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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 133 | 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  rDev -5.7%

Localdrinklax, May 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

JMBSH, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of shand
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Well, if nothing else this is sure to be interesting. This one pours out an orange-gold color with a tiny head, no lace. Smells a touch like sugar-sweet ginger ale, with just a touch of maltiness. The taste is a lot like ginger ale, with some sweet red grapefruit on the back. The taste is nice, the ginger and grapefruit are really up front, with just a little bit of nutty malt on the very backend. A very drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. This is a pretty solid summer brew that's quite unique.

shand, May 31, 2011
Photo of facundoCNB
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy amber pour with a giant release sound of carbonation when twisting off, yet no visible head. smells of bread, lemongrass, grapefruit. a tart funky grapefruit taste with a slightly bitter finish. hints of bread, and grass.

the mouthfeel is perfect for a summer beer. seltzer-like carbonation, light body.

overall, this is nice for a one-off. i don't think i'd ever get a 6-pk of this (though i did last year but only drank half), even though it's probably the most refreshing beer i've ever had. could use a bit more definition in the appearance, and the smell/taste may be fine where it is. it's pretty subtle for a grapefruit beer (expected it to be IN YOUR FACE)

facundoCNB, May 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

LJWalker, Aug 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

random846, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

rderedin, Nov 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

apasternak, Sep 22, 2013
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1/5  rDev -68.6%

bbadger, Nov 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bcsbeer, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The label lists the abv at 4.01% and it also gives a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: The body is very clear and light to medium amber in color. It head is off white and quick fading despite a very active carbonation flowing up though the beer. After the first sip the head has completely disappeared and subsequently there is no lacing to speak of.

Smell: The aroma is light overall. I get some dry spicy gingerbread notes standing out over light grainy maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor starts with a light grainy base malt with notes of ginger and mild white peppercorn. Very mild notes of tart grapefruit like citrus move in and lead into the dry snappy finnish. Hop favor seems very subdued but very complimentary to the Ruby Red grapefruit juice and it definitely adds to the dryness. The palate feels light and quite lively.

generallee, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

A great session or nightcap beer. Really light and refreshing.

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

leprechaunandfatman, May 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

PhatAtUT, Dec 11, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Beerlover, Apr 22, 2014
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

Danobold, Feb 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

jaswilson2, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Gotti311, Aug 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

rorjets, Jun 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

BeerOps, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of bump8628
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.

bump8628, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
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.

grittybrews, Jun 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Brams17, Sep 19, 2014
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.