Shiner Ruby Redbird
Spoetzl Brewery

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Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #442
Ranked #30,121
3.19 | pDev: 21.94%
May 06, 2022
Mar 17, 2011
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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Ratings by maddogruss:
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2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by maddogruss from New Jersey

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
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3.25 by sglooney316 from Texas on May 04, 2022
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3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by whynot44 from Missouri

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
3.23 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Dec 28, 2021
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3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Lucular from Maryland

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
2.25 by PopeGrundle from Texas on Apr 03, 2021
3 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 05, 2021
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3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by TedHead from Illinois

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
2.89 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Oct 09, 2020
3.02 by BlueSpader from Washington on Sep 30, 2020
3.48 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Aug 22, 2020
3 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Aug 02, 2020
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3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

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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2.27/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
by dkoehler42 from New York

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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2.57/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

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
3.8 by ajg_pgh from Pennsylvania on Jun 04, 2020
3.6 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Mar 31, 2020
3.3 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Mar 19, 2020
3.52 by txun from Texas on Mar 13, 2020
4.23 by AndrewBuffalo from Illinois on Feb 20, 2020
3.27 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Feb 13, 2020
3.48 by gvickery from Texas on Jan 31, 2020
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2.29/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by jettjon from Florida

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
3.54 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Oct 25, 2019
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2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Mtn from Texas

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.’s pretty bad.

Oct 11, 2019
2.85 by JaimePena67 from Texas on Sep 26, 2019
3.49 by Techichi from Texas on Sep 13, 2019
2.83 by AustinRT from Texas on Jun 29, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by TBoneJones from Texas

Hmm. Almost smells just like ginger ale. Prickly tart and thin. Low carbonation feel.

Jun 28, 2019
3.25 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 26, 2019
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2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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
2.67 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on May 19, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by daliandragon from Maryland

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
3.35 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas on Apr 24, 2019
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3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

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
4.11 by markallmon from Tennessee on Apr 22, 2019
4 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia on Apr 11, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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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5/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MrNIko from Texas

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
3 by imposterzilla from Washington on Mar 19, 2019
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