Shiner Ruby Redbird
Spoetzl Brewery

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #920
ABV:
4.01%
Score:
74
Ranked #50,309
Avg:
3.22 | pDev: 21.74%
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
1,367
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Spoetzl Brewery
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
74
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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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Reviews by Mtn:
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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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grg001 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +32%

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.

Sep 05, 2014
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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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jwc215 from Arizona

3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with no head and no real lacing.

The smell is of sweet grapefruit and some ginger. There is a slight "beer" smell, but it smells more like a fruity malt drink.

The taste is of sweet grapefruit juice. Grapefruit from the juice, slightly "artificial", certainly not from the hops. There is some dryness from the ginger in the finish.

It is light-bodied and crisp.

If you want a nicely carbonated summer refresher with grapefruit juice and ginger that has some "beer" character it's not a bad choice. It is what it is.

Aug 28, 2012
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napetry from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -6.8%

Mar 15, 2013
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JohnBender from Texas

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Aug 02, 2012
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chossboss from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Jun 07, 2014
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wkarges from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Jul 09, 2014
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Rangerjak from Texas

3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feb 08, 2019
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -6.8%

Jul 18, 2013
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chapcat from Texas

3/5  rDev -6.8%

Nov 24, 2011
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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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stadmo1 from Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aug 26, 2015
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Bsucilla

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

Jul 11, 2014
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aatazebeats from Texas

3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 03, 2019
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

Jul 14, 2012
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oreo from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this bottle for free today from my beer guy.

Drank straight from the bottle, but poured a bit out to see the color and head.

Poured a nice amber with a short bright white head. Gone within seconds.

Smells pretty neat, lots of grapefruit and ginger. More fruit and citrus than ginger which is good.

Tastes pretty damn good. I can see how they call this the "perfect summer beer" Very light and refreshing. Easily drinkable on a hot summer day. Over the course of the beer, the ginger makes more of an appearance in the taste. Kinda kills all the wonderful grapefruit I had at the beginning.

Very light and crisp mouthfeel, as a summer beer should be.

Overall this is a good beer. Not great, but enough to keep me happy during ahot summer day. Well done shiner!

Apr 06, 2011
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rjl910953 from Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Jul 15, 2012
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Wedcat from California

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Jun 08, 2014
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TejasMtnBiker from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Jul 11, 2014
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leagr from Missouri

3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My father-in-law brought me most of a 12-pack of this beer. In all honesty, that was a red flag for me. i wondered if he had a couple, realized it wasn't that great, and wasn't broken-hearted to part with it. After he told me grapefruit, I was a bit skeptical, but kept an open-mind, and I have to say, I enjoy this beer alright.

A: Pale, light golden color; transparent; looks a bit like a cider; absolutely no head or lacing

S: fragrant ginger but not too over the top, slight citrus undertones

T: sweet and tart balanced with spice and bitterness

M: light in body; very little carbonation; perfect i think for a hot, muggy day

O/D: This beer may not be for everyone, but it's an interesting and I think enjoyable combination of grapefruit and ginger. Better than expected.

Jun 10, 2011
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LehighAce06 from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -37.9%

Jan 24, 2014
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braican from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Jun 10, 2012
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NJBeer265 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.8%

Jul 27, 2014
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DallasRaider from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Jul 12, 2014
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