Shiner Ruby Redbird
Spoetzl Brewery

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From:
Spoetzl Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #452
ABV:
4.01%
Score:
73
Ranked #29,802
Avg:
3.19 | pDev: 21.94%
Reviews:
304
Ratings:
1,070
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 06, 2022
Added:
Mar 17, 2011
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  428
SCORE
73
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Notes: This refreshing brew is made with juice from freshly picked Texas Ruby Red grapefruits, the prize of the Rio Grande Valley.A bold kick of ginger flavor combines with the tartness of the citrus for a tasty brew that's perfect anytime of year. Pure two row and Munich malts along with Mt. Hood, Citra, and Willamette hops give it a nicely balanced, lip-smacking finish. We like to think popping open this bottle is like slicing into a ripe Texas grapefruit. So pucker up and enjoy!
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Rated: 3.04 by Danzifer from Ohio

Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz can purchased from the fridge as part of a six pack for $2. Date of 10/17/21...not sure if this is a canned on or best by date. Shouldn't matter much either way.

Look: Pours a light copper color with ruby highlights and near clarity. Very rocky, bubbly head (if you can call it a head at all) that dissipated to nothing extremely quickly. Lots of small bubbles rising up in the glass.

Smell: This beer smells like ruby red grapefruit. Has a bit of a "flavor extract" nose to it, which isn't the same as if it was all from actual fruit. It also smells just like ginger ale, which makes sense because there is ginger added to this beer also. Not much else on the nose - some sweetness and maltiness.

Taste: This tastes a lot like a very dry ginger ale with some ruby red grapefruit flavor added. Even more spicy ginger flavor after pouring the bottom of the can.

Feel: Very light. Despite all the carbonation, the finish is kind of flat. The beer lacks the crispness that I was hoping for. All in all, it's still a refreshing beer to drink after a run as I am doing right now.

Overall: Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high for a Shiner beer, but this is a bit disappointing to me. I have had other ruby red grapefruit beers that I enjoyed much more, for example Genesee Ruby Red Kolsch and von Trapp Radler Trail Bier.

From can:
Beer brewed with Texas ruby red grapefruit and ginger with natural flavors added
Jul 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by cabsandking from Ohio

Jul 12, 2022
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Had this from a bottle.
A: pours reddish color with no head with no real retention or lacing.
S: somewhat sweet malt smell; nothing crazy
T: sweet, ginger tasting beer with a somewhat spicy aftertaste
M: light bodied; somewhat crisp; a little watery
D: ok feel and taste; nothing really special
May 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by sglooney316 from Texas

May 04, 2022
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Clear gold color with a slight foamy white head that disappears if you blink.
The aroma is faint grapefruit and ginger with a hint of sweet light malt.
The taste is a little more toward the ginger but still definite grapefruit. I'm a little disappointed in the grapefruit flavor being a little weak.The finish is also a little weak light malt.
The body is light with moderate carbonation.
Altogether, this is an OK light beer for lawn mowing or other warm weather cooling, but it could have been much more interesting.
Jan 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.23 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Dec 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle from a mix-6 poured into a snifter. Pours yellow with a hint of pink. Aroma and flavor feature slightly tart, not-quite-medicinal grapefruit with a sweetish malt backbone. No ginger that I can tell. Overall it's an okay summer beer but not something I'll buy again.
Sep 20, 2021
 
Rated: 2.25 by PopeGrundle from Texas

Apr 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a translucent amber gold with a nearly non existent head. It smells mostly of ginger with hints of grapefruit underneath. The taste follows the nose and it's mostly grapefruits with a taste of ginger and a very slight maltiness with little bitterness. It's more carbonated than most and very crisp, and goes down easily. Overall not bad but I've had better. Good low calorie option if you don't want regular light beer.
Oct 19, 2020
 
Rated: 2.89 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Oct 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.02 by BlueSpader from Washington

Sep 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.48 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Aug 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Aug 02, 2020
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
L: 3 hazy gold with no head seconds after the pour. Ample carbonation.
S: 3.25 Viney. Variety of sweet fruits.
T: 3.5 the Ginger is up front. Tastes like a soda.
F: 3.75 okay.
O: 3.25 not my preferred style but it's decent
Jul 02, 2020
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
I bought this on impulse at the local beverage store, based on Shiner's track record with me and that I like grapefruit and ginger. Sadly this did not deliver. This pours an extremely pale straw color and the smell from the bottle is superior. Actually, I like the taste better out of the bottle, and that's not saying much. This is more a seltzer than a beer. I was hoping for the forward flavor of grapefruit and ginger, similar to the way their winter beer delivers the peach flavor. I will not buy this again.
Jun 19, 2020
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.57/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
This beer has a very light look, kinda golden, pours no head. All I can really smell is an overpowering grapefruit aroma. The taste of this beer is pretty much just straight grapefruit with a little bit of grain. The feel is very fizzy and thin. Honestly, kinda let down by this beer, hoping it would be a new desirable low-cal option.
Jun 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by ajg_pgh from Pennsylvania

Jun 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.6 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Mar 31, 2020
 
Rated: 3.3 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Mar 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.52 by txun from Texas

Mar 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by AndrewBuffalo from Illinois

Feb 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.27 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Feb 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.48 by gvickery from Texas

Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by jettjon from Florida

2.29/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
From a 12 oz. can into a pint glass, pours a clear straw color with no carbonation, thin head of pale foam which fades fast. Fruity citrus nose, smells of artificial sweetener. In the mouth, it tastes like a slightly acerbic malt alcohol beverage with some citrus flavoring. Overall, another of a million varieties of non-offensive afternoon lawn-mowing beer. Would not bother to try again.
Jan 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.54 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Mtn from Texas

2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Appearance is crystal clear bright golden orange. Very little carb, zero head.
Aroma is faint but it does smell somewhat like fresh cut grapefruit, but no evidence of malt or hops
The taste is where you really start to wonder how this beer is made.
It tastes like a glass of water mixed with a little bud light and a small squirt of grapefruit flavoring. No malt, no hops.
Mouthfeel is simply water.
Overall...it’s pretty bad.
Oct 11, 2019
 
Rated: 2.85 by JaimePena67 from Texas

Sep 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.49 by Techichi from Texas

Sep 13, 2019
 
Rated: 2.83 by AustinRT from Texas

Jun 29, 2019
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Rated by TBoneJones from Texas

3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Hmm. Almost smells just like ginger ale. Prickly tart and thin. Low carbonation feel.
Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 26, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shy Bear IPA glass

L: Clear amber pour with thin fizzy white head. Falls fast with minimal lacing.

S: Best part of the beer. Grapefruit and citrus... light toasted grains.

T.F: Thin and watery. Not much flavor... a dash of grapefruit and then it's lost with some light grain something or other going on. Unpleasant as it warms... fizzy.

O: Not worth drinking, even for a low-cal beer. Smells good... tastes kinda crappy. Glad it was just a single.
Jun 20, 2019
 
Rated: 2.67 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

May 19, 2019
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This was included in the Shiner mixed sixer, which is a format I think other breweries should emulate. Light amber color with zero head and tart grapefruit in the nose. More balanced in the flavor but the aftertaste gets a little funky. Probably better than I anticipated but still not very good.
May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.35 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas

Apr 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
From a bottle, pours as a hazy gold with a thin off-white head. Faint aromas of citrus and grapefruit. Flavors include astringent grapefruit, ginger, and sweetness. With loads of carbonation, this is a pleasant enough beverage (if you can set aside the metallic aftertaste. But, just keeping it real, this a beer perhaps in name only.
Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.11 by markallmon from Tennessee

Apr 22, 2019
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