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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 122 | 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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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Brandy3423, Jul 20, 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
Photo of DuncanIdaho86
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.

DuncanIdaho86, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of thetinymite
1/5  rDev -68.6%

thetinymite, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of rspike240
3/5  rDev -5.7%

rspike240, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ducksare
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

ducksare, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of bobtheseventh
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

bobtheseventh, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Andrew999
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Andrew999, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of 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.

Anthogonist, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of MattandCari
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MattandCari, Feb 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

KempCollins, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Makea
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

Makea, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Hopglutten
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopglutten, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of madcowcutlery
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

madcowcutlery, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of going_todash
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

going_todash, May 02, 2012
Photo of 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.

DerbeerSlug, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of myfragglerocks
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

myfragglerocks, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of CDRSchafer
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Here in South Texas where today the heat index will be above 100 again, this is a great beer to have after sweating. It's relatively low alcohol (4.75%) so you can drink a few of them without getting too intoxicated. It is a very dry and tart beer so it is not for everyone. This has to be served very cold, I have not yet let it grow warm so I'm not sure what it would taste like but I doubt it would improve with a higher temperature. I eat grapefruit often so I love this beer.

CDRSchafer, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of drewy813
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.

drewy813, May 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Petela, Jun 11, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +32.1%

victorylow, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

CarGuy31, Jun 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RyanRiley, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

crownjul, Jul 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

arafferty76, Jul 06, 2012
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.