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Redbridge - Anheuser-Busch

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205 Reviews
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Reviews: 205
Hads: 454
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 20.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 205 | Hads: 454
Photo of wahhmaster
2.07/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber color, with a minimal frothy, white head. Aroma is caramel, slight hop nose. Flavor starts all sweet, with a touch of a bitter hoppy finish. Not all that bad for a sorghum beer. watery finish. Nice for those with gluten issues. (257 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
2.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't believe it, but I'm actually reviewing an Anheuser-Busch beer. At least it's not Bud Light... but we'll see if I end up eating my words after this one.

A - body of the beer is exactly the color of apple juice, and just as clear. Lots of carbonation in this beer as evidenced by the streams of bubbles coming up the glass. Head is coarse white foam that fades quickly, but is replaced by a finer head from the bubbles rising from the bottom. No lacing.

S - Slightly sherry-like and medicinal. Hints of fruity cider and sweet hard candy.

T - Sweet, slightly tangy and fruity up front. Just sort of bland and flavorless as it moves over my tongue. Then its aluminum. An overwhelming taste and aftertaste of the vats this stuff was probably brewed in. Nearly undrinkable because of it.

M - Thin body. Overpowering carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall - still better than bud light. (888 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
2.13/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a thin bubbly white head and amber color. No real head retention to speak of. Aroma is berry, apple and a hint of A-B banana and hop-skunk. Flavor is wine-like, reminds me of sherry or muscadine but is is very faint with some rubbery, skunky hops in the finish. Nothing resembling malt or cereal grain is in this brew. Mouthfeel for a low-point beer is average. Overall, this is a different taste sensation more like a watered down melomel or a cider and not much like beer, unless you count bad beer. (514 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
2.14/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
2.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks pretty much like a macro lager. Calling it an amber is a stretch to say the least. Retention was pretty decent though, all things considered.

The aroma is slight, with a hint of sweetness and an adjunct sort of smell.

The taste is just... strange. There's this weird sweetness that I guess comes from the sorghum and sweetener. It's palatable, but just strange and hard to like for me.

The mouthfeel kinda sucks. It's super creamy, though it looks bubbly in the glass. There's a dry, kinda soapy finish to it. It's not wildly pleasant.

It's drinkable, but if I was Gluten intolerant, I'd choose other forms of booze like hard liquor over this. In similar vein as NA beers, what's the point? (713 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
2.2/5  rDev -22%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.21/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a meager 1/4" head which almost immediately disappeared completely. Looks like a clear glass of iced tea. I detect next to no smell, even after it warmed. Taste is a fairly standard BMC profile and they worked into it that slight zing in the aftertaste you get from the Anheuser family. There was also something I found hard to describe in the taste which in my notes I put down as "from a dirty glass" but which I think another better described as a hint of watered down maple syrup. All-in-all, if you can't have beer due to gluten allergies then I'm glad they made this for you. But if you don't have that kind of allergy then skip this for virtually any other real beer. (681 characters)

Photo of livingregret
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: A light copper w/ reddish hues. No head to speak of and no lacing

Smell: Doughy yeast, an odd berry flavour. Odd....

Taste/Mouthfeel: Odd....overly sweet(Cherries?) w/ a very poor aftertaste. Leaves a almost syrup feel in your mouth. Sweet....but not in a good way. A very odd taste that is nothing to impressive

Drinkability: Nope...won't try again. WAY to odd of a feeling at the end of the drink. The taste seems off and the mouthfeel just lingers in a very bad way (511 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light amber color with a head that fizzles out as quickly as it's poured

S: A pronounced metallic twang along with what I presume is the sorghum. Almost garbage-like... not very good

T: Same as the smell, only slightly better. Almost has a sour/acidic quality to it that actually adds to the profile, which is a good thing

M: Light bodied with over the top carbonation

O: Can I please have my wheat and/or barley back? Sorghum just doesn't cut it in the flavor department. Honestly, if I had a gluten allergy, I'd still stay clear of this beer. There are better alternatives that actually have taste and flavor besides pure sorghum. At least the big boys show some effort in making beer for those with such an unfortunate allergy as gluten, but it's not a very good one. People with these allergies can still taste, ya know (838 characters)

Photo of manleyphoto
2.24/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (2,003 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor has a hop sharpness, sweetness in background. Drying soapy aftertaste. Glad I bought only one bottle. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. (310 characters)

Photo of a10t2
2.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear golden-copper, with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Some minor lacing.

S: Almost no aroma to speak of; some molasses/sugary notes with a little chemical-like aftertone.

T: A little bit of a cloying sweetness, some vegetal flavors, then a bitter aftertaste, with that same chemical flavor.

M: Light and smooth, with medium carbonation.

D: This is pretty unpleasant. I finished the bottle, but I wasn't happy about it. I don't know if it's a problem with barley-less beers in general or just A-B's effort, but I wouldn't try this again. (567 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
2.28/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled with a friend who has several coeliac relatives.

Appearance: Honey in color, small head, no lacing, little retention.

Smell: Odd. Definitely different. Kind of berry and adjuncty/grainy.

Taste: Even odder. Too sweet. Bit of plastic, with a raspberry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, carbonation ok.

Drinkability: One of the strangest beers I've ever had - not something I would choose to drink. I'd rather have a glass of water. (449 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice amber color with big carbonation bubbles seen streaming through the clear body forming a fizzy white head upon pouring. The head fades very fast leaving no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet with a decent apple cider like smell mixed with a bit of caramel. With these aromas are some other aromas of white wine and a bit of a pear smell.

Taste – The taste begins very light in flavor with hints of apple cider and some bitterness of a vinegar like taste. The bitterness gets a bit stronger as the flavor advances with the fruit transitioning a bit to a apple/pear like flavor blend. In the end a mainly more apple cider vinegar flavor with some odd malt like flavors and a paper flavor are left on the tongue. Overall there is very little flavor here with just a hint of sweet fruits, vinegar, and a bit of malt/grain.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is very thin and watery with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The thinner body, while decent for the odd flavor profile, was actually rather too thin for my liking with a carbonation level that was far too low for its drinkability.

Overall – Nope. Not doing this one again that is for sure. Not too nice drinking. (1,286 characters)

Photo of beeroclock
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had not seen this beer before, figured I'd try it. Pours a clear amber color with some head. Smells kind of sweet with some earth tones. Taste... hmm.. A bottle beer that tastes like a rusty tin can? It tastes & feels flat as well, maybe the store shook it up or left it in the sun for too long. By the end of the glass it wasn't quite as offensive, I picked up some cereal grain tastes, but definitely not enjoyable. I won't be having another, too bad I purchased a six pack. I'm very shocked at the high #'s for this beer unless my beer is just a fluke and maybe it was left out too long in the sun or something. (616 characters)

Photo of mjurney
2.32/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance:
Dark gold color, clear. Good amount of small bubbles rising up. Thin head.

Aroma:
Faint. Sweetness, red apple, hint of corn.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Some malts flavor, a little corn, buttery. Bitterness is very mild. Finish is super dry. Very light bodied, very dry, metallic, rough.

Overall:
It's a below average beer. (329 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
2.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden color, not very amber in color with an off white head

Smell: Sweet malty smell with a fake citrus scent in the background

Taste: There is a imitation sweetness with an aftertaste similar to a diet pop. Very bizarre taste which is hard to describe. (316 characters)

Photo of SaltyLime
2.36/5  rDev -16.3%
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 (488 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.39/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.4/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/19/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear light red brownish colored body. Smalllish cream-colored head, diminishing. Good lacing, looks thick and sticky. Sweet almost grainy taste, almost like rice or corn, vegetably. Malty and bitter at the beginning. Almost like a fake sugar aftertaste. Drying. Okay. Bitter hoppy aroma. Some of that off-flavored "maltiness". Too sweet tasting. (413 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.41/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
2.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle snagged from the wife's sixer, poured into a Ram pint shaker.

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw color with a gold-like shade to it, just darker than standard BMC...soapy white head fizzles quickly away, little-to-no-lace.

S: Clean, grain sweetness. Hints of red apples and cider. Maybe a ghostlike suggestion of honey...overall the aroma doesn't strike me as extremely "beer-like", not even for a light lager.

T: Follows the nose...tons of grain sweetness (though its not a 'malty' flavor)...absolutely ZERO hop presence or bitterness in this thing...warm cider and faint fruitiness emerges.

MF: Watery but refreshing...mouthfeel has lower carbonation than I expected. Thin but not unpleasant.

O: Really? It must be a lot harder to make GF beer than I think. This is pathetic. (792 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.44/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops, fruity yeast, and a hint of toasted sorghum malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted sorghum malts with a slight hint of something metallic/chemically/medicinal in it. That is followed by a light flavor of slightly sour green apple yeast and a touch of grassy hops which fades quickly. Minimal amounts of bitterness which does not linger but there is something slightly unpleasant left behind after sipping this one.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination - I guess I should not be surprised since it is essentially a sorghum version of a BMC beer. Rather bland with something unpleasant in the finish, this is not a beer I will be grabbing again anytime soon. Much better gluten-free options out there. (1,249 characters)

Photo of kfawku123
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%

This is a very Meh beer overall. Its not terrible, but its not remarkable, either. Its very reminiscent of other wheat beers, though it contains no wheat. It's smooth drinking and refreshing, but does have a (hard to describe) off taste on the back end. Perhaps thats the sorghum? Not sure. Its not very hoppy, though you can taste the hops. I'm not picking up any fruit - some spice - pepper/coriander perhaps? (418 characters)

Redbridge from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.