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Redbridge - Anheuser-Busch

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207 Reviews

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Reviews: 207
Hads: 467
Avg: 2.74
pDev: 39.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 52 | 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 RonaldTheriot
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redbridge has a thin, off-white head and a clear, amber-gold appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and no lacing. The aroma is grassy and sweet. Taste is an odd combination of molasses, sweetness, grass, very slight hops, other neutral grains, and things I can't even describe. This is a weird one. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Redbridge finishes crisp and clean. Overall, I might have to get used to this one, not that I'd ever have it again, but I rate it average. I guess it's okay for someone who can't have gluten.

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

This makes a nice clear amber pour with a moderate head of foamy froth, accompanied by decent lacing. Sweet, grainy aroma with a light touch of hops. Moderately sweet grainy taste as well, with a decent amount of bitterness. There is an odd aftertaste, which I guess might be the sorghum. It isn't unpleasant... just odd. Medium body with a neutral texture.

Not that bad a beer. It'd easily pass as a generic red/amber beer at many microbreweries. For people with celiac syndrome, an easily available, nationwide brew must be a great thing.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with fizzy and frothy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up easily and fading to a pockmarked surface layer.

The aroma is dominated by floral hops, but allows for some general sweetness to poke through.

The first sip reveals a thin body with fine and fizzy carbonation.

Flavor is some sweet toffee flavors up front that roll to light fruitiness and finishes with some crisp grassy hops that linger with a fairly assertive bitterness.

The beer is very easy to drink and is interesting enough. The low ABV and crisp finish make it a nice beer for the summer.

I'd have to say this is a pretty decent beer, I wouldnt go out of the way for it, but would drink again for sure.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.91/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The small head dies pretty quickly, although never totally disappearing. Color is a reddish-gold with good clarity.

Aroma is doughy with a light sweetness. Subtle, but almost too subtle...a really faint aroma.

Flavor is bready and sweet, and it's a peculiar sweetness too. Some caramel in the back, and only light hop presence. Flavor seems to have some holes in it, it's never fully "there". Finish is bitter/sour, rather candylike, and this is the most interesting aspect of this beer.

If you've got a gluten allergy, this would certainly do. But it's not exceptional, and there's little fullness to the flavors and no real depth. Drinkable for sure, not a drain pour, but not much happening otherwise.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Sharply clear reddish golden color, with a moderate off-white head, thick scattered lacing, and slight slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Herbal hops dominate the aroma, with slight toasted grain beneath. The hop presence is not really that pronounced, rather, the aroma offers little else.

Taste: Sharp hops at the open, remarkably so for an Anheuser-Busch product. Moderate caramel-like sweetness follows, the taste then draws to a close with a wave of rather aggressive hops, with both metallic and pine tar flavors lingering well past the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Rather unremarkable, although for those with Celiac disease, this is one of a very few options, but is, at best, mediocre.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.97/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appearance- Light copper orange with a moderate fizzy head. No lacing.
Smell- Sweet malt and a fruity pear-like aroma.
Taste- Sweet malt with a dry pear cider twang.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but a mild dry flavorful finish.

Overall- For celiac sufferers this would be a decent choice. Sorta bland and weak for those of us who don't suffer.

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

My first gluten free beer. If I had to go gluten free, this would probably be not that bad. Some flavor here, not the corn and rice mess that makes up most adjunct lagers. Still not that good a beer though.

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a small bubbly white head, less than average retention and almost no lacing.

Smell is faint, a little sweet and floral.

Taste is not that bad. Not particularly strong but there is a floral sweetness and a bit of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp but also very light.

On the whole, a pretty average beer. Lawnmower beer at best for someone that does not require gluten free.

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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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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.76/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My third gluten-free beer, this one being an outing from Anheuser-Busch and gang. Expectations are moderately low, but I'm going in unbiased.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours about a finger of dish-soapy off-white head that recedes to a ring quickly. Body is a brassy orange color with excellent clarity.

S - Smell is of virtually nothing. Slightly grainy, ricey, and papery, with a mild hint of citrus, and apple cider vinegar.

T - Taste follows the nose: a tart apple cider vinegar quality, some crisp citrus, green apple, coppery amber malt presence, lots of soggy cardboard / wet newspaper, and a mild earthy / lemongrass flavor from the sorghum. Taste is much better than the nose, but not quite as earthy / herbal / floral as I would have liked. Of course, based on the fact that this is Anheuser-Busch, this isn't surprising. Taste is still much better than I would have expected from these guys.

M - Feel is crisp and tart with a grainy / papery sort of aftertaste.

Overall, a fairly inoffensive offering for our gluten intolerant friends from the big boys at Anheuser-Busch. Definitely better than I would have expected coming from them. It was surprisingly drinkable, flavorful, and laid-back. Sessionable low 4.00% abv; I could definitely knock of few of these back on a hot summer's day.

Anheuser-Busch Redbridge ---3/5.

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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 PorterLambic
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber/honey color. Small head, white, drops fast to nothing.
Smell is hops, some malt and light citrus.
Taste is a hops, light citrus and some alcohol.
Light-medium body, medium carbonation with a citrus and hop aftertaste. Not a bad beer, good for summer especially with a crisp, hoppy flavor.

Interesting to see a megabrewer trying to act like a micro. Is there an issue with their more well-known lines? (He asks with a huge smirk upon his face) Maybe they need to toss all their old recipes and start over instead of tweaking them and putting a new name on them. My two cents.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
2.23/5  rDev -18.6%
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

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I cant imagine having celiac disease and not being able to consume things with gluten. its amazing what all we eat that contains it. That being said I was eager to try this beer. I think I have read that sorghum beers are big in rural parts of Africa.

Decent color and carbonation level. Somewhat of a slight coppery golden color. Aroma is just there-to me a BUD has more aroma then this. Doesnt even really say "beer". Flavor is a tad sweet-almost malty. It is sweet like unfermented wort. Very slight trace of hops to it. Mouthfeel is decent enough. As I reach the bottom of the glass the whole package is quite enjoyable. While I dont think I would buy this again, AB has done an admirable job in producing something quite drinkable.

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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 HardTarget
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty notes that it’s made from Sorghum and without wheat or barley (eat it Reinheitsgebot!). An indecipherable date code at the bottom left says “06335”. Guess they plan to leave this on the shelf a while.

Aroma: A sweet rooty spiciness. Elements of sweettarts candy, vodka, earth, and coriander, really different. A mild vegetal note, like celery.

Appearance: Bright amber glass struggles to hold a thin cover that fades to a thin collar, but does give up some lacing.

Flavor: Pretty much mirrors the nose with a harsh metallic note in the finish. Balance is toward the sweet with a very leafy hop element that I think adds the earthy element.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, and an almost airy feel.

Overall Impression: A different animal altogether. Have to give credit for being adventurous and aiming at those that have issues with gluten. If I had to go gluten free, I could see having some of these around. I may even have to try working some sorghum into a homebrew to isolate which flavor I’m getting here.
Worth a try.

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Photo of Amalak
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

You know, I don't have a gluten wheat allergy, so I don't really see why I would even try this. But my roommates girlfriend does, and this was brought home and I gave it a go. It has a carbonated bubbliness to it. It's very alcohol tasting. Some lime in there? I'm almost thinking gin and tonic in a beer.

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Photo of armock
3/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of JDV
1.28/5  rDev -53.3%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
2.85/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. Just about ¾ inches of head. Light lacing on the top that dissipated very quickly. No film on the sides.

Smelled iron, cereal notes, grains and corn. It really wanted to be a red, but it lacked a lot to do it.

Couldn’t figure out the taste, but my sister-in-law described it as sorghum. It had a syrupy finish. Some berries were in there, too.

Medium body. Average carbonation. The syrupy feel really wore on me. Slick texture I’d say. Abrupt finish.

Not a bad beer, but I obviously wouldn’t seek it out at a bar.

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

Poured a nice amber color with a bit of a light off white head, very little retention or lacing.

The smell had a dry bread malty quality to it, not bad, but a bit on the weak side.

Almost English ESB like in flavor with a light mineral taste and a bit fruity notes with just a touch of buttery diacyte coming through as well, just a hint of sourdough bread and a light bit of spicy hops. Very balanced.

The mouthfeel is watery and a bit slick.

Overall its much better than I had anticipated, a little to thin to be good, but not bad.

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Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a stout glass.

A: Pours a dark clear golden with a thin, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a non-existent lace.

S: Pretty mild aroma. Some malts and grains but not much else.

T: Slightly fruity and tart flavor. Pretty sweet and finishes a little dry

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer – picked this up because it intrigued me. It was decent but nothing that I would grab again.

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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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Redbridge from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.