Redbridge | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rich, hearty and full-bodied gluten-free lager brewed from sorghum. Redbridge has a distinctively fruity hop aroma, a sweet toasted grain flavor and a well-balanced, moderately
hopped finish.

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Photo of Pooba001
3.56/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, I wanted to try the gluten-free offering despite a usual aversion towards Anheuser products. Pours a good shade for an Amber ale, very clear, moderate carbonation, with minimal head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet and candy like, I can't be as specific as I want here, there's something particular its reminding me of. Other than that, it seems minimal, and could be bolder (I think that about lots of amber ales though).

Taste is a little odd, but doesn't seem like there's something missing. There's definitely that candy sweetness, not exactly like a Belgian candi sugar, but there's something there. A little woody taste. I think I'm getting some grassy hop flavor, but I'd like a little more from the hops.

Mouthfeel is fine, a little dry. Drinkability is good, even for an amber ale, I could drink a few of these. Sorghum or not, its one of A-B's better beers.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed six pack. Purchased one bottle out of curiosity to try. I was aware this is an AB product at the time of purchase.

Appearance: Initially I was not sure of the style so I poured it into a pint glass figuring it would be the best choice. Th beer is amber in color, clear, with a thin head. Head fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: A somewhat fruity scent on the first sniff (berries, which surpised me). A bit sweet smelling and lacks anything hoppy (no surprise).

Taste: Some of the aformentioned "berry-ness" in the flavor (not sure where this comes from), makeing this a little sweet, with no bitterness. I expected the beer to be a bit grainy, I got non of that.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with decent carbonation. I was not expecting a dark "heavy" beer, so I guess this falls in line.

Drinkability: OK, not worth purchasing unless you have too. Even then, if this is the best one can do, I'd skip drinking beer.

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Photo of jp32
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jeesh, quite the trial brew here or what? I would think they could come up with some better ideas than this.

A bit amber in color, but not enough so. A bit "red" in the taste, but not enough so. A bit better than most of their offerings in the body and mouthfeel, but not enough. And it leaves a strange aftertaste. Really not sure what to make of this one, but I know I dont like it. It has an oddly dry and maybe fruity aftertaste. Something just doesnt match up well in this one.

They might be slowly headed in the right direction with a beer like this, but theres a lot of room for progress yet.

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Photo of matty
3.4/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not something you'd expect from AB.A pretty drinkable beer with a slight fruity aftertaste.This beer almost reminds of Sam Adams cherry wheat,although there is no wheat in the beer.I would recommend this to my friends and I definetly will be buying again!!

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Photo of tgbljb
3.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a light copper color with moderate foamy white head.Good retention and lacing.
Smell is light and almost undetectable.
Taste is enjoyable, but not great. The beer has a nice fruity sweetness but also a bit of an astringent texture.
Leaves a strange taste in the mouth. Great really bad, but not good either.
If this was all I could drink I could used to yet, but I have other choices.

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Photo of livingregret
2.23/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: A light copper w/ reddish hues. No head to speak of and no lacing

Smell: Doughy yeast, an odd berry flavour. Odd....

Taste/Mouthfeel: Odd....overly sweet(Cherries?) w/ a very poor aftertaste. Leaves a almost syrup feel in your mouth. Sweet....but not in a good way. A very odd taste that is nothing to impressive

Drinkability: Nope...won't try again. WAY to odd of a feeling at the end of the drink. The taste seems off and the mouthfeel just lingers in a very bad way

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Photo of hunteraw
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled with a friend who has several coeliac relatives.

Appearance: Honey in color, small head, no lacing, little retention.

Smell: Odd. Definitely different. Kind of berry and adjuncty/grainy.

Taste: Even odder. Too sweet. Bit of plastic, with a raspberry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, carbonation ok.

Drinkability: One of the strangest beers I've ever had - not something I would choose to drink. I'd rather have a glass of water.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.83/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Trying one of Bud's disguised beers and gluenten free no less. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Not completly terrible looking considering where this beer comes from. It pours a clear dark ambery brown with an off white two inch head that bubbles down after a bit into a ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Bread crusty with a bit of grassy and tiny fruit undertone. Sort of bland but not terrible especially considering there is no wheat gluten in this beer.

T/MF: Has a weird hoppy tinge but it tastes rather forced, as if it shouldnt be there. A bit bitter and bubbly on the tonge with a metalic finish. A bit of crunchy bready flavors which is weird considering there is no glueten in it, more grassy than anything though which makes sense with the sorguhm (however you spell that).

D: All I have to say is I am glad I'm not allergic to wheat gluten. But not a terrible offering from Bud, better tasting than the flagships but this is not one I would want to pay for again.

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Photo of cjgator3
1.47/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head. Obviously since the beer is made without malt and wheat, it has a unique aroma. It is really is hard to describe but there is no familiar malt smells, just a sweet and slightly chalky aroma (that is the best I can describe it). The taste much like the aroma is pretty faint and lacking the malty characteristics that I love in beer. There really is not much flavor to pick up on, and the little bit of flavor that peaks through is not very good at all. Overall, I am not a big fan of this brew. I know and understand that this is a gluten-free "beer", but I am having a hard time justifying to myself that this is a beer. Thank goodness I do not have gluten issues. Not recommended.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appearance- Light copper orange with a moderate fizzy head. No lacing.
Smell- Sweet malt and a fruity pear-like aroma.
Taste- Sweet malt with a dry pear cider twang.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but a mild dry flavorful finish.

Overall- For celiac sufferers this would be a decent choice. Sorta bland and weak for those of us who don't suffer.

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Photo of happygnome
3.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: clear amber-orange color with about a halfinch of head that dissapeared fast and left a good amount of lacing
s: kind of a sweet malty beer with deffinate tones of earthyness
t: like the aroma, sweet with some deffinate earthy hop notes
m: medium bodied and very smooth, little carbonation

overall this is the first gluten free beer that ive had that i know about, and it isnt too bad

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Photo of geexploitation
2.81/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright amber with lighter highlights and little head. The aroma is definitely un-beer-like -- kind of vegetal, with a fake maple syrup kind of element and no hops I to speak of. On the palate, metallic sweetness with a bit of sulphur and a touch of watery sourness. Strange but not disgusting, which is a decent achievement for a gluten-free beer. Mouthfeel is nice, with a light body and good portion of carbonation. Some acidity that is out of place in the style. Overall, this is only an average beer (at best), but for a gluten free offering it isn't bad.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear orange amber with a small white head that drops in to a ring.

Smell. It is a light crisp aroma with a candy cherry bit that i get.

Taste. I've had this a while ago, and it tastes a bit hoppy, much hoppier than i remember. There are still the fruitiness like candy cherry that i get from the aroma. It's pretty fruity.

Mouthfeel. Body is a touch on the slicker side of medium body, but there is a lively carbonation as well.

Overall, not that bad for what it is made to be. I wont ever buy it again, but i think it is decent for people that can only drink it.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber/honey color. Small head, white, drops fast to nothing.
Smell is hops, some malt and light citrus.
Taste is a hops, light citrus and some alcohol.
Light-medium body, medium carbonation with a citrus and hop aftertaste. Not a bad beer, good for summer especially with a crisp, hoppy flavor.

Interesting to see a megabrewer trying to act like a micro. Is there an issue with their more well-known lines? (He asks with a huge smirk upon his face) Maybe they need to toss all their old recipes and start over instead of tweaking them and putting a new name on them. My two cents.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.66/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer has the most bizarre odor. It smells like an empty grain silo. Flavor is actually not awful for a gluten-free beer, and is the best of the ones I've had. If I had a gluten allergy and I didn't succumb to a lack-of-beer-depression, I would drink this.

Appearance is a crystal clear light red. Head is present (a plus) although small and commercial looking. Flavor is faint and watery but lightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is slick and thin, like too warm public swimming pool water.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear red-orange with a touch of foamy head that drops to nothing almost instantly.

S - Sweet; like fruit punch with a grassy bite.

T - Bubblegum, fruit punch.

M - Macro-lager mouthfeel; maybe a little smoother than that.

D - I've never had a gluten-free beer, nor am I generally a fan of the macro's faux-micro offerings. This one, on the other hand, was surprising. It actually has a bit of flavor, and, when cold, could be fairly drinkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.42/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased for $.35. Worth a try at that price.
The grain offer a unique fruity aroma that's very mild and generally pleasant. Just a touch of spiciness from hops.
Very attractive, water clear, amber color. Head was small and very short lived
Taste is short lived to, but that's not to say it's not there. Starts with a pleasant sweetness rapidly moving to a more nuetral grain flavor, then to stark sourness before moving to rather bold bitter/sour/dryness that finishes quite long. Most flavors are fairly strong but very quick. They are also rather unique and pleasing enough, the exception being the finish which for many will have to be an acquired taste.
Fully carbonated as most lager from the brewery tend to be. Lager thin and typical.
This is not bad. Unique flavors and close to thirst quenching.

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Photo of theopholis
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- The beer pours a very clear, amber/copper hue with a 1 finger, off-white head. Very little head retention or lacing.

Aroma- A very dry malty sweetness up front followed by floral hops. Doesn't really smell to style for an American red, but since it's glutten free, I guess allowances have to be made. LOL

Taste- A very odd mix of floral hps, a light toffee flavors up . It's really hard to describe. Very little malt sweetness. I guess the sorghum is really throwing me off. Some caramel notes at the very end.

Mouthfeel- Slightly syrupy body. Good CO2 level.

Drinkability- I didn't really care for it, but this beer would be very nice for people who are gluttan intolerant.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with fizzy and frothy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up easily and fading to a pockmarked surface layer.

The aroma is dominated by floral hops, but allows for some general sweetness to poke through.

The first sip reveals a thin body with fine and fizzy carbonation.

Flavor is some sweet toffee flavors up front that roll to light fruitiness and finishes with some crisp grassy hops that linger with a fairly assertive bitterness.

The beer is very easy to drink and is interesting enough. The low ABV and crisp finish make it a nice beer for the summer.

I'd have to say this is a pretty decent beer, I wouldnt go out of the way for it, but would drink again for sure.

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Photo of jettjon
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a honey amber clear color with a few trails of tiny bubbles wafting up. One finger tan head that fades quickly to a very thin cap and ring with some minor scattered lacing. Nose is bready with a faint sorghum scent. There’s a definite sorghum flavor but it’s not overdone. Sorghum seems to be a good barley malt substitute in this instance. There’s a semi-sweet malty flavor and low hops presence. No real bitterness; finish is unassuming. Overall, just OK-tasting. Mouth is middle-bodied, wet, smooth, and slick. Drinkability isn’t bad; it’s easygoing and sessionable, just nothing to write home about. As a “craft” beer, though, it’s a touch pricey—I paid about $7.50 for a 6’er.

Overall: Not bad, but not great, where this beer shines is as a real alternative for celiacs. Though it’s still too pricy for a “gettin’ hammered” beer, it’s tasty enough to be enjoyed, at least as much so as any decent macro. This beer is interesting for only two reasons as far as I’m concerned. One, it’s sorghum-based, and two, it’s a good alternative for celiacs.

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Photo of xav33
3.2/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a mug
Recent brewing, crossed 05/07.

Poured a clear reddish amber with an average fizzy mostly diminishing slightly off-white head.

Smelt of real beer! Some definite grassy hops with some odd grain smell. Toasted grain, but different, more green like...

Taste was upfront moderate bitter toasted grain and hops with light sweet caramel followed by a moderate bitter soya vegetable and sweet grain and biter grassy hops on a short finish.

Palate was light bodied, fizzy, watery and moderately astringent.

Overall, this is great! I'm not sure what kind of flavors can be obtained from sorghum, but the fact that it exists open a whole new world. Nothing bold, rich or complex. Just new. It's like drinking a beer for the first time. Just different...

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Photo of Drew966
3.46/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Redbridge pours a copper color with a thin white head from brown twelve ounce bottle. Very mild grainy aroma. Not bad, kind of a sour taste is imparted by the sorghum. I actually kind of like this one, it's not bad considering it's an AB product, and gluten free at that. Definitely worth a try, it's the best sorghum based beer I've had.

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Photo of russpowell
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My 1st industrial sorgrum beer, here goes (expectations are low)

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1 finger+ of eggshell white head. Above average lacing & a little bit of head retention

S: Very corny & slight perfumy notes

T: Honey notes along with some astrigency right up front. I also get a little orange hop note. I also pick up some clover honey& just a touch of molasess notes as this warms along with grainyness. Finishes dry, very grainy, grassy with more honey or maybe corn syrup is more accurate?

MF: Light & sprtizy. I also get a slight syruppy feel, starts to leave an unpleasant sensation on the roof of my mouth

The warmer this got, the harder it was to drink. This beer is a terrible amber, might've passed better as an American Macro. This beer makes me very glad I have no gluten issues!

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Photo of HardTarget
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty notes that it’s made from Sorghum and without wheat or barley (eat it Reinheitsgebot!). An indecipherable date code at the bottom left says “06335”. Guess they plan to leave this on the shelf a while.

Aroma: A sweet rooty spiciness. Elements of sweettarts candy, vodka, earth, and coriander, really different. A mild vegetal note, like celery.

Appearance: Bright amber glass struggles to hold a thin cover that fades to a thin collar, but does give up some lacing.

Flavor: Pretty much mirrors the nose with a harsh metallic note in the finish. Balance is toward the sweet with a very leafy hop element that I think adds the earthy element.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, and an almost airy feel.

Overall Impression: A different animal altogether. Have to give credit for being adventurous and aiming at those that have issues with gluten. If I had to go gluten free, I could see having some of these around. I may even have to try working some sorghum into a homebrew to isolate which flavor I’m getting here.
Worth a try.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear copper color with a thin head that quickly fell. The smell is faint and slightly sweet. The taste is hoppy and sweet. This beer’s flavor seemed to be heading somewhere, but tastes like it got watered down in the process. It has a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin. Overall, this isn’t a particularly bad beer, it is just lacking.

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