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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
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856 Ratings
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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 73 | 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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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:21:42 | More by Oakenator
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -5.7%

08-15-2012 16:00:23 | More by LJWalker
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khargro2

Kentucky

1/5  rDev -68.6%

01-11-2012 20:57:43 | More by khargro2
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -5.7%

10-11-2012 04:05:50 | More by Chucker17
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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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brandon911

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

08-28-2012 02:12:27 | More by brandon911
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -5.7%

05-22-2012 02:30:25 | More by Localdrinklax
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greenspointexas

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

12-14-2013 22:09:25 | More by greenspointexas
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JMBSH

Colorado

2/5  rDev -37.1%

02-24-2013 19:45:24 | More by JMBSH
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-08-2013 01:14:18 | More by Kerrie
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PhatAtUT

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

12-11-2011 05:19:45 | More by PhatAtUT
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grittybrews

Washington

2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured the color of light apple cider into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head. Medicinal aroma of ginger ale and grapefruit.

Lowish carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. Ginger up front followed by light grain and grapefruit (but not the hoppy kind).

Love the flavor combination in theory, but this wasn't for me (the wife enjoyed it, though). Tasted like flat ginger ale and dish soap.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:03:50 | More by grittybrews
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campfirebrew

New York

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-03-2013 10:58:17 | More by campfirebrew
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.7%

07-27-2014 04:15:53 | More by NJBeer265
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Danobold

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

02-26-2012 22:54:58 | More by Danobold
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bump8628

Oklahoma

2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden with thin soda pop head that doesn't stick around or retain itself at all.

Sharp ginger with a cleanser type character is at the forefront. The grapefruit is faint and the Citra and Cascade hops are nonexistent. Malt does little other than provide a base for the spices and adjunct.

Another oddly spiced seasonal from Shiner. The ginger overwhelms, in fact it could be mistaken for a ginger ale soda, only not as good.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:43:58 | More by bump8628
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BeerOps

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

06-09-2012 21:45:06 | More by BeerOps
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-12-2013 19:04:44 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

06-27-2014 15:57:18 | More by rorjets
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was an interesting beer. Pours a pale, dingy yellow with a fizzy body, medium head, low retention and ok lacing.

The aroma is of pale malts, grapefruit, and ginger.

The taste follows with over the top ginger and grapefruit juice, pale bready malts underneath and a touch of caramel sweetness. Interesting, but tart and strange.

Thin, crisp and watery..a little overcarbonated.

Overall, interesting, not bad, wouldn't drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:55:40 | More by JayS2629
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pin

Australia

2/5  rDev -37.1%

05-22-2013 00:42:41 | More by pin
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-18-2014 05:05:08 | More by JTomczak
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RickS95

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Doesn't look like much, but it's not a total loss. Dark golden straw colored, think Bud only darker. There is the faintest of red mixed in. The head is white and you can hear the bubbles start to explode immediately. The head is thick, and gone, in no time.

I like the smell. Candy notes envelope the nose almost as soon as the cap is off the bottle. Has more of a cherry smell than anything.

Has a fruit-ish flavor to it, but not something I'd guess to be red grapefruit. It's clearly citrus of some sort, but it tastes like juice concentrate more than anything.

Little feel. Watered down. Slight carbonation. Tart. Almost a medicinal feel. Some heat on the throat in the swallow, but not sure where it comes from because it's not alcohol and it's not very hoppy (it's the ginger as it turns out).

Another swing and miss by the Shiner folks. Not something I'd want to drink again, even on a hot day as the bottle suggests. No character.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:04:09 | More by RickS95
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

05-15-2014 04:16:25 | More by CraigTravor
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -37.1%

01-24-2014 13:47:29 | More by Lehighace06
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.