thinking it might be a good one to quench the horrible Texas summer heat. Turns out I was wrong.

The beer has a nice red tint to it.

The smell is like a large piece of ginger, some grapefruit and a lemon got blended together and was stuck inside the bottle. It smells pretty good but can be a little overwhelming.

The taste is highly acidic for a beer (grapefruit causes this). It's pretty smooth but a bitter after taste.

Overall, id say this one isn't as enjoyable as I'd hoped it be. Nice try though Shiner.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 04:10:17 | More by Anthogonist
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raznug

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a clear golden color and is topped with no head at all, when I poured it the carbonation that appeared left quicker than I could get it to show up.
Smell: The beer smells rather clean with just a hint of malt and hop aromas.
Taste: The beer tastes exactly as it smells clean and simple just like a beer on a hot day should be.
Mouthfeel: Redbird is a rather thin bodied easy drinking beer that I would have liked a lot more if it had a better flavor profile. This is a rather disappointing beer out of Shiner, TX.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 11:01:17 | More by raznug
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KempCollins

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

06-17-2014 04:23:02 | More by KempCollins
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Jach

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

07-03-2014 00:12:28 | More by Jach
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prototypic

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

07-12-2014 04:20:35 | More by prototypic
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

05-08-2014 20:51:53 | More by HuntDaddy540
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DOCRW

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

02-22-2014 19:09:44 | More by DOCRW
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wilfonzo

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

07-05-2013 17:47:14 | More by wilfonzo
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Boski

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

05-14-2014 03:08:37 | More by Boski
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Hoptopher

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

08-24-2013 15:55:51 | More by Hoptopher
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buzzed

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

09-29-2012 15:59:24 | More by buzzed
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

03-26-2013 09:18:04 | More by bigbeers84
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

05-31-2013 20:05:30 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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Robo


2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

03-20-2012 20:40:50 | More by Robo
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tpgraham

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

03-16-2014 21:50:58 | More by tpgraham
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CMOrak

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

06-12-2014 03:35:34 | More by CMOrak
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Ballard

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

08-07-2013 23:31:49 | More by Ballard
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greenspointexas

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

12-14-2013 22:09:25 | More by greenspointexas
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.