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Jun 10 2012
The Perfect Summer Beer: Shiner Ruby Redbird

As a man that enjoys everything the great state of Texas represents, it’s no wonder that I have a soft spot for anything that Shiner Beers offers.  I harken back to an evening I once had at Hill Country Barbecue whilst Blackberry Smoke was playing fine southern rock.  Some drunken fool ordered 8 pitchers of Shiner and took a swing at 85 year old woman. We won’t say who that drunken fool was (it was me).  Spoetzl Brewery’s website describes the Ruby Redbird thusly:

…brewed with genuine Texas Rio Red Grapefruit, the signature sweet citrus of the Rio Grande Valley, and ginger. This lager beer features grapefruit tartness and finishes with a ‘lil kick of ginger. With Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and Ginger, Shiner Ruby Redbird is sure to be a crisp and refreshing summer beer.

As you can imagine, I was skeptical. Fruit infused beers are extremely hit or miss. As often as they are delicious and refreshing, they are syrupy and girly.  What I have come to know is that Shiner can be trusted in just about all things, and that certainly proved to be the case here.

With a slogan like The Perfect Summer Brew displayed prominently on the neck of the bottle, the drinker is shown there is no shortage of confidence from this Texas based brewery.  The aroma of the beer is a good indicator of the taste that will follow. It’s smooth with distinct tartness that doesn’t over power the olfactory senses, while still proclaiming it’s relevance.   The label and presentation fall in line with the smell, including a secondary slug line on the back of the bottle that really should be the chorus of a country music song. “There’s nothing finer than a summertime Shiner.

The taste is exceptional. Crisp, clean, and dare I say refreshing?  Almost like one could run a marathon and reach for this beer the same way they would reach for a sports drink or water bottle.  That is not to downplay the taste; there is plenty of that.  The tangy Red Grapefruit blends beautifully with the smooth taste of Shiner.  As the description indicates, the presence of ginger does not make itself known until the aftertaste, which leaves you with a light and pleasant feeling after heathy gulp.  And you WILL want to gulp these.

4.01% alcohol won’t knock you over but it will get you there, if you catch my drift.  Hot weather seems to intensify my enjoyment of this particular offering, but honestly I could drink this seasonal beer year round.  I’ve tasted thousands of beers in my 33 years and am usually a very critical drunkard when it comes to bestowing the title of One of my favorite Beers.  That’s why it is so unexpected that for my first beer review for the mighty Beer & Pig, I give Shiner Ruby Redbird 5 Beer and Pig Coozies out of 5.   It is outstanding!

5 Responses to “The Perfect Summer Beer: Shiner Ruby Redbird”

  1. Jason says:

    I bought a 6 pack of this last night for the first time, and couldn’t agree more. A light but flavorful “summer” brew without the traditional overpowering citrus taste from most others. I’ve never had a bad Shiner.

  2. Aaron says:

    Wow. What a beautifully written review. I’ll definitely give this one a go. Thanks Beer and Pig!

  3. Brian says:

    I have also tried this beer and I agree with everything Chad said. I’m also an advocate for swinging on 85 year old women.

  4. Mike says:

    Tasted 1 and then promptly cleaned out the liquor store that stocked them..if you’re in Colorado Springs this summer and want a Ruby Redbird…sorry..they’re quickly dissapearing from my fridge.

  5. mark says:

    I too tend to love anything with a Shiner label on it, but I’ve never found a fruit beer that I’ve enjoyed. Looking forward to trying this beer based on this well written and detailed review. Sounds like it may pair well with barbecue chicken or even fried catfish.