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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 78 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-20-2012 20:53:57 | More by ChrisM361
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

03-11-2012 04:10:19 | More by shoeinc
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

11-23-2011 08:46:27 | More by blinx64
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

05-07-2014 05:14:30 | More by disconat
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

You need to like Grapefruit to enjoy this beer
Its a bit sweet as well, all in all a good grab for a hot day

it pours light to medium gold with a grapefruit citrus hitting you in the face, the hops are lacking like others have commented. The key here is the grapefruit and effervescent quality. So if your looking for an enjoyable summer beer you have one

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 18:08:04 | More by Snow
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-12-2014 18:55:11 | More by DallasRaider
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-22-2014 20:43:15 | More by AlmightyIrishman
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

04-04-2012 14:03:47 | More by MadBurgerMaker
Photo of jeffack

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale yellow-orange. Hardly any head.

As one other reviewer has said, this smelled like ginger ale.

It tasted like less-sweet ginger ale. Not much bitterness to speak of. I got the grapefruit flavor, but only because I was looking for it. As a grapefruit lover, I wish there had been more; it certainly could have helped balance the very-sweet flavor.

This is the first gingery-beer I've had, and I think I liked the idea of it more than the result; I'd rather it be a little more beer and less ginger-ale; mixing this 50-50 with a good wheat beer might result in a pretty good product.

Overall, it was a nice change and decent summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 22:40:05 | More by jeffack
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

12-20-2011 19:53:59 | More by TheChrisBallard
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-18-2012 04:16:56 | More by John_R_Strayer
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-30-2013 02:54:33 | More by craigpatt5
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-16-2014 20:37:22 | More by zombiecrue
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-09-2014 17:03:35 | More by wkarges
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

07-11-2014 20:04:05 | More by TejasMtnBiker
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I... Like... this... beer! and i did NOT think i would! GO SHINER!!! I love SB and the black and some of the others but when my wife brought this home i was beyond skeptical - flash back to smokearse... i mean smokehaus... but it was a sorta hot day... i was ready for cold beer so... and the cute little label was so inviting. so i poured one in a cold glass - no much head, some bubbles nice gold color. but the smell was quite nice - i walked outside... the grapefruit and ginger were there and the hops too... somewhere back there... i walked out in the yard... the wind blew the trees around... kids where yelling... my neighbor was mowing. i downed a redbird and got another - and another... next day we had some friends over. we chilled out back and knocked back some redbirds... it was a good day... its gonna be a nice long summer... thanks shiner. its about DAMN time... this beer is unique- the grapefruit and ginger are up front but not overpowering - very tart and almost dry but very refreshing when its hot and humid... best ice cold. it is not sweet at all - i hate sweet beer but this is not sweet at all. i love to slosh it around in the glass it bubbles up and goes crazy - also lets that grapefruit smell out...

have not tried with food yet - i bet it would be great with pho!

i love ipa etc but this is something different and i'm so glad shiner did it. totally makes up for the smokehaus! i knew you had it in you shiner - now keep it up - GO CRAZY!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 05:03:24 | More by titusgroan
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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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4/5  rDev +25.8%

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

5/5  rDev +57.2%

06-27-2012 17:34:11 | More by Corredoranciana
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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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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11-29-2012 05:17:48 | More by AHood
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-10-2014 23:28:36 | More by Gkvilla
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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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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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1/5  rDev -68.6%

08-19-2012 16:01:46 | More by thetinymite
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
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