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Redbridge - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
62
poor

406 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | 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:
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 Brenden
3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Brenden, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of popery
2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by stating that I sincerely applaud Anheuser Busch for making this beer. I realize that they aren't saints and the gluten-free market is growing, but turning a profit doesn't take away from providing a product that allows people to once again enjoy the simple pleasure of beer. My mom has Celiac disease and cutting gluten out of one's diet is just hugely limiting. Beyond obvious things like bread, pasta or beer, there's a laundry list of basic categories of food that contain gluten. Unfortunately, this disease is still largely undiagnosed. Unlike most of those stupid prescription drug ads, this is something you should actually ask your doctor about. There's a simple blood test and diet changes are a far sight better than cancer or other debilitating problems that could develop. So, I guess I might have a soft spot for everything gluten-free. Here goes with a relatively unbiased review.

Redbridge pours an okay head that dissipates very rapidly. The beer looks fairly light like most macrobrews. On the plus side, it's a nice amber color that I'd much rather drink than a normal American macro. It's not a horrible looking Amber but there's room for improvement.

The beer smells and tastes better than it looks. It has a sweet, somewhat malty smell that is a lot more beer-like than I was expecting. There could definitely be more strength here, but I enjoy what I detect.

The taste doesn't quite correspond to the smell and is definitely a bit odd for beer. It's a bit watery and mild. The taste is an interesting mix of sweet and sour. It could definitely use more hops, but I ultimately enjoy the unique flavor of the sorghum far more than I do corn or rice flavor in an adjunct macro.

The mouthfeel is more of a problem area. The carbonation is bit bracing for the flavor and is a bit overpowering upfront. On the other hand, I find it fairly drinkable. I feel like I'm splitting the difference between these two categories because while I dislike the carbonation's effect on the taste, it does make the beer go down pretty easy.

Having tried a number of gluten-free versions of normally gluten-containing products, I can sincerely say that Redbridge is fairly successful endeavor. Many small brand, expensive rice/amaranth/potato/arrowroot/whatever breads and pastas are far worse gluten-free versions of their products than this beer. While this beer gets a C compared to the richness of other beers, it's a great gluten-free product from a major brewer. Kudos to Anheuser-Busch.

popery, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of EgadBananas
2.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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?

EgadBananas, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev +13%
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.

KarlHungus, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was told by another customer at my local beer store that this beer "is kosher for Passover because it doesn't have any yeast in it." Well that's fun to know! Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Aroma of dough and sickly sweet malt. Flavor is actually better than I expected. Some sweet fruits, honey, and doughy malt. Palate is thin but not terrible. Drinkable. Ok, I am still very glad that I'm not gluten-intolerant but this beer wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Darkmagus82, May 10, 2013
Photo of Brent
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a coppery-red. Nominal head. Vague aroma hinting at caramel and apple cider. Mouthfeel was thin and a bit watery. Caramel malt flavor that called to mind an ale made with canned malt and a Mr. Beer kit. A bit of apple-ish flavor in the background. Finish was clean to the point of being flavorless. While all of this sounds bad, overall, the beer was acceptable, just not good.

Brent, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of tommy5
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

tommy5, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, wanted to try a Gluten free beer, which this mainly is, compare to a red amber.

Pours a nice clear amber into the Saison Dupoint glass, tan head froths up, but dies quickly - not unexpected with the lack of grain sugars.

Aroma is unique without the malty grain - more of a woody molasses. Same with the quaff - the flavor is one-of-a-kind in here, a sweetish wood, maybe oak. Not something I would want to drink on a standard basis, but...

Not having tried the gluten free beer style before, if unable to drink "regular" styles, I could find these refreshing on a hot summer day. Maybe even a cold winter nite.

Vancer, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper/amber coloured beer, small pure white head. sourish vinegar like aroma, reminds me of apple cider Again a weak apple cider flavour,but for some reason iits refreshing, well carbonated and slightly bitter after the sour. Nice enough mouthfeel. Not too bad at all..this is my second sorghum based brew and i like them well enough.

Reidrover, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.43/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a light copper color with moderate foamy white head.Good retention and lacing.
Smell is light and almost undetectable.
Taste is enjoyable, but not great. The beer has a nice fruity sweetness but also a bit of an astringent texture.
Leaves a strange taste in the mouth. Great really bad, but not good either.
If this was all I could drink I could used to yet, but I have other choices.

tgbljb, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of BeerForMuscle
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

BeerForMuscle, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of crobinso
1.5/5  rDev -42.5%

crobinso, May 29, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
2.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev +35.2%
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.

allengarvin, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redbridge

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.

NJpadreFan, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
3.43/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased for $.35. Worth a try at that price.
The grain offer a unique fruity aroma that's very mild and generally pleasant. Just a touch of spiciness from hops.
Very attractive, water clear, amber color. Head was small and very short lived
Taste is short lived to, but that's not to say it's not there. Starts with a pleasant sweetness rapidly moving to a more nuetral grain flavor, then to stark sourness before moving to rather bold bitter/sour/dryness that finishes quite long. Most flavors are fairly strong but very quick. They are also rather unique and pleasing enough, the exception being the finish which for many will have to be an acquired taste.
Fully carbonated as most lager from the brewery tend to be. Lager thin and typical.
This is not bad. Unique flavors and close to thirst quenching.

garymuchow, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

Mainstream media is all over this beer because it's being marketed as gluten-free, but, oddly, the label doesn't use that term. Regardless, it's good to see another brewery catering to beer lovers who have celiac disease.

Pours with a hefty, off-white lace and leaves a patchy, web-like trail down the glass. Crystal-clear, copper-col- ored brew is darker than we thought. Clean, candy-like sweetness--almost a fresh bubble gum or plain taffy aroma--with a light, floral perfume tone in the back. Crisp and slick on the pal- ate, with a light-to-medium body. A peculiar sweetness comes forward first--sug- ar with a faint mineral bite similar to molasses. Quick snapback from the hops, but then more sweetness; slightly cloying but not in the same way as malt; a little more complex. Within the sweetness is a mealy grassiness that just won't shake off. Finishes steely and sweet.

An acquired taste, but if you have celiac disease, this would be your savior right now. Set aside all of that and Redbridge is a most interesting beer, and worth a try if you like your beer on the sweet side. We could see pairing this with a slow-cooked pot roast and roasted root vegetables.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev +35.2%
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.

sulldaddy, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

TX-Badger, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of nickd717
1.88/5  rDev -28%
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.

nickd717, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of VeganUndead
1/5  rDev -61.7%

VeganUndead, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of JamLand
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

JamLand, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev +14.9%

matjack85, Feb 12, 2013
Redbridge from Anheuser-Busch
62 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.