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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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73
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948 Ratings
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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 111 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

StoutHunter, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Clear medium amber in color, with a large, persistent and coarse off-white head. Streams of miniscule bubbles drift lazily to the surface. The lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Ginger and grapefruit rind dominate the aroma. Thankfully, the aroma is more spicy than sweet, avoiding disturbing comparisons to "malternatives". There is a moderate pale malt note as well.

Taste: Citrus and ginger flavors dominate from start to finish, but, thankfully, without any syrupy sweetness. Clean malt notes are present as well, but in a supporting role. The taste finishes with a mild, lingering grapefruit rind note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Its different, but not at all bad. Served very cold, it is actually quite refreshing on a hot Texas summer day. Cheers to Shiner for something out of the ordinary.

Presentation: Packaged n a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsenerr glass.

Pegasus, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Chugs13, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of jsh420
1.63/5  rDev -48.7%

pours clear bright copper gold with a 1/2 finger fizzy white head that left no lacing

smells like a fruity seven up with hints of ruby red grapefruit

taste is absolutely awful - it reminds me of a zima i drank in jr. high almost 20yrs ago

mouthfeel is thin - this is an over carbonated soda water they are passing off as beer

overall this might be the worst thing i have ever drank called beer - i got more beer flavor from bud select 55

jsh420, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev -5.7%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
Photo of armock
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to turfy for hooking this up in a trade.

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is mostly of ginger with some pale malt

T - Wow this is more like drinking ginger ale than a beer lots of ginger in the flavor and thats about it for me

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - While this isn't the first beer I'd grad its still a decent midday beer for a summer day if you like ginger ale then chances are you'll like this one

armock, May 30, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%

Shiner Ruby Redbird has a thick, white head that doesn’t last long and leaves behind no lacing. The appearance is clear old gold, with very few streaming bubbles. Aroma is of sharp, tart grapefruit zest and some sweet white bread, with a ginger background. Taste is of red grapefruit, citrus sweetness, a touch of ginger, and tap water. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Shiner Ruby Redbird finishes dry, refreshing, easy-drinking, and sweet. Overall, this is a good fruit beer.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Zach136, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JohnBender, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Jame515
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jame515, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: Firm pour gives me no head on an extremely clear amber glass.

Smell: Grapefruit rind with fresh ground ginger, pretty much what it says on the tin. There is some classic Shiner yeast and a bit of a soapy, candle scent, but all in all I like the core smell.

Taste: A small let down from the nose, much more of a soda taste, a ginger ale if you will. The ginger does leave a light heat behind, encouraging the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light body, fizzy carbonation, pretty dry finish.

Overall: Ok, I'm a bit of a fanboy for Shiner, but I could see picking up another 6er of this for a Summer sipper, and one I could see offering to guests. Walks a crazy line, but glad to see Shiner willing to take some risks.

HardTarget, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz, spring '13
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly pink, light orange color. Initially I got a thin layer of bright white. Then nothing. Carbonation but not head.

S: Ginger and fruit. Grainy grain.

T: Up front some spice. That ginger I assume. Sharp tart grapefruit. Clean dry finish.

M: Light bodied.

inlimbo77, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from the bottle a clear amber orange with a thin off-white head.

Aroma was primarily ginger with a hint of light fruit.

Like the aroma, ginger is the primary taste. I note a hint taste of grapefruit and light cracker.

Lighter bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

This was more of a ginger beer than anything. I wish the grapefruit had been more bold. Probably won't have again.

Monkeyknife, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%

Somewhat of an orange-ish tan color, clear, not a lot of head or lacing.

Aroma is pleasant, you can definitely smell the ginger. The grapefruit is less pronounced, but it's probably there in what I would describe as more of a citrusy note. There's a light background of malts as well.

The taste follows the smell pretty nicely. Plenty of ginger, especially on the finish. Citrus notes all the way. Malts are basic but ample. There's not a lot of hops.

Body is light and refreshing, and despite the lackluster appearance, it's amply carbonated.

It's a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. I wouldn't mind having a few of these while messing around in the shed in the back yard on a summer day.

AlCaponeJunior, May 01, 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 budgood1
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%

pours out a clear dark gold colour with athin fizzy head reducing to nothing in a heartbeat. fruity aroma...of course there is grapefruit, then a mix of malty sugar and other sweet, slightly tropical smells. flavour follows suit with fruity overtones of grapefruit and sweet malts. pretty dry in the finish and there is the slightest hint of some herbal and astringent hopping. crisp and clean mouthfeel with a bottomless body. i could pound the hell out of this on a hot day, like today.

overall...another shiner product that appeals to the least sophisticated of us...BUT...this has a certain appeal to those of us that enjoy and like marguiritas, etc. on hot days and in the sun. a summer quencher for sure that can be drank right out of the bottle with no regrets.

the label does say serve ice cold on a hot day...fair enough!!

budgood1, Jul 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

mikeincharleston, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

bigbeers84, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of soju6
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

soju6, Jul 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

NJBeer265, Jul 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

JohnnieNepal, Jun 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

GABrew, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Oakenator
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance is orange and brown in the glass. Soda pop carbonation that due palates hickory to nothing. Mouthfeel is also somewhat flat. Smell is not remarkable - smells like an ale with a hint of citrus. Grapefruit is present on the taste. It is upfront and provides a semi interesting twist to this beer. Probably it's best feature is the low ABV and sessionable nature. Best for a hot summer day served real cold.

Oakenator, Oct 13, 2012
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.