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Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

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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Photo of DoubleJ
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
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 Stinkypuss
2.24/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a lifeless deep gold bordering copper, no head or retention. Aroma of grated citrus peel and ginger, light malts. In the flavor, twangy ginger, yeast and sour citrus. Flaccid bitterness and bone dry. Over carbonated, too much grapefruit, not enough balance. Unless you love dry grapefruit juice, I'd select a different beer than this.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by grapefruit. Taste is tart, grapefruit, a touch of malt, not terrible but not really my thing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- Beer brewed with ruby red grapefruit juice and ginger. Served cold as suggested.

A: Rustic oxidized orange with a translucent clarity and a quickly diminishing fizzy beige head that showed a polished clean surface. Carbonation was quick at pace of fine misty bubbles while no window dressing was evident.

S: The aroma was distinct of fresh pink grapefruit, juice like in character, fresh pulp variety. Beyond the pink grapefruit you may be hard pressed to pick up much else.

T: The flavor was fresh grapefruit juice, sweet and tart notes. Again hard to distinguish hop, yeast, or malt character, but this isn’t uncommon per style. Some ginger notes come on, but is the grapefruit juice that is front and center focus of this beer. Smooth and refreshing.

M: Good amount of body, though only a slight amount of carbonation.

O: You may forget your drinking a beer here, though it keeps within the guidelines, low malt and low hop profile, clean yeast, with a forefront of the fruit/vegetable highlighted. Has no mention of alcohol, and drinks like a dream if you are a fan of grapefruit juice (of which I am). Labeled as a great summer time beverage, consumed cold on a hot day, hell I will go as far to say this is the ultimate breakfast beverage as you may not be able to tell this apart from virgin grapefruit juice. Overall as a beer would call this worthy per style, and a solid good rating if you’re a fan of grapefruit juice.

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Photo of beertunes
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear light gold color, with less than a half-inch of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral and bland, certainly a bit of grapefruit but no real beer scent. The beer had a bit more grapefruit on the tongue and a moderate amount of basic beer taste came through, in a very subdued manner.

The body was very thin and just a little sticky. Drinkability was OK, but with the beer being so blah, why would you several? Overall, nothing special. Try it if you like grapefruit, otherwise drink something else.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours nicely, looks like an IPA colourwise, good 1 finger head of foam, not much lacing. The foam leaves the scene very quickly but the colour is nice.

The smell is attractive to me; strong nose of ginger, side note of some grapefruit.

The taste is so similar to the smell and what I expected after taking a few whiffs. Ginger takes no. 1, grapefruit no.2, and for what Spoetzl intended, or at least what I think they intended, they hit the nail on this one. I love a good ginger ale, ginger beer...so I'm enjoying sipping and drinking this 4.01%abv concoction. I guess it *could* have been listed as one of them there malternatives but like I said it's doing okay for me and I do find it rather refreshing. My bucks wasted on a 6 pack? Nah.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a DFH pint glass

Pours a light golden color with a very minor head. It has a very pronounced sweet and fruity nose. Very pleasant. The taste is best described as refreshing. Extremely easy to drink. Medium carbonation and a light feel make the drinkability extremely high.

Overall a solid, enjoyable summer beer. Probably my go to beer for the summer. If you dont like this beer, then you dont like summer!

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear orange/gold color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that immediately dissipated to a ring of bubbles around the inside edge of the glass. Decanted lightly. No lacing.

S: Ginger and grapefruit. Just like the bottle said. that's it.

T: Sweet malt character more prominent right up front. Quick transition to ginger and grapefruit in the middle. Both linger, somewhat crisply, in a very muted bitter. Certainly not clean, but relatively crisp and refreshing.

M: Very light body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Actually, I think the carbonation "saved" this one a bit in cleaning-up the ginger and grapefruit. Relatively refreshing.

O: Pretty one-dimensional; actually two - ginger and grapefruit. Easy to drink, but why why?

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a cloudy red grapefruit juice color. Head fizzles off to nothing. Actually does look like fruit juice. Doesn't really lace.

S-Ginger ale. Grapefruit too (and not derived from hops) Just grapefruit doused in granulated sugar. The creepy spawn of a Schweppes and Schlitz.

T-Ginger ale with sugary grapefruit. Then an odd yeasty component. Flavors combat one another. The ginger ale is very off putting. Beer?

M-Light but sugary. Plenty of bubbles. Like a soft drink; not surprising.

O/D-Ale brewed with ginger and grapefruit? About $6.75 a six-pack? I guess I'll give her a shot. Bad idea. My girlfriend loved it because it tasted so much like ginger ale. I hated it for the same reason. And boy, when this beer warmed, it really became frightening.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber mostly light in color with a 1/2 inch of head that actually sticks around for quite a while.

Smell is pretty nice I do get some grapefruit and maybe ginger. The wheat base in this smells very fluid.

Taste was actually quite impressive since it makes for a pretty sweet/tart summer beer. Grapefruit isn't bitter but it does seem very natural with the balance of wheat. Not getting much ginger but it contributes to the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Not bad.

Overall I could see picking up a six pack since most places around here have Shiner for around 9 bucks a six pack. Not a bad fruit based beer at all.

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Photo of avalon07
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a completely clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy, quickly dissipating head. Zero lacing.

S: A somewhat subdued aroma of grapefruit and ginger.

T: Tasted of ginger up front, with grapefruit and malt in the finish. Fruit/vegetable beers aren't the most complex brews by nature, but this one doesn't do that reputation any favors.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: While not a completely horrid beer, it certainly doesn't stick in your mind after you've finished it.

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Photo of cbutova
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Interesting, my first review for a Spoetzl beer. I haven't noticed them around MA much but just saw this on a local shelf and got a single because... why not. Grapefruit and ginger surely sounds like a good combo.

A- Filtered dark orange body with some red hues in the center as you might expect from the name. A fizzy puff appears on the beer for very briefly before transforming to a tiny ring at the edges. Lacing is rather rare.

S- Ginger (which isn't exactly that aromatic here) and rarely anything else. Other hints I get are grapefruit juice, pale grains, fruit esters and caramelized sugar.

T- Ginger ale soda with a fairly strong hint of grapefruit juice and general citrus. A moderate sweetness and caramelized sugar note joins that with hints of apple and light fruit esters. Ginger spiciness has an authenticity to it.

MF- Extremely light bodied and defining watery as far as beers go. As far as texture, all I can really list is fizziness reminiscent of a soda with high-end carbonation. Finishes with slight spiciness on the palate from the ginger.

Refreshing with a moderate amount of true ginger flavor and spiciness. Similar to a ginger soda in both flavor and mouthfeel which is both a good and bad thing for a beer. For me it is just too watery and soda-like to be taken seriously.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a amber color with a tiny white foam of a head. The foam head faded fast to give almost no lacing.

Smell – The aromas were of a light wheat maltiness with a good deal of sweet grapefruit aroma.

Taste – The taste was very similar to the nose. It had a light wheat base which in the beginning that was mixed with a sweeter grapefruit flavor. The grapefruit bittered a bit as the taste went on leaving a light sour taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was quite light and the carbonation level was very average. The light body suited the grapefruit flavors well, although a more robust level of carbonation may have been more fitting for the beer.

Overall – Very easy to drink on a warm summer day (which is how I had it). With the low abv and easy drinking style it makes for a good session beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. No visible best before date.

A: Head dissipates before it can even form, leaving nothing on the top. A view bubbles inside a clear, dull golden beer.

S: The ginger overwhelms almost everything. Seriously, it smells like ginger ale. Underneath, the nose catches a glimpse of citrus and maybe hops, it's hard to tell.

T: The grapefruit does serve to partially balance the gingerness, but most of the flavour and feel still comes from the sharp, pervasive spice. Otherwise, the beer is watery (to avoid the pejorative, perhaps I should say 'quenching') and plain. The label claims Citra and Cascade hops, but I can't find them, unless it's the within the gingery dryness right at the end. More likely, they're buried under the copious amounts of (pleasant) grapefruit. I still think this beer tastes like a soft drink -- lemon-lime ginger ale?

M: Well done. Both interesting and thirst-quenching. Nice on a hot day. I suspect this beer is meant to be drunk from the bottle; perhaps I would find it improved if the emphasis were on feel than smell and taste.

O: An interesting beer, if not a good one. I didn't mind drinking it. I wouldn't have another, but I wouldn't say anything against ordering one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
072 11 on the bottom, no info, "Beer brewed with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit juice and ginger."

A - Cloudy golden amber in color and topped by a dense and effervescent off-white head. Good retention but no lace is left over.

S - Distinctive ginger spice overlaps the Ruby grapefruit aroma a touch more than I'd like to see. The ginger mellows out fairly quickly though. Soft wheat and light pale malt mingle nicely in the background.

T - Spicy, mellow ginger notes play off the citrusy grapefruit nicely while soft wheat and pale malt fill in the cracks. The taste is a lot thinner than the aroma makes it out to be unfortunately.

M - Light-bodied and highly carbonated, Ruby Redbird is a touch bitter from the grapefruit and dry too. It could actually use a bit more grapefruit bitterness but more body to balance it out. Like the taste, the feel of this beer is very thin.

O - The fact this beer was brewed with grapefruit juice and ginger really jazzed me up for something exciting; refreshing delicious summer knock-around brew, but the flavor and feel were pretty lacking, unfortunately. Refreshing? Yeah, definitely. Will I pick up some more? Sadly, no.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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 FLima
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber golden color with a fluffy head that is short lived.
Predominant sweet aroma of oxidized grapefruit juice and ginger.
Soda flavor with artificial notes of grapefruit and mostly ginger, not otherwise.
Dry aftertaste with a very mild bitterness.
Light body with soda like carbonation.
This didn't taste it as beer, it sure tasted as a ginger beer. I was expecting a flavorful grapefruit APA, but it came out as a sugary soda drink. This could have been so much better.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev +18.4%
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 thagr81us
2/5  rDev -35.5%
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 Dope
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
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 jsh420
1.75/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

pours clear bright copper gold with a 1/2 finger fizzy white head that left no lacing

smells like a fruity seven up with hints of ruby red grapefruit

taste is absolutely awful - it reminds me of a zima i drank in jr. high almost 20yrs ago

mouthfeel is thin - this is an over carbonated soda water they are passing off as beer

overall this might be the worst thing i have ever drank called beer - i got more beer flavor from bud select 55

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
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 KYGunner
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess my impression of this was to be a Radler but a bit more beer, instead this never appealed to me. The color and appearance was thin and watery, as was the feel but it seemed to be more nothingness. The taste and nose are acrid and saccharine with an artificial grapefruit. The ginger is sour and earthy, very vegetative, with little malt. Not my favorite.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
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 Monkeyknife
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a clear amber orange with a thin off-white head.

Aroma was primarily ginger with a hint of light fruit.

Like the aroma, ginger is the primary taste. I note a hint taste of grapefruit and light cracker.

Lighter bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

This was more of a ginger beer than anything. I wish the grapefruit had been more bold. Probably won't have again.

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