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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
okay

802 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 23.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 53 | 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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abex44

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-30-2013 02:57:21 | More by abex44
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DOCRW

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

02-22-2014 19:09:44 | More by DOCRW
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with hints of orange. Non-existent head. Nice pickled ginger aroma. Taste begins with a big blast of ginger, followed by a bit of grapefruit sweetness. After that is a little bready maltiness. Very clean, neutral finish. Not bitter at all despite the grapefruit flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall a pretty good beer, light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 23:48:35 | More by tronester
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Belittle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-29-2014 17:57:40 | More by Belittle
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Bartos

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-24-2014 00:37:58 | More by Bartos
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-20-2013 00:47:35 | More by hockeyfighter19
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I don't love the foam or the lacing. I like the carbonation. I absolutely love the color! It's glowing amber-red-pink, almost radiant, but not unnaturally so.

Smell: Sour/bitter grapefruit. Extremely refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I have to admit I really liked this. It's amazingly refreshing on a hot summer day in Chicago. It definitely tastes like grapefruit, but doesn't seem artificial (although I don't actually know if this is the case or not). To be fair, the grapefruit does make it fairly one dimensional.

Overall Drinkability: A fruit beer that actually tastes like beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:21:58 | More by tjsdomer2
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Zuidman

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

06-14-2013 20:32:37 | More by Zuidman
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

05-21-2014 13:04:44 | More by jaswilson2
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Greywulfken

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:02:57 | More by Greywulfken
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

Pours to a thin white head that falls to a tiny white ring that eventually fades and no lacing. Honey gold color. Aroma is ruby red grapefruit juice and ginger ale. Flavor is a burning acidic grapefruit and spicy ginger with not much else standing out. Mouthfeel is like ginger ale with a slight burning sensation and not like beer at all. Overall, what;'s the point? It's practically "alcopop" anyway. It was recommended by the store owner, but perhaps just to get rid of it?

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 20:44:39 | More by EagleTalon
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

10-21-2012 21:24:20 | More by NilocRellim
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djre4orm

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

05-16-2013 20:49:26 | More by djre4orm
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-16-2012 23:36:43 | More by carrollmel7
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deadliest

Texas

4/5  rDev +25.8%

05-14-2013 00:36:37 | More by deadliest
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gleemonger

California

2/5  rDev -37.1%

03-29-2012 18:03:46 | More by gleemonger
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gillagorilla

Maryland

2.41/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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).

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 03:38:28 | More by gillagorilla
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gshackles

New York

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-19-2013 00:58:12 | More by gshackles
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BKBassist

New York

2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Summer is a tough season for me with beers. Refreshment is generally not my main reason for drinking beer, flavor is. So summer seasonals, with a few exceptions, usually leave me wanting. Despite trying something different, Shiner Ruby Redbird is no exception.

Appearance was light golden blonde with the tiniest hint of amber/red. Little to no head retention.

Smell was heavy on the ginger with hints of citrus, more lemon than grapefruit. Also a bit of a must I usually associate with a macro lager.

Taste was that of a dry, slightly sweet ginger ale that someone had squeezed a lemon wedge in. There was very little hint that you were drinking a beer and not a slightly alcoholic ginger ale. Grapefruit was nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel was light and heavily carbonated with tiny bubbles.

Overall, while it tasted fine, it did not taste like beer. Shiner attempted to do something pretty interesting here, and while a crisp lager with notes of ginger and grapefruit still appeals to me, this unfortunately, is not that beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 00:15:34 | More by BKBassist
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark golden in color, clear, with only about half a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - the mix of grapefruit and ginger is very interesting in regard to the smell, but most of what comes off is the ginger. No hops or malts wildly evident.

Taste and Mouthfeel - right away there a taste of the ginger. In the middle it has a little bit more of a hoppy flavor, but with no bitterness or bite. In the finish and aftertaste you can taste the grapefruit, but it too is not bitter. Texture is pretty well balanced.

Overall - well, it's an interesting beer, but I can't say that I love the taste. It's not bad, it just tastes more like a ginger ale soda than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 03:30:10 | More by Nerudamann
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev +25.8%

12-26-2012 16:34:27 | More by tswater
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-14-2012 05:05:52 | More by ssjkyle
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braican

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

06-10-2012 21:19:24 | More by braican
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost exactly like ginger ale, fizzy carbonation that disappeared instantly. Slightly yellower than ginger ale, but otherwise looks like pop.

Ginger is the main thing I pick up in the nose.

Interesting. I think I could create this with 50% ginger ale, 30% water, and 20% macro lager. Not really picking up the grapefruit, I guess that's why people use hops instead of actual grapefruit. That said, the flavor is growing on me. Light and crisp. Ginger in the finish, though sort of a stale grassy note in there as well.

Very carbonated.

You know, this was interesting, and I'm still not convinced it's actually a beer, but if I were in Texas and it was like 120 degrees out, I bet it would go down easy. Maybe I'm feeling charitable, or I just like ginger ale, but as a mindless summer beer, this was all right.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 00:46:43 | More by Strix
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light tangerine color with a fizzy head that fizzles away like a soda. The remaining liquid looks like a deep colored ginger ale, complete with active carbonation.

Smells like ginger ale as well, with a sweet gingery aroma, with undertones of malt. I'm doing a double take at this point to make sure that this is, in fact, a beer and not a soda.

Taste is... odd. Like unsweetened ginger-ale, or ginger-flavored soda water. The carbonation is present in the taste, with a dry maltiness underlying the beer. Absolutely no bitterness exists whatsoever. This is almost more like a lightly flavored malted wine cooler, and not a beer.

Light bodied, heavily carbonated with CO2 and not yeast, this is not the most enjoyable mouthfeel I've ever had.

Can you say chick-beer? Give this a pass, unless slightly flavored soda water is your idea of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:56:19 | More by TheHoppiest
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.