1881 - Ruhstaller
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3.34/5 rDev -11.4%
Appearance - Pours a relatively clear, orange rust color with an off-white, half finger head and sub-par retention.
Smell - Not getting much. Slight bread. Touch of citrus.
Taste - Malts are bready, lightly toasted, with a drop of caramel. Mild grapefruit pith comes on near and into the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to fair carbonation. Smooth. Goes down easy.
Overall - Not a particularly impressive red, especially considering the price. Shows good balance, but the flavors don't excite the palate quite like they should. Quaffable, but kind of boring. This is the first time I've seen this beer in cans. It came out fairly flat... maybe they've got some kinks to work out?
03-27-2013 06:15:30 | More by TheSixthRing
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured two fingers of tight, foamy head on a deep red colored body.
The aroma is a rich malt/barnyard smell. One-side but nice.
The taste is bold: lots of malt sweetness with a dose of lemon bitterness to balance it out. The maltiness still comes out ahead in the end.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
A big malty red ale, enjoyable.
04-10-2013 02:15:36 | More by Fatehunter
3.91/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured out of a beautifully simple 22 oz bottle purchased 1 hour ago. Never heard of Ruhstaller before, but the bottle stood out in the chiller because it is very simple and is draped by rustic-looking burlap. Great marketing. Also the bottle says "Sacramento", "Lake County", and "Farm to Pint", which also made me want to try it, being that it is pretty local and it seems like all the ingredients listed are also Cali-grown.
A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice 1" head of white foam that creates a nice barrier. Nice lacing of foam while I let it "settle".
S - Very faint smell of grains and grass. Very, very faint. I keep sniffing, trying to smell something, but maybe its just me.
T - Very refreshing. Very well-balanced malt and hops. This is what a true red ale should taste like (I am thinking this while drinking it). Slight piney bitterness at the finish. Flavors more apparent as it warms to room temp.
M - Moderate carbonation at first. Light to moderate body that goes down smooth. Great for a warm day in Cali.
O - The flavors are well balanced and not overdone. I am glad I made this random purchase today. I will seek out Ruhstaller brews in the future. A great representation of an American red ale, and the fact that they use 100% California products in their beer only makes me want to support them more.
P.S. - Ruhstaller - I want more of this stuff in the Bay!
06-09-2013 20:29:37 | More by beepill
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a two finger ivory head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of pineyhops and caramel malt, spicy. Flavor is subdued biscuit malt and light piney and grassy hops. Finishes with mild biscuit malt and grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess, nice mouth feel. A failry laid back red ale that somewhat mild in flavor, but very well balanced. Somewhat underwhelming at first, but the nice integration of the flavors makes this a pleasant sipping ale. Interesting burlap decorated bottles are classy.
11-24-2013 01:57:22 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev +6.1%
In the aroma, piney hops and toffee. Caramel-malty sweetness, perhaps like a Scottish Ale. Finishes off-dry and clean, with just a mild bitterness in finish. Well balanced, just like the Black IPA of theirs I tried. Very well done. Nothing else to say, but stupid Beeradvocate is making me write more....
05-13-2014 05:14:23 | More by jibbyvonjibb
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
I've had Ruhstaller 1881 on tap and in the 22 oz. bottles quite a few times, and have always enjoyed it.
A: Deep red in color, with a creamy ivory head. The head is tight and firm, and lasts the entire glass.
S: Light pine and grapefruit / citrus.
T: Mild sweetness with a well-balanced malt and hoppy finish.
M: Crisp, refreshing, and medium bodied.
Overall, and excellent session beer from this new Sacramento brewery.
04-05-2012 19:41:23 | More by Alevolution
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Was pleasantly surprised to see this at a local grocery store. Have heard good things about this brewery.
Pours a clear and bubbly dark amber color with a fine white head.
Aromas are nice. Notes of hard candies, sweet citrus, and a touch of pine resin.
Taste is a bit unique. Notes of hard candies, strong caramel flavors, but not overly sweet. Finish is very earthy and slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch thin.
Overall, a very nice amber ale, and a beer that is ultimately better than the sum of it's parts. I think with a bit more body this could be really good. Nice first beer from Ruhstaller, I'll be on the lookout for more of their offerings.
10-29-2012 03:09:20 | More by flexabull
3.54/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours a clear, dark copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of grass, hint of earthy malt, slight sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, slight sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, the grass and earthy notes dominate both aroma and body, but still a decent brew.
08-18-2013 02:53:10 | More by Tone
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
A - Pours a deep amber/copper with a one finger eggshell head.
S - A sweeter nose than I was expecting. Has biscuity malts, caramel, orange peel and a bit of citrus.
T - A good balance of malts and piney hops.
M - Light to medium bodied/carbonation.
O - Rather enjoyable.
11-03-2013 15:48:04 | More by cvm4
3.08/5 rDev -18.3%
1 pint 6 oz brown glass bottle with straw covered neck and standard pressure cap acquired at the Cap N Cork Junior Market in Los Feliz for $8.99 USD and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz. Reviewed live. This is me first beer from this brewery. Expectations are average. I like the straw neck; it's a nice rustic touch - even if it is a gimmick.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of fairly good cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Typical of the style; this is standard fare.
Sm: Toasted malt, floral hops, and malty sweetness. Very simple. An average strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T: Amber malts and accompanying sweetness, and floral hops. Some caramelized malt. Clean and pleasant, but incredibly simple. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I like it in a general sense. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Decent thickness. Fair palate presence. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Very pedestrian. Priced very highly for its mundane quality. $8.99 for this? I wouldn't get this again. I'm glad the bottles are distinctive because it will be easy to avoid buying more from this brewery in the future. An underwhelming beer in the style.
01-13-2013 04:38:59 | More by kojevergas
1881 from Ruhstaller
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.