1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Ruby Red Prussia - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Ruby Red Prussia
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
80
good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hooliganlife on 08-22-2013

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by Schlafly33:
More User Reviews:
Photo of hooliganlife
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

pour is beautiful, really looks similar to ruby red grapefruit juice. the colors change through out. its hazy, nice white head.

light faint tart wheat, some light fruit

taste is where i lost it. starts out with a fake melted plastic that really lingers. not digging this at all. some light wheat and tartness aside from that.

light and easy but drinks more like a 4.5% than a 3.5%. nice moderate bite from carbonation.

4 hands is usually always hit but this was a bit of a miss for me. i had really high hopes but there was a plastic flavor i could not get around.

Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like champagne with a lovely golden color & a pinky of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Faint grapefruit notes & some lemon

T: Light graininess, a touch of lemon, grapefruit & subtle tartness up front. Tartness picks up a notch or two as this warms along with more lemon & a slight bit of soapy hops. Finishes tart with grapefruit & a bit of lemon

MF: Light bodied, beautiful carbonation

Nice summertime sipper, but needs more tartness & there is zero lactic flavor here, this is a little tame for my liking. Well worth a try

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot-pink color with a single finger of rich white head.

The aroma was quite light with grapefruit and hints of wheat cracker.

The taste was quite bitter. Almost a bile-like quality. To put it frankly, not what I was expecting at all.

Medium bodied and crisp with a bright carbonation.

As I said, this was not as expected. The bitterness overpowered everything taste-wise. I'm a huge fan of 4 Hands but I'm calling this one a rare miss for the brewery.

Photo of LambicPentameter
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with no discernible dating on the bottle or label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Aggressive pour barely coaxes a half finger of thin-looking head out of the bottle. Color is bone white and to it's credit, the meager head does stick around for a good few minutes before dissipating to nothing. No lacing to speak of. The body is a clear golden hue--clear to the point that I can see specific details of the things behind the glass. Faint stream of bubbles rises up from the bottom of the glass to help keep the head around for a few minutes. As I soon found out, this was the high point of the beer.

Smell - I don't expect a ton of robust aroma from this style, but I do expect a little more than the blandness you might expect from an AAL. If I try real hard, I can barely pick out some notes of tartness and maybe a tiny little hint of grapefruit. However, if I didn't know that grapefruit was part of this beer, I highly doubt that I would've been able to pick it out. Some faint wheaty aspect, like stale whole grain bread. Nothing really appealing about the smell at all that would make me return to this beer.

Taste - More of the same, with bland vague wheat being the only thing that is terribly detectible. Here the grapefruit is a little bit stronger, but it comes through more like the bitter notes you get on the aftertaste from drinking grapefruit juice, rather than the citric pungency that I love about the fruit itself. Some faint bitterness with nothing to really balance it makes for a pretty uninspired tasting beer. Not bad enough to drainpour, but at 3.5% ABV, there is just too much volume to consume to get anything resembling a buzz, and without any flavor, the buzz is the only possible benefit remaining.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and thin, with moderate to low carbonation. Honestly, I think grapefruit juice has more body than this.

Overall, just a really disappointing beer. I like the BW style and I like grapefruit--I figured this beer was made for me to enjoy, and the giant jewel-like picture of a juicy grapefruit on the label only increased my hopes even more. Sadly, the label is probably the high-point of this beer, which is disappointing, as I'd been on a run of several tasty beers from 4 Hands. Would drink again if handed to me, but would definitely not purchase again, even at the bargain $4 price I paid for this bottle.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.59/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Bottle opened on 12.20.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a smaller white head that fades slowly.

S - Nutty, tangerine, skunky.

T - Tangerine, vomit, garbage.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tottaly awful. Total garbage. Gross! Dumped this one ASAP!

Photo of Bluenose0988
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

much better beer than gets credit for

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours medium to very hazy in the glass and a somewhat pink to orange golden color in the body. Smaller head than on the base beer, with less retention and lacing. Still tons of carbonation rising in the glass.

S- Light hints of wheat and grassy notes are up front, but quickly move to more fruity notes. No tartness is detectable like in regular Prussia, but the grapefruit scent probably drowns it out. The fruit gives it a somewhat sweet overall smell and entices you to try a sip.

T- There's the tart flavor that was missing in the scent. Starts with a slightly more tart flavor than its plain sister, and moves immediately into a similar grassy flavor. No spicy flavors in this one, but juicy, somewhat sour fruit flavor comes through right after the tart flavors. Ends with a mix of tart and dry wheat flavors.

M- Less carbonated than the regular Prussia, but still relatively high. A slight bit heavier on the tongue too, but not much so. Easy to drink and quite refreshing.

Overall, this is a great new direction on an old style. I think lots of different fruits could be put in this style beer, and that 4 Hands (and others!) should try some more fruits in the future.

to view more.
Ruby Red Prussia from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.