Shiner Ruby Redbird
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Ruby RedbirdShiner Ruby Redbird
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #949
ABV:
4.01%
Score:
74
Ranked #48,409
Avg:
3.22 | pDev: 21.74%
Reviews:
299
Ratings:
1,359
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Spoetzl Brewery
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
74
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Shiner Ruby RedbirdShiner Ruby Redbird
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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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.51/5  rDev +9%
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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dkoehler42 from New York

2.27/5  rDev -29.5%
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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Clyde_D13 from Texas

2.57/5  rDev -20.2%
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
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jettjon from Florida

2.29/5  rDev -28.9%
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
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Mtn from Texas

2.15/5  rDev -33.2%
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
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EMV from Pennsylvania

2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
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
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.17/5  rDev -1.6%
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
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1/2" white had, loose with large bubbles. No retention and completely gone in less than a minute.
Dark, golden beer, good clarity.
Fairly non-descript nose. Hint of grapefruit juice and ginger.
Grapefruit juice, runs the line between tasting natural and artificial.
Tart, tanginess that's appealing and the ginger keeps it interesting.
Light body, high carbonation. Quick finish.
One and done.

Apr 05, 2019
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MrNIko from Texas

5/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic summer beer, notes of grape fruit and ginger go down very smooth.

The aroma is not overpoweringly grapefruit based, and pours a reddish amber color. Overall it's one of my favorite shiner beers, and one of their more interesting flavor combinations.

Mar 28, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.17/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle. Reddish amber color with no head. Faint smell of grapefruit. Light feel with prickly carbonation. Tastes of grapefruit, ginger, and a touch of hops. Interesting, but a little weak for my preferences.

Mar 13, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.34/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very interesting beer. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I don’t usually drink these types of beers, and the addition of ginger was definitely eye-raising. Pours a slightly murky-looking darker orange color with a very small amount of head and no real lacing. Smells mainly of grapefruit, malt, a little vanilla, a faint amount of ginger and a little muted hops. Taste follows the nose, except that initially when I sipped this beer all I could detect was grapefruit and some malt with a little hoppiness in the background. It wasn’t until I took a few more sips that I noticed the stronger ginger flavors come through. Smooth, thin, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. A decent beer and enjoyable enough to drink, but not one I would buy again.

Mar 07, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours an amber color with a modest head, soon diminishing to nothing. Some grapefruit in the nose. The mouth gets a minor amount of malt. Acceptable, nothing special.

Feb 22, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nearly-translucent orange. It has a bit of fog to the transparency. Head is bubbly and fizzy, netting two fingers of khaki 'foam' that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sharp grapefruit, squash and nutty, biscuity, bready malts. Flavor profile is scattoo as well, hitting notes of grapefruit, pumpkin and nutty, bready, biscuity malts. Grapefruit comes on more towards the finish, but is of a good quality. Not cloying or harshly artificial, although it is a little heavy-handed. Mouth feel is crisp and bubbly, with a medium-thin consistency. Overall, a strange and perhaps misguided beer. Grapefruit is present, which lines up with the label.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Feb 15, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Aug 05, 2018
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WanderingRonin from Canada

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Jun 27, 2018
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Apr 04, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Mar 18, 2018
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Feb 13, 2018
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Premo88 from Texas

3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Jan 28, 2018
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SMZBrew from Pennsylvania

1.91/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

The head disappeared almost immediately with no lacing whatsoever. The fake artificial grapefruit flavor just overpowers thru everything. I took 3 sips and I was done. There are those that know how to make great fruit beer and those that resort to using natural flavoring. This would be way better without all that fake crap added.

Sep 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass and the head fizzed the whole way down. It didn't want to last to save it's life. Carbonation could be seen rising at a fast pace. No lace.
The aroma had a crisp sharp sparkly ruby red grapefruit juice coming across some pale malts and a light grassiness.
The flavor took all of those previously mentioned aromas to blend sweetly and cross the aftertaste together with a bit of a metallic feature coming across.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Went down pretty quickly and had a brisk semi-sharp carbonation about it. Somewhat of a soda sort of texture about it.
Overall, I think I liked this more for me as it's a nice one after lawnmowing but it does seem more like soda to me. Odd, but I'd return to it on a hot day.

Aug 08, 2017
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KalCal from Georgia

2.46/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not really a fruit beer. Not really a shandy. It simply does not "work". The smell of Grapefruit is "OK", but the overall flavor is like a lager that has had Grapefruit "essence" added at the end. Not very well executed.

Aug 08, 2017
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Namitchell80 from Texas

2.2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look - Slightly ruby in color, as you may expect from its name. Fairly clear. Head dissipates quickly, appears to be heavily carbonated.

Smell - Not much at all in terms of malt, hop, or yeast aromatics. Clean smelling with grapefruit/citrus aroma.

Taste - Not much happening here. Almost doesn't taste like beer. Dominating grapefruit flavor. Hints of ginger.

Feel - Fizzy carbonation that quickly dissipates in the mouth to a watery finish.

Overall - I'm usually a fan of Shiner beers. This is one of my least favorites. There's just not much body to this beer, it has the watered down characteristics of many American Adjunct Lagers. This beer would possibly be enjoyable on a hot 105* Texas summer day if you're playing golf or something similar. Not a beer I'd grab if I'm just looking to enjoy a good beer at home though.

May 08, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: moderate to moderately low light malt, grapefruit and ginger aromas with a light sweetness.

L: gold amber with a faint haze and a sudsy white foam cap that rapidly disappears.

T: light grains, citrus, a trace of ginger and light to medium hop bitterness. The grapefruit flavors emerge more in the middle and the ginger increases throughout and the level of ginger heat increases slightly with each drink. The bitterness is just enough to balance the grapefruit and malt.

F: medium light body and medium to medium low carbonation.

O: The brewer shows a restrained hand with the added fruit and spices and achieves a fairly balanced, drinkable beer.

Mar 31, 2017
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