Shiner Ruby Redbird | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.01%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wagenvolks on 03-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,278
Reviews:
275
Avg:
3.13
pDev:
22.68%
 
 
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25
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Ratings: 1,278 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of plumberman63
2.36/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

average amber color decent head. has a sweet, piney, grapefruity, cleanser smell. taste about the same. A little to carbonated/acidity and waterer. Not something I would drink a again but I've had worse. If you like fruity, grapefruit beer you may like this. I'll give the rest to my daughter she likes that kind.

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Photo of gilgar
2.36/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of grittybrews
2.36/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured the color of light apple cider into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head. Medicinal aroma of ginger ale and grapefruit.

Lowish carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. Ginger up front followed by light grain and grapefruit (but not the hoppy kind).

Love the flavor combination in theory, but this wasn't for me (the wife enjoyed it, though). Tasted like flat ginger ale and dish soap.

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Photo of Bills453
2.37/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - no head retention whatsoever. Looks a bit watery.

Smell - sweet. Citrus. Very lemony smell!

Taste - unfortunately not much of a taste, and anything I do get isn't very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - average

Overall - I will not have this again.

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Photo of Dirtydee5
2.37/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Blaahhhhhh it's like cough syrup and ginger mixed together....so really good am I right?

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Photo of beerdiablo
2.4/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a love-hate beer and I find myself in the hate camp and surprised to see it still on store shelves.

The body and taste is "watery"/thin -plenty of citrus yet is more like a lager than a radler/shandy. I do enjoy the citrus aspect of hops and like grapefruit -which is showcased in this beer but the flavor comes from the fruit and not the hops in the case of Shiner Ruby Redbird. Perhaps as a Pale ale with grapefruit the beer would be more appealing.

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Photo of csiewert
2.42/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with no head whatsoever. The aroma is strong with Ginger and grapefruit. The taste is similar to a Ginger ale and not much else. The mouthfeel is overcarbonated and dry. Overall an interesting idea for a beer style, but poorly executed.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.44/5  rDev -22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a golden color.... no head, no lacing... Not a good start... looks flat.. giving a 1.5 because it looks a little like beer.

S: I'm getting the grapefruit right up front.... little hint of ginger.

T: OK, the ginger and malt hit first.... when a wave of tart grapefruit hits you and it hits hard... Finish is pretty clean with a little tart after taste.. Not much else here.

M: Light to mid bodied with no carbonation. A little flat.

O: Strangely not a horrible beer... I'm thinking I got a bad beer here... The tartness of the grapefruit was a little different from most fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of gillagorilla
2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Orange copper color with no head or lacing. A lot of bubbles stuck to the side initially.

S: I just get malty citrus in the form of grapefruit, plus a a tinge of ginger.

T: Grapefruit flavored ale, period. Ugh. As I was eyeing it up, a person in the aisle grabbed a six pack and said that he loved it, so I figured that would be the last one in my mix six.

M: Smooth, with just a bit of carbonation.

O: This was a letdown. I'd recently had Harpoon's Big Squeeze, which is a shandy with grapefruit juice and I'd loved it. But this is billed as a fruit/vegetable beer, so I guess that is the big difference. Anyways, not a fan and didn't finish it (cooked with it instead).

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Photo of StrayteEDGE
2.46/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cannot taste the grapefruit at all, just tastes like I'm drinking pork dumpling sauce

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.47/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Clear amber color, with a non-existent head. This essentially looks like slightly carbonated green tea.

Has quite a subtle smell with the grapefruit being surprisingly subdued, at least considering my expectations. The label also notes that there is some ginger added - which is definitely noticeable. Overall a gentle, yet easily appreciated scent.

While I thought the ginger was fairly subtle in the smell, it utterly dominates the taste. The grapefruit is noticeable, but does not steal the show as it is subdued by the ginger, besides making an appearance a second or two.

The carbonation is quite heavy, with both the hops and malts being lacking. Easy to drink, hard to love.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Nice looking reddish amber. Heavy carbonation present. Little/no lace or head.

S: Big ginger over a pale malt aroma. A little medicinal/antiseptic.

T: I love the taste of both ginger and grapefuit but this is not very good. Finishes metallic. Like weak ginger beer and pine sol.

M: Highly carbonated and invigorating.

D: Never again. "Fool me once..."

I really don't like or understand these novelty beers that have no direction or purpose.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a medium amber with a pinkish hue. Zero head upon pour, looks like a glass of fruit juice. The nose feature musty grainy notes paired with notes of wheat, vegetal notes reminiscent of squash, no real discernible grapefruit. The taste is a mess. It starts with tart citric grapefruit notes which are undercut by strong husky grain flavor. No hops to speak of, and no real balance between flavors. Mouthfeel is absent of appropriate carbonation... all I get is a bit of prickle sensation, but it seems out of place. Overall, not impressed. A grapefruit beer with citrus hops would be way more exciting than this, all we get here is an artificial tasting lackluster brew.

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Photo of mb202060
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nicole309
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of dsauter
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of DerekSmigelski
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of JamLand
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of CraigTravor
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of keenanite21
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Volsdawg10
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of elprofe
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of LutherBrau
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Dieck
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.13 out of 5 based on 1,278 ratings.
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