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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
okay

949 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 949
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  rDev -5.7%

abex44, Jun 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

Basoos1, Friday at 07:50 PM
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

KeyWestGator, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
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.

Greywulfken, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

gshackles, Apr 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

braican, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange color with no head and lots of noticable carbonation.

S: Smells like malt and ginger.

T: A bready, honey malt background gives way to a ginger and grapefruit flavor. The flavors aren't strong and then disappear quickly.

M: highly carbonated.

O: Call me crazy, but for a summer seasonal beer, this is pretty good. But I do love ginger ale, so I may be biased here. It's light, refreshing, easy drinking, and not overbearing. A great summer session beer.

Kromes, Apr 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of tronester
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.

tronester, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of EagleTalon
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?

EagleTalon, Jun 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

BeerCon5, Aug 25, 2014
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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.

tjsdomer2, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

wonothesane42, Jul 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

carrollmel7, Jun 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

NilocRellim, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

StArnoldFan, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

djre4orm, May 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Schlafly33, May 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Cooker_stp, Aug 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Elicoleman, Sep 06, 2014
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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.

BKBassist, Jun 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

scottwurst, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Strix
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.

Strix, Jun 24, 2012
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.