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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 121 | 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:
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(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 03-17-2011)
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Will_Shakesbeer, Jun 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

ChrisFurlowLSU, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

k-grey, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
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.

KYGunner, Jun 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

kguard, Jun 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been rapidly tasting craft beers for a few years and this is by far my favorite summer ale.. Grapefruit is f*&%ing disgusting but I was completely blown away by this fantastic beer. Very crisp light enough to drink a ton of em on a full stomach AND plenty of flavor.. This beer is not sissy although it is light. Reminds me of water skiing, the beach, the pool and grilled food. GANGSTA!

0tattoosbydreadz0, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Antikythera
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting another shandy type offering but this is way more interesting.

a: nothing too special, thin head.

s: really, really gorgeous. Grapefruit and ginger on top of a mellow toasty smell.

t: not sweet. It's beer, not a cooler or a shandy. There's ginger but it doesn't taste like ginger ale, and there's grapefruit but it doesn't taste like a cocktail. No one particular flavour is really dominant, but it all blends really well.

m: fizzy and refreshing.

o: I bought one of these out of a singles bin and then went back for a twelve-pack. Really well done and more interesting than a lot of the other seasonals.

Antikythera, Jun 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Jackp_43, Jun 22, 2014
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2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- clear light copper tone color. Minimal head and little lacing. No carbonation either.

S- ginger, ginger, and more ginger. Almost like smelling ginger ale soda. I don't get any grapefruit at all.

F- umm...its like drinking ginger ale with some grapefruit juice thrown in for good measure. The malts are weak and give no definition to the beer.

M- crisp, smooth and light bodied. Ginger Ginger Ginger

O- its good if you like drinking ginger ale with alcohol. I wont be having another.

Dodo2step, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

David1938, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Jasoncolliver, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

JohnDee, Jun 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Stofko1992, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

jstevep00, Jun 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

corybills, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of cottonkoozie
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very small head that dissapated quickly. Otherwise has a very nice clear, reddish amber color. Carbonation level looks good.

S - mostly pick up the ginger, the grapefruit juice is also present. Otherwise just enough yeast/hops/malts to tell its a beer. Doesn't smell like beer but still smells pretty good.

T - it's not beer, but it's good. Reminds me very much of reeds ginger beer. The ginger is the most noticeable, with fruity undertones and a slight cereal grain flavor that let's you know it's still a beer.

M - not overly carbonated, good for what it is, less than a ginger ale which is good here.

O - this is something I picked up in a cheap make your own six pack at the grocery store just to give it a try. Honestly I thought it was just a summer seasonal from shiner and didn't see the grapefruit and ginger part of the label, and probably wouldn't have tried it if I had. I'm actually glad I did. Don't get me wrong, by my standards this isn't beer, which makes rating it here kind of difficult, but I gave it a decent rating because whatever it is, it's pretty good. I mentioned reeds ginger beer, which I really like, and this really reminds me of it. Very refreshing after a hot day. I would probably buy this again if I was in the mood for something a little different.

cottonkoozie, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

amalahow, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

hypnotoad1, Jun 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

georgiaboy8686, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

BradShook, Jun 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tweezer159, Jun 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DuffDaddy, Jun 17, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

ValpoExpo, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

oskinker, Jun 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

KempCollins, Jun 17, 2014
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.