Shiner Ruby Redbird | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Shiner Ruby RedbirdShiner Ruby Redbird
BA SCORE
3.18/5
1,291 Ratings
Shiner Ruby RedbirdShiner Ruby Redbird
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by wagenvolks on 03-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,429
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,291
pDev:
22.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of fitz284
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of supie12
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Understanding that the Shiner Brand isn't really a craft maker, they do offer a few beers that are worth a try and plus its a great local favorite for us Texans.

When poured in a Pint Glass:
The color is an amber with plenty of bubbles. The head fizzes out rather quickly. The taste holds obvious hints of the citrus fruit added. It goes down smooth and is a great summer refresher.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of logicalparadox
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of archyquaffer
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The label mentions the additions of Texas Ruby Red grapefruit and ginger. Poured from the longneck twisty into a Pilsener glass. A moderate pour produces only about a half-inch head, which disappears within about a minute, leaving absolutely no lacing. The beer is an amber color with big fizzy bubbles rising.

The aroma is distinctly of grapefruit, but not overwhelmingly so. Grapefruit and ginger are quite apparent in the flavor, but seem fairly well balanced by a base bitterness suggesting (what else?) grapefruit pith. Some subtle floral notes are also discernable; perhaps also just a bit of honey. Underneath it all, a slight touch of pale malt flavor adds a cracker-like note. It's sweet overall, but not cloying. The mouthfeel is rather spritzy. A very mild lingering bitterness connects sips.

I'm enjoying this beer during my lunch break. This refreshing beverage provides a good alternative to a soda pop or an iced tea, and the low ABV means you can drink two or three of these without going back to your job buzzed and ready for a nap.

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Photo of Harrisonsee1991
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wouldn't drink this often, but its fine to try just to taste something different. Does have a pretty strong grapefruit taste to it.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
2.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice ruby-tinted amber color, but very little head.
Not much aroma to speak of.
Definite ginger flavor coming off the first sip. Little to no grapefruit flavor or feel despite the name sake.
Suggests it is best when served ice cold. Mildly refreshing at ice cold, but there are more refreshing beers with a lot more to offer.
Overall it doesn't do much well apart from color.

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Photo of renegadeburger
3.96/5  rDev +24.5%
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 superspak
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of slightly tart grapefruit, lemon, lime, ginger, pear, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of grapefruit juice, ginger, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of slightly tart grapefruit, lemon, lime, ginger, pear, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Slight herbal spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, ginger, pear, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a very short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of grapefruit juice, ginger, and pale malt flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium boded; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a good spiced blonde ale style. All around good balance and solid robustness of grapefruit juice, ginger, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of matjack85
1.49/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured out a crystal clear light strawberry color but made just a thin white rim for a head and even that dissipated in under 10 seconds. There was also no lacing. Looked more like a flavored water than a beer.

Faint citrus smell along with a spiciness.

The spice turns out to be ginger and it tastes like a grapefruit flavored ginger ale with a nasty mineral water medicinal flavor to it. No malt to speak of and just 13 IBUs worth of bitterness.

Watery thin with very high carbonation.

This is horrid!

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Photo of petewheeler
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kgammell1
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best thing about this is its color. Gorgeous ruby red with tiny tiny head. Zero lacing. Actually tastes quite nice, fruity. Grapefruit and citrus notes predominate. Great for beach or hot summer day when you want something light and cold.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.57/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of fosters9
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Billolick
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Antc2382
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid red ale from Shinnnnnnnneeeer

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Photo of AndieB
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DoubleJ
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Grapefruit in beer seems to really be catching on. Shiner comes out with their version of a grapefruit beer, which in fact gave me the suggestion of another beverage. At 4.01% alcohol by volume, this is, by a whisker, NOT a true session beer. Coming from a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

I'm not sure if I'm looking at ale or ginger ale, as this among the most dullest beers I've seen. It looks like a de-fizzed soda with a squirt of visible bubbles. There's no head, the body looking still, and the color a faded orange. But its smell has something. I don't get grapefruit, but I get a good kick of pleasing ginger. Gosh, it smells like a ginger ale. Where's the beer?

Ruby Redbird sort of redeems itself as a beverage, as it tastes like a beer with added flavors. There's a generic dry pale malt backbone carrying a small springboard of red grapefruit and ginger. It tastes like a radler, and the taste isn't so bad. It's a light bodied beer with bubbles that remind me of soda.

Credit Shiner for trying, but let's bring out the shotgun, kill the Redbird, and walk back to the laboratory.

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Photo of Tiernan
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of HankSingle
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a pretty good ginger beer, and a pretty lacking grapefruit beer. My partner tore through the six pack on a hot day when I was out, but the one I had was marginal - nice, not offensive, but utterly absent the grapefruit flavor I was looking for when I bought it.

A nice 'it's really hot out' beer, but I don't know if that saves it - I really do think I'm being hung up on the grapefruit on the label; but, then, I wouldn't have bought it just for the ginger.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of citylifelover
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beergorrilla
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 1,291 ratings
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