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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,279
Reviews:
275
Avg:
3.13
pDev:
22.68%
 
 
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25
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Photo of bwood06
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a helles lager glass

A - A quite heavy pour produced a head that is white in color and frothy, 1 finger in height that dissipates to a thin lacing quite quickly. The beer is clear and showcases a significant amount of carbonation with small bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. The beer is a light copper color, bordering on a reddish golden hue. 3.5/5

S - The aroma is very sweet, reminiscent of an oktoberfest lager in terms of maltiness but with a fruity juiciness as well. The tart juiciness is really the backbone of the aroma with the malt playing second fiddle. No real hop presence due to the grapefruit juice. 3/5

T - There is beer flavor here but it mixes with the ruby red grapefruit juice in such a way that it is hard to distinguish what other tasting notes there are. Right away there is almost a lack of flavor, more of a water flavor than anything, which quickly transitions into a light, tart grapefruit note (not the tangy tartness, more of just the flesh with the grapefruit flavor minus tartness). The tartness comes in halfway through and then disappears rather quickly to a hop bitterness that lingers on the palate as an undertone that sticks around until the next sip. Grapefruit does not overwhelm here. Rather, it takes the light lager base and adds a bit to it, although the light lager base is so tasteless that the grapefruit overwhelms any maltiness. Ginger acts as the final act to this play and lingers on the palate. 3/5

M - Carbonation burn throughout the first two thirds of the sip which then transitions to a watery wetness that is very clean and light and leaves the palate slightly dry. 3.25/5

O - Not a beer that I will be revisiting. More than anything just not my cup of tea. Very light and nice for a hot day and possibly with food. Very different than any other fruit beer that I have had due to this beer using a light lager base rather than a wheat ale base. 3/5

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the worst Shiner beer I've ever had, which is a pretty low bar actually. It's a decent fruit beer, with a competent and rightfully restrained level of grapefruit.

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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 gulli
3.31/5  rDev +5.8%
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 breadwinner
3.35/5  rDev +7%
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 LKx25
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jagada
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of justinm4bama
3.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 lmj729
3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jesticals
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChuckZ77
4.25/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eden
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dublin not bad 12/12 refreshing; kinda like ginger ale

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Photo of VDJ104
2.51/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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 DerwinWentworth
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SunglassesJoe
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Perfect on a hot summer day.

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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 firkingroovin
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

well it is tart but it's not all that delightful. i usually really enjoy grapefruit flavored beers but this one tastes more of ginger than grapefruit, too tart for me to drink more than one of.

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Photo of SebD
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruit, ginger, bready/buiscuity malts and perhaps a very faint nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grapefruit upfront, ginger, sweet bready/biscuity malts and very faint caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tillmac62
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a touch of ruby. Normal head volume, poor retention and no lacing.

Nice vibrant light nose of light sweet grapefruit over biscuit. As it warms, ginger comes to the forefront.

Light body with a texture similar to water. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

With more intensity and complexity the flavor profile would be outstanding. Light grapefruit and ginger roll across the biscuit base. Middle bitterness is only a hint. The finish does deliver a nice burst of ginger and a nice spicy heat. Beef this beer up and it is an outstanding contender. As is, it's a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.5/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite summer beers. I love Shiner and I absolutely love ruby red grapefruit from the Rio Grande Valley. To me, this is a great combination coupled with some brisket and/or a day on the lake.

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Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.13 out of 5 based on 1,279 ratings.
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