Shiner Ruby Redbird | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

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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Ratings:
1,290
Reviews:
277
Avg:
3.13
pDev:
22.68%
 
 
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Photo of beergorrilla
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frank_TX
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of specksnreds
3.35/5  rDev +7%
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 +7%
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 +7.3%
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 +7.3%

Photo of LizT
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaleAleSean
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Summer92
3.39/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpig372
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of emerald27
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BArunnerchick
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of S-Taylor
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pgstarr
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Good light summer beer. Has a nice grapefruit undertones. Nothing spectacular but good for what it is. I keep it out by the pool to enjoy on hot summer days in Houston. It is a bit thin, but part of the summer beer appeal. I drink it straight from the bottle so I can not comment on color or head.

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Photo of shadwow13
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass and the head fizzed the whole way down. It didn't want to last to save it's life. Carbonation could be seen rising at a fast pace. No lace.
The aroma had a crisp sharp sparkly ruby red grapefruit juice coming across some pale malts and a light grassiness.
The flavor took all of those previously mentioned aromas to blend sweetly and cross the aftertaste together with a bit of a metallic feature coming across.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Went down pretty quickly and had a brisk semi-sharp carbonation about it. Somewhat of a soda sort of texture about it.
Overall, I think I liked this more for me as it's a nice one after lawnmowing but it does seem more like soda to me. Odd, but I'd return to it on a hot day.

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Photo of jpd026
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat of an orange-ish tan color, clear, not a lot of head or lacing.

Aroma is pleasant, you can definitely smell the ginger. The grapefruit is less pronounced, but it's probably there in what I would describe as more of a citrusy note. There's a light background of malts as well.

The taste follows the smell pretty nicely. Plenty of ginger, especially on the finish. Citrus notes all the way. Malts are basic but ample. There's not a lot of hops.

Body is light and refreshing, and despite the lackluster appearance, it's amply carbonated.

It's a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. I wouldn't mind having a few of these while messing around in the shed in the back yard on a summer day.

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Photo of Strix
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost exactly like ginger ale, fizzy carbonation that disappeared instantly. Slightly yellower than ginger ale, but otherwise looks like pop.

Ginger is the main thing I pick up in the nose.

Interesting. I think I could create this with 50% ginger ale, 30% water, and 20% macro lager. Not really picking up the grapefruit, I guess that's why people use hops instead of actual grapefruit. That said, the flavor is growing on me. Light and crisp. Ginger in the finish, though sort of a stale grassy note in there as well.

Very carbonated.

You know, this was interesting, and I'm still not convinced it's actually a beer, but if I were in Texas and it was like 120 degrees out, I bet it would go down easy. Maybe I'm feeling charitable, or I just like ginger ale, but as a mindless summer beer, this was all right.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Dreynolds1808
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MicTar
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: dark gold in color. Small white head that did not last, has no lacing.

S: can smell the grapefruit and a hint of ginger. Has a very clean smell.

T: grapefruit hits you first and then the ginger sneaks in on the finish with a small bite

F: light carbonation leads to a dry tartness from the grapefruit

O: I like this but am not sure if it would be a beer I would grab if I had some other choice. The bottle said to drink ice cold but as I let it warm the favors started to pop better.

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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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Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.13 out of 5 based on 1,290 ratings.
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