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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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73
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841 Ratings
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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 70 | 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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moosemoose

Oklahoma

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

Bottle into pint glass

A: Golden orange. Very bubbly. One finger head dissipates within a minute.

S: Notes of juniper and lemongrass over grapefruit and small amounts of citrus.

T: A bit watery. Ginger. I can't taste the grapefruit as much as others, I suppose. Lemon with a hint of mint.

M: Very crisp and refreshing. Light body. Highly carbonated.

O: Drink one (or two) after mowing your lawn.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:52:19 | More by moosemoose
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Katerade


4/5  rDev +25.8%

05-16-2012 00:30:21 | More by Katerade
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Corredoranciana

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +57.2%

06-27-2012 17:34:11 | More by Corredoranciana
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Brewnah


4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To me this is one of the best summer seasonal beers. In my experience the summer seasonal beers can either be way too fruity or a bit lacking in body and flavor. I found this both refreshing and full of flavor.

As weird as grapefruit beer sounded it was just what my taste buds expected. The balance of citrus and bitter taste on my tongue was perfect. Top that off with a hint of ginger and they have me coming back for more. It is a shame that this one can only come once a year.

The color was what I expected from the shiner family. It had a slight hue of red or amber. The head was only 1/8 inch but that could be to to a poor pour on my part.

All in all my favorite summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:46:03 | More by Brewnah
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AHood

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11-29-2012 05:17:48 | More by AHood
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Gkvilla

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-10-2014 23:28:36 | More by Gkvilla
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lwootton

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Arnolds Pint Glass.

Appearance: Dark golden with a straw colored head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Dominated by ginger, very much like ginger ale soda with earthy malt tones underneath.

Taste: A moderate ginger taste supplemented by the characteristic Shiner earthy malt taste, with a tart aftertaste added by the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, not particularly distinctive.

Overall: This would be a great session beer for me. I love the taste, it's refreshing, and it's crisp. It would be nice if it had a bit more complexity but overall I enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 01:30:09 | More by lwootton
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DuncanIdaho86

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This new seasonal from shiner cut the heat like A lightsaber. Even though most any frosty cold beer will cool you down on a hot summers day, The Ruby Rerbird did it with style.

I poured right into the pint glass, and though I was expecting a deep, sanguine red ale (on account of the name), I was surprised to see a hazy, rustic yellow ale. Either way it smelled fantastic, biting at my senses with that ginger aroma. Whooo-eee! If anything, the ginger kick dominates the grapefruit addition - but its still there. The fruity notes are undeniably there on the palette.

Good mouth feel, if not a little fizzy right? Better try a second to be absolutely sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 17:01:22 | More by DuncanIdaho86
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thetinymite


1/5  rDev -68.6%

08-19-2012 16:01:46 | More by thetinymite
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wkarges

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-09-2014 17:03:35 | More by wkarges
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rspike240

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

07-21-2014 06:07:06 | More by rspike240
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ducksare

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-24-2014 14:56:57 | More by ducksare
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bobtheseventh


4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

06-10-2012 13:15:42 | More by bobtheseventh
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Andrew999


3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

01-07-2013 12:24:28 | More by Andrew999
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Anthogonist


2.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Im usually a huge fan of Shiner beer, however this one didn't settle too well with me. I had picked up this beer last summer thinking it might be a good one to quench the horrible Texas summer heat. Turns out I was wrong.

The beer has a nice red tint to it.

The smell is like a large piece of ginger, some grapefruit and a lemon got blended together and was stuck inside the bottle. It smells pretty good but can be a little overwhelming.

The taste is highly acidic for a beer (grapefruit causes this). It's pretty smooth but a bitter after taste.

Overall, id say this one isn't as enjoyable as I'd hoped it be. Nice try though Shiner.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 04:10:17 | More by Anthogonist
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MattandCari


3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-13-2013 06:14:56 | More by MattandCari
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KempCollins

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

06-17-2014 04:23:02 | More by KempCollins
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going_todash


3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-02-2012 06:20:17 | More by going_todash
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DerbeerSlug


2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me start off by saying that I'm not a big fan of grapefruit, but my wife is. So, my review of this has this as a starting point. To start off, it had a nice looking color in the glass but not much in the way of head. You can definitely smell the ginger and grapefruit. It's a very interesting conversation. The taste is an interesting mix of grapefruit, ginger, and beer. I can't say that I preferred the taste, but my wife loved it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 15:55:33 | More by DerbeerSlug
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myfragglerocks

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-06-2014 23:05:49 | More by myfragglerocks
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drewy813

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A: Apple juice color. Lots of fizzy head that dissipates in seconds. Less head then a soda. Bubbles of CO2 remind me of champagne.

S: Honestly, nice smell. Sweet ginger and then the bite of grapefruit. No 'beer' smell really.

T: Taste is nice too. Citrus taste with ginger hints. Slightly sweet. Not too sweet though.

M: Drinks like a sticky soda.

Drinkability is average. I could drink 2 maybe 3, but I wouldn't finish off the 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:18:25 | More by drewy813
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Petela

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

06-11-2013 22:27:55 | More by Petela
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Will_Shakesbeer

Maryland

3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-26-2014 22:12:08 | More by Will_Shakesbeer
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CarGuy31

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

06-27-2012 22:43:19 | More by CarGuy31
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RyanRiley

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-10-2012 14:15:08 | More by RyanRiley
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.