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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#43,601
Reviews:
285
Ratings:
1,320
pDev:
21.94%
 
 
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Reviews by Antikythera:
Photo of Antikythera
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting another shandy type offering but this is way more interesting.

a: nothing too special, thin head.

s: really, really gorgeous. Grapefruit and ginger on top of a mellow toasty smell.

t: not sweet. It's beer, not a cooler or a shandy. There's ginger but it doesn't taste like ginger ale, and there's grapefruit but it doesn't taste like a cocktail. No one particular flavour is really dominant, but it all blends really well.

m: fizzy and refreshing.

o: I bought one of these out of a singles bin and then went back for a twelve-pack. Really well done and more interesting than a lot of the other seasonals.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of grg001
4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

This is my "mowing the lawn" beer.. or admiring the lawn after I pay someone else to do it... it's freakin hot in Texas. Easy to love.

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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 Gowcheco
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of legalag11
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Photo of t2grogan
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of npala86
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Tiernan
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ccapurso
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of AdvocateFan
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light, just a few steps off from being refreshing/thirst-quenching. Grapefruit is prominent, but not as satisfying as I'd hoped for. Ginger kicks a bit of spice. No alcohol flavor detected. Notes of lemon zest/rind. Spritzy (very highly carbonated.)

Best way to sum this up is "Zima reincarnated." Not kidding. Maybe a touch of Tequiza too... Definitely alcopoppy.

I applaud the brewery's continued efforts to add more beers to their line up. Shiner is a trusted TX brand and these excursions help turn people on to drinking better beer and to not fear exploration. But this one I will not be purchasing again. Can't win 'em all!

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Photo of dalygnus
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden reddish pour -- head quickly dissipates, no lacing -- l like some head and lacing so this was a sore spot for my tastes
Smell: fruity as expected, no problem
Taste: l liked it a lot -- the grapefruit and carbonation resembled a Fresca, my fave soda
Mouthfeel: ok, very drinkable due to carbonation and low alcohol content
Overall: done in by no head. Sam Adams Summer Ale still the summer beer of choice

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Photo of BenFS4505
2.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was recommended by a clerk in my favorite beer store when another customer asked about it. It sounded appealing because grapefruit and ginger are favorites and I'm open to trying fruit beers. I bought a six-pack to try and what a disappoinment. I like ginger a lot but the bitter ginger flavor in this overpowered all other flavors. I tried a small serving again with friends a few days later during a meal and it was slightly better with food. Others thought it would be good on a hot summer day but I can think of many other beers I'd rather drink as an afternoon cooler. I will defintely pass on this.

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Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The label lists the abv at 4.01% and it also gives a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: The body is very clear and light to medium amber in color. It head is off white and quick fading despite a very active carbonation flowing up though the beer. After the first sip the head has completely disappeared and subsequently there is no lacing to speak of.

Smell: The aroma is light overall. I get some dry spicy gingerbread notes standing out over light grainy maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor starts with a light grainy base malt with notes of ginger and mild white peppercorn. Very mild notes of tart grapefruit like citrus move in and lead into the dry snappy finnish. Hop favor seems very subdued but very complimentary to the Ruby Red grapefruit juice and it definitely adds to the dryness. The palate feels light and quite lively.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of renegadeburger
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

what an interesting color for a beer was happy to see this on tap the person next to me drying it and it looked like a sparkling wine

this aroma smells just like a citrus fruit but underneath that there is that beer smell if that makes any sense

I drank two of them and I'm glad I did it was almost like a breakfast drink I will have more if I see it

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Photo of Junebug72
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of jonphilipp
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of petewheeler
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Billolick
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness info

Pours hazed medium amber with very minimal head. No film,collar,lace...nothing.

Lite grapefruit on the nose, with a hint of caramel.

Taste up front is sort of an artificial, bordering on plastic infused fruitiness. Perhaps some grapefruit, but mostly nasty and artificial tasting.

Ok on a very hot day is about the best I can say

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Photo of nothunder
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of dcevans
2/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Torey
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%

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Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 1,320 ratings