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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 112 | 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:
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(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 03-17-2011)
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1/5  rDev -68.6%

butlermattj, Sep 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ChrisM361, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

shoeinc, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

blinx64, Nov 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

AlmightyIrishman, Jul 22, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +11.9%

Trichter2408, Aug 28, 2014
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

MadBurgerMaker, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of jeffack
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.

jeffack, Jul 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

TheChrisBallard, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of John_R_Strayer
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

John_R_Strayer, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

craigpatt5, Jul 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

zombiecrue, Jun 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Ortonius, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of titusgroan
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!!!

titusgroan, May 01, 2011
Photo of moosemoose
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.

moosemoose, Jun 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Katerade, May 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +57.2%

Corredoranciana, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of 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.

Brewnah, Aug 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

AHood, Nov 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +57.2%

Ro2124, Aug 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Gkvilla, Feb 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Brandy3423, Jul 20, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

Jdurbin1026, Jul 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Libre, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of lwootton
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.

lwootton, Apr 27, 2011
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.