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Redbridge - Anheuser-Busch

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369 Ratings

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rich, hearty and full-bodied gluten-free lager brewed from sorghum. Redbridge has a distinctively fruity hop aroma, a sweet toasted grain flavor and a well-balanced, moderately
hopped finish.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-10-2006)
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Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light toasted malt hue of amber caramel tones, head is slightly off white forms thick after a heavy pour large bubbles fizzy pour going on. Aroma has a faint sweetness with a touch of cascade hops going on mild citrus flow going on. Flavor actually isn't too bad a touch of candy caramel sweetness some rock candi sugar like notes as well but never cloying. Really plays well without any grains actual hop flavor I'm impressed not as bad as I was expecting and more affordable than the Green's line up. If I had celiac this beer would definitely do the trick if nothing else was a possibility on it's own I would drink this over Bud any day. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body definitely has a sturdy level of carbonation but it's not over done this is a well engineered beer. Drinkability overall, let me reiterate not bad enjoyable definitely better than a Budweiser, go for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 19:04:42 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of gpogo


3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Clear dark golden, sort of looks like a very watered down coke. Moderate sized off-white head that looks a lot like what would come from pouring a cider. Dissipates into a ring which surprises me for a beer made of sorghum.

A- Smells sweet and slightly fruity

T- Sweet taste. Has a weird undertone/aftertaste that is almost like maple syrup, this is undoubtedly the sorghum syrup.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- Not something I'd drink often. Even if I could not tolerate gluten I'd probably choose a dry cider over this. Though this is probably one of the better things coming from AB and I'd recommend checking it out if you have issues with gluten.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 21:41:24 | More by gpogo
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a reddish, amber body with a small, white head with poor retention and no lacing of note.

S: Smells sweet with almost some hints of crab apples in some undertones. Smelled a little bit like apple juice.

T: A fairly sweet taste with an awkward bitter aftertaste that did not compliment the beer nicely. The aftertaste was kind of rooty; reminded me of a birch beer.

M: Seemed slightly overcarbonated and a little watery. Nothing to impressive.

D: OK drinkability, but nothing to write home about. The taste was decent, but the mouthfeel was average at best. Worth a try if you want to, but nothing I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 03:41:08 | More by maddogruss
Photo of KarlHungus


2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear light red color. The head is one inch in height, fluffy, and recedes slowly into a quarter inch cap of lacing. The aroma is of bread and corn, and is very faint. The taste has a candy sweetness that vanishes quickly into nothing. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but is fuller bodied than other macros. Overall, this beer is palatable. I could drink this again, and would rather have it than almost all of the other AB offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 23:05:56 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer made from Sorghum for the barley impaired (Ciliac).

A: Pours a nice light clear amber/orange color.

S: Faint herbal aroma.

T: Some what grassy hop flavor and texture. Some herbal and grassiness with some citrus. Some fruitiness, cherries, and some spiciness in the finish. Decent malt palate considering how difficult it is to brew with sorghum.

M: somewhat thin and flavor ends quickly and rather cleanly. Definitely a different feel and texture then traditional wheat/barley beers but not as bad as many others have portrayed.

D: A good alternative for those who suffer from celiac though would not satisfy the big hearty beer enthusiasts (stout, porter, ipas). A malty textured ale at best but deserves some props even if it is AB.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 13:18:48 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of SaltyLime


2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - dark amber with a slight reddish tint, lots of visible carbonation bubbling but no head

Smell - almost busted a blood vessel taking deep whiffs, but got nothing

Taste - bland except for a bitterness that was abnormal, was reminescent of hops but lacked the pleasantness

Mouthfeel - medium body, plenty of carbonation

Drinkability - I didn't care for it, pretty much water with a bit of bitterness to it...try it just to say you tried a sorghum beer, but don't get a sixer

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 11:53:22 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of Portertime


2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have never had a wheat and barley free beer so I decided to try it out for shits and giggles. Had it chilled in a pint glass. Poured a lucid yellow color that turns orange in the light and virtually no head. Smell is of lights hops and a slight sweetness, the sorghum? Taste is a little musky hoppy with some slight sweetness and a crisp fimish. I guess it would be ideal for anyone allergic to gluten. Poor bastards!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 01:24:59 | More by Portertime
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up more as a novelty then anything else the last time I ran through total wine. I had seen this on shelves for a couple years, but had never gotten around to trying it, so I decided to give it a shot last night and see what it was about. I served the 12o bottle straight out of the fridge and poured it into a Pint glass. The pour was decent, with a bright, honey colored amber with amazing clarity and lots of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A good sized two finger head of white froth jumped up right after the pour, however it settled down rather quickly and I did not see much of it after that. Really did not leave behind much of anything.

The aroma was non existent, almost a touch ginger if you really looked for it, but mostly just dull grain and wheat and a touch of rice. Nothing really much going on here, the flavor was more of the same. Unfortunately it was just dull and boring, and that was quite a shame. Hints of rice and cereal grains, and a sickly sweet ginger soda like flavor were all that I could really make it from this one. A good bit of carbonation in it and as for a beer you could chug down in quantity, in that regards it was not half bad.

Overall this was a good alternative for people that cannot drink for dietary reasons, however for me, it was not a good alternative and I do not think I will be heading in this direction again. It was just too bland for me, nothing really going on with it. Could be worse though, and still better then ,most of the macro stuff you see.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 14:23:50 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet and tangy nose, with creamy/vanilla aromas.

Golden light honey hue, good clarity, nice bubbly head with poor retention.

Bit of sweetness is quickly overcome with bitterness and metallic flavor. There's a little of that tangy citric tart flavor, and then a lot more metal. A few more sips and the metal subsides and it turns very dry on me. Maple syrup notes, especially in the finish. Body is medium to medium-thick and pretty smooth.

Well, it's okay - not that bad, not that good. If I was stuck to a gluten-free lifestyle, I'm sure I'd enjoy it and be thankful that it is so widely distributed.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 03:32:32 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of HardcoreKeith


2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams glass.

Nice golden color. Hardly any head, what's there quickly disappears. Smells faintly of a little noble hop. The taste is grassy, carbonic, astringent. The astringency carries through to the aftertaste. The taste is bitter or acidic, in an unrefined sort of way. If I squint the right way or chug it without thought to the flavor it almost tastes like beer. Let it linger in your mouth for a moment, though, and you'll catch the full range of grass.

As it warms slightly, the biting carbonation reduces a little and it becomes more palatable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 04:10:55 | More by HardcoreKeith
Photo of nniicckkww


2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this served at the busch gardens "beer school" in williamsburg, virginia. i had never had a sorghum beer, so i thought i'd try it.

rusty appearance with minimal head that disappeared after a few seconds. not much of a smell.
mouth feel was slick. not a bad beer. slightly sweet aftertaste. perhaps from the use of sorghum. fairly light in body and taste but more flavor than say, a bud or bud light.
i was moderately surprised. with no other beers to compare it to (that i've sampled), i'd say good job. my go to beer if i could not have gluten.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 20:49:08 | More by nniicckkww
Photo of jackorain


3.05/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Amber/light brown in color. Nice head of beige that stayed around a while and left a nice tall colloar that reached up to a decent lacing.

S-Decent lager smelj, almost oktoberfest like with nice biscuit and caramel malt backed by an earthy hop note.

T-Suprinsingly good with a nice caramel and biscuit malt and slight earthy and spicy hops. Finishes a little sweet.

M-medium body with an appropriate carbonation.

D-Really not that bad, I could drink a couple these. It is certainly better that bud, bud light, mich, etc.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 22:11:30 | More by jackorain
Photo of AgingWarrior


3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received a bottle as a birthday gift. I'd never heard of a sorghum based beer, thought it sounded interesting.

Poured a very light reddish amber color with a decent amount of off white head and some lacing.

The smell is of malt and sorghum, somewhat sweet, but not overpowering.

The taste is different... a little hoppy at the beginning with a decent finish, but a sweet taste.

Mouth feel is thin with a little bit of carbonation.

Drinkability is average. Not a bad drink, but not one I'd go out and purchase.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 23:20:39 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of MTNboy


2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A Copperish bronze slightly yellowish. There is not much lace and has a little head.

Smell: Smells of cheap hops but at the same time sweet.

Taste: Sweet candy taste really fruity but hard to describe. The aftertaste is kind of flat. It is kind of like Turkish Delight.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Drinkability: Not as bad as I heard but I don't plan on buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 06:55:28 | More by MTNboy
Photo of manleyphoto


2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For me, a life without beer would be a tribulation worthy of a Dante canto, but for more than 3 million Americans that is a very real prospect. According to research done by the University of Chicago, on average 1 out of every 133 people is afflicted with Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which affects the small intestine after the consumption of the protein found mainly in cereal grain, such as barley, wheat, rye, and oats. Lamentably some of the very same ingredients used to make beer.

There is hope however. Recently a number of brewers have started producing a gluten-free, or gluten-minimal alternative to traditional beer. These brewers are using flour from the gluten-free sorghum plant instead of the typical cereal grains used for centuries in brewing.

In December 2006 brewing giant Anheuser-Busch released Redbridge, their entrant into the gluten-free arena. Since its release, Redbridge has enjoyed the saturating distribution of many other A-B products and is now available at most grocery stores, and other beer retailers.
Since this is my first foray into gluten-free beers, I don't have much to compare it with, but this is actually better than I thought it would be.

The beer is a nice bright amber color, with a sparking head and a sweet malty smell. the taste is, well, unusual. Redbridge has a light body and a sweet kick. The yeast adds an almost Belgian-style spice flavor, and there is a slick aromatic kick of hops right at the finish. The thing that is a little unnerving, is the vaguely sour, green-apple flavor that tips into the aftertaste. That takes some getting used to. I don't hate this, in fact, I probably like it better than Anheuser-Busch's powerhouse, Budweiser, but really that's not saying much.

A man can not live on gluten alone, but I probably won't actively seek this one out again. For those with Celiac Disease, or others with a gluten-free diet that couldn't normally partake in a beer this is a nice alternative.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 17:40:56 | More by manleyphoto
Photo of JDV


1.25/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is not an amber or red lager...This is an awful foul tasting specialty grain sorghum beer. Poured clear copper with little head that disappeared fast. Very little smell and what little there was, smelled of a kind of non alcoholic beer type maltiness. (Think Kaliber) Wow, taste is bland, and an immediate watery finish. This has no redeeming qualities other than not being made with barley, I guess, if you're allergic. Avoid like the plague.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:39:22 | More by JDV
Photo of armock

New York

3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a light amber color with an off white head

S - Is mostly of sweet malt scents

T - Is more of the same sweet malt with a caramel flavor

M - This is a medium bodied beer with decent carbonation

D - This is pretty much just an average beer this could be a session beer if choices are slim. Its the first gluten free beer that I've had and its not bad its just average.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 22:43:53 | More by armock
Photo of Rayek


2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I'm still waiting for someone to make a sorghum based beer that has some sense of character. I know several people who enjoy beer, but then found out they were allergic to wheat and barley. I think those people deserve something that isn't so generic tasting. Redbridge is certainly drinkable, but I won't be going out of my way to try more.

A: An orangeish amber beer. Has a similar appearance to other sorghum beers I've tried. Fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves not lacing on the glass.

S: Slight hop smell with a hint of malty sweetness. Not bad, but has no complexity.

T: Sorghum will never taste like barley in my opinion. Still, this beer isn't bad. There is a slight citrus sweetness, with a hint of lemon. Hop bitterness is very subtle.

M: Fizzy mouthfeel. Feels over carbonated, even though there aren't many bubbles in the glass. Not much going on otherwise.

D: Drinkable enough. I'd be willing to drink it again if it were presented to me. I wouldn't buy it for myself, however.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 22:53:58 | More by Rayek
Photo of zeff80


2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear amber color with no carbonation but a soapy, off-white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt, I guess. I'm still struggling to think of any other smells it had at all.

T - It tasted of malt and a subtle spice, very subtle.

M - It was a little thin but still smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay brew. It's way overpriced. Thank goodness I'm not allergic to wheat or barley.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 04:08:07 | More by zeff80
Photo of BradLikesBrew


2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.
Many codes printed on the bottle and label, but no clear feshness info, though I am reminded to "PLEASE RECYCLE."

a: A big frothy white head quickly gives way to a thin white layer of bubbles.
Clear copper color, average retention, no lacing.

s: Very mild smell of sweet malt with a hint of hops.

t: Light flavor of caramel, I guess from the sorgum, maybe some honey with a mild hop flavor towards the end. As I consume more of it, I pick up some odd cidery flavors.

m: Light body, average carbonation, farely smooth.

d: Seems like a slightly tweaked version of budweiser.
Its an ok beer, maybe even a good beer given the restrictions it is operating under. Of course taking barley out of budweiser isn't that big a step, its mostly rice and corn anyway.
If I couldn't consume barley or wheat beers and this was my only choice I would be quickly frustrated and move to wine, but it seems like more beers are being created for this segment of the population.
I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 23:44:22 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a nice copper/red with a two finger head that quickly dissapated to a thin white ribbon on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in hop spice with a slight sweetness in the back of the nose.

The drink started with a sweet caramel like kick with a thin wattery middle and a slight non-lingering hop kick at the end.

Quite drinkable and refreshing. Went really well with a nice steak and shrimp dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 03:19:19 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of oelergud


2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown 12oz bottle. Covered bridge scenery on the red label.
Clear copper body with lots of carbonation. Creamy white head with some medium bubbles. Decent retention and lace.
Very mild scent, maybe some sourness to it.
Sweet initial flavor but jumps right into a sour aftertaste that is fairly unpleasant.
Medium body and some coating.
Not very drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 21:30:31 | More by oelergud
Photo of SargeC


3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber-gold color with a golden white head.

Smell: syrupy sweet with subdued hops.

Taste: Thinned out toffee flavors with a mild smokiness and low bitterness. It is had to pin down the flavors in this brew. It is like a beer without its backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light with a strange effervescent quality

Drinkability: Interestingly different, but not something I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 05:17:49 | More by SargeC
Photo of Chaz


3.4/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant, bright copper in color, topped with a two fingered off white head of average duration. Lacing is evident in the glass, and is fairly significant, making for a visually appealing presentation.

The nose is fairly robust and rich, malty even (although no barley malts were used in the process). My immediate impression is of a Märzen: light toffee notes and a faint impression of honey immediately after decanting.

Almost sweet on the first sip but lightly tangy as well, and with an even balance of good and "interesting" fruit and vegetable notes. I'm getting something like a cross between the lycopene of a tomato and the earth husk of a gourd, which is not unpleasant, just interesting. There are also fruity esters (citric-orange) and light honey notes. There are also light anise notes and a lightly cidery, vinuous character. Interesting . . .

On the palate it's a bit soft and lightly brisk, barely coating the tongue with a semi-sweet maltose/dextrose-like character. Sweet honey notes linger in the aromatic portion of the palate, along with a light vegetal character.

Drinkability is considerably better than I'd expected, although the seems nothing like a lager, bearing more of the characteristics of an ale. Altogether I'd say that it makes for a good tipple at the end of a long day. On the other hand I am not affected by celiacs disorder, and those who are might prefer a more readily-available Bud Light. But I'll raise one in Anheuser-Busch's name for doing their part to do some good for a growing market segment.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 21:57:41 | More by Chaz
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1.3/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours a lightly bubbly, crystal clear, light amber body with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: Ugh! Highly noxious and offensive, I guess I just can't stand the smell of sorghum. Dare I go on?

Taste: There's that sorghum again. Very chemically taste with some hints of spoiled cider. Positively wretched.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Those poor celiacs have enough problems without having to deal with this.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 23:04:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
Redbridge from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.