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:
#43,366
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,291
pDev:
22.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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 Caveworm
4.24/5  rDev +33.3%
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 Mahamoti
4.24/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of titusgroan
4.23/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I... Like... this... beer! and i did NOT think i would! GO SHINER!!! I love SB and the black and some of the others but when my wife brought this home i was beyond skeptical - flash back to smokearse... i mean smokehaus... but it was a sorta hot day... i was ready for cold beer so... and the cute little label was so inviting. so i poured one in a cold glass - no much head, some bubbles nice gold color. but the smell was quite nice - i walked outside... the grapefruit and ginger were there and the hops too... somewhere back there... i walked out in the yard... the wind blew the trees around... kids where yelling... my neighbor was mowing. i downed a redbird and got another - and another... next day we had some friends over. we chilled out back and knocked back some redbirds... it was a good day... its gonna be a nice long summer... thanks shiner. its about DAMN time... this beer is unique- the grapefruit and ginger are up front but not overpowering - very tart and almost dry but very refreshing when its hot and humid... best ice cold. it is not sweet at all - i hate sweet beer but this is not sweet at all. i love to slosh it around in the glass it bubbles up and goes crazy - also lets that grapefruit smell out...

have not tried with food yet - i bet it would be great with pho!

i love ipa etc but this is something different and i'm so glad shiner did it. totally makes up for the smokehaus! i knew you had it in you shiner - now keep it up - GO CRAZY!!!

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.22/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love grapefruit and it's my favorite out of all of the various citrus fruits. It would have been nice if the grapefruit flavor was more prominent. I definitely smell grapefruit but I get more ginger flavor than anything else. It's not necessarily a bad thing either. Overall, very refreshing to drink and not too sweet either.

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Photo of razordm
4.22/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Shiner beer, but I also do like and drink grapefruit juice as well. Despite that fact, I was a bit apprehensive about "beer and grapefruit" but it was quite good. The amount and flavor of grapefruit was just right; not overbearing but enough to tell (without knowing the name) what fruit was included. Will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.21/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first thing I tasted was the ginger, which I liked because I like spicy. But it overpowers the grapefruit and the tart. It does have a grapefruit aftertaste. The spice enhances the carbonation. The color was a light amber and the head was very light.

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Photo of klastinger
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, light, refreshing beer with a very good citrus taste and great finish.

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Photo of Bullyy56
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%
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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4.2/5  rDev +32.1%

Photo of NordicViking913
4.14/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste a good amount of grapefruit, and definite notes of ginger on the back end. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of DavidRolle
4.14/5  rDev +30.2%
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 groggycorpse196
4.14/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Awesome. Very refreshing

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Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.12/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A very light amber. Pours with a very tiny head that dissipates instantly.

Smell: Frankly, it's bizarre. Not in a bad way, but definitely not a conventional beer whatsoever. The ginger and the grapefruit hit you in the nose right away, and that's all I'm getting out of it.

Taste: Again, bizarre, but in the best of ways. Has a very crisp, gingery bite, which mellows quickly. Finishes with a slight tanginess, and a bit of bitterness at the rear of the palate from the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light. Moderately carbonated. Extremely drinkable.

Overall: This ain't your normal glass of beer. It's pretty out there, and definitely the most adventurous Shiner brew that I've ever had. It's nice to have a citrusy beer that doesn't taste like chemicals and failure (Bud Light Lime, anyone?) The bottle brags that it's the "Perfect Summer Beer", and it might be right. I think it would also pair pretty well with asian or asian fusion dishes. It would be especially good with sushi. I'm sure a lot of BeerAdvocate users are going to give this beer poor reviews ("WHY DOES IT NOT REEK OF HOPS?!?!?", they'll scream), because they seem to love rating beers without regard for their intended drinking context. But if you're looking for an unpretentious, unusual session beer - give this a shot.

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4.12/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of lwootton
4.11/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Arnolds Pint Glass.

Appearance: Dark golden with a straw colored head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Dominated by ginger, very much like ginger ale soda with earthy malt tones underneath.

Taste: A moderate ginger taste supplemented by the characteristic Shiner earthy malt taste, with a tart aftertaste added by the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, not particularly distinctive.

Overall: This would be a great session beer for me. I love the taste, it's refreshing, and it's crisp. It would be nice if it had a bit more complexity but overall I enjoyed it very much.

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4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baseballandbrews2005
4.06/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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