Shiner Ruby Redbird | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.01%

Availability: Summer

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Added by wagenvolks on 03-17-2011

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#44,025
Reviews:
285
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1,321
pDev:
21.94%
 
 
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Photo of user785335
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jesuschrist666
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brianf29
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iawaska
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Txbrewing
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rnj37jac
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Refreshing summer

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Photo of Samlover55
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Goblet
Looks like iced tea with no head
Smells like iced tea as well, sweet
Has a nice pleasant malty taste with subtle grapefruit and even more subtle ginger
Light bodied and light carbonation
Overall was actually a pleasant drink as it was pretty balanced w/o any dominant added flavors

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Photo of beerfam205
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andyman22
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WanderingRonin
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this from a can, had a light malty grapefruit aroma to it. Was expecting it to be a radler so it wasn't quite what I expected, it was slightly sour with pretty decent amount of red grapefruit juice flavor to it, but it was also maltier bodied with a lightly toasted barley hint to it and more beer-like then I was expecting it to be, landed somewhat between a radler and a fruit beer. Finish had a faint noble hop bitterness and a bit of grapefruit peel to it but no detectable ginger to it. Body was light but with a fuller mouthfeel to it then I expected and a fairly high amount of carbonation to it. Not a bad middle ground between beer & radler, light, fruity and sessionable for a beer but not as much as a radler would be.

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4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Atlas1
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Combining an iconic Texas brewery with the state fruit?!? I see no problems with this. Also, the label for the Ruby Redbird has been updated in recent years, so that's a plus.

Pours a fizzy golden amber color with no head. Lots of carbonation but no lace or foam to speak of. Oh well. The nose on this one is fun, sort of like a boozy Sunkist soda. Definitely some grapefruit in there, but it smells more like fruit water than beer. That said, I like the way it smells, even if it's rudimentary. The taste is similar, but the grapefruit notes emerge more here. Funky fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is a helluva beer on a hot summer day. I could see myself knocking back 2-3 of these in no time at all at a BBQ in 100 degree heat. Is it the best beer out there? No. Is it the worst? Certainly not. It's a Shiner beer, though, and it has a place. So there you go.

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Photo of ShaunSolo
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours an amber to light copper color with large bubbled carbonation similar to that present in soda, clearing rapidly without retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of burnt bread rind and pepper. Very little fruit.
T: Semisweet with a grapefruit flavor up front, although caramel malt is evident Light peppery, almost dusty, bitterness.
M: Light bodied with virtually no persistence of effervescence.
O: Fruit beers can obviously run a gamut, but this resembles nothing more than a poorly constructed and executed Fresca-like malternative. Would not even contemplate having this again.

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3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Trailboss76
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden amber color almost identical to their Kosmos Reserve. Medium head disappears quickly. Does have subtle, fruity aroma. Well carbonated. The touch of Texas Ruby Red grapefruit is pleasant in the taste/smell matrix.

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3.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into mug

L: crystal clear gold with 1/4-inch head of fizzy white foam; no stick/lace; keeps razor-thin collar of white foam

S: hints of ginger and grapefruit juice, more ginger but just barely

T: watered-down grapefruit juice, hint of that ginger midswallow

F: watery up front but crisp in back; super light but would be perfect for drinking out of the bottle

O: better than water -- I'll give it that; if the ABV were 3.01% instead of 4.01, I might grab some of this for myself as a closer or starter ... probably starter, it's too weak-flavored to be a good closer; it's definitely a beer worth stocking for your friends who don't drink beer

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Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 1,321 ratings