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Redbridge - Anheuser-Busch

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206 Reviews

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 461
Avg: 2.74
pDev: 39.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-10-2006

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.
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Photo of beertunes
3.07/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear dark gold (much lighter than a Red/Amber should be) with about 1/4 inch of white head that no retention or lacing.

The aroma had a pleasant sweet earthiness to it and a bit of spiciness in the background. The flavors were the same, nothing special. The body was a bit thin. Drinkability was OK, but not notable. Overall, a surprisingly decent beer. It won't ever be my first choice, but, to quote my friend Amber"it's palatable". If you have a gluten intolerant friend steer them towards this.

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Photo of Brenden
3.12/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes are, as usual, both recent and thorough.

The color is close to bronze, a dark red-brown, but with a good deal of clarity to it. An off-white head is soft and thin but retention is a little better than I expect. There's very little lacing to speak of dropped by the thin foam that remains of the head.
There's an interesting aroma to this one for sure. Light caramel sweetness with a butterscotch edge mixes with some dark fruits and something almost like candi sugars. There's also a peppery bite and lingering grains. Hops add (perhaps along with the spiciness) some floral notes to balance a touch.
A light sugary sweetness comes up front but mixes with a metallic note. A mild floral hops note is present with peppery and grassy notes. Sweetness comes out in full effect, though, in an odd way.
The body is a little light and thin, and doesn't seem to have much support. There's not a touch of dryness to the feel of it, of course. Carbonation is moderate.
This is interesting. It's not a bad alternative if you can't drink beer, but it's not something I'd pick up.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours out to an amber body with a thick white head that has decent lacing and very good retention, and moderate carbonation.
S. Has a sweet aroma that consists of caramel,vanilla, some spices and a nice sweet grain smell.
T. The taste consists of a caramel taste followed by a hint of hops and spices and finishes with a grain/bread taste.
M/O. The mouthfeel is a crisp smooth clean feel that finishes off dry. While not a great beer, it is not too bad and I would tell anyone who can't have wheat or barley in their diet to give this beer a try and decide from there if it is worth a second buy.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a towering, three finger head of dense, white foam. The body is a clear, light copper color and the head settles slowly, leaving spotty lace on the glass.

S - A light, malty aroma with some spicy hops in the background.

T - Some lightly sweet, toasty malt up front with spicy hops. More hop character in the middle with more toasted grain character. The beer finishes very clean with just a hint of dry toast and some more spicy hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very, surprisingly good! This has a mild malt character, but this is really pretty impressive for a gluten free beer. More than that, there is a well balanced, mild but readily apparent spicy hop character that goes a long way towards adding depth to a relatively light beer. In the final analysis, this is an unusually good gluten free beer and it may actually be the most enjoyable AB product that I have tasted.

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Photo of yesyouam
1.83/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Redbridge is a very clear golden beer with a white head that fades to a thin film and leaves decent lacing. It has a faint, sweet, sorghum aroma with a note of grass. It's very light bodied and watery with a chalky finish. There's hardly any flavor at all. There's a light sweetness in the finish. It tastes like non alcoholic beer. Nothing to see here; move along.

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Photo of WVRadar
3.51/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost no head, deep gold clear sparkling body. Very little lacing. Nothing outstanding about the taste, almost like a light lager with a little more hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, watery, fizzy. Not bad, an alternative to the everyday American lagers, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.7/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Redbridge is very reminiscent of a macro pouring a gold color but did have lasting lace. The aroma was of vanilla, orance, and grass. The flavor was mainly citrusy with ginger showing through as it warms, slightly souring in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and may pair well with fish. Overall this beer is just okay, not recommended.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.41/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden sun at dusk color. Not much lacing but alot of bubbles racing to the top. Not bad.

Faint sweet smell.

Very mellow flavor an almost oatmeal and maple syrup like taste with some malts. Not much for hops.

Smooth and with a clean crisp finish.

Not bad, but definitely different. Could be good around a campfire in autumn.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
3.23/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a golden yellow that produces no head, seems to be VERY carbonated. bubbles never seem to end. Not going to lie... it looks quite good for what i expected.
S- is a generally hoppy smell. granted there is no wheat or barley... there is atually a slight malty smell to this. almost sweet?

T- sour... has a slight malt background. generally taste of hops. slightly bitter finish. watery... has as slight apple presence? so weird...
M- Lighter then air. lingering sweetness.
D/O - i wont lie... this is drinkable. this is not the worst beer AB has ever came out with. Surprisingly enjoyable to a degree. but watery non to say the least.

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Photo of KajII
2.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured a clear medium amber with virtually no head and no lacing at all. The aroma was of a cereal malt, resin hops and a horse blanket yeast. It tasted lightly bitter from start to finish with bearly any flavor at all. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a very flat carbonation. Overall it is typical brew from Anheuser-Busch InBev and will most likely be my last Gluten-free beer as well.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.82/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12 fl. oz. bottle sampled on March 1, 2011. The pour is a golden pale yellow with nice clarity and a short-lived white fizzy head. The aromas tend to be of flour and light yeast. The taste is missing something and seems like of bland although there is a thin hop ending.

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Photo of huxcrunner
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a light amber color with no lacing and little head, it has a sweeter aroma with cood carbination, it has a watery taste because its gulten free it has an off flavor or less flavor then a regulair beer, overall if you had a problem with gluten this might not be bad but if you dont and you enjoy your beer you should go for a different beer

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Photo of nickd717
1.91/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle thanks to Arbitrator...I guess. Arbitrator described this as a "rare Portland tick." As Phil Collins would said, that was ALL A PACK OF LIES! This beer is not rare or from Portland, although it was indeed a tick. I was expecting DAVE and got this! Talk about your all-time disappointments.

Clear amber pour with a small off-white head that fades.

Old, sherry-like malty aroma. Slightly medicinal.

Big sherry flavor with a little caramel and a weird plasticky note. Not good.

Medium-light bodied with low carbonation level.

Not very good, and it certainly isn't Hair of the Dog Dave, dammit.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A sourghum beer? Not so good. I see potential though.

A- Very clear amber color with thin whispy white head, no retention and no lace.

S- Very faint, a sweet caramel/toffee smell faint floral notes.

T- Follows the nose. Very watery, with bitter floral notes and slight sweet caramel tones.

M - Thin and watery

D- very watery, I had a hard time.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A - Served in pilsner glass. Nice clear, amber body. Two fingers of off white head.

S - It smells grassy.

T - Grassy theme carries over into the taste. It's crisp and clean finishing.

M - Watery.

D - As this is the only gluten free beer in the area, I would hate to have Celiac disease.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

#26. This Redbridge is a Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer, likely for those who have reactions to Wheat or Barley or both. Never tried this before, and I can't exactly pinpoint what Sorghum tastes like... so I'm eager to try this to see what the fuss is all about.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Beer pours a light carbonated head that retains rather poorly. Beer is a deep gold hue and is completely clear. Aside from some medium carbonation and some light lacing, not much else is going on with the appearance. Barring the awful head retention, this beer doesn't look terrible. 3

(Smell) Beer has a light hoppy smell covered with a medium bitter scent that I assume to be Sorghum that takes a dominant lead over all other flavors. A touch sweet. It doesn't smell too far off from other macro beers, and beyond the flavors I afore mentioned, it isn't super interesting. It smells pretty average. 2.5

(Taste) Whew. This beer has bitter highs at first taste. I can only imagine that the taste comes from the Sorghum, but my criticism here is that there is little aftertaste or other flavors to pick out. It doesn't taste like it smells. The taste is very light and sweet and the Sorghum tastes slightly like it's bordering on granny smith apples. It tastes almost like an alcoholic cider. Not at all hard to drink, but certainly not very exciting in terms of beer. Yeast and hops are in here somewhere, I just can't find either of them in this drink. The taste simply dies out immediately after drinking without much of a finish. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is light and gives this beer a good balance of smoothness and crispness. It is very light bodied and beyond the Sorghum/apple flavoring there isn't much else in here. The finish gives the most intense apple flavors of any beer I have had thus far. It is somewhat thin and watery. Average. 3

(Drinkability) I suppose for it's very simple and light taste this beer is highly drinkable. There aren't nearly as many options besides this if you can't have wheat or barley in your beverages but this beer isn't hard to drink. It isn't bad, either. It's just really bland. You could have thought that exempting gluten, there would be plenty of ingredient options that could pep up this beer. I'm not motivated to drink this any faster or slower than I am drinking it at now. I'm just left hoping for something more. 3.5

Verdict: I can't really come down too hard on this beer considering it has a limited ingredient list for a reason, but there is certainly room for improvement. The taste is super light, lighter than most beers I have ever tried. Blame it on the Sorghum, I suppose. I was hoping that there could be something else here; roasted, smoky flavors, some citrus zest, some chocolate... anything. But I feel like the beer is weak in flavor. For light beer drinkers or cider lovers, it's all you may ever need. Sorghum drinkers, enjoy. C (2.8)

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.39/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Bready, fluffy head. Great golden color with very vague amber hues. Decent lacing.

S: Chalky, grainy, sweet.

T: Sweet & sour. Apple juice. Berry mineral water.

M: The sugars hang on but otherwise passes by without notice.

D: If you need to, I guess. I'd personally rather have stomach cramps and a real beer.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though I understand the desire to label Redbridge an amber lager, I think it's more appropriate to begin a separate category for sorghum beer. That's what we're dealing with here, and those who compare this beer to beer made with standard ingedients might be doing a disservice to this brew.

I enjoy this beer quite a lot, and I'd gladly drink it even though I have no gluten allergies. It's easygoing, but certainly more flavorful than the typical macrobrew. I'm really glad Anheuser-Busch tapped into this market. As a quencher on a warm day I'd grab one of these in a heartbeat.

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Photo of DIM
2.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A poor friend with a stress induced gluten allergy gave me this to try. The poor girl generally has good taste in beer too.

a: This was a bright, clear, shining coppery amber color. It poured with a respectable frothy white cap.

s: Sweet grains with an and hard to place spicey element. There was a hint of grassy hops. Smells more adjunct-y than beer-y.

t: It is too sweet, but not as sweet as I expected it to be. I can't quite describe the sweetness having never tasted anything like it. Its almost like a candied spice I can't identify. There was also a trace of grassy hops.

m: The body and carbonation are both fine, but the lingering sweetness lowers the score a bit.

d: This was a good bit better than the Green's "Tripel" I tried, but I hope for her sake that her stress is short lived.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One finger head of loose bubbles with streaky lace with some cling. Color is a 7 on the SRM chart. Smells of molasses, and clover. Taste is sweet molasses, with some bite from the hops. Very watery feeling in my mouth. I guess it is better than no beer at all and better than many I have tasted from this brewery.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish orange. Head is of relatively poor quality.
S- Smell is not terrible, but it is very distant. Perhaps the least powerful aroma of any beer Ive encountered. Toasted grain, and distant hop aroma.
T- Taste is a slight improvement. Some sour and sweet notes to it. Toasted grain, very distant hoppiness.
M- Light with slick finish.
D- It's something of a reasonnable option for gluten intolerant people. Not a great beer by most standards, but it would be better than nothing and it certainly could be worse.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Commendations to Anheuser-Busch for supporting the growing number of people with gluten (wheat or barley) allergies. However, don't let that dissuade you from trying this one, as it stands on its own merits. Pouring a nice red-amber with average lacing, this sorghum-based beer has a sweet molasses nose, and a rich and malty flavor. The hops content seems subdued, pushing this one towards an overbearing sweetness rather than a well-balanced mix. Still, an easy-to-drink beer, and certainly steps above mainstream American lagers.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.07/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with reddish hues. It's certainly darker than most macro lagers but I don't know if I'd go so far as to call it "amber." Has a thin fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet with a hint of what smells like oats (must be the sorghum).

Taste: Cloyingly sweet all the way through with a strange tartness that is completely unappealing. Has a mild hop bitterness that does very little in the way of balancing the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and fizzy, like sparkling water.

Drinkability: This beer is downright terrible. The only reason I'm giving higher marks than I should is that I recognize that this beer is meant for people with a gluten allergy, not regular consumers. If I had a gluten allergy, this beer would be a lifesaver. That said, as a stand-alone beer, this is pretty terrible.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear and copper in color, about a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a small ring with minor lacing.

S: Not a lot of smells here... A little sweet with a adjunct aroma mixed in.... not corny or hoppy just strange.

T: Sweet right up front but followed very quickly by a strange bitter aftertaste.... maybe hops but taste a little more chemical. Aftertaste finish up flat with not much there.

M: Light bodied with crisp carbonation.

D: Just not very pleasant, it is missing something.... Like half of all the good stuff that makes beer.... beer. I know this is Gluten Free and good for that. I just tried this because I've never had a Gluten Free beer and this maybe my last.... Not a great beer for my taste.

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Photo of CHickman
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a creamy off white head that lasted a while leaving decent lacing.

Smells and tastes basically malty with some sweet malt, caramel and light floral hops, maybe some hay or corn but very faint. Pretty dull beer overall, which I assume is by design to create a Gluten Free product.

Light and crisp, this went down easy but just lacks any real flavor. It wasn't bad, just not something I would seek out again.

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Redbridge from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.