Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev +9.1%
A grapefruit and ginger beer.
Looks like a clear golden colored soda with fizzy carbonation to match. No head at all, thin body, as if it is trying to be a shandy. The problem with this is that the beer was *brewed* with the grapefruit juice, so that it can't technically be called a shandy. Judged as a beer, the texture and appearance are not good.
The first thing that hits on the nose is the strong ginger aroma, followed by minor chords of citrus peel (but distinctly NOT from hops) and than the bready malt underneath. Perhaps even the slight hint of cinnamon. Tastes dry and pleasingly spicy, puckers you up with grapefruit acidity in the middle of the sip but that element gets out of the way rather than building up cloyingly, so bonus points for that.
Behaves like a 50/50 blend of summer beer and ginger ale that somebody squeezed the essential oils of a piece of red grapefruit rind into. Does indeed fill the role of a summer thirst-quencher, but it is one of those strange brews that fall into the category of "barely even able to call it beer anymore."
The basic malt and yeast of a beer are often lost beneath ginger ale elements in this brew, which may or may not be a problem for you depending upon what you are seeking from your bottle. An excellent thirst-quencher with nice flavor? It has you covered. A craft beer? Umm...not exactly.
07-23-2011 02:21:15 | More by WastingFreetime
3.49/5 rDev +9.4%
Appearance - Pours clear and amber in color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is spotty with fair stick.
Smell - Moderate grain aroma. Light grapefruit.
Taste - Moderate notes of slightly toasted grain. Ginger and less discernible spices. Maybe some nutmeg? Grapefruit builds throughout the process, coming through in moderation near and into the finish. More sweet than bitter.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair to lively carbonation. Goes down easy before a crisp finish.
Overall - A fair summer brew. The grapefruit doesn't quite shine in the way one might expect from the labeling, but it's presence is certainly not amiss. I'd drink this again if offered, but I don't think I'd buy it again.
07-04-2013 20:28:01 | More by TheSixthRing
2.95/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured into a balloon glass.
Look: Clear copper. Off white head recedes to absolutely nothing, no lacing.
Aroma: Spicy grapefruit, ginger notes. Little in the way of any malts or hops.
Taste: Very spiced, almost tastes like some bad pumpkin ales I've had. More ginger than grapefruit, but the grapefruit adds nice citrus.
Mouthfeel: Bright, carbonated.
Overall: Refreshing, but more of a novelty. Drinks too carbonated, like a soda. Glad I only bought a single bottle.
06-23-2013 16:59:28 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.35/5 rDev +5%
Pours clear and the color of a dark apple cider with no head or lacing. Smells of citrus and ginger, very similar to Bud Light Lime, slightly artificial.
Taste-Light and refreshing, well balanced. The grapefruit gives is a sweet taste with a faint taste of giner lingering on the back end. Seems to have more of a malt presence than most other summer fruit beers. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.
Overall this beer serves it's purpose well. Very refreshing on a hot summer day or for grilling out.
10-27-2011 00:12:27 | More by Treyliff
2.98/5 rDev -6.6%
Clear amber with almost no head or lacing. Smell is grapefruit ginger and light malt.
Taste is lightly bitter with red grapefruit ginger and light bready malt. Grapefruit tastes more bitter than I expected. Maybe some grapefruit zest included?
Mouthfeel was light with low carbonation. No crispness or zing. Overall it tastes like a beer with a shot of pink grapefruit added. The ginger was in the background mostly with a bit of spice in the finish.
05-13-2014 07:04:35 | More by Spikester
2.41/5 rDev -24.5%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter
A: Orange copper color with no head or lacing. A lot of bubbles stuck to the side initially.
S: I just get malty citrus in the form of grapefruit, plus a a tinge of ginger.
T: Grapefruit flavored ale, period. Ugh. As I was eyeing it up, a person in the aisle grabbed a six pack and said that he loved it, so I figured that would be the last one in my mix six.
M: Smooth, with just a bit of carbonation.
O: This was a letdown. I'd recently had Harpoon's Big Squeeze, which is a shandy with grapefruit juice and I'd loved it. But this is billed as a fruit/vegetable beer, so I guess that is the big difference. Anyways, not a fan and didn't finish it (cooked with it instead).
05-17-2014 03:38:28 | More by gillagorilla
3.56/5 rDev +11.6%
Tasted On: 06-09-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger
Orange-amber in color, clear, with a small white head. The head fades quickly with low retention and really no lacing to speak of.
Aromas are of grapefruit, and ginger, giving it a smell akin to a ginger ale soda with some fruit additions.
The taste has a bit of tartness up front from the grapefruit, and then features a good amount of ginger - enough to notice, but not so much as to overwhelm like some ginger beers I've had. Tastes like a fruity ginger ale in many ways, but still has some beery characteristics.
The mouthfeel is prickly from the high carbonation, on a light body. Finishes with quite a bit of ginger aftertaste.
Overall an easy-drinking and refreshing hot weather beer, although it doesn't taste quite like a traditional beer.
06-09-2013 23:49:18 | More by sommersb
3/5 rDev -6%
A: pale to medium amber beer in a pint - very brief finger of off-white head left no trace and no lace
S: grapefruit - the fruit not the hop aroma - right up front - was interesting, but also conflicted with the malt and hop aromas
T: its beer with red grapefruit juice in it - take it for what you will - I served it ice cold, as suggested on the label, but I didn't notice any perceptible changes for the better or worse as it warmed
M: thin, crisp, light, sparkly
O: perhaps its just not my cup of tea, and I do enjoy grapefruit juice, and i obviously enjoy beer, but this marriage didn't appeal to me.
05-07-2013 22:02:57 | More by Greywulfken
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.