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:
#43,501
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,291
pDev:
22.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
389
Trade:
0
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Photo of hashmads
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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 Bogdawg
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Cotton_27
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drtth
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice rich clear copper color with a 1/4" off white head that soon recedes to a very small ring around the glass and a thin island of foam. Sipping leaves a few tiny speckles that soon slide back to the liquid. Before long there's no foam on the liquid and a barely visible ring of tiny bubbles.

The aromas most strongly include the ginger and way in the background there's that touch of grapefruit juice. There's not much sign of either malt or hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose except that the grapefruit is up front and, along with some sweetness, is mostly all that's really there until the ginger kicks in towards the end. There is a faint bitterness which seems mostly from the grapefruit until the very end.

The mouthfeel is on the light-bodied side and slightly prickly from light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the grapefruit begins to fade, allowing that ginger to appear and also begin to fade away. While there's a touch of dryness at the end there doesn't seem to be any bitterness.

As a summer beer I could see enjoying this one and maybe even a couple, but I haven't enjoyed it enough to go find another. I'd probably not turn down a free one but trying it once is enough to know I'll be looking elsewhere for summer beers.

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Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ElJacobian
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The perfect light, fruity summer beer for a hot day floating the river in Texas. Remember the Alamo, and remember to drink this beer in 100 degree heat.

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Photo of jribeiro025
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

It's one of those beers that you drink on a hot summer day that you can keep drinking all day long.

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Photo of Samputnam14
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of breardon1776
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Done well category. Ruby red for sure. But not over powering

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Photo of Kvanwhy
2.27/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bwood06
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
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 +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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 LKx25
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jagada
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of justinm4bama
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of jesticals
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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