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
pDev:
22.33%
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Photo of Premo88
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into mug

L: crystal clear gold with 1/4-inch head of fizzy white foam; no stick/lace; keeps razor-thin collar of white foam

S: hints of ginger and grapefruit juice, more ginger but just barely

T: watered-down grapefruit juice, hint of that ginger midswallow

F: watery up front but crisp in back; super light but would be perfect for drinking out of the bottle

O: better than water -- I'll give it that; if the ABV were 3.01% instead of 4.01, I might grab some of this for myself as a closer or starter ... probably starter, it's too weak-flavored to be a good closer; it's definitely a beer worth stocking for your friends who don't drink beer

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Photo of gulli
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

like the ginger with grapefruit after tones.....nice for a summer day.
plenty of carbonation
no lacing
small foamy white head

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Photo of Treyliff
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and the color of a dark apple cider with no head or lacing. Smells of citrus and ginger, very similar to Bud Light Lime, slightly artificial.

Taste-Light and refreshing, well balanced. The grapefruit gives is a sweet taste with a faint taste of giner lingering on the back end. Seems to have more of a malt presence than most other summer fruit beers. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.


Overall this beer serves it's purpose well. Very refreshing on a hot summer day or for grilling out.

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Photo of Kromes
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange color with no head and lots of noticable carbonation.

S: Smells like malt and ginger.

T: A bready, honey malt background gives way to a ginger and grapefruit flavor. The flavors aren't strong and then disappear quickly.

M: highly carbonated.

O: Call me crazy, but for a summer seasonal beer, this is pretty good. But I do love ginger ale, so I may be biased here. It's light, refreshing, easy drinking, and not overbearing. A great summer session beer.

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Photo of Jhavey
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cesarz
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hoots88
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jemes21
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark golden color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is minimal. Has a lot of carbonated bubbles. Has more of a sweet, berry and grapefruit aroma with a hint of spicy hops at the end. Very little malt in the taste. Mainly a light grapefruit with a mild spicy hop at the end. I still taste some berry in there, maybe raspberry. Light bodied with heavy carbonation. Taste artificial to me. Not much to it. Would drink again, but it would have to be if only adjuvant lagers are only other option.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of breadwinner
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

GINGER! KAPOW! Big old blasts of ginger off the nose, with the ruby red grapefruit coming in to pick up the pieces. It's a little jarring, definitely intense, but not altogether unappetizing. Clear copper/gold color, little head, bubble body that wasn't distracting. Palate is replete with ginger still, though the grapefruit is there too both for flavor and bitterness, along with some vaguely grainy flavor. There was just the lightest touch of mustiness or vegetal-ness or something. Not enough to be super distracting but enough to notice. Not a bad beer, per se, but I'd reach for a helluva lot else before this on a hot summer day.

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

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

Photo of specksnreds
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is why I try new beers...even when it's Shiner. I really like this beer. I smell and taste more rosemary than grapefruit, but I can pick out the grapefruit. Either flavor is a bit much on the tongue. Golden in color with, as George would say, "...a pinkish hue." Plenty of carbon dioxide, but not much of a head. Zero head, as a matter of fact. Put it in a can, and it'll be my new fishin' beer. Ooooh, I almost forgot, it's got a tangy finish. Genuinely tangy, but not Tang. That would be gross.

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Photo of chilidog
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a amber with no head or lace.
Aroma of citric, earth and pine.
Taste of a slight citric grapefruit with a ginger dryness.
The mouth is left with a sweet tart lingering grapefruit tartness.
Overall an ok summer beer but not a fan of lower abv brews that tip-toe into its flavor profile.

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Photo of DerekP
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so it's a fruit beer, and fruit beer's really don't taste like traditional beers with a solid malt bill.

Shiner Ruby Redbird is kind of like a ginger ale, but with alcohol. I'm talking about a serious ginger ale, not the mass produced "natural flavors" ginger ale.

In my light it looks amber-orange. The head left in a hurry. It smells of ginger up front with the sweet bitterness of grapefruit in the shadows. Again, it tastes and feels like a ginger ale. My guess is there is not one cultivar of hops listed in the ingredients for this recipe, but I haven't seen the blackbook of the brewmaster. Call it a hop-free beer if you can stand to imagine such a blasphemous concoction.

Refreshing? Yes. Satisfying? Sure. Does it stand a chance when I've got a choice between it and Bell's Amber Ale or another favorite of mine, Sierra Nevada's Torpedo? No. That being said, nice try.

I like you Shiner Ruby Redbird, but I don't love you.

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Photo of shivamkejriwal
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of LizT
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's a very good ginger taste, but I don't get any grapefruit flavor

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Photo of amdg_dtom82
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaleAleSean
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Summer92
3.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpig372
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of emerald27
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BArunnerchick
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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