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Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery

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74
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994 Ratings
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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 133 | 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%

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
Photo of Jo5hne
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Jo5hne, Nov 15, 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
Photo of Katerade
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Katerade, May 16, 2012
Photo of Corredoranciana
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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Gkvilla, Feb 10, 2014
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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
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1/5  rDev -68.6%

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

rspike240, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ThorsHammered
4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

I miss this seasonal beer, and I love the citrus flavor that is hinted at with the grapefruit.

ThorsHammered, Nov 02, 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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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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

bobtheseventh, Jun 10, 2012
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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
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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

Makea, Jul 30, 2014
Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.