Shiner Ruby Redbird | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Ruby RedbirdShiner Ruby Redbird

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.01%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: moderate to moderately low light malt, grapefruit and ginger aromas with a light sweetness.

L: gold amber with a faint haze and a sudsy white foam cap that rapidly disappears.

T: light grains, citrus, a trace of ginger and light to medium hop bitterness. The grapefruit flavors emerge more in the middle and the ginger increases throughout and the level of ginger heat increases slightly with each drink. The bitterness is just enough to balance the grapefruit and malt.

F: medium light body and medium to medium low carbonation.

O: The brewer shows a restrained hand with the added fruit and spices and achieves a fairly balanced, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bullyy56
4.2/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised find that the gas station right in front of our subdivision has this beer for sale. I was lucky to get the last 6 pack they had on the shelf.
The look is a bit of a dark orange, very transparent, very inviting almost. The head didn't last too long, but I'm not complaining.
You can smell the ginger and the grapefruit in the bottle and even more so in the glass. Smells appetizing.
In the taste, the grapefruit is present yet not as much as you'd think, and the ginger is kind of subdued, but it does add a nice compliment to the grapefruit. Nicely balanced overall
The mouthfeel is light, very smooth, with the carbonation you'd expect from a Shiner beer(which ain't so bad for me).
Overall, a balanced beer. Very smooth and easy to drink, and definitely a nicely flavored beer that isn't overbearing on the palate. It was very refreshing to drink, especially with the hours at work being as crazy as they've been. There aren't too many breweries that make such easy drinking beers like the Spoetzel brewery. I can't wait to try my next Shiner!

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Photo of Squire123
3.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber gold color with minimal white cap and lacing.

Aroma of ripe ruby grapefruit. Not astringent garden variety red grapefruit, the rich aroma of the ruby red variety grown in Texas. I know the scent having bought them from a stand on the edge of the field where they were grown. Following this is the sharp, bitter tang of ginger.

Flavor is sweet grapefruit and sharp ginger atop a base beer substantial enough to support those strong flavors an not get lost in the process. Little or none of malt and hops which would normally be a turnoff for me. Indeed, I've ignored this brew because I was thinking, ho-hum, another shandy. It's more than that because here the grapefruit flavor is rich without being sweet, the ginger strong without being bitter, the supporting beer being solid without being intrusive. It's not a complex brew but certainly a tasty one.

Medium texture with just a bit over average carbonation.

Shiner nailed it with this one. Not too strong, not too sweet, not too tart, and very refreshing. These fruited beers sometimes hit me with an overboard whang of artificial flavors but not this one. It just seems natural as if Shiner took a few good things and blended them together in a surprisingly competent manner.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.28/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiner Ruby Redbird brewed by Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner, with an ABV of 4.01% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color with a thin white head. The head to this brew goes away fast. Vary thin lacing to this brew. The smell is rich with spices and citrus sweetness. You also pick up on some nice grains and malts in the smell of this brew. Hops are mild. Now for the taste, it is sweet but spicy sweetness kinda reminds me Ginger Ale. Not saying that is a bad thing. After reading the bottle it has ginger in it, so it a nice note to this brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a real nice balance to it. The Ginger spice adds to the flavor nicely. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean, Crisp, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm Shiner Ruby Redbird a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again. Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Coolguy_chris
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of my least favorite beers I've tried. I just don't think it was for my pallet as it seems like it has some good reviews. I just did not like the taste at all.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.24/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiner Ruby Redbird | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew has no head, no lacing, and a deep brownish amber body.

I smell cranberry 7-Up/ Canada Dry. Not bad at all.

Tastes like a crisp, very refreshing fruit flavor upfront that is nice and tart.

Medium-light mouthfeel with fair carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Shiner Ruby Redbird | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner. A lighter, refreshing brew that will do the job cooling you off.

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Photo of nbaker290
3.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this brew a number of times, though I'm not a huge fan of fruit-beers. Inn ever sought it out in its own 6er, though it is available in Texas and Florida (home port) as a 6 pack. I only get it when I get a few family reunion 12 packs when I'm in Texas so I can get the craft beers (this time it was the Texas Warmer and Berliner Weisse), plus a few Shiner Bocks, Wicked Rams (I hate IPAs, but sometimes I throw one or 2 back) and Kosmos Reserves as a bonus. So, on to the test.
Looks: pour is promising, this is the first time I poured this into a glass and actually analyzed the beer. Nice lighter side of amber color. White inch-tall head that dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: smells like grapefruit and ginger and a hint of malt in the background, but mostly ginger and grapefruit. Ever had a Leinenkugel's Grapefruit? Kinda like that.
Taste: follows the nose to a T. Grapefruit tardiness followed by a ginger and malt finish. Not bad. Inhale through your nose as you drink it in a pint glass and the taste really reveals itself. Pretty refreshing.
Feel: feels thin and carbonated, not like a bud light or something, not watery. Just thin and fizzy.
Overall: not a bad fruit beer, just not my style. One of the better fruity beers I've had (mostly Leinie's), but overall not bad. I will continue to drink these as long as they're in the reunion pack.

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Photo of DavidRolle
4.14/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really crisp and refreshing yet bitter like a grapefruit and has the smell of fruity pebbles. I loved how much of a grapefruit and ginger character there is in this beer.

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Photo of ChefRaku
4.25/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color and feel of this brew is good. It has a Bock taste but very clean with the essential oils of the Rio Red grapefruit from the Valley. I suppose that is why it is seasonal and sells out quickly. It is very refreshing on a hot day. Don't expect sweet as the tang on the tongue and slightly bitter burst in the mouth yields a fresh overall quench. Ice cold after mowing the lawn is a treat. Served a bit more warm sitting outside under a cooling starry night yields more robust complexity from roasted grains and citrus tannins.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
2.84/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This tasted like beer water. Looks were deceiving as it poured okay, amber-orange with an inch of white head that disipated rapidly. No lacing at all. Smelled of grapefruit, ginger, and malt. Well balanced but thin and watery in flavor. The recommendation to serve ice cold tips Shiner's hand. This is a fruity saison that's best drank while mowing the grass if ever.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color of peach-flavored Snapple tea. That is, clear, bronzy amber with yellow and pink hues. Tannish head fizzes up and then down very quickly. Completely gone in about 30 seconds. Nose is cranberry or raspberry, ginger, light on the grapefruit. Palate is not too sweet, in fact, incredibly dry for what it is. And what sweetness is there is well-balanced with ginger and a tartness which just barely favors grapefruit over tart berries. I don't even know if berries are an ingredient, it could be grapefruit that has lost some of its character. Light-bodied, spritzy to sudsy and velvety, quite crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of irishzombieman
3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I almost threw this out. A friend got me a Shiner Family Reunion mixed six pack. The Shiner Bock was the worst beer I've ever had, no joke, and the plain old Shiner was almost as bad. I dumped them both.

I drank this because I was hot and this was the only thing cold in the fridge. I don't even like fruit beer. But the ginger really set off the grapefruit and it's surprisingly refreshing. Not bad. Would buy again.

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Photo of Jheazy
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It may sound as though I am being partial to a Texas brewed beer but I assure you that I am not normally a huge fan of fruit flavored beers. This beer is very easy to drink in the Texas heat. The hops, malt, and grapefruit flavors play off each other well to create something very decent. If you haven't given this beer a try yet I strongly recommend that you do.

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Photo of NorthwoodsPro
3.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2 bottles were included in a Shiner Reunion 12 pack. Poured into a chalice, it had a short lived head and a pale Amber color. It had a slight hay smell. I found the grapefruit taste pleasantly refreshing. I normally don't like fruity beers. This one I enjoyed after cutting the lawn on an 80 degree day.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.91/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clean amber, with an average head of off-white suds. Slight lace.

Aroma: Smells like a fruit punch soda — Nehi or some other strawberry fizzy. Hmm.

Taste: Oddly artificially sweet and weird. There is a grapefruit taste but it lacks the bitter and acidic punch of the real thing. A ginger infusion comes in around the finish, too. A light brew that would be decent on a hot day, but as a beer, seems kinda meh.

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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 CratesRus
1.16/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

L- It looks fine. Clear. Gold. Nothing notable.

S- Foul. Just wrong. Think household cleaner. As I hold the glass to my nose I am dreading the first sip.

T- Not as bad as I was expecting but still very bad. At first stale & bready, then sickly sweet citrus, and then the stale flavor comes back. Debating pouring the rest out. That would be a first for me so I'll tough it out.

F- Soda water.

O- I don't really have anything nice to say about this. Wouldn't buy again or even drink again. At least there is some alcohol in it I guess. AVOID

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Photo of CHickman
1.39/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours clear gold color with a foamy 2 finger tan colored head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving zero lacing and no trace of foam.

Smells like pine sol, ginger, herbs, grapefruit juice and ammonia. It's just wrong smelling for a beer.

Tastes pretty much like it smells, but with some more lager like beer malty character and a whole lot more red grapefruit juice. Too bitter and the ginger adds too much chemical flavor for my liking.

Overall it was not enjoyable in any way. Sadly it reminded me of urine.

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Photo of Callipygea
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It is not something I would drink on its own, as it felt thin, watery, and more tangy than sweet. However, it didn't have much bitter or pine, which was good (to me). It was lightly grapefruity and I liked the subtle ginger bite. It worked really well with dinner, which was General Tso's.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from some guy who was drinking it in the local bottle shop while i was shopping. Thanks for the freebie, dude. "Beer brewed with Texas ruby red grapefruit juice and with natural and ginger flavors added". 4.01% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a brassy orange body with decent clarity, about one finger of thin wispy white head that falls to a ring and disappears quickly, leaving a flat appearance. Leaves no lacing behind to speak of. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks ok for what it is.

S - A crisp & fruity aroma. Almost radler-like at times, notes of freshly cut / squeezed grapefruit, citrus, & white sugar. Very lightly bready malt presence, but mostly a sweet, sugary aroma.

T - Taste is the same: very sugary & sweet, notes of grapefruit juice & sugar cubes. This thing literally tastes like it had sugar cubes dumped into it. A bit of a coarse prickliness which must be from the ginger.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Some lingering gingery prickliness / sugar cube sweetness. Light-bodied & easy drinking, with good carb.

Overall, very crisp, clean, & refreshing. An ideal summer drinking beer from Shiner.

Shiner Ruby Redbird -----3.5/5

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Obviously I didn't expect much from this one. It's artificially sweet and unbalanced. It's from a huge brewery so I didn't expect it to be great. This is fine for a hot summer day.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.51/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I hesitate to rate this higher than I should with the unfair advantage of the aromas & flavors coming from fruit instead of malt & hops. Really good & refreshing.

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Photo of gandres
2.22/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
light amber color, hazy, off white head that disappears quickly
Nose: no aroma easily sense like flavored soda water
fair beer, not ok to repeat, not to look for
Drank Arpil 29, 2016

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Photo of drtth
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice rich clear copper color with a 1/4" off white head that soon recedes to a very small ring around the glass and a thin island of foam. Sipping leaves a few tiny speckles that soon slide back to the liquid. Before long there's no foam on the liquid and a barely visible ring of tiny bubbles.

The aromas most strongly include the ginger and way in the background there's that touch of grapefruit juice. There's not much sign of either malt or hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose except that the grapefruit is up front and, along with some sweetness, is mostly all that's really there until the ginger kicks in towards the end. There is a faint bitterness which seems mostly from the grapefruit until the very end.

The mouthfeel is on the light-bodied side and slightly prickly from light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the grapefruit begins to fade, allowing that ginger to appear and also begin to fade away. While there's a touch of dryness at the end there doesn't seem to be any bitterness.

As a summer beer I could see enjoying this one and maybe even a couple, but I haven't enjoyed it enough to go find another. I'd probably not turn down a free one but trying it once is enough to know I'll be looking elsewhere for summer beers.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.52/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The perfect light, fruity summer beer for a hot day floating the river in Texas. Remember the Alamo, and remember to drink this beer in 100 degree heat.

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