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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 113 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

lesslikemath, Mar 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

axpetree, Jun 15, 2014
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3.16/5  rDev -0.6%

skdavidson70, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of kyleelton
1.18/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Out of a bottle into a pint glass.

I've been on BA for awhile and never written a review, but this time I just couldn't stay silent. I knew this would either be awesome or wretched:

As soon as I poured the glass I knew I was in for trouble. The color was okay, but the head and clarity was very seltzery and the light foam dissipated quickly.

I put the glass to my nose and was hit by a fruity, citrus smell that reminded me of a bad Grocery store Sprite knock-off.

My wife, who usually likes fruitier beers, summed it up fairly well. It tastes like watered down Sprite. You know how after ice has melted and you water down the carbonation as well as the flavor.

Too much carbonation and very watery, despite a very prominent nasty grapefruit aftertaste. I like grapefruit, but this tastes like chemical, over-produced, from concentrate type. Think of Orange Juice vs. Orange Drink.

Overall Impression:
When I last visited Sea World several years back (before I really knew much about beer besides that I did not like BMCs) I went to their Anheuser-Busch beer school and learned that beer is made of barley, water *rice? and hops. I'm a little shocked they still use hops. But that's another story. After the beer school they gave us free samples. They were trying out beer infused with fruit (this was before the BL Lime and Miller Chill crap) and they literally poured a Mich Ultra and mixed it with cherry (or whatever) syrup. It was God-awful. My point is that this beer is the closest thing I've tasted to that, since. It should be noted I've never tried BL lime. I was hoping for a light, slightly fruity nod to the IPA bitterness that can taste grapfruity. As a Texas beer drinker I'm also always in Shiner's corner, morally speaking. But this beer was so bad. So bad.

kyleelton, Apr 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

dustyonbass, Jul 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +57.2%

AndAShotAJameson, Dec 21, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Jach, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

MedicJTD, Jun 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

RossR, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of OverToad
1.1/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had high hopes for this beer. Shiner makes some good beer so I thought what a great idea. Boy was I wrong.

The beer looks nice as you pour it but that's where it stops.

Taste is just horrible. All I taste Is strong ginger ale and no grapefruit.

Mouthful reminds me of the fountain drInks that run out of syrup.

This has to be the worst beer I have ever had and I've had some bad ones.

OverToad, Jun 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

JoostFricke, Sep 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

ntorch, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

MitchellMank92, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +57.2%

Dub12588, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of AdvocateFan
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light, just a few steps off from being refreshing/thirst-quenching. Grapefruit is prominent, but not as satisfying as I'd hoped for. Ginger kicks a bit of spice. No alcohol flavor detected. Notes of lemon zest/rind. Spritzy (very highly carbonated.)

Best way to sum this up is "Zima reincarnated." Not kidding. Maybe a touch of Tequiza too... Definitely alcopoppy.

I applaud the brewery's continued efforts to add more beers to their line up. Shiner is a trusted TX brand and these excursions help turn people on to drinking better beer and to not fear exploration. But this one I will not be purchasing again. Can't win 'em all!

AdvocateFan, May 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

kbaer77, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

NickyBox, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

GreyPilgrim, Jul 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

johndavidfitzgerald, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of oreo
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this bottle for free today from my beer guy.

Drank straight from the bottle, but poured a bit out to see the color and head.

Poured a nice amber with a short bright white head. Gone within seconds.

Smells pretty neat, lots of grapefruit and ginger. More fruit and citrus than ginger which is good.

Tastes pretty damn good. I can see how they call this the "perfect summer beer" Very light and refreshing. Easily drinkable on a hot summer day. Over the course of the beer, the ginger makes more of an appearance in the taste. Kinda kills all the wonderful grapefruit I had at the beginning.

Very light and crisp mouthfeel, as a summer beer should be.

Overall this is a good beer. Not great, but enough to keep me happy during ahot summer day. Well done shiner!

oreo, Apr 06, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Robo, Mar 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Hoptopher, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

NicoleL, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

moreyswig, May 26, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

Mario, May 15, 2012
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.