Shiner Ruby Redbird | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.01%

Availability: Summer

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Added by wagenvolks on 03-17-2011

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282
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1,311
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Photo of Dope
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Crystal clear amber pour. Small soda-like fizzy white head (with just a hint of pink in it?). Head fizzes away fast. Slight bits of lacing, minimal retention.

S: Lots and lots of ginger for sure. Hint of grapefruit. Smells mostly like a ginger beer or a ginger ale.

T: Yup, lots and lots of ginger again. Mild grapefruit flavor. Not grapefruit hoppy flavor, just like grapefruit juice only sweeter. Almost no bitterness at all in fact, just a hint in the aftertaste. Just some sweet grapefruit (ruby red I assume) and ginger pretty much throughout.

M: High carbonation with a light body.

O: Not a horrible beer but hardly a beer at the same time. Tastes like someone mixed a little ruby red grapefruit juice and ginger ale and called it good. Good summer beer, I guess. I'd rather an APA or a witbier or a saison, myself. This is more of a quasi-craft beer, IMO. Gateway beer. Not horrifying but nothing special.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to be pretty polarizing, either you like it or hate it. One thing is for sure though - it IS different. 12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a small off-white head. Dissipates quickly to near nothingness.

Nose is mostly ginger but some of the grapefruit pokes out if you look for it. Not much in the way of malt and a faint citra hop presence is barely detectable. I would love for the hops to be more bold on the aroma, but this is Shiner were talkin about.

Taste is out there, that is for sure. More depth than a ginger beer, but the asian root still dominates for the most part. The grapefruit is a nice addition and the malts are kept light and grainy. Hops are low-key but the bitterness is not really missed with the zesty grapefruit and ginger. If it were my recipe, I would dial down the ginger and dry hop it with lots more amarillo and citra. Having said that, I am really enjoying this seasonal offering and am already on my 3rd sixer of it. It is a very good, refreshing summer beer to go with the hot, humid dog days of summer soon to be here. Say what you will about Shiner’s regular lineup, but their seasonals have been innovative and for the most part quite good.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear, slightly reddish amber - no head, but that must have been an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has a dusty tone, like powdered fruit drink. Malty flavor has a fruity undertone, apple and cherry with a hint of pear, and a subtle sour undertone. Texture has about average body and fizz. I didn’t seem to get any grapefruit, but this is a tasty and distinctive beer. Let it fly down your throat.

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Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jame515
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of Beginner2
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CHickman
1.39/5  rDev -56.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Ruby Redbird has a thick, white head that doesn’t last long and leaves behind no lacing. The appearance is clear old gold, with very few streaming bubbles. Aroma is of sharp, tart grapefruit zest and some sweet white bread, with a ginger background. Taste is of red grapefruit, citrus sweetness, a touch of ginger, and tap water. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Shiner Ruby Redbird finishes dry, refreshing, easy-drinking, and sweet. Overall, this is a good fruit beer.

RJT

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Photo of ordybill
4.24/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really well crafted spiced brew. This is a well balanced spiced beer. very enjoyable with a small white head and excellent spicy aroma. A great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of thagr81us
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks goes out to Mississipping and StayWhatYouAre2’s dad for sharing this one at a tasting recently! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to none extremely quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, ginger, and rice. The flavor was of sweet malt, ginger, wheat, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty bad brew. I was wondering why their dad was laughing as he brought this one out from the garage fridge to share. He even got more of a kick when I went to smell it. This was definitely not what I was looking for when I came to this tasting. The ginger on this one was what made it so bad in my opinion. While I usually like ginger, this one presented it in a way that I did not enjoy at all. Definitely would make a rather amusing prank on someone if you feel the urge, so keep that in mind.

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Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Patches826
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cbcrunch
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours clear and amber in color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Moderate grain aroma. Light grapefruit.

Taste - Moderate notes of slightly toasted grain. Ginger and less discernible spices. Maybe some nutmeg? Grapefruit builds throughout the process, coming through in moderation near and into the finish. More sweet than bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair to lively carbonation. Goes down easy before a crisp finish.

Overall - A fair summer brew. The grapefruit doesn't quite shine in the way one might expect from the labeling, but it's presence is certainly not amiss. I'd drink this again if offered, but I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of prototypic
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jamison85
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of garymuchow
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant soft aroma with hints of the grapefruit and slightly stronger the ginger. The grapefruit grows in time making an interesting and enjoyable nose presentation.
Smallish fairly dense white head caps a brilliantly clear dark gold body.
Soft malt flavors going towards breadiness. Tartness from the grapefruit leads to a very extended dryness closing in on more astringency than I appreciate. Pick ups of the grapefruit primarily and the ginger secondarily add interest to the flavors.
Lighter body with a wee bit bigger carbonation that fits the beer well.
Ya' know this is an all right beer. There are several components that are quite good, but the flavors for me ultimately aren't satisfying, however, as a summer seasonal, it's an interesting and unique alternative of which I give the brewery kudos.
Thanks Dave.

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Photo of Chucker17
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 1,311 ratings