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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

908 Ratings
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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 96 | 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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MandaLeigh

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-12-2013 21:04:52 | More by MandaLeigh
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TejasMtnBiker

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-11-2014 20:04:05 | More by TejasMtnBiker
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alohaspicoli

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Sort of a hazy brownish gold color. No head or lacing.

S: Grapefruit, citrus.

T: Bitter but strangely nice and refreshing. Grapefruit is the most prominent w/some citrus.

M: Not much body or carbonation.

O: I'm kind of torn on how to wrap this up. When I break it apart into the above sections nothing really stands out as great, but overall I thought it worked in a weird way. Especially when this beer is served ice cold on a hot, humid, summer day (which was when I tried it). Sort of a polarizing beer, as opinions on it were divided right down the middle at the BBQ I had it at. But I'll definitely pick some up next summer to give it another shot.

10-14-2011 13:25:07 | More by alohaspicoli
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cmarshall0

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

03-29-2012 01:18:37 | More by cmarshall0
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ATMinBoulder


2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

12-08-2012 02:14:12 | More by ATMinBoulder
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kcc

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.4%

05-25-2014 04:27:56 | More by kcc
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ccbass22

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -53%

01-28-2012 01:57:04 | More by ccbass22
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Mattitude13

Florida

5/5  rDev +56.7%

08-14-2012 16:19:04 | More by Mattitude13
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Guzano

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-10-2014 17:55:51 | More by Guzano
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flydog151


3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

02-26-2014 04:14:18 | More by flydog151
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Krispogo


4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

07-23-2014 19:02:45 | More by Krispogo
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justinjj1280

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -19.1%

Pours an orange/amber, and the head dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is very strong on citrus, and the taste follows. It's grapefruit, but tastes more like lemon to me. The acidic citrus flavor and the ginger are just overpowering, and overshadow any other beer flavors that might be there.

This is a confusing beer. It is crisp and refreshing, but just tastes out of balance. If they tweaked the recipe a bit, they might be on to something. For summertime concept fruit beers, I'd go with 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon or Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. This is not a repeat buy for me, even though I give them credit for creativity.

06-29-2011 03:21:49 | More by justinjj1280
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RockinRich

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

05-17-2014 20:03:16 | More by RockinRich
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disconat

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

05-07-2014 05:14:30 | More by disconat
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Samuelindo01


4/5  rDev +25.4%

07-17-2014 12:52:58 | More by Samuelindo01
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TucsonTom

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

I wanted to like this beer, really I did.

I like Citra hops, and right there on the back label is says Citra, Cascade and Mt. Hood are used; all excellent. So, I'm thinking: "Ruby red grapefruit with Citra ... what a wonderful, tangy combination!" Then there's the 4% ABV, which is right up the alley I've been walking lately: beers with 5% ABV or less. And to cap it off, Shiner's stuff is often on sale for $4.99 a sixer.

But I should have gone to the Shiner website before my purchase. The Ruby Redbird webpage says nothing about the hops used, AND THE IBUS ARE ONLY 13. THIRTEEN?? What'd you do, Spoetzl, pass an open baggie of hops over the kettle like you do with Vermouth when making a super-dry martini? I found little hop presence, as a 13 IBU wound suggest. But why promote hops on the label when their contribution to smell and taste are hardly noticeable?

The color is actually very nice; looks like filtered apply juice. I did find the grapefruit and ginger in the smell and taste ... BUT NO DARN HOPS! It was also about as flat as apple juice; no carbonation to speak of.

The more I think of it, the more I think the mention of any hops at all on the back label is deceptive advertising. Either fix the beer with more hops, Spoetzl, or print up some new labels that promote this beer for what it really is: a grapefruit/ginger beer.

04-14-2014 00:22:46 | More by TucsonTom
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Moose44

Texas

3/5  rDev -6%

01-23-2012 14:17:27 | More by Moose44
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JerseyChris

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-08-2012 14:45:44 | More by JerseyChris
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Johnny2stixx


4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

09-10-2012 04:32:03 | More by Johnny2stixx
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jbaezner

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

10-11-2012 18:17:23 | More by jbaezner
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shiguy16

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-16-2013 15:03:43 | More by shiguy16
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.4%

04-22-2014 03:28:11 | More by veryseldon
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gata


4.75/5  rDev +48.9%

08-02-2012 01:57:30 | More by gata
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CCRaise

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

08-25-2012 16:56:18 | More by CCRaise
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California

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.