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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
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800 Ratings
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 23.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 52 | 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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Boone757

Maryland

3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-04-2014 02:42:25 | More by Boone757
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, ginger, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with ginger and grapefruit flavors on the finish. However, when the beer warms up the flavors turn metallic and salty. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that smells like a solid ginger beer soda, but has a shift in flavors that make it hard to drink when it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 03:36:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tpaetow

Missouri

3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-02-2014 22:26:52 | More by tpaetow
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duckspeak

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-02-2014 20:17:12 | More by duckspeak
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

05-02-2014 20:02:12 | More by ridgeline23
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WhiteHillsStore

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall not a bad beer but wasn't one of my favorites. The appearance was light yellow with a nice head, sniffed and found an abundance of grapefruit in the nose. The taste was a little odd with a quick yet intense grapefruit flavor, but then it immediately was gone and overtaken by a sweet, almost molasses, flavor that tasted like breakfast sausage. Interesting but not the best I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 20:42:56 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-29-2014 20:27:21 | More by atrocity
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Belittle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-29-2014 17:57:40 | More by Belittle
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BeerDrnkr_HellRzr

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-29-2014 02:31:27 | More by BeerDrnkr_HellRzr
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TubaDan

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-28-2014 02:32:52 | More by TubaDan
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pep

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-27-2014 02:53:45 | More by pep
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-27-2014 00:39:07 | More by Roguer
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Boca-X

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-25-2014 21:34:02 | More by Boca-X
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ducksare

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-24-2014 14:56:57 | More by ducksare
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veryseldon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.8%

04-22-2014 03:28:11 | More by veryseldon
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Beerlover

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

04-22-2014 02:13:13 | More by Beerlover
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-21-2014 17:53:16 | More by Rhettroactive
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demosixt

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-21-2014 01:55:59 | More by demosixt
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Kerne

Florida

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-19-2014 18:15:05 | More by Kerne
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swaghawk

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-19-2014 00:09:52 | More by swaghawk
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Snow

New York

3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

You need to like Grapefruit to enjoy this beer
Its a bit sweet as well, all in all a good grab for a hot day

it pours light to medium gold with a grapefruit citrus hitting you in the face, the hops are lacking like others have commented. The key here is the grapefruit and effervescent quality. So if your looking for an enjoyable summer beer you have one

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 18:08:04 | More by Snow
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MitchKeller

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-17-2014 18:52:44 | More by MitchKeller
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OtisCampbell007

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-17-2014 01:17:34 | More by OtisCampbell007
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 4/14/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a amber in color with a pinkish hue that has about a 1-finger off-white head that settles down to just the top. Some spotty lacing was seen. The aroma is of some ginger and citrus with some hops. The taste actually has a lot going on with a good amount of ginger mixed with various hops and grapefruit coming through. Strange finish as it tasty a bit 'soapy' for some reason. Lots of carbonation as is noticed by the small streaming bubbles. Overall, it is different and isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:50:12 | More by BeerWithMike
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TucsonTom

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I wanted to like this beer, really I did.

I like Citra hops, and right there on the back label is says Citra, Cascade and Mt. Hood are used; all excellent. So, I'm thinking: "Ruby red grapefruit with Citra ... what a wonderful, tangy combination!" Then there's the 4% ABV, which is right up the alley I've been walking lately: beers with 5% ABV or less. And to cap it off, Shiner's stuff is often on sale for $4.99 a sixer.

But I should have gone to the Shiner website before my purchase. The Ruby Redbird webpage says nothing about the hops used, AND THE IBUS ARE ONLY 13. THIRTEEN?? What'd you do, Spoetzl, pass an open baggie of hops over the kettle like you do with Vermouth when making a super-dry martini? I found little hop presence, as a 13 IBU wound suggest. But why promote hops on the label when their contribution to smell and taste are hardly noticeable?

The color is actually very nice; looks like filtered apply juice. I did find the grapefruit and ginger in the smell and taste ... BUT NO DARN HOPS! It was also about as flat as apple juice; no carbonation to speak of.

The more I think of it, the more I think the mention of any hops at all on the back label is deceptive advertising. Either fix the beer with more hops, Spoetzl, or print up some new labels that promote this beer for what it really is: a grapefruit/ginger beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:22:46 | More by TucsonTom
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.